Apr 21

Odor Can Chase Away Buyers

Having pet odors inside your home can turn off potential home buyers and keep your home from selling. Ask your real estate agent for an honest opinion about whether your home has a pet smell.

If your agent holds her nose, here’s how to get rid of the smell:
Air your house out. While you’re cleaning, throw open all the windows in your home to allow fresh air to circulate and sweep out unpleasant scents.
Once your house is free of pet odors, do what you can to keep the smells from returning. Crate your dog when you’re out or keep it outdoors. Limit the cat to one floor or room, if possible. Remove or replace pet bedding.

Scrub thoroughly. Scrub bare floors and walls soiled by pets with vinegar, wood floor cleaner, or an odor-neutralizing product, which you can purchase at a pet supply store for $10 to $25.

Try a 1:9 bleach-to-water solution on surfaces it won’t damage, like cement floors or walls.

Got a stubborn pet odors covering a large area? You may have to spend several hundred dollars to hire a service that specializes in hard-to-clean stains.

Wash your drapes and upholstery. Pet odors seep into fabrics. Launder, steam clean, or dry clean all your fabric window coverings. Steam clean upholstered furniture.

Either buy a steam cleaner designed to remove pet hair for around $200 and do the job yourself, or pay a pro. You’ll spend about $40 for an upholstered chair, $100 for a sofa, and $7 for each dining room chair if a pro does your cleaning.

Clean your carpets. Shampoo your carpets and rugs, or have professionals do the job for $25 to $50 per room, depending on their size and the level of filth embedded in them. The cleaner will try to sell you deodorizing treatments. You’ll know if you need to spend the extra money on those after the carpet dries and you have a friend perform a sniff test.

If deodorizing doesn’t remove the pet odor from your home, the carpets and padding will have to go. Once you tear them out, scrub the subfloor with vinegar or an odor-removing product, and install new padding and carpeting. Unless the smell is in the subfloor, in which case that goes next.

Paint, replace, or seal walls. When heavy-duty cleaners haven’t eradicated smells in drywall, plaster, or woodwork, add a fresh coat of paint or stain, or replace the drywall or wood altogether.

On brick and cement, apply a sealant appropriate for the surface for $25 to $100. That may smother and seal in the odor, keeping it from reemerging.

Place potpourri or scented candles in strategic locations. Put a bow on your deep clean with potpourri and scented candles. Don’t go overboard and turn off buyers sensitive to perfumes. Simply place a bowl of mild potpourri in your foyer to create a warm first impression, and add other mild scents to the kitchen and bathrooms.

Control ongoing urine smells. If your dog uses indoor pee pads, put down a new pad each time the dog goes. Throw them away outside in a trash can with a tight lid. Remove even clean pads from view before each showing.

Replace kitty litter daily, rather than scooping used litter clumps, and sweep up around the litter box. Hide the litter box before each showing.

Relocate pets. If your dog or cat has a best friend it can stay with while you’re selling your home (and you can stand to be separated from your pet), consider sending your pet on a temporary vacation. If pets have to stay, remove them from the house for showings and put away their dishes, towels, and toys.

Apr 21

River City Condos For Sale

The river city development started back in 2000. It is a three phase project and is in the pre-construction phase. Currenlty Phase 3 For Sale. Where as phase 1 has been fully constructed in 2013, and the second phase is nearing its completion. The 28 storey building will look similar to the first building with its dark colour scheme and will be a visually appealing contrast of the second building that is lighter in colour.

It will also follow LEED gold standards which is the first of its kind in the city of Toronto and will be completely carbon neutral. There are 7 key aspects to obtain this high level of standard. It is a recognized rating system in the construction industry. This deems how environmentally sustainable the building design is.

The seven topics cover to make River City a gold standard include:

1. How minimal the storm water runoff is. The encouragement of carpooling, increasing urban density and green space.
2. Reduce the consumption of water, and treat wastewater as well.
3. Lower energy consumption by using renewable and efficient energy.
4. Use renewable materials to minimize waste.
5. Provide healthy living for tenants by having enough natural light, materials that have low off gas, and fresh area.
6. Improve the area with a green healthy environment.
7. Construct durable buildings.

The neighbourhood, which River City Condos resides in, has a good walk score and is surrounded by well established communities which include Corktown, Leslieville, and the Distillery District.

Apr 05

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Mar 15

FALSE: Saving Money = Good Investment

How many rich people do you know who have become
wealthy by investing in savings accounts? I rest my case.
But don’t get me wrong. Saving money is good. In fact,
it is important to the wealth building process. It’s not
the money saved that is important. It is the DISCIPLINE
required to save it. But you can’t except your savings to
carry you to wealth. And this is the fact that is so
widely misunderstood.

Even the seemingly exciting high interest rates paid by
the popular money market funds are not enough. Any dollar
that earns LESS the 10% per year is losing venture
assuming inflation & taxes. “But, you say, “savings
accounts and certificates of deposit are safe and the
money comes easy”. And I reply, “Does it make you feel
safe and secure to know that every day you are getting
poorer and poorer?” If you ignore the erosion effects of
taxes and inflation that is exactly what could be
happening to you!

There is nothing wrong with economizing. There is a place
for it in the scheme of wealth. However, if you want to
become wealthy you must learn how to save smart. The
money you save is only parked temporarily in liquid,
interest-bearing accounts waiting for a better place to
invest. This smart money is then shifted into long-range,
less liquid investments which generate wealth-producing
rates of return. RATES well in excess of 10% per year.
ANYTHING LESS is tantamount to treading water in the
swimming pool on the deck of the Titanic!

What kind of investments generate double digit rates of
return over the long haul? Real Estate Investment
Properties. If you combine the LEVERAGING EFFECTS of
aggressive financing available to investors today with the
beauty of having someone else pay for you to own your
investment (your tenants) the results are clear. Even
when propery values only increase at modest rates of 3% to
4% per year, if you purchase the investment property with
20%, 10% or even less down, the returns on YOUR invested
capital can be huge!

Using leverage to invest in stocks is called buying
on “margin”, and it is considered to be highly speculative
and therefore risky. Using leverage in real estate is
done by almost every person in the USA who owns a home.
The wealth statistics of home owners vs. non home owners
in this country are staggering. It is as close to an
automatic way to generate wealth as you are going to get.
For more information on wealth building strategies with
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Jan 23

Number of Single Women Buying Homes Growing

According to the National Association of Realtors, 22% of the buying force of home sales are women for the year 2006, which is up 14% from 1995.

Single men on the other hand account for just 9% for 2006, unchanged from the mid 90’s.  Home builders and real estate agents are paying attention to this trend by specializing in smaller, low maintenance houses that women prefer.

Good realtors are familiar with the neighborhoods that emphasize safety and houses with attached garages

 

Jan 22

Using Retirement Money to Buy Real Estate

You may be unaware that special provisions under the
tax laws allow you to withdraw funds from your retirement
accounts to buy real estate.

1. First-time homebuyers can tap their IRA without tax
penalty.

You can withdraw up to $10,000 once in a lifetime from your
IRA without tax penalty to purchase a principal residence
for yourself or for a family member. A family member is
defined as

your spouse

your child

your grandchild or ancestor

your spouse’s child

your spouse’s grandchild or ancestor.

The homebuyer must be someone who has not owned a home in
the previous two years. If the homebuyer is married, the
spouse must not have owned a principal residence during
that period, either.

2. You can get a loan tax-free from your retirement funds
to buy real estate, even if it’s not a first-time home.

If you are you self-employed, or a small business owner you
get even more flexibility to tap into your retirement
money. Your business does not have to be elaborate.. for
example, you can operate a part-time business as a sole
proprietor, a 1099 income consultant, or as an independent
contractor.

As long as you are the only employee in your business you
can establish a Self-Employed 401(k) plan. You can then
transfer funds from your IRA, qualified pension plan, like
a 401(k) or a 403(b) tax-sheltered plan, into your Self-
Employed 401(k) plan. Assuming your plan has a loan
feature, you may borrow up to $50,000 from your account
balance (or 50 percent, whichever is less). The loan will
stay tax-free and penalty-free, as long as the money is
paid back on time. You can use the loan for any purpose,
but if you use the money to buy a primary residence, the
loan can be extended from the regular 5 years payback
period to 10 years.

Jan 11

Real Estate and Tobacco

Could anti-smoking measures affect real estate sales in New Hanover County?  New Hanover County Board of Health members are looking to team up with Mecklanburg County to pass stricter anti-smoking measures that must pre-empt NC laws for public places (ie.your favorite bar or restaurant).  This will be attractive to non-smokers to are looking to move NC but the two pack a dayers might not feel the same

Dec 30

Condo Guide

Looking for a condo in Toronto? With so many developments in different neighbourhoods, are you being overwhelmed by the search itself.  Well visit Toronto Condo Guide and get a fresh look and see an overall layout of Toronto’s condo developments.  With a summary about each condo that is being built in the GTA, you can compare and get up to date news concerning specific condos that you are interested in.

Need a real estate agent, the Toronto Condo Guide will be able to assist you, and direct you to the proper real estate representative that is overseeing the condo that you fancy.

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Dec 30

Real Estate Closing on your new Home

“Closing” refers to the final meeting where ownership and conveyance of title to the property is legally transferred and accepted by the buyer. The closing is a formal meeting that is attended by all of the parties involved including the buyers and sellers in this process. Closing procedures are usually held at an attorney’s office or lawyer’s or a title company. Your title company officer coordinates and executes the document signing and collection along with the disbursement of funds. Real Estate Agents will be present at the closing to help explain the documents, answer any questions you may have, or help to resolve any last minute or unexpected details or issues that may arise.
To ensure the closing goes smoothly, both parties involved should bring the necessary documentation and be prepared to pay any transaction related fees. Usually there can be more than one form of acceptable payment for your closing costs and transaction related fees, so ask the closing officer from the title company which form of payment will be acceptable and to whom it should be made out. As a general rule of thumb expect your closing costs to total an amount equal to 2 to 3 percent of the total loan amount, not including the down payment.
Sellers sometimes agree to pay for some or all of the closing costs, depending on the terms of the purchase contract, and the seller’s equity and timing considerations. Any such concessions should be clearly made in writing in the contract. Generally lenders will allow some sort of credit from the seller to the buyer for non-recurring closing costs related to the closing of the transaction. However, they usually won’t allow the seller to issue a credit that reduces the amount of the buyer’s down payment or any of the buyer’s recurring closing costs, examples of this are expenses for home owners insurance policy, PMI, or property taxes.

Dec 25

11 Wellesley Condo

11 Wellesley Street Condo

There are new developments in a downtown plot of land that has long been the subject of speculation. The Ontario Government has sold the site of 11 Wellesley Street West to Lanterra Developments at a cost of $65 million. The area south of 11 Wellesley, between Yonge and Bay has been empty since the ’90s, when it was being considered the prime location for a ballet and opera house — a project which ultimately became The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen and University.

Empty plot of land recently purchased by Lanterra Developments

The empty land at 11 Wellesley Street Condo , recently purchased by Lanterra Developments, image by Craig White

UrbanToronto readers will know that Lanterra is also responsible for the recent purchase of the neighbouring Sutton Place Hotel, which will become The Britt Condos, as well as the Murano and Burano condominiums a block south on Bay. While any current plans for 11 Wellesley Condos West have yet to be finalized, the zoning amendment application filed by Lanterra would allow for a mixed-use development consisting of two residential towers at 45 and 54 storeys in height. There would be a 9-10 storey podium and a total gross floor area of 90,700 square metres. 1,304 dwelling units would be constructed above a one-storey street-related retail space and the development would incorporate and frame the proposed public park.

Image by Lanterra Developments of potential condo development at 11 Wellesley Condo
A Lanterra Developments image showing one possible development outcome, image courtesy of Lanterra

Last year, City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam was supported by City Council in trying to buy the land from the province at a reduced rate in order to build a public park, but the City was turned down by the province and was told to bid for the site, along with developers, an option that was simply too costly to pursue. Since the Lanterra purchase, Wong-Tam has been in talks with the developer to try to convince them to include a public green space with only one tower, as pictured above in a blue-sky concept rendering. Both Wong-Tam and Lanterra continue to be optimistic that a winning situation can come out of this for all parties.

We will report back as plans for the site progress. In the meantime you can get in on the discussion in our Forum thread for t

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