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

When Does The Seller Have To Move Out On Closing Day?

Moving Van

Most sellers¬†and buyers are at least a bit confused about this question. The standard wording of the Purchase and Sale Agreement says that the Agreement “shall be completed by no later than 6:00 p.m. on the _____ day of ____________, 2011. Upon completion, vacant possession of the property shall be given to the buyer unless… Read More

Five Things You Should Know About Home Inspections

If you’re hiring someone to inspect the home you want to buy, or you’re a seller trying to find out if there are any hidden problems that need fixing before you put your home on the market, here are five things you need to know: 1. You can choose your home inspector. Your real estate… Read More

Capital Gains Tax And Your Principal Residence

House Values Rising

Tax-free profit on the sale of your principal residence is alluring, but it can be elusive. Under the federal Income Tax Act, property owners are entitled to tax-free profit on the sale of their principal residence, provided they follow the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines. Capital gain is the net difference between the cost of… Read More

I Want To Sell My Home – How Much Work Should I Do?

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

You’ve started looking for a new house, and you’ve seen a couple that you like. Your present house has served you well, but the last major renovations were done almost 20 years ago. How much work should you do to get the house ready to put on the market as soon as you buy the… Read More

Selling Your Home Over The Holidays? Don’t Be A Curb Appeal Scrooge

If your house is currently for sale or if you’re considering listing it, you may be wondering whether you should bother at all with holiday decorations this year. In a word: yes. But there’s more to it than that. There’s a long way between Scrooge and The Griswolds. It’s hard to argue with the fact… Read More

Toronto Market Remains Strong in October

The fall market continued to be very healthy in October, with sales of all property types up by 12% over September while prices remained steady. The relative strength of the condominium apartment sector relative to freehold properties continued last month: condo prices were slightly higher than in September and about 20% higher than last year,… Read More

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

Worst Time Of The Year May Be The Best for Buyers

Why is the worst time of the year, often the best time for real estate buyers? The holiday season and the following “worst weather” months are widely considered the worst time of the year for selling or buying real estate. In reality, these distraction-packed months – November to February – carry benefits for determined buyers…. Read More