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

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

By: Colin Campbell

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

Tags: 2020, Market Forecast, Housing, 2020 Outlook

After a two year slump, the future's looking bright again for Canadian real estate. Economists expect positive growth in the national housing market in 2020, supported by low mortgage rates, a solid job market, and a rising population.   In fact, in a recent report, RBC Economics called 2019 a “turning point for Canada’s housing market.”1 To understand why—and wher...Read More

Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House

By: Colin Campbell

Gifts and Gadgets for Every Room in the House

Tags: Gift Ideas, Smart Home, Gadgets, Holidays, Holiday Season, Holiday Shopping,Tech Gifts, Dream Home

Are you searching for new and innovative gift ideas this holiday season? If so, check out our list of the hottest home technology offerings. We’ve selected a few of our favourites for every room in the house.   These smart systems and devices add comfort, convenience, and a “cool factor” that will delight your friends and family.  So think about who you know that loves ...Read More

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home

By: Colin Campbell

5 Steps to Finding Your Next Home

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

STEP 1: Set Your Goals and Priorities   The first step to finding your ideal home is determining WHY you want to move. Do you need more space? Access to better schools? Less maintenance? Or are you tired of throwing money away on rent when you could be building equity? Pinpointing the reasons why you want to move can help you assess your priorities for your home search.   Don’t for...Read More

National Snapshot: How’s the Real Estate Market?

By: Colin Campbell

National Snapshot: How’s the Real Estate Market?

Tags: Real Estate, Housing, Personal Finance, Economics, Investing, Mortgage

The Canadian real estate market is heating up again! After a cooldown in 2018, economists predicted a modest rebound this year. However, the housing market has exceeded expectations with total national sales volume on the rise since March. July sales were up 3.5% from the previous month and 12.6% higher than last year.1 So what triggered this faster-than-expected turnaround and renewed market ac...Read More

5 Step Strategy for Downsizing Your Home

By: Colin Campbell

5 Step Strategy for Downsizing Your Home

Tags: Downsizing, Empty Nest, Life Change, Right Sizing, De-Clutter, Simplify

In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes like divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our shifting needs and lifestyle.   In fact, the advantages of downsizing are being increasingly recognized....Read More

Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst)  Ways to Spend Your Budget

By: Colin Campbell

Will Your Remodel Pay Off? The Best (and Worst) Ways to Spend Your Budget

Tags: Renovation, Home Improvements, Reno, Remodel, Under Construction

Most new homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue.   Whatever your reasons are for taking on a home improvement project, it’s wise to consider how the mone...Read More

Serious About Selling? 5 Steps to Make Your Home  the Best on the Block

By: Colin Campbell

Serious About Selling? 5 Steps to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

Tags: Selling, Get Noticed, Sell Faster, Showings, Best on The Block

  We all want to be good neighbours. But when it comes to selling your home, it’s not just about “keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s about outshining them at every opportunity!   If you’re looking to sell your home fast and for the most money possible, you’ll need a strategy to set it apart from all the other listings competing for buyers in your area...Read More

Top 6 Home Organization Upgrades that “Spark Joy” for Buyers

By: Colin Campbell

Top 6 Home Organization Upgrades that “Spark Joy” for Buyers

Tags: Spring Cleaning, Organization, Tips, Marie Kondo, Real Estate, Clutter-Free

Thanks to Marie Kondo and her hit Netflix series “Tidying Up,” home organization is a hot topic right now. Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and keep only those items that “spark joy.”   With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning and add organizational systems to your own home. Not only will you clear out clut...Read More

Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

By: Colin Campbell

Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

Tags: Buyer Myths, First Time Home Buyer, Buyers, Dream Home, Buying

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably received your share of advice from family and friends. Add to that the constant stream of TV shows, news segments, and social media posts that over-simplify the home buying process for easy entertainment.   With so much information to sift through, it can be tough to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why we’re...Read More