the spring market is heating up!

The spring real estate market is heating up and the numbers so far provide great news for sellers, but the relatively low supply and high demand can spell frustration for buyers. Last month, there were 19 per cent fewer homes on the market but it was the second most active March in history. Cynthia Mulligan outlines what you can do…

what can you afford?

Here is a great article that was tweeted by Peter Majthenyi from My Mortgage Planner from CBNC about what you can actually afford. I am always surprised by what lenders say buyers can afford and I caution people not to spend as much as they have been approved for. Although this article references the U.S. there are some very strong…

where do we go from here?

When life changes dramatically, often your home will too. Just as the lifetime job has disappeared, so has living in the same home for your whole life. That’s where we come in. We often have clients who know they need to move, but they can’t see how they can get what they need or want in their next move within…

march 2011 market watch

Now that the true spring weather is upon us, you are probably having problems walking on the sidewalk on the weekend for all of the open house signs. The spring market will likely endure for a couple more months past the typical rush period since we had a lot of activity but the really great weather has yet to hit….

What do we want outside?

Wow, this post seemed like a really great idea a week ago. But, banking on the fact that we will not have snow in April, we thought it would be interesting to share what people want most in their gardens and backyards. Even if you aren’t thinking of selling, just as you would consider what gives you great return on…

A couple of things to be proud of…

We don’t usually focus on the awards and rankings but we hope you allow us just a minute to glow a little… We’re proud to share that the Mark Richards team has ranked as #63 out of the 100 Top RE/MAX Teams in Canada for 2010! For us, this reflects that we have been successful in bringing you the knowledge,…

Fresh for 2011

At the beginning of the year, we always see trends for home interiors…specifically paint. To be honest, most of time I want to write back to the editors of home magazines and ask them if they truly think I’m going to paint my hallway mandarin orange. However, this year I was impressed with the selections by House & Home. They…

2011 february market watch

The spring market has gotten off to an early start! We are seeing a lot of new product coming out on a daily basis and listings are going into multiple offers so you can feel the intensity. It will be interesting to see what happens after March 18th when Jim Flaherty’s new mortgage changes go into play that include slashing…

Always be prepared…

The hot spring market is imminent. Are you thinking of selling? If so, now is the time to start preparing. So just what does it take to get your home ready and sold in today’s market? In our experience, the days of just taking down family photos, tidying up clutter and neutralizing your personal taste are long gone. People can…

A Deadline You Need to Know About

New mortgage rules come into effect in one week folks! Check out this info from Peter Majtheynji from My Mortgage Planner to find out how it could affect you…. By now, you have heard that Canada’s Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, has initiated further changes in the mortgage industry that will take effect March 18, 2011. This is an effort to…