For Lease Sunnylea – $3100

For Lease Sunnylea – 33 Kirk Bradden Rd. W – $3100  Rare Opportunity, Charming Bungalow On Prime Cul-De-Sac In Desirable Sunnylea. Private Deck With Bbq. Hardwood Floors Through Out Main Floor, Finished Basement.  Freshly Painted.

Walk To Bloor Subway, Go Train, Shops, Restaurants, And Nature Trails. Walking Distance To Excellent Schools, Kingsway Shops. Move In And Enjoy A Luxurious, Tranquil Lifestyle.

32 Kirk Bradden Rd W

33 Kirk Bradden Rd W Sunnylea

South Etobicoke Bungalow Gets Top Dollar

138 Yorkview is located in the desirable Queensway neighbourhood of South Etobicoke.  This home featured an open concept floor plan, with two bedrooms up and two additional bedrooms down.  The home is larger than it looks and  in move in condition.  The property sold over list at near a record neighbourhood price.  Click here for more photos.

138 Yorkview South Etobicoke

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New funding for school expansion in Etobicoke

Best Etobicoke Schools

Ontario Gov’t Gives New Funding for School Expansion

Norseman Junior Middle School is a sought after elementary school in the Norseman Heights neighbourhood.  Known for a combination of consistent high quality academic standards and a strong athletic program, the school continues to experience increases in student enrolment.  So much that many students are now housed in six portables.  The school has been in need of new funding for school expansion.

Principal Carolyn Wright had never witnessed parents arriving at her door step with MLS listings asking if homes for sale were in the schools catchment area until she became Principal of Norseman Junior Middle School. The popularity of the school is having an impact on homes in the school’s boundaries.  The demand for these homes outstrips the supply so they tend to sell very quickly and are continually increasing in price.

The Ontario Gov’t  gives new funds for school expansion and the good news is that Norseman JMS will receive $6 million dollars to expand the school to accommodate the  student growth. A nice investment for families in the Norseman Heights community.

Are you interested in seeing home in the Norseman Heights neighbourhood?  I can help. Let’s chat

Should you use a realtor to buy a home?

Most homeowners only buy or sell a home every 5-7 years.  There are so many reasons why you want to hire hire a trained expert to help you with this.  Here are 14 that are top of mind.

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Image of business partners handshaking over business objects on workplace

Should you use a realtor to buy a home?  Here why it makes sense.

  1. Most accurate and up-to-date market area comparables (sold and active properties).
  2. Most up-to-date and accurate evaluation of a home.
  3. Ability to “sell the house” to Realtors who are active in the area so they can bring their buyers.
  4. Quick exposure to thousands of agents who each can bring a buyer (better chances of getting a higher price). Quicker sale, higher price.
  5. Provide secure, day-long, easy access to the house.
  6. Ability to market – spend money up front on cards, letters and newspaper advertising.
  7. Extensive social networking marketing.
  8. Can lead to “multiple offers” situation resulting in an over asking selling price.
  9. Reviewing offers with the seller, analyzing the offer, proper (legal) sign backs without needing a lawyer.
  10. Proper and legal handling of deposit monies.
  11. Provide buyers a wide variety of homes to visit and transportation to buyers.
  12. Third-party (mediator) negotiations make it easier to reach a deal (but still working for your best interest).
  13. Assistance with mortgage financing, home inspections and assisting your lawyer until closing.
  14. Screening of potential frauds.

Realtors are working buy/sell deals every day.  They see and solve many of the issues/challenges that you may not anticipate.  They are your insurance on making sure your deal goes smoothly and that you have a successful real estate experience.

Need help with your real estate? Let’s Talk

Jody’s Gems|Mimico quaint parks

Mimico boasts a spectacular waterfront marked with several waterfront parks and parkette.  This one is one of my favorites.  Located just south of Lakeshore, west of Royal York Rd is Miles Cres Parkette.  It’s a place to sit, relax and just enjoy the spectacular view of our wonderful city.  It’s sometimes hard to believe that this little gem is right here in Mimico.

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Miles Cres. Parkette  – Mimico

 

JODY RECOMMENDS|Stonegate Farmers Market

Stonegate Farmers’ Market opening is just a month away!

I just love the Farmers Market and I love shopping locally.  Its a great opportunity to meet and support some of our local farmers.  It really makes me appreciate how lucky we are to have fresh grown produce so close by.  Come out and give it at try!  Tuesday afternoons from 4-7  pm.  You won’t be disappointed.  I just might see you there!

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Mimico Waterfront – Yours to Discover

Mimico’s Waterfront – it’s worth exploring

Our Mimico Waterfront is often ignored by many of us that live so close. The trails and parks are great for walking, cycling, jogging, for the photographer buff and the list goes on.  A great outing for the kids on a sunny day.  Really a great destination for anyone!

If you are interested in exploring Real Estate in this area please contact Jody Thompson your Mimico Real Estate Expert.

Should I have an offer date when selling my home?

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Conceptual portrait of a business lady with clock being short of time

Many homeowners ask the question – Should I have an offer date when selling my home? An offer date is a specific date that you will entertain offers for your home. It typically is about one week after your home is put on the market. This gives many buyers an opportunity to view your home and decide whether they want to bid.

Often there are multiple bids on a home with an offer date. This is often referred to as a bidding war. The price gets bid up as potential buyers bid against each other.

A bidding war may result in a quick sale of your home at a high price.

However, it is not always rosy. Some buyers will not buy your home because they don not want to participate in a bidding war. In fact you may not get any offers on the offer date, which may lead potential buyers to think that there is something, wrong with your home.

Selling your home is complex and you should consult a reputable realtor on best strategies in selling your home.

What are the top Real Estate mistakes?

Real Estate has been my passion for several decades and have been very good to me. Having said that, I can honestly say that I personally have made ALL of these real estate mistakes at least once over the last 30 years. How many of these top 5 real estate mistakes can you relate to?

1. Overbuilding for the area
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This home was a 60’s ranch bungalow where the roof was removed and the ceilings where heightened to 18 ft.  A luxurious master bedroom and ensuite bathroom  loft were added.  The exterior of the house was done in authentic stone.  The quality of the renovation was over the top for the neighbourhood and was not recouped when the home was sold.  It was an over build for the area.

2. Too trendy with the decor

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 I love the look of this space, very trendy, very in.  Today this will appeal to many young buyers.  This color of green is very in today.  It was also in style way back in the sixties with many years where it would have been consider hideous.  Will potential buyers like the green in 5 years?

3. House over location

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You can have a stunning house with all the bells and whistles, however if this is your view…. you will be disappointed with the appreciation of  your home over time.  You can change your house but not the location.  Choose wisely.

4. Jumping too quickly to the Condo Option

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Condo living can be wonderful.  Make sure it if right for you before you make the plunge to sell your sprawling bungalow in the suburbs.  If you are not sure, possibly rent first?

5. Too much trust in your contractor

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We all want to have 100% faith in the contractor that we have selected to do our dream renovation.  Make sure that you do your do diligence, check references, see his/her work before you commit.  It is easy to put too much trust in this relationship only to be disappointed.

Best Real Estate Moving Tips and Tricks

Tips for a Seamless Move

Changing homes is extremely stressful, especially because you have to pack and then carry all your belongings from one place to another… It may not be the best fun you’ve ever had, but at least you can make it memorable! For this to happen, you surely need to take baby steps and have a great attention to details!

So, you need to move and you’re excited, until you realize the huge amount of things you have to pack! But don’t worry, you can hit two birds with just one stone – make it fun and effective too!

Even though planning this action with some months in advance may be time-consuming at a first glance, it will get to be less stressful and simpler if you don’t rush! By following these rules your stress level will decrease drastically! So, just enjoy your move!

Moving tips. Helpful checklist!


Main rule
: Don’t take with you the things that you don’t need! Now it is the perfect time for you to have a mass declutter. Take advantage and get rid of the things that you don’t use! They’ll just occupy space in your new home as they did until the present moment, in your old one!

Here are some tips for you:

  • Plan-ahead

After a tiring and stressful period, when you have probably sold your old house, now the time for you to move has finally come! Even though the stress is not over yet, don’t get things too dramatic – there is a way for you to keep everything under control and the safest way is to plan ahead! Get the clear picture of the entire process, and decide when and how you should manage this situation!

A fact is certain – packing up your entire life and your possessions will not be something that you’ll manage to do in one single day, therefore you need to arm yourself with a lot of patience! You’ll certainly need it!

Hint: Don’t panic!

  • Stay organized

More than ever now it is the perfect time for you to show your organizational skills! Write down everything that you have to do and where you put every object. The boxes need to be labeled both with their content but as well with colors assigned for each and every room. Manage your inventory very carefully, you’ll thank yourself later on!

The thrills or frustrations of this whole situation may be disturbing to you, but stay focused! This is what you need now! Staying organized will save you time later on!

Hint: Don’t rush, take it all slow or you’ll end up mixing everything up!

  • Get the right boxes

Planning in advance requires getting boxes of all sizes and shapes! Keep in mind that lighter objects should always be placed on top! What is more, you should also make sure you won’t leave empty spaces inside the box because objects will slide down and you’ll probably have a huge surprise when you’ll start unpacking!

Hint: Shake your boxes to see if any objects are misplaced and be careful not to make the boxes too heavy to lift either!

  • Use colors for labelling

Colors may help you stay organized. Use a different color for every room; markers will be of great help! This way the unpacking process will become much more bearable and simpler too!

Hint: Keep it all visually appealing; you need to remember this entire experience as a step forward for you! Do everything when you are relaxed and fresh!

  • Charity?

Maybe the time to do a good deed has come. You’ll probably stumble upon things you have completely forgotten about, so why not donate them all? You clearly don’t need them. Take your move as a fresh start and don’t bring useless things with you. You’ll just end up throwing them instead of reusing them. No junk, please! Take a big breath and see which objects are pointless to you!

Hint: Don’t throw away things you don’t use anymore, donate them! Others may be in great need of those particular items!

  • Get rid of the dust

Hygiene is important and taking into account that you have to pack everything up, why not cleaning them first? You won’t want to get dust and dirt into your new home. Take it all step by step and make it all right from the early beginning. Think about it – one way or another at a certain point you’ll have to clean up your things so why not now? Chances are you’ll be too tired later on to clean everything!

Hint: A microfiber cloth is highly recommended!

  • Newspapers, anyone?

You’ll need to fill up every box and wrap every object for protection. Therefore, try to purchase in advance enough packing paper!

Hint: When the time for unpacking comes, unpack only by room! Your entire effort to keep it all organized will become useless if you create chaos now!

  • Separate the essential things

When you’ll get to your new place, you’ll firstly need certain objects so make sure you have them all together in a box at a close reach! You wouldn’t want to search for scissors or papers and not find any one of them!

What should you consider? For instance, think about – paper towels, phone chargers, trash bags or toilet paper!

Hint: Make a list with other objects and make sure you have them all in one single place!

  • Pre-clean the new house

moving tips packingBefore getting all your stuff in, try to clean up the house. Once you have the furniture in, it will much more difficult to Q-tip everything! This will save you a lot of trouble!

Hint: Take at least one week to make sure the house is clean and hygienic before bringing in your stuff! You’re looking for a fresh start, aren’t you? Then, make it look fresh!

  • Vertically or horizontally?

Depending on the type of objects you are carrying, pay attention to how you place them! For instance, your plates should be placed vertically! Why? There are less chances they’ll break under pressure!

Hint: Take some time and think about every object you intend to transport, thus you’ll figure out the right place and a way to bring it ‘safe and sound’!

  • Correspondence

Don’t forget to change your correspondence address with at least two weeks prior to the day you move! This way you’ll be sure no personal papers will get into the hands of the wrong people! Check the utilities you’re responsible for and make sure every important person knows how to reach you!

Hint: Don’t forget to make the switch from time!

  • Get help

You are surely not going to be able to do everything all by yourself. Some may call their friends while others may call for professional help. There is always a way for whatever budget you may have, however you may be sure an expert will always be of much more help for you!

Hint: If you choose to do it all by yourself, you’ll need to have nerves of steel and a lot of patience. This entire experience is extremely stressful!

  • Sort, sort, sort

In order to stay organized you surely need first of all to sort all your stuff! You clearly don’t need chaos now because the stakes are high and there are a lot of things going on. Try to be in control of everything and at all times, this way you’ll have a peaceful and exciting move!

Hint: The more time you dedicate to organizing your things, the easier it will be when you unpack!

  • Separate valuables

From another point of view specialists utterly suggest you need to separate your valuables in order not to regret it later on. Among all the things you have to carry, there is enough space for mistakes to happen, this is why it is better to take precautionary measures!

 Hint: Try to stay organized and set your priorities. Your valuables and important papers should always be with you!

Knowing what things need to be done and most importantly when, will save you from a lot of painful headaches! Remember: you shouldn’t let everything on the last day! You’ll panic and you’ll not be able to face up the stress!

When the details of such an important event tend to overwhelm you, take a break! You need to relax and think clearly – a bit of organization will only help you in moments like this one!

All in all, moving may become a really great experience if you know how to handle things! Don’t hurry, this is clearly not the time for this! Take it all step by step and just enjoy!