The Million Dollar Question: Are Million Dollar Houses Flying off the Market in Oshawa?

By: Lindsay Smith

The Million Dollar Question: Are Million Dollar Houses Flying off the Market in Oshawa?

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, luxury market, million dollar homes

A few months ago, I wrote a column on how affordable Oshawa is for buying a home. Over the past week, I have done some research into homes selling above the $1,000,000 dollar mark. Let’s do a look back in time. In 2010, when I looked to see how many homes sold above the million, I was somewhat shocked, and not surprised. There was a total of 1 home that sold. I wanted to take some time and d...Read More

The Six to The Stix | Podcast with Leslie Smith

By: Lindsay Smith

The Six to The Stix | Podcast with Leslie Smith

Tags: real estate, food, buy sell love Durham, Oshawa Restaurant Group

Lindsay was invited to talk to Leslie Smith on her podcast, The Six to the Stix. The conversation was about the Facebook group Lindsay started to help support the restaurants in Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington. The group has grown to more than 11 thousand members. Listen below and let us know what you think. From Leslie's description: My guest today is someone who has felt like a kindred spirit...Read More

BRIDGE FINANCING: What a Bridge and a Mortgage have in Common

By: Lindsay Smith

BRIDGE FINANCING: What a Bridge and a Mortgage have in Common

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, bridge financing

Buying a home in 2020 has proven to be challenging. We are seeing many buyers purchasing homes before selling their own properties. This can result in not being able to match up closing dates. This is where bridge financing comes in handy. The term bridge financing is a term that is bandied around like we should all know what it means, however, there is still confusion around the term. I am gues...Read More

My Mortgage is Renewing. What are the Best Options?

By: Lindsay Smith

My Mortgage is Renewing. What are the Best Options?

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, mortgage, mortgage renewal

As a full-time Realtor, I spend quite a bit of time in my car, showing homes or visiting Sellers getting their homes ready to sell. Over the past few days, I have heard a radio ad from a mortgage brokerage offering a 5-year mortgage below 1.4%. Having a mortgage renewing in less than a year, the ad caught my attention. Let’s do a bit of digging to see if it makes sense to renew early, disch...Read More

2020: The year of the home office

By: Lindsay Smith

2020: The year of the home office

Tags: REAL ESTATE, BUYSELLLOVEDURHAM, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE, DURHAM REGION, MARKET TRENDS, REAL ESTATE PRICING, NEIGHBOURHOOD, WHITBY REAL ESTATE, HOUSE NEAR ME FOR SALE, HOME OFFICE, OFFICE

  Over the past month, I have had some intriguing conversations with several clients and business owners. Mike Sargeant works for AGM. His company has been focused for years on doing renovations, primarily finished basements and creating legal accessory basement apartments. Another, Lindsay Wright is the owner of Interior Woodcraft Design, specializing in custom cabinetry. I reached out to b...Read More

How Realtor Lindsay Smith is helping save Durham’s restaurants

By: Lindsay Smith

How Realtor Lindsay Smith is helping save Durham’s restaurants

Tags: Realtor Lindsay Smith

  Realtor Lindsay Smith comes from a family of chefs, so when restaurants were ordered to shut down indoor seating earlier this year, he knew he had to do something to help the owners. The broker/owner of the Buy, Sell, Love Durham team at Keller Williams Energy Real Estate in Oshawa, Ont. started a Facebook group (Restaurants in Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington Offering Takeout and Delivery) i...Read More

I hear Spring is the best time to sell

By: Lindsay Smith

I hear Spring is the best time to sell

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, spring real estate, summer real estate, sellers market, buyers market, spring, spring market

One of the things about selling real estate locally for 3 decades is that year after year, in regular markets, the timing of when homes sell is predictable. Many of the clients I work with are making their last move, so a question I get asked on a pretty regular basis is, What month is the best time to sell that will give me the highest selling price?”   In a regular market, the answ...Read More

The truth about holding offers.

By: Lindsay Smith

The truth about holding offers.

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale

When inventory is low, you have to be creative. Holding offers, offer presentation dates, bully offers and pre-emptive offers. This “new language,” has come into our vocabulary to explain how the selling process operates in a market where inventory is at record lows. At first glance, it is easy to determine that a sales rep and a Seller make the decision to “hold offers” t...Read More

I sold my home. Can I take the lightbulbs?

By: Lindsay Smith

I sold my home. Can I take the lightbulbs?

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale

Recently I have heard some banter about a Buyer who moved into a home and found there were items missing that they felt they purchased with the home. I can imagine how disappointed and frustrated the Buyers were on moving day. Over the past 3 decades selling real estate locally, I can count on one hand the number of times I have had items removed when they were meant to stay with the property. My ...Read More

Oshawa buyers from Toronto are starting to value the real estate and the lifestyle

By: Lindsay Smith

Oshawa buyers from Toronto are starting to value the real estate and the lifestyle

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, leaving the city, GTA

When I started my career in Real Estate in the mid-1980s the thought occurred to me that I would build my business faster if I relocated to Toronto. I chose to stay in the Durham region. Since then, I have seen the values in Toronto outpace the eastern suburbs year after year. I wondered if I made the right decision. From 2005 to 2010 central Toronto increased by 36% in value whereas Oshawa increa...Read More