Take Me Out To The Ball Game

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Tags: TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

    As I approach another anniversary of becoming a Realtor, and as our team approaches new milestones of service to our clients, it causes me to step back for a moment and just be grateful. Incredibly grateful to those early clients who believed in me long before I did (and some of them who may not have ever known how 'green' I was); to our repeat and referring clients who tru...Read More

March 2018 Newsletter: Riddle me this... what went up, then came way down and is still up?

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

March 2018 Newsletter: Riddle me this... what went up, then came way down and is still up?

Tags: MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER: RIDDLE ME THIS... WHAT WENT UP, THEN CAME WAY DOWN AND IS STILL UP?

    March Break 2017. The week it all changed! If you recall, last year at the end of February, all everyone could talk about was house prices and the staggering, eye-popping price increases year over year. At one point, I recall someone showing me a graph that indicated Aurora was up 44% and Newmarket was up 38%. It was mind-numbing even trying to keep pace with the daily record sett...Read More

First Time Home Buying Seminar

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

First Time Home Buying Seminar

Tags: FIRST TIME HOME BUYING SEMINAR

    We are thrilled to present an informative evening filled with great information about our current market and all the exciting next steps to buying your first home!   5 Reasons You Should Come First 5 people to register and attend receive a $25 gift certificate Enter to win a $34,000 Cash giveaway or one of twenty-four prizes of $1,000 CASH   *some conditions apply Al...Read More

Rates are Rising - The Cost of Waiting

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

Rates are Rising - The Cost of Waiting

Tags: RATES ARE RISING - THE COST OF WAITING

    I had a very interesting conversation with a home buyer at an Open House recently. They are excited to be out looking; they are pre-approved with a mortgage rate locked for 90 days (until the end of March); and they are curious if house prices will continue to decline. So we began to talk about their timing, specifically as it relates to the recent announcement by all of the ...Read More

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

Keep Calm and….!

Tags: REAL ESTATE MARKET 2017, OUTLOOK, BUYER'S MARKET, SELLER'S MARKET, HOME CAPITAL, REAL ESTATE BUBBLE

  Every where I go these days, someone has a “Keep Calm And…” bumper sticker or shirt. I guess we can recite the Keep Calm mantra for just about anything now. And that includes our current Real Estate Market. I in no way mean to diminish the challenges being faced by some home sellers right now; nor do I in any way look casually or carelessly on the stress and financial h...Read More

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

My Sale is in Jeopardy…. Now What?

Tags: LEGAL, REAL ESTATE DEPOSITS, BREACH OF CONTRACT

  DISCLAIMER: This blog contains my own personal thoughts about our current market and some steps to take when a Real Estate sale is showing signs of not closing. I am not a Lawyer, nor do I pretend to be an expert in the law. If your sale is in peril, seek professional guidance from your Realtor and Lawyer immediately. What a crazy market this has become. Since my last blog about the Rolle...Read More

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

The GTA 2017 Real Estate Roller Coaster – Better than a day at Wonderland!

Tags: 2017, YEAR IN REVIEW, REAL ESTATE UPDATE, STATE OF THE MARKET, MARKET TRENDS

  January to mid-March The feeding frenzy to purchase homes in the first 75 - 80 days of this year was unprecedented. That same madness of line ups that have been typical at a Builder’s New Release of homes was what we witnessed at Open Houses and in Realtor bookings on our listings. As many as six potential buyers were booked in with Realtors at the same time; Open Houses had 40 &ndas...Read More

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

Why I Choose a Career in Real Estate

Tags: CAREERS, PERSONAL, FAMILY

  “Dad, I really like playing soccer and I wish you could come to more of my games.” Those were the words our youngest daughter spoke to me one day after missing yet another of her games. She was about 6 years old at the time, the youngest of our three daughters. It caused me to step back and re-evaluate all that I had become. During an amazing 25 year career in film and televi...Read More

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

Keeping Emotions Between the Lines Can Help You as a Home Buyer

Tags: HOME BUYING TIPS, HOME VALUE

  What is going on with our current real estate prices? Is there any end in sight to the bullish trend in the GTA housing market? It’s easy to get frustrated, but staying focused and keeping your emotions in check, will help you make better, clearer decisions in today’s market.   What is Value? Every home has two prices – the one it lists for and the one it sells for. ...Read More

By: Michael Tough Realty Group

We’re Walking to Support the Homeless on the Coldest Night of The Year

Tags: CHARITY, FUNDRAISER, COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR, CNOY17

  It’s cold out there. By February, I think everyone is just about done with winter and ready to welcome the warm, sunny seasons of spring and summer. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the blessings of a warm meal and a roof over their head to protect them in the winter months, so our team and I are walking in the Coldest Night of the Year charitable fundraiser. Keller William ...Read More