GTA Real Estate Market Watch 11/20

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

GTA Real Estate Market Watch 11/20

Tags: Average Home Price, Home Sales, GTA Real Estate, GTA Real Estate Market

NOVEMBER 2020 – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were up again year-over-year for the fourth month in a row. Our Members made 10,563 sales as reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s MLS System in October 2020. This was up by 25.1 per cent compared to 8,445 transactions in October 2019. Sales and new listings reached record levels for the month of Oct...Read More

Protecting your Home Gadgets from Hacking

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

Protecting your Home Gadgets from Hacking

Tags: Home Gadgets, Security Tips, Hacking, Home Improvement

Imagine your coffee maker switching on by itself, staying on for hours, overheating and becoming a fire hazard. That’s not science fiction. As more and more appliances incorporate WIFI, the opportunities for hackers to play havoc with them increase. How do you prevent that from happening? Here are some safety tips: If your gadget uses a password to access the settings, change that password...Read More

Questions to Ask When Buying a Fixer-Upper

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

Questions to Ask When Buying a Fixer-Upper

Tags: Buying Tips, Fixer-Upper, New Property

If you’re thinking of selling your home and buying a new property, you might come across an opportunity to purchase a “fixer-upper”. In fact, the home might be priced based on its need for work. Should you buy that “fixer-upper”? That can be a tough decision. Here are some questions you should consider: ?1. What repairs need to be done? 2. Are there any major items ...Read More

Terminology Tip: FSBO and "Unsecured Properties"

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

Terminology Tip: FSBO and "Unsecured Properties"

Tags: FSBOs, Unsecured Properties, Deposit Insurance, Errors and Omission Insurance

For Sale By Owners (FSBO: pronounced "fiz-bo") are homeowners trying to sell their home without a realtor's representation in the hopes of saving on the professional fee. Some buyers look for FSBOs and “mere posting” listings in the hopes of getting a good deal, while others avoid them because they see them as “unsecured properties”. An "unsecured proper...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Watch 10/20

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

GTA Real Estate Market Watch 10/20

Tags: Average Home Price, Home Sales, GTA Real Estate, GTA Real Estate Market

OCTOBER 2020 – Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announced that sales reported through TRREB’s MLS System by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS amounted to 11,083 – a new record for the month of September. This result was up by 42.3 per cent compared to September 2019. Following a record third quarter, sales through the first nine months of 2020 were up by appro...Read More

The Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer or Decorator

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

The Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer or Decorator

Tags: Interior Design, Home Improvement, Aesthetic Appeal, Home Decor

When it comes to updating their living space, some homeowners enjoy doing the research and then planning, designing, and decorating on their own. Many believe they will save a substantial amount of money. While that may be true, they may also be doing themselves a disservice by overlooking the benefits of hiring an interior designer (who can create and maximize functional living space) and/or an i...Read More

Real Estate Trends Worth Watching

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

Real Estate Trends Worth Watching

Tags: Home Improvement, Smart Technology, Value of Investment, Home Value

As you probably are with any financial investment, you should always be mindful of the value of your investment in property. Aside from knowing its fair market price, you should also be aware of market demographics and how they influence your home’s value. Available statistics can help identify those demographics, their desirable home features, and current trends. Staying in touch with thi...Read More

Terminology Tip: Chattels vs. Fixtures

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

Terminology Tip: Chattels vs. Fixtures

Tags: Chattels, Fixtures, Real Estate Deals, Real Estate and Construction

In a sale of real estate, generally, a chattel is a property that is not permanently affixed to the land or building and can be moved. Conversely, a fixture is a property that is affixed to the land or building in such a way that its removal would damage or harm the land or building. Chattels are items that a seller can simply pick up and walk away with. Doing so usually involves no mess, no dama...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Watch 09/20

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

GTA Real Estate Market Watch 09/20

Tags: Average Home Price, Home Sales, GTA Real Estate, GTA Real Estate Market

SEPTEMBER  2020 - Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Lisa Patel announced that the strong rebound in Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales continued with a record result for the month of August. GTA REALTORS reported 10,775 residential sales through TRREB’s MLS System in August 2020 – up by 40.3 per cent compared to August 2019. Sales were up on a year-over-year...Read More

Clean or Replace Air Filters and Fan Screens

By: The Jean-Jacques Team

Clean or Replace Air Filters and Fan Screens

Tags: Home Improvement, Air Filters, Fan Screens, Indoor Environment

It’s a good idea to clean or replace your home’s air filters and screens at least once a year to help keep your indoor environment safe from mould, dust mites, and other allergens. But don’t stop at your heating, ventilation, and cooling/air-conditioning systems. Think of all the other filters and screens that need cleaning, such as those in humidifiers, range hoods, bathroom fa...Read More