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Red Flags for Grow Houses

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 08:43 AM

A grow house is a home that has been converted into a marijuana operation. Grow-ops are still illegal, even though Canada has legalized certain types of marijuana. Grow houses can exist in any type of home or neighborhood but larger homes in quiet areas with unfinished basements are often preferred.

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Thinking about Downsizing? Meet your 2 Best Allies.... Part 1 of 3

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 08:42 AM

When thinking about downsizing getting professional help can save you a barrel full of money and keep frustration and uncertainty at bay. 



What is Kitec Plumbing? Buyer Beware

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 05:48 PM

Between 1995 to 2007, Kitec plumbing was widely used in Canada.
Chances are that Kitec can be found in houses built or extensively renovated during this time.
It was sold for drinkable water pipes, as well as in-floor and hot-water baseboard systems. We stumbled upon them twice when lo...


Know your rights as a buyer and seller in real estate

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 10:47 AM

As a buyer or seller, knowing that you have a good realtor, doing your own research, asking lots of questions and understanding your rights are all critical factors in a successful outcome.

Shop around for a good sales representative

Just like when you are shopping for the best deals, shop around for a good realtor. Currently, there are almost 50,000 realtors registered with the Toronto real estate board. That’s a lot to choose from! Each realtor an...


Non-resident Ownership of Residential Properties in Toronto

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 09:15 AM

After the Ontario government imposed a 15 percent tax on foreign buyers of Toronto property in May 2017 and everyone has been eager to see the impact. To study the effect, a collaborative project was begun between Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The results are now analyzed, and it appears that the percentage of homes owned by foreigners in Toronto and Vancouver is much lower than what people assumed. The new data shows that non-residents ow...


New “Stress-test” for Canadian Mortgages – Buyers Be Aware!

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 12:24 PM

The new minimum qualifying rate or “stress test” will take effect January 1st, 2018 and apply to all buyers including those with larger down payments of 20 percent or more**.

What does this “Stress Test” really mean?

The best way to explain the new stress test is using an example*:

Lets say you are a Buyer with good credit making $100K/year with a $50K deposit:

You are currently approved for a 2.89% fix...


Dream Condo Open House Today 2PM-4PM Don Mills

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 11:18 AM

Join one of our team mates to view this dream Toronto condo on the 34th floor with amazing skyline views! This unit has been meticulously renovated from top to bottom! Its a very comfortable space - almost 1,600 sqft with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, plus a large Family room. The kitchen is brand new with quartz countertops, high end stainless steel appliances and custom cabinetry surrounding a central breakfast is...


Best Free Buyer Mobile Apps - for first time or experienced house or condo buyers

Posted by Nicholas Searle on 01:06 PM

Buying a new house or condo can be exciting but also overwhelming in many ways! First its all the financial calculations you have to do. Second its all the complex terminology related to the homebuying process, like warranty’s or inspections, and even researching builders or developers to make sure they have a reliable history. And once you settle on the property, the challenge is how to fit all your furnitu...

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