By: Jessie Banwait

5 Steps to: Buying a Home Part 2 / February 26, 2016

Tags: Purchasing, Buying a Home

Purchasing a home is a major milestone in everyone’s life. Having finished the planning process and found a home that you love. It is time for the finishing steps. We will be talking about the required procedures for purchasing a home.   Step 1:  Make an Offer   The Real Estate Agent will negotiate a fair offer based on the value of comparable homes in the same neighborhood, a...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

5 Steps to: Buying a Home Part 1/ February 26, 2016

Tags: Planning to, Buying a Home, 5 Steps

In this month’s blog post, we are going to talk about planning and how crucial it is when buying a home. Our team defines planning, as bridging the gap between where you are standing today and where you want to reach.   Planning involves setting objectives – what ‘needs’ do you want to be satisfied and deciding the appropriate course of action to achieve them. Planning...Read More

RENTING VS. BUYING: DEBUNKING DATA ASSUMPTIONS / NOVEMBER 21, 2014

By: Jessie Banwait

RENTING VS. BUYING: DEBUNKING DATA ASSUMPTIONS / NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Tags: Buying a Home, Renting a Home

You can definitely argue both sides of renting and buying a home, qualitatively - we have done it here and here. This is based on the person and their specific needs. When you look at the argument from a quantitative angle, you will see that it is largely based on assumptions. We came across this graph (below) and thought, wait a second the assumptions made are not generic enough to w...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

SHOULD YOU SELL YOUR HOME PRIVATELY? / JULY 16, 2014

Tags: Private Sale, Selling a Home

  There are over 100,000 real estate agents and counting in Canada, yet I’m always asked if selling a home privately is a smart thing to do. It seems like more and more people want to skip the realtor and sell their properties on their own--and, apparently, save some money in the process. Here’s the bottom line: In spite of the fee that they charge, real estate agent...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO SELL YOUR HOME/ JULY 8, 2014

Tags: Selling a Home, Exposure, Price, Renovations

I’m often asked a really simple question: “How do I sell my house?” The problem is, there isn’t really a simple answer to this question. Every house is different, and every buyer is different. And the real estate market fluctuates in different, sometimes unpredictable ways. A house that could sell in a couple weeks during one time of the year may take much longer a few mo...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: 5 TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT LOCATION - PART II/ APRIL 30, 2014

Tags: Location, Renovation, Buying a Home

We continue this week with more on how to find the perfect location for your investment property. Just to recap, last week we talked about finding a neighborhood in the right life cycle and also visiting and getting to know the community you're interested in. 3. Do some research on the net Most cities will have a website that details each neighborhood’s demographics and other helpf...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RENOVATIONS: 5 TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT LOCATION - PART I/ APRIL 24, 2014

Tags: Buying a Home, Renovation, Community

So now that you've considered all the variable factors for a renovation property and found the right agent, it’s time to narrow down where you’d like to purchase a home. As a real estate agent — and also as someone who has done a several property overhauls in the last few years — I've learned that when it comes to renovations, it’s all about taking cal...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

THE "BUY OR RENT?" DEBATE: 5 REASONS TO BUY/ APRIL 2, 2014

Tags: Buying a Home, Renting, Mortgages, Equity

These days you can’t escape a conversation about the real estate market in Toronto without getting onto the topic of whether it’s better to buy or rent a property in the city. As a real estate agent who works with both clients who want to buy and those who want to rent, I get this question a lot. Here is my case for buying in the great “buy or rent?” debate. Imagine livi...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

HOW TO DO YOUR OWN MINI-HOME INSPECTION/ MARCH 5, 2014

Tags: DIY, Home Inspection, Selling a Home

As my last two posts show, I’m a fan of a proper home inspection by a reputable company. You’ll be shocked by how easy it is for anyone to become a certified home inspector, but experience is invaluable. A trained inspector, with 15 to 20 years experience and a skilled eye, can end up saving you thousands of dollars — money that will be better spent on a new deck or on a new tele...Read More

By: Jessie Banwait

BUYER BEWARE: THE HOME INSPECTION FINE PRINT/ FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Tags: Buying a Home, Home Inspections, Carson, Dunlop

You’ll remember from my last blog post that I’m a big advocate of home inspections when buying a new property. These protect the buyer and highlight any issues in the home that can’t always be seen by the naked eye. Sometimes they’re pricey, and you’ll cringe at the added expensive in an already costly endeavor, but it is worth the peace of mind and confidence in the ...Read More