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

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.

It’s a common strategy for those who work in the City of Toronto, as real estate prices remain stubbornly high; the average house within city limits fetched an average of $1,320,333 in 2018, with condos – one of the last remaining bastions of affordable housing – still over half a million, at $593,366. 

That’s prompted many would-be 416ers to set out instead for surrounding municipalities within the Greater Toronto Area, and embracing the longer commutes that come with them. 

While thousands of residents from across the GTA who are employed in the city’s finance, tech, and service industries have long made the daily trek to downtown Toronto, recent numbers from Metrolinx, which runs the provincially-run transit agency GO Transit, show the commuter load is growing. GO Transit moved 56.5 million customers in 2018, increasing the number of weekly trips by 13% to 217. Growing commuter demand has led to plans to increase its services by 55% over the next two years, with two lines in particular – Barrie, and Stouffville – experiencing between 95 – 100% growth in usage last year.

 

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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.