Toronto Market Continues on Steady, Balanced Trend

Toronto area prices were slightly (1.6%) higher in January than last January, while the total number of homes sold was almost exactly the same. The inventory of homes for sale was the same as last year, as well as last month, and right on the 3 months’ supply level that is regarded as ‘balanced’, that… Read More

New Mortgage Qualification Rules – Unintended Consequences

When the federal government introduced ‘stress test’ rules in early 2018, the intention was to make sure that buyers would be able to afford their mortgage payments should interest rates increase by the time they need to renew. Basically, the new rules require that buyers prove that they could afford to buy their home if… Read More

Financial Don’ts When Getting Ready To Buy A Home

If you’re in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably already met with a lender who advised you on what to do and what not to do during the escrow process. But if you’re just getting ready to buy or plan on doing so in the near future, following a few financial tips can… Read More

The Critical First Two Weeks of Marketing Your Home For Sale

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

Toronto Homes Among the Most Overvalued in the World

The Economist magazine has published a very cool interactive chart that allows you to see at a glance how home prices in major cities around the world compare to each other over the past 20 years, and how ‘overvalued’ they are in terms of the ratio of price to household income. As you can see… Read More

CREA Forecasts Higher Prices & Sales for Ontario in 2019

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is Canada’s national association of real estate agents, similar to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. Among other services, CREA publishes data on MLS sales across the country and has recently published their province-by-province forecasts for home prices and sales volumes in 2019 (see charts… Read More

Toronto Area Market Remains Balanced Through The Fall

Once again, year-over-year average prices in the Toronto area were higher in November than last November, though both sales and active listings were lower. Prices continue to track 3-5% above last year, as they have every month since the summer. If the seasonal pattern holds true, prices should drop about 4% in December; this will… Read More

Layering On The Luxe: Jewel Tones for Fall and Winter

Want to know the hottest trend for home for fall and winter? Look to your fingers. And your wrists. And your neck. Yes, those gems—more specifically, those jewel tones—are inspiring all the looks for home today. After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction (we’re looking at you, inoffensive beige,… Read More

How To Deal With Cranky Toddlers During The Move

Moving is an overwhelming experience. It is difficult to say whether you are excited about the new place or melancholic about the one you are leaving behind. You are trying hard to handle all those jumbled up emotions, along with the stress of getting everything done on time. The last thing you need is the… Read More

Toronto Prices and Sales Move Higher in October

In a continuation of the ‘return to normal’ trend that we have seen since early this year, Toronto area prices and sales in October were higher than both the previous month and the previous year. The seasonal pattern that we saw repeated year after year over the past 20 years (up until the bubble started… Read More