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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.

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.

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.

Revealed: Why Many Home Sellers are Loosing Tens of Thousands of Dollars on the Sale of Their Homes

I can tell you first hand that Many Home Sellers are Tens of Thousands of Dollars and More on the Sale of their Home. Did you know that for every dollar your Real Estate Agent invests in your listing, you could make 40 times that in profit? This…

Will Technology Replace the Human Touch?

Last night I was watching a documentary called Next World, which is about how life will be in 2045 with technological advances and I thought to myself, 'If Computers can do most things better than humans, what will we do?'

Renovating a House For Selling

Here is a case study on renovating a home for selling and how our team can guide you through the process.

The Property Brothers

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.

Bait and Switch High Pressure Sales

[VIDEO] Bait and Switch High Pressure Sales Tactics. Always make sure to read the fine print and take the time to understand what you are agreeing too, it'll save you a lot of heart ache in the future.

Leveraging Your Specialty Online

[VIDEO] Jeff O'Leary, The Village Guru, Mississauga Real Estate Broker Speaks to Ontario Real Estate Agents about the power of leveraging their specialty online.

High Pressure Sales Tactics

Have you ever been pressured into buying something you didn't really need, due to high pressure sales tactics? In real estate it's the name of the game.

The Power of Storytelling

As Human Beings, our BIGGEST STRENGTH is the power of Storytelling. Stories that connect, and stories that inspire. Regardless of your business or cause, I think if you can make a connection with your audience and show your human side, you will be a big winner in the long run.

Misleading Real Estate Advertising

Like many low end retail stores, Gimmicks, False Marketing, and Bait and Switch are some of the tricks that the unethical real estate agent uses to land new business. Knowing some of the common tricks can help you protect yourself.

Striving for Mediocrity; In Real Estate the Odds are Not in Your Favour

Make the mistake of assuming every agent is the same, or putting bling faith in a 'brand' and you may find yourself thoroughly disappointed, or worse it could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. In order to understand how the odds are stacked against you, it is important that you understand how the industry works

Industry Article: BHGRE Spotlight: Breaking Through a Competitive Market

When my parent company ask to do and interview with me, I was pleased and very flattered. Many people, especially in Canada truly have no idea how massive the Better Home and Gardens Brand is. Or even that I am a part of that brand. With over…

What Does a Bully Offer Mean in Real Estate?

What is a Bully Offer in Real Estate an What Does it Mean to You? How to protect yourself as a home buyer or seller.

Essential Home Lighting Tips

While it can be very difficult to renovate to make a space bigger, we can play with how big the space FEELS by improving home lighting.

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

What is the Difference Between Real Estate Agents and Other Sales Professionals

[VIDEO] What's the Difference Between Real Estate Agents and other Sales Professionals?