By: Matt Dean

Why January is a Great Time to Sell!

Tags: January is a great time for selling you home, Selling you home in January

It’s January, and it’s cold outside and there may be snow. You’re anxious to sell your house, but you think January can’t possibly be a good time to put your home on the market. I mean, who wants to go out in that kind of weather? Most will tell you that April is a much better month to put your house on the market. I have had great success selling in January (even...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Losing The Waiting Game

Tags: Why you should buy now instead of later, don't wait to buy, should I wait to buy, buying real estate

Losing The Waiting Game Why it may cost you more to wait than to buy right now   The question of whether to buy now or wait has always been prevalent, but possibly never so much as the past 5 years. It is a question I get asked every day and my answer has always been the same, and, in my professional opinion, the right answer. Buying sooner than later tends to be a better decision. Especia...Read More

By: Matt Dean

10 Reasons Your Home Is Not Selling!

Tags: selling a home, pricing your home, why your home is not selling

Every home owner wants their home to sell quickly. The sooner you can stop the parade of curious buyers through your home, the better, right?  In order to make sure your home sells quickly, I've gathered a list of the "Top 10 Reasons Your Home Is Not Selling!" Your asking price is too high. ...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Time to Go To War…a Bidding War That Is!

Tags: Bidding Wars, Toronto Real Estate, buying a home in toronto, buying a him win Mississauga

Time to Go To War…a Bidding War That Is! If you are looking to buy a home in the Greater Toronto Area, chances are, you may find yourself in the midst of a bidding war. In any war, the key to winning is a good strategy. (Big guns may help too!) Here are a few pitfalls to be wary of and strategies that can help you win a bidding war, or help you from regrets that will make you fe...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Buying or Selling a Tenanted House

Tags: Buying or Selling a Tenanted House,buying or selling a tenanted house,income properties,homes with a tenant

Buying or Selling a Tenanted House   Investing in a rental property can be very appealing, however, many people think you cannot buy or sell a home that already has a tenant. It is absolutely possible to sell/buy a home with an existing tenant; however, there are considerations you must be aware of.   You MUST respect a tenant’s lease. You cannot kick out a ...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Mortgage Insurance for Newcomers to Canada

Tags: mortgage insurance,buying a home in canada,newcomers to canada

Mortgage Insurance for Newcomers to Canada If you do not have 20% down payment to buy a home, you will need to rely on Mortgage Default Insurance. CMHC will insure most newcomers’ home purchases with a down payment of as little as 5% if you have permanent resident status or 10% if you are a non-permanent resident. However, CMHC isn’t the only mortgage default insurance provi...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Puppy Love - Condo Pet Restrictions

Tags: condo pet restrictions,buying a condo,pets in condos,buying a condo in the gta

Puppy Love Condo Pet Restrictions   I love animals! Pets are family and to most, they make a home. However, having a pet can restrict you in getting the home you want when that home is a condo. Many condominium corporations impose pet restrictions on their owners, especially downtown Toronto. These restrictions can range from a simple “2 domestic pets” to &ldquo...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Why Are My Condo Fees So High?

Tags: condo fees,buying a condo in toronto,buying a condo in mississauga,high condo fees,what should i pay for maintenance fees. maintenance fees

Why Are My Condo Fees So High?   So many factors can contribute to high condo maintenance fees – amenities, location, age of building and utilities included. But what should you be paying? In my opinion, maintenance fees are higher than they should be, especially downtown Toronto.   It wasn’t too long ago when 55 to 65 cents per square foot was ...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Should You Rent or Should You Buy?

Tags: rent vs. buy,buying real estate,buying or selling in toronto,buy or sell first

Should You Rent or Should You Buy? (One of life’s great questions)     Every one must face certain decisions in their be or not to be, vanilla or chocolate, Ginger or Mary-Anne (Gilligan’s Island reference), to Rent or Buy a home. While I have always encouraged my clients, friends and family to buy whenever possible, there are times when it may...Read More

By: Matt Dean

Mortgage Broker VS. Bank Specialist

Tags: getting a mortgage, mortgages,buying a house,house financing, Mortgage Broker VS. Bank Specialist,

Do you know the difference between a Mortgage Broker and a Bank Mortgage Specialist?  There are actually a number of differences which you may not be aware of.  Here's some information to help you understand.   A Mortgage Broker works for you, the client, whereas Bank Specialists are employed by the financial institution.  The benefit of using a Mortgage Brok...Read More

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