Condo Features

Eric Skicki

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 were 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 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 2000s, parking spots were 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 were fewer 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 were larger in size.

       

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

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      Old Condos VS New 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 built 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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        • This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 and is filed under ALL Articles, Condo Features, First Time Home Buyer. Tags: ,

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        Problem: Weak Cell Phone Signals In Condos

        Written by Eric Skicki Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
        • angry at cell phoneOne of the most common overlooked negatives of living in a condo is the possibility of having a weak cell phone reception signal. The reason that I call it a “negative” 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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          • This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 and is filed under ALL Articles, Condo Features. Tags: , , , ,

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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 of a condo to purchase a 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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