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Where to find your Realtor?
Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 04:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Where to find your real estate agent?

 

So, you have decided to sell your home.  Now, you have to do your research to hire the best realtor for you.  Here are the various ways to find the best realtor:

WORD-OF-MOUTH

A word of mouth recommendation for a realtor is the most effective form of referral. This is the case for one main reason. Trust. We trust our family, friends and colleagues more than we trust advertising. They will tell it to us straight. They will tell us if the realtor is an expert, professional, easy to work with and good at what they do. 

GOOGLE  

Realtors specialize. The  realtor you hire should demonstrate the areas they specialize in.  Specialization is not limited to an area or neighbourhood but also form of housing such as homes, tear-downs, new builds, condominiums, rentals and land development and also in stages of life such as first time buyers, divorcees, empty nesters, downsizing and estate sales.  So when searching the web  on Google, use key words to help you find the realtor that meets your specific needs. Be aware of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as many businesses, including realtors, will pay large sums for a high ranking for such keyword searches even though they are not truly the right match for you.  So be cautious and carefully review the realtor’s credentials, reputation and experience.  Scroll past the paid ads through to pages 2,3 and 4 will bring you to the realtors who match your search request based on their genuine qualifications.  

 

WEBSITES & BLOGS

 Read the realtor’s website and blog posts. They will provide helpful information about real estate in general, your specific needs and about the credentials and personality of the realtor. 

 

CONCLUSION 

You need to find a realtor who is the RIGHT FIT for you!  Meet and interview a few realtors. Ask lots of questions. Go with your gut. The purchase or sale of your home is a critical life decision. Choose smartly.  

 

Cheryl and Samantha Graff have over 50 years of combined experience in real estate sales in Toronto. THE GRAFF GIRLS are Award Winning realtors with  Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd, Brokerage.

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Divorcing? Tips on Selling Your Matrimonial Home
Posted on Tue, 10 Jul 2018, 11:55:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies, etc.
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Divorcing? Tips on selling your Matrimonial Home

Divorce raises many emotional, financial, legal and housing questions. At a time of separation, the spouses have many questions swirling around. It is at this very difficult time that homeowners need neutral, objective and expert advice.

Do I stay in our home?

Can I afford to buy out my spouse?

What can I get if I sell?

divorce house

THE GRAFF GIRLS are real estate experts who have helped hundreds of divorcing couples make the right decisions.

Some of their clients decided to stay put. Samantha and Cheryl have helped them set the buy-out price and helped the other spouse relocate nearby.

Some of their clients decided to sell.  In which case, Samantha and Cheryl have helped them maximize their sale price and found them new homes close by.

THE GRAFF GIRLS have a preferred list of professionals that we trust and regularly rely upon for our valued clients.  Samantha and Cheryl work closely with other experts such as stagers, mortgage lenders, financial planners, family lawyers, divorce mediators, therapists and movers.

But the most valuable advice that Samantha and Cheryl give their clients is a careful and balanced review of the emotional, lifestyle, financial and legal considerations for each options.

Do I stay in our home?

THE GRAFF GIRLS have advised divorcing spouses for decades and have helped them navigate this change of lifestyle with ease, speed and integrity. The decision to remain or vacate the family home is a heavy question to answer. Cheryl and Samantha will help you consider all of the reasons to stay, and all of the reasons to sell, so that you have carefully considered all your options. Most importantly, Samantha and Cheryl are familiar with the schools, programs and services in the different parts of Toronto to assist you in considering the consequences on the children.

Can I afford to buy out my spouse?

THE GRAFF GIRLS are award winning realtors who have established their reputation at securing sellers the maximum sale price, but also the very best terms of sale (eg. closing date). This is no small matter.  Samantha and Cheryl encourage and are happy to introduce you to well respected, experienced financial advisors and/or accountant sto help determine your situation. 

What can I get if I sell?

THE GRAFF GIRLS will study the sale prices of all nearby properties sold and then analyze the differences to arrive at the fair market value of your home. They will also help you understand what your net proceeds will be after the sale of the property. That way, you make an educated decision to buyout your spouse.

Before you make any decision regarding the sale of your home, be sure to speak with THE GRAFF GIRLS. Cheryl and Samantha will ensure you consider all your options, and understand the ramifications of each choice. With this information, you are sure to make the right decision that is in your (and your children’s) best interests.

Since 1995, THE GRAFF GIRLS have helped over 1,000 families buy and sell their homes in the GTA. Year after year, they have maintained a high standing across the board of TREB. They were recognized in 2017 as being in the top 1.2% in sales. Source: IMS

How to get in touch:

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931 

Cheryl Graff 416-587-1314 

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Comparing April to May Toronto Real Estate Market
Posted on Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 06:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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The Graff Girls have consistently been Award Winning realtors  in Toronto for over 35 years.  Their achievements are a reflection of their expertise, diligence, discretion and strong negotiation skills.
 
 Both Cheryl and Samantha are greatly respected by their clients and peers alike, as is evident by their high level of repeat business and ongoing referrals.  
 
The Graff Girls marketing strategy goes beyond the local market of Toronto via online and print advertising through exclusive Harvey Kalles affiliations. 
 
Toronto's real estate market has had some recent interesting comparable statistics between April 2018 and May 2018. 
*Sales are up 
*Active listings are up
*Average price is up
*Days on market are down 
 
The Graff Girls have well qualified clients to purchase homes in a variety of neighbourhoods.  They would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in the strictest of confidence to provide a free market evaluation of your home.   
 
Contact us:
Samantha Graff 416-219-2931 sammyg@sammygs.com
Cheryl Graff 416-587-1314 cherylgraff@gmail.com
 

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Canada Weekend is almost here!
Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 06:00:00 AM
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ARE YOU STAYCATIONING THIS LONG WEEKEND IN OUR HOME CITY - TORONTO

 

THE GRAFF GIRLS have experienced a variety of restaurants in different Toronto neighbourhoods

Here are our TOP PICKS you might want to checkout this weekend

 

1. La Palma 849 Dundas Street West - Trendy Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood 

http://lapalma.ca/

 

2. Grey Gardens - 199 Augusta Avenue - Kensington Market 

http://www.greygardens.ca/

 

3. Constantine - 15 Charles Street East - Bloor/Yonge/Charles/Yorkville 

http://constantineto.com/

 

4. The Civic Room -  106 Broadview Ave. (Broadview Hotel) - Leslieville

http://www.thebroadviewhotel.ca/food-drink.html

 

5. Lena - 176 Yonge Street - Yonge/Richmond

https://www.lenarestaurante.com/

 

Happy Canada Day! 

Samantha and Cheryl 

The Graff Girls 

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Wow, it has been 30 years since….
Posted on Fri, 02 May 2014, 08:42:48 PM  in Reviews
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Having grown up in the Bayview and York Mills area, my visits to Bayview Village started over 30 years ago. Hence, I have witnessed quite the transformation of this mall.

One visit that has remained consistent is one to The Village Spa. Having a mother in Real Estate it was important that her nail polish was all on or all off! I think that rule was really made by my father but anyways...it was a learned behaviour for me. Presenting, writing up listing agreements, offers and yes, they were hand written with carbon paper for copies back then! So, your hands were seen! You also met with clients face to face, aka as LIVE at all hours!

The first time I went for a real manicure not a polish change, I was a bit nervous as I was not sure what to expect. I didn't love scissors in other people's hands. I had super long hair always and scissors were not a friend to me. The woman who did my manicure was so nice and complimentary she put me at ease right away. Of course, I got red nail polish which I still wear to this day and felt like a princess!

Just before my bat mitzvah, we went for a blow-dry with no haircut. This was a little new to me and I didn't really get it but I tried. Lots of fussing but I figured it's what women do and for those that don't know a bat mitzvah is a right of passage to womanhood. All the girls at school were going to get their hair done or "oh boy", facials at this stage. For me these facials weren't so much fun as they were necessary at this age but they did help make me feel better about myself and I still do them today to keep everything clean and fresh. Adult breakouts stink!

The Village Spa is celebrating 30 years of business at Bayview Village! I thought it was fitting to write and wish them a very Happy Anniversary! How few relationships last 30 years!

Furthermore, being close to Mother's Day and since I obviously can't give my mom a sammyg gift.... Mother's Day Special Packages are now available and you get an awesome BONUS gift with each package purchased!

Mother's Day is next Sunday May 11th! 

Enjoy your time with family! Your mom is always with you even if simply in your heart or memory!

From our family to yours...

Xo The Graff Girls

All you need is us!

The Village Spa

Bayview Village Mall

2901 Bayview Avenue

416-224-1101

thevillagespa.ca

 

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THE GRAFF GIRLS RESTAURANT REVIEW - VITTORIO'S ON AVENUE
Tuesday, 02 July 2013, 08:01:29 AM
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Facebook has encouraged and allowed us the pleasure of reconnecting with friends + colleagues.
I just recently revisited a restaurant I had not been to in many years at their New location Vittorio's on Avenue Road by Davenport
Sadly, Vittorio passed away but his recipes have remained under new ownership with Cicco.
Cicco worked with Vittorio. So, it is no wonder Vittorio's was as wonderful experience, 10 yrs later.
I have been there twice in the last 2 weeks.
Once for drinks + apps - loved my smooth chianti vino + buffalo mozzarella caprese salad + oysters.  Their website says $.99/oysters Monday - Saturday but ours were $1.75. You might want to clarify if it is an old ad or it's only during certain times. I only noticed it by writing this post. :)
The 2nd visit was on a Saturday night - Chicago Hawks/Bruins game. We were fortunate enough to get a table on a beautiful night by the open door and watch the game on the corner tv screen! Made for the perfect win/win date. Too bad that one didn't work out long term :)
Back to the food + vino. I had the special grilled scallops + shrimp that was in a delicious sauce and my date had a salad he loved and a chicken pasta combo.
Our waiter + Cicco himself were fabulous! I will definitely be returning with friends and perhaps another date if you have a fabulous man to introduce me to who loves a great Italian resto near Yorkville.
I might tolerate baseball seeing that the Hockey season is over (yay -CHI-TOWN!) + hey, the Jays are having a nice win streak! Ok ok Blue Jays Blue Jays. LET'S PLAY BALL!
Til my next post
SMILE + enjoy the heat

xo Samantha Graff

aka as the "Youth" in Youth + Expereince = Success!

The Graff Girls - You hire us...You GET US!

137 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

416 924-7441

info@vittorios.ca

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THE GRAFF GIRLS RESTAURANT REVIEW - Salt Wine Bar
Posted on Thu, 16 May 2013, 11:08:58 AM  in Reviews
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Ossington Avenue continues to thrive with restaurant additions such as Salt Wine Bar.

I will absolutely be returning to Salt sooner than later and here is why...

From the moment I walked in I felt relaxed & comfy, yet knew I was in an upscale resto.

Our server catered to us in a relaxed and friendly way. My friends and I were very busy catching up and taking forever to order.

So many amazing fish/seafood choices that I was happy to be dining amongst friends who's palates are unlike my own as I never would have leaned towards what ended up being my FAV tapas of the night - Wild Boar Tacos - an absolute must experience! I continuously am reliving this meal and must return for more!

Although, the server suggested what I am sure was a fab red wine, I just had to go with the California CAB SAV which like the Wild Boar, did not disappoint me at all!

None of our dishes quite frankly were even mediocre. I would order all the same items- buffalo mozzarella cheese + tomatoes w/ OMG maple bacon bits - diver scallops and beef burger without hesitation on my next visit. That being said I have many more must try items such as: grilled calamari

If you need a dining partner for Salt Wine Bar by all means call me!

Enjoy and share your experience as always!

xo Samantha Graff

aka as the "Youth" in Youth + Expereince = Success!

The Graff Girls - You hire us...You GET US!

Salt Wine Bar

225 Ossington Ave

Toronto, Ontario

416) 533-7258

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RED WINES THAT DO NOT BREAK THE BANK
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2013, 09:15:43 AM  in Reviews
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irony wine

 

 

I will have to do more research and ask around about white wines as I only know a few.

So, we will start with red wines and follow up with another post next week!

 

RED WINES

KWV ROODEBERG

$12.45

SOUTH AFRICA

FULL BODIED & SMOOTH

Garnet red colour; minty, dark fruit, vanilla and plum aromas; dry, full bodied palate, with fine acidity and berry flavours.

 

PAINTER BRIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
$13.90

Made in: California, USA 
By: J Lohr Winery

MEDIUM BODIED - FRUITY 


Ruby colour; cassis, blackraspberry and oak spice aromas; dry, medium bodied; generous fruit flavours, balanced acidity with soft tannins and oak spice to finish

 

 

WYNDHAM ESTATES BIN 444 - CAB SAV

$15.45

AUSTRALIA

FULL BODIED, SMOOTH

Deep garnet colour; dry and medium-full bodied with aromas and flavours of cocoa, cassis and eucalyptus; medium tannins. Long finish.

 

IRONY SMALL LOT RESERVE - CAB SAV (2010)

$19.95

NAPA VALLEY

FULL BODIED & SMOOTH

This cabernet sauvignon, by third-generation members of the Indelicato family, provides a lot of flavor for the price. It is chock-full of plum and blackberry fruits with balanced oak flavors and good acidity. Wine of the Week. (Catherine Seda, napavalleyregister.com, Nov. 29, 2012)

 

CATENA MALBEC - VINTAGES

ON SALE TIL APRIL 28,2013 FOR $17.95 REG. $19.95

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA

FULL BODIED & SMOOTH

LIBERTY SCHOOL - CAB SAV

$19.95

FULL BODIED & SMOOTH

The Hope family, owners of Liberty School, helped transform the 'wild west' of Paso Robles into a wine lover's destination, crafting delicious wines like this rich Cab, with its black fruit flavours. A real crowd-pleaser with barbecued fare or a meat lovers' pizza.

 

IRONY SMALL LOT RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010
$19.95

Made in: California, USA 
By: Delicato Vineyards

Full-bodied & Smooth

This cabernet sauvignon, by third-generation members of the Indelicato family, provides a lot of flavor for the price. It is chock-full of plum and blackberry fruits with balanced oak flavors and good acidity. Wine of the Week. (Catherine Seda, napavalleyregister.com, Nov. 29, 2012)

 

RODNEY STRONG CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008

$21.95

Made in: California, USA 
By: Rodney Strong Vineyards 

This Cab has classic blackberry and currant fruit flavors, along with cocoa notes, cassis and dusty mint aromas. Like the more expensive Rodney Strong offerings, this is a very well made, mid-palate wine, with no flabbiness or excessive oak to mar your pleasure. Take it out for a spin with a grilled rib-eye. (Ted Scheffler, cityweekly.net, June 28, 2011)

JUSTIN - CAB SAV - 2010

$33.95

CALIFORNIA

When Justin Baldwin founded Justin Vineyards in 1981, there were fewer than 10 wineries in the Paso Robles appellation. This release features ripe dark plum, raspberry and dried fruit aromas that give way to sweet oak, berry and cherry flavors. A somewhat lean, high-acid style with slightly grippy tannins on the finish. Recommended. (Lynne Char Bennett, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 21, 2012)

 

Let us know your thoughts/feedback

cheers!

THE GRAFF GIRLS

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SUPER EXCITED AND PROUD...
Posted on Mon, 08 Apr 2013, 04:27:03 PM  in My services,  Reviews, etc.
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WE JUST FOUND OUT THE GRAFF GIRLS STATS FOR

JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2013

Out of 36,000 agents in the GTA

- THE GRAFF GIRLS were in the top 6 percentile of units sold

& top .5% of value

 

- THE GRAFF GIRLS sold their homes in an average of 6.5 DAYS compared to the overall average of 33.2 days it took to sell a home.

 

- THE GRAFF GIRLS average sale was $1,794,750

- 262% higher than the TREB $495,391 average price

 

- THE GRAFF GIRLS sold their listings at 98.5% of asking price

*stats are from TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

 

A referral is the highest compliment our friends, family or clients can ever give to us. Thank you to all who have continued to pass our names on to their own family, friends, colleagues and/or clients.  Your confidence and support is greatly appreciated.

Cheryl and I look forward to meeting your nearest and dearest in 2013 or when the time is right!

Happy April! May SPRING get its groove on sooner than later!

xo THE GRAFF GIRLS

WHEN YOU HIRE US...YOU GET US!

 


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THE GRAFF GIRLS Restaurant Review #6 - BUONANOTTE
Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 10:12:34 AM
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buonanotte

Buonanotte restaurant is one for your social dining "bucket list"
I had heard lots of "buzz" on Facebook on this trendy Montreal restaurant brought to the Toronto scene by none other than Charles Khabouth.
So,of course, if Charles is involved, Facebook says its trendy, hot and "liked", one must experience.

I booked a table for 4 on my fav night out Thursday, with one committed diner and two "can I let you know night of" kind of peeps.  You know peeps with kids or single workaholics! :).

It ended up being one friend and I.  As we entered the restaurant we felt the energy and vibe, and soaked in the high volume of hip professonal diners, we knew it was going to be a great night!

We were greeted by friendly, attractive hosts, coat check person, bartenders, waiters and one of the owners himself. We were treated with the ultimate gusto!

We bumped into two male friends of mine from high school and one of their colleagues and decided to experience Buonanotte for the first time together.

Complimentary app of cucumber and tomatoes was sent over and if you watch my FB photos or know me I make this at home all the time ie. another FAV dish! I am no chef, but I CAN BAKE and prep little things such as this app. It was tasty and so kind of them to send over. Thank you!

The Italian Cab Sav we chose was smooth, full bodied and went well with all our dishes. So, you also know we enjoyed our night even more.

From my past restaurant reviews I am sure you have noticed I tend to stick to seafood , fish dishes or meat. I was leaning towards their Branzino but when chatting with one of the owners he told me I HAD to try the pizza. Since there were 5 of us sharing all sorts of things it was an easy share item and I gave in.

It was like tasting more than just pizza for the 1st time as we indulged in the nights special pizza and a few others. The special pizza was my fav!  Each bite was a unique and delightful experience as it contained toppings ranging from portabello mushrooms, to prosciutto to smoked salmon. OMG! I want it again, NOW, as I write this review!  Super thin perfectly done crust, light tomato sauce and amazingly, not too heavy but super tasty cheese!  A must try on your visit!  If you like beets, their trio beet salad was fabulous. For those who like lettuce based salads, my friends said the pear, almond one was fantastic too!

Liquors, coffee, dessert all looked great but we were just stuffed and content with wine + cosmopolitan martinis.

Overall, an amazing experience!  We already booked again for this week and again in a few weeks on a Saturday night as apparently it transforms into a fabulous energy pumping night club late night!  Can't wait!!!

xo Samantha Graff

aka as the "Youth" in Youth + Expereince = Success!

The Graff Girls

To book your experience of Buonanotte, YES we highly recommend call 416-599-7246

19 Mercer St.

Toronto, Ontario

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