Choosing A Real Estate Agent: Do Your Homework

Our Toronto waterfront condo seemed big enough for us and the dog. The truth was we were both, hubby and myself, thinking about a house. We got tired of going up and down in that elevator. Especially when you own a puppy. Anyhow, we decided…
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What is the Buyer Representation Agreement?

As most of you know, when you choose to sell your home and work with a real estate professional you are asked to sign a Listing Agreement. What most home buyers don't know though, is that there's an agreement made just for them too. A lot…

Finding a family home in Toronto might not be possible

Last week, my husband and I were walking around the Beaches in Toronto, looking at the price of houses. It's not that we're thinking of moving. I was just curious. It donned on me suddenly that given the cost of homes in Toronto, a single-detached…
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New mortgage rules In Canada

So many of you may have heard that the government has yet again crunched down on mortgage rules. On June 21, in response to increasing household debt, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced new rules that he says could save Canadians thousands…
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Are you ready to own an investment property?

Many homeowners think that owning a second, investment property is something only the very rich can afford to do. Fortunately, that's just not true. In fact, many a homeowner has used an investment property as a wealth-building strategy…
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Single women create change in housing market

The future of the Canadian condo market could and likely will look very different than it does today - thanks to single women. Real estate professionals in the past have been unable to offer single exactly what they were looking for, simply…

First time homebuyers: Use your tax benefits & RRSP funds

There are all sorts of benefits to being a first time homebuyer in Canada. Two you may be entitled to are the RRSP Home Buyers' Plan and the First-time Homebuyers' Tax Credit Program. Let's see how each works and whether or not they apply to…
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An interview with Domenic Tozzo, Mortgage Specialist for RBC

Last week I met with Domenic Tozzo, Mortgage Specialist for RBC. I asked him a few questions; questions that I thought would be important to most homeowners with a mortgage. Let's see what Domenic had to say. Lisa: How long have you been in…
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Allure Condominiums at Yonge & Davisville

  The Allure Condominiums at Yonge & Davisville in Toronto offer 22 suites of beautiful, convenient living at one of Toronto's key intersections. Known for its relative location to the Beltline (a long path perfect for walking and…

Land Transfer Tax REFUND

The general consensus about the Land Transfer Tax is that it is pesky, expensive, and an unwelcome addition to the sale and purchase of every home. There are some intricate details to this tax that - if you purchase unadvised by a realtor…