Category Archives: Selling

Blog_Sept2017_4

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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Blog_Sept2017_2

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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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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Blog_May2017_2

Shifting Market, Shifting Expectations: Selling in Guelph Today

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Woah. What a year it has been in the world of Guelph real estate. The dust is just starting to settle now, after a wild first quarter that left even the most seasoned veterans in this business shaking their heads in disbelief. Bidding wars, cash offers, bully offers… it really was a frantic scene for Guelph home Sellers and Buyers. But the scenery has changed. At the end of March, I started to notice a minor shift, and I wrote about inventory changing and things levelling out a bit. It was a slow process in some ways, but without question this…

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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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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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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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Falling in Love with Your House… All Over Again

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Love is in the air at this time of year. So, hopefully you have the more personal aspects of your Valentine’s Day season sorted out by now. But, what about that home of yours? Look… it’s a crazy Seller’s Market in Guelph right now and a lot of people, myself included, feel like we really have little or no choice but to stay put. Well, yes – we could sell… it’s the buying part that’s a bit of a trick. Much like a marriage, the relationship you have with your home is going to wax and wane over the years. Of course it…

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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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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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