Why You Should Live in Meadowvale

Meadowvale has been experiencing a rebirth and a new energy. Many of the original owners are cashing out and moving away, while hundred of young families are moving in. Over the last 5 years I have watched countless neglected homes receive new love with exterior facelifts and dumpsters placed in driveways while kitchens and baths are being gutted and updated. Prices have risen dramatically but they are still more affordable than the rest of the city, given that it's further north and Meadowvale has only just begun to rise in desirability.

Where NOT to Live in Mississauga

Since the "Great Panic of 2017", every neighbourhood has risen past the once prestigious $1 million mark. But area all villages worthy of equal stature? Let's take a closer look at some villages to learn what's worth the hype and what's not.
Why you should Live in Lisgar

Why You Should Live in Lisgar

Take a tour with me to learn about everything Lisgar has to offer. Very few people start their home search here because it is on the furthest edge of the city, far away from Toronto. But because of this, you get the most house for your money, and if you can get over the suburban feel, there's a lot to see and do, especially for families.
Whya you should live in clarkson mississauga

Why You Should Live in Clarkson

Let's take you on a tour of Clarkson so you can see all the wonderful things about this Village. Though not perfect, it offers a lot of opportunity, especially for those new to Mississauga, who still need quick commuting access to Downtown Toronto.

Moving to Mississauga from Toronto

Moving out to the west GTA might not be your dream move; you may not like the idea of the 'burbs and are worried that you'll loose all the great amenities and charm that you have enjoyed in Toronto. The Village Guru takes a lifestyle approach to get you into a new neighbourhood that will make your transition as successful as possible. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Top 10 Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

Here is THE #1 COMPREHENSIVE list of most effective upgrades to increase the value of your home! It is best if you give yourself the time to get the work done properly. Better yet, you don't have to make these material upgrade decisions alone. Hire us first, and receive weeks and months of advice, planning, sourcing and problem solving at no extra cost to you. This level of service is standard to all clients, no premium fees here.
Article giving advice on what to do to buy a house under $500,000

What to Do if Your Home Buying Budget is Under $500k?

If your home buying budget is less than $500k, i am sure you are feeling frustrated. Many recent articles are advocating for you to start anew out in Hamilton or beyond. But what if you have a job you love right here? Or family support is just 10 minutes away? What if you WANT to stay in the GTA but you don't think you can buy anything here? This article is for you.
tips on preparing your kitchen for sale

Let the Kitchen Sell Your Home

Let the kitchen sell your home! Read more to learn a few simple, economical and universally appealing principles that will get you top dollar.

Expert Series: Advice for Home Buyers

I was recently interviewed by Point2Homes about the current real estate Market and what advice for Home Buyers I had to offer.

5 Upgrades to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Especially in a sellers market, we often see home owners do the WRONG work on their home, in the hopes of maxing the sale price. Find out here the 5 Upgrades to avoid, as well as what work will get better results

The #1 Secret to Finding the Best Real Estate Agent

The hardest part in starting the process of buying or selling a home is trying to figure out who is the best agent for you. Who can you trust? How can you tell their motives? There is one simple and easy way to do this, and it's not through interviewing 10 agents until your head is spinning with information. This 1 step will save you a lot of trouble and make the process of hiring a realtor that much easier.

Choosing The Right Paint Colour For Selling Your Home

Choosing the right paint colour for selling your home isn't about personal preferences or current trends. Used strategically, colour can highlight your best features and downplay any negatives of your home. Find out which tried and true colours we recommend for an elegant and contemporary look.

How to Ensure Buyers Love your Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. Beautiful bathrooms help sell homes for Top Dollar. Although they are a more expensive room to tackle, we'll show you the most economical tricks to get a huge bang for your buck and make those buyers FALL.IN.LOVE

How To Update a Large Home on a Budget

In this case study, we were working on a large, executive home in Erin Mills. It was full of potential......and a lot of dated 1990's finishes. When you have a lot of surfaces to update, you have to make every dollar work hard, to keep to a proper budget. This is story about how to focus on the most impactful changes to get the best results.

Top Staging Tricks: Refresh your Kitchen & Baths

In this case study, we will review some of the most cost effective ways to refresh your kitchen and bath on a very tight budget.

How to Prepare Your Kitchen When Selling Your Home

If you want to sell for TOP DOLLAR, start in your kitchen. This is by far the most important room to buyers, and the price you end up with will largely depend on how happy the buyers are with the kitchen. Selling Your Home For Top Dollar - Part 5

Essential Tips for Increasing Your Home's Curb Appeal When Selling

Curb Appeal matters when selling your house. Tips to preparing your curb appeal and landscaping for selling.

Industry Article: Know Your Village

This is a quick link to the Interview I did with Point 2 Homes about the Mississauga Real Estate Market and what buyers need to know to get the home they want and need.

How Do I Find The Right Area to Live In?

[VIDEO] Finding the right area to live in can sometimes be a challenge for home buyers. Balancing factors such as budget, proximity to work, family and others can make the situation very complicated.

My Top 5 Villages in Mississauga

Clients always ask me where I would live, Would you buy this house? Would you live in this neighbourhood? what do I look for?...etc. When I'm working for someone I try to see the world through their eyes, it's about finding them what is best for them. So today I decided to write this post to answer the question, partly for fun, and also so that you can get a little better sense of who I am, and how I look at the world as a home buyer.

Younger Home Buyers Should Think Like Home Flippers

[VIDEO] Knowing what I know, if I was a first time home buyer I would be looking for something that needs a little work. By a little I don't mean a gut or the need for permits, but something that might be outdated cosmetically because here's what I do know- The majority of today's home buyers are

Osprey Marsh

This morning I decided to take a stroll around Osprey Marsh in Lisgar and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by how serene and peaceful the area is.
Client Interview

Buying a Home - A Case Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx3Y-4-kIi0 In this video I was interviewed by past clients of mine who relocated into the area. In this video we touch on the process and they ask me a number of questions about the process. I hope you find…
Jeff O'Leary Baseball coach

Lessons I Learned as a Rookie Baseball Coach

Being a coach helped me in sports, as a father and even in my real estate business. The following are 2 lessons I learned from being a baseball coach.
mississauga community volunteer award presented to jeff o'leary

City of Mississauga Ward 9 Community Volunteer Award

May 2018. Jeffrey O'Leary received the City of Mississauga Ward 9 Community Volunteer Award for close to 10 years of service in the local community of Meadowvale.
Jeffrey O'Leary poses with a cheque for $10,000 donated to the Eden Food Bank

Over $15,000 Raised for the Eden Food Bank! Fool's Night 2018

Over $15,000 Raised to support Eden Food For Change! Fool's Night 2018
Jeffrey O'Leary and members of the Rotary Club of Meadowvale presenting a donation of $22,000 to Armagh House

Mississauga Rotary Clubs Donate $22,000 to Armagh House

Mississauga Rotary Clubs Donate $22,000 to Armagh House

Why I Video Blog

[VIDEO] This is why I make video blogs from my car

The World is Becoming a Better Place

[VIDEO] The other day I had a moment of appreciation on how much opportunity exists for people who are motivated in today's world.

Rotary Welcomes the 3rd Meadowvale Scouts

Last Friday, the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale was happy welcome Rob and Heather Byce from the 3rd Meadowvale Scouts Troop to talk about Scouts in the local community.

Another Nod to The Village Guru for Top Canadian Real Estate Blog

Jamie Sarner is a Toronto Real Estate agent who runs a solid business and has a top notch website himself. He's proven himself to be knowledgable, skilled and is definitely a Toronto expert. It may sound odd that a real estate agent would take the time to rank other real estate agent's websites, but he knows this does nothing but boost his credibility, and showcase his ability to research. This year I hit #16 for Canada, I'll have my sights set for Top 10 in 2017.

How Company Culture Dictates Success

This is a story about how my birthday breakfast became a lesson for my business and all businesses in general. Culture is a vague, all-encompassing term that's easy to ignore on a daily basis. But is it the most important activity for any leader or manager. Culture is always quietly & actively impacting the company, for better or for worse. It’s whether management is steering this activity in a good way, or if it’s damaging by default.

We Rank #3 out of the Top 10 Real Estate Blogs in Canada

I am very honoured to attain the #3 spot on PropertySpark's list of Top 10 Real Estate Blogs to Follow in Canada. I am dedicated to sharing my experiences with the public, in the hopes of educating, empowering and hopefully, at least sometimes, entertain as well.

What I Learned From Parent Teacher Interviews

While sitting through 3 parent teacher interviews in the span of 1 hour, I couldn't help but notice the process that every teacher uses to evaluate strengths, weaknesses and set a plan of action. This is very similar to how I operate in my business to ensure each client gets consistent services and opportunity.

Santa Photo Day and Toys for Tots

The Better Homes and Gardens Santa Photo Day and Toy Drive!

Featured Speaker for OREA - Ontario Real Estate Board

I had the great privilege of being a speaker for the OREA Emerge event where we traveled all across Ontario, speaking to thousands of realtors about how to use technology to leverage their businesses and provide better service.

Community Green Leaders

Celebrating Green Initiatives in Mississauga, Jeffrey O'Leary was invited to speak on a panel about the Lake Wabukayne Stewardship Committee.

Top Producer Award 2015

When you are an entrepreneur, no matter what industry it is, it's a very lonely road. There's not a lot of team spirit to keep you going. So thank you, every single reader, who has supported my blog and helped my business to grow.

Shortcuts Rarely Lead to Success

[VIDEO] The other day I happened to notice my son using google translate to do his French Homework. While I can appreciate his creativity in finding the most efficient way to complete his home work, as a parent I know that using a tool like this is defeating the whole purpose of doing the work in the first place, which is to learn French.

Mississauga Rotary Clubs and the Mississauga Food Bank Join Forces to Fight Hunger

On a brisk February day, Mississauga Rotarians pose in front of a Mississauga Food Bank truck to present Executive Director Chris Hatch a cheque for $20,000 to fight hunger in Mississauga.