H1N1 Info

As the H1N1 vaccine has hit the clinics, everyone has a myriad of questions…Where to get it? Is it safe? The best thing you can do is inform yourself. I like to keep my clients healthy so to help out I’ve attached links for some of the best resources on H1N1: Globe and Mail City of Toronto Info Centre CBC…

Jenny Shops

Check out here recent favorites… For a bit more selection and variety in styles than a store such as West Elm, I’ve been a fan of G.H. Johnson Furniture Gallery lately. Like West Elm, they usually have a lot of items in stock and any delivery lead times seem to be shorter than a lot of furniture stores. Another treat…

Boom or Catch Up?

You may have noticed reports all over the news that real estate is back. Home buyers who didn’t take advantage of the downturn are now facing bidding wars and over-asking purchase prices. As they say, by the time you realize the market has hit bottom, it’s already over. As of the end of September, the average price in the GTA…

Where to buy – and why…

Looking to buy but not sure where? Check out the Real Estate Guide 2010 from Toronto Life. I highly recommend you pick the guide up…even though you can check out 94 neighbourhood profiles online, the printed magazine has a thorough renovation guide with great sources for everything you need. TORONTO LIFE REAL ESTATE GUIDE 2010

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….