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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A crackling fireplace is an excellent way to keep yourself warm this winter.  Regardless of whether you have a wood burning fireplace or a gas one, proper maintenance is an important step for efficiency as well as safety.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, here are some tips on how to get your fireplace ready for the winter.

Wood Burning

Wood heat is a great way to either heat your home or supplement your heating bill and enjoy the ambiance of a fire on a cold winter evening.  Before lighting your first fire, ensure that you have cleaned your chimney.  Make sure to hire a professional as they have the proper equipment, understand the entire procedure and will ensure that a thorough job has been done.

Here’s the Deal:

It is so important to remove the creosote buildup in your chimney yearly to prevent chimney fires or a clogged chimney.

Some other maintenance jobs that you can complete yourself include:

  • Vacuum or sweep the ashes from the bottom of your stove or fireplace. Removing ashes will allow you to enjoy a hotter fire.
  • Check all doors to make sure they freely open and close and that they seal properly.
  • Inspect the damper to ensure that it opens and closes easily.

A properly maintained fireplace or wood stove will not only provide an excellent source of heat, it will also keep you and your family safe this winter.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are quickly becoming the preferred source of additional heat in many homes in Thornhill.  They are efficient and, in many ways, a more convenient alternative to wood burning fireplaces.  However, annual maintenance and inspection is crucial to ensure all components are working properly and the gas fireplace is safe.

Book a qualified technician to inspect the ignition system and pilot light.  Have your damper and venting system as well as all connections thoroughly looked at for any leaks and for secure connections.

There are some tasks that you can do to ensure that your gas fireplace is in excellent condition this winter.  These include:

  • Vacuuming out the firebox to clear any cobwebs or other debris that may clog the gas ports.
  • Checking the doors and other connections for a proper seal and proper operation.
  • Cleaning the logs in the fireplace to remove any dust or other flammable materials.


If you smell gas or notice a leak or poor connection turn the fireplace off immediately and call a professional technician to diagnose and correct the problem.

Regardless of whether you own a gas or wood burning fireplace, this additional source of heat is a great way to keep the cold away this winter.  Make sure that your fireplace is up for the challenge by following these helpful tips.  If you would like more information about fireplace maintenance or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate options that are available in Thornhill, please contact me today.

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Before shopping for a new home, people often create a “wish list” of the features they desire most. That’s a good way to ensure you choose a home that best fits your needs and desires. For example, you might want an extra bedroom for guests, ample space for a home office, a local playground for the kids, and so forth.

However, many buyers don’t make their lists complete enough. You might find a home with the extra bedroom and nearby playground you want, only to realize, too late, that your commute to work becomes twice as long. You missed the importance of the commute because it wasn’t on your list. Ouch!

When you make your wish list, don’t be afraid to dream big. You might not be able to find a home that includes everything you desire, but you may be surprised by just how close you can get.

Here are some wish list items to consider:

  • Distances to places you visit regularly – work, schools, running trails, restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping.
  • Specific home features – a backyard tree, large closets, a fireplace, a two-car garage, a beautiful view.
  • Characteristics of the area – safety, sidewalks, nearby public transit, parks, playgrounds.

A complete list helps you make a better decision about which homes to consider. It helps you balance the positives — “I love the large kitchen with the marble countertops” — with the negatives — “The bathroom off the master bedroom is small” — to ultimately make the best buying decision.

Also remember to take your list with you when shopping for a new home. Use it as a checklist or as a way to organize notes. Ultimately it will make it easier to shortlist homes, compare them, and determine when you’re ready to submit an offer.

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This year, why not try something new and set a few New Year resolutions for your home? These home goals will transform your home into a greener, more efficient and cleaner living space.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to share the following possible New Year’s resolutions for your home.

Create a Schedule

A schedule is a great visual that can keep you on track and help you achieve your goal.  Why not apply the same tool to your home?  Create a schedule to help you achieve a cleaner home this New Year.  When creating your schedule, make sure to break it into the following two parts:

  • A daily schedule for tasks such as washing and drying the dishes, hanging up jackets and putting dirty clothes in the hamper.
  • A weekly schedule for chores such as taking out the recycling and garbage, laundry, cleaning up rooms and vacuuming.

When creating a schedule, make sure to include the whole family and designate chores to each member, so that they can help and be a part of this New Year resolution.

A Green Year

No matter what time of the year it is, a greener lifestyle and a reduction of your carbon footprint is a great resolution.  This goal can start at home by creating a more energy efficient and energy conscious house.  A green approach to your home doesn’t need to cost you a dime and may actually help you save some money in the long run.  Some easy ways to achieve this goal include:

  • Turn off the lights in any room that you are not using.
  • Turn down your hot water tank by a few degrees. You will not even notice the temperature difference and at the same time reduce your overall heating bill.
  • Turn down the heat in your home at night or when you are not home. This simple task will help you save money and reduce the amount of energy you consume.

Less is More

Over many years you can accumulate a lot of things.  This New Year take the time to streamline each room in your house. If you have outgrown or no longer need an item, make sure to move it out of your home.  Don’t just put that item into storage or move it from one area of the house to another.

Here’s the Deal:

This resolution will not only greatly reduce the amount of clutter in your home, it will also allow you to be better organized and if done properly will give you more space.

These resolutions will have your home in tip-top shape in no time at all.  If you would like some other New Year’s resolution ideas or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate opportunities that abound in Thornhill, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Happy New Year.


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Let’s face it. When you visit a home during a scheduled viewing or open house, you’re usually seeing it at its best. The rooms are tidy. The sinks are clean. The closets are organized and uncluttered. Even the lighting is set to its brightest.

That’s just good old-fashioned marketing.

However, not every house you see will actually look this way. For any number of reasons, a house on the market may be less than tidy, poorly decorated, and even in need of minor repairs. You may open the front door in anticipation, only to be immediately turned off by stains on the carpets, faded paint on the walls, cluttered hallways, and more.

First impressions form quickly. It’s easy to make quick judgments and move on. But, you may be passing on what could be a dream home.

Don’t make that mistake. Make your purchase decision based on a carefully considered second impression, not just your first.

When viewing a house, imagine how it will look with a fresh coat of paint, some redecorating, the minor repairs completed, and your furniture adorning the rooms. You might just find that a home that doesn’t show well is really a diamond in the rough.

(One caveat: Be careful of houses that don’t look like they’ve been well maintained. There could be issues lurking that require expensive repairs or renovations. Always make a professional home inspection a condition of your offer.)

There are advantages to buying a home that doesn’t show well. They attract less interest and, therefore, less competition from other potential buyers. The listing price may be lower too.

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Sometimes your dream house needs just a few changes or added touches to become your dream home.  Unfortunately, these changes can add up and quickly put you over your original budget.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to offer you these tips on how you can cut your renovation costs and stick to your original home budget.

Stick to the Plan

One of the most common renovations is a full scale bathroom renovation.  It is quite easy to get carried away with this type of renovation and quite often, the entire floor plan of the bathroom is part of the overall vision.  Unfortunately, a new floor plan not only comes with a huge cost attached to it, but reconfiguring the plumbing can also lead to unwanted problems such as leaks or space issues.

If a bathroom renovation is a must for your new home, I suggest that you change everything, but the original floor plan.  Go ahead and replace the toilet, sink and tub, but make sure to leave the plumbing where it is – this will not only save you money, it may also save you many headaches.

Spare the Expenses

The costs associated with each renovation item can quickly snowball out of control.  Look to save money wherever possible and try to avoid name brand items or products as they are often overpriced.  If you can find a similar product at a lesser cost, consider using it – granite or marble kitchen countertops can be swapped out for other quality products.

Spend on items or features that are going to be major focal points such as a tiled kitchen backsplash or a piece of wall art.  Items such as cabinets, cupboards and drawers should be of a high quality as they are going to undergo a lot of use over the years.

Work with What you Have

Sometimes instead of a costly renovation, all you need is a new perspective or look.  Some great ways to achieve this transformation and save money include:

  • Changing the lighting. You may be surprised at the difference lighting can make, especially if your goal was to try to make the room larger.
  • A fresh coat of paint. Hire an interior designer and allow them to show you some different colour patterns and schemes.  This may help transform your room.
  • Repaint the trim of your bedroom doors, and other doors in your home.
  • Refinish the kitchen cupboards.

These renovation tips will save you money and help you stay within your household budget.  If you would like any other renovation cost saving measures or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate options that abound in Thornhill, please contact me today.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

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You’ve heard of curb appeal. It refers to the good impression buyers tend to get when they first see your house “from the curb”. The greater the curb appeal, the more enticing your house will seem.

But there’s another type of appeal you may not be aware of: Foyer appeal. That’s the impression buyers get when they first walk in the door.

Think of what happens when someone visits your house for the first time. Chances are, they stand in the foyer for a few moments, look around, and take in the view of your house from that perspective.

That’s why, if you’re preparing your property for sale, it’s important to make the foyer look as attractive and inviting as possible.

Obviously, you want to make sure it’s clean and free of clutter. You don’t want potential buyers to trip over shoes or catch a glimpse of an over-stuffed coat closet.

If you have a welcome mat, make sure it’s clean and in good shape. Or, better still, buy a new one.

Finally, make sure that the rooms that can be seen from the foyer look attractive.

The impression you want to make is, “Wow. I can’t wait to see the rest of the house!”

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That special time of year is upon us once again.  That’s right, it is time to get out and celebrate the holiday season in Thornhill.  With so much to choose from and an already busy schedule, it may be hard to decide on what holiday events are right for you.  As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to suggest the following can’t miss holiday celebrations in the Thornhill area.


Festival of Lights

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Markham’s Festival of Lights. Make sure to be part of the festivities and come out to enjoy live music, a fire show, fireworks, a tree lighting and a special guest appearance by Santa himself.

The 46th Annual Santa Claus Parade

With close to 100 floats, this year’s parade promises to be the best ever.  Come join in the fun, celebrate the holiday spirit and catch a glimpse of Santa all in one fabulous day.  We hope to see you there.

Main Street Unionville Christmas Market

Get an early start to all your holiday shopping at the Unionville Christmas Market.  From Christmas décor to unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and crafts, there is something for everyone.  Make sure to stop by and support your local vendors this holiday season.

Breakfast with Santa

Bring the kids and have breakfast with Santa this holiday season.  Starting this December join Santa and his helpers for some festive pancakes or French toast at various restaurants along Main Street Unionville.  For more information, please visit:

Old Tyme Christmas Candlelight Parade

Kick off the festive season with a unique Christmas celebration in Unionville.  With over 40 floats, live entertainment and festive characters, the candlelight parade is sure to get you ready for the holidays.  After the parade, be sure to visit Santa and join in on the tree lighting ceremony at the Millennium Bandstand.


Toy Drive 2018

This year, show your spirit of giving and join in on Toy Drive 2018.  Donate a new, unwrapped toy for children (newborn – 18 years of age) at the following Vaughan locations.

  • Any community centre.
  • Public Libraries.
  • Fire Stations.
  • City Hall (after Dec. 10).

Vaughan Christmas Village

During the holidays, Vellore Hall will be magically transformed into a wonderland filled with sparkling lights, local vendors and Christmas performances.  With live Christmas music, a free photo booth with Santa and festive vendors and local food trucks, this free outdoor holiday market is a great way to get the family out for some good old fashioned Christmas fun.

Vaughan Christmas Tree Lighting

Come and experience the excitement and magic as Vaughan’s outdoor Christmas tree comes to life. There will be live festive music and holiday goodies to help kick off this holiday tradition.

These holiday celebrations are just another reason as to why Thornhill is such a special place to call home.  If you would like more information about any of these events or are interested in some of the new and exciting real estate opportunities in Thornhill, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Happy Holidays.

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Remember the last time you were in a furniture store or other major home retailer? Remember the fully decorated displays of furniture, appliances and other products? Some of those may have even been organized as model rooms.

What did most of those displays have in common?

Chances are, they were well lit.

In fact, in the retail industry, there are professionals who specialize exclusively in display lighting. It plays such an important role in showcasing and selling home products successfully that the stores are willing to absorb the expense.

And the same holds true for your house.

If you want to show your house well, and sell it quickly and for the best price, make sure every room is well lit.

There are probably some rooms in your house where the lighting is adequate, such as the kitchen and bathrooms, and perhaps the foyer. But there are other areas where the lighting may be mediocre. Take a close look at:

  • Closets
  • Storage areas
  • Bedrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Hallways
  • The garage

If there are areas in your house that are dark or shadowy, the solution may be as simple as installing higher wattage bulbs, provided your fixture can accommodate them. Keep in mind that brightness can vary significantly from one type of bulb to another. For example, a 40-watt energy efficient bulb may not give off as much light as a comparable standard bulb. So do some experimenting. Your goal is to make the room feel bright yet comfortable on the eyes.

Also, don’t forget to open drapes and blinds. Often the best and most pleasant source of light for a room is the sun shining through a window.

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If you want good neighbours you must become one yourself. A good relationship with your neighbours and a community-oriented locality makes home ownership that much more rewarding. As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to share these five qualities of a good neighbour.

Help Out

Be the neighbour that is willing to lend a helping hand. Your kindness will go a long way and form strong bonds. Random acts of kindness that will have your neighbours singing your praise include:
• Mowing their lawn if they are away.
• Shoveling their driveway, especially after a large snowfall.


Like any relationship, communication is important. This goes further than just idle chit-chat and saying hi from time to time. Make sure to include your neighbours in conversations about troublesome trees or other concerns on either property. Try to reach an agreement that both parties are happy with and always keep the conversation positive.

Fences are shared property and should be discussed regardless of whether you are fixing them, replacing them or painting them.


Be respectful of your neighbours and your neighbourhood always. For example:
• If you are hosting a party, let your neighbours know ahead of time and turn down the music at a reasonable hour.
• Leave parking out front of your neighbours home. Have your friends and family park elsewhere, especially if there is limited parking.
• Never gossip about neighbours or other people in your neighbourhood. Instead, try to form positive relationships with the people in your community.

Clean Up

Tidy your yard and never leave garbage or other junk scattered around. If you are landscaping, bag and dispose of any yard trimmings or branches, leaves etc. Keep your garbage and recycling bins out of sight by storing them on the side of your house or in your garage.

Maintain Your Home

A well-maintained home not only helps to make your neighbourhood that much more attractive, it will also increase your home’s overall value. Make sure to paint your house every few years and maintain your roof and gutters.

It is also important to keep your lawn well-manicured and remember to mow it at least every two weeks. Try to keep your walkway and driveway free of debris and be a good neighbour by keeping up the general appearance of your home. Nothing may draw the ire quicker in your neighbourhood than a neglected home with disrespectful owners.

By following these guidelines, you should make a great impression in your neighbourhood and be the person that everyone wants to live beside. If you are interested in looking at some of the exciting new real estate options that are available in Thornhill’s many neighbourhoods, please contact me today. I look forward to working with you soon.

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It’s great when you have lots of time to prepare for something important. But life doesn’t always happen that way. Sometimes you have to move quickly, and do the best you can with the time you have.

Say, for example, you had to get your house ready for sale, and you only had a week to do so. What could you do in those few days to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers? Here are some ideas:

  • Clean the house from top to bottom. Make it look “guest ready”.
  • Get rid of as much clutter as possible. If necessary, put some things in storage. Try to make every room look organized and spacious.
  • Get all minor repairs done.
  • Paint. It’s the fastest and cheapest way to dramatically improve the look of any room.
  • Don’t forget the outdoors. Prune the hedges, sweep the walkways, and deal with any potential eyesores – such as a rusted old bike stowed in the side yard.
  • Place some fresh flowers in the dining room and outside next to the front door.
  • Depersonalize your house as much as possible. For example, stow away family pictures. You want buyers to imagine themselves living there, not you.

This is just a partial list of ideas. A good real estate professional can help you with more tips on preparing your house so that it sells quickly and for the right price.

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Before you walk away from your dream home because of a small bathroom, think again. A small bathroom should not be a deal breaker nor should it equate to a costly renovation. As the premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Thornhill, I would like to offer you the following tips on how to make your small bathroom look bigger.

Magic Mirrors

Think about adding more mirrors or larger mirrors to your small bathroom to open up the space. Mirrors reflect light which will make your bathroom appear more spacious. Some ideas to consider when choosing the right mirror for your bathroom include:
• Frame it. A framed mirror can make a dramatic statement and will tie the room together. Think about a brass or brushed steel frame to add a modern or timeless look to your bathroom.
• Change the shape. Instead of using the standard rectangular shape, think about replacing it with either an oval or circular shaped mirror. These shapes will add a touch of softness and sophistication to your bathroom.

Streamline Your Storage

Pay particular attention to the storage space in your bathroom. Try to streamline all storage and keep it as close and flush to the walls as possible. Anything that sticks out from the walls or is asymmetrical will chop up the space and make it feel closed off. Try installing recessed shelving and medicine cabinets to achieve this.
Make sure to eliminate all clutter in your bathroom. This includes removing the bathmat when you are not using it. Try to keep only the bare necessities in your bathroom to prevent overcrowding.

Here’s the Deal:
As a general rule – if you don’t need it, store it elsewhere.

Another great trick to create the illusion of space is to move your shower curtain rod up to the ceiling. This will make the ceiling seem taller and make the space seem larger. You can also do this with window dressings in your bathroom, making your windows appear bigger.

Shed Some Light

Bright rooms always feel more spacious than dark ones. Bring as much light as possible into your small bathroom to open it up and create space. Some ways of creating a lighter, brighter space include:
• Change the colour. Paint the walls and even the ceiling the same pale colour to reflect light. Multiple colours tend to break the room into separate compartments making it seem smaller.
• Add more lighting. Install additional wall mount lighting or ceiling fixtures to increase the light in your bathroom.
• Windows. If you have windows in your bathroom, make sure to remove any blinds or curtains to maximize the amount of natural light.

These simple tips should make your small bathroom appear bigger. If you would like more information on any of the tips or are interested in some of the new homes that are for sale in Thornhill, please contact me today.

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Do you sometimes review the real estate ads in your local paper? Do you drive by an open house sign and feel the urge to stop and check it out? Those are common indications that, at least on some level, you’re thinking about the possibility of making a move.

But how do you decide if you should actually move?

The first step is to consider whether there are any practical reasons to consider buying a new home. What’s pushing you in that direction?

  • Is your current home too small for your needs?
  • Is the commute to work, for you or your spouse, too long? (Perhaps longer than you expected when you purchased the home?)
  • Are there property features you would now like to have, such as a larger backyard or a more spacious kitchen?
  • Has the area changed in an undesirable way?
  • Do you have personal reasons for wanting to move, such as a desire to be closer to relatives in another area?

Carefully consider those things that can’t change unless you move. For example, if a major highway was recently built near you, the ongoing sound of traffic isn’t going to go away.

If there are no practical reasons for moving, there may still be other reasons for wanting a new home. You may want to move your family to a better area, with better schools or you may simply want a bigger home, with a larger backyard, more rooms, and a wider driveway.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with simply wanting a better place than the one you have now. In fact, that is a common reason why many people make a move.

The point is, if you’ve been thinking about a new home for a while, perhaps now is the time to take the next step. A good real estate professional can help you understand your options.

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If you were going to sell your car, what would you do? Well, you would probably check to find out how similar vehicles to yours are priced. Then you would set your advertised price within that range.

What you would be doing, perhaps without knowing it, is determining the “market value” of your car.

Market value is simply what buyers today are willing to pay for a particular product.

When you decide to put your house up for sale, one of the first things you and your real estate professional will do is determine the market value of your property. That’s important to know because if you price your home too much above its market value, you probably won’t get any offers. Alternatively, if you price your property too low, it might get snapped up quickly but you’ll have left a lot of money on the table.

How does a real estate professional help you determine your home’s current market value?

He or she will look at a variety of factors, such as the desirability of the area, the features of your home, how well it has been maintained, renovations and other improvements you’ve made, and of course, its location.

Your real estate professional will also review what similar homes in your area have sold for recently – which is, perhaps, the strongest indicator of current market value.

Once you know the market value of your home, you can make an informed decision as to how to price it so that it will attract the right type of buyers and the best possible price.

Should you price your home high above its market value in the hopes that some unwary buyer will purchase it? Unfortunately, that rarely works.

The good news is, your property may be worth more than you think. One of the best ways to find out is to invite a good real estate professional to your home to do an assessment.

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When preparing a property for sale, homeowners often focus on the things that will impress buyers, such as clean and uncluttered spaces, well lit rooms, staged furniture designed to maximize appeal, and so forth.

But it’s equally important to pay attention to those things you don’t want buyers to see… those little turn-offs that, although seemingly minor, can distract buyers and cause them to lose interest in your property.

For example, you don’t want buyers to see these things:

Pets. Although many people love pets, some don’t. Others are allergic to them. Dogs, in particular, can take a keen interest in new visitors, jumping and barking excitedly. It’s best to take pets for a walk during viewings.

Unfinished repairs. Dripping taps. Gouges and marks on walls. Broken tiles. Squeaking gates. Home buyers will notice, and may mistakenly think there are other deficiencies lurking in your home. Do as many repairs as you can. Then be upfront about those that are in progress.

Clutter. It’s common for main rooms, like livingrooms and kitchens, to be clean and uncluttered during a viewing. But buyers who become interested in your property will take a closer look, and check out the garage, cupboards, backyard shed and other places where things tend to accumulate. The more you de-clutter, the better your property will show.

Smells. Obviously not something a buyer will see, but he or she will definitely notice lingering smells associated with pets, garbage, exotic cooking, and smoking. Scents have a strong influence on emotions. That’s why perfume companies do so well! So make sure your home is as scent-free as possible.

You. Nothing personal. When buyers view your home, they want to visualize themselves living there, not you. So let your REALTOR® be the host. Remove as many personal items, such as family pictures and trophies, as possible.

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