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City of Toronto Secondary Suites Proposals – TREB Input
March 20, 2019 -- The City of Toronto's Planning and Housing Committee is considering a proposal to help facilitate the creation of secondary legal suites. TREB has provided input to the committee in support of the plans. View TREB's information.
The proposals being considered by the City of Toronto's Planning and Housing Committee are as follows:
No real surprises in the market, approximately the same number of sales as last February, 5,025, with roughly the same amount of listings, 13,284, which is less than three listings for every sale, making it an overall “sellers” market as buyers have few choices when purchasing a home.
Despite the harsh January weather, Toronto Realtors sold 4009 homes through the
Toronto Real Estate Board MLS system, slightly more than the same period last year.
This bodes well for a very active market in 2019.
While the average selling price was up by 1.7 % on a year-over-year basis, it really
does not represent what is happening in the marketplace, as not all housing sectors are
experiencing the same effects. Condominium apartments continue to lead the way in
The Toronto Real Estate Board finished off 2018 with 3,780 sales, a little bit less than the 4,500 I predicted, and that was accompanied by 31.5% fewer new listings than December 2017, a sign that tight market conditions will continue in many markets.
In too many offers we write in that a buyer is entitled to 2 or 3 visits and leave it at that, the subject of course to proper notification to the seller to coordinate the time and date. And this is wrong as it is not enough. Can this essential clause come back to blow your deal or cause problems? An ideal clause should exclude visits by appraisers, home inspectors and in some cases engineers or architects (and others). Your main clause should state, “2 or 3 “personal ” visits.” I can give you many scenarios such as:
The Toronto Real Estate Board finished off 2018 with 3,780 sales, a little bit less than the 4,500 I predicted, and that was accompanied by 31.5% fewer new listings than December 2017, a sign that tight market conditions will continue in many neighbourhoods.
Though your clients can gain an advantage by continuing their home search in December, many buyers and sellers will put their real estate aspirations on hold until after the holiday season. You can use this downtime to remind customers of your local market expertise so they’re ready to make a move when it’s time to jump back in. However, you want to be mindful of how you reach out to customers.
If you are among those first-time buyers who are just starting to look, there are a few things that you can do now that will imp
- Get your financial house in order. Know your FICO score, and work to get it above 700 to improve your ability to qualify and to get a better rate.
- Understand what you can afford to put down. The average down payment this year is 11% nationally, but it varies dramatically by the market and by loan type. If you are struggling to come up with a down payment necessary for your market or type of mortgage, research down payment assistance programs.
Not too many surprises in the real estate market as 2018 winds down. 6,251 homes sold, down from last year’s record number, as buyers were pushed to buy earlier than planned due to the new mortgage regulations that were going into effect in the new year. The average selling price was up by 3.5% year-over-year to $788,345.
AGENTS: Whether you are representing the Buyer or the Seller, it is important to engage in best practices
Best Practices: Offers – What Agents Need to Know
November 26, 2018 -- An offer is one of the core components of any real estate transaction. Despite how commonplace it is, and that Members should be familiar with the process, it's still essential that Members engage in best practices during the offer process.
Whether you are representing the Buyer or the Seller in a real estate transaction, it is critical to engage in best practices throughout the offer process to: