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6 Reasons Why This Winter Is a Great Time to Sell

January 31, 2016

Forget the myth that winter is a bad time to sell real estate. While sales usually inch lower in the cooler months, some real estate pros are saying this winter in particular may be a great time to sell a home. Here’s why: 1. Mortgage rates are near record-breaking lows. 2. Home prices are starting to rebound in many markets across ...

10 Ways to Get the Best of Winter When Selling Your Home

January 16, 2016

If your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are 10 bits of sage advice from RE/MAX agents that can help put a “Sold” sticker on that yard sign. Let Those Lights Shine: The best way to combat winter’s short and ...

7 Ways to Make Your Home Move-In Ready

April 13, 2014

Ever heard the phrase, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” When it comes to selling your home and boosting curb appeal to the widest range of buyers, the distance you need to think about is far less than a mile: it simply runs from your front curb to your back fence. The moment you even begin to think of putting your home up for sale is the ...

What bubble? Canadians have their mortgage covered, study shows

March 25, 2014

A new Conference Board of Canada study says there’s no housing bubble about to burst and maintains Canadian are having no trouble handling their debt even as it sits close to record levels. The Ottawa-based group points out that mortgage arrears are actually going down in just about every market across the country — making a U.S.-style meltdown ...

Why the Luxury Housing Market Is Hot, Hot, Hot

March 1, 2014

The real estate market feels like it’s bouncing back. But the luxury housing market is downright hot in several markets. Barring a stock market correction — unlikely given how investors reacted positively to the Federal Reserve reduction in bond purchases in December — the trend means the spring homebuying season could be a good one, especially ...

Demise of the detached house? No end in sight for rising cost of single family homes

January 22, 2014

If it seems like high-rise condominium units are keep getting smaller and affordable single family homes are getting harder to find, it’s true. Data from RealNet Canada Inc. for Toronto, to be released Wednesday, paints a grim picture for buyers hoping to avoid condominium living in favour of a low-rise home. It’s a trend that the chief ...

4 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

December 28, 2013

There are tons of different approaches to setting resolutions. A resolution can be a goal - an action or accomplishment you propose to achieve in the year to come. Or a resolution can be a declaration – a commitment you make, a stance you take. If you’re hoping or planning to buy a home in 2014, there are some action-type resolutions you’ll ...

Pricing Your Home

October 7, 2013

Pricing your home is a serious consideration that requires research and prudent thought. Price too high and your home may languish on the market. Price too low and you may short-change yourself in a recovering real estate market. Speak candidly with your Olivex broker, who has a deep understanding of market conditions and the factors driving ...

4 Things Buyers Can Do To Minimize Surprise

September 28, 2013

When people say they hate surprises, it’s a little bit like when someone says they don’t like change. Most people actually love change and surprises – so long as the changes are pleasant or they perceive the surprises to be in their favor. It’s really only unpleasant surprises that agitate, irritate and frustrate the average person. This is ...

Why housing prices refuse to fall

September 12, 2013

Those frustrated with the fact that property prices stubbornly refuse to fall now have a scapegoat: the Bank of Canada and other central banks around the world. As the Financial Post‘s Garry Marr reports, low interest rates are helping to boost property markets across the globe and Canada is no exception, says a new report from the Bank of Nova ...
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