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

writing...Geez, it’s been a while since I’ve hammered on the keyboard for my blog.  Too long, apparently, because I’ve had a number of people ask me where I’ve gone…both with my blog and my newsletter!  So I’m here to say, I’m back to writing and Imma gonna do my best to keep on top of it!

I figure I’m going to do a few changes though, and work to implement some projects I’ve been dying to do.  We all know video is where it’s at, and if you’ve been following my business (real estate), you will have noticed that I’ve been doing full video virtual tours for the homes I sell…and the response has been incredible!  So I want to take it to the next level and do a showcase series for my county.  It’s actually something I’ve been pondering for quite a while now (over a year!), but…well…life kind of gets in the way sometimes.

See, I live in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern Ontario, and I want to show it off.  Yes, I know I’m a bit biased, but I think after I show you all what I’m talking about, it will be hard to argue the fact.  I’ll continue to write the way I always have, but these will be some…added pieces.

So be patient with me, and we’ll make this year a year of exploration!  Thanks for riding along  🙂

We’ve all heard that statement, right?  And lets face it, there’s a lot of truth to it.  Fences offer privacy, let you keep a dog in the yard without worries, sometimes even adds a level of security to your property.  If you don’t already have a fence around your backyard though, what do you need before you put one up? (more…)

photo courtesy of seemsartless.com

photo courtesy of seemsartless.com

Well, if it leaks, of course!  But how long should you let it go before it does start leaking before you swap over those shingles for new ones?  And what exactly are your options?  Is it something you can do yourself?  Should you? (more…)

Ok, I really need to make a part 2 of my last post.  This is it.  So last time I spoke about the mortgage broker that I use pretty frequently, but I can’t talk about mortgages without talking about someone else too.  Enter, Sheryl Williams!

Any good team consists of more than one way to get a job done, and done right.  I’ve assisted several clients in the past that have a variety of opinions on different lenders…some are more biased than others, and some opinions are more validated than others too!  Some people prefer to work with a bank to get their mortgage, some rather the mortgage broker. (more…)

Canadian-Money

No one, that’s who!  Well, ok, maybe not no one, but if there’s a good prize at the end of it, and no real commitment to enter, of course people love it.  Guess what I have for you!  An incredible contest with an even more incredible prize!!  Ok, so what’s the biggest out of pocket expense when buying a home?  This one’s easy…it’s your down payment.  5% of your total borrowing costs.  That’s a huge chunk!  Read on, my friends…read on… (more…)

Product-Photography-TorontoThey say a picture is worth a thousand words.  A picture is a piece of art.  And I’m here to say that pictures can make or break your listing.  Let’s talk about this for a bit, because it’s a bit of a personal pet peeve. (more…)

ImageSilly question, right?  Well, maybe not.  Odds are, if you’re thinking of selling your house then you’ve lived in it for a while now.  Driving up to it every day, seeing it all the time, it’s natural to look at it under a different light than potential buyers.

Curb appeal is the physical attractiveness of your home from the outside…specifically the curb.  (I know, but sometimes it’s necessary to state the obvious to make a point).  Most buyers are doing their preliminary house hunting online, and a lot of them will do a “drive by” of a potential home before they call up their agent to have a look inside.  Does your home stack up?  If someone drove past your house, from the street does it look enticing enough to make people want to look further?  That’s our goal here.

(more…)

winter-for-sale_500Well, after a much needed vacation with my beautiful and supportive wife, I’m back to work full force. It’s very encouraging that in January I’m seeing as much activity as I am, and even though right now I’m working with more Buyers than Sellers, I’ve been speaking with several people about listing their home. The most common question I’m getting from people is should I list now, even with it being winter?

I think if you polled most REALTORS, you would find that it is an extremely common question so I’m going to try and give you the short answer right now.

(more…)

Needs some work...Ok, so this is something I have a lot of experience with, and I have no doubt any of my REALTOR friends will agree with me here.  If you’re in the market to buy a home, please read on and take to heart some of the things I have to say.

It’s pretty common knowledge that an integral part of any home purchase will include a Home Inspection (and if you’re looking in the country include a water and septic one as well, as a standard home inspection will not cover these items).  We have to remember, however, just what exactly this home inspection is FOR.  (more…)

For the past several years I’ve now helped many people buy into their dreams of owning real estate.  There are a lot of people reluctant to buy, however, and I’ve heard a ton of reasons as to why.  Many of the reasons are sound, and I would never dispute anyone’s personal reasons on why they wouldn’t invest in real estate…well, some of the time, anyways!  One thing I want to clear up is the phrase “now is not a good time to buy…”

The question I have to that is why not?  I personally think that it’s always a good time to buy!  Now before anyone gets defensive on me here, let me explain.  It’s all about time.  Not timing, but time itself.  I just read an artical writen by Paul Kondakos who mirrored most of what I have been saying to people, so I’m going to reiterate some of the key thoughts we seem to share.

(more…)