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Iris Khodkar & Evelyn Lee Sales Representatives
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage Independently owned and operated
10-1118 Centre Street
Thornhill, Ontario   L4J7R9

Office 905-731-3948Toll Free 1-866-787-1629

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  • Tips on how to Re-energize at home!

    Feeling constantly tired and overcomitted? Here are some tips you can pursue to re-energize to have a better lifestyle! 

    1. Create Inviting Rest Zones 

    Despite all the research proving that an afternoon nap is good for you, its still not seen as acceptable unless you work for yourself or have a progressive employer. Research shows that a quick afternoon nap at the right time can really help you recharge the batteries! Of course there's a trick to napping. For one, it helps if the nap is kept short- however, no shorter than 10 minutes and not too long either! More than 90 minutes could have you feeling groggy. The length of sleep during daytime naps play a crucial role in post-daytime performance. 10-15 minutes on average seems to be the optimum period in terms of improving mental operations, performance, reaction times and subjective feelings of alertness! These improvements are maintained for up to 2 and sometimes 3 hours after the nap. Longer naps of 25-30 mintes leads subjects to being somewhat drowsy and less alert for up to an hour after the nap. The timing of the nap is crucial as well. An ideal time for a nap os suggested to be 6-8 hours after normal waking! 

    2. Tech Bans

    Our minds tend to become overstimulated if we are staring at a screen before bed. Evidence shows that it is beneficial to lose the tech at least a couple of hours before bed. Studies on the effects of bright tablets show that using laptops for up to 5 hours before bed affects the evening's natural rise in melatonin, a hormone that makes us ready for sleep! Repeated exposure to a bright screen over 5 days can delay the body clock by 1.5 hours, meaning you consistently want to go to bed later and sleep in longer. Bright lights from device screens can also cause alertness!

    3. Creative Colors 

    If you intend to sleep or relax somewhere, use natural or self palettes and soft lighting, and induce sleep and redecoration with cozy rugs and throws. If strong colors aren't to your taste, try stark contrasts of black and white! 

    4. Space for Fun! 

    Sometimes we really can't be bothered to get off the sofa and excercies. Yet when we do, we feel so much better for it! Spending time in the outdoors and getting some vitamin D also helps to invigorate us. So try taking advantage of any outdoor areas you have by making them as enticing as possible! 

    5. Home Based Hobbies

    By finding an activity you enjoy and that can totally absorb your mind, it will ultimately help you to re-energize and wake up! Is there something you've always wanted to do, such as painting, gardening or sewing, that you can set up a space for at home? Or is there something you want to get involved in outside the home, such as pottery classes, joining a book club or learning a language? If it's social it might be even more beneficial! Learning a new skill can reinvigorate you! 

    6. Meditation Space 

    The reported benefits of meditation are quite similar to those of the power nap. A regular mediation practice is said to lower the heart rate, improve memory, increase cognitive function, and of course, give you more energy! 

    7. Meal Planning

    If you think that eating badly is making you tired, take a stock of your diet! Choose healthy takeout food, take the time to make meals at home and make time to eat dinner at the table rather than in front of the television or computer. Allow a couple of hours before bed without eating to help you sleep better! 

    Have Questions regarding Real Estate? The Iris and Evelyn team are here to help! With their countless years of buying and selling Real Estate Properties, their experience and knowledge can help you make the right choice!

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  • Tips To Becoming a Real Estate Entrepreneur

    It's always exciting to become a Real Estate Entrepreneur! Almost all markets are both highly active and profitable. Here are some tips on how to start your entrepreneurial venture: 

    1. STUDY THE BROAD MARKET

    Try to figure out if your interest and skill set is most suited in commercial or residential Real Estate. Typically, new entrepreneurs begin with residential because it's less complex than commercial. Also, most people have some experience in residential Real Estate from buying/ dealing with their own home. 

    2. PASSIVE OR ACTIVE INVESTING

    A Passive investor might hold a private loan not secured by Real Estate. Other passive investing is done through seller financing, tax liens, and hard money lending 

    With active investing, you must learn about and decide among several investment strategies. If you strike out as a landlord, you need to understand your options between single-family houses, duplexes, triplexes and quads. Anything less than 5 units is considered a residential property. Do you want a turnkey property or rehab? If it's turnkey, you are going to need to ask yourself if you are going to personally manage and maintain it. Otherwise, you can hire a property manager to look over it. If it's rehab, are you planning to do the work yourself? If not, are you willing to manage subcontractors? Or maybe hire a general contractor? Upon the completion of the rehab, will it become a rental or a flip?

    3.DEVELOP A BUSINESS PLAN!!

    Before you jump in as a Real Estate Entrepreneur, you need to come with a solid business plan. In fact, it's a good idea to have a plan deciding what segment of real estate investing you will start with. Start off with creating a list of your strengths and weaknesses. This includes your current knowledge of Real Estate investing, your work habits, and your skills. Creating this list might seem complicated but it's pretty easy AS LONG AS YOU ARE HONEST WITH YOURELF. The goal is to come up with a plan that exploits your strengths and bolsters your weaknesses OR minimizes your exposure to your weaknesses. 

    The next important section of a business plan is the business' opportunities and threats. An opportunity might be a chance to buy inexpensive property in a neighbourhood being revitalized. A threat could be a major infrastructure project that will disrupt the neighbourhood for months or even years. 

    Other elements that go into a sound business plan are financing, income projections, marketing, and resource funds! 

    4. UNDERSTAND THE LOCAL MARKET 

    Here are some questions to ask yourself in order to understand your local market: 

    - Who are your targeted renters or buyers? 

    - Can most of the local population afford what you plan changing for rent or selling?

    - Does the school district appeal to your target prospect? 

    - Neighbourhood amenities? 

    - What does the local employment picture look like?

    - Is the property in a plain (ex: a flood plain) that could be susceptible to some sort of damage (ex: weather damage) ?

    5. YOU MAKE YOUR MONEY WHEN YOU BUY

    The big benefit that comes from the studying and planning is that you'll know when you find the right property to invest in. Whether you're renting, flipping, or financing, you'll know when all of the required elements are in place. However, always have a plan B. If your flip doesn't work as planned, you need to be able to turn it into a positive cash flow rental. If you finance and the buyer defaults, you need to be able to foreclose quickly and sell at a profit. 

    6. JUST DO IT! 

    The flip side of jumping in without a plan is forever procastinanting! Now is the chance of a lifetime to become a real estate entrpreneur! 

    Have Questions regarding Real Estate? The Iris and Evelyn team are here to help! With their countless years of buying and selling Real Estate Properties, their experience and knowledge can help you make the right choice!

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  • Signs a Home Buyer Isn't Serious

    If statements like " This place is just perfect for us" and "I have to have it" were binding, selling houses would be a piece of cake. Considering that it is hard for home sellers to not get their hopes up when a buyer's admiring their home- only to be dissapointed when the buyer dissapears without a peep, here are some signs that a buyer is not serious about buying your house: 

    The Buyer is Flying Solo

    If a buyer does not have a real estate agent yet, they probably aren't serious about shopping for a home. A buyer's agent come at no cost to the buyer, since the seller pays the buyer's agent't comission. Furthermore, 87% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker, according to a survey conducted last year by the National Association of Realtors of recent home buyers and sellers! 

    The Buyer JUST began Shopping: 

    Typical home buyers take 3 months to buy. So, if a seller is receiving interest from someone on day 1 or week 1 of the house hunt, chances are you won't receive an offer from that person. Many buyers look at a number of houses before they decide what they want. If they're at the early stages in their search you're leess likely to receive an offer. 

    You Met the Buyer at an open House 

    It's less likely that a seller will score an offer from a buyer at an open house. According to a report from NAR, only half of home buyers visit open houses.- and those who may be trying to avoid too much attention by hiding in the herd. Serious Buyers on the other hand  will conduct their search online. Once they find a home they like, they will request a private showing. 

    A (REALLY) Lowball Offer 

    If a buyer offers an unreasonably low sum, there's a sure sign that they do not really want the property. Serious buyers in today's market make their best offer right out of the gate. 

    Lots of Nitpicking 

    Even after the buyer has made an offer and you have accepted it, the buyer still might not be 100% on board with buying the property. For example, if the buyer has a rare inspection contingency and wants you to fix every single little thing that the inspector spots, the buyer might be covering for you to give in and say no, so that the deal falls apart. 

     

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  • Mistakes first Time Home Buyers Fall Victim too Continued!

    Calling all First Time Home Buyers out there! If you're considering buying your first home, you probably want to do a bit of research. Perhaps you'll talk to friends and collegues about potential areas to live in and prices regarding the process. However, that is not enough. You need a much more strategic plan to get that dream house you always wanted. Continuing from our previous "Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Fall Victim too" Blog, below are more common mistakes first home buyers commit and tips on how to avoid making these errors: 

    5. You Do Not Ask For Comparables: 

    A good way to avoid overpayment is to request exactly what you would like to see. If you're shopping for a three bedroom home with two bathrooms, ask to see the houses that sold that match these criteria, then start expanding your search out so that you make a good assessment of the property and area. A good realtor will happily accomodate these requests and help contextualize the rationale behind the sale prices! 

    6. You Do Not Get Pre-approved Mortgage

    Getting a pre-approved mortgage is so simple. You can even do it online. However, there are buyers out there who haven't been pre-approved for a mortgage but have already started their house shoppong. For many, the reason is they want to see what's on the market. But what if your find the perfect home only to lose it because you don't have your financing in place? 

    7. You Do not Bother With an Inspection 

    There was a point in time where any buyer who didn't get a home inspection was considered foolish. These days, however, a request for a home inspection can often mean the difference between winning a bidding war and returning to the house hunt. In a buyers market, where sellers scramble to attract buyers, always make sure you include an inspection as part of your offer. The $300-$800 you pay is well worth it as, very often, inspectors will reveal maintenance issues that need to be dealt with before they become major problems! 

    8. You Forget That Everything is Negotiable 

    While price is set in most real estate transactions, you cannot discent the other terms. Facts like closing dates, fixtures to include or exclude, and maintenance or repairs to be completed before closing day are all up for negotiation. If you find yourself really stuck on one term, examine your purchase contract. Is there another condition that you can be flexible on? If so, let it go. Very often the best deals are the ones where neither party walks away feeling like they won, but instead, walk away feeling like they negotiated well! 

    9. You Get Ambushed By Closing Costs: 

    When you sign and finalize a purchase and sale agreement, the down payment and purchase price are not the only two costs to take into consideration. As a buyer, you will have to factor in other closing costs. A short list of what to consider includes: 

    - Land Transfer Tax 

    - Mortgage Set-up costs (which can include a mortgage related approval, as well as, mortgage desault insurance premises you're putting down less than 20% on the home) 

    - Home insurance premiums 

    - Adjusted utility and property tax costs 

    - Legal Costs 

    - Title Insurance 

     

    To access our previouse blog on Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Fall Victims too, click here!

    Have Questions regarding Real Estate? The Iris and Evelyn team are here to help! With their countless years of buying and selling Real Estate Properties, their experience and knowledge can help you make the right choice!

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  • A Chance to Enjoy an Incomparable Costa Rican Lifestyle!

    Welcome to PACIFICO in Playas Del Coco, Guanacate, Costa Rica! 

    This gated, guarded, and exquisitely planned Resort Community is as exotic as the natural beauty that surrounds it! A short 20-minute drive from the airport, PACIFICO Owners and guests can enjoy many resort style amenities including a private Beach Club with Restaurant & Bar; Health Club & Spa- with tennis courts and conveniences that include The Auto Mercado Center and the Village Shops! This Luxury resort community is built to the highest U.S. Standards offering it's owners and guests the opportunity to experience the incomparable Costa Rican Lifestyle! 

     

    If you're looking to own a property in PACIFICO, well you're in luck! Pacifico L 515 is a beautifully furnished  one bedroom Condo with a Huge Terrace and a Unique visitors entrance to the Bathroom. Overlooking the lively pool and mature grounds of the lifestlye pool area, this third floor 1,178 Square Foot Condo has an open floor plan with an oversized balcony! Enjoy all the amenities that PACIFICO offers of this move in turnkey ready condo either to rent or live in! This condo is situated in building 5 of the lifestyle section of Pacifico and is centrally located to either of the three common pools and poolside Grill. Enjoy top notch amenities like the Beach Club Bar and Restaruant, fitness center and various pools all within quick proximity to the Liberia airport, CIMA hospital, services, restaurants, nightlife and watersports of the area. These 1 bedroom floor plans have proven to be the best bang for the buck for rental income! So start your Costa Rica adventure today! 

    Have Questions regarding Real Estate? The Iris and Evelyn team are here to help! With their countless years of buying and selling Real Estate Properties, their experience and knowledge can help you make the right choice!

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  • Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Fall Victim Too

    Calling all First Time Home Buyers out there! If you're considering buying your first home, you probably want to do a bit of research. Perhaps you'll talk to friends and collegues about potential areas to live in and prices regarding the process. However, that is not enough. You need a much more strategic plan to get that dream house you always wanted. Below are some common mistakes first home buyers commit and tips on how to avoid making these errors: 

    1. You Fall In Love With Home Staging

    In its simplest form, home staging is when the seller declutters and rearranges the furniture to make rooms look bigger. These days, however, some sellers remove almost all their belongings to make room for a staging company to come in and completely redecorate. This results in stunning displays of unblemished design prefection.

    The Problem with this is the huge gap between an idealized way of existing in a home and how we actually live in a home. The trick is to not fall in love with the current decor and to actually imagine where you would put your current belongings. Do this by examining each room to determine if it would actually suit your lifestyle and your furniture. 

    2. You Shop Distracted

    Every parent in the midst of house-buying knows that kids add chaos to an already difficult home shopping experience. While house-shoppoing with kids can mean you miss things, it can also lead to resigned behaviour like settling and bidding on homes out of desperation rather than waiting to find the house that suits your nneeds. 

    To avoid this, consider working with an agent who will double up the showings (take one parent one night and the other parent the next night) or create a plan where one parent views the home while the other entertains the child in the yard. Even better, block off times where both you and your spouse can view a home together by hiring a babysitter. 

    3. You Trust The Floor Plan 

    Most people would assume that if a listing states a room is a certain size, then that must be the measurement. But more often than not, these measurements are not accurate! It's not that the seller or their agent is intentionally trying to deceive. Errors in measurements can be introduced in a number of ways: 

    For example, there have been square footage and room measurements copied number for number from building plans, but the actual measurements of these rooms do not take into consideration that the builder had to change the dimensions to accomodate some behind-the-walls issues. Another issue is when agents and their offices enter imperial measurements using a certain metric setting when another metric setting is used instead. 

    4. You Do Not Investigate The Neighbourhood 

    To avoid certain regrets (like long commutes from home to work for example), make sure you investigate the neighbourhood thoroughly before buying. Check out the local commercial area, talk to neighbours about schools and community centers and walk around to find daycares, coffee shops and the closest take out grub! Also keep an eye out for signs of people like you. Chances are the more you connect with your neighbours, the more you will love living in your home! 

     

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  • Toronto Rainfall Breaks Record High Since 1953

    Toronto Rainfall Breaks Record High Since 1953!

    Rain, rain go away, is what all the Canadians have been singing this spring as water levels have continued to rise.  And so we have been told that April showers bring May flowers, it has been a remarkably wet spring for most Canadians. According to City News, yesterday’s rainfall officially broke the previous record, which was set 64 years ago, in 1953. On May 25, 1953, Toronto saw 34.3 millimetres of rain. This year on Thursday May 25th, 2017, Toronto saw 44.6 millimetres of rainfall through the day. Thanks to all this rainfall and bad weather it has caused many flooding in areas of the city, including the Islands, and has also caused many power outages. The Toronto Island Park is currently closed to the public until at least June 30th, since nearly half of it is under water.

    As we are approaching the last week of May, Environment Canada is reporting a chance of rain every day except for Saturday.

    Don’t forget your umbrellas!

  • Interest Rate Announcement from the Bank of Canada

    The Bank of Canada is sticking with its interest rate of 0.5%, saying uncertainties continue to overshadow the economy's strange-than-expected start to the year. In explaining its decision, the bank highlighted weak wage growth and the softening rate for underlying inflation as examples the economy still has room for improvement. 

    The banks scheduled rate announcement comes after it raised its 2017 growth projection last month following a surprisingly healthy start to the year in areas such as employment, consumer spending and the housing markets. In wednesday's statement, the bank added better business investment numbers to the list 

    The banks statement, however, also predicted that the very strong growth over the first 3 months of the year will be followed by some moderation in the second quarter, even through at the same time it expects the U.S. economy to rebound. The banks statement also said while recent government policy measures on real estate have contributed to more sustainable outlooks for household debt, the rules have yet to have a substantial cooing effet on hot housing markets. 

     

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  • Four Odors you need to eliminate from your Home!

    As Human beings, we tend to be very adaptable. Our noses are especially adaptable to smells that linger around an area for a prolonged period of time. On a cognitive level, you become habituated to the smells and learn to ignore them. Here are some of the most common nose blindness culprits, and how to ban them from your home: 

    1. PETS

    Here's an easy way to detect if your home smells like pets: Do you own them? If the answer is yes, then chances are your home smells like them.

    The first step to cleaning pet odors is to bathe and groom your pets regularly. The next step is to VACUUM! Everytime you vacuum, start with a sprinkle of baking soda on the carpet. Lastly, if urine is an issue, you can use a black light to expose any dried stains. Make sure to use baking soda followed by a half water/ half vinegar solution to neutralize the odor! 

    2. BASEMENT MUSTINESS

    Mustiness is caused by mildew and mold which fortunately eyes can detect. Make sure to do a careful inspection of your basement, from the darkest corner to the surface of every cardboard box or bookshelf! If you find gray or white splatches, it's probably mildew . If it's fuzzy, it's mold.

    A solution one-part bleach to four parts water and some elbow grease will help you scrub away mildew. Although bleach can be used to clean mold too, it usually isnt necessary. A regular household cleaner can perform the trick 

    3. MATTRESS SMELLS 
    Eventually, all the dead skin and body oils that you shed while sleeping are going to build up producing an unpleasnet smell. In order to get rid of the smell, all you neew to do is sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, leaving it for an hour or more and vacuuming it up right after. You can add a couple drops of essential oil to the soda for a pleasant smell! 

    4. FADE FRIDGE AND FREEZER FUNK

    Although you might not notice the odor creep, you may notice your ice starting to taste funny or see those food morsels starting to accumulate in the covers of your fridge shelves. If you see or taste something unpleasant, you can bet others can smell something unpleasant! 

    To get rid of odors from your freezer and fridge , unplug and empty them. Do a thorough cleaning with a mix of hot water and baking soda. Let it air out for 15 minutes. Try wiping it down with vinegar for extra odor elimination and leave doors open for a few days! 

     

    Have Questions regarding Real Estate? The Iris and Evelyn team are here to help! With their countless years of buying and selling Real Estate Properties, their experience and knowledge can help you make the right choice!

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  • Mother's Day

     Mother's Day

    Within the 365 days of the year, Mother’s Day is celebrated in Canada on the second Sunday of May, each year. Mother’s Day is the one appointed day of the year where in which we express to our mothers just how much we appreciate, respect and the amount of love we have for them. While you should treat your mother special everyday, Mother’s Day is the one-day of the year in which we all must go above and beyond to express just how appreciative and immense our love is for all the mother’s out there. From nurturing to caring, a mother is always there in order to help her children for the better. Taking great care of her kids for so many years, she is the key to your childhood, your family, your successes in life, and who you have simply become today. Mother’s day in simple terms should all be about her. One must think of the things that can bring a smile to her face and shower her with whatever those things may be. Here are a few ideas of how you can show your mother just how special she is to you!

    • Breakfast in Bed
      • You can cook your mother breakfast in bed. Get up nice and early and start the morning off right. Whip up her favourite breakfast before she gets the chance to roll out of bed. This will definitely bring out a smile on her face, as she finally gets to have one morning with breakfast already ready. This will show her how much you appreciate all that she’s done for you.
    • Bouquet of Flowers
      • What does a woman love more than flowers? The answer is simply nothing! Be sure to surprise your mother with the prettiest bouquets of flowers. The most popular Mother's Day flowers include roses, tulips, lilies, daffodils, orchids and azaleas. The gift of flowers will show your mother how much you love & appreciate all that she has done for you.
    • Hand Written Card
      • You can always pull out the markers you have in the house to make your mother a homemade card. You can include the top ten reasons why you love her, why she is the #1 mom and many more ideas in which one could think of.

    As these are just some ideas in which you can show your mother how special, loved, and appreciated she is, there are many more ideas that one may think of. Whatever you may decide on, the simple act of appreciation will truly show your mom just how much you love and appreciate her everyday. Mother's Day is a day of celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. This Mother’s day, show your mom just how much you love and appreciate her and treat her like the special woman she is and must be everyday!

Contact Me

Iris Khodkar & Evelyn Lee Sales Representatives
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage Independently owned and operated
10-1118 Centre Street
Thornhill, Ontario   L4J7R9

Office 905-731-3948Toll Free 1-866-787-1629