Why You Should Buy a House in the Fall

By: Sylvia Smith

Why You Should Buy a House in the Fall

Tags: Buying a home in the fall, buying a condo in the fall

By Sylvia Smith Spring and the summer are usually the most popular times of year for buyers to start their search for that dream home.  As you have most definitely heard the number of homes listed through the months of July and August dramatically declined this year which is very normal even more so this year as buyers and families started to enjoy the summer after being locked down in the s...Read More

Barrie Real Estate Boom

By: Sylvia Smith

Barrie Real Estate Boom

Tags: BARRIE REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE INVESTING, LIVING IN BARRIE, INVESTING IN BARRIE

Why has Barrie become so attractive to both investors and homeowners in the last several years?   Barrie is located north of Toronto, on Lake Simcoe, and is a community that has seen dramatic population growth.  Barrie is seen as a bedroom community for Toronto as more and more people move north now that GO transit has expanded its trains to Barrie making it easy access in and out o...Read More

How to Avoid a Money Pit: 6 Things to Be on the Lockout For

By: Sylvia Smith

How to Avoid a Money Pit: 6 Things to Be on the Lockout For

Tags: BUYING A HOME, Vaughan REAL ESTATE, Vaughan realtor, Toronto realtor

  When looking for a dream home it is easy to get lost in the excitement and falling in love with the look and feel of a home.  However, buying a home is an expensive purchase, and being on the lookout for expensive repairs is critical.  Many people think that serious home defects are easy to spot but the truth is that often the most costly and serious problems can only be detected...Read More

The Difference Between Deposit and Down Payment

By: Sylvia Smith

The Difference Between Deposit and Down Payment

Tags: REAL ESTATE, DEPOSIT, DOWN PAYMENT, BUYING A HOME, Vaughan Realtor, Toronto Realtor

You finally found your dream home and you are planning to make an offer but may have questions on what the difference is between a deposit and a down payment.  I frequently have clients ask this question.  Deposits and down payments are two very different things to consider when deciding to buy a property, although both require savings.  They occur at different stages during the buy...Read More

Should You Buy With Listing Realtor?

By: Sylvia Smith

Should You Buy With Listing Realtor?

Tags: BUYING A HOME, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, Vaughan 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 sellers and buyers on the sale of the same property.   In Ontario,  buyers and sellers hire a brokerage, not a Rea...Read More

Should You Rent or Buy?

By: Sylvia Smith

Should You Rent or Buy?

Tags: RENTING, HOMEOWNERSHIP, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, Best Vaughan Realtor, Best Toronto REaltor

  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.   W...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, Vaughan Real Estate, Toronto Real Estate, Best Vaughan Realtor, Toronto Realtor

  Are you thinking of making a move in the near future?  Buying real estate can be a very emotional process with highs 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 accur...Read More

First Time Home Buyer – 4 Programs to Help Out

By: Sylvia Smith

First Time Home Buyer – 4 Programs to Help Out

Tags: FIRST TIME HOME BUYER, Best Vaughan realtor, real estate agent in Vaughan, Toronto realtor

Buying a first home is a very exciting time but it can also feel overwhelming with so many decisions to make and all the costs involved.  Getting ready to purchase your first home or condo involves much more than just saving for the down payment.  When buying a home there are more costs involved than most first-time buyers are aware of.   In addition to the down payment home buyers ...Read More

Bully Offer Strategies for Buyers

By: Sylvia Smith

Bully Offer Strategies for Buyers

Tags: BUYING A HOME, BIDDING WARS, BULLY OFFER STRATEGY, Best realtor in Vaughan, Vaughan real estate, Toronto realtor

  Bully offers can be an effective strategy when a property is holding off offers until a specific date in the future.  If you have fallen in love with a house and don’t want to get into another bidding war on the offer date.  There are some tips and strategies to get your bully offer accepted.   Tips for Bully Offer Success: Surprise the Seller – don’t...Read More

How to Win a Bidding War

By: Sylvia Smith

How to Win a Bidding War

Tags: BUYING A HOME, BIDDING WARS, BULLY OFFER,  SELLING A HOUSE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE,  Vaughan Realtor

The housing market is currently very tight.  In other words, there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale.  This is known as a sellers’ market and quite often homes are selling with multiple offers and selling for over asking price.    What is a Bidding War?   In this type of market Realtors quite often use a holdback offer strategy when list...Read More