Saturday, August 8, 2020

1971 Bowler Drive, Pickering Freehold TH For Sale

Unbelievable Opportunity For A One Of A Kind Freehold T/H In A Wonderful Pickering Neighbourhood. This Extremely Inviting Home Has An Open Concept Main Floor! Gas Fireplace ! Custom Kitchen W/ Stainless Steel Appliances. Inground Pool With New Liner (2020), 2 Walk Outs To An Upper Level Deck One From Master Bdrm. Professionally Finished Basement W/Laundry Room. Den Can Be Used A 4th Bdrm As Seen. Garage Opens At Both Ends To Park Your Toys !!
S/S Fridge, Stovetop, B/I D/Washer, Front Loading Washer & Dryer, Huge Pantry W/Slide Out Drawers, All Electrical Light Fixtures, All Window Coverings, California Shutters & Ceiling Fan
To book a showing contact Michelle Makos, Royal Heritage Realty Ltd. at 905-831-2222

Friday, July 31, 2020

520 Adelaide Ave. W., Oshawa - Coming Soon to MLS

** COMING TO MLS TUESDAY ** - OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS - Solid 2+1 Bdrm., 2 Full Baths, 2 Kitchen Brick Bungalow in a High Demand Oshawa Area. Large Det. Drive Thru Garage with Access to Paved Area & Loft Above for Storage. Perfect for Contractor or RV Owner. Main Flr offers Bright & Inviting Liv & Din Rms w/ Side Entrance to Deck. Updated Kitchen and 2 Good Sized Bedrms w/ 4 Pc Bath. Head down to the Lower Level ~ featuring a Side Entrance, Lg Liv. Rm & Kitchen, Bdrm & 4Pc Bath. $629,900

Monday, June 8, 2020

Luxury Whitby Home For Sale - 17 Sandpiper

The Epitome Of Luxury. Quality Custom Built Bungaloft On A Secluded Premium Lot. This Grand Home Has Outstanding Features And Attention To Detail. Over 6,500 Sq. Ft. Of Finished Living Space. The Backyard Is A Stunning Oasis That Features A Salt Water Kidney Shaped I/G Pool With Omni Logic System, A Covered Deck With Double Sided Fireplace And Pristine Landscaping. Double Door Main Floor Master W/ 5 Pc Ensuite Overlooking Pool W/Separate Entrance.

Fridge, Thor Gas Stove, B/I Exhaust Fan, B/I D/W, Wine Fridge, Lg F/L Washer & Dryer, Pool Cabana, Tool Shed, 3 Garage Door Openers, Custom Window Coverings, Salt Water Pool W/Jets, Waterfall, Heater, Pool Cover, All Upgraded Elfs,

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Curious of What Home Prices are doing during Covid-19?

Let's keep you in the know of the market.  Sign up today for free emails of listings in your neighbourhood. List Prices and Sold Prices.  It's your largest investment - You deserve to at least know what is going on in the market.

Covid-19 and Your Home Values - SIGN UP HERE

Let's Have a Digital Coffee and Chat Real Estate

52-1958 Rosefield Rd - Pickering - SOLD FIRM

This prime Pickering location townhouse was listing on a Monday and SOLD CONDITIONAL on Tuesday.  After conditions on financing, inspection and Status Certificate were done, I am happy to say it sold in ONE day for 100% of asking price.  Looking to sell in Pickering, call a local Full Time Realtor who can price your home accordingly and market it virtually as well as using social media and other outlets to get you great results !!!  Call today to chat about the real estate market and how I can assist you.  Let's kick Covid-19 to the curb and get back to business.

To view more listings go to House Hunting in Durham Region

Pickering Real Estate & Covid-19

Curious about what is happening in the real estate in #Pickering?  Check out my blog.  Link above.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Motion or Commotion???

How Can “The Largest Board in Organized Real Estate” Conduct Motions in this Manner?  Can someone please explain because right now I am confused.  I am all for change and modernization but what was that??????

Firstly, we approve an Agenda for a meeting that was clearly not followed.  As a matter of fact, we start the By-Law discussion and then cut if off mid way through for the Mayoral Debate YET it clearly stated on the Agenda that the Bylaw Changes were after the Debate.  So what is more important here?  Accomodating a bunch of Mayors who basically had a chat by themselves because the room was half empty.  Secondly, we were in the middle of the By-Law debate when we broke it off to allow for the Mayors little tete a tete.
Voting at AGM
During the wait time, many people actually left !!!   I had two people hand me “RED CARDS”
outside of the room and said I have had enough and this is taking too long, I have to go and left.  Those red cards could not be used or voted.   

So when we reconvene, they then proceed to take the Vote… and it appears to look like a mass of green paper and then a mass of red paper.  Impossible to count clearly.  From my view, it looked like red had more, to the point where a person who voted “for” the Motion said, we lost… so it wasn’t just me.  Then much to my surprise, the President says, we are going to do it again, it is too close to call !!!  Wait, what????  Too close to call?  So we lift our cards again, this time to have 3 or 4 TREB staff wander the room counting pieces of paper in the air. 

How on earth can a Board function like this??  55,000 members and maybe 1,000 they announced were in attendance and at the end of the second vote, they say, the Greens win …. After a bit of an outcry from the members, asking for recorded votes, etc.  They say no the Yes vote wins.  We then ask by how much?  It turns out to be 10 votes.  10 green pieces of paper more…. Really?  That is how we are going to run our Board?

Who monitored if someone held up two pieces of paper?  And I think they said it was 168 to 178 …. Well that barely equals 350 – so what happened to the so called 1,000 people they said were there.  They left !!!   But they can pass a Motion with a 10 vote difference.  And who were these mystery counters????  Treb Staff????  Really????  So 650 people were missing?  Funny, we can register using QR codes on our phones but vote like an episode in the  Flintstones.

To say I am disappointed is putting it mildly.  I also had agents from our office drive from Pickering out to Etobicoke to participate in this process and truly, they were shocked at the way it is done.  How on earth do you expect members to get involved when from the first onset, none of it has followed any kind of protocol.  It was embarrassing.  If this was a Union Meeting, there would be a riot !!!  They would lock the doors during a vote and not have people walking in and out of a Trade Show.  This is our industry and the future of it depends on these Motions and By-Laws.  Shame on you.  Not on the Motions – on the fact that you allowed our Association to become a complete joke !!  I for one, has never seen such a mockery of a vote.  We don’t have other ways to get people to vote?  Electronically, sign a piece of paper and count it at least – but today was a sad day.

I have sat on the TREB Board for 6 years and I know they work for free and they do their best for the most part but what went on today was atrocious and I for one, am ashamed to a member of a Board that conducts themselves like this.  I am sure I am not alone.
Good luck getting more members to vote and participate.  Shame on you !!

Friday, March 22, 2019

A MUST READ - For All Friends and Family of Commission Sales People

Today I decided to write an article to ALL the friends and family of commissioned sales people.  I am sure if you have worked in commission sales, this article will make complete sense and maybe even strike a nerve or two.  I encourage you to read it and share it your family and friends.

Much appreciated !!!


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Open House or Not To Open House?

Ok so here goes !!!  This may not make me many fans in the business but I for one, do NOT believe
Open Houses are for the benefit of the Seller to sell their home, nor are they in their best interest.  Over the years of doing Open Houses, I can tell you that I have spent countless wasted hours sitting in people's homes waiting for the front door to open.  But if you are selling, think about this.... you are letting complete strangers walk through your home (and yes, the Realtor will try and get a phone number and identification for security purposes).. but we are by NO MEANS policing it.

Most agents ask for the information to try and find a buyer who isn't working with an agent to sell them something else.

Many of the people coming through your home at an Open House, are unqualified and/or unrepresented.  Some are nosy neighbours, some are professional "Open Housers" that love walking through strangers home for decorating ideas and some are just driving by and stop to check it out.

I can tell you, if I was selling my HOME, I wouldn't have one.  I would want only qualified buyers coming through with their agent.  What is the point of kicking you out of your home on a Sunday afternoon, so someone can use your home as an office to try and find some new business .. because for the most part that is what they are doing. 

If someone is genuinely interested in buying your home, or viewing it, they will call their agent or the Listing agent (who will ask the appropriate questions).  I would rather have  10 qualified showings than 30 people going through my home that are unqualified and mostly just nosy.

Also there is a security issue.  Homeowners are told not to leave our expensive belongings etc but you never know.  Not only the issue with people stealing or  removing something that isn't theirs but also for the agent sitting in your home alone.  There have been numerous issues where an agent was put in a situation where they shouldn't have because of being in a home all alone.

I am not discounting agents that do them.  Some love them and want to do them and try very hard but for the most part, I think sellers make agents think it is a way of earning their money.  I can tell you that I can spend two hours on the internet at home in my office, promoting and marketing your home to potential buyers way better than sitting in your kitchen waiting for the door to open and then do you know what many of them say walking in???  "How Much is This House?"  Well if you don't even know the price, clearly you are not interested really ... Come on.

I can't tell you how many times I have been asked doing an Open House..."if I buy through you will I get a deal?"  The answer is NO.  You won't get a deal.  I am working for the Seller and if you want a good deal, go find yourself an agent to bring your offer and let's see who comes out on top !

I work for my clients the same way I would want someone to represent me.  They are hiring you with their biggest investment.  Treat it that way.  It is an HONOUR when someone chooses you to sell their home.  Be Honourable !!!  Give them the service they deserve that puts their mind at ease and SERVE them !!!

I know some agents will be annoyed or think I am wrong or they sell a lot of homes by double ending them because they work Open Houses and good for you but to me, my reputation is what I pride myself on.  You can agree with it or not but no one will doubt when they are working with me that I am putting their INTEREST before money and before transactions and awards.

If Mr. Seller doesn't want an Open House, trust me, he isn't missing out on anything.  I also am the same way with signs   Many of my listings do not have signs.  Signs are for agents advertising themselves.  If someone wanted a home on that street, they would be looking at the internet or social media or the newspaper etc.  Signs to me don't sell houses !   Signs get calls from neighbours.  :)  Most of my homes have sold without signs.  Sure it doesn't give me name recognition but it gives me happy clients who want some PRIVACY !  ... The whole neighbourhood doesn't need to know they are selling.  :)

Ok that is my thoughts this chilly Sunday afternoon.  Have a great day and remember, I am always here for a question or to answers any of your real estate needs !

Michelle Makos
Royal Heritage Realty Ltd.

P.S - If you are an agent who puts out signs everywhere, please do us all a favour and pick them up when your Open House is OVER, it makes us all look bad !!!  Especially when I drive by on a Saturday night and see your Open House sign still up from Saturday.  Really?   Great impression !

Featured Post

1971 Bowler Drive, Pickering Freehold TH For Sale

Unbelievable Opportunity For A One Of A Kind Freehold T/H In A Wonderful Pickering Neighbourhood. This Extremely Inviting Home Has An Open...