Sunday, April 19, 2020

3D Virtual Tours Now Available For New Listings

As the coronavirus pandemic seems to be here to stay for a while, it’s become clear that transitioning into online virtual spaces has become critical for those working in real estate. Not to mention that because of the state of the market, agents need to be more creative than they’ve ever been to have their listings stay relevant.

Enter Matterport.

Matterport is a technology that is designed to scan the interior of homes. The cameras and software work together to create a virtual tour of the home - one where you can actually walk through the home yourself. 

You can look up and down, left and right, move forward, backward, view in VR and even measure spaces.

I am so pleased and excited to add this innovative technology moving forward. 

Everyone's aware of what is currently happening in the world. We are adapting to take care of people in the safest and most effective way possible. I understand that people may still need to buy or sell their homes. Please contact me anytime for additional information about this amazing technology and stay safe! 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Locked Down & Quarantined? What To Do!

January and early February 2020 were shaping up to be one of the hottest real estate markets in recent memory – and then Coronavirus came along. Mandated social distancing, business closures and financial uncertainty have brought the residential real estate market to a halt.

Despite being listed as an “essential service”, real estate agents and brokerages are seeing the population making personal safety a priority.  

Get Ready For The Big Comeback

We don't know what the economy will look like three, six, nine, or 12 months from now, but most of us think there will be a time when daily living returns to normal.  The backlog of real estate transactions along with home buyers and sellers that have put things on hold for months could make for a competitive housing market when life recovers.

Preparation is Paramount

At the most basic level, there are three steps to getting your home ready:

1. Decluttering  2.Paint and Repair 3. Staging

For those pondering a possible move or relocation in the future, now is the time to prepare! De-cluttering and purging! There is often a rewarding feeling after getting rid of “stuff” that we hold onto for no apparent reason. Whether we are planning to sell our home in the future or planning to live in it for an eternity, no one likes clutter!

There’s plenty of decluttering tips to be found online including this one from the Huffington Post.

Click Here to get some practical advice on organizing your home and other aspects of your life from the organizational Queen herself Marie Kondo

Here is a real world sample of a room that I dealt with for a client that clearly benefited from the declutter process:

Before De-Cluttering:

After De-Cluttering

Whether you are considering selling or not, getting rid of the stuff that clutters our environment gives us a sense of achievement and takes our mind off these trying times.

If you are wondering about the state of the market or are unsure about the timing of listing a home in the current market, don’t hesitate to drop me a line or call me at 416-992-7338.

Stay tuned for Part Two where we look at Painting, Fixing and Staging your home.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Home Of The Week - 1807 Dencourt Drive - Amberlea

Welcome To 1807 Dencourt Drive.  This 2674 square foot four bedroom executive family home built in 1987 features large principal rooms and a gas fireplace along with an Eat In Kitchen that includes a walkout to the Backyard Patio (includes a Gas BBQ hookup) 

Upstairs the large Master Bedroom includes a spacious Sitting Room, Ensuite Bathroom, and Walk-In Closet.  The fully fenced sizable Backyard is the perfect place for energetic pets or entertaining. Walking distance to several schools, parks and shopping. 

An ideal location for a quick commute to the city. Schools in the district include Highbush PS, St Mary's Catholic Secondary, Dunbarton and St Elizabeth Seton.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Home Of The Week - 1700 Aberfoyle - A Backyard Entertainers Dream!

With home inventory still on the low side n the City of Pickering, this 1796 square foot home stands out as outstanding value in the Greater Toronto Area and Durham. Offering a short commute into the city, the home is situated on a family friendly court located in Amberlea, one of Pickerings best neighbourhoods.

The south facing pie shaped lot is a total "Entertainer's Dream!" The backyard features an above ground pool and attached sun deck, gas BBQ hook up and thousands spent on the exquisite landscaping. In addition it has a beautifuly updated kitchen open to the family room, california shutters, hardwood floors, crown mouldings. Plenty of "Attention To Detail" Just move in and enjoy!


Friday, February 21, 2020

Home Of The Week - Amazing Basement Walkout! - 515 Laurier Crescent

Gorgeous Four Bedroom home in the neighbourhood of Amberlea in Pickering. Over 2600 sq. feet of living space plus a Finished Basement that includes Three Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms and a Walkout to the backyard! 

The Family Sized Kitchen includes Stainless Steel Appliances and overlooks the large Backyard Deck. 

The oversized Master Bedroom features an updated En-suite Bathroom and Walk-In Closet space. 

Check out the Virtual Tour

Friday, February 14, 2020

Home Of The Week - Amberlea Executive Beauty - 640 Amberwood Crescent

With home inventory extremely low in the City of Pickering, this 3100 square foot executive home surely stands out as outstanding value in the Greater Toronto Area. Offering a short commute into the city, its location is ideal as its located on a quiet crescent in the Neighbourhood of Amberlea.

This grand 4 plus 2 bedroom home features a finished basement area over 1300 square feet! It has a backyard paradise beautifully landscaped and features a shaded deck perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Spring 2020 Market In Full Swing

It may be winter but spring has sprung.
If you're a potential home seller and waiting for the tulips to sprout then you're waiting too long!
The Spring market is in full swing and the Seller's are going to benefit this year. The inventory is at an all time low in Pickering - meaning those few homes that are for sale will be in big demand.
"Increased competition between buyers has resulted in an acceleration in price growth," said TREB's chief market analyst, Jason Mercer, earlier this month. "Expect the rate of price growth to increase further if we see no relief on the listings supply front."

I've recently listed two homes that both sold within one day, proving TREB is on the right track with their market predictions for 2020.
"It's no secret that market conditions in Canada's largest cities have been largely defined by a growing supply and demand gap," explains Zoocasa's managing editor, Penelope Graham.

If you're thinking of listing this spring - List NOW!

3D Virtual Tours Now Available For New Listings

As the coronavirus pandemic seems to be here to stay for a while, it’s become clear that transitioning into online virtual spaces has becom...