The Importance of Hiring a Certified Professional - Property Assessments - Halifax Real Estate 2022

When you are buying a house in the Halifax Real Estate Market, we recommend doing a house inspection - even if you think you know exactly what house you are walking into. Hiring a professional, like a general contractor will see things that we just don't see. In this particular case, the inspection report changed our view of the property, and saved our clients a lot of money and headache.

Have you had an experience like this with a home inspection that changed your mind about a house? Let us know in the comments below.

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Meet Zack Dawson, the newest valuable addition to the HaliPad Team!

Zack was born in Baton Rouge, Lousiana before moving to Newfoundland in his early childhood. If you asked him where he considers home, he’d tell you that he’s Atlantic Canadian, through and through!  From his first-ever job as a paperboy, he knew the endless steep hills and howling wind were what he loved most.  When he wasn’t on his paper route, you might have found him shoveling snow, in the rain. With that in mind, Halifax seemed like a place he’d make a quick and easy transition to.  If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!

While his first job as a paperboy instilled a huge sense of work ethic and the drive to be successful, it was perhaps not the long-term career…

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We are excited to welcome Gareth Jenkins to the HaliPad Team!

After going to high school on the south shore, and then living in Halifax for over 20 years, Gareth has spent most of his life in Nova Scotia.  Throughout that life he has had a number of careers, starting with joining the Canadian Navy at the age of 18.  After serving ten years, he left the Navy and worked in online marketing, and most recently as an English as a Second Language Instructor.  In between jobs, he earned a Bachelor's degree from St. Mary’s University in  History and Asian Studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Award for Academic Excellence.  During his free time, Gareth loves spending time with his wife Emily, reading, and playing games of any variety.

During his…

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What the hell was that and can you please make it stop?

2021 was breathless from the outset. It seemed that overnight, people’s patience snapped and an overwhelming urgency took hold.  Competition exploded and the lid flew off offer prices like a cat flies off a cucumber. While the penny dropped quickly, it was a problem that had been building for months. For some shocking perspective, look at the number of homes for sale in the Halifax Regional Municipality over the past four years:

  •        December 2018 | 2,055
  •        December 2019 | 1,298
  •        December 2020 | 626
  •        December 2021 | 214

This represents an inventory decrease on a scale larger than a blue whale. That’s big. What’s more, the number of sales has…

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Buying a House By Accident | A Thing of the Past in Nova Scotia

Up to this point, you could accidentally buy a house in Nova Scotia if you forgot to tell the Seller otherwise.  That’s because your Buyers conditions (like financing or home inspection) would self-waive.  Meaning, if you failed to inform the Seller you were not comfortable “firming up” by the condition date, you would be legally obligated to purchase the property.  The old system also made it very scary for a Buyer to submit a written request for items like a repair that resulted from findings from the home inspection.  While the Seller did not have to sign or accept the request, they were also at liberty to “interpret the request as notice of dissatisfaction” which would then permit them…

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Happy Holidays!  It’s December and we are getting into the festive spirit down at HaliPad.  We’ve decorated our windows for the annual North by Night display and the Christmas tunes are filling the air.  We’re still working hard while we’re having fun, although sales have dropped by more than 31% from this time last year.  This is because inventory is down by almost 60%, now pushing the average price above $500,000 for the first time.

We’re also in our final month of #LiveLoveLocal where we get to feature the Fireworks Gallery – Halfax’s choice custom goldsmith, repair shop and source for beautiful designer jewellery.  We’ll be giving away $1000 to the Fireworks Gallery before Christmas, courtesy of HaliPad Real Estate Inc.


We wish you a safe and…

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Why Real Estate?

Our home is the foundation of the life that we build.

At a young age, when we first leave our parental home, we want to live in a studio, be ourselves and live alone. As soon as we find a partner, a one bedroom apartment becomes a necessity. Getting married means two bedrooms as we need a room to entertain guests coming from either side of the family. As we have kids and the family grows the need for a bigger house grows with it.

We want to build wealth while taking care of our needs and desires. And our home does that for us. Not only it provides a safe shelter to grow our family but it also builds us wealth. We are just living our day to day life while the house appreciates and the mortgage is paid. Every time we move to a…

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We are excited to welcome Rosy Narula to the HaliPad Team!

Rosy is happily married and a proud mother of two handsome young boys. Her family successfully owned and operated retail businesses, restaurants and a banquet hall. She wore many hats over that time, from management to marketing. From bookkeeping to customer service. Rosy faced each of these challenges with dedication and organization to create a fantastic experience for her customers.

Although Rosy excelled in her previous roles, she was looking for a career that provided more fulfillment. She understands buying or selling a home is a massive financial decision. Her skills and attention to detail ensure you make the right moves to maximize your financial potential.

Perhaps of more…

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2nd Quarter Market Update | A Price Plateau

Before I tell you why we are having a difficult time explaining the numbers, we’ve got to talk about the numbers. Average price in the second quarter only went up by 0.8% in comparison to 12% in the previous one. Total sales in the 2nd quarter were 1,960 in comparison to 1,466 in 2020.  In the past year, the average price increased by 32% driven by low supply and high demand.  However, back in 2020 we had more than double the inventory – 1,079 homes for sale versus 470 in 2021.  So why has the average price plateaued?

Making Sense of the Numbers

Based on the numbers alone, there is absolutely no reason why the average price is not continuing to increase.  Market value is based on supply and demand. We…

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