We are in the “make it happen” business. That’s what clients hire us to do.
When clients need to sell their home quickly, and for the best price, we make it happen.
When clients need to find and buy their next dream home, we make it happen.
When a client wants the entire process to go smoothly and successfully, we make it happen.
How do we make it happen? When we begin working with a client, we ask a lot of questions. It’s important for us to clearly understand what a client really wants. Then, we use our professional skills, training, knowledge, and experience to make it happen!
So, if you’re looking for a “make it happen” REALTOR®, give The Graff Girls a call.
The Graff Girls Look At Different Buyers and Their Wants and Needs:
Generation Xers are born between 1965 and 1979, Generation Xers are currently between the ages of 40 and 54
A.Tech-savvy upsizing: Gen Xers are ready to upsize and they are using the internet to research and communicate with others to do so. Though not as tech-savvy as their Millennial counterparts, they spend about 2hours per day on social media looking for the latest news and keeping in touch with friends. Plus, they are more likely to use mobile than a PC/laptop when searching for a product to buy online (59% mobile vs 54% PC/laptop)
·According to an article from MediaPost.com, “Email is the primary means of messaging but they also like direct mail still…They like Facebook and YouTube, accounting for more than 1.5 billion YouTube views per day."
B.Upsizing preferences: Gen Xers are looking to sell their first home and upsize to accommodate their growing family. Their main focus in 2019 will be to find affordable housing in a family neighbourhood where there are high paying job opportunities so they can grow their families, have education opportunities for their children and save money for the future.
Whatever your age is The Graff Girls understand and respect your needs and wants.
Perhaps you’ve driven through an area and fallen in love with it. Maybe you have a friend who lives in a community you’d like to live in someday.
How do you find out more about that area?
Well, you could Google it and get some preliminary information on that community.
A better and certainly faster and more reliable method is to call The Graff Girls.
You see, we are experts in the marketplace. We can provide you with in-depth information on the things you’ll want to know about that neighborhood before you buy. For example, we can provide details about a neighborhood:
Type and style of homes.
Local amenities such as schools, parks, community centres, etc.
Commuting routes and access to public transit.
Properties currently on the market and recently sold.
And much more.
So, if you’re researching a community that you might like to consider, we can give you all the information you need.
Give us a call.
Cheryl Graff 416-587-1314 or Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
What happens when you list your home with a realtor who is your family or friend ?
As a full time award winning realtor mother daughter team for 23 years, we both receive plenty of emails like this one:
I am writing to you as I am renting my furnished penthouse at XXX steps from Buca, Gusto and Jimmy’s, and wanted to get it on your radar! It’s just been featured as BlogTO’s Rental of the Week. This is a doorman building with a fantastic gym, massive terrace and indoor fob access to Loblaws and Winners. It’s listed with an agent friend however I’m writing to you in case your clients may have interest.
Our clients never have to worry about their property once they retain us as their realtor. We handle the A to Z from staging, to marketing, to showings to selling to selling at the maximum price. Our client do not take back the job of marketing their property. That is our job and we take it very seriously.
If you are considering the possibility of selling or leading your property always remember to hire a qualified realtor you can trust and you get what you pay for always.
The second week of September produced an upward spike in home prices on new properties in desired areas in Toronto.
Just this weekend...
In less than 5 days on the market, a detached home in Avenue Road and Lawrence area SOLD for more than $300K over asking.
In less than 3 days on the market, a semi in Wychwood Park SOLD for more than $150K over asking.
Now you ask, what about the home that sat on the market for months...the home that switched agents...the home that reduced the price...the home that SOLD way below what the owners ever anticipated?
If you hire realtors who are honest, have integrity and are experienced in all markets, they will guide you responsibly. Some realtors will tell you what you want to hear just to get your business. So choose wisely.
If you have any questions about home sales in your area, call THE GRAFF GIRLS for advice you can trust.
What are your options when you do not get the sale price you expected for your home?
This is a common question often asked. This is especially commonplace when using the strategy of holding back offers (ie. delaying the acceptance of offers until a target date to build up hype).
Option one: Stay put, don’t sell and wait to see what the market brings you later. You do not have to sell your home just because you listed it for sale. It may fare better in a subsequent market. With the exception of sellers who are forced to sell due to divorce, death or because they already bought a new home, you are the one in control.
Option two: Accept the highest price, sell and move on. You may sell for lower than expected but you may also be buying at a lower price. Even if you are not, whatever you earn is tax-free.
Option three: Cancel your listing, allow a period of time to pass and then come out as a new listing at a price you are willing to sell your home. That way, your listing is seen as fresh and the DOM (days on market) is low and not a negative factor.
If you need a second opinion on selling your home, let The Graff Girls discuss their sales strategy with you.
Many people struggle with the decision of whether to buy a condo. The stage of your life has a lot to do with the answer to this question. For those in their 20’s and 30’s, the only property that they can afford to own is a condominium. For empty-nesters, it makes most sense to sell the family home and move to a condo. There are many lifestyle considerations that guide this decision.
The following is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of buying a condo.
Amenities: Condos come with underground parking, concierge service, mail service, pools, exercise rooms, party rooms, libraries, computer rooms, business centres, etc. How nice would it be to have a pool for your friends, kids or grandkids to swim in? How about walking into a warm car in the middle of the winter?
Community: In condo living, you get to know your neighbours. Many condos hold social events, classes, card games and shows where you get to meet your neighbours.
No more maintenance: The days of mowing the lawn, shovelling the driveway or fixing the shingles on your roof are over. This is especially ideal if you travel for business or pleasure. You just lock your door and leave all your worries regarding your property to the condo managers.
Location: Although condos are available everywhere, many people are motivated to purchase condos to move into the city and enjoy city life. Very few people can afford to live at the most prestigious locations such as Avenue Road and St. Clair, Yonge and Bloor, King and Bathurst, or Yorkville. There are fabulous condos throughout the city and new ones under development.
Security: Entry into condos is very secure. Guests need to be authorized to enter. Anyone else is unable to enter without the approval of a condo owner. Almost all condos employ lobby security guards.
Comfort: Young or old, healthy or compromised, condo living is for everybody. Parking is underground. Access to all floors is by elevator. The entire space is on one floor. No more stairs, floors or basements.
Affordability: Condos are available in all sizes, neighbourhoods and levels. There are high-rises and low-rises. There are adults-only condos and family-friendly condos. There are condos that permit pets and those that don’t. There are condos on the subway and condos outside of the city. Maintenance fees vary from building to building depending on the number of units and the amenities offered. Condos usually cost considerably less than a home. Choosing the right condo requires careful investigation and research. That is why most people find the right match by using realtors who are most familiar with the condo, the condo manager and the original condo builder. Realtors like The Graff Girls are extremely knowledgable and familiar with condos in Toronto so that your particular lifestyle and economic needs are met by the right condo.
Condo Fees: All condos levy a monthly charge on its owners for services such as maintenance, services, security, garbage removal and landscaping. Condos with lots of amenities have high condo costs. There can also be special assessment for unforeseen expenses. Condos with many units spread the expenses amongst many owners and can be lower. It is critical to seek advice on the quality and quantity of the particular condo’s services when considering options.
Parking: Parking is generally limited. Normally each owner is granted 1 or 2 parking spots. Although there is guest parking, some condos charge for guest parking and prohibit overnight parking.
Elevator: In some condos, the wait for the elevator can be long and frustrating. Moving furniture or large items can be challenging. The elevator always needs to be reserved in advance.
Less Privacy: In condos, walls, ceilings and floors are all shared with your neighbours. Although most condos are constructed with noise prevention, there are cases where the noise from the neighbour is heard. For some, this could be distracting and frustrating.
Rules & Bylaws: Condos have lots of rules. Condos have rules for guest parking, barbecues, door hangings, balcony use, etc. Most of the rules are created in order to ensure a consistent and uniform appearance, as well as the safety and security of the occupants. But for some, the rules could be annoying.
In conclusion, condo living can be amazing, exciting and comfortable. However, in a city like Toronto, with so many options for condo living, it is critical to be guided and advised by a realtor who has the experience, familiarity and expertise in condominiums. The Graff Girls have represented buyers and sellers of condos for the last 25 years and are able to ensure that you make the right choice, to buy the right condo, in the right place, from the right builder, at the right time.
The Graff Girls have consistently been Award Winning realtors in Toronto for over 35 years. Their achievements are a reflection of their expertise, diligence, discretion and strong negotiation skills.
Both Cheryl and Samantha are greatly respected by their clients and peers alike, as is evident by their high level of repeat business and ongoing referrals.
The Graff Girls marketing strategy goes beyond the local market of Toronto via online and print advertising through exclusive Harvey Kalles affiliations.
Toronto's real estate market has had some recent interesting comparable statistics between April 2018 and May 2018.
*Sales are up
*Active listings are up
*Average price is up
*Days on market are down
The Graff Girls have well qualified clients to purchase homes in a variety of neighbourhoods. They would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in the strictest of confidence to provide a free market evaluation of your home.