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Curb and Garden Appeal Challenges

Saturday Aug 10th, 2019

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Curb Appeal - The Garden Path

It's August.  By this time, you've spent  more time than you had originally intended to on doing the 'not-fun' stuff on your property and you've had enough already!  Here, and in the coming weeks, are some 'handy, helpful How To's' to make that gardening grind a little lighter..... "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone!"  Some home-made alternatives to killing, or at least discouraging, weeds or other growth in your stone patio or... [read more]

iwantaproperty.realty

Saturday Aug 10th, 2019

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I Want a Property

I now have an additional and new name:  iwantaproperty.realty That statement, "I Want a Property" has almost always been the starter comment from most people with whom I have conversations.  And each individual has a different type of property in mind - a new home,  a new business, an investment, and so on.  So, I figured, why not call myself what I do and how I live!? If you have that "I Want a Property" desire, and have the questions and... [read more]

Multi-Million Dollar Homes Avoid Selling on the MLS

Monday Jul 29th, 2019

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While real estate sales in the over $4 Million range skyrocketed in Montreal with property sales tripling in the first half of 2019, according to a new report,  sales of properties over $4 million in the GTA fell 19 per cent.  The recent report by Sotheby's International Realty Canada  'attributed the GTA drop in luxury sales to at least a couple of factors:  1)   ..."a noted increase in international buyers — a group that includes new... [read more]

One More Important Thing for Dating Millennials!

Monday Jul 29th, 2019

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Keys to My Heart

Here is another survey, this recent one about what Millennials look for when dating....An international survey by "Beyond the Bricks" of 12,000 adults, including more than 1,000 Canadians, showed home buying aspirations scored higher than looks when making dating decisions.... "So suggests a new worldwide survey sponsored by HSBC.   The Beyond the Bricks survey ..... sheds light on Millennials’ priorities, and just how integral real estate... [read more]

Ontario PC's Proposed NEW Local Planning Appeals Tribunal

Friday May 03rd, 2019

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Ontario's PC government announcement on Thursday, May 2, 2019, promises to ease the housing crunch in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area with measures aimed at getting more houses built faster and with less red tape.  In proposed legislation, Steve Clark, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, stated that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, (known as the Ontario Municipal Board prior to 2017 changes by the previous Liberal government), would regain power to make... [read more]

Canada Revenue Agency Rules When You Sell Your Home!

Wednesday Apr 17th, 2019

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What you need to know now from Canada Revenue Agency when you sell your home and principal residence..... "Before 2016, if you sold your property, and it was your principal residence for every year you owned it, you did not have to report the sale to claim the principal residence exemption.  For dispositions in 2016, you had to report the sale and designate the property on Schedule 3, Capital Gains (or Losses) in all situations. For dispositions in 2017 and later... [read more]

What Most Buyers Look for in a Home Purchase

Wednesday Jan 23rd, 2019

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As the Spring 2019 real estate market approaches, (in the real estate world, the Spring Market begins around the third week in February and lasts until about the third week of May), our thoughts turn once again to what Buyers want and consider most when trying for a home purchase.   Now more than ever what drives Buyers to finally purchase a property?  Statistics have always shown, but now more recent research across Canada by Point2Homes reinforces, that Price is still the... [read more]

"Bank of Canada Announces Interest Rate Decision"

Thursday Jan 10th, 2019

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So, in my professional opinion and experience, it REALLY is a great period for purchasing real estate!  Announced January 9, 2019 from the Bank of Canada (by the Canadian Press):  "The Bank of Canada left its trend-setting interest rate unchanged at 1.75% on Wednesday as the sharp decline in oil prices temporarily dims its economic outlook for the coming months.  Before long, however, the central bank expects the economy to expand with renewed vigour. More rate hikes, it... [read more]

GTA Condo Apartment Rentals See Sizable Price Increase Q1 2018!

Wednesday Apr 18th, 2018

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The average rent for one-bedroom condominium apartments in the Toronto Real Estate Board market area was up 11.4% on an annual basis to $1,995 in the first three months of 2018!  The average two-bedroom condominium apartment rent was up by 9.1% over the same period to $2,653, according to market figures reported by GTA Realtors*.  The number of condo apartments available for rent during the first three months of 2018 was down 11.8% compared to the same period of 2017. ... [read more]

Breaking News-Toronto Condo Sales Price Rise 1st Quarter 2018!

Monday Apr 16th, 2018

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Toronto real estate condominium apartment sales remain strong in the first quarter of 2018, according to Toronto Real Estate Board figures sold statistics reported through TREB's MLS* System.  The average selling price was up 9% year-over-year to $533,447 in the period January 1 to March 31, 2018!   While the number of condo apartment sales reported by the Greater Toronto Area Realtors* in the 1st Quarter was down 29.7% year-over-year to 5,084, so were the number of new... [read more]

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