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

24

Clean It or Remove It: Raising Your Home’s Value

Here is a picture I took two years ago of a Toronto city crew removing 3 bins of junk from an east-end hoarder’s house.   It took them 3 days to clear it out. Statistic:  41% of surveyed real estate professionals put dirt, smells and clutter on the list of costliest home-selling mistakes  This is the […]

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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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Nov

13

Toronto’s Housing Market Is Just Like The Weather

 Toronto’s Housing Market Is Just Like The Weather Weather is local and same goes for the housing market.  It could be raining in one part of town while 10 kilometers away the sun is still shining.  The same applies to real estate where one neighbourhood house sales are sluggish where another homes are selling the […]

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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

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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Jan

25

Would You Buy A House Which You Saw From The Space Station?

You’re in the International Space Station with Commander Hadfield and as you are traveling 367 kilometers above the earth at 7.7 km per second you spot a house.  So from this great vantage point you decide that the house looks great so then and there you buy it.  The good news, as of yet, there […]

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Jan

11

Neanderthal Realtors and the Damage Done

On occasion I feel that I have to inform buyers and sellers of some the Neanderthals who work in my industry – no disrespect to our long distant cousins. During the fall I was selling a home in Toronto’s east end and like I always so I was delivering about 200 open house cards to […]

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Dec

22

Toronto’s Housing Market Expect a Changing Wind For 2013

In the last 3 months of 2012 there was definitely a cautiousness in our Toronto real estate market.  Sellers experienced something in the fall market which had not been seen in years… a real shortage of buyers.  For those selling in the last quarter of 2012 most found weeks pass without getting a single showing.  […]

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