Jul

28

Why Would Someone List Their House For $1?

  I have to question a seller’s frame of mind when a realtor suggests listing their home for a dollar.  To me, this one of the silliest gimmicks  in selling in this market or any market. There are so many reasons in which this tactic fails. What got me on this topic was I recently […]

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Mar

31

Painting a Quick Way To Increase Your Home’s Value

The easiest and quickest way to brighten up any room is simply by adding a fresh coat of paint.   A simple and affordable way to transform a space from ho hum to wow. We all have our on sense of style and for you it might be having a mustard coloured kitchen with your livingroom […]

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Mar

20

Make a Lasting Impression and Raise Your Toronto Home’s Value

With the end of what was a long cold winter we all are anticipating the spring weather to come.  But with the coming of Spring it also heralds in the busiest period of the year in our Toronto Real Estate market. With the announcement of continued low interest rates the next couple of months will […]

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May

20

Selling or Buying a House Is Not A Poker Game!

What drives me crazy are cheesy realtor billboards saying they’re “Top Negotiators”. It’s this group who tell home owners that selling their home is similar to a poker game, with a mindset establishing a scenario of a winner and a loser. What you establish here is a take it or leave it attitude, which will […]

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May

06

A Snapshot of Durham Housing Sales Over The Last 5 Years

Durham’s Monthly Sales Cycles Over the Last 5 Years   I have been writing and publishing housing statistics for years and my historical blog posts are the second most popular behind schools.   Having done dozens of posts for Toronto I thought it was time for me to provide Durham readers the same analysis.   Now […]

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Oct

01

What’s The Best Strategy Selling First Then Buying?

  Whether you are downsizing or upsizing be prepared for a stressful experience. You’ve made the decision to move, but now comes the critical one…Do you sell first or buy first?  In a previous blog I addressed the buying first then selling scenario and the following link will get your there.  What’s The Best Strategy […]

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Sep

27

What’s The Best Strategy Buying First Then Selling?

The Stress of Buying First Then Selling We all have our own comfort levels in managing stress.   Some are certainly the more cautious types, while the other side of the spectrum we have those who are cool under pressure and  relish living on the edge.  Either way making the decision to buy or sell first […]

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Sep

03

The Longer a House Is For Sale Impacts Selling Price

I see dozens of homes and condos in any given week and there are two things which I always immediately look for: The Listing Price How Long Has it been for sale When my clients and I are looking at a home these two key metrics are always critical indicators whether the property is properly […]

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Mar

05

Thinking Of Selling Privately? Dealing With An Offer

Selling Privately And Dealing With An Offer This is the 4th in a series of blogs dealing with the issues surrounding selling your home privately in Toronto.    I wanted to outline that selling yourself is possible, however you had better be fully aware of what you can expect in going it alone.   Like any job […]

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Feb

28

Thinking of Selling Privately? The First Weeks Are Always Painful

This is the third in my series on selling your home privately from both a seller’s and buyer’s view.   As I said from the beginning if you can do, great!   However prepare yourself physically, mentally and financially for the road which lies ahead. If you are new to this series then you should check […]

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