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Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

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If you’ve played the game Monopoly then you’ve probably picked up the
Chance card that reads, “Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go…”
That’s good advice when shopping for a new home. When you see a
property you like and you’re thinking of making an offer, spend some time
walking around the neighbourhood. This will give you a better sense of what
it’s going to be like to live there.

After all, the last thing you want is to buy a dream home only to find out later that there are issues with the neighbourhood that make living there
miserable.

If you have kids, see how far of a walk it is to local parks, playgrounds,
schools and community centres.

If you commute, you might also check out the route from the neighbourhood
to your place of work. Is there a left turn that is likely to get backed up in the mornings?

Also check out how well the neighbours take care of their properties.
Homeowners tend to keep their homes looking good if they enjoy the
neighbourhood.

As you walk, listen. Are there noises from nearby high schools, industrial
areas, or highways that are going to be unpleasant for you? Find out if the
neighbourhood is near an airport flight path, or if there is a railway in the
area. (Your REALTOR® can find that out for you.)

If you get a chance, talk to some of the neighbours. Ask what they like most
about living in the area. You’re likely to get some candid – and useful –
answers.

Finally, spend some time visualizing living in the area. Can you see yourself
enjoying what the neighbourhood has to offer?

If so, then buying a home in that area will likely be a good choice for you.

A good REALTOR® can help. Call today.

SOLD 64 Handley Crescent, Ajax $449,900

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Huge Premium Pie-Shaped Lot Backing Onto Greenspace Located In Desired Lakeside Community In South Ajax. This All Brick, Approximately 1924 Square Foot Home Features Hardwood Floors, Gourmet Kitchen With Granite Counters, Glass Tile Backsplash, Under Mount Lights, Crown Moulding & Upgraded Throughout. Pot Lights, Dramatic Vaulted Ceiling In The Entrance Way & 2nd Flr Balcony. Relax With Family & Friends On Your 29’X15′ Deck While Enjoying The Privacy Of Your Own Backyard Oasis.

5 Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly

selling your home
There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For
example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or
you may have purchased another property and don’t want to be stuck too
long with two mortgages.
Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn
sooner.
• Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the
current market value of your home, then you’re not going to get
many, if any, viewers. You want the list price to be attractive, which
means listing at the current market value.
• Get things fixed. You probably don’t have time for a major
renovation. So just make sure everything in your home is in good
working order. Deal with any obvious maintenance issues, such as a
leaking faucet or a gate hanging precariously on one hinge.
• Ensure your home shows well, inside and outside. Eliminate
clutter. Trim hedges. Make sure every room has adequate lighting,
especially the basement. Imagine that a special guest is visiting your
home, then clean up and prepare accordingly.
• Be flexible with viewing times. You want as many potential buyers
as possible to see your home. So don’t restrict viewing times to just
Saturdays. Make sure your home is as “available” as possible for
showings. This may cause you and your family some inconvenience,
but the reward will be selling your property sooner.
• Work with a good REALTOR®. Find an agent who understands the
area and the local market well. He or she will be able to recommend
a variety of strategies that will help sell your home faster, and for a
good price.
• Of course, there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll sell your home within the
time frame you want. But these tips will certainly increase the chances that
you will.
Looking for a good REALTOR® who knows the area well? Call me today.

SOLD 256 Grandview Street South, Oshawa $324,900

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Gorgeously upgraded 3+1 bedroom home situated on a large, private 45’ lot complete with an enormous “L” shaped wrap around deck overlooking your very own in ground pool! Open concept layout features custom hardwood flooring, pot lights, 2 fireplaces, double French doors and custom crown moulding throughout the home. Well appointed, sunny bedrooms. Beautiful custom kitchen with ceramic backsplash, high end stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar and bay window. Multiple walkouts to the deck and backyard. Fully finished walk out basement boasting a 1 bedroom in law suite which offers a second kitchen, living area with fireplace and walk out to the patio with pool side bar area complete with mini beverage fridge. 1.5 car garage access from the house. This home is an entertainer’s dream with attention to detail inside & out. Views of the lake as you drive down the quite, tree lined street to this exceptional home.

SOLD 29 Midhurst Drive, Brooklin $699,800

14635_exterior__side_2_20130410022826_1800x1200 Truly one of a kind 4 bedroom executive home situated on a 55’ lot! This stunning Lamberton model is customized & updated throughout & will impress the most discerning eye. State of the art security system with exterior cameras. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the home. 2 storey living room, coffered ceilings in dining room, custom drapery & California shutters . Enormous open concept eat in kitchen with custom backsplash, upgraded cabinetry, top of the line stainless steel appliances, granite counters and walkout to the pool sized yard featuring hot tub, interlock patio & fire pit. Custom built in wall unit surrounds the gas fireplace in the family room which also features built in speakers. Exquisite master bedroom retreat with gas fireplace, large walk in closet with custom built in cabinetry & an enormous ensuite with his & hers sinks. Wrought iron spindles, pot lights & main floor laundry with garage access. Upgraded front double door entry with glass & wrought iron. Interlock driveway, stone porch with custom railing, in ground sprinklers. Over $150,000 spent on upgrades, landscaping and interlock. Located on a quite street within walking distance to Brooklin’s best schools, including brand new public school, rec centre, library and parks. Near upcoming 407 extension.

SOLD 340 Watson Street West Suite 407, Whitby $224,900

14714_main_1_20130425000013_700x467 Lakeside Living In The Yacht Club! Panoramic Views Of The Lake And Marina. Minutes To 401 & Go Train. Walking Distance To Shopping, Transit, Rec Centre & Lakefront Walking Trails. Kitchen Features Built In Breakfast Bar & Like New Appliances. Sunny Open Concept Living Room/Dining Room With Walk Out To A 95Sq Ft South-East Facing Terrace, Showcasing The Lake Views. Bedroom Offers A Double Closet & A Large, Operational Floor To Ceiling Window. Owned Undergroung Parking Spot Right Next To The Elevator & Locker For Extra Storage. Fantastic Building Amenities, Featuring An Indoor Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Gym, Meeting/Party Room, Exquisite Roof Top Terrace Lounge With Hot Tub, Bbbq Area, Fireplace And Stunning 360 Degree Views.

How to tell if a neighbourhood is improving

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When you’re looking for a new home, you want to find one in a great

neighbourhood – or, at least, in a neighbourhood that is on the upswing.

How can you tell if a particular area is improving? Here are some common

indicators:

•Pride of ownership. Take a walk around the neighbourhood. Do you get a

sense that people take good care of their homes? Are the lawns mowed?

Is the landscaping trimmed? Are flowers planted? Homeowners are more

likely to look after their properties when they like where they are living.

•Home improvements. Are people investing in their homes? Are they

getting their driveways re-done? Their windows replaced? Are there signs

of home improvement projects? If so, this is a clear indication that

homeowners like the area enough to invest in their properties.

•Real estate sales activity. Do homes tend to sell quickly in the area? Do

they sell for a good price? If so, the neighbourhood is probably in demand.

If people want to live there, it’s a desirable area.

•Business investment. Are businesses investing in the surrounding area?

Is there an increase in the number of upscale shops, health clubs,

restaurants, and other commercial enterprises that often locate near

desirable neighbourhoods?

•Community involvement. Are there signs that the community plays an

active role in the look and lifestyle of the neighbourhood? Are there

neighbourhood picnics, yard sales and other get-togethers? Check

Facebook.com to see if the neighbourhood has a community page.

•City plans. Find out what plans the city has for the area. Will there be road

improvements done in the near future? Are there any major construction

projects on the schedule, such as a new school or community centre.

Although such projects can be disruptive in the short term, they may

improve the neighbourhood – and, as a result, boost the value of any home

you buy – in the long-term.

Of course, the best way to find out the desirability of a neighbourhood is to

talk to a good REALTOR® who knows the area. Call today.