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!
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
Special Assessment in a condo

Special Assessment for Condo Explained

What is a Special Assessment in a Condo
Real Estate advice about home buying costs

What Are the Typical Home Buying Costs?

The Best List of Home Buying Costs on Ontario!
conditionally sold real estate term

What does Sold Conditional mean in Real Estate?

Finding a home you like only to be told it's sold can be frustrating to new buyers. Is the home for sale or isn't it? Can you put an offer on it? Is the agent making it up? In this article I will explain what sold conditionally means, and what it means to you as a buyer.

Best Family Neighbourhoods

How to Find the Best Family Neighbourhoods for Your Kids I moved to Mississauga when I was 7, long before Churchill Meadows or Central Erin Mills even existed. The Mississauga I grew up in was fantastic for kids; tens of thousands of homes…
How to buy a big home on a tight budget

How to Buy a Big House on a Tight Budget

How to Buy a Big House you Can Actually Afford: For The Village Guru website, I mostly write about decor and staging related articles. I was inspired to write this article about How to Buy a Big House on a Tight Budget because I’ve watched…
Ontario Non-Resident Speculation Tax otherwise known as the foreign home buyers tax

Ontario Foreign Home Buyers Tax Explained

In late 2016 and early 2017, The City of Toronto and the surrounding areas such as Mississauga experienced an unprecedented growth in housing prices. By the spring of 2017 we were looking at over a 30% increase in prices from the prior year…

7 Truths Home Buyers Need to Know in this Hot Sellers Market

If you are thinking of buying a home in 2017, you need to read this. This hot sellers market will cause buyers a lot of pain if you don't form a strong strategy and have a highly skilled agent on your side. Learn the 7 truths you need to know in order to win the buying war.

Love Your House but Hate Your Neighbourhood?

For this case study, our clients were victims of loving the house they bought with a previous realtor who was referred to them by a friend of a friend. The agent was not from the area and while they were able to read an MLS listing sheet, they lacked the knowledge and expertise to find them a home in the right neighbourhood.

A Good Tip for Real Estate Negotiation

[VIDEO] Here is a good tip on real estate negotiation that will help get the result that you want.

The Home Buying Process in Plain English

[VIDEO SERIES] The Home Buying Process in Plain English is a series of informative and entertaining videos that all first time home buyers should watch!

There are No Deals in Real Estate, But there are Smart Buys

There are no deals in real estate, but there are smart buys. The Village Guru, Mississauga Real Estate Blog. Jeffrey O'Leary, Real Estate Broker

Talk is Cheap in Negotiations

When it comes to real estate, I would say that is true... 98 & 3/4% of the time (I had to throw in the Dr. Zeus line).

What Value Does a Real Estate Agent Offer?

[VIDEO] I personally believe that having a good real estate agent is more important than ever before, and while there are many things we do, I think that what is of most value to our clients can be summed up in three broad categories.

Fixed Rate Mortgage Versus Variable Rate Mortgage- An Honest Comparison

[VIDEO] You'd be surprised how often I am asked for my opinion on whether my clients should go with a fixed rate mortgage or a variable rate mortgage. Here is my comparison on the different options.