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Aimed at restoring semblance of affordability in certain area of the province, the Ontario government has introduced a tax on purchase of residential properties by foreign buyers as part of 16 measures introduced under Ontario's Fair Housing Plan. Essentially, NRST is a 15% tax on the purchase pr... Continue reading
Summer is the best season for the excitement of new decorating! This time of year offers the opportunity to expand outdoors with old spaces to reclaim and new rooms to create. Think of all the same building blocks for outdoor settings as would apply indoors... an area rug for definition....... Continue reading
During the last ice age, as the glacier slowly but finally retreated, its southern most edge cut ridges and reformed the earth into what is now known as Caledon. Nestled in a lovely, rural area just north of Toronto, Caledon contains the headwaters of many of southern Ontario’s rivers, with off-s... Continue reading
Toronto is full of scenic places to explore. In fact, there are over 1,600 parks and green spaces strewn across the city. In keeping with Toronto’s cultural diversity, the paths and parks of the city vary widely depending on the type of outing you’re looking for.
For a simple stro... Continue reading
This question is often posed when a home owner has excessive unused land on their property. Unfortunately, it’s not a definitive yes or no answer. For some properties, adding a pool can improve your home's value by as much as 7% according to HouseLogic.com, while others could be seen as an inconv... Continue reading
We are often asked by our clients if they should list in the summer or wait until the fall. Although there is no cookie-cutter answer, there are certain factors that make listing in the summer months preferable to the fall. Generally there are fewer listings in June, July, and August as sel... Continue reading
Whether you are selling a condo or a cottage, pricing a home correctly from the beginning is key. It gives you a competitive edge on the market and attracts buyers at any price point. But finding the right price for a home isn't easy; that's why it is important to complete an in-depth market anal... Continue reading
The MLS system will sell my house on its own
The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is an essential tool in any agent’s strategy, but it is only one tool used by the Trilogy Team. Many agents simply post their listings on MLS and sit back to allow the system to react. Trilogy’s approach i... Continue reading
Renovating can be costly and inconvenient, but when done right, it has the potential to add tremendous value to your home. There’s no one right way to renovate, but to get the most out of your home you ought to follow a tailored path to reach an end goal that suits your requirements. The followin... Continue reading
It is the classic "chicken or egg" conundrum. Which comes first? Do you buy or sell first?
In strong seller market conditions, such as we’re experiencing today, people tend to favour buying first, since they don’t know how long it will take them to find a new home. (We ar... Continue reading
Thoughts from John Barnwell:
When selling a home, I often work with clients to help simplify and depersonalize their space. It is diﬃcult for potential buyers to visualize themselves with their furnishings in a home that is overly cluttered. Pl... Continue reading
People love to talk about how much a property sold for above the listing price. This is especially common in the media, where many buyers formulate their perceptions. This depiction paints a false picture of the current real estate market. It’s easy to think that the listing price is what you sho... Continue reading
Toronto is a city comprised of a many unique neighbourhoods that boast individuality and a plethora of things to do. One of our favourite neighbourhoods is Summerhill, the little section between Yonge and Avenue just south of St. Clair. For such a small area in central Toronto, it packs in a lot... Continue reading
No matter how you cut it or which angle you approach it, Toronto real estate is a seller’s market and has been for a few years now. Competition has exponentially increased - especially in the past two years - and 2017 is no exception. But this doesn’t mean you can’t get what you want for a price... Continue reading
Start de-cluttering your belongings six months prior to your move date.
It’s never too early to start the editing process. Do one area or room at a time. Try to spend one hour a day or one whole Sunday to purge your office or junk drawer. Shred old papers, give or donate unwanted clothing a... Continue reading
A great part of town that’s gaining more attention by the day from homebuyers and real estate agents alike is Parkdale. This slice of west end Toronto is rich in history and character. Since its origins as a up-and-coming late 19th century Toronto suburb with a comfy community feel and a great vi... Continue reading
Currently we are in a kind of market that even the most seasoned of Realtors has never seen. The last sellers’ market, even remotely like this one, was the one that ended in 1988, and even that one did not sustain itself for as long as this one has.
There are a few lessons to be... Continue reading
Record housing sales experienced in Toronto real estate 2016.Continue reading
Maybe itʼs our diversity and polite manner. Maybe itʼs our vast and awe inspiring landscape from coast to coast. Whatever the case, as many as 8,500 Americans make the move up north to become Canadian citizens every year. According to Monster.com, searches for work in Canada rose 58% in 2016, and... Continue reading
“Why isn’t that house selling? The price must be too high” That’s what many buyers assume, however there are many factors that can contribute to stagnancy in the sale of a property. If a home is not selling, but feedback is consistent among buyers and agents who have viewed the property, staging... Continue reading
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