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531 Simcoe St N. Oshawa

531 Simcoe St North, Oshawa

Only $625,000

A home with a lot of heart, in one of Oshawa’s most desirable areas. Walking Distance to Dr. SJ Phillips and O’Neill High School. This jewel of a home features 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a formal dining room with built-in shelving, and main floor family room that is full of Charm and Character. Beautifully Renovated from top to bottom including newer kitchen, baths, doors, decking, flooring, windows, furnace, CAC, shingles and flagstone walk-way.  Special Features: 2 staircases’s to upper level.  Main bath features 2 sinks, Glass shower, claw tub and electric fireplace on wall. Three good sized bedrooms.  A real stunner. Unbelievably priced at $625,000.

 

 

 

 

 

Home buyers optimistic about GTA real estate market, research finds

A recent poll for the Ontario Real Estate Association shows that half of buyers expect to purchase a detached home.

Home buyers remain optimistic despite the average price for a detached home climbing to $1.3 million in Toronto this fall.

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Home buyers remain optimistic despite the average price for a detached home climbing to $1.3 million in Toronto this fall.

High prices and tighter lending conditions aren’t dampening consumers’ optimism and enthusiasm for real estate in the Toronto region, where half of homebuyers still expect to purchase that most expensive and elusive asset, a detached home.

Even as the price of the average Toronto area detached home climbed to about $1 million this fall ($1.3 million in Toronto), half of buyers in the region say that’s the kind of house they expect to purchase, according to the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Ontario Home Ownership Index being released Tuesday.

“People are optimistic about the housing market in 2017. We actually see an increase in people who are looking to buy and an increase in the number looking to sell a home,” said OREA CEO Tim Hudak.

The index is based on research conducted twice a year by Ipsos Reid to gauge Ontarian’s perceptions of the real estate market and the economy. Overall, the index rose two points to 131.

It shows that 49 per cent of Toronto area residents expect their city’s real estate market will be stronger in the coming year, compared to 46 per cent this year.

Twenty-two per cent of survey respondents said they expected to buy a semi-detached home and 19 per cent were in the market for a condo, a drop from last year when 26 per cent identified that housing choice.

“It’s part of life that we, as human beings like to have a little bit of space when you’re raising a family … You’re really seeing the increase in prices are among the detached and semi-detached homes because people at some time in their lives, they often want a little bit of space for their garden or to kick the soccer ball around with their daughter,” Hudak said.

But changes from government are impacting some buyer attitudes.

“There is a sentiment too among first-time home buyers that some will be forced to put off a decision or look at a smaller-valued home because of the recent changes on mortgage insurance and the stress test,” he said.

Hudak, former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, praised the Liberal government for doubling the first-time buyer rebate on the provincial land transfer tax to $4,000 on homes up to $300,000.

That’s the range most buyers outside of Toronto are considering and it’s still helpful for Toronto consumers too, he said.

“We’re hopeful the city will match that instead of clawing it back. I remain optimistic about that,” said Hudak, referring to a recent city manager’s report that suggested Toronto could raise some badly needed revenue by harmonizing its land transfer charge — the only such municipal tax — with the province.

As vigorous as the market has been in 2016, with prices up about 20 per cent year-over-year, half of Toronto area residents say they expect it will be even stronger next year, according to the Ipsos data.

In the City of Toronto, 52 per cent of respondents said the current residential real estate market is favourable. That was up 10 index points from last year’s survey. Residents in the 905-area communities were even more favourably disposed to their real estate picture, at 57 per cent. That was down, however, seven points from last year.

More than half of survey respondents saw real estate conditions as favourable.

The online Ipsos survey of 1,003 Ontario residents for OREA was conducted between Oct. 27 and 31. It is considered accurate within 3.5 per cent 19 times out of 20.

Buyer and seller perceptions

18%

Toronto area residents who said they planned to purchase a home in the next two years — up from 15% last year. That compares to 14% of Ontarians who said they would likely buy in the next two years — a seven index point increase over last year.

19%

Toronto area respondents who plan to sell a home in the next two years, up from 14% last year.

82%

Likely home buyers in Ontario who believe their local economy is good. 76% of those likely to sell their homes say the same.

45%

Ontario first-time buyers who say they will need to keep saving for a 20% down payment to meet the government’s more rigorous mortgage requirements.

20%

First-time buyers who say they have to postpone their purchase because of the new lending rules.

34%

First-time buyers who will look for a less expensive home in the same city.

 

Ipsos for the Ontario Real Estate Association Ontario Home Ownership Index

5 Walk-Through Surprises and How to Avoid Them

A house may look one way when it is decorated and furnished, but once vacated, bumps and bruises may show that could cause a wrench in the closing. Here are five common issues that arise during a walk-through and how to handle them.

The following is a guest post from Cara Ameer, an agent with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

You’ve survived the inspection and loan approval process. You are almost to the closing table and ready to sign on the dotted line, but before you arrive, there is one last hurdle to climb known as “the walkthrough.” Whether you are a buyer or seller, this process can be nerve-wracking – as a buyer, you may be thinking: Will the house will still look how I thought it did? Will everything be empty and in good condition? And as a seller, you could be worried whether the buyer will be satisfied with what they see, and what if they raise concerns?

First, it is important to understand what a walkthrough is as well as its purpose.

A walkthrough is when a buyer walks through the property either the day prior or on the way to closing to ensure all is in substantially the same condition as it was before.

You may think this is a quick process that should take no more than 10-15 minutes at the most, but it is the buyer’s last look at the house before making what is likely the single largest purchase in their life. They will be closely scrutinizing everything. Additionally, because in all likelihood this is their first time seeing the house completely empty, this could raise some issues not previously seen.

A house may look one way when it is decorated and furnished, but once vacated, bumps and bruises may show that could cause a wrench in the closing. Here are five common issues that arise during a walkthrough and how to handle them:

1. Flooring – discolorations on wood or carpet. This happens as a result of furniture and rug placement over long periods of time, coupled with sunlight that could cause fading or discoloration of the exposed flooring around it. The buyer doesn’t initially see this, as a seller’s belongings are never moved for showings or inspections. Consequently, on a walkthrough of a vacant house, this could result in visibly noticeable variations in the floor finish as well stains, particularly on carpet. As a seller, you may have forgotten about some stains that are on the carpet where furniture and/or area rugs have sat on top of it for years.

flooring

Before putting your house on the market, check any areas of your home that have had furniture and/or rugs sitting on top of floor surfaces. If there is discoloration, consult with a wood flooring specialist on how to address, call in carpet cleaners or consider possibly replacing/repairing the flooring in question before going on the market. Note any issues upfront to establish condition at the time the home goes on the market to a buyer and on a seller’s disclosure so as to avoid any surprises later on.

leftovers

2. Walls — Once the artwork and flat screen TVs comes down, the walls are often left with nail holes, brackets and possibly discoloration where objects were previously hung. While it may seem premature when an offer is received to even think about dismantling the house, discuss with your agent a plan for “spackle management” when finalizing contract terms. Better to deal with this upfront vs. trying to figure out what to do right before closing because nothing was mentioned in the contract. Setting realistic expectations at the outset as to what you as a seller will do, such as spackling, will hopefully avoid a buyer’s request for you to repaint walls entirely. It may be that the buyer likes the existing placement for artwork and your television and will want these areas left as you had them.

3. Leftovers – While these are always appreciated after a good Sunday dinner, your left over house stuff is not always wanted or needed by the buyer of your home. Moving always brings a “don’t know what to do with pile.” It may be a stray chair, file cabinet, old lawn hose or other various odds and ends. Don’t assume the new owner will be glad to have these items. Check with the buyer first, if they don’t want them, play it safe and have them removed BEFORE the final walkthrough.

4. Garbage – Speaking of removal, don’t leave garbage cans full of trash for the new owner to take out. The buyer has enough to deal with as far as coordinating movers, getting utilities turned on, waiting for the cable guy and all that goes along with setting up a new home. This is usually a surprise not discovered until the walkthrough or their first trip to the house as the new owner. A pile of trash either in the garage or on the driveway is not a closing gift that should be left behind.

moving boxes

5. Mover Damage – With a moving crew transporting furniture and boxes out of your house, the opportunity exists for unintended damage to occur. Drywall dings, nicks, scratches or gauges can be left, often not discovered until a buyer does their walkthrough, or of course right after they go to the house after closing. Once the movers are finished, do your own “move-out” walkthrough with them to check for any damage. Discuss with your movers ahead of time the plan for handling any damage and have a trusted repair person on standby to take care of any issues should they occur.

803 Grandview Street N. Oshawa

House of Two’s –  2 Kitchens,  2 Living Areas, 2 car garage, 2 bedroom basement suite plus 2 Walk-outs to rear yard.
You need to see this property to believe it! Live on the main level and rent out the lower level to help offset mortgage payments.
Home Features: 3 +3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, Extensive Composite Decking overlooking Conservation Area, Fantastic Master Suite with Walk-in Closet and 4 piece Ensuite. Sunny and Bright Open concept eat-in kitchen, living and dining room. Move-in ready ground level 2 Bedroom In-law suite with walk-out to back yard that is a haven for elegant entertaining. Easy care landscaping. Priced to Sell at $550,000. Call for private viewing. 905-430-6655.
Updates: Shingles 2014, Furnace and Central Air Conditioning 2014

913 Renaissance Drive Oshawa

Sold Over Asking, In Under 24 hours

Wheel Chair accessible Home that is designed to bring the outdoors in. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Ontario from your back yard and back bedrooms, Newly renovated Kitchen w new back splash and large eating area overlooking your manicured front garden. 3 Renovated bathrooms with new vanity’s and light Fixtures.  Home has personality to spare with a open concept Living/ Dining and Family Room.  Beautiful master suite with walk-in closet, new carpets, and Ensuite. Two additional spacious bedrooms have double closets, fresh paint and great views of the lake.  Home has the bonus of a finished basement, that features a office , and 2 additional Bedroom. Manicured Garden’s have made this home Recipient of the Community’s in Bloom Award.. Perfect for family gatherings. Lots of recent updates including fresh paint, new kitchen, New flooring. and large 3 season solarium. Tranquil setting.

One of Oshawa’s Best Buys- Would make perfect Basement Suite

357 Miami Court, Oshawa

Open House Today and Tomorrow

From 2-4 pm

This home would be a perfect fit for the in-laws. Basement already has a Wet Bar. Beautiful 3+1 Bedroom Bungalow With finished Walk-Out Basement Plus Separate Side Door Entrance.
Home Is Located On A Quiet Family Friendly Court In North Oshawa. Tastefully Finished From Top To Bottom With Fresh Paint, Hardwood And Ceramic flooring thru-out. Side yard features Perennial Rock Garden Cascading To Stamped Concrete Walkway And Patio. State Of The Art Sauna / Shower / Entertainment Unit In The Basement bathroom. Large family room with wet bar and and sliding glass walk-out to patio. Lots of parking in driveway for 3-4 cars. New Shingles too. You Have to see This One.
Call Today! This Home Won’t last long in Today’s Market..

 

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913 Renaissance Drive Oshawa

Sold Over Asking, in under 24 hours

Wheel Chair accessible Home that is designed to bring the outdoors in. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Ontario from your back yard and back bedrooms, Newly renovated Kitchen w new back splash and large eating area overlooking your manicured front garden. 3 Renovated bathrooms with new vanity’s and light Fixtures.  Home has personality to spare with a open concept Living/ Dining and Family Room.  Beautiful master suite with walk-in closet, new carpets, and Ensuite. Two additional spacious bedrooms have double closets, fresh paint and great views of the lake.  Home has the bonus of a finished basement, that features a office , and 2 additional Bedroom. Manicured Garden’s have made this home Recipient of the Community’s in Bloom Award.. Perfect for family gatherings. Lots of recent updates including fresh paint, new kitchen, New flooring. and large 3 season solarium. Tranquil setting.

One of Oshawa’s Best Buys- Would make perfect Basement Suite

357 Miami Court, Oshawa

Open House Sat July 9 and  Sun July 10

From 2-4 pm

This home would be a perfect fit for the in-laws. Basement already has a Wet Bar. Beautiful 3+1 Bedroom Bungalow With finished Walk-Out Basement Plus Separate Side Door Entrance.
Home Is Located On A Quiet Family Friendly Court In North Oshawa. Tastefully Finished From Top To Bottom With Fresh Paint, Hardwood And Ceramic flooring thru-out. Side yard features Perennial Rock Garden Cascading To Stamped Concrete Walkway And Patio. State Of The Art Sauna / Shower / Entertainment Unit In The Basement bathroom. Large family room with wet bar and and sliding glass walk-out to patio. Lots of parking in driveway for 3-4 cars. New Shingles too. You Have to see This One.
Call Today! This Home Won’t last long in Today’s Market..

 

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GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD AT GREAT PRICE!

Throw The Best Family Gatherings Of Your Life!

The Good Life Is Certain In This 3 + 1 Bedroom Raised Bungalow, 3 Bath Home With Plenty Of Windows And Attached Garage. Close To City Transit, UOIT Bus Service, Shopping And School Bus Service. Eat-In Kitchen With Pantry + Walk-Out To Deck With Stairs Leading To Fenced Back Yard. Retiring Or Moving Up, You’ll Want To See This Home?

Lower Level Offers A Separate 1 Bdrm, Open Concept Nanny Suite With Large Above Grade Windows, A Warm Cozy Fireplace In Sitting Room, A Private 4 Pc Bath With Jacuzzi Style Tub, A Large Bedroom With Wall To Wall Mirror Closet Doors. all this for only $400,000. Wont last long!

 

Open House Sunday June 19, 2016   2pm-4pm.  All Welcome!

 

Don’t Pack These Items Up When You Move Into A New Home

From medications to plants, here is a list of items you need to put some extra thought into for your packing strategy.

Guest Post by NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm

You have gone through the packing drills: Boxes? check; Tape? check; Precise type of boxes? check. Ready, set, go! Start packing! Wait a second! Hold it! Before you pack every tea cup and toy car in your home; take a break and step back. There are some items  you should first set aside; these items should not be packed. Certain valuables should always be kept close to you during a move, other items can be dangerous and some items simply should be left to the pros to pack to prevent injury and breakage.

Here are some of the items NOT to pack and move with the rest of your belongings:

1. Treasures: Money, securities, valuable papers and jewelry – Keep your treasures with you. If they are already tucked securely in a safe deposit box in the bank, don’t forget to get a new safe deposit box close to your new home and transfer the items there before your move.

2. Flammables: Items such as aerosol cans, paints, and gasoline – Ask the local hazardous waste organization in your community how to dispose of these items properly. The local fire department can point you in the right direction.

3. Perishable Items: Frozen foods and produce – You can donate food to your local food bank. Move for Hunger is a great organization for linking you to a food bank near you. Or, have a very eclectic left over dinner: ice cream and frozen waffles, anyone?

4. Plants & Flowers: Some states don’t allow plants to cross state lines so a moving company won’t be able to transport them for you. Moving locally? Way in advance of moving day: Ask the moving company if they can move plants. Can they move them in one day or  would you be better off moving your green friends yourself? You don’t want those plants in the dark without water too long!

5. Soaps & Polishes: Check with the water department and fire department on proper disposal.

6. Medications: Speak to your pharmacist, get your prescriptions transferred to your new home and find out how to transport them What Not To Movesafely. Don’t forget your pet’s medications too. Talk to your vet and get those records and prescriptions transferred to your new home.

7. Explosives: Have guns, firearms, fireworks, explosives, or toxic substances? Check moving details with your local police department. Many cities have a no question asked turn in your firearms policy. Don’t under any circumstances leave them unattended. Children get very curious during a move and the last thing you would want on moving day is a horrible accident.

8. Family: Children, special need individuals, elderly family members and pets including fish and reptiles – Now, I know you aren’t packing these loved ones! BUT it is very important to make sure they all have a safe, cool and have a secure place to be on moving day, away from all of the boxes, commotion and movers. Make those arrangements way in advance of moving day and make sure everyone knows where everyone is going during the moving process.

The Ultimate Lifesaver Packing Tip:  Items you want to have easily accessible and close by your side on moving day be sure to pack a suitcase for each family member so everyone has their pjs, a change of clothes, phone/computer chargers, toothbrush, toothpaste, meds and favorite teddy bear. Also, make sure each family pet is microchipped, tagged and has a backpack full of food, meds, treats and toys to keep them settled where ever they will be babysat during the move. If you’re moving a long distance, make sure each family member has enough to get them through until the moving van rolls up to the new home. Really, you don’t want anyone to start that new school or job in their polka dotted pjs!