19 Arran Court, Courtice

Open House Sunday January 14, 2018 2pm – 4pm

A home with a lot of heart. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is the place for your growing family. Bask in the sun with your own private inground pool. Entertain on your deck, and create your own Pizza Masterpieces in your outdoor Pizza Oven. Home has had extensive upgrades:high performance central heat and air, new windows,shingles and finished basement with fireplace. This can all be yours for $550,000.

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118 Sleeman Square, Courtice, ON

118 Sleeman Square
Courtice, ON

Beautiful family / executive home showing pride of ownership on the quietest part of a safe square. Many uplifting features, including a perennial back garden with mature flowering and shade trees and a private, peaceful view of a protected, forest area behind. A lovely five-minute walk takes you to the Courtice Recreation Centre, gym, library, and pool. Courtice elementary and secondary schools are also just a five-minute walk away. Ideally located to access shopping, Hwy 401, the new 407 extension, or public transit. So if you are looking for a beautiful dwelling in a safe, friendly neighbourhood, close to lots of amenities, then WELCOME HOME.

Kitchen:
A chef’s kitchen…Spacious, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, lazy Susan, pot and pan drawers, and decorative corner glass-door cabinet. Attached dining area is surrounded on three sides with large windows and a gorgeous cathedral ceiling. Sliding glass doors open onto an oversized, elevated deck that overlooks the breathtaking backyard. Steps flow down to your private, brick barbecue patio and relaxation space under the trees.

Back Yard:
A beautiful stone walkway to the left of the house leads to one of two back gates. Many trees in the backyard to enjoy: The white lilac tree off the back deck and the Bradford pear tree bestow a profusion of white blossoms in the spring, and the autumn blaze maple in the fall will take your breath away. Small evergreens and a back cedar hedge, as well as the central oak tree keep their leaves all winter to offer birds shelter from the wind. The backyard is a gardener’s dream…The perennial gardens will soon spring back to life with peonies, irises, daisies, bleeding hearts, lilies, carnations, bee balm, ferns, hostas, black-eyed Susans, hostas, and snowball bushes.

Living room:
Maple hardwood floors. Warm your toes by the gas fireplace with marble insert. Freshly-painted in gray. Open concept provides an ideal family or entertaining space. Blonde oak staircase leads up to the second level.

Master bedroom:
Walk through your double doors to your spacious Master suite. Two other bright, southern windows overlook your everlasting forest view. Also features a walk-in closet and ensuite bath with shower and relaxing, corner soaker tub.

Additional bedrooms:
Spacious rooms, each with unique characteristics. The large, front bedroom, with its two oversized windows, providing a clear view of skies and sunsets, offers a definite WOW factor.

Lower level:
A bright, sunny basement, boasting large windows and another sliding glass door to the brick back patio and yard. The lower level also has its own, oversized shower, and is freshly-painted, with built-in shelves, and scratch-resistant, maintenance-free laminate floors.

Other appealing features:
An impressive oak staircase and high ceiling greet you at the entrance. All three bedrooms and the basement stairs have been freshly carpeted, with upgraded under padding. Grey and beige walls in most rooms have also been repainted in the last month. A pristine laundry room with bright, white cabinets is located adjacent to the kitchen for the convenience of keeping several household routines in one area. Double-garage features door leading to the house. Of interest to allergy sufferers: NO cats have ever lived here. This home is very clean. Upgraded maple cabinets in all bathrooms and four new, deluxe lighting fixtures are just a few more of the many upgrades to this beautiful home.

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35 Point Hope Place, Whitby

THE PERFECT HOME!

Give your lifestyle a boost! Care free and convenient living, in Gorgeous Whitby Shores. This 3 + 1 bedroom, 4 bath townhouse will meet your highest expectations: Open Concept, Hardwood Floors, a cozy fireplace in Family Room, finished basement a roomy 2-car garage and great outdoor space with your own deck and Balcony. Great finishing touches include Crown Moulding and Neutral tones throughout. Owner has just replaced the shingles and Garage Doors. Convenient location that close to Whitby Go Train station, transit walking trails/parks and lakefront, marina, shopping and fantastic restaurants.

Condo Fee’s are $103.59/mth which includes snow removal, lawn care and Boulevard Maintenance.

 

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Live In Luxury At The Rowe!

For Lease $1600/mth

Available Feb 1, 2018

 

1 Bdrm + Den Condo In Prime Location – Walk To Go Station, Rec Centre, Lake, Shopping & 2 Mins From 401. Building Security, Party Room & Pool Table, Roof Top Bbq/Garden, Resistance Pool, Fitness Room & Guest Suite. **Free Wifi Connection** Landlord To Pay Hydro. Move In & Enjoy! $1600 per Month. 1 underground Parking spot.

Holiday Sale

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Is selling your house on your holiday wish list this year? If so, please call The Mash Team today for tips on how to appeal to buyers for a quick and efficient sale.

As there is typically less inventory available at this time of year, any homes that are on the market tend to get more attention from potential buyers.

While spring is the most popular time for real estate transactions, people do move all throughout the year, whether because of work, because of changing family dynamics like a new addition to the family, because they have finally sold their existing home or because of so many wide-ranging reasons. You may also meet renters this month who have made a New Year’s resolution to put their rent money toward their own home in 2018, and who want to be moved in and settled in time for the spring gardening season.

Homeowners showing their homes this month should remember that less is more when it comes to holiday décor. A decluttered house with a few well-placed lights, a tasteful evergreen wreath and the aroma of fresh gingerbread cookies or simmering apple cider goes far in creating a seasonal welcome. Consider tweaking the wording on your listing for the holidays too, to include an emphasis on entertainment spaces, the guest-friendly kitchen space and the extra space available to house overnight guests, as applicable.

Please don’t hesitate to call The Mash Team at any time with your buying and selling questions. And in the meantime, please enjoy a safe and happy holiday!

Party Perfect

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Hosting a party this holiday season? Here are a few ideas to make it a fun and memorable event not only for your guests, but for you too!

At the Top of the List: Make Lists!
It’s never too early to start getting organized, and that means making lists so you don’t forget a thing.

A written cooking and party prep schedule that includes cleaning, shopping, food prep —even time to set the table and create a playlist— can help the countdown to your party, and your stress level, stay on track.

Engage the Senses

  • Taste. You want to provide a variety of foods for your event, so why not consider a potluck for your next get-together? Don’t stress about providing every course, when friends and family would most likely be happy to contribute a salad, dessert, side dish or appetizer. When someone says, “May I bring something?” change your answer to “yes!”
  • Hearing. Create a music playlist to run throughout your event. Music can set the tone for any party; keep the volume at a reasonable level so people can comfortably maintain conversations.
  • Sight. Adjust electric lighting to ensure it’s neither glaring nor too dark, then set up candles strategically to complement the mood —just be sure they’re positioned safely where they can’t be knocked over or where they might ignite nearby flammables.
  • Smell. Choose a scented candle for the bathroom, but scent-free candles for the dining table and other areas featuring food.

Bathroom Basics

  • Clear your medicine cabinet of personal items and medications.
  • Set out soap and clean hand towels, or provide disposable hand towels.
  • Stock extra rolls of toilet paper within reach.
  • In addition to a scented candle, make available a can of air freshener.
  • Consider placing a small “emergency stain remover” basket in the bathroom, with club soda, paper towels and red wine stain remover.

Kitchens & Cocktails
The kitchen tends to be where everybody congregates, and subsequently gets under your heels! Either take advantage of the extra pairs of hands to expedite your food prep, or help nudge them out of your way by placing groupings of appetizers outside the kitchen, and also setting up a DIY cocktail bar or beverage cart away from your main work area. Consider the following for your cocktail station:

    • Along with bottles of liquor, soda, various mixes, and garnishes like olives, lemons and limes, make sure you have plenty of ice available in an insulated bucket. Also consider keeping drinks cold without watering them down by replacing ice cubes with frozen grapes, berries, lemon or lime wedges. And don’t forget to include cocktail napkins, measuring glasses, stir sticks and a martini shaker on your cocktail station.
    • Consider printing out drink recipes on cards for a fun way for people to mix and shake. Don’t forget to include non-alcoholic cocktail options too!
    • Help guests keep track of their glasses (and cut down on the dish washing) by creating a system to identify to whom each glass belongs. A casual event using disposable plastic glasses allows you to mark guests’ names right on the glasses with a permanent marker or stickers, while glass markers, wine glass charms or beer bands allow for easy idenification of reusable glasses.
    • Keep people hydrated easily and conveniently by placing buckets containing bottled water on ice throughout your entertainment area.

Remember that a relaxed host/hostess makes for a more relaxed, festive atmosphere. Once the party starts, focus on your number one priority —to enjoy your company and make wonderful memories!

Air Quality in the Great Indoors

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The winter season typically draws people indoors for long periods of time, often resulting in an increased incidence of airborne health concerns. Read on for some tips on how to maintain better indoor air quality, and subsequently better health!

While homeowners recognize the need to seal leaks around windows and doorframes to prevent expensive heat and air conditioning from escaping, the resulting airtight indoor air quality comes with its own issues, especially for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory diseases.

Ideally, homes should include some air-circulating devices to ensure a level of air quality that’s free from harmful pollutants, toxicants and contaminants. In addition to changing furnace filters, consider the following ideas to improve the indoor air quality in your own home this winter:

Air Purifiers. An air purifier helps to clean the air and subsequently eliminate dust, pollen and bacteria. Use a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to noticeably improve air quality.

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers. Balanced indoor humidity levels are essential to healthy indoor air. If you’re suffering from dry, itchy eyes and skin, or a dry throat and dried out, irritated nasal passages (making you more vulnerable to colds, sinus infections and the flu), a humidifier may be the solution, as it adds moisture to dry air. Conversely, a dehumidifier removes overly moist air that can harbor mold and bacteria.

If you’ve been feeling under the weather lately, you may want to check if your indoor air quality is to blame. Today’s appliances and technology allows homeowners to control their indoor environmental air quality —there are even smart thermostats these days that detect outdoor allergens and adjust your indoor air accordingly!

Planning a Purchase in the New Year?

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It may come as a surprise to hear that when it comes to buying real estate, money sometimes isn’t the bottom line. While price is obviously of crucial importance for sellers, sometimes it’s another term of your offer that can make your bid the winning one.

After price, the closing date tends to be the most frequently negotiated term of an offer. Perhaps the seller requires a quick close due to a job transfer or a scheduled closing date on another home. Maybe the seller is looking for a long closing, allowing them time to find their next property. Whatever the circumstances, your ability to accomodate the seller’s closing date may be just what tips the scales in your favour.

A buyer will often make their offer conditional upon their ability to obtain a specific amount and type of financing, or upon selling their current home by a certain date. If the buyer can’t arrange that financing or sell their home by the specified date, their offer becomes null and void. Such offers are risky for sellers. If you can make an offer free of such conditions, thus eliminating the risk for the seller, it may win you the home —even if your price is lower that that of a competing offer.

For some sellers, it may be your willingness to waive another common offer contingency —the home inspection— that clinches the deal. Foregoing an inspection and agreeing to buy the property “for better of for worse” is risky, but if you’re willing to assume that risk, it might be just what seals the deal.

Not sure how to approach the market? Your real estate representative is your best source for guidance, especially when it comes to local buying and selling trends.

With You Every Step Of The Way

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