Kevin Slemko Midtown Appraisals on new homes

You’re buying a new home. What do you need to know?

If you're like many Canadians, you've grown up thinking that one day, you'd be buying your own home. It seems like a pretty normal thing to do - until you're actually doing it for the first time, yourself. When you find yourself actually signing paperwork committing you to hundreds of thousands of dollars over a couple of decades - well, it can suddenly seem like a very big deal. But the more you know, the less stressful it can be.…...
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Kevin Slemko AACI appraiser on Canada mortgages

Mortgages in Canada: A range of options

It's best to understand your options before you shop If you've been thinking about buying a home in Canada, you've probably also been thinking about mortgages. If you've ever spoken to anyone at your bank or other financial institution about mortgages, you probably know there are a sometimes-bewildering number of options. But what do they all mean? Here, we break down your choices, and provide a high-level outline of the differences. Conventional mortgages This is probably what most people think…...
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Kevin Slemko offers tips on remote appraisals

Remote appraisals: How to prepare

Virtual home inspections are safer (and sometimes easier). While coronavirus and the accompanying lockdowns have meant that most of us haven't been inside another person's home for weeks now, the truth is that homes are still being bought and sold and refinanced - and that means that there's still a (surprisingly healthy) demand for home appraisals. So what do you do? Video calls are a good first step While some appraisers and financial services companies allow homeowners to provide their…...
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Midtown Appraisal Group on the current real estate market

House prices in Ontario: Do your research

It's not unusual to be thinking about moving. Whether you've been working from home, are an essential worker, or have been furloughed, you - like most Canadians - have probably been spending a lot more time at home than usual in the past few weeks. And it's funny how spending so much time looking at the same four walls gets you thinking about what it'd be like to move. Depending on who you talk to, now is either a 'great'…...
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Hamilton appraiser Kevin Slemko on Canadian real estate

House prices in Canada: An overview

Well, it's that time of year again: The time when experts and pundits everywhere look back at the year that was and try to make sense of it - and figure out what we can expect in the year to come. With that in mind, we wanted to share a couple of infographics we came across this week. Canadian house prices by major cities Zoocasa produced an interesting graphic based on CREA house price information on a month-by-month basis over…...
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