Archive for the ‘Let’s buy a Home… (or sell one…)’ Category

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So I was sitting here thinking “I really need to write up a blog entry…what should I write about?”.  A renovation idea? Naw. Politics? No, I’ve already stirred up enough there. Some upcoming event in the area? Maybe, but I want to write up something people will find interesting. Then I came across an article, and it hit me. The Most Expensive House Ever Sold. I read about it, I looked at the pictures, and you know what I found? When you have a ludicrous amount of money, you can build just about anything you ever dreamed of! Take a look:

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snoopy losingThis probably isn’t news to most people at this point right now, but the real estate market is hot! Especially in certain places…Hamilton has been called the best place to invest in Canada by some, and a properly priced and listed home can often times sell in one day (I can attest to this from personal experience). Brantford is another where the demand is so high, and the supply is so low, that properly priced and listed homes are not only selling in record short times, but also in competition…sometimes grabbing over $25,000 OVER the list price! (note the key phrase: properly priced and listed!) How sweet it is to be a Seller in a market like that! But what about the other end of things? What about the Buyers? Buying a home is already a very stressful and sometimes overwhelming process, but now you have to do it in a rushed manner with the odds stacked against you. So what do you do? Let me give you some personal insight here and some tips and strategies. I’m not going to tell you I can make it easy, but just maybe I can help to make it less frustrating and stressful. (more…)

Of course you’re going to call me when it’s time to sell your home, right?  And when I get there, I’ll be going over these things anyways.  However, it never hurts to be prepared and it’s not hard to get a jump on things.  When we sell your home, we’re looking to maximize the value, and minimize the time spent on the market.  Knowing this, it only makes sense to follow these steps.  Let’s get started! (more…)

Let's make 2016 great!

Lots happened in 2015, whether you’re discussing world news, domestic politics, economy, and personal movement from a lot of people.  It was a fantastic year for some, a slow year for others, and a painful year for a few. But 2015 is behind us now, and it’s time to look towards 2016! Part of my job is to speculate things to come in the market and advise people when it’s a good time to make their move.  Guess what I’m about to say? (more…)

It’s way too early to start talking Christmas, I know, however there are stores gearing up for it already, and believe it or not, there are people that start decorating their homes by now.  Ok, I’m not here to judge that…if you want to go all Griswall on the neighbourhood, that’s entirely up to you (good luck with those hydro prices this year though…led bulbs will be your friends!).  What I do need to discuss is those people who want to decorate AND are trying to sell at the same time.  What to do?? (more…)

Miley Cyrus’s hit could be the theme song for our Ontario Premiere, Kathleen Wynne.  I just wrote in my last blog “I know that I’ve slammed politicians before, and I have no doubt that I will again…”.  I honestly didn’t think it would be so soon, but with what’s looming over us right now, it’s taking all I have just to keep my language civil!  What, you may ask, has me so riled up all of a sudden?  Taxes.  Yeah, I know, they’re as inevitable as death, but this one could be crippling, and felt across the entire province. (more…)

stylish outletWe’re always looking for ways to improve our homes, whether it’s for our own enjoyment, or to get it ready for sale, and so often we overlook the small things that can have a big impact.

It goes without saying that the hydro service in the home should ideally be breakers, and that the wiring should be updated.  But what about the end of the line?  Specialty outlets can get expensive, but they can also make a big difference in more ways than one. (more…)