From A Woman's Perspective: April 20th, 2024

Friday Apr 19th, 2024

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Good morning, Marilyn. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, condo apartments can be the perfect SMART move for seniors looking to SMART size their living arrangements. They are safe, convenient and affordable. I am working with several clients right now searching for the perfect condo apartment, and here are my top 6 things I look for in senior-friendly condos:  1. Ground-floor units: I love finding my downsizing clients a condo apartment on the ground floor. They... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: April 13th, 2024

Friday Apr 12th, 2024

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From Lifestyle to Legacy Today’s segment, Marilyn, comes from a revelation I had about aging. Yes, we are all getting older - as the old joke goes, it sure beats the alternative! - but aging doesn’t look the same for different people, nor does it look the same for the same person as time goes on. This is the idea behind “concierge real estate services.” Depending on the person, and their age and stage, their needs and drivers are going to be different, and... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: April 6th, 2024

Friday Apr 5th, 2024

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When Clutter Descends Into Chaos Good morning, Marilyn. Today I would like to share information on a topic that has been on my heart for a while now: seniors and hoarding. Virtually every older adult I know would admit to having more stuff than they need or want. If you’ve been listening to me over the last few months, you know that I call clutter the enemy that holds seniors in homes that no longer serve their health, financial or lifestyle needs. People don’t downsize when... [read more]

April 2024 Newsletter

Tuesday Apr 2nd, 2024

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Welcome April, 2024! By Sharon Parenteau, MA SRES ASA Overview: Real Estate Market Report, York Region Stats, Neighbourhood Reports, Seller Success Story, Special Events, Giveaway                                                                             ... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: March 30th, 2024

Friday Mar 29th, 2024

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Waste not, want not…   Good morning, Marilyn. Thank you for bringing our attention to the waste crisis our world is facing today. I wholeheartedly endorse your efforts to inspire listeners to careful consumption.  If you’re like me, and grew up hearing, “Waste not, want not,” the message was to hang onto what we’ve got to protect against future scarcity. We often carry this message into adulthood, setting us up to keep accumulating, preparing,... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: March 23rd, 2024

Friday Mar 22nd, 2024

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Pricing Strategies for Home Sellers   Last week, Marilyn, I shared my top 10 things to do before selling your house. Today I’m going to share more valuable information in celebration of the spring selling season.  When selling a home, I like to discuss the four Ps: preparation, pricing, presentation and promotion. To recap last week, we discussed the money-making home improvements that pay off at sale time. This information is all outlined in our booklet, “Best... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: March 16th, 2024

Friday Mar 15th, 2024

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Hello again, Marilyn, and “top o’ the morning to ye.” Like they say, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish. Your listeners may not know it, but if they are homeowners in the GTHA, they are sitting on (or in!) a pot of gold. Their homes they own are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, which by anyone’s account makes them rich. There’s only one problem: they can’t access all those riches since they’re tied up in literal bricks and... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: March 9th, 2024

Friday Mar 8th, 2024

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Good afternoon, Marilyn. You know how much I LOVE this week’s theme of letting go. We gain so much personal power by loosing the ties that bind, whether they are emotional, relational, or in my area of interest, material. Eventually we all will leave everything behind because, as someone famous (it’s either Billy Graham or Denzel Washington, depending on your source) said, “There’s no Uhaul behind the hearse.” If we can’t take it with us, then why do we... [read more]

March 2024 Newsletter

Monday Mar 4th, 2024

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Welcome March, 2024! By Sharon Parenteau, MA SRES ASAOverview: Real Estate Market Report, York Region Stats, Neighbourhood Reports, New You Can Use, Special Events, Giveaway                                                                                         ... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: March 02, 2024

Friday Mar 1st, 2024

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Clutter is an enemy that can be conquered!   Good morning, Marilyn, and thank you for the opportunity to dovetail so beautifully with your topic of decluttering. As you know, this issue of clutter is close to my heart. It’s something that I encounter every day, both professionally and personally. Every one of my downsizing clients has to do some degree of decluttering before they can list their homes for sale. Even I had to face this task when I sold my home late last year.... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: February 24th, 2024

Friday Feb 23rd, 2024

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“Show me the Money!”   Hard to believe, Marilyn, that it was more than 25 years ago that Tom Cruise’s character, Jerry Maguire, famously screamed, “Show me the money!” in the movie that bore his name.  Today, Marilyn, I want to make an unusual offer to your listeners. I am going to show them the money, the money that they are sitting on, or rather, sitting in,  that is tied up in the real estate they own. So many of my downsizing clients are... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: February 17th, 2024

Friday Feb 16th, 2024

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"Concierge” Real Estate Explained   Good morning, Marilyn. Chances are every listener remembers moving house at least once. Maybe it was as a newlywed, and friends from college did the heavy lifting for pizza and beer. Or maybe it was to your first home with a yard and room to grow a family. Or maybe you’ve always enjoyed the single life, so the work of moving fell much more on your shoulders.  Whatever your experience moving, it’s safe to say that it... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: February 10th, 2024

Friday Feb 9th, 2024

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  “Love Your Life Again” Today’s spot with you, Marilyn, is more personal than usual because it tells the story of someone very special to me, my grandmother, or Nanna, as we grandkids called her. My Nanna lived in the same tiny bungalow in Agincourt that she raised her 5 children in for over 50 years. That house was the first - and only - home she and my grandpa ever owned. At one time, my grandpa had huge flower and vegetable gardens, but as time passed, they... [read more]

February 2024 Newsletter

Friday Feb 2nd, 2024

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Hello, February 2024! By Sharon Parenteau, MA SRES ASA Overview: Real Estate Market Report, York Region Stats, Neighbourhood Reports, Annual Equity Review Offer, Special Events, Speaking Series, Upcoming Holidays                                                                                 ... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: February 3rd, 2024

Friday Feb 2nd, 2024

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Good morning, Marilyn. It’s great to be reminded that at heart, all people want the same things. Our common humanity binds us together in ways that extend well beyond the International Day of Fraternity. We all want to feel heard, respected and supported, especially when we are going through times of major upheaval. Maya Angelou famously said, “People don’t always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you made them... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: January 27th, 2024

Friday Jan 26th, 2024

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Downsizing Property Options: Not Just Condos   Good morning, Marilyn. Anybody who knows me, knows I love my morning coffee. Recently I was at a Starbucks and the person in front of me was clearly not initiated in the secret code of ordering a coffee from there. “I just want a medium black coffee!” they declared with frustration. There were so many choices, macchiato, latte, venti, grande etc. they were overwhelmed. Some of the options, like a tall half-caff flat white,... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: January 20th, 2024

Friday Jan 19th, 2024

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To renovate or not to renovate…’Tis the question Good morning, Marilyn. After the topic of decluttering, the next most common question I am asked is whether potential home sellers should renovate their homes before selling. I’ll give you the politician's answer: “It depends.”  Deciding whether to renovate depends on your priorities: do you want convenience or money? If you want to push the “easy button,” I assure you that every... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: World Logic Day

Friday Jan 12th, 2024

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Good morning, Marilyn. I’m not sure whether you and your listeners know, but everything we have developed at SMART Realty Solutions is designed to address the real-life challenges our clients face.  We’ve spoken lately about the nearly-universal need to declutter prior to downsizing. Our program, “The Decluttering Battle Plan,” is practical advice that anyone can apply to start living a lighter, brighter life in preparation for a move one day. Similarly,... [read more]

January 2024 Newsletter

Monday Jan 8th, 2024

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Welcome, 2024! By Sharon Parenteau, MA SRES ASA Overview: Real Estate Market Review and Analysis, The Year in Review, Prognostications, Client Success Story, Upcoming Events, January Giveaway!                                                                           ... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective: Downsizing doesn’t have to be ‘Ruufff!’

Friday Dec 22nd, 2023

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“Downsizing doesn’t have to be ‘Ruufff!’” In a world with so much bad news, Marilyn, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with your listeners a good news story of recent clients. What makes this particularly noteworthy is that their plan to downsize actually resulted in not downsizing. Here’s a bit of the backstory: My lovely clients, Cathy and Steve, had already moved once from a house with a large yard, with plenty of upkeep and... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: A Decision Deferred is a Decision Made

Friday Dec 15th, 2023

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A Decision deferred is a decision made… Have you ever heard the saying, “A decision deferred is a decision made?” No? That’s because I may have made it up. (Just joking)  Regardless of its origins,psychologists recognize that deferring, or delaying, important decisions is an innate human tendency. Experts tell us that when we push off decision-making - even when making a decision would benefit us - it’s likely because we are actually hoping to avoid... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: International Human Rights Day

Friday Dec 8th, 2023

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A transcript of our podcast: Thank you, Marilyn, for raising awareness about such an important topic as human rights. It may seem like the problems in this world are too big for one person to solve. But then I’m reminded of your message: that it’s up to each of us to do what we can to make the world a better place. Last week I spoke about small acts of kindness like donating our surplus clothing to charities so that they can help people in need. We can also practice mindful... [read more]

December 2023 Newsletter

Wednesday Dec 6th, 2023

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Welcome, December! Overview: GTA REALTORS® Release October 2023 Stats, Neighbourhood Reports, New Blog, Special Events, News You Can Use, December Giveaway                                                                                     ... [read more]

Conquer Clothing Clutter by Donating

Friday Dec 1st, 2023

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Conquer Clothing Clutter by Donating By Sharon Parenteau, MA SRES ASA Realtor and Founder of SMART Realty Solutions   Decluttering your home, especially to prepare for downsizing one day, isn’t a “once and done” event, but an on-going process. Throughout the year we should be looking for opportunities to reduce the overall surplus, and live lighter, more carefree lives. Right now, as the weather changes, is a fabulous time to purge your... [read more]

From A Woman's Perspective: Remembrance Day

Monday Nov 20th, 2023

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Join us with Marilyn and her team and continue to be empowered to make informed decisions. Listen to our second air here! A transcript of second air: What better day than national housing day to get SMART Real Estate Solutions from realtor Sharon Parenteau. Good morning, Sharon. What do you have for us today? Good morning, Marilyn. I have to say that I love the many valuable ideas you shared about our current housing shortage. I have a few of my own. You know, back in 2017, the... [read more]

From a Woman's Perspective

Tuesday Nov 7th, 2023

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S.M.A.R.T Strategy.Marketing.Attitude.Resources.Team   Sharon Parenteau is a resale specialist helping downsizers transition from their oversized homes to comfortable downsizing living options. Downsizing can be a sensitive and challenging transition for many, she takes pride in understanding the challenges my clients face and focus on finding living options that can support their individual needs.   As a gifted communicator, lateral thinker, and effective... [read more]

November 2023 Newsletter

Wednesday Nov 1st, 2023

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Welcome, November! Overview: GTA REALTORS® Release September 2023 Stats, Neighbourhood Reports, New Blog, Seller Success Story, Upcoming Events, News You Can Use, November Home Maintenance Checklist                                                                       ... [read more]

SMART Realty Solution's commitment to senior's health & well-being

Monday Oct 30th, 2023

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How does SMART Realty Solutions contribute to well-being as we age or support healthy, safe aging? At our real estate team, we understand that downsizing can be an emotional and challenging process, particularly for seniors who have built a lifetime of memories in their homes. Our approach prioritizes the wellbeing of our clients throughout this transition. We offer personalized assistance, ensuring that each step of the downsizing journey is managed with care and empathy.  Firstly,... [read more]

October 2023 Newsletter

Sunday Oct 1st, 2023

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Welcome, October! Overview: GTA REALTORS® Release August 2023 Stats, Seller Success Story, Upcoming Events: Decluttering Battle Plan, Community Shredding Event, NEW: First-time Home Buyers, October Home Maintenance Checklist                                                                         ... [read more]

Beauty Queens and The Real Estate Market

Sunday Oct 1st, 2023

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By Sharon Parenteau, MA SRES ASA   Have you ever wondered why some homes sell almost immediately, while others sit on the market for weeks, or even months? There is a new reality that home sellers need to be aware of: inventory is up, days on market are increasing, and buyers have more properties to choose from. The real estate market right now can be likened to a beauty pageant, with only one “winner” selling in each neighbourhood at a time.  Statistically,... [read more]

September 2023 Newsletter

Monday Sep 4th, 2023

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Welcome, September! Overview: GTA REALTORS® Release July 2023 Stats, Seller Success Story, Just Listed, Coming Soon, Upcoming Events                                                                                                   ... [read more]

What Do Onions And Tomatoes Have To Do With Decluttering

Friday Sep 1st, 2023

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What do onions and tomatoes have to do with decluttering??   With harvest time upon us, some of my friends and family will be using this weekend to do big batches of canning, “doing down,” as my grandma called it.   This started me thinking about the connection between onions, tomatoes and decluttering. (Don’t ask…it’s just the way my brain works! Stick with me for a moment.)    When you peel onions, you know to expect... [read more]

August 2023 Newsletter

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2023

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Sunny August Overview: GTA Realtors® Release June 2023 Stats, August Home Maintenance Checklist, Upcoming Events, Additional Articles Chosen Especially for SMART Subscribers                                                                                         ... [read more]

Five Ways to Find Value in an Overheated Market

Tuesday Aug 1st, 2023

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  Buyers face a lot of competition in today’s overheated real estate market. They frequently find themselves in bidding wars for the few acceptable properties for sale. Being priced out of the market is a definite reality for buyers, unless they are working with a Realtor who knows the secret to finding value in an overheated market. Here are my tips:   Consider properties that have been on the market for a while. If a property has been sitting for... [read more]

July 2023 Newsletter

Wednesday Jul 5th, 2023

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Hello, July Overview: Market Report- GTA, York Region, Community Reports Monthly Maintenance Tips SMART Seller Success Stories- Case Study: Sell & Lease New Blog Post: Top Picks for Retirement Communities in Ontario Booking Fall Speaking Series                                                                       ... [read more]

Top 6 Places To Retire in Ontario

Monday Jul 3rd, 2023

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Buying a Home Outside the GTA There's no doubt that due to the housing development history of Toronto, the further one ventures from the city core, the lower- real estate prices become. Many downsizing seniors look to the outskirts to provide greater housing value. It's a win/win situation: They get to maintain their lifestyle goals while pocketing the difference between the value of what they sell versus what they buy.  Another advantages is that by relocating outside the... [read more]

June 2023 Newsletter

Thursday Jun 1st, 2023

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June in Bloom! In this edition: Real Estate Market Report, Just Listed!, Staging Secrets On A Shoe String Budget (Sat June 10th at 10:30 AM At Revera Glynnwood In Thornhill, Past Events & Announcements                                                                                   ... [read more]

Your Book Collection is a Special Kind of Clutter - Part 1

Wednesday Mar 29th, 2023

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You might not like the idea of calling your book collection clutter because of the special connection many of us make to books. But when you consider the space books take up, the challenges they present when moving, and just the sheer number of volumes we amass, there really is no other word that better describes surplus books  than clutter. Treating too many books like clutter can also help us apply some basic decluttering rules of thumb, too. For example, why not consider purging... [read more]

March Real Estate Update

Tuesday Mar 7th, 2023

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GTA 2023 REAL ESTATE UPDATE The housing market in the first months of 2023 performed as expected, according to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB). Activity was down in comparison to January 2022 when historically low interest rates fuelled a buying frenzy. Prices remain stable from December 2022. There are signs that the market is fundamentally strong and will start its bounce back. Paul Baron, TRREB President stated,... [read more]

Six guilt-free ways to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents

Thursday Dec 29th, 2022

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Open any presents this Christmas you weren't so sure on? Didn't want to seem ungrateful so gave the obligatory 'Wow, thanks!' reaction? You're not alone, as more than 62% of Canadians receive at least one unwanted gift every Christmas, costing roughly $1.2 billion in total – not very economical in the current climate. But while the largest group of people politely keep presents they dislike (23.20%), according to a recent survey, regifting follows as a close... [read more]

Our Community Shredding Event & CHATS Fundraiser was a BIG Hit!

Wednesday Oct 19th, 2022

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Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Fall Community Shredding Event and CHATS Fundraiser! We had more than 35 people register to bring their unwanted documents for secure, on-site shredding and raised $912 for CHATS of York Region. What a great feeling to know that we could help our clients, serve seniors and protect the environment by recycling a ton of waste paper.     A big shout out to our sponsors, and Ian from Carbon Neutral Shredding! Next... [read more]

Understanding Your Home’s Value

Wednesday Nov 24th, 2021

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Understanding Your Home’s Value   Part One: Factors Influencing Property Values Ever wondered what determines the value of your biggest asset,  ie: your home?  While there are a lot of complex factors influencing property values, they fall into two broad categories:  “Unchangeables” These include the larger economic conditions dictating buyer affordability; factors like rates of unemployment, immigration and bank interest all having... [read more]

Senior-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas that Won’t Add to Clutter

Wednesday Nov 10th, 2021

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Senior-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas that Won’t Add to Clutter     Buying holiday gifts for the special Senior in your life who seems literally to have it all already can be a challenge, especially if you know downsizing is in their future. The last thing you want to do is add to clutter, a.k.a. the gift that keeps on giving.   So how can you spread holiday cheer without spreading clutter? Think of these clutter-free categories to find the perfect, personal... [read more]

The Decluttering Battle Plan: How to Win the War on Too Much Stuff

Friday Oct 15th, 2021

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The Decluttering Battle Plan: How to Win the War on Too Much Stuff   As a Downsizing Specialist, I regularly encounter homeowners who feel overwhelmed by the task of decluttering. The physical work seems daunting and the possible emotional upheaval unpleasant. Sometimes they simply don’t know where to start. In the end, they push it off into the “someday” future. Clutter becomes the enemy that holds them, prisoner, in a home that no longer suits their needs, goals,... [read more]

Pin-point Price Analysis

Friday Oct 8th, 2021

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Pin-point Price Analysis Our Exclusive “Triple-Check System” Ensures Accurate Property Evaluation   Knowing the value of your largest asset, your home, is a big part of responsible financial stewardship. And determining the likely selling price of your property is among the most valuable services I can offer as a Realtor.* Too high and the listing sits on the market; too low and the seller can leave money on the table.   My approach is to triple check the... [read more]

I Really HATE this Word

Wednesday Sep 29th, 2021

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I Really HATE this Word   I really hate the word, “Downsizing.” Ok, maybe hate is too powerful but I strongly dislike it because it implies a loss, decline, diminishment and that is not my client’s experience.   When they sell the big family house they talk about freedom. Freedom to do interesting things. Freedom to visit family. And of course, freedom from financial concerns. Virtually all say their only regret is that they didn’t get free from the... [read more]

Four Reasons to take care of those Repairs BEFORE selling your home:

Friday Jul 16th, 2021

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Four Reasons to take care of those Repairs BEFORE selling your home:   In today’s hot “Seller’s Market” you might be tempted to list your home for sale as is, with items on the to-do list left undone. However, I have four reasons to take care of these repairs before selling your home.       1. Undone repairs will cost you money at the offer table. If Buyer’s see your home as a “fixer-upper” they are likely to... [read more]

Four signs its time to Downsize

Friday Jun 25th, 2021

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 Four signs its time to Downsize     1. You're spending 80% of your time in only 20% of your house. But paying for 100%! Are you an empty-nester with more house than you need (or want)? If you are like most "Sterling Generation" homeowners, you have an extra 2.2 bedrooms, a finished basement, and a formal dining room that are rarely if ever used. Why pay the taxes and utilities to keep a house that no longer meets your long-term needs?   2.... [read more]

Market Report - May 2021

Wednesday Jun 23rd, 2021

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Market Report - May 2021          The historical trend report for York Region dramatically shows the recent increase in property values despite the shut-down of other aspects of the economy due to COVID-19. The temporary downturn in prices at the beginning of the pandemic has been regained, plus more! We have surpassed the peak of the 2017 seller’s market by a fair proportion.         The charts below show the number of sales, the... [read more]

Three things that instantly add value to your Home

Friday Jun 18th, 2021

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Three things that instantly add value to your Home   As a Realtor® who works with long-time homeowners, I get asked, “What should I do to increase the resale value of my home?”   My first tip is to declutter. This is free AND it adds value by allowing buyers to actually see what they’re buying, and not be distracted by your stuff. Decluttering also maximizes the sense of spaciousness which also appeals to buyers. After all, most people want to buy the... [read more]

Two things Seniors should look for in a Realtor

Friday Jun 11th, 2021

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Two things Seniors should look for in a Realtor®   Downsizing Seniors have a lot of choices when it comes to Realtor®. More than 50,000 in the GTHA to choose from, actually. So how to pick the right Realtor® for Seniors?   First, hire a Realtor® who specializes in working with the 55+ crowd. Boomers, Zoomers and Gen Xers have very different needs, communication preferences, and challenges than their less “experienced” counterparts. Although... [read more]

Aren't Condo Fees Really Expensive?

Friday Apr 16th, 2021

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Aren't Condo Fees Really Expensive?   First, "Condominium" refers to a type of ownership and not a style of building. Condo owners buy their individual units plus pay a portion of the cost associated with running the common areas. Whether buying a condo apartment, townhouse, semi-detached or detached, new construction, or resale. Downsizing Seniors are often attracted to the convenience, affordability, and lifestyle that condo living... [read more]

Selling in Spring 2021 just makes good sense!

Tuesday Mar 30th, 2021

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Selling in Spring 2021 just makes good sense!   Most people know that Spring is a great time to consider selling your home, and this year is no exception. Let me give you my top reasons why selling in Spring 2021 just makes good sense. 1. Not enough homes for sale There are simply not enough properties for sale to meet buyer demand. This means that when new properties are listed, they usually sell very quickly, and sometimes for an over-the-list price. Many properties... [read more]

You’ve Decided to Sell…Now What?

Wednesday Mar 17th, 2021

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You’ve Decided to Sell…Now What? The 3 Major Activities before launching to the MLS*     You’ve decided to sell your house - terrific! But now you’re probably asking, “What’s next?”   Here’s what to expect when you hire the SMART Realty Solutions Team:   1. Listing Agreement documents are signed.   We provide all our clients with a plain English version of all contracts in our... [read more]

Top 5 Signs it's Time to Downsize

Thursday Feb 18th, 2021

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 Top 5 Signs it's Time to Downsize Homeowners ask me, "How do know it's time to downsize?" Although every situation is different, there are some common indicators that moving houses might be in order. Here are my "Top 5 Signs it's Time to Downsize." 1. You're spending 80% of your time in only 20% of your house. Are you an empty-nester with more house than you need (or want)? If you are like most... [read more]

Five Reasons Townhouses are the PERFECT Transition Property

Thursday Feb 18th, 2021

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Five Reasons Townhouses are the PERFECT Transition Property   between Detached Houses and Condo Apartments    Townhouses are the unsung hero of the real estate market. They offer convenience, affordability, and a variety of lifestyle options that make them perfect for the downsizing senior or the condo owner ready for a move up.     1. Townhouses can be freehold. Like detached houses, townhouses can be freehold, meaning there are no... [read more]

What Renovations should I do to Sell my Home?

Thursday Jan 14th, 2021

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What Renovations should I do to Sell my Home?          Homeowners thinking of selling frequently ask me what renovations they should do before selling to ensure the highest sale price. “Should we replace the carpet on the stairs? What about the ducky wallpaper border in the family room?” Or, “How about a new granite kitchen?” But before you lift a hammer, or pay someone else to, here’s my Top 5 Best Renos for... [read more]

“2 Weeks 2 Market” Concierge Service

Thursday Jan 14th, 2021

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SMART Realty Solutions announces new “2 Weeks 2 Market” Concierge Service       Do you (or anyone you know) really want to sell your home but are completely overwhelmed by all that’s involved?   SMART Realty Solutions' "2 Weeks 2 Market" Concierge Service takes the work out of selling.     Week One: We get your home ready for sale:     As real estate Marketing Experts, we know that... [read more]

Five Reason to Sell your Home in Winter

Monday Jan 11th, 2021

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Five Reason to Sell your Home in Winter        Most people are familiar with the seasonal nature of the real estate market. The proverbial “Spring Market” is fast approaching but there are some solid reasons to consider listing your house for sale now, during the so-called, “offseason.”   1. Buyers are serious, motivated, and ready for an opportunity.      Potential buyers who are willing to bundle up, load everyone... [read more]

Identify your Downsizing Motivations Quiz

Thursday Oct 1st, 2020

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  From the statements above. Tally up your number from each color to understand  what your Downsizing Motivations are.   What Each Color Represents: Interested in learning more? Register for our Get Ready To Downsize. Reserve your Spot Today!  Click Here to Join! [read more]

Investing in the right places increases home value.

Friday Jul 10th, 2020

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  Interested in learning more? Register for our Best Renos for R.O.I Webinar. This is a two-part series that focus' on understanding what Reno projects you should do and which to avoid before the sale of your home. You will be provided with a workbook and resources that will help you better understand the topic. This Webinar is held on the 3rd & 4th Wednesday of every other month from 1:00-2:00 PM via Zoom.  Reserve your Spot... [read more]

Is Staging Worth the Money?

Friday Jun 19th, 2020

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Staging is a worthwhile investment: On a $1,000,000 home 50% of Realtors expect to achieve between $10,000 and $200,000 difference! Would you spend $2000 to make $20,000? Before & After: Simplify and brighten the living room with lighter paint and furniture, expose the handsome windows, and remove more personal items for a fresh contemporary look. Staging helps your home to stand out from the crowd. It ensures that your home is shown in its... [read more]

Why is Staging Necessary for Homeowners considering selling?

Friday Jun 12th, 2020

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Staging is done just before a house is listed for sale. It strives to transform the property so that it photographs well, and can be presented at it's best in a variety of visual marketing formats. At it’s most successful, staging creates the “wow effect” that motivates potential buyers to leave their homes and come visit yours! Staging can mean renting a house full of furniture and/or accessories, but it does not always have to be that... [read more]

Is this the right time to consider downsizing?

Friday Jun 5th, 2020

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You’re reading this because either your home has become more of a burden than a blessing, or you anticipate the time when that will be the case. You wonder whether its time to start planning to downsize? This is commendable because the truth is everyone will eventually downsize. It is simply a matter of under what circumstances and who will be calling the shots. Will you downsize proactively in order to realize retirement dreams or will you downsize reactively because of a crisis... [read more]

To Make the Strategic Decision whether to Renovate, you must consider the Buyer.

Friday May 22nd, 2020

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Deciding what improvements to do to before selling your home is the second most frequently cited challenge after decluttering that downsizers mention. Should you sink thousands (or tens of thousands!) into renovations in the hope that their house will fetch a higher sale price? Where is the best place to spend that money? What can be done on a limited budget? “What about free improvements, we really like those!” While there are some things that should be taken care of,... [read more]

Clutter is the enemy that holds them prisoner in a home that no longer suits their needs.

Sunday May 17th, 2020

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Looking at Clutter

Of frequent concern to downsizing homeowners is the task of decluttering. It’s often described as “overwhelming,” mainly because people are unsure where to start. The physical work involved seems daunting, and the potential emotional upheaval unpleasant, so many homeowners reluctantly decide to stay put rather than face it. They push off dealing with it until, “Some day....” Clutter is the enemy that holds them prisoner in a home that no longer suits their... [read more]

Seller Strategies: Why do some Home Sell

Friday Oct 19th, 2018

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Why do some Home Sell While others Sit…and Sit…and….   You’ve no doubt noticed that some homes come to market and BAM! they are SOLD in days or a few weeks while others just stagnate on the market. Why? And what can you do to make sure your home sells in a timely manner? First, properties that do not sell all have one thing in common: they are overpriced. The buying public has seen, evaluated and moved on. Veni, vidi, verti. From their point of... [read more]

Is Clutter Holding You Captive?

Monday Sep 24th, 2018

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You want to downsize, you know you should downsize, yet you delay. Why? You have a bad case of “affluenza,” or too much stuff to sort through, dispose of, and pack upbefore you move.It can seem overwhelming! And more than any other issue affecting long-term homeowners, the abundance of STUFF holds would-be downsizers captive.That’s the diagnosis, but what is the remedy? It’s simple (but not easy): T.O.T. or “Time on Task.” Your commitment to set aside a... [read more]

How’s the Market?

Thursday Aug 30th, 2018

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The news has been filled with sensational and often-contradictory headlines regarding the real estate market. While it is certain that the sky-high prices of 2017 are no longer the reality, buyers and sellers alike are left wondering what’s ahead. The answer depends greatly on the product, the price range and the neighbourhood. There is not one market to speak of. Detached homes vs condos, the 416 vs the 905, and under or over $1,000,000 -- all have different market forecasts.... [read more]

Curb Appeal: Make a Great First Impression!

Wednesday Aug 15th, 2018

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So, you want to sell your house. Sure, you’ve been cleaning, fixing and staging your house to impress buyers, but here’s a reality check: by the time they walk through your door, it might already be too late. Remember the law of first impressions: you never get a second chance to make one. Maximizing your home’s curb appeal is a critical step to instantly grabbing the buyers’ attention. Put yourself in the place of someone who’s never seen your... [read more]

Know your Worth Before you Sell

Thursday Aug 9th, 2018

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It is important to have an idea of what your home may sell for before you make any decisions. When you sell, you want to get as much value as you can for your home. So you might want to consider the timing of the sale because it definitely has an effect on the value. You don’t want to sell when it’s a “buyer’s market,” when too many homes are for sale and there are not enough buyers. Seasonality is something to consider as well because typically more homes... [read more]

Thinking About Trading Down in Home Size?

Monday Jul 23rd, 2018

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          Moving into a smaller home may feel like a step down, but a closer look reveals quite a few upsides: saving money, saving time and having less clutter in your life. Advantages of Home Downsizing: Increased Cash Flow. If you're spending less on your mortgage payment, you are likely to have money left over every month to allocate for other needs or desires. Or perhaps you could pay cash for a smaller home from the proceeds of your... [read more]

STAGED TO SELL

Thursday Jul 19th, 2018

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Expertly staging your house could be the difference between whether or not a buyer is captivated by your house. Here are six ways to make sure that your house makes an outstanding impression and is staged for success: Store Personal Items: As your real estate team, our goal is to make sure your house appeals to the largest segment of likely buyers in order to secure the best possible price. In order to do this, it's important to make sure the buyer can picture themselves in... [read more]

Pros and Cons of Lifestyle Communities

Monday Jul 16th, 2018

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 Today, there is a much broader continuum of possibilities and options for seniors who want to live in a more communal setting. Today’s “retirement villages” offer co-housing for seniors who want to save on living expenses by living with smaller apartment homes and larger shared public spaces, or gradually increasing the level of assisted living help and medical care that is available onsite at the home. It’s possible to retire and move into a... [read more]

How condo maintenance fees are calculated and spent

Tuesday Jul 10th, 2018

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There are more than 2,500 registered condominium corporations in the City of Toronto. While those condominiums may range from skyscrapers made up of apartment-style units to blocks of townhouses, one thing that every condominium corporation has in common is the obligation for unit owners to pay common expenses. Maintenance fees will often be several hundred dollars per month or more, so unit owners want to know how are they're calculated and how they're... [read more]

Instant Low-Cost Home Updates

Friday Jul 6th, 2018

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Keep Your Home Current with Small Investments 1. Curb-Appeal Kick that rusted mailbox and ragged welcome mat to the curb! Add a splash of colour with a pimento-red or teal-blue front door. A new door-knocker adds class. Small changes make a big impact.   2. Lighting Think "bling" for today's interior lighting choices. Co-ordinate  chic chandeliers in Master & ensuite. Exterior lighting should be... [read more]

Preparing for Your Next Home

Tuesday Jul 3rd, 2018

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One of the biggest choices many older homeowners will face when deciding to downsize is choosing to sell and rent or sell and buy a smaller home. Empty nesters are thinking, “ Our 5-bedrooms house is to big for us now, not to mention the money drain. It’s time to move.” Downsizing retires should take some time to compare all of the options before making a final decision. Given that housing can be your single greatest monthly expense, it pays to put some thought... [read more]

Painting Your Home for Profit

Tuesday Jun 26th, 2018

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  We all know a little staging or sprucing up can go a long way when you’re trying to sell your home. One way to make a big transformation easily is with paint. Here are some insider tips on how to use paint to stage a home for selling! 1. Buyers get a feeling as soon as they pull up to the curb.That’s why it’s essential that your house exterior looks its best. Your driveways, walkways and landscaping should be tidy and well-kept. Your front... [read more]

Reno's with R.O.I.

Monday Jun 11th, 2018

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Looking to increase your home's property value? Here are four of the best renovations you can do to your home to increase property value. These four renovations can sometimes have a return on investment 5-6 times what they cost. When considering any renovation it is important to first determine the R.O.I. (Return on Investment.) Spending more may not necessarily net you more. Plan carefully and make each dollar count! [read more]

The Significance of Outdoor Staging

Tuesday Jun 5th, 2018

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For many home buyers, the outdoor area of a home is just as important as the interior. Lots of people love to entertain outside or just relax out there. That’s why it’s important to make your home’s outdoor spaces appealing to buyers to help you sell it faster. Staging outdoor spaces has never been more important than it is now. By creating a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living spaces, you not only increase the value of... [read more]

Timing The Market...Is It Even Possible?

Friday Jun 1st, 2018

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It may have been a while since you last sold a property, or perhaps even you have never sold. Regardless of your experience level, one elusive seller “holy grail” remains the notion of timing the market. This is particularly of interest now that the real estate market has returned to something closer to a “balanced market.”    So the question remains, can you time the Market to maximize your sale price?    No one can say for certain what... [read more]

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