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== TREB NEWS RELEASE ==

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GTA REALTORS® REPORT MID-MONTH RESALE HOUSING FIGURES TORONTO, April 16, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,635 home sales during the first 14 days of April 2015.  This result represented a 3.4 per cent increase compared to April 2014.  New listings over the same period were down by 4.6 per cent year over year.

“Home sales in the GTA continued to increase in comparison to 2014 as a diversity of buyers took advantage of affordable home ownership options.  However, in many neighbourhoods, listings remain scarce, particularly for ground-oriented home types like singles, semis and towns.  Given the amount of pent-up demand in the market today, sales growth would accelerate further if more homes were listed for sale,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for April mid-month home sales was $625,121 – up seven per cent in compa…

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GTA REALTORS® RELEASE Q1 RESALE CONDOMINIUM FIGURES TORONTO, April 17, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that there were 4,975 condominium apartment sales reported through the TorontoMLS system in the fourth quarter of 2014. This result was up by 8.3 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Demand for condominium apartments remained strong in the fourth quarter of 2014.  While the supply of condominium apartments listed for sale grew in the fourth quarter, including a large number of newly completed units, the number of sales grew at a faster pace.  Competition between buyers increased in the condo market over the past year,” said Mr. Etherington.

“Interest in ownership housing in the GTA, including demand from first-time buyers in the condo market, is extremely strong.  The majority of households understand that a home purchase represents a quality long-term investme…

Go green to increase energy-efficiency––and to save money

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www.realtorpankajpatel.com (NC) Spring is the time of year when homeowners look to refresh, renew and revitalize their homes. So as Mother Nature goes green, did you know that there are plenty of ways to incorporate cost-saving green solutions into your home, as well? Several tips to increase energy-efficiency include: 1. Take control of heating and cooling. As temperatures warm, turn down the heat and delay the urge to turn on the air conditioner for as long as possible. Instead, throw open your windows to cool your space and help improve indoor air quality, after a long season of being sealed up tight. A programmable thermostat can also ensure you limit energy use when you're not home. 2. Top up your attic insulation. Inadequate insulation in the attic is one of the greatest sources of energy loss in a home. Conversely, adding insulation to your attics is one of the most cost-effective ways to bolster the energy-efficiency of a home. Even if you are a totally unseasoned DIYer, goin…

Give Ants Their Marching Orders this Spring

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(NC) Carpenter ants were a nationwide issue last spring and summer, and it looks like history is about to repeat itself. Harsh winters tend to work in our favor when it comes to most pests, but carpenter ants generate a natural antifreeze that allows them to survive extreme conditions. As the weather continues to warm up, you'll likely see these resilient pests around your home, scouring for food and suitable locations to establish new colonies. Due to their nesting habits, infestations are often not discovered until significant damage to a home or building has already occurred. “Carpenter ants use their strong jaws to chew through wood, where they will nest, lay eggs and create a network of tunnels for traveling,” says Alice Sinia, PhD, a resident entomologist with Orkin Canada. “Although they work slowly, if left alone or untreated they can cause severe structural damage requiring costly repairs. Early detection is key to minimizing the damage an infestat…

12 Step Guide to Buying Your Home

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12 Step Guide to Buying Your HomeStep 1: Make Sure You’re Ready to BuyStep 2: Figure Out How Much You Can AffordStep 3: Decide What You Want to BuyStep 4: Find a Realtor® that is Right for YouStep 5: See What’s Out ThereStep 6: Sell Your Current HomeStep 7: Add a Lawyer to Your TeamStep 8: Make an OfferStep 9: Arrange a MortgageStep 10: Find a Home InspectorStep 11: Close the DealStep 12: Move In
Step 1: Make Sure You’re Ready to Buy. If you’re thinking of buying a home, this 12-step plan will help to guide you in the right direction. But before we jump right in, you have to make sure three things are ready: you, your bank account, and the real estate market. Are you ready? Be sure.
Owning the roof over your head will bring you great pride, but with that pride comes accountability and sacrifice. There’s the obvious financial responsibility, but your home will also require constant care and upkeep. That’s what real pride of ownership is all about. Is your bank a…