5 Primary Negotiations Points In A Real Estate Contract

By: Christopher Toste

5 Primary Negotiations Points In A Real Estate Contract

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When working with clients, negotiations is critical in getting them the best possible deal in their real estate transaction. However, many people forget what can be negotiated in a real estate contract.   It is important to know what can be negotiated when you are sitting at the table with your trusted realtor.   Here are the five primary negotiations points that you need to consider in ...Read More

Hot Toronto Neighbourhoods To Watch In 2020

By: Christopher Toste

Hot Toronto Neighbourhoods To Watch In 2020

Tags: Homes in Toronto, House Prices, Real Estate, Realtor, Condos, Homes, GTA, Toronto, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Real Estate Market, Tips on Owning A Home, Benefits of Home Buying, Hot Neighbourhoods, Toronto Neighbourhoods

Our goal this year is to do 20 episodes in 2020. Let’s get started because we are already a little behind. Our first episode we will discuss our favourite neighbourhoods to buy this year.   Last year our top choices where Rockcliffe Smythe and Wallace-Emerson, though Rockcliffe surpassed the average growth of 4% in the GTA (according to TREB) with a huge 2019 and an almost 11% increase,...Read More

Can I put 5% as a downpayment?

By: Christopher Toste

Can I put 5% as a downpayment?

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  A downpayment is an initial payment made when something is bought on credit. It is also a topic that many people inquire about when buying real estate. The minimum downpayment in Canada depends on the purchase price. This was recently changed in the last few years. Let’s break it down to make it less confusing. Under $500,000 Purchase Price If the purchase price is $500,000 or...Read More

Lease Has Expired: What Can I Do?

By: Christopher Toste

Lease Has Expired: What Can I Do?

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A lease is a contract outlining the terms under which one party agrees to rent property owner by another party. When a lease has expired, many people are unsure of what to do and if they need to move out. The simple answer is no. You do not need to move out when the lease has expired. Let me explain it a bit further.  In Ontario, the residential tenancy automatically renews on the expiry da...Read More

The 411 on Bridge Financing

By: Christopher Toste

The 411 on Bridge Financing

Tags: Real Estate News, real estate, realtor, for sale, home sale, new home, house hunting, dream home, properties, home listing, old house charm, property, housing, mortgage, homes for sale, open house, home inspection, home sweet home, renovated, just listed, home evaluation, Real Estate Tips, Bridge Financing

Shopping for homes in a hot market is no easy task. Many times, people will buy prior to selling. With this comes a very common question - what happens if the purchase and selling closing dates don’t match? This is when Bridge Financing comes into play.   What is Bridge Financing? Simply put, it is a bridge loan that is used as a financing tool that allows you to bridge the gap betwee...Read More

5 Hidden Costs When Buying New Developments

By: Christopher Toste

5 Hidden Costs When Buying New Developments

Tags: Real Estate News, real estate, realtor, for sale, home sale, new home, house hunting, dream home, properties, home listing, old house charm, property, housing, mortgage, homes for sale, open house, home inspection, home sweet home, renovated, just listed, home evaluation, Real Estate Tips, New Developments

  When buying a new development there are some hidden costs associated with the purchase. Many times these costs are not shown upfront. Here are the five hidden costs that you should know before purchasing a new development. Window Coverings & Appliances Unlike resale homes, new developments may not include window coverings and appliances. Take into account these extra costs when calc...Read More

Property Taxes and What you Need to Know

By: Christopher Toste

Property Taxes and What you Need to Know

Tags: Real Estate News, real estate, realtor, for sale, home sale, new home, house hunting, dream home, properties, home listing, old house charm, property, housing, mortgage, homes for sale, open house, home inspection, home sweet home, renovated, just listed, home evaluation, Real Estate Tips, Property Taxes

Property tax is a real estate ad-valorem tax, calculated by a local government, which is paid by the owner of the property. We may not love them but it is one of the carrying costs that come with homeownership. Property taxes are charged by the municipality you live in, and are used to pay for many city services such as garbage and recycling collection, sewer protection, road maintenance, snow re...Read More

6 Real Estate Terms You Need To Know

By: Christopher Toste

6 Real Estate Terms You Need To Know

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For those new to buying and selling real estate, the language can often add layers of confusion. Here are six terms that you should know before starting the process.   Buyer’s Realtor/Selling Realtor There are usually two realtors involved in a transaction. Buyer’s agent who represents you and the listing agent who represents the seller.   Multiple Listing Service (MLS)...Read More

Tips For Preparing For A Bidding War

By: Christopher Toste

Tips For Preparing For A Bidding War

Tags: Real Estate News, real estate, realtor, for sale, home sale, new home, house hunting, dream home, properties, home listing, old house charm, property, housing, mortgage, homes for sale, open house, home inspection, home sweet home, renovated, just listed, home evaluation, Real Estate Tips, Bidding Wars

Before entering the real estate market, it is always best to be well prepared. The same thing goes for when entering a bidding war. The most successful clients in a bidding war are the ones who are prepared for battle as they say. Here are some tips that can lead you to success.   Pre-Approval The first step is to speak with your mortgage specialist to find out how much you can afford. The ...Read More

What Are Bidding Wars and Bully Bids?

By: Christopher Toste

What Are Bidding Wars and Bully Bids?

Tags: Real Estate News, real estate, realtor, for sale, home sale, new home, house hunting, dream home, properties, home listing, old house charm, property, housing, mortgage, homes for sale, open house, home inspection, home sweet home, renovated, just listed, home evaluation, Real Estate Tips, Bidding Wars, Bully Bids

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

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