Category Archives: Buying

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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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K is for … Kindergarten … Maybe?

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When we moved to the Kortright East Neighbourhood 5 years ago, we were just a young couple with a newborn. To be honest, the thought of school zones never even crossed our minds.  Luckily for us, the two options available  for my school age children are both great schools.  We were sure we wouldn’t be disappointed with the education given at either of the location.  Two years after moving into the neighbourhood, construction began on undeveloped land at the back of our neighbourhood and SAY WHAT!?!?, it’s a school!  We are WALKERS!  Wonder if the school will be Public or…

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The Great Indian Migration

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So the big elephant in the room (pun totally intended) in Guelph is … why are so many Indian people choosing to migrate to our little city?  A big question indeed, and one I think is best answered by someone with a foot in three different camps; I am a Guelphite, I am of Indian descent and I am of course, a proud Realtor here in Guelph. In my mind, that makes me a pretty good candidate to tell the story.  I will throw out a small disclaimer first – this article is intended to be a source of information for…

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TW Credit Club | 3 Tips You Need to Know

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I have been working in Real Estate for a little while.  I have learnt so much and have been put in a position where I can positively impact people’s lives, it is an amazing thing.  It isn’t always sunshine and roses.  I do run into hard situations from time to time, I have come across so many people this year trying to get into the house market or lease, but can’t because their credit score is bruised, this was part of my journey too. Sometimes clients know, but it is worse when they don’t and they find out after they…

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Buying or Selling a Smokey Home

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Even in the kind of wild seller’s market like we are seeing in Guelph, it’s always not easy to sell a home. A few things can be fairly consistent deterrents among buyers, and one of them is smoke odour. Yes, a smokey house can prove a bit challenging for buyers to overcome. But many of them can…. In addition to the general turn-off, many people point to the health implications of what is called ‘third hand smoke’ – smoke coming off of things like walls, upholstery, etc. I’ve watched people walk up to a house and turn around before they’re even through the front door,…

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Tear it OR Repair it

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Many are finding it difficult to find that “perfect” home in Guelph right now with prices soaring in this competitive market.  The resale market is tough right now, there is no disputing that.  The houses that have the floorpan, upgrades, and big lots are the homes that everybody is looking for.  Seller’s are holding back offers for a week and then all hell breaks loose as multiple offers fly in all at once on offer day.  The result: these sought after homes are selling at record breaking prices per square foot, and to stay competitive aside from price, buyer’s are…

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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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Keeping the Faith: Buying a Home in Guelph

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I read an article recently on bidding wars when buying a home in Guelph. The article was shared on someone’s Facebook page, and it clearly hit a nerve. That were a lot of comments, and reading through them made one thing very clear to me: Guelph buyers are becoming very demoralized. “This is why I can never buy a house,” said one. “The way things are going, I don’t think I’ll ever afford a house.” One lamented, “I’m priced out of the market in my own hometown.” It’s hard to read, and very largely because it’s so widespread. So many…

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New Homes – Buy for quality

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Buying a brand new home, how exciting! ll those shiny counters and those perfectly installed hardwood floors – who wouldn’t want a piece of this action! It all sounds like so much fun, so exactly where in Guelph should we get this new home party started? Hop in the car and driving aimlessly around town following arrows to different pockets of the city perimeter? How about we put a little strategy behind this new home shopping plan. Let’s try this plan – buy the best built house we can for our money. 10 years from now, maybe even as little as 5…

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West-end Numbers Crunched – Semi-Detached

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When it comes to buying a home in Guelph, the West end is an often-overlooked area of the city. Occasionally I hear people that are foreign to the West claim they would never want to live here. However, if you ask any resident of the West end of Guelph, most often they will claim that they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! It’s not like there are a lack of vital amenities, green space, community resources, or opportunities to live a comfortable and enjoyable life. In fact, I would say if you look at the amenities and infrastructure the West…

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