Considering Getting Into Real Estate Investing?

By: Sylvia Smith

Considering Getting Into Real Estate Investing?

Tags: REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE INVESTING, FINANCIAL SECURITY

  Have you been considering getting into real estate investing?  Are you aware that real estate has been one of the top investment options in North America?  Real estate investing is also one of the safest long term investments strategies and many people have become millionaires and billionaires from investing in real estate But of course like anything building a real estate portf...Read More

What Sellers Need to Disclose When Selling

By: Sylvia Smith

What Sellers Need to Disclose When Selling

Tags: SELLING A HOME, DISCLOSURE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, REALTOR

  You are thinking that you want to sell your home and finally start looking for that dream home.  But you are worried that your home has some history and are wondering if you need to disclose it to potential buyers.   In Ontario, sellers and their realtors have a duty to disclose any defects in a property that may affect a buyer’s use or enjoyment of the property.  Ther...Read More

Should You Buy With Listing Agent?

By: Sylvia Smith

Should You Buy With Listing Agent?

Tags: BUYING A HOME, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, REALTOR

I quite often get the question from my buyer clients in a competitive market, if using a seller’s Realtor can increase the chances of getting the house?  Before I outline the risks of buying with a listing agent, I will outline the rules in Ontario in dealing with seller and buyer on the sale of the same property.   In Ontario,  buyers and sellers hire a brokerage, not a Realt...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Update – March 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Real Estate Market Update – March 2021

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR, HOUSE PRICES, PEEL REAL ESTATE, DURHAM REAL ESTATE, YORK REAL ESTATE

We continued to experience record real estate sales volumes in the month of March 2021.  The demand for real estate has continued to outpace new listings supply.   Although listings are up 57.3% compared to March 2020 the last 2 weeks of March 2020 experienced a dramatic decrease in listing and sales.  However, if we compare the first two weeks of March 2021 sales are stronger...Read More

Want To Move By The Summer – You Should Buy And Sell In The Spring

By: Sylvia Smith

Want To Move By The Summer – You Should Buy And Sell In The Spring

Tags: BUYING A HOME, SELLING A HOME, SPRING HOUSING MARKET, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE

  The last year has been a surreal year not just because of the pandemic but we are all blown away by how robust the real estate market has remained. The supply of new listings has remained very low and demand has continued to increase. We however are starting to see an increase in new listings. If you are anything like me spring is one of my favorite times of the year. And that has no...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Update  February 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Real Estate Market Update  February 2021

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR, HOUSE PRICES, PEEL REAL ESTATE, DURHAM REAL ESTATE, YORK REAL ESTATE

We continued to experience record real estate sales volumes in the month of February 2021.  The demand for real estate has continued to outpace new listings supply.    Buyers continued to feel confident with their employment situation and are taking advantage of the record low-interest rates.   There appears to currently be overall confidence that the economy will continu...Read More

Buying a Cottage as an Investment in Ontario

By: Sylvia Smith

Buying a Cottage as an Investment in Ontario

Tags: REAL ESTATE INVESTING, REAL ESTATE, FINANCIAL SECURITY, REALTOR, COTTAGE, VACATION PROPERTY, PARRY SOUND, MUSKOKA

  Have you been dreaming about buying a cottage or vacation property in Ontario for some time?  But are you concerned about being able to manage the extra expense?  Buying a cottage as an investment property and offsetting a portion of your annual expenses by renting your cottage out may be a great way to support ongoing cottage expenses.    However, before you roll up yo...Read More

Things to Consider When Buying an Investment Property

By: Sylvia Smith

Things to Consider When Buying an Investment Property

Tags: REAL ESTATE INVESTING, REAL ESTATE, FINANCIAL SECURITY, REALTOR

Buying rental property can be one of the best investments for creating long-term financial security.  Do it right and you can get a strong return on your investment, tax breaks, and equity gains.   Like any investment learning the process and researching the pros and cons and your goals and risk appetite for owning a rental property will be key to your success.  Whether you are plan...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Update – January 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Real Estate Market Update – January 2021

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR, HOUSE PRICES

The real estate market has no signs of slowing down despite the second wave of the pandemic.  In January we saw a strong real estate market once again and the sales volumes outperformed January 2020 by 50% with an average price increase on an average of 15.5% compared to the same month in 2020. What is driving the Demand for Housing? The good news is that the demand for real est...Read More

Should You Rent or Buy?

By: Sylvia Smith

Should You Rent or Buy?

Tags: RENTING, HOMEOWNERSHIP, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE

Is it time to buy a home or condo, or should you continue renting?  The answer to this question is that it depends on your lifestyle preferences and other circumstances.  Choosing to rent or buy your home is a major decision that affects both lifestyles but also your financial stability.     There are a number of things to consider when making a decision.   What&rsqu...Read More