A Return to ‘Normal’? The State of Real Estate in 2022

By: Colin Campbell

A Return to ‘Normal’? The State of Real Estate in 2022

Tags: Real Estate Tips, Housing Market, Home Buyer Tips, Home Owner, Real Estate Market, Real Estate Trends, Buyer, Home Buyer, Seller, Realtor Tips, First Time Home Buyer, Real Estate Investing, Housing News

Last year was one for the real estate history books. The pandemic helped usher in a buying frenzy that led to a record number of home sales and a historically-high rate of appreciation, as prices soared by a national average of 19.9% year over year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.1   There were signs in the second quarter that the red-hot housing market was beginning to sim...Read More

20 Unique Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List

By: Colin Campbell

20 Unique Home Gifts for Every Person on Your List

Tags: Home Buyer, Home Seller, Holiday Gifts, Holiday Gift Ideas, Home Gift Ideas, Home For The Holidays, Happy Holidays, Holiday At Home

Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded last-minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful, even when it comes to people you’ve known for years.   But have no fear! We’ve lined up a list of gifts for every “type” on your list. And since we work in real esta...Read More

New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?

By: Colin Campbell

New Build or Existing Home: Which One Is Right for You?

Tags: real estate tips, New Home Construction, New Homes, Older Homes, Real Estate, Homeowner, Real Estate Market, Real Estate Trends, Real Estate Tips, Buyer, Home Buyer,  Seller, Realtor Tips,  First Time Homebuyer, Fixer Upper

Homebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale.1   Nationwide, the number of newly listed homes dipped slightly in September, down 1.6% from August. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, that’s only about 2.1 months of inventory, which is far less than the five to six months that is generally needed to strike a healthy balance be...Read More

Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies

By: Colin Campbell

Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies

Tags: Real Estate Tips, Homeowner, Be Safe, Realtor Tips, Security, Home Security, Home Safety, Security Tips, Safety Tips, Real Estate Tips, Home Security System

A break and enter occurs every 90 seconds in Canada.1 Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion.   Most burglars won’t go to extreme lengths to enter your home. They are looking for easy access with minimal risk. A monitored security system can be an effective deterrent—homes without one are 300% more likely to be burglar...Read More

9 Tips for Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time

By: Colin Campbell

9 Tips for Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time

Tags: Real Estate Tips, Home Owner, Real Estate Market, Home Values, Real Estate Trends, Home Buyer, Buyer, Home Seller, Seller, Housing Market, Inventory, Appreciation, Supply, Demand, Money Moves

Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it's dwindling.¹ You're not alone either if you're already feeling drained by the complex logistics of trying to sell and buy a new home all at once.   Searching for a ne...Read More

5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed

By: Colin Campbell

5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed

Tags: Home Owner, Real Estate Market, Market Stats, Home Values, Mortgage Rates, Mortgage, Real Estate Trends, Real Estate Tips, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Buyer, Seller, Housing Market, Inventory, Appreciation, Supply, Demand

In a July release, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that home sales had fallen for three months in a row after reaching an all-time high in March.1 So could one of the world’s hottest real estate markets finally be headed for a downturn?   We wouldn’t bet on it. That’s because even though sales have slowed, it was still the strongest June on record—and 13%...Read More

How to Bridge the Appraisal Gap in Today’s Real Estate Market

By: Colin Campbell

How to Bridge the Appraisal Gap in Today’s Real Estate Market

Tags: Real Estate, Market Home Owner, Market Stats, Home Values, Money Goals , Appraisal, Money Moves, Real Estate Tips, Buyer, Home Buyer, Seller, Housing Market, Appreciation, Supply, Demand

If you’re searching for drama, don’t limit yourself to Netflix. Instead, tune in to the real estate market, where the competition among buyers has never been fiercer. And with homes selling for record highs,1 the appraisal process—historically a standard part of a home purchase—is receiving more attention than ever.   That’s because some sellers are finding out t...Read More

Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth?

By: Colin Campbell

Could Rising Home Prices Impact Your Net Worth?

Tags: Real Estate, Homeowner, Real Estate Market, Market Stats, Home Values, Money Goals, Finance, Wealth, Savings, Net Worth, Personal Finance, Money Moves, Equity

Learn how to determine your current net worth and how an investment in real estate can help improve your bottom line.   Among its many impacts, COVID-19 has had a pronounced effect on the housing market. Low home inventory and high buyer demand have driven home prices to an all-time high.1 This has given an unexpected financial boost to many homeowners during a challenging time. However, for ...Read More

Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

By: Colin Campbell

Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

Tags: Empty Nester, Move Up Home, First Time Home Buyer, Family Home, Real Estate, Real Estate Tips, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Home Owner

Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right? For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical. A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impra...Read More

Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

By: Colin Campbell

Can I Buy or Sell a Home Without a Real Estate Agent?

Tags: Real Estate, Realtor, Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Tips, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Home Owner, Market Trends, Real Estate Trends, Buyer Tips, Seller Tips, House Hunting, FSBO, For Sale By Owner, Buyers Agent, Sellers Agent

Today’s real estate market is one of the fastest-moving in recent memory. With record-low inventory in many market segments, we’re seeing multiple offers—and sometimes even bidding wars—for homes in the most sought-after neighbourhoods. This has led some sellers to question the need for an agent. After all, why spend money on a listing agent when it seems that you can stick...Read More