Tag: TIPS FOR A FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER

  • The 2013 condo buying guide: 10 tips for prospective buyers

    The 2013 condo buying guide: 10 tips for prospective buyers

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca August 21, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Your 2013 Condo Buying guide: 10 expert tips to help you through the buying process. We know: you’re confused. The market’s softening. The deluge of new condos has some experts predicting a nasty correction; others argue that a […]

  • The Future of Yonge and Sheppard

    The Future of Yonge and Sheppard

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca June 5, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent What’s in store for Toronto’s Yonge & Sheppard? According to an application filed with the city of Toronto, the real estate giant RioCan is seeking approval on its plan to add 368 condo apartments on the North East […]

  • First Time Buyers Looking For Love At First Sight

    First Time Buyers Looking For Love At First Sight

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca May 3, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent First time buyers in Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill fall in love with their homes, at first sight. Looking for a perfect home can be an emotional roller-coaster, but a new study suggests finding the right property often comes […]

  • April 2013 Newsletter | Toronto & Vaughan Real Estate

    April 2013 Newsletter | Toronto & Vaughan Real Estate

    April 2013 New in Toronto & Vaughan Did you know? – 76% of 20-29 year old Vaughan residents still live with parents, well above the national average of 42.3% – Landlords in Ontario can raise a Tenants rent as high as they see fit; rent control doesn’t apply to dwellings occupied after November 1, 1991.   APRIL […]

  • First time buyers budget for $300K homes

    First time buyers budget for $300K homes

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca April 10, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The average first time buyer in Canada is 29 years old and expects to be able to put down a down payment of $48,000 on $300,000 home, according to a recent poll by the Bank of Montreal. But […]

  • Mortgage News Update | Toronto & Vaughan Real Estate

    Mortgage News Update | Toronto & Vaughan Real Estate

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 22, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent A quick update on the latest mortgage news and trends Our good friends and colleagues at MortgageJake  update us on the latest mortgage news. This week saw two dramatic moves by Jim Flaherty that directly impact us in the housing […]

  • Top 100 Canadian Neighbourhoods | 2013 Investment Guide

    Top 100 Canadian Neighbourhoods | 2013 Investment Guide

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca January 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Top 100 Canadian Neighbourhoods The Top 100 Canadian Neighbourhoods investment guide is now available from the folks over at Canadian Real Estate Wealth. In their annual report on the top Canadian neighbourhoods to invest in for 2013, there are […]

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Toronto

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Toronto

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 10, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto: some fun things you didn’t know about our world class city. Toronto was originally called the ‘Town of York’ until 1834. The Toronto Zoo is the third largest in the world and is home to more than 5000 animals. […]

  • TORONTO & GTA – HOUSING STATS: JANUARY 2013

    TORONTO & GTA – HOUSING STATS: JANUARY 2013

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 5, 2012 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent January 2013 housing statistics for the Toronto Real Estate Board Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,375 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in January 2013.  This number represented a slight decline compared to 4,432 transactions reported in January 2012. […]

  • Toronto’s first luxury prefab home sells for $1.5million

    Toronto’s first luxury prefab home sells for $1.5million

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca January 31, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Are prefabricated homes Toronto’s future? How Many people can say their home was built in just 2 days? The new owners of Toronto’s first luxury prefab home can! Sold for $1.525,000 after 274 days on the market (it […]

  • Toronto’s real estate market will stay strong in 2013

    Toronto’s real estate market will stay strong in 2013

    Follow @TopTorontoAgent Dec 21, 2012 6 good indicators of why the GTA real estate market will remain strong in 2013 Many economists predicted Toronto’s real estate market to crash this year, with prices falling by up to 25 per cent. I didn’t see that prediction coming true and it didn’t. Nor do I believe it […]

  • Difference between buying and renting in Toronto

    Difference between buying and renting in Toronto

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca December 18, 2012 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Rent or Buy? The age old question. Toronto, Vaughan and the GTA are currently enjoying a healthy rental market with vacancy rates hovering around 1%. This high demand for rental properties has driven up rental rates upwards of […]

  • It’s snowing money in Downtown Toronto!

    It’s snowing money in Downtown Toronto!

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca December 16, 2012 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Who needs the snow in Toronto when we’ve been blessed with an abundance of falling condo prices! Christmas arrived early this year for condo buyers in Toronto looking to […]

  • [infographic] 5 Things you didn’t know about the Mortgage Market

    [infographic] 5 Things you didn’t know about the Mortgage Market

    Follow @TopTorontoAgent Our friends at ratehub.ca have put together this excellent infographic on Canada’s mortgage market. If you have any questions about Canadian mortgages or any real estate related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.   START YOUR JOURNEY HERE OR CONTACT ILAN NOW FOR A MORE PERSONALISED SEARCH EXPERIENCE!     Ilan Joseph is a Real Estate […]

  • Canadian home affordability rises

    Canadian home affordability rises

    Follow @TopTorontoAgent December 10, 2012 Royal Bank says the cost of home ownership became more affordable in the most recent quarter due to a modest decline in home prices and gains in Canadian household incomes. RBC’s affordability index for a detached bungalow stood at 42 per cent of income nationally in the second quarter. That […]

  • Summary of TorontoMLS Sales and Average Price – November 1 – 30

    Summary of TorontoMLS Sales and Average Price – November 1 – 30

    Follow @TopTorontoAgent GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,793 sales in November 2012 – down by 16 per cent compared to November 2011. “Transactions have been down on a year-over-year basis since June, after being up substantially in the last half of 2011 and the first half of 2012. […]

  • How to Succeed in Toronto and Vaughan Real Estate Investing

    How to Succeed in Toronto and Vaughan Real Estate Investing

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca December 16, 2012 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent To become a successful Toronto or Vaughan real estate investor requires that you find a good real estate property to invest in. Appraising and finding the true value in Toronto and Vaughan properties is essential to your investment success. […]

  • Toronto Condo prices taking a hit (infographics)

    Toronto Condo prices taking a hit (infographics)

    Follow @TopTorontoAgent Related Article: Hello Buyers Market! If you’ve been following recent real estate news for Toronto, Vaughan and the GTA, you may have heard that our condo market is experiencing a slowdown. To help illustrate these changes, here are some Toronto Real Estate charts that clearly paints the markets picture.  It takes almost twice as long […]

  • Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 per cent

    Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 per cent

    Follow @TopTorontoAgent Ottawa, Ontario – The Bank of Canada announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. The global economy has unfolded broadly as the Bank projected in its July Monetary […]

  • Hello Buyers Market

    Hello Buyers Market

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca November 2, 2012 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Hello Buyers Market! The past few months have seen the real estate market here in Toronto, Vaughan and across the GTA really turn around. From a very hot “sellers market” during the first half of 2012 to a […]

  • Before You Buy Your First Home

    Before You Buy Your First Home

    Related article: First time home buyers Tips for a First-time Home Buyer It’s not uncommon for a first-time home buyer to say to me, “Gosh, just last week I called you about buying a home and now I’m closing! How did this happen so fast?” The answer is it didn’t. First-time home buyers start the search […]