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Archive for October, 2009

JUST SOLD – Beautiful Burlington Home

Sun, 25th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

SOLD IN 3 DAYS FOR OVER LIST PRICE! 3052 Flanagan Court

 

Immaculate home on a premium pie shaped lot at the end of a court.  3 bedroom, 3 bathroom beauty!  Large master bedroom with ensuite and large walk-in closet.  Eat-in kitchen, Separate dining room, Main level laundry, and Inside garage access.  Kitchen, basement, 2 bathrooms, and laundry room all renovated within the last 12 months! Landscaped yard, interlocking patio in front and large deck in back. Close to highways, shopping and schools.  Great property for young families who need the extra space!  To learn more about this stunning home, visit www.seankavanaghhomes.ca

 

Category : Sold

OPEN HOUSE – Sunday October 25th 2pm – 4pm

Sat, 24th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Come by 3052 Flanagan Court in Burlington to have a look at this Headon Forest beauty!

 

Immaculate home on a premium pie shaped lot at the end of a court.  3 bedroom, 3 bathroom beauty!  Large master bedroom with ensuite and large walk-in closet.  Eat-in kitchen, Separate dining room, Main level laundry, and Inside garage access.  Kitchen, basement, 2 bathrooms, and laundry room all renovated within the last 12 months! Landscaped yard, interlocking patio in front and large deck in back. Close to highways, shopping and schools.  Great property for young families who need the extra space!  To learn more about this stunning home, visit www.seankavanaghhomes.ca

Open House will be held between 2pm and 4pm today!  Hope to see you all there!

Category : Open Houses

Headon Forest Beauty! Can be yours for only $329,900!

Thu, 22nd October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Come see this home before it gets SOLD!  www.3052flanagancourt.com

Immaculate home on a premium pie shaped lot at the end of a court.  3 bedroom, 3 bathroom beauty!  Large master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet.  Eat-in kitchen, Separate dining room, Main level laundry, and Inside garage access.  Kitchen, basement, 2 bathrooms, and laundry room all renovated within the last 12 months! Landscaped yard, interlocking patio in front and large deck in back. Close to highways, shopping and schools.  Great property for young families who need the extra space!

 

OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY!  If you want to come and see this great home, we are holding an open house this Sunday October 25th between 2pm and 4pm.  Hope to see you all there!

To learn more about this stunning home, visit www.seankavanagh.ca or call me at 905-220-9198

Category : Sold

SOLD – 5178 Blue Spruce Av Burlington

Tue, 20th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

5178-Blue-Spruce-Av-BurlingtonBeautiful hardwood throughout main floor in this 2200ft2 home. A spacious Master with upgraded ensuite and walk-in closet. 3 bed/3 bath. Kitchen with island, upgraded ceramic floors and stainless steel appliances. Second floor family room with custom crown moulding and gas fireplace. Fully finished basement with yoga/exercise studio and office. Main level laundry, central vac, central air, California shutters throughout and double garage with inside access. Close to Bronte Creek, schools, shopping, transportation and highways. Come see it before it’s SOLD!

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Category : Sold

SOLD – 4886 Verdi Street Burlington

Tue, 20th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

4886-Verdi-St-BurlingtonHolisticly transform market-driven benefits whereas B2B information. Progressively benchmark intermandated ROI for transparent manufactured products. Dynamically deliver world-class ROI rather than client-centric process improvements. Dynamically reinvent resource sucking methods of empowerment for parallel ROI. Synergistically disseminate functional e-business and adaptive ideas.

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Category : Sold

Home Inspection Series – Part 1: Inspections 101

Fri, 16th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Welcome to my 8 part series on home inspections. Many home buyers underestimate the importance of a quality home inspection. A big mistake purchasers often make is to search out the cheapest home inspector on the block to conduct this vital stage of the home buying process. It makes not sense to me to have the cheapest guy inspect the largest investment you and your family will ever make. A quality home inspector will have experience in home structure, electrical systems, roofing and heating and cooling. A cheaper home inspector that does not possess this comprehensive knowledge base will miss important faults and flaws in the home that will end up costing you thousands of dollars down the road. Home inspectors are paid to help protect your largest investment, so why would you try to save $100 now on a poor inspection when it could cost you thousands down the road? I don’t know that answer, but many home buyers are making this same mistake.

I have compiled this series on home inspections with the help first time home buyers understand the importance of a home inspection and, even though you have just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on your new home, spend a little extra to ensure you receive a proper and comprehensive home inspection. A home inspection can do more than just satisfy curiosity – it’s an opportunity to learn as much as possible about your prospective purchase and its hidden potential… or pitfalls

Would you buy a used car privately off someone without having a qualified and objective mechanic give it a thorough once-over? Of course not. So when it comes to one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make in your life, a proper home inspection is not only necessary – it’s essential.

Homes inspectors check all of the major systems in a home, such as the plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning. They’ll also do a visual inspection of the foundation, doors, ceilings, roof, walls, windows, plumbing, ventilation, insulation, sewage system, lot and garage – at the very least. Their services are required to protect your investment and insure there are no structural issues or flaws in the house that you may not be aware of.
Unlike homebuyers themselves, whose observations are partial and often highly emotionally charged, a home inspector performs his role with an unbiased attitude and with the best interests of the customer in mind. By identifying existing or potential areas of concern, the inspection report will help secure your investment, avoid post-closing surprises and provide you with peace of mind. An insightful report is fundamental to ensuring you make the right buying decision.

The process usually takes about three hours, during which time the house is examined from the ground up. The inspection includes observation and, when appropriate, operation of the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical, and appliance systems, as well as structural components such as the roof, attic, foundation, basement, exterior and interior walls, chimney and doors.

According to George Pappas, president of Pappas Home Inspections Inc., Toronto, inspections usually take about three hours for a two-storey detached house, two to three hours for bungalow and one or two hours for a two-bedroom high-rise condo. Costs range similarly, from about $365 for a condo to $425 for a bungalow or detached house (plus GST).

Home inspections cover about 1,000 check-points in approximately 400 items around the home. Findings are usually provided in the form of a comprehensive report, together with a recommended action, AmeriSpec says. It is important that such a report include an objective evaluation of the condition of the home, clearly relating existing defects and indicating potential problems.

For more information on buying or selling real estate in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, or Toronto Ontario, or if you have questions about current market trends, mortgages or interest rate information, please visit the Sean Kavanagh Real Estate Resource Centre at www.seansells.ca, or at www.seankavanagh.ca I’d be happy to answer any questions to accommodate all of your real estate needs. Follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK! You can also contact me at 905-220-9198 or at www.realestatechat.ca as I am now a moderator on the Ontario Real Estate chat forum as well as the Burlington, Ontario sub-forum.

Sean Kavanagh

Building Lasting Relationships and Exceeding Expectations

Category : Home Inspection Series

Home Inspection Series – Part 2: Educating the Buyer

Thu, 15th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Home buyers need to know what problems exist in the home before they purchase it, they will need to be given information on how much money will be required to make the necessary reparations, as well as how much money they will need to invest in their home within the first five years or so.  A good home inspector will be able to identify all faults and flaws and be able to set out a timeline for when the repairs need to be completed.  A knowledgeable inspector will also be able to tell the buyer approximately how much money they can expect to pay for those repairs.

“Peace of mind,” stresses George Pappas, president of Pappas Home Inspections Inc. “That’s the ultimate benefit of an inspection – gaining confidence and peace of mind.”

When you sign an agreement of purchase and sale, your realtor should always have included a condition on home inspection.  A buyer is usually afforded 5 to 10 days to contract a home inspector to have the home assessed.  The buyer should be given a written report to read over to ensure they are buying a quality home….or at least a home they would be comfortable living in!

There is no formal licensing of home inspectors, but reputable companies adhere to the rigid standards of practice established by the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors.  It is important to trust your realtor and interview their recommended inspector, but also search out your own inspectors to interview.  Be sure you are comfortable with their level of knowledge in the major elements of a home (electrical, structural, mechanical, plumbing and roofing).  This is one of the most important decisions in a real estate transaction and is often overlooked by excited and emotional home buyers.  A bad decision can cost you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs.

Qualified inspection companies will provide a sample report to substantiate that they abide by industry standards. One of the key guidelines is that ethical inspectors neither perform the repairs nor do they refer clients to repair companies. To do so would be considered a conflict of interest.

It is your right to follow the inspector throughout the assessment so you can learn about the home you are hoping to purchase.  You should always ask the inspector before you hire him if it is OK if you follow him through the house.  Be weary if that is discouraged!   You have the right to be there. Good home inspectors will encourage this, since the buyer will probably need to learn the locations of major valves and shut-offs in their new house.

In summary, understand the importance of the inspection, it is not just a formality in the process.  Interview several inspectors to ensure you are hiring a qualified and highly knowledgable inspector.  Be sure to walk through the home with the inspector to get a clear understanding of how the home works and go through the inspection report with the inspector so you know what needs to be fixed, when it needs to be fixed and how much will it cost to get fixed.

For more information on buying or selling real estate in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, or Toronto Ontario, or if you have questions about current market trends, mortgages or interest rate information, please visit the Sean Kavanagh Real Estate Resource Centre at www.seansells.ca, or at www.seankavanagh.ca   I’d be happy to answer any questions to accommodate all of your real estate needs.  Follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK!  You can also contact me at 905-220-9198 or at www.realestatechat.ca as I am now a moderator on the Ontario Real Estate chat forum as well as the Burlington, Ontario sub-forum.

Sean Kavanagh

Building Lasting Relationships and Exceeding Expectations

Category : Home Inspection Series

October Real Estate Sales Stats

Thu, 15th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Real estate statistics for October remain strong and show we are blasting out of the recession.  Toronto, Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Hamilton markets are all showing significant increases in both units sold and average prices.  Also, houses are staying on the market for shorter periods of time and sellers are getting close to their asking prices.  Looking at the rate of which houses are selling, it is clear the market has now balanced and whether you are a seller or a buyer, now is a great time to get into real estate.

Toronto Real Estate Board – Units sold are up 28% and average prices are up 10%.

Hamilton/Burlington Board – Units sold are up 20% and average prices up 2.6%

Oakville/Milton Board – Units sold are up 22% and average prices are up 14%

Burlington Market – Units sold are up 20% and average prices are up 5%

Oakville Market – Units sold are up 36% and average prices are up 16%

Milton Market – Units sold are up 29% and average prices are up 7%

Remember!  It is important to look at your specific neighbourhood to see how your local market is moving.  For more information, Click Here.  For a complete and detailed report on real estate stats in your neighbourhood, please send me a brief message letting me know the neighbourhood in which you live and I will be sure to get you a report sent out right away!

FREE HOME EVALUATIONS!

If you are thinking about selling, but just aren’t sure what you could list your home for, give me a call and I can come over and provide you and your family with a free home and neighbourhood evaluation.   

For more information on buying or selling real estate in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, or Toronto Ontario, or if you have questions about current market trends, mortgages or interest rate information, please visit the Sean Kavanagh Real Estate Resource Centre at www.seansells.ca, or at www.seankavanagh.ca   I’d be happy to answer any questions to accommodate all of your real estate needs.  Follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK!  You can also contact me at 905-220-9198 or at www.realestatechat.ca as I am now a moderator on the Ontario Real Estate chat forum as well as the Burlington, Ontario sub-forum.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sean Kavanagh

Building Lasting Relationships and Exceeding Expectations

Category : Market Updates

Home Inspection Series – Part 3: Be sure to accompany the Inspector

Wed, 14th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

It is essential for all buyers to accompany the home inspector throughout the house.   ”When the client attends the home inspection, our inspector will physically show the client both the areas of concern and the benefits of the home construction. The client has a much better understanding of the quality of the home and a far greater and deeper understanding of what they’re about to get into”, according to George Pappas, president of Pappas Home Inspections Inc.

As you walk through with the inspector, you will see first-hand the condition of each key component of the house and property so you will have a better understanding of your house and of the inspection report.

Be sure to look at all of the findings and determine if the deficiencies are too much to take on.  Learn about the operation of your new home such as how the heating system works, how to control pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components, and where the shutoffs are located. This will all save time and avoid frustration in the future. The inspector can point out maintenance needs and procedures and explain how and when to check items needing periodic monitoring e.g. when to change the air filter in the furnace.

Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise. Before the inspection, prepare a list of questions or concerns about the property. Relate these questions to the inspection company in advance to ensure that such matters will be properly addressed.  Bring your list to the inspection to ensure the inspector knows you are also following along and jotting down answers and making notes.  They will be less likely to skip a few points if they know you are following carefully.

For more information on buying or selling real estate in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, or Toronto Ontario, or if you have questions about current market trends, mortgages or interest rate information, please visit the Sean Kavanagh Real Estate Resource Centre at www.seansells.ca, or at www.seankavanagh.ca   I’d be happy to answer any questions to accommodate all of your real estate needs.  Follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK!  You can also contact me at 905-220-9198 or at www.realestatechat.ca as I am now a moderator on the Ontario Real Estate chat forum as well as the Burlington, Ontario sub-forum.

Sean Kavanagh

Building Lasting Relationships and Exceeding Expectations

Category : Home Inspection Series

Home Inspection Series – Part 4: Searching out the right inspector

Tue, 13th October, 2009 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Since anyone with a clipboard and some business cards can call themselves a home inspector, it is important to find one who is most qualified to accurately assess the various elements of a home.  It is important to do your research so you can ensure the inspector you choose is the most qualified to do the best job.    

First-time homebuyers should go to any chapter of the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors when looking for a reputable inspector.  It is there that you can check on the inspectors to ensure they have some form of training.  Be careful when you read that an inspector is ‘Qualified’ as a 1 week online inspector course may cause some to feel they are ‘Qualified’.

It is always puzzling to hear stories of people willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home and then source out the cheapest home inspector they can find or an inspector that offers the best discounts.  Trying to save a hundred dollars on the inspection could end up costing you thousands of dollars down the road on flaws or faults the ‘Qualified’ inspector failed to notice.

It is a good idea to interview home inspectors before booking an appointment.  Have them explain what they’re going to do at the inspection.  Go online and prepare a list of questions for the inspector so he knows you are wanting to be involved in the process.  This may ensure that all elements of the home are thoroughly examined.   Ask them about the length of time the inspection should take.  An inspection  should take 2.5-4 hours depending on the size of the house or condo.  Also, always ask the inspector about his insurance.  Insurance companies should only be insuring inspectors with a certain level of training.  If the inspector deems your roof to be in ‘excellent condition’ and 4 months later water is falling into your livingroom, you want to be sure you can go back the inspector and have his insurance look after the issue.

In summary:  Source out an inspector that has experience in all essential elements of the home.  Prepare a list of questions so he knows you will be involved and check to make sure he has insurance and what that insurance covers.  Interview more than a couple of inspectors, be careful when you read or hear the word ‘Qualified’ and never…I mean never, choose your home inspector because he was the cheapest!

For more information on buying or selling real estate in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, or Toronto Ontario, or if you have questions about current market trends, mortgages or interest rate information, please visit the Sean Kavanagh Real Estate Resource Centre at www.seansells.ca, or at www.seankavanagh.ca   I’d be happy to answer any questions to accommodate all of your real estate needs.  Follow me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK!  You can also contact me at 905-220-9198 or at www.realestatechat.ca as I am now a moderator on the Ontario Real Estate chat forum as well as the Burlington, Ontario sub-forum.

Sean Kavanagh

Building Lasting Relationships and Exceeding Expectations

Category : Home Inspection Series
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