Sell your home high and Buy your next home low???

Can you guess what I am going to say?

Buy the house anyways (HERE’S WHY)⤵️

You can still reap massive financial benefits from owning a home, even with rising home prices.

Take my buyers recent home buying experience.

They had been in their home for several years, but their family had outgrown it.

They started looking for a bigger home in their ideal neighbourhood and casually searched for over a year.

They noticed homes were going quickly and honestly had sticker shock when it came to prices.

Sound familiar?

They debated whether or not they should move up and even considered doing a large scale addition on their current home to get it to work for them.

Ultimately they made the decision to buy another home that checked all of their boxes despite feeling like they were “buying high”.

They knew their home wasn’t working for them and they understood that with home prices continuing to rise they would benefit from the equity gained in their new home and were able to use the equity they already had in their current home to help offset the cost of moving up.

Their monthly payment increased (still within their budget), but they were ok with that knowing that they would finally be in a home that would work for their family.

They would’ve loved to sell high and buy low, but realized they couldn’t have their cake and eat it too and that timing the market just wasn’t possible.

If you’re in a similar position, you aren’t alone.

If you’re weighing your options and want to get an idea of what it would take for you to buy the home you want in today’s market and what you could sell your current house for, email me so we can discuss your specific situation.

If upgrading your home is right for you, great, but if not the right time that’s ok too…I’m here to help either way!


Hey there, Burlington! As your local realtor, I wanted to share some updates about our real estate market.

Let’s take a look at our January stats…

Sales soared by an impressive 27% in January, signaling a surge in activity and opportunities for both buyers and sellers alike.

New listings saw a remarkable increase of 104%, providing buyers with a wider array of choices and options to shop for their new home.

Despite a slight dip of 7% in the average price from December, this presents an excellent opportunity for savvy buyers to make their move and potentially negotiate favorable terms…. Hurry this may not last long.

With the average days on market increasing by just 1.4 days, it’s essential for everyone to stay on their toes and act quickly in this market.

Meanwhile, the decrease of 0.6 months in months of inventory suggests a tightening supply, creating a more competitive environment for sellers while urging buyers to act decisively.

The market is changing month by month if not week by week. If you have been thinking about moving now is a great time to start asking questions send me a DM. I would love to hear what you have planned.


2196 Clarendon Park Dr. Burlington House For Sale

Downtown Burlington Home For Sale!! 

The charm of this centrally located Burlington Ontario home starts with a sprawling front yard, a brick facade, and a welcoming covered porch. Nestled in a private, treed lot, this home boasts abundant outdoor space and modern updates, creating a truly remarkable place to call home.

Step into an open-concept dream with a chic kitchen featuring quartz countertops, a massive wood block island, and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors and large windows fill the home with natural light. The great room, with its wood-burning fireplace, is the perfect spot for relaxation and gatherings.

Discover three charming bedrooms down the hall, each with its unique charm, and a stunning main bathroom with double sinks. 

 The king-sized primary bedroom comes complete with a walk-in closet and an ensuite featuring a glass shower.

 Unlock the potential of the "bonus room" above the garage – a space adorned with pot lights, storage, and a dreamy gas fireplace. This flexible area allows for endless possibilities like an office, den, gym, library, or even a 5th bedroom!

The newly carpeted lower level, featuring custom built-ins and a fireplace, is your perfect retreat for movie nights or work sessions. A comfortable bedroom and a modern 3-piece bathroom make it an ideal guest space or teenage retreat. Plus, there's a convenient laundry area for added practicality.

Escape to your private oasis in the backyard – a park-like setting with a saltwater in-ground pool, a seating area with a pergola, and a grassy space for kids and pets, all surrounded by towering trees. It's the ultimate in privacy, creating a serene retreat for relaxation or lively summer BBQs!


Considering multigenerational housing?

Considering multigenerational housing? You're joining a growing trend. 

Recently, 14% of homebuyers were looking for homes that could house multiple generations. This choice isn't just a matter of preference and desire for family togetherness; it's driven by practical needs and shifting family dynamics. 

Here’s a peek into why both first-time and repeat buyers are choosing these homes:

1) Financial advantages for first-time buyers.
A significant 28% of first-time buyers opt for multigenerational homes to afford larger properties, pooling multiple incomes to make this viable.

2) Space for extended family & adult children.
About 23% of first-time buyers need space for adult relatives or children over 18 who haven't moved out. Additionally, 12% are accommodating 'boomerang' children who return home after living independently.

3) Caring for aging parents.
Among repeat buyers, 30% are looking for homes that facilitate caring for elderly parents. This reflects what I believe is a growing sense of obligation toward elder care in family settings.

These figures highlight a significant shift towards homes that support extended family living under one roof. If you're considering this type of home for your unique family needs, I'm here to guide you through the options and find the perfect fit. 

Let’s connect and start exploring your options in today’s real estate landscape!

Source: All in the Family: Multi-Generational Home Buying

Experts: Multigenerational Housing Needs More Support November 15, 2023


What happens if you overprice your home?
I’m just a realtor over here trying to help you make the most money when you sell .

Do you know what happens if you overprice your home? Nothing.

No calls.

No showings.

No bidding wars.

No offers.


So how do we avoid this?

By pricing it correctly + positioning it well from the start.

This is the number one thing you have to get right when listing your home.

Your agent needs to show you solid comps that support your list price + a specific, strategic marketing plan that’s going to get you the best results.

While we’re still in a more balanced market in Burlington + Waterdown ON, we are at point where some homes are selling like hot cakes in multiple offers and some are sitting…these are the overpriced, poorly marketed ones.

Your pricing strategy + your agent’s ability to market directly impacts if you get an offer and how good of an offer you’ll get.

So, what should be included in the marketing strategy?

1. Pre-market: This lays the groundwork for marketing that will generate interest in your property. This includes working with an agent who will advise you what to do to get your home ready to list + who uses a professional photographer + videographer. Preparing well ensures your house looks amazing both online and in person.

2. Opening weekend: This is go time for getting the word out through social media, print marketing, notifying neighbour’s, etc. -all geared towards driving traffic to your home via showings + an a potential open house strategy that creates urgency.

You want buyers seeing other buyers looking at your house so it creates FOMO and they go all in on writing a bomb offer to secure the home before someone else gets it.

3. Continued marketing: If your home doesn’t sell the first weekend, don’t panic it is the reality of the market we are in. Work with an agent who will continue to market the heck out of your property until it’s SOLD, not just pop a sign in the yard and pray buyers show up!

Hope this helps!

Inflation rose to 3.4%
According to Statistics Canada, the annual inflation rate experienced an increase to 3.4 percent in December.

This morning, the federal agency unveiled its consumer price index report, revealing a slight uptick from the 3.1 percent recorded in November. Economists had anticipated this rise, attributing it to a more pronounced decline in gasoline prices in December 2022 compared to the previous month.

Notably, grocery prices saw a 4.7 percent increase from a year ago, aligning with the pace of growth observed in November. As December concludes the fiscal year, Statistics Canada notes that the annual average inflation rate for 2023 settled at 3.9 percent, down from the 40-year high of 6.8 percent recorded in 2022.

Further analysis by the federal agency indicates that price growth in 2023 decelerated in six out of eight components of the consumer price index compared to the preceding year.

The Bank of Canada is closely monitoring these inflationary trends in preparation for its upcoming rate announcement on January 24th.

What sellers say actually helped sell their home!

Revealing today what sellers say *actually* helped them sell their homes for top dollar.

1) A slight under-market list price. 

It feels counterintuitive, but sellers willing to list their homes just under market value tell me they’ve been handsomely rewarded. Competitively priced homes typically ignite bidding wars, resulting in a selling price far exceeding the initial listing.

2) Next-level cleanliness.

My crazy successful sellers typically choose to invest in professional cleaning services. Imagine walking into a home where the scents are fresh, surfaces gleam, and carpets feel like they've never been stepped on. A few hundred bucks can transform your home into a canvas where buyers can paint their future lives.

3) Multiple rounds of decluttering. 

We're not talking about tidying up; we're talking about a ruthless purge. If you've lived in your home for years, what seems normal to you might look like clutter to potential buyers. Sometimes, it takes a few rounds to strip back to the essentials, ensuring your home is show-ready and inviting.

Need a hand or more insights? I'm just a message away. Let's sell your home for maximum profit!


 Get Your Home Ready for a Fresh Start in 2024!

Your home has been there for you throughout the year, and now it's time to show it some love before the new year begins. Here's a step-by-step guide tailored for both buyers and sellers in Burlington, Ontario, ensuring your space is not only organized but also appealing to potential buyers.

  1. Pre-Holiday Toy Cleanout: Before the festive season and the influx of gifts, go through your children's old toys that no longer see playtime. Consider donating them to a local thrift store or charity. This not only declutters your home but also gives back to the community.

  2. Daily Declutter Challenge: Take on the task of decluttering one drawer, closet, or cabinet every day. Set a timer for 15 minutes and witness the transformation. Dispose of or donate items like old magazines, manuals, electronics, unused clothes, and expired medications. This incremental approach makes the process manageable for both buyers and sellers on the move.

  3. Kitchen Clean-Up: Streamline your kitchen by eliminating dishes and utensils you rarely use. Follow the rule of doubling the number of sets based on your household size. Additionally, do a thorough check of your fridge and pantry, bidding farewell to forgotten items. This step not only improves functionality but also enhances the appeal of your home for potential buyers.

  4. Home Decor Downsizing: Dust off and declutter unused home decor items. If they've been sitting around collecting dust, consider passing them on or selling them online. This not only refreshes your living space but also creates a more attractive environment for potential buyers.

  5. Storage Area Organization: Address all storage areas, from the basement to the attic. Employ labels and bins to keep items organized and easily accessible. This step is crucial for sellers looking to present a well-organized home to potential buyers.

If you find the decluttering process overwhelming, I collaborate with excellent home organizers who can provide the support you need. Feel free to reach out with your home organization needs. Moreover, if you have any real estate questions or need advice, I'm here to assist you in navigating the Burlington housing market. Let's start 2024 with a fresh and organized home!


Do Your Own Due Diligence!
Imagine you've found the perfect house. It's got the right number of rooms, a modern kitchen, and a dreamy backyard. But have you thought about what happens when the sun goes down? Or what the neighbourhood is like on a quiet Sunday morning?

Buying a home isn't just about the property itself. It's about its surroundings, the local community, the schools nearby, and more. And the truth is, a beautiful house means less if the surroundings aren't just right. 

That's why today I'm sharing the extra 'due diligence' you should consider beyond a standard home inspection:

• A Second Walk Around the Block - You've probably scoped out the area during the showings, but it's worth taking a slow, investigative stroll around the neighbourhood again. Check out the amenities, parks, and potential hang-out spots. It's an easy way to visualize your new neighbourhood lifestyle.

• School's in Session - If you have children or are planning to in the future, the quality of local schools should be high on your list of priorities. Make sure to research school zones and ratings.

• Night Owls Report - Swing by the neighbourhood after work hours. Do people frequent the parks? Are there walking trails that lead to a bustling downtown? Is parking non-existent? The after-hours scene is definitely something to consider in your decision-making process. Another tip? Talk with neighbours. They’ll likely tell you everything you want to know.

Remember, due diligence goes far beyond your four walls, roof, and yard, so if you're considering a new property and want a trusted partner to guide you through these steps, get in touch.

I’d love to help and tell you what I know about Burlington + Waterdown's neighbourhoods. 

Lets Talk Buying a Home in the Winter
Let’s talk about buying a home in the winer….

I know it stinks to move in the cold & snow, BUT….

With the decline in fixed interest rates and inventory its a better time to buy than in the spring when even more buyers jump back in.

Im never about trying to convince anyone to buy or sell, but if it’s something you’ve already decided you’re going to do in the near future, its worthwhile to ponder getting started now.

I know it’s inconvenient with all of the busyness holiday season brings, but the opportunity to beat the coming rush of buyers may be worth it.

As rates go down, more buyers will enter the market, home prices will increase and the market will become much more competitive.

Things about  buying a fixer upper that may surprise you
After showing a great "fixer-upper" home the other day it got me thinking. Hav you ever peeked at a worn-out house and thought, 'That could be something special?'

Here's why your gut might be onto something big.

Diving into a fixer-upper isn't just about snagging a home at a lower price, though that's a sweet perk. The real magic isn’t always visible on the surface, but oh, the rewards:

1) Smooth Sailing

Fewer buyers often mean fewer bidding wars, which might get you better terms and even a few concessions.

2) Tailor-Made

Swap 'standard' for 'custom.' Turn that space into YOUR dream canvas—no more settling.

3) Equity Boost

As you spruce things up, you're not just beautifying; you're adding value and watching your home's worth climb. Cha-ching!

4) VIP Pass to Prime Locales

Those ritzy neighbourhoods? A fixer-upper can be your golden ticket in without the gold-plated prices.

5) Friendly Tax Bill

A lower purchase price can lead to a lower tax assessment. Now, that’s a win-win for buyers.

Are you thinking of taking the plunge or just curious about your options? Send me a message! I love talking about all the potential a home can offer.

The Do's and Don'ts of listing your home for sale in December

Contemplating a 'For Sale' sign among your December decorations?

Here are a few thoughts to help you minimize stress, stay in the festive spirit, and secure a quick sale: 

The Do’s

1) Embrace the season: Decorate tastefully to showcase your home's holiday charm and help buyers envision their own future celebrations in your space.

2) Cozy up: Create a warm, inviting atmosphere with soft lighting, comfy throws, and delightful scents (try Stovetop Christmas Potpourri — it’s a game-changer).

3) Stay flex: December is a hectic time for everyone. Be accommodating with showing schedules to make the process smoother for all parties involved.

The Don'ts

1) Overdo decor: Less is more when it comes to holiday decorations. Avoid overwhelm and let your home's layout, lighting, and features shine.

2) Forget basic upkeep: Amidst the holiday hustle, remember essential home upkeep. A well-maintained home makes a first — and lasting — impression on buyers.

3) Over-personalize: Clear out personal items and excess clutter to help buyers visualize living within your four walls.

Remember, December buyers are serious buyers, so if you’re ready to make the most of this month’s real estate market, message me, and let's chat about your listing today.

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