Toronto Market Continues to Normalize

For the third month in a row, average selling prices have increased in the Greater Toronto area. While prices are still significantly lower than this time last year, they are very much in line with the historical trend that existed before the aberrational late 2016/early 2017 bubble came and went.   For example, year-to-date average… Read More

Mortgage Rate Games

Since last week, four of Canada’s ‘Big Six’ banks have raised their posted mortgage rates: TD Canada Trust by 45 bps (from 5.14% to 5.59%) and the other three by 10-30 bps. These rates aren’t ‘real’ in the sense that they are typically about 2% higher than the actual 5 year fixed rate that you… Read More

What Not To Do When You Are Moving

Whether moving across town or across the country, packing up and moving can be stressful, costly and full of surprises. From shady movers and inaccurate price quotes, to overpacking or not allowing enough time to get the move set up, every step of a move has the potential for mistakes that can make a move… Read More

Millennials Look To Smaller Cities For Dream Homes

A recent ranking of the top “millennial hot spots” in Canada had some surprising results. The country’s biggest cities — Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal — didn’t make the top five, despite their standing as employment and cultural hubs. To determine the best Canadian cities for millennials, research by Point2Homes looked at nine factors: housing affordability,… Read More

Leaner Toronto Market Remains Strong

Media reports continue to focus on how this year’s market conditions compare to the same time last year, and therefore continue to misconstrue what is really going on. Last month total sales (number of homes sold) were 40% lower than the same month last year, and the average selling price was 14% lower. Year-to-date results… Read More

Thinking About Renting Your Basement?

The Toronto rental market is very strong and, if you don’t really need the living space in your basement, the idea of pulling in an extra $1,000/month or more in rent can be very appealing. Before you embark on renovations to convert your basement into an apartment, however, here are some things you should bear… Read More

Improve Your Chances of Obtaining a Home Mortgage

Securing financing to purchase a new home is one of the most important, exciting, and nerve-wracking financial steps most people will ever take. The government has tightened mortgage lending rules several times in recent years, and banks have become increasingly cautious about making mortgage commitments. Does this mean that you won’t be able to get… Read More

Trends Cost Sellers Money

Every new and widely-adopted trend changes what’s considered “standard.” When this happens in real estate — inside or out — a seller’s non-trend or off-trend house or condominium unit may become “substandard” in buyers’ eyes. Sellers who expect top dollar for their property must ensure it makes an on-trend impression with homebuyers, especially millennials. In… Read More

Toronto Market Reheating

Recent media reports have seized upon the February data for prices and sales to suggest that the Toronto market may be in decline. Indeed, prices and sales in February were both lower than the same time last year, however, I would contend that this conclusion is an extreme example of recency bias. What do I… Read More

Toronto Market: Steady As She Goes

Following multiple disturbances overt the past year, including the ‘Fair Housing Plan’; tighter mortgage lending rules; and recent mortgage rate increases, the Toronto market has remained remarkably steady since last summer. Following the inflation and deflation of a price bubble through late 2016 and early 2017, prices have evened out and appear to be returning… Read More