Are Multiple Offers Here Again?

Sales Representative

Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

Are Multiple Offers in the Toronto Real Estate Market Here Again?

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You bet they are

This week I put in an offer on a home in the St. Clair/Dufferin area. The home was listed for $ 629,000. My client put his best foot forward and came in at $ 640k with no conditions and met the sellers closing date. Great offer. They lost it to someone else who bought the house for $ 685k.

Mind boggling, isn’t it?

The size of the house was around 1000 sq. ft. and it was a bungalow. The basement was finished and the house was renovated.

We Have “Finding You a Home Down to a Science”

Sales Representative

Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

We offer “more” than just putting you (the potential buyer), on an automatic house search. We actually investigate the listings making sure that the houses we show you are ones that fit your criteria.

What “More” Means to Us:

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….sitting down with you and finding out exactly what you are looking for.

I’m Getting almost 1000 km per tank on my Car

Sales Representative

Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

I can’t believe that I am actually getting just over 1000 km per tank on my new Toyota Camry Hybrid. It blows my mind.

In my other vehicle I was only getting around 500 km per tank. To put it frank for anyone that doesn’t get it… it pays to have a hybrid. I fill up half the time and the tank is smaller than my other vehicle.  I’m way ahead.

I do around 40000 km. /year – which means:

Before it cost me around $ 6800.00 a year in gas.

Now it cost me around $ 3000.00 a year.

Therefore, I’m saving around $ 3800.00 a year, so if the extra cost to get a hybrid was around $ 6000.00 and it pays for its self in less than 2 years, then the rest is gravy. Of course to note, that the environment is better off as well ….less fossil fuels, etc.

So let me ask you this?

With the availability of hybrids, who in their right mind wouldn’t consider a hybrid?

Just out of principle alone, even if the money wasn’t an issue, why not get one to help the environment and save money at the same time?

Eight Buyers Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Sales Representative

Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

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  1. Don’t wait to talk to a mortgage lender and check your credit. Take care of any credit issues and prepare you finances to meet all the mortgage requirements early. Get pre-approved for mortgage financing and know what you are able to afford before you look at homes
  2.  Don’t wait too long to buy. Many renters pay more for an apartment than they would pay for a mortgage payment. Don’t keep paying off someone else’s mortgage while you watch the real estate values climb. Homes often appreciate in value faster than you are able to save additional money for the down payment.
  3.  Don’t buy more house than you can afford. Keep your payments within reason and have a backup plan for emergencies. Even though you qualify for a certain mortgage amount, you must feel comfortable with the payment.
  4.  Don’t fall in love with the home for all the wrong reasons. Even though I mostly tell home sellers to use home staging strategies to sell for top dollar, my advice to home buyers is to look past all the staged glamour. Look at the bones of a fixer-upper home to see if you can turn it into your dream home.
  5.  Don’t work with the wrong agent. Make sure the agent is working for you and they are obligated to represent your interests. I would love the opportunity to interview for the job of representing you.
  6.  Don’t buy too far away from work. Drive the route during rush hour to test how you will feel, how much time it takes, and how much gas you buy. Your happiness outweighs the home’s amenities. Calculate gas expenditure versus transit savings for a closer home and add this amount to your possible mortgage payment.
  7.  Don’t forget to get a home inspection by a licensed professional. They are skilled in being able to advise you on the true condition of the home’s major systems.mistakes with man covering his face
  8.  Don’t misunderstand what comes with the property. Make sure you know what will be happening to the appliances, window coverings, light fixtures, and other items in the home. Make sure you know what parking is included. Know if the condo suite includes a separate storage locker.

 

Remember when you hire an agent they will ensure that all your questions are asked and answered

Divorce and Who Gets The House

Sales Representative

Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage

2 people fighting for houseDon’t let the emotional pain of a failed marriage make you “an unsung hero” on your life’s biggest investment, your home! Take a deep breath, a step back and reflect!
Going through my own divorce several years ago gave me firsthand experience and combined with my career in real estate I am able to share with you some of the things that I went through and hopefully help you along your path.

Divorced, Who Gets the House?……..

In Ontario the matrimonial home is the family home and is usually owned by both spouses regardless if only one name is on title or not. This may differ depending on conditions in a marriage agreement if you have one.