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I have condensation on my windows, what do I do?
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018, 09:30:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  condo living, etc.
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With Colder weather upon us if air is not circulating well in your home or condominium condensation will occur.
 

WHAT IS CONDENSATION?

The air contains moisture. The temperature of the air determines how much moisture it can hold, and warm air contains more moisture than cold air.

When warm, moist air comes into contact with either a surface or air that is colder than it is, the warm air is unable to retain the same amount of moisture as it did and the water is released either into the cold air or onto the colder surface, causing condensation to form, quickly followed by mould.

 

Here are some methods to prevent condensation inside your home: 

1) Turn your bathroom fan on when showering and leave on for a few minutes when done 

2) Turn on your exhaust fan when cooking
3) Open a balcony door or window slightly to provide fresh air into the home
4) Circulate air using a fan 
5) Move plants away from windows as Plants release moisture 
6) Run a dehumidifier 
 
The Graff Girls don not just help people BUY and SELL homes they help them keep them living in comfort and health! 
 
Happy Holidays!
Samantha and Cheryl
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Is there an advantage to buying a new condo from the builder versus using my own realtor?
Posted on Sat, 01 Dec 2018, 09:05:00 AM  in My services,  Reviews, etc.
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Is there an advantage to buying a new condo from the builder versus using my own realtor?

Purchasing a new condo is different from buying a resale condo.  Realtors with expertise in condos make a huge difference in protecting buyers, maximizing their purchase and minimizing their cost.  

As one of Toronto's top realtor teams since 1995, clients regularly have Cheryl and Samantha Graff represent them from the early stages of investigating all of the different condo options, to viewing the different sites and floor plans, to studying the historical reputation of the builder and their ability to complete construction on time and to the level of satisfaction of buyers, and then track the progress until closing and occupancy permit.  Their expertise is so widely known that they have strong working relationships with the GTA’s builder's agents.  

It's a good idea to have your own real estate agent accompany you on your first visit to the new condo sales office. There’s no cost to you.  Why? Because the builder (aka the seller) will be responsible for paying the commission. This commission is built into the sale price and the buyer does not save when there is no realtor.  

As experts in condos, Cheryl and Samantha will help you as follows: tggnewcondobuilding

  • Negotiating extras: Want upgraded counter-tops or appliances in that new condo? Need a wall removed or added? What about preferred paint colours? 
  • Recommending financing: Cheryl and Samantha can assist you with a wider roster of mortgage lenders than from the builder.  
  • Overseeing a home inspection: Tempted to forgo a home inspection in a new construction? Don't do it! The number and severity of new-home defects often rival resale home problems. 

Cheryl and Samantha are available to assist you and protect your interests when buying a new condo.  They are knowledgeable about the neighbourhood, construction quality, industry standards, prices and available amenities.   Allow Cheryl and Samantha to give you peace of mind and be in your corner.   

 

Email Samantha or Cheryl                 

Call Samantha 416-219-2931 or Cheryl 416-587-1314

 

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Can our home be listed for sale with only one spouse's signature?
Posted on Wed, 31 Oct 2018, 11:50:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  divorce and real estate, etc.
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When divorcing, our clients ask:

“Can our home be listed for sale with only one spouses signature?”

 

The Graff Girls answer: In Ontario, each spouse who is married has a right to ownership and occupation of the matrimonial home and neither spouse can sell or refinance it without the other spouse’s signature.

 

In some cases, where one spouse refuses to sell the home,  their lawyers must get involved and attend court to obtain a court order for sale of the home.  Although this may be an expensive ordeal, it often works and results in a court-ordered sale of the home so that the proceeds may be divided and each spouse may buy a new home and begin their new life post-separation.

 

Cheryl and Samantha are regularly called upon to help divorce lawyers manage the spouses and get the home sold.  From signing the listing agreement, to valuing the home, to staging it for sale, to maximizing its sale price, to moving day, to buying a new home or homes, The Graff Girls do it all for divorcing couples.  Mostly, they do it with integrity, transparency and respect.

 

If you have any other questions, or if you would like any more information on how to handle divorce sales, The Graff Girls are happy to speak to you in confidence. 

 

 

 

 

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What is the difference between a regular realtor and a divorce realtor
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 11:35:00 PM  in divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors, etc.
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ASK THE GRAFF GIRLS...

 

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What is the difference between a regular realtor and a divorce realtor 

 

First, it's important to realize you have a legal process underway at the same time as the sale of a home. In regular real estate, the courts are not involved in the sale of a property.

 

In regular real estate, one realtor is representing the sellers together, whether it’s a husband and a wife or any two owners. They usually both have the same goals. This is not the case in divorce real estate. Owners who are going through divorce often have opposing views.The divorce realtor has special expertise in mediating these conflicts while still maintaining a fiduciary position to both.

 

In both regular real estate and divorce real estate, emotions run high.  But in divorce real estate, the stakes are even higher. Anger, distrust and fear are emotions that impact the sale of a home.

 

The Graff Girls have decades of experience dealing with divorce sales and emotionally charged owners and have successfully assisted couples with the sale of their home.

Recently, Samantha and Cheryl helped a husband and wife during their divorce.  The wife arranged for the house to sell. The husband didn’t want to sell. The paperwork had been completed, the photographer sent in, the sign ordered and the stagers booked. But the husband was not willing to cooperate.  The Graff Girls held meetings with the husband, discussed his worries, his wishes and his views.  The house was sold and the husband, with the help of Samantha and Cheryl, bought a new home for him and the children.

 

This is the thank you note from the husband:

“Samantha and Cheryl

I do not know how you both do it but you were so professional.

You never lost your patience or class. 

You made a very challenging situation smoother than I could have imagined.

Thank you for making this transition of life as easy as possible for myself and my children.

We have enough going on and you both made it that much less stressful.”

 

If you are considering divorce, contact Samantha and Cheryl for advice.

Your call is completely confidential. 

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Can NEW Appliances increase the value of your home?
Posted on Tue, 02 Oct 2018, 04:30:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  divorce and real estate, etc.
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Can NEW APPLIANCES increase the value of your home? 

 

Home buyers are influenced by many factors, mainly visual.  A kitchen with new appliances is a very attractive feature for most buyers.  Will people pay more for a home because of new appliances ? Probably not.  But will people be attracted to a home that appears updated ? Yes and that then drives buyer interest, multiple buyers and ultimately a raising of the sale price.  

The Graff Girls love to hear when our clients tell us they just replaced their kitchen appliances and laundry machines and prospective buyers love it even more.

 

Call The Graff Girls to maximize your home sale…appliance by appliance. 

 

 

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Are Homes on the Rise In Your Neighbourhood
Posted on Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 07:50:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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ARE HOMES IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE RISE?
 
The second week of September produced an upward spike in home prices on new properties in desired areas in Toronto.  
 
Just this weekend...
 
In less than 5 days on the market, a detached home in Avenue Road and Lawrence area SOLD for more than $300K over asking.
 
In less than 3 days on the market, a semi in Wychwood Park SOLD for more than $150K over asking.
 
Now you ask, what about the home that sat on the market for months...the home that switched agents...the home that reduced the price...the home that SOLD way below what the owners ever anticipated?
 
If you hire realtors who are honest, have integrity and are experienced in all markets, they will guide you responsibly.  Some realtors will tell you what you want to hear just to get your business.  So choose wisely.  
 
If you have any questions about home sales in your area, call THE GRAFF GIRLS for advice you can trust.  
 
 

 

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Should I sell my home now or wait til Spring 2019?
Posted on Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 04:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies, etc.

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Should I sell my home now or wait till Spring 2019? 

 

This is the #1 question that clients have been asking The Graff Girls over the last few weeks. 

 There is risk on both sides.  Yes, the market has softened, but it also rose exponentially in the last 10 years.  It may stay steady or drop.  Some of our clients do not like risk and, since they were thinking of selling in the next few years anyhow, they are selling now.  That is the least risky choice to make. 

 With over 50 years of combined real estate experience in the GTA, we have seen market highs and lows. We also have a positive, but realistic, outlook as we believe Toronto is a highly desirable city to live and invest in. Are there obstacles to a stronger upward market? Absolutely! 

 Want to know what they are and how that affects your home and your neighbourhood? 

 Together we will educate you to maximize your sale price and reduce risk. 

 Book a meeting with us to discuss the sale of your home in the present real estate market versus the spring market. 

 

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Do you have to sell because you got an offer on your scheduled offer date?
Posted on Sun, 26 Aug 2018, 09:50:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies, etc.
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What are your options when you do not get the sale price you expected for your home? 

 

This is a common question often asked. This is especially commonplace when using the strategy of holding back offers (ie. delaying the acceptance of offers until a target date to build up hype).

 

Option one: Stay put, don’t sell and wait to see what the market brings you later. You do not have to sell your home just because you listed it for sale.  It may fare better in a subsequent market.  With the exception of sellers who are forced to sell due to divorce, death or because they already bought a new home, you are the one in control.  

 

Option two: Accept the highest price, sell and move on.  You may sell for lower than expected but you may also be buying at a lower price.  Even if you are not, whatever you earn is tax-free.  

 

Option three: Cancel your listing, allow a period of time to pass and then come out as a new listing at a price you are willing to sell your home. That way, your listing is seen as fresh and the DOM (days on market) is low and not a negative factor.  

 

If you need a second opinion on selling your home, let The Graff Girls discuss their sales strategy with you.  

 

Samantha Graff.          Cheryl Graff

416-219-2931      426-587-1314

 

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Getting to Know The Cricket Club Neighbourhood
Thursday, 16 August 2018, 10:15:00 AM
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Thinking of buying a home in the Cricket Club area?
 
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The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.  
 
Did you know this about the Cricket Club area? 
 
Cricket Club encompasses the area between Avenue Road and Yonge Blvd. running south from Wilson to Brooke 
 
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most charming family oriented neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “Cricket Club”  stems from The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club which opened in 1925 and has been a neighbourhood landmark ever since.  
 
The original homes in this neighbourhood were built during the 1920’s and were a mix of bungalows, Tudor, cottage-style houses and larger Georgian-style homes with spacious centre hall plans.

 

So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here.  Today, The Cricket Club area is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots.

 

Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes.  There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.  

 

Dining in The Cricket Club area

The area boasts numerous options for casual and fine dining with easy access to both Avenue Road and Yonge.  Boutique grocery stores such as Bruno's and Pusateri's as well as Loblaws are minutes away for home dining options, as well. 

 

What about medical care in The Cricket Club area? 

 

The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent. World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.  

 

Are there nice parks in The Cricket Club Area? 

 

Samantha and Cheryl will share with you  The area is known for leisurely street walking due to its mature feeling. Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.   The Cricket Club itself still remains a main destination for many families from dining to recreational activities 

 

You like to shop? 

 

The Graff Girls say between the offerings of boutique shops on Avenue Road and Yonge street you are in the know! Yorkdale Shopping Mall Is an easy pop on the 401 and only 5 minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.  

 

If you are looking for expert advice on the purchase or sale of a home in The Cricket Club area, the only realtor team to call is The Graff Girls.  

 

Cheryl Graff ‭416-587-1314‬ 

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
 
TOP 1.2% IN SALES OF ALL TREB (TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD) MEMBERS for 2017 (SOURCE: IMS)
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Want to know more about Bayview & York Mills
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018, 11:20:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Thinking of buying a home at Bayview and York Mills?

 
The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.  
 
Did you know this about Bayview and York Mills?
 
Bayview and York Mills encompasses the area between Yonge Street and Leslie Street, running south from Highway 401 to Lawrence Avenue. 
 
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “York Mills” stems from the former Town of “York” and the many saw “Mills” that operated in this valley from 1804 until 1926. York Mills had a distillery, a tannery ,a blacksmith shop, 3 churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern, built in 1857, which still operates today as The Miller Tavern. 

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The Graff Girls explain that the transition of York Mills from a rural village to a prosperous neighbourhood started in the 1930's on the hill near St. John's Church and Hedgewood Road area, just south of York Mills Road. The highly respected St. Andrew's College owned the land East of Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue in the early 1920's before moving to Aurora. The property was purchased by St. Andrew's Estates which used the land as a championship golf course until the 1950's. 

 

This neighbourhood really began to take off as a suburb of Toronto in the 1950’s. In 1952, E.P. Taylor, the wealthy business man and horse breeder, owned a large property which is now the Canadian Film Centre.  

 

So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here.  Today, York Mills is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots. Many of the original homes built, when the area was first developed after the first World War, were in the Tudor and English Cottage design.  Then mid-century, many sprawling split-level and ranch bungalows were built. 

 

Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes with a Classical or Georgian style. The infill housing reflects designs mimicking homes in The Bridle Path, one of Toronto’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, located directly south of York Mills. There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.  

 

Dining in Bayview and York Mills?

 

As for fine dining, Samantha and Cheryl are very familiar with the exquisite Auberge du Pommier restaurant located on the site of what were originally two woodcutter’s homes from the 1860’s.  The area now boasts many other family style and finer restaurants.  

 

How are the schools in Bayview and York Mills?

 

Feel free to ask Cheryl and Samantha about the local schools.  There are several schools, public, secondary, Catholic and private, in the area, including Harrison and Owen Public Schools, St. Andrew’s Junior High, York Mills Collegiate, Loretto Abbey, The Crescent School, The Toronto French School, Bayview Glen and Crestwood School.

 

What about medical care in Bayview and York Mills?

 

The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent at North York Hospital, located at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street.  World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.  

 

Are there nice parks in Bayview and York Mills?

 

Samantha and Cheryl will tell you that no area in Toronto has better parks than Bayview and York Mills.  The area is known for Edwards Gardens,  Wilket Creek and their many walking trails.  Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.   

 

You like to shop? 

 

The Graff Girls say that Bayview Village is the most upscale mall in the GTA.  Then there’s The Shops of Don Mills and Fairview Mall within minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.  

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If you are looking for expert advice on the purchase or sale of a home in Bayview and York Mills, the only realtor team to call is The Graff Girls.  

 

Cheryl Graff ‭416-587-1314‬ 

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
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