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Jeff Belisowski - Newsletter Monthly Real Estate Update - May 2020

Your Real Estate Update: May 2020

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in May 11, 2020

During this trying time, it’s not surprising that so many homeowners are anxious and exhausted. Perhaps you’ve been feeling the same way. If so, keep in mind that the COVID-19 outbreak will eventually wind down and, hopefully, things will be back to normal soon. We’re all in this together – and we’ll get through it. As you probably already know, a key to getting through challenges like this one is to remember to reach out for help when you need it. That’s why I’ve been making myself fully available to those who have real estate questions or need advice and...

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Royal LePage, Jeff Belisowski - February 2020 Real Estate Update

REAL ESTATE UPDATE – February 2020

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in February 5, 2020

What I enjoy most about working with my clients is being by their side – as their real estate professional – while their families grow and change over the years. That’s why I don’t say “thank you and goodbye” when a transaction is complete. I stay in touch with my clients in the months and years in between transactions. I want to be available to them if they need me… for advice… a question… a contractor recommendation… or anything else real estate related. Of course, I also want to be able to provide the best service when they’re ready to...

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE – December 2019

REAL ESTATE UPDATE – December 2019

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in December 3, 2019

I’d like to wish you and your family a Happy New Decade!  That’s right, 2020 is almost upon us. What are your plans for the next ten years? Have you made any “new decade” resolutions yet? If your goals or dreams include finding a new home or enhancing the enjoyment of your current property, I want you to know that I’m here to help. You see, my services don’t end when a transaction is completed. As a valued client, you’re invited to contact me anytime you have a real estate related question or need a contractor recommendation. So, even if...

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Jeff Belisowski, Royal Le Page - Real Estate Update – September 2019

Real Estate Update – September 2019

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 11, 2019

September is typically a busy month for homeowners. Kids go back to school. Work increases at many businesses as the fourth quarter looms. Major home renovation projects are in the midst of wrapping up, and smaller projects may be about to start! If there’s anything we can do to help with questions, contractor referrals, advice, or information related to real estate, give us a call. In fact, that’s the reason we stay in touch with clients on a regular basis and share my monthly Real Estate Update. We want to continually remind you that my services don’t end once we’ve...

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RLP, Jeff Belisowski - Blog Image - Real Estate Update - July 2019

Real Estate Update – July 2019

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 11, 2019

Summer is finally here and that’s great news for those of us who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors! Whether you prefer sports or leisure activities – or ambitious do-it-yourself projects – here’s hoping the days unfold just the way you wish. Some of the best summer days are spent getting together with family and friends for fun, food, refreshments and relaxing conversation. If your discussions turn to real estate, I sincerely hope you will refer me to your friends and family for general inquiries or any specific questions they may have. I appreciate it when you let others...

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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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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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Real Estate Blog - Blog - What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t

What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in September 27, 2018

When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced, immediately, for thousands of dollars.   Nevertheless, you might question whether you really need to invest the few hundred dollars it costs for a professional home inspection. “The home we want to buy looks like it’s in very good shape,” you might be thinking....

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Blog - July 2018 Market Trends for Caledon

July 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in August 13, 2018

The July 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 $925,175, that is a decrease of 5.95%. – There were 69 properties sold in the month of July with a year to date total of 523 which is a decrease of 12.4% year to date. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 29 days. – The total active number of residential listings was 281 which...

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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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Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds

Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 13, 2018

Judgements Buyers Make in the First 30 Seconds You’ve probably heard the expression, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” When it comes to selling your home, that is definitely true. In fact, a buyer will come to several conclusions about your property within the first few minutes of seeing it. That’s why it’s so important to make a good first impression. How do you do that? One of the best techniques is to pretend you’re a buyer. Drive up to your home. Open the door. Step into the foyer. Take a quick look around. Then...

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3 Reasons Why a House Isn’t Selling

3 Reasons Why a House Isn’t Selling

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 10, 2018

Have you ever driven by a For Sale sign and wondered, “That house has been on the market for a long time, I wonder why it isn’t selling”? You might have asked that question because you were worried the same thing would happen when you put your own house on the market! Often a home doesn’t sell for one of three reasons: 1. The price is too high. Sometimes a homeowner will set the listing price exceptionally high in the hopes of getting lucky. What happens instead, however, is potential buyers stay away. In today’s real estate market, a house...

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WILL YOUR FURNITURE FIT?

Will Your Furniture Fit? 

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in May 9, 2018

When you’re viewing a property that’s on the market, you’ll probably try to imagine how your furniture will fit and look in that space. Where will your desk go in the home office? How will you position the sofa and chairs in the living room? First, it’s often larger furniture that creates the most concern. Make sure you have those measurements on hand when viewing a property. That way, you can use a measuring tape to get a clear idea of how that particular piece of furniture will fit in the room. Second, there are many online tools you can...

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5 Things Home Buyers Want to See

5 Unexpected Things Home Buyers Want to See

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 20, 2018

 Today’s Buyers are Looking for These Things… If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you probably know the basics of what buyers want to see. Clean and uncluttered rooms. Comfortable living room. Functional and spacious kitchen. Bright, modern bathrooms. However, there are some things that today’s buyers are looking for that you might not have considered. Here’s the rundown: Smart storage space. Today’s buyers love to see organized closets, attractive shelving, storage nooks, built-in bookshelves, linen closets, and other storage options that are as functional as they are attractive. Energy-efficient fixtures. Buyers are impressed by lighting that...

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BLOG POST IMAGES_Aovid Common Home Buying Pitfalls

Avoid these Common Home Buying Pitfalls

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in February 20, 2018

Buying a home can be stressful as prospective homeowners do their best to make a good decision in what will likely be the biggest financial decision of their lives. Avoid these common home buying pitfalls: Your deposit is not readily accessible. Manage your banking before you fall in love with your home and don’t forget to account for other funds you may need during the process. You’ve removed the condition of financing. Pre-approval is not the same as acquiring a mortgage. When buyers omit the financing condition, problems can arise if the lender cancels or reduces the approved amount when...

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