If you currently have your home listed, or are thinking of putting it up for sale soon, don't let the cold weather turn you off from hitting the market. With a few simple tips, your home can be warm and inviting for all the prospective buyers in the marketplace this winter. 

  • Take advantage of the holidays: curb appeal is an important part of peaking interest in your home before a buyer even steps inside, and this time of year offers extra opportunities to add to your exterior. Adding some Christmas decorations or a wreath on the door can add a cozy feel that will allow a prospective buyer to picture themselves living in your home. Not to mention, the red and green look stunning against that white blanket of snow!
  • Make sure that fireplace is…

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Last week, the Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast was released, with some notable predictions for the year ahead in real estate in Canada. The survey measures home prices in 53 major Canadian cities, and in terms of nationwide predictions, the average home price in Canada is expected to jump 4.9 per cent to $661,919 by the end of 2018.

One of the most significant regulatory interventions in the housing industry in years is the incoming Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) mortgage financing stress test, which will take effect on January 1, 2018. The stress test targets existing and prospective homeowners applying for a mortgage, requiring them to meet stricter criteria when seeking new financing. With a large number of…

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