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5 Overused Real Estate Terms


5 overused real estate termsBy Michelle Andreacchi

1. Priced To Sell What else would it be priced at? The assumption is, if you've gone through the steps to list your home on the open market then it's with the intent to sell.

2. Gleaming Hardwood Floors It seems that every home with hardwood floors is GLEAMING! Stop it people!

3. Show With Confidence What does this even mean? What if the realtor showing that day is feeling not so confident? Can we still show?

4. Backyard Oasis Unless there's a pool, drink station and covered porch with spa, stop saying this. A swing set and turtle sandbox is not my idea of an oasis

5. Chef inspired Kitchen While in some cases this may be true for the custom built homes, I can assure you that when a neighborhood has five different builders and bangs out 3000 homes in minimal time, there's a good chance a chef was not consulted on the kitchen design. Save this statement for the homes with professionally designed kitchens and remodels.


Glen Abbey Golf Course Update - Summer 2018


glen abbey golf course update summer 2018By Michelle Andreacchi

With the Canadian Open having just finished up in Oakville, Ontario, we thought now would be a good time to update you on the status of the Glen Abbey Golf Course situation.

As you’ve likely heard by now, ClubLink has submitted an application to demolish the golf course, while Oakville Council is arguing their application is flawed because they applied under Section 34 of the Ontario Heritage Act. This act deals with buildings and structures, while the Town believes Glen Abbey is a landscape, and thereby covered by a different section.

ClubLink has plans to build 3,222 residential units, 9 apartment buildings between nine and twelve storeys, 69,000 square feet of commercial / retail space, and 107,000 square feet of office space. This would cover approximately half of the existing green space on the property.

Both ClubLink and the Town of Oakville have made their cases before the Superior Court of Justice, with Justice Edward Morgan overseeing the hearing. He will ultimately decide whether ClubLink’s application to demolish the course is valid.

If you would like to support the preservation of Glen Abbey, you can:

1. Tweet #OurOpen and #SaveGlenAbbey during the Canadian Open to show your desire to protect the Glen Abbey Golf Course.

2. Wear a sticker at the Open and/or display a sign. Message “Save Glen Abbey” on FB for more information.

3. Connect with SGA on social media: Twitter, FB and Instagram and sign the petition www.glenabbeypetition.ca

4. E-mail and connect with our Oakville MPP’s on social media:

Stephen Crawford stephen.crawford@ontariopc.net Effie Triantafilopolous effie.triantafilopolous@pc.ola.org Visit www.saveglenabbey.ca for more information.


Are Your Must-Haves Really Must-Haves?


Michelle Andreacchi Oakville Real Estate BlogBy Michelle Andreacchi

When your ready to buy a home, your realtor will usually meet with you and ask for your "must haves" or your "wish lists". This helps them narrow down the criteria in order to make the search process more accurate. Here are a few key considerations you should make before finalizing your list. Let's get started:

 

"I need GRANITE counter tops" This is a very common item we find on our home buyers wish list. But before you rule out looking at homes without granite or stone counter tops, do some research. What exactly is the cost per square foot to install a counter of your choice? What type of quality finish are you really looking for? How invasive of a Reno is it to have the counter tops installed after I move in? Is it possible for my realtor to negotiate the cost of new counter tops into my agreement of purchase and sale? Counter tops can be fabulous and they are very easy to upgrade or replace as well!

 

"No STAINLESS STEEL appliances...Don't bother!"

Often we will see clients rule out a home because the photos show a kitchen with white or black appliances. Again, it's time to ask yourself some tough questions (actually not that tough). Can I sell the existing appliances online? Could I donate them and have a charity pick them up while getting a charitable donation receipt? What is the actual cost of brand new appliances including delivery and set up? Many department stores offer a deferred payment plan with zero interest for x amount of months or special new customer incentives. Century21 Miller Real Estate has a partnership with the Brick that offers a great discount off new appliances.

 

"No Hardwood Floors??"

"Oh look honey, it's got carpet, I'm not going in" Flooring is another hot topic item that a buyer should seriously consider before passing up on a home. Ripping out old carpet and replacing with new hardwood of your choice is easy to do and won't break the bank. Decent hardwood flooring will start at around $5 per sq. ft. and the install will cost around $2 per sq. ft. To put that into perspective, an 18'x14' Family room would cost approximately $1800. So think twice before you pass up a great home because it has an old carpet.

 

These are only some items to consider when buying a home. It's important to remain clear on the real fundamentals that will directly impact your investment and quality of life. To me, must haves are location, layout, style, room sizes, lot size, school district, neighbourhood demographics, age of home and of course affordability. Talk to your local realtor or better yet talk to me and I can help you out with some of these tough decisions.