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Home Values will vary depending on recent sold prices of homes that are similar in geographic location, type of real estate and specific criteria of the subject property.  A Home Evaluation in Mississauga or Greater Toronto Area will determine the current market value of your home or condo, helping you make an informed decision when pricing your property for sale. Enjoy this free service we offer.




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An Article From Anita Deonandan : Sales Representative Specializing in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Anita Deonandan : Sale Representative, Search Realty

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The Value of Home Staging


Working as a real estate agent in Richmond Hill, I often meet with sellers who are in the beginning stages of wanting to sell their home.  A common misconception that I’ve observed throughout the years is that sellers don’t realize that a house is not just put up for sale and poof…it sells!  There are several steps involved in preparing a house for sale.  There is a very well known name/concept for this process also known as Home Staging.


Home Staging is the process of preparing a house for sale in order to make it as appealing to potential buyers and maximize the resale value


Here are some tips that I pass along to my clients and that I’d like to share with you:



De-cluttering is the process of ridding your house of all of the everyday things that sometimes tend to take over our lives.  This could be toys, tools, hair products, and the list goes on and on.  The more things you can get out of sight, the larger your house will appear.  If you need to rent a storage unit for a couple months until the house is sold, this will serve you better in the long run.  When a potential buyer comes through the door, they don’t want to see “stuff”, they want to see the beauty of the house and want to be able to envision themselves living there after you’re no longer there.



Depersonalizing is different than de-cluttering in that it has specifically to do with items in the house that reflect you and your personal tastes.  This could be in the form of a myriad of family photos displayed, religious items, political affiliations, or it could be a personal collection that you may have a hobby in (i.e., trophies, tea pots, dolls, etc.).  It’s always a good idea to rid your house of these items until the house is sold.  You don’t want to detract buyers by offending them when they haven’t even met you. 



As a real estate agent in Richmond Hill, I have many memories of all sorts of ways that people live.  Paint is a reflection of what people like.  I’ve seen it all, from bright red, to black ceilings, to rainbow rooms!  However, if you want your house to be sold for maximum value, your best bet is to use neutral colors so that buyers aren’t distracted by a myriad of colors instead of seeing the true beauty of the house.  In fact, paint is one of the most affordable ways that you can increase the value of your house.  It makes the house look bigger, cleaner and fresh. 



Whether you’re a smoker, or have pets, nothing will put off a potential buyer from purchasing your house like an offensive odor will.  Sometimes, when I’ve shown houses to potential buyers, once they hit an odor by the front door, they won’t even look at the rest of the house, they’ll just walk right out.  There are many great products on the market that can deodorize your house and it takes minimal effort. 



Consider landscaping like a beautifully wrapped gift with a piece of gold inside the box.  Landscaping is the first impression that potential buyers will get of your house.  If you have taken the time to at least trim trees, bushes and display a few flowers, at least this will entice the buyers to want to see the inside of the house.  If your landscape is all overgrown, grass uncut, trees growing wild, it will immediately show the buyers that care is not taken of the house. 


I hope you can now see that home staging is of great value to you as it will “Set the Stage” for Offers!  Offers!  Offers! and ultimately a SOLD sign on your lawn.


Real estate sellers in Richmond Hill and elsewhere in the GTA, please call me for more information on how to maximize your profit in hand.  I have many more tips to share with you!


Feel free to contact Anita Deonandan at 416.917.6872 or by email at for any real-estate related questions, or for tips on home staging  – She is here to help you throughout the process!



An Article From Ljubica Krpan : Sales Representative Specializing in Mississauga, Ontario

Ljubica Krpan : Sale Representative, Search Realty

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Spring Real Estate Market…in January?


I know, this seems completely counterintuitive, how can a Spring Real Estate Market start in January?  Wouldn’t it make sense to start in March or April?


In reality, the Spring Real Estate Market does begin in the colder winter months! WHY?  A simple reason is because most people underestimate all that needs to be done in the home for sale selling process.


There are many steps that need to occur in order to put your home up FOR SALE.  And it all simply begins by thinking of putting your home up for sale…followed by these few steps…


1.     Making a Final Decision To Sell Your Home

You need to move from just thinking of selling your house or condo, to making a firm decision of actually selling your home and putting it on the real estate market.

2.     Fixing Minor Repairs In Your Home

You need to walk through your home and finish all those unfinished projects, and/or fix any minor repairs in your home.  This might mean filling in nail holes on your walls or fixing the leaky faucet in the upstairs bathroom.  If you notice it, chances are, so will potential buyers. Small changes can also certainly increase the value of your home.


3.     De-cluttering Your Home

This is probably one of the hardest tasks for homeowners– how much to de-clutter?  When have you de-cluttered enough?  You want to take away any items that can give a potential buyer an idea of who actually lives there (i.e. family photos, college diploma or university degree).  A good rule of thumb is: when you think you’re finished, you probably still have another 10% left to remove.


4.     Painting The Interior Of Your Home

To really give potential buyers that move-in ready feel, you might want to consider painting the interior of your home, as well as trim.  If you’ve got bright colours on your walls, a suggestion would be to change the wall colours to neutral.  This will appeal to a larger percentage of buyers.


5.     Increasing The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

Take a walk around the exterior of your home.  Look at it from the buyer’s perspective.  Does the driveway need a good paving?  Does the front door welcome guests?  Maybe it needs a fresh coat of paint?  Do your hedges need trimming? These are all small steps to increase the value of your home.


6.     Cleaning Your Entire Home

The entire home, from top to bottom, needs a very thorough cleaning.  Think of removing the grime in tile grout, cleaning the window sills, etc.  If that’s not your forte, call in some professional cleaners for the day.  It might be an expense, but one that is well worth the cost.


7.     Staging Your Home (if necessary)

Is there a room in your house that is empty?  Maybe you’re not sure how to stage your dining room?  Staging your home professionally may well be the answer to help you get the most amount of dollars for your home.


As you see from the list above, there really is a lot to do to prepare your home to sell for the most amount of money!  This process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks, to a month or two, depending on the state of your home, as well as the time you have to devote to it.  By starting early, you’re giving yourself sufficient time to get the home ready for the real estate market.


One item that is missing from the list, an incredibly important step, is to hire the best Realtor® to represent you!  Ideally, this should be done after Step1#, as they can provide you with professional advice as to what needs to be done to get your home ready for today’s buyer and competitive real estate market.


You want to hire a Realtor® knowledgeable of the current real estate market conditions in your neighbourhood, and one who is ready to work hard to net you the most amount of money in your pocket.  It’s in your best interest to interview the Realtor® to find out how they will be marketing your property and how they will keep you informed and in touch throughout the entire process.  All Realtors® are not created equal, so do your research!


Feel free to contact Ljubica Krpan at 416.558.882 or by email at for any real-estate related questions, or for tips on how to get the most amount of dollars for your home – She is here to help you throughout the process!



An Article From Anita Deonandan : Sales Representative Specializing in Richmond Hill, Ontario  

Anita Deonandan : Sale Representative, Search Realty


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Reno's That Add The Most Value 

At last, the spring is upon us and you may have been thinking about selling your home.  There are certain renovations that will give you the most bang for your buck including:


Kitchen – prospective buyers will be looking at the kitchen first and foremost since it is considered the “hub of the home”.  Since most living happens in the kitchen, it is worthwhile ensuring that the kitchen has a good flow and functional.  Countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardware and neutral colors will ensure that the kitchen looks clean and inviting.


Bathroom – The bathroom renovation will be key in obtaining a greater return on investment (ROI) as this is the next area where people will be spending a great deal of time getting ready for the day.  Tiling, updating countertops, replacing bathtubs, or installing glass showers, and installing new hardware will ensure that buyers envision themselves relaxing in an oasis. 


Windows and Doors – A lot of energy seeps through cracks and crevices in doors and windows.  Up to date windows and doors are energy rated and will ensure that a buyer can keep utility costs down.


Flooring – Hardwood, laminate and engineered wood floors are the most popular options as it repels allergens and makes the house cleaner.  If carpet is the choice, the best options are a low pile option such as berber or a plush pile in a neutral color.  Hardwood will net a greater ROI. 


Finishing the Basement – A prospective buyer will see it as more favorable if the basement is finished as they will not have to put forth the effort and money to finish it themselves.  It is sometimes considered daunting to a new homebuyer. 


Paint – I’ve said it before, nothing is more pleasing to the eye than a neutral color palette, it is the least expensive renovation but it will make the home look bigger,

cleaner and more inviting. 


In summary, a little effort in preparing a house for sale will net you more money in the end and it will take less time.  If you have any questions or need further advice on how I can net you more money in your pocket when selling your house, call me, I’d be happy to help! Get a free home evaluation on your home now and find out how we can in your home value!


Feel free to contact Anita Deonandan at 416.917.6872 or by email at for any real-estate related questions, or for tips on home staging  – She is here to help you throughout the process!