How to Buy a Home in Etobicoke: 4 Tips and Tricks From the Inside

When you’re ready to buy a home in Etobicoke, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Not only is your home one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make – but you actually have to LIVE there too.

Make sure that this purchase isn’t one you regret with my top 4 tips to buying a home in this highly desirable Toronto neighbourhood!

From what you can ACTUALLY afford to buy, to knowing when you shouldn’t try to game the system, these tips will make sure that when you buy a home – you’re getting the best deal you can.

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Toronto and Etobicoke Real Estate Home Sales for December 2016

Here is your update on Toronto and Etobicoke Real Estate Home Sales for December 2016.

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced today, that 2016 was a second consecutive record year for home sales. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 113,133 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System – up by 11.8 per cent compared to 2015. The calendar year 2016 result included 5,338 sales in December – an annual increase of 8.6 per cent.

The strongest annual rate of sales growth in 2016 was experienced for condominium apartments followed by detached homes.

“A relatively strong regional economy, low unemployment and very low borrowing costs kept the demand for ownership housing strong in the GTA, as the region’s population continued to grow in 2016,” said Mr. Cerqua.

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Extending the Life of your Water Heater

Extending the life of your water heater is like a gift for you and your family!

Doing a little preventative maintenance will save you a big surprise bill, which is particularly important this time of year! You will ALSO save yourself the unpleasant feeling of stepping into what you think will be a hot shower, only to be blasted with freezing water! That’s something we all want to avoid!

This is what we call a “5-Minute Maintenance” because you will spend 5 minutes or less saving yourself big headaches and big replacement or repair costs. This is ABSOLUTELY worth the investment, and right around the New Year is a perfect time to do it.water-heater-buying_a_home_in_etobicoke-etobicoke_real_estate_information Continue reading

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Thinking of Selling Your Home in Etobicoke?

Are you a homeowner who is thinking of selling your home in Etobicoke?

If so, there are some things you can do to make sure you have the most success in selling your home.

The first thing you will want to consider is whether or not you are looking to upgrade your home. Doing this can give you an edge over the competition, and step one is getting an up-to-date market evaluation. When is the last time you got an accurate price estimate for your home? Knowing in advance can help you plan upgrades and make sure your expectations for the sale are in line with what can happen.


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Buyer’s Tip: Deal Closing Surprises

Some surprises in your home are wonderful. A beautiful gift under a Christmas tree. An immaculately cleaned kitchen when you weren’t expecting it. A wonderful garden plot in a part of your yard you thought would be bare when you purchased in the winter. There are some deal closing surprises that are not so pleasant, however. 

These kinds of issues can pop up right around what SHOULD be one of the most exciting and happy days of the whole process: the closing date.

Once you make an offer on your new home and have it accepted, the last thing you want is a nasty surprise right after you take possession!

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Toronto and Etobicoke Real Estate Home Sales for November 2016

Tight Market Conditions in November

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,547 home sales. This result represented a 16.5 per cent increase compared to November 2015. Let’s look at how this has affected Etobicoke home sales.

For the TREB market area as a whole, sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types. We saw the the strongest sales growth rates in the townhouse and condominium apartment segments.

“Home buying activity remained strong across all market segments in November. However, many would-be home buyers continued to be frustrated by the lack of listings. This is because annual sales growth once again outstripped growth in new listings. Seller’s market conditions translated into robust rates of price growth,” said Mr. Cerqua.

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Seasonal Decor in Etobicoke Neighbourhoods: Bringing the Outdoors In

It’s that time of year again.

Cooler winter temperatures in our Etobicoke neighbourhood, coupled with shorter daylight hours limits the time we spend outside. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate! You want your home to look beautiful and be comfortable – whether you have recently moved in or you are considering moving out.

Current interior design trends use nature punctuated with colour as a theme to rescue us from cabin fever. Here are some of the season’s ‘outdoor-in’ essentials to consider at this time of year.


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Negotiating an Offer for your Etobicoke Home!

So all your hard work has paid off and you’ve gotten an offer on your home in Etobicoke!

Now what?

The first thing you are going to get (after a firm handshake or high-five from your Realtor) is an Agreement of Purchase and Sale.

In this agreement are several things you should consider carefully before you accept.  This is where you look at your options, look at the offer and decide what you want to negotiate.

I’m going to tell you what you need to look at in your agreement, the decisions you’ll need to make, and how to negotiate the best possible deal.


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How to save Thousands of Dollars on the Mortgage of your Home in Etobicoke

How to Save Thousands of Dollars on the Mortgage of your Home in Etobicoke.

The faster you pay down the principal amount of your mortgage, the more you can reduce those pesky interest costs. Take a look at your most recent mortgage statement to see exactly the amount of interest you have been paying on your mortgage these past few years.

Want to change that amount starting today?  These are the simple and profound changes that you can implement today to get you mortgage free sooner!


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October Home Sales Up Year-Over-Year

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a record 9,768 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2016 – up by 11.5 per cent compared to October 2015. The largest annual rate of sales growth was in the condominium apartment market segment. Detached home sales were up by 10 per cent year-over-year, driven  by transactions in the regions surrounding Toronto.

“The record pace of GTA home sales continued in October, with strong growth observed throughout the month. As we move through November and December, we will be watching the sales and listings trends closely. This is in light of the recent policy changes announced by the Federal Minister of Finance. TREB will once again be conducting consumer survey work, in order to report on home buying intentions for 2017,” said Mr. Cerqua.

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