2011 May Market Watch

Greater Toronto REALTORS® Report – May Resale Housing Market Figures TORONTO, June 3, 2011 Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 10,046 sales in May 2011 – up six per cent compared to May 2010. This result was the second best on record for May under the current Toronto Real Estate Board service area. The number of new listings in May, at 16,076,…

has your home’s value gone up or down?

Check out this great interactive map on the Globe and Mail… It compares values from Q1 of 2010 to Q1 of 2011. Keep in mind, this is a law of averages….if you want to know what your home would actually sell for today, we can do a comparable market analysis. And remember, inventory is way down and demand is high…

spring buyers – what you need to know

Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail just shared this article on spring home buying and the things you need to look for. It echos some to the things we discussed on CityNews last week. Investopedia Tips for spring home buying – Sean Joyner Spring is widely known as the hottest real estate season for both buyers and sellers. It’s…

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…