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Onward Willow & the numbers you need to know

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I love where I live, my favourite pocket in all of Guelph is between Alma & Silvercreek between Paisley and Willow, Onward Willow. Wartime houses all spread out on big lots, bungalows & one and a half story are for the most part what you see.  There are other houses, like mine, built in the 70’s side splits, raised bungalows and a few two-story houses built in the 70’s and 80’s.  Not to forget the picturesque Applewood area.  Big trees, parks, big lots with generously sized houses.  The Applewood area has its own trailed park and again those generous lots…

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Increasing the value of your Guelph home

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So you’ve decided to increase the value of your home. Fabulous! But it’s also a little intimidating, right? There are so many things that you need to consider to make sure that you do in fact, add value to the home rather than create more work for yourself and potential buyers. Before you choose a paint colour, plant a garden, or call a contractor these are things that you should think about. MAKE A PLAN Your first move should be to make a plan. Make a list of the things you would like to change and talk to a professional…

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Top 10 Things to do in Guelph

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Guelph is a vibrant, beautiful and lively city; one in which I was very lucky to grow up in. Mind you, it has developed a lot since I was a kid. Any Guelphite knows that if this blog was written several years ago, the number one attraction would be the Pergola…seriously, Google it! Whether you are visiting Guelph for the first time, a brand new U of G student or a lifetime veteran and want to be a tourist in your own city for a day (as I did), this list of must-sees includes a handful of my favourite spots….

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Three Questions to Ask a Listing Agent

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The fall market is a-foot in Guelph, and people are once again turning their attention to buying and selling homes. Things have changed, though, as everyone knows. We had a wild Spring market, the after-shocks of which we’re still experiencing on a few levels. The summer was quiet in accordance with seasonal averages. And now… here we are. Today, we’re in a balanced market. Nothing has crashed; prices are not steeply declining… we’ve just returned to Buying and Selling environment that we used to call “normal.” If you’re buying a home, this pretty much means only good things. You might…

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Dream that country dreamhome

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Finding that perfect piece of property to build your dream home on isn’t always effortless. It’s easy to get lost in beautiful views or the perfect location and not take the time to research some of the other essential characteristics of the property. There will always be some things that you will discover along the journey of building that will require extra cost or consideration, as each property has its individual challenges and unique features.  Understanding that there will be compromises is vital, which you need to consider carefully before purchasing the property you love. Almost everything that will have…

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Blog_July2017_5

Failure to Complete – What’s Going on in Guelph?

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This isn’t the way I like to start off my week. I’m drafting a Mutual Release for a property that failed to close. Without getting too far into the details, clients of mine found out, on the day their home was supposed to close, that their buyers were unable to get funding. The process dragged out, but in the end, the buyers had to walk away from the purchase – and, in doing so, they essentially walked away from their deposit. Months later, after a series of negotiations between the two party’s lawyers, I’m drafting this mutual release – a…

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Sizzling Hot Summer – Buyer Opportunities in Guelph

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The summer is hot and so is the Guelph market… but in a different way than we have experienced for quite some time. After a wild Seller’s market in the first half of the year, in a matter of a couple of weeks, June saw a very significant shift. Suddenly, we had a market something like one we haven’t seen in a few years. It feels pretty balanced and, for the first time in a long time, buyers have options. It’s a great time to buy a house in Guelph, and here are just a few of the reasons why….

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Guelph needs more of this – Basic housing

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Stone counter tops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, soaring ceilings, walk in showers, en suite bathrooms, walk in closets, lots of storage.  This is not just a wish list anymore; in the time of HGTV many buyers are looking for these finishes and are starting to expect them in their newly built homes.  Guess what, builders are listening. Luxury finishes are quickly becoming standard among local builders including stone counters, raised ceilings, and even some high end appliances.  This is great in many regards as it creates a very well polished product which sells quickly and easily. But what happens…

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Paddock Appeal

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It comes as no shock that real estate is a very visual industry. That’s why you hear of people spending thousands on staging, renovating, landscaping and preparing their property for when it hits the market. And if they’re spending wisely, these upgrades can pay off. Curb appeal is one of the areas that people often invest in. You only get one chance to make a first impression…might as well make it a good one! Sprucing up that 30 feet at the front of a home in downtown Guelph can work wonders. Now just imagine if that frontage was 500 feet…

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A tale of two markets

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If you’re a buyer in Guelph’s white hot real estate market, you may be thinking that this market is too insane to invest in. All homes sell in multiple offers for a hundred thousand over asking or more. Your offer is just a spit in the bucket and the biggest number always wins. You scoff at listing prices because you “just know” it’ll go way over asking. You’re burnt out and discouraged and tired of playing the “but what will this ACTUALLY sell for” guessing game. If you’re a seller in this market, you may be thinking that you won’t…

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