Author: Bianca Marijan

Providing superior customer service to real estate buyers, sellers and investors in Hamilton and the surrounding area since 1988. First time home buyers, upsizing, downsizing, condos, residential, commercial, property redevelopment & investment properties.

McMaster University Real Estate!

Mcmaster University Home Rentals Student Rentals Real Estate Market Hamilton Homes for Sale Mountain Downtown Stoney Creek West End Westdale

Mcmaster University Home Rentals Student Rentals Real Estate Market Hamilton Homes for Sale Mountain Downtown Stoney Creek West End Westdale

Where there are students, there are opportunities for investors. McMaster University, home to over 30,000 students, pertains a large residential area opposite and adjacent to the main campus. This gives investors the opportunity to provide students with nearby housing accommodations and rentals. If you or someone you know is looking to make an investment please click here and fill out the form, and I will respond directly to your email in less than 24 hours with listings and information in regard to the area!

 Real Estate Investing Using Student Rental Properties

When learning about real estate investing, you definitely want to hear this debate… There are two sides of the same coin when dealing with student rental properties: 

There is one group of investors that say student housing is the end all and be all when it comes to generating income through investments. And then there’s the group that has owned them and will never touch one again.

Why such different opinions in this real estate market? Well, different opinions are based on different experiences. Most student rental houses cash flow extremely well. Student homes hold anywhere from four to eight, sometimes even more, students at a time, this generates high monthly rental income. Definitely higher cash flow than if you rented out the house to a single family.

“Yeah, but what’s the whole story?”

So what’s the other side of the coinYou’ve already guessed it I’m sure.

Student rentals require hands on management. Compared to regular single family home rental properties these have more maintenance issues and sometimes awkward vacancy challenges. With five, six, seven, even 9 students in one house there are going to be times when you have to deal with a broken window, door, light fixture, lock, washer/dryer, etc. But with the right connections, you can find all the above for cheap prices.

Students don’t care for the quality, they just care if it works. Another thing to keep in mind when you learn about real estate investing is how you will handle vacancies. And if one student can’t stand another after a few months they may just pack up and leave. If they break the lease and walk out you’re only real recourse is small claims court.

It can be difficult to find a student who wants to move into a house where they don’t know anyone, right in the middle of a term. You can get a good idea about the prices paid by students for housing by checking out the college or university housing website. They all have them…. click here for an example of McMaster University’s.

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Thinking of Putting Your Hamilton Home up for Sale?

 sellers buyers real estate negotiating emotional detached from home hamilton ontario ancaster dundas westdale westend downtown core hamilton ancaster stoney creekThe Emotional Aspect of Selling Your Home
When selling your home, there will always be an emotional aspect to the entire ordeal. But to successfully sell, the seller needs to realize thatdetaching emotionally will attract buyers. Once you stop seeing the home as YOURS and start seeing it as a source of INCOME you will have an easier time selling and negotiating…
This will help with what awaits you in the sellers market…Things such as,high demand, shorter list time, multiple offers and low inventory. The sellers market can be a very stressful one, so be prepared and don’t let emotions get the best of you when a good deal knocks at your door!
Starter Tips to Prepare Your House for Sale…
Get packing! Buyers enjoy envisioning what it would be like to live in the space they are viewing. With clunky furniture and personal memorabilia scattered across the rooms, the buyers have a hard time foreseeing themselves living in the home. Start with the personal stuff: children’s artwork, personal albums, souvenirs or any type of ‘shrine-like’ collections you might have. Keep it clean, neat and open for someone else’s mind to visualize what it might be like to live there.
Not necessarily to your liking, but to the liking of the majority of people who will be viewing your home. Your taste might be specific and that might reflect in the layout of your home, but most people want to see an open playing field where they can paint their own picture of what it would be like to live in the space they’re looking at. The best combination for the best result is usually neutralizing your home with a modern twist!
The Ready Lifestyle
Choosing the right price for your home isn’t easy, that’s why asking your Realtor for comparable sales on homes sold or still on the market in your general area is key when making such a decision. The next step after setting your price and putting your home on the market is being ready for buyers to come view your home when applicable to them, that’s why your home always has to be in tip-top shape. Vacuumed floors, sparkling kitchen and bathroom, clean bedrooms, neat closets and lit up rooms… Nobody wants to enter a home with all the lights out, keep it lit, this makes it easier for the realtor to show the home without flickering all the lights off and on and also gives a smoother presentation.
Report on Comparable Prices
As previously mentioned, choosing the right price isn’t easy, but that’s what your Realtor is there to help you do. Finding current sales of similar properties with lots of pictures and details including how long they took to sell, what they sold for compared to what they listed for will make your pricing decision a lot easier. After conducting research of the general area, along with an appraisal of your home, ball parking a price that will benefit you and at the same time attract buyers shouldn’t be too hard. Nobody wants to live “the Ready Lifestyle” forever, that’s why choosing a reasonable price is key!


Real Estate Market Statistics Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Burlington MAY 2015

There were 2,587 properties listed in May, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to the same month the year prior.  End-of-month listing inventory was 8.9 per cent lower than last May.

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 11.1 per cent higher than the same month of the previous year, with the average sale price up 10 per cent for the month.  Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 5.7 per cent higher than the same month the year prior.

Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of May, 2015:


Actual overall residential sales of 1,752 units were 9.5 per cent higher than the previous year at the same time and also a new record for residential sales.  Residential freehold sales were 11.6 per cent higher than last May while sales in the condominium market saw an increase of just 1.2 per cent.

Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized residential market.  Please refer to the accompanying chart for residential market activity in select areas in RAHB’s jurisdiction.

*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data.

RAHB Market Activity for May

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Premier Announces $1B Plan for LRT Route

Ontario’s Premier, Kathleen Wynne, announced Tuesday, May 26th, that Hamilton will be introducing a LRT system planned to operate from McMaster University to East Hamilton’s Eastgate Square. The route will look like this:



The system would target McMaster Universities 25,000+ students and staff. It would also draw McMaster’s Healthcare Centre patients and staff along with families going to the Children’s Hospital.

Between McMaster and Eastgate Square, there would be a total of 16 street-stops in between. From McMaster, the line proceeds east along Main Street W. over Highway 403 on a yet-to-be-designed bridge over to King St. W. to go into downtown.


Here’s what a stop would look like on King St. West.


This is the eastern terminus of the existing bus B-line, and was the original end of the line for the LRT route. Tuesday’s announcement indicates that at first, the LRT line will go only part of the way to Eastgate. That would leave the eastern end of the city off of the economic uplift radar, at least for now.

Want to feel like you’re actually riding the rails? Watch a video of portions of the route:

$2 Million For A Back Yard? Single-Family Home Building Going Extinct In Canada’s Largest Cities

The latest housing market outlook from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. shows that, despite booming home construction, Toronto will see a nearly 13-per-cent drop in the number of single-family homes built this year.Construction of single-family homes in Canada’s largest cities is rapidly disappearing, the result of land shortages, changing policies and changing homeowner tastes.

Of 32,400 housing starts forecast for the city this year, only 7,700 will be single detached homes, CMHC reported, down from 10,700 as recently as 2012. Single-family housing starts have dropped for five straight years, the agency said.

tdot - van city - mtlIn Vancouver, where the shift to condos began earlier than it did in Toronto, less than a quarter of all housing starts this year will be single-family homes. The number built there is also expected to decline this year, b 2.8 per cent, though that decline matches an overall expected decline in housing starts this year.

In Montreal, single-family homes account for only about 15 per cent of all new homes built — 2,500 of 16,100 forecast housing starts this year. (Like Vancouver, Montreal is forecast to see a decline in both single-family and multiple-unit housing starts this year.)

For those still hoping for a single-family home, CMHC suggests townhouses may be the answer. In Toronto at least, “townhouses will become the equivalent of the new single-detached home,” the agency predicts, for the simple reason that they are less expensive.

All the same, townhouses will account for 5,050 housing starts in Greater Toronto this year, compared to 18,550 condos. In other words, most buyers of new housing will have little choice but to buy condos.

Land constraints, such as southern Ontario’s Green Belt, are behind the lack of new single-family homes, CMHC says, as are municipal and provincial development policies that in recent years have mandated higher-density housing. But evolving tastes are also changing the housing market.

For Canada overall, the CMHC sees housing starts slowing by 4.1 this year, and it expects home sales through the Multiple Listing Service to fall by 1.1 per cent.

CMHC’s second-quarter forecast calls for between 166,540 and 188,580 housing starts this year and between 162,840 and 190,930 in 2016.

That compared with a first-quarter outlook for housing starts to range between 154,000 and 201,000 units in 2015 and from 148,000 to 203,000 units the following year.

Regionally, Alberta is expected to see a 13.8 per cent drop in housing starts, while Saskatchewan is forecast to slip 21.3 per cent this year. Offsetting the decreases, Ontario is expected to gain 4.3 per cent.

Sales though the Multiple Listing Service are expected to range between 437,100 and 494,500 units in 2015, while the average MLS price is forecast to be between $402,139 and $439,589.

In 2016, MLS sales are expected to be between 424,500 to 491,300 units at an average price between $398,191 and $457,200.

Alberta is expected to be the big percentage loser with a drop in resales of 19.2 per cent this year, while Saskatchewan is expected to lose 9.8 per cent.

Ontario resales are forecast to gain 1.8 per cent, while B.C. is expected to add 6.5 per cent.

Source: The Huffington Post

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Cool Start to the Year

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington [RAHB] reported 716 property sales in the month of January 2015. Comparing these numbers to last year in the same month, there is an 8.3% decrease in sales.

There were 1459 properties listed in January, a decrease of 2.8% compared to the same month the year prior. End-of-month listing inventory was 10% lower than last January, hence the decrease in sales.

Although there was a modest drop in sales; the average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 8.5% compared to the same month the previous year and the average days on the market decreased from 55 to 46 days in the freehold market. The average sale price in the condominium market increased by 1.7%.

Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of January, 2015:


The numbers for the month of January, 2015 compared to January, 2014:



Hamilton’s Housing Market to Continue Hot Streak into the New Year

Major Canadian bank economists say Hamilton will continue to be one of the strongest housing markets in the country in 2015.


Some predictions are even more striking.

“For 2015-2016, Hamilton is the only city where we actually have home prices growing over the two years,” said TD real estate economist Diana Petramala.

The TD analysis looks at the largest 14 cities in Canada.

‘For 2015-2016, Hamilton is the only city where we actually have home prices growing over the two years.’- TD real estate economist Diana Petramala

Over the last few years, Hamilton’s housing market has been hot, often ahead of the pack in how much prices rose or how many homes sold. The market has been a frequent talking point, its strength touted as evidence of the city’s vibrancy.

Hamilton, where prices rose six per cent last year, has been experiencing the kind of sales and price activity more typical in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. While the rest of the country may wonder about the continued strength of local housing markets, Hamilton appears poised to remain hot in 2015.

BMO Financial Group economists expect national housing prices to “scratch out a small gain” in 2015, said chief economist Doug Porter.

No scratching expected in Hamilton.

“I have to say the dynamics in Hamilton looks to be one of the firmer markets in the country,” Porter said.

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