Susan Scarlett Real Estate

How To House Shop On A Budget!

By: Susan Scarlett

How To House Shop On A Budget!

Tags: Home shopping, tight budget, real estate

  Are you trying to enter the real estate market and casually searching properties online? Somehow all the ones that you can picture yourself living in turn out to be over your budget? The ones with the perfect layouts, big kitchens and barbecue areas in the backyard are really pricey, and you’re frustrated to the max! Somewhere, there must be an awesome home in your price range that m...Read More

Holidays Are Over - Time To Get Back On Track

By: Susan Scarlett

Holidays Are Over - Time To Get Back On Track

Tags: Post-holiday cleaning, decluttering, homeowners

The majority of people have removed all their decorations and holiday items by mid-January, but decluttering after the holidays involves more than just removing the Christmas tree and getting rid of the leftovers in the fridge. Even if you are done with cleaning and back to what you consider “normal”, it’s worth checking one more time to make sure everything is in order. Have you...Read More

What Your Buyer Representative Should Be Doing For You!

By: Susan Scarlett

What Your Buyer Representative Should Be Doing For You!

Tags: Buyer Representatives And Their Duties

Purchasing a home without having your own real estate representative can be a very risky and costly decision. Contracting with a skilled buyer representative will certainly make it easier and less stressful on you when it comes to avoiding the pitfalls and minimizing the risks that can be associated with buying a home. A buyer representative will work with you to select homes that meet your specif...Read More

Downsizing - Is The Timing Right?

By: Susan Scarlett

Downsizing - Is The Timing Right?

Tags: DOWNSIZING, BUYING A SMALLER HOME

Many people decide to downsize at different stages of their lives but how do you know when it’s really the right time for YOU? The most common reason in today’s climate is generally related to retirement, but downsizing is not specific to retirement nor is retiring the only reason that you may consider downsizing. At points in time, people may just realize that their home is simply to...Read More

To Stage Or Not To Stage?

By: Susan Scarlett

To Stage Or Not To Stage?

Tags: Home Staging

Staging your home can contribute greatly to giving a potential buyer that “wow, pick me!” feeling. However, it is not a requirement or necessary for many homeowners. Think about it. Your house is already “staged.” It’s staged according to your personal tastes and how you’ve decided to display your furniture, personal belongings, artwork, etc. While your current ...Read More

Why Isn’t My House Selling?

By: Susan Scarlett

Why Isn’t My House Selling?

Tags: MARKET CHANGE,NOT SELLING,DURHAM REGION,SELLING IN OSHAWA,PRICE,LOCATION,CONDITION

  Are you a current seller who feels that your home has been on the market longer than you ever expected? Perhaps it is time to rethink your selling strategy and spend some time with your listing agent discussing the situation and possible changes to increase the salability of your property. Before we look at some factors that contribute to the length of time that a home might end up being l...Read More

Oshawa Bungalow Sells For 61% Over List!

By: Susan Scarlett

Oshawa Bungalow Sells For 61% Over List!

Tags: Homes in Durham Region,Homes in Oshawa,House Sales in Oshawa,Oshawa Purchase Prices,Multiple Offers

It is no surprise to anyone to hear that house prices have reached an all-time high.  You hear it every day - "the house market in Durham Region is crazy!".  And it's true.  All you need to do is look at a sale that took place in Oshawa last night. The house is a bungalow, with finished basement, located in the Lakeview area.  It was built in 1960.  The prop...Read More

Tips For Protecting Your Home

By: Susan Scarlett

Tips For Protecting Your Home

Tags: Home Protection,Home Security,Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate

    The season is upon us again where getting together with family and friends can mean packing up and leaving town. A false sense of security can lead to heart-breaking events. Do not assume that you are immune from home invasions or unexpected accidents. It is important to take precautions in order to protect what you have worked so hard to obtain. The following is a list of actions ...Read More

Older Homes - Potential Insurance Coverage Issues!

By: Susan Scarlett

Older Homes - Potential Insurance Coverage Issues!

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate,Older Homes,Home Insurance

Some insurance companies may require that certain items be tested, upgraded, and/or replaced before they will issue or renew coverage under a homeowners insurance policy. A couple of the areas that are of concern are wood-burning stoves and fuel oil tanks.   Wood-burning stoves can pose a serious fire hazard if improperly installed or used incorrectly. To mitigate any potential risk, your in...Read More

Aluminum Wiring - Be Assured, Be Armed!

By: Susan Scarlett

Aluminum Wiring - Be Assured, Be Armed!

Tags: Durham Real Estate,Oshawa Real Estate,Home Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring was used extensively in homes that were built in the 1965 to 1976 timeframe.  It was the wiring of builder-choice due to the significant savings when compared to the cost of using copper.  When a number of fires occurred in houses that were built with aluminum wiring, the public and some industries were quick to place the blame on the aluminum.   Builders embraced co...Read More