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Blog - YOUR REAL ESTATE UPDATE - MAY 2019

May 2019 – Your Real Estate Update

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in May 10, 2019

May is finally here and things are starting to brighten up! If you’re like most people, this is the time of year when you start making plans for the summer. Perhaps you’re considering a vacation to somewhere exotic or adventurous. Maybe you’re just hoping to stay close to home to spend some extra quality time with family and friends. Whatever your plans are for the next few months, we wish you and your family a wonderful time. Speaking of a wonderful time, this is also a great time of year for real estate. As you may have already noticed, things...

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Your April Real Estate Update from Jeff Belisowski

Your April 2019 Real Estate Update

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 18, 2019

You’ve probably heard the expression “April showers bring May flowers”. That expression says a lot about how some things in life work. Sometimes we have to endure some rain before we can enjoy the sunshine and flowers. Take my world for example. Every week I see people out on their own trying to find a new home. Some of them experience a lot of frustration and disappointment as they try to make sense of the market, search for the right properties to see, and then try to negotiate the best deal. As a professional real estate sales associate, I understand...

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February 2019 Market Stats Caledon & Toronto West

February 2019 Market Stats for Caledon & Toronto West

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in March 7, 2019

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has published the February 2019 Housing Market Statistics. From the compiled data posted I would like to show you some highlights from Caledon & Toronto West. Peel: Caledon Market Highlights The number of active listings in Caledon increased by 11.00% in February 2019 over the same month in 2018. The number of listings that came on the Toronto Board in February 2019 vs. February 2018 increased by 1 home or 0.81%. The number of homes sold decreased by 14 homes or 24.14%. The average days on the market increased by 8 days. Average sale prices were...

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Tips to Make House Hunting Less Stressful

Tips to Make House Hunting Less Stressful

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in January 9, 2019

Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for making the home hunting process a lot easier and much less stressful. 1. Get your mortgage arranged in advance. You don’t want to find the ideal home on the market, only to face problems arranging a suitable mortgage. You might end up losing the opportunity. So, make mortgage arrangements in advance by getting “pre-approved”. With that pre-approval, you can shop for a new home...

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BLOG - Housing Market Stats for Peel - Caledon Nov 2018

November 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in December 12, 2018

The November 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon, Ontario have been published. The statistics are compiled from data posted on the Toronto Real Estate Board. Here are a few highlights from the analysis: The average sale price was $923,326, down slightly by 2.54%. Year to date the number of sales is 813 down by 5.13% The number of homes sold in November 2018 decreased by 18 homes or 21.95% compared to Nov. 2017. The average days on the market decreased from 33 to 32 days or 3.03%. Average sale prices were up by 4.06%. Sales Comparisons: November 2016 to November 2018...

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The ABCs of Fire Safety

The ABC’s of Fire Safety

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in November 26, 2018

  The ABC’s of Fire Safety When it comes to home fire safety, a little preparation and precaution go a long way toward ensuring your family, your home, and your valuables are protected.  Consider the following important information about preventing, fighting and escaping residential fires. Fires and Fire Extinguishers Fires are classified into different types, depending on the material burning. Fire extinguishers are similarly classified according to the type of burning materials they are designed to extinguish: A type for paper, wood and natural fabric; B type for grease, oil and combustible fuels; and C type for electrical fires. Since...

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REal-JB_BLOG POST IMAGES - Characteristics of Desirable Street

Characteristics of a Desirable Street

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in November 19, 2018

Sometimes you know a desirable street when you see one. For example, it’s obvious that a home on a cul-de-sac is enticing mainly because there isn’t any through traffic. What are the other characteristics of a desirable street that may not be as obvious? Here are just a few: Sidewalks. A sidewalk in front of your home is not only handy, but it also adds to the property’s curb appeal. In addition, if you have kids, a sidewalk makes it easier – and safer – for them to play and visit neighbourhood friends. Mature trees. Trees lining the street add depth and...

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Housing Market Stats for Peel - Caledon October 2018

October 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in November 12, 2018

The October 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon, Ontario have been published. The statistics are compiled from data posted on the Toronto Real Estate Board. Here are a few highlights from the analysis: – The average sale price (year to date) is $924,091, that is a decrease of 3.19%. – There were 81 properties sold in the month of October with a year to date total of 750 which is a decrease of 3.23% year to date. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 30 days. – The total active number of residential listings was 312 which...

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Do You Know the Basics of Home Security?

Do You Know the Basics of Home Security?

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in October 9, 2018

Most people feel confident that they know the basics of home security. For example, they know to: keep all doors locked; have a light on in the house while away; and, never hide a key outside in an obvious place, like under the mat. Yet, almost a million and a half properties get burglarized in North America each year. So, how can you prevent that from happening to your home? Here are a few lesser-known home security basics: Actually, never hide a key outside. Thieves know all the hiding places. Instead, make sure all family members have a key. Two-thirds...

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New Market Statistics for the Caledon Real Estate Market

September 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in October 5, 2018

The September 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon, Ontario have been published. The statistics are compiled from data posted on the Toronto Real Estate Board. Here are a few highlights from the analysis: – The average sale price (year to date) is $918,230, that is a decrease of 4.81%. – There were 82 properties sold in the month of September with a year to date total of 669 which is a decrease of 4.43% year to date. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 30 days. – The total active number of residential listings was 327 which...

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Retrofitting Houses and Condos for Seniors

Retrofitting Houses and Condos for Seniors

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 30, 2018

Many seniors are reaching the stage in their lives when they are choosing to downsize their homes for lifestyle or financial reasons. Other seniors are faced with a more difficult decision. Health and/or mobility concerns may require them to either retrofit their existing home to meet their changing needs, or to seek a more accommodating home. The decision can be difficult because many simply don’t want to move. In such cases, especially if mobility challenges are arising, wheelchair accessibility may be necessary, not just at the home’s entrance, but under counters, in bathrooms, and through doorways as well. Ramps, elevators...

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Blog - 4 Affordable Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale

4 Affordable Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 13, 2018

If you want to improve how your home shows to potential buyers, you don’t necessarily need to invest in a costly remodeling or renovation. In fact, there are some simple – and relatively inexpensive – things you can do to make your property look significantly better. Let’s take a look at some of the options available: 1. Paint it. There’s no doubt about it. A fresh coat of paint will significantly improve the appearance of just about any area of your home. In fact, compared to other home improvements, the painting will give you the highest return on investment when...

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August 2018 Market Statistics for Peel: Caledon, Ontario

August 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 13, 2018

The August 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon, Ontario have been published. The statistics are compiled from data posted on the Toronto Real Estate Board. Here are a few highlights from the analysis: – The average sale price (year to date) is $916,836, that is a decrease of 6.04%. – There were 65 properties sold in the month of August with a year to date total of 588 which is a decrease of 8.84% year to date. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 30 days. – The total active number of residential listings was 293 which...

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Your Real Estate Update - August 2018

Your Real Estate Update for August 2018

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in August 30, 2018

August can be a busy month. It’s the time of year when many homeowners are putting the finishing touches on repairs, renovations, or remodeling projects. Of course, if you’re one of those homeowners, you’ll want to wrap those projects up before the fall. We may be able to help. We won’t be able to install your new light fixtures, or refinish your deck, but I do know many reputable designers, contractors, renovators and other professionals who can. So, if you’re looking for a recommendation, give me a call. I may be able to send you some names. In the meantime, enjoy the...

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Avoiding Waste When Watering Your Lawn

Avoiding Waste When Watering Your Lawn

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 30, 2018

HOME OWNER  TIPS & ADVICE The following tips will help you avoid waste when watering your lawn: Use a low-angle, pulsating sprinkler. Water sprayed high into the air produces a mist that loses much of its moisture through evaporation. Water the lawn, not the sidewalk or driveway. Lawns need about an inch of water per week. To determine how much watering time that requires, place an empty tuna tin within your sprinkler’s range, and note how long it takes to fill. When watering, account for recent rain. Use an automatic sprinkler system that allows you to adjust the area, frequency...

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Consumer Protection vs. Consumer Value

Consumer Protection vs. Consumer Value

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 23, 2018

Consumer Protection vs. Consumer Value It has become standard for retailers to offer low cost supplementary “insurance protection plans” on appliances and electronics. These plans may seem like a good idea, but before you buy one, be sure the plan actually offers real added value. Often, these plans overlap with other protection programs you already have. For example, reputable retailers usually sell products with solid manufacturer warranties, because they don’t want the bad reputation or the hassles that come from unhappy customers. In fact, in today’s competitive world, many retailers already have a “satisfaction guaranteed” policy built into everything they...

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