By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid

Tags: covid-19,covid19,covid 19,corona virus,corona,virus,emergency response plan,emergency response,emergency plan,canada,justin trudeau,canada's emergency response plan

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By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid from LighterSide

Tags: germs,covid19,covid,corona,corona virus,touchless faucet,touchless soap dispenser,soap dispenser,hands free,hands free dispenser,hands free faucet,washable keyboard,clean keyboard,smartphone sanitizer,phone sanitizer,touchless toilet,touchless toilet flush

We’ve all become a lot more sensitive to germs and being cautious about what we touch—even in our own homes. Try as you may, it can often feel impossible to keep your home clean and germ-free for long. If you’re someone who flinches at the very thought of bacteria-laden surfaces inhabiting your abode, you may find comfort in knowing there are products designed to put your mind at...Read More

By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid

Tags: covid,covid-19,covid 19,corona virus,coronavirus,corona,self isolation,quarantine,health is wealth,safety first,living with worry and anxiety,living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty,stress relief,anxiety,worry,how to talk to your kid,how to talk to your child,what kids can do

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By: Sean MacKay from Livabl_

Tags: canada interest rates,interest rate cut,rate cut,mortgage rates,mortgage rates cut,canada mortgages,canada,lending rate cut,lending rate,corona virus,covid19,covid-19,covid 19,interest rate,mortgage rate

To mitigate this looming recession, the Bank of Canada made an emergency announcement this afternoon that it was cutting its influential overnight rate a further 50 basis points to 0.75 percent. Just last week the bank had cut the overnight rate by 50 basis points during one of its fixed date rate announcements. Today’s announcement falls outside the fixed date schedule the bank adheres to, ...Read More

By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid

Tags: spring cleaning,5 areas,spring,cleaning,windows,hvac,ceiling fans,cleaning,spring,cleaning 101

During the winter thaw, indoor upkeep is as important as prepping your garden for spring. Freshen rooms, remove allergens, and brighten the look of these five areas: ...Read More

By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid

Tags: closing costs,gta,toronto closing costs,gta closing costs,first time buyer costs,first time buyer closing,buyer closing,buyer closing costs,home buyer closing,home buyer closing costs,closing costs of home,first time buyer home closing,first time buyer closing costs,first time home buyer closing costs,whitby,ajax,oshawa,durham,pickering,scarborough,markham,richmond hill,burlington,milton,oakville,mississauga,greater toronto,greater toronto area

A home is often the most expensive item someone will ever buy with their hard-earned money, especially in cities like Toronto where the real estate market is out of control. With the average price of a place to live now sitting around $913,000, it can feel almost impossible to buy property in Ontario's capital — even with a very long term mortgage. Surprisingly, however, Toronto is onl...Read More

By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid

Tags: MARKET SNAPSHOT,REALTOR REPORT,FYI,february 2020,february 2019,REAL ESTATE,MARKET REPORT,MARKET COMPARISON,2019 VS 2020,YEAR OVER YEAR,GTA,TORONTO,DURHAM,EAST END,GREATER TORONTO AREA,TORONTO HOUSES,TORONTO CONDOS,DOWNTOWN CONDOS,DOWNTOWN TORONTO,BEACH,TORONTO BEACH,BEACHES,BEACHES TORONTO,SCARBOROUGH,DURHAM HOUSES,TORONTO EAST,DURHAM

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By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid

Tags: canada,home price,2019,quarter 4,q4,canadian home prices,home price increase,real estate,toronto,burlington,milton,oakville,greater toronto area,pickering,scarborough,ajax,whitby,oshawa,north york,vaughan,markham,richmond hill,mississauga,brampton

According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey, the aggregate price of a home in Canada increased 2.2% year-over-year to $648,544 in the 4th quater of 2019. Similar to the third quarter, potential buyers are continuing to come back to the real estate market. In the first half of 2019, buyers had remained largely at the sidelines waiting to gauge the potential impact of the federal mortgage ...Read More

By: Stephanie Cluett-Eid from LighterSide

Tags: home seller,home buyer,condo seller,condo buyer,house buyer,house seller,real estate,spring market,prepare,prepare to sell,prepare to buy,credit check,clean,paint,declutter,tackle repairs,curb appeal,agent,realtor,right agent,right realtor,pre approval,pre approved,mortgage,approval,down payment

Regardless of whether your groundhog saw its shadow, spring may arrive early this year—at least when it comes to the housing market. What’s causing this already-busy buying season to kick off ahead of schedule? Low inventory and rising home prices are spurring house hunters to come out of hibernation months before they previously would have. With that in mind, whether you’re bu...Read More

By: Sean MacKay from Livabl_

Tags: toronto,home buyer,gta,gta real estate,toronto real estate,home buyer,qualifying rate,mortgage stress test,mortgage qualification,april 2020,april,liberal government,stress test

During last year’s federal election, the stricter mortgage rules introduced by the Trudeau government were a hot debate topic when it came to the issue of affordable housing. The Progressive Conservatives under Andrew Scheer made headlines for their proposed modifications to the Liberal policy that, in 2018, introduced mortgage stress testing for uninsured mortgages, which require a minimum...Read More