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5 More Buyer Tips

The 'First 5' buyer tips I posted previously are just to get a buyer started. There's lots more to it. Here are five more topics to consider. 6) Hire a home inspector. Please, hire a home inspector. They don't have X-ray vision, and they are not clairvoyant,...

December 2013 Market Review/Year End

According to recently released TREB stats, there were 14% more residential re-sales in Toronto in December 2013 (4,078) than there were in December 2012 (3,582), while the number of new listings added to the MLS for the month was down 4% (4,102 compared to 4,267). Those factors again...

‘First 5’ Buyer tips

The Toronto real estate market is in a sustained 'sellers' market state. Buyers have to be prepared to take action when they find a house they want. For you first-time buyers (and those of you who haven't done this in a while), there's lots that you...

November 2013 Market Review

More sales (6,391, up 14% over last year) and fewer active listings (16,092, down 12%) in November meant competition among buyers, and higher prices - shocking, eh? The average selling price for all dwelling types was $538,881, a year-over-year increase of 11.3% (which is significant). The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark...

Fab 3 bed semi on Glebeholme Blvd – **SOLD**

The Danforth is such a great part of Toronto. The subway provides access for local residents to quickly get downtown, and at the same time conveniently brings folks to the area to enjoy the great restaurants, pub and shops. The neighbourhood brims with activity. Set just...

October 2013 Market Review

As shown in TREB's latest report, October was another strong - if somewhat frustrating - month in the Toronto real estate market. The key points are that, compared to October 2012, there are fewer homes on the market (-10.5%), they are selling faster (DOM -2.6%), and...

Think your home needs ‘staging’? Then hire a *real* stager.

One can't talk real estate without at some point touching on the issue of 'staging'. The idea is that somebody replaces some or all of your furniture with nicer stuff, and blows the socks off potential buyers. Sounds simple enough. As I have written before, when...

Beautiful detached home on Neville Park Blvd – SOLD!!

Nestled within the urban forest that characterizes the Beach, Neville Park Blvd is a quiet cul-de-sac near the very end of Queen St East. Number 151 is a gorgeous, three bedroom detached home that has been extensively renovated over the last year. The two storey rear addition was re-built...

RE/MAX Hallmark expands again!

This news is hot off the presses this morning: Aurora, ON (October 7, 2013) – The leadership team at RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. has been hand-picked by RE/MAX York Group Realty to take the company to the next level.  RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. will acquire the company,...

September 2013 Market Review

Today TREB released the sales statistics for September. As I noted recently, sales activity has been up significantly this year, and September continued that trend: sales volume was up 30% over September, 2012. At the same time, the number of both new and active (total) listings were...