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

By: Nancy Festarini

Do I Qualify for a Mortgage?

Tags: Mortgages

Many people wonder if buying a home is really within their reach. It often seems like a daunting purchase for the first time buyer. The good news is that with the large variety of options available today, it has never been easier to secure a mortgage. Mortgage lenders assess a variety of criteria when considering mortgage applications. Most lenders look at the following factors when determining wh...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Planning to Drive in the Snow? Be Prepared!

Tags: Driving in the Snow

The winter months can be dangerous for driving, especially if a blizzard hits. Don’t take chances. Respect the power of a blizzard, and remember these guidelines for staying safe: ? Check weather conditions. Don’t set out in a blizzard unless you absolutely have to. Call ahead to make sure the roads are safe all the way to your destination. ? Fill up your tank. Don’t risk run...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Try Edible Landscaping

Tags: Lansdcaping

Edible gardening is thrifty, good for the planet and good for our health by providing plenty of fresh food for our diet. But many people avoid growing food because they can't imagine planting and maintaining a vegetable garden. Luckily, edible landscaping doesn't have to be so utilitarian as planting a vegetable garden. Making edible plants part of your overall landscaping plans can result...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

DIY Home Maintenance that Saves $$$

Tags: Home Maintenance

1.  Plumbing Repairs: While plumbing can be a pain in the neck (literally), most people are perfectly capable of making simple repairs, like replacing a leaky faucet or broken sprinkler head. Potential annual savings: $100 to $1,000 for typical repairs. 2. Pest Control: Using approved chemicals and methods that you can look up online, you can treat your own house for insects and rodent...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Time for Spring Cleaning

Tags: Spring Cleaning

The idea of spring cleaning has been around for thousands of years. In fact, in some cultures, doing an annual deep cleaning is associated with more than just clearing out dirt and clutter.       For example: In Jewish custom, Passover marks the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and takes place two weeks after the Jewish New Year. Because keeping leavened bread ...Read More

By: Nancy Festarini

Resale Real Estate Buyers Brave the February Freeze


Even with the record low temperatures last month, we still saw an increase in the number of people purchasing homes in Canada. This speaks to the importance households place on home ownership and the fact that buyers continue to view ownership housing as a quality long-term investment in which they can live. Ontario -  Robust sales and price growth in February Toronto, March 4, 2015 --...Read More