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How Many Vases Do you Have?
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019, 03:30:00 PM  in Protect Sellers,  Market 2019,  Renovation,  Client matters,  Neighbourhood Knowledge,  neighbourhood information,  Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  selling a family home,  estate sales,  Protect Buyers
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Millennials as Buyers
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 01:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  My services,  Reviews,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  Protect Buyers,  Client matters
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The Graff Girls work with all buyers and recognize what they are about.


Connecting with Millennials does not always come easy to other generations, and it doesn’t help that there are a lot of contradictory opinions and generalizations popping up daily. Millennials are described as both fickle and brand loyal, having short attention spans and laser focus. We’re told in one article that their buying decisions are most influenced by social media and in the next, that they base their buying decisions on peer advice. We’re also told that Millennials aren’t financially stable enough to purchase homes and yet every stat proves otherwise.


In addition to the seemingly contrary information, Millennials have grown accustomed to distancing themselves from traditional processes and channels, and instead, attempt to go it alone.


The Graff Girls have found when working with Millennials we establish a relationship of trust and guidance that makes for a strong bond and a successful turn of events.


Cheryl Graff and Samantha Graff

Sales Representatives

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What Does Sibling Rivalry Have to do with Selling a Family Home?
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2019, 10:55:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services,  THE GRAFF GIRLS STATISTICS,  condo living,  selling a family home,  estate sales
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What does “sibling rivalry” have to do with the sale of a family home?
As it turns out, quite a bit. 
In fact, in our experience, this has proven to be a key part of our work with families who hire us to sell their elderly parents’ home.  
In the last 10 years, we have experienced a significant rise in the number of adult children who have consulted and then retained us to list, stage, sell and close on their parents’ home, either after they have moved into a senior’s residence or, G-d forbid, passed away.  
The sort of work that we have done with families is highly specialized.  Often times, there are many different emotions at play which can influence and sometimes hinder the sale process.  Luckily, as a mother/daughter team, we have decades of experience helping adult children and their elderly parents manage the sale of their home - successfully, speedily and with the least amount of stress.   
We have faced the presence of sibling rivalry play out in our work, which has caused us to become sensitive, skilled and capable in managing the family dynamics.

As we know, siblings generally spend more time together during their childhood than they do as adults. The sibling bond is often complicated and is influenced by factors such as birth order, gender, personality and the relationship that each child had with the parents.  We have witnessed particularly intense family dynamics surrounding the sale of the family home.  At times, this is influenced by financial issues such as inheritances. At other times, the intense emotions stem from unresolved past issues, the loss of the family home or, even worse, the unexpected loss of the parents.

Whatever the underlying issues may be, an experienced realtor who is skilled in family dynamics, diplomacy and estate sales is critical to ensuring that all members of the family are treated equally, fairly and respectfully, whatever the outcome of the home sale is.  
If you are facing the prospect of selling your parents’ family home and/or moving them to a smaller residence such as a condominium, The Graff Girls would be pleased to assist you in transitioning your parents to their new home.  
Call us today at 416-219-2931


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Are Homes on the Rise In Your Neighbourhood
Posted on Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 07:50:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies
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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.  


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Do you have to sell because you got an offer on your scheduled offer date?
Posted on Sun, 26 Aug 2018, 09:50:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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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.  


Samantha Graff.          Cheryl Graff

416-219-2931      426-587-1314


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Want to know more about Bayview & York Mills
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018, 11:20:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  THE GRAFF GIRLS STATISTICS
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Thinking of buying a home at Bayview and York Mills?

The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.  
Did you know this about Bayview and York Mills?
Bayview and York Mills encompasses the area between Yonge Street and Leslie Street, running south from Highway 401 to Lawrence Avenue. 
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “York Mills” stems from the former Town of “York” and the many saw “Mills” that operated in this valley from 1804 until 1926. York Mills had a distillery, a tannery ,a blacksmith shop, 3 churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern, built in 1857, which still operates today as The Miller Tavern. 

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The Graff Girls explain that the transition of York Mills from a rural village to a prosperous neighbourhood started in the 1930's on the hill near St. John's Church and Hedgewood Road area, just south of York Mills Road. The highly respected St. Andrew's College owned the land East of Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue in the early 1920's before moving to Aurora. The property was purchased by St. Andrew's Estates which used the land as a championship golf course until the 1950's. 


This neighbourhood really began to take off as a suburb of Toronto in the 1950’s. In 1952, E.P. Taylor, the wealthy business man and horse breeder, owned a large property which is now the Canadian Film Centre.  


So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here.  Today, York Mills is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots. Many of the original homes built, when the area was first developed after the first World War, were in the Tudor and English Cottage design.  Then mid-century, many sprawling split-level and ranch bungalows were built. 


Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes with a Classical or Georgian style. The infill housing reflects designs mimicking homes in The Bridle Path, one of Toronto’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, located directly south of York Mills. There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.  


Dining in Bayview and York Mills?


As for fine dining, Samantha and Cheryl are very familiar with the exquisite Auberge du Pommier restaurant located on the site of what were originally two woodcutter’s homes from the 1860’s.  The area now boasts many other family style and finer restaurants.  


How are the schools in Bayview and York Mills?


Feel free to ask Cheryl and Samantha about the local schools.  There are several schools, public, secondary, Catholic and private, in the area, including Harrison and Owen Public Schools, St. Andrew’s Junior High, York Mills Collegiate, Loretto Abbey, The Crescent School, The Toronto French School, Bayview Glen and Crestwood School.


What about medical care in Bayview and York Mills?


The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent at North York Hospital, located at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street.  World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.  


Are there nice parks in Bayview and York Mills?


Samantha and Cheryl will tell you that no area in Toronto has better parks than Bayview and York Mills.  The area is known for Edwards Gardens,  Wilket Creek and their many walking trails.  Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.   


You like to shop? 


The Graff Girls say that Bayview Village is the most upscale mall in the GTA.  Then there’s The Shops of Don Mills and Fairview Mall within minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.  






If you are looking for expert advice on the purchase or sale of a home in Bayview and York Mills, the only realtor team to call is The Graff Girls.  


Cheryl Graff ‭416-587-1314‬ 

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
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Divorcing? Tips on Selling Your Matrimonial Home
Posted on Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 11:55:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  THE GRAFF GIRLS STATISTICS,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home
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Divorcing? Tips on selling your Matrimonial Home

Divorce raises many emotional, financial, legal and housing questions. At a time of separation, the spouses have many questions swirling around. It is at this very difficult time that homeowners need neutral, objective and expert advice.

Do I stay in our home?

Can I afford to buy out my spouse?

What can I get if I sell?

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THE GRAFF GIRLS are real estate experts who have helped hundreds of divorcing couples make the right decisions.

Some of their clients decided to stay put. Samantha and Cheryl have helped them set the buy-out price and helped the other spouse relocate nearby.

Some of their clients decided to sell.  In which case, Samantha and Cheryl have helped them maximize their sale price and found them new homes close by.

THE GRAFF GIRLS have a preferred list of professionals that we trust and regularly rely upon for our valued clients.  Samantha and Cheryl work closely with other experts such as stagers, mortgage lenders, financial planners, family lawyers, divorce mediators, therapists and movers.

But the most valuable advice that Samantha and Cheryl give their clients is a careful and balanced review of the emotional, lifestyle, financial and legal considerations for each options.

Do I stay in our home?

THE GRAFF GIRLS have advised divorcing spouses for decades and have helped them navigate this change of lifestyle with ease, speed and integrity. The decision to remain or vacate the family home is a heavy question to answer. Cheryl and Samantha will help you consider all of the reasons to stay, and all of the reasons to sell, so that you have carefully considered all your options. Most importantly, Samantha and Cheryl are familiar with the schools, programs and services in the different parts of Toronto to assist you in considering the consequences on the children.

Can I afford to buy out my spouse?

THE GRAFF GIRLS are award winning realtors who have established their reputation at securing sellers the maximum sale price, but also the very best terms of sale (eg. closing date). This is no small matter.  Samantha and Cheryl encourage and are happy to introduce you to well respected, experienced financial advisors and/or accountant sto help determine your situation. 

What can I get if I sell?

THE GRAFF GIRLS will study the sale prices of all nearby properties sold and then analyze the differences to arrive at the fair market value of your home. They will also help you understand what your net proceeds will be after the sale of the property. That way, you make an educated decision to buyout your spouse.

Before you make any decision regarding the sale of your home, be sure to speak with THE GRAFF GIRLS. Cheryl and Samantha will ensure you consider all your options, and understand the ramifications of each choice. With this information, you are sure to make the right decision that is in your (and your children’s) best interests.

Since 1995, THE GRAFF GIRLS have helped over 1,000 families buy and sell their homes in the GTA. Year after year, they have maintained a high standing across the board of TREB. They were recognized in 2017 as being in the top 1.2% in sales. Source: IMS

How to get in touch:

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931 

Cheryl Graff 416-587-1314 

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Comparing April to May Toronto Real Estate Market
Posted on Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 06:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  THE GRAFF GIRLS STATISTICS
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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.   
Contact us:
Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
Cheryl Graff 416-587-1314


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