Monday, 26 March 2012

10 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring an Agent

It is critical that you make the right decision about who will handle what is probably the single largest financial investment you will ever make.
Not all real estate agents are the same. If you decide to seek the help of an agent when selling or buying your home, you need some good information before you make any moves.
An agent can cost or save you thousands of dollars!
Picking an agent is one of those critical issues that can cost or save you thousands of dollars. There are very specific questions you should be asking to ensure that you get the best representation for your needs. Some agents may prefer that you don’t ask these questions, because the knowledge you’ll gain from their honest answers will give you a very good idea about what outcome you can expect from using this agent. And let’s face it – in real estate, as in life – not all things are created equal.
Hiring a real estate agent is just like any hiring process – with you on the boss’s side of the desk. It’s critical that you make the right decision about who will handle what is probably the single largest financial investment you will ever make.
  • What makes you different? Why should I list my home with you?
It’s a much tougher real estate market than it was a decade

Monday, 19 March 2012

Introducing the MLS® Home Price Index


What is it?  What can it do for me?  How does it work?  

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and four other major real estate boards across Canada have developed a new system to measure and provide clarity on home prices and home price growth: the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI).

Friday, 16 March 2012

Interesting Article About Basement Apartments

We'd like to share a great article with you regarding basement apartments. If you are an investor, seller, or renting, this article will give you some great insight and pointers you could find informative. 

March 2, 2012 - As Greater Toronto REALTORS®, we recognize that in comparison to other world cities, ours is a clean, safe and affordable place to live, and its allure means that we’ll continue to see greater intensification in the years ahead.
Toronto’s popularity is reflected for example, in the condominium market, which currently has more buildings under construction than in any other city in North America. Basement apartments also play an important role in meeting demand for housing throughout the Greater Toronto Area and if you have ever listed a property with one, you’re probably familiar with the “Seller does not warrant retrofit” clause. Second suites can cause confusion for homebuyers and REALTORS® alike, but this doesn’t have to be the case. 
According to noted home inspectors Carson Dunlop, achieving a ‘legal’ basement apartment involves five areas of consideration:

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Arrival of Spring Means...

Our Dear Readers,

We hope that you and your family are having an enjoyable month! Judging by this BEAUTIFUL weather we have been having the last week, spring is coming soon and with it comes more activity in the Real Estate Market.

It can be enticing to see all those FOR SALE signs and open house invitations throughout the area. you might even consider checking out a few properties. If so, give us a call! We would be happy to review the homes available on the market with you.

Let's enjoy this sunshine and get started on the journey of finding your dream home!

The Sarwar Team 

Basic Steps To Keep Your Garden Healthy

No matter what the weather, the official arrival of spring is a symbolic time for renewal - especially among avid gardeners. Whether or not you are prepared to get your hands dirty, there is plenty to do right now to help ensure your lawn or garden will have a good summer: 

  • Test soil, consider nutrient supplements 
  • Check tools and sharpen blades
  • Evaluate potential layout changes
  • Consult national hardiness charts
  • Consider indigenous plants
  • Investigate natural pesticides and herbicides

Here's a helpful gardening site that you could find informative and useful: click here. Enjoy your gardening and the upcoming sunshine! 

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