Is Technology as Important as Running Water When Buying a Home?

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Millennial homebuyers increasingly prefer techno-graded smart homes with interactive features to suit their hectic lifestyles. Homebuyers are growing younger and they prefer homes that reduce their maintenance work while simultaneously having a beneficial impact on the environment. They prefer multifunctional spaces and a lot of their choices are influenced by optimal usage of features and living space. Since many of them work from home, they prefer automation so that they don’t have to run around fixing the thermostat, worry about the door lock or calculate their energy usage to optimize their consumption. Continue reading

160 Overbank Dr., Oshawa FOR SALE $329,900

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Now available on MLS 160 Overbank Dr., Oshawa is listed for $329,000

Beautiful  2-Storey home in sought after community. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has hardwood throughout and a finished basement.  Spacious open concept floor plan in perfect for entertaining. Extra large lot with fully fenced backyard for privacy. This family home is close to great schools, shopping, transit, and much more!

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Are Home Buyers In Durham Region Set To Pay Double The Tax?

A Broken Election Promise-

Attention all Durham Region Home Buyers.  According to the Toronto Sun’s article from October 27, 2015, Home Buyers in Durham Region and across Ontario may be forced to now pay double on land transfer tax.  As is the case already in Toronto, the government is ready to allow all municipalities to set their own Land Transfer Tax. The article said that this could happen as early as next year. Continue reading

Home Inspection Checklist: A Complete Look at Buying a Home

HOME INSPECTION Checklist

In this 12 Part series of “A Complete Look at Buying a Home“, Part 9 offers you a FREE downloadable Home Inspection Checklist.

Buying a home can seem a lot like being a contestant on ‘Let’s Make A Deal’. With all that goes in to making a home function (electrical, plumbing, structure), trying to look past the cleaned up and staged homes on the market is like trying to guess ‘what’s behind door #2?’ Most home buyers are not qualified to make that guess. That’s why a prudent real estate agent should insert an inspection clause into any agreement of purchase. The cost of hiring a professional home inspector far outweighs the potential for hidden problems that lurk in a freshly painted and decorated money pit. Continue reading

Make Sure The Home You Buy Isn’t HAUNTED

Make Sure the Home you buy isn't Haunted

Over the next couple of weeks, chances are you will be seeing some rather spooky and supernatural depictions as you drive around the neighbourhoods of Durham. Hallowe’en is just around the corner so expect to see ghosts and goblins everywhere. But all kidding aside, would you ever consider living in a house that has a reputation for being ‘haunted’? ‘Psychological stigmas’ do exist in real estate and are worth consideration when buying a home.

A psychological stigma is a non-physical element of a property. It could be the idea that it is haunted, or was owned previously by someone who was notorious for some terrible crime. Stigmas are based on people’s perceptions and individual beliefs. There is no one right or wrong opinion. A house that sends one perspective buyer running and screaming for their holy water may be just the exact fit for another. They key is make sure that your real estate agent is aware of all the criteria for the property you are looking for. Continue reading

Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Home in 5 Steps: A Complete Look at Buying a Home

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In this 12 Part series of “A Complete Look at Buying a Home“, Part 7 helps you with, Choosing the Perfect Location in 5 Steps.

Location, location, location. This real estate cliché is perhaps the most important factor when deciding on which property to purchase. In its simplistic form, a house is a combination of bricks, mortar, and other materials. These can be changed to suit your wants and needs. But add in location (neighbourhood, proximity to family and friends, schools) and suddenly that house suddenly becomes a home. Click below so  you can choose the perfect location in 5 steps for you and your family. Continue reading

How To Hire The Best Realtor For You: A Complete Look at Buying a Home

How to hire the best Realtor

In this 12 Part series of “A Complete Look at Buying a Home“, Part 6 looks at the Agent Interview Checklist.

When making the biggest purchase and investment of your life, you are going to want an expert to guide you through the process. What are the schools like in an area? What have comparable homes sold for? How do I make an offer? These are just some of the questions that a real estate professional will help you answer. Knowledge is power and when buying a home, the knowledge and experience of your real estate agent can make all the difference in buying your dream home.  Click below for our checklist that you may want to use when deciding on just how suitable your real estate agent really is. Continue reading