Words That Work

After trudging through one property after another with your real estate representative, you’re just about ready to give up on finding your perfect next home until you take one step into a certain front door and realize … “This is it!” Unfortunately, you may not be the only person who feels that instant connection. What can you do to give …

Is “As Is” Good Enough?

Sellers are sometimes encouraged to have a professional home inspection conducted before they list their house, so they can take care of any repairs before taking the chance that defects show up later that delay or even cancel a buyer’s offer. Some sellers, however, will forego the inspection process and list a property “as is”. Why would a seller list …

The Buddy System

Today’s real estate prices are making it hard enough to purchase property with two salaries, let alone one. So how does a single person buy into today’s market? In many cases, it’s by partnering with a friend or relative. The first step in entering into what is likely the largest purchase of your life is to sit down with your …

Site Unseen

Could you imagine buying your next house, before even physically stepping foot into it? For any number of reasons, you may find yourself in that position. In the process of being transferred from one end of the country to the other, and have time and logistical considerations that make it impossible to visit properties in person? Looking to buy an …

Home Sales, Prices on the Rise

Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Garry Bhaura announced year-over-year increases in both home sales and average sale prices processed through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2018. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,492 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2018 — a 6 percent increase compared to October 2017, while the average sale price for October 2018 was up …

The Price of Paint!

Your Listing Salesperson has no doubt explained the importance of painting your home before it goes on the market, in order to freshen it up and boost its sales appeal. But did you know the actual colour of paint you choose can not only increase (or decrease) interest in your home, but can also influence the price you sell your …

Scary Smells in the Basement?

If your basement smells more frightening than fresh, it’s not enough to simply mask it with air fresheners, which are a temporary fix at best. It’s vital to track down the cause of the smells, starting with these common sources: Dampness. The biggest cause of a musty basement is typically mould and mildew, both directly related to moisture that gets …

Buyer Beware: How Do You Know if a House is Haunted?

For the complete story, click below: https://www.realtor.ca/blog/postpage/6022/1362/buyer-beware-how-do-you-know-if-a-house-is-haunted-/ What does “haunted” mean, exactly? Some buyers are sensitive to paranormal activity, while others are unfazed. In other words, ghostly encounters are subjective, so if you’re the kind of person who believes in disembodied spirits, it’s a good idea to let your REALTOR® know before you begin house hunting. And while REALTORS® are …

Selling? Don’t Overdo It!

There’s lots of advice to be found about how to prepare your home for sale, but it’s just as important to recognize when to take a deep breath and leave well-enough alone, as sometimes over-improving can lead to under-performing. Have a house with a big backyard? You may decide that an impressive landscaping project is just the ticket to a …

10 Easy Fixes for That Nearly Perfect House You Want to Buy

, 2018 Houzz Contributor, Laura Gaskill From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind when shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision. Although easy is a relative term, accomplishing the 10 fixes that follow is generally pretty straightforward. We also point out …