Building vs. Buying a New Home

Building vs. Buying a New Home

The Financial Considerations Of Building Source: Hannif Highclass c/o Genie Sabre Realty Inc. Publish:MY BLOG: Toronto Real Estate: May 21, 2011 Building versus buying is a major dilemma in the new home market. The freedom to make decisions about the details of your home and watch it take shape holds undeniable appeal.  But there’s also […]

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6 Clever Home Features

6 Clever Home Features

When you buy a home that’s already been constructed, what you see is pretty much what you get. You can’t just wave a wand and magically rearrange the outlets or create new storage space. However, when you build a home for yourself, the floor plan is your oyster. You can incorporate as many useful features into the structure of the house as you want without worrying about costly installation fees.

Regardless of whether these installations are simply a few outlets on the mantle to help with Christmas decorating, or elaborately installed heated floors in the master bathroom, they’ll all make your home more comfortable and more valuable. So, if you plan on building a house this year, take a minute to consider incorporating these five helpful features into plans before you start construction.

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Cheap Home Renovations That Pay Off

Remodeling magazine’s “2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Report” confirms that the home renovation projects that will add the most value to your home (meaning that you are most likely to recoup the highest percentage of the project cost when you go to sell your home) are pricey big-ticket items such as replacing siding with fiber-cement ($13,177 with 87% cost recouped) or vinyl ($12,528 with 80% cost recouped) and adding a wood deck ($10,601 with 82% cost recouped).

But if those home renovations are beyond your price point and you’re looking at a budget of just $1,000 what should you invest in to get the most bang for your buck?

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Canada House Prices:

Canada House Prices:

Canada House Prices: Correction Would Cost Banks Tens Of Billions
If Canada’s housing market experiences the price correction so many analysts and institutions expect, it won’t just hurt the homeowners who bought overpriced properties. It’ll directly impact Canada’s banks, who would lose tens of billions of dollars with even a modest market correction, says a new report from Fitch.

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Waiting for New Owners: $29 Million Asking Price!

Waiting for New Owners: $29 Million Asking Price!

Celine Dion’s Laval, Quebec Mansion For Sale Source: Hannif Highclass Publish:MY BLOG: Toronto Real Estate: May 21, 2011 what you should expect Would you like to live in Celine Dion’s 24,000-square-foot, Quebec French-style chateau on a private island? It can be yours — furniture and all — for just $29.7-million. The Canadian songstress is selling […]

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Canada Housing Starts: March 2012

Canada Housing Starts: March 2012

Source: Hannif Highclass Publish:Toronto real Estate Blog: April 11, 2012   March Sees Acceleration As Construction Picks Up Canada’s home-building industry was unexpectedly hot in March — particularly the condo sector in Toronto. The latest data on residential construction surprised analysts Wednesday, with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reporting 14,517 actual starts in March, giving […]

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Wyoming town – population 1 – sells for $900,000

Wyoming town – population 1 – sells for $900,000

Not a Joke but a Realty! Source: Hannif Highclass Publish:MY BLOG: Toronto Real Estate: April 7, 2011 The town of Buford, Wyoming – population 1 – was sold for $900,000 to an unidentified buyer from Vietnam on Thursday after an 11-minute Internet auction that attracted worldwide interest. The tiny Western town garnered online viewers and […]

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Home prices rise in February, but pace slows

Home prices rise in February, but pace slows

WHY Home Prices are still on the Rise? Source: Hannif Highclass Publish:MY BLOG: Toronto Real Estate: April 6, 2011 what you should expect Price increases in Canada’s booming housing market may be topping out, according to the latest survey by the country’s largest real estate organization. The Canadian Real Estate Association says the survey of […]

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Online house listings expose sellers to assault, break-ins! TREB says

Online house listings expose sellers to assault, break-ins! TREB says

Source: Hannif Highclass Publish:Toronto real Estate Blog: March 28, 2012   Tens of thousands of homeowners are at risk of break-ins and assaults — if their personal information is made available online when they sell their homes, the country’s largest real estate board charges in a blistering attack against the country’s competition commissioner. The Toronto […]

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Clock is ticking on Canada’s mortgage wars

Clock is ticking on Canada’s mortgage wars

Source: Hannif Highclass Publish:Toronto real Estate Blog: March 26, 2012   RBC Hikes Record-Low Rate, Signalling End Of Ultra-Cheap Mortgages The clock is about to strike midnight for mortgages rates that have been the best deal of the past half century — at least as far as the major banks are concerned. Bank of Montreal’s […]

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