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Mar 16

Show your house in the best light

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (516)
If you prepare your house to show well, buyers will be interested and your home will likely sell faster and for more money. . Everyone knows that decluttering and cleaning come first. Most of us have too much stuff in our home and really just need to pack some things away. Updating paint colours... [ more ]
Mar 9

Title Insurance

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1341)
Buyers, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get title insurance when you buy a house. For a small price, the Insurance can protect you against a multitude of unforeseen problems and deficiencies that may arise after closing. You can buy it through your lawyer before closing. Here's... [ more ]
Feb 16

Gearing up for the Spring market

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1440)
 Although the weather has been a little milder the last couple of days, it's been one of the coldest Winters on record here in Barrie anyway.  We're gearing up for the Spring real estate market and we're seeing some changes compared to the Spring market of 2017. What a crazy... [ more ]
Jun 5

Don't shoot yourself in the foot

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1568)
Not Preparing Your Home for Sale Sellers who do not clean and stage their homes are throwing money down the drain.  If you can't afford to hire a professional, that's OK - there are many things you can do on your own. Failing to do these things will not only reduce your sale price... [ more ]
Mar 23

Hire a local agent

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1549)
The importance of hiring a local agent. They know your neighbourhood, sales history and stats, where you should and maybe shouldn't buy. If it is a big name agent from the neighbourhood, find out if you will be dealing with them or a member of their team. People are often surprised when... [ more ]
Feb 3

renos for return on investment

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1395)
Every year, the Appraisal Institute of Canada says renovations that yield the best return on investment are renovated kitchens and bathrooms. Usually you can see about 75% to 100% return on investment at resale. [ more ]
Nov 3

Thinking ahead

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1602)
Wow! Is it that time of year already?!  We are getting calls from people thinking about selling their home in the new year and wondering what they should do NOW to get their home ready before they list.  Give us a call if you would like us to come out and give you a free improvement... [ more ]
Oct 13

when life gives you leftover Thanksgiving day ham, you make quiche

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1508)
Here's a quick, easy and yummy quiche to make with left over thanksgiving day ham. 1 1/2 cups cubed fully cooked smoked boneless ham 1 cup shredded swiss cheese (I used mozza) 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1/2 cup bisquick mix 1 cup milk 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 2... [ more ]
Apr 1

Posting Season

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1721)
It's that time of year again when our Canadian forces personnel are receiving their posting message and being relocated to military bases all across Canada and even Europe.  I just got off the phone with the new Base chief for CFB Borden as he posted to Borden this Summer and would like... [ more ]
Mar 17

A call every agent wants to get

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1618)
I received a call from a buyer client today who moved into his new home at the end of February.  He said the reason he was calling was to invite Geoff and me to a house warming party he was having in about a month. I said "we will absolutely be... [ more ]
Feb 29

I thought Winter was over

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1820)
Sunday was so nice and mild, the cars got washed and the garage was cleaned and hosed down of all the sand and dirt. I even thought that the Winter coats were soon to be put away for another year.   Well, looking out the window now it appears as though Winter has not left... [ more ]
Feb 27

Adding value to your home

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1828)
Is it better to list your house as is or fix it up to get more money?  The latter of course. Sellers, If you want to list your house in a higher price category, there are a few inexpensive upgrades and fixes you can add to your home that add a tremendous amount of value for the Buyer. ... [ more ]
Feb 23

I can't wait for Spring-Curb Appeal

Blog posted by Lillian Staples  ::  Views (1643)
With the mild Winter that we've had here in Simcoe county this season, I can't help but think about Spring, gardening and sprucing up outdoors. When selling your home, curb appeal is very important. Many buyers associate the condition of the exterior and landscape with the... [ more ]
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