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Best Spring Home Maintenance Tips

You know it needs to be done, but where do you start? Here are our best tips for spring home maintenance and organization! maintenance and cleaning – Check for loose or leaky gutters and make sure your downspouts are all attached and drain away from the house to avoid improper drainage which can lead to water in the basement or…

Design on a Dime

When most people think of renovating a bathroom, they immediately think of the investment it takes, but it also has one of the biggest payoffs. Our design team recently helped a client renovate her bathroom in preparation to sell, and proved that you can have stunning luxury and elegance within a budget. The client had originally set a budget of…

Is the white picket fence just a dream?

We’re seeing it in the Beach and in many other neighbourhoods across the GTA – the dream of owning a detached home is become just that, a dream. With that, the demand for higher density development is growing. For anyone who wants to live in Toronto, a detached home is quickly becoming a luxury and families are compromising living space…

You have 6 minutes to sell your house.

First impressions are everything and it’s no different when you’re selling your home. The knowledge that home staging increases a home’s sale price and reduces the time on market is nothing new. In fact, it seems even strange that a recent article by CBC presents this as news! What is at least, current news, are many agents saying they now…

Markets and Mortgages

Although overall prices in the GTA were up nine percent compared to January 2013, inventory is low! Homes listed for sale were down 16.6% which is likely accounting for the drive up in price. This market trend is definitely reflected in the Beach. Just the other week we listed a semi-detached that sold for more than a $100,000 over asking…

Love or Lust?

With Valentine’s around the corner, we couldn’t help but think about how buying a home is a lot like dating and finding the love of your life. When many people start out looking for a home, they look online checking out listings, and may start visiting open houses. (the bar, lavalife) They might meet an agent who offers to set…

We’re on Houzz!

We have two Houzz features to share with you…our own home and that of our client. Bot of them got the touch of our in-house design team – Shannon Balm and Emily Cade. Rising to the Renovation Challenge in Toronto Our renovation is a collaboration of our own finds and finishes combined with the ongoing advice and help from Shannon…

The Toronto Real Estate Market Buzz

We know there is always a buzz around the Toronto real estate market in the spring, so why are we already feeling it in January? Maybe it’s the hyper local market in our neighbourhood and within the GTA but we’re seeing a very early and strong start to the number of people calling for listing presentations and buyers saying they’re…