House Hunting During the Coronavirus? Avoid These Real Estate Listing Red Flags

By: Natalie Lewin

House Hunting During the Coronavirus? Avoid These Real Estate Listing Red Flags

Tags: real estate, toronto, coronavirus

House-hunting in the midst of the coronavirus has made it challenging for realtors (no longer able to hold open houses) to show buyers the homes they are interested in. Instead, many agents are turning to technology—virtual tours, 3-D Tours, detailed online listings, etc.—to help clients get a feel for the home. While many online listings include gorgeous high-resolution images and a f...Read More

Should I Buy or Sell My Toronto Home During the COVID-19 Crisis?

By: Natalie Lewin

Should I Buy or Sell My Toronto Home During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Tags: real estate, toronto, coronavirus

Since its outbreak in Wuhan, China in November 2019, the COVID-19 virus has wreaked havoc on the global economy and turned our personal lives upside down. The stock market has tumbled, travel has been disrupted, cities are on lockdown, and schools and businesses have closed.    Despite the viral outbreak, the COVID-19 virus has yet to have a major impact on the Canadian housing market. ...Read More

Home Decor Trends to Fall in Love with in 2020

By: Natalie Lewin

Home Decor Trends to Fall in Love with in 2020

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Home Decor

There’s no better time than a new decade to give your home an upgrade! Whether you’re hoping to add a fresh coat of paint to your walls, swap out old furniture, or undergo a major renovation, here are this year’s most sought-after styles.    Nature-Inspired Elements        If you’ve been flexing your green thumb recently, you’re not ...Read More

Living in The Six Vs. The Suburbs: Pros and Cons

By: Natalie Lewin

Living in The Six Vs. The Suburbs: Pros and Cons

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Downtown, Suburbs

Known for its diverse culture, endless entertainment, and amazing international cuisine, there’s a lot to love about living in the Six! In 2018, Toronto was placed in the world’s top ten “most livable cities” by The Economist and was even rated the 5th best place in the world for millennials. If you’re wondering whether to move to Toronto or live in the burbs, here&rs...Read More

Downsize Your Home to Upgrade Your Life in 2020!

By: Natalie Lewin

Downsize Your Home to Upgrade Your Life in 2020!

Tags: real estate, toronto, downsizing

Downsizing your home in 2020 may seem like a daunting process. Should I sell now or wait? Where should I move? How are we going to go through decades of our belongings!?!   Yikes! That’s a lot to think about!    While trading down may seem both emotionally and physically challenging, the advantages far outweigh the stress and turbulence of your move. Regardless of whether yo...Read More

How Will New Rules for Airbnb Affect My Short-Term Rental in Toronto?

By: Natalie Lewin

How Will New Rules for Airbnb Affect My Short-Term Rental in Toronto?

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Airbnb, Short-term rental

After last month’s Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) ruling, the city is now moving forward with stricter regulations for short-term rental operators. So what’s next if you plan to list a place on Airbnb in Toronto? Here’s what short-term rental hosts need to know about the changes.   Why Are These Regulations Being Put in Place? The LPAT ruling is a major win for ...Read More

Baby, it's Cold Inside: 6 Easy and Affordable Ways to Winterize Your Home

By: Natalie Lewin

Baby, it's Cold Inside: 6 Easy and Affordable Ways to Winterize Your Home

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Budget-Friendly, Winterize

Let it snow, let it snow, let it—oh no! Is your house not prepped for cold weather? Whether your home feels like a freezer or you want to have some extra money in your pocket for holiday shopping, there are many quick and affordable ways to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long. Best of all, they don’t take more than a weekend to complete. Turn up the holiday tunes and let&rsquo...Read More

Budget-Friendly Tips to Transform Your Home From Drab to Fab

By: Natalie Lewin

Budget-Friendly Tips to Transform Your Home From Drab to Fab

Tags: Real Estate, Toronto, Budget-Friendly, Home Decor, Interior

There are plenty of ways you can increase the market value of your home without spending a fortune! Here are some tips that will help you get the best bang for your buck in your next reno or remodel.    Make Changes That Will Have a Big Impact First  While upgrading small details in your home can have a huge impact, they shouldn’t be the first thing on your list when you&rsq...Read More

You Don't Have to be Rich & Famous to Score a Mortgage on an Investment Property

By: Natalie Lewin

You Don't Have to be Rich & Famous to Score a Mortgage on an Investment Property

Tags: Real Estate, Investment Property, Real Estate Investment, Toronto

Getting a mortgage is rarely an easy process free of headaches, but getting a loan for an investment property can be even trickier. Unlike the mortgage you took out on your principal residence, financing an investment property is more complicated and may require a longer period of preparation. However, don’t let this process scare you! Investing in real estate is one of the best ways to buil...Read More

Does Your Home Pass the Test? Why School Ratings Matter to Back to School Home Shoppers

By: Natalie Lewin

Does Your Home Pass the Test? Why School Ratings Matter to Back to School Home Shoppers

Tags: Back to School, Real Estate, School Ratings, Buyers, Sellers, Buying, Selling

While location, layout, size, and proximity to amenities are obvious factors at play during the home buying process, local school districts also have a significant influence over whether your home lands in a hot Toronto real estate pocket.  Paying Premium For Top School Districts It makes sense that school ratings would be a major deciding factor in home shoppers with kids, but what&rs...Read More