Information related to buying and/or selling a home.

Shifting Housing Markets – Buy and Sell in the Same Market

Did you read the Toronto Star article on April 7th about the Oakville real estate market? We certainly made the news. While it’s important to realize that sensational headlines sell papers, the message of shifting markets is accurate and the content is food for thought. They talked about the buyers who purchased new builds from Mattamy […]

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Changing Mortgage Rates and the Housing Market According to RLP

Dominion Lending Centre Mortgage Agent Jeff Dickson sends us a weekly rate minder. It’s clear from his more recent mailings that both the posted rates and the preferred rates are on the rise. His recent report attributes some of the upward pressure on an unexpectedly strong US jobs report. With January job creation exceeding estimates, […]

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Canadian Home Sales Edge Up

Canadian Home Sales Edge Up Ottawa, ON, November 15, 2017 – According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales posted a modest monthly increase in October but remain below levels recorded one year ago. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.9 per cent from September to October. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity […]

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OSFI Will Be Introducing a New “Stress Test” for Uninsured Mortgages (greater than 20% down payment) Effective January 1, 2018.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released new guidelines for the mortgage industry, which include a “stress test” for uninsured mortgages. Home buyers with 20% or greater down payments will need to qualify for their mortgages using the higher of the average 5-year posted rate (currently 4.89%) or 2.00% higher than their actual mortgage […]

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Understanding Ontario’s Real Estate Boom – Presentation by Craig Alexander

On Wednesday, September 27th, we had the privilege of attending a presentation given by Craig Alexander, the Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at the Conference Board of Canada. For a bit more insight into the Conference Board and Mr. Alexander’s background, click here. The subject of the presentation was ‘Understanding Ontario’s Real Estate Boom.’ We […]

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Real Estate Market Update – What’s Happening Around the GTA?

On May 1st, Team Masterson attended a real estate market update session with guest speaker Phil Soper, President & CEO of Royal LePage and Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. Before I share his insights, you might want to know a bit about the man behind the presentation and the company behind the man. Phil Soper […]

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