10 Reasons to List Your Home This Month

Is selling your property the furthest thing from your mind? Well, here are some reasons for listing your property that you might not have considered.
 
1. Your property may be worth more than you think. (It’s difficult to determine market value on your own. I can calculate it for you. Give me a call.)
 
2. You might qualify for a better home than you anticipate.
 
3. Perhaps you are tired of your current property and want a change.
 
4. There may be homes on the market in a neighbourhood in which you’ve always wanted to live.
 
5. Your current property may no longer meet your needs.
 
6. Your neighbourhood may have changed in ways you don’t like.
 
7. You might be ready to downsize or upsize and you no longer want to put that off.
 
8. You may want to sell in the fall, so you can have a fresh start in a new home in the new year.
 
9. Depending on the type of home you’re considering, you could end up with lower mortgage payments or no mortgage at all.
 
10.You might want to move to a home that’s more conveniently located near work, family and hobbies.
 
Of course, you may have your own reasons for listing this month. Why not discuss them with a real estate expert? Me. I can answer your questions and explain the options available to you. 416-779-8732
 
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3 Reasons to Talk to a Realtor Today

You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples.
 
1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage.
If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor. Don’t be. In fact, I welcome your call. We can discuss what your current property will likely sell for on today’s market, and determine the type of home you qualify
to buy. That way, you’ll have some clarity and be able to make a more informed decision.
 
2. If you’re nervous about the selling process.
If you haven’t sold a home before, you might be concerned about what’s involved in the process. You might even worry that putting your home on the market is going to be a lot of work and create a lot of turbulence for you and your family.
Fortunately, selling your home doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, a big part of my job as a Realtor is to make the process as smooth and trouble-free as possible. So if you have concerns about selling your home, you should give me a call.
 
3. If you have questions.
You likely have questions about the local real estate scene from time to time. You might have questions like: “How much did that home around the corner sell for?”; “Is now a good time to make a move, or should I wait until the market changes?”; and, “How much is my current home worth?”
 
When you have questions like those, you don’t need to dig for answers on your own. You can give me a call. As an expert in the local market, I can give you the answers you need. 416-779-8732
 
*Morris Marketing*

Creating a Practical Home Office

Is your home office the dining room table? Is it anywhere you can sit down undisturbed with your laptop? If so, you might be interested in converting a room or nook into a dedicated home office.

Depending on what you do for a living, there could be a tax advantage to creating this space too.

The first step is to pick a spot. Ideally, you want an area where you can work without too many distractions. Next, make sure the spot you’ve chosen can accommodate a desk and any other furnishings you’ll need. Think about what you want within easy reach of your work area. Will you need a place for books and other papers? An extra chair for client meetings? A flipchart? A filing cabinet? Think about all of the options in advance.

Then, you’ll want to make sure the spot you picked has the electrical outlets you need, especially if you’re going to have a printer, special lighting, a computer and other items that need power. Finally, you’ll want your home office to be a place where you can enjoy working. So decorate it with that in mind. If you like plants, get plants. If you enjoy golf, have your golf trip pictures hanging on the wall.

With a little work, you can quickly create a home office space that is comfortable, functional and enjoyable. It sure beats the dining room!

Do Open Houses Still Work?

Buyers are using the internet to search for properties more than ever before. In some cases, they can even go on a “virtual” tour of a home using their smartphone or desktop computer. So, you might be wondering if the oldfashioned Open House still works these days?
 
The answer is yes. Otherwise, you wouldn’t see them advertised. If Open Houses didn’t work, no one would be doing them! No matter how good the internet gets, it can’t compete with a buyer being able to visit a property in person, walk through the rooms, stand in the backyard and imagine himself BBQ-ing with his family, stroll the area, and meet neighbours.
 
An Open House makes it easy for buyers to do just that. It’s an open invitation for them to come by at a specific date and time, to see the property and chat with the REALTOR®. It’s a casual environment, which many buyers prefer. Some buyers, in fact, are more comfortable going to an Open House before scheduling a private viewing.
 
Will you need an Open House to sell your home?
 
That depends on a lot of factors. When I work with clients, I put together a marketing plan designed to sell the property quickly and for the best price possible. Depending on the circumstances, that may or may not include an Open House.
 
If you have questions about what would be involved in a quick and successful sale of your home, contact me. I’d be happy to chat and answer your questions! 416-779-8732
 
*Article Provided by Morris Marketing*

Should You Rent Out Part of Your Home?

Have you ever considered renting out a room to a student or renovating your basement into a self-contained rental apartment? It’s a big decision. There are many pros and cons to consider.
On the pro side, renting can provide you with additional income. An extra few hundred dollars a month can go a long way towards paying down your mortgage or splurging on an exotic summer vacation. Creating rentable living space in your home — for example, an “in-law suite” featuring a kitchenette and bathroom — may also increase your property’s market value.
On the con side, you’ll have more costs and responsibilities as a landlord. For example, you might need to purchase extra insurance because basic home insurance policies typically do not cover rental units, even if you’re just renting out a room. You’ll also be responsible for dealing with repairs sometimes in the middle of the night. Also, if you’re not careful about the renter you choose, you might end up with a “problem tenant”. For example, you could have a tenant who is consistently late on rent payments or simply stops paying. That can be stressful.
If you’re deciding whether or not to rent, be sure to check local laws and regulations. Many jurisdictions have very strict rules regarding renting out space in a residential property, and those rules change frequently. Make sure you get the latest information. Give me a Call and I will be sure to help you out!
416-779-8732
*Article Provided by Morris Marketing*

April Market Update

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No Homes for Sale in the Area You Like? Here’s What to Do…

Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed.
 
It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in demand neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living there?
Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting into that neighbourhood.
 
Your first step is to find out the kind of new home you can afford. You want to get your financial ducks in a row so when a listing does come up in the area, you’re able to respond quickly. Find out the average price range of homes in the neighbourhood. Then, if necessary, talk to your lender or mortgage broker.
 
The second step is to get your current property ready for sale. You don’t necessary need to list it now, but you want to be in a position to do so quickly, if necessary. You may need to clean up and declutter, get repairs done, and spruce up your home in other ways.
 
The third step is to contact me. You see, listings in popular neighbourhoods often move fast. By the time you see them advertised on the internet, they may be gone. I can closely
monitor listings in that area for you, so the moment one comes up that meets your criteria, you can be alerted. This greatly increases your chances of getting that home.
 
So if there is a dream neighbourhood you’d love to get into, Call Me at 416-779-8732
 
*Article Provided by Morris Marketing*

Brampton Housing Market Update

See a current snapshot of the housing market with Zolo’s Brampton real estate market trends. Get real estate stats on average house price, housing inventory, average days on market AND MORE. Click Below!

https://www.zolo.ca/brampton-real-estate/trends

Soundproofing Techniques

Renovating rooms to absorb sound may seem ambitious, but the results can be rewarding, especially if you’re investing in an
entertainment room for movies, music and video games, or trying to contain the sounds of your kids’ social activities.
 
The most effective approaches are installed at the building stage, as some of the best sound-deadening materials are designed to be applied within the walls, floors and ceilings, rather than on their inside-facing surfaces.
 
In cases where you wish to retrofit a room’s existing interior, there are various types of rigid panels and baffles, as well as soft fabrics and foams that can make an impressive contribution to your peace and quiet.

First Time Buyer Seminar

Come out and join us Monday, April 9th at 7:00pm for our First Time Buyer Seminar. Click Below to REGISTER and Find out More Information!

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