Niagara Real Estate Blog

Why You Need A Realtor As A First Time Home Buyer

Posted by Terence Davids on Dec 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As a first time home buyer the home buying process can be intimidating. With most home listings online and access to a number of resources to help you through the process, many home buyers thinking that they don't need a realtor to guide them through this process. We may be biased, but this is a mistake that home buyers make. There are a number of benefits to working with a realtor when buying your first home.

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Topics: Buying A Home, First Time Home Buyer

What Exactly Is The Home Buyers Plan?

Posted by Terence Davids on Dec 14, 2017 1:41:25 PM

The Home Buyers Plan (HBP) is a program run by the Ontario government which helps first time home buyers take up to $25,000 from their RRSP tax free in order to finance the purchase of buying or building a home for yourself, or a related person with a disability.

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Topics: Buying A Home, First Time Home Buyer, Down Payment

Considering Building Rather Than Buying A Home

Posted by Terence Davids on Dec 7, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Sometimes it's easier to build your dream home than buy your dream home. We've blogged before about the benefits of buying over building, but sometimes building the right home is the best way to ensure that your home is exactly what you're looking for.

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Topics: Buying A Home

The Best Way To Search Through New Home Listings

Posted by Terence Davids on Dec 5, 2017 4:10:00 PM

When you begin the process of buying a home, the search process can be stressful. With most new home listings online, it's easy to get overwhelmed and start feeling somewhat like you're drowning in a sea of real estate options. Here are some tips on how to stay focused during the home buying process, and find the right new home for you.

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Topics: Buying A Home

Advantages of Owning A Heritage Home In The Niagara Region

Posted by Terence Davids on Nov 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM

When purchasing a heritage home a sense of pride and history comes along with it. It allows people to think of the past honouring everything that has happened, but also keeping in mind how the future is continuously evolving. Even though heritage homes have certain rules to follow, they offer character and spirit. Heritage homes also offer a number of other benefits to the home buyers.

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Topics: Buying A Home

Pros and Cons of Buying a Home with An In-Law Suite

Posted by Terence Davids on Nov 16, 2017 3:15:00 PM

There has been an increase in the number of homes that include in-law or second suites attached to the home. These suites can be used to allow family members to live close, or can be rented out to tenants. There are significant benefits, as well as some potential drawbacks, to buying a home with an in-law suite, whether that suite is rented out or not.

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Topics: Buying A Home

Advantages of Buying A Home That Is An Attached Unit

Posted by Terence Davids on Nov 14, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Deciding what style of home you want when buying a home can be the most difficult decision in the home buying process, especially with many options on the market. Do you want a single-family home or an attached unit, or even a condo? This is the first step when deciding to look find homes for sale. When determining which style is best for you it is important to recognize there are advantages and disadvantages for all options.

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Topics: Insider, Buying A Home

How Are Niagara Property Values Determined?

Posted by Terence Davids on Nov 7, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We've talked before about how property taxes are determined in Niagara. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of the home that you are purchasing. You may be wondering how that value is determined. The value of homes for sale in Niagara is determined by MPAC.

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Topics: Buying A Home

Benefits of Moving To Welland

Posted by Terence Davids on Oct 12, 2017 10:17:37 AM

Having just recently celebrated it's 159th Anniversary, the City of Welland is rich in history, multiculturalism, and community spirit. This is why many people consider moving to Welland, and why in recent years the city has seen a significant amount of growth in their residential population. Considering moving to Niagara? Here are some reasons why you should look towards the Rose City.

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Topics: Buying A Home

What Is The Land Transfer Tax And Who Pays It?

Posted by Terence Davids on Sep 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

There is a lot of intimidating real estate jargon that gets thrown around during the home buying process, and it can be hard to make sense of it all. What can be the most difficult to understand are the tax payments when buying or selling a home. We've talked about property taxes before, and today we're going to talk about the Land Transfer Tax.

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Topics: Insider, Buying A Home

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