Get Ready... On Your Mark.... Get Set .... GO !

By: Michelle Makos

Get Ready... On Your Mark.... Get Set .... GO !

Tags: Market update, time to sell, what to do as far as buying, when is best time to list my home, Pickering Homes, Michelle Makos, Fall Market, Real Estate what is happening

Well here we are, .. last few weeks of August and I am sure you are seeing articles about market is slowing down, CREA (Canadian Real Estate Association) announcing less sales in July, blah blah blah.... Well if there is one thing I know for sure ... it is this !   The real estate market will NOT slow down in September and October... they are essentially our second busiest time of the year. &...Read More

WHAT BUYERS NEED TO KNOW

By: Michelle Makos

WHAT BUYERS NEED TO KNOW

Tags: buying a home, buyer representation, what buyers need to read, buying real estate, Pickering realtor, duties of your agent, what your real estate does for you

Hello my house hunting friends ! I cannot tell you how many times in an Open House I am approached by buyers who want to work with me to buy the house.... Let me make this perfectly clear to my website followers and friends.... THE LISTING AGENT WORKS FOR THE SELLER !   You are best represented by having an agent who is not the Listing Agent (such as myself) :) assist you in the purchase of ...Read More

By: Michelle Makos

June 2016 - Durham Average Home Selling Prices Continue To Rise

Tags: Durham House Prices, Whitby Home Prices Surpass Ajax, June 2016 Average Durham Home Price, Michelle Makos, Selling Your Home, Home Evaluation

Check out the average selling price for a home in Durham Region.  Month to month we see steady increases.   Multiple offers still the norm and now with the Feds saying they are going to increase downpayments from 5% to 10% hoping to slow it down - I don't think that will work.   Many foreign investors are buying with more than 10% down regardless.  Who all this is hurting, ...Read More

It's the Wild Wild West Out There

By: Michelle Makos

It's the Wild Wild West Out There

Tags: bidding wars, multiple offers, crazy prices, Whitby, Pickering, Ajax homes, first time buyers, trusting your realtor, real estate wars

I have to say the market is going full steam ahead.   Was in multiples last night again for a client.  Once again we did not improve high enough to win BUT at some point, integrity has to prevail.   How much is too much ???   I seems to me the prices are moving way too high, too fast. People say Realtors are making a killing this year.  Well as a partner in a brokerage w...Read More

Pickering Home Prices Have Doubled Since 2006

By: Michelle Makos

Pickering Home Prices Have Doubled Since 2006

Tags: Pickering House Prices, Pickering Homes, Pickering Market Value, Selling Your Pickering Homes, Pickering real estate investing

If you bought a home in Pickering in Pickering and still own it, you have just won the lottery !   Prices of homes in Pickering have doubled since 2006...   April 2006 Pickering Sold Summary     Compared to the sold stats from April same time 2016   April 2016 Pickering Sold Summary     You can see an average ...Read More

By: Michelle Makos

Durham Region Average Selling Prices

Tags: Durham region average Selling Prices, Average Homes sale prices for Durham Region, Homes in Durham Region House Prices, Market stats for Durham Region for March 2016

The average home selling price in Durham Region has increased 13.8 percent from the same time last year.  Homes are selling in record time and at record prices.  This chart was released by the Durham Real Estate Board showing average home selling prices from March 2016. Thinking of selling your home, please call for an in home evaluation.  I would love to meet with you and show y...Read More

Selling Your Home

By: Michelle Makos

Selling Your Home

Tags: selling your home, multiple offers, bully offers, home evaluations, bidding wars, michelle makos, holding offers,

  Well we all know the market has been busy the last few months and April is no different.  This week I listed a property in North Oshawa.  A nice detached home with single car garage... for $399,900.   To give you some idea, the week prior to this listing a home exactly the same listed for $399,900 the week before and sold for $440,000. So I hold offers from a Thursday to Tue...Read More

By: Michelle Makos

Multiple Offers !! We need more inventory ! This is CRAZY !

Tags: Multiple Offers, Durham Region Housing, Bidding Wars, PIckering Houses, When will this end, Selling your home, real estate market, buying a home with an experience agents

Agents are waiving inspections and financing conditions just to WIN.   If you are the listing agent or the Seller, this is great times but if you are on the other side, it can be rather frustrating.   People ask me all the time, "will this continue?" and the trust to the question is, I simply don't know.   I don't see it slowing down any time soon. We a...Read More

By: Michelle Makos

Can This Ride Continue

Tags: Multiple Offers, DUrham Real Estate Market, Michelle Makos, Bidding Wars

Well as we near the end of May, it would appear there is no end in sight to the bidding wars, multiple offers and craziness in the real estate market. I have been asked numerous times, do I see an end in sight?  Will this last?  What will happen IF .... ALL of these are valid questions.  I too am asking myself, how long can this continue.  Homes are selling for record high pri...Read More

Open Houses

By: Michelle Makos

Open Houses

Tags: Open Houses, Do They Work?

Open Houses ~ Do you think they sell your home or do you think Realtors use them to find clients? I may be stepping on some toes here but I, personally do NOT think doing Open Houses sell your home.   Not that I won't do them if a client wants them but I can think of many reason why they are a waste.   The majority of people coming into Open Houses ~ don't even know the ...Read More