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How Many Vases Do you Have?
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019, 03:30:00 PM  in 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,  Protect Sellers,  Market 2019,  Renovation,  Client matters,  Neighbourhood Knowledge,  neighbourhood information
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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

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Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

 

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The Graff Girls Know: Home Inspections Are Important
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019, 05:20:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  Comfort Living,  Client matters
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Home Inspection

The Graff Girls Say Definitely worth it! We had a pre-home inspection on a home we just sold. The buyer read the report but decided to have their own inspection done. 


Their agent called to say thank you for having a pre-home inspection as there were no surprises and her clients firmed up the deal without any hesitation! 


SO, SAY YES TO HOME INSPECTION! The home inspection familiarizes the buyer with the mechanics of the home and what to be aware of in future years. For a seller, a pre-home inspection informs them of anything that may need to be fixed prior to putting the house on the market to avoid a buyer asking for rebates after negotiating a deal! 

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: Call To Action.
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 01:50:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  estate sales,  Protect Buyers,  Protect Sellers,  Comfort Living,  Client matters
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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!

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So, if you’re looking for a “make it happen” REALTOR®, give The Graff Girls a call.

   Cheryl Graff                      and                   Samantha Graff

416-587-1314                                             416-219-2931

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Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

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The Graff Girls Know: The Qualities to Look for in a Realtor
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 01:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  estate sales,  Comfort Living,  Client matters
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What’s the most important quality to look for in a REALTOR®?

There are a lot of traits you want to see in a REALTOR®:

  • A friendly, caring attitude.
  • Expertise in the marketplace.
  • Strong sales, marketing, and negotiation skills.
  • A track record of satisfied clients.

The list goes on and on. But, if we were to choose the one most important trait, it would be…

LISTENING

A great REALTOR® really listens to the client’s concerns and desires, so that the entire buying or selling process goes smoothly and successfully.

If you want to work with a REALTOR® with great listening skills, give The Graff Girls a call.

We LISTEN.

                                                                         Cheryl Graff                            and                      Samantha Graff

                                                                       416-587-1314                                                     416-219-2931

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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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We Saved One Client $14,000 and Another $24,000 After Renovating Their Home!!
Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019, 08:05:00 AM  in My services,  divorce and real estate,  Comfort Living,  Savings,  Renovation,  Client matters
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WANT TO KNOW HOW?

No matter what stage of life you are selling your home Cheryl and Samantha want to ensure you maximize your profits. 

HST Rebates are NOT just for new condos and homes. 

There are all sorts of regulations, but Cheryl and Samantha have helped multiple clients renovate with extra savings!  

Here are a few tips: 
1) Keep all your receipts for any renovations within the last 2 years that show you paid HST. 
- Unfortunately, they only refund 2 years or less for work completed

2) The maximum rebate amount is $24,000

3) Speak to an experienced and knowledgeable Rebate Professional. 
- We have a few names for you who have done excellent work for our clients. 

There is so much more to putting a sign in the ground and putting your home on MLS when dealing with Award Winning Realtors such as The Graff Girls. 

Cheryl and Samantha are available to meet and discuss further. 

Contact Us:


Cheryl Graff - cheryl@thegraffgirls.com - 416-587-1314

Samantha Graff - Samantha@thegraffgirls.com - 416-219-2931 

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The best flooring choices for condos
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019, 08:40:00 AM  in condo living,  Floor Choices,  Comfort Living
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Flooring

You have decided to install new flooring in your condominium or update the flooring before you move in. What to buy?

There is more to consider when dealing with a condominium than simply how the floor will look. First, you have neighbors beside, above and under you, and it’s not just how much they might hear you, but how much you might hear them.

Before you start shopping for flooring, The Graff Girls suggest you check into your condominium bylaws.

“With older condominiums, many Boards will absolutely say no to hardwood floors.” You really need to speak to the Board before you do anything else.”

Soundproofing

Noise control is the next consideration. No one likes listening to their neighbors’ pace across a room in high heels or listen to their pounding music. The type of floor and underlay you choose can greatly reduce the sound that travels through the floor.

The key to soundproofing is in the underlay. The Graff Girls suggest you talk to your installer and the sales team if buying a new condo to get their recommendations.

A newer product to the market getting lots of attention is Flexilastic - it is a peel-and-stick sheet coating that reduces impact and airborne sound transmissions. It works great with ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile where sound absorption is really needed.

Carpets

Although carpeting will provide your condo with the best soundproofing, The Graff Girls admit most buyers do not want it, too but if they do, customers seem to go for a tightly woven wool carpet.

Manufacturers are also creating synthetic carpeting that is more environmentally friendly and a few are actually producing fabric combinations that take softness to a whole new level.

As far as carpet color is concerned, condo owners are sticking to the organic neutrals – greys, and whites but no beige, which “is passé.”

Laminates vs. Hardwood

The biggest craze in condo flooring, hands down is laminate. Today’s laminate looks so much like hardwood, many people would be hard-pressed to know the difference.

There are faux-wood laminates, produced in Europe and in China, that you can’t even tell they aren’t hardwood. They look amazing. Most of our clients are going for the long, wide planks.

The faux hardwood laminates come in a huge selection of colors and options.

The great advantage of laminate flooring is that not only does it have the look and feel of hardwood, but it costs a fraction of the price.

In newer condos, engineered hardwood is not the driving force anymore. Hardwood will always require a lot more maintenance. The Graff Girls have had clients who say their first and only choice is hardwood but, when we show them the laminates, they change their mind.

However, some homeowners will never be convinced away from hardwood, the beauty and feel of hardwood are hard to beat.

Tiling

Tiles that look like concrete are super-hot right now in Europe and gaining momentum here in Canada

These tiles look great and they feature minimal grout joints, so they are easy to clean and almost seamless.

The Graff Girls have noticed the use of tiles that look like hardwood. Another hot trend is decorative tiles for accents.

They look fabulous in larger bathrooms and kitchens. What is vogue right now is moving toward “modular” sizes – rectangular tiles or 12-by-24-inch Size

As a condo owner, you are probably thinking that is way too big for small spaces. Not true. If you avoid dark colors, large tiles can actually make a room look bigger.

A side benefit is that with bigger tiles there are fewer grout joints, so less cleaning.

Vinyl

Vinyl… the word alone conjures up 1950s cheap flooring.  Today’s vinyl is gorgeous and can be pretty pricey.

Although some vinyl flooring choices are quite affordable and look great, others can cost from $18 to $22 per square foot or more.

Vinyl is easy to install and maintain and The Graff Girls recommend it for recreation rooms, offices, gyms or playrooms.

Cork: Yes or No

Made from tree bark, it’s a natural and renewable resource, so it’s environmentally friendly. But is it trendy?

It's not durable at all, and the style is a little outdated.

More questions about flooring? Feel Free to comment below or email or call us here.

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