Kevin Slemko AACI appraiser on Canada mortgages
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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 AACI appraiser
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Appraisal delays driving you bonkers?

There are a bunch of reasons why they're happening. If you've been involved in the sale of a residential property in Ontario in the past 3 years - whether as a vendor, purchaser, real estate agent, mortgage broker or lawyer - you know that residential appraisals seem to take longer than they used to. Unfortunately, the current extended timelines for residential appraisals are a result of several different factors, not all of which are easily solved. However, the more you…...
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FAQs for appraisals for real estate
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Appraisals 101

What you should know about the appraisal process We know that whether you're a buyer or a seller, the appraisal process - especially for residential or agricultural properties - can be nerve-wracking. Here are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often. Why do I need an appraisal? Contrary to popular belief, appraisals aren't conducted because the bank (or anyone else involved in the transaction) is suspicious or looking for problems. It's simply a way for a…...
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Kevin Slemko, AACI on mortgage terms

Mortgage term lengths: Do you know your choices?

Appraisers aren't real estate salespeople or mortgage brokers, and definitely shouldn't be offering advice or counsel to the people whose properties they're appraising. However, as we've discussed before, because of our particular role in the process, and because they often end up meeting home buyers and sellers during their inspections, it's not surprising that we're often asked questions about home mortgages. A recent study showed that as much as 50% of Canadians don't really understand mortgage terminology, and aren't able…...
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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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