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

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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real estate, buy sell love durham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, safety, showing your home, lockdown

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

Pouring Gasoline on a Bonfire: Understanding the current Real Estate Climate in Durham

By: Lindsay Smith

Pouring Gasoline on a Bonfire: Understanding the current Real Estate Climate in Durham

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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, supply and demand

We have a serious housing issue here in Oshawa, and in all of the Durham Region. The Real Estate industry is as complex as you choose to make it. There is one economic rule that has remained constant since I entered this business in 1986. The law of supply and demand. Here is where it gets simple if you have more Buyers than Sellers, prices increase. In the reverse, if there are more homes for sa...Read More

I have a guy...

By: Lindsay Smith

I have a guy...

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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, referrals, help, know a guy

How many times have you heard this line in your lifetime? I have a guy… [hairdresser, mechanic, carpenter, handyman...] Many times the guy or gal turns out to be someone who might have the skills a person is looking for to help with whatever challenge you are dealing with. And sometimes they amaze you. This thought came to mind when I toured a home we are in the process of getting o...Read More

Is Patience Important when Selling in a Hot Market?

By: Lindsay Smith

Is Patience Important when Selling in a Hot 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, spring market, sellers market

There is a saying, patience is a virtue, however, when it comes to selling Real Estate it may be the difference between being a Buyer and having a bid accepted on a home, or a Seller accepting the best offer. Let’s dig in and explore how patience may affect the sale of a home. There is a common expression within the Realtor community, you don’t want to leave money on the table.&n...Read More

Are Real Estate Asking Prices for Real or Fishing Expeditions?

By: Lindsay Smith

Are Real Estate Asking Prices for Real or Fishing Expeditions?

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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, experience, agent, local agent

  If someone from the sticks decided to make a move to Oshawa, the first thing they would notice about the local Real Estate market is that most of the homes that sell leave the market for prices tens of thousands of dollars above the price the owners were asking. This way of doing business has me shaking my head. I can only imagine how someone from out of the area would interpret what is ha...Read More