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Does your lifestyle fit a condo?
There are many appeals and attractions that draw Canadians towards the condo life. Simplicity, efficiency, security, even glamour are all features that attract people to condominiums. But before making a down payment on your castle in the sky, you may want to reflect on the life you've already built − and on your future plans – to ensure that the home that has caught your eye is truly a good fit. Read More...
Ask the right questions in a high-pressure buying situation
When your dream house is someone else's dream house too, you may be facing a bidding war. Having to make an offer on short notice is not only stressful, it can present a real risk that something important will be overlooked. Read More...
Newly built home? Think inspection before possession
When buying a resale home, many prospective buyers hire a home inspector. It's not a requirement of course, but it makes sense. Why not check under the hood before spending all that money? When buying a new home from a builder things are very different. Often there is no house to inspect. There may not even be a hole in the ground. You are buying the future. It may take weeks, months or even years before you get to step over the threshold to that new home but when you do it should be for an inspection. In fact, builders are required to do a thorough, floor-by-floor walk through with you before they hand over the keys. Read More...
Buying or selling a home? Now is a good time for both
The second busiest season for buying and selling homes is upon us, but what is it about autumn that causes an upswing in real estate activity? Read More...
Get professional assistance when selling a home
The availability of information via the Internet makes doing just about anything by ourselves seem possible, but is it wise to take all matters into our own hands? Read More...
5 questions to ask before hiring a real estate professional
So you're ready to buy or sell your home, and you want the guidance of a real estate professional to help you with the process. But how do you pick the one that is right for you? Read More...
Take time to navigate all of the real estate fine print
With the excitement and pressures associated with buying or selling a home, it can be tempting to speed things along by signing forms that you haven't really read. But taking the time to read and understand what you're signing is essential. Read More...
How to learn the total costs of home ownership
Half of Canadians who plan to purchase a home think they will only need to cover the down payment to move in. The “closing costs” however, can add as much as another four percent of the total purchase price of the home. Read More...
What to do when your real estate offer is met with competition
Frustrations can fly when eager homebuyers run into competition during the offer phase of the buying process. Competitive, or multiple offer situations, can take place in markets all across Ontario, so it's best to be prepared... Read More...