How Do I Find The Right Area to Live In?

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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.

Younger Home Buyers Should Think Like Home Flippers

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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 By a little I don't mean a gut or the need for permits, but something that might be outdated cosmetically because here's what I do know- The majority of today's home buyers are

Why You Should Live in Meadowvale

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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.

Where NOT to Live in Mississauga

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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.
Why you should Live in Lisgar

Why You Should Live in Lisgar

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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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Why You Should Live in Clarkson

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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.

Moving to Mississauga from 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!

Top 10 Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

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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.
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?

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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

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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.

Expert Series: Advice for Home Buyers

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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.

5 Upgrades to Avoid When Selling Your Home

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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

The #1 Secret to Finding the Best Real Estate Agent

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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.

Choosing The Right Paint Colour For Selling Your Home

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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.

How to Ensure Buyers Love your Bathrooms

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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

How To Update a Large Home on a Budget

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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.

Top Staging Tricks: Refresh your Kitchen & Baths

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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.

How to Prepare Your Kitchen When Selling Your Home

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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

Essential Tips for Increasing Your Home's Curb Appeal When Selling

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Curb Appeal matters when selling your house. Tips to preparing your curb appeal and landscaping for selling.

Industry Article: Know Your Village

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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.

My Top 5 Villages in Mississauga

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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.

Osprey Marsh

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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.

Creating the Perfect Atmosphere is the Key to Home Selling

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[VIDEO] Have you ever been to a fancy restaurant, had a fancy meal and thought to yourself, 'This is the best meal I ever had!'? 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. Shouldn't this same approach be followed when selling a home?

Luck Has Nothing to Do With Selling Your Home

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

A Good Tip for Real Estate Negotiation

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

How Do Real Estate Commissions Work?

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[VIDEO] 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.

What Does Shopping For a Suit and Real Estate Have in Common?

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[VIDEO] 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 a, 'one size fits all'.
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Finding The Best Places to Live in Mississauga

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[VIDEO] 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.

Mississauga Population Density

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[VIDEO] If you look at a Mississauga population density map, you will notice a very obvious correlation between population density and property value and the most expensive, exclusive areas of the city almost always have...

Older Suburban Homes are Back in Vogue in Mississauga

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While many people dream of a new home, there is 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...
Traffic jam in Mississauga

Commute Time Should Be a TOP Priority When Buying a Home

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

Lifestyle Search For a Home

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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 & it has made me think of a very important real estate lesson...
Rub down businesses are not good for home value

Buyer Tip: Check Out the Neighbourhood Before You Look at Homes

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I always tell people to look at the local businesses in an area before looking at homes. Doing this will give you a good indication as to who the predominate people are that live in the area. Businesses almost always do their research as to what location will be best to reach their target customer...

Credit River Homes Tour

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*** 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…