Let's Talk Kitchens

By: Analena Mandlsohn

Let's Talk Kitchens

Tags: Kitchens; Renovations; Home renovations

It’s no secret that one of the most important features in a home is the kitchen. The kitchen is that magical space where impromptu gatherings take place, where stories are shared over coffee, and where culinary delights are given life. More than just a functional space, the kitchen is the social hub and the heart of the home. From a real estate perspective, it’s a well-known fact that ...Read More

So, You’re Thinking of Buying a Condo?

By: Analena Mandlsohn

So, You’re Thinking of Buying a Condo?

Tags: Condos, Condominiums, Condos in the GTA, Condos in Toronto, Investment Properties

Condo living has become increasingly popular as a low maintenance housing option, often offering a complete community within one complex, including a wide range of social, entertainment and recreational activities. Many condominium buildings also offer enhanced security features, such as a 24-hour concierge or security guards, so they’re particularly popular with first-time buyers, espe...Read More

The Pros and Cons of AirBnB

By: Analena Mandlsohn

The Pros and Cons of AirBnB

Tags: Investment Properties, Investment Properties in Toronto, Investment Properties in GTA

So, I showed a gorgeous lakefront property on Canada Day (yes, I do work on statutory holidays) with amazing lake views.  My Buyer was looking for a weekend getaway/retirement home.  The conversation came up about Airbnb rentals, as she’s toying with the idea of renting it out until she’s ready to move in upon retiring. Makes sense, since if you buy an investme...Read More

THE BIG PICTURE - Curb & Exterior Appeal

By: Analena Mandlsohn

THE BIG PICTURE - Curb & Exterior Appeal

Tags: Curb Appeal, Preparing to Sell, Homes in Toronto, Homes in York Region

Often, when it comes to decorating the interior of your home, you have no trouble spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars. However, many homeowners often neglect the exterior. Remember that long before any potential buyer has entered your home, it has been on show 24/7 for any passers-by to see. An enviable garden with tons of curb appeal may make the difference between a buyer booking a sh...Read More

To Stage, or Not To Stage? That is the Question...

By: Analena Mandlsohn

To Stage, or Not To Stage? That is the Question...

Tags: Staging, Sellers, Staging to Sell, Preparing Your Home to Sell

Ultimately, when you are selling a property, you are not just selling a house, you are selling a lifestyle. Surprisingly (or not), most buyers have a really hard time visualising a home’s full potential, and their only estimate of value is based on what they see. Your aim is therefore to create an illusion of a certain lifestyle, highlight your home’s best features, obscure the ones th...Read More

The Ultimate 10 Step Guide To Buying A Home

By: Analena Mandlsohn

The Ultimate 10 Step Guide To Buying A Home

Tags: Buying a Home; Home Buyers' Guide; Resources for Home Buyers

Whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth, the truth is that no matter how many times you’ve been through the process, one thing remains the same: it’s a life-changing decision and an enormous job, involving a great deal of time and money.   The key approach to the home buying process is to be informed. This 10-step guide breaks the process down into managea...Read More

The Ultimate 10-Day Guide to Preparing Your House for Sale

By: Analena Mandlsohn

The Ultimate 10-Day Guide to Preparing Your House for Sale

Tags: Home Sellers, Selling Your Home, Preparing Your Home For Sale, Toronto Realtor, GTA Realtor

Day 1: Remove ~ Get rid of as much clutter as possible. Give it away, sell it at a garage sale, put it in storage, or take it to the dump. Just get it out of the house! You want your home to look spacious and tidy. If you’re opting to store it, you have a number of options from buying packing supplies to renting a PODS storage container – it all depends on how much ...Read More

A Quick Summary of TREB's 2019 Market Outlook

By: Analena Mandlsohn

A Quick Summary of TREB's 2019 Market Outlook

Tags: Real Estate Market Outlook, GTA Market, Toronto Market, House Prices 2019, Sellers, Home Buyers

The Toronto Real Estate Board’s Report released on February 6, forecasts a moderate improvement in both number of sales and average selling price for 2019. The forecast based on MLS stats and consumer intentions measured by the Ipsos Fall 2018 Home Owners Survey, pretty much affirms my predictions that a major housing correction is unlikely in 2019, as published in my blog post&nbs...Read More

So What's the Real Estate Market Forecast for 2019?

By: Analena Mandlsohn

So What's the Real Estate Market Forecast for 2019?

Tags: Real estate; market prediction; house prices; house prices GTA

If I had a dollar for every person that asks me what I expect the real estate market will do in 2019, I’d never have to sell another house again! Now, if only I had the proverbial crystal ball… Some analysts believe that the likelihood of a major housing correction in 2019 is unlikely, and I’m inclined to agree with them. Having said that, we may see a downturn if factors that i...Read More

Divorce and the Matrimonial Home

By: Analena Mandlsohn

Divorce and the Matrimonial Home

Tags: divorce; Selling The Matrimonial Home; What Happens to Your House when you divorce

  While you are enjoying a happy marriage, the definition of what constitutes the matrimonial home is of little significance; it’s on the dissolution of your marriage that the definition is of crucial importance, since the matrimonial home is given special treatment when it comes to the division of property upon divorce. There are specific rules regulating how the matrimonial home...Read More