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Michele Rowland
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RE/MAX Jazz Inc., Brokerage

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Olde Oshawa Charmer on Masson St

781 Masson St, Oshawa - Front Exterior - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Bungalow

Impeccably Maintained & Updated - Gas Furnace, Air Conditioning, Electrical

Beautiful Hardwood Floors & So Much More!

 

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Great Neighbourhood - 3+1 Bedroom Bungalow

940 Mary St N, Oshawa - Front Exterior - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

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 129 Trewin Lane, Bowmanville

 Sold Firm in 7 Days, Multiple Offers!

 129 Trewin Lane, Bowmanville - SOLD - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

 

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1183 Oxford St, Oshawa

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1183 Oxford St, Oshawa - SOLD - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

 

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Should You Update Your Kitchen or Is

It Time To Renovate?

In the real estate listings we often hear of renovations and updates. Both can offer increased market value, especially if it is a washroom or kitchen. There are factors to consider when deciding which option makes sense for you. For example:

How long are you staying?

Can you do the work yourself?

Here are two photos of a kitchen before any updates were made...

Kitchen - Before Updates - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz    Kitchen Eat In Before - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

Although this was a great kitchen, there needed to be some changes in order for it to meet the needs of the homeowners. Below are two photos which show an update that was done - as simple as paint and kitchen hardware - which bought them some time until they could decide what they really wanted in their kitchen...

 Kitchen Sink Updated - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz   Kitchen Stove Updated - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

 After determining what their needs were, their likes vs dislikes, must haves vs wants, the homeowners decided a renovation was needed in order to achieve what they wanted from their kitchen. Below are some photos of their final renovation...

 Kitchen Reno - Stove - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz   Kitchen Reno - Fridge - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

Kitchen Reno - Island - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz   Kitchen Reno - Breakfast - Michele Rowland, Real Estate Refined, Remax Jazz

 If you are wondering whether a reno or an update is a wise move for your home, call me and we can discuss what options best suit your needs. I am always happy to share recommended tradespeople to help you achieve your goals!

Women In Business featured in the Oshawa This Week (March 2013). Michele continues to respond to the ever-changing real estate market while ensuring she is skilled to meet her clients' needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

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10 Things NOT To Do When Your Home Is For Sale And You're Going On Vacation!
Wednesday, 15 August 2012, 11:08:01 AM

Your home is on the market, ready for sale. Spiffed up and ready for the buyers at all times. Unfortunately our market isn't the world's fastest, so putting a sign in the yard and launching a full marketing blitz didn't sell by Day 3. You're coming up on your family's annual vacation and you're not postponing until after the sale. I don't blame you, everyone needs some R&R time and I don't know if the buyer will show up tomorrow or next month, so go, have fun, relax.

But DON'T:

  1. Say "No showings until we return". Like I said, your buyer might be showing up tomorrow, and if they can't get in they'll buy another home. And who knows how long until Right Buyer #2 may appear.
  2. Drop off the grid. I need to be able to reach you if we get an offer. I don't expect you to answer your phone at all times, but don't go somewhere that your cell phone is in constant "Searching for Service" mode.
  3. Set your thermostat to the extremes. Yes, you might save a little money, but you don't want buyers to be uncomfortable when looking at your home.
  4. Forget to get your mail held while you're gone. And if you still get the newspaper, either stop delivery or ask a neighbour to collect for you.
  5. Order anything from Amazon or the like to be delivered while you're gone unless you've made arrangements with the neighbours. Packages sitting on the front steps for days are a signal you're not home.
  6. Post about it on Facebook, or Twitter, or Blog, or LinkedIn or ANYTHING that announces to the world that you're going to be gone. Bad guys have access to social media too.
  7. Forget that your flowers need watered and your lawn mowed. Hire someone if you need to, but don't let the hard work you've done on curb appeal go downhill while you've got your toeas in the sand.
  8. Forget to tell your agent you're leaving town! I'll probably need to alter the showing instructions so you don't have to approve the showings while you're gone.
  9. Forget to take out ALL the trash before you leave. Get the kitchen, the bathrooms, ALL of them. You do not want the first impression of the buyers to be "EWWWWW'" because you forgot about the leftover salmon you tossed before leaving. That also means take care of the dirty dishes and dirty laundry before you go. AND don't forget kitty's super atomic deposits in the litter box and Rover's landmines in the back yard!
  10. Forget to ask a friend to check the locks after showings. Hate to say this, but sometimes agents aren't as careful as they should be about making sure a home is secure before they leave. Going by and checking post showing is something I've regualarly done for clients out of town. Wish it wasn't necessary, but it's good to be cautious.

I could add some more to this list, but you get the drift. Be careful, be available, and leave your home ready for the buyers to fall in love with it!

If you have other questions regarding real estate, please don't hesitate to ask!

Source:
Elizabeth and William Spear
Re/Max Elite, Ohio
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