• What Does The Change In The Market Mean For Sellers?

    The recent changes being reported in the news can paint a negative picture, particularly for detached homes in the city. But the truth is that this market is very much alive and capable of fulfilling your real estate goals. It might just take a little bit of elbow grease!

    Selling is no longer as simple as putting a sign on the lawn

    This time last year, selling a home the same day it went on the market was far from unusual. But the market has changed, and we are in a much more balanced market than we saw in all of 2017. That doesn’t mean your home WON’T sell, but it may require that you stage it, hire a professionals cleaning company, declutter and plan for plenty of open houses.

    Your home needs to be priced competitively

    Let’s say you remember a sale that happened in your neighbourhood last summer, the house was similar to yours and sold for $250,000 above asking, so logically, you could price your home at the asking price plus $250,000 and it might even sell for more (inflation!), but the hard truth is that your home is priced based on the most recent sales. If there hasn’t been much activity in your community then it may be time to test the market. The most important thing to do when testing the market is to react quickly to a price change. A good thing to consider is how much traffic your agent anticipated? If they expected much more than you have been seeing, that is a clear indication that it is time to reassess the asking price.

    You may need to make some upgrades before you list

    The truth is in this market, to get the money you’re looking for, it may be worth your while to consider some upgrades. Big ticket items such as kitchens and bathrooms can be a great way to increase the bottom line on your home. If such a big undertaking isn’t something you’re ready for, redoing trim work or painting and changing light fixtures is a great way to add some appeal on a budget! Whether you’re planning a big or small renovation, the first thing on your list of to-dos should be to address any issues that could come up during a home inspection. Your potential sale could depend on it!

    Choose the right agent who will do the necessary work to market your property effectively!

    There are a lot of things to think about when selling your home, choosing the right agent is one of them! While their sales history, list of services provided and list of contacts are crucial aspects of your decision to hire an agent, it is also important to find out how they plan to market your home. According to a 2017 study by the National Association of Realtors, 44% of people start their search for their next home online. It is important that your agent has a strong online presence, and that they will be sharing your property with their vast audience, as well as advertising throughout the community and neighbourhood. Choosing the right agent can make the sale either a breeze or a nightmare. Choose wisely!

    Farmers’ Markets To Visit This Summer

    Toronto is a wonderful city known for many things including farmers’ markets!

    Toronto neighbourhoods offer many farmers’ markets throughout the year for community members to enjoy. Below is a collection of some of Toronto’s best. Head out to discover all that they have to offer and leave the market with a bag full of fresh produce and fun memories!

    Annette Farmers’ Market

    When: Every Wednesday from May to October, 3pm-7pm
    Where: Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot
    680 Annette Street, Toronto, ON, M6S 1V9

    Etobicoke Civic Centre Farmers’ Market

    When: Every Saturday from June 2 to October 27, 2018, 8am-2pm
    Where: Etobicoke Civic Centre
    399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y2

    Humber Bay Shores Farmers’ Market

    When: Every Saturday from May 26 to October 6, 2018, 9am-2pm
    Where: Humber Bay Park West
    2225 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 3X7

    Stonegate Famers’ Market

    When: Every Tuesday from June to October, 4pm-7pm
    Where: Christ Church St. James Anglican Church parking lot
    194 Park Lawn Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 3J1

    Market Days at Montgomery Inn

    When: Every Wednesday, year-round, 2pm-6pm (Indoor during the winter)
    Where: Montgomery’s Inn
    4709 Dundas St. W, Etobicoke, On M9A 1A8

    Weston Farmers’ Market

    When: Every Saturday from May 12 to October 27, 2018, 7am-2pm
    Where: The GO Parking lot
    1865 Weston Rd (South of Lawrence Avenue), York, ON M9N 1V9

    Four Places To Take A Day Trip This Year From Toronto

    Just like our license plates state, Ontario is “Yours To Discover”!

    Scandinave Spa – Collingwood, ON

    Spend the day relaxing in the heart of nature! Treat yourself to a massage or spend the day in the Scandinavian baths; either way, you are in for a day of quiet relaxation. Phones and electronics are prohibited during your stay, so be prepared to unplug and enjoy every minute of the tranquil environment situated on 25 acres of natural Ontario birch, Canadian maple and pine trees.

    Rattlesnake Point – Milton, ON

    Rattlesnake Point is one of the most beautiful places in Ontario: spend the day there in any season and you’ll see what we mean! Home to some of the best cliffs for climbing in Ontario offering a variety of different climbing levels. With three designated sites and more than 235 routes, you will enjoy scaling the cliffs under a canopy of rich woods.

    Wine Country – Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Enjoy wine country with a tour of one of the many wineries in the area. Offering a wide variety of events, concerts, shops and attractions, wine tasting isn’t the only way to enjoy this Ontario gem!

    Wasaga Beach, ON

    Enjoy a day at the longest freshwater beach in the world! Wasaga is home to starting points for hiking trails over 50 km long, including the Pine Trail and sections of the Ganaraska Trail. Wasaga offers something for everyone. If you are planning a day trip make sure you stick around to enjoy one of the breathtaking sunsets!