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Why Are Homeowners Renovating?

  1. To Upgrade Features and Fixtures
  2. To Make Space More Functional
  3. To Increase Home Value
  4. To Address Changing Lifestyle or Family Needs
  5. To Improve Organization or Storage

First Time Buyer? Here Are 5 Tips To Help You Get Ready To Purchase Your First Home!

  1. Get Your Credit in Shape
  • If you are planning on financing your home purchase, check your credit history. That way you can correct any errors and boost your credit score!
  1. Get Pre-Approved for A Mortgage
  • Early in your home search, you should meet with a mortgage lender who will take a look at your credit history, your savings, and investment statements and your current financial situation, and give you a better picture of what you can afford and the financing options available.
  1. Establish Your Budget
  • Whether you’re financing your purchase or paying cash, it helps to establish a budget. This will help you focus your search on great homes within your price range.
  1. Make A List
  • Make a list of your ideal home’s must haves and deal breakers. This will help you narrow your search so that you can find a home that fits your current and future needs.
  1. Think About Resale
  • The average homeowner lives in their home for nine years. While you may purchase your home as a long-term investment, keep in mind that you may need to sell it one day. Consider homes resale value, when considering properties.

Selling Your Home? Here Are Some Tips For You!

  1. Clear The Clutter!
  • Before putting your home on the market, clear the clutter that has been accumulating over the years. Tackle one room at a time and divide your items into three piles: keep, donate and toss!
  1. Get Packing!
  • Although you won’t want to pack everything right away, it helps to start boxing up some items that you know you want to keep but won’t be needing for a while, some of these items may include seasonal belongings, such as sports equipment or seasonal clothing! You should also consider packing up some sentimental and valuable items, this will prevent your valuables from being damaged. The less items in your home, the easier it will make it for a potential buyer to see themselves living in your home!
  1. Research The Local Market
  • Knowing how much the homes in your neighbourhood are selling for and how long they’ve stayed on the market can help you gauge your homes value and estimate a time frame for the sale.
  1. Repair & Improve
  • Boost your homes curb appeal by doing minor repairs and improvements to both the inside and outside of your home. Tackle necessary repairs, such as painting, replacing light fixtures and replacing appliances that are damaged or out of date. And, of course don’t forget to ensure your home is clean!
  1. Be Realistic
  • Having realistic expectations for selling your home will help to relieve some of the stress of selling.

Spring Market Report!

As of April 2019 sales across the General Toronto Area have rose 16.8 per cent compared to the previous year. Selling activity has picked up across all property types, with detached homes rising at the fastest rate of 21.9 per cent. Although the average selling price has slipped a bit in April, the average selling price for all properties has inched up 1.9 per cent over the past year. While sales were up compared to the previous year, in April, it is important to note that they remain well below April levels for most of the past decade.

Click Below To Check Out Our June Sunnylea, Thorncrest Village and The Kingsway Reports

The Sunnylea Report – June 2019

The Thorncrest Village Report – June 2019

The Kingsway Report – June 2019

 

Community Corner: Apps for Home Repairs and Maintenance

Booking home repairs and maintenance tasks is a hassle for all of us, at one time or another. Fortunately, there are now some new apps on the market that are designed to take the headache out of caring for your home. Whether your faucet is leaking, or pests have invaded your home, these new apps will very likely take care of the problem.

Setter
This Canadian-made app calls itself a “one-stop solution” for all your home care needs. It listens to your requests, searches for experts who have been carefully vetted, collects quotes, and schedules a time to get the task done. Setter has even helped a homeowner get a cat down from a tree, so no task is too odd for the company. The app is currently only available in Toronto and San Francisco but plans to expand to the rest of Canada and the U.S. are underway. (setter.com)

Jiffy
The team behind Jiffy believes that home maintenance should be easy breezy. That’s why they’ve created a web and mobile platform that lets homeowners seamlessly book an expert and compare pricing when it comes to those small jobs that are hard to get a tradesperson to come and fix, such as a broken toilet handle, a sticky door lock, or a light switch that doesn’t work. Jiffy even takes care of payment and invoicing. The app is available in Toronto and Ottawa, and is currently being rolled out to the rest of the country. (jiffyondemand.com)

AskForTask
Much like the aforementioned apps, AskForTask lets you schedule “taskers” who are insured, verifi ed and highly rated. All you have to do is post the task on the app, use the instant price estimator tool to determine how much the task will cost, and wait for a certifi ed tasker in your area to accept the job. AskForTask is available in most major cities across Canada. (askfortask.com)

Community Corner: Daily Bread Food Bank

As a local business, we always give back to our community and our neighbours who need it most. Over the holidays, we were humbled in donating a list of necessities to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Your support in our team helps us assist those in need, so thank you.

If you would like to donate, food items can be dropped off at any local fire hall across Toronto throughout the year!

We are once again thankful to our family and friends for their loyalty and continued trust in us as their preferred referral source.

We’d love for you to share your experience with us in a Google Review.

New In Office Staging!

We are excited to announce our affiliation with The Style & Staging House Inc. Two seasoned realtors on our team started this company to better service the needs of our clients. Staging has become an integral part of selling your home therefore making it a critical entity when prepping your home for the market.

This is a full-service staging company that offers furniture storage, complimentary staging consults, and handpicked furniture to enhance the décor of a seller’s home. It’s important to stay up to date with the current trends, and working exclusively with The Style & Staging House will ensure that each property is styled to it’s highest potential. In return, we will strive to help you achieve the maximum sale price for your home.

In The Mood For Italian Food?

Check out Campo Di Fiori, a local hidden gem on Bloor St just east of Islington. If you’re in mood for true, authentic Italian then stop in and say hi to Fabio and Claudia, a husband and wife duo from Rome who will be delighted to take care of you. We’ve recently had the opportunity to indulge in a few of their homemade pastas and simple entrees and can assure you they will not disappoint!

Supporting The Paul Nusca Team Is Supporting Our Community!

Getting exceptional results from your realtor and feeling good about your choice in representation should go hand in hand. The community where I work is also the community where I raise my own family. Because of this, I believe strongly that giving back to the community is not charity, it is my responsibility. Sponsoring over $5000 to five local school fun fairs last May is just one way your support in me in turn goes back to supporting our community.

In Need Of A New Car? Check Out Our Local Islington Chrysler Dealership!

Islington Chrysler has been in the neighbourhood since 1960, on Dundas Street West, just east of Highway 427. A number of our team members and clients are well serviced by the family-owned, full line retailer of new and used vehicles.

The Rams Family have transformed their dealership from top-to-bottom with a recent multi-million dollar construction project. Their dedicated sales staff and factory-trained technicians are there to make your auto shopping experience fun, easy and financially advantageous.

Whether you want to design your own new vehicle at home, have them track down your favourite pre-owned car, or conveniently schedule your next service appointments, thank you for considering Islington Chrysler Dodge Jeep. More Info on Spring Lease Specials at Islington Chysler.

Paul Nusca And Andrea Morrison Team Merger!

We are delighted to announce the merger of the Paul Nusca and Andrea Morrison Real Estate Teams. Together this will strengthen our proven lifetime track records and continue to offer the highest standards of real estate excellence. Andrea is a Hall of Fame Lifetime Member with Royal LePage’s National Chairman’s Club. We are thrilled about this proactive merger and look forward to business as usual!

After The Sale Checklist

If you own your present home:

  • Call the Gas & Electric companies & let them know you are moving and arrange to have the meters read on the appropriate date
  • If your water heater is rented, arrange for the transfer of the rental agreement to the new owners
  • Instruct your heating oil supplier to fill the tank on the appropriate date
  • Advise telephone and cable TV companies of your move and have them discount their services on the appropriate date
  • Advise your present service companies of your new address so final billings may be directed to you

If you rent your present home:

  • Give necessary written notice to your landlord, and make arrangements for the return of any money you may have on deposit

At your new home:

  • Make arrangements with the gas and electric utilities, telephone and cable TV to be connected on the day the sale closes

General:

  • Obtain a “change of address” card from the post office and send it out well in advance
  • Have the post office forward your mail to your new address
  • Arrange for services at your new house
  • Transfer trust or bank accounts and securities – obtain a letter of information from your current bank to help establish new accounts
  • Inform all creditors (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) of your new address and the date it becomes effective (don’t forget per-authorized payments)
  • Arrange the transfer of medical, dental, prescription and optical records
  • Garage Sale – consider having one to dispose of unwanted clothes and furnishings
  • Safely dispose of all flammable liquids as it is illegal for movers to carry them
  • Driver’s License – change of address as of the day you move
  • Arrange with your lawyer access to the keys of your new home
  • Obtain a supply of boxes for moving and perhaps device a colour code system for the various room designations
  • Leave a note in the house with your address for the new occupants so they can forward your mail