Buying a home is already a complicated enough procedure, so before making your first move, why not speak the real estate language like a pro?  As your premier agent specializing in the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, I would like to provide you with the following key real estate terms to make your home buying experience easier and less complicated.

Key Real Estate Terms

Appraisal – An informed and impartial value of a home. This figure is derived from data such as the price of comparable homes in and around the neighbourhood, the overall strength of the real estate market and any unique selling features of the home.

Buyer’s market – A real estate market that is created when homes for sale outnumber potential buyers.  Traditionally, this market sees a larger inventory of homes that sit on the market and thus housing prices drop.  

Closing – The final procedure where ownership is transferred from seller to buyer.  Closing is usually attended by the buyer, the seller and both real estate agents.

Closing costs – Fees attached to the purchase of a home that are due at the end of the sales transaction.  These fees can include appraisals, home inspections, title searches, as well as lawyer fees.  When purchasing a home, be sure to include an extra 1 %– 3 % of the home’s purchase price to cover these costs.

Days on the market (DOM) – The overall number of days on the real estate market that a property has been listed. 

Down payment – A percentage or portion of the home’s purchase price that a buyer must pay (this is not part of your mortgage).

Foreclosure – A property that has been repossessed by the bank due to the owner’s inability to cover the mortgage payments.

Gentrification – The process of changing the demographics of a certain area through renovations and property development.  Typically, in gentrified areas, rents and property values increase.

Home inspection – A visual look at the various systems of a home or building to see if there are any hidden damages or defects.  This inspection is secured and paid for by the buyer.

Homeowner’s insurance – A policy that protects the structure of a home, the homeowners’ contents and covers any injury to others should damages occur while on the property.

These important real estate terms will not only help you better understand the language associated with buying a home, but will also make the entire purchasing experience less convoluted and clearer.  If you have any questions about these terms or would like more clarification around the home buying process, please contact me today.  I would love to show you some of the new and exciting real estate opportunities that are available in the Springfarm Yorkhill area and help you find your perfect home.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Many potential homebuyers start their search online.  While there is nothing wrong with this approach, you may find that the search quickly gets out of control and becomes overwhelming.  As your premier agent specializing in the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, I would like to share the following ways on how you can narrow your online search and find your perfect home.

Get Pre-Approved

Perhaps the biggest mistake that homebuyers make is that they start their online search without any parameters and quickly tire of looking at an endless amount of properties.  Before seriously looking at homes online, go to a few banks and mortgage brokers and see how much you will be pre-approved for.  Once you have a dollar figure, you will have an excellent starting point to start your online search.

Here’s the Deal:

Don’t be afraid to look just outside your maximum price range as you may be able to negotiate with the seller and settle on a price that is indeed within your budget.   

What do you want?

The next step to further narrow your online home search is to brainstorm all the features that you want in your home and order them from most important to least important.  Some of the features you may want to include in your search are:

  • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • A rough idea of square footage.
  • Neighbourhood features such as traffic in the area, the crime rate, any ongoing developments or future developments in the area.
  • Proximity to schools, community centres, and distance to your work.
  • Walkability score and distance to grocery stores, shopping centres etc.

Be sure to include all the important features, as you are going to be spending a lot of time and money in your home, so you want to find the right one for you.

Get an Agent

Once you have narrowed your list down to the homes that are right for you, it is time to contact a real estate agent.  The right agent will be able to help you line up showings and perhaps even show you homes that you may have missed.  Your real estate agent will also help you negotiate a final price and complete the arduous paperwork that is included when buying a home. 

An online home search is a great first step in finding your dream home.  If you have any questions about searching for homes online or are interested in viewing some of the new and exciting properties that are available on the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I look forward to helping you find your perfect home.


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When it comes to selling your home, avoiding a wide range of common mistakes is so important if you want a quick sale at full market value.  As your premier agent specializing in the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, I would like to follow up the previous blog with more common selling mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Price it Right

In order to attract a wide range of buyers, you will need to price your home right.  A common selling mistake is overvaluing your home which will only keep it on the market for longer, thus delaying your sale.  The best way to properly price your home is to look at similar homes that are for sale or have recently sold in your area and neighbourhood. 

Here’s the Deal:

By comparing your home to these homes and working with your real estate agent, you should be able to competitively price your home and sell it at market value.   

Go with a Pro

A huge mistake many sellers make is trying to sell their home on their own.  Without employing the skills of a real estate agent, you risk either leaving money on the table or keeping your home on the market for far too long. Either scenario is not ideal.  A real estate agent will help you with the following important steps when selling your home:

  • Organize and orchestrate open houses and private showings.
  • Help you with your online portfolio as well as setting a competitive asking price for your home.
  • Deal with the paperwork that can get confusing.
  • Network with other agents to attract as many potential buyers as possible. 

Meet in the Middle

Another common selling mistake is refusing to negotiate with a prospective buyer.  Unfortunately, not every sale ends up in a bidding war between buyers.  Sometimes you will have to be willing to negotiate and meet somewhere in the middle if you want to sell your home.  As a seller, you should take every offer seriously, even the low-ball ones.  Remember, it is only an offer and you can counter-offer or refuse it.  If you want to sell your home quickly, look at every offer with an open mind.   

These commons selling mistakes are easily avoidable with the right agent to guide you through the selling process.  If you would like more information on this topic or are interested in selling your home on the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I would love to help you sell your home and look forward to working with you soon.

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The summer season is a great time to take advantage of the hot Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market and sell your home.  However, before putting that for sale sign up you may want to consider these common selling mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 

Be Photogenic

If you want to sell your home quickly and at full market value, then an online real estate portfolio is a must.  This portfolio will allow any prospective buyer a chance to view your home from the comfort of their own living room.  Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes that sellers make is using grainy, unfocused, dark and just overly poor photographs to showcase their home.

Before listing your home online, take a moment to look at the quality of each picture and see if they truly represent your home.  A good set of photographs will do the following:

  • Effectively highlight your home’s selling features such as views, large windows, its unique character as well as any renovations.
  • Every photo needs to be crisp, well lit, taken from a proper angle and straight.

Here’s the deal:

Over 90% of prospective buyers either find or narrow down their house hunting list online.  It is of the utmost importance that the pictures in your portfolio are attractive and effectively showcase the selling features of your home.  Because of this you may want to consider hiring a professional photographer for the job.

The Right Setting

A properly staged home is an effective tool when it comes to selling your home.  A common selling mistake that happens far too often is that sellers overlook the importance of staging and show their home as is – thus losing prospective buyers in the process.  A well-staged home is a home that is uncluttered and depersonalized.  Your home should also have very little furniture in it so that the overall floorplan and space is the true focal point.

Remember:

Any potential buyer wants to be able to envision their lifestyle and their belongings in your space.  A well-staged home gives them this opportunity.

Fixer-Up

Before listing your home, look to see if there are any major repairs that need to take place.  A home in need of repair is either a deal breaker or the repairs are going to be used as a bargaining chip and you will not get full market value for your home.  Be sure to avoid this common selling mistake and do the repairs before your first open house.

By avoiding these common selling mistakes, you should be able to sell your home this summer at full market value.  If you would like more information on any of these mistakes or are thinking about listing your home on the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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The summer has finally arrived in Crestwood Springfarm Yorkhill.  Not only is this the best of the four seasons, chocked full of activities, picnics and vacations, summer is also the perfect time to buy your dream home.  As your premier agent specializing in Crestwood Springfarm Yorkhill real estate, I would like to share the following tips on buying the perfect home in the summer.   

More to Choose From

The biggest reason to buy a home in the summer is the increased selection of homes available on the real estate market.  Both buyers and sellers alike seem keener on listing and buying homes in the summer.  This is likely attributed to the following factors:

  • The summer is a more flexible time of the year for many people with less structured activities and schedules.  The kids are out of school, more people tend to take holidays, etc.
  • Longer and warmer days mean people are ready to get outside.  The weather allows interested parties to view more homes in a day.

If you have a long list of must-haves for your perfect home or want to be choosier, then the summer is the time for you to buy a home.  Increased inventory means a better selection and thus a better chance of you checking all the boxes on your must-have list.

Be Prepared

Increased volume combined with nicer weather and more flexible schedules brings more competition to the Crestwood Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market.  You will not be the only one interested in finding your dream home this summer.  It is important to be pre-approved for your mortgage and be ready to put an offer in very quickly if you see something you like.  The quicker you can put in an offer, the better the chance you have of getting the property without getting into a bidding war.

Know your Days

One way you may be able to get your dream home at a discount this summer is by looking at the number of days that a particular property has been on the market.  If a property has been on the market for over 60 days, chances are the seller is going to be willing to negotiate and want to make a deal.

It’s all Cyclical

All markets are cyclical, including the real estate market. Single family homes often parallel the school season, so chances are the sellers will want to complete a deal before the start of school.  They will want to be settled in their new home before September.  Townhouses and apartments follow other cycles as they are often owned by young professionals.

Pick the Right Agent

The right real estate agent is someone who understands the idiosyncrasies of the local market and has a vast knowledge of the area and its neighbourhoods.  Your real estate agent should also have years of experience and be able to help you not only find your dream home but also help you negotiate the best deal. 

These tips will allow you to buy your dream home this summer.  If you are interested in other helpful tips or would like to view some of the new and exciting properties that are available this summer in Crestwood Springfarm Yorkhill, please contact me today.  I look forward to working with you soon.

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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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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

Result is KEY!

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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 Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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

Result is KEY!


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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 Crestwood 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. Crestwood 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 Crestwood 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
Canada

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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