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

Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

By: Colin Campbell

Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

Tags: Real Estate Tips, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Home Owner, Market Trends, Real Estate Trends

While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last?   When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. ...Read More

5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodelling Trends for 2021

By: Colin Campbell

5 Inspiring Home Design and Remodelling Trends for 2021

Tags: Real Estate Tips, Home Buyer, Home Seller, Home Owner, Home Design, Remodel, Design Trends, Love Your Home, Design Inspo, Home Decor, Home Trends

We’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year. And for many of us, our homes have become our office, our classroom, our gym—and most importantly, our safe haven during times of uncertainty. So it’s no surprise to see that design trends for 2021 revolve around soothing colour palettes, cozy character, and quiet retreats.   Even if you don’t have immediate p...Read More

New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

By: Colin Campbell

New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

Tags: Homeownership Goals, Buyers, Sellers, Current Home Owners, Home Owners, Home Sellers, Home Buyers,

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021.   Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay ...Read More

10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

By: Colin Campbell

10 Ways to Give Back to Our Local Community This Holiday Season

Tags: neighbours, Neighbourhood, Community, Get Involved, Give Back, Volunteer, Charity, Donate, Food Drive, Pay It Forward

This year has demonstrated, perhaps more than ever, the importance of our family, friends, neighbours, and community. It truly “takes a village” to keep a community functioning effectively, whether that’s by keeping our waterways clean, feeding the hungry, teaching our kids, or supporting small businesses.   With the holidays right around the corner, December offers the perf...Read More

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