Friday, February 27, 2015


There is no such thing as failing a home inspection. Especially if the home inspector says so!! It is not for him/her to decide. It is not a home inspector's job to advise the buyer to buy or not buy, that is the Realtor's job. The home inspector is there to determine how the home is functioning and if there are any safety issues. The home inspection is a very important part of the sale of a home. The inspector will help in determining if there are any major or minor issues with the home. He/she may even advise the buyer if there may be any costly repairs to be made or major maintenance required. This is good advice to follow. The only person involved in purchasing a home that decides if a home inspection is a valid reason to back away from a deal is the Buyer. 

Every buyer is different. Some buyers get cold feet over very minor issues. Other buyers could care less if the house is falling down, if they intend on doing extensive renovations anyways. One of the biggest concerns that buyers have is flooded basements. This could be a valid reason to walk away from a deal, but it does not mean that you have to. There are many ways to deal with this sort of thing, if you like the rest of the home and property. I have personally bought a number of homes that were flooded or wet. I was not afraid of a project. Now, that being said, it is good advice to fix this particular problem right away. Do not let a wet basement simmer. It is a health concern waiting to happen, as it could produce mold. Always, when dealing with issues you are not capable of properly fixing yourself, get a few quotes from contractors that know what they are talking about. Ask the contractor to explain what they will do and what their warranty is. Also have the home inspector back to check out the work, this may make you feel more comfortable with the end results. 

 A wet basement is just one example of a home not functioning well. This may make you decide to walk away. But before you do, take into consideration all the other things that you may love about the home or property. If you don't want to walk away, then this is where you will find out how good your Realtor is. They may have to start thinking outside of the box to get the deal done. For example, you could get a few quotes for the work to be done and then ask for a price reduction from the original offer price. You could also split the cost with the home owner or get the home owner to have it fixed and have your inspector come back to have a look. In some situations, neither the buyer or seller have the resources to fix an issue. So here is an idea: find a contractor who will do the work and then submit the bills to the lawyer for payment on closing (there is more to this than I can explain here, so call me for more details!). There's more than one way to put a deal together for a seller that is motivated to sell and a buyer that likes the home or property.

I would very much like to hear your comments, or if you have any questions feel free to email or call me. 

Thank you for stopping by to read this. Happy selling and buying!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Should I Sell My Home On My Own?

This is a great question, let me answer this: 
If you can and feel confident enough, Congratulations, Bravo! 
I have been buying and selling properties for clients and myself for years. It is very time consuming, time oriented, time sensitive and can be frustrating. Then throw in the challenges of emotions, personal issues and confusion of all the contracts. Statistically, properties take longer to sell and for less money without the help of a Professional Realtor.


    ·  Take away all the confusion of the contracts and educate you on 
       the process and how to find the right price.
    ·  Reduce your risk and improve your chance of selling for more.
    ·  Negotiate on your behalf and increase your chances of selling.
    ·  Educate you on the true value of your home and what the market is 
    ·  Help qualify buyers before they even come to your home.
    ·  Accurately measure and properly photograph your home, so buyers 
       know what they are getting.
    ·  Ensure that you have all of the important documents in place to 
    ·  Accurately write and execute all legal contracts on your behalf and 
       coordinate all inspections.
    ·  Do a walk through of your home and property to advise you of low 
       cost repairs and maintenance to increase the homes value.

Best of all, if your home never sells, you never pay me anything at all!!! I take all the risk!!!

We also have great connections with builders, renovators, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, appraisers, designer/stagers and so much more.

I am professional, personal and I understand no matter what your story is! I am there every step of the way!

Selling Real Estate is very exciting and I would like to help you enjoy the process of selling!

Monday, February 9, 2015

So . . . Why Are These Folks Selling?

I am asked this question all the time, especially in the winter months. There are many reasons why folks would be selling. A lot of buyers think if a person is selling their home in the winter, they are desperate or must sell. This probably isn't true.

There are so many reasons why folks sell:
A seller may be moving for a new job or to get married. Maybe they want to be closer to family. Perhaps the family has outgrown their home because baby number 7 is on the way. Maybe their home has become to big or has too many stairs. Some people are looking for a change of pace and would like to move into the city or out to a rural area. We also see folks selling their vacation home because the kids are too busy with sports in their home town to make a cottage worthwhile.

A client’s motivation for selling doesn't necessarily impact the home’s market value. Every seller has a number in mind, that they can not or will not go below. If you are a buyer,  it is my job as your Realtor to help you determine what a property is worth to you, not to someone else. If the home exceeds your value, then we move on, regardless of why the folks are selling.  I would never push a buyer into making a purchase they are not comfortable with. I give you all the facts that I am aware of and leave the decision in your hands.

So there are many reason why people are selling at all times of the year. If you are interested in buying a home this winter, we would be very happy to have a consultation with you, and educate you on the Real Estate market, with no obligations.

Winter can be a great time to buy. Want to find out why? Check out our blog and website* or call or email us today. We would be very happy to help you make an informed decision.

Thank you for reading this blog. I would love to hear your comments and I look forward to serving you this year!!!


PS. if you are interested in selling your home this winter, in the Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Stayner or Creemore area, call us today find out what we can offer you, when selling your home. 

* Visit today, or call for your Free Guide to Buying Your Home in the Winter. 705-733-5821

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Exciting Announcement for the New Year

We are anticipating great things in Real Estate this year! We are very excited to announce that we have hired a full-time assistant. Tiffany Talbot will be our client care and marketing assistant.
Tiffany is an honours graduate of the University of Ottawa and a post graduate of Georgian College where she specialized in Leisure Studies and Event Management. Tiffany pays special attention to organization, details, and thoughtful execution of tasks. 
Outside of work and school, Tiffany has travelled to Vancouver and Sweden, representing Ontario (Gold Medal Winners) and Canada in National and World Women’s Floorball Championships. She has also played on many women’s ice hockey teams and is still involved in community recreational sports.

Currently, Tiffany is working toward obtaining her Real Estate License. She grew up in the area and was raised around the building and construction industry. With her local knowledge and her more recent training and work experience, she will be a natural in this field. Tiffany is a welcome addition to our team.

More Good News for 2015

Interest rates are still very low. If you are looking to renew your mortgage or buy a home, this is great news! We work with excellent mortgage brokers. If you are not sure if you qualify, call  today. We’ll do our best to help you or someone you know, with the dream of owning a home.
This year, we are putting emphasis on helping our clients plan for the future. We welcome the opportunity to offer you a Free Planning Consultation in your home. During this meeting, we will help you consider your future needs and provide sound Real Estate advice. Whether you hope to stay in your home for many, your life situation is currently changing, or you are just not sure of what the future may hold, we are here to help you through all the transitions.

If you are not considering a move at this time, please remember that we appreciate your referrals. Remember, we also help Tenants find rentals and offer Property Management to Landlords. For more information, check out and our blog for many interesting articles.

Thank you very much and we look forward to serving you in 2015!!