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How to Use Data to Evaluate the Real Estate Market

By Nicole Harrington | Jul 27, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Market Insights Credit: Movesmartly.com Last week we looked at the million-dollar question many buyers are asking themselves in today’s market: is it the right time to buy? We detailed personal evaluation criteria that should be considered first and foremost before exploring a possible purchase, but even if you’re in a good spot…

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It’s Not Always the Right Time to Buy..

By Nicole Harrington | Jul 18, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Market Insights In an uncertain real estate market, buyer confidence changes: the mood is more cautious, more time is taken to make decisions, and some people just decide to just sit the whole thing out and watch from the sidelines – waiting for the competition to start heating up again before jumping…

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What’s Happening in the Toronto Real Estate Market?

By Nicole Harrington | Jul 17, 2017

After receiving quite a few emails from prospective buyers with inquiries into what’s going on in the Toronto real estate market, I’ve decided to post my take on what has caused the shift, and where I think the market is headed. Obviously as a whole no one has any definitive way of knowing exactly what…

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Pick or Pass: Even in a Slowdown These Neighbourhoods Have Remained HOT

By Nicole Harrington | Jun 17, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Market Insights Toronto’s housing market is as diverse as its people: ranging in price, size, and location. I pick a Toronto listing or trend to focus on each week and review it with a professional’s eye. What makes a house a great pick – and what makes it a pass? Anyone who…

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How to Avoid Buying a Home with Illegal Parking

By Nicole Harrington | Jun 3, 2017

NOT ALL PARKING IS LEGAL, USE DATA TO BE IN THE KNOW With the surge in real estate prices over the past few years, it’s any wonder that the Toronto real estate market had seen an uptick in the number of homes that were being flipped – ie. Homes that were purchased, renovated and put…

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Data to Help You Make a Smarter Condo Investment Decision

By Nicole Harrington | May 20, 2017

Last week we touched on how to use investor data to evaluate a condo building – this week we’re going to take it one step further by delving into three other measures that can be used to determine the viability of a particular condo unit or building for end users and investment purposes. Builder and…

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Pick or Pass: What Makes a Condo a Good Investment?

By Nicole Harrington | May 6, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Condo Buying The condo market in Toronto seems to be un-phased by the Ontario Government’s new Fair Housing Plan introduction, which is an interesting note as over the years this sector has become the pinnacle for novice and experienced investors alike. In some instances the number of investor driven units greatly outweighs…

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Pick or Pass: A House Flip Gone Wrong

By Nicole Harrington | Apr 22, 2017

Toronto’s housing market is as diverse as its people: ranging in price, size, and location. I pick a Toronto listing or trend to focus on each week and review it with a professional’s eye. What makes a house a great pick – and what makes it a pass? This week I wanted to highlight a…

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Is a Special Assessment the Reason Why this Home is Still on the Market?

By Nicole Harrington | Apr 8, 2017

Last week there were two homes on the market with the same offer date and my clients were trying to figure out which one they would offer on – one in Port Credit, Mississauga and the other in Rathwood, Mississauga. We ultimately decided on the Rathwood property, but interestingly enough the following day the Port…

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What You Need to Know About Pre-Construction Sales (That the Building Sales Rep Might Not Tell You)

By Nicole Harrington | Apr 1, 2017

BE IN THE KNOW ABOUT THE INS AND OUTS OF PRECONSTRUCTION HOME BUYING From a legal perspective, buying a pre-construction condo can be an even more involved process than buying a resale property as there are many additional aspects to consider – which is why in Ontario consumers are given a 10 day cooling off…

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Pick or Pass: Are Paying Maintenance Fees Equivalent to Throwing your Money Away?

By Nicole Harrington | Mar 18, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Top 6ix Saturdays Toronto’s housing market is as diverse as its people: ranging in price, size, and location. I pick a Toronto listing or trend to focus on each week and review it with a professional’s eye. What makes a house a great pick – and what makes it a pass? ARE…

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Pick or Pass: Could you Spot a Blacklisted Condo?

By Nicole Harrington | Feb 25, 2017

Toronto’s housing market is as diverse as its people: ranging in price, size, and location. I pick a Toronto listing or trend to focus on each week and review it with a professional’s eye. What makes a house a great pick – and what makes it a pass? In this hot real estate market submitting…

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Caution to Those Buying a Home Based on School District Alone

By Nicole Harrington | Feb 11, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Market Insights SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN CHANGE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, ARE YOU PREPARED? Back in October I wrote a blog post on the correlation between high performing school districts and how they affect home value. The basic premise of the post was to show that homes residing in school catchments that rank…

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Overpaid and Under Financed

By Nicole Harrington | Jan 28, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Market Insights   OVERPAYING MAY WIN YOU THE HOME, BUT ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE APPRAISAL? I’ve been to two offer nights in the past week where I can confidently say the winning bidder greatly overpaid for their home. Is it just par for the course in this heated January market with dwindling…

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Pick or Pass: The Neighbourhood to Watch for 2017

By Nicole Harrington | Jan 14, 2017

Nicole Harrington in Top 6ix Saturdays Toronto’s housing market is as diverse as its people: ranging in price, size, and location. I pick a Toronto listing or trend to focus on each week and review it with a professional’s eye. What makes a house a great pick – and what makes it a pass?  …

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Pick or Pass: How Reviewing Your List of “Must Haves” Can Help You Buy a Home

By Nicole Harrington | Dec 17, 2016

Nicole Harrington in Top 6ix Saturdays Toronto’s housing market is as diverse as its people: ranging in price, size, and location. I pick a Toronto listing or trend to focus on each week and review it with a professional’s eye. What makes a house a great pick – and what makes it a pass? FOCUSING ON…

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