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

Coronavirus Home Buying Etiquette

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

Coronavirus Home Buying Etiquette

Tags: Real Estate, Clients, Buying, Sellers, Coronavirus, Spring Market

The Toronto real estate market has been very active this year however COVID – 19 has now become a fact of life as we move forward in the Spring market. We are still open for business and while it’s too early to fully gauge how events may impact the real estate market one thing is certain; practices surrounding showings and open house will change   We have suggestions on what to ex...Read More

Knowledge

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Knowledge

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

At our annual team retreat two years ago we had a discussion to identify a set of values that was important to us; values that we could identify with both in our personal lives and in our workplace. Following the creation of numerous lists and lively discussion we settled on 6 values that were both important to us and that we could naturally identify with. We decided to write about each one so thi...Read More

Rightsizing Not Downsizing- With Your Project Managers of Life Transitions  Part 1 Newly Singles

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Rightsizing Not Downsizing- With Your Project Managers of Life Transitions Part 1 Newly Singles

Tags: Listing, Selling, Agents, Hiring, Sell Your Home, Pricing, Durham, Single, Right size, Down Size, Moving, Buying

Rightsizing is the decision to change your residence for a new lifestyle to better fit your new circumstances and needs. It’s not always a case of downsizing into a smaller place but may in fact entail a similar size or even larger home of a different nature to meet your new circumstances. We often think about these changes in relationship to our golden years and senior adult moves, but in ...Read More

Get Smart – What To Know About Real Estate Statistics

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Get Smart – What To Know About Real Estate Statistics

Tags: Market, Housing Market, Statistics, Real Estate, Buying, Selling, Price

    The numbers out of the Toronto Real Estate Board for September, 2019 were nothing less than spectacular and they were trumpeted throughout the countryside by many an agent and news feed!   Sales were up a whopping 22% over September 2018 across the GTA. A friend of ours in Port Perry, where we live, told us an agent in town mentioned sales were up 22% when they were talking ab...Read More

2019 Fall Market Outlook

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

2019 Fall Market Outlook

Tags: Market, Housing Market, Buying, Selling, Stats, Fall Market, Real Estate Market

2019 started off with the fear of rising interest rates however that fear is now gone, with no expected increase for the remainder of this year and next. In fact, long term mortgage rates have been on the decline, including five year rates used by the Banks to qualify borrowers under the stress test. So far it’s minimal, but any decline is good news for borrowers.   With the decline in ...Read More

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