I Want To Buy Your House!

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Martin Rytwinski - Sales Representative

I Want To Buy Your House!

Tags: Real Estate Agents, Real Estate, Selling, Buying

Has anyone received these hand-written notes in their mailbox? We get a continuous stream of them, not to mention the multitude of yard signs all over Durham Region advertising “We Buy Houses – Any Condition”.   Here are some of the homeowner benefits mentioned: No repairs No commissions No Open House, No Stress Flexible Terms and Closing Date No Endless Showings of ...Read More

Dear Seller, What Are Your Chances Against This List?

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Martin Rytwinski - Sales Representative

Dear Seller, What Are Your Chances Against This List?

Tags: Real Estate Agents, Real Estate, Team, Selling, Buying

Dear Seller, What Are Your Chances Against This List?   There are currently 58,094 licensed real estate agents on the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. That’s not all of Ontario, it’s just the GTA.   I tried to find out how many agents are licensed in New York City and the closest number I could find was around 50,000 but that’s a City of 8.2 million compared to Toron...Read More

Buying A Home? Welcome To The Jungle!

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Martin Rytwinski - Sales Representative

Buying A Home? Welcome To The Jungle!

Tags: Buying, Real Estate, Housing Market, Buyer, Buying Tips

  It’s bananas out there! The demand in Durham Region is at an all-time high as we begin 2021 and many buyers are finding themselves in bidding wars for a home. Some homes are getting from 5 to 50 offers. Let’s break this down a minute. A property in Whitby recently had 44 offers. Only 1 party bought the home so there are 43 other serious buyers still looking to buy. And that&rsq...Read More

Full Service Realtors, Discount Realtors, FSBO, IBuyer: What are the Differences?

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows

Full Service Realtors, Discount Realtors, FSBO, IBuyer: What are the Differences?

Tags: Real Estate, Selling, Real Estate Agents, Realtors, For Sale By Owner, Customer Service

Full-Service Realtors, Discount Realtors, FSBO, IBuyer: What are the Differences?     The Province of Ontario doesn’t regulate real estate commissions and, as such, there is no standard commission but there are some typical models, as well as some newer entries into the marketplace. There is literally something for everybody, so how do they stack up?   For Sale By Owners (FSBO...Read More

The Rent To Own Option

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows

The Rent To Own Option

Tags: Rent to Own, Buying, Buying a House, Real Estate, Buyers, Renting

The Williams and Follows Team is thrilled to be associated with Clover Properties, to offer an Assisted Purchase Program (rent-to-own) to those prospective homebuyers who want to own a home now, but can’t get the funded through a traditional lender.   What is “Rent To Own?”   Simply stated, rent-to-own is a way to get into homeownership sooner rather than later and to s...Read More

How Is The Market Different From Last Year?

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Sam Awwadah - Sales Representative

How Is The Market Different From Last Year?

Tags: Pandemic, COVID, Market, Housing, Real Estate, Market Stats

We were waxing nostalgic the other day while looking back over headlines in the pre-COVID era. Here’s a few:   Canadians Can Expect A Vibrant Spring Market (January) The Toronto Real Estate Market is Suddenly on Fire Again (February) Toronto Home Prices Expected to Rocket in 2020 (December 2019)   And post-COVID Toronto Real Estate Sales Plunge as Virus Weighs On Market (Ap...Read More

What’s Happening in the World of COVID Financing?

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Sam Awwadah - Sales Representative

What’s Happening in the World of COVID Financing?

Tags: Real Estate, Clients, Mortgage, Buying, Selling, Financing

Just like every other industry, the world of lending has been affected by COVID-19. Here are some things you should be prepared for:   Paperwork: Lenders will want all your documentation upfront and you want it to be super-organized. Proof of income, a dated job letter, paystubs and your T4 or Notice of Assessment. They’ll also want to know that you’ve been working over the last 3...Read More

Micro, Macro and “Thanks” for good measure…

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Sam Awwadah - Sales Representative

Micro, Macro and “Thanks” for good measure…

Tags: Real Estate, Thanks, Real Estate Market, Housing

I’m going to steal. I was listening to a post by Tom Storey, a friend and Realtor in Toronto. It was about a question we Realtors hear just about every day; “How’s the market”?   I’ve written about this in the past but what gives me a chuckle is how we were taught to respond by the trainers in my early days in the industry in the previous Century. We were basical...Read More

How to Sell Your Home in a Pandemic

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Sam Awwadah - Sales Representative

How to Sell Your Home in a Pandemic

Tags: Selling Tips, Pandemic, Real Estate Tips, Selling Your Home

Eventually the real estate market will return to normal and hopefully both treatments and vaccines will be developed to help us function with this virus. Selling & Buying activity is greatly reduced and showings occur under much, stricter COVID protocols. If you have to sell, how can you go about it and still maximize your home’s resale value?   The answer to that is a short one; th...Read More

Real Estate in a COVID-19 World – Our Reaction

By: Keith Williams & Lisa C. Follows - Real Estate Brokers & Sam Awwadah - Sales Representative

Real Estate in a COVID-19 World – Our Reaction

Tags: COVID-19, Pandemic, Health, Safety, Real Estate Market, Homeowner Assistance

Real Estate is no exception to the ravages of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. The health and safety of our clients and the public is our first and foremost concern at Williams & Follows. If we have to stop trading, that is a price we’re willing to pay if we can help bring this virus under control. Here are some facts about the status of our industry.   1.   Is It Crashing...Read More

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