The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021

By: Colin Campbell

The New Normal: A Strong Housing Market Expected to Continue into 2021

Tags: Home Sellers, Home Buyers, 2021, Real Estate Market, Real Estate Tips

Circumstances like a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic and historic inventory shortages might have made you assume that the housing market would lose steam, but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. As Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) senior economist, Shaun Cathcart noted, “records [are continually] being broken” in the residential property market.1   Indeed, rather ...Read More

5 Secrets Buyers and Sellers Must Know About Virtual Home Tours

By: Colin Campbell

5 Secrets Buyers and Sellers Must Know About Virtual Home Tours

Tags: Real Estate Tips, Homes Search, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Virtual Tours, Virtual Real Estate

For years now, virtual home tours have helped real estate buyers far and wide find the perfect home. From long-distance military personnel being relocated, to investors expanding their portfolio, to homeowners looking for a vacation getaway, this technology makes finding a house that’s a bit out of driving distance much easier. And for real estate agents, virtual tours have been a useful way...Read More

Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?

By: Colin Campbell

Move-Up vs. Second Home: Which One Is Right For You?

Tags: Real Estate Goals, Home Search, HomeOwner, Move Up HoMe, Second Home, Vacation Home, Backyard, Home Office, Beach House, Home Life, Home Life, Happy Place

The pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.   According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reaso...Read More

Lowest Mortgage Rates in History: What It Means for Homeowners and Buyers

By: Colin Campbell

Lowest Mortgage Rates in History: What It Means for Homeowners and Buyers

Tags: Mortgages, Mortgage Rates, Personal Finance, Mortgage Tips

The interest rate on Canada’s most popular mortgage, the five-year fixed rate, has fallen to its lowest level in history. In early June, HSBC made headlines when it began offering Canadians a five-year fixed-rate mortgage below 2%. Multiple brokers followed suit, and some are now advertising even lower rates.1 And while many Canadians have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented oppor...Read More

Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

By: Colin Campbell

Add Value To Your Home With These 9 DIY Improvements

Tags: DYI Projects, Home Value, Curb Appeal, Home Upgrades, Home Updates, Smart Technology, Landscaping, Refresh, Updates, Fixtures, Window Treatments, Closet Organizers, Bathrooms

Whether you’re prepping your house to go on the market or looking for ways to maximize its long-term appreciation, these nine home improvement projects are great ways to add function, beauty, and real value to your home.   The best part is, once you’ve secured the materials, most of these renovations can be completed over the course of a weekend. And they don’t require a lot...Read More

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

By: Colin Campbell

Is Now a Good Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate?

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buyers, Home Sellers, Economics , Personal Finance

Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. But the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, sales volume fell to its lowest level since 1984, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.1   However, while sales have fallen, prices have remained stable. ...Read More

20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

By: Colin Campbell

20 Ways to Save Money and Stretch Your Household Budget

Tags: Budget, Save Money, Personal Finances, Food, Grocery Shopping, Cutting Costs, Tips To Save

  These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their income further. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month. Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower...Read More

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home  During the Coronavirus Outbreak

By: Colin Campbell

#StayHome: How to Create Functional Spaces in Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Tags: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected, Social Distancing, In This Together, Work From Home, Home Schooling

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation.  ...Read More

Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade

By: Colin Campbell

Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade

Tags: Design, Trends, Renovation, Style, Decor, Colour, Furniture

Whether you’re planning a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make tasteful updates can generate increased buyer interest and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renov...Read More

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

By: Colin Campbell

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buyers, Home Sellers, Economics, Personal Finance, Equity, Wealth

Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1   But one of the bigge...Read More