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5 Surprising Things That Can Affect Your Condo’s Value

Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
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    Condos in the Square One area are valued at and around $600 per square foot. And given that they can rise or fall up to 10% condo owners are keen to maximize their investment. Of course, the traditional methods are obvious things that upgrade the value of your Updated kitchens and baths or an unobstructed view. However, there are small and surprising building details that can affect the value of your unit. Some things will lead you to say “of course!” while others you can only know from observing the building or living there.

    These are the surprising things that affect Condo Value:

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    Ontario Condo Act Changes

    Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
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      The Condominium Act in Ontario has been passed 17 years ago. Due to the new dynamic shift, and more and more condos being built, it is to no surprise that the number of condo units owned is estimated to be around 700,000. Over 300 of these condominiums are registered in Mississauga. It is also estimated that there are about 1.3 million condo owners and 10,000 condo corporations. It is inevitable that change comes about.

      The new proposed revisions to the act will be put in place to increase consumer protection for both buyers and owners. Improve how condos are managed and run and to strengthen the reserve fund for condos.

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      Sold My Condo – What’s Next?

      Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
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        Mississauga condos continue to be a great option for first-time home buyers, investors, couples or people who choose to live alone. With prices still below $500 a square foot in the downtown area, the market continues to favour buyers with prices increasing moderately year over year. 

        For anyone looking to sell a condo, the market dictates that on average condos in the City Centre (downtown Mississauga) area sell for 97% of asking price and within 39 days (Toronto Real Estate Board Stats for 1st quarter of 2015).  

        An interesting trend has emerged where those who sell their Mississauga condo move further out west; primary Oakville, Burlington or Milton. These three cities are not known for their high-rise condos, but rather seen as “great places to raise a family”.

         

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        3 Truths Every Condo Seller Must Know

        Written by Eric Skicki Friday, November 14th, 2014
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           Your Condo Is Not THAT Special

          Most sellers insist that their condo is special and deserves a higher list price than other comparable properties. Sometimes this justification of a higher price is made because of upgrades, other times it’s because the seller is misinformed or just unrealistic.

          We have to keep in mind that some upgrades are not to everyone’s taste; such as floor colours or cabinet colours. Remember that 90% of condos sell within 2% of asking price and therefore, it is important to price your condo right the first time you put it on the market. Overpriced listings quickly become stale listings and buyers lose interest quickly.

          Pro tip: Typically speaking, when selling a unit, an owner can expect to recover only 40%-60% of the value of any given upgrade.

           

          Sellable vs. Livable

          Many properties that are on the market are either owner-occupied or vacant, and it is hard to keep it in a very clean condition. However, some things are a bare minimum requirement when choosing to place your condo for sale.

          – Depersonalize your property by putting away personal items in boxes or drawers, since the

           

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          Get A Free RENO & Be Featured On TV!

          Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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            At one point, we have all seen a real estate show on TV. Whether it was Love It Or List It, Property Virgins, or The Property Brothers. Some of us have wondered what it would feel like to have our home featured on a show. How we would like our home to be renovated or remodeled, and what it would look like after. Then we thought about the show and how much our home would be worth after a reno job was complete.

            The shows spark our imaginations and they let us look at our homes, and sometimes we start noticing what we would like to have changed about our home. Then we contemplate; well, maybe it is time to sell this place and get something else. If this is the case, then we have some great news for you. We have been asked by the producers of the Property Brothers: Buy and Sell, to feature some of our clients on the Tv show. The show airs on the W Network and HGTV. Our sellers: both house and condo sellers, interested in this must know the following:

             

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            Elevator Strike Affecting Mississauga Condos

            Written by Eric Skicki Friday, June 21st, 2013
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              Elevators have become the norm and we often take them for granted. In a condo of more than 20 storeys, there are usually 3 to 4 elevators in service and we rely on this everyday to get around. We sometimes experience a delay, of up to 10min when one elevator is put into service. Yet, day to day we are pretty lucky that the wait is not that drastic and we go about our day, as usual, maybe slightly irritated that this morning wait was an unusual 10min.

              However, in Ontario, the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) have been on strike against the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA) since the end of April. The Digital Journal has reported that the average wage of an elevator mechanic is $112,000 in Ontario. This leaves many to question: “Why the strike?” They do not ask for higher wages but rather a safer work environment and a signed contract.

              This week some of those mechanics on strike have been ordered back to work in the Greater Toronto Area. However, those forced back to work are still not servicing job sites such as hospitals, nursing homes or residential buildings, but rather the residential construction industry. The NEEA passed a never-used clause in the Labour Act forcing those back on the job that works in the construction, especially residential construction industry.

               

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              Hiring The RIGHT Listing Agent To Sell Your Mississauga Condo

              Written by Eric Skicki Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
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                The time has come for you to sell your Mississauga condo. You have an option to sell it by yourself, often referred to as “for sale by owner” AKA “FSBO”, or you can hire a Realtor for the job. Since over 95% of condos in Mississauga are sold through agents, most people decide to list their homes for sale with a real estate brokerage.  That said, there are over 35,000 licensed Realtors on TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board) and thus, choosing the RIGHT real estate agent for the job can prove to be a challenge for some. In this blog post, I want to help those looking to sell their property, by providing some insight on selecting the right listing agent.

                Who To Work With

                When asked – “How does one find a good real estate agent to sell a house?”  Most commonly the answers given, are to find an agent who 1) works in the area, 2) is very active 3) do lots of open houses and 4) is advertising.

                 

                 

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                Downsizing: Selling Your Home And Buying A Mississauga Condo

                Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
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                  The kids have moved out, there are way too many bedrooms in the house and it’s just the two of you and maybe the family pet. The Husband is getting tired of mowing the lawn, doing the plumbing and fixing the roof, whereas the wife keeps complaining about having to clean a big house on her own and she’s getting tired of having to carry the groceries through the long hallway and passing three rooms before she gets to put them down on the countertop.

                  It’s time for a nice relaxing vacation, yet there is so much to think about before you leave. You have to go to your friend’s house and give him/her the keys, and maybe even leave the family pet there because you can’t possibly leave a pet and a house for a week or two on its own. Some concerns that come with owning a house are; What if the wind blows over all of your flower pots in the backyard, or it rains onto your garden furniture? Somebody needs to come by, pick up the mail for you, water the plants and make sure that you haven’t left the patio door open for someone to come in. The house is too big, the vacation takes more preparation than it really should, and you’re just sick and tired of it all.

                   

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                  FSBOs, Private Listings and Mississauga Condos

                  Written by Eric Skicki Monday, June 11th, 2012
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                    Are you planning on selling your Mississauga condo yourself within the next 3 months? Do you have a condo listed privately and you are not getting the results you anticipated? Are you a potential condo buyer looking into private condos, because you are hoping to save some money? If so, this article is for you!

                    Selling Your Condo Privately

                    I have a lot of respect and admiration for those that are taking on the complex task of selling their home by themselves. These sellers, often referred to as FSBO’s (For sale by owner), choose not to work with a listing agent for perhaps several reasons, but mainly because they want to escape paying high commission fees. Traditionally speaking, most sellers who work with a Realtor in Mississauga can expect to pay anywhere from 1% to 3% to the listing agent and 2.5% to the buyer’s agent (known as the co-operating brokerage). This percentage is common practice rather than a fixed number.

                     

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                    9 Real Estate Mistakes for Mississauga Condos

                    Written by Eric Skicki Sunday, April 15th, 2012

                    • Here are some common mistakes both buyers and sellers make, when purchasing and selling condos around Square One.

                      1. Buying a Condo Based On Its Interior/Décor – When you are purchasing a Mississauga condo, you are not buying what is inside the unit but the unit itself. You need to look past the furniture, wall colours and décor and focus on square footage, as well as measuring the unit to make sure that your possessions fit how you envision your unit to look like at the end.

                      2. Waiting Until Spring To Sell Your Condo – Sure, spring is a very busy season in real estate, however, your condo will sell for its value the rest of the 365 days. It is simply a myth that it will sell quicker in the springtime. People purchase all year round. Just ask yourself – Do people move to Mississauga in the winter? Of course.

                       

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