Got Rent? Why First-Time Buyers Should Raid Their RRSPs

By: Natalie Lewin

Got Rent? Why First-Time Buyers Should Raid Their RRSPs

Tags: home buyers, RRSP, investments, first time home buyers

Do sky-high home prices and new mortgage rules have you kissing your homeownership dreams goodbye? Before you throw in the towel, let me introduce you to a resource you probably haven’t thought to tap into: The Home Buyer’s Plan (HBP).  One of the hardest parts of purchasing a home is coming up with a substantial down payment. By using the HBP to borrow funds fro...Read More

"I smoke and grow legal weed. Will that affect selling my home?"

By: Natalie Lewin

"I smoke and grow legal weed. Will that affect selling my home?"

Tags: selling, selling homes in Toronto, Toronto homes, realtor

Are you wondering how the legalization of marijuana will impact the sale of your home? Under the new federal Cannabis Act, Ontario homeowners are permitted to legally smoke and vape marijuana in their personal residences as well as grow up to four marijuana plants per household. How will the consumption and purchase of this previously illegal plant affect property values? We dive into the most com...Read More

Real Estate Virtual Tours: Your Secret Weapon to a Fast Sale

By: Natalie Lewin

Real Estate Virtual Tours: Your Secret Weapon to a Fast Sale

Tags: Real Estate, Virtual Tours, Toronto, Yonge and Eglinton, Selling, Buying

Although over 90% of buyers start their home search online, very few realtors are leveraging the power of technology as a marketing tool to sell your home. In 2019, home buyers are expecting to see both images of homes online and a virtual walk-through of the property.   Partnering with a realtor who can create an interactive virtual tour of your home is the #1 way to boost your home’s ...Read More

How to Downsize Effectively

By: Natalie Lewin

How to Downsize Effectively

Tags: Toronto, Homes In Toronto, Downsizing

Downsizing can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when you have lived in a space for a lot of years that holds a lot of memories and emotions, but when the move is the right next step nothing feels as good as actually getting it done and starting the next chapter.  We have a list of the steps you can take to get to the next step with as little upheaval as possible.  Things ...Read More

Six Keys to Selling Your Home Quickly

By: Natalie Lewin

Six Keys to Selling Your Home Quickly

Tags: Selling Your Home, Toronto, Homes in Toronto

One thing all sellers have in common is that they are all looking to do is sell their home quickly while making sure they get the most money possible. And while a lot of that is out of the seller’s hands there are a couple of things that can help to make the process go smoother.  Here are a few tips for sellers to make that happen no matter what the state of your home or the market is:...Read More

Should I get a Second Independent Home Inspection

By: Natalie Lewin

Should I get a Second Independent Home Inspection

Tags: homes in toronto, toronto real estate, home inspection

There are many questions that I get asked on a regular basis, and if you’re following my blog you know I always try and answer these questions as much as possible. And this one is particularly important.  “As a buyer should I be getting a home inspection on the home that I want to buy, even if there is one already provided by the seller?” Although sellers are required by l...Read More

10 Ways To Winterize Your Home

By: Natalie Lewin

10 Ways To Winterize Your Home

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Remax, Homes For Sale, Winter, Toronto Home

Change Furnace Filters A dirty filter reduces airflow and increases energy demand. Put it on your calendar and check monthly.  Run Fans In Reverse Most people only think of fans are for warm days, but many ceiling fans come with a reverse option. Switching your fan to run clockwise makes the fan produce a warmer air. This can cut your heating cost by as much as 10 percent.  Winterize...Read More

Who do The New Mortgage Rules Affect?

By: Natalie Lewin

Who do The New Mortgage Rules Affect?

Tags: Mortgage Rules, Real Estate, Toronto Homes, Toronoto Real Estate

There is talk everywhere about the new mortgage rules. And any simple google search will populate multiple articles to explain what this means, but often between the jargon and our tiny attention spans we walk away thinking we look at it later ( and never do). So we spoke to Shamiar Lewin, a Mortgage Specialist at Sherwin Mortgage Group to get the scoop on what all this means.   Check out thr...Read More

Yonge and Eglinton School List

By: Natalie Lewin

Yonge and Eglinton School List

Tags: Schools, Yonge and Eglinton, Midtown Toronto Schools

Yonge and Eglinton is a bustling community that has just about everything you need at your fingertips. It isn’t hard to see why it is a great neighbourhood to raise your family, but despite the obvious allures, good schools can be the most important factor in your decision.   Here is a list of schools in the area that will help you make your decision to move to a little bit easier. ...Read More

By: Natalie Lewin

6 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

Tags: Realtor, Toronto, Yonge and Eglinton, Real Estate, North Toronto

In the listing presentation process it always comes up- why should I hire you. So, let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you why hiring a realtor is a better choice than doing the legwork yourself.    Here are 6 reasons why you need to consider hiring a professional real estate agent to sell your home. Knowledge What you don’t know can absolutely hurt you. At any given t...Read More