By: Nancy Festarini

It's Easy To Get A Mortgage Pre-Approval!

Tags: Mortgage, Pre-Approval, Buying First Home, Buying a Home

First things first: always get pre-approved before you start hunting for your next home. This is an important step that will save you time and make the process much smoother than if you didn’t.   Getting a pre-approval determines what you can afford, allows you to create your budget, focuses and narrows your home search, and locks in your mortgage rate while you search for 90 or more da...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Neighbourhood Spotlight on Westoak Trails

Tags: Westoak Trails, Oakville, Neighbourhood, Oakville Real Estate, MLS Listings, Family Homes, Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Oakville Homes For Sale

Just West of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario, lies Oakville. Bordering on Burlington, Milton, and Mississauga, Oakville has it all from affordable family homes to luxury residences. Westoak Trails, situated North of the QEW, just South of Dundas, is an excellent choice for both first time buyers and growing families. Established in 1995, this neighbourhood features townhomes, semis, and ...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Easter Egg Hunts Around Halton!

Tags: Easter, egg hunt, halton events, oakville, burlington, mississauga, hamilton, milton, brampton

There are lots of Easter Egg Hunts happening this weekend in Halton! Simply click on any event below to be redirected to the event website and details.     Saturday   Downtown Milton Easter Egg Hunt https://www.insidehalton.com/events/8146613--downtown-milton-easter-egg-hunt/   Breakfast or Lunch with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt at Halton Regional Centre https://ww...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Preparing For Buying Your First Home

Tags: first time home buyer, home buying tips, rising interest rates, planning for buying a home, homebuyer, how much can I afford on a home, mortgage calculator, mortgage affordability, community information, first home, home buyers budget, mortgage pre-approval, mortgage broker, canada mortgage and housing corporation, cmhc, first time home buyer tax credit, first time home buyer rrsp withdrawal, find a realtor, homes on mls. homes on realtor.ca,

Entering the real estate market for the first time is becoming more and more difficult these days with rising interest rates and home prices. Now more than ever it is crucial to carefully plan your first purchase before you even begin to look at homes.   Buying your first home is one of the most exciting events of your life, but it can also be overwhelming if you don’t know what to ex...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Stroll The Sidewalk

Tags: Neighbourhood, Homes in Halton, Oakville Homes For Sale, Burlington Homes For Sale, Milton Homes For Sale, Hamilton Homes For Sale, Mississauga Homes For Sale, Search MLS Listings, Community Info

Monopoly has great advice – “Take a walk on the Boardwalk…”   When shopping for a new home, this is the best advice anyone can give you. When you find a home you like and you’re working with your Realtor to make an offer, take a few minutes and walk around the neighbourhood. Doing this allows you to get a feel for what it will be like to live there.   You ...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Deciding Whether To Stay Or Sell

Tags: Selling A Home, Buying A Home, Market Evaluation, How Much Is My Home Worth, Real Estate

  Deciding whether to stay in your current home or look for a new one is tough. So tough in fact, that there is a reality TV show about it! If you're struggling to make that decision, here are some tips that can help: Find out the current market value of your home. This will give you a clear idea of how much your property is likely to sell for in today's market. Find out how muc...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Is The Fall Market A Good Time To Sell?

Tags: Fall Market, GTA Real Estate

  Are you wondering when fall will arrive? So are we! With the above-seasonal-average temperatures we saw through September, it might be hard to believe that fall is here, but it is, both in a seasonal and a real estate way. If your home is no longer meeting your family’s increasing size and needs, it doesn’t make sense to stay there and try to make it work. The same applies if y...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

7 Costly Homeowner Selling Mistakes

Tags: Oakville Real Estate, Halton, Selling Your Home, Realtor, High Price, Declutter, Preparing To Sell,

Selling a home you have lived joyfully in for years can be extremely difficult. There is no doubt your home will have little touches of ‘character’ that only you find charming, and it is necessary to bring in the experts to spruce it up. In order to get the most money out of your home, it pays to avoid costly mistakes. Trying to Sell Your Home Yourself – And You’re Not A...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

7 Things To Do In And Around Oakville This Victoria Day Long Weekend

Tags: Oakville Real Estate, Halton, Spring, may 24, ontario long weekends, 2017, Open house, spring market,

As we head into mid May,  it's pretty clear what's ahead: BBQ's, flip flops, and sun-filled long weekends, the first of which is my favourite. You don't have to head up north with your camping gear to enjoy it. There is so much to do  right here in Oakville! Here are my 7 favourite local events: #1   Spring Time On The Farm at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. This...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Redecorating On A Budget

Tags: home redecorating

Getting bored of the four walls that surround a particular room? Want to redecorate, but worried that you don’t have the budget? Here are some low-cost ideas for revitalizing the look of just about any area of your home. Paint. It’s amazing what a $30 dollar can of paint can do. Changing the shade of a wall, or even just the trim and baseboards, can have a dramatic effect...Read More