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Northglen

Northglen is Bowmanville’s unique and highly desirable family neighbourhood. This successfully master-planned community offers an innovative approach for active modern families with parks, pathways, a pond and more. Everything is right at your fingertips and you will be surrounded by recreational activities, trails and conservation areas. The Northglen community offers the security and tranquilly of country living, yet is just minutes from the thriving downtown district of Bowmanville. You will be well connected to all major commuter routes including the new 407 extension, giving you easy access to town and city centres.

Natural Space

At the heart of the neighbourhood is a large open natural space with trails and pathways, complete with sports parks, a splash pad and playground areas. Choose to ride a bike, take a stroll, join in a quick game of soccer or just unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Here you and your family can create real connections, make forever friends and enjoy your neighbours. You may even choose a summer stay at home vacation with so many possibilities, all right here.

Northglen redefines the concept of neighbourhood, building innovation and thoughtful design into each element. Esquire Homes and Highcastle Homes, are both leaders in their industry and master builders of outstanding new home communities all across the GTA and Southern Ontario. Together they have successfully created a community that is simply a better place for families to grow and prosper. More than 650 families now call Northglen home, taking advantage of the outstanding investment and value here.

Builder’s inventory Homes move in Ready in 30-90

All detached Homes from low $600’s

  • Windsor 2596 sqft Model

4 bedrooms house with walkout Finished basement.

  • Carlisle 2,528 Sq. Ft Model

4 Bedrooms with Look out basement Multi-Level Home With Balcony

  • Canterbury 2,869 Sq. Ft Model Elevation B (Corner)

4 Bedrooms corner lot all Brick and Stone.

 

  • Dalton 2,480 Sq. Ft Model 

4 Bedrooms buyers to choose interior finishes

 

  • Berkeley 2,376 Sq. Ft Model 

4 Bedrooms buyers to choose interior finishes

 

  • Canterbury 2,800 Sq. Ft Model Elevation B (Corner)

4 Bedrooms corner lot all brick

 

  • Carlisle 2,528 Sq. Ft Model Elevation A

4 Bedrooms multi level home

 

  • The Winchester Model 

4 Bedrooms 

 

  • Winchester (corner lot) Model 

4 Bedrooms 

 

  •  Foundry Model 2080 Sqft

4 Bedrooms 

 

  • The Sherbourne Model 

4 Bedrooms 

 

  • The Thornbury Model

4 Bedrooms 

 

  • The Astley Model Elevation B

4 Bedrooms 

 

 

  • The Buckingham 2,856 Sq. Ft Model Elevation A

4 Bedrooms backing to green space

 

  • The Astley Model

4 Bedrooms 

For full list of inventory homes please click here   or visit http://www.SnapHomes.ca 

Bowmanville New Homes

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Urban Townhomes

Rouge Townhome

It is a new townhouse development currently under construction. The development is scheduled for completion in 2018. Sales for available units range in price from $504,990 to over $674,990 and the unit sizes range from 841 to 1300 square feet.

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All information, prices, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E. and O.E.

 

 

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Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect!

Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect!

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Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for GTA’s real estate in 2018?”

 

It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who care; current homeowners also want reassurance about the value of their investment. No one knows exactly what 2018 will bring, but we’ve outlined expert predictions on where the market is headed and how government interventions are expected to impact the Canadian housing market in the year ahead.

HOUSING PRICES WILL REMAIN HIGH IN URBAN CENTRES

Although the Toronto real estate market did experience a slowdown in 2017, housing affordability will remain a major issue in both Toronto and Vancouver in 2018. According to the Royal Bank of Canada’s most recent Housing Trends and Affordability Report, as of Q2 2017 it cost more than 75 percent (Toronto) and 80 percent (Vancouver) of median household income to cover the average cost of owning a home.1

In an effort to stabilize prices, both the Ontario and British Columbia governments enacted a 15 percent tax on foreign investments in housing. However, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Canada and the United States 2018, “Industry players are skeptical that recent tax moves … to curtail foreign investment will have a long term cooling impact on housing affordability in Toronto and Vancouver.”2

In its Canadian Regional Housing Outlook, TD Economics predicts ”The decline in sales activity in both Vancouver and Toronto has helped to redistribute the balance of power from a pure seller’s market, back towards buyers, as evidenced by the sales-to-listing ratios. But, first-time homebuyers sitting on the sidelines waiting for higher interest rates to trigger a market crash may be holding their breath for a while. Prices are likely to only reset back to levels that existed prior to a year of exorbitant gains.”3

The high cost of living has forced a growing number of millennials to seek alternatives to traditional housing. The 2016 census found 47.4 percent of young adults in Toronto and 38.6 percent in Vancouver live with a parent. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts a rise in multi-generational and multi-family homes, a move towards larger condominiums to suit growing families, and a flight from urban cores as new public transit projects make commuting more feasible.2

What does it mean for you? If you’re a current homeowner, you can expect your investment to hold its value and continue to appreciate over the long term. And if you’re considering selling this year, contact us to request a free Comparative Market Analysis to find out how much you can expect your home to sell for under current market conditions.

If you’re a potential buyer who has been waiting for real estate prices to drop, don’t expect a fallout any time soon. Governmental bodies have taken steps to slow down skyrocketing prices, which has helped to balance the market. Now is a great time to buy. And if traditional housing options don’t fit your budget, we can help you find alternatives to meet your needs.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS WILL HELP TO STABILIZE THE MARKET

Skyrocketing real estate prices have caused Canadians to take on a growing amount of debt. The federal Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) reports that the average household indebtedness is up to 174 percent of disposable income, and they predict it will reach 180 percent by the end of 2018. Coupled with rising interest rates, the share of income that will go towards debt payments is expected to reach historic proportions.4

Regulators at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) have attempted to curb the potential fallout with interventions, the latest of which went into effect on January 1. These new regulations raise the requirements for mortgage borrowers with down payments of 20 percent or more. They are now required to qualify for a mortgage at an interest rate two percentage points higher than their current rate to ensure they can manage payments when interest rates do inevitably rise.

A similar “stress test” was enacted in 2016 for borrowers who put down less than 20 percent, but that regulation impacted a much smaller percentage of buyers.

According to Jeremy Rudin, the head of OSFI, “We clearly see the potential risks caused by high household indebtedness across Canada, and by high real estate prices in some markets. We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act.”5

All federally regulated financial institutions will be obligated to utilize these requirements for both new mortgages and mortgage renewal applications of borrowers applying to switch lenders. It is not mandatory to apply the test at mortgage renewal for existing borrowers. Since credit unions are regulated provincially, they are not required to follow the new OSFI rules, although some may choose to out of prudency.

What does it mean for you? With new rules in effect, if you’re a buyer, your purchasing power may be impacted. If you’re concerned you may not be able to meet these requirements, securing your mortgage through a credit union may be an option. We are following this issue closely. Give us a call so we can discuss how these new rules will affect your home search.

If you’re considering selling your home this year, these regulations could alter the type of buyer who will be willing and able to purchase your home. We have expertise in this area and know how to market your home to a changing demographic.

5 YEAR MORTGAGES WILL MAKE A COMEBACK

Expect interest rates to rise in 2018. Bank of Canada has indicated that borrowers should expect to see rate increases this year … and notably, nearly half of Canadian mortgage holders are set to renew their mortgages in the next 12 months. Combined with the new, more stringent “stress test” requirements, a greater number of homeowners will be opting for five-year-fixed rate mortgages over the historically popular variable rate mortgages.6

According to LowerRates.ca, “Since January 2014, 56% of Canadian borrowers who applied for a mortgage through LowestRates.ca have gone variable, compared with 43% of those who got a five-year fixed. But this past August, there was a shift, where the five-year-fixed rate mortgage saw a sharp increase in applicants, with 59% of users on the LowestRates.ca site opting for this option versus only 39% opting for the variable mortgage.”7

What does it mean for you? If you’re in the market to buy, act now. Rising interest rates will decrease your purchasing power, so act quickly before interest rates go up. Give us a call today to get your home search started.

And if you’re a current homeowner who is set to renew your mortgage, you may want to consider locking in a five-year-fixed rate. Contact us if you would like assistance navigating your options.

 

 

2018 ACTION PLAN

If you plan to BUY this year:

 

1.    Get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you plan to finance part of your home purchase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you a jump-start on the paperwork and provide an advantage over other buyers in a competitive market. The added bonus: you will find out how much you can afford to borrow and budget accordingly.

2.    Create your wish list. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How far are you willing to commute to work? What’s most important to you in a home? We can set up a customized search that meets your criteria to help you find the perfect home for you.

3.    Come to our office. The buying process can be tricky. We’d love to guide you through it. We can help you find a home that fits your needs and budget, all at no cost to you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

 

If you plan to SELL this year:

 

1.    Call us for a FREE Comparative Market Analysis. A CMA not only gives you the current market value of your home, it’ll also show how your home compares to others in the area. This will help us determine which repairs and upgrades may be required to get top dollar for your property … and it will help us price your home correctly once you’re ready to list.

2.    Prep your home for the market. Most buyers want a home they can move into right away, without having to make extensive repairs and upgrades. We can help you determine which ones are worth the time and expense to deliver maximum results.

3.    Start decluttering. Help your buyers see themselves in your home by packing up personal items and things you don’t use regularly and storing them in an attic or storage locker. This will make your home appear larger, make it easier to stage … and get you one step closer to moving when the time comes!

 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

 

While national real estate numbers and predictions can provide a “big-picture” outlook for the year, real estate is local. And as local market experts, we can guide you through the ins and outs of our market, and the local issues that are likely to drive home values in your particular neighbourhood. If you have specific questions, or would like more information about where we see real estate headed in our area, please give us a call! We’d love to discuss how issues here at home are likely to impact your desire to buy or a sell a home this year. Please visit our website SnapHomes.ca for latest MLS listing and pre-construction Homes & Condos.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us for Exclusive list of Pre construction Homes and Condos and our pocket listings for Land!
Sources:

1.     Royal Bank of Canada’s Housing Trends and Affordability Report –
http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/_assets-custom/pdf/20170929-ha.pdf

2.     PricewaterhouseCoopers Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018  –
https://www.pwc.com/ca/en/real-estate/assets/Real_Estate_ETRE_2018_PDF.pdf

3.     TD Economics Canadian Regional Housing Outlook –
https://economics.td.com/canadian-regional-housing-outlook-aug-2017

4.     Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer –
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news/HH_Vulnerability

5.     Financial Post
http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/stricter-osfi-rules-on-mortgage-lending-will-do-more-harm-than-good-fraser-institute

6.     Bank of Canada Financial System Review November 2018  –
https://www.bankofcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fsr-november2017.pdf

7.     Maclean’s  –
http://www.macleans.ca/economy/money-economy/canadians-rushing-to-lock-down-five-year-fixed-rate-mortgages/

 

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Pickering New Homes

New master plan community of 25,000 homes in high demand area of Pickering. Mixed of Freehold Townhomes and Detached Homes. Starts from $700’s upto 3500 sqft. Occupancy date between 2019-2020. For limited time receive up to $15,000 in upgrades. Please contact for detail.

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It’s also a central component of a landmark vision that will transform north Pickering. When Seaton is completed, it’s estimated that there will be 35,000 jobs created right in the community, as well as 70,000 total residents.
Not to mention all the parks, schools, hiking trails, shopping and dining amenities you’ll need to make this an amazing place to call home.

So when you choose to live in Pickering, you’re also choosing to live at the heart of the GTA’s most visionary new lifestyle community.

Click Here To Register To Get Pricing & Floor Plans

 

All information, prices, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E. and O.E.

 

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Things to know about disclosure and clauses

5 things to know about disclosure and disclaimer clauses

 

The basement floods after closing. Can the buyer sue the seller? The agreement contained wrong information about the property dimensions but also included a disclaimer clause. Can the buyer sue if there is a problem after closing? Do you need to disclose a murder that occurred in a home? These are not simple questions, but if you remember the following principles, you should be able to understand the law.

 


Here are 5 key lessons to remember:

1.    When there is a flood after closing, the buyer will have to prove that the seller knew about this defect and that it was serious or else that the seller actively concealed the defect from the buyer. It will also depend on whether the buyer conducted a home inspection and in the case of basement water, whether the seller actually finished the basement themselves. A buyer will have to prove that the seller must have known about the problem during their ownership. Buyers will have to take pictures of the damage and bring in an experienced contractor who will be able to look at the damage and then give an expert opinion, in court if necessary, that the seller either must have known about the problem or did work behind the walls to conceal the problem. If the buyer cannot prove this, they will likely not be successful.

2.    The defect must make the property uninhabitable or dangerous. This means that the defect must be so serious that the buyer may not be able to continue living in the property. This would include a foundation problem. It is not clear if this would include a disclosure that the property was previously used as a grow op, as it would depend on the extent of the operation and whether it was actually remedied according to accepted industry standards. It would also depend on whether the buyer could obtain insurance for the property. Suffice to say that if the seller does not disclose a minor basement leak, the buyer will not be successful suing about it after closing.

3.    The law is not settled as to whether a seller needs to disclose a property stigma, whether it is a murder, suicide or neighbourhood condition, such as a pedophile who lives next door. Most appraisers will tell you that this will affect a property’s value. However, it will still be hard to prove that this stigma would make the home uninhabitable and this is why many lawyers will tell you that you do not have to disclose property stigmas.

4.    If you advertise the boundaries of a property in a listing, can the buyer get damages or get out of the deal if it turns out the boundaries are incorrect? Will it make a difference if there is a disclaimer clause in the offer itself, saying that the information, while believed to be correct, is not guaranteed and should not be relied upon without independent verification? In most cases, if the disclaimer is there, the buyer will not be able to sue the seller for any damages and will need to make sure that they do their own proper due diligence in advance. The lesson for any buyer is to make sure that if there is a disclaimer present, that you check a survey of the property or make the deal conditional on your own independent verification of all boundary lines.

5.    If you have any concerns about disclosure, ask the sellers point blank if they have had any water in the basement, murders or grow houses on the property in the past, or insert a clause to this effect in your offer. The sellers then have to respond truthfully. Speak to the neighbours and ask if any repairs were done at the property during the past year or whether there are any other issues with the property that you should know about. Also ask the neighbours about anything peculiar going on in the neighbourhood, including asking about the neighbours on either side of the property you are interested in buying. A major reason sellers sell a home is simply to get away from a neighbour.

When you understand the rules about disclosure and properly protect yourself, you should be able to minimize any problems that could arise after closing.

Source: Mark Weisleder LLB

 

Park Towers Condominiums at IQ

Park Towers Condominiums at IQ    

                                      Exclusive Project To My Clients Only

If you’re looking to reside in Toronto without the steep price tag, this project will answer your housing prayers. The new 24-storey development on the Queensway is a more affordable alternative, and is only a short drive away from Toronto’s downtown core.

The Park Towers Condominiums at IQ will include an east and west tower, both standing 24-storeys tall. The east tower will be home to 228 suites, and the west will hold 230. Once the project is complete, the master-planned community will feature seven towers and 1,200 residential units.

But there’s more to the new development than its affordability. The units are also spacious and boast tons of high-end features, like double-glazed windows to up energy efficiency.

If you don’t cook often now, prepare to soon. The kitchen will draw you in with its quartz breakfast bar, stainless steel major appliances and a ceramic backsplash. Other suite features are equally impressive. The bathroom, for instance, combines cultured marble countertops with elegant white accents.

The next phase of the highly successful IQ Condominiums, Park Towers – a masterpiece, park inspired community envisioned by the finest architects, designers, landscape architects and urban thinkers in the city. Intelligent living in Toronto in a master-planned community built around a lush green park and just steps to the TTC, IQ Condominium Residences are The Remington Group’s new luxury-green development at Islington and Queensway. Cleverly priced from the high $100’s.

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A FULL RECOVERY AND NEW MILESTONES FOR TORONTO’S CONDO MARKET IN Q2

TORONTO – July 25, 2014:  Urbanation Inc., the leading source of information and analysis on the Toronto condominium market since 1981, released its Q2-2014 market results today.

A total of 5,992 new condominium apartments were sold in the Toronto CMA during Q2-2014, representing the third highest volume of activity for a second quarter behind 2011 and 2007 and a 56% year-over-year increase from a post-recession low in 2013. The 12-month total for new condo sales reached 18,463 — directly in line with the 10-year annual average.

Price growth remained consistent with recent quarters, coming in at 2.8% annually to an average index price level of $554 psf in Q2. Pricing for unsold units continued to hold steady, growing by less than one percent to an average of $570 psf.

“The new condo market has performed well above expectations in the first half of the year, reflecting a sharp rebound in buyer confidence, a number of highly attractive new openings and a variety of incentives for existing inventory” said Shaun Hildebrand, Urbanation’s Senior Vice President.

“While sales have heated up, prices have remained in check due to competitive supply pressures and an absence of short-term speculation on the part of buyers” added Hildebrand.

The industry reached a new milestone during the second quarter by surpassing the 100,000 unit mark for projects in active development. Out of the 105,027 units in the pre-construction, under construction and occupancy phases, 18,744 units were unsold — above historical averages but down 3% from a year earlier. The share of total units sold reached a 10-year high of 82%.

Resale condominium apartment sales hit a record high of 5,238 units in Q2-2014, up 12% from a year ago. Listings also reached a new high of 11,246 listings, growing by a slightly slower pace than sales at 10%. As a result, resale market conditions tightened with the sales-to-listings ratio rising to 47% — just below the 50% boundary between a balanced and sellers’ market. Prices for resale condos grew by 3.4% year-over-year to an average of $427 psf, also a record high.

Source: urbanation Inc.

 
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