Oakville, ON Real Estate News

By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
   Often as a Stager I hear this question. Sellers so often have to touch up walls when they are preparing their home for sale. They may need to touch up a damaged area or where they have taken down a family photo. During the Staging consult I have advised the seller to move furniture which usually means moving art. If they have the paint left over, they can surgically fix the area and it will disappear. However that is not true if they have to go out and get new paint. It's never quite the same shade and shows just as much as the damage. So save a small amount of the paint if you can while painting. If there is no paint left over, make note of the paint brand, name and number. It will make your life easier when you go to sell and also help if something happens to the finish while livi...
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By David Pylyp
(RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,)
  10 Marketing Questions To Ask The Real Estate Agent  Who Is Offering To List Your Property For Sale With 90% of property buyers searching online for real estate, you'll likely be best served by an agent who understands modern Real Estate web marketing techniques. Quick Note: Most real estate agents you interview will not be able to answer all of these questions, but whoever comes closest is probably an excellent choice... Questions For Your Prospective Real Estate Agent Can you create a single property website for my property? Will it be syndicated? Can you track the metrics, activity and viewers?   Will this site include a video of the property? Will the video be on Youtube? How about some other video sharing sites? How often will you post to Craig’s List? Kijiji? BuyToronto? Will yo...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
If you are selling a family home the bedrooms count. Don't ignore a valuable selling feature. The family that is looking at your house is probably looking for more bedrooms and above all space. They want room for their family to live comfortably and grow. Show them bedrooms that are clean, clutter free and spacious enough for a bed and a chest. If the paint or the carpeting are dirty or tired, clean or replace them. A fresh bright room looks appealing. By all means go for the 'cutsie' factor. Help the buyer imagine their child living in a wonderful room.   If you are now an empty nester and are selling, bring out those toys you have stored for when your grandchildren come over. Use them to turn your home back into a warm family home. A clutter free room will tell the buyer your home has...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
  The master is one of the key areas when you are selling your home. Buyers have come to expect something special when they view homes. They are looking for that 'dream' bedroom that they have seen on TV or in a magazine. The master suite/bedroom is supposed to be the owner's retreat from the world. It's a serene space with that touch of romance. As a Stager I know that isn't the 'reality' in most homes. Some homes have the basics there with the walk-in closet and an en suite but they are full of, well, everything. Some owners have tucked in a computer station. Others seem to add those things they just don't know what to do with. There may be an ironing board set up for the morning rush.  So when it is time to sell the house there is considerable work to be done to create that space th...
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By David Pylyp
(RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,)
If you are new to Canada and have been working for at least 3 months, You have a Permanent Residence Card, I would enjoy helping you Buy your first home. With as little as 5% down and as long as you have passed your employment probation period; we can help make your dream come true. Our strength is in the advice provided. Please call me Lindsay Doke RBC Financial Trusted Mortgage Advisor 416-464-6423 and let’s get started
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By David Pylyp
(RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,)
The real ZERO DOWN If you are struggling to save up that 5% down payment to buy your home and are tired of paying your landlord’s mortgage then let me help you. In exchange for your good credit history, RBC Financial will allow you to use both your credit line and credit card limits towards your down payment. All you need are the closing costs.This is now easier, since the Ontario Government is providing a $2,000 credit towards your Land Transfer Tax. Please call me Lindsay Doke RBC Financial Trusted Mortgage Advisor 416-464-6423. & let’s get started..
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By David Pylyp
(RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.,)
When your sale closes after your purchaseto get the best price for your home often you have to compromise and choose dates that may not matchthis means you need to leverage the equity in your home, for the required time between the purchase and sale to fund your down payment into your new home Example of Bridge Financing Sold $ 270,000 Purchase $ 450,000less deposit w/offer $ 15,000Real estate commission New Mortgage $ 335,00013% HST Real estate commissionMortgage balance legal fees on sale and purchase Equity $ 100,000 Funds to close $ 100,000 SALE closes May 31 PURCHASE closes April 28 BRIDGE FINANCE of $100,000 for 33 days for $750 estimated fee How can a secured credit line save me money? in our previous example some lenders will allow you to register up to 80% of the purchase price...
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By Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario
(Dezigner Digz)
Looking back on 2010, many exciting things happened for Dezigner Digz, but one of the highlights for me would definitely have to be this.  Debbie Travis, host of CBC Television's All For One, and her crew travelled to Oakville Ontario to film a surprise home makeover for a true local hero.  The premise of the show is to give back to those who give so much of their time to others in the community.   I had the privilege of putting in some time on the project.  It was a pleasure to work alongside some of my friends and peers from the Halton & Hamilton-Wentworth Real Estate Staging Association.  The worthy recipient of this makeover was Sera Mansueto, founder of Walls of Hope; a local charity that helps transform the homes of needy families in the community. Here are some photos that tell ...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
    Why would I, your Stager, want to remove a photograph of these cute little boys? They're your family and you are proud of them. The photo has special meaning to you. What's wrong with it? It fits in with all the other photos on the wall and on the tables and/shelves. You are right, they are cute. But they are also a distraction. The Buyer should be focused on the features of your home not the family photos. Your Buyer should remember the feature they loved the best about the house, not how cute your family was. When Staging a home we aim to de-personalize the home so that the Buyer can see their lifestyle fitting into your home. We want them focused on how they will use the space from the moment they arrive. Items like photos, trophies, religious icons and diplomas make the Buyer f...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
It's a new year and most of us are still wondering where last year went.  I hear so many people say that they are glad that last year is over and that 2011 will be a new beginning. Let's hope 2011 will be a great year for all of us and that we can accomplish all that we set out to do.  Add in  little luck for good measure and it will be the year to beat.
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By Tara Sales
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp., Brokerage)
Interviewing Agents Checklist What to look for in an agent Someone who is:Dedicated to their profession Someone who takes the time to determine your needs Someone who listens - and responds to your requests Is familiar with the area in which you have an interest Is knowledgeable about the properties in your price range Is willing to work with you until your needs are fulfilled Strong references from previous buyers/sellers Questions to ask a prospective Realtor How long have you been in real estate? Are you a full time agent? Are you familiar with this area? How many homes did you sell last year? How many were in this area? What was the average price?How many buyers are you currently working with? How many sellers? Where do you feel your strengths lie? Will you handle all aspects of my ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
It's that time of year again.  The windows of downtown Oakville's shops and boutiques are decorated in anticipation of shoppers on the hunt for that perfect holiday gift for their loved ones (or maybe even themselves). As my dog Lola gave me "the look" last night I decided that instead of just walking the neighbourhood we would head downtown and take photos of the decorated store windows.  Oakville has a very vibrant downtown core with lots of unique boutiques and great restaurants. Many of the stores have gone to great length to fill their windows with glitz and glam and others have taken a more low key  less is more approach.  Either way, I was in awe of some real showstopper storefronts.  Gazing into these shop windows, seeing happy people enjoying meals in downtown restaurants and e...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
There is more than one way to take that exclamation. When you are selling your home you want it to be expressed in a positive way. Kitchens can make or break a sale for some buyers. Kitchens are areas of hygiene and should sparkle that means the appliances too. Buyers like eat-in kitchens so if at all possible show them, even if it is at the counter or a small bistro set.  A buyer's list of 'I wants' will have something about a kitchen on it. Even if your kitchen needs updating show the buyer the potential. Staging the kitchen will help buyers see past what is to what could be. If possible update things like taps, sinks, flooring, counter tops or appliances. Painting tired cabinets is a cost effective way to breathe new life into a kitchen. Above all show the buyer a Clean kitchen that ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
One of my colleagues sent me this photo today with the following message. "Damn!!! We look HOT!"  The photo was taken by our wonderful male server at our Board's President's Gala For Charity.  All proceeds from the event went to support well known Habitat For Humanity.  It was an amazing evening with a dinner dance, silent auction and casino tables.  Our president Jeff Mahannah looked quite dashing in his tux. This was a huge event for our Board with over 200 attendees.  I was lucky to work with a great team of helpers on the gala committee. We even had some winners at our table.  One of my colleagues won a $2300. diamond necklace from a $20. investment in a draw and another of my tablemates won a 3 night trip to Las Vegas with hotel and airfare for 2 from winning our heads and tails ga...
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Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. It is a day set aside for all of us to remember and honour all of our soldiers who have risked, and often lost, their lives to protect not only us, but also the citizens of many countries around the world.Today in Oakville we will honour those brave men and women at 10:15 am, at the Cenotaph at George's Square, corner of Church and Navy Streets. The Oakville Legion Branch 114 will be hosting the ceremony.I wrote the following in honour of my Great-great Uncle, Tom Smith, who sacrificed his life in 1917 when he was only 27 years old so that we could all enjoy the freedoms we have today. In Memory of Tom Smith 1891-1917, Battle for Passchendaele, Belgium~Your Hope Is Strong In Us The thousands of miles that separated Thomas Smith from his family and hom...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
To answer this question let's split it up into two types of homes. Vacant: You have moved already or the it's an investment. Occupied: you are still living in the home while you sell.     Vacant homes should definitely be Staged. It helps the buyer size the rooms and imagine living their lifestyle in the home. There is Staging available for every budget level. You can start with something as simple as accessories in the bathrooms and kitchen. You can up it to Vignette Staging. This places small settings in each room that show the buyer the purpose of the room and gives them a feel for the room. You can set the rooms up completely with furniture and accessories. This will create a complete picture for your buyers. Another possibility for a vacant home is to Stage the more important rooms...
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Autumn in....... Oakville! As I Drive along tree-lined streets in Oakville and area this time of year I find myself singing 'Autumn in New York'; especially on sunny days when the bright oranges and crimsons of the maple and oak leaves stand out even brighter against the vivid blue sky. The Oakville and Mississauga regions have been experiencing one of their most colourful fall seasons in a long time with the cold nights and warm sunny days resulting in very colourful trees. Here in the Oakville area of southern Ontario, many of the trees have yet to lose their leaves. I've hiked quite a bit over the past month at many of our local conservation areas and have seen some absolutely beautiful sights. Here are a few of them:                                 This was taken from the Niagara Es...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
1.  I don't get it - I was out for a walk in the neighbourhood  and came across the following sign on a typical area street.                             Heaven forbid a student driver taking a lesson decide to parallel park on this street or any street in the area with these unfriendly signs.  I remember the days of learning how to parallel park.  Here in Oakville we have a three hour street parking limit, I believe.  Perhaps the folks on these particular streets are finding that today's new drivers are taking an extemely LONG time to learn how to parallel park?? I mean don't driving lessons usually only take about an hour tops?  How long could they possibly be spending on these streets?? 2. Someone who gets it - I am fortunate to be attending a dinner this evening here in Oakville with...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Dogs are great.  They don't care if it's raining or not.  All they want to do is go for walks.  Today was a pretty dismal day.  A constant drizzle throughout the day made it a good day to throw a Matchbox 20 CD on and do some house cleaning. By late afternoon my little Lola started looking at me the way she does when she is "ready".  All you have to do is say the words "are you ready" and she knows she's going for a walk. I had to run a couple of errands so decided on the way home to take her for a walk around one of our favourite spots, a pond off Bayshire Drive in Oakville where I'm often lucky enough to spot a blue heron.  No luck in that department today but some ducks and trees just starting to turn to their fall colours. Rainy days can provide great photo opportunites.  Don't let ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
I had the opportunity to attend the VIP Grand Opening Celebration of Oakville's newest sports complex this past Friday evening.  The invitation was extended to me due to my involvement on Oakville's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. The new 4 rink arena is a stunning, state of the art facility.  I'm just sorry it wasn't built when my kids were playing hockey in their younger days.  In the older Oakville arenas the fans in the stands had to fight for the right to sit under the heaters.  Even then you weren't guaranteed that the heater would actually turn on. If you wanted to stay warm, you stood in the lobby and fought for a spot to stand in front of the window.  If a goal was scored down at the other end of the rink the only way you would know was if the red light came on.  And w...
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