For Sale: 1366 Sedgewick Crescent, Oakville

LOCATION!! LOCATION!! LOCATION!!

Nestled on a quiet tree lined street in South West Oakville. This gorgeous updated home with large addition features 3 + 1 bedrooms, 3 baths, fully finished basement, large deck overlooking the beautiful large yard and a double car garage. Hardwood floors throughout the main floor, pot lights, maple cabinetry and granite in a contemporary kitchen make this home a joy to entertain in. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this beautiful home!  $1,139,000  MLS #H3160261

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JUNE 28th 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Listed by Jennifer Birch (Keller Williams Edge Realty)

Outdoor Living at its best!

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The summer months are coming up fast and if you’re like many Ontarians, you’re anticipating the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. But does your home offer a comfortable place to enjoy the nice weather? Creating additional living space outdoors is one of the hottest growing trends in home renovation. With a host of creative and functional ways to make outdoor living more attainable, there hasn’t been a better time to push your boundaries at home.

If your backyard is a blank slate, the first thing you’ll need to do is build a patio or deck. Composite decks are becoming increasingly popular, offering a low maintenance, longer lasting product for about the same price as standard wood. If space or budget don’t allow such a major under taking, what about a gazebo to create an area for outdoor living? Generally easy to assemble, these year-round sun shelters often have removable nylon or polyester curtains or mosquito netting that can be stored during the winter months. You can find them at just about any major retailer and expect to spend between $400 – $1,000.

The next step to backyard beautification is seating. Outdoor furniture certainly has come a long way in the past decade and the options are almost endless. From traditional wicker to beautiful bamboo, find what works best for your space and needs.

Really make a statement with these outdoor extras:

– Get cooking. Outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now.

– Be bold! If you tend to shy away from bright colours inside your home, this is your opportunity to add a splash of colour.

– Let it flow. If you’re looking forward to some serious relaxation, consider installing a tranquil water feature.

– Light it up. Outdoor mini lights, torches, lanterns and solar lights are all effective at creating ambiance while illuminating your space.

– Add warmth. If the budget and your local by-laws allow, build a firepit for roasting s’mores and staying warm on those cool evenings!

Jennifer Birch – Realtor

Selling your home this Summer

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Thinking of selling your home this summer? It will likely be a terrific time to sell. With the way the markets have been – low inventory, bidding wars, and homes sold for more than asking – selling your home in 2015 definitely has its benefits.

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) cites “tight supply relative to demand” in the Ontario market and CREA further forecasts a price rise of upwards of 2.5% in the GTA, due to lack of supply. And these statistics are common for other part of Canada as well.

So what does this mean for you as you consider selling this summer? There will be a ton of activity immediately for a new listing, so ensure you are ready for the action! Low inventory means that you have to be ready as soon as you list your home. Have everything clean and staged and be prepared for showings.

Expect multiple showings! This also means being ready to leave while potential buyers tour your home. Consider having a friend or family member look after pets during this time as the activity might be stressful to them and you want your home to show its best. Have a checklist so you remember to tidy everything each time before a showing.

Multiple offers are becoming the new norm. Each offer will have its own conditions and offer price so be prepared to read and compare each one very carefully to find the one that suits your situation best.

Real estate agents may advise setting a particular day when offers are accepted and not before. This can increase your home’s desirability and create more and better offers of asking price. It allows you to be prepared for multiple offers and not pick the first offer that comes along.

Your agent will also help you prepare for the flurry of activity your home will receive. And be accessible for them, in case of offers and questions. The first few days are usually the most demanding in terms of your availability. This time can be stressful but with a good agent by your side, the process will be a much smoother one.

Jennifer Birch – Realtor

Cool Phone apps for Home Decor questions

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If you’ve just purchased a new property, part of the fun is choosing exactly the right décor to make your space your own. But mistakes can be time consuming and costly. Fortunately, there are some great apps that help you navigate the decorating jungle.

Available for both iPhone and Android, Houzz is the coolest design app to hit smartphones since Pinterest. Offering a vast array of stunning photos of every room in a home, it allows you to create a custom database of your favourite elements. The images are tagged, so if you need that exact item, you can find out where to buy it. Houzz also provides a list of pros to hire by area and a useful advice area.

BrightNest is a hot free new app just launched at the end of March. Now available for both iPhone and Android, BrightNest is a perfect helper for both first-time and seasoned homeowners that wants a bit of maintenance guidance. BrightNest provides tips and reminders of household chores, like cleaning gutters, but also neat décor tips, like how to use chalk paint or mason jars – or both! Its friendly, colourful interface has a youthful appeal and the tips for quick cleaning and fun decorating projects are customizable to your particular lifestyle.

Have you ever seen the perfect colour, but were never able to find it at the paint store? Maybe the shell pink you always wanted on a magnolia, or the perfect blue on a neighbour’s porch? Now there’s an app to capture that colour and take it with you. Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture and Sherwin Williams‘ ColorSnap are both excellent and easy to use apps that snap pics of whatever colour you love so you can reproduce it in paint. Both are free and available for both platforms.

Jennifer Birch

Get your kids into the garden!

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If you’re looking for a springtime project for you and the kids to tackle this month, turn your attention to the ground. It’s the perfect time of year to plant a tree, create a window box or start a vegetable garden.

If you have a recently moved into a new home, planting a tree is a fantastic way (literally!) to plant your roots at your new address. It’s importance to do some research first, and be sure to involve the kids in this initial step. Find out what kind of soil you have at home, consider how much space are working with and decide how big you want the tree to grow. Some trees that will do well in cold Ontario winters and are good for small to medium-sized backyards include:

Newton Sentry Sugar Maple (12 metres height, spread of 2.5 metres)
Single seen Hawthorn (10 by 4 metres)
Pencil Point Common Juniper (10 by 1.5 metres)
Upright English Oak (15 by 5 metres)

If you don’t have the space for sprawling flowerbeds, container gardening is the way to go. Let your kids help choose the flowers. A good rule of thumb to think of when selecting flowers is this: you need a thriller, some fillers and a spiller. The thriller is your bold, centrepiece plant – purple fountain grass or large red coleus are good options. Next you need your fillers, those that will surround the thriller. Begonias, dusty miller or marigolds would work well. Your spiller is the plant that will eventually cascade over the edges of your container – sweet potato vine and verbena are good choices. Purchase a good quality potting mix and remember that container plants dry out very quickly on hot, sunny days. Let kids take on the responsibility of daily watering.

Finally, teaching children the basics of growing their own food is a lesson they won’t soon forget. Keep it simple and small to start and select a few vegetables they enjoy eating. Peppers, tomatoes, green beans, lettuce mixes and snap peas are good options. Choosing a spot for your garden is an important step – aim for full sun as veggies need 6-8 hours of sun per day. Ask an expert at your local garden centre for tips on perfecting the soil in your vegetable garden.

If you have a crafty kid at home, have them create DIY plant makers for your garden. Pick up plain, wooden paint stirrers at your local hardware store, paint them various colours and write the names of your vegetables on them. You could also find small, flat rocks, paint them bright colours and write the vegetables names on them.

Jennifer Birch

5 Reasons your offer might be REJECTED

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It’s no secret that buying a home can be a stressful experience. From securing financing to scouring online sites for the perfect home, touring open house after open house and finally submitting an offer, there are many “hold your breath” moments as you hope for the desired outcome.

But what happens when that offer is rejected and your dream suddenly crumbles? In the best case scenario, the seller has given some sort of indication as to why your offer wasn’t accepted, arming you with the knowledge you need to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

5 reasons why your offer may have been rejected:

Too many conditions:

It’s pretty common to include a home inspection and financing as conditions on your offer. But if you have also made the offer conditional on the sale of your own home, you might be asking for more than the seller is willing to deal with.

No pre-approval:

A seller wants to be sure that you can actually afford the home they are selling, especially if there are other offers on the table. While a pre-approval doesn’t guarantee financing, it shows the seller you have done your due diligence in preparing to buy a home and aren’t just making an offer on a whim.

The offer was too low:

Let’s face it, everyone wants to get a good deal. But if a home has been fairly priced according to market value and you come in with an offer thousands of dollars below asking price, there’s a good chance the seller won’t even entertain it. The current market is pretty hot, with many homes selling above asking price, so offer the top price you are willing or able to pay for a home off the get-go and hope for the best!

Inconvenient closing date:

If you’re asking for a closing date in less than a month or perhaps longer than 90 days, it may be a deal breaker for some sellers.

Asking for inclusions the seller doesn’t want to include:

It’s fairly common for items like appliances and light fixtures to be included in a home sale. But if you have asked for the crystal chandelier in the dining room that the seller clearly stated was excluded in the sale, don’t be surprised if your offer gets rejected.

Jennifer Birch – Realtor