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Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

Fall 2019 Has Arrived

Getting your home ready for fall is important. It’s time to talk about fall maintenance. There can be a lot to consider, such as maintenance and cleaning both inside and outside of your home. And it’s important to do every year in preparation for fall and winter. Let’s get ready for fall.

Cut The Lawn

This one is simple and you’ll probably have to cut your lawn many times throughout the fall. You want to make sure that you’re ready for the leaves. Keeping your lawn cut and clean of leaves will make sure that when the snow comes you won’t be rushing to get the leaves cleared. Let’s now go inside your home and clean that oven.

Clean Your Oven

This should be done at least once a year and fall is a good time as any. People talk about spring cleaning all the time, let’s also talk about fall cleaning. The winter and fall bring lots of holidays, so having your oven clean means you’ll be ready to cook lots of wonderful meals. And it might also be time to have your fireplace professionally cleaned so you’re ready for those cozy nights.

Get Your Fireplace Ready For Fall

If you have a fireplace you know the importance of making sure its in working order and that means cleaning. You can hire a professional to come and make sure that if there is any maintenance to be done. Then you can have lots of nights by the fire all fall and winter, worry free. Something else to consider getting cleaned would be your Eavestroughs. Though you might want to wait until after all the leaves have fallen.

Clearing Your Eavestroughs

This is good to do during the fall, after the fall and mid fall. You should never neglect your Eavestroughs. Because regular maintenance is important. You don’t want to have a situation where you’re troughs are badly clogged. There are many professionals that will be able to provide this service if you’re not experienced in this area. And now you’re ready for fall. And if you’re thinking it might be time to sell your home, contact me today.

Contact Lori Today

I love helping people find their dream home and that’s something I can do for you. Contact me today and let’s start the journey together, you can reach me by phone or email. I look forward to hearing your wish list and fall maintenance tips, how do you get your home ready for fall?

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Burlington Real Estate Market Statistics for July 2019

July 2019 Statistics Provided by RAHB

The July 2019 statistics were provided by the REALTORs Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). July 2019 saw a 10.9% increase from July 2018 in the sales of residential properties.

Single family homes also saw an increase by 13.1% compared to the same time last year. And it was also reported that the average listing price for a single family home in Burlington increased by 7.2% to $767,293.

We’ll review and summarize the July market statistics for the Burlington real estate market. Below is the first chart, Residential Market Activity, it shows us the sales and average cost of a residential property in Burlington, Hamilton and the surrounding areas.

Residential Market Activity for RAHB Areas
Residential-Market Activity for RAHB Areas July 2019
Residential-Market Activity for RAHB Areas July 2019

The above chart, Residential Market Activity for RAHB Areas, indicates to us that Burlington had a very strong July 2019. Burlington had a reported 276 sales with an average listing price of $767,293.

This clearly shows us that there’s been an increase in both the average listing price and the number of sales. We clearly see this when we compare the number to July 2018.

Let’s now take a look the map below, Average Residential Price by District. So that we can get a better idea of what the month looked like in terms of sales and average price of a residential property in each area.

The Average Residential Price by District 
Average Residential Price by District July 2019
Average Residential Price by District July 2019

The above map, Average Residential Price by District that was provided by the REALTORs Association of Hamilton-Burlington. This map is a great tool when we want to better understand each individual area.

It becomes clear right away that the area with the highest number of residential properties was Millcroft (35). This is Burlington’s most sought after neighbourhood. And the numbers indicate that this remains true for the month with a total of 84 sales. And with an average listings price of $719, 338.

Overall Burlington had a strong July and from the Bay to Highway #5 we can see the evidence of this. The next chart, Burlington Residential Table for a more in-depth look at the numbers.

Burlington Residential Table

Burlington Residential Table July 2019
Burlington Residential Table July 2019

Our final chart, Burlington Residential Table illustrates how Burlington’s market did for the month of July. We can see that there were a total of 359 new listings and 484 active listings.

And with the median price being $700,000 which is only a 1% increase from the same time last year. The market remains very steady as we get closer to the fall market.

Finally we can take a look at the average number of days a property was on the market in July, which was 28 days. Lets now turn our attention to some more RAHB statistics.

RAHB Statistics for July

For the month of July it was reported that there were a total of 1,170 sales of residential properties for the entire RAHB market area. This is a 10.9% increase when compared to the same time last year. And with the average listing price seeing a 0.9% increase from July 2018 to $593,702.

“A yearly real estate cycle sees peaks in spring and fall, with a typically slower summer. Average prices have stayed fairly stable since the spring high, which could point toward a healthy fall market when we could see the number of sales edge higher again.” – RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande .

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about these statistics and for a more in-depth report, please refer to the press release provided by RAHB.

Contact Lori

Now might be the time to contact Lori and she provide more information about market. And Lori can also help you find your dream home. Have you ever wondered what your home is worth? Try the What’s My Home Worth calculator today and find out.

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Cottage and Cabin Trends in Canada

Cottages and Cabins 

Cottage and cabin trends in Canada vary from province to province. Many of us have enjoyed escaping up north or to one of the Great Lakes for a weekend or a few weeks away in the summer. 

There’s just something special about getting out of the city for a while and reconnecting with nature. We get to sometimes even leave technology behind if we choose to and explore the beautiful nature around us. 

The cottage and cabin trends in Canada change with each generation. Today we’ll see what the differences are between Millennials and Baby Boomers. How each generation is using their vacation property, their interest in purchasing one and what that means to the real estate industry. 

A Recent Study about Cottages and Cabin Trends in Canada 

There was a recent study that showed 56% Canadian Millennials are interested in recreation properties. And that these numbers are higher than ever. That the percentage is up 14% from last year where is was 42%. In 2018 91% of these recreation properties were due to Baby Boomers. And they continue to be the driving force in 2019. 

“We are finally witnessing the beginning of a long anticipated generational shift of buying power from Baby Boomers to Millennials. With the high cost of urban living taking many young homebuyers out of those markets, more Millennials are contemplating recreational properties as a viable option for home ownership.” Says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. 

Livability Plays a Crucial Role 

It’s also important to note that in a survey there was a reported 61% that named affordability as the most important factor. While livability also plays a crucial role in their selection process. And there was another 61% of Canadians that indicated that these recreation properties are places they enjoy. And that it’s a place where they can go and relax and spend time with family and friends. 

In the same survey they found that 58% see these recreation properties as a getaway home. While 43% said they take part in activities that they normally wouldn’t at there terminate residence. And 58% of Millennials and 38% of Baby Boomers said that these properties are for those activities. For example some of those activities could be hiking, fishing, boating, etc. 

Atlantic, Ontario and Western Canadians 

We can now take a look at cottage and cabin trends in each region. The study found that 39% of Atlantic Canadians are looking for a property that’s secluded. While 25% of Ontarians and 28% of Western Canadians are looking for properties that are in good proximity to waterfront, towns and medical facilities. 

Travel Time to Recreational Properties 

The survey also discovered that 54% of Canadians travel 2 hours or less to their recreation properties. And that only 22% travel 3 hours or more. It seems that most Canadians want to have that escape from the city, but not have to deal with too much travel time. 

“With recreational properties more in reach today compared to the past, Travelling to your cottage or cabin is often accompanied by the Friday and Sunday rush, meaning increased traffic and longer travel times. Therefor it’s reasonable for buyers to take shorter travel times into consideration when choosing a recreational property.” Says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Atlantic-Ontario. 

Should You Consider a Recreational Property?

This is a great question and with the help of a REALTOR you can figure out if it’s something you’re ready for. There are lots of options depending on location and what your budget it. That’s why it’s so important to work with a REALTOR. 

Contact Lori VanDinther Today 

If you’re ready to start looking for a new home or a recreational property now is the time to contact Lori VanDinther. You can discuss next steps and if you’re curious to see what you home is worth, check out Lori’s What’s My Home Worth Calculator