Light Fixture Tips!

By: Brit McDonald

Light Fixture Tips!

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Sellers, Real Estate, Toronto, Buyers, Light Fixtures, Interior Design

Have you spent quarantine staring at your ??light fixtures and wanting to change them?  Choosing fixtures for your home can be complicated. If you’ve ever visited a lighting store, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  To break it down into bite-sized bits, it might be helpful to review the three different types of lighting: 1. Ambient Lighting: the main source of ligh...Read More

By: Brit McDonald

Should I Sell or Remodel?

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Appraisals, Buyers, Sellers, Remodeling, Selling, Should I Sell or Remodel

  Here are a few questions to ask as you make the king-size decision.   Team Remodeling: • Do I love my current home's location? • Do I have space for an addition? • Will remodeling address my biggest concerns about my home? • Do I have a place to temporarily move during the remodel (or the patience of a saint to live in an "under construction" ho...Read More

Real Estate Photo Tips!

By: Brit McDonald

Real Estate Photo Tips!

Tags: Real Estate Photos, Toronto Real Estate, Homes, Selling my home

You get one chance to make a first impression so you wanna get it right! With 90% of buyers beginning their search online—especially this year—those listing photos matter, folks! To get the most out of your home’s glam session, follow these real estate pre-shoot tips: Clear and clean kitchen counters. Clear and clean bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers. Replace burned-out ligh...Read More

By: Brit McDonald

How Do I Know How Much My Maintenance Fees Will Increase Every Year?

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Sellers, Real Estate, Pricing, Toronto, Condo, Maintenance Fees, Condo Buyer, Buying, Selling

Every year you will receive a package from the condo corporation or property management outlining your expected monthly maintenance fee increase, along with where the funds are being allocated. It's important to review this package and attend the AGM (Annual General Meeting) to keep yourself informed about any updates to budget, rules/bylaws, lawsuits and any other changes that may be coming...Read More

Do I Need to Sell Before I Purchase?

By: Brit McDonald

Do I Need to Sell Before I Purchase?

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Sellers, Real Estate, Toronto, Do i need to sell before i buy, buying a house, selling a house, etobicoke, mimico,

Not exactly... you could take the equity out of your property for the deposit on your next purchase, secure your purchase and then put your property on the market! Check with your bank that houses your mortgage and ask what your options are. Many buyers are concerned that they will not be able to find the right property but need the funds from their current property in order to buy, this is one ...Read More

By: Brit McDonald

What is a Status Certificate?

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Sellers, Real Estate, Buyers, Status Certificate, Condos, Condo Market, Condo, Toronto, Etobicoke, Mimico, Brit McDonald, Royal LePage

A Status Certificate shows the ins and outs of the condo corporation of the condo building, specifically all the financials, the engineers report, rules/bylaws, the reserve fund, lawsuits, projects due and upcoming and anything else that could potentially affect the condo and it's residents. It's important to understand the health of the building that you are purchasing a unit in, are c...Read More

By: Brit McDonald

Toronto Real Estate Market Update - April 2021

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Sellers, Real Estate, Toronto, GTA, Brit McDonald, Market Update, Market Trends, Housing Market, Toronto Real Estate Market, Housing Bubble

Housing Bubble? What Housing Bubble? Looking at the numbers for April, it looks like buyers delayed moving and we now have more active buyers and sellers in the current market! April 2021 saw 13,663 sales and an average sales price of $1,090,992. Compared to April 2019 where we had 9,042 sales and an average sales price of $820,148. If you’re interested in how to be successful in this cur...Read More

How to Purchase the House of My Dreams in Todays Market!

By: Brit McDonald

How to Purchase the House of My Dreams in Todays Market!

Tags: Toronto Real Estate, Sellers, Real Estate, Pricing, Toronto, Home Buyers, Home Sellers, Hot Market, How do I buy a home, Can I afford a House

“Housing prices are too high!”   “I don’t know how I’m going to afford anything in Toronto”   “We are never going to find a property we like!”   I’m having a lot of these conversations with my buyer clients, most of whom are selling and moving into their next home. There’s lots of frustration and lots of worry. Many peop...Read More

6 Spring Home Maintenance Tips Every Home Owner Should Follow!

By: Brit McDonald

6 Spring Home Maintenance Tips Every Home Owner Should Follow!

Tags: Real Estate, Home Buyer, Rent, Buy, Toronto Real Estate, Spring Home Maintenance Tips, Spring, Home, Maintenance, Real Estate, Toronto, Mimico, Etobicoke

With spring just around the corner, let’s get your home ready for the warmer weather and the inevitable rain! Here are a few of my spring home maintenance tips: Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulking for cracks or gaps. Check especially around sinks, bath tubs, and showers. Scrape off any old caulking and re-caulk. Having a good seal in these areas can prevent leaks and mold. S...Read More

Deposits

By: Brit McDonald

Deposits

Tags: brit mcdonald realty, deposit required, offer, accepted offer, Toronto, seller, buyer, buyers agent, sellers agent, listing agent, listing

Deposit, not down payment is consideration that accompanies an offer. The deposit is as important as price and conditions. The larger the deposit the more serious a buyer is in the eyes of a seller. The deposit is either Herewith or Upon Acceptance. If the deposit is Herewith the buyer has presented the funds to the seller in the form of a bank draft or certified cheque that is ready to be depos...Read More