rob and real estate

With the new mayor elected, we thought we’d discuss the impact of Rob Ford’s campaign commitments on the real estate industry. His major campaign promise was to repeal the Municipal Land Transfer Tax sometime in 2012. Although you might think agents are all for getting rid of the tax, it still represents $200 million dollars in revenue per year for…

we love houzz

We recently purchase and ipad and with a pending home build or renovation (the jury’s still out….do we want pain or pain? hmmm…can’t decide) we came across an app called Houzz. It’s an incredible online idea book with over 40,000 photos that you can search by room, style, even geographical area. When you find a photo you like, you can…

Stop it, you’re scaring me!

After having just spent the past three hours shoveling out pumpkins and carving with absolutely no help from my daughter, I realized two things…. 1) don’t buy so many pumpkins and 2) despite the pain, Halloween is a blast if you get into it. With that in mind, no matter what your age, here are some highlights of what’s happening…

The September 2010 Market Watch

Although sales in September 2010 were sluggish compared to 2009, we are up 4% in terms of home sales for year to-date compared to last year. And the values keep moving upward, up five percent. Personally I’ve seen a lot of movement in listings the core Beach – both our own and those of others which is good news….the big…

The Case for Variable

It’s been a great ride! Canadian homeowners have been benefiting from ultra-low interest rates over the last two years. Unfortunately the time has come: the rate climate is starting to heat up. As the Prime lending rate starts to gradually increase toward more normal lending rates of 5% to 6%, do variable-rate mortgages still make sense? Of course the answer…