Multiple Offers – Durham Market

Well I cannot believe the prices some of these homes are selling for?   Please, please, please make sure when you are purchasing a home to use a LOCAL agent … they know the neighbourhoods and the comparables.   When you use an agent who is from another area, they don’t.   People are paying ridiculously high prices for homes which in my humble opinion aren’t worth it.

I understand there is a shortage of listings but does that mean Buyers are to be pressured into paying some of 

these crazy prices… I say NO !!  I have told my clients on many occasions, walk away !

People are going in firm on homes that clearly have issues with no inspection conditions.  I have been in numerous houses and after inspections found mould in the attics, faulty wiring, etc.   Make sure you know what you are getting into and that your agent knows the age of the property etc.  

It is great to win in multiple offers and see your happy Buyer’s face but make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.   I always say, “If I meet you at the local grocery store or park, I don’t want to run and hide because I feel you overpaid.”   People hire Realtors to protect their interest and from some of the shananigans I have seen lately, I have to wonder.

If you are a Seller, this clearly won’t mean much other than you are going to get TOP dollar for your home right now.  But if you are Buyer, choose wisely.   Choose someone who knows the market and is diligently working on your behalf to protect your interests and your money.  

Ok my rant is over … just looking at some of the sales the past few weeks and shaking my head. I hope the market continues to stay strong but if it doesn’t, I hope you have a lot of equity in some of these homes because if the market drops … they won’t even be able to sell them and get their initial downpayment out of them.

All I am saying is GET REPRESENTATION that you TRUST.  Yes it is great to win but at what cost 

Good luck to all the buyers out there and to all the sellers… who are getting top dollar for their homes.  If you are thinking of selling – TRUST ME, now is the time to sell.  I have never seen a market so busy and desperate for listings.

To your success !!!  

If you have any real estate questions, please feel free to call me or email me … I love what I do and will be only too happy to answer them.  Cheers !!!

Mid Month TREB Market Share for Jan 2014

Greater Toronto Area #REALTORS® reported 1,287 transactions through the TorontoMLS system during the first two weeks of 2014. This result was down by approximately eight per cent compared to 1,396 sales reported during the same period in 2013. New #listings entered into the system were down by a greater 20 per cent year-over-year.

See full information and stats here:

COMING SOON – 1675 Goldenridge Court, Pickering

SNEAK PREVIEW – MONDAY APRIL 1st, 2013

Superb Marshall Built Executive Home in High Demand Prestigious Enclave.  Many luxury upgrades, fabulous kitchen with quartz countertop, Chefs Desk, Upgraded floors and trim, Soaring Ceiling in Family Room w. Gas Fireplace, 50 Ounce Carpet, 5″ Baseboards,  9′ Ceilings on main level.  This home truly has the “WOW” factor. Inspection Report by Global Home Inspections.  Shows to perfection !!!


Recognizing Potential Major Expenses

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Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home When you see a new home you like on the market, it’s easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner. Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. 

Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a smarter decision about the home you’re considering.  How do you do that?


When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they’re due to be
replaced in a year.

Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of repair or replacement sometime soon?

Finally, don’t forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years.  Of course, there are things you can’t see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting, and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon.

That’s why it’s so important to make any offer to purchase a home conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.  Want more ideas on buying the right home for you? Call today

Thinking on moving to Pickering, Ontario?


Decisions, Decisions
Make sure if you are looking for a home in Pickering, Ontario – check out this page.  It is specific to Pickering, Ontario homes for sale – you can search by neighbourhood, area (east, west, north, south) and also by home type, detached, semi, condo, townhouse.

I have lived in Pickering for 23 years and know what is going on and where !  I was an active member on the Stop The Stink campaign as well as the Pickering Municipal Election.  If you need to know something about Pickering, I’m your girl !  

Looking forward to your comments about the page and please like it if you found the information valuable to you.

To your success !  Cheers !

Pickering – A Place to call Home

Pickering Real Estate



Buy & Sell with Michelle !

 Located just 40 kilometres east of downtown Toronto, Pickering is a growing community that offers a unique blend of the urban and rural. The Pickering real estate market has been booming over the last decade, experiencing the fastest growth in the Durham Region. The Pickering real estate market is made of mostly single family detached homes, making it a great choice for families.

If you are looking to buy or sell Pickering real estate, you should give me a call.  New listings are added daily and the variety of choice offers something for everyone.  I will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have about any property you find of interest.   If you cannot find what you are looking for please visit the Find Your Dream Home section and tell us exactly what type of real estate you are looking for.    Homes that match your criteria will be sent to you promptly.   If you are looking to sell your home, please contact me for a free home evaluation.   Looking forward to being of assistance and showing you what a great city Pickering is !

I have lived here for 24 years and raised my family here. It is my home too !  Let me help you make it yours !  

Pickering – Perfect Area to Invest in Real Estate

Search North Pickering and South Pickering Homes

Searching for the home of your dreams in Pickering, Ontario? Whether it is south Pickering, near the lake or north Pickering near the 407, the opportunities are endless. North Pickering, South Pickering, East Pickering or West Pickering… I can help you decide which neighbourhood best suits your needs. Pickering is divided into many different neighbourhoods. Amberlea, Brockridge, Duffin Heights, Dunbarton, Highbush, Rosebank, Rougemount, Village East, West Shore and so on. Having lived in Pickering for 20 plus years, I can tell you about the schools, shopping, transit and more.
Here is a little video from the City of Pickering highlighting our beautiful downtown. Live, Work, Play and Invest in Pickering.
Using my Preferred Buyer MLS® Email Notification Program, you can search a huge inventory of MLS® property listings and view information about homes that are currently available not only in the Pickering area, but in any region of Durham. Based on your criteria, I can quickly locate homes complete with pictures and descriptions. You’ll be notified as new homes come on the market daily by email, allowing you to see the hottest new Pickering real estate listings first, before they’re sold or appear on MLS!

Well its been a while ! : )

Hi Everyone,

I know I haven’t updated my blog in a while and it is funny because I thought no one read it !!! Much to my surprise, this week at least 3 people mentioned to me that I haven’t updated my blog lately so I figured on a rainy Saturday evening, I should take a moment a play catch up.

The market you ask???? Actually for me, this year has been great… no complaints at all. Steady listings and buyers and more than enough to keep me busy.

The weather has been awful so far. What is up with this crappy summer weather. I converted my pool to saltwater this summer and have only used it maybe twice. I will admit the hot tub is getting used alot tho !!! : ) There has to be some sort of relaxation after a hard days work.

I have been working on my website regularly and trying to keep the information up to date as well my photo. There is nothing worse than these Realtors that have photos from 10 years ago !!! lol.

On a whole, the market is moving along at a great pace. The lower priced homes (under 300K) seem to be moving faster than the higher priced ones but I must say if they are priced right, they ARE moving !

The interest rates are amazing and the buyers are looking to cash in on them.

At first it seemed to be a buyers market and they had the upper hand but now it seems the market is shifting a wee bit and the sellers are a little more in control due to the shortage of well priced nice homes on the market.

My backyard is almost finished and I should update you with some photos soon … as well as renovated one of my bathrooms. What a nightmare !!! You don’t realize how much you use that room, especially when it is under construction and you can’t ….. : )

It should be completed soon, granite countertops should be arriving soon and the glass shower doors and when it is all done, I will post a few pictures of that too.

For now all I have is my new headshot and new business cards on order …..

If I can assist you in any of your home buying needs or selling questions, please don’t ever hesitate to contact me. I would love to chat with you either over the phone or via email. My email address is michelle.makos@rogers.com and I am always just a click away.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far and I think I am going to go pour myself a glass of wine and enjoy probably the first Saturday night I have had off in a while. Hot tub anyone?????? lol

Take care, stay safe and remember
Let MAKOS Move You !!!!