Author Archives: Bonnie Mullen
PRIME OLD WESTMOUNT NEIGHBOURHOOD
Close to the universities and downtown Waterloo, this well maintained 3 bedroom bungalow offers numerous upgrades including plumbing, electrical, roof, windows, furnace, central air, some flooring, new sinks and taps in bathroom and kitchen and maintenance-free soffits, fascia and eaves.
There are plenty of closets, 2 pantries and lots of storage. A side entrance leads to the rec room, office, laundry and bathroom down offer more potential.
The 60 x 188 lot is well treed with a fully fenced rear yard plus garden shed, patio, gazebo, currant bush, roses and other perennials.
Five appliances are included plus window coverings and shelving units in the living room and laundry room. Call Bonnie to view it today.
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While you may assume potential buyers are too busy shopping, entertaining and attending functions to be house hunting from mid November til late January but that is just not so. Whether it is a change in family dynamics, a job transfer, health reasons, etc. people do move even in the winter. Out-of-town buyers often have time off work over the holidays to visit and house hunt and check out neighbourhoods they may want to relocate in.. Others may be guests of family in your area and are thinking of moving back to be closer to family and friends. While the traffic for showings and open houses may be slower this time of year, you could very well be attracting more serious buyers. Personally I have sold Guelph listings over the holidays before.
In my office I have framed the Mark Twain quote “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” With the stock markets tossing and turning as they have been for months now, many folks are concerned about securing their investments. By the emails and calls I’m getting lately many are considering real estate as an investment. There are various ways to do that. Some TV shows have buyers thinking about flipping properties and that can be an excellent way to go if you are prepared. It is definitely a different game than buying a home to live in. So here are some tips to consider:
- There is a skunk smell especially at dusk and dawn.
- The hum of large ventilation fans.
- The folks coming and going from the house usually go through the garage.
- They aren’t friendly with the neighbours.
- The covered windows usually have condensation on them.
- Occasionally you see bright lights from within.
- Warning signs “Guard Dogs” “Beware of Dogs”
- You see them carrying in rolls of plastic sheeting, big lights, bags of soil, large pots,large fans and construction materials.
- They come and go at irregular hours.
- You never see them outside on their deck, barbecuing, gardening, sunbathing or entertaining.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
If you have your house listed for sale during the summer months while the children are off school it can be an added challenge. Or you can turn it around and use it as a motivational tool to teach your children some personal organization and disciplines that harkens back to their grandparent’s childhoods.
Delegation is key.
Get everyone in the household involved sharing the tasks. Consider it an opportunity to teach pride in their well tended home. Whether you are home with your children during the day or all leaving early for work, daycare or day camps hopefully these tips will prove helpful.
- First thing every morning have everyone open their bedroom windows to air out the house while you are getting prepared for the day.
Attention Students & Investors
Convenient to the University & Downtown this 4 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse is only 7 years old. Situated across from the river trail leading to the covered bridge.
Finished basement with 3pc bath, rec room & laundry down. Includes 2 frigs, stove, washer, dryer, built-in dishwasher, microwave, sofa, loveseat, tv & stand, table & chairs.
Currently leased til Aug 31/11 with good income. One parking spot per unit.
So you’ve decided to get your house ready to sell but updates have cost you more than you anticipated. There is that one nagging problem you try to camouflage and hope the buyers won’t notice. Maybe the buyer didn’t notice? Maybe the buyer removed his home inspection clause at the last minute because he was in competition with another offer? The deal closes and you think you’ve gotten away with it … until your lawyer calls. “There’s a problem…”
There are two kind of potential physical defects in a property – patent defects and latent defects. Sellers need to be aware of which items they are required to disclose to potential buyers.