Happy 1-Year Blog Anniversary to all my friends, readers and supporters!

Hard to believe that my little project that started last year on June 25 is not a baby anymore! It is actually a full size toddler, with its own routine, circle of friends and a point of view.

In the last 365 days:

1. 357 posts were created! yes, I did miss a few days

2. Most popular series were: in first place, no doubt "Successful People from Our Neighborhood", I had and honor to meet and interview 31! truly amazing people. Their impact on my life is impossible to underestimate!

In second place, yes, don't laugh, "Foody Thursdays" – my recipe section. You, guys, sure love to eat! and now I am starting to think I actually can cook! 52 recipes were posted over this year, mainly traditional Ukrainian cuisine.

Most popular on Pinterest – "Houses in Art"! – 47!!!! amazing artists were introduced and even though, I love them all dearly, most popular was Laurent Parcelier!

Most views, funny enough – Real Estate Terms and Home Owner Tips! So glad I was able to help here!

3. I got awarded Top #1 Contributor for the province of Ontario on Active Rain for 2013-2014! And trust me, it was a tough competition!

4. Now looking back at the past year, I can say, thanks to the blog, I got some awesome deals done as a Real Estate agent, but truly, I got so much more out of it! I met amazing people, made lifetime friends, became a member of some wonderful clubs and associations, took part in brilliant events, got invited to parties and celebrations and learned, learned, learned – every day, every minute of this crazy, unbelievable and happy year.

Somebody famous once said that he could never be bothered with a blog, as in his posts he is trying to look better then he actually is. How stupid! What is so bad about trying to look better then you are? Just do your best to look as good as you possibly can and your inner part will surely follow!

Now, plans for the next year!

1. Restructuring my web-site! There is a lot of useful stuff there, but it is a little challenging to navigate.

2. Successful People from Our Neighborhood will go on! And hopefully I will grow into some video interviews! Wow, that would be fun!

3. Foody Thursday will go on!

4. Some new series will be introduced and hopefully will win your hearts

This is all for now but I am sure this is just a smaller part of what is to come next year! Stay tuned!


Compliments of Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty – selling with a smile!


Offer Presentation In Person

It is not uncommon this days for the offer to be faxed, or more often e-mailed to the listing agent. In my firm belief this not just shows the poor presentation of the buyer client bt might create complications in the offer negotiation process.

Real Estate Offer presentation

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Learning Real Estate Terms – Window Types

Windows are the eyes of the house, they provide for natural light, ventilation and, of course, beautiful view. Windows changed and developed over time from a simple "hole in the wall" to the state of art, energy efficient, multi-functional modern windows. Well, lets have a look at some types and categories.

Types of Windows

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Architectural Home Styles – Learning Real Estate Terms Part II

What is the style of the house you are living in? How about your friends? Lets figure it out! Part One Click Here!

The Gothic style was a popular home style in Canada in 1840 through 1880. It imitated the great cathedrals and castles of Europe.  Features of a typical Gothic Home include a steeply pitched roof, steep cross gables, windows with pointed arches, vertical siding, gingerbread trim and deep porches.
GothicGothic Style
Gothic Home

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Architectural Home Styles – Learning Real Estate Terms

What is the style of the house you are living in? How about your friends? Lets figure it out!

Bungalow design is an all American architectural style, but the name has its roots in Bengal, India, where single-family homes were called bangla or bangala. Bungalows were widespread in the early 20th century. Today's bungalows are one- or one-and-a- half story, with a front or rear porch connecting to a small garden, with low-pitched shingled roofs, exposed beams and woodwork, built-in cabinetry, and stone and/or stucco or wood siding.

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Types of Homes – Learning Real Estate Terms

Yay, big day today – 3 months of blogging, everyday! This really does keep you organized and allows to evaluate what was accomplished. I discovered a strange thing – I am getting a lot of questions about real basics, so introducing new topic – Learning Real Estate Terms. Rolling today into Types of Homes


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