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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Let the kitchen sell your home! Read more to learn a few simple, economical and universally appealing principles that will get you top dollar.
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I was recently interviewed by Point2Homes about the current real estate Market and what advice for Home Buyers I had to offer.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Curb Appeal matters when selling your house. Tips to preparing your curb appeal and landscaping for selling.
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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.
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[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.
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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.
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[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
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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.
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In staging, you want buyers to notice your best features, like wood floors, big windows, woodwork and fireplaces. These are the features of the home and we want them to stand out. Think of paint in the role of Best Supporting Actor, as it helps to enrich the overall feeling without taking the lead.
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See the most gorgeous AND cheap light fixtures that will transform the look of your home! Lighting is one of the most effective ways to attract buyers to your home.
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In this case study, we examine the steps we took in staging a new home, which is quite different than an older home. Since we didn't have damaged walls, dated cabinets, broken trimwork or leaky toilets, we were able to focus 100% of our efforts on the cosmetics, and it is really too much fun.
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[VIDEO] How Much Does Home Staging Cost? It all depends and every situation is different. What I can say is that it's definitely not free, but well worth the investment.
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Creating strong focal points is one of the key strategies in the arsenal of our Decorator & Home Stager, Stephanie. She shows us why they are essential to having the best listing photography. And better pictures = more buyers coming to view your home.
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Learn how to use staging to downplay any negatives and highlight the positives. The entire purpose of staging is to keep the buyer in a positive frame of mind, through the use of strategic techniques. This is how you protect your equity and raise the value of your home.
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Although my wife and I don't have a camera following us around (still working on that one!) the essence of the Property Brothers is a huge part of the service we love to provide to our clients.
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January can be a very busy time for home owners who are preparing to list their home for sale later in the spring. With that in mind, here is a list of my best home staging articles from 2014 that will give you some tips and pointers on how to maximize your return on investment.
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If you have sold a staged house in the past and were happy with the shorter time spent on market, better offers, less haggling, and successful outcome congratulations! There's no need for you to read further.
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Furniture rental is not cheap, and to most people, it feels very ridiculous. The payoff is there but you have to want to spend money to make money....and this philosophy is not for everyone.
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As a Professional Home Stager who has been in business for over 10 years, I have been in more homes than most people will be in their entire lifetime. Having done hundreds of Home staging Consultations has solidified 3 consistent observations
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The truth is that you are moving, and return on investment is the whole point. However, that doesn’t mean you should spend nothing on your house, it means you should spend as little as possible, and spend it VERY wisely. Here are 3 ways to get the most bang for your buck getting your home ready for sale.
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I know I can say that Home Staging is an investment until I’m blue in the face, but until you’ve done it and seen the results, you will likely feel that it’s just another cost in a long list of expenses when selling your home. So let’s de-mystify the process...
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Fake wine, angled furniture arrangements and plastic fruit. These are just some of the Tacky Home Staging Tricks That Don't Work!
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If there’s one thing Home Staging is not, it is not decorating. Fundamentals in preparing your home for sale.
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By far, the best strategy when selling a home is to stage your home and price it fair market value, so that you attract many many buyers to your home within the first week.
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Home Staging is a marketing tool used to obtain the highest possible selling price for a property in the shortest amount of time.
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When you plan to sell your home, the bigger your house, the higher the price it can command. In the home staging world, we like to add the word “perceived” into that sentence, because buying a house is all about impressions and feelings