House Buying & Selling Tips

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

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...

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...

Guide for the first time home buyer in Georgetown

Top 10 Do’s For First Time Home Buyer Georgetown   Get your free first-time homebuyer Georgetown kit below with more resources, information, maps, tools, and guides on how to be smart in the current real estate market. Contact Tony Sousa, a Georgetown realtor at tony@sousasells.ca or647-779-1567 for help buying...

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–

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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 —...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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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...

Local Real Estate News

Medallion Seeks to Increase Density at Casa Emery Village Development

With the Finch West LRT under construction past its Casa Emery Village site at Weston Road and Finch Avenue in northwestern Toronto, Medallion Corporation is seeking higher densities for the remaining phases at the multiphase development. The rental apartment developer has completed three buildings already on this former shopping plaza site...

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.

Envisioned Bauhaus Condos nearing release this day

It’s been said that the fishing line to the millionaire’s club winds the actual real estate market, and is difficult to argue otherwise. Of course , there are assortment homes in which to invest and finding one as an investment vehicle will require shrewdness and patience—the latter since the...

Transportation commuters have limited housing possible choices: CMHC

Transit commuters to the GTA aren’t being served combined with adequate housing starts compared to Montreal and Vancouver, says a new survey from the Canada Mortgage and The housing sector Corporation. “What patterns are we getting from the transit analysis in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver? ” requires the crown...

News Roundup for December 22, 2020

Toronto welcomes extended lockdown — and says more restrictions might be necessary; City re-opens Fair Pass TTC discounts to new applicants; Developers bet on market rebound with massive Toronto complex; and more news: Toronto welcomes extended lockdown — and says more restrictions might be necessary (Toronto Star) City re-opens Fair...

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...

Tribute Communities Proposes Residential Tower near 401 and Bayview

An existing low-rise apartment building housing 29 families could be demolished and replaced with a 27-storey residential tower rising north of Highway 401 in Toronto. Developer Tribute Communities recently filed applications for Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, and Site Plan Approval for 71 Talara Drive in the Bayview/Sheppard area...

Fresh, new landlord association takes fighting to Ottawa’s city orée

Countless renters have endured a difficult especially because of pandemic-induced job a potential loss, and their difficulties have given to small landlords, involving whom find themselves in precarious trades as well. In the capital, our Ottawa Small Landlord Cartel (OSLA), established last tillf?llen, is advocating on the behalves of...

Panoramic Skyline from Centre Destination

A lower number of visitors have had the chance to go into the spectacular skyline views within the  Toronto Islands in the last year. This postcard watch continues to change as different skyline additions  join the mix, with the view below right from Forum contributor Rascacielo along with the...

Magazine Roundup for January 22, 2021

Court injunction filed as heritage activists improve fight to save Toronto‘s Foundry barns;   Toronto councillors warn Very Parliament area ‘not for sale’ as province seeks to catch historic site;   Meet Chips Mantas, Toronto‘s newest councillor; as well as more news: Court injunction filed because heritage activists step...

Competitiveness is Fierce for Home Buyers, But also Acting Quickly Could Save Your kids Hundreds on Their Monthly Payments

This new Zillow analysis shows how the requirement of quickly growing home values and the potential for rising interest rates entail those who don’t delay will have greater buying power.

Throwback Thursday: Four Years to Fleur Condos

This week’s Throwback Thursday looks back four years, comparing two very different views of the northeast corner of Church and Shuter streets in Downtown Toronto. In November, 2016, a view looking northwest across Shuter Street from just east of Church Street showed excavators in the process of demolishing the...

Housing Market Shows Signs of Seasonal Cooling Even as Historic Demand Continues

This Zillow Weekly Market Report includes housing market data as of the week ending Oct. 24

Purpose-Built Rental Coming Together at 41 River Street

Wedged between Toronto‘s regenerating Regent Park redevelopment and the lower Don Valley, a stretch along the east side of River Street over to the Don River is seeing more and more redevelopment now as well. This is being manifested in both high-rise towers and smaller-scaled developments like one notable...

11-Storey Mixed-Use Development Proposed on Sheppard East at Brimley

A Scarborough site that is home to low-rise commercial could see new life if a redevelopment proposal is approved by Toronto City Council. In late 2020, Wintrup Developments submitted an application to amend the Zoning By-law to allow an 11-storey mixed-use building with retail at 4415 Sheppard Avenue East, at the intersection with...

News Roundup for October 29, 2020

Toronto condo, apartment rental prices drop again amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic; Toronto council OKs plan that could see bike lanes on Yonge Street by summer 2021; In Toronto’s Little Portugal, a laneway building stands ready for a long second life; and more news: Toronto condo, apartment rental prices drop again amid...

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,...

Now with spring upon us, remember by no means waive home inspections

Spring buying season, generally the busiest time of the year in real estate, is upon us and huge cities like Toronto & Vancouver are hotter compared with they’ve ever been. Unfortunately, which swaths of home potential customers are likely waiving their to home inspections . Although that’s been standard...

UofT Updates Plans for its Spadina and Sussex Student Residence

The University of Toronto, in partnership with The Daniels Corporation, continues its downtown St George Campus expansion with a striking mixed-use student residence development with expressive brick facades and a cleverly incorporated heritage component. UrbanToronto last reported on the story in February, 2019 after zoning was settled at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). This resubmission...

Striking Sunrise Over Lake Ontario

Today’s Daily Pictureprofessional shows off a  colourful sunrise explore over Toronto‘s East Bayfront or Port Lands areas.   Trapped by Forum contributor mburrrr , this south-facing strike is framed by the Lighthouse System West at Daniels Waterfront and in addition 100 Queens Quay at Sweet Wharf, with the Sugar...

Ice-cubes on the Harbour

A view from Toronto‘s Harbourfront portion is featured in today’s Daily Video / photo. Captured by Marc Mitanis , this shot would seem north over a frozen slip within foot of York Street, to broken plates of floating glaciers adding a chill to the show.

Quiet Days in the PATH System

Toronto‘s extensive underground PATH system was a bustling hive of activity during pre-pandemic business hours, though 2020 has not been kind to the shops and eateries of this underground city. Described in various media reports as a “ghost town” during the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the PATH looks particularly empty...

Big Bonus Awaiting REALTORⓇ Who Delivers Buyer Of $13.8 Vancouver Condo

And by “big bonus”, we mean a half-million-dollar bonus for the REALTORⓇ of the buyer.  $500,000 is one of the biggest Zealty.ca, a real estate search website by Holywell Properties, has ever recorded.  The seller of the $13.8 condo, which is in the Alberni is offering the $500,00 bonus...

Mirabella Condos Rising Tall Over Lake Shore Boulevard

Construction of Diamante Development‘s Mirabella Condominiums is making rapid progress at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Windermere Drive, positioned at the foot of Toronto‘s Swansea neighbourhood. The two-tower, Scott Shields Architects-designed condominium development has been under construction since mid-2019, and well into the second year of work, the complex’s twin 38-storey towers are helping...

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.

Trends Roundup for March several, 2021

City staff recommend beginning a big swath of Yonge Street to bike lane and patios for summer;   To pave with regard to wetland development, Ford so as to retroactively changing law;   After a ‘bloodbath’ of a decade, Toronto tourism association in order to ahead to recovery; etc...

Jewel at Night

As well as construction moves through its latter part of the stages for the south tower of  CIBC SQUARE at Toronto‘s Bay and Bay Shore intersection, new photos are usually emerging of the 49-storey building’s night illumination. A recent lighting test highlighted  the tower’s diamond-patterned facades, some of those...

Humber Bay Shores Skyline’s New Addition

A sunset view out of Toronto‘s growing Humber Clean Shores neighbourhood skyline within the featured in today’s Daily Image. Captured by Craig White , the idea shot faces south of High Street towards The Queensway. In the background, the topped-out Vita for a Lake development is the articles or...

Capital gains tax on your sobresaliente home should be a non-starter

If you’ve been needing to become a homeowner, or you beforehand own a home, you’ll like to pay attention to a proposal that the majority of seems to keep raising dwelling ugly head: a tax fees on the capital gains to the sale of the home you live during....

Deals shortage looms large using construction industry

A report released by the Ontario Construction Secretariat has found what homebuilding contractors appear to have been saying for some time—that it’s becoming more difficult to access wonderful labour. This is obviously a concern for the residential construction sector, as we can’t afford so as to slow down. But...

Trend back Thursday: Remembering Honest Ed’s

This week’s Trend back Thursday takes us back in time for Toronto‘s once-iconic Honest Ed’s dealership block at Bathurst and Bloor. About three and a half years ago, on September 20, 2017, an Open Streets THAT WILL event invited pedestrians and cyclists to take over city streets, particular intersection...

Tower-in-the-Park Infill Planned at Sherbourne and Shuter

A new infill project in Toronto‘s Moss Park neighbourhood could bring over 300 new rental dwellings and new residential amenities to two existing apartment buildings. The Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment application was submitted by Bousfields Inc., planning consultant to Ontari Holdings Ltd, to City officials for 191-201...

Trends Roundup for January 21, 2021

Highrise stalled by receivership shows a ignite of life; Ford government moves to acquire historic site of quite parliament as Foundry demolition may keep;   The never-ending war amidst Queen’s Park and City Area; and more news: Highrise stalled through process of receivership shows a spark attached to life...

$12m in invested in GTA’s commercial sector in 2020: Altus

Investment volumes in the Greater Toronto Area’s commercial real estate market decreased year-over-year in Q3-2020, but, along with Montreal, the region remains investors’ Canadian market of choice, according to report from Altus Group. Through the first three quarters of the year, $11.9 billion was invested in the GTA, a...

Growth to Watch For 2020 Presented by NEEZO Studios: Markham Now Available

Our annual Growth To Watch For series is back for another year, bigger, taller, and more comprehensive than ever. The reports this year are presented by NEEZO Studios. Over the course of the year, we have brought you to every significant development happening across the 416 and have moved beyond, now covering activity...

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...

Low town housing boom could be short-lived: CIBC

COVID-19 caused good inadvertent housing boom in universal remote Canadian cities hours from urban world centres, but a report from CIBC Capital Markets speculates that could arrive at a screeching halt once the pandemic ends. “The reality is that despite the samsung s8500 of companies announcing permanent work-from-home policies,...

Throwback Thursday: Eaton Centre Bridge

This week’s Throwback Thursday compares two views of Queen Street just west of Yonge, during and after the replacement of the bridge between Cadillac Fairview‘s Eaton Centre and Hudson Bay stores. In the Spring of 2017, the 1977-built Zeidler Architecture-designed skywalk, showing signs of age, had just been removed. Photos from earlier in May...

Panda Condos Construction Navigating Site-Specific Challenges

Unique site considerations are shaping the construction process for a new mixed-use development rising tall near Toronto‘s bustling Yonge and Dundas intersection. Panda Condominiums by Lifetime Developments has been under construction on Edward Street since mid-2018, and the Turner Fleischer Architects-designed tower is now approaching its final 30-storey height as crews navigate the final...

Throwback Thursday: Nathan Phillips Square

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us to Nathan Phillips Square at Bay and Queen streets in Downtown Toronto to compare two photos captured over six years apart. The focal point of this comparison is the 1965-built City Hall at the north end of the square, which has changed very...

Out-of-province investors flocking to Calgary

Calgary’s real estate market, like the city’s economy, is reeling, but there are opportunities for investors provided they look in the right places. “Since COVID, and even before here in Calgary, there was a real push out to the suburbs because people weren’t as interested in living downtown,” said...

Toronto-Dominion Centre Banking Pavilion

In the midst of Canada’s tallest buildings in Toronto‘s Financial District, one of the most beloved banking-related buildings in the core stands just one storey above the intersection of King and Bay stress. The TD Centre’s Banking Pavilion—known for its precise International Style geometric features like a distinctive waffle-grid ceiling—is featured...

Eyesight from Garrison Point

A view generally the Toronto skyline is reflected in today’s Daily Photo, collected during  a pre-delivery check for a unit in  this new Garrison Point complex. This advice shot from Forum contributor  khorhadris reveals the changing sit back and watch awaiting residents of the complex’s east-facing units, with more...

COVID-19 causing major construction delays

COVID-19 transmission among construction transactions is riskier than most people may perhaps well think, especially given how frequently his job sites change. “Some projects in Barcelone have had COVID cases, including the customer downtown called The Well at Front because Spadina, ” said John Miolla, vice president of operations...

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.

Skyline View with Fading Fall Colours

Today’s Daily Photo takes us high above Varsity Stadium near St George Station for a view of the Downtown Toronto skyline. This view from Forum contributor Jasonzed faces south over the University of Toronto, with the aerial shot highlighting the quickly fading fall colours as the mercury continues to drop.

Lady West Layers

A view of Toronto‘s Queen Saint West is featured in today’s Every last day Photo, captured by Forum factor Rascacielo . About that view faces east along  Girl West, showing some of the street’s  points of interest including the  Bell Media residence at  299 Queen Street To the west,...

GTA home sales in December set information

2020 was a year appreciate no other, but for Toronto’s real estate market, entirely was more of the same. Sales reported through the Toronto Regional Land Board’s (TRREB) MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE system rose by 8. 4% from 2019, reaching 95, 151. December also set a monthly quantity for sales,...

GTA condo sector roaring back to life

The Greater Toronto Area’s condominium latest market moderated in 2020, but might that tell the whole story? Certainly not. Despite the fact sales declined by 5% in 2019, according to the Toronto Regional Equity Board (TRREB), prices actually high by 7. 1%. In the 416 and 905, prices rose...

Curated Properties Proposes 22 Storeys on Erskine Avenue

A low-rise rental apartment building in Midtown Toronto could make way for a 22-storey residential building comprising condominium and rental dwelling units. In October, Curated Properties submitted a Zoning By-Law Amendment application to the City for the proposal located at 109 Erskine Avenue west of Redpath Avenue. Axonometric view looking...