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Ralph travelled to Ottawa to help this 92-year old senior to sell her home, after she relocates to a seniors residence in Ottawa.

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Hear what this client has to say about working with Ralph Evans as her real estate agent…

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Client Testimonial for Ralph Evans.

This is one of Ralph’s investor clients.  He focuses on buying good quality condo suites across Toronto and renting them out.  He has been a client of Ralph’s real estate practice since 2005.  In that time, Ralph has assisted him and his family with buying and selling condo suites and helped to attract numerous tenants for the suites.  

Ralph ensures that all prospective tenants provide proof of income and employment, provide background information and a credit check.

How can Ralph help you?

Recorded on May 8, 2012

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Web: www.Etobicoke-Homes.com
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Twitter: @AgentRalphEvans

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If you are buying a property along with selling a property, you’ll need to think about sequencing these transactions.

Some people are able to time the sale of the two properties to both close on the same day.  That way the proceeds from the sale of your current property can be directly rolled into the purchase of your new property. 

In today’s real estate market, such perfect timing is not always possible.  If the sale of your currrent property closes first, you will simply recieve cash from the sale, which you’ll need to hold onto until the purchase transaction closes.  If you are planning to transfer your current mortgage to the next property, financial institutions are typically open to allowing up to 3-months before you complete your purchase, but be sure to check the rules on your specific situation.

If the purchase transaction closes before your sale transaction, you are going to need to borrow additional funds for the time between the two closing dates.  Your mortgage broker or lender, can set this temporary financing up for you.  It is an interest only loan.  What this means is that all you’ll be paying  is the daily interest cost, you are not trying to pay down the principal the way you would in a regular mortgage.

If you are looking for a more detailed examination of your situation, please let Ralph know.

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Learn how Ralph Evans uses the REMAX approach to assist you in getting your home sold. This REMAX video explains some key areas of the home to focus on, when preparing your home for sale.

These are the key areas that are most important to home buyers.

– The curb appeal
– Grabbing buyers attention
– Flow
– Remove excess furniture
– Attractive bathrooms and kitchens
– Warm welcoming master bedroom
– Up-to-date flooring

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Here is an informative video produced by RE/MAX that covers a number of key topics that need to be considered when getting your home ready to sell.

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This client has recently completed the purchase of a home with Ralph’s assistance.  He toured dozens of homes during a search spanning about 14-months.  In this time several suitable homes were located.  Encountering numerous bidding wars for popular Etobicoke homes, offers were made on 5-homes, before being successful in buying the right home at a competitive price.  This client will be looking to extensively renovate and modernize the older home they purchased.

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Here is a quick video update for the Toronto and Etobicoke real estate market…

Strong buyer demand and low interest rates are keeping us in a strong sellers market.  The spring market has finished and now we have entered the summer market for real estate…

 

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This is a major decision people need to work out, when making a move. There is no single answer. Ralph Evans can help to discuss the alternatives here to help figure out the approach that will work best for you.

People are generally most concerned about where they will be living in the future. In order to realize those dreams and to be able to move forward with their lives they must sell their current home. This is likely the main source of funds for the future home purchase.

In this video, Ralph looks at this challenge and offers a few potential solutions.

Most people cannot afford to carry two properties for any significant length of time, so some careful planning is necessary to make this work. It will depend on how unique a home you want to move to, how ready your current home is to be sold and the current market conditions.

Bridge financing is available, when you do need to carry two homes, but lets try to avoid that or keep it to a minimum.

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Spring is such a wonderful time to get out and enjoy nature in the city. Ralph visits James Gardens in Etobicoke on a sunny spring morning in May. This is one of the few formal manicured parks of the city, with beautifully maintained floral displays. Naturally, this makes it a favourite spot for brides to come for their wedding day photography. Sunday’s in June are a great time to come and see all the wedding parties battling for the best photo spots.

James Gardens is located on Edenbridge Drive, just off of Royal York Rd, south of Eglinton – in the heart of central Etobicoke. It is one of a chain of parks that follow the Humber River towards Lake Ontario. It is a great place for a walk, bicycle ride or a picnic.

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I’ve put together this driving tour to take you through the neighbourhood.

Come along with me for a quick drive through the Etobicoke neighbourhood of Markland Wood. This enclave of comfortably sized homes is one of Etobicoke’s little secrets. Join me as I drive the loop around Markland Drive a detour into a couple of side streets to give viewers a sense of what the homes in this neighbourhood are all about.

More:


Free Report: Markland Wood Home Prices

A circle of friends

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I was a few minutes early for a showing appointment in the Mimico community of Etobicoke and I checked out the view of the downtown Toronto skyline, from the foot of Miles Rd.

Etobicoke has many wonderful places to explore. One of my favourites is the Etobicoke waterfront. We don’t always think of Etobicoke as a waterfront community. Much of it has been set aside as a strip of parkland. It becomes popular in the warmer weather with walkers, runners and cyclists. A few hardy soles can be found there even in the middle of winter.

What is your favourite spot in Etobicoke?

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Ralph Evans spotlights local business owner, Derek Houghton of The Gallery Studio Café. Located just east of Islington at 2877 Lake Shore Blvd in Etobicoke. Their website is www.thegallery-studio-cafe.weebly.com and they can be reached by phone at 416 253-0285.

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I’ll be hosting a real estate open house on Sunday February 27th, 2011 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM, for the home listed for sale at 57 Beaverbrook Ave. That’s the Glen Agar neighbourhood of central Etobicoke – just to the north and east of the corner of Rathburn and Martin Grove. Its a popular neighbourhood of in demand homes along with outstanding schools such as John G Althouse Middle School.

Hope you’ll have the time to stop by and look at what the owner has done to renovate and modernize this traditional Etobicoke bungalow. By removing a few walls in the kitchen, the main living area has been transformed into an attractive open concept space.

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I had the opportunity to drop in on a successful Etobicoke entrepreneur, Brad Dance of Signs of Success. He has been in the business of making all sorts of signs for over 17-years. Indoor signs, outdoor signs, window signs, car and truck lettering, digital print signs, channel letters, cut vinyl – he can do them all. He starts every project by working to understand where the sign will be placed and how long it needs to last. From there he can recommend the right materials to use in order to create a cost-effective sign.
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He also has digital and offset printing services at his disposal to create a complete solution!

So here is a quick video I put together with him as he gave me a tour of the production facilities.

Brad Dance can be reached at 647 834-7446 or makemesigns@rogers.com

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Edward Ricciardi is the mortgage magician!  He works with clients of all sorts and helps to match them up with the right mortgage for their needs.

Edward Ricciardi
Mortgage Agent
Dominion Lending Centres
Mortgage Connection Inc.
www.EdwardRicciardi.ca

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The real estate statistics were published today, showing that there were 4,337 residential transactions in the Greater Toronto area in the month of January 2011. The average price was $427,037, representing a 4.4% year-over-year rise in value. The average price was down 1.6% from the December 2010 results.

Speaking with other Realtors, the concensus is that there is a real lack of good homes on the market right now. It can be a terrific time to sell your home right now. Homes priced right have a good opportunity to sell for a high price with multiple offers. There is no shortage of buyers out looking for the right place for them!

RE/MAX continues to call for modest growth in the Toronto real estate market for the year ahead.

I’d be happy to educate you more fully on the market and explain how I assist people looking to sell their home or buy a home in 2011.

Here’s a summary chart of the past 20-month’s of Toronto Real Estate…

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A shift is underway in the Etobicoke real estate market from a sellers market to a balanced market.  Find out what this means for buyers and sellers.

Ralph Evans
Etobicoke Real Estate Update

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