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Strong Summer 2018 for Home Resales

The summer is coming to an end, and soon the much anticipated busy Fall Season will begin.  I thought I would share this recent report I received from the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors.  I felt this was a great overview of how busy the market was with buying and selling homes.  All…

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The Trouble with Staging

We field many questions from Sellers about the value of staging, and also collect many comments from Buyers about their opinions of staged properties… The insight is worth passing along and ought to be heeded when it comes to preparing your property for the market. Here’s the bottom line: Although staging can be a powerful…

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Scents and Cents – How can Smell Impact your Bottom Line?

The way your home smells can have a huge impact on a prospective Buyer’s impression.  A Buyer’s perception of your property will influence desirability, directly influencing the amount of money they might be willing to pay.  This is precisely why Sellers often go to great lengths to prepare their home to sell — staging, decluttering, cleaning, and polishing.  Appealing…

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Canada’s New Mortgage Rule: Gloomy or Good?

Cool your jets, people.  The world is not coming to an end! If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve likely heard about Canada’s new mortgage rules.  You know, the change that has doomed real estate as we know it? (I kid).  The media has had great fun stirring up panic and fear about these changes,…

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Fall Maintenance Checklist

Keeping up with seasonal maintenance is important to ensure your home remains in optimal condition.  As we bid farewell to another summer and welcome the crisp, cool air of autumn, here are some hints to help your home transition well.  Avoid unnecessary repairs, retain the condition of your property and possessions, and prepare your home…

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Trust the professionals.

Real estate is far more diverse than it ever used to be.  From independent brokerages, flat fee contracts, and a wide array of services offered vs. cost charged, there is no shortage of options for a Seller to choose from when listing their property for sale.  A growing number of people feel that they can…

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Making the most of Multiple Offers

When real estate inventory is moving quickly, how can you navigate effectively while dealing with a multiple offer situation? London’s real estate market is sizzling, and inventory appears to be low in many desirable areas of the city.  This often leads to a frenzy of motivated Buyers vying to win bidding wars on highly sought after properties. …

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The Spectrum of Representation

An important part of our role is referring you to trusted professionals who will ensure a seamless real estate transaction with as little stress as possible.  There are so many pieces of the puzzle when it comes to purchasing or selling a home, and – trust us – we’ve seen the good, the bad, and…

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Your Money and Your Mortgage

Unless you have a very generous uncle, you will likely require some help from the bank to finance your home.  Finding a lender you can trust is important, and understanding the terms of your mortgage contract is essential.  You should be aware of the type of mortgage you are committing to, the interest rate you…

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Market Update – January 2016

Real estate sales in London, Ontario have seen full recovery since the economy slowed during the recession in 2007.  2015 proved to be a fantastic year, with the second highest level of sales in the history of the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors.   Overall, sales were up 9.9% over 2014.  Average price overall…

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