Eight Steps to go From Buyer to Owner -  (Even in a Seller's Market)

By: Lindsay Smith

Eight Steps to go From Buyer to Owner - (Even in a Seller's Market)

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

      I met with 2 separate Buyers over the past week and both showed different levels of knowledge and an understanding of how buying a home might happen. The first Buyer called about a home we have for sale and said they wanted to find a home, prior to getting pre-approved, feeling that they knew what they could afford. The 2nd Buyer called on the same property and shared that ...Read More

We make $60,000 a year. Can we afford to buy a home?

By: Lindsay Smith

We make $60,000 a year. Can we afford to buy a home?

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

  I had an interesting meeting this past weekend. While so many people were on patios enjoying the 30 deg heat I was sitting with a client starting the process of selling their home. I ended up listing the home for sale in the mid $300,000’s. This home, in Oshawa, was detached with 2 bathrooms, and a single garage. As I was doing the research on pricing, I found something fas...Read More

Condos in Oshawa: Luxury — Even for first-time buyers

By: Lindsay Smith

Condos in Oshawa: Luxury — Even for first-time buyers

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

  We have watched the prices of detached and semi-detached homes skyrocket in Oshawa in 2020. Are there any affordable homes left? Amazing question… let’s dig in and look at what is available in prices lower than the detached average of $665,000 or $515,000 for a semi-detached home. Condos – there are several common types available in Oshawa. Apartment-style condos and ...Read More

Hot Summer, Hot Real Estate Market

By: Lindsay Smith

Hot Summer, Hot Real Estate Market

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, hot market, summer market

It’s August. Where did the last five months go? I see posts about PJ’s, midday snacks and a new trend of baking bread. I wish I could say I have been relaxing in “sweats,” however, the real estate market has been as busy as our weather has been hot. This column will focus on where we are in Oshawa for prices and how heated the market has become. We are continuing to expe...Read More

What if I'm a Buyer in a Seller's Market?

By: Lindsay Smith

What if I'm a Buyer in a Seller's Market?

Tags: 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

Every week it seems I encounter sales reps who bring different levels of experience to our sales interactions. I was involved in a multiple offer situation this past week, representing the seller, and it caused me to think about how experience in this type of market is critical. When you are a buyer in a low inventory market, getting an offer accepted can be a challenge. The average detached home...Read More

Finding Solid Ground During a Pandemic

By: Lindsay Smith

Finding Solid Ground During a Pandemic

Tags: real estate, buy sell love durham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, pandemic, whitby real estate, durham

Our world changed in mid-March. I will never forget how we went from “gale force winds” to “dead calm” overnight in the real estate market. When our province declared emergency orders to stay at home and shelter in place, most of Ontario was closed for business. Real estate was deemed an essential service, and we were allowed to continue to operate. There was some controve...Read More

Understanding Market Value in a Low Inventory, Multiple Offer Real Estate Market

By: Lindsay Smith

Understanding Market Value in a Low Inventory, Multiple Offer Real Estate Market

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

We met with a client this week looking at downsizing. They live in a home that really is suited for a large family, and we started the discussion about what, where, and when. One of the interesting questions they asked was about a home they saw on realtor.ca. He mentioned the area and before he could describe it, I knew exactly which home he was going to mention. We had a discussion around how som...Read More

House prices in Oshawa are going up (5% in 6 months)

By: Lindsay Smith

House prices in Oshawa are going up (5% in 6 months)

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, buy or sell, question, real estate near me, house prices going up

  I am going to start this column off with a headline from May: “CMHC sees house prices in Canada falling between 9 per cent and 18 per cent over the next 12 months.” Let’s look at another quote responding to real estate brokers disagreeing with this forecast. “Please question the motivation of anyone who wants you to believe prices will go up.” I have mention...Read More

Using Real Estate to Invest in your Children's Future

By: Lindsay Smith

Using Real Estate to Invest in your Children's Future

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, investment property, rental property, future planning

  This past weekend I spent some time on a patio in lovely Westport, Ontario. I have no idea how people seem to sense that Wendy Starr and I are real estate broker/reps. One of questions we had from a table next to us came from a couple who had a daughter starting first grade this coming school year (whatever that might look like). They were already planning for her post-secondary education ...Read More

Buy or Sell first? It's the number one question we're being asked right now.

By: Lindsay Smith

Buy or Sell first? It's the number one question we're being asked right now.

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, real estate pricing, neighbourhood, buy or sell, question

Two couples were enjoying a drink on a newly opened restaurant patio and were having a passionate discussion. Both couples were planning on moving to different homes and debating selling first or buying before selling. Overhearing their chat, I thought I would chime in with some thoughts based on the experience of 36 years of selling homes in Oshawa. Here are some of the points we covered as we si...Read More