SELLING YOUR HOME ON YOUR OWN - OR USING A REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
8 COMMON MISTAKES MOST HOME SELLERS MAKE
RENTING VS. BUYING, WHICH IS BETTER?
10 BEST REASONS TO MOVE
Average Home Prices Trends
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Mississauga Real Estate - February Edition
 Mississauga Real Estate - February Edition     
SELLING YOUR HOME ON YOUR OWN - OR USING A REAL ESTATE
SELLING YOUR HOME ON YOUR OWN - OR USING A REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
If you have decided that now is the time to sell your home, you might be thinking: should I hire a Real Estate Sales Representative or do it alone. Have you ever considered repairing your own car? Anyone can buy the tools and parts. However, most of us just do not have the knowledge, training, experience or the expertise and commitment of time to do the job properly. Besides, there are plenty of experienced professionals to do the work for us.

If you are tempted to do it yourself and "save" the real estate commissions this article will be of great help to you in making your decision. Selling your home is quite a complex
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8 COMMON MISTAKES MOST HOME SELLERS MAKE
8 COMMON MISTAKES MOST HOME SELLERS MAKE
1. Failure to effectively market the property. Good marketing distinguishes your home from hundreds of others on the market, selling its benefits not just its features. Open houses and print advertising (the most obvious) are only moderately effective. Only 1% of homes are sold at open houses, and just 3% of people purchased their homes after seeing a print ad! Your Realtor© should be using other methods as well to attract prospects. Ask your sales professional to provide a list of things they will do to market your home.

2. Basing your asking price on needs or emotion not market value. Many sellers base their pricing on what is termed as Subjective Value. To an appraiser, subjective value is based on emotions. For example, how much a seller paid for their home,
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RENTING VS. BUYING, WHICH IS BETTER?
RENTING VS. BUYING, WHICH IS BETTER?
One thing is for sure; we all know that we need a roof over our head. In most people’s case they end up having to pay either Rent for this roof or a Mortgage payment, unless of course you have a rich family that can offer you FREE or Reduced Rent. The point is, we ALL have to pay for a roof over our heads.

Real Estate has always been considered a Long-Term Investment. The real question you need to ask yourself; do I really want to pay RENT for the rest of my life? Generally, a home makes financial sense if you are going to live in it for at least three,
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10 BEST REASONS TO MOVE
10 BEST REASONS TO MOVE
To make the best remodel or move decision, it is important to understand all the reasons that you have to remodel and all the reasons that you have to move. This article reviews common reasons to move. As you read each of these reasons, consider how much it applies to you and note how strongly you feel about each one.

1. The size of your family has changed. Of the many reasons to move, the size of your current home is the most common. Many young couples have purchased a cozy two- or three-bedroom, 1,000-square foot home that suits their situation perfectly. The home
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Average Home Prices Trends
Average Home Prices Trends
Average Home Price Up Strongly in 2012
TORONTO, January 4, 2013 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 3,690 sales through the TorontoMLS system in December 2012 – down from 4,585 sales in December 2011. Total sales for 2012 amounted to 85,731 down from 89,096 transactions in 2011.
“The number of transactions in 2012 was quite strong from a historic
perspective. We saw strong year-over-year growth in sales in the first half of the year, but this growth was more than offset by sales declines in the second half. Stricter mortgage lending guidelines resulted in some households postponing their purchase of a home. In the City of Toronto, the dip in sales was compounded by the additional Land Transfer Tax, which buyers must pay upfront,” said Toronto Real Estate Board
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Olla Qita
416.854.4448
Residential Sales Representative
RE/MAX Performance Realty Inc., Brokerage