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The No. 1 mistake young people make when buying a home

Buying a home for the first time is stressful and expensive. And thanks to flat salaries and the skyrocketing prices of fixed costs like college, health care and rent, millennials are buying far fewer homes than the generations that preceded them.
07/25/2017

3 major differences between U.S. and European real estate

MLSs and industry infrastructure are not the norm outside U.S., and cultural differences create few real estate stars across the pond.
07/25/2017

New to commercial real estate investing? 6 tips for getting started

While there are countless reality TV shows and publications touting the payoff of flipping houses, it’s commercial property that can really take a savvy investor to the next level. Investing in commercial real estate can be an excellent strategy...
07/25/2017

Top 5 summer moving tips for your summer move

As you can easily guess, summer is the indisputable winner when it comes to the busiest season for the moving and storage industry in the country. With roughly 70% of all household moves taking place during the 5-month period between May and September,...
07/24/2017

3 questions to ask yourself before you move for a new job

Moving to a new city is never as easy of the advice of “just move to where jobs are” makes it seem. Moving for a job is a big career decision where you must carefully weigh unknowns that all boil down to answering the question of, ‘is...
07/24/2017

China's real estate investors on a $200B global spending spree

In 2007 China's commercial property outflow was less than $1 billion. Now it exceeds $20 billion annually. Individuals and corporations in China still have an estimated $200 billion to invest abroad. Prominent commercial markets include Hong...
07/24/2017

How to land your dream home in a seller's market

It's a tough time to buy a house. With high prices and low supply, homebuyers have to tackle the buying process differently than they would in a flat or down market.
07/18/2017

A couple transforms a napkin sketch into their dream home in Woodbridge

Their dream house began on a napkin. When Sid Glover and Susan Nelson were planning the home they would build on the Occoquan in the Lake Ridge community of Woodbridge, Va., it was a sketch by Susan that would become the blueprint for their 2010 dwelling.
07/14/2017

How real estate professionals can revitalize a failed site

Every market has a site that seems to be perpetually vacant despite the quality of the location or curb appeal. These sites can remain vacant for years at a time depending on market conditions, and they eventually develop a stigma to potential buyers.
07/14/2017

How to Invest in REITs: A Step-by-Step Guide

A real estate investment trust, or REIT, can be an excellent type of dividend stock to invest in. Not only do REITs often produce above-average dividends, but they can produce excellent returns over time as property values rise. There are REITs for many...
07/14/2017

5 Tips Real Estate Investors Need to Know to Find Good Deals

With real estate prices reaching ever-higher highs in large swaths of the country, the availability of deeply discounted properties is drying up. And that means it's getting tougher for real estate investors and home flippers to find great deals...
07/14/2017

No down payment? No problem, say lenders eager to finance home purchases

They were all the rage — then the scourge — of the housing boom and bust. Now they’re back, big time: home mortgages that require tiny or zero down payments from buyers. Several major lenders are offering loans with 1 percent down,...
07/14/2017

Millennials embracing minimalism

As millennials upturn industries and attempt to claim the color pink, Martha Stewart says there's one way that the generation is contributing to the biggest change in home decor today. 
07/14/2017

The Subconscious Ways Facebook Is Influencing Your Home Buying Decisions

When people make life-altering financial decisions, they often turn to someone in their social network for guidance, even if that person doesn't have much expertise.
07/12/2017

Get creative with new home design

When Shannon Tompkins and her husband, Ian, built their three-bedroom, two-storey home with Jayman Built in Kincora 10 years ago, the idea of staking out a personal space within it was on her mind, but she figured the location was relegated to a corner...
07/12/2017

Emerging Home Design Trend Makes Room for Extended Family

Among recent trends in real estate is this one: millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers who are choosing to all live under the same roof, and are looking for homes that will easily accommodate this.
07/12/2017

Learn the tricks of the trade as three bland new-build homes are given a simple but sophisticated makeover

New build homes have their advantages, not least as they tend to be a black canvas that you can put your own stamp onto. But plain magnolia walls can be a double edge sword. On the one hand, they mean you don't have to spend time peeling back layers...
06/29/2017

Why more millennials are finally getting into the real estate market

Here come the millennial home buyers. Finally. For the past decade, since the Great Recession forced so many Americans to put their lives on hold, the world of real estate has been praying for the arrival of millennials on the home-buying scene, to...
06/29/2017

How to look out for overheated markets

It’s not easy to be a home buyer today. Many parts of the U.S. are seeing low inventory, leading to bidding wars and other affordability concerns. Additionally, with the likelihood of at least two more interest rate increases from the Fed in 2017...
06/29/2017

Tips to Your Success in Commercial Investing

Most people start their real estate career investing in residential properties. Eventually, they look to commercial investing because it is much more profitable. Before you jump into commercial real estate there is very different information you need...
06/22/2017

Industry Outlook: Commercial Real Estate

For the commercial real estate industry, 2016 was a banner year. The question on the minds of our panel of real estate executives is whether that growth can continue at the same pace into 2017—and beyond. With construction costs and interest rates...
06/22/2017

Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rising

China was the top country of origin for both buying and selling commercial real estate in 2016, and Florida was the top destination of choice for international clients, according to the new 2017 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends...
06/22/2017

4 things you need to do before relocating for a job

Relocating for a job can be thrilling: the prospect of new friends to make, new sights to see, and new experiences to have is enough to get anyone excited for a move. And you should be excited — it's a big change! At the same time, though, you...
06/20/2017

The features Washington home buyers want

The Washington-area real estate market can be fickle, as design trends and desirable features constantly change according to evolving lifestyles and homeowner preferences. This spring, the buying season is well underway and agents I talk to are seeing...
06/20/2017

Home Buying: Steps for Success in a Seller's Market

A house is the biggest purchase most people make in their lifetimes, yet few people know much about the process. The current climate favoring sellers further complicates things, adding an element of stiff competition. With this in mind, here are six strategies...
06/20/2017

10 tips to save money, cut stress when buying or selling a home

(BPT) - As the weather heats up, so too does the real estate market. Spring and summer are typically busy seasons for buying and selling a home, and they can also be stressful due to high home prices and increased competition.
06/14/2017

Fannie Mae program encourages healthier home design

Borrowers building new or rehabilitating affordable multifamily rental properties will be rewarded if they make them ‘healthy’ thanks to a new Fannie Mae program.  
06/14/2017

The pros and cons of buying a home that's still being built

The housing market is still suffering from an inventory problem. Available houses are not sufficient to meet demand, either because of a mismatch between the type of home and homebuyers or a pure lack of supply. In such a tight housing market, potential...
06/14/2017

A step by step guide to buying your first home

Taking your first step into the housing market? Congratulations! Buying your first home is a major milestone, and you should be proud of this accomplishment. However, buying a home for the first time has many unfamiliar steps involved and, let’s...
06/14/2017

The Design Files: The bright home filled with love, colour and op-shop finds

This bright and cheerful residence built 1956 is home to a bigger family than most. Madeleine Grummet and her husband Jeremy have four daughters (Violet, Audrey, Olive and Harriet) aged between 8 and 16. While it’s necessarily large, there’s...
06/14/2017

Rental Trends: The Three Main Types of Commercial Real Estate Leases

This biweekly sponsored column is written by the experts at Gordon James Realty, a local property management firm that specializes in residential real estate, commercial real estate and homeowner associations. Please submit any questions in the comments...
06/09/2017

Here are 3 ways to help consumers make better home-buying decisions

At Sente Mortgage, we recently conducted a consumer survey in order to find out what is most important in the home-buying process. What we discovered was shocking. One of the key findings was that consumers spend more time selecting a TV than choosing...
06/09/2017

Hot home design trends aren’t forever

Most homeowners are strongly influenced by the latest cool interior and exterior trends in home design. If reasonably priced and relatively easy to execute, they can do wonders for our psyches. They can enrich our lives, boost our moods and fire our creativity.
06/09/2017

Fact-Checking a Mogul’s Claims About Avocado Toast, Millennials and Home Buying

Millennials have enough problems as it is. Must they give up their avocado toast, too? In an interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes” on Monday, Tim Gurner, a 35-year-old real estate mogul in Melbourne, suggested that young adults...
06/09/2017

Home design tips for today’s young urban creatives

Take cues from Ortigas & Company’s Maven at Capitol Commons and get tips from Space Encounters and Heim Interiors on how to spruce up your own home.
06/09/2017

Hate What Traditional Solar Panels Do to the Look of Your Home? Sign Up for Tesla’s Solar Tiles Instead

Tesla (tsla, -0.19%) on Wednesday began taking orders for its solar roof tiles, a cornerstone of Elon Musk's strategy to sell a fossil-fuel-free lifestyle under the brand name of its luxury electric vehicles. Tesla said the product, which generates...
06/01/2017

How to Buy a New Home When You Don’t Have a Lot of Cash

Buying a house can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t have a lot of cash on hand for the down payment. If you’re a first-time home buyer worried about taking on a mortgage, check out the guide below. You’ll learn about the right...
06/01/2017

A Millennial’s Quick & Dirty Guide to Home-Buying in Boston

Dana Bull is a Realtor®, landlord, and investor who started buying property right out of college and racked up a couple dozen apartments in the Boston area before her 28th birthday, while working full-time.  Now she’s dedicated to helping...
06/01/2017

Homes You Can Own for $1,500 a Month

Buying a home could cost you about the same as renting a 1-bedroom apartment. Want more space, but don’t have room to increase your budget? Then these affordable homes are exactly what you’re looking for.
06/01/2017

Commercial Real Estate News & Trends

The sand, the surf, the sound of crashing waves—all available 24/7, right outside your door. Beach homes are the stuff of sun lovers’ dreams. Heck, even if you prefer the shade, a beach home can sound quite dreamy. But...
06/01/2017

Renovation Spend is Up Among First-Time Home Buyers and Millennials, Houzz Survey Finds

First-time home buyers and Millennials are spending more than ever on home renovation projects, according to the sixth annual Houzz & Home survey of more than 100,000 respondents in the U.S.
05/19/2017

How to remodel, without wrecking your finances

More than a third of homeowners struggle to stay on budget for their remodeling project. 91 percent of homeowners plan to pay for a renovation at least in part with cash. Almost a quarter will pay for their home improvement with a credit card.
05/19/2017

Eight Ways For New Investors To Succeed In Today's Real Estate Market

Investing in real estate is an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurial-minded individuals to diversify their portfolios and earn income.
05/19/2017

When Investing In Middle America Real Estate - Do Your Homework

Pretty much every city in America does something different than it used to. Towns are founded for one reason, but once enough people live there they keep growing even when their original purpose disappears.
05/19/2017

Home Buyers' Top Mortgage Fears: Which One Scares You?

Let's get real, shall we? Getting a mortgage can be a little frightening. Heck, a lot.
05/19/2017

This Is the Most-Shared Zillow Home Listing of 2017

Billed as a “diamond in the rough,” the fixer-upper took the internet by storm this week – so quickly, the broker had to pull the listing.
05/17/2017

12 Compound Houses To Buy With Your Friends And Family

Create your own community with these expansive, multihome properties.
05/17/2017

Would you buy a house with a stranger? Toronto real estate speed dating a new option

It sounds like an unorthodox concept: Meeting complete strangers to see if you’re compatible to buy a house together. But as bizarre as it might sound, that’s exactly what happened on the third floor of the Toronto bar the Pilot in Yorkville...
05/17/2017

Conditions for Real Estate Investing Remain Strong

When consumers consider investing in real estate, they most likely defer to the traditional home purchase.
05/10/2017

Real Estate Investment Trusts Are The New Money Market Funds

It used to be that you could put $1 million into an insured savings account and earn interest of about $50,000 a year.
05/10/2017

Industry Focus: Commercial Real Estate

The commercial real estate (CRE) industry in Nevada has been growing in recent years despite a number of hurdles professionals have overcome. Leaders in commercial real estate recently met at the Las Vegas offices of City National Bank to discuss the...
05/10/2017

13 home decor trends that need to make a comeback

If fashion has taught us anything, it's that trends are bound to recycle themselves. Home decor is no different.
05/10/2017

Real estate surging in New Hampshire, where inventory is low

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — The real estate market is picking up in New Hampshire, where houses are selling the same week they're listed and some buyers are offering $10,000 above the asking price.
05/10/2017

Summer real estate is hot!

BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — People often don't associate the summer with a good time to buy or sell real estate.
05/10/2017

Daily Dream Home: Davis Islands

The Davis Islands capture the very finest Tampa Bay has to offer, an island experience only minutes from downtown Tampa.
05/10/2017

What You Can Expect When Buying a House with Your Fiancé

One of the biggest recent decisions my fiancé and I made was buying our first home before we get married this summer.
05/08/2017

The Avid Gardener's House Hunting Checklist

Have a green thumb? As a gardener, you know that when you buy a house, you’re also buying a garden. And for some garden lovers, the outdoor area can be just as important as what’s inside. Here are 10 things to consider putting on your home-buying...
05/08/2017

House Hunters’ Absurd Budgets Make for a Good, If Niche, New Meme

If you’ve ever watched HGTV’s House Hunters — or, frankly, just heard the show’s title — you understand the show’s basic structure. There is a person or a couple of people (the hunters) who are looking for somewhere...
05/08/2017

Know Your Competition: 1 in 4 Adults Is Planning to Buy a Home

It’s a seller’s market out there in most parts of the country, and in spite of rising mortgage rates, it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. In fact, according to a recent survey by Bankrate, one in four U.S....
05/08/2017

Saving money with a semi-detached house

To get a family home with more space consider sharing a wall with a neighbour.
05/08/2017

Photographer: Chris Rank/Bloomberg It's Better to Buy Than to Rent, and It Probably Always Will Be

Is it better to buy or rent your home? This is a somewhat silly personal finance trope that assumes a reader is a) living under a bridge and b) has a suitcase full of enough cash to afford a down payment.
05/08/2017

7 Things To Look Out For When House Hunting

Whether you’re a first-time buyer, upsizing or downsizing, Denise O’Connor of Optimise Design shares her tips for moving abode.
05/08/2017

The No. 1 sign you've saved up enough to buy a house

Once you make the decision to buy a house, it's time to start saving. And then to save some more.
04/28/2017

The Perfect Indoor Plants for Your Home - And How to Grow Them

Indoor plants are a lovely way to bring colour and visual appeal to your home, but what plants should you choose? Here are four plant categories to get your decor juices flowing.
04/28/2017

Helping your dogs with a cross-country move

Dear Cathy, My husband and I are moving to Nevada. We have two dogs who will be making the cross-country trip with us. One will be fine, but our Westie (West Highland Terrier) concerns us. He's not a fan of being in the car. Do you have any advice...
04/28/2017

The biggest mistake people make when trying to buy a house

If you're planning to buy a home, you should be ready to spend some serious cash.
04/28/2017

7 Signs a Homeowner Is Desperate to Sell

Every house hunter hopes to move into a new home with as few hitches as possible. And that largely depends on how eager (or, let's be frank, desperate) a homeowner is to sell. And while it’s gauche to ask outright why someone...
04/27/2017

Real estate: 3 reasons to house hunt before you're ready to buy

Almost ready to buy a house, but not quite yet? Great! Let’s go look at available houses. Looking at houses now, even if you aren’t 100 percent ready to make a move, is a good idea. Let’s talk about why.
04/27/2017

6 Decor Items That Will Add ‘Fixer Upper’ Style to Your Home

If you’re like me, you love watching home improvement shows like Fixer Upper. Watching a neglected home transform into something from the pages of a magazine is so fascinating. However, being able to afford that look for yourself often...
04/27/2017

On Choosing The Perfect White Paint, And What To Do When Your Painter Leaves You Stranded

Editor’s Note: The idea of purchasing and renovating a home is a dream that many carry, but few of us stop to consider the complications and complexities of the process until we are already knee-deep in drywall debris. Lisa Przystup, a writer, florist,...
04/27/2017

Startups aid charities by committing now, paying later

A growing number of Canadian startups are pledging to turn some of their future equity into charity as a way to give back to society without giving away the early-stage profits needed to expand.
04/20/2017

Toronto’s Famous Cube House Is For Sale

One of Toronto’s most unique properties, the trio of green cubes found at 1 Sumach Street, has recently been listed privately on the market for an undisclosed amount. Built in 1996 by architects Ben Kuttner and Jeff Brown, the cube structure sits...
04/19/2017

4 Elements Of A Modern Family Kitchen

With the homeowners’ third baby on the way, Toronto designer Sam Sacks had six months to update an ’80s kitchen. In addition to increasing the square-footage and bringing it into the modern era, they needed lots of storage, plus room for hosting laid-back...
04/18/2017

Where to Buy Canadian Real Estate 2017

The standard quip when it comes to buying real estate is it’s all about three things: Location, location and location. Few would argue that’s totally wrong, but clearly there’s more to it.
04/18/2017

RuListing Set to Transform the Real Estate Industry

WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - RuListing Inc. is pleased to announce www.rulisting.com, a real estate network that connects buyers and owners before a home is listed on the market.
04/14/2017

Op-Ed: Here's the surprising way rising interest rates could affect the housing market

There are three significant ways the Fed rate hike could affect the real estate market, says Rick Sharga.
04/13/2017

Borrowers rush to beat rising rates, pushing mortgage volume 3.3% higher

Homebuyers are also increasingly choosing adjustable-rate mortgages, hoping to save a few more dollars on payments.
04/13/2017

Supermodel Cindy Crawford Flips $60M Oceanfront Mansion

The Malibu flip done by supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber is giving us serious house envy! 
04/13/2017

Ontario man posts his farm on Kijiji for free

This is the kind of offer you can't refuse. Stephen Overbury is giving away his waterfront farm, including four barns, a 1830s beautiful stone home, some equipment and a vehicle, "ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE," according to a Kijiji ad...
04/13/2017

This New Flat Screen TV Looks Like Art

The black hole presented by flat screen TVs has plagued designers and homeowners for years. One popular solution is hiding a TV within a gallery wall to downplay it, but Samsung, in collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, has gone a step further with...
04/13/2017

Scott McGillivray’s Tips To Add Value To Your Home

Ever wonder what the secret is to turning today’s decorating choices into dollars when selling your home? 
04/13/2017

16 Unique Homes That Will Make You Want To Move Now!

Think outside of the box when it comes to real estate, and take a peek inside these weird and wonderful homes that prove style goes beyond the expected. 
04/13/2017

This is what's behind the severe housing drought

The supply of homes for sale is at the lowest level since the Realtors began tracking inventory 18 years ago.
04/12/2017

Shopping for a home? You better act fast

It's cold outside, but hot indoors, as housing experts say this might be the best time to sell (and a good time to buy).
04/12/2017

Millennials drive housing confidence higher, despite red-hot prices

A monthly sentiment index from Fannie Mae rose to the highest level since 2011, thanks to a surprising surge from millennials.
03/23/2017

Spring housing already overheating—think 60 offers on one house

"All signs are showing that homes this spring will be much less affordable than last year," warns one economist.
03/23/2017