Real Estate FAQ

Real Estate FAQ2021-07-11T13:02:08-04:00
Why is there a difference in prices between similar properties within a particular City?2020-10-26T14:26:19-04:00

There can many reasons for the price difference, including:

  • Age of home
  • Square footage of homes
  • Number of rooms
  • Interior finishes
  • Property lot size
  • Age of furnace, AC, Appliances etc.
  • Upgrades/ updates done to the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas of the home
  • Exterior features: roof, windows, lawn, curb appeal etc.
  • Some neighborhood are more expensive than others
  • School ratings in the area
  • Proximity to public transit
  • Sometimes sellers strategically list at a lower price to attract more buyers and or to have more showings
  • Sellers motivation to sell quickly or wait for the best price

Realtors are trained to look at the above criteria plus many other things to arrive at an opinion of price. The same knowledge or techniques are also used when we give an opinion of price when listing seller clients’ properties.

Realtors use past and current data to come to the correct listing or purchase price. We evaluate market trends, inventory level to further refine the price. Realtors go through many months of education, licensing etc and are trained to help their clients buy to low and sell high in any given market. Buyers and Sellers should trust their Realtor team to get them the best results.
Can You Help Sell Matrimonial Home in Divorce Cases?2020-08-07T17:00:17-04:00

Dividing Real Estate in Divorce is a very critical & emotional step for spouses parting ways. We have helped clients with the sale of their matrimonial home during this stage of life with full respect, fairness and professionalism. Contact us to discuss your personal home selling situation.

What is Co Ownership or Joint Ownership2019-12-19T15:47:58-04:00

Co-ownership housing is a shared living arrangement where two or more people own and live in a home together. There are different ways to co-own a home. A groups of individuals can co-own the house outright or co-owners can use a corporation model. This allows the owners to share in the up-front and ongoing costs of owning a home. Learn how you can buy a home or a condo in Mississauga & area as a co owner or a joint owner.

First Time Home Buyer Incentives2022-01-03T12:18:56-04:00

There are several incentives and schemes for first time home buyers

  • RRSP Home buyers plan
  • Ontario Land transfer tax rebate of up to $4,000
  • HST rebate for new home buyers
  • First time buyer tax credit

What is RRSP Home Buyers Plan (HBP)?

Home Buyers Plan is a program that allows first time home buyer to borrow up to $35,000 from their “Self-directed Registered Retirement Savings Plan (SDRSP)”. If you’re purchasing with someone who is also a first time homebuyer, you can both access $35,000 from your RRSP for a combined total of $70,000. You must be a Canadian resident who has not used this plan before. The loan is not taxable as long as the funds are repaid into the RRSP (registered retirement savings plan) over a 15 year period. The money cannot be withdrawn until 90 days after the RRSP contribution. After 90 days one can use the Home Buyers’ plan to withdraw $35,000 without penalty. This way you will receive a tax rebate.

Is there any HST home buying rebate?

Resale homes are exempted from HST in Ontario. HST is payable on new builder homes and condos.

Do first time buyers pay land transfer tax?

If you are a first time home buyer, you qualify for rebate of up to $4,000. Certain conditions and restrictions apply for which you need to read up on the Land Transfer Tax.

What is first time buyer tax credit?

To assist first-time home buyers with the costs associated with the purchase of a home, Budget 2009 introduced a First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credit a $5,000 non-refundable income tax credit amount on a qualifying home acquired after January 27, 2009. For an eligible individual, the credit will provide up to $750 in federal tax relief starting in 2009.

Are Landlords allowed to take pictures to identify how Tenant has kept the unit?2019-07-26T18:41:01-04:00

Yes, but only with permission of the tenant.

Note: taking your handyman to do a quick check-up on plumbing/ toilets / caulking etc. is not a bad idea. You must inform the tenant of the visit and provide 24-hour notice.

For more FAQs, visit the Housing Law section of Steps to Justice site.  Q&As on the site are organized in “steps” that lead people through common scenarios. Community Legal Education Ontario created the website together with justice sector partners, including the Landlord and Tenant Board.

What should the Landlords be talking about with the Tenants during visit?2019-07-26T18:35:53-04:00

As a landlord you can inquire about general items such as: How’s your stay? Anything you need? How’s everything else?

As a Landlord how often should I visit the unit?2019-07-26T18:33:14-04:00

Two or three visits in a year are good to inspect the unit. Need to provide 24-hr notice.

As a Landlord what I should be checking for in unit?2019-07-26T18:31:36-04:00
  • Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinets to check if all looks good inside and there is no water damage
  • Check microwave filter, replace with new one
  • Check bathroom shower and see if there is no mould
  • Check mirror closet door to see if there are no cracks
  • Check balcony glass door
  • Ask tenant if taps / showers / toilets don’t leak etc.
  • Ask if all appliances are working fine
  • Check washing machine linen filter and also linen trap on ceiling of washer / dryer closet.
Can a landlord evict a tenant for having a pet?2019-07-26T18:28:35-04:00

A tenancy agreement cannot forbid a tenant from having a pet. And once there is a tenancy agreement, a landlord cannot evict the tenant simply for having a pet. This is true even if they agreed that the tenant would not have a pet. However, there are some cases when the landlord can apply to the Landlord Tenant Board to evict a tenant who has a pet. These are some common examples:

  • the pet is making too much noise, damaging the unit or causing other tenants to have allergic reactions
  • the breed or species is inherently dangerous
  • the rules of the condominium corporation does not allow pets like the one tenant has.
Can a landlord refuse to rent to a person who has a pet?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

Yes. A landlord can refuse to rent to a person who has a pet. A service animal is not considered a pet. Visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site for more information.

What happens when a lease ends? Does it renew automatically?2019-07-26T18:22:48-04:00

A tenancy does not end when a fixed term lease expires, unless:

  • The landlord or the tenant gives proper notice to end the tenancy for a reason permitted in the RTA.
  • The landlord and tenant both agree that the tenancy will end.
  • The LTB or the court has issued an order ending the tenancy.

Otherwise the tenancy will renew automatically with the same terms and conditions. However the tenancy will become a month-to-month agreement instead of a yearly one, or a week-to-week agreement if the tenant pays rent weekly. Refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board for further information.

Can a tenant be evicted if the landlord sells the house and the buyer wants to move in?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

Yes, but only if the person buying the building needs the rental unit for their own use, the use of an immediate family member or the use of a person who will provide care services to the landlord or a member of the landlord’s immediate family, who is living in the same building or complex. Refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board for details.

Can a tenant be evicted if the landlord wants to use the unit themselves?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

Yes, a tenant can be evicted if a landlord requires the unit for:

  • their own use
  • the use of an immediate family member
  • the use of a person who will provide care services to the landlord or a member of the landlord’s immediate family, who is living in the same building or complex

Starting September 1, 2017, the landlord must either give the tenant the equivalent of one month’s rent or offer the tenant another unit that the tenant accepts. Only individual landlords, not corporations, can give notice of termination for this reason. Refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site for additional information.

What is the difference between assigning and subletting a unit?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

Assigning a unit means that the tenant moves out of the unit permanently and transfers their tenancy to another person. Subletting a unit means that the tenant moves out of the unit for a period of time but plans to move back in before the end of the tenancy. A tenant must have the landlord’s approval to assign or sublet the unit, but the landlord must have a good reason to refuse. Refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board for detailed information.

Can a tenant break a lease?2019-07-26T18:11:49-04:00

Breaking a lease means that a tenant wants to leave their unit before their tenancy agreement is over. An example would be: a tenant who signed a one year lease might want to move out after eight months. A tenant and landlord can agree to break a lease. It is best if this agreement is in writing and signed by the landlord and the tenant. If the landlord is not willing to break the lease, the tenant can assign the unit to a new tenant with the landlord’s consent. For process and information, please refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board.

How much notice does a tenant have to give to move out?2019-07-26T18:09:18-04:00

When a tenant decides to move, they must provide a written notice to the landlord. In most cases, the notice provided to the landlord must be at least 60 days before the last day of the rental period, or their lease. For example, if it is a monthly tenancy that begins on the first day of each month and the tenant gives the landlord notice on June 15th, the termination date would be August 31st. Refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site for details.

Can a landlord change the locks?2019-07-26T18:07:13-04:00

A landlord can change the locks while the tenant is living in the unit as long as they give the tenant a key for the new lock. Once a tenant has been evicted from the unit, the landlord can change the locks, even if the tenant has left property in the unit. The landlord does not have to give the former tenant replacement keys in this case. Refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board for more information.

Can a tenant change the locks?2019-07-26T18:05:12-04:00

A tenant cannot change the locks or add locks that might stop a landlord from entering the unit. If the tenant does change the lock, the tenant should give a copy of the key to the landlord immediately. Fore more information, please visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

Can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit?2019-07-26T18:02:50-04:00

A landlord can only enter a tenant’s unit in specific circumstances. In most cases, the landlord must first give the tenant 24 hours written notice, stating when they will enter and for what reason. There are some exceptions to this requirement, for example, in case of emergency. For more information see the brochure: A Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act or visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

Can tenant withhold rent because landlord isn’t properly maintaining the unit?2019-07-26T18:00:28-04:00

No. If you withhold rent, the landlord can give you a notice of termination for non-payment of rent and then file an application to evict you. For more information, please visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

Who is responsible for maintaining the rental unit?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

It is the landlord’s responsibility to maintain the unit in a good state of repair, even if the tenant was aware of problems in the unit before they moved into it and the lease says that the tenant is responsible for maintenance. However, the tenant is responsible for keeping the unit clean, up to the standard that most people consider ordinary or normal cleanliness. The tenant is also responsible for repairing or paying for any damage to the rental property they caused or caused by their guests or another person living in the rental unit. Please visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board for more information.

Can the landlord charge a damage deposit?2019-07-26T17:54:30-04:00

No. A landlord cannot collect a damage deposit from the tenant to pay for damage done to the unit. If the landlord finds that a tenant has damaged the unit, the landlord can give the tenant a notice of termination and/or ask them to pay for the damages. If the tenant doesn’t pay, the landlord can apply to the Landlord Tenant Board to determine if there are damages and what should be done.

Does a landlord pay interest on rent deposit?2019-07-26T17:51:55-04:00

The landlord must pay the tenant interest on the rent deposit every 12 months. The percent interest is the same as the rent increase guideline that is in effect when the interest payment is due. The guideline is set each year by the Ministry of Housing. Please refer to the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board for details.

How much rent can a landlord legally increase?2022-07-30T21:41:25-04:00

Rent Increase for Homes & Condos

Most Ontario tenants are protected by rent controls that limit how much rent can increase year-over-year. The rent payable by tenants may also decrease in limited situations. Normally, the landlord can increase the rent only once every 12 months. The landlord must use the Landlord and Tenant Board- N1 Form and give the tenant at least 90 days’ notice before the rent increase is to take effect. The rent can be increased by no more than the rent increase guideline unless the Landlord and Tenant Board approves a rent increase above the guideline. The guideline for each year can be found on the Landlord and Tenant Board’s website. For example, the rent increase guideline for 2023 is 2.5%.

However, there are some exceptions:

  • In some cases, landlords can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for approval to raise your rent by more than the rent increase guideline.
  • New buildings, additions to existing buildings and most new basement apartments that are occupied for the first time for residential purposes after November 15, 2018 are exempt from rent control.

Rent Increases above the Guideline:

The landlord can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for approval to raise the rent by more than the rent increase guideline. Affected tenants can oppose this application at the Landlord and Tenant Board. This kind of rent increase is called an above-guideline rent increase. The Landlord and Tenant Board can allow this kind of rent increase if:

  • the landlord’s municipal taxes and charges have increased significantly,
  • the landlord has done major repairs or renovations, or
  • the costs of external security services (i.e. not performed by the landlord’s employees) have increased, or external security services are being provided for the first time.

The landlord and tenant can also agree to an above-guideline rent increase, if the landlord agrees to renovate or add a new service for the tenant. Certain rules apply.Rent Reductions:

The landlord must reduce the rent if:

  • the municipal property tax goes down by more than 2.49 per cent, or
  • the rent was increased above the guideline to pay for repairs or renovations and the costs have been fully paid for (this only applies to tenants who were living in the unit when the above guideline rent increase happened).

The tenant can apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to reduce their rent if:

  • municipal property taxes or charges on the rental property go down,
  • the landlord reduced or removed a service without reducing the rent, or
  • the landlord did not keep a promise they made in an agreement for a rent increase above the guideline.

How is the rent increase calculated?

It is calculated using the Ontario Consumer Price Index, a Statistics Canada tool that measures inflation and economic conditions over a year. Data from June to May is used to determine the guideline for the following year. For more information, issues or concerns on the rent increase guideline or any landlord tenant topics, you can contact the Landlord and Tenant Board. For full guidelines on other types of residential dwellings, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website.

How is rent decided?2019-07-26T12:54:23-04:00

When a rental unit is vacant, the market rent determines the price. Since there is always a shortage of rental units, rent negotiation between landlord and tenant plays a smaller role. Once the tenancy begins, the rules about rent in the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) apply. For more information, visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

What information a landlord must give to new tenants?2019-07-25T18:28:51-04:00

A landlord must give all new tenants the brochure: Information for New Tenants, which includes information about the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, the role of the LTB and how to contact the Landlord Tenant Board. The landlord must give the tenant the brochure on or before the day the tenancy begins, even if the tenant does not move in on that date.

The landlord has 21 days after the tenant has signed and returned the tenancy agreement to give the tenant a copy with the signatures of both the tenant and the landlord.

Where there is no written tenancy agreement, the landlord must provide the tenant with his or her legal name and address within 21 days of the start of the tenancy.

For more information, please visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

What should I do for repairs to my unit?2019-07-25T18:23:37-04:00

Tell your landlord and put the problems in writing and give the list to the landlord. If the landlord refuses to do the repairs, you can find more information on how to deal with the situation on the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

What can landlord do if tenant is late with rent?2019-07-25T14:46:44-04:00

If a tenant does not pay rent on the date that it is due, the landlord can give the tenant a Notice to End a Tenancy Early for Non-payment of Rent the day after the rent was due. For more information visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board site.

How often can landlord increase rent?2019-07-25T14:24:45-04:00

The landlord can increase the rent once every 12 months. The landlord has to give the tenant a 90 day written notice of the increase. For more information visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant site.

What can I do about second hand smoke from a neighbour?2019-07-25T14:10:55-04:00

Your neighbours can smoke in their homes, unless there are condominium bylaws that say they can’t. However, if second-hand smoke from tobacco or marijuana from another unit is bothering you, speak to your landlord. If your landlord cannot resolve this issue, you may apply to the Landlord & Tenant Board. For more information, please visit the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board Site.

What is the Rent Now – Buy Later program?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

As part of our unique Rent Now – Buy Later Program, we can assist you with finding a suitable property to rent for 1-2 years (max). Closer to the end of your lease term (or earlier depending on your readiness to purchase), we will start sending you for sale listings that closely match your needs. We will arrange for showings so that you can cherry pick the home or condo you would like to buy. As a Buyer, when you Buy your home or condo with Team Kalia, you DO NOT pay us any fee or commission, as the Buyer Broker fee or commission is typically covered by the Seller in Canada.

What are the Rent Now-Buy Later Program Benefits

  • Ideal for Newcomers, People on Work Permit, Millennial Home Buyers, First Time Home Buyers in Mississauga
  • Gives you peace of mind – helps you secure a unit for rent in a typically tight rental market
  • Gives you confidence – knowing that you will soon become a homeowner & contribute towards your own mortgage payment
  • Allows you time to save for a down payment towards your home purchase
  • Gives you time to figure out the best neighbourhood to buy in, based on your work, school & other criteria
  • Makes you an informed buyer as we will educate you about mortgage, resale vs. builder new options, first time buyer incentives & much more
What happens when damage occurs after you made an offer to buy a home?2018-12-03T16:48:22-04:00

If the home is not in the same condition as when you made the offer, you should tell your real estate agent and also discuss with your real estate lawyer.

In Ontario, there is a clause in the standard Agreement of Purchase and Sale that makes the seller liable for damages that occur between signing and closing. This is called a risk allocation clause.

Your lawyer will want information about the seller’s insurance policy and to review the APS in addition to the estimate for repairs.

If the damage is substantial, the buyer may choose to cancel the transaction and get their deposit back. They could also choose not to back out and instead receive money from the seller’s insurance policy. All the options must be reviewed discussed with all parties: seller, buyer, their lawyers and the insurance company. The lawyers can recommend the best way forward.

The seller’s home insurance policy will terminate the day you take possession. If you find any problems after you move in, you’ll have to discuss next steps with your lawyer.

Hence a pre-closing visit is very important for the buyer to ensure the home they bought is in the same condition as when they made their offer, and that the seller has fulfilled conditions mentioned in the APS.

What is SRES®?2018-04-12T14:34:27-04:00

Amit Kalia is also a qualified SRES®. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® is a REALTOR® who is qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS®who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. They also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and are familiar with local community resources and services. Their mission is to help seniors and their families navigate the maze of financial, legal and emotional issues that accompany the sale of the home.

Can we buy a home on a work permit?2022-07-30T21:43:19-04:00

Yes, however if you buy immediately upon arriving in Canada, you will be hit by a Foreign Buyer Tax or NRST. As of March 30, 2022, the NRST rate has been increased from 15% to 20% and has been expanded to all regions of the province.

However, this amount is reimbursed to you when you get your Permanent Residence (PR). Rules keep changing so please contact Team Kalia, who can put you in touch with seasoned mortgage specialists, and help you buy your first home in the GTA. You may want to also explore the Rent Now – Buy Later Program.

As a tenant, can I sub lease a room on Airbnb?2017-11-16T15:35:58-04:00

Without permission from your landlord, you will not be able to sublet a room or part of the property you lease. Cities are allowing Airbnb rentals for owners who are looking to rent out a portion of their home or condo. As a renter, you must check the rules with your landlord.

Can I smoke marijuana in my unit?2018-12-05T13:14:34-04:00

Smoking is prohibited inside units at all times. Marijuana laws have changed since October 2018. Almost all condo buildings will not allow residents to smoke marijuana inside the units or in the common areas of the building for recreational purposes. You may be allowed to smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes. But, before you do that, check with your property management. Contact your condo board and look into your lease agreement if you will be allowed to smoke marijuana in your Mississauga condo.

How much down payment do I make, & how does it impact mortgage?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

Canadian residents and Permanent Residents who wants to buy a property in Canada without a down payment of at least 20 per cent of the purchase price is usually required to get mortgage loan insurance from the CMHC, which requires a smaller down payment of 5 per cent on a home worth up to $500,000.

A 10 per cent down payment is required for the portion of the price over $500,000, with $1 million being the maximum property value allowed.

Foreigners who want to buy properties need to come up with a down payment of at least 35% to 50%. There is a 15% foreigner buyer’s tax of buying price in the GTA. Mortgage rates are same as any other Canadian or PR person.

People often have a related question: whether it is better to pay off your mortgage loan or not.

Does buying a property make sense over renting?2016-03-14T09:59:46-04:00

If you have 5% down payment, a good credit and job, then yes, buying a property can make better sense over renting a freehold home or condo. You can read about more about Renting vs. Buying. I will help you make an informed decision and make the whole process much easier for you.

Can a tenant buy the landlord’s property at the end of lease?2017-09-28T13:03:10-04:00

As long as both parties agree to this arrangement, it is possible for a tenant to buy the landlord’s property. Brokerage fees may be required to be paid by tenants living in rental homes or condos, if this was indicated in the original listing agreement for lease. A tenant may be able to purchase landlord’s property through the lease to buy option.

Can landlords evict a tenant?2019-11-17T05:58:31-04:00

Landlords can evict a tenant renting for non payment of rent at any time. Landlords can also evict tenants at the end of their lease term if the landlord wants sell the place, or want the place for their own or for his/her immediate family or someone who will provide care services to the landlord or a member of the landlord’s immediate family, if the person who will be receiving the care services lives in the same building or complex. However, as of August 2017, new rental rules have come into effect whereby a landlord cannot evict a tenant on the pretext of own family use. In such a situation, if it is found that the landlord leased the property to another tenant within one year of lease termination with the previous tenant, he/ she can face up to $25,000 in fine.

What are the rental contract terms?2015-02-27T21:20:48-04:00

The lease or rental contract terms are made to protect the landlords as well as the tenants in accordance with the laws of Ontario. They cover various elements of the rental property, like: responsibility for payment of utility bills, repairs, maintenance work, resident’s compliance with condominium building by-laws, unit and tenant’s content insurance, smoking and pet policy, rent increase, making the unit available for showings to the next tenants or buyers at the end of the lease term etc.

Do you help with landlord tenant issues during the term of the lease?2017-09-28T13:07:10-04:00

Our job ends once the rental lease has been signed to everyone’s satisfaction, accepted and the landlord and tenant meet each other. If you are a landlord investing in a rental property with us, and would like to be hassle-free by not having to deal with any landlord/ tenant issues, you can make use of our property management services in Mississauga  and area (conditions apply).

How do you pre-qualify tenants?2015-02-27T21:23:06-04:00

There is a whole process of due diligence that is followed, which includes : getting the tenant to fill out a rental application form, cross-checking on tenant’s credit history, verifying job or referrals of the prospective tenant. For newcomers or new immigrants, who have no job or credit history in Canada, the tenants are courteously asked to show a proof of available funds that will give landlords the confidence about receiving rent regularly. Newcomers are also asked to bring a reference letter from the previous bank from the last country of their residence. In some cases, tenants may also be required to provide a guarantor in Canada with a good job and credit history.

How do you find tenants?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

We keep an active database of prospective tenants. Team Amit Kalia pre-screens the tenants and these tenants gain the first opportunity to lease properties of my landlords. We additionally list the property for lease on the MLS Listing Service and other websites.

Do you charge any fees for renting?2017-09-28T13:10:32-04:00

If you are a tenant looking to rent in Mississauga, you will not pay any fees to our brokerage. Landlords pay the renting fee as commission to the brokerage. If the lease is for one year, the standard commission is one month’s rent plus HST. The tenant has to pay first and last month’s rent in advance to the listing brokerage. The brokerage deducts one month’s rent with tax, and pays the balance to the landlord. On behalf of the landlord, we will also ask you as a tenant to give post-dated cheques for the balance term of the lease.

As a renter, do we sign a buyer agency contract?2022-07-30T21:59:46-04:00

Our tenant services are limited to our own landlords’ listings only. The easiest and quickest way to find a rental property is to visit Canada’s official website Should you see our listing at any time on, feel free to contact us and we will definitely book you a showing. You can download this site’s app for iPhone or Android phones. REALTOR.CA website showcases the latest rental listings anywhere in Canada. Feel free to contact the REALTORS who show up next to listings that are of interest to you (including the listings shown below). These REALTORS represent respective properties that display next to their names. is an official website where you can find more than 90% of freehold and condominium listings for rent or sale.

What’s the average monthly rent in Mississauga?2022-07-30T21:46:37-04:00

As of July 2022, approximate rent for a 1 BR condo apartment is $2,200 per month, 2 BR is $2,700 per month, 3 BR is $3,000 per month. Approximate rent for a 3 BR townhouse is $2,700 and 4 BR detached home is $3,300 per month. Estimate some $100 per month in hydro bills for a condo apartment and $375 per month for utility bills for a townhouse, a semi or a detached home of up to 2000 sq. ft.

What do landlords look for when renting their property?2015-02-27T11:09:49-04:00

Landlords look out for a good credit score, income proof, past landlord references and other references.

Which markets you work in?2022-07-30T21:55:19-04:00

Our team serves buyer and sellers across the GTA. We also provide landlord service in Mississauga, Milton, Oakville, Brampton and Downtown Toronto. Our tenant services are limited to our own landlords’ listings only.

The easiest and quickest way to find a rental property is to visit Canada’s official website Should you see our listing at any time on, feel free to contact us and we will definitely book you a showing. You can download this site’s app for iPhone or Android phones. REALTOR.CA website showcases the latest rental listings anywhere in Canada. Feel free to contact the REALTORS who show up next to listings that are of interest to you (including the listings shown below). These REALTORS represent respective properties that display next to their names. is an official website where you can find more than 90% of freehold and condominium listings for rent or sale.

Do you also offer renting and property management services?2017-09-28T13:17:52-04:00

Absolutely, that’s a major part of real estate investment business. We offer a la carte rental property management service.

What other services can you offer?2019-07-26T18:55:00-04:00

Our job involves assisting you with bank approval process, property selection, lawyer’s due diligence, financial due diligence and property management services.

How much down payment one needs to buy an investment property?2017-09-28T13:20:07-04:00

It depends on the property value and how much banks want to lend you. In general, residential investment properties can be bought for as little as 20 percent down, as long as banks qualify you based on income and your debt to equity ratio. For vacant land, you are looking at full cash down. If you are buying a business for sale, you may be required to pay 35% to 40% down payment. Plus, you can be asked to pay your own cash towards the goodwill money. We work with lenders who might also fund 50% of goodwill money, based on the type of business, cash-flow and other financial analysis.

What kind of investment properties you offer?2017-09-28T13:21:33-04:00

We can offer you residential and investment properties. These include: freehold homes, condo apartments, townhouses, and builder new construction.

Can we cancel listing at any time?2017-09-28T13:22:18-04:00

Certainly! You’re under no obligation to us. You can cancel your listing on any justifiable ground. End of the day, your success and satisfaction is responsible for our success and satisfaction.

Do you offer special commission to both sell and buy a property ?2015-02-25T19:06:39-04:00

Sure, we can discuss more in detail when we meet.

Can we get in touch with some of your clients for references?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

Sure, with pleasure! Get in touch with us and we can provide references for you to contact. You can also read our client testimonials on Google, FaceBook and

Why should we list property with you?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 TREB statistics put Amit Kalia amongst top 1% Realtors in the City of Mississauga including Square One condos postal code, based on number of transactions. When you list with Team Kalia, you get access to our unique and unmatched value added services and benefits for sellers. You can browse our client testimonials on Google, FaceBook and Start the process of selling your home with our free home evaluation with a simple phone call to Team Kalia.

How long is the listing contract for?2015-02-25T18:47:46-04:00

The listing contract is usually for 90 days. A lot depends on the condition of your home, the asking price and time period to sell your home. The listing contract may last for over 6 months.

Do you offer free home evaluation?2019-07-26T18:42:21-04:00

Yes, we offer free home evaluation service at no obligation to you. This service is available to sellers who absolutely have to sell their home.

What is your commission for selling my property?2018-12-05T13:02:36-04:00

There are two parts to real estate commissions. The first part is paid to the buyer’s brokerage. This commission is roughly 2.5% of the sold price. Almost 99% of sellers pay this amount in order to stay competitive with other sellers in the market. The second part is paid to the listing brokerage or what goes into our brokerage’s pocket. As your listing broker, we offer one of the most competitive commission plans in terms of value that is very hard for others to match. You can choose from our 3 different commission plans. Call us for more information.

Team Amit Kalia’s services guarantee hassle-free home selling with 30 days sold guarantee, superior marketing and home staging services, astute negotiating skills and years of local experience. For more details, we are happy to meet, evaluate your property and continue with our discussion.

Do you specialize in freehold homes or condominiums sales?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

We sell both types of properties. We have helped many young families buy or rent condos in their initial days of settling in. As their families and incomes grew, we have helped them upgrade to bigger freehold properties. We have clients who use our guidance to sell their current homes and upsize or downsize into other homes or condos because of lifestyle changes as well.

Which neighbourhoods do you mostly list your properties in?2019-07-26T14:57:07-04:00

Our property listings cover entire Mississauga that include Port Credit, Mineola, Lorne Park, Sheridan, Clarkson, Dixie, Applewood, Cawthra,  Downtown Mississauga City Centre Area, Churchill Meadows, East Credit, Meadowvale, Erin Mills, Central Erin Mills, Streetsville, Creditview, Cooksville, Hurontario, Mississauga Valleys and Lisgar.

What can buyers expect from you as their Realtor?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

Apart from the general advantage of dealing with the reliable backing of RE/MAX (#1 Real Estate Company in Canada), the first thing you can expect from our team is TOP RESULTS!
We address your queries with patience and attention to your needs and give you valuable information about real estate and negotiate top dollars on your home’s buying price. We are fortunate to have over 60% of our business come from repeat clients and their referrals. This speaks of our quality service and dedication to our work.

We will also put you in touch with other home related service providers such as lenders, home inspectors, lawyers, handymen, painters etc. to make moving homes an exciting, enjoyable and hassle-free experience for you and your family.

When it comes to buying a property in a multiple bid situation, we give great importance to make your home more safe and secure. Take for example, “Full Home Systems Warranty” and up to $25,000 “Home Closing Protection” program. These insurance products (optional) guard you against home systems and appliances breakdown expenses, plus cost and damages due to failed closings. Thus giving you complete protection even in the most adverse situations.

Do we need to sign a buyer agency contract?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

Yes, that would be a necessity! Feel free to browse through our client reviews online for further information on us and our premium services.

If you’re a previous client, we are happy to defer signing the buyer agency contract for later. Trust is the foundation for business with our repeat clients.

Do you offer free consultation?2017-09-28T15:10:46-04:00

Yes, we offer about 30 to 45 minutes consultation absolutely free. Feel free to contact Team Amit Kalia today. We can meet at our RE/MAX office that’s conveniently located in Mississauga City Centre, near the SQ ONE mall.

How much do you charge from buyers?2017-09-28T14:57:24-04:00

Please remember that buyers do not pay any fee; only sellers pay real estate commission. Sometimes, buyers pay a fee to my brokerage when they hire our services to invest in a “sale by owner property”. Buyers rely on us for many reasons: for accurate price analysis; negotiating the best price, preparing an agreement of sale; preparing legal clauses and getting a lawyer’s approval before signing the deal.

We feel that most private sale properties can be overpriced. Many private sellers aim to have their cake and eat it too by avoiding agent-commissions but adding savings-commission over their asking price.

What is the average price of a home in Mississauga?2022-07-30T22:07:10-04:00

The average price of detached home in Mississauga as per TRREB’s Jul 2022 stats is $1,605,497. Average Price of a Semi-Detached home is $1,058,101. The average price of a condo townhouse in Mississauga is $819,176. The average price of a condo apartment in Mississauga is $659,539. Check out latest Toronto Real Estate market reports.

What is the minimum down payment to buy a property in GTA?2019-07-26T15:06:24-04:00

If you are working in Canada and have good credit history, you can buy with as low as 5% down payment. If you are working outside Canada, have a good credit rating and relationship with a reliable bank that has a strong presence in Canada, you might be sanctioned 20% or more.

Do you specialize in buying freehold homes or condominiums?2019-11-17T05:58:32-04:00

We have been buying and selling both types of properties since 2003.We have helped many young families buy or rent condos in their initial days of settling in. As their families and incomes grew, we have helped them upgrade to bigger freehold properties. We have clients who use our guidance to sell their current homes and up size or downsize into other homes or condos because of life style changes as well. Call us for an in depth discussions on condos & freehold properties. We will discuss affordability, define your lifestyle choices & neighbourhood preference, all of which will help you make an informed choice between freehold properties or condos.

Do you help in buying residential or commercial properties?2022-07-30T22:08:41-04:00

We deal more with the residential side of the real estate business. This includes resale homes and condos, under-construction and builder pre-construction condos (many of which are offered to us the exclusive VIP pricing). Most of our buyers have graduated to become real estate investors over a period of time. So can you!

If you are looking for commercial investment opportunities, we can put you in touch with seasoned Commercial realtors at our Brokerage.

Which markets do you cover?2017-09-28T15:02:31-04:00

We specialize in condos at Square One Mississauga City Centre, Downtown Mississauga. We also deal in all residential properties in Mississauga, Toronto, Brampton, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton and Burlington. Our RE/MAX offices are located all the above cities and towns including the rest of Canada. We will be able to refer you one the most powerful teams in the niche market you are planning to buy or sell.

What kind of properties do you sell?2017-09-28T15:03:42-04:00

We sell residential properties that include freehold and condominium, builder new construction, under construction and assignment sale (flipping).

What kind of properties you rent?2017-09-28T15:05:30-04:00

We typically work with our landlords to lease their homes and condos for a minimum of one-year lease contract only. We do not offer rental of basements or other short-term accommodation as these listings are mostly handled by landlords directly.

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