Buying

Condo Documents Checklist

Condo Documents Checklist

One of the best things about buying a condominium is that we don’t have to worry about anything outside the walls of our unit – sort of. Exterior maintenance, including big ticket items like roofs, windows, doors, parking lots, etc., are all typically covered by our...

What’s This House Worth?

What’s This House Worth?

Would you like to know what any given house will sell for? The simple answer is: All houses sell for the highest price a qualified buyer will pay, and the lowest price a seller will accept. ... and, figuring out in advance where that point might be is actually not...

Mortgage Renewal Intel

Mortgage Renewal Intel

renew?   I've coordinated renewal of several mortgages over the past few months (you may recall we sometimes try to time renewals for US election years because of typically coinciding rate dips), and here's what I've learned: Existing variable rates are crazy-low (as...

Exit Alberta Real Estate?

Exit Alberta Real Estate?

exit?   2006 and 2007 were frothy years in Alberta real estate, followed by a not-unexpected collapse in 2008. We waited for things to settle down before beginning to acquire property at significant discounts to those earlier insane prices.   When I first spoke with...

The Coming Canadian Crash

The Coming Canadian Crash

  I used to have a rule of thumb: I’d buy any single-family home at 20% below current market value. Now, I’m not so sure.   On May 27, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) released a special edition of their Housing Market Outlook. In it there’s...

Safe Viewing Instructions

Safe Viewing Instructions

  This is a sample of how I have addressed Safe Viewing during COVID-19:   SPECIAL VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS This home has been sanitized and prepared for viewing with your safety in mind Please respect the instructions below in order to reduce risk to yourself...