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Guelph needs more of this – Affordable housing

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In this unprecedented housing market I have been reflecting more and more on what it means for those who do not yet own a home. When we get together we love to talk about real estate.  Everyone has an opinion on it and most of the time I hear that things are getting too out of reach for the average buyer.  I agree.  Most Guelphites and first time buyers are quickly getting priced out of the town they live in and love.  They can’t afford to keep their kids in school here, they are looking to move further away from…

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Beware of smoke and mirrors

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Driving around town, I’m seeing the signs more and more. Literal signs, I mean. I see them at busy intersections and even on hydro poles. The wording varies, but the gist is always the same… call us now if you really, really need to sell your home quickly, because we’ll pay cash. Sometimes there is mention of zero fees. Sometimes it’s a little more fear-driven, referencing the way that a Seller can get out of their bad situation. And so forth. You know, I’ve helped people in very dire straits sell their homes. The stories vary, and so do the outcomes….

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Pre-Offer Home Inspections in a Seller’s Market

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There’s no shortage of chatter about the current Real Estate Market in Guelph. It’s such a wild, wild Seller’s Market that it can feel a bit hopeless for Buyers when it comes to conducting the matters of basic due diligence recommended when buying a home. What, exactly, do I mean by that? I mean that, in a more balanced market, we see conditions attached to most offers, including the ability to arrange mortgage financing, insurability, and home inspections. In today’s Guelph market, we’re seeing few (if any) of those conditions on offers at the negotiating table… if we can even call it that,…

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Understanding your list price

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The list price of a house is often the front line of marketing that potential buyers are influenced by. So as a potential buyer it is definitely beneficial to understand how the list price is used as a marketing strategy. Hopefully after this blog you will be able to use the list price as a way to help your search as opposed to looking at houses that appear to be in your price range but will actually be wasting your time. Most people start their home search, no matter which website they are using, by setting a price range they…

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Minimalism: When less can mean more

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This used to be a bit of a dirty word to me.  A reason for people riding around on their high horses to judge my consumer habits and my apparent inability to understand the “true meaning of life”.  Well, it’s become a bit of  a movement Then I watched a little documentary on Netflix.  It’s called “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” and it follows Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (the duo behind The Minimalists) on their book tour across the United States.  The question they ask is:  How might your life be better with less?  I am not…

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It’s My Divorce, I Will Move If I Want To!

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I know it’s a tough time, with way too much going on, but at the end of the day – you and your kids need a new place to live. Nobody gets married and has children thinking they will be a single parent someday. But in today’s reality it happens and it happens quite often. When a marriage ends there are so many pieces that need to be figured out. It can be such an emotional time (regardless of how amicable the break up is). Trust me, I know! I went through many feelings of frustration, fear of the unknown,…

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Guelph needs more of this … Integrated & useful neighbourhoods

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All neighborhoods need the fundamentals like road infrastructure, schools, grocery stores (unless you’re in the East End apparently), some parks and greenery. But, we are very quickly running out of land in Guelph and we need to quickly start thinking about building more useful and integrated neighborhoods. For example, there are very few community centres in Guelph.  Social clubs, sports teams, networking groups, special interest classes and hobbyists are ALWAYS begging for space in Church basements, school gyms, warehouse spaces, you name it.  It may not always be financially, environmentally or spatially viable to build community centres all over the…

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Why move, invest & live in Downtown Guelph

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What makes a great city great? If you think of great cities like Toronto, New York, or London what is one thing that they all have one thing in common? Vibrant downtowns. When you hear the name New York you think of Times Square and Broadway. Toronto? Yonge Street. London? Trafalgar Square.  To this list we want to add Guelph. Stay with us here. Of course Guelph isn’t as massive as these major cities but it does have all the things that makes them exciting places to live: Beautiful architecture and rich heritage? Check! Guelph was founded in 1827 and…

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More than just function in The Junction

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When we speak of Guelph neighbourhoods, there are a few that immediately come to mind…we all know what ones I am speaking of, but that my friends, is not what I want to talk about. There is another little hood that you may not have heard about, and this pocket of the city is called The Junction. Tucked away, just west of Edinburgh Rd and north of Waterloo Ave, this dynamic neighbourhood is just bustling with activity. It all starts with the tree lined streets, the houses are packed to the brim with charm. The location –  it is closer…

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Living rural with kids

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Living rural. Is it for everyone? Probably not but I really like it! There is lots of peace and quiet and a real sense of space and privacy. No traffic jams or crowds of people. I love hearing all the birds, seeing real living things and smelling fresh air. Backyard fires in the summer and fireplaces burning wood in the winter. Living rural could mean being in a small village or a country property. Either way there is a large sense of community which helps provide a sense of security. As a mom of three children aged 4.5, 3 and…

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