I was recently asked the question. “Why do you make real estate videos in your car?”

My answer is: I don’t do video blogging just to increase my business, but to create a record of my thoughts and my experiences as they happen. Hopefully in 100 years from now my great grand kids can look back and see what I was like in 2017. Never before have we had the opportunity to create a legacy and leave evidence of everything we choose to share.

Have you ever been to a fancy restaurant, had a fancy meal and thought to yourself, ‘This is the best meal I ever had!‘ Have you ever ordered a bottle of wine and thought ‘this wine tastes so good, it goes perfectly with this meal….’
If you did you aren’t alone. In fact, you went to a restaurant that knows what they are doing by creating the perfect atmosphere.
Modern decor, highly trained staff, ambient lighting… Just a few of the factors designed to enhance the atmosphere. Happy customers spend more – it’s a fact.
Do you remember the last time you visited a luxury jewellery store, complete with is impeccably decorated with plush velvet seating and millions lights shining down on all those sparkling diamonds and rolex watches- they all look flawless. I don’t know about you, but how come my watch never looks as bright or as shiny as the day I tried it on in the store?
That’s because the experience was designed that way…
In sales, the key to success is creating an atmosphere where a buyer expects better. When someone expects better, their mind has a way of focusing on all the aspects (meal, watch, house…) that are pleasing to them, and over looking things that might not be. It’s the way our mind is hardwired,
Subconsciously we see only what we expect to see. 
The setting in which you are doing something and your current mindset affects how you experience it. Think about this in terms of real estate. If you’re selling your home wouldn’t it be wise to create an atmosphere that will encourage a positive mindset in a home buyer? You bet! In fact, what if I told you there is a way to create this atmosphere and bank thousands more on the sale of your home?
Over the years our team has developed a procedure where we focus on creating the best atmosphere possible for home buyers. Instead of relying on hard selling, we believe that investing the time and effort upfront to focus on a home’s presentation will always get our sellers more money for the sale of their home and a better experience. Just like when you sit down for an expensive meal, you expect the best. By giving your buyers exactly that you’ll always comet a winner!
Thoughts, comments, I’d love to hear them.

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One of my favourite misconceptions out there is the false belief that you have to be lucky when selling your home.

Now when I say lucky, I’m not referring to the actual act of selling your home, any monkey can do that. I mean selling and getting a fantastic outcome in the process, whether that be for more money than expected, quickly, with the least amount of stress, or a combination of all three.

To make my point, I like to compare selling your house to hunting. Now as a disclaimer, I myself am not a hunter but I do have clients and friends that hunt, so If you do hunt hopefully my story makes sense.

To an outsider, uneducated in hunting, it may seem like random luck whether or not a hunter manages to shoot a buck or come home empty handed. We’ve all heard stories of hunters spending a week in the bush with nothing to show for it, so it’s natural to assume that it all has to do with luck.

While there are some elements such as where the deer are, or how the weather is, that are out of a skilled hunters control, many aspects of the hunting trip are within the hunters control. Aspects such as planning and preparation. Finding the right location, setting up a proper camp, and many other factors that an experienced hunter will use to increase their odds of a successful hunt. The more time a hunter spends on the setting up the circumstances to attract the deer, the better chance of success.

I like to compare this to selling your home, where we don’t necessarily know where your buyer will come from, however we can make preparations based off of knowledge and experience that will increase your chances of a successful sale.

What appears as ‘luck’ is merely doing the right things that set yourself up to get ‘lucky’. 

When it comes to being ‘lucky when selling your home, ‘luck has very little to do with it!

Agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your comments.

Real Estate Negotiation is always a tricky subject…

Actually, I really don’t think it is but the reason I say that is because EVERYONE claims to be great at real estate negotiation. Just like home staging and marketing a home, all real estate agents say the same thing, however if it were true then every buyer and seller would get the same result…. and that’s far from the case!

If you don’t know me, then I’m not going to sit here and expect you to believe that I’m a great negotiator (although I am) but instead I’ll break down what negotiation is, and hopefully it will give you an idea of my thoughts on the subject.

To me, Real Estate Negotiating is all about LEVERAGE.

Leverage is about knowing when you have the upper hand and how to (ethically) exploit it, and knowing when you don’t. For example in a hot sellers market where homes are selling in a few days and the home is listed for $50,000 below market value, as a buyer you really don’t have much of a leg to stand on. The same goes for a seller who’s house has been sitting on the market for months- there’s no use holding firm to your price when you finally get an offer if you have to sell because the market has told you that your asking price is too high.

Now I know that’s a simple explanation, but that is really a big part of it. Doing your research ahead of time and hiring a knowledgable realtor will go a long way to helping you take best advantage of the situation you’re in. So now for my tip on negotiating:

Regardless of your situation, it always helps if you try to understand the other side’s point of view. Not that you have to agree with them but it will give you abetter idea of their thought process, and in turn allow you to come up with the best strategy to get the result you want.

Comments or questions? I’d love to hear them!

 

Finding the right area to live in can sometimes be a challenge for home buyers. Balancing factors such as budget, proximity to work and family opinions- just to name a few can make the situation very complicated. Even saying you should look for a house based on your lifestyle can be a bit ambiguous- and this is coming from me, a real estate agent who preaches lifestyle real estate. In order to truly understand what it means to find a home based on lifestyle, you need to look at the most important factors that affect your lifestyle.

For 95% of Home Buyers, There are 5 Factors that Will Dictate How You Find the Right Area to Live In

 

1. Budget

This one is the most obvious, but worth making a point on. You can only afford what you can afford, and that has no bearing on the price of a neighbourhood. Where home buyers can sometimes make a bad decision is by compromising on every other factor in the home buying decision in order to stretch their budget to get into a certain neighbourhood. For example, many people who contact me want to live in Lorne Park, a prestigious neighbourhood in Mississauga where the average price is well north if a million dollars. Can they find a house for less? Sure, but what’s better, living 5 feet from a rail road track or perhaps finding another neighbourhood that offers a similar lifestyle at a better price point?

2. Proximity to Work and Transit

What good is the perfect home if you have to commute 2 hours to get to work? Taking a lifestyle approach to your next home means finding the right home that will add to your life and not suck it out of you. It also means that people are putting more importance on living close to the Go Train and other rapid transit services. As time goes on and the price of gas keeps going up, this will be a major contributor to why certain neighbourhoods become more desirable than others.

3. Demographics

If you’ve lived in the GTA for the past 35 years like I have, then you know how area demographics have changed enormously. We have neighbourhoods that are losing population, due to ageing empty-nesters. Then there are areas exploding in population with many basement income-suites. Many areas are only growing due to immigration. With the influx of immigration to Mississauga and the GTA, there are areas that, in a matter of 10 years, have become vastly different. Understanding the neighbourhood demographics and future trends is key to finding a long term home that suits the way you want to live.

4. Amenities

When it comes to amenities, what people want in their neighbourhood will vary from person to person. To some people that means having close access to malls and shopping while for others it may be to live in a village that is complete with shops, restaurants and cafe’s. Knowing what you want out of your next neighbourhood ahead of time will help determine what areas may be a good fit for you.

5. Schools

More and more, school performance is playing a big role in the purchasing decision. I can tell you from my personal experience as a realtor that there are many home buyers basing their entire home buying decision on how well a school performs. Does this line of thinking provide the best outcome for the whole family? I guess that depends on you, but the bottom line is that a neighbourhood’s future value and desirability are now tied to how well its schools perform.

 

So there you have it, 5 factors that influence where you will find the right area to live in. Questions or comments, I’d love to hear them. Would you like me to make a Lifestyle home buying plan for you? Let’s talk.

How do Real Estate Commissions Work?

This is one of the most common questions I am asked.

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about how do real estate commissions work, and what they entail. Add to the fact that most real estate websites avoid the question all together and that leaves people guessing so they end up asking friends, family and others. While they may get an answer, it doesn’t always explain the whole situation.

Below I will explain some major points about the commission, without getting into industry or legal lingo.

1. Real Estate Commissions are not Fixed, Set or Regulated

There are no set rules regarding  real estate commissions, and it is illegal for companies conspire to fix prices. Brokerages (and their sales representatives) are free to charge whatever they want for their services, just as the consumer is free to negotiate a commission that suits there needs. Having said that, there are industry norms that have evolved over time and the market of supply and demand ultimately dictate real estate commissions in your area . This will be discussed further on in this article.

2. Fee For Service Versus the Traditional Commission Based Model

Traditionally and still in common practice today, real estate commissions are paid as a percentage of the sale price of the home. There are also a smaller number of brokerages that charge a Fee For Service model.

Fee For Service

While they have been around for some time, Fee for Service Brokerages have received much more exposure over the last few years due to the recent changes in MLS rules regarding the posting of listings. Fee for service simply means that a Brokerage is charging a fee to perform a certain duty upfront, instead of receiving compensation based on the sale price and outcome of the transaction. Many For Sale by Owner companies use this model.

Fee For Service Pros

  • The consumer can pick and choose what services they want, allowing them more freedom to control the cost and experience.
  • This model appeals to Home Sellers who are confident of the process and comfortable doing it themselves.

Cons of Fee For Service

  • Money is paid upfront by the consumer with no guarantee of sale. Unlike the traditional model where the broker is paid only on a successful outcome, you will have to pay money upfront.
  • Since the brokerage’s revenue does not rely on your outcome (whether you sell or not, and whether you had a good experience) you may not get the results you were looking for.
  • Not every house sells. Home owners risk money out of pocket.
  • Consumers may not understand that the services provided and the duty of care owed to them is lower than with a traditional Client Relationship.

Commission Based Model

Traditionally, real estate commissions have been paid out of the sale of the home as a percentage of the sales price. This is the most common way real estate commissions are paid all over Canada and the United States. In my opinion this is still the best model because it protects the home owners while only rewarding the broker for a successful outcome- the sale.

Commission Pros

  • No money is paid unless there is a successful sale- limited risk.
  • No upfront costs for the home seller.
  • The costs of marketing a home can be a lot in terms of time and money. These are covered by the listing broker.

Commission Cons

  • For a consumer, it is sometimes unclear what is included in the commission, and sellers today are more educated. Many of them do their own research and want to know what they are getting.
  • Every realtor is different in the services, experience and knowledge they bring to the table.

Now that I have gone over the two most common commission structures, I am going to explain how commissions ‘normally’ work in reality. From here on in I will be only talking about the most popular model- the Commission Based Model.

The Home Seller Pays a Commission to the Listing Brokerage

When you hire a brokerage to sell your home, you agree to pay a commission for the successful outcome- a sale. Pretty strait forward. Sure, agents will perform tasks to market the home such as open houses, home staging and advertising, but ultimately you are paying for the result.

The Cooperating (buyer) Broker

When you list your home for sale on the MLS, you agree to allow your broker to pay a commission to any other brokerage who brings their buyer client and they purchase. Contrary to popular belief that the MLS is simply an advertising website, it is actually designed to promote cooperation between real estate brokerages.

Out of that total amount of commission agreed to, in the listing agreement there is a spot where you will have to designate how much of that your broker will pay the cooperating brokerage who brings a buyer. Again, there is no set standard on how much you have to pay. Cooperating brokerage commissions will range from 0.01 cent all the way to 4% and beyond of the sale price. Some listings will offer a flat fee. Just keep in mind that if you offer less than the other homes in your neighbourhood, you may not get as many buyer agents working hard to sell your home. On the flip side if you offer more, it can get you a lot more exposure.

How Real Estate Commissions Work in Common Practice

Here in Mississauga and the GTA, it is common to see a scenario where the commission is split 50/50 between the listing broker and cooperating broker. For example, 5% total paid to the listing broker, and out of that 2.5% will be paid to the Cooperating (buyer) broker. In the event that your agent brings their own buyer client, or an unrepresented buyer ends up purchasing, the whole commission amount is still payable.

It’s important to note that average real estate commission rates will change based on the market and supply and demand. For example, in a slow market where there aren’t a lot of buyers you may see higher commissions being paid to buyer brokers. Common commission trends are dictated by market conditions, and not set by any organization, board or company.

I hope you found this article interesting. Do you have any questions about real estate commissions? Would you like a quote on the cost of selling your home? Let’s talk!

Last week I stopped by a local suit shop to check out a new spring suit. This winter has been pretty harsh and as a real estate agent we wear out clothes faster than the average office worker.

When I got to the store, a sales person approached me and asked what I was interested in. I told him I like Hugo Boss (I have a number of Boss suits) and that I wouldn’t mind trying on a Canali while we were at it. The sales person ran off and started bringing in suits just as I requested. I tried on a few and really liked one in a grey tone. I told the sales person I would take it but that i thought it needed to be altered in the back. He started to measure me and proceeded to pin the suit where the alterations were being made. While all this was going the manager was watching intently, not saying anything but watching. Finally when we were done he politely interrupted:

Manager- Excuse me Sir, can you just do me a favour and try on this suit?

Me- Sure

I tried the suit on and looked really nice, he noticed me look at the higher price tag and before I could comprehend he said,

Manger- Look at the way this fits you. Now put on the suit you just has on… see the difference?

My trip to get a suit turned into a lesson on style, cut and fit of a suit.

My trip to get a suit turned into a lesson on style, cut and fit of a suit.

I was shocked. After trying on the suit he suggested and then going back to the one I liked previously I could see what he was alluding too. The cut was all wrong and did not flatter my body type. Sure it was the brand I asked for but the suit itself wasn’t for me. He explained that while the original suit I picked was fine, it wasn’t special. He argued that buying a good suit should be an experience, something that makes you feel good.

I totally agreed because that’s the way I approach real estate. While many of my clients know what they want, whether it’s neighbourhood, home type, service level, or whatever, I think it is my job to truly understand my buyers and sellers and present options that are a best fit for their lifestyle and needs. Sometimes it ends up being exactly what they asked for and sometimes it doesn’t.

Think of real estate like a suit. Some brands fit you and some don’t. They may be all desirable and nice but at the end of the day there is not, ‘one size fits all’.

I ended up buying 2 suits that day and I’m super happy. A good sales person gets me every time!

A "selfie" of me at the office in my new suit!

A “selfie” of me at the office in my new suit!

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No matter who you are, if you are a home buyer you should always take care when buying a home.

If you are a younger home buyer, I think this advice is even more important because in all likelihood your first home won’t be your last. Growing families, changing jobs are very common and add up to the reality that on average you’ll only remain in your first home 4-5 years.

Almost everyone has the goal of having a dream house, you know, the one that’s perfect for entertaining and making your friends jealous! 🙂

Aside from a small percentage who can buy cash, the rest of us will get there with home equity. Just like the generation before us who started modestly, your goal is to make smart choices, build equity and move up. This is why I think young buyers need to think like home flippers, because that’s where the opportunities for growth are in Mississauga in today’s real estate market. The new build craze is pretty much done (no more land for large subdivisions) and anything being built now is priced much higher than comparable resale properties.

So if you don’t want to move even further out of the city and add to your commute time, chances are you’re looking at a resale home and this is where the choices start. Newer or older, town house or freehold, upgraded or not, as a home buyer you have plenty of choice. If this is not a forever home, regardless of what you decide, you should make your decision based on this fact.

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 willing to pay more money for a home that looks good and is in top notch condition.

The majority of Home Buyers will PAY MORE for something that looks good. Need I say more?

There are tons of houses that are perfectly fine and have huge potential. A little DIY and some smart choices and you’ll on your way to creating equity that never existed. Now if you’re not that type of person that’s ok too, but if you’re game I think it’s a great way to save a little money and build equity.

And by the way, if you work with me I’m happy to provide you with a plan and guidance on the design and decor of your new home, courtesy of Style By Stephanie. It’s an offer you can’t refuse!

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Clarkson waterfront Mississauga

There are plenty of amazing places to live in Mississauga, and if you are thinking of moving to Mississauga you might be surprised to find out that there are a variety of neighbourhoods that will suit different budgets and tastes. Are you looking for quick access to Toronto? Excellent schools? Or maybe you want a neighbourhood with a great walk score and a small town feel?

Perhaps you’ve a read up on Port Credit and all of its great festivals and think you would like that type of neighbourhood, but are torn because your dream is of having a newer, bigger home in the suburbs? Or maybe the area you’re considering is outside your budget and you are looking for alternatives?

Clarkson waterfront Mississauga

Waterfront parks and trails is just one of the great things about Mississauga

The most comprehensive guide to Mississauga's neighbourhoods on the web!

The most comprehensive guide to Mississauga’s neighbourhoods on the web!

Take it from me, being a real estate agent and having lived in Mississauga for most of my life I can tell you that there are many different options available for you but the key here is finding the best places to live in Mississauga for your lifestyle.

If you are torn and have ended up on this web page after doing a google search to find the best places to live in Mississauga, I can tell you that you aren’t alone! I’ve helped many people find the right home in the best area for them in Mississauga and the best advice I can give you is this:

Set aside your preconceived notions, the opinions of others, or what you’ve read on the internet. There’s a ton of information out there and finding more of it isn’t the answer. The key to finding the best places to live in Mississauga (or any other community for that matter) is to determine what your ideal lifestyle is, and from there you can do your research, and explore communities and homes that best fit your goals. It’s really quite simple, all you have to answer is three simple questions:

  1. What is it that I MUST I have in my new home and neighbourhood?
  2. What is it that I CANNOT have in my new home and neighbourhood?
  3. What would I LIKE to have in my new home and neighbourhood?

Once you (and anyone else you are buying a home with) have answered these questions on how you want your lifestyle to be, you are then ready to explore the different communities and search for homes in the best places to live in Mississauga.

Looking for your ideal home and lifestyle in Mississauga or the west GTA? Let’s talk!

 

If you look at a Mississauga population density map, you will notice a very obvious correlation between population density and property value with the most expensive, exclusive areas of the city almost always having the least amount of people per hectare.

This is because regardless of building patterns, government development policy, or the change in public opinion regarding household footprint, land is still king in real estate and the areas with the lowest population density will always be the most expensive and sought after. Below is a Mississauga Population Density Map for 2008, and you will see that the light green areas tend to be in the older areas of Mississauga and all are some of the most sought after areas in the whole city. Areas such as Mineola, Lorne Park, Clarkson, Sheridan, Lakeview and Streetsville all fall into this category.

I also want to note that the pattern of real estate values and population Density are not unique to Mississauga, I see the same trend in other areas that I specialize in such as Oakville and Burlington. While smaller in size, Oakville and Burlington have followed a somewhat similar development pattern as Mississauga where the older areas closer to the lake and tend to be less populated and more valuable then the more northern sections.

If this article speaks to you and you are interested in older homes, check out my post titled Older Suburban Homes Back in Vogue in Mississauga, as sophisticated home buyers continue to search for homes in the areas that are more mature, that offer more space, renovation potential and a better outdoor lifestyle.

Update: Since originally writing this article, I have not been able to find another updated population map. From my own observation, the areas of Mississauga City Centre, Churchill Meadows and Central Erin Mills have had the most new development since 2008.

 

 

Older Suburban Homes are definitely back in Vogue among home buyers in Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. Over the past 20 years as the price of land has risen, most of the development in the west GTA has focused on larger, more dense subdivisions such as Churchill Meadows in Mississauga. While many people dream of a new home, there’s a growing trend among sophisticated buyers to look towards the traditional suburban neighbourhoods of the 1960’s and 1970’s to find their next home, because these areas offer a lifestyle that is no longer being catered to in the newer subdivisions. From new families looking to ‘add equity’ to an older home, to empty nesters who want to renovate and customize a home to fit their lifestyle, buyers are once again looking in the areas that were the cutting edge 30-40 years ago.

Homes in the older area of erin mills have more land

Wide lot homes and a winding street in the 1970’s area of Erin Mills

Long gone are the days where Mississauga and the other Toronto suburbs were known only as vast expanses of homes with no amenities or culture for miles. In fact, the vast majority of new developments in the GTA are just as dense as some areas in Toronto, as builders get smarter and realize that it’s cheaper (and more appealing) to build on smaller lots thereby fitting more homes into a subdivision.

Large luxury homes in Churchill Meaodws

This is what newer luxury homes look like. Excellent architectural features but packed in tightly.

Below are 2 embedded google street views where you will find million dollar homes in west Mississauga, the first in a newer subdivision called Churchill Meadows and the second in Sawmill Valley– a more traditional 30+ year old suburban area in Erin Mills. Scroll over the picture to get a 360 view & explore a little.

Churchill Meadows (above), Sawmill Valley (Below)

A side by side satellite view shows the difference in population density, lot size, trees and green space. (click on the picture to enlarge)

This is one example of what you can get in the million dollar range in west Mississauga. In Churchill Meadows you will get a newer home with all the latest fixtures, upgrades and decor, but you will definitely sacrifice on backyard, and privacy. In Sawmill Valley, a smaller community in Erin Mills you get prestige, curb appeal, privacy and land size, but you may have to re-decorate or renovate to bring the home up to date. However in many cases the work is well worth it, as an older home on a large mature lot that is in top condition and upgraded will grow more in value over time because Land is King in real estate.

Large lot homes in the credit woodlands, erindale, mississauga

Homes in the The Credit Woodlands, located in Erindale are known for their huge lot sizes.

This is only one example of many areas that I can show you where older suburban homes are back in vogue. The difference between now and 40 years ago is that it’s not just your typical young family looking for a white picket fence in the ‘burbs. What’s more interesting is that you can find examples in a variety of price points from starter homes to Million dollar homes. Lastly, I would like to comment that while 90% of all home building going forward will be similar to Churchill Meadows, I can almost guarantee that you will never see a 70’s style neighbourhood such as Sawmill Valley being developed in the future, because areas like this are just too expensive to develop on a large scale in the GTA.

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Traffic jam in Mississauga

That is one of my old school videos I made back in 2011 when I first started video blogging. While I wasn’t quite as slick or quick in front of the camera back then, the message I was talking about that day is more important than ever:

Less than 10% of home buyers I work with mention commute time as a priority.

Traffic jam in Mississauga

Traffic is one of the most overlooked aspects in the home buying process

Above is a picture I snapped with my cell phone while driving back to the office from an appointment yesterday. Now for the record, I don’t use my phone when I drive, I was at a stand still because traffic was pretty bad on this day. During my traffic imposed time out I got to thinking that sitting in traffic sucks and as the years go by it isn’t getting better- in fact it’s getting worse. From time to time I get caught in traffic jams just like everyone else, but luckily I live 3 minutes away from my office and the majority of my clients don’t look at homes during rush hour (because they are stuck in it).

Commute time in Mississauga, Toronto and the rest of the GTA plays a huge factor in terms of your quality of life and if you have to commute any long distance it’s hard on your lifestyle to say the least. I heard a recent study say that the average commute time for GTA residents is well over 40 minutes and that is one way! It’s crazy when you add up the amount of hours people spend in their car just to get to and from work, never mind the ever rising cost of gas and wear and tear on your car. While I don’t have a crystal ball, I’m sure that a time will come (sooner then later) when the rising price of gas and the ever growing traffic congestion will make people think twice about that cheaper big house, in a new subdivision miles out of town.

2 years ago I posted a video on You Tube about real estate and commute time where I calculated the real cost of commute time in terms of time spent in a car during your working life. I must say that it’s pretty scary to think how long people spend in their cars and if the message in this video resonates with you, then Life Style Real Estate will appeal to you! Comments, questions? I’d love to hear from you!

You never know what life has in store for you 5 years from now.

One of the great things about living so close to my work (3 minute commute) is that I get to drop my oldest son off at school on my way to the office. It’s hectic, but we always get there for the 8:45 bell and I’m always at my desk with my cup of joe by 9 so it’s all good.

On this particular day in question, nothing was out of the ordinary but I decided to snap a picture of my son marching to the playground when it dawned on me. My life has changed so much over the past 5 years that I can hardly imagine what life was like before 3 children. As I carried this thought with me into my day I found myself talking to one of my clients when it all came together. My client is a first time home buyer and she is looking at buying her first place and I found myself offering her this advice.

When buying a home, there are many important aspects suck as price, size, number of bedrooms…ect. But one thing I feel many people fail to consider is their lifestyle, and what that lifestyle will look like in the future- say 5 years down the road.

Regardless of what others say, buying a home is a medium to long term investment. The challenge is that when we buy a home, we are looking for what we want today and what will make us happy in the near future. The challenge is what is good for you now may not be 5 years down the road. For me personally, I may have passed on the granite counters and wainscoting in the living room for a double car garage if I knew how much extra stuff comes along with kids.

Taking a good look at your life and how it will be in the future is one of the keys when doing a lifestyle search for a home. It’s one of the most important aspects in determining whether you will be happy there for the long term. I always touch on this with my clients and I would like to say that they make better buying decisions because of it.

 

Rub down businesses are not good for home value

I always encourage buyers looking to buy a home in Mississauga to scout out the neighbourhood beforehand and get a sense of its feel or vibe. Since buying a home in Mississauga or anywhere else in the GTA can be a huge investment, it only makes sense to take some responsibility in the search process and familiarize yourself with the area.

One tip I always give home buyers, and use myself to gauge how well an area is doing is that I look at the local businesses. Drive into a neighbourhood plaza and look at the businesses; what do you see? If you see high end businesses that focus on lifestyle (for example, cafes, beauty salons, book stores…ect) you are probably looking at a higher end community. On the other hand if you see dollar stores, pay-day loan stores, and discount grocery stores it also tells you about who lives in the area.

Rub down businesses are not good for home value

Neighbourhood businesses are a good indicator of how well a neighbourhood is doing

The reason I like this real estate tip so much is that medium to large businesses almost always do their research as to what neighbourhood will be best for them. Ask yourself, are you their target customer?

Did you find this tip helpful? I would love to hear your comments or questions.

 

*** This was an article and video created almost 8 years ago. A lot has changed since then (including my grey hair!) but I still find it entertaining. For more up to date information be sure to check out The Villages of Mississauga for the most up to date information.

Credit River Homes


Homes near the Credit River in Mississauga are some of the most prestigious and expensive areas in all of Ontario. Along this 27 km stretch, villages such as Port Credit, Mineola, Erindale, Crediview, Streetsville, and Meadowvale Village all enjoy the views of the Credit River. Included in this is the exclusive Mississauga Road, where many Credit River Homes worth millions of dollars are nestled along the river. There is also 1500 acres of greenspace along the Credit river, ensuring every resident of these communities can enjoy its beauty. Come along with the Village Guru and see why the Credit River offers so much value to the residents of these communities.

The Village Guru; It’s not about a City, it’s about your Lifestyle.

*** This was an article and video was created almost 8 years ago. A lot has changed since then (including my grey hair!) but I still find it entertaining. For more up to date information be sure to check out The Villages of Mississauga for the most up to date information.

Streetsville


The Village of Streetsville is over 120 years old and offers a wonderful mix of history, community spirit, stately neighbourhoods and a trendy main street shopping complex. Nestled along the Credit River, this Village boasts wonderful greenspace, many community events, fantastic schools as well as GO Train and Highway access. Homes are in demand, and prices are reflective of its popularity with buyers. Come along with the Village Guru to learn more about Streetsville and all it has to offer.

Looking for your next home in Streetsville? Let’s talk today!

*** This was an article and video was created almost 8 years ago. A lot has changed since then (including my grey hair!) but I still find it entertaining. For more up to date information be sure to check out The Villages of Mississauga for the most up to date information.

Port Credit


Port Credit is Mississauga’s original village. With over a 300 year history, Port Credit has come into the spotlight over the last 15 years as being one of the most sough after communities to live in the Greater Toronto area. For every 10 people who make inquiries to me about real estate, 6 of them ask about this picturesque village. And there’s good reason.

Port Credit offers the ideal lifestyle for many people, including modern condos and town homes with waterfront views, trendy shops, access to many parks and trails, not to mention close proximity to downtown Toronto.

Since its revitalization, home prices in Port Credit have risen sharply, but this isn’t stopping demand in the slightest. Take a tour with the Village Guru to learn all about the lifestyle awaiting you at Mississauga’s waterfront.

Looking for your next home in Port Credit? Let’s talk today!