It’s in Scarborough near Warden and Steeles. That means its really close to the 404 and basically halfway between the 401 & 407. It’s also been really well maintained and some work has been put into it to make it look as good as possible. You probably don’t want to hear me keep talking about it so let’s take a look at some pictures.
It’s a beautiful home and theres more we aren’t showing yet like the finished basement, the pool in the backyard and the beautiful master bathroom. Contact us if you want to get an in person sneak peek!
“Elfs” is a way to fit into the listing description “Electrical Light Fixture”. Trying to decipher “Realtor Speak” in the description of the listing (listing is Real Estate lingo for Home for Sale) can be quite challenging, even for those in the business for many years. The longer you’ve been in the business the more you may recognize. Often though, agents are making them up for the first time and assuming people can figure it out based on context.
Introducing a brand new series on our blog; Ask Us Anything. Submit a question and we will answer it in a future blog post.
Our first instalment comes a question that thankfully isn’t asked too often but still comes up from time to time.
Question: Do I have to tell people who want to buy my house that someone died in it?
This is trickier than just a simple yes or no. As the seller of the home, you do NOT have to disclose if someone died in the house. However, your agent DOES. From the perspective of a homeowner they do not have to disclose to potential buyers about deaths. All Real Estate Agents, governed by the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) are required to disclose all material facts that could adversely affect a buyer’s decision to purchase the property or not.
So if someone has died in your home, your agent will have to disclose to any potential buyers. This should be done in writing before any offers are made. Usually a notice is put in the remarks of the listing for buyer representatives to contact the listing agent (the agent representing the home for sale) prior to any offers being submitted. At this point they will disclose the death and then the buyers can make the informed decision to move forward with an offer or not.
The tricky part is the grey area of the seller not having to disclose but the agent being required to. What’s tricky is that an agent also has to follow all lawful instructions of the seller. So if there has been a death and the seller tells their agent not to disclose then there is a conflict of interest. The sellers are bound by their agency relationship with their seller not to disclose the death but are required by RECO to disclose any material fact related to the sale of the home. In this situation the only thing an agent can really do is end the relationship. By not disclosing they can face fines, get sued, and possible lose their license. By disclosing against the wishes of their seller they can get sued by the seller as well. It’s a no-win situation.
It’s always better to disclose because eventually the buyers will always find out. Whether they can find someone on google or it isn’t until after they move in and start talking with the neighbours. Someone will always talk and eventually they will find out. Disclosing ahead of time saves a lot of headaches down the road.
Does a death in a house affect the value? It can, sometimes depending on the type of death (eg. Murder, Suicide, or Natural), but there is always a buyer out there who doesn’t care and it will not affect their decision to buy.
If you have a question you’d like answered then let us know in the comments below.
That for sale sign has gone up on your home, and its time to start hosting some Open Houses to attract buyers to your home. Despite some differing opinions on the matter, open houses remain a very effective way to expose your property to potential buyers, and a lot of deals are happening as a result of successful open houses. Showcasing your home to potential home buyers however, is both emotional and a little nerve wrecking at the same time because strangers will now walk through the space you call your home and will try to envision it as their own.
So how can we make sure that your home for sale is set up so that it appeals to as many buyers as possible:
1) Maximize the Space – This may be a very obvious one, but it’s more important than we may think. When potential buyers are visiting your home, they base their opinions largely on first impressions. Luckily for us, these can be controlled for the most part. Sift through your belongings, and take a minimalistic approach when it comes to showcasing them. Storing items such as your extra towels, toiletries, books, shoes and anything else lying around should be temporarily hidden away inside storage boxes or inside cabinets.
2) De-Personalize – Your wedding portrait, kid’s graduation pictures, posters of your favourite boy band and your dogs paw prints all are better to be replaced or removed until the sale has been completed.. When a space is too personal, buyers often feel like they are in someone else’s space as opposed to being in their next home. Also, you don’t want to distract any visitors with any items that are too personal. If you want to see how to de-personalize go find a new neighbourhood and walk through a model home to see how they set them up.
3) Curb Appeal – This is a big bonus when it comes to selling your home. If visitors are impressed with how well you’ve kept up the front of your property, they will walk in much happier! Just make sure all the garbage bins and any obstructions from the entrance are also removed to allow easy access into the home. If it’s wintertime, ensure that your driveways are shovelled so that they can have easy access to your home.
Bonus tip: If your property is vacant, you may seriously want to consider investing in some staging. Many people lack the imagination and are unable to envision an empty space as a cozy home for their family. Research shows, that a larger portion of the impression your home makes is based on decor than it is on layout and size of a room. A good stager will be able to guide you on the best design for your home in order to make sure people can see the potential it has to offer.