Thinking Of Renting A Furnace? STOP! It Could Halt The Sale Of Your Home

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ARE YOU CONSIDERING LEASING A FURNACE OR AIR CONDITIONER?

furnaceThe cost of buying a new furnace or Central Air Conditioning can be a large expense especially if you have to buy both furnace and AC.

Although the new high efficiency units can save you money over time, the initial expense is not something everyone can afford.

Thus, renting Furnaces and Central Air Conditioning units has become popular in recent years.

The one thing consumers should be cautious about before signing that rental agreement is to read the fine print.  Most agreements that I have seen are open ended agreements, which means there is no ending date.

This means you are stuck paying the monthly rental fee for the life of the furnace/AC, which can end up be substantially above the cost of the units.

Another thing you should consider carefully is the buyout of the units.  This can also be very costly, especially if you are thinking of a buyout in the first few years of your agreement.

High efficiency unit can save you substantially on your energy bills.

The high efficiency furnaces are so well made now you can get one with a 95% efficiency rating. What does mean to you?

This efficiency converts to more $$$$’s  in your pocket on your monthly energy bill.

So, if you are thinking of renting a furnace or central air conditioning, please take the time to read the contract very carefully before you sign, and know exactly what you are getting in to.

If you are planning on selling your home, please ensure your realtor is aware of these rentals…. it is your responsibility as a home owner to buy out these units and provide clean title to the new owner if they are not willing to accept the terms and conditions of the rental units.

Listing agents, do your due diligence when you list a property.  Ask the Seller if they have any rental items, and ensure it is posted on the listing so buyers are aware.

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I live and work in STREESTVILLE.  Are you considering buying or selling, or know anyone who is?  Call me for a free evaluation of your home (416) 717-6331.  I love refererals!

www.gloriavalvasori.com                  gvalvasori@gmail.com

Your STREETSVILLE Real Estate Agent, dedicated to providing outstanding client service. 

HOMEMADE PASTA…EASIER THANK YOU THINK

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Pasta is one of my favourite foods, and being Italian, I’m very fussy about my Pasta, and there is no comparison between home made and store bought…. The good news?  It’s not that difficult OR time consuming as everyone thinks.

It has a soft, velvety texture that you just don’t get in store bought pasta, and the other big plus? It only takes 2-3 minutes to cook… much less time than the store bought.

The other plus?  You know exactly what you and your family are eating because everything is made from scratch with fresh eggs, and flour..

To compliment the soft, velvety pasta you need fresh home made sauce… also very easy to make.. either with meat, or without… just a few ingredients and about 45 minutes of cooking time and you have yourself a great pasta sauce.

Do you feel inspired to try some home made pasts  in that inner chef in you?  Always wanted to try making pasta but didn’t know how, or didn’t have a great recipe?

Here is the recipe for pasta dough.

This recipe will make 6 dozen (72) ravioli… or 1/2 the recipe will make enough spaghetti or Fettuccini to feed a family of 4-5.

You CAN freeze the dough and have it ready for the next time you want to enjoy some fresh pasta!

 

INGREDIENTS:

–  4 cups flour  (I use 3 cups of Durham Wheat Semolina and one cup white flour)  The Semolina flour give the pasta that very soft velvety texture.

–  6 eggs

–  1 tsp of salt

–  Pasta roller (either KitchenAid attachment, or hand roller)

METHOD:

– If you have a KitchenAid Mixer you can make the dough with that… but if not you can mix in a bowl…  The nice thing about the mixer is that you can buy an attachment that rolls the dough and cuts it.  Another attachment available can make 6 different types of pasta.

– After all ingredients are mixed together, knead for about 5 minutes.

– Wrap dough mixture in saran wrap and place in refrigerator for about 45 minutes.

You can do so much with this dough recipe, and make so many different kinds of pasta, from fresh strips of Pasta for great Lasagna… or cut into “ribbons” for fresh Tagliatelle, or Fettuccine, or Rigatoni, or Spaghetti, or Fusilli…. small and large Macaroni.. or Penne.. or whatever your favourite Pasta type is.

I hope I have inspired you to let out that inner chef in you… and you too can make delicious, fresh home made pasta  !!

PRE-LIST HOME INSPECTION – FACILITATES A QUICK SALE

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PRE-LISTING HOUSE INSPECTION

WELL & SEPTIC TESTING

house inspectedBuyers and Sellers have evolved into savvy people thanks to the many positive changes in our industry, and thanks to the internet which give us information at our fingertips at a click of a button.

When I first got into real estate back in 1987, house inspections were rarely performed, at least where I was living.  It was very rare to even see a lockbox on the property.  Back then I had to travel to each office prior to showing the properties to get each key for the houses I was showing.  After I showed the properties to my clients, I then had to return them to each individual brokerage office.  This made it very inconvenient and restricted other agents from showing the property, as they had to wait until the keys were returned.

Having lockboxes installed on the doors made this process much easier to show the property, and beneficial to the Seller as now all the agents had instant access to the property without having to wait for the keys.  Lockboxes are coded, and when an agent calls the listing brokerage office to request an appointment the code is provided to that agent only.  No one else has access to the code, making it a relatively safe and efficient system.

Back in the 80’s, The Real Estate Board issued books once a week with listings to review and show our clients.. Of course, no interior photos, just a black and white of the front exterior of the house and a very brief description.  How things have changed! Now with colour photos of the interior, and virtual tours, potential buyers can actually see the entire home as if they were inside already.

I have noticed a shift now, where many savvy home owners are having a house inspection performed prior to listing their property.  This serves two functions.

  • One is the Seller can identify any deficiencies and correct them, and
  • two, it helps facilitate a firm sale much faster when the inspection report is made available to the buyer immediately, along with any receipts for any repairs that were completed that were identified in the inspection report.

This also applies to Well Water Testing and Septic Inspections when dealing with country properties. Its not an expensive item, and having those documents available, just might make potential buyers move forward with submitting an offer, and remove any doubts they may have about the property.

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I live and work in STREESTVILLE.  Are you considering buying or selling, or know anyone who is?  Call me for a free evaluation of your home (416) 717-6331.  I love refererals!

www.gloriavalvasori.com                  gvalvasori@gmail.com

Your STREETSVILLE Real Estate Agent, dedicated to providing outstanding client service. 

MULTIPLE OFFERS… HOW TO PLAN AND MAKE WISE DECISIONS

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The market remains brisk in the Toronto and Greater Toronto area due to a lack of inventory… not enough houses on the market right now. That along with the low interest rates, makes it a Seller’s market right now… too many Buyers.. not enough listings.  Great situation for Sellers but if you are a not selling a property and are a first time home buyer, you must be careful not to overpay on a home you are submitting an offer for.Streetsville Real Estate

I have had many buyers who refuse to even participate when this occurs, but they could be missing out on an opportunity to buy the home they want.  Just because there are multiple offers doesn’t mean you have to over spend…I counsel my Buyers to put forth their best offer that falls within their budget and comfort level.  Since the other offers remain confidential, everyone is on an even playing field.. so no one knows what the other offers are.

If you find yourself in that situation, you have to try and submit the cleanest offer possible, and by “clean” I mean an offer with the least amount of Conditions possible.  If you have already been pre-approved and your numbers are secure, you may consider removing the financing condition to make your offer more appealing to the Seller.

Try to make your offer as appealing as you can to the Seller… give them the closing date they are asking for.  Let them know you are serious by submitting a substantial deposit with the offer.  Stay within the boundaries of inclusions and exclusions listed on the MLS Listing.

Normally I would recommend a house inspection in every instance, but if the property is relatively new, say 10 years and under, and you go through the home to see its general condition, and it looks like its been well care for, you could also consider removing this Condition, but again that is the Buyer’s sole decision.

When buying a Condominium or Condominium Townhome one Condition that is  must is for your lawyer to review the Status Certificate.  This document has a wealth of information in it, i.e. the amount in the reserve fund, when the maintenance fees will elevate, are there any special assessments being levied in the near future, are there any lawsuits pending against the corporation, is there sufficient insurance on the exterior of the buildings and common elements… These are all important things your lawyer will review for you.

Streetsville Real EstateIn summary, if you find there is another offer in addition to yours… submit your very best offer the first time, as you may not get a second chance.  Stay within your budget and what you can comfortably afford… you just never know.. your offer could be the one that is ultimately accepted!

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I live and work in STREETSVILLE and have a vested interest in property values here. Are you considering buying or selling or know anyone who is? Give me a call for a complimentary evaluation of your home in this changing market. (416) 717-6331.

When you choose me to handle your real estate needs, you are choosing a real estate professional who cares about you and your family, and who will listen to your needs, work together with you, and protecting your interests to achieve your objectives.

www.gloriavalvasori.com             gvalvasori@gmail.com

Your STREETSVILLE Real Estate Agent

Experience, Service and Integrity in Every Real Estate Transaction

I am the proud recipient of the Quality Service Certified Platinum award for outstanding service to my clients – a rating of 100%

WHAT I NEED FROM YOU…TO HELP YOU MEET YOUR GOALS

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What I Need From You ….  To Give You The Best Service

 A  few guidelines/procedures to keep in mind when your home is listed for sale.

Setting Up  Showings

My office will call you to request an appointment when an agent has a prospective Buyer that would like to see your home. If you are not available, a message is left on your answering machine if you have one, or depending upon arrangements made, we will grant the request and provide access to your home with a lockbox.

Make Your Home  Accessible

Having your home accessible to prospective Buyers as much as possible, is critical in the sale of your home.  Agents try to give as much notice as possible for requests to show your home, but there are times when last minute requests do occur.  Granting requests as much as possible is desirable … the request you turn away may be the purchaser you’ve been waiting for.

Dress For Success

Looking good is important when you want to make a great impression, whether for a job interview or a social function. The same is true of a home that is on the market. When the “For Sale” sign goes up in front of your home, it should be “dressed” for the occasion.

Since the first impression will be of the front of the house, a well-groomed exterior is crucial, from the landscaping to the paint. The interior of your home should be clean and tastefully decorated. Take care of any minor cosmetic repairs that are needed, such as cracked plaster or peeling paint. A sparkling kitchen and shiny bathrooms, clean windows, and the absence of clutter will help your home “show well”. Keeping your home looking good at all times is hard work, especially if you have children and are packing for a move. The dividends are impressive, however, because a home that looks well cared for has an excellent chance of selling quickly for top dollar.

First Impressions

Good curb appeal is a major plus when we market a home. A little bit of work on the front of your can pay big dividends.

When a potential buyer pulls up in front of your house, their first impression is absolutely crucial. Sometimes buyers won’t even look at a home with droopy shutters, sagging gutters, peeling paint and a bumper crop of dandelions in the front yard. Or they might go in expecting to find a “fixer-upper” that could be purchased at a bargain price. If a house looks neat and cared for from the street, the initial good impression will carry over as the buyers step inside.

It is not necessary to hire a professional landscaper, but listen to your Realtor’s suggestions when you list your home. Local nurseries can help you select blooming plants that will thrive in your area. Keep the lawn mowed, and regardless of the season, take care of exterior maintenance. Strong curb appeal will help your home sell more quickly and for top dollar.

A Sparkling Kitchen

There’s no doubt about it–the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the whole house for many prospective buyers. Smart sellers will take a close look at how they can make their kitchen a real asset when it is time to sell.

Your kitchen doesn’t need to be state-of-the-art to be attractive. The first step toward enhancing your kitchen’s appeal is a thorough cleaning. This includes the walls, cabinets (inside and out), floors, and appliances. Keep the counter tops as clear as possible of small appliances and gadgets. Consider low-cost improvements which can make a big difference, such as a coat of paint, fresh wallpaper, or new floor covering. Be sure to keep the kitchen sparkling when the house is being shown. This means no dirty dishes in the sink or mouldy cucumbers in the refrigerator. This extra effort will pay great dividends!

Help Your Realtor

Once your home is listed for sale, it may be difficult for you to step aside and let your agent take over. When prospective buyers arrive, you may want to stand by to point out the closet extenders, the hidden spice cabinet behind the kitchen door, the energy-saving storm windows or the updated copper plumbing. If you really want to help, however, you will leave the house whenever it is being shown!

We have found that the sales process does not really begin until buyers have begun  to voice their objections about a property. Sometimes these concerns are serious enough to remove your house from consideration. Often, however, people voice objections as a defense mechanism because they really love the house and they want     to buy it. We are trained to know the difference. If a seller is standing at the agent’s elbow, the buyer won’t be comfortable enough to let this process take place, and we could lose the sale. The best way to help is to give us the room to do our job.

Summary

Very few people will buy a house because they are attracted by fantastic bathrooms. Buyers do react to bathrooms that are not cared for, however, because they view them as a reflection of the overall condition of the property.

Many buyers know that plumbing repairs potentially represent a major expense. They get nervous about dripping faucets, loose tiles, and running toilets. Your pre-marketing preparations should include making sure that your plumbing is working properly and that any cosmetic damage caused by former leaks has been repaired.

Keep the bathroom spotless while your home is on the market. Get out the scouring powder, mildew remover, glass and tile cleaner and a scrub brush. Re-caulk around the tub and shower, if necessary. A new shower curtain, bath mat, and nice smelling soap can help give the buyer one more positive reason for liking your home!

Courtesy of:

Gloria Valvasori,  Salesperson

Premier Service Certified

Accredited Staging Professional

100% Client Satisfaction Award

Signature Service GMAC Real Estate

Direct: (416) 717-6331

Office: (905) 896-4622

Web: www.gloriavalvasori.com 

I’m never too busy for your referrals, its the greatest compliment you can give me.. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me!

WORKING TOGETHER WILL GENERATE RESULTS

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Shaking HandsWorking hand in hand with your realtor can generate the results you want much faster!  As the home owner you have the responsibility to ensure the home is clean and well kept, and ready for perspective buyers at a moment’s notice.  De-clutter if necessary, and consult with your realtor to see if Staging would be beneficial.  It is well documented that staging produces higher sales amounts, and in less time.  It’s difficult for any realtor to extol the features of your home if it is cluttered, dirty and unkept.  Remember, not all Buyers are visionaries and cannot see past the clutter and iridescent paint colours.  The Realtor has his/her responsibility to market the sale of your home in a professional and efficient manner to obtain the end result you want.

So, in that regard, here are some tips to help your realtor, and yourself, to get your home sold in a timely manner.  Working together is key!

Make Your Home  Accessible

Having your home accessible to prospective Buyers as much as possible, is critical in
the sale of your home.  Agents try to give as much notice as possible for requests to show your home, but there are times when last minute requests do occur.  Granting requests as much as possible is desirable … the request you turn away may be the purchaser you’ve been waiting for.

Dress For Success

Looking good is important when you want to make a great impression, whether for a house exteriorjob interview or a social function. The same is true of a home that is on the market. When the “For Sale” sign goes up in front of your home, it should be “dressed” for the occasion.

Since the first impression will be of the front of the house, a well-groomed exterior is crucial, from the landscaping to the paint. The interior of your home should be clean and tastefully decorated. Take care of any minor cosmetic repairs that are needed, such as cracked plaster or peeling paint. A sparkling kitchen and shiny bathrooms, clean windows, and the absence of clutter will help your home “show well”. Keeping your home looking good at all times is hard work, especially if you have children and are packing for a move. The dividends are impressive, however, because a home that looks well cared for has an excellent chance of selling quickly for top dollar.

First Impressions

Good curb appeal is a major plus when we market a home. A little bit of work on the front of your can pay big dividends.  Remember, it only takes a perspective Buyer 6 seconds to form a lasting impression!

When a potential buyer pulls up in front of your house, their first impression is absolutely crucial. Sometimes buyers won’t even look at a home with droopy shutters, sagging gutters, peeling paint and a bumper crop of dandelions in the front yard. Or they might go in expecting to find a “fixer-upper” that could be purchased at a bargain price. If a house looks neat and cared for from the street, the initial good impression will carry over as the buyers step inside.

It is not necessary to hire a professional landscaper, but listen to your Realtor’s suggestions when you list your home. Local nurseries can help you select blooming plants that will thrive in your area. Keep the lawn mowed, and regardless of the season, take care of exterior maintenance. Strong curb appeal will help your home sell more quickly and for top dollar.

A Sparkling Kitchen

There’s no doubt about it–the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the whole house for many prospective buyers. Smart sellers will take a close look at how they can make their kitchen a real asset when it is time to sell.

Your kitchen doesn’t need to be state-of-the-art to be attractive. The first step toward enhancing your kitchen’s appeal is a thorough cleaning. This includes the walls, cabinets (inside and out), floors, and appliances. Keep the counter tops as clear as possible of small appliances and gadgets. Consider low-cost improvements which can make a big difference, such as a coat of paint, fresh wallpaper, or new floor covering. Be sure to keep the kitchen sparkling when the house is being shown. This means no dirty dishes in the sink or mouldy cucumbers in the refrigerator. This extra effort will pay great dividends!

Help Your Realtor

Once your home is listed for sale, it may be difficult for you to step aside and let       your agent take over. When prospective buyers arrive, you may want to stand by to point out the closet extenders, the hidden spice cabinet behind the kitchen door, the energy-saving storm windows or the updated copper plumbing. If you really want        to help, however, you will leave the house whenever it is being shown!

We have found that the sales process does not really begin until buyers have begun      to voice their objections about a property. Sometimes these concerns are serious     enough to remove your house from consideration. Often, however, people voice objections as a defense mechanism because they really love the house and they want     to buy it. We are trained to know the difference. If a seller is standing at the agent’s elbow, the buyer won’t be comfortable enough to let this process take place, and we could lose the sale. The best way to help is to give us the room to do our job.

Summary

Very few people will buy a house because they are attracted by fantastic bathrooms. Buyers do react to bathrooms that are not cared for, however, because they view them as a reflection of the overall condition of the property.

Many buyers know that plumbing repairs potentially represent a major expense. They get nervous about dripping faucets, loose tiles, and running toilets. Your pre-marketing preparations should include making sure that your plumbing is working properly and that any cosmetic damage caused by former leaks has been repaired.

Keep the bathroom spotless while your home is on the market. Get out the scouring powder, mildew remover, glass and tile cleaner and a scrub brush. Re-caulk around the tub and shower, if necessary. A new shower curtain, bath mat, and nice smelling soap can help give the buyer one more positive reason for liking your home!

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I live and work in STREETSVILLE and have a vested interest in property values here. Are you considering buying or selling or know anyone who is? Give me a call for a complimentary evaluation of your home in this changing market. (416) 717-6331.

When you choose me to handle your real estate needs, you are choosing a real estate professional who cares about you and your family, and who will listen to your needs, work together with you, and protecting your intersts to achieve your objectives.

www.gloriavalvasori.com             gvalvasori@rogers.com

Your STREETSVILLE Real Estate Agent

Experience, Service and Integrity in Every Real Estate Transaction

I am the proud recipient of the Quality Service Certified Platinum award for outstanding serivce to my clients – a rating of 100%

WILL YOUR NEXT HOME HAVE A POOL? USE AN EXPERIENCED AGENT TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS

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Are you considering purchasing a home with an in-ground pool?  Do you imagine hot, lazy afternoons, lounging by your pool with friends and family?  Become an informed buyer, do your research, and ensure your real estate agent includes the appropriate clauses to protect you from unforeseen expenses on closing.

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Unlike kitchen and bath renovations, or the addition of hardwood floors and crown moulding, a pool does not necessarily add value to the home equal to the cost of the pool.  The fact is, that in most cases it adds little or no value to the home.  Some buyers who view a home and love it, turn away from the purchase because of the existence of a pool.  Your either love it and really want it, or you don’t.

Or course buying a home with a pool is much more appealing on a hot summer afternoon, rather in the cold dark days of winter.  Often Sellers will display photos of the pool for perspective buyers as it appears during the summer months, to show it off at its best advantage.

If you are buying a home during the winter months, and the closing is set for the summer months after the pool has been opened, you need to insert clauses in your offer for protection from potential expenses. Ensure the pool will be opened by a professional pool company, and stipulate that in your offer.  Ask that the paid invoice be left so you may take advantage of any guarantees or warranties in the event of problems. Also, request the Sellers have the pool company do a thorough inspection of the pool prior to closing date, and ask the Sellers to leave a certificate of inspection or similar from the pool company.

If the pool has a heater, ensure a clause is inserted in your offer whereby the sellers will warranty that it also will be in good working condition on closing date in addition to the chattels and fixtures.

Ask the Seller about various aspects of the pool prior to preparing an offer if the information is not contained in the listing.

  • How old is the liner? How old is the pool?
  • Were any repairs done to the pool in the last year, if so, by whom?
  • Has the pool been opened and closed by a professional pool company?
  • If the pool has a diving board, is the pool at a safe and proper depth to accommodate that?
  • Is the pool completely fenced in?
  • How high is the fence, and does it comply with the by-laws of your city.
  • Is all the pool equipment staying on closing. Ensure this is stipulated in your Offer.
  • If there is concrete or tiles around the perimeter of the pool, look for any cracks or loose tiles as these could be the source of leaks and future problems.
  • Check the soil around the pool and pump for any signs of water saturation.

Ensure your real estate agent inserts a clause in your offer whereby the Seller guarantees that all chattels, fixtures and equipment are in good working order up to and including the day of closing. On closing day, after title has changed and you receive the keys to your home, go and check everything to ensure everything is in good working order.  The sellers are responsible until midnight on the day of closing, so if there is something not quite right, call your real estate agent to notify him/her and a report will be made to the listing agent and request the seller remedy any deficiencies.

Pools can be a source of great pleasure and fun  for both you and for family and friends.

Just make sure you do your due diligence before you take the plunge!

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I live and work in STREETSVILLE and have a vested interest in property values here. Are you considering buying or selling or know anyone who is? Give me a call for a complimentary evaluation of your home in this changing market. (416) 717-6331.

When you choose me to handle your real estate needs, you are choosing a real estate professional who cares about you and your family, and who will listen to your needs, work together with you, and protecting your interests to achieve your objectives.

www.gloriavalvasori.com             gvalvasori@gmail.com

Your STREETSVILLE Real Estate Agent

Experience, Service and Integrity in Every Real Estate Transaction

I am the proud recipient of the Quality Service Certified Platinum award for outstanding service to my clients – a rating of 100%

POWER OF SALES PROPERTIES… THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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I have listed several Power of Sale properties over my 29 years as licenced agent, the most recent one I listed was in STREETSVILLE.   Sometimes I have clients asking me about Power of Sale properties because they think they can “get a good deal” and potentially purchase the property at less than market value.

This is a misconception many people have and I would like to point out some information you should be aware of, in order for you to make an informed decision.

“Getting a Good Deal” isn’t always the case, as the Bank or Financial Institution must sell the property at fair market value or risk being sued by the previous owner for selling at a lower amount.  The Bank must get at least the outstanding amount owing on the property, plus sufficient funds to pay the commission, and any surplus is paid back to the owner.Streetsville Real Estate Gloria Valvasori Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Once the Bank has taken possession of the property, after default by the owner, the Bank takes full control of the property and usually lists with a Realtor on MLS to get the property sold.  They typically require all offers to be faxed, and ask for 48-72 hours for irrevocable time, and only review/accept offers during business hours.

There also some pitfalls associated with buying a power of sale property.

  • there are no warranties associated with the property, or its condition
  • there are no warranties associated with any appliances, if any are left behind
  • there are no warranties of ownership of any chattels on the property
  • there are no warranties of any contaminants or hazardous material that may be present
  • Typically, the lender does not allow for any inspection conditions in the offer… If you want an inspection you must conduct that prior to submitting an offer and depending on the findings, decide if you want to proceed.
  • The previous owner has up to the 11th hour, even if a firm offer has been accepted, to bring his mortgage payments current and repossess his property. Where would you go then?
  • The Bank usually includes many schedules and it would be prudent to have your lawyer review these prior to signing.

Therefore, getting a “good deal” isn’t always the case with Power of Sale properties, as there is some risk level associated with these properties, and you could end up having your contract negated if the owner brings his mortgage payments up to date before the property changes ownership.

You should ensure you get all the information associated with Power of Sale purchases from your real estate agent or lawyer relative to the laws in your area before signing on the dotted line!

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I live and work in STREETSVILLE and have a vested interest in property values here. Are you considering buying or selling or know anyone who is? Give me a call for a complimentary evaluation/assessment of your home in this changing market. (416) 717-6331.

When you choose me to handle your real estate needs, you are choosing a real estate professional who:

  • cares about you and your family
  • will listen to your needs
  • work together with you, and
  • protect your interests to achieve your objectives

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When did you last conduct a financial assessment of the value of your home?

www.streetsvillerealestateagent.com             gvalvasori@gmail.com

Your STREETSVILLE Real Estate Agent

Experience, Service and Integrity in Every Real Estate Transaction

I am the proud recipient of the Quality Service Certified Platinum award for outstanding service to my clients – a rating of 100%

 

HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED?

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How often do you take things for granted?  Little insignificant things that you do every day without a second thought…. How often do you take a moment to truly appreciate what we have, and feel blessed because we have it?  We stop and take notice when something happens to make us dependent on others for the most menial tasks that we took for granted..

When i returned home from hospital several years ago after back surgery, (I had a two herniated disks, a double decompression of L4 & L5)) I returned home with a greater appreciation of my independence, or lack thereof. Back injuries affect your every movement and I was humbled at how important our backs truly are and what a significant role they play in our daily life.

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While in hospital I had the nursing staff there to attend to my every need, however when I returned home it was a different world!  I am a Senior, live alone, with no spouse, and only my three very young grandchildren. I had to hire a caregiver to assist me in the morning to get the children their breakfast and walk them to the school bus, then attend to my needs. She left at 10:00 and I was alone, confined to my bed until 3:00 when the nanny arrived to care for the children.  I had to ensure the morning caregiver left me a sandwich and sufficient to drink near my bedside where I could access it.

My surgery reduced my physical abilities more than I could have ever comprehended…and little challenges presented themselves on a daily basis. I had the TV remote, my portable home phone, cell phone, and laptop on my bed.  The night table held my medications and enough water or juice to last the day.  I was restricted to not bending or twisting my back.

  • I could not roll over in bed without assistance
  • I could not get out of bed without assistance
  • I could not take a shower without help and a stool to sit on in the shower stall
  • I could not wash myself as I could not bend or twist
  • I could not walk without the use of a walker, which meant I was confined to the upper level of the house unless there was someone to carry the walker down for me
  • Dropping the remote control was a challenge
  • Trying to reach the cell phone, an inch out of my reach was fun
  • Using a chair in the shower as I could not stand without support
  • I needed  assistance washing myself and my hair
  • I needed assistance getting dried off, and dressed.
  • Trying to get the toothpaste on the brush with one hand, while I supported myself on the counter with the other hand was challenging
  • I could not bend so it was a challenge to get dressed and I had to get very creative!
  • I could not comb or style my hair with one hand, as I needed the other one to support myself.

Well, you get the picture, I’m sure.

I have a greater appreciation of good health and the gift of independence that it allows. The surgery was successful and I am happy to report I have made a full recovery and I am now free of pain with full mobility restored.

Think about and appreciate your blessings each day…. You never know when they could be taken from you, AND take care of your back.. make sure your lift things properly and don’t over exert it!!  Take good care it, and it will take care of you!

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I live and work in STREETSVILLE and have a vested interest in property values here. Are you considering buying or selling or know anyone who is? Give me a call for a complimentary evaluation of your home in this changing market. (416) 717-6331.

When you choose me to handle your real estate needs, you are choosing a real estate professional who cares about you and your family, and who will listen to your needs, work together with you, and protecting your interests to achieve your objectives.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS START AT THE CURB

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CURB APPEAL, FIRST IMPRESSIONS

HELP YOUR REALTOR GET YOUR HOME SOLD!

 

In my 28+ years as a real estate agent, I can usually tell when I pull up in front of a home I’m about to show what the inside of a home will look like based on the exterior. If the exterior is unkept then you can bet that the inside is generally the same.

CURB APPEAL

colonial-homeA vast majority of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a home, based on their first impressions of the outside… does it have “curb appeal?” ..the view they see when they drive by or arrive for a showing. You can ensure people want to come inside your home by spending some time working on its exterior appearance, making it inviting for buyers to want to see more.

Most potential buyers find it difficult to visualize changes, and often won’t take a second look at a home if the first impression does not appeal to them. Often buyers who can visualize changes and may be prepared to make them, expect the realtor to reduce the price of the house to compensate for they work they are planning.

As homeowners it is difficult to look at our own home and critique it the same way a potential home buyer does, because we become accustomed to its appearance and the way it functions and we don’t want to see its faults.

You must think of your home as a commodity you want to sell at the highest possible dollar amount, and stop thinking of it as your home.

TRY THIS EXERCISE ON YOUR HOME

In order to get a good view of your home, try to stop across the street the next time you come home, or a little way down the street, and try to view it as a potential buyer. What is your FIRST impression of the overall appearance of the house and yard?

  • Park where the potential buyer would and walk towards the house
  • Is the grass neatly trimmed?
  • Are the flower beds free from weeds?
  • Are there oil stains on the asphalt?
  • Are there toys and other debris etc. laying around the yard?
  • Is the paint on the garage door or shutters peeling and need repainting?
  • What is the best feature or your home, or lot and how can you improve it?
  • What are the worst features of your home and how can you minimize or improve them?

Take a photo of your home’s exterior and critique it through the eyes of a potential buyer and make a list of the problem areas. Complete the repair and clean up chores first, then put some time into making the grounds more attractive.

  • Clean windows and eaves
  • Stow away unnecessary garden tools
  • Clean and kill any mould or mildew on the house, sidewalks, or driveway
  • Pressure wash dirty siding or decks
  • Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or bricks
  • Cut the grass and get rid of weeds
  • Rake and dispose of leaves

EVENING CURB APPEAL

marco-island-florida-300x225Try the exercise again in the evening as it is not unusual for potential buyers to drive by homes after dark. One effective way to improve curb appeal is with lighting but make sure any lighting that is visible through the front door or windows enhances the home’s appearance. You may want to consider replacing that tired light fixture at the front porch and add a low voltage fixture to enhance importance landscape elements. Sometimes adding to the landscaping can dramatically improve curb appeal, but other times it can be more effective when something is removed.

IN SUMMARY…

Remember… The first impression that is instilled in to the mind of a potential buyer… is the one they leave with when they walk out the door, and in this instance, often when they first pull up outside your home. Make the exterior an inviting picture to make them want to see the inside!