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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.

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!
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.
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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.

Understanding Absorption Rate in Real Estate

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Among the many buzz words in the real estate industry, Absorption Rate, also referred to as ‘Month’s Inventory” is a term rarely mentioned in real estate but can be very helpful in understanding the current market, which can help any…

How to Get Your House Ready to Sell

Getting your house ready to sell is the most effective action you can take to ensure a successful result from your home sale. Check out these tips to preparing your home for sale!

Real Estate Fees

Real Estate Fees Explained Real estate fees and commission rates are the most commonly asked questions by home sellers and buyers. Everyone wants to know what it’s going to cost them to buy or sell, and understandably so.  If you…
Article about designing a white kitchen

Why White Kitchens Are Best

White Kitchens Win the Real Estate Equity Game I wasn't planning on writing another article about kitchens (or white kitchens) this morning, because if you haven't read them yet, I've already written several kitchen articles that you can…

SOLD: 6888 Avila Rd, Meadowvale, Mississauga

Charming 3 Bed Semi in Meadowvale 6888 Avila Rd, Meadowvale,  Mississauga. Status: SOLD 6888 Avila Rd Description This bright & spacious turn-key home has been lovingly maintained by the same owners for over 30 yrs and pride…

Staging a New Home is Almost Too Easy

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.

What is Home Staging, How Much Does it Cost and Who Pays?

[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.
Should you sell your house first or buy first

Should You Sell Your Current Home First or Buy First? An Honest Comparison

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[VIDEO] Whether you're thinking of of moving up to a larger house, or downsizing, or maybe just looking for a change, a very common dilemma home owners face is Do I Sell My Current Home First or Buy First?
tacky home staging tricks that don't work

Tacky Home Staging Tricks That Don't Work

Fake wine, angled furniture arrangements and plastic fruit. These are just some of the Tacky Home Staging Tricks That Don't Work!

Selling Your Home: Bathroom Tips

Here are 5 tips to spruce up your bathroom without breaking the bank if you are thinking of selling.

Home Staging Protects Your Equity - Home Staging 101

Home Staging is a marketing tool used to obtain the highest possible selling price for a property in the shortest amount of time.

Meeting the Expectations of Home Buyers

When listing your home for sale, the first question you should always ask yourself is who will be the target buyer for your home? Each home buyer demographic has different needs and expectations that you need to know.

4 Features Home Buyers Love

From my experience, here is a countdown of the top 4 features that home buyers love seeing in a home.

3 Tips to Maximize your Home's Equity in any Market

  Planning on selling in the near future? With the leveling off of home prices and the decrease in sales, it may seem like an undesirable time to list your house. The sellers market is history. Homes are staying on the market longer and…

Get the Most Out of the Equity of Your Home

In a strong real estate market like Mississauga where the average home price can easily reach of half a million dollars, home sellers need every advantage available to ensure they get the most equity from their home. Home Staging is an excellent,…

Prepare Your Home for Buyer Showings

You have taken care of any problems, you've cleaned your home and possibly even hired a Professional Home Stager. You've hired a realtor and your home is about to go on the market. Everything seems to be ready for the big show! Here are a few…

First Impressions are Critical When Selling Your House

It's important that your home look tidy outside as well as inside. Often, when people are ready to put their house on the market, inside it is beautifully decorated and sparkling clean. However outside is another story. That bit of peeling…