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

Winter Cottage Fun

By: Sylvia Smith

Winter Cottage Fun

Tags: COTTAGE, WINTER ACTIVITIES, WINTER FUN AT THE COTTAGE, MUSKOKA, PARRY SOUND

  The cottage is also fun in the winter.  Spending a weekend or week a the cottage in the winter is a great way to get a break from the city and spend some time enjoying the beauty of nature.  Winter at the cottage is quite magical, peaceful, and tons of fun. Skating on the Lake    Nothing compares to skating on the lake.  Of course, make sure that the lake has fr...Read More

Why Should You Invest in Real Estate?

By: Sylvia Smith

Why Should You Invest in Real Estate?

Tags:

REAL ESTATE INVESTING, CASH FLOW, EQUITY APPRECIATION, LEVERAGE, Real Estate

  Are you considering investing in real estate but are allowing fear to hold you back?  Investing is all about diversification – that is what we are told when we invest in the stock market.  Here is why you should seriously consider adding real estate to your investment portfolio.  Real Estate Prices – Last 10 Years       Are you aware that in the...Read More

My Credit History is Great …Or is It?

By: Sylvia Smith

My Credit History is Great …Or is It?

Tags: CREDIT SCORE, BUYING REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE INVESTING, Vaughan Real Estate, Toronto Real Estate

  Are you thinking of making a move in the near future?  Buying real estate can be a very emotional process with high and lows.  But spending a little time upfront to understand what we want and need and also ensuring that our financial house is in order will save you a lot of time and stress.  This includes validating in advance that your credit history is in order and accura...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Update -December 2020

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Real Estate Market Update -December 2020

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR, Real Estate Investing

Despite the unprecedented pandemic challenges we all faced in 2020 and the economic uncertainty, the real estate market bounced back relatively quickly.  At the onset of the pandemic, the real estate market came to an abrupt halt in mid-March to May but very quickly started to bounce back towards the end of May and we saw an aggressive bounce back in the last six months of 2020.  ...Read More

Why Sell or Buy a Home in the Winter?

By: Sylvia Smith

Why Sell or Buy a Home in the Winter?

Tags: WINTER SELLING OR BUYING, WINTER REAL ESTATE MARKET, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, REALTOR 

Are you thinking of selling or buying a home this spring because you are thinking that no one sells or buys in the winter? The real estate market stats actually show that many people buy and sell a home in the winter months. This past January there were 4581 home sales and in February 7256 sales took place in the Greater Toronto Area. So, if you are wondering if you should hold off selling or bu...Read More

Start the Home Selling Process This Month

By: Sylvia Smith

Start the Home Selling Process This Month

Tags: PREPARE YOUR HOME TO SELL, SPRING REAL ESTATE MARKET, DECLUTTER, REPAIR. BUYING A HOME, GREATER TORONTO AREA REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, REALTOR, Vaughan Realtor, Toronto Realtor

    If you’re thinking about selling your home in the spring, don’t wait until the new year to start planning. In fact, you’ll save yourself a lot of work and get ahead of the game if you start planning now.   What’s that old saying? The early bird gets the worm! In this case, by starting the process this month, you’ll be in excellent shape when yo...Read More