Get Real Episode 3 – Community Events Wednesday – November 14, 2013

On today’s Episode of Get Real, I investigate a new Aquarium Attraction in Downtown Toronto and research the various Santa Claus Parades around town.

Here are the links to each of the attractions in this episode.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Markham Santa Claus Parade

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade

Aurora Santa Under The Stars Parade

Thank-you for joining me for this episode. I hope to see you at the Aquarium and Parade this weekend!

Kirby Chan

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Get Real Episode 2 – Real Estate Story Wednesday – November 13, 2013

Today on this Episode of Get Real, I share a Real Estate Story about a unique multiple offer presentation last week.

In multiple offers, we have to think quick and act fast. Decisions need to be made in minutes.

Luckily we role play different situations with our clients so there are never any surprises.

A prepared and knowledgeable buyer beats an unprepared one every time.

Get Real Episode 1 – Technology Tuesday – November 12, 2013


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Today we look at 2 high tech thermostats that will be more convenient and help you save money in the process.

More information about Nest & EverSense.

Nest Thermostat 

Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and the Nest Thermostat can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.EverSense Thermostat 

Is your schedule different today than it was yesterday? 
Going on vacation and want to save energy costs? 
Are you stuck in traffic or running errands on the way home from work? 
How can a smart thermostat accurately “learn” what your schedule will be with so many changes during your busy day? 
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Five Things That Can Sabotage Your Home Sale

Real estate is a world where every detail counts. You never know what a potential buyer may be looking for when they view your home and for that reason, you must ensure a flawless presentation each and every time you show your home. Follow these tips to ensure you are showing your home at its full potential.

Unwelcoming curb appeal

First impressions are critical. When a potential buyer arrives at your home, not only do you need to get them out of the car, you need to wow them into coming in. Messy yards, chipped exterior paint and unpolished landscaping will send buyers in the other direction. Poorly maintained yards generally indicate poorly maintained properties.

Un-finished touches

Never show a home that is not ready to be seen. Gutters must be free of debris, walls should be freshly painted and all repairs completed.  Homes should be exceptionally clean and free of dust and clutter. Take pride in your home. Show it at its absolute best so you can sell it for its full potential.

Smell

Unpleasant odours are one of the biggest turn-offs in home sales and can be responsible for either subconsciously or blatantly deterring potential buyers. Tobacco smoke, pet dander and food rank as the most offensive odours and cannot be masked with candles or spray perfumes. Odour trouble often calls for replacing carpeting, repainting walls, or hiring a professional.

Excessive personality

The saying is true. A little goes a long way. Potential buyers need to envision their families living in the home so you want to ensure your style does not prevent this. When staging your home, opt for neutral colours and remove personal items.

Know the market

Be realistic about your selling price to maximize your number of potential buyers. Home prices are dictated by the season, neighbourhood and market demand.

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Are The Perks Of Condo Living Worth The Fees?

Condo Benefits

Before you move into a condo, decide whether its in-house bells and whistles are perks you’ll use often enough to warrant the fees you’ll be paying for them each month.
In other words, think about your lifestyle, future costs to repair some of these amenities and their future selling potential. And, is it advantageous to have these ‘extras’ in the building or are the neighbourhood offerings enough?

If some amenities don’t tickle your fancy right now, they may make selling your condo more appealing to the next buyer.

For example, does it make sense to turn in your gym membership at a private club and take advantage of the facilities in your building? Will having a gym just an elevator ride away eliminate the bevy of excuses you use not to workout?

And if you are a sociable sort who loves to organize parties and group events, having access to a multi-use room or guest suite to rent makes condo living a lot more appealing, especially for those who are downsizing. In the same vein, giving up backyard living is much easier when you know you have manicured gardens on site to roam through in the growing seasons.

Typically a gym, rooftop terrace and party room are among the amenities a condo offers its owners.

But selling features of some condos know no limits.

Some offer Olympic –sized indoor pools while others have outdoor lounging pools.

Some offer saunas, hot tubs, games rooms, movie theatres, bowling alleys, indoor or outdoor basketball, tennis and squash courts, a library and golf and batting cages.

That’s the fun stuff. Services such as a concierge, visitor parking, dry-cleaning, dog-walking, guest suites, health and maid services may be offered through a user fee system, or they may be costs being built-in to your fees.

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Markham Fair & Woodbridge Fair 2013

Markham Fair

Nothing conjures up happy childhood memories more than a county fair. The twinkling lights of the midway, the carnival games with their dangling prizes, fingers sticky from cotton candy, caramel apples and elephant ears….it’s no wonder fairs are able to delight the masses, young and old. Fall fairs are in full swing across the province and planning is well under way for two of York Region’s most popular fairs. The Markham Fair will take place October 3 – 6 and the Woodbridge Fair on Thanksgiving weekend, October 12 – 14.

The Markham Fair has the proud distinction of being one of Canada’s oldest county fairs. It takes 750 volunteers on 75 different committees to organize the four-day event that draws over 60,000 attendees.  Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 12,000 items to be judged and put on display during the fair. Attendees can expect to see everything from hand-carved wooden toys to homemade pies and preserves. Other highlights include a horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, livestock shows, teen talent contest, indie band night, children’s pet show and, of course, the baby contest. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will close with fireworks at dusk.

Parking at the Markham Fair is free. Admission: adults $15, seniors $10, children 12 and under $2, children four and under are free. The Markham Fairgrounds are located at 10801 McCowan Road. Check out the full events listing at www.markhamfair.ca

The Woodbridge Fair is celebrating its 166th anniversary in 2013. This long-time running fair has a storied history and was advertised as the ‘biggest country fair in the Dominion of Canada’ during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Highlights of the Woodbridge Fair include a giant pumpkin contest, stunt show, horse show, school exhibits, cow milking contest, craft, baking and antique displays, farm area with petting zoo and straw bale maze, hourly free turkey raffles and vendor tents.

Parking at the Woodbridge Fair is free. Admission: adults $7, students aged 6 -14 $2, children under 6 are free. The Woodbridge Fairgrounds are located at 100 Porter Avenue. Check out the website at www.woodbridgefair.com for full events listing.

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