Found 16 blog entries tagged as investors.

If you're planning to buy a home, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is an important step to take. Not only will it give you a clear idea of how much house you can afford, but it can also help you make a stronger offer when you find the perfect property. Here are some things to consider in order to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Check your credit score

Before you apply for a mortgage, it's important to know your credit score. This will help you determine if you're likely to be approved for a mortgage and what interest rate you can expect. You can check your credit score for free through websites like Equifax® Canada or TransUnion®.

Gather your documents

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you'll need to provide documentation that…

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How would you describe your dream home? You know, the one with every amenity and design feature you’ve been looking for? But finding that dream home already built and available on the market isn’t always possible. Whether it’s because of the location, size, price, or available features, it can be difficult to find this dream space without compromise. 

Rather than struggling to find something that checks all the boxes, some choose to buy land and build their own home. The process is different from buying in the resale market and can get a little complicated, so it’s best to let a REALTOR® guide you through the process, but we’re going to break things down a bit for you here first.

Why buy land?

According to REALTOR® and salesperson Peter…

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The COVID-19 pandemic certainly turned Canada’s housing market on its head. Many had anticipated a significant crash in the early days of the coronavirus public health crisis, but the opposite transpired, with a big change in consumer buying and selling patterns. Many Canadian homeowners experienced enormous equity gains on their residential properties and with remote work taking hold, they chose to sell and move elsewhere, in search of a bigger place, or a quieter way of life. What resulted in a massive demand for homes, coupled with a shortage of listings, created strong seller’s market conditions. With buying a home becoming a challenge, many homeowners decide to play it safe, with a plan to buy a house before selling one. But how do you buy a…

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Best Time to Sell Your Home_autumn

About the time pumpkin spice lattes hit the menu at your local café you may want to have your house ready to hit the market. Why? Next to spring, fall is arguably the best time to sell your home. In fact, it may even have some advantages over the spring market. Read on to learn why fall might be the best time to wear plaid, indulge in everything pumpkin and sell your home.

Ready to Fall in Love with the Fall Market? Here’s Why It Could Be the Best Time to Sell Your Home:

If you missed the spring market or your intentions to move got waylaid by long weekend plans and summer days, it doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to sell your home. Placing your home for sale in the fall market has many benefits that may…

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Things are changing in Canada’s real estate landscape. 

After a scorching year for real estate in 2021—a time when home prices smashed records and sales volume rose above the norm—there appears to be a slowdown in the marketplace.  

According to the latest numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems dropped 5.6% between May and June 2022. Sales were down in three-quarters of all local markets, led by Canada’s biggest cities – the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Greater Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Burlington to name a few.

The shift in the marketplace from a hot seller’s market to a balanced or more buyer-friendly one can feel uncertain, especially for people…

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Guide to flipping a house

The Canadian government has set its sights on the house-flipping industry to cool housing prices. Ottawa held that slapping an anti-flipping tax would help bring down home valuations, allowing a greater number of prospective homebuyers to purchase a property. Indeed, flipping a house in the Canadian real estate market can be wealth-generator for individuals and corporations, under the right market conditions. But how can you take advantage of such opportunities?

We have compiled a guide of the best tips to keep in mind.

A Beginner’s Guide to Flipping a House

#1 Do the Math

When flipping a house, some people think it’s merely about the market value. However, several other financial factors are critical to remember.

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Buying vacant land

When buying a home in the Canadian real estate market, many commonly assume that the bulk of the cost is for the home, but in reality it, it is the land that the house is built on that is of most value.

The housing market is all about the land since, especially in hyper-dense cities, is ostensibly finite. While Canada is one of the largest countries in the world by land mass, and are are still plenty of development opportunities from coast to coast, it is also one of the most expensive markets on the planet.

But whether you purchase an empty lot in the middle of Toronto or vacant land in the outskirts of Saskatchewan, it is an entirely different process than buying a conventional property.

So, what do you need to…

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Canadian real estate prices are soaring at the fastest pace ever, yet the national numbers downplay growth. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) data shows home prices continued to soar in December. Over just 31 days, a “typical” home added up to $40,000 in one market. Over the past year, prices have increased more than ten times that monthly surge.

A Typical Home Across Canada Increased $16,700 Last Month

Canadian home prices are rising at one of the fastest rates ever. The composite benchmark (a.k.a. a typical home) reached $798,200 in December, up 2.1% ($16,700) compared to a month before. The benchmark is now a whopping 26.6% ($167,500) higher than last year. Both are large gains, but this is the index — many markets outperform even…

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Canadian real estate has outgrown productive investment, and it’s not slowing down. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows building permits, considered a leading indicator for future building intentions, climbed in November. The growth is entirely attributed to home building, now running 50% above pre-2020. More housing is nice, but Canada is already sinking more investment into housing than businesses. The acceleration of this trend shows it’s not even considering a slow down.

Canadian Building Intentions Have Increased 7%

The total of building permits made a sharp increase in the latest data. Building permits reached $11.2 billion in November, up 6.8% seasonally adjusted from a month before. In current dollars, this is a new record high and…

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Still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, Canada’s multi-suite rental market is expected to continue strengthening in the new year.

Morguard Corporation recently released its 2022 Canadian Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Report, painting a picture of increased rental demand leading to reduced vacancy rates and higher rents heading into the new year.

“Rental demand will gradually strengthen in 2022, as postsecondary schools and offices continue to open,” said Keith Reading, research director at Morguard. “Additionally, rental demand will increase with the return of international students to the country’s major urban centres.”

Rental demand dropped during the early stages of the pandemic…

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