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:

94 Aspen Springs – #110 – NEW Listing

Great opporunity for a ground floor bungalow condo with 2 Bdrms., Ensuite laundry, 5 appliances and 2 parking spots.
Close to 401 and walking distance to schools. $189,000
Call me for details or visit http://www.michellemakos.com

Happy Endings !

Have you ever had one of those days ???  I am sure many of you have.  Well today I had one of those days !  LOL… but I am happy to report it ended splendidly.  

Not only did my clients end up closing on their home, it would NEVER have happened without the diligence and hard work of my favourite lawyer, John Zinati !!  He called me at 6 pm on a Friday night and worked and made calls until he could hand over the keys to my client who waited patiently.   Sometimes it is all about work ethics and passion.  There are true professionals in the real estate industry and don’t ever think there isn’t.  Even the Listing Agent was on the phone trying to help get it sorted.
This is why when you are purchasing real estate, work with people who are trusted.  It is all about relationships and hard work.  Because of everyone working together today, my clients were able to send me a picture to my cell phone at 8:30 pm this evening saying “THANK YOU, WE ARE HOME !”

Home Sweet Home

This is why I love my job !!  Look at those smiles !!!   Tonight they are proud homeowners for the first time and a special thanks goes out to John Zinati and his office staff for staying late and getting the job done.

I highly recommend Zinati & Kay and can rest easy tonight knowing my clients are warm and safe in their new home.   Good things happen to good people ! 

I am so thrilled to have been able to be a part of those smiles !  Have a great weekend everyone !  Cheers xo

Marijuana Grow Homes – Red Flags

Marijuana Grow Houses – Red Flags

Marijuana Grow Home Info courtesy of Michelle Makos
Inside a Marijuana Grow Home Operation

Marijuana Grow Homes are a growing concern. Having worked for the Ministry of Attorney General in my previous career, I can tell you these homes look fine primarily from the outside but have distinct things to look for on the inside. Some Power of Sale homes were previous grow houses and the costs involved to bring them back to “liveable” homes is quite expensive, not to mention the stigma associated with them and the problem to get them insured by an Insurance Company is extremely hard. So if you are thinking on purchasing one of these homes, think hard and long and know what you are getting yourself into. Here are some tips on identify a Former Grow House and what to look for.

Identifying a Former Grow House:

•Mould in corners where the walls and ceilings meet
•Painted concrete floors in the basement, with circular marks of where pots once were
•Evidence of tampering with the electric meter or the ground around it
•Indications of windows and doors having been sealed
•Unusual or modified wiring on the exterior of the house
•Brownish stains around the soffit that bleed down along the siding
•Concrete masonry patches, or alterations on the inside of the garage
•Patterns of screwholes on the walls
•Alteration of fire places
•Denting on front doors (from police ramming the door)

Identifying Potential Grow House Operators (Purchasers):

•Third party purchasers
•Questionable income sources
•No contract negotiation
•Offers to pay in large amounts of cash; multiple cash transactions
•Multiple down payments on behalf of one individual
•Secretiveness and no reasonable explanations

Identifying Potential Grow House Operators (Renters):

•Did the renter check out every room?

•Did the renter provide proper identification?
•Have references been provided and do they check out?
•Did the renter spend a lot of time viewing the breaker boxes, wiring and plumbing?

Contacts for More Information:

Contact your local police department for more information or specific concerns. In Pickering and Ajax, please call the Durham Regional Police Service or visit their website at www.drps.ca

(Source: Compiled with information from the Canadian Real Estate Association and chrismathers inc. crime and risk consulting)

What the heck?

Well here we are in the first week of February and all the media has to say is about how bad the ecomony is and the recession will be long lived and BLAH BLAH BLAH !!!! I personally am off to my best start ever and last week sold a listing on the very first day it went out on TREB with TWO, not ONE, but TWO offers within 24 hours. So what is all the whining about !!!! 🙂

I think no matter what the media has to say, there will always be people out there looking to capitalize on the extremely low interest rates and great prices. On the other hand, if you are thinking of moving up in this market, THIS IS the time. When the market rebounds, you can make a killing on some of these homes.

Yes I know that sounds mean but the bottom line is, real estate is safer than ANY investment you can make. I am sure you have all heard how your parents bought their homes for $16,000 and worked for pennies etc., we now those houses (some of them anyways) are worth 300 to 400K. Where on earth would you get that return on your money ….. NO WHERE …. except maybe a lottery !!! : )

So lets stop thinking its the end of the world and capitalize on this. It is simple. Any way you look at it, there are deals to be found, money to be made and money to be saved. The market isn’t dead. The market is what we make it !!!!

Good or bad, people will always want real estate either for investments purposes or security in their futures and now is the time to BUY !!!!!

If I can be of any assistance to anyone, please feel free to call my cell at 416-300-3004 and I would be happy to provide you with a no obligation home evaluation or discuss what is available out there to buy and get out of paying rent and someone else’s mortgage !!!

The Spring market is around the corner !!!!!

Who says moving is easy !

Well I can’t believe it …. I list and sell homes for a living but have lived in mine for the past sixteen years and believe it or not, this week is the BIG MOVE ! Thursday May 3rd actually. I can’t believe how stressful it is. I now have sympathy for all my clients when they are moving. Who would have thought you would accumulate that much CRAP and not know it …. I don’t even know where to begin.

Finding boxes is one thing – packing them is another. Never mind the unpacking (ha ha). Oh well, I guess the fun is just about to start. Last time I moved, our patio table flew off on the 401 – of course, my brother was driving. Never a dull moment ! On that note, I better go pack some more of I will never be ready for Thursday. Anybody want to help me ??????????????????