Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars) and Sense

By: Carlo Sconza

Why Real Estate Investing Makes (Dollars) and Sense

Tags: Toronto Homes

Turn on the television or scroll through Facebook, and chances are you’ll see at least one advertisement for a group or “guru” who promises to teach you how to “get rich quick” through real estate investing. The truth is, much of what they’re selling are high-risk tactics that aren’t a good fit for the average investor. However, there is a way to make stea...Read More

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighborhood  Into a Hometown Haven

By: Carlo Sconza

Welcome Home: 10 Tips to Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Hometown Haven

Tags: Toronto Homes

"Communities work better (students perform better, crime rates are lower, kids are safer, people live longer) when neighbors know one another better. Knowing your neighbor on a first-name basis...is a surprisingly effective first step."   - Robert Putnam, Harvard Public Policy Professor and author of Bowling Alone   While advancements in technology have made it possible...Read More

The Home Buyer's Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

By: Carlo Sconza

The Home Buyer's Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

Tags: Toronto Homes

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home. If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage. The requirements to secure a mortgage may seem overwhelming, espe...Read More

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR:  A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

By: Carlo Sconza

HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

Tags: Toronto Homes

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk. In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catas...Read More

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

By: Carlo Sconza

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

Tags: Toronto Homes

According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale.1 In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.2  Source: National Association of Realtors  Following a...Read More

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

By: Carlo Sconza

Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless Move

Tags: Toronto Homes

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more. Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangement...Read More

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

By: Carlo Sconza

How to Avoid the Top 8 Home Inspection Mistakes

Tags: Toronto Homes

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying. When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the property’s struc...Read More

Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

By: Carlo Sconza

Renters for a Weekend or a While: What’s the Best Use of Your Investment Property?

Tags: Toronto Homes

The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1 And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular demand for multi-family units, including apartment...Read More

Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

By: Carlo Sconza

Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

Tags: Toronto Homes

No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if disaster strikes. A homeowners insurance policy covers your...Read More

“How’s the Market?”  What’s Ahead for Real Estate

By: Carlo Sconza

“How’s the Market?” What’s Ahead for Real Estate

Tags: Toronto Homes

While no one can predict the future with certainty, there are signs that the Canadian housing market is starting to stabilize after a downturn in the first half of the year. Experts forecast that in most areas of the country housing prices will remain high, rents will rise, and mortgage rates will continue to creep up. So what does that mean for home buyers and sellers? To answer that question, w...Read More

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