All posts by Rebecca Walker

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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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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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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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Radon Gas in Guelph – What you need to know

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If you live in Guelph, I’m sure you’ve heard about Radon Gas by now. But what the heck is it and what can we do about it? Radon is a odourless, tasteless and colourless radioactive gas that forms naturally when uranium in rock, soil and water breaks down. Radon can seep into our homes through cracks and holes in the floors and/or foundations which in turn can affect our health. Radon is an issue in many parts of Ontario and Canada. Sounds scary, right? Since radon gas is a natural occurring gas that exists everywhere, there is nothing you can…

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Forget Shoes! House Shopping is Waaaaay More Satisfying

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Alright, so you’ve got the car, the job, the education, you’ve saved up some money and overall you’re a grown up (when you have to be at least).  You’re single, strong and independent but you’re still renting.  WHY? Maybe you think that you can’t afford to buy a place on your own. Maybe you think it will be too much work and you don’t have any experience in household repairs.  Or maybe you’re just not sure where to even start. When you are buying a house on your own as a woman there are some different issues to take into…

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Love tiny houses – Chapter Deux

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There are questions every home buyer should ask themselves while they are looking at homes, but they are especially important when looking at tiny houses: How do I use my home? What is most important to me?  When you are considering buying a home with less than 900sqft there are going to be concessions. But when you decide what is most important you won’t feel as though you are compromising.  Chances are if you’re looking at a tiny home you will have already thought about downsizing your life at least a little bit, but have you thought about how you…

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First-Time Buyer Gameplan

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Buying a home should be an exciting and fun process. Not only are you looking for a place in order to potentially move out of mom & dad’s home or to stop paying rent, but you are buying an investment into your future. This blog covers a couple of big questions sometimes first time home buyers are nervous to ask, but shouldn’t be! I mean, how are you supposed to know? Its not like they taught you how to buy a home in school (even though that would have been handy). How do I know if I am ready to…

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Love Tiny Houses – Chapter One

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I recently went looking at homes with a client: a young, single professional looking for their first home. Being an active, outdoorsy person with a budget up to $350K they decided that would prefer a semi-detached or detached home. This is an entirely reasonable budget if you are willing to be flexible in terms of location, level of finishes, and size. This particular client is very handy, ok with a fixer-upper and loves the Downtown / Exhibition Park / Hewitt Park areas. This means that we have seen several homes ranging in size from 650-1,200 square feet. The overwhelming response…

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So you want to move to the country | Chapter 3 – The odd bits

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The reasons for moving to the country are countless and will vary from person to person but there are a number of things you have to be aware of if you are deciding to make the move from city mouse to country mouse…I mean house. Equipment – You will need to purchase several pieces of equipment to maintain your property depending on the size and if you will be doing maintenance yourself or if you will choose to hire someone to do the work for you. Riding lawn mower and heavy duty trimmer: there is more land and more grass,…

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Occupancy vs Ownership

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After working in New Development Sales and now as a Licensed Real Estate Agent, there is always one question clients have when buying a new build condominium…”What is the difference between the Closing date and the Occupancy date?” When you purchase a new condominium that’s in the process of being built, there is a period of time between when you move into the unit and when you take ownership. This period is known as the Interim Occupancy or Occupancy Period. During this time, you will take possession of the unit, but not the ownership; and you will be required to…

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