Friday, 28 April 2017

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

With low inventory in Wasaga Beach and throughout the province, many homeowners are afraid to sell their property because they're uneasy that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are looking to sell-whether to upgrade or find a new neighbourhood-there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to purchase first In most markets it is a real error to put your property up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don't see anything on, it doesn't mean you can't or won't find the right home.

Think outside the box Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent send a letter to the neighbourhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighbourhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.
Protect yourself legally Each Province varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to your real estate professional about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Wasaga Beach Real Estate Market Update April 17th to April 23rd

wasaga beach real estate market update
The following blog covers real estate activity for Wasaga Beach for the week of April 17th to April 23rd 2017. This information was obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors® and is deemed but not guaranteed to be accurate.

New Listings

  • Residential - 22
  • Condo- 4
  • Vacant land- 4
  • Commercial- 1
  • Residential on leased land- 1

Sold Listings

  • Residential- 18
  • Condo- 1
  • Vacant land- 5
  • Commercial- 0
  • Residential on leased land-


It appears the market is starting to balance out a little with there being a total of 33 new listings and 23 sold listings. We see a spike in vacant land activity this week compared to last week with 4 new listings and 5 sold listings.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Home Renos on a Budget

home renos on a budget
If in the near future you are planning on selling your home, for an effective return on investment (ROI)  consider upgrading or updating key items in your house. For major renovations professional contractors will be required but for smaller ones most home owners will be able to tackle the jobs themselves. The following home renos on a budget tips will cost you between $500 - $1,000.

The Front Door

Curb appeal… it’s the primary and fundamental critical selling feature of a residence and may either draw buyers in or discourage them. Aside from retaining neat and tidy outdoors or having a pretty flower garden, the front door can stand as a statement to the atmosphere in your house. For new builds or older homes, the front door is generally featured with a small window. Create a assertion via replacing the the front door with one that has more complex detailing, up to date hardware, and large decorative glass inserts. If you’re planning to sell, be sure to pick a colour that compliments the outdoor color scheme of your home and has some impact, while still keeping the traditional look. A large glass insert will also draw more natural light into the lobby of your home, creating a bright and cozy surrounding. Numerous door styles can be found at your neighborhood home renovation store, saving you a trip to a professional window and door company. Be sure to measure twice and cut once. Once you've got your door picked and purchased, it’s as simple as popping the old door off its hinges, replacing with the new door.

Increase the appearance of square footage

While actually adding square footage to your home such as finishing the basement or adding an addition to your home would be too costly there are other steps you can take to make your home appear bigger.
Lighten-up and de-clutter your home is the simplest way to achieve positive results. Paint dark walls lighter by using neutral or pale colours, place mirrors in smaller rooms. Replace heavy drapes with retractable blinds.
Rearrange your furniture to create more space, if you have too much furniture you may consider storing some of it until your house has sold. De-clutter and pick up knick-knacks, children toys and any other random objects. 

Hire a professional cleaner

Professional cleaners have the right tools for the job. This is especially important if you have children or pets. Professional cleaners will be able to tackle stubborn dog fur, furniture stains and so forth. Have carpets and furniture steam cleaned to remove any odours. Have the exterior of your home deep cleaned also,this may include power washing siding, decks, sidewalks removing any fungus and stains.

This list is just an example of some of the affordable home improvements a home owner can make. Make a list of the most important items in your house to be addressed and start from there. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Buying Your First Home In Wasaga Beach, ON

buying your first home in wasaga beach

Spring has sprung and the Wasaga Beach housing market is in full swing. Many Ontario residents are relocating to Wasaga Beach due to the small town charm, sandy beach and miles of walking trails. Wasaga Beach has it all and is still quite affordable when compared to other areas of Ontario.

Before you jump head first into the housing pool check out these 5 simple tips to make the whole process much easier for you when buying your first home in Wasaga Beach, ON

Think of your home as an investment

When home buyers start their home search, often the last thing they consider is the resale value. On average, home owners move every 7-9 years. Check the different neighbourhood historical values. Research any planned developments in the area that may affect the value either in a positive or a negative way.

Make a wishlist

Make a list of the homes must have's and rank them from their highest to lowest. Ultimately you'll have to compromise on several of the items but this list will keep things in better perspective for you.

Get a pre-approval + credit check

Unless you have just won the lottery chances are you'll need to get financing. Get in touch with a bank or a mortgage broker and have them do a mortgage pre-approval for you. This way you'll know exactly how much you can afford. 

Tip: Don't buy a home at your pre-approval limit, reduce this amount by 10% to allow for any unforeseen costs.

Take into account additional costs

Additional costs will include the cost of moving, furniture expenses, home insurance, lawyer fees to close the transaction. Condo fees if purchasing a condo. For more information on buying a condo check out my blog on the subject buying a Wasaga Beach or Collingwood condo. 

Choose the right Realtor®

You're about to make the biggest investment of your life so be sure to choose the right professional for the job. Here are some questions to ask when choosing the Realtor® you plan on working with:
  • How many years have you been actively trading in real estate?
  • Do you specialize in a certain type of property or area?
  • Are you full time or part time?
  • Do you have have any references or testimonials from past clients?
  • Do you have up to date errors and omissions insurance and ask for proof of such?

Monday, 17 April 2017

Wasaga Beach Real Estate Market Update April 10th to April 16th 2017

The following blog covers real estate activity for Wasaga Beach for the week of April 10th to April 16th 2017. This information was obtained from the Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors® and is deemed but not guaranteed to be accurate.

New Listings

  • Residential- 22
  • Condo- 2
  • Vacant land- 4
  • Commercial- 0
  • Residential on leased land- 1

Sold Listings

  • Residential- 11
  • Condo- 1
  • Vacant land- 0
  • Commercial- 0
  • Residential on leased land- 1

Highlights of the week

One home sold for $840,000 and another sold for $80,000 above asking price during this week.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Buying Wasaga Beach Waterfront Property

buying wasaga beach waterfront property

When buying Wasaga Beach waterfront property. Whether it be riverfront or beachfront you won't regret purchasing your future waterfront property in Wasaga Beach. Check out these tips to help with your waterfront property search.

Find a waterfront specialist

Most Realtors® practice selling residential real estate but don't focus on one area such as Wasaga Beach waterfront property.Make sure to choose a Realtor® who has detailed knowledge of the Waterfront properties in the Wasaga Beach.

Choose the waterfront type that fits your lifestyle:

Wasaga Beach offers beachfront and riverfront properties. For boating and fishing enthusiasts riverfront would be more a fit. If breathtaking sunsets, sandy beaches, regular swimming and sunbathing is your goal then beachfront would make more sense for you.

Check your budget before shopping

Riverfront is generally much more affordable than beachfront in Wasaga Beach. Talk to your mortgage specialist and get pre-approved so you have a good grasp on your affordability. 

Check the quality of the beach

Wasaga Beach has 14 kilometers of beachfront so as you can imagine the beach isn't the same from one end to the other. The west end of the beach isn't as sandy and spacious as say the east end. If you're looking for a more family oriented quiet beach then the west side will fit your needs more. If you want more night life and activities then the east side will work best for you.

Other considerations

Make sure to examine the structure when buying your beachfront house. Due to strong northwest winds Wasaga Beach beachfront is more susceptible to high wind exposure. Check for any cracks in the exterior, make sure windows have high R-Value, check the condition of the shingles.

When buying riverfront check the break-wall condition. Is it cedar or metal? Knowing this will give you a good idea of how much life is left in it. Is the property in a flood zone? Check for historical water levels with the ministry.

It is always advisable to hire a home inspector who is qualified in waterfront properties. Interview several home inspectors to gauge how much experience they may have in this type of property.

I have extensive knowledge and experience with regards to waterfront property in Wasaga Beach and all surrounding areas. Please contact me for a pre-purchase consultation to address your needs.

Andrew Weaver
Sales Advisor
Toll free-855-200-SOLD(7653)

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Buying a Wasaga Beach or Collingwood Condo?

buying a wasaga beach or collingwood condo?

Whether it be location, affordability or maintenance free living many home buyers turn to a condo as their next home purchase. If you are in the market for buying a Wasaga Beach or Collingwood condo check out these tips to get started.

Choosing the right location: Location is probably still the biggest deciding factor when shopping for your next condo. Proximity to work, entertainment or activities are all deciding factors. When buying a Wasaga Beach or Collingwood Condo do your your research and make sure the location fits all your needs.

Budgeting for price and condo fees: Condo's all come with condo fees. These fees include maintenance of the structure and common elements among other things. When shopping around, not only consider the list price of the condo but also the condo fees. Speak to your mortgage Broker and have he/she pre-qualify you for what you can afford taking price and condo fees in consideration.

Parking spaces included: Often overlooked but very important. Find out how many parking spots are included with the condo. Are there restrictions for parking uses such as no commercial vehicles, extra rental fees etc.

Is the condo Pet friendly? Many condo's have pet restrictions. Some won't allow any or only a specified number of pets. Have your Realtor check into this before making any kind of offer.

Lawyer review status certificate:  When submitting your offer always insert a condition to have your lawyer review the status certificate. The purpose of status certificates is to allow potential buyers of condo units to have as much information as possible about their unit as well as the physical and fiscal situation of a building. Certificates also allow prospective owners to find out what the rules are, including whether pets are allowed.

Are you in the market for a condo? I have extensive knowledge in the Wasaga Beach, Collingwood and condo market.

Coldwell Banker Ronan Realty

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