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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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Recognizing Potential Major Expenses in a New Home

Recognizing Potential Major Expenses in a New Home

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 18, 2018

Recognizing Potential Major Expenses in a New Home When you see a new home you like on the market, it’s easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious recreation room that has plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all your excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner. Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. But, knowing when those maintenance...

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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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June 2018 Market Stats for Peel: Caledon

June 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in July 10, 2018

The June 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 $928,359, that is a decrease of 6.06%. – There were 454 sales in the month of June which is a 15.3% down over the year-to-date number of sales. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 28 days. – The total active number of residential listings slightly decreased  by 2.27%) in June 2018 to 302 listings. –...

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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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April 2018 - Real Estate Market Statistics for Caledon, ON

April 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in May 4, 2018

The April 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 $948,884, that has increased by 0.06%. – There were 271 sales in the month of April which is a 19.35% dow over the year to-date number of sales. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 32 days. – The total active number of residential listings went up (by 42%) in April 2018 to 264...

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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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Peel - Caledon March 2018

March 2018 Housing Market Statistics for Caledon, Ontario

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 6, 2018

The March 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 $940, 829, that has increased by 1.15%. – There were 75 sales in the month of March with the average sale price being $926,614. – The average days on the market (year to date) is 32 days. – The total active number of residential listings went up (by 88.10%) in March 2018 to 237 listings. – The total...

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How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer!

How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 5, 2018

 It’s Wise to be Savvy! If you’re planning on finding your next dream home, then you’re probably going to view several homes on the market that meet your criteria. You will want to make the right purchasing decision for you and your family. So, it’s wise to be savvy when viewing properties for sale. Here are some ideas on how to do that: Bring a notepad. Take notes, not only of the home’s characteristics, but also of how you feel. For example, can you imagine yourself happily cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you see yourself entertaining family...

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5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in April 5, 2018

 Get the SOLD Sign on Your Front Lawn Sooner!   There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or you may have purchased another property and don’t want to be stuck too long with two mortgages. Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn sooner: Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the current market value of your home, then you’re not going to get many, if any, viewers. You...

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Assessing a Property's Long-Term Potential

Assessing a Property’s Long-Term Potential

by Jeff Belisowski with 0 Comments in February 28, 2018

You see a home on the market that you like. Should you buy it? Before you make an offer, it’s a good idea to get a sense of the property’s long-term potential. After all, a property is not just a potential home, it’s also an important investment.   Here are some things to look for when viewing homes on the market: Is the area’s average income increasing? The more affluent a neighbourhood becomes, the higher the property values. Are employment opportunities growing nearby? If jobs are leaving the area, housing prices will likely decline. Are there any nearby housing or...

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