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Home Sales Surge in July for Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge


Hope you enjoyed a wonderful long weekend and the beautiful summer weather we have been having.

It was another crazy month for home prices here in Waterloo Region. Competition stays very high for buyers looking to lock down a house in July.  With the rules around covid relaxing and more people getting out with Phase 3 opening the demand for homes has increased for sure.

There were 734 residential homes sold in July, an increase of 25.7 per cent compared to the same month last year, and well above the previous ten-year average for July of 531.

Total residential sales in July included 464 detached homes (up 39.3 per cent from July 2019), and 65 condominium apartments (up 3.2 per cent). Sales also included 153 townhouses (up 4.8 per cent) and 52 semi-detached homes (up 23.8 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in July increased 22.8 per cent to $639,814 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $745,149 an increase of 21.4 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $392,770 for an increase of 15.2 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $465,756 (up 12.8 per cent) and $522,872 (up 20.4 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in July increased 21.7 per cent to $595,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 17.4 per cent to $675,000.

With mortgage rates near all time lows homebuyers remain very confident about owning a home in Waterloo Region and I expect this to contunie going into the fall.

There were 888 new listings added, an increase of 4.3 per cent compared to July of last year, and 15.5 per cent more than the previous ten-year average for July.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of July was 592, a decrease of 32.6 per cent compared to July of last year.

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.3 months for the month of July, 27.8 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for July was 3.1 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for July was 2.1 months.

The average days to sell in July was 17 days, compared to 22 days in July 2019.

Historical Sales By Property Type  

Months Supply of Homes for Sale 

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

 

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the coming months or have any questions at all, give me a call,  text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca  Stay healthy and stay safe!

Have a great weekend!

Kevin


May Home Sales Up Over April Here in Kitchener Waterloo


Well its been a crazy couple of months across the globe as well as here in Waterloo Region.  The Real Estate Market slowed considerably in April, but has seemed to bounce back in May. Even though we are down 40.5 percent compared to May of last year, home sales are up 80 percent compared to April 2020 with 419 Residential homes sold through the MLS system.

Total residential sales in May included 255 detached homes (down 41 per cent from May 2019), and 42 condominium apartments (down 42.5 per cent). Sales also included 79 townhouses (down 42.8 per cent) and 43 semi-detached homes (down 29.5 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in May increased 6.5 per cent to $568,275 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $657,274 an increase of 5.4 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $330,336 for an increase of 0.6 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $454,197 (up 13 per cent) and $482,479 (up 11.4 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in May increased 10.1 per cent to $545,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 9.6 per cent to $630,000.

The demand for homes in the Kitchener-Waterloo area is still very much alive, but as the virus continued to circulate in the community many would-be sellers were reluctant to put their homes on the market. For the homebuyers who cannot wait out the pandemic, they are not finding any fire sales as homes are not only maintaining their value, but also increasing.

There were 577 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 48.7 per cent compared to May of 2019, far fewer than the previous 10-year average of 1,035 listings in May.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of May was 567, a decrease of 43.9 per cent compared to May of last year.

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.3 months for the month of May, 38.1 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for May was 3.25 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for May was 2.32 months.

Yogi and I have addopted all the tools and technology to help both buyers and sellers stay safe during the pandemic, while helping people keep their plans intact.  Our goal first and foremost is to keep everyone safe by limiting physical contact, practicing social distancing and keeping buyers showings  limited to 3 people at a time with no children present during showings. We are here to help as life moves forward.

Here are some charts to on sales by type, months of supply and average prices.

Historical Sales by Property Type

Months Supply of Homes for Sale

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type

 

Historical Sales – By Price Range

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or concerns at all, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca . Stay healthy and stay safe!

Have a great week!

Kevin

 

 

 


April Home Sales Down but Prices Remain Steady in Waterloo Region


Hope you have been staying safe during the past 2 months. It looks like things will start to open back up in stages and at some point things will be hopefully back to normal.  Rest assured Yogi and I are here to help if you and your family need to make a move and we have the tools and systems in place for both buyers and sellers for proper marketing of our listings, getting buyers to view the properties, as well as ourselves to keep everyone safe.

I thought you would like an update on what is happening out there in the Waterloo Region Real Estate Market, so here are the stats for April.

There were 227 residential homes sold through the Multiple Listing System in April, a decrease of 63.6 per cent compared to the same month last year, and the lowest number of sales in a single month since December 2008.

I think it goes without saying the current pandemic has had a major impact on the number of sales we would normally see in April, with everyone doing their part to flatten the curve and doing their best to self-isolate, the buying and selling of homes have been greatly reduced.

Total residential sales in April included 145 detached homes (down 63.3 per cent), and 22 condominium apartments (down 71.1 per cent). Sales also included 44 townhouses (down 61.1 per cent) and 16 semi-detached homes (down 60 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in April increased 7.3 per cent to $568,738 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $657,042 an increase of 7.3 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $367,230 for an increase of 8.1 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $406,463 (up 0.4 per cent) and $491,816 (up 13.3 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in April increased by 7.1 per cent to $525,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 6.3 per cent to $605,000.

There were 417 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, a decrease of 54.8 per cent compared to April of 2019, far fewer than the previous 10-year average of 937 listings in April.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of April was 571, a decrease of 36.6 per cent compared to April of last year.

The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.2 months for the month of April, 36.8 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for April was 2.95 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for April was 2.12 months.

I am confident that despite the current pandemic, the slowdown in housing sales will be temporary.  We are still in a strong sellers’ market and with buyers competing for a scare number of listings, now is still a great time to buy.  Now for the first time in a long time, April saw some balance with a sales-to-new-listings ratio of 54 percent – well within the balanced threshold. I have talked to some buyers expecting homes to sell at greatly reduced amounts, and frankly, that’s simply not the case. Home values have remained stable which I expect will continue into 2020.

The average days to sell in April was 19 days, compared to 21 days in April 2019.

 

Historical Sales By Property Type  

Months Supply of Homes for Sale 

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or concerns at all, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca . Stay healty and stay safe!

Have a great week!

Kevin


Home Sales in Kitchener Waterloo come in Like a lion and out like a Lamb in March


Hope you have been staying safe during this unique time in all our lives. Rest assured Yogi and I are doing everthing we can to prevent the spread by staying home as much as posssible and limiting client interactions to phone calls, facetime, zoom meetings, etc. We are both here to help if you and your family need to make a move and we have the tools and systems in place for both buyers and sellers for proper marketing of our listings, getting buyers to view the properties, as well as ourselves to keep everyone safe.

I thought you would like an update on what is happening out there in the Waterloo Region Real Estate Market, so here are the stats for March.

There were 577 residential homes sold in March, an increase of 13.1 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 0.2 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

During the first quarter of 2020, there were 1,327 home sales, 14.6 per cent above last year’s result for the same period and 4 per cent above the previous 5-year average.

Total residential sales in March included 348 detached homes (up 7.1 per cent), and 68 condominium apartments (up 5.1 per cent). Sales also included 136 townhouses (up 17.2 per cent) and 25 semi-detached homes (up 4.2 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in March increased 15.3 per cent to $583,752 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $679,728 an increase of 15.9 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $378,443 for an increase of 17.9 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $457,547 (up 23 per cent) and $492,752 (up 17.4 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in March increased 14.6 per cent to $544,500 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 16.2 per cent to $628,500.

Now of course is this not business as usual for us as Realtors or our clients. As people everywhere follow instructions to only leave their homes for essential reasons, this is impacting the number of showings, and how properties are shown.

There were a higher than average number of homes listed during the Month of March. There were 864 new listings added to the MLS® System in KW and area last month, an increase of 7.6 per cent compared to March of 2019, and the greatest number since 2015. The number of new residential listings was also 3.7 per cent higher than the previous ten-year average for March.

The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of March was 535, a decrease of 35.9 per cent compared to March of last year.

Despite the much-needed addition of new inventory coming to the market, the number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) continues to be very low at just 1.1 months for the month of March, 35.3 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for March was 2.73 months, and in the past 5 years, the average supply for March was 1.94 months.

There were also 51 listings last month that were suspended, which means the listing is temporarily “off-market,” and there can be no marketing, showings or offers during this period.

Trying to sell your home while in quarantine, self-isolating or worse yet, while someone in the house is sick, is not going to be in anyone’s best interest. We know many people are postponing their plans to list their home for the time being. As I mentioned earlier, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to buy or sell then rest assured Yogi and I are ready to help and have the tools in place to market, show and sell your home. The number of sales is keeping pace with the new listing inventory so there are still buyers out there looking to buy. We are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe during this time.

Historical Sales By Property Type  

Months Supply of Homes for Sale 

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or concerns at all, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca . Stay healty and stay safe!

Have a great weekend

Kevin


Strong Home Sales in Kitchener Waterloo for February.


Hope you have been enjoying the mild winter we have been having so far even with the latest blast of snow. Spring is right around the corner along with the nice weather and very busy spring market. The stats for february are in it was another strong month of home sales here in Kitchener Waterloo.

There were 467 residential homes sold in February, an increase of 36.5 per cent compared to the same month last year, and 15.3 per cent above the previous 10-year average.

Total residential sales in February included 272 detached homes (up 52 per cent), and 62 condominium units (up 14.8 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 32 semi-detached homes (up 33.3 per cent) and 101 freehold townhouses (up 18.8 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in February increased 16.3 per cent to $571,023 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $673,825 an increase of 13.2 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $371,923 for an increase of 16.4 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $443,382 (up 12.9 per cent) and $485,831 (up 8.4 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in February increased 18.2 per cent to $550,050 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 18.6 per cent to $630,000.

Like many other markets across the province, the story of our local housing market continues to be one of supply and demand. Market-wide, the number of homes available for sale is simply not keeping up with the number of people wanting to purchase a home in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

There were 609 residential properties listed in KW and area last month, an increase of 7.8 per cent compared to February of 2019, and a decrease of 5.9 per cent in comparison to the previous ten-year average for February. The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of February was 447, a decrease of 39.4 per cent compared to February of last year, and 62 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,179 listings for February. The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) in February was just 0.9 months, 40 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for February was 2.55 months, and in the past 5 years the average supply for February was 1.76 months.

With a multitude of buyers jumping on a scarcity of properties for sale, many homes are selling for more than the asking price.  Using a realtor will ensure you have maximum exposure to these buyers through the MLS® System and will manage the intricate process of any multiple offers professionally.

The average days to sell in February was 17 days, compared to 26 days in February 2019.

Historical Sales By Property Type  

Months Supply of Homes for Sale 

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or have been thinking of making a move this spring, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca . Now is a fantastic time to get top dollar for your home so lets sit down, grab a coffee and plan out a strategy that is best suited for your families needs.

Have a great weekend

Kevin


Homes for sale continue to elude buyers here in Waterloo Region


Hope you have been enjoying the mild winter we have been having so far and Valentines day is just around the corner. The January market stats are out and it seems like the trend we have been seeing in the market is continuing once again.

There were 281 residential homes sold  in January, a decrease of 8.2 per cent compared to the previous month. Contrasted to previous Januarys however, home sales last month were only 3.6 per cent below the previous 10-year average, and 3.8 per cent below the previous 5-year average.

For the third consecutive month sales were down in January, which is a direct result of fewer homes being put up for sale. This is causing further price acceleration as we have enough willing and able home buyers contending for those few homes that are available.

Total residential sales in January included 153 detached homes (down 19 per cent), and 39 condominium units (up 18.2 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 21 semi-detached homes (on par) and 68 freehold townhouses (up 7.9 per cent).

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in January increased 15.7 per cent to $561,029 compared to the same month last year, while detached homes sold for an average price of $670,944 an increase of 18.8 per cent. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was 382,636 for an increase of 26.1 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $439,765 (up 20.3 per cent) and $484,190 (up 18.7 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold in January increased 17.3 per cent to $536,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased 22.6 per cent to $650,000.

Buyer’s can’t buy what’s not there. The available number of homes for sale, or lack thereof, continued to evade home buyers in January. There is no doubt we would be reporting more sales if we had the inventory to match the demand.

There were 464 residential properties listed in KW and area last month, a drop of 21.1 per cent compared to January of 2019, and a decrease of 35.4 per cent in comparison to the previous ten-year average for January. The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of January was 392, a decrease of 38.7 per cent compared to January of last year, and 63.7 per cent below the previous ten-year average of 1,080 listings for January. The number of Months Supply (also known as absorption rate) in January was just 0.8 months, 38.5 per cent below the same period last year. The previous ten-year average supply of homes for January was 2.32 months, however, in the past 5 years the average supply for January was 1.96 months.

The average days to sell in January was 22 days, compared to 27 days in January 2019.

Historical Sales By Property Type  

Months Supply of Homes for Sale 

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type 

Historical Sales – By Price Range 

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or have been thinking of making a move this spring, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca . Now is a fantastic time to get top dollar for your home so lets sit down, grab a coffee and plan out a strategy that is best suited for your families needs.

Have a great Valentines Day!

Kevin


August Home Sales Ease as Prices Continue to Rise in Kitchener Waterloo.


Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Back to school is here and I am sure all the kids have settled in and got the new school year underway. August was another great month for Waterloo region real estate and here are the stats to keep you right up to date.

There were 459 residential properties sold through the MLS® in August, a decrease of 9.1 per cent compared to the same month last year.

Home sales in August included 267 detached (down 11.9 per cent), and 56 condominium apartments (down 13.8 per cent). Sales also included 97 townhouses (down 4.9 per cent) and 39 semi-detached homes (up 11.4 per cent).

The number of homes sold last month was below the average for August; however, we continue to see strong price gains across all property types.

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in August increased by 6.4 per cent to $524,482 compared to August 2018. Detached homes sold for an average price of $615,568 (an increase of 5.4 per cent compared to August of last year. During this same period, the average sale price for an apartment-style condominium was $324,778 for a decrease of 3.1 per cent. Townhomes and semis sold for an average of $420,239 (up 18.3 per cent) and $441,802 (up 10.2 per cent) respectively.

The median price of all residential properties sold last month increased 8.1 per cent to $495,000 and the median price of a detached home during the same period increased by 2.8 per cent to $560,000.

There were 574 residential properties in K-W and area last month, a decrease of 14.5 per cent compared to August of 2018, and a decrease of 13 per cent in comparison to the previous ten-year average for the month of August. The total number of homes available for sale in active status at the end of August totalled 734, a decrease of 17.3 per cent compared to August of last year, and well below the previous ten-year average of 1,426 listings for August. Months Supply of Homes for sale stood at 1.5 months in August, which is 16.7 percent lower than the same period last year.

The average days it took to sell a home in August was 26 days, which is two days fewer than it took in August 2018.

We’re noting differences in market balance depending on the price range, for homes priced under $600 thousand, it is still a strong seller’s market, whereas above $600 thousand, it is a more balanced situation.

One this to look at is the month’s supply of homes, also known as the absorption rate. For homes priced at more than $600,000, the months of supply stood at 3.4 in August, compared to 0.9 months for homes prices under that amount. Months supply is the inventory of homes for sale at the end of a given month, divided by the average monthly closed sales from the last 12 months. The previous ten-year average months supply across all price ranges has been just over 3 months.

It all comes down to what the buyers can find in their price range, homes in Kitchener-Waterloo are definitely in high demand, and there is strong competition among buyers trying to find one that will suit them.

Historical Sales by Property Type

Months Supply of Homes for Sale

Historical Median Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Average Sales Price – By Property Type

Historical Sales – By Price Range

Average Days on Market

If you have any questions or have been thinking of making a move this summer or into the fall, give me a call or text at 519-497-4646 or shoot me an email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca and lets sit down, grab a coffee and plan out a strategy that is best suited for your families needs.

Have a great September!

Kevin


November Kitchener Waterloo Market Update and NO to the MLTT


Realtors and Home owners here in Waterloo Region and across Ontario have spoken and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has heard our outrage.  The Minister confirmed this week that the government will not give the municipalities the ability to charge the Municipal Land Transfer Tax.

This is fantastic news for everyone in the region!!!

Now that this bullet is dodged, here in Waterloo Region it was another good month of home sales with a total of 413 residential properties sold last month compared to 376 in November last year. This number included 254 single detached homes (up 10.0% from last November), 22 semi-detached (down 45%), 33 townhomes (down 15.4%) and 99 condominium units (up 37.5%).

Average prices also increased 8.2% to an average price of $412,581 for single detached homes. Condo’s were up 7.3% with an average of $225,341, while townhomes and semis sold for an average of $313,015 (up 13.8%) and $257,995 (down 1.9%) respectively.  Average sale price of all residential sales through the Kitchener Waterloo MLS system increased to $350,703 up 6.7%

With 2015 drawing to a close shortly we have had another outstanding year for homes sales in Waterloo Region.  CMHC is forecasting steady mortgage rates and stronger employment in the Region for 2016 and that means continued demand for housing.  Comparing our prices here against our neighbors in the GTA, Waterloo Region still remains very affordable.

If you are looking to make a move in the spring and would like to have a better idea of what your home is worth click here now. Whether buying or selling give me a call and let’s sit down for a coffee and discuss how we can help make the move to a new home a smooth one for you and your family. I can be reached at 519-497-4646 or email to kevinbaker@kwhometeam.ca

Have a wonderful Holiday Season with your family!

Kevin


Getting Your Home Ready For Fall – Kitchener Waterloo Homes and Condos for sale.


Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

It’s that time again, the kids are heading back to school, the leaves are beginning to change, and the hockey season is finally about to begin. Here are some great tips for getting your home ready for the fall:

Home Exterior: It is recommended that you check your home siding for cracks and holes; clean all debris from your gutters. If you have a fireplace that you use regularly, it might be a good idea to have it checked as well. If you don’t want to do any of these tasks yourself, there are professional services that you can hire to do them.

Thermostat: Programmable thermostats have become more popular among home owners. Raise or lower the temperature remotely and program settings for the temperature to automatically lower during the night. A Programmable thermostat can not only increase your enjoyment of your home, it can save you money as well.

Drafts: You don’t want heat to escape during the colder months of the year. Check for drafts to ensure your home is as efficient as possible.

Organize: As the summer winds down, take some time to clean and organize your summer furniture, tools, etc. This will make your life far easier come next spring/summer. If you are already organizing in your garage, it may be a good time to do a clean or purge while you are there.

Roof: Before every fall and winter you should at least do a visual check of your roof. Has there been significant wear since last year? Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, it is recommended you remove debris from your roof.

Landscape: Check trees to ensure there are no damaged limbs that could fall on your home or power lines during a strong wind or snow storm. Trim back shrubs, flowers, and bushes in your yard. If you plan on planting bulbs for next spring, the fall is the time to do so. You can also fertilize your lawn, this will help to prevent damage to it over the course of the winter.

Proper maintenance of your home enhances the appeal and value of your home. Also, it can prevent critical emergencies from taking place, which are typically more expensive, time-consuming, and stressful when they occur. Ensure that when the cold weather arrives, your home is ready.

If you have any questions at all or thinking of selling this fall please don’t hesitate to give us a call for a Free Market Evaluation of your home

Have a great day!


How to Hide All Those Cords from Behind Your Desk – Kitchener Waterloo


Do you find that all those, computer, phone, monitor cords etc are a real pain to look at everyday? Do you wish you had a great idea to hide them from sight?

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Well here is a great blog post I found on how just to do that.  Have a look and have  fun with the project

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/20759446/list/Hide-Cords-in-Style-With-DIY-Graphic-Panels


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.


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.


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.


Are all Professionals created equal? – kitchener homes for sale


The answer is obviously a resounding No! Like any profession there are good people and not so good people.

I had multiple offers on one of my listings today… so I sit down and go over each of the 3 offers with the sellers. The offers were all fairly close but one had a little extra in certain areas and a little less in others. So the Seller decided to go with one of the offers. After asking the usual questions that I ask of every agent that brings an offer to the table on one of my listings (ie. are you buyers pre-qualified, is it conventionalor high ratio mortgage etc) we put a deal together. The buyer signs off on the minor changes that we made and finalizes the deal. The Buying agent sends back the paperwork via fax and I think we are all done for the day pending inspection and mortgage approval.

Well it wasn’t 20 minutes later and the Buyer’s agent is calling me and she say’s ” they can’t get the mortgage, the mortgage broker just called and there is no way to put this deal together”.  WOW!!!  I was floored. I asked all the right questions, and got what I thought were the right answers. Was this agent just not being honest with me? Or did she not really know the answers.

Well understandably the Seller was furious and rightfully so. So after me trying to get my mortgage broker to help out and work her magic there was nothing else to do but sign the mutual release and move on. Hopefully one of the other offers will come together and work out for the sellers.

The moral of the story is even though you ask all the right questions,  it is obvious that some people do a better job at their job than others.

I would have to admit that before I start showing a buyer around town for weeks on end, I would make sure that they can at least get the money to buy the house that they fall in love with.


Great Question on CMHC rules and needing 5% down – Kitchener homes for sale.


I had a great question from one of my friends yesterday. She emailed me and said a friend of her’s told her that CMHC had changed the rules and now you needed 10% down to buy a house. I emailed her back and gave her the real information. Watch the video to see what I said…


Fun Fact on how to avoid bird droppings on your deck or Pool – Kitchener homes for sale.


I heard an interesting “Fun Fact” the other day while swimming with my family at a friends pool. Watch the video and try it out and see if it really works.


Kitchener Homes for Sale -Do Print ads really work?


As a Realtor, I often get the question… “where do you advertise?” Now I believe we do a great job of promoting our listings online and offline and the focus over the past years is generating more eyes online. The sellers that I talk to expect to see their homes in print, but does this really work to attract buyers? The stats say otherwise.

According to the NAR survey press-release: 

“Buyers use a wide variety of resources in searching for a home: 90 percent use the Internet, 87 percent rely on real estate agents, 59 percent yard signs, 46 percent attend open houses and 40 percent look at print or newspaper ads. Although buyers also use other resources, they generally start the search process online and then contact an agent.

When asked where they first learned about the home purchased, 36 percent of buyers said a real estate agent; 36 percent the Internet; 12 percent from yard signs; 6 percent from a friend, neighbor or relative; 5 percent home builders; 2 percent a print or newspaper ad; 2 percent directly from the seller; and less than 1 percent a home book or magazine.

Eight out of 10 home buyers who used the Internet to search for a home purchased through a real estate agent, in contrast with 63 percent of non-Internet users who were more likely to purchase directly from a builder or from an owner they already knew in a private transaction.”

Let’s recap that…

How did you start your real-estate search??

According a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors(NAR), 90 percent use the Internet. Wow! 90%. Buyers also use other resources; however, they generally start the search process online and then contact an agent.

How did you learn about the home you purchased?

36 percent of buyers said the Internet; 36 percent of buyers said a real estate agent. Only 2 percent from a newspaper.

So why do Realtors do the print ads?

Obviously it’s to keep the sellers happy! It’s an old school way of doing things that may generate a very small percentage of leads but the internet is the place to be.  Focus on the online business and the business will be there in the years to come. When looking for a Realtor ask the most important question… how are you selling houses online? That is the only question that really counts!


Kitchener Homes for sale – 5 Inexpensive ways to get your home ready for sale.


If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, here are 5 inexpensive ways to get it ready for the rush of buyers. Keep in mind, first impressions are very important so make them count.


Kitchener Homes for sale- Are you taking your business online?


In this age where technology is moving faster and faster, you need your business to be getting information out to consumers as quickly as possible. Have a look at this video to see my thoughts that if your not online then you might be out of business in the coming years.


Kitchener Homes for sale– Photos are king when shopping online.


I have recently been shopping for a home for my family and I have come to notice a wide discrepancy in quantity and quality of the photos that are available online.

In this age of tweeting and face book, online shopping for homes has become much easier for everyone. So as I am searching online I look for information regarding bedrooms, baths etc but am most interested in pictures of the rooms, layout etc. I find it very frustrating that many agents do not utilize the benefit of good photography or any photo’s at all. I often see homes that have a couple or pictures or sometimes even 1 photo that was taken by the boards drive by photographer. In my opinion that is pitiful. How can a home seller be happy with someone that is saying they are representing their interests and are being paid to market their property for sale but can’t even take the time to take a decent photo?

On the flip side, I have seen some homes that looked absolutely beautiful in the pictures online but when we go into the house we are sadly disappointed to see the wide-angle lens that was used extremely over exaggerates the size of the rooms.

So as a potential buyer and a realtor that market homes, please take photo’s that are true representations of how the home looks. Keep it crisp and clean, use a good camera and flash and highlight the features that best sell the home. There is no excuse for poor photos… do your sellers proud.


Waterloo Homes for sale -Facebook is coming to Waterloo Region schools


This is just another sign that social media and social networking is not a passing fade but is here to stay. The Waterloo Region School Board http://www.wrdsb.ca/ announced that this coming September they will be implementing Facebook as part of teaching aids to help students learn better. Good or bad?  Have a look at the video to see my thoughts.