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What is a real estate auction?

When you’re ready to buy or sell a home, you typically contact a real estate agent or go ahead and buy/sell the property on your own. But there’s another option that you might not be aware of and it’s selling your home through a real estate auction. One key advantage with real estate auctions is […]

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What happens if you don’t qualify for a bank mortgage?

As houses get more expensive with the average price of a detached home in Toronto reaching a new high of $1 million, more homebuyers may be forced to take on mortgages through subprime loans to enter the housing market. A subprime loan is an option for people who don’t qualify for loans under the prime […]

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How to get over losing a bidding war

For the last few years, some of Canada’s housing markets have been pretty cutthroat with homes selling for more than $100,000 over the asking price. Last year, Canadians had a greater appetite for entering a bidding war with 34 per cent of Canadians willing to enter one, which is an increase by six percentage points […]

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How to avoid mortgage fraud

Being able to own a home is a point of pride for many Canadians with many people seeing it as a passage to adulthood. But continually rising costs in the housing market may make owning a home more difficult, which can make some people take on desperate measures to become property owners, even if it’s […]

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Why do you need a real estate lawyer when you buy a home?

Real estate lawyers are an important part of the home buying process, but as a homebuyer you may not be sure why you need a lawyer involved in the transaction. Legal fees are a costly portion of your closing costs since hiring a real estate lawyer can cost a new homeowner about $700 to $2,500 […]

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First-time homebuyer: Should you use the HBP to buy your first home?

With the RRSP deadline for 2014 just passing, if you’re looking to buy your first home this year, you may wonder whether it’s a good idea to tap into your RRSP’s Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP). The HBP was introduced in 1992 and it’s been used 2,555,484 times, according to a 2013 article published in the […]

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Why Does Ontario Rebate the HST on New Homes?

HST housing rebates are available to Ontario residents through Canada Revenue Agency. Residents can claim an HST rebate on a newly built home that will be the principal residence OR an investment property that will be used as a rental. These rebates allow individuals to recover portions of the provincial taxes and federal taxes that […]

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How Do I Get the HST Back on My New Home?

The New Home HST Rebate allows a homeowner to recover a certain portion of HST that was paid on a newly built home or on a substantially renovated home. It is sometimes referred to as the Ontario New Housing Rebate and only applies to the primary residence of the owner. When a homeowner applies for […]

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