Taufiq  Alam

Taufiq Alam

Sales Representative

Century 21 Titans Realty Inc., Brokerage *

Mobile:
647-239-2083
Office:
416-289-2155
Email Me
Taufiq  Alam

Taufiq Alam

Sales Representative

Century 21 Titans Realty Inc., Brokerage *

Mobile:
647-239-2083
Office:
416-289-2155
Email Me

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Making Housing more Affordable: First-Time Home Buyer Initiative

The recent federal Budget proposed a series of initiatives that demonstrate the government’s commitment to housing affordability, and CMHC is proud to take a leading role in many of them. We know that you’re particularly anxious for details regarding the new First-Time Home Buyers Incentive (FTHBI).

Home Close to the GO Transit Line

How Much Will You Pay to Own a Home Close to the GO Transit Line?

Home buyers in pricey markets are all too familiar with the term “drive until you qualify” – trading close proximity to employment in the city core for more affordable housing options in further-flung communities.

listwithlocal.ca/Oshawa Real Estate Trends

Dear Valued Client,

Current Oshawa MLS stats indicate an average house price of $512,912 and 486 new listings in the last 28 days. As of today, Oshawa housing data shows median days on market for a home is 19 days.

 

Housing Market Report for April 2019

Toronto Real Estate Trends

Housing Market Report for April 2019

Current Toronto MLS stats indicate an average house price of $857,133 and 4,846 new listings in the last 28 days. As of today, Toronto housing data shows median days on market for a home is 17 days.

 

OshawaPriceReport

Dear Friend,

If you’re curious about what your Oshawa Area area home may be worth, here’s an easy way to find out what homes like yours are selling for in today’s market.

ScarboroughPriceReport

Free January 2019 Report On Scarborough Area House Prices

Dear Friend,

If you’re curious about what your Scarborough Area area home may be worth, here’s an easy way to find out what homes like yours are selling for in today’s market.

OshawaPriceReport

Free February 2019 Report On Oshawa Area House Prices

Dear Friend,

If you’re curious about what your Oshawa Area area home may be worth, here’s an easy way to find out what homes like yours are selling for in today’s market.

Reasons You Shouldn't Skip A Home Inspection

1. It Provides an "Out"
A quality home inspection can reveal critical information about the condition of a home and its systems. This makes the buyer aware of what costs, repairs and maintenance the home may require immediately, and over time. If a buyer isn't comfortable with the findings of the home inspection, it usually presents one last opportunity to back out of the offer to buy. (This step is important when purchasing a property because it may save you thousands. For more, see 

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Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent

1. They have loads of expertise

Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/DReal estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently.

Plus, buying or selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. Realtors have the expertise to help you prepare a killer deal—while avoiding delays or costly mistakes that can seriously mess you up.

2. They have turbocharged searching power

The Internet is awesome. You can find almost anything—anything! And with online real estate listing sites such as yours truly, you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems.

Plus, a good local Realtor is going to know the search area way better than you ever could. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it's just out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of everyneighborhood, so she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have overlooked.

3. They have bullish negotiating chops

Any time you buy or sell a home, you're going to encounter negotiations—and as today's housing market heats up, those negotiations are more likely than ever to get a little heated.

You can expect lots of competition, cutthroat tactics, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. Don't you want a savvy and professional negotiator on your side to seal the best deal for you?

And it's not just about how much money you end up spending or netting. A Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that's crucial to your particular needs.

4. They're connected to everyone

Realtors might not know everything, but they make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they're all in your Realtor's network. Use them.

5. They adhere to a strict code of ethics

Not every real estate agent is a Realtor, who is a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country.

What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

6. They're your sage parent/data analyst/therapist—all rolled into one

The thing about Realtors: They wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they're salespeople, but they actually do a whole heck of a lot to earn their commission. They're constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They spend their own money on marketing your home (if you're selling). They're researching comps to make sure you're getting the best deal.

And, of course, they're working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night—whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in. This is the biggest financial (and possibly emotional) decision of your life, and guiding you through it isn't a responsibility Realtors take lightly.