What Are Bidding Wars and Bully Bids?

By: Christopher Toste

What Are Bidding Wars and Bully Bids?

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In the real estate market, it isn’t uncommon to hear about bidding wars and bully bids. These tactics are not my favourite but it is important for both buyers and sellers to know about.   Bidding Wars   Bidding wars are when a realtor and the seller have aggressively priced their property and have chosen a day to convey all offers. This is done in hopes that multiple buyers bid o...Read More

What is a Deposit in Real Estate?

By: Christopher Toste

What is a Deposit in Real Estate?

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In real estate, a deposit serves two purposes: Provides security to the Seller; and a deposit ensures that the Buyer has a stake in the agreement.  What is a deposit in real estate and when is it due?   The deposit is good faith that is put down by the buyer once you have a successful agreement in sale. This amount is put towards your down payment and closing costs. Unless otherwise s...Read More

4 Closing Costs To Keep In Mind When Purchasing

By: Christopher Toste

4 Closing Costs To Keep In Mind When Purchasing

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Home buying can be defined as one of the biggest purchases in someone’s life and besides the cost of the home itself, there are a few other closing costs associated with home purchasing. Here are four closing costs to keep in mind when purchasing a home.   Land Transfer Tax Land Transfer Tax (LTT) is paid by everyone who purchases property. The LTT is a marginal tax that is paid to ...Read More

A Financial Renovation Option For Home Owners

By: Christopher Toste

A Financial Renovation Option For Home Owners

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There are many times when home owners find the perfect home; however, sometimes the home may need a lot of TLC to truly make it your own. I know that this was the situation for my wife and I. We found our perfect home but the home had no improvements or upgrades done to it in the last 50 years. After all the costs, fees, etc associated with purchasing the home, we were strapped for “renovat...Read More

Debunking the Three Biggest Myths in Real Estate

By: Christopher Toste

Debunking the Three Biggest Myths in Real Estate

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At times it can be hard to differ a myth from fact especially in the real estate market. There are many myths out there and I will be debunking the three biggest ones out there right now.  Myth # 1 I have to pay commission to my agent for finding me a home. Fact My services are FREE to buyers. In a standard sale the buyer does not pay commission. It is up to the sellers brokerage to dete...Read More

4 Basic Ways to Make Money on an Investment Property

By: Christopher Toste

4 Basic Ways to Make Money on an Investment Property

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Making money off of an investment property can be done with a few simple ways and I break it down in this latest Real Estate Minute. 1. Positive Cash Flow You want the rent to pay for more than the cost of the mortgage. A positive cash flow is when rental income exceeds or covers the rental expenses associated with a particular rental property. As long as you’ve invested wisely, and have c...Read More

Secrets To Buy In An Aggressive Market

By: Christopher Toste

Secrets To Buy In An Aggressive Market

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In this piece, I am sharing my top secrets on how to buy in aggressive real estate market like Toronto, Hamilton and Mississauga. Here are my top three tips.     10 % to 20 % Over Budget When looking for a home, my advice is to shop 10% to 20% over your budget. Reason being is that one in three homes today are overpriced. I know this sounds counterintuitive. However, in many cases the ...Read More

Equity And What It Means For Home Owners

By: Christopher Toste

Equity And What It Means For Home Owners

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  At one point or another we have heard the term “Equity” and many may wonder what it means in real estate. What is Equity? Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and the amount you owe to the lender who holds the mortgage. Your equity is the money you would receive after paying off the mortgage if you were to sell the home. Therefore, it is the differe...Read More

Three Tips on Entering the Aggressive Market at a Young Age

By: Christopher Toste

Three Tips on Entering the Aggressive Market at a Young Age

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An aggressive market can be difficult to enter at any age but more so if you are a young person. However, it is possible with the right mindset and with some tips to guide along the way. Here are my top three tips on how a young person can enter an aggressive real estate market.   Boomer Downpayment Parents are wonderful people who do all they can to see their child(ren) succeed in life. I...Read More

My Top 2 Picks of Affordable Neighbourhoods in Toronto

By: Christopher Toste

My Top 2 Picks of Affordable Neighbourhoods in Toronto

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  If you are aspiring to be a homeowner in 2019 and are looking for affordable transitioning neighbourhoods that will be a strong long term investment, well you are in luck as I have the perfect west-end neighbourhoods for you. Wallace Emerson Wallace Emerson is a mixed-use residential and industrial area. However, this is a neighbourhood in transition as former industrial buildings and la...Read More

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