How to purchase a home in 8 steps. A RE/MAX infographic

November 23, 2013 · Filed Under First Time Buyers and Real Estate Articles · Comments Off 

How to Buy a Home Infographic

Canadian Real Estate News Round up

August 9, 2013 · Filed Under Real Estate Articles · Comments Off 

Here is a round up of interesting real estate articles I stumbled upon this week.  Some great reads if you follow the Canadian Real Estate Market and the latest mortgage changes.

Rob Carrick wrote a great article listing five strategies for those worried about the housing market?

Being at all time lows the past few years, it was only a matter of time before the interest rates increased.  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is limiting guarantees it offers banks and other lenders on mortgage-backed securities – CMHC moves to take steam out of housing market. 

Housing starts were trending at 1,543 units in July compared to 1,531 in June according to CMHC.  Read the full press release – July 2013 Housing Starts for the St. John’s real estate market

First-time buyers likely to feel impact of new CMHC restrictions as housing market starts to surge again – New CMHC restrictions could impact mortgage rates

Curious to see how the Canadian mortgage rates moved over the past 23 years? Check out this chart of the slow decline in mortgage rates since 1990.

Here is a great article from ratehub.ca – What does CMHC’s latest announcement mean for Canadians?

Statistics Canada says its new housing price index rose 0.2% in June, following a pattern of similar gains over the past 15 months. – Prices of new Canadian homes continue to march higher

Protect, Maintain and Enhance the value of your home with HouseLogic

February 19, 2010 · Filed Under First Time Buyers, Home Maintenance, Real Estate Articles and Tips for Selling your Home · Comments Off 

Interested in ways to seal air leaks around the house to lower your heating bill?  How about saving energy with home lighting?  Planning on redoing the kitchen or bathroom?  Enter HouseLogic, a comprehensive website aimed to assist you in 100’s of home remodeling, energy saving tips.  Best of all….it’s FREE!

Earlier this week, the National Association of REALTORS (American version of CREA) launched a new website, entitled HouseLogic.  This web site is designed to help home owners make smart decisions to maintain, protect, and increase the value of their homes. HouseLogic will help consumers take responsible actions pertaining to what is likely the largest investment of their lives.

With content covering home improvement, maintenance, taxes, finance, insurance, and even ways you can get involved in and enrich your community, HouseLogic can help you increase and protect the value of your home by helping you make confident decisions.  (remember this is an American site so the taxes and finances, insurance may not be applicable here in Canada)

Create to-do lists, and set project reminders, get costs estimates on various renos and home improvements (in USD). A very informative website that has it all.  Be sure to check it out.

Kirkland Balsom St. John’s Real Estate Market Overview 2010

February 18, 2010 · Filed Under Market Trends, Real Estate Articles, St. John's Condos and St. John's Real Estate · Comments Off 

Kirkland Balsom and Associates have just released their Real Estate Market Overview 2010 for St. John’s. I’ve shared this report the past 2 years and once again this year they are “spot on” with their assessments.

Here is an outline of their report:

RESIDENTIAL MARKET
Strong demand with less supply results in higher prices

The residential market just keeps on rolling! Demand remains strong and supply remains tight for well located and appropriately priced homes. The underlining drivers for this strong demand appears to be the fear of having to pay more in the future, easy access to favourable financing and strong employment throughout the region. A substantial increase in land values over the past year spurred new home construction cost and more than offset a slight softening in the sub-trades. Anticipated higher borrowing cost in late 2010 may serve to increase demand in the first half of 2010; however, could weaken demand in the second half. Pending an unforeseen increase in listing inventory, further price increases is
anticipated.

MULTI-RESIDENTIAL/CONDOMINIUM SECTOR
Effective full occupancy

With the apartment complexes at effective full occupancy and no new inventory on the horizon, rental rates should continue to increase. Not surprisingly in light of these trends, investor interest remains strong. A number of older apartment buildings in the university area have been purchased, renovated and converted to condominium units. Market activity also remains strong in the small scale 2-6 unit projects as entry level investors compete for limited supply.
Prices/demand continues to strengthen in condominiums at all price points. Escalating construction costs and an aging population will stimulate condo demand and values in the coming year.

Interesting Real Estate links throughout Canada

February 16, 2010 · Filed Under Real Estate Articles, Real Estate Canada, Real Estate Roundup and St. John's Real Estate · Comments Off 

Commerical Property For Sale in Downtown St. John’s

May 28, 2009 · Filed Under Commerical Real Estate, Real Estate Articles and St. John's Real Estate · Comments Off 

2 bates hill

Just listed on 2 Bates Hill a great commercial building opportunity in a prime downtown location.  Currently operated as the Granny Bates book store, this 3 storey heritage building is in close proximity to all your needs in the St. John’s downtown area.  Approximately 600 sqft per floor the building offers multiple uses from retail store, law firm, office spaces and can even be converted back into a residential home.  Great potential to work from the main floor and live on the upper floors. Asking price is $234,900  Call Fraser or Stephen Winters for more information or to setup a private viewing.

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