Family Day 2022 in Waterloo Region

Links and event information courtesy of explorewaterloo.ca

Monday, February 21st is Family Day in Waterloo Region and all of Ontario! A perfectly welcomed break from all the stresses the new year can bring, none the least being all the snow we just received! Since its inception in 2007, Family Day has been a time for families to get together, enjoy a little quality time, and have some fun.

Thankfully, Waterloo Region is full of fun family activities and events to help you make the most of the day! You can even take advantage of Ontario's Staycation Tax Credit to allow for even more adventures, including booking a stay at one of the many hotels, motels, and inns in the region.

Check out this list below and…

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Seller's Budget Worksheet: FREE Download

Selling your home is a big event that most people only ever do once, if at all. This can create a huge list of questions, and at the center it usually comes down to money.

If you are wondering what to budget and where it should go, I've got you covered! I've put together a Seller's Budget Worksheet for you to download for free. Just click the link below and you'll be able to save the PDF file and print it out.

Download free Seller's Budget Worksheet

Any questions about it? Contact me today and I'll help you out. 

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How To Know When It's Time To Downsize Your Home

Retired couple enjoying a glass of wine at home - Is it time to downsize your home - Dewar Realty - The Real Estate Blog

As a realtor, I help people in all stages of their lives buy and sell their homes. One common question I get is when it’s time to downsize your home. While you are the best judge of whether or not it is the right time to downsize, here are some things to think about to help you make your choice.

Do you have extra, unused space in your home?

If you are an empty nester whose children have moved out, you're probably faced with a few extra rooms that don't get the same use that they used to. Maybe you don't need that third bathroom or second family room in the basement. As your children move out and start their own families, it's a good time to think about downsizing. Getting rid of that unused…

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You Have Received an Offer! Now What?



You never truly know what buyers are thinking when they make an offer, but, the ease of negotiations will be directly linked to the amount of preparation you've put into listing your home.

Below are your main areas of focus.

Working with the Price

If you get your asking price, or even over it, that's fantastic! If you don't find the price appropriate you can sign the offer back. This means you're refusing the offer and would like to make changes. One thing to remember is that buyers ultimately decide what your house is worth. If the showing feedback & offer history shows that your price may be high, then be flexible. There may be other ways to save money.

Working with the Closing Date

When do you…

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Buyer's Remorse - Avoid Costly Surprises

Buyer's Remorse Avoiding Costly Surprises when buying a home. frustrated manBuying a home is a process that most people will only go through once, and it should be a fun and positive experience. After all, this is the biggest purchase you are likely to make in your lifetime, and big moments are to be enjoyed. So you grab your list of new home "must-haves", start searching online for local listings, and you begin making calls to book some house showings. Eventually, you find 'the home', you put in an offer, and congratulations you are now a homeowner! But what happens when the dust settles, and you realize that your new home is full of surprises - and some are unpleasant ones?

There are so many details to consider when house hunting, that it can be very easy to overlook even big…

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Increasing Curb Appeal and Getting Buyers In The Door

Before you put money in to your home, the exterior should be taken care of. The first impression is made when potential buyers drive by your home or pull into your driveway. If it doesn’t look good, they are approaching with skepticism or they may just keep on driving!

While exterior improvements may not have a large ROI, compared to Interior improvements, they are essential. Anything on the outside of your home that needs improvement or replacement could significantly affect an offer price or the desire to place an offer at all. Some exterior items can have large price tags to fix and the average buyer won't be willing to assume major repairs. I know everyone has a different budget when…

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How To Price Your Home For Sale

Do you know what your home is worth? Do you know what your homes will sell for? Probably not!

We all want to achieve the highest possible sale price for our home. Consider this when establishing an asking price. In 2014 - 6,638 homes were listed in Cambridge and 3,131 of them sold. This means that only 47% were able to sell their home. So, how do you join the SOLD percentage?

Pricing your Cambridge, ON home accurately is very important to achieving a sale, so be realistic. The price is the first thing buyers look at and if they feel your home is overpriced it can linger on the market, or encourage buyers to look at other options. Remember - Although you set the asking price, the value of your home is determined…

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The Top 10 Things You Need To Do To Prepare Your Home For Sale

The Top 10 Things you Need to do to Prepare your Home for Sale There are many ways to prepare your home to sell to ensure you get top value for your property. We’ve compiled a list of what we think are the most important tasks to undertake leading up to your house’s sale.

1. Emotionally Detach

It’s important to constantly remind yourself why you’re selling the property. Remember the reasons why selling your property is good for you and your family and try your best to emotionally distance yourself. The sale of your home has now become a business transaction. It is likely that both buyer and seller will be making concessions in one way or the other, so keep that in mind. 

2. View the Home from a Buyer’s Perspective

Now that you’re mentally…

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Mortgages - Should we choose a Mortgage Broker or the Bank?Mortgages: Broker or Bank?

Applying for a new mortgage is a major financial move, and it can impact your budget for years to come. One of the most important first steps to take when applying for a home loan is to decide which mortgage broker or lender to use. There are several key differences between brokers and lenders to consider, and a closer examination of their fees and services can help you to better decide who to work with. 

What to Expect from a Broker

A mortgage broker is not affiliated with a specific bank or lender, and he or she is free to work with any lender that offers a beneficial loan program for you. This is an independent consultant who represents your best interests and who can help you to more easily and quickly locate a…

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House Hunting Checklist

You've decided it's time to look for a new home and now you're visiting open houses to see what's on the market and available to you. When you're shopping for a new home, it's easy to be drawn in and get swept away by a home's most charming features. This is why I recommend using a house hunting checklist when looking through open houses.

One recommendation I often suggest is to print an actual list out to bring with you to an open house. This list will be a checklist of sorts to help you take note of certain features so that you don’t forget or overlook anything. For instance, after visiting a few open houses, you might have forgotten if House A had a backyard or a side yard. There are many different types of house hunting…

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