By: Shawn Lepp

Interest Rates Are Down - Should You Break Your Mortgage?

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

(NC) The pandemic is causing many of us to re-evaluate our finances. If you are thinking of renegotiating your mortgage to take advantage of a lower interest rate, be aware that this could mean having to break your mortgage contract. If you break your mortgage contract you may have to pay a fee, called a prepayment penalty. Before breaking your mortgage, make sure the benefits outweigh the costs...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Average Home Prices Continue to Rise in Durham

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

The Durham real estate market saw an overall increase in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to December 2020. The number of new listings for January was 945, an increase of 51.44% month over month, and a decrease of 4.93% when compared to January 2020. The number of sales for the month of January was 651 a decrease of 15.78% compared to December 2020 and an increase of 11.0...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Working Remotely? How To Optimize Your Setup

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Renovations

(NC) Though social distancing has been in place for months now, perfecting our work-from-home setup continues to be a challenge for many of us. Here are a few surprising ways that you can streamline your routine using your mobile phone from anywhere: Consider dark mode. Need to give your eyes a break? While blue light blocking glasses can help, another option is to give your eyes a rest by...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Less Inventory Means Higher Prices in Durham Region

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

The Durham real estate market saw an overall decrease in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to November 2020. The number of new listings for December was 624, a decrease of 40.12% month over month, however, this represents an increase of 45.79% when compared to December 2019. The number of sales for the month of December was 733 a decrease of 32.63% compared to November 202...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Tips To Keep Your Family Safe And Healthy This Winter

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

(NC) After a long, challenging year, experts are predicting a hard-hitting winter. If you’re worried about how to keep your family safe and healthy during a good-old-fashioned Canadian winter – as well as another wave of a pandemic - check out these essential survival tips:  Make your home&n...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

4 Simple Tips For Winterizing Your Home

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Renovations

(NC) Winter can bring icy winds, frigid temperatures and unwanted critters into your home. Fortunately, by taking the following preventative measures before the big freeze, you can better fight the critters and cold while saving on energy bills and costly repairs down the line. 1. Seal windows and doors. Small cracks and gaps between window frames and doors can allow water, insects and cold air ...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Average Prices in Durham Market Continue to Rise

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

The Durham real estate market saw an overall decrease in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to October 2020. The number of new listings for November was 1,042, a decrease of 36.62% month over month and a decrease of 0.19% over November 2019. The number of sales for the month of November was 1,088 a decrease of 20.99% compared to October 2020 and an increase of 24.77% year o...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Indoor Winter Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Renovations

(NC) Got cabin fever? You're not alone. Being stuck indoors all winter long is such a buzzkill. Instead of going stir crazy, channel your inner creativity and try out these indoor winter activities to do with your kids. 1. Make a snowman suncatcher. There are plenty of tutorials online, but you can try this one: Print out a suncatcher snowman craft template onto heavy cardstock. Cu...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

Small Home Extension Ideas: Tips To Max Out Your Living Space

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region, Home Renovations

(NC) As we spend more time at home during the pandemic, we’re thinking about our spaces differently so we can make the most of them. Reinvention can help you extend your functional square footage and ensure your home keeps up with your evolving needs. Here are some inspiring ideas to try:  Rethink your outdoors We’ve all fallen in love with spending time outside, as it’s a ...Read More

By: Shawn Lepp

The Durham Market Reports 42% Increase in Residential Transaction Sales

Tags: Buying a home in Durham Region, Selling a home in Durham Region

The Durham real estate market saw an overall decrease in the number of new listings coming onto the market compared to September 2020. The number of new listings for October was 1,644, a decrease of 12.23% month over month and an increase of 1.17% over October 2019. The number of sales for the month of October was 1,377 a decrease of 7.71% compared to September 2020 and an increase of 42.25% year ...Read More