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

A Stalled Start and Demand with little supply: A Look at Real Estate in 2021

By: Lindsay Smith

A Stalled Start and Demand with little supply: A Look at Real Estate in 2021

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, 2021 real estate market, housing prices

Is it a dream or a nightmare? You fall asleep and picture being at an amusement park, watching your kids sitting in a car climbing one of the highest roller coaster hills you have ever seen. Once they get to the top, they drop like an elevator with its wires cut, only to disappear out of sight below the ground. Time passes slowly and finally, the car returns above ground, climbing an even steeper...Read More

When I buy a home, what happens to my deposit?

By: Lindsay Smith

When I buy a home, what happens to my deposit?

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

2 scenarios: You are a Buyer and bid on a home you fell in love with. You are asked for a deposit to bind the contract once your offer is accepted by a Seller.  Or, you are a Seller and your agent brings you an offer to buy your home and with it, the Buyer submits a deposit. What is the deposit for, and what the heck happens to it once it is deposited? Let’s dig into this to get some ...Read More

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

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  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