All I want for Christmas…

Having seen what makes clients jaws drop (other than the cost of real estate), and what makes buyers want to jump at a house, this month I’m going to focus on something fun…technology in the home. I have to admit it’s been on my mind. We’ve just chosen our home media and we were astounded by the options and possibilities….

November 2007 Market Watch

Last month became the best November on record with 7,313 resale home transactions in the GTA. TREB President Maureen O’Neill announced today, “…eight of the 11 months so far this year set new monthly records. No other year has shown as many record-breaking monthly performances.” Sales were up 16 per cent in November compared to the same timeframe last year….

The NEW Land Transfer Tax – What you need to know.

Despite the fight to the bitter end, the new land transfer tax was approved by the City of Toronto in October. It’s important to understand how it works if you are thinking of buying or selling as it will affect everyone, especially if you were thinking of postponing any activity until the spring. I’ve attached the details from the Toronto…

October 2007 Market Watch

October 2007 was another record breaking month with sales up 15% over October 2006! “There is every indication that 2007 will be a banner year for resale housing activity in the Greater Toronto Area,” said TREB President Maureen O’Neill. “The effects of the City of Toronto’s new land transfer tax will definitely be felt in 2008 but we are also…

My Extreme Makeover

I’m not sure if my wife just doesn’t think I’m good looking enough or if she doesn’t want me to be recognized on the street but my ‘identity’ as undergone an extreme makeover! Check out my new website by clicking here … And here is the back of my new business card… Click on comments below and tell me what…

My Little Black Book for Your Home

When you own a home, the shopping will never end. Trust me. You might consider it a fun experience or, you might rather clean the toilet with your toothbrush. 🙂 Now on home #3, my wife and I have had done a lot of research and shopping and have found some of the best places and best finds for everything…

September 2007 Market Watch

September put in another excellent performance, with 6,866 single family units changing hands through the TorontoMLS system, Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Maureen O’Neill announced today. “This figure was up four per cent from last year (6,622 sales), and off only six per cent from the record 7,326 sales recorded during September of 2005.” Year-to-date sales, at 73,827, were…

Boom or Bubble?

With the insane record-setting activity in the real estate market over the summer, there is a lot of buzz about whether the market bubble is going to burst or if this is an ongoing boom. If you’ve been a part of any a conversation on this topic, discussion has probably come up about the U.S. market. Creditors are losing their…

August 2007 Market Watch

I’m getting tired! August became the fifth record-breaking month in a row with 8,059 sales. It was 15% more active than last year and 7% higher than the all time record. The average price is up 7% over August 2006 at $361,890. TREB President Donald Bentley stated, “While the last decade has seen five record breaking years, and a good…

Playing the Game

In today’s heated market, there are still a lot of sought-after neighbourhoods where homes command multiple offers and the sold price well exceeds the asking price. One lucky home buyer is successful but many others are left in the wake still without a home, scratching their heads wondering, “What happened”? We’ll walk you through the strategy of multiple offers, the…