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Lowest Mortgage Rates in History: What It Means for Homeowners and Buyers

Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2020

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The interest rate on Canada’s most popular mortgage, the five-year fixed rate, has fallen to its lowest level in history. In early June, HSBC made headlines when it began offering Canadians a five-year fixed-rate mortgage below 2%. Multiple brokers followed suit, and some are now advertising even lower rates.1 And while many Canadians have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, others question the hype. Are today’s mortgage rates really a bargain? While... [read more]

Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

Wednesday Jul 8th, 2020

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Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home. The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot of specialized skills or experience. So grab your toolbox, then get ready to boost your home’s... [read more]

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Monday Jun 8th, 2020

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Is now a good time to buy or sell real estate?

Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. But the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, sales volume fell to its lowest level since 1984, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.1 However, while sales have fallen, prices have remained stable. The average home price in April was down just 1.3% from the same month last year.1 And in many... [read more]

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Thursday May 14th, 2020

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Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation. Here are a few tips for creating comfortable and functional spaces within your home for work, school,... [read more]

20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

Thursday May 7th, 2020

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20 Ways To Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month. Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower your bills, secure better deals, and begin working toward your financial goals. Refinance Your... [read more]

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

Monday Jan 6th, 2020

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After a two year slump, the future's looking bright again for Canadian real estate. Economists expect positive growth in the national housing market in 2020, supported by low mortgage rates, a solid job market, and a rising population. In fact, in a recent report, RBC Economics called 2019 a “turning point for Canada’s housing market.”1 To understand why—and where the market is headed—we take a closer look at some of the key indicators and summarize expert... [read more]

Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget.

Tuesday Aug 20th, 2019

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Will Your Home Remodel Pay Off?

Most new homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue. Whatever your reasons are for taking on a home improvement project, it’s wise to consider how the money you invest will impact your home’s value. We’ve taken a look at six popular home... [read more]

Serious About Selling? 5 Steps to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

Friday Jul 26th, 2019

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Serious About Selling?

We all want to be good neighbors. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity! If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in your area. That’s why we’ve outlined our proven, five-step plan for serious sellers. Use these five tactics... [read more]

Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

Wednesday Jun 19th, 2019

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Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably received your share of advice from family and friends. Add to that the constant stream of TV shows, news segments, and social media posts that over-simplify the home buying process for easy entertainment. With so much information to sift through, it can be tough to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why we’re revealing the truth behind some of the most common home buyer myths and misconceptions. Buying a... [read more]

Top 6 Home Organization Upgrades that “Spark Joy” for Buyers

Wednesday May 1st, 2019

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Top 6 Home Organization Upgrades that “Spark Joy” for Buyers

Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.” With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clutter, but your efforts can also actually increase the value of your home. Ready to give it a try? Here... [read more]

What’s Your Home Actually Worth? Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market

Thursday Mar 21st, 2019

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What's Your Home Actually Worth?

It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price it too high, it may sit on the market. But price it too low and you may be losing out on a good chunk of money (nobody wants that!). For buyers, it’s important to know a home’s worth... [read more]

Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019

Wednesday Feb 20th, 2019

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Design Trends 2019

If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renovation costs into their overall budget. Even if you have no immediate plans to... [read more]

What’s Ahead for Real Estate in 2019?

Monday Jan 14th, 2019

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What’s Ahead for Real Estate in 2019?

As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?”  The Canadian real estate market experienced a cooldown in 2018 following years of rapid growth. This left many homeowners and potential buyers feeling skittish. Fortunately, economists expect the market to stabilize in 2019 and continue to appreciate at a more sustainable rate. To help guide you through this shifting landscape, we’ve summarized some of the expert... [read more]

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