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Make Sure to Google The Property You Are Buying First!

So you put an offer in, you’re deposit is down, you’ve got the financing, you’ve done a home inspection and you’re ready to move in. Wrong! You should do a web search and a newspaper search on the house you are looking to spend the rest of your life in. Most people think because they…

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You want to Use the Old Photos? Really?

I hear horror stories about how agents will just use the old photos from MLS. Its the laziest thing an agent can do. Even to take a picture with your iPhone would be better resolution than old photos from MLS. Its crazy to think that an agent in this day and age will have the…

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Jimmy the Renovator: 2014 Swimming Pool Trends

Glass Tiles Glass tile is quickly gaining strength and use over tried and true ceramic tiles. Glass tiles are impervious to common problems associated with ceramic tiles. Glass tiles are harder than normal ceramic tiles and therefore are harder to crack or break. Pool tile has been placed under the coping to highlight the water’s…

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Jimmy The Renovator: Why to Use a Big Box Contractor

Anybody that knows me personally knows that I’ve had some struggles with a kitchen cabinet maker this past year. Its actually sort of ironic because, I should’ve taken my own advice before hiring them. I write articles regarding hiring a contractor but i didn’t follow my own rules. I will never make that mistake again. …

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Waiving Conditions: What are Your Risks

If you are a buyer in Toronto right now, you are familiar with submitting an offer with no pending clauses. The most important ones being Financing & Inspection. Two very important clauses. There are other potential ones but these are the cookies that matter.  Waiving these clauses and offering a good amount does not even…

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Upgrades Buyers Are Looking for in 2014

  When I do an open house, I get to see a lot of buyers within one day or two. It also lets me do a mental survey of the things that most buyers are looking for that they want, and the things they are willing to do. Here is a list of things I’ve…

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PHOTOSHOPPING YOUR HOUSE

Recently the press has had a field day with one house in Mississauga that has been photo shopped to make it look like it has a longer driveway. I believe the camera man also used a wide angle lens in the photo. There has been an article in a Real Estate news paper that CREA…

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Hot Market = Ridiculous Asking Prices

Recently I have been taking my buyers to properties and we have realized that because it is a hot market people are just throwing their houses on the market with ridiculous prices. Another key thing we are noticing is that rather than prepare their houses for showings they don’t bother to clean nor even have…

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Falling In Love with a House is BAD

I always tell my clients not to fall in love with a house before they receive the keys. I am an optimistic in everything I do in life and always expect the best but sometimes people lose their nerve and do crazy things. From selling mortgages to selling houses, deals sometimes do fall apart. I…