Autumn is setting in. If you look closely, you can see the leaves already starting to change colour and there is a certain crispness to the morning air. I hope you had an enjoyable summer! Since it’s the season of harvest, and since I absolutely LOVE the neighbourhood, I wanted to share with you a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon this fall. The Trinity Bellwoods Farmer’s Market takes place every Tuesday afternoon, rain or shine, from 3pm to 7pm until the end of October. This small but charming market is farmer focused and strives to educate the local community in the foods they eat, the source in which it comes and how it is grown and/or prepared.
With so much talk about bidding wars lately, it brought to mind thoughts of some of my past clients. Clients who have lost out on more than one multiple offer scenario; being left frustrated and burned by the nuances of Toronto’s real estate market along with the idea of having lost their ‘dream home’. I’ve got lots of great stories about bidding wars where sellers have profited HUGE and where buyers have acquired amazing homes in the most heated multiple offer situations, but sometimes you just can’t win them all. Here are some tips to help you prepare yourself for what the dreaded bidding war entails: STEP 1- figure out the property's value and what you can afford! Always
Although everybody seems to have an opinion on what any particular home should be worth, market value is defined as the amount a buyer is willing to pay within a reasonable amount of time. Market value is not what a seller feels they should get for their home, or even necessarily, the final sale price for a property should a successful deal be negotiated. And being that sellers have the liberty of pricing their home at any price they want, it’s safe to say that many houses sit for months on the open market without a single bite, all because they are severely overpriced. Not that I want to give away all my little secrets, but I thought I’d share
Negotiation is used in everything, and in some countries if you can’t barter with merchants for the price you want, you likely won’t be able to afford much of anything. Even today, some people look at negotiation to be based upon the principle of manipulation; learning how to control to get what you want, leaving the other party without a leg to stand on. Unfortunately, manipulation often leads to prolonged negotiations whereby at least one of the sides ends up feeling cheated. In a nutshell, this doesn’t lead to the best reputation for future business or referrals. When it comes to retail shopping, bartering in Canada is often reserved just for flea markets and garage sales as most businesses operate
As the old saying goes, good fences make good neighbours….good fences and well soundproofed party walls in the case of semi-detached homes. If you, like many Torontonians, live in a semi-detached home, you are probably all too familiar with your neighbours. You may know their own schedule like the back of your hand… knowing when they shower, when they get home from work, or the number of times their baby wakes in the night crying are all part and parcel with living in a semi, specifically if the wall that separates your homes is older, in need of repairs, or just not as soundproofed as you may like. As you may have guessed, there really is no ‘party’ in a