Video Blogs

Blackberry and what it means for Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate – Re/max Twin City

I have been getting a lot of questions on how the state of Blackberry is going to affect the local Real Estate Market here in Kitchener Waterloo. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts on what the future holds.

Mortgage Pre-Approvals VS Approvals and why they are different. Kitchener Waterloo homes and condos

Thinking of buying a home?  A great first step is to talk to the bank or a mortgage broker to find out how much you can afford. Keep in mind though that getting pre-approved is very different then getting actually approved.  Have a look at this video where I explain the differences.

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Update for 2013 –

I listened to Craig Alexander, Chief Economist for TD Bank speak yesterday on where he see’s the Real Estate market going for 2013. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts on what he had to say.

Hiring a Realtor and What To Look For – Kitchener Waterloo Remax Twin City Realty Sales Rep

With availability of information, mobile phones and websites it is even more important to hire a Realtor based on what they can do for you to get the home sold quickly, efficiently and for the most amount of money. Have a look at this video to hear my thoughts on what you should be looking for when interviewing your Realtor.

Mortgage Plus Improvments and How It Works – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale

If you are in the market for a new home and are having trouble finding something that suits or have found something but it needs a bit of work and you may not have the extra money out-of-pocket, then you can get a mortgage plus improvements type product to help make that home a possibility. Have  a look at the video to hear how the product works.

Why Are Status Certificates So Important When Buying Your Next Condo – Kitchener Waterloo Condos and Lofts

Are you in the market for your next Condo or Loft space? Make sure if you are making an offer on a unit that you make it conditional on getting a status certificate reviewed by your lawyer. To hear how you can save yourself thousands of dollars by doing this one step, have a quick look at this video.

The Commission Free Way May Not Be The Best Way. – Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate

If you have been thinking of selling your home yourself  here is a great video on one families experience and how they ended up using a Realtor to get the home Sold.

Assessment Value vs Market Value – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale

The new assessments are out in the Kitchener Waterloo Region and i am getting the question is that what my house is worth? Have a look at the video to why assessment value is different from market value.

How Long Will My House Take to Sell? – Kitchener Waterloo homes for sale

How long will my house take to sell? That is one of the most asked questions I get from consumers. It depends on several variables. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts on Kitchener Waterloo average days and why.

Pricing your Kitchener Waterloo Home or Condo Properly – Kevin Baker Remax Twin city

Coming into a fall market it is more important than ever to price your home properly get maximum dollar and so that it doesn’t become stale in the buying public eyes. Have a listen to hear my thougths as to some things to look for when setting a price for you next home sale.

New Mortgage Rules and how they affect you – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for sale

Last week the government mortgage rule changes came into effect. There were 2 major changes that are going to effect people and the amount that they will be able to borrow. Have a listen to the video to hear my thoughts.

Resale vs Condo Conversion vs New Construction

If you are thinking of buying a condo there are 3 types to choose from. Here I talk about the differences between new construction condo’s vs condo conversions and the resale condo market.

Mulitple Listing Service (Mls) vs Exclusive or Selling Privately – Kevin Baker Kitchener Waterloo Realtor

I shot this video over a year ago and i think its does a good job of explaining the differences between listing “exclusively” or “Privately” vs the MLS system. Have a look to hear my thoughts on my experience with both.

Market Value, Appraised Value and Assessed Value… What do they all mean? – Kitchener Homes for sale

The value of your home is different depending on who is looking at it. Have a look at the video I shot to explain the differences between the 3 very different types of values for your home.

Know Your Closing Costs and Planning For Them! – Kitchener Waterloo Homes for Sale

Closing Day is fast approaching and one of the most important things is to make sure you have planned for all the closing costs that come up when you are buying or selling a home. Have a look at the video I did to learn why this is a very important step in the process.

Make Sure Your Read and Understand the Closing Paperwork – Kitchener Waterloo Homes For Sale

It is vitally important that you understand the paperwork that you are signing when meeting with your lawyer prior to closing. Click on the video link to hear why.

Do a Final Walk Through Before Closing and Why its so Important – Kitchener Homes for sale

So Closing day is only days away, the packing is still going on, you have boxes filling every room in the house. Your agent calls and asks if you would like to do a final walk through of the home. Even though you are crazy busy it is still a necessary and important part of the process. Have  a look at the video to why…

Do a Home Inspection on Every House You Buy – Kitchener Waterloo homes for sale

Please make sure that when you are doing your offer to purchase with your Realtor that you include a clause that allows you the right to do a home inspection. Have a look at the video to hear why this is in important part of any offer.

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate Market Prediction for 2012- Kevin Baker

Hey Everyone, I attended a CMCH housing forecast last week and then on Tuesday of this week I listened to Craig Alexander, Sr. V.P. and Chief Economist for TD Bank give his predictions on where the housing market is going for 2012. Have a listen and hear my brief synopsis on the info I gathered.

Make Sure You Buy The Right House To Fit Your Needs – Kitchener Waterloo Real estate and homes for sale

Offer Price and Fair Market Value of a House – Kitchener Homes and Condos for sale

So you have found the right house…. now its offer time, but what price to offer. Here is where a Realtor can help. Knowing what fair market value of a home is extremely important in determining what to offer on the home of your dreams. You don’t want to overpay for something based on emotion. Watch the video to hear my thoughts on why this is an important consideration in your next home purchase.

Do Your Due Diligence When looking for your next home – Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate

The buying process can be a confusion one at the best of times and its easy to forget things with all the stress of looking, doing offers etc. Make sure you make a list of wants, needs and the important things you are looking for in a new home. Have a look at the video to hear my thougths on some of the important ones.

Mortgage Pre Approvals. Why they are a good idea! – Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate, Homes and condos online

Before you start your home buying search a great first step is to get a mortgage preapproval from your bank or mortgage broker. There are a few key reasons as to why. Have a look at this video to hear some helpful advice.

Inspectors, Realtors, Mortage Brokers, Lawyers… Putting together the right group – Kitchener Homes for sale

Part 2 in my series on what buyers should be aware of  when looking for a new place. Make sure you put together a great group of professionals to help you with the process. Have a look at the video to hear my thoughts….