Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Port Credit Real Estate Activity

With a population of 10,260 for the 2001 Census, this quaint village is found at the mouth of the Credit River on the north shore of Lake Ontario, within the city of Mississauga.  The face of Port Credit — the lighthouse situated on the banks of the Credit River

The Waterfront Trail is a 325-kilometre-long paved path connecting Trenton to Burlington along Lake Ontario's shores. A 15-kilometre-long section runs through Port Credit and will lead you through miles of streets and parks. Take a stroll, bike ride or in-line skate through woodlots, neighborhoods and beaches. 

The Port Credit Harbour, recently redeveloped, is exciting. Its new facilities and beautiful landscaping invite visitors to look out over the lake, go for a stroll, watch the boats, cast a fishing line or just sit and relax. 

Are you a homeowner in the Mississauga neighbourhood and are you thinking of selling your house?  Are you a buyer and would like to enjoy the waterfront lifestyle in Port Credit?   Click here to view the activity of the last few months in Port Credit.   Sign up for the report with a correct email address and the report will be sent to you directly.

Feel free to contact me directly by calling or texting me at 416 427 1875.  Let me help you with all your Real Estate needs.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Landscaping

Once the first official frost is no longer a threat, don’t you just want to run out into your yard and start spring landscaping? All winter long the excuse of it being too cold, or everything is covered with snow is no longer an issue. Now that spring is here, gardening, landscaping and increasing your curb appeal is on most people’s minds.

Plan out your strategy for your landscaping in advance. Are you going to break it up in phases, or are you going to hire a landscape professional to help you plan? Ask for guidance from your local nursery or neighbors who have beautiful landscaping! They can probably give you as good of advice as a professional. Once you know what type of plants you’d like at your home, map out, or stake out the area in which your plants will be planted. Estimate enough room for pedestrians walking around, as well as growth and future maintenance of your landscaping. Ensure walkways will have safe areas for footing, and tall plants will not obstruct view lines from inside your home.

Unlike a paint color in your home, once it’s up you’re done, landscaping requires maintenance and care. From pulling weeds, watering and pruning, to occasional replacement of dead plants, etc… Once again, plan what plants will suit your maintenance schedule. Consider hiring a professional gardener or lawn service to take care of your yard if necessary.

Landscaping your outdoor home is one of the joys of springtime, which many people look forward to. You will be surprised how much you enjoy your landscaping once you have planned it in advance. Go ahead, get going, before you know it, summer will be here!

Spring Clean Up typically includes:
  • Cleaning up debris, such as leaves and papers from the yard
  • Cultivating, weeding, and tilling the soil of flower beds and gardens
  • Re-edging flower beds and gardens
  • Trimming of plants and shrubs where necessary
Are you looking for a pool for the summer? There are homes out there with oasis backyards. Let me show them to you. Are you looking for a starter home? Yup, I can find that for you too!

Just a few ideas. Remember, if you are thinking of selling your house this year, the outside is just as important as the inside. Buyers will make a decision within 15 seconds of arriving at your property as to whether they even want to see it. Also, if it shows nicely outside it will sell quicker and the profits will be higher.

The latest Market Watch is available on line. You can get a hard copy at any time, but let's save a tree or 2. What other questions do you have at this time? Feel free to phone or text me directly at 416 427 1875 with all your Real Estate questions. I'll be happy to assist you.

Let's hope that Spring is now closer than ever.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative  ASA
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
OFFICE:  905 828 3434  ~  DIRECT: 416 427 1875
EMAIL: betty@bettybart.com
WEB SITE: www.bettybart.com
not intended to solicit buyers or sellers under brokerage contract

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Benefits Of Condo Living

Whether you have reached an age where owning a detached home with a large home is too much to handle or if you are a first-time home buyer, are you ready for condo life?

What's the biggest difference from freehold homes?  You own your unit but you share ownership of the land, building, and common areas (areas used by all).  You share your costs with member of your condo association, and the board of directors or a property management company who make the big decisions.

With so many condo popping up on the market right now, and so many new ones going up in Mississauga and Toronto, you have to decide whether this is the smart choice for you.

Let's look at the benefits of Condo Living:

1) Someone handles all the outside work.  For example: snow shoveling, landscaping, outside repairs to the building.   Your condo maintenance fees will cover all this.

2) Many major costs are shared.  A portion of the condo fees will go to a 'Reserve Fund'.  When a property is well managed this fund could cover window replacement, roofing - and this would be done without any cost to the owners.  However, if it is poorly managed and falls short, a 'special assessment' will be done and the costs will be shared equally among owners.

3) Lifestyle. Condos allow you to own your space rather than rent.  Some condo developments cater to specific groups - young professionals, families, or seniors.

4) Amenities.  Would you get a theatre room, gym, or swimming pool in your average and affordable detached home?

5) Customization. Unlike renting, you are free to paint, renovate, etc.

6) Price. Depending on where you choose to live, this may the affordable way for you to own a home.

7) Location.  If you are looking at prime real estate in a major city, a condo may be the practical solution.  All your amenities are nearby.

8) Security. Some buildings offer 24 hour security or a doorman.  You may feel safer with neighbours close by and you worry less if you travel frequently.

If you own a townhouse or a condo unit in a community in the 905 area code and would like to sell your residence, click here and get a free market evaluation of your home.

Are you a buyer?  If you would like more information regarding what is currently available for sale, please feel free to contact me directly by calling or texting Betty Bartusevicius at 416 427 1875.

Compliments of:
Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative   ASA
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Office: 905 828 3434
Direct: 416 427 1875
Email: betty@bettybart.com
Web Site:  www.bettybart.com