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Spring is a Great Time to Sell Your Home!

When spring has sprung, so has the housing market! Spring is typically considered a hot period to sell your home, as it’s the beginning of the busiest season in most areas.

One reason is that people like the warmer weather. Homes look better and days are longer. Families also usually prefer to purchase a home this time of year to be settled before the next school year begins. Homes do not have as much curb appeal during the harsh winter months. Blooming flowers and fresh gardens make the house beautiful and inviting at a first glance.

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2018 Real Estate: Should You Buy or Sell First?

In Toronto’s ever evolving real estate market, both buying and selling a home are very personal decisions. Add buying and selling at the same time, and the process becomes even trickier. The path up the property ladder is different for everyone and which to do first depends on your unique circumstances.

Buying and selling a home at the same time is no small endeavour and involves extensive research and a clear understanding of all the steps involved.

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Top Five Ways to Prep Your Home for an Open House

When selling your home, there are several benefits to having an open house.

It gets eyes on your home, especially for potential buyers who otherwise may not book a showing. Some home buyers prefer the less formal setting of an open house and it gives them the opportunity to easily bring along other family members or friends to view it with them. It is also a great opportunity to receive feedback on your home.

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Toronto Real Estate Market Still Secure – Lower Price Range Wakes Up

What if I were to tell you that the real estate market has woken up – particularly in the lower price range?

With the new mortgage rules and qualifying stress test, many buyers have been pushed down to a lower budget than perhaps they would have in previous years. This has added more buyers in the $550K market and under while the amount of listings has not grown. So like anything, low supply and high demand are pushing activity level and prices!

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Negotiating: Why a Realtor is Best for the Job!

Buying or selling a home is a complex process that involves different issues, multiple parties, conflicting interests and emotions. So having a real estate agent on your side to do your negotiating is your best bet!

Negotiations begin with a written offer, and the agents for the buyers and sellers go back and forth. It’s not just the price – everything is negotiable, including closing date, repairs, appliances, and inspection.

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2018 Real Estate: Should You Renovate or Move?

Soon the spring real estate market will be upon us and many cities and communities across the GTA can expect a flurry of action to start happening.

Last year, homes sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars over listing price and bidding wars became the norm. This year, with a more stabling market, that same trend is yet to be seen, but not expected to be as crazy as those early months of 2017.

So you might be wondering if the time is right to purchase a new home, or simply stay put. It may just be the question of the year when it comes to real estate in 2018.

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Defining the “Right” Agent for You

When looking for representation, Buyers and Sellers will seek for the “best” agent in the industry.

But who is the “best” agent?  Is it the one with the highest sales volume, the one longest in the industry, or is it the agent that connects with their clients and has a proven track record to get the best results in the most effective and efficient way?

Perhaps the question should be re-positioned as to:  “Who is the “right” agent for YOU!”

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Feel Cozy, Warm and Safe by the Fire This Winter

The snow is flying and the temperature has been plummeting for the past few weeks, leading many Canadian homeowners to flip the switch on that gas fireplace. If your home is missing this cozy feature, perhaps it’s an upgrade you’re considering.

While a fireplace will usually add value to a home (including condos!), the type of fireplace you choose will certainly have an impact. For example, a wood burning fireplace will likely result in a higher premium on your home insurance policy, meaning that some homeowners might steer clear of this feature.

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