Get your home ready for Winter

By: Diana Budway

Get your home ready for Winter

Tags: Home, Caulking, Window, Heat, Roof, Garage, Furnace, Sell, Home, Buyer, Inspection

Walk around the exterior of your home. Look to see if the caulking around your window frames and doors need to be redone. Check the weather stripping around the outside doors. The doors should seal completely so the cold air does not come in and the warm air is not lost. Pipes, vents, wiring entering the home not only does heat escape from these openings, but water can enter and may eventually ca...Read More

4 Things Only a Realtor (and Not the Internet) Knows About
Real Estate

By: Diana Budway

4 Things Only a Realtor (and Not the Internet) Knows About
Real Estate

Tags: Home, Marketing, Realtor

According to the National Association of Realtors, 42 percent of homebuyers start their home search online, and 92 percent use the Web during the home search process. While the Internet can be a good place to start looking, there are things real estate agents know about the process of buying and selling a home that can't be found in any Web browser. Here are a few. 1. How to price a home Wh...Read More

Let’s buy a “fixer upper”! It looks so simple on TV

By: Diana Budway

Let’s buy a “fixer upper”! It looks so simple on TV

Tags: Renovations, Mortgage, Home, House, Contractor, Construction, Realtor

All you need to do is simply find a house with “good bones”, and do the work yourself, or hire friends and family. Or, better yet hire a contractor. It really is that easy. Or, is it? There are a number of things to consider before investing your time and money in a fixer upper. Can you afford it? Do the math! Consult with an experienced building inspector to assess the home, a cont...Read More

To stage or not to stage?

By: Diana Budway

To stage or not to stage?

Tags: Stage, Countertops, Kitchen, Home, Buyers, Sale, Real Estate, Agent, Property, Vacant

Your home fits your lifestyle, your favourite colours on the walls, that favourite chair that really should be replaced, but is oh so comfortable, now you hate to part with it. Your countertops have all your small appliances and frequently used items on them. The sofas are placed for the best view of the television. You may have placed the furniture on angles or simply have too much furniture. The...Read More

Pictures are worth money when selling your home!

By: Diana Budway

Pictures are worth money when selling your home!

Tags: Home, Buyer, Real Estate, Listings, Realtor, Photography

You have one chance to impress – only two seconds to grab a buyer’s attention without a photograph and 20 seconds with one. Do iPhone listing photos or those taken with a point-and-shoot camera make optimum use of those valuable seconds? Photos are overwhelmingly viewed first in real estate listings. Homebuyers who searched for a home on the internet found photos to be among the most ...Read More

Why hire a Buyer Real Estate Representative?

By: Diana Budway

Why hire a Buyer Real Estate Representative?

Tags: Buyer, Real Estate, Agent, Seller, Property, House

The services of a truly professional real estate agent can save you both time and money! And the best part is there is no cost to you as the Seller pays for your agent’s commission. Once you feel comfortable and have agreed to work with the Buyer agent they can set you up on property match. This will send you daily emails of all the properties listed on the MLS system that match your needs...Read More

So you're thinking of purchasing a home?
Feeling a little overwhelmed?

By: Diana Budway

So you're thinking of purchasing a home?
Feeling a little overwhelmed?

Tags: Home, Purchasing, Properties, Mortgage, Deposit, RRSP, Payment, Condominium, Seller, Agent

Well as with any purchase the first thing you need to do is establish a budget. It would be a waste of your time searching and looking at properties that are not within your budget. And needless to say, very disappointing to put in an offer only to find out that you cannot get the financing! Therefore, the first step is to get a mortgage pre-approval from your bank’s mortgage advisor or wi...Read More

Types of Homes

By: Diana Budway

Types of Homes

Tags: Condominiums, Apartments, Suites, Units, Freehold, Row House, Town House, Semi-Detached, Detached, Duplex, Triplex, Mississauga, HOMES FOR SALE IN MISSISSAUGA, BRAMPTON, MILTON, OAKVILLE, TORONTO, BURLINGTON

Condominium Apartments/Suites/Units: Condominiums (also called “condos”) are a type of ownership rather than a type of home. Most commonly, condos exist in multi-unit buildings. These buildings might consist of only a handful of units, low-rise or they could be high-rise towers. They can be either an apartment, stacked condo (more than one floor). The idea is that you own the cond...Read More