By: Marilyn Rogers

Did You Know That A Buyer Can Cancel A Home Sale If They’re Misled?

Did You Know That A Buyer Can Cancel A Home Sale If They’re Misled?

When a home is being sold, it’s always the wisest move as a seller to disclose everything they can, being upfront and honest with the buyer. While this can seem counterintuitive to making a sale, not providing all of the information can cause serious problems that may even cost you the sale of the house – and then some. Ontario Real Estate Lawyer Bob Aaron writes about this exact issue in a recent Toronto Star column, discussing a case where a home was built on a landfill that was potentially toxic and the seller filled out a Seller Property Information Statement. The question on the form was direct, stating “are you aware of possible environmental problems or soil contam...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

A Home’s Listing Price Makes A Big First Impression On Ontario Home Buyers

A Home’s Listing Price Makes A Big First Impression On Ontario Home Buyers

The Ontario Real Estate Association has released new research that shows the listing price of a home has a big impact on whether prospective buyers want to see more of a home. According to the research, 75% of people living in Ontario who are planning on buying a home in the next two years say the listing price of a home has the biggest effect out of anything as to whether they want to see more. Other factors that affect wanting to see more include: The listing sheet (56%) Interior photos (55%) The least important factors include: Proximity to a highway (29%) Neighbourhood age distribution (23%) Average neighbourhood household income (22%)  “The first few weeks of the...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Fall is a favourite season of many Canadians, especially those living in the Peterborough and Kawarthas area. The colours of the changing leaves are some of the most beautiful in the country, and what a backdrop for those who are looking to sell their home! There are a few things home sellers should keep in mind during the autumn months when it comes to curb appeal. Clean, clear and cut. While fall is known for pretty colours, it can also be a pretty grey time of year. The days are getting shorter so there’s sunlight, and overcast clouds become more frequent. To make your home stand out, remember, “clean, clear and cut.” Clean the exterior of your home. Use a pressure wa...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Selling Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage? Before You Renovate…

Selling Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage? Before You Renovate…

If you’re planning on selling your Peterborough home or cottage this year and you want to increase the value of your home by renovating, it’s important to understand which types of renovations will give you the biggest return on your investment. The best renos - albeit the most expensive renos - are the kitchen and bathroom. It’s often said that these two rooms can sell a home, and if not both at least the kitchen. Outside of these popular renovations, the next popular way to add value to your home is to increase the amount of living space available – for example, adding an extra suite or finishing your basement. When you use a contractor, make sure they are skille...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

The Best Tips For Staging Your Home

The Best Tips For Staging Your Home

Staging your home to sell is like getting it dressed up for a date. You want to attract prospective buyers and make it as easy as possible for them to visualize themselves living in the home by both dressing it up and clearing it out. De-clutter your house. De-cluttering is easily the number one thing you need to focus on when staging your home to sell it. This means clearing off any surfaces in your home and removing a few pieces of furniture here and there, trying to achieve that “model home” look as much as possible. Remove personal items. It’s weird going through someone else’s house as a buyer, especially with their family photos staring at you from the mantle....Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Get Ready To Paint Your Peterborough Home To Sell

Get Ready To Paint Your Peterborough Home To Sell

Did you know that updating your interior or exterior paint job is one of the cheapest ways to boost the resale value of your home? The dead of winter might not motivate anyone in Peterborough to think about painting their home. But if you’re planning on selling your home in the spring months, thinking ahead is a great way to make sure you’ll be ready to get started as soon as the weather starts cooperating. Type Oil based paints are no longer prevalent in Ontario, with many manufacturers discontinuing them and their being made illegal in many areas around the world because of their VOC content, or Volotile Ogranic Compounds. You don’t want this in your home anyway, and th...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Do Peterborough Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

Do Peterborough Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

This past year has seen a number of proposed wind turbines and wind farms in Peterborough and the surrounding areas, many of which were questioned as having the potential to harm property values in Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region. As wind turbine farms become a more clear reality for the future of Ontario, many rural homeowners wonder if property values could be affected. However, a new study published earlier this month in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics by researchers from the University of Guelph, says that wind turbines don’t have any significant effects on property values in nearby towns or cities, after studying the effects of the turbines in Melanctho...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Sell Your Home Or Cottage?

When Is The Best Time Of The Year To Sell Your Home Or Cottage?

Many people are fixated on the understanding that the spring is when the real estate market heats up, just like the weather does. The real estate market is definitely most active in the spring, but it’s also active all year-round. In addition, more people in the market in the spring means more competition. Some buyers and sellers are under the impression that winter isn’t a great time to sell their home, because everyone’s focused on the holidays and people are staying in more. But there are buyers out there during the holidays, and there is very, very little competition during this time of year. Another great option is focusing on the attributes of your house, and what i...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Top 4 Home Staging Secrets

Top 4 Home Staging Secrets

According to the latest home sales information from local real estate boards, the spring market has finally arrived in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. That means that if you're planning on taking advantage of the usually busy spring market and selling your home, it's time to get staging. Here are some of the best ways you can stage your home: 1. Remove clutter. Removing clutter is one of the most important things you can do when staging a home. All of the things you use every day or have around your home are cluttering it up, even if they're used every day and conveniently within reach. When your home is on the market, it should look like a model home - remove any extra...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Spring Maintenance For Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

Spring Maintenance For Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

It's almost spring, despite how it feels outside. Spring is the time when the real estate market is the most active, so if you're planning on selling your home in the coming months it's a good idea to get started on any minor spring maintenance chores as soon as possible. Here are a few things you can do to help your home sell and to avoid unpleasant surprises later on: Fix any chipping paint. Any painted wood that's chipping or flaking is at risk for moisture intrusion and rot, plus it doesn't look very nice. Make sure that the exterior surfaces of your home or cottage have been power washed, and if necessary sanded and re-painted. Undergo a roof inspection. While it...Read More