Walking Away from Your Offer on a Home? Know the Consequences
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Walking Away from Your Offer on a Home? Know the Consequences

No matter your circumstance, an offer on a house is a legal contract. And by walking away from it, you could lose your initial deposit, or even be sued. But what if the appraisal value from your lender came in lower than expected? Or if your house is taking a long time to sell? Continue reading »

Housing Market Update: National Home Prices, Sales Fall Again
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Housing Market Update: National Home Prices, Sales Fall Again

Recent data now shows the average selling price of a Canadian home dropped by 0.3 per cent in the past year. It may not seem like much of a difference, especially to those who have been waiting for the market to cool and stabilize, but does this mean that the bubble has burst? Continue reading »

Reasons Why a Rate Hike is on the Horizon
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Reasons Why a Rate Hike is on the Horizon

There’s speculation the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate at its next scheduled announcement on July 12, due to comments Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz recently made to the media about the conditions needed for higher rates… Continue reading »

How Much Are Real Estate Commission Rates in Canada?
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How Much Are Real Estate Commission Rates in Canada?

When it comes to selling your home, you have to spend money to make money. Land transfer taxes. Lawyer fees. Mortgage discharge costs. But your biggest cost? Likely your real estate agent’s commission. It’s been said that Canadian sellers typically pay between three and seven per cent of their home’s selling price to their real estate agent, … Continue reading »

What Does Ontario’s Housing Plan Mean for Home Buyers and Renters?
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What Does Ontario’s Housing Plan Mean for Home Buyers and Renters?

Facing rapidly rising home prices in the GTA, last month the Liberals introduced a 16-point plan to cool the red-hot real estate market. Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan includes a number of measures to address the escalation of home prices in…
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Toronto Considering Raising Land Transfer Tax
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Toronto Considering Raising Land Transfer Tax

In an effort to find new revenue streams, the City of Toronto is looking at raising the rate of its Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) on home sales. The proposed hike would add an additional $750 in closing costs to the average home, and would add an estimated $100 million… Continue reading »

Is Holding onto Your Old Property When You Buy New a Good Idea?
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Is Holding onto Your Old Property When You Buy New a Good Idea?

Is it worth holding onto your current residence as an investment property when you buy new? We’re taking a look at the benefits and drawbacks and questions you need to ask yourself before making the decision. Continue reading »

RBC Second of the Big Banks to Hike Mortgage Rates
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RBC Second of the Big Banks to Hike Mortgage Rates

Just two weeks after TD Canada Trust hiked their prime rate, RBC has announced they’re bumping up their fixed mortgage rates anywhere from 25 to 40 basis points. Read on to find out how much more this may cost you and why fixed rates are rising in the first place. Continue reading »