December Housing Numbers. More Home-Sales in 2020.

By: SHAN JAFFREY

December Housing Numbers. More Home-Sales in 2020.

Tags: record sales, average price, number of homes, lifestyle, supply and demand, pandemic, remote work, distance learning, food, kitchen, green space, commute, dog walk, grass

OK, so, admittedly I was a bit off. I predicted we would have about 90,000 sales. We had over 95,000 sales in 2020 according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. Definitely a busy year. Despite the dip in sales in March, April and May, the comeback was huge and more than made up for the dip.   Something to note, although the average sales price was up in double digits compared to the year before...Read More

Use Your Garage To Park Your Cars

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Use Your Garage To Park Your Cars

Tags: winter, snow, garage, stuff, storage, excess, hoarding, pain, easy life, passions, backpain, chronic pain, shoveling, snow-blower, easier, organized. real estate, realtor, mississauga, oakville, milton

I know what you’re thinking. ‘What else would I use my garage for?’ Well, judging by the number of cars I see in the driveway and ‘not’ in the garage when we’ve had six inches of snow tells me otherwise. I have even shown homes where the garage was just packed with stuff leaving no room for the cars. Would it not make your life easier to not have to brush off sn...Read More

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early?

Tags: financial responsibility, freedom, peace of mind, invest, risk, growth, plan b, real estate, finance, realtor, mississauga, oakville, milton

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early? ASAP? That depends on what your goals are and how much risk you’re comfortable with. Most people would prefer to make minimum payments on their mortgage and then use what ever is left over for elevating their lifestyles. Better cars, vacations, hobbies etc.   Then there are those who like the idea of ‘safe’ investments like the index f...Read More

Now That You're Moving This Is What You Need To Do

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Now That You're Moving This Is What You Need To Do

Tags: moving, packing, coordination, strategy, kijiji, donate, goodwill, mindset, sentimental, just in case, movers, moving company, back pain, efficient, labels

OK, you’ve sold your house and now you have to start packing. Where do you begin? That depends. Are you downsizing or moving to a bigger home? If you’re downsizing then it is time to ‘Purge’. You’re going to have to get in the right mindset to do this. Everything is going to look like it’s important. Everything is going to have some sentimental value. Everything...Read More

Build Your Home For Your Loved Ones

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Build Your Home For Your Loved Ones

Tags: livable, expensive, hear attack, good value, children, play, pets, scratch, fancy appliances, fancy lighting, eggshells, home, house, real estate, realtor, mississauga, oakville, milton

Too many times I’ve seen people put together their dream home only to admire it far more than they enjoy it. New kitchen with the latest high-tech gadgets, expensive hardwood flooring, fancy lighting, upscale furniture etc. Now, first rule in that house is don’t touch the nice stuff. The second rule in that house is don’t touch that stuff. You get the idea. Kids have to tip-toe ...Read More

3 Things You Must Absolutely Do Before You Put Your House On The Market

By: SHAN JAFFREY

3 Things You Must Absolutely Do Before You Put Your House On The Market

Tags: fresh paint, declutter, depersonalize, neutral color, colour, open up, more space, realtor opinion, sell, list, mississauga, oakville, milton

Yes, I know, you thought there were more than three things that needed to be done before you sell. Well, there are. I’m talking about the bare minimum you must do before you put your house on the market. Depersonlize? Unpersonlize? Whatever the opposite of personalizing is. Basically, remove family photos, religious symbols or art, anything that is very personal to you. OK, so you like surf...Read More

Should You Make A Move During A Pandemic?

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Should You Make A Move During A Pandemic?

Tags: values, decline, increase, real estate, boom, bust, invest, buy, sell, index funds, investment, mississauga, oakville, milton, realtor

Now I watch a lot of shows with economic and real estate experts giving their analysis and predictions on the real estate market. Here’s the gist of it; if the conditions are favourable to real-estate then values will continue rising and if conditions are not favourable then values will decline. Gee, thanks but no thanks. After long complicated sentences these ‘experts’ give you ...Read More

The Effects of Covid-19 On The Real Estate Market

By: SHAN JAFFREY

The Effects of Covid-19 On The Real Estate Market

Tags: covid-19, real estate, condos, buyers, sellers, demand, supply, remote work, travel, airbnb, more space, toronto, mississauga, oakville, milton, realtor, realestate, investment, indexfunds,

Alright, so, this is by no means an observation based on hard numbers but more of a general observation. Covid-19 has done a number on the economy there is no doubt about that. Despite that, real estate has continued to increased in value, generally speaking. Having said that, here are some general observations of the Market. In Toronto and in the GTA there is an increased number of condos for sa...Read More

The Marylin Monroe Towers. Beauty That's Skin Deep

By: SHAN JAFFREY

The Marylin Monroe Towers. Beauty That's Skin Deep

Tags: impractical, layout, curves, marylin monroe, real estate, busy, wasted space, beauty, design, celebrity, iconic, mississauga, skyline, international

The iconic Marylin Monroe towers in Mississauga are probably the most photographed towers in the city of Mississauga. I mean, I don’t think there is a close second in terms of popularity of design and ‘celeb’ status. When was the last time you saw someone crossing a busy intersection to take a few selfies in front of a condo building in Mississauga? So, yeah, the Monroe Towers, ...Read More

Why Kids Should Play In Dirt

By: SHAN JAFFREY

Why Kids Should Play In Dirt

Tags: Kids, Immune system, dirt, grass, bugs, outdoors, indoors, gadgets, screen time, football, soccer, treasure hunt, dinosaur bones, adventure, health, disease

  Playing in Dirt Affects Your Childs Health It seems that 20-30 years ago all we did was play outside. Whether it was playing football in the searing heat of the summer or just exploring a piece of land looking for ‘precious stones’ we were always playing outside. Yes, we would get the occasional injury, scrape, but nothing an alcohol swab or bandage could not remedy. At the sa...Read More