House Buying & Selling Tips

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

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...

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...

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.

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...

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 —...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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–

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 [email protected] or647-779-1567 for help buying...

Local Real Estate News

Striking Brick Details for 15-Storey Condo Proposal in Corktown

A late 2020 application to the City of Toronto seeks Zoning By-law Amendments to permit a new 15-storey development at 471 Queen Street East, between Parliament and River streets in Corktown. Dubbed The Queen, the project by Lamb Development Corp features a design by A&Architects that brings new ground floor retail and condominium units...

Home Value Growth Breaks Records as Rents Stabilize

Impressive late-year metrics set up 2021 as a banner year

Portlands Energy Centre and Hearn Forming Station

The good icy-cold view from Toronto‘s Port Lands is featured in today’s Working day Photo. Captured by Forum factor globalexpress , the item shot looks across the frozen-over giving you channel towards the  decommissioned Hearn Generating Station on the right in addition to the Portlands Energy Centre on the...

Etobicoke Sunset

Today’s Daily Photo takes us to the Humber Bay Shores area in the Toronto borough of Etobicoke, for a sunset view facing northwest. Captured by Forum contributor Full Metal Junkie, this shot looks towards the rising Phoenix condominium development, with the Mississauga skyline visible in the background.

Home renovations spiked during lockdown

Andrea Ross and her husband decided to renovate their home in Toronto’s Davisville Village to make it more functional after learning she was pregnant, and then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. “We had our third child coming and our plan was to sell it in the next three years, but...

Geothermal Heating Bringing Up-Front Costs Down for Developers

Geothermal heating systems, while gaining in popularity, are still not as common in Toronto as one would assume, even though it is generally understood that heating and cooling buildings using a renewable resource from the ground has great advantages—environmental and otherwise—over a typical fossil fuel-based system. However, environmental consciousness and energy...

Gossip Roundup for February 8, 2021

Has Toronto embraced the need for bike and pedestrian-friendly streets?;   Novotel on the Boardwalks to become temporary emergency shelter;   Recycling the SRT; and more progress: Has Toronto embraced the need for tandem and pedestrian-friendly streets?   (Globe and Mail) Novotel within Esplanade to become temporary emergency shelter...

Three Tower Proposal at Dufferin and the 401 Evolves

A Site Plan Approval application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for a 2.1 hectare site located at 3450 Dufferin Street, across from Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Fitzrovia Real Estate is seeking to develop a three-tower comprehensive mixed-use complex which would contain residential, daycare, parkland, and commercial restaurant uses....

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...

Researches Roundup for February 5, 2021

TTC can suggest shutting down Scarborough Rapid Détroit in 2023;   New low-budget, supportive housing building opens into downtown Toronto‘s Church-Wellesley area;   Toronto, Queen’s Park support changed SmartTrack plan; and more news: TTC recommends shutting down Scarborough Quickened Transit in 2023 (Globe and Mail) New competitively priced, supportive...

Mirvish+Gehry Plan Morphs Again

There’s no development proposal on UrbanToronto that attracts more attention, whenever there are updates, than Mirvish+Gehry Toronto does. There’s little wonder why: the buildings are designed by Frank Gehry, who grew up here and who designed the latest expansion of the Art Gallery of Ontario, but whose greatest works, including some of...

Updates Roundup for January 28, 2021

Toronto superior says it could be time to begin discussion around eventual reopening of region;   Toronto condo prices at any time dropped at the end of 2020 — nonetheless , expert says the slump will be short-lived;   Toronto is getting a new car park along the waterfront...

68-Storey Tower Proposed on Former Site of Crocodile Rock

When speculation began in 2019 that the land on the northeast corner of Adelaide and Duncan Streets in the Entertainment District was potentially slated for redevelopment, the owners of Crocodile Rock were adamant that they were not closing and that they were staying put for the long term. That,...

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry for November 13, 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...

66 Storeys Proposed at Wellington and Blue Jays Way

An application submitted to the City of Toronto in the final days of 2020 seeks Zoning By-law Amendments and Site Plan Approval to permit a 66-storey, mixed-use building at the southeast corner of Wellington Street West and Blue Jays Way. Currently home to a 1991-completed nine-storey office building, the plan for 277 Wellington...

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...

Proposed revitalization could render Canada’s most iconic street unrecognizable

Yonge St. is easily one of Canada’s most iconic streets, but it better reflects the Toronto of yesteryear. That could change in the next few years. A proposal, Yonge Tomorrow, calls for enhancing the strip between Queen and College Sts. by creating pedestrian-only zones between Edward St. and Dundas...

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 pandemic has catalyzed decentralization: RBC

Although 2020 will soon be in the rear-view mirror, the changes it ushered in will remain into 2021 and beyond, according to a forecast from RBC Economics. The COVID-19 pandemic upended the way people around the world live and work, and RBC believes it’s the dawn of a new...

Minto Sells Out Ivy Ridge Community in Whitby

Minto Communities GTA is celebrating a turning point for their Ivy Ridge project in Whitby, announcing that the new master-planned subdivision at Thickson Road and Dryden Boulevard has sold out all of its homes as the community welcomes its first wave of residents. The collection of 371 homes launched with an initial phase in 2017, with the remaining...

Watch out for ‘playing Russian roulette’ with your rental unit properties

Forgoing liability insurance on rental properties is equivalent to “playing Russian roulette, ” promises a savvy investor with about 57 doors, and for good reason. “It’s playing Russ roulette if you don’t have insurance near the property. If you have 20 units coupled with two people living in each...

KingSett Proposes Mid-Rise Mixed-Use Redevelopment at Queen and Brock

Private equity real estate investment firm KingSett Capital has filed documents with the City of Toronto supporting a redevelopment proposal on Queen Street West in Parkdale. According to the filing, in addition to bringing a range of dwelling units to the northwest corner at Brock Avenue, the new building...

System projects will buoy construction demand in 2021

Construction service fees in Canada’s three most population provinces are slated to rise 3-5% in 2021, according to BTY Group’s annual Market Intelligence Report (MIR), with planned infrastructure projects road the increases. “An already robust infrastructure program—bolstered by increased government exhortation spending—will help offset sharp declines in commercial building...

Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns To Screens For 14 Days

The Architecture & Design Film Festival, run by New York-based architect Kyle Bergman, had already run for several years in a number of US cities, but in November 2019, its first Toronto showing arrived in the cinemas of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Things being the 2020 way they are...

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry to find January 27, 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, plus major impacts on what have been thriving real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, delayed, or affected in other ways, when UrbanToronto is still operating at large strength with our team working...

Metrolinx Releases Preliminary Design Business Case for Ontario Line

Metrolinx has released the Preliminary Design Business Case (PDBC) for the Ontario Line subway, detailing the project’s design and benefits for the community, reflecting feedback from residents and business people. The document notes several benefits, including faster travel and better transit access and capacity. Most significantly, it no longer...

Density and Mixed Use Coming to the Golden Mile

With the new Crosstown LRT opening in less than two years, today, Toronto City Council unanimously passed the Golden Mile Secondary Plan that will guide the redevelopment of many parcels of land along the Crosstown route on Eglinton Avenue East between Victoria Park Road and Birchmount Road in Scarborough. In...

Toronto investors still earning hefty ROIs

If you think activity in Toronto’s condo market has decelerated, reconsider. “The information that’s not being reported, despite the fact that that I see because I have to take on these and sign off to each of your one of them, is there are a lot of assignment discounts...

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Services market for March 5, 2021

Worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects in Toronto, not to mention major impacts on what ended up booming real estate together with building industries. Many jobs a great number events are currently suspended, postponed, or affected in other means, though UrbanToronto is still running at full strength with...

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...

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 motels on Kingston Road strip to disappear; and more news: Beacon Hall Golf Club eyes $250-million sale to Toronto real estate developer (Globe and...

Niagara in the Distance

On a clear day, south-facing information from Downtown Toronto high-rise architectural structures offer a view of the distant views of Niagara Falls, Ontario.   Today’s Daily Photo, shot a Forum contributor mburrrr , covers the approximate 65-kilometre distance between the two city skylines. Looking over the Toronto Islands in...

Toronto Council Advances Equitable Hiring Through Community Benefits Framework

The City of Toronto‘s Community Benefits Framework was adopted by Council in 2019, seeking to leverage options including procurement, real estate transactions, or financial incentives in an aim to remove inclusivity barriers and create equitable economic workforce opportunities for communities where projects are in planning. Still in its development...

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.

COVID-19: UrbanToronto Updates from the Industry over February 12, 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching effects in Toronto, inclusive of major impacts on what have been prosperous real estate and building industries. Many jobs and most events are currently suspended, delayed, or affected in other ways, whilst UrbanToronto is still operating at finished strength with our team working...

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...

Job growth decelerated in October: StatCan

Canada’s economy sputtered last month with only 83,600 new jobs created—significantly below the 378,000 unique jobs generated in September—but the number of people who work from home grew by 150,000 in October, according to a report from Statistics Canada. The country’s unemployment rate was mostly sideways at 8.9% last...

Wonder Condos Reaches Grade on Eastern Avenue

An early 2019 ground breaking marked the start of work on Graywood Developments and the Alterra Group‘s new condominium development in Toronto‘s Leslieville neighbourhood. Now, fast approaching the two-year anniversary of this milestone, construction is progressing above grade for the new mid-rise building on Eastern Avenue at Logan. Dubbed ‘Wonder‘ in a nod to the heritage...

M2M Condos Phase 2 Submitted for Site Plan Approval

With four cranes working away on the below-grade levels of M2M Condos‘ first phase, developer Aoyuan International is moving ahead with the next phase of its transformation of the former Newtonbrook Plaza on Yonge at Cummer in North York. Located where the first stop of the proposed Yonge North...

Toronto GTA November Rent Report 2020

Greater Toronto Area Rental Apartment Market The Average Rent for All Property Types in the GTA has Declined by 13% Annually in October 2020 The top panel in the chart below presents data on the average monthly asking rent for GTA rental listings (all property types: basement apartments, apartments,...

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...

Modern building infrastructure slashes timeshare

Empty nesters transitioning to vertical a proper often make the mistake of entering into older condominium buildings request units are bigger plus, on a dollar per place foot basis, they’re priced competitively. “People can get the most affordable, 500 sq ft ‘t realizing they may be buying to the...

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...

Media news release Roundup for January 8, 2021

28 those working on Eglinton Crosstown LRT located in Toronto test positive for COVID-19;   Plans to remake the downtown area Yonge Street would close chapters to cars during the day;   Barcelone ranked one of the world’s best biggest in 2021; and more news: 38 people working on...

Absolutely no, Canada’s housing market won’t crash

A report from Lowestrates. ca with an alarmist headline predicts that housing rates will “correct” sometime this year, truthfully according to a mortgage professional in Vancouver, a fundamental misunderstanding is at play. “It’s as simple as this: basic, unreported inflation, ” Dustan Woodhouse, president of Understanding Architects, told CREW...

Structural Engineering on Full Display as The One Rises Taller

A high-profile Toronto development has been attracting the attention of both engineering and architecture enthusiasts, with attention converging on the intersection of Yonge and Bloor, where Mizrahi Developments‘ The One is on the rise. Designed by UK-based architects Foster + Partners with Toronto‘s Core Architects, the building has been generating plenty of buzz in the first few months...

Guest Column: GTA New Condominium Market Update 2021 – A Deeper Understanding

Guest writer R. Scott Davie, President of Davie Real Estate, has been a leader in the sales and marketing of new high rise and low rise projects around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for decades and has represented many of the GTA’s top Developers. Davie recently wrote a book on...

18 Acres of Open Space to Weave Brightwater Community Together

Mississauga‘s Port Credit waterfront is about to be extended westwards as 72 acres of cleaned up brownfields are primed to become a mixed-use community, Brightwater. Developed by Port Credit West Village Partners—a joint venture of DiamondCorp, Dream Unlimited, FRAM + Slokker, and the Kilmer Group—will remake the former Imperial Oil Lands at Lakeshore...

News Roundup for November 27, 2020

Rogers Centre faces demolition as Blue Jays owner plans new stadium; Toronto council unanimously urges Ford government to abandon proposed changes to child-care system; Toronto city council gears up for COVID-19 vaccine rollout; and more news: Rogers Centre faces demolition as Blue Jays owner plans new stadium (Globe and Mail) Toronto...

Proposed vacancy tax worse news for reeling condo market

The City of Toronto’s proposed tax on vacant homes has been reproached for the damage it could do to the city’s already-reeling condo market. The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) even sent city councillors a letter asking that the Executive Committee defer its decision to implement an empty...