Mortgages

From the desk of Peter Majthenyi and Andre Semeniuk of My Mortgage Planner… A Harsh But Short RecessionIt appears our recession has come to an end and Canada is leading other nations on a slow climb to prosperity. After shedding more than 400,000 jobs, there will still be significant challenges to get many Canadians back to work in the years…

Home Renovation Tax Credit

You’ve likely heard of the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC). Here are the details you need to know if you’re going to take advantage of this great incentive… For renovations done between January 28, 2009 and February 1, 2010, you can claim a 15% credit against renovation expenses after the first $1,000. The maximum tax credit is $1350 which represents…

Stop the Smell!

With city workers on strike, it can be frustrating not knowingexactly what services are and are not availble. I’ve had buyers who want to purchase a home but can’t find out if they are eligible to put in a parking pad. You can’t get a building permit to start renovations. And yes, the smell and sight of garbage is starting…

Markets & Mortgages

Markets Even thought kids are out of school and people are in the mindset of summer vacation, the real estate market didn’t get the message! The GTA resale housing market just had the best June on record, Ontario saw a 15% increase in building permits, and interest rates continue to be a huge motivator. Check out the full report and…

Jenny Shops!

As our resident designer, Jenny helps our clients maximize the value of the homes when they are selling and helps make the most of the homes they buy through her design expertise. That means a lot of shopping! Clients often ask where they can find great furniture, accessories, and the best deals for home improvement supplies. Check out her favorite…

Markets & Mortgages

May 2009 Market WatchIt’s been a hot spring market as evidenced by a two percent increase in activity from May 2008! I believe this has been a result of pent up buyers who have been holding off until the market softens but have other reasons motivating a purchase other than just price. It’s also a result of incredibly cheap money….

Another Sleepless Night

Having been in the business a while now, I like to tell my clients what they can expect as honestly and realistically as possible. The other night, I was talking to a couple who were preparing to put an offer on a property the next day in a multiple offer situation. I warned them they may not sleep well, or…

Our Newest Feature – Jenny Shops!

Welcome to our new feature – Jenny Shops! As our resident designer, Jenny helps our clients maximize the value of the homes when they are selling and helps make the most of the homes they buy through her design expertise. That means a lot of shopping! Clients often ask where they can find great furniture, accessories, and the best deals…

Yard Sale for the Cure – May 30th!

On Saturday May 30th, founding partner RE/MAX is sponsoring ‘Yard Sale for the Cure, a one-day event that brings neighbourhoods across the country together for a massive yard sale in support of breast cancer research and patient care. The event, which provides homeowners a unique opportunity to clear clutter and unload items no longer in use while simultaneously raising finds…

Casting Call for Pure Design Room Makeover!

Do you have a room in your home that could use a makeover while being eco-conscious? Pure Design is hosted by the fabulously creative Samantha Pynn, design editor for “Style at Home” magazine. Hip and stylish with a passion for eco-friendly design, Samantha creates the ultimate in living spaces that both reflect and stimulate your life, while being mindful of…