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Mortgages 101: What’s a mortgage and how to choose between fixed and variable rates in Canada?

Mortgages 101: What’s a mortgage and how to choose between fixed and variable rates in Canada?

Selecting a mortgage is one of the biggest – and most stressful – financial decision made by many Canadians. But a clear understanding of a few basic terms and concepts can help allay some the anxiety. Here’s a primer on the basics of mortgages, along with insights into the current market.


What is a mortgage?

In plain terms, a mortgage is a loan most often used to buy a house, condo or some other type of property. It’s a set amount of money provided by a lender (often a bank, credit union or mortgage company), and is repaid over a set […] Read more

Costs and Hidden Fees of Selling your Home in Ontario – Toronto

Costs and Hidden Fees of Selling your Home in Ontario – Toronto

Your home is likely your largest and biggest investment you will ever make. 

When thinking of selling and to maximize the value of your investment you will need to spend some cash before it hits the market and also costs involved after closing.

Let’s go over some of the obvious and less obvious costs of selling you home.

Expected Costs of Selling a Home in Ontario:

1- Realtor Commission: 

2- Closing Costs:

3- Moving Expenses

Hidden Fees and Costs:

4- Capital Gain Taxes:

5- Renovation and Repairs:

6- Landscaping:

7- Staging & Professional Photography:

Realtor Commission: 

The first thing that most people think of when they think of “Selling a Home” is the […] Read more

Ontario Real Estate Association – COVID-19

Ontario Real Estate Association – COVID-19

Government policy with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic is being updated daily and the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has your back in getting you the latest and most important information to keep you, your clients and communities safe. I have two breaking news updates for you. One is on virtual open houses and the other is related to NR12 evictions. Open House Prohibition & Virtual Open Houses As you know, last week the Province announced a prohibition on open houses. OREA was one of the first associations in Canada to urge Members to stop hosting open houses. I am happy to report […] Read more

Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19

Find the benefits relevant to you

Get information on what’s available to: those who have lost income; renters and homeowners; families; seniors; students; businesses; Canadians abroad. There’s also a personal finance section with information on tax and utility bill deferrals. This guide provides the basic benefit information you need to apply for subsidies.

This includes:

Who can applyDate availableHow to applyLinks or phone number to make a claim

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What closing and other costs do you pay when buying a home?

What closing and other costs do you pay when buying a home?

You’re pre-approved for a mortgage
to help you find the home of your dreams. Then, you hand over your down
payment, collect your mortgage funds, pay the seller and get the
keys, right? Not so fast. There are other costs to
consider. These closing costsOpens a popup. and
additional expenses can impact your offer, the size of your down payment and
the amount of mortgage you qualify for. Only a few are optional, so be
aware of these costs from the start.

closing day

Once you find a property, you need
to know everything about the home — good and bad. Inspections and
surveys can uncover issues that could impact the purchase price, or slow or
stall the sale. These reports are […] Read more



you’re buying a home for the first time. Or maybe you’re selling your old home
to move to something new. Whether buying or selling, you’re involved in an
intricate process requiring many specialists. One of these specialists might be
a REALTOR®, who’s responsible for making the transaction as easy as
possible for you.

REALTOR® Difference

However, not every licensed or
registered broker or salesperson is a REALTOR®. To be a REALTOR®,
the agent must be a member of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). And
to be a member of CREA, an agent is expected to be:

Committed to the REALTOR® Code: The code is the accepted standard of conduct for
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Housing Market Stats

Housing Market Stats

compiles and analyzes numerous factors affecting the real estate market for the
public, REALTORS® and governments.

With the accurate, up-to-date
information that CREA provides:

The public gets a snapshot of the Canadian housing market;REALTORS® can knowledgeably advise
their clients; andPoliticians and government policymakers can craft more
effective legislation and regulations.

MLS® Home
Price Index

With the MLS® Home
Price Index (HPI), you can access data about the residential markets of
participating real estate boards across Canada. There’s no better tool to
determine price trends in the housing market.

Six founding partners jointly
developed it: the real estate boards of Calgary, Fraser Valley, Greater
Montreal, Greater Vancouver, and Toronto and […] Read more

Essential Things to Know About Real Estate Assignment Sales (for Sellers)

Essential Things to Know About Real Estate Assignment Sales (for Sellers)

What’s an assignment?

An assignment is when a Seller sells their interest in a property before they take possession – in other words, they sell the contract they have with the Builder to a new purchaser. When a Seller assigns a property, they aren’t actually selling the property (because they don’t own it yet) – they are selling their promise to purchase it, along with the rights and obligations of their Agreement of Purchase and Sale contract.  The Buyer of an assignment is essentially stepping into the shoes of the original purchaser.

The original purchaser is considered to be the Assignor; the […] Read more

10 Village Lake. Brampton – SOLD

Beautiful Home On A Premium Lot In Sought Out Neighborhood! This Stunning 5 Br Home Feat Upgrades & Finishes Like No Other. Hardwood Flooring, Pot Light, High Baseboards, Security Camera, Jbl Speaker, Recently Painted, Deck And Patio, Sky Lights, Pattern Concrete, And Inter Locking, Separate Laundry For Basement, Separate Entrance To Basement, Finished Basement. This House Has It All!!

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