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Posted on 28. October 2010 17:35 by Kevin Flaherty

This EXCLUSIVE listing is located in prestigious Mayfield Park with easy access to Highway 410, and should not be missed!  The lovely 1680 + 903 square foot home features 3 bedrooms along with a finished basement, making for plenty living space all-around.

 The flagstone walkway and steps lead the way to the covered flagstone porch. Once inside the home, you’ll be greeted with a large main hall that boasts a spiral staircase and direct access to the garage. The main level's living room is great for relaxing with family and friends and offers a cozy gas fireplace and beautiful hardwood floors set the tone. The nearby dining is featured here as an extension of the family room or would also be great for meals, and features hardwood floors along with a quality coffered ceiling, further amplifying the sense of detail.

 

The kitchen is open to the family room and is a chef's dream, with everything you'll need to prepare meals conveniently. It includes nice cabinetry, over and under cabinet lighting, ceramic flooring, and a wonderful eat-in area in addition to its breakfast bar, for making meals a snap. A refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and stove are also included and ready for you to use. Rounding off the main level is a beautifully finished 2 piece washroom.  The circular staircase leads up to the second level  hallway. The master bedroom's double-door entry gives way to a roomy and relaxing bedroom making
for an excellent place to retire at the end of the day. The Master bedroom's 4 piece ensuite is perfect for your preparations, and includes a separate shower and wonderful soaker tub as well. There are two other bedrooms on this level, one of which has a bay window for added ambiance. Finally, a 4 piece bathroom is also included for your family members' convenience.

 

The lower level's finished basement is a wonderful space for a number of potential uses adding an extra layer of flexibility to the home's layout. It offers a dry walled ceiling with recessed halogen lighting, a 2nd gas fireplace and nice laminate floors to further complement its appel. Also on this level is a quality 3 piece bathroom that offers upgraded ceramics, a shower and heated floors for your family members and guests comfort.

 

The exterior of the home is wonderfully appointed as well, with tastefully refined landscaping.  The yard's deck is a wonderful addition and boasts two main areas for fulfilling your relaxation and entertaining needs. Out front, concrete curbs lead up to the double garage, which comes complete with a garage door opener, finished walls and floor, a workbench and storage shelf for your convenience. 

 

Other home features include central Air, central vacuum, a security system, a concrete walkway down one side of the house and an all brick exterior. 

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact kevin Flaherty by phone at 1-877-352-4378 or by email at kevin@flaherty.ca. To view this home's custom mobile optimized webpage for more photos, a map and floor plans of this listing, text 431859 to 555000 or visit www.flaherty.ca today!

 


Posted on 18. June 2010 11:47 by Kevin Flaherty

Call me for a Private viewing before this one hits the market!!  This popular "Robertson" model is full loaded with features
including a Professionally finished Bsmt, Hardwood on Main and 2nd Level, Premium Pie Shaped Lot and Much More.
THis one will go fast!!!!  Call Now.

Tour still under development but see picture at http://flaherty.ca/silver_listings.asp?ID=431850

Kevin Flaherty
Direct: 1-877-352-4378

 

 


Posted on 6. June 2010 14:07 by Kevin Flaherty

Amazing Dundalk Model Fully Loaded With Over $100,000 In Quality Upgrades Includes: Professionally Fininshed Bsmt/Inlaw Suite With 2nd Kitchen, Pattern Concrete, New Hot Tub 2007, Granite Counter Tops, California Shutters, 8 Appliances, 6 Pc Ensuite Off Mbr,12X16 Cedar Deck W/ Awning, Central Air, Central Vacuum, Hardwood Floors,Garburatorx2,Garage Dr Openersx2,Cvac Kickplatesx2,Security System, Recessed Halogen Lighting & Much More.  See homes custom web page for video narrated tour, floor plans and more at http://flaherty.ca/pp_16.asp
Extras: 2 Fridges, 1 Gas Stove, 1 Electric Stove, 2 Dishwashers, 1 B/I Microwave, 1 Freezer

 

 


Posted on 17. January 2010 04:11 by Kevin Flaherty

During the winter months I am often asked by clients, when is the best time to sell.  When they ask the question, they are expecting to hear what is commonly believed to be the spring.  There are two reasons people commonly believe this.  The first relates to children in school and the anticipation of a closing date in the summer months.  While this reason still remains true, our mass population ( the baby boomer's ) no long have that concern.

The second reason is that the buyers cannot see outdoor features such as pools, gardens and land due to snowfall.  While this may be a consideration with large country properties, it is a common myth and often one that sellers can use to their advantage. Because of this myth, real estate inventory drops drastically in the winter months.  The reality of real estate marketing today is that buyers will shortlist your home based largely on the quality of its on-line representation. ( see my blog "The Real Estate Secret" ).  This on-line representation can use many different sources of information to help represent the property such as, pictures taken outside the property in other seasons by the seller, satellite images,  commercial ground level imaging or even pictures taken in anticipation of a winter listing. Even pictures that a seller may think cannot be used, can be modified to remove unwanted items or even people from the photo.  With the use of all resources and a little technology, a good on-line representation a listing is most often possible.

When you consider the power of supply and demand, listing in the winter months with a strong on-line representation can be very beneficial for a seller.  Not only is there less supply, but people in cold climates will spend more of their time indoors on the computer being exposed to real estate listings.

Lets put this to the test together.  I just listed a condo townhouse less than 24 hrs ago.  This is a good sample since the comparable sold properties make it easy to see what the same houses have been selling for.  Based on recent solds (less than 4 months ago), one would think that the market value was approximately 280,000.  The seller wanted to wait until the spring in order the sell the property.  At the present time, there are NO other similar listings in the same area on the market.  The seller accepted my counsel and listed now at $279,900.  In my opinion, under such conditions, it is not a matter of wondering if we will sell or even if we will get 100% of asking, but rather how much more than the comparables solds will we get.  I anticipate the seller will get well above the asking price.  Now you may be wondering why I didn't counsel the seller to list above the comparables.  Pricing strategies is a topic for another discussion, however, suffice to say, getting top market value is not about listing above the market.  I will update this blog (http://blog.flaherty.ca) with the selling price.  The listing can be viewed at http://Flaherty.ca/gold_custom2.asp What do you think the seller will get?

Kevin Flaherty
Realtor
iPro Realty Ltd. Brokerage
Direct: 1-877-352-4378
Web: http://Flaherty.ca
E-mail: Kevin@Flaherty.ca


Posted on 18. December 2009 10:27 by Kevin Flaherty

Did you know that listings on Realtor.ca / MLS.ca is not live or even current data?  Realtor.ca and MLS.ca are the same thing.  They access information on a national Canadian data base which is populated by hundreds of MLS boards across the country.  It is this population of information that
causes the delay of 24 to 72 hrs.

The newest hottest listings go the quickest and are often sold before the information ever came available on the national database.   In order to ensure you are getting access to the new hot listings matching your specific buying criteria, there are two options.

#1) If searching for listings yourself, use http://www.livemultiplelistingsearch.ca/ which accesses south central Ontario's live MLS data.  If you are not looking for real estate in south Central Ontario, ensure the search engine you are using accesses the actual MLS system.

#2) Use a Realtor that offers a specific search service that e-mails you listings matching your specific buying criteria as they become available direct from the Live MLS database.   For South Central Ontario visit http://www.flaherty.ca/vip_buyer.asp to obtain this FREE service.

If you have any questions about getting access to the hottest new listings, don't hesitate to contact me.

Kevin Flaherty
Realtor
iPro Realty Ltd. Brokerage
Direct: 1-877-352-4378
E-mail: Kevin@Flaherty.ca
Web: http://Flaherty.ca

 


Posted on 9. December 2009 16:06 by Kevin Flaherty

The Bank of Canada released their monetary update yesterday and as expected there is no change in the overnight lending rate and thus your variable mortgage rate remains unchanged. The Bank of Canada reiterated its conditional promise not to increase rates until the end of the 2nd quarter (end of July). Regardless of this promise, the Bank of Canada has no economic reasons to move rates anytime soon. The only time the bank will begin moving rates is when inflation becomes a concern. That being said a strong Canadian dollar helps dampen this effect, a good thing for variable mortgage holders. In closing, I suggest everyone with a variable rate mortgage maintain the status quo.   No need entertain locking into a fixed term until the Bank of Canada gives us some indication of escalating rates.

As for fist time home buyers, it would be wise to get your pre-approvals completed in January 2010.  Banks will lock in a rate for you with your pre-approval for a given period of time.  If rates go up and you have not purchased, you will still get the all time low rate we have all been enjoying.  Just be sure to purchase before your pre-approval expires.

Kevin Flaherty
iPro Realty Ltd. Brokerage
Direct: 1-877-352-4378
Web: http://Flaherty.ca
e-mail: Kevin@Flaherty.ca


Posted on 13. November 2009 11:15 by Kevin Flaherty

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Homes and Real Estate 

  1. Why should I buy a home and invest in real estate? 

    Because in a stable political and economic country, real estate is always the best investment in one’s life in the long run, in addition to the comfort of living in your own house.  Further, owners will often fix up their own house on their own time enjoying the process and increasing its value.

  2. Why should I buy properties as investments ?

    Again, it is like owning blue chips stocks, in the long run, investment and commercial properties give a secure good return.

  3. Should I not use the money to buy stock rather than properties ? I get my money back much quicker ?

    This is why real estate is usually a long-term investment. Quicker return also means higher risk.

  4. Do I pay capital gain tax on the house (property) I live in if I make a profit when selling ?

    In the United States, you do.
    In Canada, you do NOT.

  5. Does it mean that I am better off in Canada when it comes to selling my house ?

    Not necessarily. In the United States you can deduct the mortgage interest from your income tax in Canada you CANNOT deduct the mortgage interest.

  6. I am a first time home buyer. Is there any program that might benefit me ?

    Yes. Depends on whether you live in the United States, or in Canada. And also it depends on which state or province you are in, there are government incentives to help first time home buyers. Check with your Realtor.  Click here to ask http://www.flaherty.ca/gold_askexpert.asp

  7. What is a good area (neighbourhood) to move to ?

    Well to start, a good area usually costs more. Your Realtor will be able to indicate good areas from bad ones.  Also ask your Realtor to point out future government zoning changes nearby that might give a neighborhood great appreciation in the near future, i.e.. Government newly-approved mall nearby, or new freeway (highway) planned.

  8. What are other ways to know if a neighbourhood is good or bad ?

    Ask your insurance agent, drive the neighbourhood, speak with some residence or go to a local police station and find out.  Ask them the crime rate statistics to compare with other neighbourhoods.

  9. Education is important to me as a parent. How do I know if the school in the area is good ?

    Look under school boards and other similar organizations from the internet or library. See how that school and teachers were ranked. See if any awards were won in the past.  Ask you Realtor about the school reputations in the area.

10. Should I pay down my mortgage when I have extra money?

  1. If you live in the United States, it might not be a good idea, because mortgage interest is deductible from annual income. That means you pay less income tax for the year and you could earn more by investing your money elsewhere.
  2. If you live in Canada, mortgage interest is NOT tax deductible So, you should use the extra money to pay down your mortgage principle.

11. Between stocks and properties, which one has higher risk ?    

The value of stock can go down to zero. Residential properties especially your own home will appreciate. In a slow market it may take longer to achieve any kind of appreciation. The amount of loss or appreciation will depend on when you purchased the property and if you paid fair market value or not. This is where the expertise of a professional Realtor would come in handy to provide you with expert advice.

12. How can I be sure to get top dollar for my house when I sell it ?
                 
                    i. Interview at least three Realtors and be sure to ask these questions.  Click here http://www.flaherty.ca/agent_questions.asp

                    ii. Be sure to get the best on-line representation of your house.  Read the blog here titled Welcome / The real estate secret.
                        Here is a sample of my tours that are linked directly into the MLS listing. http://flahertytours.ca/72baybrook.htm

13.   What areas do you service ?

I service Peel Region, Dufferin, Wellington and some surrounding areas.  These area include Brampton, Caledon, Orangeville, Shelburne, Alliston, Dundalk, Alliston, Erin, Mississauga and Georgetown.

14.   Will the HST apply to resale homes

                    i.  No, not resale homes in Ontario, but it will apply to services such as lawyers fees, real estate fees, home inspectors etc.

                   ii.  Yes, it will apply on the cost of a new house.  ( A really good reason to make your real estate investment a resale )

15.    How often is Realtor.ca updated ?

 Realtor.ca or mls.ca ( same thing ) is a national database of mls listings.  It is not the actual mls data base.  Hundreds of real estate boards across Canada upload data to Realtor.ca    The uploads are generally done every 24hrs, but depending on weekends and holidays it can be up to 72 hours out of date.   In order to learn about the newest hottest listings matching your specific criteria in Orangeville, Caledon, Brampton Shelburne join my VIP buyer program.  All new mls listings matching your specific criteria will be emailed to you long before they are even uploaded to Realtor.ca .  Click here to join http://www.flaherty.ca/vip_buyer.asp 

 

Kevin Flaherty
Web: http://Flaherty.ca
E-mail: Kevin@Flaherty.ca
Direct:  1-877-352-4378 


Posted on 30. October 2009 13:36 by Kevin Flaherty

Welcome to my real estate blog.  My name is Kevin Flaherty.  I have been a licensed Realtor since 1988 serving the Peel, Dufferin, and Wellington areas of Ontario.  The purpose of this blog will be to provide quality information that will assist buyers and sellers with the purchase or sale of a home.  Some of you may already be familiar with my services.  If you are not familiar, I will provide you with some introductory information that should immediately separate my services from that of other Realtors. 

In today's real estate market, over 90% of buyers in Canada will find their next home on-line at www.Realtor.ca or www.mls.ca which are the same thing. At this location on the web, the buyer in Canada can search all MLS listings.  For those of you in the US, I recently read that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) produced a statistic indicating that over 96% of buyers will start their search on the Internet.  What the buyers do next is part of what I call the real estate secret.  A secret because many Realtors are hoping that sellers don't know what I am about to tell you.  Buyers shortlist which homes they are interested in right on-line.  That means that the Internet representation of your property is absolutely critical!  Not, important or nice, but CRITICAL!  If you are a buyer, think about what you do and chances are you will see my point.  My services offer a custom web page of the sellers house which includes the following.

1) A professional video narrated tour of the entire listing
2) Professional floor plans
3) Professional photography
4) Satellite images of the subject property and surrounding area
5) All the listing details, maps, and much more

I have yet to encounter an on-line representation that in my opinion is better than the one I offer.  I know the world is a big place, so if you have seen one better, or if you are a Realtor who feels yours is equal or better, please feel free to provide us with a sample of your tour.  If the rest of the world is anything like the Realtors in Ontario, I strongly suspect I wont have any challengers.  Below are some samples of on-line representations for homes I sold this month.

1) http://flahertytours.ca/72baybrook.htm

2) http://www.flahertytours.ca/18Dewridge.htm

3) http://flahertytours.ca/19767Main.htm

Now you may be asking yourself why other Realtors don't want sellers to know this.  Quite simply, tours like the ones above a very time consuming and expensive to produce.  Further, many Realtors may simply not have the skills required to produce such on-line representation.  I should also indicate that my fees are not higher than that of other Realtors in my area.

As for results, #1 above sold for 101% of the asking price in just 8 days.  #2 also sold for more than the asking price in less than a week.  #3 was on the market for 14 months with another Realtor just prior to me taking the listing...YES, 14 months!  I again sold the property in less than a week for 99% of the asking price.  These results are not years ago, not months ago, but this month.  Many Realtors have stories upon stories of what they may have done in the past, but you need to know what they are doing on a regular basis.  In-fact, most sellers simply don't know what to ask Realtors.  Available FREE on my web site is a list of questions agents hate at http://www.flaherty.ca/agent_questions.asp  This list of questions will help sellers know they are selecting a Realtor that offers quality services in many areas of importance, not just the quality of on-line representation.

Future blogs will touch on the importance of Realtors communication technologies, prospect generation, database management of contacts, insured transactions and much more.  Until next time.

Kevin Flaherty
Direct:   1-877-352-4378  
e-Mail: Kevin@Flaherty.ca
Web: http://Flaherty.ca