Showing homes in 2020: Look but don't touch

By: Lindsay Smith

Showing homes in 2020: Look but don't touch

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

  A question I had from a Seller this week was one I have been asked many times over the past few months. Let’s take a look at why people are asking this question and explore why so many people are reaching out for this specific information. This question is very honest and based around a sense of confusion, fear and uncertainty. All feelings we have experienced since we began the new...Read More

On a clear day you can see Rochester

By: Lindsay Smith

On a clear day you can see Rochester

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

  On a waterfront walk this past week, I could see a smokestack on the USA side. I think Rochester is about 80 kms from where I was. It’s amazing how 80 kms can be night and day for areas to live in. If you go 80 kms west of Oshawa, you would be in Brampton. One thing we share in common with Brampton is our proximity to downtown Toronto. It is almost the same commute by GO train. One ...Read More

Is the Spring Real Estate Market starting in June?

By: Lindsay Smith

Is the Spring Real Estate Market starting in June?

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

Two interesting opposing views of the market: 1) A local realtor makes an online post this past week about how her client lost out several times on properties they loved only to be caught up in multiple offers. 2) CMHC releases a report predicting values will drop by 9 to 18 per cent in 2020. Real estate predictions are based on a combination of breaking down market statistics/trends and using ...Read More

Mortgages and COVID-19 in Oshawa: 4 steps to weather the storm

By: Lindsay Smith

Mortgages and COVID-19 in Oshawa: 4 steps to weather the storm

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19, mortgage, mortgage broker, real estate agent

Since the middle of May we have seen our economy and our lives turned sideways. Most people were financially comfortable making things work; however, few were prepared for our town being “closed for business.” The strain this has placed on families has been enormous. The financial world refers to this as a “liquidity” issue. Simply this means more is going out than is comin...Read More

Pandemic and Real Estate

By: Lindsay Smith

Pandemic and Real Estate

Tags: real estate, buyselllovedurham, oshawa real estate, durham region, market trends, COVID-19

Every day I’m asked questions about our local real estate market. Some would require a “crystal ball,” however mine is in the shop for repairs, so I rely on what the local trends tell us about the market. Our stay at home experience started in mid-March, and March reacted in dramatic ways. The first two weeks we saw homes selling quickly and prices rising; the latter weeks saw h...Read More

4 Challenges That Come with Marketing Your Own Home

By: Lindsay Smith

4 Challenges That Come with Marketing Your Own Home

Tags: 4 Challenges That Come with Marketing Your Own Home

If you’re looking to list your home this year, we have some good news—2020 is forecasted to be a seller’s market, which means most properties will sell quickly and for a higher price than normal. Although buyers are scrambling to find somewhere to settle down, even the most desirable homes still need some marketing to attract a broader audience. Thinking about selling without the...Read More

The Top 4 Home-Selling Myths of 2019, Busted

By: Lindsay Smith

The Top 4 Home-Selling Myths of 2019, Busted

Tags: The Top 4 Home-Selling Myths of 2019, Busted

“Fake news” has become one of the trendiest terms of the decade—even when it comes to real estate. Homeowners are often bombarded with selling advice that promises to get their home sold quickly and for top dollar…but more often than not, these “tips” are nothing more than misleading—and can throw you off-track.  As we near the end of the year, we wa...Read More

Keep Calm and Move On: How to Tackle a Long-Distance Relocation

By: Lindsay Smith

Keep Calm and Move On: How to Tackle a Long-Distance Relocation

Tags: Keep Calm and Move On: How to Tackle a Long-Distance Relocation

Whether you’re heading down the street or to a new town, moving is always a tough transition. However, relocating across the country presents a whole new set of challenges you might not have considered. Picking up your life can be an exciting change, but it’s also a bit overwhelming.  Need some help navigating the process? Take a deep breath and get ready—we’ve got som...Read More

2020 Vision: The Top Home Features You Can Expect to See Next Year

By: Lindsay Smith

2020 Vision: The Top Home Features You Can Expect to See Next Year

Tags: 2020 Vision: The Top Home Features You Can Expect to See Next Year

The year is winding down fast, and with the upcoming rush of the holidays, it’ll be 2020 before you know it. With a new year comes new trends, and you can expect a number of home design shake-ups both big and small.  Here are the top home features that are sure to be priorities for buyers in 2020! Separate Laundry Rooms It might be a little unexpected, but laundry rooms were one of...Read More

October 2019 Numbers

By: Lindsay Smith

October 2019 Numbers

Tags: October 2019 Numbers

How did your neighbourhood fair over the last month? October numbers are now out! ...Read More