Considering doing some renovation work to your home? A handshake isn’t enough these days to solidify a deal. Getting everything agreed upon with your contractor(s) in writing is as important for working with them as any other business transaction, especially if you’re paying for a portion of the work upfront – and you shouldn’t be.. read more →

A condo development has just been announced in Toronto that promises to be a distinct and exciting addition to the city’s growing landscape…and particularly promising for investors that can become a part of it at it’s earliest stages. We’re honoured to be Platinum VIP agents for this project and have the ability to get buyers.. read more →

Houses in Toronto are of varying ages and materials: depending on the age or material of your plumbing, you might have cause for concern or need to consider replacing your plumbing sooner rather than later. The City of Toronto will replace your lead water service connection for free. Galvanized Pipes Galvanized pipes are usually made.. read more →

When you’re going over your home buying budget, it’s vital that you set aside an additional two to five per cent of your home’s price to pay for closing costs. Closing costs are the costs associated with buying a new home, and these are costs that usually need to be paid upfront. They can include:.. read more →

When speaking with clients about action items that could help increase the marketability and value of their home as they give consideration to selling – or indeed after the decision to list has been made and listing preparation is now underway – enhancing their home’s exterior is often top of the list. The reason for.. read more →

What documents do I need when applying for a mortgage? Are you getting ready to buy a home? Getting pre-approved for a mortgage (vs. just “pre-qualified”) is an important step in the home buying process. It will help you determine what you can afford, prepare your monthly budget that includes your mortgage payments, and will.. read more →

You may have heard of a condominium special assessment, these can be quite scary for the prospective condo owner and buyer. When a condominium all of a sudden needs an emergency repair – for example, the boiler breaks or the exterior is crumbling – the cost is passed on to owners in the form of.. read more →

What requires a building permit in Toronto? If you’re planning on renovating or updating your home to live in and enjoy and/or increase its value before selling, you may need to take out a building permit. According to the City of Toronto, you will need a building permit to: Construct a new building Any addition to.. read more →

The Toronto Star came out with a helpful article that identifies some important questions to ask if you are giving thought to purchasing a new home through a builder, be it a freehold home, a townhouse or a new condo: 1) What is the builder’s reputation? 2) Is the developer purchase contract unfair to buyers?.. read more →

Are you considering buying a home or condo in Toronto? There are a few different factors to consider if you’re having trouble making that final choice. Your Budget. Condos are traditionally less expensive than homes, so they may be more suitable to people’s budgets. However, many people don’t consider the the monthly maintenance or condo.. read more →