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Oct 31

Condominiums & Status Certificates

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail  ::  Views (24854)  ::  (13 comments)
If you are considering purchasing a condominium, you will no doubt have heard about status certificates. These are documents which are provided by the condominium corporation you are buying into, which outline a number of things about the condo and the building.... [ more ]
Oct 11

Wowza, problem sloevd like it never happened.

Expert Question posted by Peter Frueh  ::  Views (9332)
I love problems that solve themselves without any input.. [ more ]
Aug 23

What is Land Transfer Tax and how much will it be?

Expert Question posted by Joanne McPhail  ::  Views (12411)
The land transfer tax you pay will depend upon the price of your home.   Here is a great link to do the calculation.  Just enter in the purchase price of your home and it will calculate your land transfer tax. ... [ more ]
May 20

What is one of the best enhancements I can do when selling my home?

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (16520)
Hi,  This is a great question.  Many times it depends upon the house . Some houses can really benefit from curb appeal, that will spike the intrigue and get your potential buyer in the door. Getting advice from an independant ie; stager or designer that... [ more ]
Apr 27

How much do you charge and what would the land transfer fees be on a $320,000 house. I have a client moving in July so I will refer but he wants to know the charge. Will be selling in Barrie and buying in Springwater. Thanks Judy

Expert Question posted by Joanne McPhail  ::  Views (14071)
Hi Judy:  Thanks for your questions and for thinking of me!  Land transfer tax would be $3275.00.  Our fee on a purchase with a mortgage is $900 plus HST and the usual disbursements.  We usually tell clients to budget about $1600 plus the land... [ more ]
Mar 23

Hello Sue, I have a client who wants to repaint the exterior of their home. Its the big "rogers house" at 122 Sunnidale, you may know it? Anyway can you recommend someone for exterior painting that will be reasonable, qualified and do a great job? Stephen Stables Century 21

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (14462)
Hello Stephen, I am familiar with that house and I have always admired it. Are they planning on changing the existing colour because that will influence the price. I have just the gentleman for you that will do a super job. His name is Reuben, and can be found at... [ more ]
Feb 26

How much does it cost for a consultation?

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (13396)
Good morning! Thank you for your inquiry. A paint colour consultation takes approximately one hour. During that time we review your likes and dislikes and how we can enhance the fixed elements of your home. I try to focus on delivering the style or personality you... [ more ]
Dec 10

What is the cost of a colour consultation please and what does it include?

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (13787)
 Hi Thanks for inquiring. A consultation generally takes about an hour sometimes an hour and a half. The flat fee inside the Barrie area is $150.00. During the consultation we review short and long term goals and how to enhance your existing hard elements often... [ more ]
Nov 16

I just had Terry LeClair over to give me an assessment of my house. I mentioned I would like to paint my hallway and he suggested I contact you. What is the cost and when can I book a consultation with you?

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (13268)
Hi , Painting a hallway can be a daunting task. Is yours two storey or open to a foyer below ? These are things that definitely can effect the price.  A great painter to talk to should you decide to go the route of a professional , is Daryl Bedard @ 726-6289,... [ more ]
Nov 8

What Your Lawyer Does on a Real Estate Purchase

Blog posted by Joanne McPhail  ::  Views (27418)  ::  (3 comments)
So what does the lawyer do anyway?  Well, here's a brief list of a few things your lawyer's office is working on behind the scenes, to make your deal close smoothly!  First, we sometimes get contacted by your agent to assist in drafting the Offer, if there... [ more ]
Nov 5

What are some of the upcoming trends?

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (12600)
There are four predominant looks for 2011. 'Farm' which is a new twist on country that's much more simplified and minimalist with natural tones punctuated by small amounts of fresh brights or deep classic navy and brown. 'Order' is a contemporary look that is... [ more ]
Oct 20

What is one of the best enhancements I can do when selling my home?

Expert Question posted by Sue Kay  ::  Views (11835)
The best thing to do is curb appeal. Now everybody talks about curb appeal, but what is that? Anything that enhances the entry way from the driveway on . Always make sure the exterior is very well maintained and de-cluttered around  the front door. If it is... [ more ]
Jul 1

Can I ask a Realtor what the previous home sales were and the amounts they sold for, before I consider an offer?

Expert Question posted by Joanne McPhail  ::  Views (10670)
Hmmm...this is more of a question for a realtor than a lawyer I think...I am fairly sure they can access the last transaction so I believe they can tell you what the Vendors purchased the home for.  I am not sure if they can go back further than that.  If... [ more ]
Jun 21

what would be the separate schools (both elementary level & high school) for this property on 49 Ridgeway Ave ? thanks

Expert Question posted by Joanne McPhail  ::  Views (10606)
Sorry, I do not know the answer to this, however, I believe the school boards have a web site which allows you to do a search by address, to determine what school area you are in.  Try googling the Simcoe County Catholic School Board to find the site! ... [ more ]
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