Monthly Archives: March 2017


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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