By: Kim Downey, Broker

Exterior Spring Cleaning Checklist

Tags: Real Estate Whitby Oshawa Realtor Homes for Sale Sold Top Agent Spring Checklist Garden Maintenance To Do

It's Cleanup Season It’s April, and as we have all been told “April showers bring May Flowers”. Well March and April have been very unpredictable over the years…One day we see snow/frost and the next it’s seems like flowers and trees are showing signs of life. Even the birds are confused.  Well, regardless of what mother nature does, taking some time to do...Read More

By: Kim Downey, Broker

Spring...Are you Ready?

Tags: Real Estate Agent Top For Sale Sold Home Listing Selling Realtor

Do you remember the Boy Scouts motto; Be Prepared! This is so true when trying to gauge when to list your home for sale. I always say the best time to call your realtor is as soon as you are starting to considering a move.   Plan ahead...knowing what changes and possible upgrades your home may need to get you top dollar, could make the difference in the critical timing for listing your home....Read More

By: Kim Downey, Broker

Stay Safe this Winter

Tags: Real Estate Whitby Oshawa Realtor home for Sale Sold Top Agent

One day we are in sweaters, the next snowsuits and the next day raincoats! Either way you look at it, winter is definitely upon us!   Although we haven't had huge amounts of snow, it is easy to overlook ice and snow accumulation along the sides of the house. In particular, it is extremely important to ensure that your intake and exhaust vents are kept clear. You can't forget about the...Read More

By: Kim Downey, Broker

Who's Job is it? Region or Local Municipality

Tags: Durham Region, Whitby, Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax, Scugog, Clarington, Homes, Moving, JOBS, MUNICIPALITY

Do you live in Durham Region?  Have you ever wondered who to call when you have questions about local issues?   Garbarge collection…Public Health…Social Housing…Local Streets etc? Here is a breakdown between Regional Responsibilities and Local Municipality Responsibilities that should help when you need to make a call…. The Region of Durham is responsib...Read More

By: Kim Downey, Broker

May 2016 - Housing Update

Tags: Real Estate, Durham Region, Whitby, Realtor, House Prices, Market Update

May Whitby Real Estate Report The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released its latest Market Watch report.  As you might expect, the the real estate housing market is continuing to rise at a frantic pace.  In April, the Average sale price for a house in Whitby was $564,056, which was up over 20% from the average price of $467,875 last year.  This has only slightly outpaced the...Read More

By: Kim Downey, Broker

How are property taxes calculated?

Tags: real estate, property taxes, assessment, mpac

HOW MUCH WILL MY PROPERTY TAXES GO UP AFTER A RE-ASSESSMENT?   As you may, or may not have heard, MPAC has just announced that Home Values have gone up approximately 18%.       Does That Mean Your Property Tax Will Go Up 18% this year?  The simple answer is no.  The reason being is that the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation only assesses properties o...Read More

By: Dennis Downey

Should I Hold Offers When I Sell My House?

Tags: Selling, Holding Offers

So, you have decided to sell your house and, of course, you want the most money possible. This leads to the subject of holding offers. We have all read, heard, or lived the stories about people holding offers and getting bidding wars on their houses, which lead to them getting some huge sum of money—more than they were even asking. Who wouldn’t want a bidding war when they are selling?...Read More

By: Dennis Downey

Thinking of Moving This Year?

Tags: Buying, Selling, Investing, When to Contact a Realtor

Is this the year you are planning to buy your first house?  Are you ready to move from your starter home to your dream house?  Or, is it time to upsize or downsize?  Maybe you are looking for your first investment property?  Regardless of the move you are planning to make, it can be a daunting task.  Where do you start?  We live in the information age and there is no...Read More

By: Dennis Downey

Bigger Down Payment Required on Home Purchases Over $500,000

Tags: Home Buyers, Mortgage, Down Payment, CMHC

The new Liberal government is making changes to cool down the hot real estate market that is prevalent in Canada’s largest cities.  As of February 15, 2016 you will be required to put down a larger down payment on any home you purchase for more than $500,000.  They have not made any changes to the requirements for purchases of under $500,000.   This requirement for all new mor...Read More

By: Dennis Downey

Whitby Real Estate Report for June 2015

Tags: Homes in Whitby, House Prices, Real Estate Market

The Toronto Real Estate Board has reporting another record month with the average price in the GTA at a new all-time high.  This also applies to Whitby where the average house sold for $490,377 in May which is up 15% from last May when the average house sold for $426,579.  The average sale price of a detached home in Whitby was $547,734 while the average sale price o...Read More