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The Perks of a Condo Townhouse

The Perks of a Condo Townhouse

In hot markets, setting your sights on purchasing a home isn’t always realistic. In a market such as Toronto or Vancouver, most first-time homebuyers instead opt for the more affordable option of purchasing a condo.  While there’s no denying that a traditional condo...

What is a Condo Status Certificate?

What is a Condo Status Certificate?

If you’ve been condo shopping, you know firsthand what a status certificate is. After all, this is a term that is thrown around by real estate agents and lawyers alike on a daily basis.  But, if you’re new to the world of condos and getting ready to begin your search,...

The Art of the Toronto Laneway House

The Art of the Toronto Laneway House

As we celebrate the new year, it’s only natural to look back at the past year in real estate. Here in Toronto, one of the most exciting takeaways from the year is the development of the Toronto laneway house.  If you’re not exactly sure what a laneway house is, you’re...

How to Transition From a Condo to a House

How to Transition From a Condo to a House

So, you’ve finally made the switch from condo life to that of a home?  Although there’s no denying what an exciting transition this is, there are certain things you’ll want to be prepared for when moving into a home. These are things that simply aren’t present when...

Can I Get Out of my Lease Early?

Can I Get Out of my Lease Early?

One of the most common questions that real estate agents face is whether a tenant can vacate their rental property early.  In short, the answer is relatively black and white. Once you sign a lease, you’re legally tied to that lease until the end of the term. After...

What Does Your Real Estate Lawyer Do?

What Does Your Real Estate Lawyer Do?

For any friends and family members that have purchased property, you’ve probably heard them refer to their real estate lawyer.  If you’ve never purchased property, you’re probably wondering what role their real estate lawyer played in their transaction. From here,...

The Perks of House Shopping in February

The Perks of House Shopping in February

Let’s be honest, February is sort of a nothing month.  The hustle and bustle of the holidays are officially over and you’re still a few months out from spring. In most cases, you’re hibernating inside your bedroom and binge-watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix. ...

How to Winter-Proof Your First Home

How to Winter-Proof Your First Home

Are you feeling the cold bite of winter around the corner?  If so, it’s time to get out your checklist and begin your winter chores. As it turns out, owning a home means winter-proofing your home in addition to yourself. While this isn’t the most exciting process,...

What to Know About Removing Your Financing Condition

What to Know About Removing Your Financing Condition

Let’s set the stage:  You’re in a multiple offer scenario. There are five additional bidders that have their sights set on your home. To make your offer more competitive, your real estate agent asked if you’re comfortable removing your financing condition. They...

How to Know When You Are Ready to Purchase a Home

How to Know When You Are Ready to Purchase a Home

Let’s face it, it’s easy to dream about owning your own home.  After all, investing in real estate is said to be one of the best investments to make in your lifetime. As compared to the stock market, there’s typically less risk associated in investing your money into...

Qualifying For a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

Qualifying For a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

Getting a mortgage when you’re self-employed isn’t always straightforward. In fact, it often requires a lot more effort and preparation than those who are salaried or employed by a traditional company.  That being said, it’s entirely possible!  So, if you’re...

How to Purchase a House for the Future

How to Purchase a House for the Future

When it comes to purchasing a house, it’s always tempting to purchase the house that’s perfect for the time being. You know, that quaint, two-bedroom house just down the road from your office and your favourite late-night snackbar. It might not have any green space or...

The Forgotten Costs of Home Ownership

The Forgotten Costs of Home Ownership

When it comes to purchasing a home, most prospective buyers focus on two main costs: the monthly mortgage and the cost of the down payment. While there’s no denying that these are the two most significant payments, it’s also imperative to account for what else is to...

Tips on Living With a Roommate

Tips on Living With a Roommate

You’ve moved cities only to discover that rent on your own is incredibly expensive. Sure, you can splurge and spend the majority of your earnings on a swanky one-bedroom apartment. But, it’s safe to say that your bank account just might shed a few tears in shelling...

What to Expect From Your Agent When Buying Property

What to Expect From Your Agent When Buying Property

When it comes time to purchase a property, the first step is typically to contact a real estate agent. In finding a suitable agent to represent your search, there are certain things that you should expect from this agent throughout your search. After all, your agent...

How to Decide on Your Next Neighbourhood

How to Decide on Your Next Neighbourhood

Location, location, location. Or, at least that’s what everyone says when it comes to real estate. So, does the location of your home truly mean as much as they say it does? As it turns out, it certainly does. The location of your home is more than just where it lies...

How to Make Your Offer Stand Out in a Bidding War

How to Make Your Offer Stand Out in a Bidding War

So, you’ve found yourself in the midst of a bidding war?  In today’s day and age, bidding wars are just another reality of purchasing property in a seller’s market. When a seller feels confident that their property will generate a lot of interest, they tend to...

Your Go-To Condo Buying Checklist

Your Go-To Condo Buying Checklist

When it comes to purchasing your first condo, it’s easy to get emotionally attached to units that look good. While a unit may appear flawless, it’s crucial to take a long, hard look at the other details of the unit and the condo building itself. In knowing these...

Moving With Pets

Moving With Pets

Few events in life can be as stressful as moving. Add pets into the mix, and everyone’s blood pressure, including your dog’s or cat’s, will most likely rise. Pets can easily get stressed out when there's unexpected activity in their home or when they're introduced to...

How to Master Small Space Living

How to Master Small Space Living

In urban cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, small space living has become a reality. As prices continue to skyrocket, people are finding creative ways to live happily in smaller spaces. Let’s call it the art of living minimally. This is exemplified perfectly by a...

Five Tips on Furnishing Your First Home

Five Tips on Furnishing Your First Home

You’ve officially entered the world of homeownership and it’s finally time to furnish your first home. Ah, yes, the moment your Pinterest account has been waiting for! As exciting as the prospect of furnishing your home might be, it’s also safe to say that it can be a...

The 3 Best Neighborhoods to Purchase a Home in Toronto

The 3 Best Neighborhoods to Purchase a Home in Toronto

First-Time Home Buyer Edition For first-time homebuyers in Toronto, finding an inexpensive yet oh-so-hip neighborhood is no easy feat. Let’s be honest, the hottest neighborhoods in Toronto such as Trinity Bellwoods and Leslieville have already witnessed their boom. As...

What to Expect on Offer Night

What to Expect on Offer Night

So, you’ve found the house that you have your heart set on and... it has an offer date. Now what?! The good news is that it means you have time to prepare yourself. In most cases, an offer night is scheduled for about a week after the property first hits the market....

How to Save for a Downpayment

How to Save for a Downpayment

Ah, yes, down payments. That oh-so-essential yet oh-so-daunting aspect of home ownership. In a way, the notion of a down payment can feel downright impossible. After all, how are we expected to save such a large degree of money whilst also tending to rent payments,...

A Guide for Buyers: Offers Whenever or Offer Night?

A Guide for Buyers: Offers Whenever or Offer Night?

A Guide for Buyers: Offers Whenever or Offer Night? Are you getting ready to submit your first offer on a property? If so, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the offer process. In this day and age, there’s no longer just one way for sellers to accept offers....

What Exactly Happens on Closing Day?

What Exactly Happens on Closing Day?

What Exactly Happens on Closing Day? So, you’ve found “the one” and your offer has been accepted. Now it’s time to pop the champagne and celebrate! When you tell family and friends of your exciting news, the first question they’re going to ask is when the closing date...

Costs to Consider with Condo Ownership

Costs to Consider with Condo Ownership

Costs to Consider with Condo Ownership So, you’re thinking of buying your first condo? It’s safe to say that this is reason enough to celebrate! Condo ownership provides buyers with the opportunity to purchase property when freehold home ownership is not yet possible....