Winter has arrived earlier than expected here in the GTA. It’s more important now than ever to ensure that your home is ready for the frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and anything the season may bring. Just like how we prepare for winter by changing our car tires, bringing out the winter gear from the basement, and lugging out the shovels from the shed, it’s important to devote time to making sure your home is well-equipped for the season. The busy holiday season is approaching, so your home can sometimes get overlooked. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to take some time out of ...
How to Get Your Home Ready for the Winter
November 13, 2019
What to Know About Selling Your Home
November 4, 2019
Toronto real estate has always been a hot topic of discussion. Finding a home that matches your budget and lives up to your expectations seems to be one of the most challenging things for young people starting their adult lives. However, it appears that it is equally difficult for those who are looking to sell their homes. Whether you’re downsizing or moving somewhere for a change of pace, selling your home can prove to be a difficult task. Spectrum Realty Services has put together some suggestions to make selling your home a little bit easier. 1. Research the value of ...
8 Events in the GTA for You and Your Family this Fall
October 15, 2019
Summer is the time of festivals and events in the GTA, but contrary to popular belief, the celebrations continue on long past the last days of summer. The Greater Toronto Area is lively at all times of year, particularly during fall. With all of these vibrant cultural events happening throughout the city, you’ll never have a dull moment this autumn. To help make your search a little easier, we’ve created a list of some of the festivals and events taking place this season. The Toronto Biennial of Art When: September 21-December 1, 2019 Cost: Free The Toronto Biennial of Art ...
Should You Go House Hunting in the Winter?
October 10, 2019
Generally, houses are offered for rent or sale on the real estate market every day. You can begin house hunting whenever you can afford the rent or market price, and feel the need to move. It is recommended that you start this process at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your intended move-in date. Many people believe that the best time to find a new home is in the spring and summer and that you’re not likely to find good housing at other times of the year, but this is not necessarily true. In fact, winter is considered a desirable ...
11 Hottest Interior Design Trends for Homes in 2020
September 16, 2019
Whether you’re moving into a new house or upgrading your space, there’s nothing that says “feel right at home” more than adding a personal flair to the space. While architecture and construction are the bones of the house, it’s the special touch of interior design that gives the space its heart and soul. The good news is that the latest interior design trends are here, and they’re sure to grace the halls and bedrooms of the newest homes in the market. Get the keys to your new house and start turning it into a real home, perfect for the hip ...
The New First-time Home Buyer Incentive – What it is and what it means for you
September 9, 2019
At the beginning of September 2019, the Government of Canada introduced the First-time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI). The new program is designed to make buying a home more achievable for young people and first-time home buyers by reducing monthly mortgage payments without increasing their down payment. Applications are officially being accepted as of September 2, 2019. Jean-Yves Duclos – Minister of Families and Social Development who also oversees the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – stated last week that the program is working to empower the middle class. We will break down the FTHBI to help you get a better ...
7 Popular Residential Architectural Styles and How to Identify Them
August 15, 2019
When buying a new home these days, it’s important to understand the style of design that went into the plan. Many features are borrowed from architectural styles of the past and integrated into present architectural designs. Home styles in North America have changed and shifted dramatically over the course of the past century. The popularity of certain styles reigned supreme in certain parts of Canada and the United States, while not so much in other locations. With so many different building styles, it can be hard to understand and keep track of which characteristics belong to which style. We have ...
7 Things Home Sellers Should Never Reveal
August 15, 2019
Selling a home is a process that can sometimes take months. Many home sellers get impatient when their property does not sell as soon as it is listed on the market. Out of desperation to close the deal, home owners may end up revealing several facts that they should never disclose to anyone other than their realtor. If you are looking to sell your home, keep reading to avoid falling into the trap that many before you have fallen into. The duration the house has been on the market Revealing how long your house has been on the market has ...
How Real Estate Can Help Your Retirement
August 7, 2019
Planning for retirement is a daunting task, which only gets more complicated as you get older and closer to retirement age. Depending on the state of the economy and your financial situation, betting on your financial security 20 or 30 years into the future can also pose a number of risks. However, much of this risk is mitigated if you are a homeowner or you are close to paying off your mortgage and owning your home. The equity you earn throughout years of making mortgage payments can be invaluable when it comes time to retire. For many people, the ...
Decor Tips to Transform Your Balcony
July 4, 2019
Décor Tips to Transform Your Balcony Small spaces offer big opportunities to get creative with décor. When you welcome the challenge, transforming a small space like a balcony can be a fun and fulfilling project. Balconies should never be overlooked. They are a private and convenient outdoor space with the potential to be developed from a simple patio into an everyday escape. We’ve created a list of some of the best ways to optimize your balcony space so that you can enjoy every endless summer moment. Have Fun with Lighting Lighting is the best way to control the atmosphere in ...