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Sutton Group Heritage Realty Inc., Brokerage

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Toronto Real Estate Board: New Roadmap Is Valuable For Homebuyers
Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 08:14:15 PM

Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah offers insight and information about the financial implications of homeownership with her March 8, 2013 Toronto Sun column article.

Citing the recent survey commissioned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), Hannah draws attention to The Homebuyers’ Road Map as a “resource for Canadians to help them more easily understand and navigate the home buying process.”

In addition to highlighting and explaining the importance of how the right REALTOR® can help the homebuyer, The Homebuyers’ Road Map offers a step-by-step look at the various elements, frequently asked questions, and how-tos of the process:

  1. Assess Financial Readiness
  2. Consider Mortgage Options
  3. Mortgage Default Insurance
  4. Research Government Programs
  5. Finding a Home
  6. Making an Offer
  7. Closing and Related Costs

Read TREB President’s Column here -:: Toronto Real Estate Board ::-

Download The Homebuyers’ Road Map 12-page PDF document here

Thinking of buying a home?

Call Jane or Lindsey anytime for the expertise and assistance you need.

We’re here to help.

905-471-2000 / 416-798-0800


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Toronto Real Estate Board: New Roadmap Is Valuable For Homebuyers
Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 04:14:15 PM

Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah offers insight and information about the financial implications of homeownership with her March 8, 2013 Toronto Sun column article.

Citing the recent survey commissioned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), Hannah draws attention to The Homebuyers’ Road Map as a “resource for Canadians to help them more easily understand and navigate the home buying process.”

In addition to highlighting and explaining the importance of how the right REALTOR® can help the homebuyer, The Homebuyers’ Road Map offers a step-by-step look at the various elements, frequently asked questions, and how-tos of the process:

  1. Assess Financial Readiness
  2. Consider Mortgage Options
  3. Mortgage Default Insurance
  4. Research Government Programs
  5. Finding a Home
  6. Making an Offer
  7. Closing and Related Costs

Read TREB President’s Column here -:: Toronto Real Estate Board ::-

Download The Homebuyers’ Road Map 12-page PDF document here

Thinking of buying a home? Call Jane or Lindsey anytime for the expertise and assistance you need. We’re here to help.

905-471-2000 / 416-798-0800


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Easy to love …
Monday, 04 February 2013, 05:13:02 PM

Accentuate the Positive

At Jane Cotterill Homes, we are firm believers in looking at the positives. We are absolutely the “glass is half full” kind of people. We’ve learned through time and experience that life flows more easily when we’re grateful.

Thus, when we recently re-discovered Abigail Stone’s Apartment Therapy blog post “What I Love About My Home,” we just had to comment on it.

It may be easy to complain, but it’s way easier to love

Abby writes that it’s easy to complain about our homes. While we know this to be true sometimes, we also know it’s just as easy to find the many things we love. And, we agree wholeheartedly with her suggestion to write a gratitude list about what we love. We’re regular practitioners of writing gratitude lists.

Please join us in writing a Gratitude List

So, we’re inviting our friends and our clients to join us in writing a list of “What I Love About My Home.” We’ll start off with some key loves of our own here and invite you to do the same either privately in your personal journal or fridge ‘artwork’ page, or publicly here at our blog in the comments section. No matter where you choose to list the things you love about your home, please take a few minutes to do so. We know you’ll find that gratitude goes a long way in shining a little sunshine.

Here’s A Compilation Of What We Love About Our Homes…

The light: my home has a fabulous number of windows, many of them facing south. I love the light they afford.

The full basement with a great layout: many of our neighbours have homes with crawl spaces. Our basement allows us a home theatre, a bedroom, a powder room, a laundry and creative room, a utility room, and loads of storage. It’s great!

A room of my own: I’m grateful for a room of my own in which to retreate, create, rest, and call my own. Even though it’s small, it’s mine – all mine :-)

The bunnies that come to visit: We’re not sure what they love the most about our yard, but a rabbit or two are regular visitors there. We know they love the quince we planted … what a treat to quietly watch them nibble this plant!

My landlords: They care and take pride in being good landlords. I’m very grateful for them.

A Gratitude List: What We Love About Our Homes

A Gratitude List: What We Love About Our Homes


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PowerStream Customers: Save On Energy
Monday, 14 January 2013, 02:47:23 PM

Whether we’re homeowners or rentors, we’re all looking for ways to save on energy.

Our review of energy management technology available today shows that PowerStream* customers can take advantage of their peaksaver PLUS™ program*, completely free of charge.

Check it out at PowerStream*.

Here’s to staying green with both our environment and our wallets!

- The Jane Cotterill Homes Real Estate Team

 
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Happy New Year!
Monday, 31 December 2012, 04:46:36 PM

May Your World

Be Filled with Warmth,

Joy and Good Cheer

Wishing You A

Very Happy New Year!


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Season’s Greetings
Tuesday, 25 December 2012, 11:06:38 PM

Wishing you the very best of the season

With many moments of peace and joy

From all of us at

The Jane Cotterill Real Estate Team


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Selling Your Home During The Holidays: Saving Your Sanity
Monday, 12 November 2012, 04:26:04 PM

It’s that time of year again–time to bring out the boxes of decorations, hang wreathes and ribbons, bake treats, shop for gifts and enjoy the company of family and friends. These are the reasons that many sellers decide not to market their home at this time of year. On the flip side, with many people waiting to list or temporarily taking their homes off the market, this can be a good time to sell, if you are prepared. Make your lists and check them twice!

Getting Organized

Organizing parties, home showings, shopping trips, and family visits requires some mental gymnastics. Now, with many software apps to choose from you can stay on top of dates, to-do lists, and reminders. Check out Remember The Milk (free and available for both Mac and PC platforms, and integrates with Outlook, Google Calendar and other programs). Another great organizer is Amazon’s Gift Central.

The Great Outdoors: This place looks fabulous!

With the sun setting early in the winter, weekday showings may take place when it is dark. If you like to get into the holiday spirit with bright, colourful figurines on your lawn and miles of lights, consider a more subtle display while selling. Small white or green lights on the branches or boughs of trees look festive and also highlight your landscaping. The same lights can look nice framing the edge of a roof, veranda, or entryway and will highlight the architecture of your home. Be sure that your walkways and exterior steps and stairs are kept clear of ice and snow and are well lit for safety reasons.

Despite winter temperatures, it is still possible to improve your home’s curb appeal through landscaping. Trim bushes and trees, rake up fallen leaves and remove any dead annual plants. Add some greenery to the entryway with real or artificial potted evergreens, poinsettias, or geraniums and/or a wreath on the front door.

Ahhh, it’s good to be home: Inner Appeal

During this chilly weather, the focus is on the indoor living space. Potential buyers will appreciate seeing a home that’s filled with warmth and light. During daytime showings, open the curtains and blinds to let in maximum light and, after dark, ensure adequate lighting using a combination of overhead and floor and table lamps. Manufacturers now offer compact fluorescent lights that cast warm light while still reducing energy bills.

Happy Medium

With gifts and decorations such a major part of the holiday season, a home can quickly become cluttered. Keep in mind that buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in the space: too many personal items can interfere with that perception. As well, not everyone celebrates Christmas but for those who do, seeing a home without any decorations can seem a little bleak. During showings, aim for a happy medium that is festive yet subtle.

Colour Coordinated

Red and green are complementary colours that are traditionally associated with this season, but they need not be the only ones. Today, you will find decorations in a wide range of colours including purple, ice blue and golden earth tones. Some of these colours may work better in relation to your existing decor than read and green. For example, silver and blue decotrations can look smart in a room with white and black furnishings and rugs. Gold and glittering earth tones can look wonderful next to wood. If you like to have an indoor tree, remember that artificial versions are available in white, silver and even purple!

Ask for Help!

As days fill with regular commitments along with holiday organizaing and socializing, it can be difficult to prepare your home for showings. If your budget allow, consider hiring outside help. These are some of the common tasks required to get a home into tip-top condition:

  • steam cleaning carpets and furniture
  • washing ro dry cleaning rugs and draperies
  • cleaning blinds and fixtures
  • washing windows
  • polishing hardwood
  • touching up paint
  • making repairs such as filling, sanding & painting nicked baseboards

A home that shows well has a better chance of selling quickly and for the optimum price. Best of all, these task will serve a dual purpose: a house and home that shines for both family and friends and your potential buyers.

Mmmm …

The finishing touch is scent. Now that your home looks great, how does it smell? Candles, potpourri, and air fresheners are sometimes manufactured with chemicals that can cause headaches and potential breathing problems for some. Instead, try adding natural scents by creating table displays that include pine tree boughs, cloves and a stick of cinnamon. Many stores offer wide selection of real essential oils for use in diffusers. If you have a dog, treat him to a bath or an appointment with the groomer. If you are a cat owner, take special care with litter box cleaning.

Relocating for work or school in the New Year often motivates people to shop for properties during the holidays. With some preparation, you can tap into this market and still enjoy all the best of the season.

Call Jane Cotterill and Lindsey Lumsden to talk about selling your home during the holidays AND saving your sanity!

Office / 24-7 Pager: 416-798-0800 / 905-471-2000

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Preparing For Your Virtual Tour
Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 04:37:24 PM

Preparing for Your Home’s Virtual Tour Photography

One of our favourite Virtual Tour photographers is Paula McNab of My Visual Listings. Paula is a consummate professional: she knows what she’s doing and has never let us – or our clients – down. Paula’s put together a checklist to follow as you prepare for your home’s virtual tour photography session. Thanks, Paula!

Here are few tips to keep in mind when preparing for your appointment with your virtual tour photographer:

  • Most virtual tour photographers allow for approximately 20 to 30 minutes onsite at your home to complete the photography.
  • Having your home prepared and ready to go upon the photographer’s arrival means they can spend more time planning how to best showcase the home’s features and setting up their equipment to help make the shots look as good as possible.

A note on moving and removing items and furnishings:

  • Due to the panoramic type of photography, once the virtual tour session begins, no items or furniture can be moved as this will adversely affect the finished product
  • Because the virtual tour is presented as part of online listing and showcasing, please remove any items that you do not want seen on the Internet

Here’s a checklist to help your home look its best:

Outside

  • Lawn cut / snow shovelled / walkways swept and cleared
  • No cars in driveway or parked in front of house
  • Garage door(s) closed
  • No garbage or recycling at curb
  • Tools, toy, etc., away
  • Patio furniture set up as desired

Inside:

  • All lights on!
  • Draperies & shutters open
  • Rearrange / remove furniture as desired
  • Dishes done and removed from sink
  • Remove all magnets, notes, etc., from refrigerator
  • Clear kitchen countertops as much as possible
  • Make all beds
  • Clean all bathrooms and remove personal items
  • Pets away
  • TVs off

Now, relax! You’ll be so pleased with the results!

Any questions or concerns, please call Jane or Lindsey at 905-471-2000


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Happy Thanksgiving
Monday, 08 October 2012, 08:54:11 AM

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Joy…

Happiness…

Health…

All these and many more are our wishes to you!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Jane Cotterill Homes Real Estate Team


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We’re thinking of renting. Can you help?
Monday, 01 October 2012, 04:55:12 PM

Renting or leasing a home is always something we can help you with.

Renting is a bridge for many first-time home buyers to-be. Moving out of the family home for the first time, moving in with a partner or roommate, a need for your own space or a change of pace … renting is that place where we can save and build or rest and recharge before committing to purchasing a home.

Maybe you’re moving to a new city or province and need time to get acclimatized to your new area. Maybe you need less space but don’t know what that ideal space looks like yet and you’d just like to think a little before buying.

No matter what makes renting right for you, or even if you just want to talk about whether renting is the best option, we can help.

Call Jane Cotterill or Lindsey Lumsden at 905-471-2000 or drop us an email at info@janecotterillhomes.com

No fuss, no muss, no obligation, no worries.

:-)


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