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Evelyn Lacerda's Real Estate Blog

Buying A Home Fact Vs. Fiction

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017

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Buying a home is a huge decision that should be made based on fact and not fiction. Here are 4 examples of fiction that may have kept you from buying a home. You may be surprised to learn that you too can be a homeowner. Fiction: My credit score will stop me from getting a mortgage. Fact: While your credit score must be good, it does not have to be perfect for you to be approved for a mortgage. An excellent credit score will, however, make you eligible for better rates. There are plenty... [read more]

Your Home On Vacation

Monday May 22nd, 2017

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The weather is warming up (or so we hope) and it is time to enjoy a well-deserved vacation, or visits to the family cottage. When making travel plans, the last thing you will want is to be worried about the safety of your home while away – there is already enough to stress about! It is important to prepare your home before your departure; use this easy tips  to help: Tip # 1 Make Your Home Look Lived-In. A house that looks obviously empty can be a target. Keep your house... [read more]

Tips For Getting Ready For A Garage Sale

Sunday May 21st, 2017

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  Tips For Getting Ready For The Community Garage Sale Tip # 1 One Room At A Time-Don’t attempt to declutter your house all at once. Instead, set aside some time ahead of the garage sale and tackle one room at a time. Consider starting with your garage, so you can put all of your items you designate for the sale in one place. Tip # 2 Three Containers For Garage Sale Set aside 3 containers in the room you have decided to start with. Container # 1 -Garbage Container #... [read more]

Status Certificates For Condos

Sunday May 21st, 2017

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  When buying or selling a resale condominium, I believe one of  the most important documents in the deal is the status certificate.   It answers such important questions as: Do I own the parking or locker? Are pets allowed? What are the pool hours? How much is in the reserve fund to look after future repairs? Are there any special assessments because there isn’t enough money to pay for needed repairs? Is... [read more]

Hot Seller's Market Begins To Cool - 16 New Rules to Impact Real Estate

Monday May 08th, 2017

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Will the new housing rules lead to a GTA crash?  I've detailed below how Premier Wynne's new rules are going to impact the housing market. Don't let media scare you. There is nothing in the new rules that will negatively impact our market. The same can't be said about the media's coverage of the real estate market, striking fear in the hearts of buyers. Be informed - Don't believe... [read more]

Is a Crash Coming Soon?

Thursday Apr 06th, 2017

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The current GTA real estate market is seeing unprecedented record sales with prices continuing to increase weekly. I am asked constantly if I think there will be a 'Crash'. While there is definitely more demand than supply right now, I am seeing more inventory become available which will help with this frenzied market. I am also seeing 'Buyer Fatigue' impacting the market as a number of buyers take a... [read more]

Your Home is Worth More Than You Think - Winning in Multiple Bids

Wednesday Mar 01st, 2017

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2017 has kicked off with another year of severe drought! The GTA is suffering from a severe shortage of available properties for sale. Properties in the GTA are seeing a 2% increase per month! This undersupply is great for Sellers who are benefitting from multiple offers on the few properties that are available.  Have you been wondering what your home would sell for in today’s market? Most homeowners ask themselves that question –... [read more]

2017 Spring Real Estate Market Ahead Of Schedule - February 2017

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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Spring is just around the corner and that is traditionally the time of year when the housing market starts to heat up. The 2017 market is ahead of the traditional timeline and already there is a shortage of properties and multiple bids taking place on what is currently available. If you have any plans to move, or are even just curious about what’s available on the market, now is a great time to inquire. It would be my pleasure to email you recent... [read more]

Detached Home Prices Jump 29.4% in 2016 - Will 2017 See a Higher Jump - January 2017

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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Happy New Year!!! I hope your holidays were extra wonderful!  2016 GTA Market Update & Prediction for the 2017 Housing Market  The average price of all homes across the Toronto region rose to $762,975, a 21 percent increase from a year ago. The hottest activity was in the surrounding 905 region (Mississauga, Oakville and Hamilton) with the average price of a detached home jumping 29.4 percent to $948,191! The sales... [read more]

Fall Checklist For Your Home - December 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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    During this season of faith and family, I hope the true meaning of the season fills you with joy.  May you be able to take some time to slow down and enjoy the simple things this wonderful holiday has to offer. From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy,  healthy New Year.   Before winter sets in, this is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can... [read more]

Pumpkin Giveaway & Foodbank Drive A Great Success! - November 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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A very special THANK YOU to everyone who attended my fourth Annual Pumpkin Event! It was an absolutely gorgeous and fun day.  Thank you neighbours and friends for your generous donations to the Mississauga Food Bank. Hope everyone enjoyed a safe and happy Halloween!  Have a fabulous fall! Please click the link to see photos of the event. Enjoy! http://evelynlacerda.com/applewood   Scroll down for... [read more]

Come Out To My 4th Annual Pumpkin Giveaway! - October 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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 YOU ARE PERSONALLY INVITED TO OUR...    4th Annual FREE PUMPKIN GIVEAWAY!    In the 'Spirit' of Halloween & Thanksgiving...... Please come by on SATURDAY OCTOBER 15TH (Rain Day of Sunday October 16th) from 11 am - 1pm  to pick up your Complimentary Pumpkin ... Farm Fresh Apples and Candy!   Non perishable Food Donations... [read more]

What Buyers Notice Most When Viewing A Home - September 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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I hope you’ve had the chance to enjoy the sunshine and hot weather recently. :) In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that our websiteEvelynLacerda.com has been updated to include a number of useful and interesting links from Local Community info to Calculators for Mortgages and Land Transfer Tax etc. Also new…Video Testimonials! Find out what your neighbours and friends have said about working with me. Or click the link... [read more]

Making a Small Room Seem Bigger to Buyers - August 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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I hope you and your family are having a great summer. As you’ve probably noticed, August is a great month to put your house up for sale. In fact, I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of new properties go up for sale and more than a couple of Open House signs get posted in the area. If you’re ever curious about any of... [read more]

How To Tell If A Neighbourhood Is Improving - July 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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  Say you’re interested in learning more about home theatre systems, even though you have no specific plans to buy one. Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to an expert – without feeling pressured to make a purchase? Of course it would. That's why I always make myself accessible to my clients. I may not be able to help much in the area of home theatre systems, but I... [read more]

Are Extended Warranties Worth It?

Monday Jul 04th, 2016

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Are Extended Warranties Worth It? ARE WARRANTIES WORTH IT?ISSUE: May 2, 2016 Are Extended Warranties Worth It? Retailers push them, but before you buy consider this: Repairs may be covered by the manufacturer's warranty. There's a good chance the product is covered for at least 90 days and if it's defective, you'll know very soon. Check to see if it's a repair or replacement warranty. Your credit card may have you covered. Some credit cards... [read more]

Home Inspectors Help More Than You May Think

Monday Jul 04th, 2016

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Home Inspectors Help More Than You May Think .color { color: #F00; } , When you put money in stocks, a mutual fund or another type of traditional investment, you get regular performance reports. You always know if your investment has gone up or down, and by how much. You... [read more]

Applewood Garage Sale Huge Success! - June 2016

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 Community Garage Sale Event this past weekend!  It was an incredibly successful event with OVER 50 HOMES hosting Yard/Garage Sales in the Applewood Neighbourhood!  The complementary ice cream and slushies were happily enjoyed on this perfect summer... [read more]

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