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Dog Days of Home Buyers

This topic has been in papers, on the news and discussed on every platform of social media – millennials. Many articles and some of my blog posts have mentioned millennials in the real estate marketplace. If you have read any of these articles/blogs you will know that millennials want a more tech savvy and eco-friendly living environment. However, 42% of these buyers want something that hasn’t been touched on until recently and that is additional yard space. Not for their kids – but for their four-legged companions. Only buying a house for more spa...

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3 Reasons to Talk to a Realtor Today

You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples. 1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor. Don’t be. In fact, I welcome your call. We can discuss what your current property will likely sell for on today’s market, and determine the type of home you q...

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Back to School Home Organization

For many parents, the first day of school for their children is around the corner. This can be a very exciting time but with it comes the stress of supplies, school lunches, paperwork etc. Google is loaded with lots of ideas for keeping organized during the school year. However, too much information can be overwhelming so here is a list of my four favourite simple yet effective ideas.   Make a Separate Email Account Just as your house may feel cluttered and disorganized around back to school time so can your email. Notes, schedules and permission ...

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Small Outdoor Spaces

This weekend is supposed to be a rare rain free one, so why not take this opportunity to talk about enjoying outdoor spaces? Even with the sunny weather ahead sometimes it’s not as simple as just heading to the backyard to lounge around. If you live in a condominium/apartment you probably don’t have a backyard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transform your balcony into an outdoor oasis. Every balcony size in every building is different. If you are lucky enough to have a large sized one try adding a hammock and some pillows. You can even add curtains if ...

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Hallway Hacks

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms. The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there! Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life: • Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of ha...

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No Homes for Sale?

No Homes for Sale in the Area You Like? Here’s What to Do… Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed. It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living there? Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting into that...

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Canada Day Activities

The Canada Day Long weekend is just ahead of us! Not sure what to do? While you have plenty of options in Leeds and Grenville! Just check out the list below! Leeds County FARMER’S MARKET – from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm be sure to check out the totally local Brockville Farmer’s Market. They have everything from plants to organically grown fruits and vegetables – even lots of delicious homemade treats. 1000 ISLANDS REGATTA AND FESTIVAL – This is one of Brockville’s most popular events happening on the Canada Day weekend on Blockhouse Island. This is the 10th ann...

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Buying Up!

Are You Ready to Buy Up? No matter how much you love your current property, you may be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighborhood. Is that day today, or, is it a few years down the road? Here’s a quick way to make that assessment. First, make a list of all the practical reasons why it might be time to move up. Those reasons might include features such as: more bedrooms, proximity to work and school, a larger backyard with trees, nearby parks and walking paths and better access to things you enjoy like theatre. Next, m...

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Hot Market Buying

Imagine finding the perfect home, only to discover there is serious interest from at least a dozen other buyers. It’s like scrambling for the last piece of cake at a buffet! Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get the home you want, even in a highly competitive market. Here are just a few ideas: • Only view a few ideal properties at a time. If you see too many, and thus spread yourself too thin, you risk homes slipping through your fingers. • Be realistic about price. Focus on finding a great home that you can afford, rather than trying to f...

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Moving with Kids

Let’s be honest, no matter how well you plan and organize moving is not an easy task. It can bring about many feelings such as sadness, excitement and stress. Luckily, before the big day comes there are simple and effective ways you can ease these feelings – not just for yourself but for your children too. Here are some helpful ways to transition your kids to a new home. Involve Them There is enough activity that comes with purchasing a home so it may be tempting while you are viewing them to leave the kids at home or with a babysitter/relative. If you d...

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Top Reno Tips

It is well known that spring is the hottest market for real estate. Spring is also a very busy time for renovations – maybe you’re even renovating before you put your house on the market. For whatever reason, if a home renovation is in your future, here are 5 tips on how to get started! (more…)

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Spring Ahead Outside!

In last week’s blog I talked about how you can get the interior of your home spring ready. This week’s blog I’ve done the opposite and want to inform you on how you can get the exterior of your home spring ready. (more…)

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