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General My “Why” Have you taken the time to sit down, look at your life and figure out why it is that you do what you do? This could apply to your career, home life, reading habits, traveling, eating habits, exercise and the list goes on. Why are you doing the things you do and are you happy […]
Buyers Best and final offer? There is a notion that real estate agents might be the lowest form of human being on earth. Right up there with used car salesmen. Recently, I have uncovered some evidence to strongly support that notion!   Obviously this is not true for the majority of us out there trying our best to help people. […]
Buyers Multiple representation This is something that has caused some debate in the past and something that you should be aware of when involved in a real estate transaction. When you hire an agent, that person has an obligation to act in your best interests and protect your information. There is a buyer representation agreement that is signed […]
Buyers Making your dream home a reality Buying a home is a big decision – whether it’s your first home or your forever home. There’s a lot more to the home-buying process than searching online for the perfect listing that checks all the boxes. The key is being able to shop with both your heart and your head, and knowing how to […]
General A Seamless Selling Experience Your home is your most valuable asset. When it comes time to sell, you want to be sure you are working with a real estate professional who has the expertise needed to get you top dollar for your home efficiently and effectively. We will work with you to position your home on the market in […]
General Sell now or wait until spring? If you are planning on selling you might very well be wondering if you should get a jump on the competition and sell now or wait until spring when the market is traditionally busier. Here are my thoughts on this conundrum. Spring time generally does have more buyers but it also generally has more sellers. […]
Finances Home evaluations in a hot market The past year has seen unprecedented price increases fueled by short supply and low interest rates and many buyers. There is a belief that the housing market will continue to appreciate at these rates turning the housing market into an investment platform to build wealth rather than simply finding a place to live. Many of […]
Buyers Not the best time in real estate By far, the past couple of years has been some of the worst times in real estate. The pandemic forced people to stay in their homes, and stay they did! The number of listings is the lowest it has been in many years. With interest rates incredibly low and many people wanting to get into […]
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General Who has “the file” on your house? A colleague of mine shared a story the other day that I thought was too good not to write about. It is about a trick that a realtor used to secure the future sale of a home. Even more surprising is that the trick used resulted in my colleague’s own family member using a different […]
Buyers Dates and times in contracts How important are the dates and times in a real estate contract? When you are going through the process of buying or selling a house, the dates and times that are listed in your agreements are very important. You must pay close attention to them. There is no wiggle room and you could easily lose […]
General Winter Selling Tips If you haven’t noticed by now, Sudbury now has a lot of snow on the ground. We have been fortunate this year with the snow coming a little later than last year. Now that it is here, there are some important things to consider when buying and selling homes.   There was a horrific story […]
General When is the best time to sell? We get asked this question a lot. The answer is a lot simpler than you might be expecting.   Everyday I see articles in the big papers about real estate. The newspapers job is to get people to read their articles. More eyes on their articles, the more they can charge for advertising. So they […]
Buyers How do real estate agents get paid? There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation out there around how a real estate agent is paid. Hopefully this blog post will clear that up.   First off, real estate agents are 100% commission based. They do not get a salary or a weekly pay cheque. The only time they are paid […]
Buyers Deposit vs Down Payment The deposit is different from a down payment. Often buyers get these two items mixed up or confused. A down payment is at least 5% of the purchase price, sometimes 20% or more depending on how you want the transaction to go and if you want or need to pay for mortgage insurance. The down […]
Buyers Canadian Mortgage App Before you start looking to buy a home, it is best to have your finances in order so you know the price range to look in. A pre-approval with your mortgage agent is always a good idea. If you want to know what your monthly costs, land transfer fees, rebates and closing costs might be, […]
Buyers Is Co-Owning a home an option for you? The price of owning a home is quickly becoming out of reach for many living in Ontario. In just one year, prices have increased over 20% and the pressure for increases is still on. Depending on who you follow or what article you read, the market is either going to crash hard or not at […]
General Home Sale Preparations What to focus on when preparing your home for sale     In order to maximize buyer interest, you want to do what you can to make your house look its best. Here is a list of things to focus on.     1. Curb appeal   If your house looks bad from the outside, […]
Buyers Green Space Have you ever been told by somebody that the house you are interested in (or that you bought) backs onto “green space” and that you will have lots of privacy only to learn later that a new subdivision is to be built right in your back yard? New homes are being built all the time. […]