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5 Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

The Spring housing market is here! The start of the new season brings sunshine, flowers, and an overly competitive market for home buyers and sellers. If you’re looking to put your home up for sale, you’ll want to have all of your bases covered to capture the attention of buyers and secure the best possible offer. Here are 5 simple tips to sell your home this spring! Do a thorough cleaning of your home A clean house will always give off a better impression to people touring your home. Dust off all surfaces, lamps, and furniture to give your home that extra sparkle. Next, remove any clutter throughout your home. This could include cleaning off the kitchen counters or tidying up the kids’ toys. If you don’t have the space to put something away, it never hurts to donate it to a non-profit organization. Check for winter damage The snow …
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Housing Continued to Surge in February

Click here for the full article by Dr Sherry Cooper, Chief Economist at Dominion Lending Centres. Today the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released statistics showing national home sales hit another all-time high in February 2021. Canadian home sales increased a whopping 6.6% month-on-month (m-o-m), building on the largest winter housing boom in history. On a year-over-year (y-o-y) basis, existing home sales surged an amazing 39.2%. As the chart below shows, February’s activity blew out all previous records for the month.  The seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 783,636 units in February. CREA’s revised forecast for 2021 is in the neighbourhood of 700,000 home sales. Strong demand notwithstanding, sales may be hard-pressed to maintain current activity levels in the traditionally busier spring months absent a surge of much-needed new supply. However, that could materialize as current COVID restrictions are increasingly eased and the weather starts to improve. The month-over-month …
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February 2021 Produces Record Numbers in the KW Housing Market

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market broke records in February 2021. The month saw a total of 597 residential properties sold through MLS, up 27.8% from February 2020. “Competition for homes continued to be extremely intense in February, leading to a record-breaking number of home sales for the month,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “We continued to see dramatic increases in the average price in February due to the persistent and fierce competition for homes in our region combined with short supply.” Residential properties sold in February 2021 included 337 detached homes (up 23.9% from February 2020), 101 apartment-style condominium units (up 57.8%), 47 semi-detached (up 46.9%) and 112 townhomes (up 13.1%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $752,289 in February 2021, up 32.9% from February 2020. The month came with a significant milestone as the average price of a detached home was over $900K for the first …
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Kitchener is The 8th Most Expensive City for Rent in Canada

Image via Padmapper According to a recent study by Padmapper, Kitchener is one of the most expensive cities to rent in Canada. The report shows that the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Kitchener is $1,390, positioning them at 8th place in the nation. For a two-bedroom apartment, the average rate of rent is $1,670. This is up two positions from a previous report which shows that rent is increasing at a rate of 5.3% every year. Kitchener comes in just ahead of Hamilton and Montreal on the list. Rounding out the top three is Burnaby, Toronto, and Vancouver. For the full report from Padmapper, click here.

A Semi-Detached Home in Kitchener Sells for $300K Above Asking Price

A semi-detached home in Kitchener just sold for $300,000 above the asking price. The Kitchener-Waterloo real estate market is clearly not slowing down for the time being. Located in Kitchener’s Laurentian West neighbourhood, the home was listed for $500,000. 53 offers later, it sold for $801,000. According to the story covered by CTV News Kitchener, residents in the area were not surprised, citing the booming housing market in the Region of Waterloo. Kitchener-Waterloo is a very attractive region for people looking to move out of bigger cities. Statistics Canada recognized Waterloo Region as one of the fastest-growing places, population-wise, in the country. “It’s just driving up that purchase price,” said Nicole Pohl, president of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors. “We just do not have enough supply and, when there’s high demand, that’s just the reality of economics.” What are your thoughts on the surging housing market in Waterloo Region? Comment …
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Housing Continued to Surge in January

The housing market is still on the rise across Canada according to a recent press release from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Although supply continues to be an issue, home prices still remain strong and are expected to be for the entirety of 2021. Read below for an in-depth analysis from Dr. Sherry Cooper, the Chief Economist at Dominion Lending Centres. Click here to read the Original Article from Dr. Sherry Cooper. Today the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released statistics showing national home sales hit another all-time high in January 2021. Canadian home sales increased 2.0% month-on-month (m-o-m) building on December’s 7.0% gain. On a year-over-year (y-o-y) basis, existing home sales surged 35.2%. As the chart below shows, January activity blew out all previous records for the month. The seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 736,452 units in January, significantly above CREA’s current 2021 …
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Warren Buffett Thinks You Should Refinance Your Mortgage Now

Tracy came across this article last week and shared it with the team.  This is certainly a trend we are seeing people take advantage of right now, and it makes perfect sense. Original Source:  The Motley Fool Warren Buffett doesn’t give stock tips, but he’s given plenty of “general” financial advice over the years. Recommending that people avoid credit cards, save money, and invest in index funds, the “Oracle of Omaha” has shared plenty of money ideas with the world. Today, he has a clear recommendation: borrow while interest rates are low. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing unprecedentedly low interest rates across the Western world. That includes the U.S. as well as Canada. To help the economy along during lockdowns, central banks have lowered interest rates to sub-1% levels. As a result, bank interest rates to consumers have declined as well. Warren Buffett hasn’t been big on public appearances lately. …
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KW Home Sales Off To an Exceptional Start in 2021

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market took a huge leap in January 2021. The month saw a total of 351 residential properties sold through MLS, up 24.9% from January 2020. “January’s home sales were more active than what we typically see this time of year,” says Nicole Pohl, President of the KW Association of Realtors (KWAR). “But nothing has been typical about our housing market.” Residential properties sold in 2021 included 201 detached homes (up 31.3% from January 2020), 71 apartment-style condominium units (up 97%), 21 semi-detached (unchanged) and 56 townhomes (down 17.6%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $695,582 in January 2021, up 23.9% from January 2020. The month came with a significant milestone as the average price of a detached home was over $800K for the first time ever, coming in at $853,945. This was up 27.3% from January 2020. Additionally, condominium units sold for an average …
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What are Canada’s most affordable real estate markets?

Here’s a really fabulous article from Mortgage Broker News on what our most affordable cities are: Earlier this week, Mortgage Broker News examined recent data from Point2 Homes that says affordability has worsened in 38 major cities nationwide in 2020. But the data also contained a rather sizeable sliver of good news: homes remain affordable in a number of Canadian real estate markets. While “affordable housing” has been defined by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as when households spend less than 30% of their gross income on housing, Point2 found 10 Canadian markets where mortgages take up less than 15% of a household’s average income. For the Top 10 List of Cities, and full article CLICK HERE.

Canada’s Most Unaffordable Markets

Click here for the full study from Point2Homes  Housing markets in cities across Canada have been on the rise since 2010. A recent study by Point2Homes broke down the top 16 most unaffordable cities for real estate in Canada. The study found that Burnaby, British Columbia is the most expensive city in Canada for real estate where residents spent an average of 44.7% of their income on their mortgage. Rounding out the top 5 was Richmond, BC (44.0% of income on mortgages), Oakville, ON (43.8% of income on mortgages), Vancouver, BC (41.6% of income on mortgages), and Kelowna, BC (40.8% of income on mortgages). The study also identified Kitchener, ON as the city with the largest gap between home price increases and wage increases. Over the last decade, home prices in Kitchener increased 148% whereas wages only grew by 38%. That’s a 110% difference. Image Source: Point2Homes Which city shocks …
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