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THE STEVEBAARDA.COM BLOG

  • Welcome to the New STEVEBAARDA.COM!

    It has been a long time in coming, but the old stevebaarda.com was in need an upgrade. Some of it was for behind the scenes reasons: the old content management system I was using was clunky and time consuming and made it difficult to update the site. The site is now using a state of the art WordPress platform. Updating

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  • Decorating with Neon

    Ever thought about using bolder colours in your home?  If you are thinking about taking that plunge, why not go really radical and do neon?  If done right, neon can really make your home pop and give you a look that is very much unique.  Here are a few helpful links: House and Home: Decorating with Neon Brit+Co: 30 Tasteful

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  • London Ontario’s 2013 Most Average Neighbourhood

    It is fairly easy to identify the city’s most expensive or least expensive neighbourhood.  It is easy to identify the neighbourhood that saw the hottest growth in the previous year.  But how would you identify London Ontario’s most average neighbourhood? At stevebaarda.com we focus on a few different numbers to assess the real estate market for the city, the north, east

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  • London Ontario 2013 Housing Market Year in Review

    We have closed the books on 2013 and the numbers are in. We have recently updated all neighborhood data over at my web site — www.stevebaarda.com — so you can find out how your own London Ontario area did over the last year.  London Ontario has seen modest 2.67% growth in the average price for the entire city.  Prices for

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  • Real Estate Prices Throughout the Year: When Is the Best Time to Buy or Sell?

    People ask me all the time, “Steve, when is the best time to buy? When is the best time to sell? When is the best time to move?” As with many questions, the answer is usually, “It depends.” Everyone’s goals and objectives are different. If you have a family and you don’t want to disrupt your children’s schooling, you generally

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  • London High School Tops in Fraser Institute Rankings

    The Fraser Institute has released its report on schools for several provinces including Ontario and London Central Secondary School is the top ranked high school in the province.  The report only includes the public and Catholic primary and secondary schools and not private schools.  Five London secondary schools are in the top quartile for the province.  London Central is a repeat in first place, Oakridge is ranked 76th, A.B. Lucas and

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  • Quick Hit: London Ranked 15th Best Place to Live in Canada for 2013

    Moneysense.ca has developed a comprehensive ranking of communities across Canada and London, Ontario has fared well, finding itself 15th over all.  Those of us who live here would argue that this is low, but the ranking takes into account a whole range of issues and in some areas like average income and unemployment rate we fall below some other locals.

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  • Quick Hit: Toronto Market is “Erratic”

    This article in the Globe and Mail this morning caught my eye.  Even though it is always difficult to make comparisons between Toronto and London Ontario, we are seeing some of the same types of events here as well.  Some properties selling quickly with lots of interest and even competition; other sitting and sitting until owners feel compelled to lower

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  • Quick Hit: Are Stubborn Sellers Killing the Real Estate Crash

    This recent article in the Financial Post is touching something that we are seeing here in the London, Ontario, market.  Even though volume of sales have been down over the last seven months by 6.25%, prices are remaining steady (+0.92%).  Less homes are selling, but home owners are not letting themselves get taken to the cleaners. http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/12/stubborn-sellers-killing-canada-real-estate-crash/?__lsa=7fc1-1a25

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  • Reviewing the London Ontario Residential Real Estate Market in 2012

    Its January 2013 and its time to look back over the last year in residential real estate in the London, Ontario, market.  What did we see happen?  The year started great.  Through the end of May, 2594 homes changed hands, a 9.36% increase over the same period from the year before.  Then the federal government changed the mortgage rules and for

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  • Quick Hit: Canada Among the 7 Best Housing Markets in the World

    With all the pessimism about the Canadian real estate market as of late, here is a refreshing reminder in the Financial Post about where things are at: Canada among 7 best housing markets in the world  

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