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Beware of Over-Downsizing or Over-Upsizing

Sunday May 06th, 2018

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Buying a new pair of shoes is relatively easy. Once you find the style you like, all you need to do is try them on and see if they fit. If they do, you go to the cash register and pay. When it comes to size, buying a new home can be trickier! Whether your intention is to upsize or downsize, figuring out the right size can be especially challenging. Say for example, you’re downsizing from a large two-story home to a smaller bungalow. You don’t want... [read more]

8 Reasons Why a House Isn’t Selling

Monday Apr 30th, 2018

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  Have you ever driven by a For Sale sign and wondered, “That house has been on the market for a long time, I wonder why it isn’t selling”? You might have asked that question because you were worried the same thing would happen when you put your own house on the market! Here are the top reasons why a house isn't selling: 1. How  you picked the last agent. Your agent should always be there for you in every... [read more]

Market Watch | March 2018

Monday Apr 30th, 2018

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5 Unexpected Things Home Buyers Want to See

Thursday Apr 19th, 2018

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If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you probably know the basics of what buyers want to see. Clean and uncluttered rooms. Comfortable living room. Functional and spacious kitchen. Bright, modern bathrooms. However, there are some things that today’s buyers are looking for that you might not have considered. Here’s the rundown: Smart storage space. Today’s buyers love to see organized closets, attractive... [read more]

5 Ways to Make the Selling Process Stress-Free

Monday Apr 16th, 2018

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For some homeowners, the process of listing, showing and selling their home can be stressful. Fortunately, there is plenty you can do to make it much less nerve-racking—and even exciting and enjoyable. Here are some ideas: Make a plan. Decide when you’re going to show your property, search for a new home, view listings, etc. Block out these times in an agenda book or calendar. That way, you and your family can see what’s coming up. Be... [read more]

5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

Wednesday Mar 28th, 2018

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There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or you may have purchased another property and don’t want to be stuck too long with two mortgages. Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn sooner: Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the current market value of your home, then you’re not... [read more]

Open House Questions Some Buyers Forget to Ask

Monday Mar 05th, 2018

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An Open House is an event. And, like many events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and energy. In fact, when you visit an Open House, you might even end up rubbing elbows with other buyers who are there at the same time. It can feel like a party! In an environment like that, it’s not unusual to forget to ask important questions about the property. Here are some of the most common: How old is the roof? How old is the furnace,... [read more]

Make Your House “Picture Perfect” For Buyers

Tuesday Feb 27th, 2018

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When you walk into a nice hotel room, what do you usually notice first? It may be the large, often beautiful picture hanging above the bed. You’ll probably find a smaller, equally attractive picture hanging in the bathroom. Often there will be at least two more adorning other walls. That’s no accident. Hotels know that pictures are the simplest, surest way to make a good-looking room look great. The same thing holds true when preparing your house... [read more]

Remove Emotion When Selling

Tuesday Feb 27th, 2018

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Most real estate experts agree that being too emotionally attached to your home can lead to poor decision making, such as over-pricing the listing and making hasty choices based on feelings rather than facts. Of course, removing emotion from the home selling equation is easier said than done. After all, it is your home. It’s only natural to be emotionally connected to it. So, how do you ensure that emotions don’t get in the way of selling your house... [read more]

How To Deal With Competing Offers

Tuesday Feb 27th, 2018

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Ideally, you want to be the only buyer who makes an offer on a particular property. That way, assuming your price is acceptable to the seller, you’re almost certain to close the deal. But, it doesn’t always work out that way. In the case of highly desirable homes, it’s very common for there to be competing offers. So, what do you do if there’s a competing offer on a home you really want? First, don’t panic. Just... [read more]

How a Professional Chef Would Remodel Your Kitchen

Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018

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Watch any TV cooking show, and you’ll notice that a chef’s kitchen looks quite a bit different than what you’d find in most homes. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one just like it in your home! With a little remodeling, and splurging on some new items, you too can have a kitchen worthy of Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, or Rachel Ray. Chefs love counter space. So, when remodeling, plan to create as much as possible. If you have an... [read more]

Subtle Signs it May Be Time to Sell

Wednesday Feb 14th, 2018

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Sometimes the reason for putting your home on the market is crystal clear. For example, you might have a job relocation and need to move. Or, you might have decided to downsize because the kids have left the nest. However, there are many other motivations to list your home that are not as obvious, and yet are still good reasons to make a move. Here are just a few examples... You’re bored with your home and are looking for a... [read more]

Deciding Whether to Stay Or Sell

Tuesday Jan 30th, 2018

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Deciding whether to stay in your current home or look for a new one is tough. So tough in fact, that there is a reality TV show about it! If you’re struggling to make that decision, here are some tips that can help: Find out the current market value of your home. This will give you a clear idea of how much your property is likely to sell for in today’s market. Find out how much you can afford to invest in a new home. This is calculated,... [read more]

The Importance of Showing Your Home Often

Tuesday Jan 30th, 2018

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Imagine coming across a “Home for Sale” listing on the internet. It’s in a neighbourhood you’re seriously considering. You and your family are excited. You can hardly wait to view the property and see if it could be your next dream home. Then, there’s a problem.  When you contact the agent, she says the homeowners are busy people and won’t be able to show the house until next week. Even then, the only time available is... [read more]

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

Tuesday Jan 30th, 2018

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If you’ve played the game Monopoly, you’ve probably picked up the Chance card that reads, “Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go...” That’s good advice when shopping for a new home. When you see a property you like and you’re thinking of making an offer, spend some time walking around the neighbourhood. This will give you a better sense of what it’s going to be like to live there. After all, the last thing you... [read more]

Should You Rent Out Part of Your Home?

Tuesday Jan 02nd, 2018

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  Have you ever considered renting out a room to a student or renovating your basement into a self-contained rental apartment? It’s a big decision. There are many pros and cons to consider. On the pro side, renting can provide you with additional income. An extra few hundred dollars a month can go a long way towards paying down your mortgage or splurging on an exotic summer vacation. Creating rentable living space in your home —... [read more]

Using Neighbourhood Data to Help Sell Your Home

Tuesday Jan 02nd, 2018

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  Your neighbourhood has a lot of features that can help sell your home faster. Unfortunately, buyers don’t usually notice those features just by driving around. So, you need to make sure they get all the information they need about your neighbourhood. For example, say homes don’t go on the market often in your area. That’s an indication that the quality of life in the neighbourhood is so good that no one wants to leave! In real estate... [read more]

Market Watch | March 2018

Sunday Dec 24th, 2017

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Market Watch | Historic Statistics

Tuesday Dec 05th, 2017

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Checklist for WOW-ing a Buyer during a Viewing

Monday Dec 04th, 2017

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Imagine you were selling your car, and a prospective buyer was on the way over to see it. What would you do? You would probably make your vehicle look as clean and shiny as possible, inside and out. The same holds true if you’re selling your home and there’s a potential buyer on the way. You want the buyer to be wow’d by your property. Here’s a handy checklist to follow: Clean every room. Make your entire house look as “guest... [read more]

How Long Does It Take to Find a New Home?

Sunday Dec 03rd, 2017

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If you’re planning to look for a new home sometime in the future, you may be wondering how long the process will take. How much time should you set aside for viewings? How many of the listed homes should you see? One factor that impacts the home shopping process is how clearly you know what you want. For example, if you’re certain you want a three bedroom backsplit, in an upscale neighbourhood, then the process is going to be fairly simple.... [read more]

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

Sunday Dec 03rd, 2017

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If you’re considering selling your home soon, you will want to know how much it is likely to sell for in today’s market. Even if selling is the furthest thing from your mind, you may be curious to know how much your property is worth. How can you find out? Ask me. As your REALTOR®, I will look at a variety of characteristics to determine the current market value of your home. These will include the number of bedrooms/bathrooms, the condition of the... [read more]

Market Watch | March 2017 — October 2017

Monday Nov 06th, 2017

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 Market Watch | Eden Mesganaw >> Read More/Download PDF     >> Read More/Download PDF   >> Read More/Download PDF     >> Read More/Download PDF   >> Read More/Download PDF     >> Read More/Download... [read more]

How to choose the right Real Estate Agent

Sunday Nov 05th, 2017

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I am highlighting questions you need to ask to help you choose the right real estate agent. So without further ado, here are the questions you should be asking in order for you to be represented by the right real estate agent.   1) Experience. You have to keep in mind that you’re going through one of the most challenging process of your life — buying or selling your home. See to it that you have a realtor at your side that has already... [read more]

14 Big Time Mistakes…

Wednesday Nov 01st, 2017

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    …that cost you money when buying your home. 1) Failing to use the services of an experienced REALTOR. Many times buyers avoid using the services of a REALTOR under the mistaken belief that it costs them money- or that they will be able to negotiate a better deal directly with the seller or seller’s agent. This can be an expensive mistake. If you are negotiating directly with the seller or seller’s agent, you may not be... [read more]

Common Household Items that Can Cause a Fire

Tuesday Oct 31st, 2017

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You never want to smell smoke in your home and realize there’s a fire. That’s why it is important to be diligent about fire safety. Experts recommend that homeowners be especially careful with the following common household items: • Portable heaters. Never leave one in a room unattended. Make sure paper and other combustible materials are well away from these units. • Electronics chargers. We all want our computers, tablets and... [read more]

Do Open Houses Still Work?

Tuesday Oct 31st, 2017

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Buyers are using the internet to search for properties more than ever before. In some cases, they can even go on a “virtual” tour of a home using their smartphone or desktop computer. So, you might be wondering if the oldfashioned Open House still works these days? The answer is yes. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see them advertised. If Open Houses didn’t work, no one would be doing them! No matter how good the internet gets, it can’t compete... [read more]

How To Buy The Right Home, Quickly

Sunday Oct 29th, 2017

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​ You’re in a rush. You have just three weeks to find and buy the right home. Whoa! How are you going to make that happen? Don’t stress. Here are some tips that will help:     Get a pre-approved mortgage. With this document you’ll know exactly what you can afford. A seller will take your offer-to-purchase more seriously, too. Make a wish list. Be clear about what you want... [read more]

The Practically Perfect Open House

Sunday Oct 29th, 2017

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If you plan to have an open house to help sell your property, you will obviously want to make the best impression possible on potential buyers. It is very important that all minor repairs be completed before the open house. Even a squeaking door can be a distraction to... [read more]

Staging The Three Most Important Rooms

Sunday Oct 29th, 2017

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When your home is shown to potential buyers, every room is important. However, there are three types of rooms that buyers tend to pay particular attention to: kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms.  How do you make these rooms look great? Use these staging tips from professionals. In the kitchen, make sure the stove, sink and countertops are spotless. In addition, the countertops should be clear of anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. You want to create the impression that... [read more]

11 Things to Do Before You List Your House

Tuesday Oct 17th, 2017

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  1. Prepare Your Papers Find all important papers you'll need to lure a potential buyer before you exhaust yourself trying to get the fingerprints off the walls. Even operating manuals for your appliances and HVAC system are as important. relevant warranties, survey, deed, floor plan, agreement of purchase and sale or contract when you bought the house, etc. 2. Prepare Your Home: Inside & Out When you go inside your home, do some inspections, fix any... [read more]

10 Reasons to List Your Home This Month

Tuesday Oct 10th, 2017

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Is selling your property the furthest thing from your mind? Well, here are some reasons for listing your property that you might not have considered. 1. Your property may be worth more than you think. (It’s difficult to determine market value on your own. I can calculate it for you. Give me a call.) 2. You might qualify for a better home than you anticipate. 3. Perhaps you are tired of your current property and want a change. 4. There may be homes on the market in a neighbourhood... [read more]

What's The Deal With Home Trust?

Thursday May 25th, 2017

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Home Trust is a lender primarily focused on helping people who do not qualify (either because of credit, income or down payment) with traditional banks. These clients end up paying more in rate and fees, but, they get short-term financing. Home Trust has been a leader in this space for decades.   Unfortunately, two bad things happened. First, in 2014 they accepted a lot of business from brokers who committed fraud. Second, they didn't really do a great job disclosing this to... [read more]

MAY 2017 TREB MID-MONTH STATISTICS

Thursday May 25th, 2017

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  TREB STATISTICS   MAY 2017 TREB MID-MONTH STATISTICS   May 17, 2017 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,021 transactions through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of May 2017. This result was down by 16 percent in comparison to the same time period in May 2016. The decline in sales was greatest for low-rise home types, including detached and semi-detached houses and townhouses.   The number of new listings was up... [read more]

16-points Action Plan By The Gov't To Cool Down Toronto RE Market

Monday May 08th, 2017

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Ontario's Fair Housing Plan April 20, 2017 9:00 A.M.   Ontario's Fair Housing Plan introduces a comprehensive package of measures to help more people find affordable homes, increase supply, protect buyers and renters and bring stability to the real estate market. The plan includes: Actions to Address Demand for Housing: Introducing legislation that would, if passed, implement a new 15-per-cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on the price of homes in the... [read more]

Can New Kitchen Appliances Increase the Value of Your Home?

Thursday May 04th, 2017

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Next to a major kitchen renovation, replacing appliances is the most expensive way to upgrade the space. So if you’re purchasing a new refrigerator, stove or dishwasher in order to make your home more attractive to buyers, you want to make wise purchasing decisions.   The most important consideration is how the appliances will look in the kitchen. Ideally, they should match in colour and style. They should also be the right size for the space. The last thing you want is a... [read more]

Low-Cost Storage Hacks for Creating More Space

Wednesday Apr 12th, 2017

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Comedian George Carlin’s most memorable routine was, “A place for my stuff.” In it, he talked about dealing with the increasing quantity of items we accumulate throughout life.   George was funny. The problem is not. Here are some low-cost ideas for quickly creating storage space for your stuff.   Attach a cloth pouch or thin plastic basket to the inside of cupboard doors. This is a great way to store Tupperware lids, cosmetics,... [read more]

Should You Move or Renovate? Three Things to Consider:

Sunday Mar 19th, 2017

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Determining if you should buy a new home or fix up your current one isn’t easy. In fact, the decision can be steeped in so much drama they make reality TV shows about it!   So if you’re considering whether to move or improve, here are three things to consider.   Will a renovation truly fix what you don’t like about your property? If you’re tired of a small kitchen, for example, it might not be possible, given the layout, to make it any... [read more]

How to Reduce the Chance of a Burglary by 90%

Sunday Mar 19th, 2017

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No one wants to deal with a burglary. How do you reduce the chances of one happening?   Fortunately, burglaries are a well-studied phenomenon — especially by law enforcement. These studies have identified specific things you can do to cut the risk dramatically. Here are some ideas:   34% of home break-ins occur through the front door. Experts recommend investing in a door with a top-quality locking mechanism. (The best are those that lock at three points of... [read more]

Will an Open House Help Sell your Home?

Monday Feb 20th, 2017

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You’ve probably seen signs around the area for Open Houses. You may have even attended a few. These are open invitations for potential buyers to drop by on a certain day and time, to check out the property and get more information.   When you’re listing your home for sale, you might wonder whether you’ll need to have an Open House.   To answer that question, you’ll need to consider the pros and cons. Planning and hosting an open house isn’t as... [read more]

Do You Have an Exit Plan in Case of a Fire?

Monday Feb 20th, 2017

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In almost every movie featuring a house on fire, the actors seem to be able to move around the house and see just fine, while beating back flames with a shirt or coat. Of course, that’s not what happens in real fires.   When there’s fire in a home, there is typically complete darkness (because the power goes out) and a cloud of spreading thick, black smoke makes it difficult to see and breathe.   That’s why knowing how to get out of your house —... [read more]

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