My son and I went on a much deserved vacation to Mexico where something really unexpected happened. I have shared this story with my friends and now I’m sharing it with the rest of the world.

Although my son and I enjoyed our various excursions, I decided to write about one specific excursion which I will never forget. Deep sea fishing, but with a twist.

More than just a day in paradise

We charted a fishing boat off the Mayan Riviera. They took us over an hour from the coast to a vast area where we might have better luck at catching large fish such as marlin or tuna. Sitting at the back of the fishing boat where the fishing rods were safely secured to the boat, we chatted and drank a beer or two.

The decision was made without much thought

After casting the lines a number of times, we finally caught something on one of our lines. While working hard to reel it in, we saw it jump above the water and it was immediately identified as a sailfish. It turned out to be a 150 pound sailfish that would take us an hour and a half to reel in.

Within the first 30 minutes of pulling and reeling, the captain, a very tanned, short, stalky Mexican, came up to me and explained that just a few minutes earlier, another fishing boat sent out a unique call to all other fishing boats in the general area. In that boat was a 5 year old girl with Down Syndrome who, along with her family, had been trying to catch a similar fish for days.

While taking turns reeling in the biggest fish I had ever caught and without giving it a thought to the entire process, I blurted out "she can have this one!". I then began to wonder how that would work, but the captain had already gone to radio the other boat.

After a total of about 90 minutes of reeling in the magnificent fish, and with aching arms, the sailfish was safely onboard our boat. That’s when we quickly fumbled with our phones to capture the moment with a photo or two, then safely and slowly lowered the sailfish into the ocean to keep it alive and healthy for the girl to reel in, all the while the fish was still hooked to the line as we held the rod.

What the heck does this have to do with real estate?

The other boat appeared in site in about 10 minutes and after a few more minutes, it was facing the back of our boat where we, our rods and the fish were. A crew member of our boat held out the rod as far as he could reach towards the oncoming boat while a crew member of the other boat climbed to the front of their boat, grabbed the rod and ran to the back of their boat where the fishing was being done.

I stood there staring at the boat as it pulled away as quickly as it had arrived and imagining how they would pretend to catch the prize fish in order to make the little girl happy. A second or two later, I noticed that the captain was standing next to me also staring out at the other boat. Within what felt like seconds, that boat was gone (along with the rod and reel).

It was quiet for quite a while until the captain finally suggested we now try to catch smaller fish for lunch.

I called my wife later that day and told her about my day. I also told her that I should write a blog about this, to which she replied “what the heck does this have to do with real estate?”

Are you kidding me? It has so much to do with what I do! It’s like the saying “it takes a village”.  For example, I place calls myself when I list a home.  I know there’s a much better chance of even higher success when I call out to a good professional photographer, and when required, a trusted staging expert or even a specialist for a smooth drone footage.

And how many times had someone tried to do something on their own without success? Like selling their own home by themselves and missing out on an entire pool of potential buyers willing to offer a higher price. Getting a REALTOR® is like putting out that call to other boats.

I’m not making light of what took place on that boat in Mexico. I felt and still feel that it was one of those rare events which we, as a group, jumped at the opportunity to make someone happy. And in that same spirit, and as always, my offer to assist in any way I can still stands or to answer questions without obligation. Whether the property is located in Springfarm, Yorkhill, Thornhill or the GTA, let’s discuss it over a cup of coffee and I might even tell you my scuba diving story too :)

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With so much to see and do this summer in the Springfarm Yorkhill area, one blog simply wasn’t enough to cover them all.  With so many great venues to choose from the summer fun is endless.  As the premier agent for all your Springfarm Yorkhill real estate needs, here are more can’t miss summer events and festivals going on in the area.

York Farmer’s Market (All Summer)

Located in the heart of the historical village of Thornhill, the York Farmer’s Market has brought the community fresh local produce since 1953.  This storied market boasts over 19 fulltime vendors and features a wide range of local, organic and seasonal vegetables and fruit, as well as artisanal foods, breads and meats.  You will also find exquisite locally designed jewelry, arts and crafts as well as pottery.  The market is open 4 days a week, so get your bags and stock up on your summertime favourites.

City Parks 

There is no end to the many amazing green spaces and city parks in and around the Springfarm Yorkhill area.  Some of the more popular summer parks include:

  • Toogood Pond Park – This popular park is home to a wide range of waterfowl.  The pond is surrounded by walkways, picnic tables and benches where you can take in the tranquil and beautiful views. 
  • Hendon Park – This park was built for the summer.  With a splashpad and a kid’s playground, it is an excellent place to enjoy a hot summer day.  The park also features baseball diamonds and tennis courts.
  • Mill Pond Park – One of the region’s most popular outdoor recreation and entertainment areas.  The park features a playground, multiple trails and a gazebo that overlooks the pond.  Enjoy a picnic or just take in all the sights and sounds at Mill Pond Park this summer.   

Markham Jazz Festival (August 16-18, 2019)

This exciting and vibrant all ages summer festival brings a wide range of local and national well-known jazz musicians to three stages on Main Street Unionville Markham.  Be sure to enjoy this free event and choose from over 30 performances going on all day and into the evening this August. 

Get out and enjoy all the best that Springfarm Yorkhill has to offer this summer.  This special season is just another great reason as to why the community is such a sought-after place to call home.  If you would like more information on any of these can’t miss summer venues or would like to see some of the amazing real estate options that abound in Springfarm Yorkhill please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.


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There is no better place to enjoy the summer season than the Springfarm Yorkhill region.  The warm, long days combined with an endless list of great local venues will have your summer calendar full in no time.  As your premier agent for all your Springfarm Yorkhill real estate needs, here are some can’t miss summer events and festivals going on in the area.

Canada Day (July 1, 2019)

The award-winning Canada Day celebrations are back this year at the newly opened North Maple Regional Park.  Be sure to join in on all the fun and action at this free event. Canada Day activities include:

  • Face painting and other kid’s activities.
  • Live musical performances and street performers.
  • Arts and crafts for all ages.

Come on out to this family friendly event and celebrate Canada’s birthday Springfarm Yorkhill style.

Concerts in the Park (Select Wednesdays in July and August)

The annual Concerts in the Park is back for another year of rocking good times.  This year is an extra special one as it marks the venue’s 25th anniversary.  This series is an all ages, free event that will feature musical genres ranging from rock ‘n roll, pop to Motown and funk.  This year’s headliners are Honeymoon Suite.  Be sure to circle your calendar and head out to Vaughn’s Transit Square. 

KidZfest (July 22-August 5, 2019)

KidZfest is a special celebration just for kids at Canada’s Wonderland.  This special event offers free park admission and features:

  • Live Entertainment.
  • Dance Parties.
  • Foam Pits.

Joining in on the celebrations are some of your kid’s favourite TV characters such as Thomas and Friends, Toopy and Binoo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Paw Patrol and a host of Marvel Superheroes.  Mark your calendar and come celebrate KidZfest this summer.

Brew and BBQ (July 18 – July 21, 2019)

The 3rd annual Brew and BBQ festival features over 70 craft beers and ciders from around the region.  All beverages are expertly paired with exquisite cuisine by Canada Wonderland’s executive chef Dilup Attygalla.  This delicious festival is a popular summer event and free with your general admission to Canada Wonderland.



Celebration Canada (June 29-July 14, 2019)

The Canada Day celebrations just keep on happening at Canada’s Wonderland.  Join us for this special event that features a nightly firework show, Tundra: A Cirque Experience that takes you on a journey through Canada’s 4 distinct seasons and the Flying Frontenacs – a high flying trapeze and trampoline show.  Celebration Canada also features live music and street performers as well as authentic Canadian food.  Join us for the ultimate Canadian summer party.   

Be sure to plan your summer vacation around these must see Springfarm Yorkhill venues.  From Canada Day celebrations to music festivals there is something for everyone this summer.  If you would like more information about any of these or other summer events or are interested in some of the exciting real estate opportunities that are available in and around the Springfarm Yorkhill area, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

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The true cost of buying a home is more than just the final closing price.  Not only will you need to set a budget for your dream home, you will also need to save for a wide range of fees and costs that will arise after the sale.  As the premier real estate agent for all your Springfarm Yorkhill real estate needs, I would like to share the following hidden costs that are part of buying a home.

Closing Costs

There are a few closing costs that you will need to cover when purchasing your home.  These include:

  • Lawyers’ fees, the taxes on your home and any lender’s fees.
  • House insurance to cover your personal belongings as well as insurance for fire, flood and earthquake.
  •  Moving costs.
  • Any strata fees and your home’s annual property tax.

Utilities, Furniture and Services

Once you have covered the closing costs, the next set of expenses associated with your home are outfitting your home with the creature comforts and necessities.  Chances are you are going to need to purchase furniture to furnish your entire home.  Other costs that you will need to consider include:

  • Services such as cable and internet.
  • Utilities – electricity and heat.
  • City services such as garbage collection, recycling and water.
  • Any tools or items that are required for your home’s upkeep such as hoses, rakes, lawnmowers and maybe even a place to store them, such as a shed.

Long-Term Plans

If you have any money left over, it is a wise decision to set aside a rainy day fund for any upcoming costs.  Now that you are a homeowner, you are responsible for upkeep and maintenance costs as well as any replacements.  You will want to budget for projects such as:

  • A new roof.  Your home inspector should be able to give you a rough estimate of how many years are left on your roof and when you will need to replace it.
  • Repainting both the interior and exterior of your home as well as the fence, planters or other structures such as a shed. 
  • Any appliances that need to be repaired or replaced.

These hidden costs can quickly put you over your intended home purchase budget.  Make sure to accommodate for these hidden costs, so that you are not house poor or overstretched.  If you would like more information on these hidden costs or other costs attached to buying a home or are interested in the real estate options that abound in the Springfarm Yorkhill area, please contact me today.  I would love to help you find that perfect home.



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If you are looking for a great family activity this spring, in your newly purchased dream home, then look no further.  A brightly coloured flowerbed is a great addition to any front yard.  As the premier agent for all your Springfarm Yorkhill real estate needs, I would like to offer you the following tips on how you can enjoy a fabulous flowerbed this spring.  

Make your Bed

Before planting your first flower, it is important to lay the groundwork for a healthy flowerbed by doing some preparatory steps.  You will want to start with a weed and rock free bed to allow your flowers to thrive and take root.  Once you have cleared out the debris, add some topsoil to provide much needed nutrients and don’t forget to turn the soil to loosen it up.  Loose soil will make the planting step easier and will encourage proper rooting, aeration and drainage. 

Nursery Time

Now that you have prepared your flowerbed, it is time to visit your local nursery and pick out the flowers that you want in your bed.  Try to choose a wide variety of flowers to give your garden a kaleidoscope of colours. 

Here’s the deal:

Water your flowers the minute you unload them from your car.  Moving flowers can be stressful, so to keep your flowers healthy until they are transplanted, give them ample water. 

Be Choosy

When choosing the different flowers, pay attention to the potential height of each flower as well as their specific needs.  You do not want to plant taller flowers in front of smaller, more delicate flowers as they will be choked out.  Plan your flowerbed according to heights and each flower’s individual requirements.

Follow the Instructions

Each flower will come with a tag.  Pay attention to this tag as it will have important details such as:

  • How big the flower will grow.
  • How often it needs to be watered.
  • How much sunlight it needs in order to survive.

Keep this information in mind when you transplant each flower into your flowerbed.  Ensure that you have properly spaced the flowers and that you have planted each flower at the proper depth.  Once you have planted all of your flowers, thoroughly water the flowerbed as transplanting is stressful on flowers. 

Family Fun

After the initial planting phase of your flowerbed, it is important to set up a weekly routine to ensure that your garden stays healthy and vibrant for the upcoming summer.  A weekly watering routine as well as sporadic weeding can become a great family activity and give kids a sense of ownership and responsibility. 

A flowerbed is a great addition to any home and is a simple and fun activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  If you would like more information on how to create a beautiful array of flowers or would like to see some of the exciting real estate properties that abound in the Springfarm Yorkhill area, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.




                                                                         

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Last summer, Alex, my son’s friend, contacted me with the news that he was going to be transferred to Ajax.  It would be a daily return commute of approximately 4 hours so he asked me to find him an apartment to lease.  As always, it was my pleasure.

On the drive to view some apartments in Ajax, we caught up on each other’s lives and we also discussed rentals.  On the drive back, we continued our conversation and, from his financial situation and from prices of houses in Oshawa, we concluded that it would make more sense to purchase a small house instead of renting an apartment.  

I had no problem putting the other agent in his place

After a detailed search, I found a very charming house that I thought would be ideal for Alex.  Alex loved it so I immediately went to work and negotiated a great price with a few conditions to protect Alex.  During the conditional period, some items related to the area were discovered and I advised my client to wait until we could clarify the situation or at least to the last minute before waving conditions which could be affected.  This made the selling agent extremely agitated. At one point, that agent said to me “I don’t know how you people do things in Toronto, but here we do things by the book” and he continued with threats to report me.  My number one priority is to shield my clients, as best as I can, from any foreseeable trouble and within the confines of all rules, regulations and laws of Ontario including moral and ethical obligations.  Needless to say, I had no problem putting that agent in his place exactly where he belonged.  After satisfying myself with the information received from the City, and not a minute sooner, I then advised Alex to sign the wavers.  Now the deal was ‘firm’.

Sound fatherly advice

At this point, you would think my job was done.  Not even close.  Two days after that contract became firm, Alex called to advise me that he was being transferred back to Toronto.  The timing was just awful.  If he didn’t proceed with the purchase of the Oshawa house, he would lose his deposit and potentially face a lawsuit.  His voice was surprisingly calm so I asked him how he felt about it.  He said he needed some sound fatherly advice before he reacted. After taking a moment to absorb that complement, I explained the options available to him.  

One of the options was a ‘speech’ on the present Toronto real estate market and how this property would not only be a sound investment, but an excellent retirement tool.  The basement had a 3 piece washroom, a separate entrance, full legal height, large windows and roughed-in plumbing which made it easy and relatively inexpensive to add a small IKEA type of kitchen.  And if he lowered his downpayment and financed part of the cost of that basement kitchen, he wouldn’t have to come up with any extra funds.  

We continue talking while I was plugging numbers on the calculator.  I then advised him that if he bought the house and rented the main portion and the basement separately, the rents would not only cover all his expenses, including mortgage payments and property tax, but he should also expect an approximate 8% return on his down payment.  Once the mortgage is paid off in 25 years, he would be sitting nicely and collecting rents so this could be part of his retirement plan.  I paused and asked him what he thought so far and his response was “you had me at 8%”.

Before the drive home, Alex put away $3,000 in his pocket

Although the offer was firm, now it was time for me to roll up my sleeves and get to work. 

When submitting offers on houses with basements that can be ideal for renting, I like to include clauses to not only view the property on at least 2 occasions, but to be able to bring potential renters to view the house.  This Oshawa offer included that clause.  Alex knew nothing about being a landlord, specially a distant landlord, so I taught him.  This is the sort of thing I gladly assist anyone with...at no charge.  I showed Alex where and how to place ads and how to set appointments when calls and emails come in.  

We arranged the tenant viewings for the same time as the first house viewing.  I showed Alex how to show the apartments and how to ask the potential renter to fill out an application and collect a deposit.  This is a very crucial moment because although the potential tenant is applying for an apartment, he will not necessarily be approved.  In the mean time, I consider the applicant’s present situation, employment and even his/her personality before asking for a deposit.  The deposit can always be returned to the applicant if the application is denied.  

Before the drive home, Alex put away $3,000 in his pocket from tenants’ deposits and he had 2 very promising applicants for the basement and main floor rentals...not to the mention the $4,500 CashBack Rebate he received from me after closing.

Experience in this field and knowledge

A word of caution for the inexperienced would-be-landlords: at the beginning, work with someone with experience in this field and knowledge on how to select tenants to avoid tenants from hell and to avoid making trips to the Landlord and Tenant Board.  Also as important is how to manage rental properties even though it usually only takes a couple of hours a month whether the property is near you or an hour or two away.

Alex is now working on saving for a down payment on another small investment property.  With the help of the return he’s making on the Oshawa house, I expect he will be calling me again in about 3 years.  If you have questions or some real estate issues you’re trying to resolve, wether they are in Thornhill, Toronto or the GTA, please don’t hesitate to call, text or email me.  I’d love to help.  


Sol Kahane

(416) 576-6656

SolKahane@gmail.com

Result is KEY

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A lush green lawn is not achieved overnight, but is a product of a well-established routine and some important steps.  In order to achieve a coveted, healthy yard this summer, you need to start your lawn care now. As your premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Springfarm Yorkville, I would like to share these spring lawn care tips.


Clean up

The first thing on your spring lawn care maintenance list needs to be a general yard clean up and a thorough rake.  It is important to clear the layer of dead grass known as thatch. If not removed, thatch can cause all kinds of problems for your lawn such as drought, dead patches and encourage the growth of unwanted weeds.  By removing this dead layer of grass, you will promote proper aeration and a deeper and more even watering of your lawn. 


Seed, Weed and Sod

After removing the thatch from your yard, the next step should be to seed or sod your lawn.  A reseeding of your yard will fill in any thin or bare areas.  In extreme cases of large dead patches, you may need to add sod to fill in the area.

The best protection against weeds is a well-established routine of mowing, irrigating and feeding.  However, to give your lawn a head start against weeds, you may want to remove any dandelions or other invasive weeds at the root before applying a layer of seeds. 


Early Season Maintenance

Before mowing your yard for the first time, take a few minutes to perform the following important maintenance points on your lawn mower.

  • Change the oil.
  • Clean or replace the air filter and sparkplug.
  • Add a fuel stabilizer to help your lawn mower’s engine run smoothly.
  • Sharpen the blade.  A dull blade can damage the grass on your lawn and make it more susceptible to disease. 

Establish a Lawn Care Routine

The earlier you establish a routine, the healthier and more vibrant your yard will be.  An effective method should include the following:

  • An irrigation routine.  Always water your lawn early in the morning or in the evening to prevent burning and to minimize the amount of evaporation.  Remember to follow all city bylaws and pay attention to any water restrictions.
  • Seed and feed your lawn a few times a year.  Follow the instructions on the bags and never overfeed your lawn as it may burn or kill the grass.
  • Mow more often.  Choose a higher setting and alternate the directions each time you mow to encourage a healthy lawn.

By following these important spring lawn care tips, you will enjoy a healthy and lush yard this summer.  If you would like more tips or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate properties that are available in Springfarm Yorkhill, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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“...because I truly feel I owed a duty of care”

I don’t usually talk about deals that didn’t happen, but I just "un-sold" a house...and I feel pretty good about it.  Let me explain:

A potential buyer called me to inquire about a townhouse I have listed for sale.  The buyer, let’s call him Bob, explained that he was looking for a house to purchase as a small investment property and I proceeded to confirm how perfect this place would be for him because of its great location, proximity to his residence and it's already tenanted with good people who would love to stay.  

“So far, so good”

I made arrangements to meet Bob and show him the house the following day. After the viewing, Bob was happy with the house, with the info on the house that I had provided him and he was happy with the tenants so we sat down to discuss how to proceed.  So far, so good.  As we talked, Bob explained that he went over the numbers and asked me to prepare an offer.  At one point, he also mentioned how he was financing the purchase.  

On my way to the office, I realized that this property may not be suitable for Bob after all.  Once I got to the office, I looked up all the figures again and confirmed that, because of how Bob was planning to finance the purchase, he would be experiencing a very high negative cashflow on a monthly basis.  I immediately called him and even though he claimed he went over all the figures, I went over them again with him.  I then asked Bob if he could manage such a monthly outflow of cash.  Bob replied that he couldn't afford it.   And no other acceptable financing options were available to Bob at that time.  

“He looked extremely relieved when I met with him”

We obviously didn't proceed with an offer, but I made sure Bob understood that I would look for something more suitable for him.  He looked extremely relieved when I met with him again and I was actually happy that he didn't get himself in financial trouble.

And this is how I un-sold a house!

I take pride in my work.  I like to feel like I've done my job (in this case, as a dual agent) when I exercised a duty of care to a "customer" even though the seller is my "client".

I sold that house to a lovely couple a few days later and Bob became my client.  Everyone was happy.

If you are ready to purchase or sell a property, I can surely provide you with excellent representation to protect you at every step.  So please feel free to contact me even if it’s only for advice, direction or suggestion.  


Sol Kahane

(416) 576-6656

SolKahane@gmail.com

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An attractive and well-kept exterior is important if you want to sell your home at full market value.  No potential home buyer wants to purchase a home with a long list of to do projects.  As the premier agent for all your Springfarm Yorkhill real estate needs, I would like to offer you the following simple tips on how you can easily enhance the outward appearance of your house.


Added Details

Sometimes little details can make a huge difference.  This is especially true when it comes to your home.  Some simple additions that can really increase your curb appeal include:

  • Add some flowers to your newly landscaped yard or put some hanging baskets or planters on your front deck to welcome potential homebuyers.
  • Upgrade or repaint your mailbox.
  • Add or replace your welcome mat before your next open house.
  • Add shutters to the exterior of your home.  Shutters are an excellent way to break up a monotonous outside wall and will make your windows look bigger.  Try to choose a colour that contrasts with your exterior to maximize the effect.
  • Add, repaint or install some house numbers on your front gate.
  • Upgrade or repaint your light fixtures. 

Clean It Up

The most inexpensive way to add curb appeal is to spend a weekend cleaning up your yard and the exterior of your home.

Here’s the deal:

To effectively increase curb appeal, you are going to have to do more than mow the lawn, rake the leaves and sweep the front porch. 

When cleaning your home make sure to:

  • Rent a power washer to spray down the exterior of your home, your driveways, fence and all other walkways.  Be careful to not damage any caulking or your rooftop shingles.
  • Weed and rake your lawn and trim all bushes, shrubs and trees in your yard.
  • Re-caulk any damaged areas around windows or doors.
  • Wash windows both inside and outside.

Paint

A fresh coat of paint is a great way to greatly improve the look of your home.  A newly painted home will make your home stand out in the market and will be appreciated by any potential buyer.  If painting your home is not an option or not in your budget, there are other ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. 

  • Repaint your front door.  Try adding some colour to your door.
  • Paint the trim around your doors and windows and any other accent areas.

These simple yet effective tips will add so much to your home.  If you are interested in other ways to improve the exterior of your home or are thinking about listing your home on the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team.  I look forward to working with you soon.

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“...because I truly feel I owed a duty of care”

I don’t usually talk about deals that didn’t happen, but I just "un-sold" a house...and I feel pretty good about it.  Let me explain:

A potential buyer called me to inquire about a townhouse I have listed for sale.  The buyer, let’s call him Bob, explained that he was looking for a house to purchase as a small investment property and I proceeded to confirm how perfect this place would be for him because of its great location, proximity to his residence and it's already tenanted with good people who would love to stay.  

“So far, so good”

I made arrangements to meet Bob and show him the house the following day. After the viewing, Bob was happy with the house, with the info on the house that I had provided him and he was happy with the tenants so we sat down to discuss how to proceed.  So far, so good.  As we talked, Bob explained that he went over the numbers and asked me to prepare an offer.  At one point, he also mentioned how he was financing the purchase.  

On my way to the office, I realized that this property may not be suitable for Bob after all.  Once I got to the office, I looked up all the figures again and confirmed that, because of how Bob was planning to finance the purchase, he would be experiencing a very high negative cashflow on a monthly basis.  I immediately called him and even though he claimed he went over all the figures, I went over them again with him.  I then asked Bob if he could manage such a monthly outflow of cash.  Bob replied that he couldn't afford it.   And no other acceptable financing options were available to Bob at that time.  

“He looked extremely relieved when I met with him”

We obviously didn't proceed with an offer, but I made sure Bob understood that I would look for something more suitable for him.  He looked extremely relieved when I met with him again and I was actually happy that he didn't get himself in financial trouble.

And this is how I un-sold a house!

I take pride in my work.  I like to feel like I've done my job (in this case, as a dual agent) when I exercised a duty of care to a "customer" even though the seller is my "client".

I sold that house to a lovely couple a few days later and Bob became my client.  Everyone was happy.

If you are ready to purchase or sell a property, I can surely provide you with excellent representation to protect you at every step.  So please feel free to contact me even if it’s only for advice, direction or suggestion.  


Sol Kahane

(416) 576-6656

SolKahane@gmail.com

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The spring real estate market is an excellent time to sell your home.  Buyers are looking to take advantage of the added choices that are available on the market and eager to get back to house hunting after the winter.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Springfarm-Yorkhill, I would like to offer you the following tips on how to properly stage your home for a Spring sale.

Spring Clean

Regardless of the time of year that you want to sell a home, you are going to need to do a deep clean.  This clean involves more than just a simple dusting and vacuum.  When preparing your home for a sale, it is important to incorporate the following into your deep clean:

  • Clean all windows, screens, curtains and blinds.
  • Do a deep carpet clean to remove any stains or excess dirt.
  • Power wash the outside of your home and all walkways to remove any dirt.

Add Flowers

Fresh flowers add a touch of class to any home.  After a long winter, add a splash of colour and some fresh fragrance at your next open house.  Display fresh flowers in multiple rooms throughout your home to wow interested homebuyers.

Accessorize

Have a look at your home accessories - do they scream spring to you?  If the answer is no, you may want to think about changing them up before putting your home on the market.  Changing your accessories is a rather inexpensive way to get your home ready for a spring sale.  Home accessories to change include:

  • Throws and pillows – think about adding some spring colours.
  • Bedspreads and sheets – try to go with lighter, airier colours rather than dark ones.  This is not only refreshing, but lighter colours will also open the room.
  • Add candles – try to find scented candles that offer a fresh but not overpowering smell.  The added light and hint of fragrance will make any room in your home feel more like spring.
  • A nice mix of apples in the fruit bowl (red and green) can give another splash of colours and provide another added touch of freshness to your home.

Open Up

Take advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures when staging your home.  Open your windows and even your doors to let in the cool spring air.  An open door is a welcoming sign for any potential homebuyer and the fresh air will make your home that much more appealing.

These staging tips will have your home ready for the Spring real estate market in no time.  If you are interested in other great ways to stage your home or are thinking about listing your home, please contact me today.  I would love to help you get full market value for your home.  I look forward to being a part of your sales team soon.


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The spring housing market offers buyers an excellent selection of homes.  However, with these extra choices comes added competition.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Springfarm-Yorkhill, I would like to offer these tips on how you can take advantage of the spring real estate market and find your dream home.

Visit the Bank

When you find your home, the last thing that you want is for a hold up from your bank.  Before beginning your quest for that perfect home, take the time to get pre-approved.  A visit to your bank will give you the following information:

  • The amount you will be approved for.  This will give you a number figure for your down payment as well as the maximum price range for your home.

Know What You Want

Know what you are looking for in a home before starting your search.  The spring real estate market can be overwhelming, and the possibilities may seem endless - by knowing what you are looking for in a home, you will save time and be able to narrow your search down.  Sometimes the location and neighbourhood are more important than the actual features of a house.  Do your homework before venturing into the spring market.

Don’t Sleep on It

The competition in the spring real estate market will leave you with little time to make a final decision on your dream home.  You will want to put in an offer as soon as possible once you find your home.  What you will want to avoid is a bidding war or another interested buyer putting in an offer before you. 

Be Prepared to Pay

It is important to not get too caught up in finding deals in the spring real estate market.  The added competition will probably mean that you will pay full market value for your home.  Ask your agent to compare the home’s asking price with other comparable sales in the neighbourhood or area to see what the home’s actual value is.

Here’s the deal:

If you have found that perfect home, try not to worry about paying a few thousand dollars more for it.  Over the course of your mortgage, that extra money will be almost irrelevant.

The key to finding your dream home in Springfarm-Yorkhill’s spring real estate market is preparation.  By being pre-approved and knowing what you are looking for, you should be able to find a home that suits all your needs in no time.  If you are interested in the exciting real estate options that abound in Springfarm-Yorkhill’s real estate market, please contact me today.  I look forward to working with you soon. 

 

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Buying a home in need of some TLC can be a great way to save money in today’s housing market.  A fixer-upper can either be a diamond in the rough and a great purchase or it can be nothing but a headache.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Springfarm Yorkhill, I would like to offer these tips to ensure that your fixer-upper is a sound investment that you can enjoy for years to come.

Look at the Neighbourhood

The neighbourhood that you are considering buying in can be a determining factor on whether your fixer-upper offers good value.  A run-down house in a good neighbourhood is always a good investment, but that same house in a run-down neighbourhood is not such a good purchase.  Before making any final decisions, spend some time in the neighbourhood to see if it is right for you. 

Here’s the deal:

Sometimes the best value can be found in up and coming or developing neighbourhoods. Talk with your real estate agent about some of these less known neighbourhoods in your community. Springfarm Yorkhill is an excellent neighbourhood to buy a fixer upper if you can find one.

Home Inspection

When purchasing a home, a professional home inspection is always money well spent.  This is especially true when purchasing a fixer-upper.  A thorough inspection will tell you the condition of:

  • The home’s electrical and plumbing systems.
  • The heating system.
  • The exterior, including the roof as well as the downspouts and gutters.

A home inspector may not be able to tell you the structural integrity of the home.  To gain a better understanding of any damage it is recommended that you hire a general contractor.

Understanding Renovations

The types of renovations that are required will ultimately determine if a fixer-upper is a good investment or if you should walk away from the property.  Generally speaking, there are two types of home renovations – cosmetic and structural.  Cosmetic renovations or repairs are less expensive and far less time consuming.  These types of renovations include:

  • Indoor and outdoor painting.
  • Replacing or adding baseboards and trim.
  • Refinishing floors or laying tile, carpet or laminate flooring.
  • Replacing bathroom subfloors, toilets and sinks.

More costly structural renovations include:

  • Damage to the foundation of a home due to water or soil erosion.
  • Replacing the furnace.
  • Full kitchen or bathroom renovations.
  • Removing interior walls to open up spaces or expand rooms.
  • Building a garage or adding an addition.

These tips will help you decide if this type of home is a good investment or just a never-ending list of problems.  If you are interested in other tips that will aid in your decision, determine the value of a fixer-upper or would like to see some of the new and exciting homes that are available in the Springfarm Yorkhill area, please contact me today.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

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Invest and profit from this excellently-located Toronto townhouse


Increase your passive earning and be the proud owner of this updated townhouse for sale in Toronto. Beautifully kept and featuring 2 bedrooms plus den (or 3 bedrooms), 2 bathrooms, and a split-level floor plan, it offers you (or your tenants) the privacy and space you need.


Set in the highly sought-after Don Mills neighborhood where people love to live, this townhouse is just walking distance away from shopping options, grocery stores, famous neighborhood landmarks, and prominent businesses.


33 Broadpath Rd, Toronto, Ontario M3C 2B6 | Don Mills Townhouse for Sale


This winning townhouse for sale in Toronto ON can be yours for $675,000.


Call me, Sol Kahane at  416-576-6656 to schedule a showing today.



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$675,000
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2+ Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
MLS #: C4294149
Location
33 Broadpath Rd
Toronto, ON M3C 2B6
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Sol Kahane

Sol Kahane

415-576-6656
Solkahane@gmail.com
 


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A well-organized and well-planned open house is a great way to showcase and create interest in your home.  In fact, one in every five homes sells because of a successful open house.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to share the following ways for you to enjoy the benefits of an open house.


Spread the Word

Any successful open house begins far before you welcome your first visitor.  The amount of legwork and advertising that you do prior to the actual open house will greatly determine how successful your open house is. 

Here’s the deal:

The more advertising you do and the variety of mediums that you use, the more interested buyers you will attract to your open house.

Some excellent ways to spread the word about your open house include:

  • Social media – use Facebook and even Twitter to create hype around your open house.
  • Online – advertise on a variety of real estate websites and include important dates on your real estate profile.
  • Canvas the neighbourhood – put out flyers with your address, date and time of your open house strategically in and around your neighbourhood.  You may be surprised with the amount of interest that is generated from this old-fashioned way of advertising.

Prepare your Home

Preparation is key to a prosperous open house.  Make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned your home and it is well staged.  Some other details that make for an effective open house include:

  • Remove all vehicles from your driveway and if possible keep parking spaces open in front of your home.  This will provide another layer of convenience that will be much appreciated by any potential buyer.
  • Turn on the lights in your house and open the curtains and blinds.  Light will not only open up your rooms, it will give the illusion of a larger space.
  • Provide your open house with that extra touch by adding a vase of flowers in your bathroom and kitchen.  Another noticeable added touch is a tasteful kitchen table centerpiece.

Go the Extra Mile

One final touch that is sure to set your open house apart from others is by providing all visitors a coloured brochure highlighting some of your selling features as well as pertinent information such as:

  • Your home’s square footage.
  • The year your home was built and the developer, if applicable.
  • Any major renovations or restorations that you or a contractor have done.

These tips will make your open house a success and help you attract a wider audience of potential home buyers.  If you are interested in other tips on how to host a successful open house or have been thinking about listing your home on Thornhill’s real estate market, please contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team and look forward to working with you soon.


 

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Profit from this recently renovated townhouse in the Don Mills area


Are you seeking to expand your real estate portfolio? This townhouse for sale near The Shops At Don Mills in Toronto could be the one for you.  Or perhaps you are moving to our area next year and want to close on a property prior to your move.


This way, you can also benefit from the rental income from this property. This property currently has tenants who are on a lease.  You will need to honor the lease. But imagine how this will benefit you knowing you will have a home you can move into when the tenants vacate the property.  


Be the proud owner of this Toronto ON townhouse for sale in an excellent location.


Set in one of Toronto's most popular neighborhoods, this 2 bedroom plus den (or 3 bedrooms), 2 bathroom townhouse offers a rare opportunity to acquire a great investment in an excellent location.


Though just minutes away from shops and restaurants lilke Jack Astor's, Fabrica, Bier Markt, Chipotle and Aroma Espresso, to name a few, this townhouse is surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, giving it an idyllic suburban appeal.


Recently renovated, this townhouse in Toronto offers the comfort, privacy, and space you are seeking in a modern home.


This is the lowest priced house in the Banbury-Don Mills area. Priced below market price, this townhouse offers you a great deal.


Increase your passive income in this Toronto townhouse


When you’re looking forward to financial freedom and increasing your passive income, being the owner of this townhouse can be your first step towards that dream.


This property has good tenants who pay a handsome amount for monthly rent, so you have a sure source of income.


Located right in the heart of Don Mills, you are just steps away from amenities and conveniences, making this townhouse ideal.


Cozy and inviting spaces in this Don Mill townhouse for sale


Step inside a charming living room graced with neutrally toned walls and nice laminate floors, best for relaxing and welcoming visitors.


To the right side is the dining room which overlooks the living room.


To the left of the foyer is an ample-sized kitchen which features a refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. Ready for your needs, all you have to do is bring your food and utensils.


Between the dining room and kitchen are a few steps to go up and down.


The living room is bright and welcoming, thanks to its large picture window looking out to the backyard.


Across the living area is a den which you can convert into a third bedroom and a washroom. The den features a sliding door that opens to the backyard patio.


You’ll love the gorgeous outdoor retreat of this Toronto townhome


Experience privacy and serenity in the outdoor living area of this Toronto townhouse.


A backyard haven awaits you in this townhouse for sale in Toronto ON.


This patio provides the ultimate rest and entertainment spot. On days where you have great weather, you can simply hang out and relax on this patio.


Furnish it with some outdoor chairs and a patio umbrella and you already have a wonderful backyard retreat.


Bring your outdoor grill! This patio is a great spot for barbecue parties.


Enjoy the peace and serenity this Toronto ON townhouse for sale patio offers.


Fenced for security and privacy, this backyard haven delivers the peace and quiet you are looking for.


Experience vibrant living in Don Mills


This townhouse is easy to love. You get a carport, and the park is just a few steps away.


Make this Toronto ON townhouse your suburban haven.


On top of all its amazing features, this townhouse is within walking distance to The Shops At Don Mills, a very popular shopping and restaurant/bar area.


Don Mills is a highly sought-after neighborhood. People love living here. There are plenty of shopping options, along with some famous neighborhood landmarks and buildings of several prominent businesses.


This winning townhouse for sale in Toronto offers the comfort, convenience, and space you need for $675,000.


Call me, Sol Kahane at  416-576-6656 and schedule a showing to see this fantastic townhouse.



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A strong online portfolio is a must if you are selling your home.  In today’s real estate world, most home buyers use listing sites to narrow down their home choice.  Part of an eye-catching online listing is the use of strong visual photographs that fully showcase and represent the selling features of your home.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to share the following tips on taking the perfect home listing photographs.


Go Pro

Finding the right real estate agent is the most important part of any successful sale.  Not only does the right agent have the connections and knowledge of finding the right buyers for your property, they also understand the importance of the newest online trends. 

The right agent will understand how to capture each room in your house and how to best represent your home through photographs.  Work with your agent to build the strongest and most eye-catching online listing portfolio possible.  Not only will it help you sell your home faster, the right portfolio will also attract the right type of homebuyer.


Lights, Camera, Action

When photographing your home make sure to take full advantage of all sources of natural light. Some tips on how to use natural light to your advantage include:

  • Turn off all other light sources such as lamps and lights.  This type of light will give an orange look to your photos, whereas natural light will give you more of a cool crisp blue colour.
  • Try to take pictures early in the morning or in the late afternoon.  During these times, the light is softer and will not wash out other parts of your photograph.
  • Never take pictures into the light, but rather with the light at your back.  Taking photographs into sources of natural light will only blur or wash out the picture.
  • If you do want to photograph windows as well as the room, it is best to represent these features in two separate pictures to avoid shadows or too bright or dark of an image.

Do it Right

Using the right lens is another important part of getting the perfect shots.  A wide-angled lens makes any room look bigger.  This is what you should be aiming for when taking listing photographs.  Unfortunately, your phone does not have this option, but you can purchase an attachable lens that will give your phone wide-angle capabilities.

These simple guidelines will give you the perfect home photographs and make your online listing portfolio more attractive to a wide range of homebuyers.  If you are interested in other listing photography tips or would like to see some of the new and exciting homes for sale in Thornhill, please contact me today.  I look forward to working with you soon.  

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You turn on the television and watch a news story about housing prices going down. Then you receive a flyer in the mail about a property around the corner that sold for a decent price. Next you read a newspaper article about the housing market on the upswing again.

It’s a little like being on a roller-coaster ride!

Unfortunately the ride isn’t much fun if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home. In fact, it can be very confusing and frustrating. You just don’t know if “now” is the right time to make a move.

In reality, the housing market has been fluctuating for decades. Yet, people sell their homes every day for good prices, and just as many people get into their next dream homes affordably.

When you hear news of market fluctuations, there are two important things to consider.

First of all, a lot of media information about the housing market is national, or at least regional. If the housing market is trending up or down nationally, remember that it doesn’t necessarily mean that your LOCAL market is doing the same.

In fact, it’s entirely possible for housing prices to be rising in your area, while they are falling nationally, and vice versa.

Secondly, if you’re selling a current property while buying another home, then the net effect of market fluctuations may cancel out.

Say, for example, that the local market is on the upswing. You’ll probably be able to sell your current home for a good price. However, the home you purchase will likely also be priced to reflect the upswing.

The same holds true when the market is down.

All that being said, there are some circumstances in which you need to consider market fluctuations when deciding whether or not to make a move. A good REALTOR® will help.

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If you have been thinking about selling your home, but have been putting it off because of costly renovations, no more need to worry.  As the premier agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to offer the following easy and inexpensive upgrades that you can do that will attract buyers and sell your home.

Clear the Room

One of the most important things that you can do as a seller is open all your rooms to showcase the open space and true square footage.  Do this by moving your furniture to the walls and even storing or moving furniture or clutter to open the room.  Buyers want to envision their belongings and lifestyle in your space, so stage your house appropriately.

Details, Details, Details

Before your first open house, take the time to examine all parts of your home and make sure that it is in tip-top shape.  Make sure to:

  • Remove all scuffs and scrapes from your walls and do any touch ups if necessary.
  • Mow your lawn and make sure that it is free of debris. If you are listing your home in the winter, shovel the driveway and have all walkways free of ice and compact snow.
  • Turn on all of the lights in your home and replace any burnt out bulbs. You do not want a prospective buyer thinking that your home may have electrical issues.
  • Oil the hinges, doors and drawers in your home, to quiet any squeaking. Also ensure that no doors or drawers are sticking or do not properly open or close.

Blind Luck

Another easy update that will make your home more attractive to a buyer is cleaning or replacing any broken or bent blinds.  You don’t want your home to come across as a fixer upper or a do-it-yourself project, so make sure that your blinds and window dressings are in perfect working order.  Pay specific attention to knotted cords or broken or loose wands.

First Impressions

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This is particularly true when it comes to attracting buyers.  To offer a positive first impression of your home, be sure to:

  • Clear the entrance way and front steps of any debris or clutter.
  • Ensure that your doorbell is in fine working order.
  • Take the time to polish or clean the knocker and mailbox.

These simple and inexpensive upgrades should turn that for sale sign into a sold one in no time.  If you would like a list of other easy upgrades or are interested in listing your home on the Thornhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team.  I look forward to working with you soon.

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After purchasing a new home, buyers are often focused on securing a good mortgage, hiring a reputable moving company, and preparing for moving day.

Those are all important. Just don’t forget about home insurance! It’s an easy detail to miss. If you wait until the last minute to make those arrangements, you may not have time to shop around and get the best policy and rate.

When is the ideal time to shop for home insurance? When your offer is accepted. Don’t leave it until the last minute.

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