Doug's Blog

23 Feb

Tired of Toronto? Why not move to the St. Catharines-Niagara region

Reposted from: Suzanne Wintrob, Special to National Post | February 20, 2017 (http://news.nationalpost.com/homes/tired-of-toronto-why-not-move-to-the-st-catharines-niagara-region) It took Russell Phipps just one day to sell his three-bedroom, 1,800-sq.-ft. house in Ajax, Ont., after a fierce bidding war. With an early closing and no place yet to live, the Toronto native moved into a friend’s 550-sq.-ft. Corktown condo in

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25 Nov

9 Tips for Selling Your House in Winter

With people away on trips and cold weather making house hunting less appealing, winter can be a challenging time to sell your home. On the other hand, fewer homes on the market means yours will get more attention from buyers. By upping the cozy factor, making the most of winter assets and paying attention to

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16 Jun

Housing Market Information

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Second Quarter 2015 Highlights   – Total housing starts decreased this quarter – The resale market remained tight and favoured sellers – Average price for both new single-detached homes and for all existing homes edged higher New Homes Market Housing starts in the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) trended

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05 Mar

Is Today the Right Time to Buy a Home or Not?

Reposted from Home Financing Journal – Angela Vidakovic, Dominion Lending Centres Easy Street Mortages This question arises on a near daily basis within our social circles… Answer: Today is the right day assuming one has found the specific property that works for them on all levels. If the conversation is about a property which one

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02 Feb

Key dynamics that tend to have the largest influence on home values

There are many things that can affect the market value of a property, ranging from interest rates to home improvements to the mood of the seller. Below are some of the key dynamics that tend to have the largest influence on home values that every homeowner or aspiring homeowner should be aware of. These factors

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09 Jan

10 Things That Can Affect Home Values

There are many things that can affect the market value of a property, ranging from interest rates to home improvements to the mood of the seller. Below are some of the key dynamics that tend to have the largest influence on home values that every homeowner or aspiring homeowner should be aware of. These factors

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02 Dec

Real Estate Fact from Fiction

At part of Real Estate Council of Ontario’s (RECO) Financial Literacy Month campaign, they have launched their interactive website aimed at Educating Ontarians about the home buying and selling process and highlighting the value of working with a registered real estate professional. Fact or Fiction? Test your knowledge with their interactive quiz by clicking here.

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24 Nov

Mortgage Consumer Report

CAAMP has released the annual state of the Residential Mortgage Market. Here are some interesting stats from the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals. During 2014, 31% of Canadians obtained their mortgage from a mortgage broker, 61% directly from a bank. For mortgage holders who renewed their mortgage in the last 12 months, 78% saw

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11 Apr

Keep Your Home Dry During the Spring Thaw

Spring is here, bringing longer days and warmer temperatures. That melting snow is a welcome sight, but it also presents a flooding risk. Fortunately there are things you can do to protect yourself from springtime flooding. Keep the Water Out Before the snow begins melting, clear away any snow and obstructions that have accumulated around

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