Meet Sean Nykolyshyn, the newest valuable addition to the HaliPad Team!

Sean joined the real estate industry in 2005 and has helped countless people make big and small moves in ever-changing buyer and seller markets. He holds three specialty designations and enjoys working with first-time home buyers, seniors in transition and professionals who want to make GREEN choices.

He discovered Nova Scotia in 2018 (his wife Stacey’s family roots were planted here 12 generations ago and run well over a meter deep in the Annapolis Valley… wine country!). On that first trip to the East Coast, he learned that his four grandparents immigrated to Canada through Pier 21. Sean was raised in Ontario and Manitoba knowing the importance of his Ukrainian Canadian…

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HaliPad Pick | Jan 9/23

Our HaliPad Pick today is a beautifully renovated family home in the Bedford Hills neighbourhood.  We love the private yard with lots of mature trees that look especially good with a light dusting of snow. 

The home offers tons of renovations and has been exceptionally well maintained.  As well, you'll find yourself in the popular Basinview School district and a short distance to Papermill Lake. 

Learn more about this #NicePad below. 

Contact a HaliPad Consultant to Start Your Search

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HaliPad Pick | Jan 6/23

Our HaliPad Pick today is a fantastic loft style condo on our very own, Gottingen Street!  The Theatre Lofts offer secure, indoor parking and a private terrace for its residents - we love the feel of this building!  The condo itself is modern and contemporary, offering two bedrooms, one bathroom and in-suite laundry.  The 1,000 square feet is spread over two levels and keeps the living space separate from your sleeping quarters.  It has a nice little balcony and is within walking distance to our office ;) 

When you aren't coming to visit us at the HaliPad office, you can find several great restaurants, pubs, breweries, distilleries, coffee shops and more! We've compiled a list of some of the great options below:

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Happy New Year!

Have you set any New Year's Resolutions for 2023? It can be difficult to stick to one thing for the entire year, but setting goals for yourself and checking in on them is a great way to motivate yourself to achieve something new. Maybe this year instead of one resolution for the entire year, you can start smaller. Set one goal for the month of January and then check in on how it went and build on that goal in February. Or start even smaller with working on one small habit at a time.
Our team is putting this into practice this week by sitting down with our broker, Chris Perkins to talk about our goals for the year. Looking back on 2022, we're so proud of all of the relationships we built with our team, other professionals, local…

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Leveraging Your Equity

Even with the recent slow down in the market, property values are still significantly higher than they were last year.  Many homeowners have no idea how much equity they have in their home and similarly, are not sure what opportunities that equity provides.  I often hear people say how they could never afford to buy a new home because they are too expensive now.  However, most people I speak to do not fully understand their borrowing potential when leveraging their equity. 

For example, I had a client who purchased their semi-detached home many years ago for $170,000. We recently sold their home for $340,000, which meant they had some $200,000 in equity to play with.  Instead of rolling that entire amount into a new mortgage,…

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The Art of Negotiation

For the past two years, the value we’ve brought to our clients has been in the form of winning competing offers when buying a home, or leveraging multiple offers when selling. Now that the market has taken an abrupt turn, it is important that your Realtor changes their tactics to ensure your success when making a move. 

When selling, your Realtor now needs to do a lot more work to obtain feedback from buyer agents while encouraging them to submit an offer.  Obtaining an offer is half the battle, the other half is negotiating favourable terms.  It’s unlikely you’ll like everything about an offer when it is submitted, but it is always advisable to work with the buyer to reach an agreement where everyone is happy.

Buyers today…

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As summer is in full swing, a cooler real estate market still represents a hot one. It is easy to lose sight of perspective when it comes to Halifax real estate.  For years, it ticked slowly upwards without absurd swings in either direction.  The last two years dominated the media and in turn, dominated conversations across the province.  It is important to understand the statistics that form the foundation of our current housing market.

The number of sales in June 2022 was only beaten once in the past twelve months - in May of 2022.  Sales remain strong even though inventory is on the rise.  However, we still only have 1.4 months of supply.  This means that if nothing else were listed, it would only take a month and a half for…

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Meet Ian Henteleff, the newest valuable addition to the HaliPad Team!

Born and raised in Halifax, Ian has called the city home since the beginning and has had a front row seat to its rapid growth over the past few decades. Spending his childhood summers skipping rocks and kayaking on the south shore of Nova Scotia, he could talk your ear off about the beautiful culture both in the city and beyond. After leaving the province for university, he could not wait to get back to the maritimes and breathe the fresh ocean air. A proud Haligonian and Nova Scotian who knows the province well, Ian can tell you as a lifetime resident what makes it such a special place to grow up and live.

Ian is enthusiastic, genuine and dedicated to providing the famous…

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How will the Non-Resident Tax Affect Homeownership Costs in Nova Scotia?

Last week, the Provincial Government released a budget that included newly created Deed Transfer Taxes for Non-residents and increased Property Taxes for Non-residents. Since this was announced, many people have had questions of how this will affect them as well as the real estate market in Nova Scotia. See below for more information quoted from the Province of Nova Scotia website:


Provincial Deed Transfer Tax for Non-residents

The Provincial Deed Transfer Tax (PDTT) will be effective for all purchase and sale agreements and other specific transfers starting 1 April 2022.

The Provincial Deed Transfer Tax will apply to all residential properties or portion of…

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Is Halifax The New Toronto? - Halifax Real Estate 2022

Real Estate markets across Canada have a lot of similarities. Buyers can use what is happening in other cities to foreshadow what might happen in their local area, using the knowledge gained to navigate rapidly changing conditions. Join Adam Scott as he sits down with Paul Purcell from Royal LePage Urban based out of Toronto as they discuss the market, the challenges buyers face in Toronto and how they have pivoted in order to secure homeownership. What Paul experienced in the Toronto market may very well be a prelude for what's to come in Halifax.

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