8 Things to Do Before Selling Your House

By: Sylvia Smith

8 Things to Do Before Selling Your House

Tags: SELLING A HOME, MLS REALTOR, MLS LISTING, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE

Are you getting ready to sell your home?   Selling a home (even in a seller’s market) requires planning and some work.  Just planting a sign on your lawn and uploading some random pictures will not get it sold quickly and for top dollar.  Getting the most cash in your hands will require some time to prep and even rolling up your sleeves and getting the work done. But it will a...Read More

Why You Should Buy a House in the Fall

By: Sylvia Smith

Why You Should Buy a House in the Fall

Tags: Buying a home in the fall, buying a condo in the fall

By Sylvia Smith Spring and the summer are usually the most popular times of year for buyers to start their search for that dream home.  As you have most definitely heard the number of homes listed through the months of July and August dramatically declined this year which is very normal even more so this year as buyers and families started to enjoy the summer after being locked down in the s...Read More

GTA Housing Market Update – August 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Housing Market Update – August 2021

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR

The Toronto Real Estate Board reported that August 2021 was the third-best sales record for the month of August.  Sales volumes have definitely slowed down compared to the earlier part of this year which is completely normal (the real estate market has historically always slowed down in July and August with the exception of 2020 due to the pandemic and a non-existent spring market). ...Read More

Best Home Improvements For Resale 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

Best Home Improvements For Resale 2021

Tags: HOME RENOVATIONS, Home Improvements, Realtor in Vaughan, REaltor in Toronto, VAUGHAN HOMES

  Since the onset of the pandemic, our homes have played a key role in keeping us safe and healthy.  As a result, many homeowners have decided to renovate their homes to improve the quality of their lives and not necessarily add value to their homes but wouldn’t it be nice to renovate and also eventually get a return on your renovation costs? Since the start of COVID-19, many hom...Read More

Barrie Real Estate Boom

By: Sylvia Smith

Barrie Real Estate Boom

Tags: BARRIE REAL ESTATE, REAL ESTATE INVESTING, LIVING IN BARRIE, INVESTING IN BARRIE

Why has Barrie become so attractive to both investors and homeowners in the last several years?   Barrie is located north of Toronto, on Lake Simcoe, and is a community that has seen dramatic population growth.  Barrie is seen as a bedroom community for Toronto as more and more people move north now that GO transit has expanded its trains to Barrie making it easy access in and out o...Read More

Home Buying and Selling Tips in 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

Home Buying and Selling Tips in 2021

Tags: BUYING A HOME, SELLING A HOME, VAUGHAN REALTOR, VAUGHAN HOMES, MAPLE HOMES

  Is 2021 the right time to sell and or buy a home? There is no doubt that it is currently a great time to sell as we are in a seller’s market. However, the right time ultimately depends on your personal circumstances such as your personal life circumstances, timing, and your finances.      It is no secret that the housing market has remained very strong...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Update - July 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Real Estate Market Update - July 2021

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR, HOUSE PRICES, PEEL REAL ESTATE, DURHAM REAL ESTATE, YORK REAL ESTATE

  We are starting to hear rumblings that the housing market is finally cooling off after 4 months of reduced sales volumes compared to 2020.  If you recall we did not have a spring market in 2020 due to the pandemic and as a result, the spring market got pushed out into the summer and fall months in 2020.  It is not unexpected for us to experience a cooling down of the housing mark...Read More

How to Avoid a Money Pit: 6 Things to Be on the Lockout For

By: Sylvia Smith

How to Avoid a Money Pit: 6 Things to Be on the Lockout For

Tags: BUYING A HOME, Vaughan REAL ESTATE, Vaughan realtor, Toronto realtor

  When looking for a dream home it is easy to get lost in the excitement and falling in love with the look and feel of a home.  However, buying a home is an expensive purchase, and being on the lookout for expensive repairs is critical.  Many people think that serious home defects are easy to spot but the truth is that often the most costly and serious problems can only be detected...Read More

Have You Considered a Glamping Vacation?

By: Sylvia Smith

Have You Considered a Glamping Vacation?

Tags: camping, glamping, vacation, outdoors, nature

Have you heard of glamping?  “Glamping” is short for glamorous camping and has become very popular over the past decade.   If your camping essentials include such things as a real mattress, running water, and an actual toilet, glamping may be the best camping compromise.  Of course, during the pandemic, we still want to create cherishable memories with family and f...Read More

GTA Real Estate Market Update – June 2021

By: Sylvia Smith

GTA Real Estate Market Update – June 2021

Tags: GTA REAL ESTATE UPDATE, TORONTO REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REAL ESTATE, VAUGHAN REALTOR, TORONTO REALTOR, HOUSE PRICES, PEEL REAL ESTATE, DURHAM REAL ESTATE, YORK REAL ESTATE

  After the frenzied activity of the first 3 months of 2021 in the Greater Toronto Area  (GTA) housing market, the number of sales has decreased for the third month.  June sales were up by 28.5% compared to June 2020 but lower than May 2021 suggesting that the recent demand surge may have settled down a bit ...for now.   While year-over-year sales activity is up home sales act...Read More