Can I be Successful as a Buyer in the Current Real Estate Market? (Part 2)

By: Lindsay Smith

Can I be Successful as a Buyer in the Current Real Estate Market? (Part 2)

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

Last week’s column covered some helpful hints to help Buyers navigate the current Real Estate market and become homeowners. I gave some solid advice to help make the readers who are looking for a home successful. Pre-approval, work with a full-time Realtor and several other tidbits. Then I noticed an article in a Canadian national magazine that caused a bit of smoke to come out of my ears. ...Read More

Where are the current real estate opportunities in Durham?

By: Lindsay Smith

Where are the current real estate opportunities in Durham?

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It is hard to read the trends in Real Estate, however, if you follow the data you get a glimpse into the direction the market may be heading. Where are the pockets to buy in or to sell in? Here is what the month-end stats show. The average detached home in Oshawa dropped by $11,000 over the past month. The number of sales dropped by 4% and there are 51 more homes for sale than last month. Opp...Read More

Oshawa Real Estate: Lots of changes this year. How do I achieve success as a buyer?

By: Lindsay Smith

Oshawa Real Estate: Lots of changes this year. How do I achieve success as a buyer?

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Think back to early June 2020. I remember it like it was yesterday. When the first lockdown happened, Real Estate was deemed essential, however, our office was closed, shuttered, locked up and we were mostly manning the dining room and kitchen tables replacing the salt and pepper shakers with pens, laptops and cell phones. June was the month that things started to turn around, marking an increase ...Read More

After Buying a House: What to Expect on Closing

By: Lindsay Smith

After Buying a House: What to Expect on Closing

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, spring real estate, summer real estate, sellers market, buyers market, whitby, clarington, house closing

I am excited, elated and thrilled the offer I made on my “dream home” was accepted. Should I be concerned about what I will find when I walk through the front door on the day of closing? I have learned a few things, selling Real Estate over the past 3 decades about how Buyers and Sellers handle closings. It can be summed up with two concepts – expectations and good-natured behav...Read More

There's Gold in Them There Hills!

By: Lindsay Smith

There's Gold in Them There Hills!

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

I began my Real Estate career in 1986 just after finishing post-secondary education. I was just returning to the workforce after spending a couple of years learning how to walk again after a nasty car accident. The reason I decided to follow this direction, was that I felt I would meet people in many different jobs, determining what I wanted as a lifetime career. It may sound “Pollyanna&rdqu...Read More

Freedom in 14 days! How will the lockdown end affect Real Estate?

By: Lindsay Smith

Freedom in 14 days! How will the lockdown end affect Real Estate?

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, spring real estate, summer real estate, sellers market, buyers market, houses near me

Yay! We are heading back to normal in 2 weeks! Well, maybe not normal, however, if we are blessed with more freedom than we currently have, will the Real Estate frenzy ramp up or drop off a cliff? If you are a consumer of Canadian media, you might think a cliff is coming. Mainstream media loves to post headlines to grab interest, even if headlines have little to do with the content that follows....Read More

How does Instagram Impact the Home-Buying Process in Oshawa?

By: Lindsay Smith

How does Instagram Impact the Home-Buying Process in Oshawa?

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The year was 1984 and I went against the bank’s recommendation. Let me explain, I placed a conditional offer on a condo in Oshawa. The bank said I was fully qualified to purchase and live in the condo, however, I looked at my situation and thought otherwise. So, I rented. Well, that is not the entire story, I found a one-bedroom flat above a home on Cadillac Ave. and went ahead purchasing th...Read More

Where are the Million Dollar Buyers coming from?

By: Lindsay Smith

Where are the Million Dollar Buyers coming from?

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

It doesn’t take much to see that the prices of homes in Oshawa are hitting all-time highs. I review the numbers daily, and at times I find myself surprised by what is happening. Here is a statistic that will shock some and make others thrilled – in the past week, 22 homes in Oshawa sold for over $1 Million. Not only that, each and every one of those properties sold for more than t...Read More

Will May bring a Real Estate Bubble or Even Higher Prices?

By: Lindsay Smith

Will May bring a Real Estate Bubble or Even Higher Prices?

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

I had some interesting conversations this past week, having nothing to do with COVID or lockdowns (thank goodness.) No, these were much more entertaining: “Lindsay, when do you think the market will crash, the bubble will burst, will we see values drop like a rock?” I cannot get past a few days without someone asking me… well more or less telling me that we are in for a correcti...Read More

Business As Usual: Real Estate and the New Provincial Lockdown

By: Lindsay Smith

Business As Usual: Real Estate and the New Provincial Lockdown

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As we head into another lockdown I felt it would be worthwhile discussing selling or buying a home during a pandemic. Let’s get one thing off the table, Real Estate is considered an essential service and homes are being bought and sold in record numbers. However, the Ontario Association of Realtors has released the statement “While Real Estate is considered essential, it is not busines...Read More