Mississauga, ON Real Estate News

By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR REALTOR?Selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make, and working with the right realtor to market your home, is another important decision you will make to achieve the best possible benefit.Selling a home can be a stressful experience, and although you probably have been through the process before, every sale is different and the variables can change. Your first task, is choosing the right realtor, one who  makes the experience of selling your home as pleasant and seam-free as possible, and with as little inconvenience to you as possible.CHOOSE A REALTOR WHO: works in, and is familiar with your neighbourhood works full time in the real estate business keeps up with the latest market trends is accessible through a pager and c...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Back in the mid 1950's there was a TV show called "Beat The Clock" with Bud Collyer as the host and his Assistant Roxanne.  All the rage that year for young girls like me was a popular doll from that show, called the "Roxanne" walker doll.. which is of course what I asked for from Santa..Being the precocious child I was, I was in my parent's bedroom one day, I think playing hide and seek as I recall with my older brother. I happened to look up on the shelf, and lo and behold... what was up there dressed in her pretty dress, and long blonde hair looking down at me?  It was the Roxanne doll I had asked for!!I was thrilled and thought I had better keep my discovery a secret... but then I had a second thought... if I asked Santa for the doll, why was it in my parents' bedroom closet? Uh oh....
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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NOT AS MUCH AS YOU MAY THINKMost consumers, (and friends)  I encounter have no idea how the Selling Commission is allocated, and what it actually covers. Here is an excerpt from my booklet... A Real Estate Guide for Sellers .... where I explain to clients how the commission structure works. How Commission Is Allocated ... and What It CoversReal Estate professionals are independent business people who must pay fees to their broker, to their boards, and must cover ALL of their business expenses before they acquire net earnings.Most professionals receive an hourly fee for services as the work is done, but real estate agents are paidONLY when they have successfully completed a transaction. All work leading up to that point, which might include consulting, fee appraisal evaluations, listing,...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Making Seniors Matter Again..There comes a time in everyone's life when they are faced with decisions that can seem overwhelming.  If you are a Senior or a Boomer, and are facing a decision on whether or not to sell your  home, or stay in it as long as you can... or if you are a family member whose parents are in this position, then you need to seek out the services of a Real Estate Agent who is also an Accredited Senior Agent.  We are here to work along side you and the professionals you want involved, to help you make decisions that you feel are right for you! WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENTWhen you are facing a move as a Boomer or Senior, look for a Realtor® with the specialized training and experience you need, look for an Accredited Senior Agent™ As an Accredited Senior Agent, I'm NOT out ...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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There are so many things to be thankful for, and especially at Christmas ... a time of reflection and spending time with loved ones.   Here are some quotes that are inspirational, and some that are humorous. "Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection"  ~ ~ Winston Churchill... "Christmas is a season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart" ~ ~ Washington Irving "Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone"   ~ ~ Charles M. Schulz "Christmas is the day fhat holds all time together" ~ ~ Alexander Smith “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” -- George Carlin“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.” -- Johnny Carson“The Su...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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 WELCOME TO MY NEW REDESIGNED WEBSITE! After many months of collaboration and hard work, I am delighted to officially announce the launch of my newly redesigned custom website. You can still find me at the same address -  www.gloriavalvasori.com, but with a brand new look!I created this modern, sleek website with the consumer in mind, a website that is easy to navigate where consumers can find valuable information to assist them to make an informed decision. I tried to provide useful information on a variety of topics for both Buyers and Sellers.My goal for this new website is to provide my visitors an easy way to learn about, and keep informed about the Mississauga, and Streetsville Real Estate Market, and the services and solutions I provide. The website is interactive and gives great...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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I came cross this on Facebook... it was something I saw, and posted last Christmas and since there are so many things which are annoying me, thought it would be appropriate because it really says it all.   Hope this does not offent anyone, but I thought it was rather cute... and if it does, I apologize in advance..  
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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HELP YOUR REALTOR GET YOUR HOME SOLD In my 28+ years as a real estate agent, I can usually tell when I pull up in front of a home I’m about to show what the inside of a home will look like based on the exterior. If the exterior is unkept then you can bet that the inside is generally the same.                       CURB APPEAL A vast majority of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a home, based on their first impressions of the outside… does it have “curb appeal?” ..the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can ensure people want to come inside your home by spending some time working on its exterior appearance, making it inviting for buyers to want to see more. Most potential buyers find it difficult to visualize changes, and often won’t take a second...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Erma Bombeck is on of my favourite humourist's.. most of her quotes are about her making self-deprecating tales about the life of a housewife.  If you are a mother or a parent, you'll probably find good humour in her quotes. Enjoy!All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpet is one of them.  Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they're not trying to keep up with you. Christmas Shopping: Wouldn't it be wonderful to find one gift that you didn't have to dust, that had to be used right away, that was practical, fit everyone, was personal and would be remembered for a long time? I penciled in "Gift certificate for a flu shot." Everyone is guilty at one time or another of throwing out questions that beg to be ignored...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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For those of you who enjoy pancakes, (you can also use this recipe for waffles) but don't want to buy the mix with all the extra preservatives, here is a recipe I have been using for quite some time.  It produces golden, light, fluffy delicious pancakes... and it's only a matter of stirring a few ingredients into a bowl !! INGREDIENTS:3/4 cup milk                                                                     1/2 teaspoon baking soda2 Tablespoons white vinegar                                       1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup all purpose flour                                                  1 egg2 Tablespoons white sugar                                           2 Tablespoons butter, melted1 teaspoon baking powder  Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl of cup and set aside for 5 mi...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Another profound writing by Erma Bombeck - the humorist who wrote about every day life as a parent.. who could make me laugh... simply because I could relate... and they were all true."Someday, when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I’ll tell them…I loved you enough to bug you about where you were going, with whom and what time you would get home.I loved you enough to insist you buy a bike with your own money, which we could afford, and you couldn’t.I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your hand picked friend was a creep.I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your bedroom, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.I loved you enough to say, “Yes, you can go to Disney World on Mother’s Day.”I loved yo...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Erma Bombeck could always put a smile on my face with her comical quips about every day life as a parent.... This one is more serious and comes from the heart..(although there is a bit of humour at the beginning)  I had never seen this one before... so thought I would share it.I’ve Always Loved You Best Because …It is normal for children to want assurance that they are loved. Having all the warmth of the Berlin Wall, I have always admired women who can reach out to pat their children and not have them flinch.Feeling more comfortable on paper, I wrote the following for each of my children.To the First-born: I’ve always loved you best because you were our first miracle. You were the genesis of a marriage, the fulfillment of young love, the promise of our infinity.You sustained us through ...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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As we approach Armistice Day (Remembrance Day) this November 11th, let's all take a moment to reflect, to remember and honour those brave men and women of our armed forces to found to defend our freedom, and who paid the ultimate sacrifice for ALL of us. It is becasue of them that ALL enjoy the freedom we do today.. 
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Many years ago, before I became a realtor, I was a single mother and someone encouraged me to leave my secretarial job and get into sales beacause they thought I would be successful at it.  Needless to say I was hesitant to leave a weekly pay cheque in favour of being paid solely by commission.Then someone said to me... "Gloria, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.. after all ....what's the worst thing that can happen?   If you don't succeed you can always go back and get another administrative job, but if you don't try you will never know what you can accomplish."  Are you going to let FEAR hold you back from your God given potential? 
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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 Don't forget this weekend (if you live in or close to my neck of the woods) to turn your clock back one hour  I still don't understand why we still have to keep doing this.. bad enough it's still dark at 7:00 a.m.... soon it will dark by 4:00 p.m. Get up and go to work in the dark.. and come home in the dark.  No wonder people get depressed.Uhggg 
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Some of my favourite quotes from humourist, Erma Bombeck: “Cleanliness is not next to Godliness. It isn't even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.”  “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.”  “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”  There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.”  “There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.” “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere” 
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Pasta is one of my favourite foods, and being Italian, I’m very fussy about my Pasta, and there is no comparison between home made and store bought…. The good news?  It’s not that difficult OR time consuming as everyone thinks.It has a soft, velvety texture that you just don’t get in store bought pasta, and the other big plus? It only takes 2-3 minutes to cook… much less time than the store bought. The other plus?  You know exactly what you and your family are eating because everything is made from scratch with fresh eggs, and flour..To compliment the soft, velvety pasta you need fresh home made sauce… also very easy to make.. either with meat, or without… just a few ingredients and about 45 minutes of cooking time and you have yourself a great pasta sauce.Do you have the inner chef in ...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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 When is the last time you did a financial audit of your home?  With this ever changing market prices are soaring and your home may be worth more than you think. Maybe you are thinking of a move... are you downsizing.... upsizing.... but don't know the current market value of your home?   Click the photo below and request your FREE home evaluation here... just provide a few details in the comment section on the form about your home, i.e. type, style, number of beds and baths etc., and hit the request buttun.
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Welcome to Mississauga   Mississauga is a large Canadian city on Lake Ontario, next to Toronto. On the lakefront, Port Credit has shops, a working lighthouse and a marina with a grounded freighter. Multi-use trails wind through numerous city parks and woodlands. In the city centre, Mississauga Celebration Square hosts multicultural festivals and has a skating rink in winter. A popular shopping destination, the city has several huge malls. Streetsville is a neighbourhood located in the north western corner of the city of Mississauga on the Credit River.  Although Streetsville occupies the west and east banks of the river, the majority is located on the west bank of the river. A town prior to the 1974 amalgamations that formed the City of Mississauga, it seeks to keep a "small town" char...
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By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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Last year, in May, 2015 I had a property listed which was sold by another agent.  His client was an investor and wanted to rent out two units in the home.  Even before the home closed, it was posted on Kijiji.ca (similar to Craig’s list) for lease. My client happened across it by accident, and lo and behold he stole all the photographs I bought and paid a photographer for and was using them.  Not only did he steal my photographs without my consent, he also plagiarized the description of the property I used on my original listing.   To make matters worse, some of the photographs he posted on the internet contained photos of my client’s children, and my client was furious.I contacted this agent by phone and asked that he remove the photos immediately, as he did not have my permission to u...
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