Will New Mortgage Rules Disrupt the Market?

Last October, the federal government introduced mortgage rules that required anyone needing mortgage insurance (less than 20% down payment) to pass a ‘stress test’ to prove that they could afford the payments if mortgage rates were to increase. The Bank of Canada’s posted rate, approximately 2% higher than the rates actually available, was chosen as… Read More

Changes Coming To Multiple Representation

New Rules

Real estate agents represent seller clients through Listing Agreements, and represent buyer clients through Buyer Representation Agreements. These contracts obligate real estate agents to: Always work in the best interests of the client; Protect the confidentiality of the client’s personal information; Disclose all information that could affect the client’s decisions; and Carry out the client’s… Read More

Home Ownership: Marriage vs Common Law

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Do you assume the house or cottage you share with your life partner belongs to both of you, or are you positive you understand who holds legal ownership? Assumptions can be expensive when it comes to money and real estate. “The garden is as much mine as yours,” yelled one homeowner to his spouse when… Read More

What To Do Before You List Your Home For Sale

To Do List For Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Today’s market presents some very unique opportunities for buyers. With affordability near record highs and interest rates near record lows, many homeowners are making the decision to move up or on. Here a few simple tips to take into consideration when listing your home for sale. 1. Curb Appeal: Buyers make snap judgments about each… Read More

What You Should Know About Buying and Selling Real Estate If You’ve Been Out Of The Market For A Long Time

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If you’ve owned your current home for many years, you may find that a lot has changed in the real estate world. Understanding what has changed can come in handy when you’re entering the market for the first time in a while. Here are a few of the key ways the real estate marketplace has… Read More

Multiple Representation in Selling and Buying Homes

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When a home is sold, there are typically two real estate agents involved: one representing the seller (the ‘listing agent’) and one representing the buyer (the ‘buyer agent’). Another common situation is where one real estate agent represents both the buyer and seller, for example, when a buyer without an agent comes to an open… Read More

The Critical First Two Weeks of Marketing Your Home For Sale

Brokers share their listings with other brokers in the multiple listing service (MLS) under certain rules of cooperation and compensation. One of the rules of cooperation is that each broker and agent make a new listings available to other MLS members within 24 or 48 hours of signing the listing agreement with the seller. This… Read More

As If Bidding Wars Weren’t Bad Enough – Now We Have Escalation Clauses

The super-hot Toronto area market has been rife with bidding wars over the past 1-2 years, as buyers have greatly out-numbered sellers in competing for the dwindling supply of homes for sale. These competitive auctions can be a nightmare for buyers, as the bids are “blind”, meaning that competing bidders only know how many other… Read More

Is Your Basement Apartment Legal?

Is Your Basement Apartment Legal

There are thousands of basement apartments in Toronto, and the vast majority of them are NOT legal. There is a lot of confusion as to what it means for a basement apartment to be legal, and what is required to make it so. If you are thinking about buying a house with an illegal basement… Read More

Renovating? Recoup Your Investment When You Sell

  Before you pour your savings into a new kitchen and a rainforest shower for the master, think about whether or not you’ll be able to recover your investment when it comes time to sell. If you have equity in your home, you can make improvements, but don’t go over the limit of what other… Read More