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Ontario government gives tax break to first-time home buyers

December 29th, 2016

Have you heard? In its 2016 Fall Economic Statement, the Government of Ontario committed to increasing the land transfer tax (LTT) rebate for first-time home buyers from $2,000 to $4,000. The new LTT rebate will help more young families achieve their dreams of home ownership. “Finding an affordable home has become a struggle for thousands […]

Cozy and warm, sitting fireside!

December 29th, 2016

The snow is flying and the temperature has been plummeting for the past few weeks, leading many Canadian homeowners to flip the switch on that gas fireplace for the first blazing fire of the season. If your home is missing this cozy feature, perhaps it’s an upgrade you’re considering. While a fireplace will usually add […]

So You Want To Move to Canada Eh?

November 16th, 2016

      Since the election of Donald Trump, the Canadian Immigration site has repeatedly been crashing with traffic from the US.  Want to venture north? Here are a few ways you might be able to do it.  1) Come in on a Student Visa, study at post secondary institution and eventually apply for citizenship.  2) Come […]

Get Your OWN Agent!

November 16th, 2016

The recently aired  CBC Marketplace show entitled “How Some Agents Break The Rules” highlights the perils of buying a home through the listing agent particularly in multiple offer situations.  It’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it. Here are just a few reasons why you need to get your own agent. 1) You won’t save any money by working directly through the […]

Strong Today. Steady Tomorrow. Hope for First Time Buyers :)

November 14th, 2016

Despite the introduction of new mortgage rules aimed at cooling Toronto’s red hot real estate market…stats show that sales increased by more than 11% in October in comparison to the prior year and average prices for all home types combined rose by 21.1% year over year to $762,975. The condominium market was the driver of the strength in sales and […]

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

November 07th, 2016

Those cold and snowy winter days will inevitably arrive just like clockwork. Here are some tips to get your property winter ready: 1. Heating Check-Up Have your heating system serviced by a qualified professional. A gas furnace should be serviced every two years and an oil furnace every year. Change your furnace filter because a […]

What the new mortgage regulations mean for buyers

November 07th, 2016

What’s been described during the past few weeks as a ‘sledgehammer crackdown’ on the Canadian housing market, the new mortgage regulations, some of which came into effect last month, are aimed at strengthening the country’s housing finance system ‘to help protect the long-term financial security of borrowers’ and ‘to improve tax fairness for Canadian homeowners’. […]

What’s hot in kitchen design?

October 25th, 2016

Home design, much like fashion, is constantly evolving. Granite, just five or six years ago considered the epitome of luxury kitchen design, is now out of favour and quartz is the new standard of excellence. If you have a major kitchen renovation in your future or just like to keep up to date on kitchen […]

Maximize every square foot in your small space

October 25th, 2016

There’s a lot you can change about a home, but without a major renovation, square footage is rarely one of them. Making smart use of space can make a room, a floor or an entire house feel bigger. There are plenty of ways to optimize the space in your home to give the appearance of […]

Canada’s New Mortgage Changes – Will They Affect You?

October 03rd, 2016

Today, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced two very important rule changes in response to concerns of overheating in the Vancouver and Toronto real estate markets. The first one specifically applies to non-resident, foreign buyers. Up until now, foreign buyers had been selling their homes in Canada claiming it as their principal residence thus avoiding […]

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