November 19, 2014

4 First-Time Buyer Programs

I enjoy working with first-time home buyers – it is an excellent experience to help someone get into the market and start enjoying home ownership. Owning a home is an excellent investment for your future. First-time home buyers can take advantage of government rebates and financing programs that can help you buy a home. These […]

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November 12, 2014

4 Common Problems to Consider When Buying an Older Home

Many homes on the re-sale market in Toronto were built in the early 1900’s when building practices and available materials were completely different from today’s standards. These solid and well built homes exist in established areas and offer the buyer exquisite design features and character that is difficult to replicate. Older homes are a great […]

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November 5, 2014

4 Steps for Handling Multiple-Offer Situations

There are times when a buyer finds a property they want to buy but then they find out there are other offers on the house. This is called a multiple-offer situation or “bidding war.” This can be a distressing situation because you have to compete with other buyers to purchase the home. If this does […]

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October 29, 2014

7 Upfront Costs when Buying a Home

It is important to account for all the upfront costs of buying real estate. Here is a detailed list of these expenses: Provincial Land Transfer Tax Land Transfer Tax varies as a percentage of the property’s purchase price. It is usually about 0.5% to 2%. However, for first-time buyers there is a refund program. The […]

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October 22, 2014

4 Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a Pre-Built Condo

It is always exciting to go into the sales centers that are set up by condo developers. You get to see model suites first hand and the detailed scale model of what the entire condominium complex will look like when it is completed. It is also interesting to look at all the different finishing’s and […]

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October 16, 2014

10 Key Steps to Buying a Home

Step 1 – Mortgage Pre-Approval Before you start looking for a home it is important to be pre-approved for a mortgage. This process is easy and it will let you know what you have to work with in terms of price. A pre-approved mortgage will lock in the interest rate for a few months. If interest […]

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