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The Value of a Realtor – Do You Really Save Money Selling On Your Own?

Thu, 11th August, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

Every time we encounter a HOT real estate market, we witness the emergence of alternative methods to buy and sell property. However, even in the hottest markets, more than 90% of Canadians still choose to enlist the services of a professional real estate agent to sell their homes.

‘For Sale By Owner’ companies advertise a unique system for selling real estate promising thousands of dollars in saved commissions. They will tell you the process will be stress free (which it isn’t), you will save tons of money (which is not always the case) and that you don’t have to pay commissions (which is never true if an agent brings the buyer to your home). The reality is that you will most likely have to pay 2.5% commission to an agent who is out actively searching for properties for his client. This results in a 2.5% savings to the seller. Calculating the time and expense necessary to market a home properly, the stress of walking strangers through your home, and the uncomfortable situation of having to negotiate the sale price of the home, do you really save any money? Also, untrained real estate negotiators will rarely get top dollar for their home as they do not have all of the information at their disposal to back up their reasons for keeping the price where it should be sold at.

If it was that easy, wouldn’t more people be doing it? What if I told you that even the owner and founder of ‘ForSaleByOwner.com’ couldn’t sell his property on his own and had to list with an agent? Not only could this guy not sell it on his own, when he enlisted the services of a real estate professional, he sold for $150,000 over what he originally listed it for. The ‘unique selling system’ they are selling you is unique in the fact that you will most likely end up hiring a real estate professional to do the selling for you.

Also, a large portion of the 10% who attempt it on their own, end up hiring a real estate professional as it is not as easy as they had originally thought, considerably more stress then they had expected, and finally found the value in hiring a real estate professional to get the job done.

It should also be noted that these companies that help people sell properties on their own are not regulated and not licensed to sell real estate. Ask yourself if you would hire someone with no experience and hire a company that is not regulated to manage the sale of your largest financial investment? Would you take your car to a mechanic that wasn’t licensed to fix your car? Would you hold your life savings in an unregulated bank? Would you seek legal advice from your cousin Billy Jim Bob who has not passed his bar exam but has ‘a pretty good idea of how this law stuff works’? It is often attractive to look at the cheaper option, but as in most cases, people always know that you get what you pay for.

Real estate professionals are far from perfect, but if you do your research and interview carefully, you will find one that will help guide you through the difficult process of drafting a contract and negotiating a contract. You will have someone on your side who will answer your phone calls when everyone else is gone for the day. You will have a trusted partner who is obligated by law to serve your best interests. You will have an expert who is qualified, educated and regulated to help protect the largest investment your family will ever make. And if you are still not sure about the benefits of hiring a realtor, just ask the owner of ‘ForSaleByOwner.com’.

To discuss your real estate options, please email me at sean.kavanagh@century21.ca or visit www.seansells.ca for mor information about buying or selling real estate.

Category: Burlington / Market Updates / Real Estate

Day 57 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Village Cigar Company

Sat, 12th July, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

I would like to introduce you to the Village Cigar Company located in Village Square in downtown Burlington. I have always enjoyed a good cigar, but didn’t really know enough about cigars to feel comfortable browsing in cigar shops. The boys at Village Cigar Company are very approachable, knowledgeable, friendly and willing to take the time to find you the right cigar. From the novice to the aficionado, you will be treated with kindness and respect.

The location itself it a throwback to the old school tobacco shop and the decor is both cool and inviting. They even have a spot out back just in case you can’t wait until you get home and want to smoke it right there on the spot! The 100 square foot humidor is stocked with a large assortment and the guys are right there with you to teach you the differences between each cigar. They haven’t steered me wrong yet!

These guys are trying to create an experience for its customers, they are not just selling cigars. Taken from their own website ‘Our goal was to create a community; to enhance peoples’ enjoyment of cigars, pipes and gentlemanly accoutrements by representing the culture to its fullest. It is truly an experience you won’t forget: sit and get cleaned up, grab a cigar, then shoot the shit as the afternoon passes by.’

Aside from the vast selection of cigars, they have all the accessories you could ever need. My next purchase will have to be the Cigar Journal so I can log all these great choices. They also carry a wide assortment of humidors, ash trays, lighters, cutters…….everything you could ever need!

They also have an old school barber setup and have barbers in to give you a sophisticated cut and shave. Complete with hot towel service and straight razor shaves. Last time I was in, the 2 chairs were full and I was told to book well in advance as they are cutting 7 days a week and are always full. Call 905.681.2012 to book your appointment.

Drop by for a visit. Even if you are not into cigars, it is a really cool shop and is all part of the revitalization of our great city.

They are open:
Mon-Thurs 11:00-7:00
Fri-Sat 10:00-8:00
Sun 11:00-6:00

Location: Village Square
2049 Pine Street Unit 64
Burlington Ontario
905 681 2012

Category: 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 56 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Son of a Peach Pizzeria

Fri, 11th July, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

Date nights come few and far between when you have a 4 year old and a 2 year old at home. So, deciding on where to dine becomes a very strategic endeavor. As we were walking around downtown Burlington and on our way to the very cool Village Cigar Company and Barbershop to pick up a treat for the weekend, we came across Son of a Peach Pizzeria. The smells coming from shop reached out and grabbed me from the collar and dragged me in for a look. Allison and I were set on dining at another restaurant downtown until the second waft of freshly made pizza pushed me down into one of their bar stools for a look at the menu.

When I saw ‘The Meatza’, I knew where we were going to have dinner that night. Spicy salami, house made meatballs and sausage, double smoked apple wood bacon, house made tomato sauce, and whole milk and virgin mozzarella…….you had me at Spicy salami!

With few tables in the restaurant, it fills up fast….so get their early. If it is full when you get there, they have a nice selection of craft beer to try as you wait. We didn’t have to wait long for a table and the pizza came shortly after. I devoured the Meatza and Allison tackled the Roasted Summer Squash and Tomato pizza.

Burlington has been in need of a sit down gourmet pizzeria for a long time. If you don’t have time to sit down and eat it, you can call ahead and order for take out. I am getting more and more excited about the new businesses that are coming down into the Village Square. I hope this trend continues to revitalize the downtown core.

To visit the Son of a Peach at #62-2049 Pine Street, Burlington, ON, L7R 1E9 OR call for take out at 905-632-4040.

If you want to follow them on social media, look on facebook for LOVEANDPIZZA, twitter you can find them at HEY_PEACHY and on instagram at SONOFAPEACHPIZZERIA.


Category: 365 Things to do in Burlington

SOLD – Burlington Freehold End Unit Townhouse – $409,000 – By Sean Kavanagh

Thu, 26th June, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

Updated Freehold End Unit Townhouse. New carpet and freshly painted. Walking distance to Appleby GO station and minutes to the QEW. Open kitchen with walkout to deck with privacy screening. Great yard for entertaining! Large Master with 4pc ensuite. Driveway fits 3 cars and garage has inside access.

For a slide show presentation of the home, please CLICK HERE

Category: Burlington / Burlington Real Estate / Featured

SOLD – Updated Burlington Home For Sale – $324,900 – By Sean Kavanagh

Sat, 21st June, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | (1) Comment

Beautifully updated semi in desirable complex in mature neighbourhood in south Burlington. Open concept design. Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, pot lighting and breakfast bar. Master bedroom with ensuite. Lower level with living room, bedroom and 3 pc bathroom. Spacious yard with privacy. Minutes to the lake, Mapleview Mall and LaSalle Park. Easy access to the QEW and GO station making it a very convenient location for commuters

For more details, CLICK HERE where you will find a map, property details and the Century 21 Showcase of HD photos.

Category: Burlington / Featured / Home for Sale Burlington

Day 55 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Tim Horton’s Camp Day

Wed, 4th June, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

Get out and buy yourself a coffee today to help give a child a great time at camp!

Wednesday June 4, 2014 is Camp Day. This is the one day each year when Tim Hortons restaurant owners donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF), making it the Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year.

Camp with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is more than a fun trip away from home. Camp programs are designed to change the way young people from low-income homes think about themselves and the opportunities that exist for them. The Foundation has three core programs that serve close to 14,000 children each year.

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was established in 1974 by Ron Joyce, Co-Founder of the Tim Hortons chain, to honour Tim Horton’s love for children and his desire to help those less fortunate. The Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes.

For complete details, CLICK HERE

So go out today and buy a coffee, or a donut, or lunch…..or all three to help a child experience camp.

Category: 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 54 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Yard Sale in Support of Home of Grace

Mon, 19th May, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

HUGE Multi-family Charity Yard Sale and Bake – Saturday May 24 from 7:30AM-2:00PM at 634 King Road in Burlington. Trampoline, Bikes, Furniture, Tons of Kids Stuff, and much, much more! If you visit one yard sale next Saturday, this should be the one!

*** Donations welcome! Please post on the page if you would like to contribute! ALSO, donations to Home of Grace can be made through their web site http://hogcc.org/ ***

Home of Grace Care Centre is an orphanage in rural western Kenya that cares for orphans and vulnerable children. It is run by Kenyans who have a passion to fight poverty, offer shelter to the most vulnerable and educate them in order to restore hope to a community.

URGENT: The orphanage is facing a daunting challenge right now: relocate to improved facilities or be closed down, forcing the children into the streets. But there is hope. Together, we can help provide them with “A Place to Grow”.

Category: 365 Things to do in Burlington

Kids Haircuts in Burlington – Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts For Kids | By Sean Kavanagh

Fri, 2nd May, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh | Please Comment

If you live in Burlington and are looking for a great place to get your kids haircut, do yourself a favour and try Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts For Kids. Located at 1505 Guelph Line in the plaza on the south/east corner of Upper Middle Road and Guelph Line, you won’t be disappointed.

Kids can sit in vehicles as they get their haircut (my kid loves to sit in Lightning McQueen), they can play Xbox or they can watch their favourite TV show on the flat screens. Lots of fun to be had by all!

For appointments, please call Mrs. Michelle at 905-332-5225

Category: 365 Things to do in Burlington
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