The late comedian George Carlin used to have a routine called, “A place for my stuff.” He was referring to the idea that, besides being a place to sleep and eat, the purpose of a home is essentially to store all the stuff you accumulate over the years.
That may or ... Continue Reading
May was another banner month for real estate in Kitchener-Waterloo! While still setting records for home sales for the month of May, it was relatively stable when compared to April 2021. The 854 residential homes sold in the month represent a 100.9% increase over May 2020, but only a 0.9% ... Continue Reading
It is the end of May which is the time of year some people wait for to really ‘dig’ into their gardens. With the chance of frost behind us (mostly) now is a great time to get your gardens looking their best!
But why do gardens & landscaping matter?
The outside of ... Continue Reading
Chances are, there is a characteristic of your property that everyone remembers, appreciates, and maybe even envies. It could be a spacious kitchen with an island and upgraded appliances… or a stunning backyard with a wrap-around deck and beautiful landscaping… or rustic hardwood floors that contrast with elegant, high-end ceramics.
Whatever ... Continue Reading
If you want to buy a new washing machine, you simply go into a retail store and pay the listed price. Pretty simple.
However, it doesn’t work quite that way when it comes to real estate. Although a home will usually have a “listed price”, you must make an “offer” for ... Continue Reading
The local real estate market has remained extremely strong through the month of April, but has shown some signs of levelling off. While the stats still show a huge increase year over year, the numbers are fairly stable when viewed month to month. For example, the average residential home sold ... Continue Reading
When buyers view your home, they ask themselves whether they like it. Assuming that the answer is “yes”, they try to determine how much work would be required before they could move in.
It’s not uncommon for a buyer to be interested in a property but be turned off by the ... Continue Reading
If you are thinking of selling your home, either imminently or a ways down the road, what are some of the things you can do to prepare? While we are currently in a seller’s market, you still need to make sure you position your home to reach its market potential, ... Continue Reading
Why is it so important to know how much you can afford to spend on a home?
First, you don’t want to buy a property and then find out, after you’ve moved in, that you can’t financially maintain it. That would mean having to resell it under stressful conditions.
Second, you ... Continue Reading
With soaring house prices, the record low interest rates have made it possible for home buyers to attain big mortgages in recent years. Borrowing money is cheap right now, which can entice buyers to potentially bite off more than they can chew from an affordability standpoint. Obviously, it’s not just ... Continue Reading