About Ty Lacroix Broker of Record

I am the owner & Broker of Record with many years of experience in guiding Londoners to make wise real estate decisions and then get results!

When Buying a Condo in London Ontario, Are Buyers Still Overpaying?

Are buyers still overpaying when buying a condo in London Ontario? In 61% of the time, yes!

Overpaying for real estate in London Ontario over the past few months is happening quite often and I have heard the following from buyers and their Realtors.

do not overpay for a home in London Ontario

 

  • “There is nothing I can do about it”.
  • “That’s just the way the real estate market is right now.”
  • “It is what it is”
  • “Get with the times”

Really? So, you are just going to sit there and take it?

Learned helplessness is a condition in which  buyers adapt to a scarcity mindset,  with the fear of loss being huge and instant gratification a must & not thinking of the second and third consequences of overpaying for a home in London Ontario and feeling that there is nothing they can do about it.

That their offer and the acceptance of the offer is totally out of their control.

Yes, the real estate market in London Ontario is vibrant and as a home owner, that is quite positive, yet the consequences of overzealous buyers and their Realtor’s actions will have a negative long term  effect , as history has proven over and over and that the axiom “What goes up must come down”, holds true.

As a home buyer in London Ontario, you have choices and there are strategies you can take to ensure you do not over pay and get caught up in the frenzy.

Let me know if you do not want to overpay, I won’t let you!

Problem Solvers Or Just A London Ontario Realtor?

 People buy or sell a home in London Ontario for one reason and one reason only, to solve a problem! So when you want guidance from a London Ontario Realtor, you sure as heck do not want any more problems, do you?

  Our happy buyers & sellers

  • Tired of Renting? -Solve the problem by buying a house or a condo

  • House or condo too small?Too big? Solve the problem by buying something bigger or smaller

  • Too Expensive? Solve ……..
  • Relocating? Solve …….
  • Don’t like the neighbourhood? Solve ……
  • Divorced? Living Together? Getting Married? Solve ……
  • Fill in the blanks ___________________? Solve ………

I have been a Realtor for quite a few years and own a real estate brokerage and have learned that people do not hire us because we are just a Realtor who can help buy or sell a home, anybody can do that, that is what the average do.

People hire us because we solve problems, we identify them, take a focused view and solve the problem, end of story!

  Find a solution that works!

You don’t hire  a Realtor because you need a taxi driver,  or because they are pretty, ugly, skinny, fat, bald, young or old, you have a problem(which can be good or bad) and you want someone to listen and solve the problem quickly and save some money as well.

And, can back it up with proof, not talk!

Selling a Townhouse In London Ontario Quicker?

When thinking about selling a townhouse in London Ontario & area, where do you start?

Ask about selling a condo in London Ontario

When do you start?

Is there a difference if it is a townhouse or an apartment?

A freehold or a regular condo corporation?

How would you feel if you knew some surefire ways to prepare before selling a townhouse or a town home or an apartment condo in downtown London, if you knew about the timely steps to take, the questions to ask, the caveats to be aware of?

From experience of selling 100’s of condominiums in London Ontario, this will get you thinking and keep you on track before, during and after you list your condo for sale on MLS

   Here it Is!

 

In This London Ontario Real Estate Market, Make It Easy For Buyers To See Your Home

When putting your house or condo in London and area up for sale, have you thought about how and when buyers will see your home?

selling a house with Envelope Real Estate

If possible, schedule showings in the same way that is used by a majority of the homes in your area.  This may be by special appointment or by a lockbox system.   Remember that this will be the buyer’s first contact with your home, and it should set a positive tone.

Make the buyer and agent feel welcome.  Be as flexible on timing as possible.  The buyer may be viewing many homes over a large area.  (The average buyer sees 4-9 homes before making a decision)

Being flexible is very important and while inconvenient or disruptive at times, when a buyer is willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for your home, be flexible.

If you wanted to buy a car on a Thursday afternoon but one of the dealerships is closed, would you go someplace else? Or, you are in London with your family for the weekend only and some homes you would like to see you cannot because the home seller is too busy or tired? ( True story, a $550,000 house and the seller was too busy & did not have the time to keep the house tidy!) By the way, that house did sell eventually, 1 month later for $529,900!

I can recall instances in which the seller came to the door in a hostile way and demanded to know why we were 5 minutes late. Last weekend my clients and I got to a house that we had made an appointment to see (11:30 AM to 12) and we got there at 11:55 AM and the man in the house ranted and raved that we were disrupting his day and yadda,yadda yadda! We left, never even left the hallway and by the way, in this very vibrant housing market, the house has been on the market 51 days! Hmmmmm! I wonder why?

Many people have a strong reluctance to intrude or bother other people.  Remember that the decision to buy a home can be emotional & stressful, you most likely feel the same way when you are selling your home.

I tell my sellers and my buyers, one of the reasons I have less hair on my head (bald) , is let me take the stress and worry, that’s why you are paying me!

What Turns Buyers Off When Looking At Condos in London Ontario

     What Turns  Buyers off  When Looking at Condos in London Ontario & Area?

A messy House does not sell

 ODOURS …Overwhelmingly, the #1 complaint among prospective buyers was unpleasant odours in the  home.  The chief offenders were smoke, pet odours, and strange cooking aromas.  Some buyers turn right around and walk out because they found the smells so oppressive.  Most of us are unaware of the ‘peculiar’ odours of our homes because we become immune to the smells – the buyers are not immune to these same odours.

CLEANLINESS...This # 2 complaint  was that the seller simply did not bother to clean.  We’re not talking about home staging (which will help) or even unrealistic expectations of the home being spotless – just simple old-fashioned cleaning.  Selling your home can be a bit inconvenient, but when you have advance notice that a buyer is coming to view your home – clean it up!!!  At the very least, remove the pile of dirty dishes from the sink.

keep your house spotless when selling it

SELLER AT HOME…Coming in at #3 is having the owners at home while the buyers are trying to view it.     Most buyers felt very uncomfortable with the seller there.  Many said they could not take the time to really look at the features of the home because they were in such a hurry to get away from the seller.  This is a real problem for those selling their own home as they are usually the ones showing.

CLUTTER...The #4 complaint is related to the cleanliness point – the dreaded clutter.  We have all seen it on the home shows, many buyers have a hard time seeing your home because of all your stuff.

 UNFINISHED PROJECTS...Unfinished projects take the #5 spot.  If you are planning on selling your home, finish up any on-going home improvement projects before placing it on the market.  Homes with half-finished painting, flooring, trim, etc. gave buyers a bad overall impression.

 

If your home is priced correctly and you have addressed the other items on this list, it will stand out and sell!

Exclusive Envelope Real Estate Home Audit

Our ‘Exclusive Home Audit’ that we do before putting your home on MLS, on all our websites, on all our social media pages, our blogs, our signage entails these 5 and 31 other points.  We go over everything with you so that you can sell your home quicker, for more money!

  Why is That?

Because we excel at exciting buyers & their Realtor about your home!

Searching For London Ontario Condos To Get The Right One

As another way of helping past clients, they said that learning about how they went about searching for London Ontario condos, helped them make  wise decisions and a good financial choice.

Would it be of benefit to you to if you could get what I call ‘market education’, (to look at 3-4 properties that are similar to  what you are looking for,  not to make an offer or buy  on any of those 4, but to learn a little about the market?

take my car

Then, when you are ready, you will know what to expect and to better clarify your wants & needs.

As well, I will leave you with a 40 page in-depth buyer manual loaded with tips and ideas, from the just looking stage to the day you move in.

There is no obligation on your part, no signing anything, just an old fashion face to face meeting that again, past clients said really helped them.

Again, we see 3 or 4 places, the idea is not to buy these but to get to know what you can buy for your money.

Again, let’s go look at a few and keep your cheque book at home!!!!!

PS:

  • No signing anything
  • No blah blah blah stuff , such as ,”we’re #1, we sell gazillions of homes, 
  • No, “I’m a miracle worker and can find your dream home for 1/2 price
  • No begging ,” Please buy from me or they are going to take away my house, kids and Mercedes!
  • No  BS 
  • No coffee, tea or lunch (if you are not bringing your chequebook, I’m not buying either!)

Could You Get $10,000-$50,000 If You Sold Your London Ontario Condo?

If you could get $10,000 to $50,000 more for your London Ontario condo, would knowing what  buyers are looking for or don’t care about make a difference? In a recent survey of 3167 Realtors, here are a few insights.

what is in and out when buying a home

IN

  • walk-in closets
  • bright modern bathrooms
  • Energy Star appliances
  • little or no carpet
  • e-smart thermostats 
  • granite or quartz counters

​                                                            OUT

  • laminate counter tops
  • white appliances
  • dark window covers
  • noisy ventilation fans
  • low bathtubs 
  • carpet 

When it comes time to sell or update, keep these in mind, but what if you do not have any of these, or your condo is older or you do not have the funds or time to update?

This is where skill in marketing shines! Where pricing is very important and ‘Molly Maid’ or good old soap and water will make your home shine!

house cleaning

If you could have a room to room breakdown of your whole house or condo that would point out what could be done to improve the home’s value, if it would matter or not; or; would you get that money back if you did the fix ups?

It takes less than 1 hour to do and you will definitely have ideas to increase your home’s value. Many client’s have told me they got anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 more, SO you can too!

  If $10,000 to $50,000 more in your bank account is important to you, let’s get together. There is no fee for this, there is no obligation and I won’t hold your children , your pets or your spouse as hostage.

 Why not see how you can get more money now!

There Are Two You’s Competing To Buy a London Ontario Condo

When a buyer goes shopping for a house or a London Ontario condo , there are actually two homes competing for their attention: the one that meets their needs, and the one that fulfills their wants.

looking to buy a house or a condo in London Ontario

In one of the greatest financial books ever written, ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’,George Clason writes that there are two kinds of study: the one kind being the things we learned and knew, and the other being the training that taught us how to find out what we did not know.

I read this book yearly to refresh and remind myself of some real simple financial basics, while very simple and easy to do, most Canadians do not follow, perhaps because it is too simple to make wise financial decisions.

It is like a person complaining of a sore belly, goes to their doctor and tells the physician that Dr. Google says it is blah blah blah! The kind physician ( the one not rolling their eyes or thinking “Oh no,here we go again) will ask questions, identify the cause or the remedy and treat the problem.

In real estate the same thing, wise, intelligent people listen to what their neighbour or co-worker says, read “how to save thousands when buying real estate’, or watch all those reality shows and then become experts in buying a house or a condo.

Home sellers and their real estate representative love you, because you are the one who overpays for a home (yet brag that you got a good deal, yadayadayaa) or find out that the home has structural issues or a neighbourhood stigma .

Getting back to The Richest Man in Babylon, letting ego take a break  and finding out what one does not know about buying or selling may be a good decision. In real estate we do not have a Dr. Google, but we have everyone who has ever bought or sold a home as experts on how to buy or sell one!

Do you think a professional Realtor may be a great asset for you? Do you need one or want one?

Searching For a Condo In London Ontario With No Luck?

Are you spending countless hours searching the MLS, real estate magazines, weekend classified ads and real estate websites looking for the ideal condo in London Ontario & area, be it an apartment in a high rise, a two storey townhouse or a detached town home , that is within your price range and in a good neighbourhood in London Ontario?

searching for a condo in London Ontario

Going to Open Houses? Going To Builder’s Models?

Have you missed out on some because they already have an offer or were sold before you even knew about it being for sale?

You may be missing out on some great condos that sell in a day or two or one that was priced so   agressively that it sells as soon as it comes on the market or in a specific area?

Is all that searching working for you  or is that you wish to avoid a pesky or bothersome real estate person (don’t blame you)?

Or, perhaps you are curious or you are in the ‘just thinking stage’ of real estate. Perhaps to purchase or sell.

Regardless, like fashion, real estate changes fast, people change, neighbourhoods change, real estate markets change and the motivation of buyers and sellers change.

So how do I, as a real estate professional, as a Broker of Record and Owner keep you, the curious, the maybe, the must have by the end of the month, the retiree, the downsizer, the upsizer, the DINK’s (double incomes,no kids), the tire kicker, deal maker, bread winner or just plain ready to move informed about real estate in London Ontario?

My asociates and I view a lot of houses and condos every week. We do loads of searches daily for clients, we are constantly researching properties, even For Sale By Owners.

we find houses in London Ontario

As professional house hunters in London we know the jungle, the alleys, the streets, avenues, crescents  and can guide you on the right path to ensure your purchase is wise & financially sensible.

You won’t have to jump off any cliffs, scale any mountains, wrestle a crocodile, put up with a pushy real estate salesperson, cross-eyed lawyers, impotent mortgage lenders, near sighted home inspectors, all you have to do is put up with us!

  These folks did and they are still with us!

Buying a London Ontario Condo, New or Resale?

Over the years, we have found that one of the most common questions we are asked is about the advantages and disadvantages of buying a London Ontario condo, new or old. The answer is that there is really no way to generalize; each case requires its own assessment!

buying a condo, new or old

 

A lot of specific research and fact finding should be done before you contemplate purchasing a newly constructed home. It is easy to assume that the home will be well constructed with quality materials and workmanship, but that is not always the case.

Our experience has given us the skills to know exactly what to look for in a new home, the right questions to ask and also, who to direct them to! Not only that, we can help you make the calculations that will be important to your final decision.

 

 

Who is protecting you when you buy through a sales office or a  model show house! The builder has either  a professional real estate representative watching out for their interests or their own salaried/commission sales person representing the builder  and you need and deserve the same expert representation watching out for your interests.

Lawyers are not allowed to represent both parties in a real estate transaction, why a builder?

Before you make that big decision on buying a home in London Ontario, why not get together with us & discuss the pros and cons and then decide how to next start the process & save you some money!