Tis the Season!

Leveraging Winter Magic in the Real Estate Market

As the holiday season approaches, the real estate market is often perceived as slowing down. However, contrary to popular belief, this period, spanning from December to March, can be an opportune time for sellers to list their homes. While many may hesitate due to the colder weather and the festive distractions, there are unique advantages that come with selling during these months. Lets explore the benefits of listing your house during the winter season and how sellers can leverage these advantages to make a successful sale.

Less Competition, More Visibility

One of the most significant benefits of listing your house during the winter months is the reduced competition.…

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Visionaries Wanted!

Welcome to the vibrant community of Hubbards, Nova Scotia, where a 6.6-acre lot with waterfrontage on sought after Fox Point Lake awaits your vision. Nestled between the bustling city of Halifax and the stunning South Shore, this listing offers an unbeatable combination of natural beauty, convenient amenities, and endless recreational opportunities. Let's explore the captivating location of Hubbards and everything it has to offer.

A Culinary Delight
In addition to its breathtaking landscapes, Hubbards is also a great culinary destination. Food enthusiasts will be delighted by the diverse array of restaurants available. Hubbards offers everything from Pizza to Indian cuisine in great restaurants such as Tuna Blue, Savary…

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What to look for when buying a condo

This blog post provides some extremely important information to consider when buying a condo. It discusses the pros and cons and provides some helpful advice on everything to look for to make sure you are making the right decision!

The Pros Of Owning a Condo

Condos can offer a convenient, low maintenance lifestyle.  Many people looking to downsize or simplify their lives are tired of constant property maintenance, whether that’s landscaping, snow removal or ongoing upkeep of the exterior itself. In a condo, these items are almost always taken care of by the condominium property management company.  This allows the flexibility to lock the door and forget about it while you focus on more important things!

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Key steps to a Successful Home Sale

Resist Rushing to Market

When I first spoke with my client earlier this year, we had a decision to make.  He had a tenant who was currently living in the property but had given her notice to leave. We could have listed his home immediately and rushed to market. Instead, we decided to wait for the tenant to vacate the property so we could give it the attention it deserved to maximize the potential value. 

The tenant was by no means unclean, but it was clear belongings had accumulated in her time there (like they do for most of us!).  There were shelves and pictures all over the wall and a small, cute but slightly smelly cat who greeted me at the door.  A small space felt even smaller.  We needed a blank…

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A dream come true:

If you’ve been following the listing story of 562 Mill Lake #1 Rd., then you will want to know how Koree Burt and Adam Scott helped make this homeowner’s dreams a reality. This idyllic property, nestled among the lush forests of Hubbards, has recently found its new owners after just three days on the market. What’s more, the property went into multiple offers and sold over asking price, making it a dream come true for both the sellers and the buyers.


Property Highlights:

- Total Living Area - 1,560 sq ft

- Northerly Exposure

- Propane Fireplace and Heat Pump

- Deeded Access to Dauphinee Mill Lake

- Lot Size - 30,000 sq ft

 This charming bungalow offered a serene escape with deeded access to Dauphinee…

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 53 Pine Grove Drive

I know the current Halifax Real Estate market can seem grueling and a bit daunting, especially for first-time home buyers. The reality is that it is hard to break into this market and start your joyous journey of homeownership. The tricky budget area we are talking about is between $300,000 and $500,000. This is where roughly 50% of the home buyers are currently looking.

Being highly competitive, this segment of the market is still seeing multiple offer situations in many cases along with frustrated buyers. It means the home they were looking for potentially could sell for out of their budget, or for more than they were willing to pay. They might see a home that is in their budget but can’t justify spending an “x” amount on…

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Mortgage Renewals - How to deal with high interest rates

I’m not sure about you, but to me everything at the moment seems unreasonably expensive. The deodorant I like was on “sale” for $6.50 and I started to wonder if I’d really smell that bad without it. The other thing that stinks at the moment is the cost of borrowing money.  In twelve short months, the bank of Canada has raised interest rates from 4.79% to 7.09%.  While these aren’t the highest rates in history, the pain being felt is because of how low they’ve been in recent memory.  

The sticker shock of today’s rate environment has a lot of people dreading mortgage renewal time. We spoke to a mortgage specialist recently.  People walking into his office are terrified of making ends meet when…

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A First Time Home Buyer Success Story!

Being a first-time home buyer these days is not always an easy task. As most are aware we have had price increases accompanied with rising interest rates. Despite these challenges, I recently helped an amazing family buy their first home together. I was so thrilled and full to the brim of happiness for them all!

The Appleby’s were referred to me from another Appleby that I had the privilege to help buy her first home a few years back. I was happy to get to see the whole family again and meet new family members as well. The Appleby’s knew where they wanted to be to raise their family. They wanted a neighbourhood where they could set roots and be part of a community. I was thrilled when I learned they wanted to…

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11 Glencairn Lane | A Brian MacKay-Lyons Masterpiece

As a Realtor, I see a lot of homes.  I see small homes, big homes, new homes and old homes.  I get to see luxury condos, heritage conversions and waterfront cottages. For all the homes I see, there are only a handful of occasions where I find myself saying, “Wow!"

The Kutcher House at 11 Glencairn Lane provides exactly that reaction.  I’m not even creating hyperbole here.  From the moment I drove up the private lane to see it for the first time, I was legitimately excited to get inside.  It has a special air about it.  An imposing presence from the first moment you lay eyes on it.  As I stepped through the steel gates to the courtyard, I found a structure hovering over a massive boulder. When…

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Boosting Your Home's Value: Key Considerations for Sellers

Selling your home can be a significant undertaking, and it's only natural to want to get the best possible price for your property. To maximize your property's value, you'll need to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Here, we'll explore essential considerations for sellers when preparing their home for sale.

Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, and the exterior of your home sets the stage for a buyer's entire experience. Focus on these areas:

  • Landscaping: Trim bushes, mow the lawn, and plant flowers to enhance the overall appearance.
  • Exterior Repairs: Fix any peeling paint, loose shingles, or broken steps.
  • Front Door: A fresh coat of paint on…

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