House Buying & Selling Tips

Here's a few tips about buying and selling homes..

First Time Home Buyer Incentive

According to CMHC, here’s a few Tips for the First Time Home Buyer First-Time Home Buyer Incentive The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive helps first-time homebuyers without adding to their financial burdens. Eligible first-time homebuyers who have the minimum down payment for an insured mortgage can apply to finance a portion of...

Looking for The Right Real Estate Agent?

Before you commit to working with an agent, you may decide to have an interview process. To make sure you’re fully comfortable with your agent, ask these questions. What types of clients do you like to work with? Have you worked with (first-time homebuyers, condo buyers, etc.)? What makes...

How to Make an Offer on a House?

Once you’ve decided on the right home for you, it’s time to make an offer! Your real estate agent (That’s Me!!) will walk you through this process in detail, including any applicable laws in your area. However, there are a few important things to know. Offers & Contracts A...

Why You Need a Real Estate Agent (Sales person)

Purchasing a house is a major endeavor, and all viewpoints ought to be deliberately considered before any choices are made. In addition to the fact that you want to discover your dream home, however you need to do it inside a sensible spending plan. In order to stay inside...

Best Time to buy a Home in Toronto, Mississauga or anywhere in the GTA

The real answer is now.. Buy real estate as soon as you can afford to. Generally, the best time (time of season) to buy a house is in the late summer or fall. Shoppers will find plenty of homes on the market, but not as much competition for them...

How to Find the your Dream Home?

Finding the Dream Home – Time To Go Shopping! When you go shopping for groceries or clothing, you’d never leave home without some idea of what you want to buy, right? Touring houses is like shopping for a home. You’ll be able to take your wants and needs for...

Preparing a Purchase Offer

Before you make an offer, double-check these points Always check a calendar to avoid closing or title search dates that fall on weekends and holidays Title Search date is normally 2 weeks prior to the closing date (Allows lawyers to do title search) Verify the Seller’s name(s), property lot...

The Guide to Home Staging

According to Moving.com here’s the top ten staging tips that help you sell your house/home quickly and for the most money possible. Stage where it counts Not all rooms are considered equal when it comes to home staging. You want to focus your efforts on the rooms that have...

Selling Tips – Tips to Sell your home Quickly & for the Most Money

House Selling Tip #10: Estimating it right Discover what your house is worth, at that point shave 15 to 20 percent off the cost. You’ll be rushed by purchasers with numerous offers — even in the most noticeably awful markets — and they’ll offer up the cost over what...

Kitchen Updates Sell Homes

Renovating a kitchen or bath takes months of planning and several weeks of work. Many buyers would rather spend $100,000 more for a home with a renovated kitchen and bath and pay a higher mortgage than consider spending close to that same amount to get the job done.

Need your help, What ad do you like Best?

Hey Everyone, I’m working on a couple of Ads for my Real Estate Website..  And I need your help!! Here are the 3 ads, tell me in the comments which one you like best.. Thanks in advance!   End Proctoring–

Home Staging Tips and Tricks to Sell Your Home Fast

Planning to put your house on the market? It goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as quickly as possible and get your asking price or more. Set the stage for success with these tips for styling and upgrading your home, and see results —...

Georgetown Home Sales Records (2020)

Georgetown Real Estate Sells Records in August 2020 If you are thinking of selling are you downsizing.. Are you looking to move away from the city This is a great time.. Toronto homes have climbed by record amounts Growing up in Toronto, and moving to the suburbs, I too...

November House Sales Update for the GTA

The record pace of home sales in the fall continued with 8,766 sales reported in November by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) MLS® System. This result was up by 24.3 per cent compared to November of last year. Generally speaking, year-over-year growth...

Declutter before Selling your home

According to ApartmentTherapy.com here are some easy to follow tips to declutter your home before selling it.. These tips apply to all home in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown, Guelph and the Entire GTA Make no mistake about it: when you’re selling your house, potential buyers want to...

Quick Guide to Real Estate Acronym Lists

Here’s the Step by Step list of List of how to Understand and Learning Real Estate Acronyms with the definitions   • 3/2 – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • APR – Annual Percentage Rate • ARM – Adjustable Rate Mortgage • BA – Bathroom • BD – Bedroom • CMA...

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Boutique Style Full Service Realtor

Boutique Realtor Service What does this mean? It’s a fancy way to tell you that you’ll be dealing with me and only me.. I answer the phone, I answer my emails, I create and edit contracts & listing. Me and ONLY ME..  I’m completely responsible for you and your...

How to buy a home in 2020

Looking to buy a home in Georgetown or Halton Hills, Nobody wants to pass up their ultimate home.  Here are some house buying tips so you’re readied whenever the correct open door seizes you. Get pre-approved for a Georgetown home loan Georgetown and Halton Hills is a very competitive...

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Home Buying Guide (2020)

The Homebuying Guide 2020 for Georgetown, Halton Hills & Rockwood How to buy a house in 7 steps The steps on how to buy a house are the same whether you’re buying a house, a townhouse, or condo. For simplicity, our examples will focus on how to buy a...

How to get approved for a Mortgage

According to RateHub.ca, here’s what’s is needed to get a Mortage in Canada.. 1. Check your credit score In Canada, credit scores run from 300 to 900 across five categories: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent. The exact categories vary by credit bureau, but the point is the...

Real Estate Investing – Toronto and the GTA

What is real estate investing Real estate investing generally doesn’t mean buying a home to live in. While a home purchase may result in appreciation (although probably a lot less than you think once you factor in interest, repairs, utility bills, taxes, closing costs and inflation), you’re not getting...

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Up-to-date information Roundup for January 15, 2021

Toronto représentation an unprecedented budget gap of just about $1 billion in 2021 due to COVID-19;   City urges people to get out and vote in Ward 24 byelection on Friday despite outbreak;   Toronto’s speed cameras passed more than 53, 000 tickets in just under 5 months; and...

Towering Supercolumns Extend “The One” Higher Above Yonge and Bloor

Mizrahi Developments‘ The One strutted into 2021 with a salvo to shore up its aim of be Toronto’s and Canada’s tallest building. Approved at 85-storeys and 308.6-metres, the plan would add nine additional storeys to bring The One to 94 storeys and 338.3 metres. If those extra storeys are approved, The One...

Invest in multifamily, industrial in 2021: PwC

Uncertainty is a dominant theme going into 2021, according to a new report from PwC, but there are some sure bets. According to PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021 report, which studied residential and commercial property markets in the U.S. and Canada, the COVID-19 crisis has created a...

Micro unit financing made easy

Securing financing from A institutions for micro condos—categorized as anything below about 500 sq ft—has always been thorny, and with the COVID-19 pandemic taking a bite out of many downtown condo markets, it’s certain to remain so. However, it can still be done. The big banks are chary about...

Infill development proposed at 4340 Bloor Street West in Etobicoke

A Zoning By-Law Amendment application has been submitted to the City of Toronto, to permit an infill development consisting of two buildings on the site at 4340 Bloor Street West in Etobicoke’s Markland Wood neighbourhood. Proposed by Hazelview Investments Inc and designed by gh3, the 308-unit project adds to...

Infrastructure Ontario, Metrolinx Shortlist Teams for Two of Three Ontario Line Contracts

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued two requests for proposals (RFPs) for Ontario Line subway project procurement packages. The two provincial agencies have shortlisted teams and have invited them to bid on two contracts: the Ontario Line rolling stock, systems, operations and maintenance (RSSOM) package; and the Ontario...

Toronto GTA July Rent Report 2020

Greater Toronto Area The rental market in the Greater Toronto Area continues to be impacted by COVID-19, as job loss, economic uncertainty, and fear of moving for health reasons have severely reduced demand.  The chart below looks at the average (yellow) and median (green) monthly asking rent via TorontoRentals.com...

Home renovations: a primer on how to do them right

The bigger the home renovation, the bigger the risk something goes wrong. Fortunately, that can be avoided. Niran Kulathungam, a financial life professional, real estate advisor and master coach with Legacy Global Inc., and owner of The Ascension Principle, has about 57 doors to his name. Moreover, as recipient...

Petition seeks provincial inquiry into the handling of Fortress Real debacle

Angry investors, claiming they lost millions of dollars after the collapse of a Toronto real estate development firm, are demanding an inquiry into why the Ontario regulatory agency responsible to investigate didn’t do more to punish the company, and have collected more than 700 petition signatures calling on the...

What rights do tenants have when a landlord is selling their house in Ontario?

Real estate investing expands much further than just condos. Ontario investors often expand their portfolio by investing in single-family homes. Why? Because these investments are often considered less-risky, they can charge more for rent, and they appreciate in value much faster than other types of properties. This means that...

Conform to the foreign buyers who bolster Canada’s economy

The term “foreign buyer” is often used pejoratively in Canada—it’s become synonymous with speculators tend to have nary a vested interest in place apart from using empty homes mainly because appreciation vehicles, to the detriment when using the domestic population—and it couldn’t be more misguided. Turns out, many of...

Medallion Corp Looks to Redevelop Valu-Mart on Bayview in Leaside

A mid-rise, mixed-use rental building is being proposed for Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood at 1500 Bayview Avenue on the northwest corner with Davisville Avenue. The site currently houses a parking lot, a Valu-Mart, and a garden centre & greenhouse. In October, Toronto-based Medallion Corporation submitted Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control...

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry for November 16, 2020

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, including major impacts to what have been booming real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other ways, though UrbanToronto is still operating at full strength with our team working...

Strong Buyer Competition is Pushing Homes to Sell Above List Price

Sellers are being rewarded amid strong demand for homes as buyers are striking quickly with competitive offers when they find a home they like

Awesome riddance, 2020!

Glad this is finally over. 2020 is a year which is talked about for decades—and not just considering that the Stanley Cup was awarded in late September. The coronavirus changed that was we live and work, and for many those meant not working at all. 2020 wasn’t just the...

B.C. can still fix flawed anti-money laundering laws: CD Howe

British Columbia’s highly anticipated measures to combat rampant money laundering in the province’s real estate have been rendered toothless by the very government that designed them, charges the C.D. Howe Institute in a new report. After the province was rocked by two bombshell reports revealing that $5 billion was...

News Roundup for November 5, 2020

Greenbelt adviser quits over fast-tracking of Durham wetlands development by Doug Ford’s government; Toronto condo developer launches campaign to tackle racism in construction industry; Toronto to resume issuing new Fair Pass TTC discounts for low-income riders; and more news: Greenbelt adviser quits over fast-tracking of Durham wetlands development by Doug Ford’s...

New Cherry Street North Bridge Arrives in Toronto’s Port Lands

This weekend marked the arrival of an important piece of infrastructure for the redevelopment of Toronto’s Lower Don Lands, part of the wider revitalization of the post-industrial Port Lands. area and its Flood Protection project. One of four prefabricated bridges that will connect the future Villiers Island to Toronto’s mainland,...

Entuitive Engineers Are Playing a Major Role in Crosstown LRT Project

The success of Toronto’s coming Crosstown LRT line is wholly dependent on the success of the various builders that are participating in the project. While Crosslinx Transit Solutions is the consortium of companies leading the construction, many other firms have played important roles in completing the project for Metrolinx. In...

UrbanToronto Year-End Poll: Vote On The Best Buildings of 2020

It’s that time of year again! Rounding up another 365 days of city building, we are returning with our seventh annual UrbanToronto Year-End Readers’ Poll, giving you the chance to vote on your favourite new buildings completed over the last 12 months. There are 39 newly completed projects spread across the city...

Sunset from One Bloor East

Today’s Daily Photo takes us high above Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor intersection for a sunset view captured from a balcony at One Bloor East. This view from Forum contributor jackattaaaack faces southwest, framing the setting sun between The Uptown Residences and the residential tower of the Manulife Centre. Toronto at...

Proposed nationwide foreign buyer tax panned

The federal government’s announcement to implement a nationwide non-resident property tax next year has been panned by industry players, some of whom believe it’s nothing more than empty politicking. “It’s being applied nationally because elections are national, but they’re appealing to voters in small rural towns who worry foreign...

Our western city’s office vacancy is usually 26%

A lot has changed while 2014. A quarter of offices in Calgary were vacant in Q4-2020, influenced by a new report—vastly above the 10. 8% nationwide vacancy rate. Colliers Canada’s history attributed the rise in Canada-wide vacancies to increasing downtown sublets, jointly noted that, at $17. 72 per square...

Canada’s housing market is slumping: REIN

Despite headlines to the contrary, Canada’s housing market is in the early stages of a slump, claims a new report from the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). Headline after headline have taken note of rising property values and, in some cases, sales records, but REIN’s study of the housing...

Hudson’s Bay struggles a harbinger of things to come?

Heavyweight retailer Hudson’s Bay has been making headlines in recent days for its inability to pay rent, with landlords taking the company to court for eviction, and according to a commercial broker in Toronto, this could be a sign of things to come. “I hate to say it, but...

Record number of immigrants Canada-bound in 2021

The federal government intends to settle 1.2 million new immigrants over the next three years in a bid to catalyze economic recovery, and if there’s one sector of the economy that will benefit, it’s real estate. The COVID-19 pandemic has stifled Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) ability to...

Waterfront living comes to Port Credit

Port Credit has, in a few short years, exploded into one of the GTA’s most popular destinations, and with a slew of dining and live music options, to say nothing of easy access to Lake Ontario’s placid waves, why wouldn’t it be? Tommy Donnelly, owner of The Brogue Irish...

Home values rising faster than at any time since 2005

Competition among buyers pushes home values higher as rent growth slows nationwide

Cherry Street North Bridge at Night

Today’s Daily Photo shows off the new Cherry Street North Bridge currently being installed in Toronto’s Lower Don Lands. Captured by Forum contributor globalexpress, this view features the 57-metre, 350-tonne bridge span following a repositioning across the Keating Channel, facing west and set against the Toronto skyline. Cherry Street North Bridge, image...

Home prices to rise 4-6% in 2021: REMAX

The Canadian real estate market will be driven by so-called “move-up” and “move-over” buyers in 2021, and with persistent supply shortages, prices will increase 4-6%, according to a forecast from REMAX Canada. “We’ve seen a lot of anecdotal evidence since the summer that households are considering significant lifestyle changes...

Toronto GTA December Rent Report 2020

Greater Toronto Area Rental Market The Average Rent for All Property Types in the GTA has Declined by 16% Annually in November 2020 The top panel in the chart below presents TorontoRentals.com data on the average monthly asking rent for GTA rental listings (all property types: basement apartments, rental...

Sunrise from York Mills & Don Mills

Today’s Daily Photo takes us to the York Mills and Don Mills area of North York for a sunrise view. Captured by Forum contributor rudy from an elevated vantage point northeast of the intersection, this shot faces southwest over snowy treetops towards the Midtown and Downtown Toronto skylines. North York sunrise,...

Capital Developments Proposes 30 Storeys on Triangular Church Street Site

In November, Capital Developments submitted a Zoning By-Law Amendment application to redevelop a challenging site where the Toronto neighbourhoods of Yorkville and Rosedale meet. If it gets the green light, the area could see a 30-storey condo tower whose sculpted shape takes cues from the surrounding context. Rendering. View looking East from...

Throwback Thursday: Almost 3 Years of Downtown Mississauga Growth

This week’s Throwback Thursday, our final instalment of it in 2020, takes us west of Toronto for a view of Mississauga‘s rapidly-developing Downtown. We travel back to the early months of 2018, when an aerial view facing northwest from just south of the Burnhamthorpe Road West and Confederation Parkway...

Telltale Black and White Finishes Defining Panda Condominiums

Just steps northwest of Toronto’s bustling Yonge and Dundas intersection, Lifetime Developments‘ new addition to the Downtown Core is rising fast on Edward Street. Construction started on Panda Condominiums in mid-2018, and the Turner Fleischer Architects-designed tower has been progressing above grade since the beginning of 2020, now standing well over halfway towards...

Requests for moving services surged 111% in December: HomeStars

Canadians and also no time snatching up their desire homes last year, as evidenced using requests for professional moving expert services surging 111% in December alone, per HomeStars . “We saw this across the board, and we heard from homeowners that they were looking to idea outside of the...

FCT aims to ditch interim occupancy payments

New condo buyers injuries blindsided by interim occupancy fees—between moving into their unit and the building being registered, the purchaser can not secure a mortgage until title control is transferred into their name, and in addition they pay the builder interest using a remaining balance, as well as maintenance...

News Roundup for December 11, 2020

Scarborough RT will shut down before subway is finished, mayor says; Toronto short-term rental operators must register properties by Dec. 31 or face possible fine of up to $100K; Massive budget shortfalls projected for Ontario municipalities into 2021; and more news: Scarborough RT will shut down before subway is finished, mayor...

What investors can do in lieu of mortgage deferrals

Many real estate investors took advantage of mortgage deferrals that were offered at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while they thought they had received reprieves, they, in fact, opened up another can of worms. The deferrals were intended to ease pressure on landlords who weren’t receiving rent...

Latest Application Brings Untitled Toronto Closer to Construction

Just over a year after recording artist Pharrell Williams took over all the illuminated signs of Yonge-Dundas Square to announce the project known as Untitled Toronto in Midtown Toronto, the multi-tower development from developers Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties is close to shovel-ready. A Site Plan Approval application (SPA) was submitted with the...

Plans Advance for Final Block in Phase 3 of Regent Park Rebuild

15 years into the five-phase rebuild of Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, new buildings continue to be rolled out. Most recently, plans have been submitted to the City for the final block in the third phase, which in the most northwesterly corner of the Regent Park site, is ironically known as Block...

A Look Inside Presentation Centre for Daniels & Baif’s The Thornhill

Despite the changes that have shaken up real estate and the world beyond, people continue to need new places to new, and presentation centres remain a big part of the Greater Toronto Area housing market. In years prior, these spaces were often packed to the gills with prospective buyers,...

King and Jarvis

Today’s Daily Photo takes us to the intersection of King Street East and Jarvis Street in Downtown Toronto. Captured by Forum contributor Od1n, this view faces west towards the Financial District skyline, showing new addition Scotiabank North Tower at Bay Adelaide Centre rising into the skyline. View from King and...

Evening Mist Over Bloor-Yorkville

Today’s Daily Photo features a moody aerial view of Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. Captured by Forum contributor noahthewale from the east tower of U Condominiums, this shot faces east over Yonge Street through a heavy fog. Looking east from U Condos, image by Forum contributor noahthewale Want to see your...

Hullmark and First Capital Plan Flatiron on King West

Developers Hullmark and First Capital have submitted a Site Plan Approval application to the City of Toronto for a flatiron-inspired purpose-built rental building at 1071 King Street West. BDP Quadrangle designed the 14-storey mixed-use building with 227 units for the wedge-shaped property formed by King Street West along the north, Douro...

Toronto GTA August Rent Report 2020

Greater Toronto Area Rental Apartment Market The Average Rent for All Property Types in the GTA has Declined by 8.7% Annually in July 2020 The chart below presents data on the average (yellow vertical bar) and median (horizontal line) monthly asking rent for GTA rental listings for all property...

COVID-19 is Driving the Housing Inventory Crisis in Unexpected Ways

New Zillow data reveals the pandemic’s influence on why homeowners aren’t selling in a hot seller’s market

The Dylan Condos is North York revitalization’s lynchpin

The biggest reason to live in downtown Toronto is that it’s replete with big city amenities, but the equally biggest drawback is that it’s congested. But what if you could live somewhere that both brims with activities and isn’t crowded? As it turns out, North York is undergoing revitalization...

News Roundup for December 10, 2020

TTC plans to continue at reduced pandemic service levels in 2021; Dream Office REIT betting on Toronto with biggest development proposal since COVID-19 pandemic began; Amazon inks deals for Toronto office space after rival Shopify’s expansion; and more news: Dream Office REIT betting on Toronto with biggest development proposal since COVID-19...

Remote Work Could Most Help Black Renters Trying to Buy Homes

Black renters are 29% more likely than other renters to be able to buy a first home because of the rise in telework.

News Roundup for December 10, 2020

TTC plans to continue at reduced pandemic service levels in 2021; Dream Office REIT betting on Toronto with biggest development proposal since COVID-19 pandemic began; Amazon inks…

News Roundup for November 18, 2020

Beacon Hall Golf Club eyes $250-million sale to Toronto real estate developer; Will the pandemic reshape landmark high streets like Queen St. West?; Scarborough’s Avon and Royal…