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Katherine McLaughlin ~ Real Estate 411

Katherine McLaughlin ~ Real Estate 411 | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
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South Mississauga is home to Green Glade Public School, the regional Extended French school covering children in grade 7 and 8 from the south side of highway 401 down to the lake.  Call me if you have questions about schools.  I can help.

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Canadalend.com Weighs in on Recent Canada Building Permit Numbers and the 2014 Outlook for the Canadian Housing Market

Canadalend.com Weighs in on Recent Canada Building Permit Numbers and the 2014 Outlook for the Canadian Housing Market | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
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Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa continuing to drive the national average higher yes! However, mortgage rates are still historically low which is a driving force.  Let's see what the new CMHC rules bring??

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Biggest Home Seller Mistakes

Biggest Home Seller Mistakes | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it

Real Estate Agents Rank Biggest Home Seller Mistakes A recent survey of real estate agents by ActiveRain has confirmed that there are certain things a s...


Via Tim Nells
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Selling a home can be stressful at the best of times.  Add kids and dogs to the mix and it's potentially hair raising!  On the other hand, Buyers want to see homes a.s.a.p. or at least while they are touring a number of properties.  When a home is unavailable for showings, the buyer/agent potentially just bypass the property.  For the seller, the convenience of rejecting  a showing can undermine the seller's goal of selling. This is where your agent comes in!!  A good agent will work with the buyer's agent to arrange a showing time convenient to both sides.  Co-operation & Access is key!  

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Maps

Maps | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
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Shopping for a home in Mississauga or Oakville?  The GTA?  I help people safeguard the money they put into their home.  One way is by checking out the schools in the area.  Good schools attract buyers.  More demand equals safety for your invetment!  

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Katherine McLaughlin's Real Estate 411: Condo Market Insights

Katherine McLaughlin's Real Estate 411: Condo Market Insights | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
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In the GTA and neighbouring areas the condo market is benefitting from population and job gains which continues to drive demand.  Read the entire article.

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Wiggle room in the west end: High Park provides the green space in an area bursting with eclectic places to live, shop and dine

Wiggle room in the west end: High Park provides the green space in an area bursting with eclectic places to live, shop and dine | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
Toronto's west end, with High Park, Roncesvalles and The Junction among its neighbourhoods, is a newly bustling, urbane area
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Bloor West Village, The Junction, Roncesvalles Village, The Lakefront, all within a few minutes of High Park.  It's an incredible space with something for eveyone. 

 

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Canadians getting richer, average net worth tops $400000 - Globe and Mail

Canadians getting richer, average net worth tops $400000 - Globe and Mail | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
Canadians getting richer, average net worth tops $400000
Globe and Mail
Nova Scotians played the markets better than the rest of Canadians, but Ontarians netted the most money, thanks in part to their ability to pare down debts.

Via Larry Matthews
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Some good news . . .  

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CMHC hikes mortgage insurance premiums

CMHC hikes mortgage insurance premiums | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
Canada's national housing agency has increased the cost of insuring mortgages for homebuyers who make down payments of less than 20 per cent.
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There is an impact on the monthly mortgage paymen however the program is not designed to be punitive or discourage buyers.  On a 25 year mortgage of $250,000 the monthly payment increase is $5.

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2014 Canadian Real Estate Outlook Positive

2014 Canadian Real Estate Outlook Positive | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
Canada’s real estate outlook for the coming year has been revised to reflect better than expected growth in 2013, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Transaction volume is expected to grow by 3.7% in the coming year and the national average home price is expected to increase 2.5% on top of the 3.7% forecast for the previous year. Experts note that regional markets remain well balanced and in a position to enjoy healthy gains. For more on this continue reading the following article from Property Wire.
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We may be pleasantly surprised in 2014.  Real estate is very much about affordability.  If interest rates hold as they are expected to, we may be surprised at the end of this year.

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What Needs to Change About the Current State of...

What Needs to Change About the Current State of... | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
Is this current writing model of leaning on gif-listicles, quizzes, and Instagram photos as the bulk of blogging content the most sustainable in the long-term?
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For Sale: Private stone courtyard for relaxing

For Sale: Private stone courtyard for relaxing | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
This 1910 Georgian brick home has been restored with detail and high-quality craftsmanship
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This home is truly incredible - loaded with character and charm.  The original rich beams and incredible hardwood add to the elegance and warmth of this home.  Light filled with high ceilings and finsihed basement, this home is a must see. 

 

Located in a great Etobicoke neighourhood in Toronto.

Near Royal York Road & Eglinton.

 

 

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» Luxury Homeowners Believe Homeownership Is a More Sound Investment Than the Stock Market: Survey

» Luxury Homeowners Believe Homeownership Is a More Sound Investment Than the Stock Market: Survey | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
» Luxury Homeowners Believe Homeownership Is a More Sound Investment Than the Stock Market: Survey
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While this is a U.S. based survey, many of the elements ring true north of the border.  
The choice is about Lifestyle, location, amenities. Luxury does not always mean big.  It does mean upscale elements and finishes which allow homeowners to enjoy living in the home they way they want to.  Technology matters, protection of the investment matters.  

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Digital signatures could make home-buying paperwork a whole lot easier

Digital signatures could make home-buying paperwork a whole lot easier | Residential Real Estate ~ GTA Mississauga Oakville Milton | Scoop.it
The Canadian Real Estate Association is partnering with DocuSign to provide a system for electronic signatures for transactions
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Not yet in all provinces . . . in Ontario legislation would have to be created to allow it.

 

 

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