The Real Estate Book of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon - Vol 1#4

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The Real Estate Book

Mississauga, Brampton & Caledon The Real Estate Market continues to favour a sellers market while we head into the winter months. The current state of the market for the Peel Region, which includes Mississauga, Brampton & Caledon is seeing an average sale price for homes sold in this area as of October 2021 to be holding at $1.1M, up 18.7% in comparison to the same month last year. With homes being on the market for an average of 11 days with 72% of the homes sold for over the asking price, there is an 11.8% decrease in sales in comparison to October 2020. Currently, there were 2,019 homes for sale in the Peel region in October 2021, which finds itself to be 37.8% lower in comparison to last October. Telling us that there is still a low supply of homes on the market, making this a sellers market. With an inventory of 0.5 months for the month of October, this suggests that the market is competitive and can be a great time to sell your home to receive top dollar. Most of the homes sold in the Peel Region for the month of October were bought by investors accounting for 7.2% of the homes sold. (source www.realosophy.com) Whether you are looking to buy or sell we can help, with expert Agents and Brokers ready to serve your needs, The Real Estate Book has you covered.

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PROJECTS THAT IMPROVE RESALE VALUE

Even if you have no immediate plans for leaving your home, it’s a good idea to approach renovations with resale value in mind. Upgrades that are likely to appeal to future buyers protect your investment while also improving your enjoyment of the home. One key to a successful renovation is figuring out how to personalize the space without making it so customized that it’s not attractive to other potential owners. For example, eliminating a bedroom to create a giant walk-in closet may help achieve your dreams, but losing that bedroom can be a major hit to your home’s value. These renovation ideas - which include both cosmetic touch-ups and more labor-intensive suggestions - can help boost your home’s value.


OPEN SPACE. Older homes were

often designed with a boxy, formal layout that is less conducive to most modern families’ needs. Today’s open floor plans offer functionality for everything from keeping an eye on the kids while making dinner to entertaining guests. This type of floor plan can also make small rooms feel larger and invite more light into darker parts of the house. The most cost-effective way to create an open space is to remove non-loadbearing walls (load-bearing walls help support the roof; while they can be removed there’s typically quite a bit more time, labor and expense involved). Removing a wall may not be that complicated unless you encounter plumbing or HVAC ductwork that needs to be relocated. You’ll likely have some electrical outlets to move, and both the floor and ceiling will need attention to remove lingering signs of the former wall.

CLIMATE COMFORT. Not every

aspect of home improvement is visible at first glance like a fresh coat of paint; some value-boosting upgrades are more behind the scenes. One example is climate management. If you renovate a space that needs better climate control, or if you add a new room where extending the existing ductwork is impractical, a split-ductless HVAC system may be the perfect solution. The ductless design saves HVAC contractors time during installation, therefore saving homeowners money.

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Features like crown molding and other wood accents such as chair rails are elegant upgrades that can elevate a home’s value with a relatively modest investment. An office or dining room is the perfect place to introduce these design elements to add a bit of formality to the space. You can also find crown molding in spaces like the living room, with the molding coordinating with built-in shelving flanking a fireplace.

COLOR CHANGE.

Although paint is one of the easiest ways to personalize your home, it’s also one of the least expensive, simplest ways to improve its value and appearance. A fresh coat of paint, inside or out, can create an appealing illusion of newness no matter

the age of your home. For maximum resale value, stick to neutral tones so future buyers can focus on envisioning the place as their own, without the distraction of your own vibrant choices. If you don’t like the thought of boring beige, consider adding accent walls for pops of color that can be easily changed down the road.

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LIGHTING. A room’s ambiance can be completely transformed with lighting. For multipurpose rooms, an option like dimmer switches lets you customize the lighting to fit the use, which can vary throughout the day. A well-lit living room is essential for a large gathering or a small group gathered for game night. That same space can be equally inviting for an intimate conversation or a casual movie night with the lights turned down low. One of the best parts is minimal experience is needed to swap out standard switches for the more versatile dimmers. Plus, in today’s technologydriven world, there’s an app for seemingly everything, including lighting. Homeowners can control the ambiance from their phones by installing smart light bulbs and lighting strips.

GRUNGE-FREE GARAGE. Even though a garage’s functionality is the top concern for most buyers, a dingy, unkempt space can be a real turnoff. One way to instantly brighten and refresh the space is an epoxy coating on the floor. Applying the coating is relatively easy and once dry it helps prevent unsightly stains and damage in the future. Combine that with a thorough sweeping, wiping down walls and other surfaces, and organizing the clutter to create a more inviting space you can utilize to the fullest. BETTER BATHROOMS. Many homeowners approach a bathroom upgrade with big projects in mind, like swapping out the vanity, replacing the tub or installing tile flooring. However, it’s possible to make a noticeable impact with much smaller changes. Simply updating bathroom fixtures and fittings such as shower heads, faucets, towel racks and lighting can transform the space with minimal effort and far less work and expense than a largescale renovation.


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5 FACTS ABOUT SELLING A HOME IN THE WINTER

BY DIXIE SOMERS

Can’t wait until spring to sell your home? Winter can be a tough time to attract buyers, particularly if you live in a region where there’s going to be ice and snow all around. Your home may not show as well in bad weather; however, it is possible. Here are some winter real estate facts to keep in mind: Everyone Appreciates Mood Create a cozy feel by adding extra pillows or afghans to the sofa and beds, or some plush throw rugs on the floor. Leave the dining room table set for dinner, along with a champagne bucket and a couple of glasses. Add some extra-fluffy towels or robes in the bathrooms. In short, make everything look comfortable and inviting. Bright Light Is Cheery There’s nothing that makes a house cheerier than sunlight. Wash the windows inside and out so they sparkle. Pull up the blinds and throw back the drapes for some warming illumination. In darker corners and niches where the sun won’t reach, place a lamp and keep it on. You could also use spotlighting to illuminate major features of the kitchen, living room or bathroom. Warmth Is Comfort People coming in from the cold will be pleased to find your home is warm and toasty. As a retreat from winter cold, your buyers will have more of a reason to feel comfortable and take their time. You might consider lighting a small fire in the fireplace or wood stove to keep things toasty. Try to keep indoor humidity between 4060 percent to avoid that dry, stuffy feeling.

People Like an Orderly Property In the winter, all visitors may see is a blanket of snow (depending on where you live). Do your best to keep the driveway and walkways neatly cleared and free of ice. Even if there’s just a light dusting of snow, sweep it away. Spread some sand over walkways to avoid slips and falls. Try to keep the roof clear of snow, as well, as a good roof is important to selling any home. You can always call in a roofing company if yours isn’t up to par. Winter Can Be the Ideal Season You’re more likely to get bids faster in the wintertime because you’re dealing with motivated buyers. They need to move, and soon, or they’d be waiting for the balmier temperatures of spring. You may get fewer visitors, but they’ll be serious buyers, not just frivolous house-shoppers. Stage your home well for the season and you may very well sell faster, and for a higher price, than you expected. You always want to keep your home clean and in good repair, but the trick to selling in winter is creating the effect of a warm, sunny retreat from the elements. Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and regular contributor to RISMedia’s Housecall blog. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2018. All rights reserved.


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H O W M U C H S TA G I N G IS NECESSARY WHEN IT’S TIME TO SELL? By Julie Achtermeier

Home staging is the process of professionally decorating a home to make it look more appealing to buyers. It’s intended to accentuate the positive features of your residence and help buyers imagine themselves in your home. The Real Estate Staging Association states that homes across North America spend 90 percent less time on the market if they are staged – 23 days compared to 184 days, respectively. But how much is enough? According to the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging your home, the potential return is about $400. That’s four times the return for doing a few simple things. Before you start, consider the costs and what you’re willing to spend. You can go as far as paying a professional stager to come in, or you can follow a few simple steps and do it yourself. If you choose the latter, start with these critical items first:

Paint – and don’t forget the trim!

Painting walls, especially if they are old colours or have marks, scrapes or nail pops, is an absolute must. Choose light, trendy colours that make the walls the backdrop to the room. The last thing you want is someone walking in and being hit in the face with a bold colour they may hate. Many Realtors recommend Benjamin Moore colours such as Elmira White (a soft beige), Revere Pewter (for a warmer, darker hue) and Cloud White as a faint tint to trim paint if you are repainting the trim.

Remove Clutter

This is not rocket science. No one wants to look at your baby photos or see your collection of vases so pack away personal items and collections and leave furniture empty. Once everything is put away, take a look at each tabletop and choose groups of three items to decorate. The eye likes odd numbers of groupings so pick three books, three candles at different heights or three different pieces that accent the room and blend into the décor.

Don’t Forget the Yard

A great trick to make your lawn look lush and green is to over-seed it. This chokes out weeds and will give it a luxurious appearance. Or, if you have enough lead time, hire a lawn company to get your grass in its best shape before you list. If you have gardens, be sure to remove debris, add fresh soil for a clean look and plant a few eye-catching annuals that will do well in your climate and orientation to the sun - think shade or sun plants. If you’re listing in winter, keep walkways clear and put away the Christmas lights... unless it’s the Christmas season.

Rent Furniture

The old red corduroy couch your Aunt Lila gave you isn’t going to win you any decorating awards. If you have old or damaged furniture, get rid of it and rent sleek, neutral pieces. Or make an investment in new furniture you can take with you.

Less is More

Once you’ve decluttered, slim it down even further. This gives the room more space and keeps the buyer focused on what they can do with the home. In effect, a staged home should look as if no one lives there. That may sound counter-intuitive, but most people love to imagine themselves in a crisp, clean, minimalist living space. Can’t you imagine yourself in a home without all the mess? If someone is about to make the most significant investment of their lives, they’re going to want to make sure it’s something they love and can picture themselves in. Showcasing how a home could be lived in depicts the real potential of the space.


BE SMART about SMART HOME SAFETY Smart home technology has made our daily lives easier and more automated, but it also opened the virtual door to intruders and hackers. As smart home technology grows, so do the risks of being hacked, which can stop some customers from adopting these amazing technologies for their homes. There have been some scary stories lately of hackers tapping into security cameras and other technology, but with the proper precautions, you will make your home incredibly safe from hackers.


Keep your smart home safe with these tips USE STRONG PASSWORDS We’ve all heard it countless times, but having a strong password really is the first step against hackers and is enough to keep most out of your devices. However, many people prioritize creating passwords that are easy to remember (or that don’t change) over their home’s security. The best passwords are a combination of capital and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Longer, “pass phrases” or sentences also work well. As a rule of thumb, change your passwords every time you add a new device to the network, or at least every few months.

UPDATE APPS AND FIRMWARE Most people generally remember to update their smartphone apps but updating the apps and firmware in smart devices around the house can be a different story. Just like mobile apps, smart devices are constantly being updated and often come out with updates to increase performance, remove bugs, or improve safety. Using an old version of a device’s firmware makes it easier for hackers to attack because the firmware is vulnerable and not running at its full potential.

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The growth of smart home technology means that not every product is created equally. Before bringing something into your home that could put your privacy and safety at risk, be sure to do your research. In general, use products from brands you are familiar with—bigger brands typically have more updates and better customer service just in case hacking does occur.

Putting smart home devices on a public wireless internet network makes them much easier to hack and makes them more visible to hackers. Instead, opt for a private home network that has a strong password and network protection. To be even safer, security experts recommend putting your smart home devices on a separate wireless network from your home computer, which greatly reduces the risk of hacking across devices.

TURN OFF UNUSED DEVICES It can be tempting to always leave every device plugged in and turned on, but that just gives hackers more opportunities to find a way in. Powering down your router or smart home devices that don’t need to be on all the time, can keep your network more secure.

Smart home devices are powerful tools, but by following these tips, you’ll increase their safely and help keep digital intruders out of your home.


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