Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / by Lino Arci
Give Me 30 Seconds and We'll Save a Kid's Life Together.
Welcome to the month of April. By the time you are reading this, you will be deep into it. That means I can’t play any April Fool jokes on you. Never been a fan of those anyway. When I was a kid, my favorite radio station 96 Rock in Atlanta announced they were going to be changing formats and playing elevator music, and for half the day they did that, only to announce it was a big April Fool’s Joke.
Another BIG deal in April is TAX day! Yep! Deadlines for filing those personal income tax returns. I don’t think most people mind paying taxes as long as they are being put to good use. I think it’s the waste that bothers most of us citizens.
Both days I mentioned above are for sure conversation starters, one full of funny stories, the other maybe not so much, but there are a few days more memorable than the day you buy your dream home. That day is supposed t ...
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 / by Lino Arci
Low-interest rates help with affordability but they won't be around forever.
It is inevitable that interest rates cannot and probably should not stay this low forever. It could be in the next six weeks or the next six months, but rates will start to creep up. How the market responds when they do will say a lot about how far the real estate market has to go.
Low inventory is pushing prices higher but a real estate agent knows how to negotiate a win.
When you're buying a house in a hot market, time is of the essence. A beautiful home that is priced well can attract more than one offer. Find an experienced agent who can guide you through the ins and outs of your local market, follow their advice, and you'll be in good shape, even in a seller's market.
It's a difficult market to be picky in but it's OK to have a wishlist.
Just as it can be a challenge to find the right mate, deciding on the right home can be just as difficult. In many markets these days, inventory i ...
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 / by Lino Arci
Who Cares if the Ground Hog Got it Right, Spring is Still Coming! I Promise.
Spring is Springing! Yay! I just came inside from shooting a video outside and WOW! It’s nice out! Yes I realize that when you get this and read it that it could be cold and rainy, but those cold days are just about over. Everyone loves Spring, primarily because it means… summer is near!
For many across this great country though, it’s still COLD, grey, and snowy! One thing is for sure, this winter season is coming to an end. It does every year without fail.
Just like the weather seasons come and go, so do the seasons of life. Are you with me when I say that these seasons seem to come and go faster and faster as well as the time?
Some of life’s seasons will be HOT and others will be COLD, some high and some low. The lows we want to move by quickly, the highs we want to stay in forever. But it’s the low points, those tough times, that I have learned the most from ...
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 / by Lino Arci
With Valentine’s day around the corner, you’re bound to hear the word “LOVE” quite a bit. But one of the most famous sayings, “Home is where the heart is” rings true now as much as in years past.
Buying a home is a lot like falling in love. What does it actually take to fall in love with a home? It’s when you begin casually going to a few open houses, seeing your options, and figuring out what really matters to you. The space you share with those you love often has special features that bring warm feelings the moment you walk through the door. Once you establish your deal breakers (for example, must have two bathrooms, a great kitchen, and a beautiful backyard) you hire a realtor and begin to narrow down your choices. Eventually, you find The One. Things get serious. The next thing you know, you’re signing contracts and pledging to spend the rest of your life (or at least a good chunk of it) with your dream house.
While the home buyin; ...
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 / by Lino Arci
There are three primary housing situations available: purchasing a condo, buying a house, or renting an apartment. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Take a look at the advantages of each—which are also usually the disadvantages of the others.
Advantages of a Condo to a House
Condos are less expensive than Houses
- The average condo price is less than the average GTA house price
- A lower price means a lower down payment and a lower monthly payment.
No repairs and maintenance on the exterior
- While homeowners are busy mowing their lawns, painting the house, trimming hedges, cleaning gutters, raking leaves, and shoveling snow, condo owners are busy hanging out at the pool, taking weekend trips, or simply relaxing at home.
- The exterior of a condo is owned by the homeowner's association (HOA) and maintained both. The owner takes sole responsibility for the interior. But anything outside the front door is of no concern to them. That free up time (and money) fo ...