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My High Park Urban Dream: Old and New Come Together

by Claire Franceschetti

Style and modern convenience is found in this home at 149 Pacific Ave. Please enjoy the virtual tour of this property. I think you'll find it very tasteful!

http://marketing.remaxdesigncenter.com/email/97/91397/output/330548/1708237/

Please call me to arrange a viewing of this featured home!

 

 

10 Quick Fixes for Your Open House

by Claire Franceschetti

It's the day of your open house. Here are 10 quick fixes that need to get done before the public comes through:

1. Remove all jewelry from plain view and store it away in a secure spot.

2. Open the windows and let some fresh air in. This is especially important if you had fish or something pungent for dinner the night before.

3. Take all laundry to the washer and hide it inside the machine.

4. Unplug the air fresheners as they make buyers suspicious that the owner is hiding something.

5.  Turn on all the lights.

6.  Close toilet covers. Replenish toilet paper.

7. Remove all the garbage from indoor waste baskets.

8.  Remove any documents that disclose valuable info for buyers i.e. that you have purchased another home, that you are experiencing financial difficulty or that their is marital difficulty. These can be seen as indications of the owner's motivation to sell.

9.  Hide or remove small electronics (ipods and mp3"). Removing any temptation for sticky fingers is better than being disappointed later on.

10. Cut the lawn, remove flyers and papers from outside. Curb appeal is a first impression, and really does make a huge difference to buyers.

Good luck with the open house!

 

It's Yard Sale for the Cure time again. Come out and shop on Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Re/Max Premier office 9100 Jane St (Jane and Rutherford). We aim to raise $20,000 this year. Please support us in helping to find a cure for Breast Cancer.

3 Things I Hate About Some Realtors

by Claire Franceschetti

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1.  Armed and Dangerous

There are 36,000 Realtors in the GTA. The guy at my local car wash is a licensed Realtor. They seem to be everywhere, and most of them are "SECRET" agents! Stats show that only one quarter of these agents did a deal last year, and trust me, that's a good thing. Why you ask? 

I received an offer on my client's property last summer, and the "one-deal-a-year" agent didn't have a clue how to write up an offer. My client's name appeared as the buyer, and the actual buyer's name was totally missing. The agent also left out any conditions or clauses! I seriously thought someone was kidding around with me! Eventually, I sorted this inept agent out and got a great deal for my client, but it was really ridiculous. 

2. Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

I can't believe that agents won't do simple but important work.  Things like running a spell check on a listing before publishing it,  not measuring the dimensions of rooms, and leaving out all the details about their properties drives me crazy. How hard can it be to do the job right the first time?

3.  Snotty is for Kleenex

Sorry, but I'm done with pretentious agents who put on large airs. I have found that the most successful agents are those that are approachable and down to earth. Good agents understand that deals only come together if the parties are willing to communicate with each other. Respecting everyone that is involved in a deal is important: this is the foundation of professionalism.

 

There is rarely a day that goes by without being asked about the market. When I grab my daily coffee at Coffee Time or Starbucks in town (I change it up every day depending on how I'm feeling), I am quizzed on what's going on. So here's a quick update that looks promising if you're thinking of making a move.

1.  Sales are UP!

The Toronto Real Estate Board reported 10,350 firm sales in April 2012, which is nearly 1500 more homes than the 8,778 firm deals during April 2011.  The strongest sales growth was seen amongst the single-detached home market, with sales up by 22 % compared to a year ago.

2. Prices are UP!

Shockingly, the average price for April 2012 transactions was $517,556 – up 8.5 per cent
compared to April 2011. Comparatively, condominium apartment sales has more supply, and thus has only seen a moderate price growth of 4%.

3. Still a Sellers Market

What does this mean for sellers? Since demand has increased, and supply has not kept up, competition between buyers has increased. (The dreaded multiple offer frenzy for buyers is still upon us.) It follows then that the strongest annual price increase was also seen for single-detached homes.

4. Sitting it Out is a Dumb Idea

I have lost a few buyer clients because the thought that the market would collapse a few years back. They sold their homes and began to rent. They have spend thousands of dollars in rent, and their equity is earning close to no interest.  They are further behind at this point than staying in the market and living without fearing the timing of buying and selling.

I love my job...I actually love it so much it doesn't feel like a job at all! So next time you ask me "How's the Market?", upsize the coffee because we've got lots to discuss!


 

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Claire Franceschetti
Right At Home Realty Inc.
190 Marycroft Ave.
Vaughan ON L4L5Y2
Direct: 416-918-6325
Office: 416-391-3232
Fax: Fax: 416-987-8001