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Buying vs. renting: What our readers say

September 17th, 2012

Suzanne Steel | Sep 18, 2012 1:17 PM ET | Last Updated: Sep 18, 2012 3:56 PM ET
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Unless you need the security blanket of owning your home, it is nearly always a better financial move from an investing standpoint to rent rather than buy. — David Kaufman

It’s a question often on the top of mind for many, especially ...

Not all renos boost ROI

September 17th, 2012

Not all renos boost ROI

Mike Holmes | Sep 17, 2012 8:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 14, 2012 5:08 PM ET

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Thinkstock / Getty ImagesPools take money to maintain — which could be a hard sell to potential buyers.

    Homeowners plan renovations for different reasons. Sometimes it’s because they’ve seen a friend’s new kitchen or something on a design show t ...

Demographics will take edge off housing downturn: CIBC

September 4th, 2012

A downturn in the housing market may not be as bad as feared because the important 25-34 age group will continue to buy houses — some with help from their well-off parents, says a senior economist at CIBC World Markets.

The analysis takes aim at a theory that population growth won’t be strong enough to sustain demand, putting downward pressure on housing prices that ha ...

Home buyers mistakes: Top real estate traps to avoid

March 6th, 2012
Buying a home can be as exciting as it is overwhelming. Two real-estate experts share their insights into all-too-common house-buying mistakes.

Not being pre-approved for a mortgage
“This is the number-one mistake,” says Kimberley Marr, a Toronto real-estate broker and author of Your First Home—A Buyer’s Kit for Condos and Houses. “I wouldn’t even go look at a house until you know what you’re p ...

9 tips for high value home appraisals

February 17th, 2012

When my husband and I decided to move into a more family friendly home, we decided not to sell our first home. Instead, we rented it out.

To avoid a huge capital gains tax bill later on—when we do decide to sell the house—we opted to pay for a home appraisal. At a cost of $300 to $500, depending on how big or extensive your property is, the appraisal provides an up to date current market val ...

First-time investor tips

February 6th, 2012

First-time investor tips

It's been said before, but it bears repeating that the best route for first-time investors is often the route of first-time buyers. Veteran real estate lawyer and author Martin K.I. Rumack outlines the options open to that newbie buyer or someone buying new after a four-year break from the market.

If you are a first-time homebuye ...

Gord Lemon and Daryl Hemingway sort through the headlines for the real estate investor

September 1st, 2011


Whether you are in a good economy or a bad one, every real estate investor needs to pay attention for the “signs.” Should you buy now or wait? Should you sell now or wait?

If you decide to wait, what are you waiting for to know when it is time to make a move? Are you watching for specific data or just a “gut feeling ...

Make your house stand out when selling

March 22nd, 2011


Taniya Nayak, the designer and TV host of Designed to Sell fame, shares her secrets, tips and behind-the-scenes tales. We caught up with her by phone at her Boston condo:

Q: What do people need to do to sell a home in this market?

A: For starters, you need to figure out what you're overlooking, what I call forgotten fixer-uppers . things you don't notice ...

10 Less Obvious Things to Consider When Buying a House

February 25th, 2011
By Holly Weatherwax, Associate Broker

There are a lot more than 10 things that you need to consider when buying a house, but we all need to start somewhere. The idea behind this list is to get you thinking not just about the activity of buying a house, but about how you will live in your new home!

  1. Where do you work? It might be obvious to you, but I find that not everyone really thinks about ...

Christmas is the hardest time to sell — and the best time to buy

December 20th, 2010

Garry Marr, Financial Post
December 17, 2010 

Don’t overdo it this Christmas, if you want to sell your house, that is.
Royal LePage Real Estate Services says it’s time to start thinking about a smaller tree this year if you plan to list your home for sale over the holiday season. Those large, decorated trees can take over a room and make it appear smaller to potential customers.
The wee ...
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