The Future of Durham Region Real Estate According to My Crystal Ball

By: Lindsay Smith

The Future of Durham Region Real Estate According to My Crystal Ball

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, future planning, clarington, sellers market

  I found my crystal ball, (buried at the back of my closet) polished it up and it had some interesting reflections and predictions. My question was, “where do you see Real Estate in Durham Region in the next few years?” When I look back on my career of selling Real Estate for the past 35 years, I have seen prices rise, prices fall, monthly increases larger than entire homes I s...Read More

Can I have my Pet Turtle in my Real Estate pictures?

By: Lindsay Smith

Can I have my Pet Turtle in my Real Estate pictures?

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, marketing, real estate promotion, personal items

  I had a conversation years ago with a client who owned a make-up studio. She was looking at homes and suggested that looking for homes was similar to being single and looking at profiles on dating apps. She mentioned, “if the profile doesn’t look appealing you swipe and move on.” I feel that when Buyers are searching for homes, they use a similar approach. I am seeing a ...Read More

The Gift that Toronto Keeps Giving to Durham Region

By: Lindsay Smith

The Gift that Toronto Keeps Giving to Durham Region

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

One of the biggest cost components when buying a home is Land Transfer Tax (LTT.) This essentially is sales tax on property. There are several costs involved when closing on a home that has been purchased; Lawyer fees, LTT, disbursements and HST. The lawyer fee covers the transfer of ownership and common disbursements include, title insurance, registering mortgages, property tax adjustments etc. H...Read More

Homes above $1 Million and below $600 Thousand. Which is harder to buy?

By: Lindsay Smith

Homes above $1 Million and below $600 Thousand. Which is harder to buy?

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, ajax, clarington, $1 million homes

  I have always had a curious mind and love exploring why people do what they do when it comes to Real Estate. I also love to use my expertise and experience in Real Estate to determine where people drive our property market. Honestly, I have a good grounding of where we are, and some inkling of where we are heading in Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington so let’s look at a snapshot of activi...Read More

What Billy the Kid has in Common with Oshawa

By: Lindsay Smith

What Billy the Kid has in Common with Oshawa

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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, oshawa, whitby, ajax, clarington

  Even in the wild west people like Billy the Kid operated under a set of rules. When walking into a duel, it was understood that both men drew their guns at the same time. Real Estate in Oshawa is currently going through a “Wild West” period with few rules or common ways of doing business going as sideways as our prices. Let’s start with prices and how a low inventory mar...Read More

Week 4: 2021 Real Estate Market

By: Lindsay Smith

Week 4: 2021 Real Estate Market

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, whitby real estate, house near me for sale, whitby, oshawa, clarington, ajax, january market

Let’s ponder a few predictions: Oshawa Detached home average:   $931,000 Oshawa Semi-Detached average:    $703,700 Oshawa Attached average:              $686,400 When you look these numbers over, are you shocked? Surprised? Or are you smiling with a “thumbs up” gesture? To put these numbers into perspective, the average det...Read More

People don't need to live in Toronto anymore — Where are they going?

By: Lindsay Smith

People don't need to live in Toronto anymore — Where are they going?

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

Between July 2019 to July 2020 over 50,000 people left Toronto — enough people to make up a small town. Where did they move to and what caused them to pack up and move out of a town so many have dreamed of living in? Let’s dig in and see what is causing the migration. Is it because the rental rates in Toronto are increasing? Nope! A report from November 2020 shows that earlier in...Read More

Home Prices in Oshawa : Why Buyers are Excited.

By: Lindsay Smith

Home Prices in Oshawa : Why Buyers are Excited.

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real estate, buy sell love durham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, buyer's market, seller's market, homes for sale near me, keller williams, real estate agent, agent experience, prices

  The numbers are in and homeowners in Oshawa are thrilled at how much the values have increased in their properties over the past year. Buyers, might not share the same sense of excitement. Or maybe they are smiling at how “low” our prices are in town. Let’s dig in and see how things look to locals, and people from out of our area. I had the opportunity to speak with a hom...Read More

2021: Real Estate Snapshot

By: Lindsay Smith

2021: Real Estate Snapshot

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real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, spring real estate, sellers market, buyers market, real estate snapshot, 2021, clarington, whitby, ajax, pickering, oshawa

Looking into a new year it is easy to be blinded by the newness, like a shiny new toy. When I think of the natural cycles of when properties sell it reminds me of my youth: driving way too fast in my family’s car and seeing the road ahead with a slowdown as we climbed the first hill, then speeding down for miles and miles only to slow as we hit the next hill and again feeling like my stoma...Read More

2020 Through the Lens of a Real Estate Broker

By: Lindsay Smith

2020 Through the Lens of a Real Estate Broker

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Year in review, reflection, oshawa, whitby, clarington, durham region, real estate, real estate trends, relationships, broker

  2020 started out with the promise of a high school prom. Lots of planning, primping in front of cameras and teary-eyed parents… only to end up with the car on a tow truck and teens hiding behind a police officer. Then by graduation, the kids rallied, and honours were given to most of the students. Well, Real Estate was kind of like this – Boom, shut down, uncertainty followed...Read More