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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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The Graff Girls Know: Characteristics, Wants and Needs Of Millennial
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 11:55:00 AM  in My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  Protect Buyers,  Protect Sellers,  Comfort Living,  Client matters,  Neighbourhood Knowledge
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Millennial

There are different years mentioned for Millennials. Some say Millennials are Born between 1980 to 1994, Others say 1982-2004. Millennials are currently between the ages of 25 and 39.

  1. Knowledgeable first-time home buyers: Millennials are more informed when it comes to renovations, repairs and real estate process than other generations. Since they grew up during the development of the internet, they are very tech and research savvy. They're able to find ways to access important information such as listings, neighborhood reports, HGTV home renovation videos and other types of real estate information on their own. 
  2. In 2019, they will rely on real estate agents to share information that they can't find online such as neighbourhood developments, local market forecasts, local housing regulations and more.
  3. In 2019, online presence will have a huge impact on a Millennial to hire an agent. Having quality testimonials, attractive social media profiles and online tools/resources are important factors that shape their decision-making in hiring an agent.
  4. Buying preferences:  In many instances, Millennials and Boomers are competing for the same home. Some similarities between the groups include a walkable and engaging neighbourhood as well as a smaller home with upgraded amenities.
  5. In 2019, they will account for most of the first-time home buyer market as they gain more purchasing power, acquire higher paying jobs and get married. 

Cheryl Graff              and              Samantha Graff 

416-587-1314                                    416-219-2931

Sales Representative

Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

 

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The Graff Girls Know: Home Ownership
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019, 05:05:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  Comfort Living,  Client matters
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What does it feel like to be a homeowner?

We have quite a bit of experience in this area because we have helped so many buyers get into the home of their dreams.

There's something about that moment when you open the front door to a home that you own -- rather than rent -- that is indescribable. We call it Pride of ownership. It is a wonderful feeling.

Even if you don't feel quite "ready" to make a move, it’s worth taking a look at some of the great homes available on the market right now as The Graff Girls feel an educated buyer is the best buyer.

 

Cheryl Graff                            and                       Samantha Graff

416-587-1314                                                      416-219-2931

Sales Representative

Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

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The Graff Girls Know: The Importance of Communication in Real Estate Transactions
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 11:25:00 AM  in divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  estate sales,  Comfort Living,  Client matters
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Communication

Have you ever worked with someone — a lawyer, an accountant, a contractor — who dropped the ball when it came to communication? Perhaps they failed to return your phone calls promptly or didn’t get back to you when you had a problem or concern.

We can only imagine how frustrating that must be.

In fact, you worry about that very thing when it comes time to select a REALTOR®. So, let us tell you how The Graff Girls work:

  • We return calls and emails promptly.
  • We get back to our clients quickly when they have a problem or concern.
  • We explain everything clearly and answer questions fully.
  • We keep our clients in-the-loop, so they always know what’s happening.
  • Our clients are Our priority.

By communicating effectively, we are able to ensure our clients have a better buying or selling experience. That’s important to us.

So, in the spirit of good communication… call or email us, if you have any questions. We will get back to you right away.

Cheryl Graff                            and                       Samantha Graff

416-587-1314                                                      416-219-2931

Sales Representative

Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

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Have You Ever Wondered What it's Like to Live in a Particular Neighborhood?
Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019, 12:15:00 PM  in divorce and real estate,  estate sales,  Comfort Living
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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

 

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Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd.,Brokerage

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Important Things NOT to Do When Your Home Is On Sale
Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 10:20:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  divorce and real estate,  divorce matrimonial home,  selling a family home,  estate sales,  Comfort Living
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Things not to do

The Graff Girls like to remain positive and suggest what to do to your home when preparing to go to the market.

However, it is also important to be mindful of what you should NOT do.

1) DO NOT OVER IMPROVE YOUR HOME

Call us in if you are not sure what this means.  You are not wasting our time, but you might be wasting your money with over improvements!

2) DON'T CUSTOMIZE YOUR HOME TOO MUCH 

It's up there with over improving your home. Your goal is to attract as many buyers as possible not a customized group. We also remind you here to de-personalize your home.  Remove all family photos and/or degrees and awards that may be out or hanging on walls.  Again, we are happy to come by to discuss and veto your visions if need be. 

You are okay with us being honest and forthright to sell your home for the highest price the market will bear, right?

3) MINIMALISM IS KEY.

It also means you need to minimize your time in the home.  We understand this can be challenging with a family and your pets or when you are at that stage of life of not being able to leave the home as much but if and when you can it is best not to be home.  The buyers and their agent have a relationship and you want them to feel at ease to express all thoughts and feelings. We then can retrieve more precise feedback from their agent and if need be help address any concerns.  You also want them to envision themselves living here and since you do not come with the home...  If you must stay in the home during a showing, we recommend you stay in one room the whole time.  Do not move from room to room as they go around the house; it causes too much chaos and does not allow the potential buyers to feel at ease and connect with the feeling of your home.

4) DO NOT TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY. 

This is a lot easier said than done. Whether someone wants to admit it or not, buying a residential home to live in alone, as a couple or a family is emotional.  Selling is even more emotional. Many buyers have an idea of their dream home and not always the budget, so they may low ball your home to start and you never know how much they might stretch themselves to achieve their dreams.  During that same stretch, they may say some negative things about the home just to justify their budget and to make themselves feel better if they are not able to purchase your home. 

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Staging Makes A Difference
Posted on Thu, 21 Feb 2019, 08:00:00 AM  in 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
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The Graff Girls Know....

Staging makes a difference. 

It’s been said, for every $1 you put in you will receive $2 back on the sale of your home but, not everyone has the budget to hire a professional stager and pay for the furniture.  

 

Here are the 5 Golden Rules of Staging when on a budget. However, we highly recommend you speak to knowledgeable and experienced realtors and stagers first.

 

1) DEPERSONALIZE

Remove all your personal photos and degrees.

 

2) MAXIMIZE

Less is more. You want your place to look as spacious as possible. Clear out the closets. If need be store elsewhere.  Light is important and creates a sense of space. Be sure shades are open! 

 

4) MODERNIZE

A dated home will receive less. Simple changes can be spraying kitchen cabinets, changing hardware on cabinets, changing bedspreads, towels, shower curtains if you still have them. 

Remove rugs in front of sinks. It makes space appear larger. 

 

5) NEUTRALIZE 

Paint is your Best friend for making a huge difference in a feeling and style for the least amount of money.  Simply put...Keep it neutral. You want to attract a larger market. 

 

Want to know more specific tips for staging?

Contact The Graff Girls. We will go room by room with you to maximize your home sale! 

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Can our home be listed for sale with only one spouse's signature?
Posted on Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 11:50:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home
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answering questions

When divorcing, our clients ask:

“Can our home be listed for sale with only one spouses signature?”

 

The Graff Girls answer: In Ontario, each spouse who is married has a right to ownership and occupation of the matrimonial home and neither spouse can sell or refinance it without the other spouse’s signature.

 

In some cases, where one spouse refuses to sell the home,  their lawyers must get involved and attend court to obtain a court order for sale of the home.  Although this may be an expensive ordeal, it often works and results in a court-ordered sale of the home so that the proceeds may be divided and each spouse may buy a new home and begin their new life post-separation.

 

Cheryl and Samantha are regularly called upon to help divorce lawyers manage the spouses and get the home sold.  From signing the listing agreement, to valuing the home, to staging it for sale, to maximizing its sale price, to moving day, to buying a new home or homes, The Graff Girls do it all for divorcing couples.  Mostly, they do it with integrity, transparency and respect.

 

If you have any other questions, or if you would like any more information on how to handle divorce sales, The Graff Girls are happy to speak to you in confidence. 

 

 

 

 

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What is the difference between a regular realtor and a divorce realtor
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 11:35:00 PM  in divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home
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ASK THE GRAFF GIRLS...

 

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What is the difference between a regular realtor and a divorce realtor 

 

First, it's important to realize you have a legal process underway at the same time as the sale of a home. In regular real estate, the courts are not involved in the sale of a property.

 

In regular real estate, one realtor is representing the sellers together, whether it’s a husband and a wife or any two owners. They usually both have the same goals. This is not the case in divorce real estate. Owners who are going through divorce often have opposing views.The divorce realtor has special expertise in mediating these conflicts while still maintaining a fiduciary position to both.

 

In both regular real estate and divorce real estate, emotions run high.  But in divorce real estate, the stakes are even higher. Anger, distrust and fear are emotions that impact the sale of a home.

 

The Graff Girls have decades of experience dealing with divorce sales and emotionally charged owners and have successfully assisted couples with the sale of their home.

Recently, Samantha and Cheryl helped a husband and wife during their divorce.  The wife arranged for the house to sell. The husband didn’t want to sell. The paperwork had been completed, the photographer sent in, the sign ordered and the stagers booked. But the husband was not willing to cooperate.  The Graff Girls held meetings with the husband, discussed his worries, his wishes and his views.  The house was sold and the husband, with the help of Samantha and Cheryl, bought a new home for him and the children.

 

This is the thank you note from the husband:

“Samantha and Cheryl

I do not know how you both do it but you were so professional.

You never lost your patience or class. 

You made a very challenging situation smoother than I could have imagined.

Thank you for making this transition of life as easy as possible for myself and my children.

We have enough going on and you both made it that much less stressful.”

 

If you are considering divorce, contact Samantha and Cheryl for advice.

Your call is completely confidential. 

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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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