NEW HOME TRENDS ACCROSS THE GTA

If you have been searching for a new home within the GTA area you may have noticed the stacked townhomes popping up all over. This is the new trend in condominium construction that is appealing to many, so why not consider it yourself?

Contractors believe that stacked townhomes are the best option for areas of the city that have height and density restrictions. Furthermore, they are inexpensive to construct as they are typically built out of wood. You can easily envision how these properties look by imagining a high-rise building set on its side. The most popular form is a two-story unit fixed upon another two story unit. It is extremely spacious, and you get the feeling that you actually live in a home that is twice as big when compared to the average sized family house. There are also many other benefits. The cost per square foot and maintenance fees are much lower than that of a high-rise because they do not have amenities and the lobby that high-rises have. Aside from the shared underground parking garage everything else is private; there is no common area or corridor that you see in high-rise condos. Residents have more privacy but get the apartment-neighbor protection. Stacked townhomes like the high-rise condominiums, have a condo board and shared services.

Just to get a sense of the popularity for this type of property; Park Town project which consists of 50 townhome units in Bayview, North York sold out in one day. These townhomes consist of a: balcony, courtyard, or terrace, and kitchens have full-sized stainless steel appliances with granite or caesarstone countertops. The historic Longbranch Village where once upon a time the elite vacationed in their cottages is another popular townhome project. Today this is new urban Toronto’s west end waterfront. The Minto Longbranch stackedhome condos were a first choice for many, selling at $382-$400 per foot with about $120 in maintenance monthly fees. Many figured that this is a much better choice than the high-rise condos across, selling at $480-$500 a foot with $500 in monthly maintenance fees.

If you are looking to purchase something new then the townhome would be a good investment, to help you with your selection call this experienced Toronto realtor. They are high in demand so you will not have a re-selling problem, location should not be an issue since you can find them all over the GTA, furthermore the dollar amount per square footage and maintenance fees are much cheaper than that of a regular high-rice condo.

THE BEST TIME TO BUY A HOME

If you are thinking about buying a home then you may have already done some research about certain locations that interest you, and you have probably considered your mortgage options. However, you should also know when the best time to buy is.

Spring is the busy season for real estate, this also applies to the Mississauga real estate market. Everyone has had enough of winter and the minute tulips start to poke through you will also notice For Sale signs popping up. Although inventory is highest during this period, spring time is the worst time to buy a home after all it is during this time that buyer competition is the most fierce. However, there is one day in spring that marks the second best day in the entire year for home purchasing and that is Easter Sunday. Easter falls between March 22 and April 25. If you can secure a closing date in the last week of April you will just in time avoid the demanding period in May. The first best day in the entire year to buy a home is on Christmas day. Of course you should already have a selection of homes that you would like to make an offer on a few days to a few weeks prior to Christmas. You may ask yourself but what is so attractive about Christmas. Well there are more than a few reasons why:

-Usually during Christmas people are in a festive mood which effects their decision making as well, people will be more generous and may actually just sign the agreement for a lower price than they originally were asking for.
-Buyer competition is the weakest during Christmas week.
-Home prices are at the lowest point during December.
-Sellers who have their homes up for sale during this period are serious about selling their home and as a result are more open to negotiation. It is best to immediately write an offer to show them that you mean business.

The only difficulty that you will face is maybe finding a real estate agent who will work during this time of the year. If you do succeed in finding an agent who is willing to work on Christmas day, and one who knows how to negotiate then you will definitely come out on top; securing the home that is just right for you at a discount.

Indicators The Housing Market Is Improving

Before buying or selling your house you should study the market in order to make the best decision at the best time. To get a really good idea you should be comparing monthly and yearly data since real estate markets move in cycles. A good starting point is to consider the following indicators; employment rate, for sale signs, prices, starter homes, business start-ups, real estate companies, interest rates, and lastly consider who is dominating the market.

The employment rate is a key indicator for the real estate market. If people are massively losing jobs in your area this indicates that the real estate market will soon start to decline. People will resort to selling off their homes as a means to survive and consequently there will be an oversupply of houses for sale without any interested buyers, causing the prices to spiral downwards due to excess inventory. Trying to sell your house during this period will only result in a loss, instead the best thing would be to wait it out until the employment rate increases, and the housing market recovers. Aside from keeping an eye out for too many ‘for-sale’ signs, look at the yearly data for median prices of houses for sale in Georgetown Ontario, regardless of how you track them. You can look at the per-square-foot price, average or median prices, it will not matter which you choose but what matters is that the median prices this year are higher than the year before. If you notice a steady increasing trend then it is an indicator that the market is improving.  When the housing market is improving then demand for houses is on the rise.  If there is an increased demand, then homes will sell quicker and the ‘days on market’ are reduced to 30-60 days if the home is attractively priced, is in a good condition and a desirable location. Do not forget to consider other indirect signs such as business start-ups.

When you notice that many new businesses are springing up then be sure that a recovery is underway, and during the recovery phase, real estate companies are starting to hire more agents.  Also notice the actions of banks. During booming times banks will lower interest rates, since there is plenty of money to lend.  Lower interest rates will increase the purchasing power of buyers and in turn stimulate the housing market. Another thing to keep in mind is the percentage of buyers who can afford to buy a home; the higher the percentage the lower the income required to qualify for a mortgage.

You will know what move to make or if you should make any at all after studying the market and considering all of these factors.

Market update for Caledon, Ontario

One of the hardest things to do when you want to sell a house in Caledon is to establish its price. Caledon is a mix of old houses, which have a patrimony value for the community, and the newer ones built by younger families. The authorities always tried to maintain the charming aspect of the town, so they never allowed random building like it was possible in other cities of Ontario. This is why this area has a nice aspect, which is important for people living here, and this is why every house for sale in Caledon doesn’t stay on the market for too long.

 

How is it possible to establish the price of a patrimonial house? you will need a technical evaluator that can determine the state of the house: what needs to be replaced, painted or changed the state of electrical and gas installations, and also possible modifications that can be brought. Once you have this evaluation, you will have to establish the patrimonial value of the house. for this, you must compare yours with other real estates put for sale. Once you have this evaluation, you will have to determine the value of the land. Some of those houses come with tens of acres of land, and we are talking about good land that can be sued for bio agriculture.

 

As you can see, many aspects must be considered while establishing the selling price of a real estate. This is why the differences from one property to the other can be enormous, although we are talking about houses that apparently have about the same profile.

 

Once you have established the selling price, make sure that it is decent for the potential buyers also. Just because you have lived for a lifetime in a house and it has sentimental value for you, it is important to establish a fair price if you want to sell it fast.

Selling Real Estates in Brampton

Selling Real Estates in Brampton

 

Brampton is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods of Toronto, and one of the most wanted places to live, because of the numerous facilities such as parks, schools and shopping options available in the area. on the other hand, the increasing demand took the prices over the roof, and today, some buyers prefer to wait instead of buying an expensive house. if you want to sell a house in Brampton, you will probably get a good price for it, but you will have to wait a while until you are able to find a buyer willing to offer you the price that you expect.

 

The location is important, and it makes the difference. Even if the traditional homes for sale in Brampton are usually situated in the center of the city, far from the new office buildings where people usually work, they are still the most popular, because of the statute given by those houses. On the other hand, young families prefer new neighborhoods and new houses, especially with a yard and situated in areas with easy access to highways.

 

Find an agent before selling. Some owners are tempted to sell their houses directly, by putting ads on the internet, knowing that they will find a buyer. It is not a wrong method, but the help of a real estate agent could be beneficial. An agent can give you a large array of options; he can find many buyers that would eventually offer a bigger price. the best agencies can take care of all the aspects of a transaction, from putting the house for sale on the internet to signing the contracts and the legal matters involved. At the end, even if you need to pay a commission to the agent, you will get a better price for your home, and all your financial efforts will be rewarded.