Rightsizing Not Downsizing- With Your Project Managers of Life Transitions  Part 1 Newly Singles

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Rightsizing Not Downsizing- With Your Project Managers of Life Transitions Part 1 Newly Singles

Tags: Listing, Selling, Agents, Hiring, Sell Your Home, Pricing, Durham, Single, Right size, Down Size, Moving, Buying

Rightsizing is the decision to change your residence for a new lifestyle to better fit your new circumstances and needs. It’s not always a case of downsizing into a smaller place but may in fact entail a similar size or even larger home of a different nature to meet your new circumstances. We often think about these changes in relationship to our golden years and senior adult moves, but in ...Read More

Get Smart – What To Know About Real Estate Statistics

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Get Smart – What To Know About Real Estate Statistics

Tags: Market, Housing Market, Statistics, Real Estate, Buying, Selling, Price

  The numbers out of the Toronto Real Estate Board for September, 2019 were nothing less than spectacular and they were trumpeted throughout the countryside by many an agent and news feed!   Sales were up a whopping 22% over September 2018 across the GTA. A friend of ours in Port Perry, where we live, told us an agent in town mentioned sales were up 22% when they were talking about the ...Read More

2019 Fall Market Outlook

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

2019 Fall Market Outlook

Tags: Market, Housing Market, Buying, Selling, Stats, Fall Market, Real Estate Market

2019 started off with the fear of rising interest rates however that fear is now gone, with no expected increase for the remainder of this year and next. In fact, long term mortgage rates have been on the decline, including five year rates used by the Banks to qualify borrowers under the stress test. So far it’s minimal, but any decline is good news for borrowers.   With the decline in ...Read More

Who’s That Knocking On My Door?

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Who’s That Knocking On My Door?

Tags: Real Estate, Clients, Customer Service, Buying, Selling, Door Knocking, Agent, Picking an Agent, Interview

  As a favour and at the request of a past client, I did a quick analysis of his friend’s home which is currently on the market for sale.   The short story is the home has been listed approximately 70 days; agent did two open houses at the beginning and that’s the last they’ve seen of him aside from the agent asking for price reductions. Oh, and agent said the home was...Read More

Busy vs. Productive

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Busy vs. Productive

Tags: Real Estate, Clients, Customer Service, Buying, Selling, Busy, Productive

  The two most asked questions I get are “how’s the market” and “are you busy.” It is the latter question I fear the most. For in my mind, “busy” carries a negative connotation. If my answer is “we’re not busy” well, that’s not exactly a confidence builder. And if I answer “we’re really busy” it may sound goo...Read More

May 2019 Market Stats

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

May 2019 Market Stats

Tags: Market, Housing Market, May 2019, Real Estate, Buying, Selling, Price

  The Durham Region Association of Realtor reported 1,176 transactions in May, representing a 37% increase over the 859 transactions recorded in May of 2018. New listings also increased from 1,993 in April to 2,392 in May; up 20%. The average selling price inched up slightly from last year to $622,292 across Durham Region. Current Average Days On Market stands at 19 days and the Sales to Ne...Read More

The Tale of Two Markets

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

The Tale of Two Markets

Tags: Debit, Credit, Pricing, Home Sale, Home Buying

U.S. Reports Huge 11.8% Increase In Sales In February   The U.S. housing market is really humming along reporting the largest monthly increase since 2015. The enthusiasm is attributed to the following conditions: Lower mortgage rates More inventory Rising incomes Higher consumer confidence 1st time Buyers accounted for a whopping 32% of the purchases   Contrast Canada Sales do...Read More

How To Hire The Right Listing Agent

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

How To Hire The Right Listing Agent

Tags: Listing, Selling, Agents, Hiring, Sell Your Home, Pricing, Durham

As evidenced by the graphic attached in this post, there are no lack of agents to choose from when deciding to sell your home. Of 53,134 licensees registered with the Toronto Real Estate Board, an astonishing 30%, or 15,940 did not sell a single home in 2018! A majority of 76%, or 40,381 agents sold 5 or less homes last year and a total of 90%, or 47,820 sold 10 homes or less in 2018. It’s s...Read More

Pricing Your Home

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

Pricing Your Home

Tags: Pricing, For Sale, Pricing Right,Selling, Market Value

The three pillars of a successful sale are Pricing, Presentation & Location though some might say it’s Pricing, Pricing & Pricing and they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Proper pricing cures all ills, be they location, condition, stigma etc. But what is the proper price on a property? It’s the million dollar question that I learned early in my career when a potential clie...Read More

How do I establish GOOD Credit-- 2-2-2 Rule

By: Keith Williams, Lisa C. Follows & Kim Kelly

How do I establish GOOD Credit-- 2-2-2 Rule

Tags: Buyers, New Buyers, First Time Buyers, Credit, Credit Score, Good Credit

We are enjoying spending time this month with our newer buyers. In recent conversations we have been asked a lot about credit. What does it mean, how do I get good credit, what do lenders look at, etc.? Financial Health: Financial health is as equally important in our lives as physical or mental health. It can either propel, us giving us great freedom to fulfil our dreams or it can anchor us, res...Read More

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