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I pride myself on being a highly energetic, result driven professional. The combination of my experience in customer service, together with a diploma in Business Marketing from Georgian College, has allowed me to develop a progressive edge in today’s real estate market.

Friday, 28 September 2012

September's Final Weekend Events


This weekend will be featuring a few small events that the whole family might enjoy. First up, there is the Pumpkin Festival which will be hosted at Chappell Farms in Barrie on Penetanguishene Road, Just off of Hwy 11, next to the 400. Next, is the Culture Days event, where you can choose to spend this weekend to celebrate your culture, like going to see a Bollywood movie or eating in a Tavern. You can also tryout for under 17 rep soccer teams in Innisfil on the 30th in Innisfil Beach Park. Please see schedules below for more details on all of these events.

Pumpkin Festival

HOURS OF OPERATION
9:00am - 5:00pm


ADMISSION
Weekdays:
$6.00 per person, which includes HST
Children under 2 are free
Weekends & Holidays:
$11.00 per person, which includes HST
Children under 2 are free

ATTRACTIONS
Farmyard animals - Hay Maze - Corn Maze - The Boo Barn

Trike Track - Sand Diggers - Play Area
Pick your own Pumpkin

Added attractions on weekends and holidays:
Magic Shows - Live Entertainment - Jumping Castle (weather permitting)

The Haunted Barn "theme changes yearly"
Agile Canines Performance Team Information

 

Innisfil Rep Soccer Tryouts

Innisfil S.C. Competitive Tryouts for 2012/2013

Age based on 2013 Location Time Dates


Under 9 Boys & Girls Select Born 2004 Innisfil Beach Field 1 9am - 10:30am
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 10 Boys & Girls Select Born 2003 Innisfil Beach Field 2 9am - 10:30am
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 11 Boys & Girls Rep Born 2002 Innisfil Beach Field 1 10:30am - 12pm
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 12 Boys & Girls Rep Born 2001 Innisfil Beach Field 2 10:30am - 12pm
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 13 Boys & Girls Rep Born 2000 Innisfil Beach Field 1 12pm - 1:30pm
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 14 Boys & Girls Rep Born 1999 Innisfil Beach Field 2 12pm - 1:30pm
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 17 Boys Rep Born 1996 Innisfil Beach Field 1 1:30pm - 3pm
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

Under 17 Girls Rep Born 1996 Innisfil Beach Field 1 1:30pm - 3pm
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 6

One Time-$10 Tryout fee - Location: Innisfil Beach Park, Innisfil ON
Innisfil Club Office: 7328 Yonge Street, Innisfil, ON L9S 4B9 info@innisfilsoccer.ca 705-431-4516

 

I hope that everyone has an excellent weekend with their families and friends! Please call me at any time if you spot a property that you like that is for sale while going to these events.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

In The Heart of BC


 
Nanaimo is a city in British Columbia that features gorgeous waters and “bathtub” racing, which is an annual event. You can also get a good taste of a Nanaimo Bar and great views of the Pacific ocean. And you should see the cute homes out here! This week I am visiting BC for a conference and what better place to visit than right here in Nanaimo. Houses range from Detached to Apartments and then to small boats which are in Vancouver!



“Nanaimo is officially known as Harbour City for good reason. Stretched like a long, lean finger along the east coast of south-central Vancouver Island, British Columbia's sixth-largest city gets its identity, history and a wealth of recreation from a lovely, island-sheltered harbour right in the heart of town. Hiking, boating, kayaking, biking and world-class scuba diving and snorkeling are everyday activities at the bustling waterfront, as seaplanes take flight from sparkling blue waters.

Today, Nanaimo is a fast-growing urban centre that is no longer merely the premier gateway to Vancouver Island. A boldly revitalized downtown core, delightful harbour front walkway, sparkling new museum, affordable art galleries, and a wealth of cool shopping and dining alternatives are good reasons to park the car, find accommodations and stay awhile.”

-Tourism BC



So, if you ever want to travel within Canada or your family is trying to get you to go on a trip, take the opportunity to escape to Nanaimo or Vancouver! You won't be disappointed.



-Sarah

Monday, 24 September 2012

Take Charge


 
Have you ever had a person speak down to you, as if you were lesser? Has it ever been done to you by a real estate agent? Some agents may think that they know a lot more than others and can control how you sell your home or what you buy. If you won’t buy something that doesn’t look good on you from Le Chateau or H&M, then why should you buy a home that just doesn’t feel right?

I support the knowledge of the client. If you brush up on your real estate knowledge and current real estate sales, no real estate agent should get in your way. As a client, you are entitled to opinion, suggestions, or even changing your mind about buying or selling your home.

Unfortunately, there are adult bullies that think that their own opinion matters most.  You should never let someone push you around and force you into hastily making a very big decision. If there’s ever an issue will your agent, whether they’re lazy or just plain rude, you can always seek refuge with me. All you have to do is search for homes that you like and if they’re off the market or a bit out of price or commute range, I can give you some suggestions on other houses that fit your criteria. We can look for as long as you need to, there is never any rush and I am always just a phone call away. There will always be an answer.

Never let someone bully you into making big decisions way too fast. If you aren’t satisfied then don’t keep in touch with them. When buying a home, find a real estate agent that fits you and a home that will cater to all of your needs. And, if you ever want a place in the area, just let me know!

 

-Sarah

Friday, 21 September 2012

DIY: Budgeting

Yes, it’s the big word, budgeting. But don’t be afraid, it’s not all as hard as it seems. Follow a few simple rules and you’ll soon be leading a nearly debt-free life. In this blog, you’ll learn about getting ahead on payments, trimming the expenses fat, and how to manage a debt free life.

To begin, go digging for your financial records. Everything from A to Z, pull it out and go over it. Look for all the silly expenses like when you get small decorative items for no reason or maybe you bought an app for your on-the-go device(s). These are the expenses that you shouldn’t feel the need to pay for.

TIP: Don’t buy gas in the morning; it is always about $0.02 higher than what it is at night!

Now, sort them into these categories: Miscellaneous, Gas & Car, Food, Clothing, and Bills. You can add more if you’d like to sort, for example, debit and Visa, or who’s Visa was used for which. Seems like a lot, right? So top making it a lot! Start thinking about what you really need and separate that from what you THINK you need/want. Take responsibility for what you’ve spent on and don’t spend ridiculously after you start up you financing plan.

And that’s what you’re going to do next. Start a plan. Give yourself so much money for certain things. Quit spending your money on chips and chocolate bars when you go to the grocery store. Only pay for what you truly need. And, if you think you “need” over 20 pairs of $100 priced shoes, you may need more help than I can offer. However, if you worked out your budget, you can eventually start buying fancy things like shoes or a certain colour of body paint for the old mustang sitting in the garage – and yes, that’s for all you over spending men out there.

A small spending splurge isn’t going to kill your wallet; it will actually make you work harder in your Financial Success Plan. Now, this plan that I keep talking about, it has to be a visual, physical, in-a-folder plan. Don’t just say you have a plan and not have one to read from. Having a plan will help you better to outline what you have left over from necessary spending and your small trips to the mall.

Once you start paying off your Visa cards and decide maybe you can handle a larger home with a bit of a higher mortgage, come talk to me. I can find you a place where the commute will be less – which saves you on gas – and it’ll be the perfect dream home. I also sell vacant land so if you feel comfortable enough, you can build a dream of your own.

Call or click today and I’ll respond to you asap.

 

-Sarah

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Winter's Checklist


Another winter is headed our way. It’s about that time again to start cleaning up the yard and putting our summer tools away. Farms have a very big job with this, too. Combines, silos, barns; they all have to be constantly kept up and farmers have to make sure that their livestock don’t catch something from the deep freeze. We want you to have the best winter possible so we put together a checklist for preparing for the winter.

·         Clean and store patio/deck furniture, umbrellas/awnings, and kids’ summer toys.

·         Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime wood before painting again.

·         Check caulk around windows and doors. Follow manufacturer's recommendations to re-caulk if needed.

·         Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed.

·         Wash exterior windows.

·         Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water.

·         Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams.

·         Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.

 
As for all the Friendly farmers:

-         Cover up your machinery

-         Cozy up the livestock

-         Set up rat and other rodent traps when the try to hibernate in the barn

-         Stock up on hay and grains

-         Lock up the silo

-         Put rain or snow repellant on leather saddles

-         Put a heater in the barn

-         Start thinking about next year’s finances

 

We really hope this helps everyone! Winter is tough on us and a few tips here and there couldn’t hurt anyone. So enjoy the cool air. And if your ever in need of a quick move, call me and book a meeting today!

 

-Sarah

 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

What’s a House and What’s a Home?

Last week, we purchased a stick-on wall banner from a dollar store that simply states “A House is Made of Walls & Beams, A Home is Built of Love & Dreams” and it made me think, that is something that means a lot to the clients. A home is a place to relax and you want to go see homes that are delicately furnished and plain but still have whimsy. Unless, you know, you like to live under a rock. Anyways, “A Home is Built of Love & Dreams” is a very good quote to live by.

When selling your home, you want others to feel the comfort and relaxation that you had in that home. These buyers are looking for a renewal in life, for a short daring adventure for a lovely home. Whether you’re selling a mansion or just a small piece of land, you should try to keep the property healthy and comfortable; a soft place to land.

If a house is empty, it’s just a house. It has no personality, no interest…it essentially has nothing going for it. But, you choose a professional such as myself who offers home staging services; we can get creative with your décor after moving out all of your important furniture. Don’t get rid of your old things that you’ve hidden away just yet! They’ll be useful in this project. People can get a better idea for size and for ability to arrange their furniture when you leave an old couch with a cover on it, a small table, and a fake bed made of an air mattress, setting milk crate under it, and an old bed sheet set. It’s true when they say a little goes a long way.

Some professionals say not to leave any personal pictures anywhere. It’s a very good suggestion, but instead of personal photos, find landscape photos, print them off the internet, and put them in the frames. In fact, take pictures of your area! That way, they’ll know what’s right around the corner, like parks or a cute boutique. And every time you buy a new frame, keep the production photo, just in case you sell again. Cards are okay to put out, too.

The difference between a house and a home, in my opinion, is a house can be bought; traded or sold. A home is a place where the welcome always feels warm. Memories completely trump an empty space but a buyer won’t know that unless you hint at the good times you’ve shared and the happy beginnings they will have in the home you once had.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Rainy Days and Real Estate


We all know that a nice looking car can seem so much more appealing when water runs down the side of it and washes all the dirt off. Question is; how can rain benefit the real estate business? Houses that have siding instead of brick tend to look a lot cleaner in the rain. Make sure, however, to always clean the siding when selling your home. No one wants to move into a place that always looks dirty. Rainy days also hit a home with a certain natural light. Your home needs to look good in both the sun and in the rain.

If you’re interested in gardening, take advantage of that on the warmer, sunnier days! Small flowers and trees along with statues can make a house look so much more inviting. Rain gives gardens plenty of water which makes plant life look much livelier. As for statues, like cherubs and engraved pathway stones, they become cleaner and stand out more on a gloomy day. Just like today!

Not to mention, the interior must also look good in the rain. You want a feeling of softness and warmth, not an empty, harsh lighted head ache. Try getting a light dimmer or put some lamps in a few rooms to give more variety for a buyer to look at. On rainy days let the lamps be the winner, not the overhead fixture. This goes for both light and dark rooms. Darker rooms need a yellower light to tone it up but in a lighter room setting, they look good in anything, just make sure it looks inviting. The lighting inside should not overly clash with the sun outside, whether it’s rain or shine. Let the lights blend and the house might as well sell itself!

So, if you’ve got a couple of buyers coming in for showings or you’re out looking at homes, both you and them should be able to stop by a place that looks happy in the rain and enjoy your once gloomy day!

Monday, 17 September 2012

"Lazy" Houses on the Market

When to Know Your House is “Lazy”

Let’s face it, it’s a new century and as we come up to the end of 2012, we might all start to rethink about our choice of living space. Some questions to ask are:

Do I feel happy to come home?

Is my commute too far?

Can I afford to move?

Am I too old to be on my own?

Can I afford to keep this house now?

If you start feel excited about the idea of moving, it might be time to. These questions can help answer this gloominess that you’ve felt for so long in your home. First you have to start by searching for a new home, or a few to get an idea of where you want to go in your search. Then, you call a realtor (like myself) and start talking about all the options. You will eventually get through an easy process of finding the perfect place, when suddenly; you think “I have to sell my place now, too!” Over time, some houses don’t stay as appealing asthey were at first which means the house is “lazy”. Feelings of surprise andconcern arise when the flow of other buyers stop wanting to look at your place. Have you considered small renovations? A small action, such as painting can mean a lot to the market value and appeal. In the time that you have lived atthis home, you’ve essentially come to be a part of it. The décor and rooms have caught the fever of your personality and that can be hard to pass on to someone else. You have to make the space neutral, a place to spark ideas and to stir up an other’s imagination. Let’s face it; it is no longer your place. Being a smart seller doesn’t mean that updating your home will be cheap, but it will benefit everyone. And if you are in fact too elderly for these DIY jobs,explain this to your realtor and they will get the house on the right track. Ask and you will receive!

That’s also what I’m here for. My creativity and motivation will get us both far. Visit my Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook pages for some ideas and give me a call assoon as you can. There is always an answer for any buyer or seller. Have a great day to all!

-Sarah

Friday, 14 September 2012

Realtor.ca

Look what I found in my mail today! It is an ad promoting the launch of Realtor.ca’s iPad app and reminding iPhone users that there’s an app for them too! Check out realtor.ca, find a home and call me. Let’s get going on your dream home hunt with the help of Realtor.ca.

Q: Knock, knock! Who’s there?

A: The new REALTOR.ca iPad app which is now available FREE to download from the iTunes App Store!

The new iPad app will provide users with the same functionality and detail they get the REALTOR.ca iPhone app, while taking advantage of the larger screen size and unique user experience of the iPad.

Seems simple, does it not? Everyone needs comfortability and ease in their lives, especially when finding a home. That’s where I come in. You can go on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook to find me, I’m literally just clicks away from you! The letter continues on to say…

The iPad’s built-in GPS, allows users to get up-to-date property information, photos and driving directions for properties “Near Me”. Users can also find “New Listings” and if it's a weekend, they can find “Open Houses” based on their GPS location. Properties can be viewed on the map, in list format and either landscape or portrait! Other new features include an expanded search filter for power users.

Just like the REALTOR.ca iPhone app, users can:

Search by location, by MLS number, or through the property search where they can specify the property type, features (number of bedrooms and bathrooms) and the price range for properties anywhere in Canada.

We can find these homes together easily on my site also. Just go to the LISTINGS tab above us and we can get started.

Create a custom “Property Tour” whereby users select the properties they would like to see, pick a starting point and allow the app to plot the most efficient route.

View their list of “Favourites” and “Recently Viewed” properties.

Contact their agent through the “My Agent” feature, or the listing agent, for more information about a specific property. Agents can also be added to the device’s contacts list.

The REALTOR.ca iPad app makes it easier for users to connect with REALTORS® to view, buy or sell a property.

Should you have any questions, please contact

helpdesk@crea.ca.

So, what are we waiting for? Get the app downloaded and when we get together, we can start looking for your ideal home. Call or click as soon as you can!



Sarah Lunn