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July 31, 2020

Mortgage Insurance & Your Borrowing Power

As a Canadian homebuyer or homeowner, your borrowing power is impacted by a few factors.  Recent changes to the lending policies announced by CMHC, The Bank of Canada’s qualifying rate, and your banks’ Prime Rate and mortgage stipulations are all […]
July 21, 2020

Shop Local and Enjoy Delicious Food

The farmers’ markets are back. Check out local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and all sorts of goodies. Check them out: Almost every day is market day in Durham during the summer with farmers’ markets throughout the region offering up fresh […]
July 11, 2020

Off And Running: Durham Real Estate is Up In June

People are getting out of their home and into their next one: The Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) President Vicki Sweeney reported 1,281 residential transactions in June 2020 representing a substantial 66 per cent increase from May. Residential transactions […]
June 25, 2020

Things to Know Before You Renovate

Renovating your space can be a big project! Before you get started, we have put together a list of the 5 most important things you need to know before you renovate: 1.            Know Your End Goal: Before starting your renovation, […]
June 11, 2020

Monthly Budget: Your Way to Financial Independence

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about your finances, especially if you are saddled with debt. The best way to determine your monthly budget is to start by recording your total monthly income for the family and your total […]
June 8, 2020

Slow and Steady Home Sales Keep Durham Real Estate Moving

The May Real Estate Statistics are in and people are moving: The Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) President Vicki Sweeney reported 770 residential transactions in May 2020. This represents a 34.5 per cent decrease from the same time last […]
May 23, 2020

Fresh and Wholesome From The Farm

Welcome to one of my favorite times of year: farmer’s market time. Unfortunately, this year we have had to find new ways to get farm-fresh produce. Check out the virtual farmer’s market to support local:In Pickering: https://www.pickering.ca/en/FarmersMarket.aspx In Whitby: https://www.whitbyfarmersmarket.ca/ […]
May 8, 2020

Are Buyers & Sellers Staying Home?

The DRAR tells us that it is not bleak: The Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) President Vicki Sweeney reported 513 residential transactions in April 2020 representing a 52 per cent decrease from the same time last year. The number […]
April 6, 2020

March Real Estate Numbers Tell Only Half The Story

Looking at the March numbers, we see what the real estate market could look like if it was business as usual: Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) President Vicki Sweeney reported 1,101 residential transactions for the month of March. Despite […]