Whether you’re preparing your current home for sale, you’ve just moved into a new home, or you’re simply looking to give your beloved property a little face lift, well-placed outdoor lighting is one way to get that wow-factor you’re looking for. Although most homeowners overlook outdoor landscape lighting, or relegate it to the bottom of that very long home priority list, you’d be amazed at the impact even a small investment in lighting can have. Following are just a few tips to get you started.
Fresh, vibrant, bold. We associate the colour green with the essence of life. Life is full of growth, change and reinvention. Whether we’re improving on our existing home or looking for a new place to call home, green symbolizes a fresh start so why not bring a little of that vitality into your own decor? Green pops. It looks gorgeous with white, rich with gold, cool with silver and incredible with navy. Feeling preppy and fun? Pair it with pink. Looking to get cozy? See what a classic velvet or wool can do to a sofa or window covering. No matter how you slice it, green is good. Give it a go. And if you’re not quite willing to commit? Start small and add some green napkins or glassware to a dinner party table. Not that you ever needed a conversation starter, but green is guaranteed to get the party going.
House hunting? Here’s a quick list of the open houses we have on the go this weekend. Happy hunting!
While you’ve undoubtedly made your home purchase for a number of reasons; lifestyle, location, it is primarily a financial investment when all is said and done. And as a homeowner, your hope is that your property will not only maintain but increase the value of that investment over the years. There are two ways in which a home’s value can increase as time goes on – the state of the market at the time of sale, and improvements you make to the property. While (unfortunately) none of us have any power over the market, the element we can control are the upgrades and improvements made on a home. While not all updates will gain you a return on your investment, following is a list of 9 tried and true improvements that will increase your home’s value.
June’s market performance was not as strong as May’s (11,049), but with 10,180 residential properties reports sold it was much stronger than June 2013. Last year only 8,821 properties were reported sold. This June the 10,180 properties sold by Toronto and surrounding area REALTORS® exceeded last year’s performance by 15.4 percent. June’s results represent the second strongest month this year to date.
Living near open water inspires a lifestyle that is so good for the soul. Open windows, lovely light and the sound of waves and wind – simple interiors that withstand a lot of traffic and sand, water and other elements of an active day. With the focal point being outside, these beach houses do their best to blend in to their surroundings, blurring the line between indoors and out. Whether overexposed with sunshine or dramatically stormy, so much about a day at the beach involves looking at the water and the weather. We love the low maintenance, easy to sweep painted floors and seagrass baskets, cozied up a little with great wooden pieces and woven mats. Lake or ocean, west or east coast, beach living is a perfect place to let down your hair and soak up the elements. Go for that long walk on the beach, collect shells and take some great sunset photos.
As storms are brewing along the east coast and hurricanes are rushing onto shore from out in the Atlantic, a much sunnier and balmy tide appears to be sweeping across the Georgian Triangle real estate market, building upon the positive surge that was first felt this year in May with its 11% gain in sales over last year’s numbers. With the release of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (“SGBAR”) MLS® Statistic Report for the month of June it is clear that the barometer for the market is continuing its upward trend and is well entrenched in “high pressure” territory, drawing from the broader indicators of positive recovery and general economic bullishness. In fact with strength across the board and at all price points, June’s property market registered its best performance for the month since the lofty boom year of 2007 when 252 property sales were recorded in June of that year.