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Archive for May, 2011

Think Beyond the MLS to get your home sold!

Wed, 18th May, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Spring time is when a lot of home owners decide to put their homes up for sale. The internet has done wonderful things for the real estate industry by giving sellers the opportunity to market their homes on many real estate websites.

When you are choosing a realtor, one of the first questions you should ask is “how will you expose my listing to the market?” If the realtor begins and ends with ‘The MLS”, then you should run for the hills! You need a realtor who understands technology and how to use it to give your listing maximum exposure. The realtor needs to have at least one real estate website (preferrably more), must be active on social medial channels, utilize video through YouTube and regularly write blog posts about the listings they service. many realtors these days rely solely on the exposure of the MLS, and that isn’t enough anymore.

To see what a realtor should be doing to market your home, CLICK HERE

SELLERS: My high tech online marketing arsenal will provide maximum internet exposure for your property. In todays tech world you need a realtor who understands technology and knows how to use it to get homes sold.

BUYERS: My research of current market conditions will assist you in making the most informed choices. With integrity and hard work, I aim to exceed your expectations, address all of your real estate needs and find you the home of your dreams.

“Sean is fast rising star in the real estate profession. He is a shining example of today’s new realtor: he seamlessly combines his ease and ability in the use of leading edge technology with a warm and comfortable personal approach that is evident to colleagues and clients alike.”

My goal is to build lasting relationships and exceed expectations of the services real estate professionals provide. I will listen to your needs and work tirelessly until you are 100% satisfied with my service.

For More details on my real estate services, contact me at 905-220-9198 or sean.kavanagh@century21.ca

Category : Market Updates / Sellers

May Market Update – Home sales drop, but prices remain high!

Fri, 13th May, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Canada’s real estate market is recovering, though it’s not all the way back, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). But don’t expect falling sales to be reflected in the price you pay. CREA notes that, in spite of fewer homes changing hands, Canada’s average house price will rise four per cent to $352,500 per unit this year, and should jump to nearly $356,000 in 2012.

2011 avg. price forecast: $348,100
Change from previous year: + 1.7%

2012 avg. price forecast: $348,000
Change from previous year: 0.0%

For all that’s made about over-inflated Toronto home prices, Ontario’s housing is only the third-most expensive in Canada (after BC and Alberta). After ballooning in average price by 7.5 per cent last year compared to 2009, Ontario is the only province in Canada where prices are actually expected to decrease in 2012. Before you all go out and jump off a bridge, please understand that the market took a huge jump in 09 and it is now correcting itself. The decrease will be small (if in fact it does decrease) and property is still reaping the benefits of the huge value increase in 09.

If you are interested in seeing what prices are doing in your neighbourhood, please call me today for a FREE ‘over the phone’ OR ‘over the NET’ market analysis. I would be happy to let you know what houses have sold for in your neighbourhood.

Category : Market Updates

FIVE TIPS FOR SAFELY CLEANING YOUR RAIN GUTTERS

Wed, 4th May, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

As the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers! This year we will have to change that saying a bit with all the rain we continue to get in May. With more rain in the springtime months of April and May, now’s the perfect opportunity to get your rain gutters in tip-top shape. As a homeowner, you’re probably wondering what the best way would be to maintain those gutters-and I’ve got the answer for you! I’ve compiled a handy list of tips that will help you to save money by doing it yourself.

If you need any additional tips, please feel free to call me at 905-220-9198. Also, if you have friends or family who are in need of real estate service or advice, I hope you’ll give them my name. I’m always happy to help!

FIVE TIPS FOR SAFELY CLEANING YOUR RAIN GUTTERS

Maintenance means everything: Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice per year. Maintaining clean gutters will help you to avoid drainage problems that could potentially lead to more costly repairs.

Climb on up: Borrowing (or investing in) a good, sturdy ladder is the key to ensuring your personal safety and to making the task as hassle-free as possible. Make sure that the ladder is placed on a flat, steady surface, and follow the rule of two: never stand on the top two rungs of a ladder, as it becomes very difficult to maintain your balance.

Protect yourself: Thick, heavy gloves are a must when performing this kind of task. Gutters may have sharp or jagged metal pieces as well as screws or nails that may pose a danger to your hands and fingers. Want additional protection? Safety glasses are also a good idea!

Up on the roof: Santa might find rooftops to be a walk in the park, but for the rest of us, they aren’t generally ideal perches. However, if you have a flat roof or a roof with a low slope, you may find it easier to accomplish the cleaning by situating yourself up top. Always use extreme caution, wear non-slip shoes, and never opt for this choice in bad weather!

Scoop, blast and repair: Once you’re ready to start cleaning, follow a simple three-step process to get the most out of the task. Scoop out any debris, blast the drains clean with a high-powered hose, and repair any leaks you may find along the way.

For more spring maintenance tips or advice, please call at 905-220-9198 or write me at sean.kavanagh@century21.ca

Category : Home Improvements

Keep a Lid on it!

Tue, 3rd May, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Roofs have always been a concern for buyers, but I think with all the recent shows on TV (e.g. Holmes Inspection), people are becoming more concerned with the condition of the roof as the effects of water damage are quite scary. Every time Mike Holmes identifies roof damage, interior walls are coming down and men in radioactive protective gear show up on the scene to remove all the mould! If you know that your roof will need replacing in a year or two, do yourself a favour and re-shingle the roof before you go to market to avoid losing buyers. On the average home, re-shingling can cost between 3,000-5,000 dollars. Home sellers will get that money back in the asking price as you can compare your house (with a new roof) to the one that sold next door that needs a new roof. The perceived value of a new roof is often much higher than the cost of the improvement.

So, pay for the work ahead of time to give potential buyers one less issue to deal with. Translation: one less issue to try and bring down your asking price!

For a free market evaluation and inspection of your property, call or write today at 905-220-9198 or sean.kavanagh@century21.ca. I would be happy to sit down with you to discuss how to get top dollar for your home.

Category : Home Improvements / Sellers
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