New Mortgage Guidelines

New Mortgage Guidelines

Consumers intending to purchase a home after December 31, 2017 may be affected by new mortgage guidelines which could lower the amount they can borrow for their home purchase. The new guidelines come into effect January 1, 2018. The guidelines – or “stress...
House Hunting Becomes Easier

House Hunting Becomes Easier

Home buyers have a tool at their disposal when looking for a home in the greater Hamilton-Burlington and outlying areas – Look4Homes. Look4Homes is an application that provides up-to-the-minute information about properties listed through the RAHB MLS® system.

REALTORS® Advocate for Home Owners

REALTORS® Advocate for Home Owners

Most people know REALTORS® as real estate professionals who assist them when they buy or sell a home. But did you know that REALTORS® are also advocates for home ownership and home owners? Twice a year, representatives from our association go to Ottawa and Toronto to talk to our local MPs and MPPs about issues that concern not only the real estate industry but also property owners and buyers.

How’s the real estate market in your area?

How’s the real estate market in your area?

Sifting through all the frequent – and often contradictory – news stories about the real estate market can sometimes be daunting. Most stories use large cities like Vancouver and Toronto as examples of what is occurring in the market, or they talk in generalities that don’t address what’s really happening in local areas like those served by the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB).

“Seller’s Market”, “Buyer’s Market” – What Do They Mean?

“Seller’s Market”, “Buyer’s Market” – What Do They Mean?

Most people have heard the terms “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market”, but do you know what they really mean and how they are determined? There are many factors which affect the real estate market – interest rates, employment, investment growth, legislative changes and new construction, to name a few. All of these factors influence the real estate market in some way.

The Multiple Listing Service®:  a Valuable Tool When You Buy or Sell Your Home

The Multiple Listing Service®: a Valuable Tool When You Buy or Sell Your Home

Do you know how valuable a local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) system can be when you buy or sell your home? The MLS® system is a cooperative listing system developed and funded by members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). It has been refined over the years, and is now an invaluable tool for members of our association.

REALTORS® bring expertise to your home

REALTORS® bring expertise to your home

Buying or selling a home is a huge investment – an investment of not only money, but also time and emotions. When it comes to making those big expenditures, it makes sense to bring in a professional – a REALTOR®.

REALTORS® have the expertise and skills to help you when you buy or sell your home.

Quality of life means building better communities

Quality of life means building better communities

For the members of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB), quality of life is about creating communities where everyone thrives. It starts with a good job. It means having a roof over your head and a range of choices in housing design, style and price. It means the opportunity to live in communities with clean, safe neighbourhoods, good schools and efficient transportation.

Navigating Canada’s Housing Market

Navigating Canada’s Housing Market

At a time when Canadians are grappling with historically high household debt levels – upwards of 163 per cent according to Statistics Canada – young adults are feeling insecure about their knowledge of the financial implications of homeownership. In a recent survey commissioned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), 70 percent of Canadians between 18 and 29 indicated a “major need” for more information about the financial implications of buying a home.