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Eric Skicki

Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations coming to Mississauga Condos

Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
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    Over the past five years electrical cars have been becoming more mainstream, and slowly adapted by the masses. The primarily automotive leader in this space; Tesla, has been expanding its charging stations throughout the country.  

    Currently there are no Mississauga Condo buildings which offer electrical car charging stations. The closest ones are about 5KM away from the downtown core, as shown here.

    New condo builders like Pinnacle International have recognized this new trend, and will offer buyers the option to purchase a charger for their individual parking spot. The first condo project to offer such an option is Amber condo.

    The cost for such an upgrade at the moment is $10,000. We do expect this number to come down in price as more and more builders adapt this practice.

    Aside from having private car charging stations, we do anticipate that new condo developers will begin to add electrical vehicle chargers to some of the visitor parking spots found in condos.

     

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    • This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 and is filed under ALL Articles, Condo Features.

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    New Year Resolutions For Your Condo

    Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
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      As a condo owner you do have the luxury of living a nearly worry free lifestyle, as the condo corporation takes care of most repairs for the building complex. In return, you as the owner pay a monthly “condo fee”, also known as “maintenance fee”. Typically speaking, the condo corporation takes care of maintaining the common areas, whereas you have the responsibility of maintaining everything inside your condo unit. Although, there are not many things to maintain inside a condo, owners often forget about the few items which are part of their responsibility.

      In this short blog post, I want to cover three of the most overlooked, and often neglected, responsibilities of being a condo owner.

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      Are Condo Balconies Overrated?

      Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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        Having the chance to work with many condo buyers in the Square One area, I have noted that the majority of condo shoppers have balconies on their “wishlist”. Buyers believe that balconies are an essential part of any condo because it allows them to be outside without having to leave their units. However, are balconies really that important? Or are they simply an overrated feature of a condo?

        The Advantages Of Balconies

        The good news is that pretty much every condo in Mississauga built after 2004 does come with a balcony.  Unless you are buying an older condo, there is not much need to have balconies on your “wishlist” as it’s a standard feature. Some older condos also have balconies, however most of them have solariums, which are in essence ( den like rooms with large windows, positioned next to the living room).

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        Big Ideas For Small Mississauga Condos

        Written by Eric Skicki Saturday, November 16th, 2013
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          It’s no secret that condo builders are designing condo units smaller and smaller. A recent study showed that the average condo size has shrunken as much as 20% from what builders were offering a decade ago. The reason for this is simple; builders realized that in the same amount of space, they can sell a lot more units by making them smaller.

          Most people would argue that bigger is better, when it comes to condos.  As much as I agree that bigger condos are better than smaller condos, it is important to point out that smaller condos are cheaper to furnish and easier to clean.

          In this short blog post, I want to cover 5 cool tips and tricks I have made available to my buyers, who are looking to get the most out of their smaller condo units.

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          Upgrades That Sell Your Mississauga Condo In 2013

          Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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            Since the New Year, the Mississauga condo market has been heating up. Over the past two weeks, I have been featured in several news publications, including The Globe and Mail and YourMississaugaBizz. Based on those publications, I have decided to release a blog for anyone considering selling their condo. In this blog post, I will talk about “upgrades” that seem to sell condos faster. I would argue that as much as 80% off condo buyers in today’s market look for the following upgrades (please keep in mind that this again does not apply to every condo buyer, but has been made based upon my individual observations):

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            • This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 and is filed under ALL Articles, Condo Features.

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            Trying To See The “Big Picture” When Buying A Condo In Mississauga

            Written by Eric Skicki Saturday, December 15th, 2012
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              The process of purchasing a condo can bring mixed emotions for many buyers. It’s very common for condo buyers to feel excited, indecisive and even at times confused. It is my job, as their Realtor, to step in and guide my buyers to see the “big picture” from an objective point of view. This includes several key elements:

              – Making sure that my client gets to see the best condos which match their criteria

              – Making sure that my client does not get “emotionally” attached to any property

              – Ensuring that once we find a property we like, we end up purchasing it for the price and conditions which make sense

              In this blog post, I want to focus on the first point – “choosing the best condo”. I will cover some of the things buyers often miss when selecting that perfect condo.

               

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              What’s Going On With Mississauga Condo Parking Spots?

              Written by Eric Skicki Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
              • The above is a picture of Square One taken back in 1973 of what is known today as “downtown Mississauga”! Back then, there were only two main streets – Hurontario and Burnhamthorpe and Square One’s food court was outside. Square One was also surrounded by farms all around it. Since then, much has changed; one of those being available parking spots. In this blog post I will cover everything you need to know about parking spots!

                Before The Mississauga “Condo Boom”

                Before the start of the condo boom in the 2000’s, parking spots where a dime a dozen. Many older condos came with 2 parking spots as a default, and adding another vehicle to the family was not an issue. There was less cars in Mississauga, thus finding an additional parking spot to rent for “cheap” was relatively easy. High rise buildings also had a healthy surplus of visitor parking spots just in case you wanted to throw that party and have guests sleep over. What is interesting is, that not only was there more free parking spots during this time, but also the parking spaces where larger in size.

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                • This entry was posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 and is filed under ALL Articles, Condo Features.

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                Old Condos VS New Style Condos

                Written by Eric Skicki Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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                  Before I take my clients out for showings, I always ask a series of questions which help me select the right units for us to see. One question, which seems to always come up is whether my clients want an “older style” or “newer style” condo. By older style condo, I mean; any condo in Mississauga which was build before 2001 and by newer condo, I mean; any condo in Mississauga which was built after 2001. In this blog post, I will cover the advantages and disadvantages of older and newer condos. 

                  Older Mississauga Condos

                  Most condos in Mississauga built before 2001, are 1,000+ square feet in size, have baseboard heaters and glass enclosed solariums instead of balconies. They offer a great solution for those looking to raise a family or perhaps entertain many guests. Many of these condo units that are found inside older condos, have been extensively renovated to look and feel newer.

                  Advantages of older condos include; good sized units, affordable pricing, and lower condo fees per square footage compared to newer condos. Older condos usually have a formal dining room where the entire family can sit down and eat supper. These condos typically allow the owners to have pets and the condo rules and regulations tend to be more lenient.

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                  Weak Cell Phone Signals In Condos

                  Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
                  • angry at cell phoneOne of the most common overlooked downfalls of living in a condo is the possibility of having a weak cell phone reception signal. The reason that I call it a “downfall” is because, unlike houses condos are known to have thick concrete walls which can at times prevent your cellular phone from operating properly inside. This can include users experiencing dropped calls, poor signal reception or dead zones. If cell phone reception is a priority to you, I would strongly suggest taking your cell phone with you when viewing condos for sale. By doing so you can make sure that the condo you are planning to purchase can provide adequate cell phone coverage.

                    I was experiencing cell phone connection issues in my own Square One condo (Skymark West) so, I decided to dig a little deeper, and try to locate the source of the problem and find a reasonable solution. What I found out is as follows: cell phone reception is dependent upon the distance and projectile signal path to the nearest cell towers, carrier and plan, carrier load, weather conditions and finally the phone model itself.

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                    Floor Premiums for Mississauga Condos

                    Written by Eric Skicki Monday, February 20th, 2012
                    • One difficult choice that buyers are faced with when shopping around for a Square One condo is the decision as to which floor to purchase the condo unit on. Although, I do not promise that this article will give you a straight answer as to which floor to select, it will make your purchase decision more clear as you will become more aware of the pro’s and con’s of high and low floors.

                      Low Floors in Condos

                      Let’s start off with the lower floors. Those who choose to live on low floors mainly do it for the safety and convenience. Typical responses vary from “I’m afraid of high floors” to “what if my kids were to fall off the balcony”.  Lower floors are also better accessible for elderly people or people

                      in wheelchairs.  Unlike with high floor condo units, the option to use the stairs or elevator is always there, which is also a plus. The other day, I had a customer joke that if a condo fire occurred, the fire truck’s ladder would only reach the seventh floor, so he advised me that he wouldn’t want to live higher than the seventh floor.

                      On the other hand, other people see low floors, particularly first level units, as invitations to burglars. They assume that the first level condos provide easy access for those looking to break into units.

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