The First 10 Days Are Critical When Selling a London Ontario Condominium

When selling a condominium in London Ontario, the first ten days are critical and will make the difference how quickly it sells and for how much!

Condos in London Ontario being sold

The most critical time for a new listing in London Ontario is two days before it officially goes on MLS and the eight days after!

Why two days before? I have found that when we have prepared and gathered all the necessary marketing tools the following happens:

  • The documents are completed accurately and thoroughly, no mistakes or missing information & care can be taken to describe your property to prospective buyers.

  • All the pictures are taken, edited or retaken to show your home in the best way possible way.

  • All the marketing material is ready such as feature sheets, your “Buy me” binder, your www.youradress.com webpage and cards!

  • All the websites are loaded, social pages, virtual tours are ready

  • You can do the final touch-ups or any cleaning that may be required.

  • The For Sale sign is up, and any directional signs if needed are placed

Your house on MLS

Day 1 to Day 8:

This is when buyers and their Realtor are searching the Internet for buying a condo in London Ontario and certain streets for something new when excitement is the highest. You can now:

  • Be ready for all showings, have all the marketing materials and property information prepared for that one buyer who loves your place!

  • You have at least one weekend when historically property viewing is the busiest.

  • If no serious offers, the pricing may be wrong or if not enough showings, the marketing needs to improve after ten days!

Once day 11 starts, do something drastically to attract new buyers!

The way a transaction starts is indicative of how your sale will go, quickly or a long rocky road before you sell your home.

 

Listing with an active listing Realtor who has a reputation for being thorough will never do you any harm. Who uses the web to rank high in all search engines, has an above average follow up system and the finances to market your property.

Ensure that before the sign goes up and the listing gets to the MLS, everything from the lockbox, listing brochures and presentations is in place and ready to go. Make sure your listing Realtor has a system to let you view the comments and feedback about your home on an individual listing website. Do they have a checklist (we have 201 items on it) that they share with you before it even gets on MLS?

Do not allow average to get you average results!

In summary, the most crucial time for a new listing when selling a condominium in London Ontario is BEFORE it gets on MLS.

Get Your Home Sold

How do I know this? We sell a lot of condos, we know what works!

London Ontario Condominiums, Townhouses, Apartment Sales Last 30 Days

Here is a brief report on London Ontario condominiums, including apartment condos, townhouses, and townhomes over the last 30 days.

London Ontario Condo Market

Apartment Condominiums: 67 sold through our MLS system taking on median 9 days to sell and getting 103.38% of the asking price.

Townhouses Attached: 97 changed hands, selling for 101.8% of the asking price and the days it took to sell was an average 11 days.

Detached Townhomes: 10 changed hands as reported through our MLS system, 14 days on the market was the average and selling for 99.16% of the asking price.

Summary: For those thinking of selling, the numbers above speak for themselves and for buyers, have your ducks in a row before you start looking, it will save you money and tons of emotional stress!

Selling a Condominium in London Ontario? What Price Will You Choose?

What price do you choose when deciding to put your condo for sale on MLS? I won’t go into the debate about “free advice,” you know, your hairdresser, co-worker, Uncle Ted who knows everything about everything, your financial advisor, or the “Free Market Evaluation” postcard or online generalities.

Selling a House in London Ontario

Below are a few things you may want to give considerable thought to when selling a house in London Ontario:

  • Not choosing the right price when a property is first listed. In other words, thinking “We can always come down.”
  • Put your property for sale at a realistic price. A property must be priced on a comparative basis to the other features which are similar. (I should add, everyone thinks their home is different, but buyers and their Realtor do not think so.)
  • Relate the time to sell to your price. Generally, the quicker you want to sell, the less you should be willing to take.
  • Calculating brokerage fees on top of the sales price. A home is worth what it is worth, with or without a commission.
  • Thinking that buyers aren’t comparing your home, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, with every other house on the market
  • Do not add up all your credit card debt, car loans, a line of credit, mortgage, that one-month luxury cruise and then $20,000 just for the heck of it, and that is the price! Think I am joking? I was on a listing presentation, and the price they wanted was to be able to do the above.

There is a better way!

Looking For a London Ontario Townhouse Or Apartment Condo?

Are you facing any of these situations when looking for a London Ontario Townhouse or Apartment Condo?

 

  • You’re looking to make one of the most important purchases of your life and you don’t want to get burned because of not knowing whom you can trust, or making a mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars later.
  • You do not know the values in the marketplace and you want to be assured of getting the most that you can for your money, without having any regrets after your closing?
  • You’re feeling out of control because there are so many unanswered questions. Making it hard to know where to start.
  • You see or find what you like but it is already sold or has an offer on it before you get a chance to even see it?

If any of these situations sound familiar, I have some fact-filled information will help prepare you for the purchase of a home in London Ontario.  Doesn’t it make sense that in order for you to make one of the most important decisions in your life you should be well informed?

Just 32 Minutes Of Your Time Will Save You From “YEARS Of Headaches”

I have a  quick and easy way to help you prepare for your next purchase  which I  call, “40 Buyer Tips You Should Know To Avoid Making Huge Mistakes!”

Just give me a call at 519-435-1600 to set up a convenient , no obligation meeting and when we do meet, in 32 minutes you will have 40 tips that could save you thousands of dollars and a ton of headaches!

Ty Lacroix

Ten Most Affordable Cities In Canada For Single Home Buyers

The past year hasn’t been easy for prospective home buyers. Despite some recent year-over-year price softening in the nation’s hottest markets, the national mortgage stress test, combined with various policies at provincial levels, effectively took a bite out of purchasing power for all Canadians.

Single Home Buyer

This is especially acute for single home purchasers; not only does having two incomes boost affordability, but it also helps satisfy the income and debt servicing requirements mandated by the aforementioned stress test. Those trying to get onto the property ladder solo may have long heard the narrative that it’s next to impossible to do so given these new requirements.

However, according to a recent study conducted by Zoocasa, that’s not the case in the Prairie and Eastern Canadian markets. In fact, 10 cities in these locales can still be considered affordable for single buyers earning a median household income.

The study, which assessed 20 cities for affordability from coast to coast, calculated the minimum income required to purchase the average home in each market, using a 20-per-cent down payment, 3.29-per-cent mortgage rate, and 30-year amortization as criteria. That amount was then compared to actual median income data of “persons living alone who earned employment income” as reported by Statistics Canada.

Markets were then ranked on whether the buyer had an “income surplus” – the amount of financial wiggle room they’d still have after purchasing their home – or an income gap, which indicated they’d be out of range altogether.

Based on these calculations, Regina can be considered the most affordable for single-income buyers, based on an average home price of $284,424, a median income of $58,823 and the greatest income surplus of $20,025. That’s followed by Saint John, where the average home priced at $181,576 could be purchased on an income of $42,888 with $18,038 left over, and Edmonton, where earning $64,036 would net a $17,826 surplus on the average home price of $338,760. The most affordable cities list is rounded out by Calgary, Lethbridge, Winnipeg and Halifax.

Single buyers earning a median income didn’t have much hope in the nation’s priciest markets, however. Vancouver is the least affordable, with an average home price of $1,109,600, far out of reach of an income of $50,721 to the tune of $88,361.

While incomes and home prices were more attractive in Toronto, buyers still face a steep gap of $46,858, based on a $55,221 income and home price of $748,328. Victoria rounds out the top three, where an average home price of $633,386 is still $39,359 out of range for the median income of $86,400.

Other markets not considered affordable for single buyers include Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Montreal and Ottawa.

The study also considered earnings by age group, as purchasing power tends to increase with age. This was the case with Gen Xers (35-44 and 45-54), who enjoy the greatest purchasing power of all single buyers. For example, A Gen Xer purchasing a home in Regina would have an income surplus of roughly $4,000 greater than the average, at $24,215.

Single millennials, however, experienced the weakest purchasing power, especially in the priciest markets; someone between the age of 25-34 earning the median income would fall a whopping $92,774 short on a home purchase in Vancouver.

Upscale Condo For Sale Downtown London Ontario

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Downtown London Ontario Condo Luxury Residence

•  1740 square feet,  2 baths, 2 bdrm apartment “Only 3 residences per floor” – FOR SALE  CAD349,900 . Only $206 per Square Foot
MLS® 168464

One of the nicest locations in downtown London Ontario is the desirable ‘Regency Towers’ at 19 King Street. This spacious two bedrooms plus den residence includes 1,700+ square feet of space and is one of only three units on the entire floor! With 39 residence condominiums in the building, these apartments very seldom come up for sale as 19 King is a minute walk to Harris Park, a few minutes more to the London Museum, Budweiser Gardens, Covent Garden Market, superb restaurants, walking and biking trails and a tremendous serene view of the Thames River.

Having only 39 residences in this beautiful building allows privacy, less clutter, less noise compared to the larger, impersonal 200 plus units in other downtown London apartment buildings.

This apartment residence has two good sized balconies with fabulous views, an updated stylish kitchen and gleaming hardwood floors throughout — two spacious bedrooms including a large master with a walk-in closet and a large master ensuite with a rainfall glass shower. The second bedroom includes beautiful wood built-in shelving & a Murphy Bed, flexible as an office, yet, a guest bedroom as well.

Two convenient storage lockers, as well as two underground parking spaces, window coverings and an electric fireplace, are included. Note: Dogs not allowed.

The amenities that this adult building offers is a saltwater pool, a sauna, a small library, an upscale lobby, a security system and the condo fees include ground and building maintenance, caretaker and cable. Average monthly costs for hydro and gas $90, Roger’s phone ($51.56), not included in condo fees, insurance about $45 and water heater rental approximately $32!

As you can see, the location is prime, the quality and size are there, the safety is superb, and the management is top notch. Why not book your viewing now and then start packing?

A terrific value considering location, views and quantity of units.

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Four Best Cities in Canada For Home Buyers

Growing numbers of first time home buyers are venturing farther in search of an affordable first home. While leading metropolitan cities like Vancouver or Toronto will always be strong draws, they’re challenging markets to crack: in December 2018, the benchmark price of a home hit $1.05 million in Greater Vancouver and $796,800 in Greater Toronto.

Home buying tips

Homebuyers have driven booms in revitalized municipalities like Hamilton, Ont. and Surrey, B.C. These growing cities offer great value for homebuyers seeking more home for their real estate buck – yet their new-found popularity comes with swelling sticker prices.  Are there any exciting cities where you can buy a house for less than the national average of half a million dollars?

Fortunately, yes! Below are examples of four up-and-coming communities that are ideal for new buyers. These cities offer more than just great entry-level real estate: they’re also uniquely beautiful communities to set down roots in.


Kamloops, B.C.

Average 2018 home price: $394,5152

Approximate population: 103,811

Why: This Thompson Valley river town sits in the shadow of mountains, enjoys beautiful weather and has a relaxed, outdoorsy vibe. Kamloops boasts all the millennial must-haves: arts and culture, yoga studios, restaurants and a farmers’ market, plus amazing proximity to hiking, skiing, fishing and snow sports. Kamloops offers the quintessential B.C. lifestyle for a fraction of the cost of Vancouver living.


Halifax, N.S.

Average 2018 home price: $300,8543 (Halifax-Dartmouth)

Approximate population: 403,390

Why: Canada’s East Coast offers amazing value to anyone who’s ready to make the leap. Unlike other Maritime municipalities where job prospects may be suboptimal, Halifax is booming. One of Canada’s top tech hubs, the fast-growing city, enjoys low unemployment, a healthy economy, universities, the Atlantic Ocean and über- affordable real estate. Beaches, culture, a growing food scene are assets.


 London, Ont.

Average 2018 home price: $383,229, that is the average in the London St.Thomas area , you can start with an apartment condominium under $200,000 and a wide range of townhouses and bungalows from $200,000 to $300,000!

Approximate population: 383,437

Why: London is home to Western University and boasts a thriving entertainment and food scene. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ranks it among Canada’s best cities for women, thanks to its safety, economic security, education, health and leadership opportunities. Nicknamed the Forest City, London has plenty of green spaces to kick back in.

Some London Ontario Neighbourhoods


Guelph, Ont.

Average 2018 home price: $554,326

Approximate population: 131,794

Why: Guelph is a nature lover’s paradise, with two scenic rivers and endless kilometres of recreational trails that meander through forests and parks. It’s low in crime and has long been renowned for its high standard of living, not to mention its laid-back, university-city vibe.

These are just a few examples of the wonderful communities across Canada. And regardless of where you practice real estate, looking beyond big city limits will provide great options for first-timers looking to achieve their dream of homeownership.

The above was prepared by Genworth Canada

Selling A London Ontario Townhouse With A Pre Home Inspection?

Should You Get a Professional Home Inspection Performed Before You Put Your London Ontario Townhouse On The Market?

Home Inspection London Ontario

Getting a home inspected before it goes on the market seems like a strange thing to do at first glance.  Most Realtors don’t even think of having a townhouse or townhome inspected before they list one for sale.  But once you understand how it can benefit you the seller, it turns out to be a very prudent decision.  Here’s why:

  • Home inspections eliminate any “surprises” that can delay or even kill a sale.  They also help the seller negotiate better.  In most cases, the buyer(s) will use weaknesses of the condo  (frequently from an inspection performed after the home is sold conditionally on a home inspection or a status certificate) to negotiate a lower price at a time when the seller is most vulnerable.  Rather than become a victim of such tactics, you can show you’ve already taken their issues into account in determining your price.
  • Getting an inspection before going on the market allows you to understand the real value – knowing what you may need to fix and what you want to leave alone.  It also helps you to price it better and understand what your “net” proceeds will be from a sale.  The strengths and weaknesses of your home are going to be known by the buyer at some point anyhow.  And the sooner you know them, the more you can act to minimize, eliminate, or adjust for them.

Home inspections ensure a faster close by eliminating contingencies and other issues and help provide a problem-free closing.

  • You may also want to order a status certificate BEFORE your condominium is for sale. I would say that 80% of condominium sales in London Ontario are conditional on a status certificate. Again, why not preempt any issues or delays?

Status Report

Receiving an offer for your London Ontario condominium without any conditions will relieve unimaginable stress for both you and the buyer.

 

Before Buying a London Ontario Condominium, Be Aware Of What You Are Signing

Before buying a condominium in London Ontario, be aware of what you are signing!

Signing buyer agency in London Ontario

 

Why is That?

Most real estate agents may want you to sign a Buyer Agency Agreement because without a written agreement; there are no guarantees the Realtor who finds you your new home will get paid.

Most agency agreements say, in effect, that the Realtor will help you find a place, and you agree not to work with other real estate agents during your search. That’s like someone asking you to get married, and you haven’t even had your first date yet!

Now, after reading this, hopefully, you will know enough to maybe go out with this Realtor on at least one date (viewing a few homes).  Still, you may feel uncomfortable signing a contract that obligates you to this Realtor until you buy or die.

How can you handle it?

In Ontario, licensing laws require that you acknowledge receipt of a copy of The Buyer Agency Agreement which explains what you are signing.  Who represents whom in the transaction?

It is imperative that you understand what it is that you sign, and  keep in mind, this form is from our licensing body RECO (Real Estate Council of Ontario), and there is a lot of language in there to ensure that when you buy a home, that Realtor will get paid, either by you or by the seller.

Also, keep in mind that you are free to negotiate a change to any of the boilerplate language if there are terms or conditions you can’t live with

working with a Realtor in London Ontario

Here are some of the major issues it will include:

  • How much does the broker charge and how is that paid?

In Ontario, the sellers usually pay the brokerage fees, and I’ve even heard Realtor’s telling people that their services to buyers are “free.”  Not quite.  If the listing company has negotiated a payment from the seller (called a “co-op” commission) to your Realtor of less than the amount of the fee he or she charges, the agreement may say that you must make up the difference.  In other words, if your contract calls for a 3% payment, and the co-op commission is only 2.5%, you may have to write a cheque for the difference at settlement.

  • Does the buyer broker charge an up-front contingency fee?  If so, how much is it?  Is it refundable under any circumstances?  Is it credited back to you at closing toward your down payment and closing costs?  An upfront fee is one way that a Realtor can help weed out real buyers from tire kickers, and it’s becoming more customary.
  • How long is the term of the agreement?  If you are not sure you want to enter into something long-term, and if the Realtor insists that you have to sign something, make it a week or so.  You can extend your contract at the end of that time – assuming the Realtor is doing a good job and you both want to continue the relationship.
  • What geographical area does it cover?
  • What type of property?
  • Is it possible for you to break up once you’ve signed on the dotted line?  If it turned out that you’ve made a mistake and didn’t want to work with that Realtor after all, how do you get out of it?  Most brokerages will let you out, but they don’t have to make it easy for you unless you have included language that lets you terminate.

Make every word count

When a good Realtor enters into a buyer-brokerage agreement with a new client, they know that they have to earn the trust and loyalty that the agency agreement represents.  But the deal has got to be more than a piece of paper.

 Some questions to ask

Cadeau Terrace London Ontario Townhouses & Town Homes Only

2,5,6,7,9,10,14,18 Cadeau Terrace is an adult orientated townhouse & townhome community in Byron, Warbler Woods neighbourhood of London Ontario. Most of these one-floor condominium townhomes have a double car garage and some backing on to green space.

Cadeau Terrace London Ontario Condo Town Homes

This enclave of eight townhouses and townhomes is an excellent location for nature lovers, golf enthusiasts and for those who travel and would like a safe upscale neighbourhood to live.

Depending on the Cadeau Terrace address, some units are detached with walkouts, some back onto green space, and there are some without a patio door to the backyard!

Cadeau Terrace Map London Ontario

A very well maintained area, easy access to shopping, services and downtown London located off of Commissioners Road West.

2 Cadeau Terrace 75 Units

These one-floor ranch/bungalow residences are 1700 square feet on the main floor, and most units have a finished basement and a small private courtyard. This complex did not skimp on green space, trees, shrubs and exterior finishes. Note: The residences at 2 Cadeau do not have a rear deck or back entrance door or a patio door.

  • In 2018, one  sold $440,000
  • in 2017, seven sold from as low as $340,000 and up to $431,000

  5 Cadeau Terrace 48 Units 

 These 1500+  square foot one-floor condominium townhouses have a double car garage, and the maintenance and care are quite evident and have a private courtyard. Note: The residences at 5 Cadeau do not have a rear deck or back entrance door or a patio door.

  • In 2018, two sold, one for $370,000, the other $420,000
  • In 2017, three sold, from $320,000 to $415,000

  6 Cadeau Terrace 13 Units

These 13 detached one-floor condominiums do not come up for sale very often. Eleven residences have two car garages and the other two, a single car garage. Five of the units have a walkout onto a ravine!

  • In 2018, no sales recorded on MLS
  • In 2017, one sold for $316,500

7 Cadeau Terrace 34 Units

 Called ‘Warbler Ridge,’ these 34 adults orientated condominiums have a combination of double and single car garages

  • In 2018, three sold from $332,000 to $380,000
  • In 2017, three sold from $307,719 to $370,000

9 Cadeau Terrace 39 Units

These condominium residences have a combination of double and single car garages, a few with a walk out.

  • In 2018, one sold $497,000
  • In 2017, four sold from $319,900 to $351,000

10 Cadeau Terrace 9 Units

 All nine detached townhomes back onto a ravine

  • In 2018, one sold $437,000
  • In 2017, no sales recorded on MLS

14 Cadeau Terrace 36 Units

  These detached condominium townhomes are one-floor residences that are highly sought after, some back onto a ravine for that extra privacy.

  • In 2018, no sales recorded on MLS
  • In 2017, one sold $355,000

18 Cadeau Terrace 43 Units

 These detached condominium townhomes are one-floor residences that are highly sought after, seven of them back onto a ravine for that extra privacy.

  • In 2018, two sold, one for $394,000 & the other, $351,000
  • In 2017, four sold, starting at $329,900 to $379,900

As you can see, the Cadeau Terrace condominium residences have increased in price as has all similar properties throughout London Ontario and area. To build a similar home in 2019, you are looking at a minimum $100,000 or more if lucky.

Scroll down this page, and you can request exact sales price and amenities and get an opinion on what your residence is worth.

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