How to prepare for additional costs and fees when buying a preconstruction property 

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

How to prepare for additional costs and fees when buying a preconstruction property 

Tags: Toronto real estate, Toronto condos, Toronto homes, Toronto realtor, Toronto housing

Enter Blog Post Here  At In Black and White Real Estate Team, we are here to partner with our clients during their real estate transitions. We continuously strive to match their evolving needs by bringing insight that makes a difference. We provide innovation, expert advice and we enable our clients to focus on what is important to them.  If you are interested in buying a home, please g...Read More

How to approach buying a home in a hot market

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

How to approach buying a home in a hot market

Tags: Toronto real estate, Toronto condos, Toronto homes, Toronto realtor, Toronto housing

It’s a hot market! As a result of the pandemic, consumers, including singles, couples, families, and even students are looking to live in larger homes with one or two offices to accommodate working parents and online learners.   From Whitby to Toronto, we are seeing bidding wars and multiple offers for homes across all segments and areas of the GTA, triggering a rise in sale prices. Con...Read More

Toronto's pockets of gentrification

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

Toronto's pockets of gentrification

Tags: Toronto real estate, Real estate Toronto, Toronto housing, Toronto homes, Toronto condos, Alvaro Mallarino

Gentrification is defined as the process of converting an area into a place suitable for the mixing and integration of people of higher socioeconomic status. The gentrification process in Toronto is fuelled by various factors, but the ultra-low interest rates and the rapid rate of population growth have been the most important influences. This growth has resulted in the gentrification of form...Read More


How to sell your home for more money

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

How to sell your home for more money

Tags: Toronto real estate, real estate Toronto,

Having dedicated years of experience, constant effort, and analytics to making the selling process a science, we have developed procedures and strategies that, if followed, improve the likelihood of a sale at the highest price. These below strategies through each stage of the selling process have been tested and proven to be successful. Pre-sale assessment In the pre-sale assessment, an unbiased ...Read More

Buying a home: two important stages before you are ready to buy

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

Buying a home: two important stages before you are ready to buy

Tags: Toronto real estate, Real Estate Toronto, Toronto homes, Toronto properties, Toronto realtor, Oakville Real Estate

No one should rush into purchasing a home, but if you are interested in buying and wait, you might miss out on a considerable amount of money.   Essentially, prices increase every season by at least 5%, so if you do not purchase, you could be wasting money equivalent to at least 1% of your budget for every month you wait. In most cases, buyers end up eventually buying a property a few months ...Read More

attention Condo Buyers: What is the Status Certificate and Why is it so Important?

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

attention Condo Buyers: What is the Status Certificate and Why is it so Important?

Tags: Toronto real estate, real estate buyers, Toronto buyers, GTA real estate, Toronto realtor, real estate Toronto, real estate investors

Unlike purchasing a house, when buying a condominium, you must review and understand the status certificate before signing an offer. Otherwise, you should include a condition in your offer that will allow you and a lawyer to examine it.   But what is a Status Certificate and why is it important? A Status Certificate is a document issued by the property manager (the company or individual in ch...Read More


Become a master home buyer with these key criteria

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

Become a master home buyer with these key criteria

Tags: Toronto real estate, real estate buyers, real estate sellers, real estate investors, real estate Toronto

In the world of real estate, there is a house for every family. The right property will come to you when you have done your part to make it happen and have asked yourself the necessary questions. Nevertheless, the home buying process can be challenging. Some buyers believe that this is due to their budget, but buyers grapple with their needs and wants regardless of their budget, from $500 thousan...Read More

The importance of maintaining a contemporary bathroom

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

The importance of maintaining a contemporary bathroom

Tags: contemporary bathroom, luxury bathroom, timeless bathroom, home spa, Toronto Real Estate, Toronto realtor

Maintaining and investing in a contemporary bathroom is essential to adding value to a property and can make or break a sale, particularly in luxury homes. It is easy to recognize a luxurious bathroom when we see one, and the bathroom is often one of the first rooms prospective buyers look at when considering purchasing a new home. In an age where our homes have become our refuge, the ba...Read More

Timeless kitchen elements.

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

Timeless kitchen elements.

Tags: Timeless kitchen, luxury kitchen, modern kitchen, contemporary kitchen, real estate, realtor, Toronto real estate

If there is one room that has the ability to add value to a property and make or break a sale, it is the kitchen; therefore, it is vital that its appearance remains as contemporary and appealing as possible.   The most important goal anyone should have when remodeling their kitchen is to create a timeless space, especially if they anticipate having to move within the next five years. Her...Read More

The carrying costs of owning a home

By: Alvaro Mallarino MBA, CFA

The carrying costs of owning a home

Tags: Carrying costs, home carrying costs, home owner, home ownership costs, Toronto real estate, Toronto realtor

While real estate is an asset, it carries certain liabilities that an investor needs to pay for as long as they hold an investment property. These carrying costs eat into the returns, which is why an investor needs to factor them into their calculations before purchasing a property. These costs also vary depending on whether an investor is buying real estate as a short-term investment (ex. fl...Read More

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