Oakville, ON Real Estate News

By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
I often take my camera with me when I walk my dog because you just never know when a photo opportunity will present itself. A walk through the neighbourhood last evening brought a totally unexpected sight.  As my daughter and I walked past a home in the subdivision she noticed a fox just sitting in a driveway.  He took a look at us but couldn't be bothered.  After sitting for a minute or two he made his way across the front lawn and peeked at us from behind the bushes. I don't recall ever seeing a fox in Oakville but with all the new home building going on I'm sure they are being displaced from their forest and ravine homes.   The rest of our walk,,,,,,,,well it was quite uneventful. Don't forget to get out there and go for a walk!  And take your camera.  
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Buying new or resale - Is it a coin toss? Not usually.  I find today's buyers have specific needs and wants and tend to lean one way or the other. Buyers looking at new or newer homes desire the bells and whistles that these homes provide. Hardwood and ceramic flooring, 3 or 4 bathrooms, great room with vaulted ceilings, large windows. They only have to do finishing touches such as adding fencing, landscaping, central air or maybe repainting or finishing the basement down the line.  Lot size and mature neighbourhood are not the highest priorities on their wish list. They may not have the time to tend a large yard or the knowledge or again, the time to maintain or upgrade an older home. On the other hand some buyers desire a larger, more mature lot that may be within walking distance to ...
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By Barry Quine, The Wayne Munden Team - Condo Specialist
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp.)
Residential Real Estate Sales for July, 2010 - Bronte Creek Status Street List Price Style Beds Baths             SOLD Drumloch Ave. $276,900 Townhouse 2 1+1 SOLD Dewridge Ave. $299,900 Townhouse 3 1+1 SOLD Stalybridge Dr. $429,900 Townhouse 3 2+1 SOLD Valleyridge Dr. $444,900 Link 4 2+1 SOLD Stalybridge Dr. $459,900 Townhouse 3 2+1 SOLD Abernathy Way $499,900 Detached 4+1 2+1 SOLD Skipton Ln. $639,900 Detached 4 3+2 SOLD Stocksbridge Ave. $649,000 Detached 4 2+1 SOLD Skipton Ln. $649,900 Detached 4 2+1   Please feel free if you would like to receive our monthly email reports for free. Also feel free to email us for a daily list of homes for sale in Bronte Creek, North Oakville. List includes, address, price and photos. CALL BARRY QUINE TODAY FOR YOUR COMPLIMENTARY HOME EVALUATION.
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By Barry Quine, The Wayne Munden Team - Condo Specialist
(Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp.)
Residential Sales for June, 2010 - Bronte Creek Status Street List Price Style Beds Baths             SOLD Springforest Dr. $349,900 Townhouse 3 2+1 SOLD Stalybridge Dr. $409,900 Townhouse 3 2+1 SOLD Rochester Cir. $424,900 Townhouse 3 3+1 SOLD Stalybridge Dr. $469,900 Townhouse 3 2+1 SOLD Epworth Cr. $489,900 Townhouse 3 3+1 SOLD Scotscraig Dr. $494,000 Detached 4+1 3+1 SOLD Emily Cir. $514,900 Townhouse 3+1 3+1 SOLD Ingleton Ln. $599,900 Detached 3 2+1 SOLD Lyness Ave. $619,900 Detached 4 2+1 SOLD Cardross Ct. $669,900 Detached 3 3+1 SOLD Emily Cir. $749,000 Townhouse 2 2+1 SOLD Stocksbridge Ave. $889,000 Detached 4 3+1 Oakville YTD 2009 YTD 2010 % Change         # of Residential Sales 1188 1586 33.5% Average Sale Price $495,007 $561,442 13% Median Sale Price $415,000 $485,000 17% Pl...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
 One of Oakville's main arteries was closed to traffic for hours today causing major congestion and headaches for Oakville drivers.  Trafalgar Road, a major thoroughfare for motorists travelling north and south over the Queen Elizabeth Highway was the scene of a collision between an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser and a Mercedes, just south of the QEW overpass.  The accident which occurred around 11:00 a.m. created havoc with all four lanes closed to motorists for more than 3 hours.  Both the O.P.P. officer and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to hospital. When accidents happen and road closures occur confusion reigns.  Many people don't know alternate routes to their destination and they panic.  People become late for their appointments.  Secondary roads become congested du...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
          Red means Stop, Danger, Go no further. Red flags when you are selling your house are negative signals that your home is sending out to potential buyers. As a Stager it is my job to recognize these red flags and point them out to the seller. You see, we all learn to live with small things that are not perfect. But we don't have time right now so we walk by. When it comes time to sell you can no longer ignore these issues. One area that sends up red flags is deferred maintenance issues.  Buyers will wonder why you have ignored an easy fix. If you haven't taken care of something simple what larger issues they cannot see have you ignored as well? You don't want a buyer's mind to follow that train of thought. Your home should look well maintained from the curb appeal to through to...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
A couple of months ago I wrote the following post about what to wear to a 35th high school reunion.  I sat on the planning committee for almost two years for my high school graduating class reunion and when I wrote the post it was a week prior to the big weekend of events  and I still had not decided what to wear. I did eventually find an outfit and I was off to the races.  Well in my case it was a walk.  We had planned a funfilled weekend as many of our classmates were attending from out of town, out of Province and out of Country. On the Friday evening of the long Victoria Day weekend, affectionately known in Canada as the May "two four" weekend, we planned an informal pub night at a local venue where classmates could pick up their registration packages, mingle and reconnect with old ...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
        When I took my Staging course I was given a credo. THE HIGHEST FORM OF SALESMANSHIP IS SIMPLY SERVICE A STAGER IS A SOLUTION PROVIDER HONOR THE CLIENT AND THEIR POSSESSIONS DO WHAT IS BEST FOR STAGING As the market fluctuates and people face harder times this credo is even more important. Sellers and Realtors that believe Staging is an expensive 'nice to have' rather than a 'need to have' are misguided. A Staging consult is about more than recommending replacing the client's furnishings with rentals. It is about Honoring the client and their possessions: We look at the home's condition to see if there is deferred maintenance issues, paint problems, flooring issues etc. We look at traffic flow We look at furniture placement We work out the best ways to highlight the features of ...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
       In life we often have to look at our options and choose. One of those options was to sell your home and you have chosen to do just that. You have chosen a Realtor that you feel meets your needs. It is time to prepare your home for sale. You have looked at the options and chosen a Home Stager to advise you. It is the Stager's job to present you with more options. During the consult your Stager will look at each area of your home and advise you on how to prepare your home for sale. If you find one of the suggestions impossible to do tell your Stager right away so that another option can be found to solve the issue. You may have an issue with budget, man power, time, ability etc. Discuss the fact that:  you have no help to make the changes                                   your chil...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Midnight Madness - Downtown Oakville 2010 Friday July 16, 2010 Downtown Oakville will celebrate it's 33rd year of midnight madness on July 16th.  Lakeshore Road will be closed to traffic from Navy Street to Allan Street to accommodate the 50,000 plus crowd of Oakville residents and visitors for this huge annual retail event. All of the downtown shops and boutiques will keep their doors open until Midnight and many restaurants will offer up food and drinks on outdoor patios.  Various Charitable Organizations will also have tents and barbecues set up so the sounds and smells and sights will be awesome. It is like a huge block party only there are  a half dozen blocks with bands, performers, and entertainment at every corner along the way.  The Oakville Fire Department is always present wi...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
The heat wave continues in Oakville, Ontario.  I don't mind hot summer days.  Summer is fleeting.  It's the humidity that is a killer.  It is just too sticky and uncomfortable to sit outside or go for a walk during the day. The central air has been running 24/7 for the past 3 days.  Even that isn't doing the trick as it is still 28C in the house.   Oh how I wish it would rain.  Now would be an opportune time for a cooling thunderstorm. I had a meeting tonight at Oakville Town Hall for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee that I sit on.  When I left the building at 8:45 the sun was a huge ball of fire in the sky, just getting ready to set.  Having my handy camera with me I decided to head up to a favourite spot, a pond in Oakville's Oak Park subdivision. I had to make a pit stop t...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Oakville, Ontario - Canada Day - July 1, 2010 Happy Birthday Canada.  Residents of Oakville can celebrate Canada Day by the waterfront in Bronte Village all day July 1, 2010.  Visitors are encouraged to wear red and begin the day with the annual Oakville pancake breakfast at 8:00 a.m.  Entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. and the lineup includes local Canadian performers on two separate stages. For the kids there is face painting, bouncy castles and a  BMX skate park. Adults can enjoy the Beer and Burger garden and there will be lots of food and beverage venues. Some of Canada's Olympic athletes will be in attendance and there are lots more surprises planned.    Evening entertainment is provided by Ronnie and the Jets. The evening will conclude with fireworks off the Bronte Pier at 10:00 ...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
       The colour of the carpeting is not the memory you want your buyer to take with them. Once a house is on the market it quickly gets labeled. The house with the pink carpet.      The house that smells of animals.                                                    The house with the doll collection.                                                                     The man cave.                                                                       The one we saw with the stained carpeting.                                           These are not the labels you want a house to have. Preparing a home for sale and presenting it correctly means the viewers leave with positive memories about the features of the home. You want labels like: The house with the wonderful fireplace.          ...
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Sometimes we lose our way in life and in so doing, we lose the ones that we belong with. Not knowing what to do, we try to fit in with the closest thing we can find to our way of life and the individuals we are most familiar with. This works out fine, sometimes. Often we find it too hard to try and be something we're not and eventually, after misplacing integral parts of ourselves, we decide we miss our tribe and our old way of life. Then we pack up and go back to the place and people that feel like 'home'. Humans are lucky that way. They're able to remember where they belong and who they belong with. Birds aren't always so lucky. Such is the case with this lone Snow Goose who, for reasons we're not privy to, found himself living with a flock of Canada Geese. Being lonely and wanting a ...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Driving over the Rebecca Street bridge in Oakville this morning I noticed a lot of people peering down below to the harbour.  Curiousity got the best of me so I pulled over, grabbed my camera and set out to see what all the commotion was about. The scene below was not the normal one that I usually enjoy while walking my dog and taking photos of our beautiful Oakville Harbour. One badly burned boat, one almost completely sunken boat and two neighbouring boats damaged.  Talk on the bridge was that the fire took place about 2 a.m. this morning. There was a hubbub of activity down below.  Divers were getting ready to enter the water.  A huge crane was about to lift the badly damaged boat out of the water, the Oakville Fire Department was present, and other assorted professionals were standi...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
     Your house is on the market and you are now in 'selling' mode. The trouble is your personal life has you under a great deal of stress. As a Home Stager I have met sellers who are selling but don't really want to give up their home.   Seller #1 has had the bottom drop out financially. They can no longer afford their home. They have no budget to prep their house for the market. Seller #2 divorcing. They are both still living in the house for the kids sake until it sells. Neither wants to cooperate with the other. One of them doesn't want to invest any more into the home. Seller #3 has recently lost their mate and feels they can't live with the memories in the home. Maybe they can no longer afford the home. Seller #4's mate has just become disabled and the house no longer suits their...
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By Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional
(Janice Ankrett Home Staging)
             You are putting your home on the market. You are going from 'living' mode to 'selling' mode.                      You have turned your home into a product.                                                                                                   Presentation of your product is key.   Preparing or Staging your home for sale creates a positive presentation. Your presentation starts when the buyer arrives in the form of curb appeal. Once your curb appeal has drawn the buyer inside the interior must carry on the good vibes. Your decor should appeal to many decorative tastes.                  The home should 'talk' to buyers moving up, laterally and down in size.                                    The features of the home should be highlighted.    The rooms should open u...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
I had to share these photos with you as I'm surprised they even turned out.  It was a very dull evening and timing was everything.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I was chuckling to myself and my dog was pulling her leash so hard becaue she wanted so badly to get to where the action was.  I was trying to zoom in and keep a steady hand. So technically and colourwise these photos aren't perfect but I hope the subject matter will put a smile on your face as it did mine. Bareback Blackbird Take Off Will You Is He Gone?
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Oakville, Ontario - On The Hunt For Nature Trails Living in Oakville, Ontario affords the opportunity to be "one with nature" within minutes.  Halton Region and neighbouring Peel Region offer plenty of parks, Conservation areas, hiking trails, ravines and forests, all of which are full of interesting types of wildlife, birds and waterfowl. Rattray Marsh in Mississauga, Ontario, just east of Oakville provides a great boardwalk that passes by the marshy area and weaves in and out of the forest.  You also have access to Jack Darling Memorial Park where you can enjoy a picnic along the shores of Lake Ontario and take in the magnificent Toronto skyline to the east. Hendrie Valley Park and Grindstone Creek in Burlington, Ontario, just to the west of Oakville also has a boardwalk and lots of t...
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By Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate
(RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage)
Historic homes and buildings hold many stories and secrets from the past.  It's important that we embrace history and capture it to share with  future generations.  As time marches on, and land to build on becomes scarce in many areas, it is important to preserve our community's historic sites.  A big thank you goes out to those who work on our behalf to save these buildings for all to enjoy. Yes, we are losing many due to decay and no funds for restoration.  And yes we are losing far too many to the wrecking ball for new home development. I find nothing more gratifying than to find a charming old building and create a photo opportunity out of it.  If only those walls could talk.   Photos: Jenny Kotulak windows of the world photography copyright protected
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