If you’re looking to put your home on the market, Spectrum Realty can help you prepare it for potential home buyers. Keep in mind, it only takes a few seconds for someone to form an impression of your home, so you need to make sure their first impression is a good one! We’ve compiled a list of some simple but necessary staging tips that will help your home become as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Keep in mind these take time to accomplish so do plan in advance realizing the extra time spent could result in selling ...
Staging Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly
March 14, 2019
Year Round Home Maintenance Tips
February 7, 2019
Keeping your home well maintained all year round will not only be more economical, it will keep it in fine working order. It is a good idea to keep this checklist handy so as each season approaches you will be prepared. The tasks involved in maintaining a safe, clutter free home environment is fairly simple and can be completed in no time. Get out of the mindset of depending only on ‘Spring Cleaning’ and make it a habit to maintain your home all year round. Here’s where to start Fall/Winter Hanging Icicles - Remove hanging or loose icicles because it ...
How Much Does It Cost to Live in a Condo? Your Complete Guide to Condo Fees
February 6, 2019
For the city dweller, finding a home up in the sky where you can see the city lights is a wonderful milestone. Condo living is the modern Canadian dream, and it suits every inch of your modern lifestyle. With everything you need and all the spots you frequent just around the block, there’s nothing like living in Toronto’s bustling districts and enjoying everything that the city has to offer. Like any homeowner, a condo resident knows a great deal about paying the bills and making mortgage payments. But the similarities end there, because unlike regular homeowners, condo residents pay specific ...
Condos vs. Houses: Which Is Right for You?
January 9, 2019
If you’re in the market for a residential purchase, you may be struggling with a big decision: condo or house? For many potential homeowners, this is an easy choice. Some may not be able to afford a single-family home, which is typically more expensive than a condo. Others may be looking to downsize, so a condo is the smarter choice. The lifestyles that come with both are quite different, so it’s best not to rush into a purchase without weighing all of your options first. If the decision isn’t such a simple one, we can help. Here’s a list of ...
Should You List Your Home for Sale in January?
December 19, 2018
January isn’t the typical high point of the year for the real estate market; it’s cold, windy, and driving conditions make most folks think twice about stepping outside. It may not seem like the ideal time of year to list your home, but there are surprising benefits to putting your home up for sale in the new year. Use the first month of the year to your advantage! Spring is the time of year when most houses hit the market. This means there is a field of competition for sellers, making it harder to attract buyers’ attention. You can use ...
5 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Winter Months
December 18, 2018
It may not be peak season in the Canadian real estate market right now, but that does not mean you still need to wait until spring to market and sell your home. Despite popular belief, there are many reasons why selling in the winter can be beneficial, especially if you are interested in selling soon. Here's why: Less competition - Since the most common time of the year to buy/sell a home is in the spring, you will likely face less competition in the winter from other listings. Serious buyers - When looking for a home, people tend to ...
Trends in Choosing Residential Listings
November 5, 2018
If you’re looking to buy a home, you may be wondering what the current trends are for choosing residential listings. Navigating different homes and properties can be a difficult task with all the options out there. Many people get overwhelmed with trying to narrow down their options and find a home that’s ideal for them. However, there are many trends in choosing residential listings and you’ll want to become familiar with them, so you can buy the home that is best suited to your needs. Consider What Type of Home to Buy According to recent home trends, home ...
10 Coffee Table Décor Ideas
October 16, 2018
The possibilities are endless! Any coffee table décor, properly planned, can be the focal point of your living room. A sitting room coffee table versus a family coffee room table can be used in many different ways to bring attention to your favourite collectibles, pique interest with a series of books on a treasured hobby, or showcase a collection of plants and flowers. The possibilities are truly endless. Here are ten different ways you can decorate and dress your coffee table. Depending on your décor style, your furniture design and how you wish to use the room, your coffee table ...
7 Things You Must Do Before Buying a House!
October 10, 2018
Before you consider purchasing a house, there are many things you should consider. A lot of people equate buying a home with a dream purchase, however, if you have not done your homework well in advance, it can quickly turn to nightmare. We have broken down seven key factors that you should consider before even considering buying a home. Buying a new home is an exciting time for many people, especially first time home buyers. But, you need to keep in mind many other factors that play into this large decision. If you prepare yourself, you will be much better ...
Why It's Better to Buy Rather Than Rent
September 19, 2018
The road to homeownership can be a rewarding journey. But despite the clear benefits of owning property, many Canadians are still tempted to rent. Rising interest rates, tougher mortgage rules, and the difficulty of saving up for a down payment are just some of the reasons people are intimidated to buy. Although renting does have its perks, homeownership is an effective means of establishing wealth and putting yourself on a secure financial footing. If you’re still not convinced, here’s why we believe buying is always the better option. Reason #1: Freedom to do whatever you want with the ...