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A first-time homebuyer’s guide to building a healthy credit history for homeownership

By: Tony Johal

A first-time homebuyer’s guide to building a healthy credit history for homeownership

Tags: first time buyer, healthy credit history, homeownership

Spotty credit card payments might not seem like a big deal when you’re first starting out, but that banking boomerang will hit you hard when it comes back around during that first home purchase. If you have an icky credit history, or outstanding consumer debt, you’re not alone. For every dollar of disposable income, Canadians owe roughly $1.78 to creditors, according to a recent ...Read More

5 ESSENTIAL FINANCE TIPS THAT EVERY FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER SHOULD KNOW

By: Tony Johal

5 ESSENTIAL FINANCE TIPS THAT EVERY FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER SHOULD KNOW

Tags: finance tips, first time buyer, real estate

The buying process might appear straightforward to any first-time buyer— you find the house you love, sign on the dotted line and get the keys. But prior to those months of browsing MLS and late-night offer negotiations, are months —even years— of carefully coordinated financial planning, budgeting and discipline. Financially preparing for homeownership can never happen too earl...Read More

Co-Ownership - A Housing Trend That Continues To Evolve

By: Tony Johal

Co-Ownership - A Housing Trend That Continues To Evolve

Tags: Real Estate, House For Sale, Waterloo Region, Co-Ownership, Mortgage, Home Buyer

If you’re in the market for a new home, you know that housing prices aren’t what they used to be. Depending on where you live, you might think that being a homeowner is too far out of your financial scope, and you aren’t alone. Many people with the same thoughts have turned to co-owning as a way to gain some equity and have the freedom that they’ve been dreaming of. It&rsqu...Read More

NOVEMBER HOME SALES SECOND BEST ON RECORD

By: Posted by KWAR on December 5th, 2018

NOVEMBER HOME SALES SECOND BEST ON RECORD

Tags: Real Estate, House Prices, KWAR, Waterloo Region, Home Buying, Realtor

Last month a total of 483 residential properties sold in Kitchener-Waterloo and area through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR). Home sales were up 14.2 percent in November compared to the same month last year, and up 19 percent compared to the previous 10-year November average of 406 sales, making it the second-best Nov...Read More

DIY Tips to Create the Perfect Accent Wall

By: Tony Johal

DIY Tips to Create the Perfect Accent Wall

Tags: DIY, Touchups, Real Estate, House For Sale, Value

How To Create An Accent Wall Looking to spruce up your space? Whether you own a home or you’re renting temporarily, there are options out there that will add some creative touches to your surroundings. Sure you could buy new furniture or invest in some hefty renovations, but that might not be realistic for your situation, and an easy and cost-effective option is to add an accent ...Read More

What's My Kitchener Home Worth?

By: Tony Johal

What's My Kitchener Home Worth?

Tags: Homes in Kitchener, Homes in Waterloo, Homes in Toronto, House Prices, House for Sale

  When you first start thinking about selling your home, it’s usually because of some life change, whether that be a growing family, downsizing or you’ve been hit with a sudden urge of Wanderlust. The next thought that comes to mind is usually “how much is my home worth?” In today’s market, you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed after the year spike in h...Read More

DIY TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’RE SELLING YOUR HOME

By: Tony Johal

DIY TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’RE SELLING YOUR HOME

Tags: DIY, Home Improvements, Selling Your Home, Real Estate, Make Money, Projects, Family

When you're thinking of selling your home, and want to up the asking price a little, there are some things that you can do to increase the value of your home that won't break the bank. You might think that you have to do a huge overhaul but the fact is, doing some cosmetic upgrades can be exactly what you need to make a huge difference. Don't over think it. You don't have to ri...Read More

BUILD A BAG ANGELS – HELPING FOSTER KIDS IN CARE

By: Tony Johal

BUILD A BAG ANGELS – HELPING FOSTER KIDS IN CARE

Tags: Donations, Foster Care, Holidays, Christmas, Support, Homes in Waterloo Region, Real Estate, Home Buying, Selling, Tips

In the spirit of the holidays and gearing up to #GivingTuesday, the Tony Johal team is accepting donations for Build A Bag. This organization helps kids in foster care transition to their new homes with NEW items that they can take with them. For a full description of this amazing organization, click here. Until December 7th, we’re accepting the following items. You can either dro...Read More

3 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME

By: Tony Johal

3 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME

Tags: Home Buying, New Year, Resolutions, Real Estate

   With 2018 coming to a close, a lot of people are thinking about their resolutions for the new year. One of the biggest resolutions that we hear often is ‘I want to buy a home.’ The question is, what do you need to consider before you start your search? Whether you’ve been thinking about buying a home for a while or you’re just starting to think about ...Read More

Cannabis Legalization in Canada – How will it impact the Real Estate Industry?

By: Tony Johal

Cannabis Legalization in Canada – How will it impact the Real Estate Industry?

Tags: marijuana, cannabis legalization, legal recreational cannabis, real estate

  You have questions? We have answers. Today in Canada, the recreation use of marijuana is now legal. Many Home Owners, Landlords, Investors and First Time Buyers have questions in regards to what this means for them. Let us keep you informed. Call us today with your questions 519-650-5800 How Canadian Homeowners and Renters Really Feel About Legal Cannabis   These are high tim...Read More

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