May is Allergy Awareness Month!

By: David De Dominicis

May is Allergy Awareness Month!

Tags: Allergy awareness, how to make your home more comfortable.

May is Allergy Awareness Month  It's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and there are a few easy ways to reduce indoor allergens. • Keep humidity below 50%. • Wash bedding weekly, in water that is at least 54.5° C (130° F). • Keep windows and doors closed during pollen season. • Install window shades instead of blinds or curtains. How can you tell...Read More

By: David De Dominicis

Focus on Headlines or See Opportunity

Tags: Market up date, Brantford Real Estate,

Yes, the market is shifting. Many areas across the country saw near-record activity and price appreciation last year. So far this year hasn’t had the same shine – perhaps the weird weather has a bit to do with it. And a "not-so-glamorous-market" has created an opportunity for “media spin” about real estate sales activity. Need more be said?  With prices in s...Read More

2018 Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast

By: David De Dominicis

2018 Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast

Tags: Impact of new stress test expected to be contained to first half of 2018 for most major markets Still risk of high price appreciation in Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver as chance of market correction fades Compounding policies could have unintended consequences for struggling housing markets

  The 2018 Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast was released to media early this morning.   Key highlights from the national release include: The Royal LePage House Price Composite, which measures home prices in 53 key Canadian cities, is expected to increase 4.9 percent by the end of 2018 to $661,919, in the face of a series of measures aimed at affordability cha...Read More

Another Set Of Mortgage Rules

By: David De Dominicis

Another Set Of Mortgage Rules

Tags: Mortgage Rules change in Canada, effective January 1, 2018

Since 2008, The Federal Government has made several changes to the rules for Government-backed insured mortgages. These have included reducing the amortization period, increasing the minimum down payment and requiring banks to "stress test" borrowers, who have a down payment of less than 20%, using the Bank of Canada's conventional 5 year fixed posted mortgage rate. Last month, the o...Read More

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