In my 28 years as a Realtor in Markham, I have sold many "unsellable" homes: drug houses, homes in disrepair, homes where disgruntled tenants have left holes in the walls and ripped the doors off kitchen cabinets
The overwhelming story of 2018 for the Greater Toronto Area is about condo apartments. While other housing types (e.g. townhouse, detached, semi-detached) had flat to moderate price growth in 2018, condos continued to reach new highs in terms of pricing.
Buying a new home begins with determining your "must haves" versus your "would be nice to haves". This list will help you to prioritize what's really important to you and make home-buying easier.
Sometimes you know a desirable street when you see one.
For example, it’s obvious that a home on a cul-de-sac is
enticing mainly because there isn’t any through traffic.
Information is cheap, especially when it comes to real estate. Average sales price, days on market, forecasts and trends...it's all online and at your fingertips. What is much harder to find is someone who can interpret the data...
When people renovate or remodel a room, they almost always overlook the door. However, changing the style of an interior door, or adding a new one, can dramatically change the look of a living space - often for the better.
Remember the last time you visited an upscale furniture showroom? The furniture and fixtures on display probably looked great. The colours and textures jumped out at you. It was a feast for the eyes!
There is a good reason why: Lighting.
For the first time ever, Canadians who are 65+ outnumber children 14 and under. As our population ages, families are facing changes and challenges as living requirements are adjusted. Read More...
Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for making the home hunting process less stressful.. Read More...
Downsizing? Decluttering? Getting your house in good shape is also a very good time to think about getting your estate plan in good order. After all, those things that you have decided were important enough to keep should also have a final resting place.
When it comes to home fire safety, a little preparation and precaution go a long way to ensure your family, your home, and your valuables are protected. Consider the following important information about preventing, fighting & escaping residential fires.
There are many good reasons to put your property on the market. Some examples include a relocation, the kids leaving the nest, the need for something bigger or smaller, and the list goes on and on.
It has become standard for retailers to offer low cost supplementary “insurance protection plans” on appliances and electronics. These plans may seem like a good idea, but before you buy one, be sure the plan actually offers real added value.
When you’re viewing a property that’s on the market, you’ll probably try to imagine how your furniture will fit and look in that space. Where will your desk go in the home office? How will you position the sofa and chairs in the living room?
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”? Are you worried the same thing could happen when you put your own house on the market? The 3 most common reasons...
When buyers view your home, they ask themselves whether they like it. Assuming that the answer is "yes", they try to determine how much work would be required before they could move in.
The last thing you want on moving day is a problem with the moving company. Ideally, you want them to show up on time, handle your possessions with care, and act professionally. Helping aging parents? You may want some extra services... read more
The use of sensationalized headlines and the reporting of only a sliver of the story can be misleading. What they failed to mention is that...Click to read more.
Clutter causes more than just a mess, .it bombards our brain with stimuli, deterring our ability to make decisions and sapping our energy. Clearing the clutter is an essentioal task when we are thinking about selling our home!
Analysis paralysis is the state of over-analyzing a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. We see this in today’s real estate market. Buyers and sellers aren’t sure which way the market is going because of
For the first time, "wireless/internet connectivity" has made its way onto the American Society of Landscape Architects list of Top 10 Landscaping Projects according to their recent survey.
Curb appeal in today's market really means 'Web' appeal and it will be the quality of your photos online that determine whether buyers choose to visit your house offline.