Seeing It All When Viewing Property

Buyers who rely on what they see and don’t ask their real estate professional key questions, often “see” less that the whole picture regarding suitability and value when touring a listing. PJ Wade shares Six Essential Questions for Seeing It All When Viewing Property. When buyers attend an open house or view a listed property…

Gen Xers Driving Multi-Generational Housing Trend

This Is Us. Jane the Virgin. Black-ish. What do they have in common? They are all family television programs that have members of multiple generations living under one roof. But the reality of multi-generational living is more than storyline fodder. According to the 2019 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report by the National Association…

Top Tips to Make Your Offer Stick

It’s that time again, when the Spring real estate market starts to get hot (or gets even hotter, depending on how steamy your particular corner of the world is). Multiple-offer situations and selling prices that soar over asking prices are great for sellers, not so much for buyers. If you’re looking for an edge to…

Canada’s Emerging Tech Markets Attract Investors

Toronto has emerged as one of the five largest tech markets in North America, but real estate investors would be well advised to keep an eye on fast growing markets in Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton and Victoria. When CBRE released its annual Tech Talent Scorecard last year, Toronto got a lot of attention. It was…

5 Reasons to Add a Pool When Building a House

Finding the home of your dreams can be extremely difficult on the real estate market. The best houses are only available for a few days, and they still likely would not satisfy all of your wants and desires. There is no reason to spend months redesigning an existing home when you can just build a…

Why Waste Money on Rent?

The American Dream has been synonymous with home ownership for as long as most of us can remember. After three decades as a licensed real estate agent and investor, I have bought into that dream and sold that dream to others more times than I can recall. Spending money on rent has been a taboo…

Why Home Buyers Should Hire a Professional

Getting a purchase closed in today’s market is complex. The real estate market has changed greatly from only a few years ago. Buyers face many more hurdles including stricter financing, low housing supplies, higher mortgage rates, and rising prices. To negotiate today’s challenges, you need a real estate sales professional to help you close the…

Wanted: Affordable Housing Near Work

Living closer to work is so desired many people would pay more for housing and make a lateral job move for find more affordable housing closer to work. The Urban Land Institute’s “Lack of Affordable Housing Near Jobs” study revealed an acute awareness of the jobs/affordable housing imbalance and how both homeowners and employers are…

Alarm Bells Sound as HELOC Loans Increase in Canada

With home equity lines of credit now accounting for 11.3 per cent of total household credit, there’s fear that consumers are taking on too much debt and are overly optimistic about being able to repay the loans. A recent survey found that many consumers don’t understand how home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) work and…

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood

A new study from Homes.com took a look at the state of homeownership in the LGBTQ community. The “LGBT Real Estate Report 2018-19: A View of LGBT Homeownership Trends and Economic Impact,” shows that, “significantly more LGBT clients are expecting to increase their real estate holdings either by moving into bigger homes or purchasing a…

Is Homeownership the Greatest Way to Secure Your Financial Future?

First-time homebuyers tend to focus on two things: The price of the home they’re buying and the monthly payment. And it’s entirely understandable. Affordability is key when you’re buying your first place—or any place, for that matter. And it’s especially relevant considering rising home prices across the country. But there’s something else to consider: The…

Going it Alone: The Single Homebuyer

More Canadians are living with their parents as high real estate prices and tough mortgage qualification rules make it difficult for young people, especially singles, to buy a home. Here’s how some young homeowners achieved their goal. Real estate affordability in Canada is a hot topic these days. Following a decade of house price appreciation…