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  • Buying recreational property in winter

    As more and more Canadians reach the point in their lives where they have paid off their mortgage, or have greater financial resources, their thoughts may turn to buying a vacation property.  Demand for summer cottages or year-round vacation homes has increased over the years.  What was once a relatively low cost alternative to an annual ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on February 8, 2011
  • Are U.S. properties a good investment for Canadians?

    There’s been a lot of media attention about the U.S. real estate market recently, leaving some Canadians uncertain about buying vacation or retirement property south of the border.  While every transaction is different, Canadians should be aware that overall prospects for long-term appreciation in U.S. property values are good, provided ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on February 8, 2011
  • Western Canada home prices outpace surprisingly affordable Ontario

    When it comes to moving up to a bigger home, Western Canada  continues to be a price leader, while Ontario offers a range of surprisingly affordable four-bedroom, two-bath homes.  Those are just two of the findings of a new study released by Coldwell Banker, the Home Listing Report (HLR), a snapshot survey of four-bedroom, two-bathroom ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on October 30, 2010
  • Luxury Condos soar to new heights!!!

    Condominiums have long been perceived in the real estate market as one of the more affordable alternatives to home ownership.  And while that is still true in many cases, in recent years, there has also been a noticeable increase in luxury Condos in major Canadian urban centres.  With some of these high end condos, it seems that the sky ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on September 3, 2010
  • Prices still edge up, despite July’s slower sales pace

    What’s new on the national housing scene?  According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the number of MLS® transactions continued to trend downward in July, but inventory of homes for sale remains tight and sale prices are inching upward.  As expected, the decline in the number of July transactions was almost ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on August 22, 2010
  • Sales pace cools, but prices still rising

    As predicted in previous industry forecasts, the sizzling sales pace of Canada’s housing market has begun to cool and move at a more moderate pace.  However, according to recent statistics released by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), prices are continuing their upward climb.  As expected, there was a decline in the ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on August 9, 2010
  • Five Tips for Single Home Buyers

    Canada’s housing environment has more single home buyers entering the market than ever before.  With inventory levels improving in many markets, and interest rates near record lows many people across the country who may have never considered buying a home in the past are recognizing that a mortgage payment on a house can actually be the ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on July 6, 2010
  • Avoid these pitfalls when buying home

    Buying a home can be a very complex, and sometimes emotional experience.  Some buyers find themselves getting caught up in the emotional side, and let their heart take over their head.  Here are a few tips from Coldwell Banker on how would-be buyers can stay grounded and avoid some common pitfalls during the home buying ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on June 9, 2010
  • Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

    For most people, buying a home is the most significant investment they will ever make. Today, with an abundance of homes for sale and interest rates at near historic lows, it may also be the smartest time to buy a home.  While the prospect of owning a home is an exciting one, it can often times seem overwhelming, especially for those who are ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on June 7, 2010
  • Know your options for mortgage interest

    With the Canadian resale housing market booming, and indications that the Bank of Canada will increase interest rates on June 1st, there’s been a lot of attention lately regarding the various options available for mortgage loans.  Whether you’re applying for a new mortgage, or thinking about refinancing before the predicted rate ...
    Posted to Toronto Real Estate (Weblog) by 324618 on June 7, 2010