Making Your House Buyer Friendly – 10 Seller’s Best Friends

Preparing your home for the open house might be quite a challenge but still can be managed with some planning. What is even more challenging in my opinion is keeping your house buyer friendly, when often all you have is 1-2 hours notice before for the showings. No doubt, new or fully renovated house will look great with minimum preparation, especially when it was professionally staged. Don't take me wrong I still strongly recommend staging, however sometimes this is not an option. How do make your home look more presentable cheaply and with minimum effort? 10 Seller's best friends can help, they work magic – your personal cleaning fairy has arrived!

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Long Branch Community – First Video Available

I have a very exciting news – my first aerial video is now available. Featuring Long Branch, one of the best neighborhoods in Toronto. You are welcome to watch, post your suggestions, recommendations and opinions. And if I convinced you to move in – call me and we will get your dream house become reality!

Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

Successful People from Our Neighborhood – Alejandro and Renata Pereira, Taekwondo Instructors

Some people are like stars, they come into your life and even though you might not see them for years, their light always stays with you. Kindly welcome Master Alejandro Pereira, his lovely wife Renata and their wonder-daughter Raphaela! Alejandro and Renata are owners, founders and instructors at Canadian Family Taekwondo Program.

Alejandro, Renata and Raphaela

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Travelling with Pets – Tisha’s Camping Adventure

Traveling with pets can be a real pain in the neck, especially when they are hyperactive, especially when they are young, playful and hyperactive, and even more so, when they are young, playful, hyperactive cocker-spaniels. It is very well known, that cockers are a cross-breed of a dog, a monkey and a kangaroo.    Tisha is a 5-year old boy, possessing all of the above features, will kiss you to death shall you try to rob my house and is mortally afraid of our cat Eddy.

Tisha goes for a walk

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My Little Anniversary – 2 Month of Blogging

My husband just reminded me today about my little anniversary – 2 month since I started the blog. Yes, it is not a full year, but you know how it is with the babies – you celebrate every month. There was quite a bit achieved since June 25:

1. Blog post every day – and I did not miss a day! – 64 posts
2. Real Estate Market Updates for the Etobicoke and Mississauga market
3. Tips for home buyers and sellers
4. 6 Open houses – check out under tag "open house"
5. 9 great recipes for you to enjoy your home even more, tag "recipe"
6. 5 great artists, masters to depict real estate with oils and watercolors, under tag "houses in art"
7. 8 interviews with 8 wonderful successful people, under tag "successful people"
8. Neighborhood information, schools, places to visit!

But the most important – I made many new friends! And I can say now – blogging is time consuming but it is definitely fun and I am looking forward to more good posts!

Will be back tomorrow, and for now – good night and sweet dreams!

Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

Discount Real Estate Brokers – Illusion and Reality or Free Cheese, Get now – Pay later

Today I found one of those door hangers on my door, offering to sell my home for $900 flat rate. Did it catch my eye? Of course it did! For a moment my brain got disconnected and all I could think was: "Wow, what a deal – full time real estate professional for such an awesome price!"
But then, there is only one place that offers free cheese. Right, mouse trap!

So, lets see what is the difference between a full time real estate professional and a discount real estate brokers, and what is illusion and reality.

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Real Estate Market Update – Toronto

It was a while since I the last market update. Am I getting lazy, carried away or getting enough "work" during the "working hours"?

According to Toronto Real Estate Board report we had an extremely busy July,  8,544 residential sales reported though MLS, this is a 16% increase compared to the last year.

“Last month's sales represented the best July result since 2009 and was the third best July result on record. Despite recent increases in average borrowing costs, home buyers are still finding affordable home ownership options in the GTA,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

“We are a year removed from the onset of stricter mortgage lending guidelines and many households who put their decision to purchase a home on hold have reactivated their search. An increasing number of these households are getting deals done,” continued Ms. Usher.

Average selling rate came to $513 246, which is about 8% up compared to the last year.

“We are forecasting continued average price growth for the remainder of 2013 and through 2014 as well. Months of inventory for low-rise homes remains near record lows, suggesting that sellers’ market conditions will remain in place in the second half of 2013. An increase in listings in 2014 would lead to more balanced market conditions and a slower pace of price growth next year, albeit still above the rate of inflation,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Sample Graph for W08, Eringate-Centennial

Be back soon with more info and don't forget to contact Marina for all your real estate needs!