The Deutschmann Team
RE/MAX TWIN CITY REALTY INC.
Phone: (519) 841-6511
Email: info@elitere.ca
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As we prepare for the coming winter months, you may be wondering if it's still a good time to sell your home.

Here are some reasons why this fall is a great time to sell:

Reason #1: A more serious buyer pool

Yes, the spring housing market is sure to bring out buyers, but plenty of folks may hold off on making an offer. With more homes to choose from, they can afford to be picky, and that could extend their search by months. Come September though, serious buyers will be feeling the pressure to make their move before the holiday season or bad weather hits.

Reason #2: Less competition

Post-summer home buyers not only have the stress of the holiday season looming overhead, but their options are shrinking. Many sellers rush to close by September, so fortunately you’ll be competing in a much smaller market. That can be a powerful bargaining chip to help you close before the end of the year.

Reason #3: Different buyer demographics

While families are more likely to make their move in the spring, millennials and empty-nesters usually swoop in a bit later in the year. They’re not the only ones, either: to avoid higher “on season” real estate rates, employers who need to relocate their workers often wait for the fall, when the market tends to cool down. These out-of-towners will probably need to get through the process quickly, too, which could mean a relatively speedy closing.

Reason #4: More flexibility for improvements

Spring and summer can be a much-needed break from a harsh winter, and your house could probably use a little TLC. So give yourself those warmer months for some home improvements.

Reason #5: Families are back from vacation

Schedules are normalized with kids back in school. And the fall weather just seems to make everyone a little happier with temperatures that are conducive to getting out and about to tour homes.

Reason #6: The holiday hustle is still a good 40 to 50 days away

That means you could be settled into your new home before the holidays!

Reason #7: Homes show well in the fall

It's easy and affordable to create seasonal curb appeal by raking the leaves and framing the front steps and entry with yellow, gold and orange mums, pumpkins and gourds. Carry the fall them inside with some autumn-hued accent pillows, candles or other seasonal touches like a bowl of crisp red apples.

If you have any questions about the real estate market, or feel that this may be the right time for you to buy or sell, please contact us.

We’d love to hear from you!

Market Report:

There's a lot to say about the current supply and demand for real estate locally.  Here's Drew's report on how the numbers looked last month: https://elitere.ca/kitchener-waterloo-real-estate-market-report-september2019/

 

Featured Listings:

2082 Hidden Valley Crescent, Kitchener - $3,845,000

Magnificent Hidden Valley estate, situated on just over 1 acre, in a park-like setting surrounded by manicured grounds.  This exquisite home offers 10,400 SF of living space and exudes great detail and architectural design.  With 4 beds including a main floor master, 7 baths, indoor pool, home theatre, library, conservatory, backyard oasis and equipped with all luxury interiors, this property has it all. Grand 2 storey foyer leading to impressive "savannah inspired" great room with 18' ceilings, dramatic fireplace with soaring mantle and stunning views of the exterior paradise through floor-to-ceiling windows. Gourmet kitchen for the chef at heart with premium appliances, custom cabinetry, servery, walk-in pantry and morning room with fireplace. Elegant dining room with chandelier and sophisticated office/library with built-ins and fireplace. Retreat to the master wing with private balcony, newly updated 5-piece ensuite, double-sided fireplace, sunroom, dressing room and access to the solarium. Upper level offers 3 more bedrooms, each with walk-in closet and ensuite and a 3rd level loft with terrace offering magnificent views of the river/golf course. Lower level is perfect for entertaining with theatre, rec room and wine cellar. 2 more bonus rooms, 3-piece bath, exercise room and walk-up to garage. Backyard utopia with landscaped grounds, pergolas, gazebo, expansive patios with fireplaces, pond with waterfall and more.  One-of-a-kid and a must see for the most discrimination buyer. Premium location in an exclusive community only minutes to highways and amenities. https://tours.visualadvantage.ca/a837d08d/

506 Hilltop Lane, St George - $3,495,000

Nestled on a private lake, this stunning lakefront estate boasts over 10,000 sq ft of living space, a walk-out lower level, 3 car garage, 2+2 bedrooms and 6 baths.  This exceptional home is situated on 8.26 acres and has access to the private "Blue Lake".  Offering wall-to-wall views that will take your breath away, a luxurious great room with soaring ceilings & bar, wood burning fireplaces, heated flooring, secluded terraces, games room with bar, squash court, spa room with plunge pool and sauna, and media room.  Separate buildings include an all-season lake house with loft, full bath and kitchen. This property is a rare find, perfect for the discriminating buyer who seeks a home of exceptional architecture and quality and a stunning departure from the ordinary.  

https://youriguide.com/506_hilltop_ln_saint_george_on

317 Bushwood Court, Waterloo - $1,800,000

Exquisite estate home located on one of the most beautiful and prestigious streets in the coveted Upper Beechwood. Situated on over 1/3 of an acre on a quiet, mature court and backing onto protected forest, this traditional and stately home is sure to impress with its spectacular curb appeal and professionally landscaped grounds. Offering over 6000 SF of living space, this well-appointed 4+1 bed/7 bath home features: desirable centre hall plan with grand foyer. Elegant living room with fireplace and formal dining room. Chef's kitchen with centre island, granite countertops, backsplash, and dinette with adjoining sunroom. Welcoming family room with wainscotting, fireplace and custom built-ins. Large office with vaulted ceiling, French doors leading to the yard and two 2-piece baths. Upstairs a luxurious master awaits with gas fireplace, 2 walk-in closets and a spa-like 5-piece ensuite with tiled shower and soaker tub. 3 additional bedrooms, 1 with ensuite, a 4-piece main bath and laundry complete this level. The finished lower level includes a large rec room with fireplace, 5th bedroom with fireplace, and spa area with sauna/shower. Bonus living space could function as either a 6th bedroom/office/craft room/studio. Walk-up from basement to garage. Additional 2-piece bath. Luxurious finishes, designer touch and interior updates throughout. Step out into your own private backyard oasis complete with large deck and extensive landscaping backing onto lush greenspace. Premium location - close to universities, shopping, top-rated schools, parks, walking trails and all amenities. Truly a rare find! https://unbranded.youriguide.com/317_bushwood_ct_waterloo_on

267 Chestnut Ridge, Waterloo - $1,690,000

Gorgeous custom-built builder's model in Waterloo's prestigious Carriage Crossing! With open floor plan and elegant style, this luxurious family home is the builder's last model backing onto the Grey Silo Golf Course. Loaded with quality and stylish finishes, this designer home features: an open concept layout with grand foyer entrance. Dining room with tray ceiling, crown moulding and wainscotting. Chef's kitchen with centre island, quartz countertops, backsplash and top-of-the-line appliances. Butler's pantry with separate walk-in pantry. 2 storey great room with soaring coffered ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, gas fireplaces with stone surround and custom built-ins. Main floor office and separate mud room. Upper level with lavish master suite with crown moulding, spa-life 5-piece ensuite including tiled shower with tempered glass, rain shower fixture and body sprays. Free-standing tub and oversized walk-in closet with custom built-ins. 3 additional bedrooms each with access to a bathroom. Convenient upper level laundry room with stackable washer/dryer. Quartz countertops, pot lights, upgraded light fixtures/chandeliers, hardwood, marble and porcelain tile (carpet-free), 7 1/4' trim, 10' main floor ceiling height, heated bathroom floors (upper level), 3-zoned heating system and so much more. Home will be landscaped with grass, interlocking driveway, front gardens/trees/plantings. Close to area workplace, universities, schools, RIM Park, Grey Silo Golf Club, restaurants, parks/walking trails, shopping and minutes to the Farmers' Market. https://tours.visualadvantage.ca/267chestnutridge/

Final Phase in Carriage Crossing - Starting at $1,245,900

Our newest MODEL HOME at 267 Chestnut Ridge is open and available for sale!  Stop by and see for yourself the stunning finishes and floorplans available.  Only a few lots left for the final phase in Carriage Crossing! Make sure you reserve your lot today! Custom build your dream home with Deutschmann Homes in Waterloo's prestigious Carriage Crossing! Premium upgrades included! For more information and pricing: http://elitere.ca/team-listings/.  Want to see pictures of finished homes and previous model homes?  Check out our gallery: http://deutschmannhomes.ca/gallery.php

584 Manor Ridge Cres, Waterloo - $1,295,000

Gorgeous custom-built Milla home with elegant style in the highly coveted neighbourhood of Carriage Crossing!  Offering 3600+ SF of tastefully designed space and over $100,000 in recent upgrades, this home offers and open concept layout perfect for entertaining. Featuring: well-appointed principal rooms including: formal dining room with crown moulding. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, marble backsplash, upper/under cabinet lighting, premium KitchenAid appliances, built-in servery, walk-in pantry and spacious dinette with oversized French doors leading to the landscaped yard. Great room with gas fireplace and built-ins. Large office/living room with double glass doors, mud room with built-ins, laundry room and a 2-piece bath. Upstairs a luxurious master suite awaits with walk-in closet with built-ins, 2nd closet, and a spa-like 6-piece ensuite with heated floors, tiled glass shower with rain fixture, soaker tub, double vanity and make-up table.  3 additional bedrooms, 4-piece main bath, 4-piece "jack-and-jill" and a bonus media nook complete the upper level. High end finishes throughout such as 9' and 10' ceiling height on the main floor, crown moulding, pot lights and designer light fixtures, California Shutters, decorative transom windows, stone countertops and engineered hardwood and procaine tile (carpet-free). The luxury continues outside with professional landscaping, sprinkler system, interlock patio and shed. Premium location - close to area workplaces and universities, RIM Park and the Grey Silo Golf Course.  Minutes from the Farmers' Market and easy access to walking trails and pathways. Quick highway access. https://youriguide.com/584_manor_ridge_cres_waterloo_on

574 Sandbanks Crescent, Waterloo - $1,135,000

Magnificent custom-built Klondike home backing onto protected forest in the desirable and family-oriented neighbourhood of Conservation Meadows!  Offering over 4000 SF of beautifully finished living space, this 4+1 bed/4 bath executive home is a wonderful blend of traditional architecture and sophisticated styling.  Featuring: 2 storey foyer and formal dining room with crown moulding. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, backsplash, premium appliance and dinette offering views of the stunning yard. Impressive 2 storey great room that exudes warmth and comfort with gas fireplace with stone surround, decorative ledge with valence lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows. 2-piece bath and a laundry/mud room complete this level.  Upstairs a luxurious master awaits with crown moulding, walk-in closet, hardwood flooring, and a spa-like 5-piece ensuite. 3 additional bedrooms, all with hardwood flooring and a 4-piece main bath complete the upper level. Additional living space can be found in the finished basement with large rec room, 3-piece bath, bonus room with kitchenette that could function as a 5th bedroom and a walk-up to the garage.  High-end finishes throughout including designer lighting, pot lights, carpet-free main floor with hardwood and tile, California Shutters and more.  Step out into the private and professionally landscaped yard with irrigation system, perennial gardens, pergola, large stamped concrete patio, gas fire pit and a fully fenced backyard.  Close to parks, trails, schools, Universities, shopping, highway access and Farmer's Market. https://youriguide.com/574_sandbanks_crescent_waterloo_on

379 Woolwich Street, Waterloo - $929,000

Located in the prestigious neighbourhood of Kiwanis Park, this recently built Cook home (2017) is better than new with approx. $150,000 in recent upgrades. Offering over 3000 SF of elegantly finished living space, this 4 bed/3 bath executive home is loaded with stunning finishes and features a premium floor plan designed for entertaining. Grand 2 storey foyer with double front door entry. Spacious formal dining room with wainscoting. Stunning kitchen with large centre island, marble countertops, backsplash, premium stainless appliances and dinette with oversized glass sliders leading to a fenced-in yard. Luxurious family room with gas fireplace, dramatic stone surround with custom built-ins and coffered ceiling with crown moulding and pot lights. A 2-piece bath and mud room complete the main level. Upstairs a luxurious master suite awaits with oversized walk-in closet with custom built-ins and a spa-like ensuite complete with double vanity, glass shower with rain fixture and body sprays and soaker tub. 3 additional spacious bedrooms, a 5-piece main bath, laundry room and bonus media nook/office space complete the upper level. Attention to detail abounds with engineered hardwood and porcelain tile on the mail level, designer lighting throughout, upgraded interior doors and hardware, California Shutters and more. Premium location - highly desirable area, only minutes to all amenities, schools, walking distance to the popular Kiwanis Park, trails, parks and the Grand River, Universities and quick highway access.  https://youriguide.com/379_woolwich_st_waterloo_on

76 Allen Street E, Waterloo - $879,900

Stunning Uptown Waterloo! An exceptional opportunity to own a fully renovated home in the heart of the highly sought-after Mary Allen neighbourhood. The best of both worlds: the interior of this circa 1906 century home was completely rebuilt as new construction while retaining the historic exterior shell. This large (over 2000 sq.ft. above grade) 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features a magazine-worthy interior loaded with top quality finishes, including maple floors, custom wainscoting, crown and architrave mouldings, 7 1/4" baseboards, stunning light fixtures, and so much more. Living room features as double-sided stone fireplace and in-ceiling surround sound. Gourmet kitchen with leathered granite island, soft-close maple cabinets and commercial-grade appliance, including Bertazzoni range. Main floor laundry room with steam washer/dryer. Main floor powder room and office. 3 large bedrooms, including a master with spa-like ensuite with walk-in marble shower. Large 2nd floor terrace offers spectacular view of Mary Allen Park. Media room in basement. Private backyard with stone patio and mature foliage. Prime location mere steps to Waterloo's best shops and restaurants and top schools (3 min. walk to LRT; 5 min walk to Waterloo Public Square). This is the home and location you've been waiting for. https://youriguide.com/76_allen_st_east_waterloo_on

322-112 Benton Street, Kitchener - $465,000

Stunning Arrow Loft! This is an amazing opportunity to own a corner unit, 1,182 sq.ft. 2 bedroom / 2 bath, traditional loft situated in the original section of the Arrow Shirt Factory! This luxurious condo boasts oversized windows throughout, is loaded with upgrades, and located in the heart of downtown Kitchener! This beautifully finished suite features original architectural elements, soaring 12' ceilings, a modern kitchen with backsplash, spacious dining area with chandelier, additional designer light fixtures throughout, quartz/granite counter top throughout, oversized windows, engineered hardwood floors, master suite with ensuite, murphy bed built into the second bedroom, private balcony and so much more! Access to the state-of-the-art amenities such as a fitness centre, sauna, theatre room, conference rooms, lounge and roof-top patio. Arrow lofts is located in the heart of Kitchener's thriving tech culture including companies such as Google and countless start-ups. Walk to the new LRT, Victoria Park, restaurants, cafe's, shopping, the Kitchener Market, UW School of Pharmacy and more! https://youriguide.com/322_112_benton_st_kitchener_on

201-100 Garment Street, Kitchener - $429,000

Centrally located on the corner of Victoria Street S and Garment Street in the heart of the Innovation District, this brand new 1 bed/1 bath + den condo offers the perfect blend of modern, upscale condo living with the maintenance-free urban lifestyle within walking distance to the very best Downtown Kitchener has to offer. This chic and contemporary condo features: a bright and spacious layout, soaring 14' ceilings, stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, modern kitchen with sleek cabinetry, granite countertops, undermount sink, backsplash and stainless appliances, spacious living room with access to the large balcony, generously sized bedroom, den, a stylish 4-piece bath, in-suite laundry and ample storage. This ultra modern development offers incredible amenities such as a basketball court, pool area, concierge services, exercise room, party lounge, theatre room, fitness facility and a landscaped BBQ terrace. Only minutes to countless tech companies including Google, the new ION rail, restaurants, shopping, Victoria Park and so much more. Owned underground parking spot included. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to own a gorgeous condo in one of Kitchener's hottest new developments. https://youriguide.com/100_garment_street_kitchener_on

21-121 University Ave E, Waterloo - $294,000

Premium location - this town home condo, located in the highly desirable "Village On The Green" is available for sale. Only a short walk to both the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier, this excellent opportunity won't last! Offering 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a finished basement and a private yard, this bright and spacious unit offers endless potential. Centrally located within walking distance to Uptown Waterloo, cafe's grocery store, restaurants, parks, rec complex, and all amenities including Conestoga Mall. Conveniently located on bus routes and close to LRT.  Perfect for first time home buyers or investors, this popular complex offers it all.

What's Happening in Our Region:

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and what better way to get a head start than to attend one of the many Christmas and craft shows happening right here in our region!

Here's a few of them:

Waterloo Christmas Market (RIM) - Sunday November 10th 

https://www.facebook.com/events/rim-park/waterloo-christmas-market/1135924353282085/

Elora Handmade Market - Sunday October 27th

https://www.facebook.com/elorahandmademarket/

Kitchener-Waterloo Christmas Craft Festival - November 9th and 10th 

https://www.facebook.com/events/2327049830918022/?event_time_id=2327049840918021

Winterbourne Wonderland Christmas Tea and Marketplace - Saturday November 9th

http://www.winterbournewonderland.ca/

Fergus Holiday Market - Saturday November 23rd

https://www.facebook.com/events/273162176542875/

Magic of Christmas Cambridge - Saturday November 2nd 

https://www.facebook.com/events/hespeler-memorial-arena/magic-of-christmas-cambridge/923117168045625/

Should You “High Ball” Your Listing Price?

 
 
One of the most important decisions you make when selling your home is setting the listing price. It can be tricky. After all, if you price your property too low, you leave money on the table - perhaps thousands of dollars. On the other hand, if you price your home too high, many buyers won’t even bother to view it because they believe it is too expensive.

Even with that reality, there are some sellers who contemplate setting a high listing price in the hopes of a windfall. They want some unsuspecting buyer to fall in love with the home and buy it - even though it’s overpriced.

That rarely, if ever, happens.

Instead, the listing often languishes on the market because its listing price is conspicuously much higher than its market value.

Think about it. If two similar homes, side-by-side, are for sale, and one is priced $40,000 higher than the other, wouldn’t you wonder what was going on? That’s exactly what the market thinks. “Why is that home priced so high?”

Of course, many buyers, who might otherwise be interested in the property, won’t even consider seeing it, simply because it’s outside their price range.

It gets worse. When an overpriced home sits on the market with no offers for several weeks, the price will often need to be adjusted down. That helps the situation a little. However, you’ve lost the excitement created by a “new listing.” Yours is now an old listing struggling to get attention.

There’s a better way…

Set your list price at or near the market value and it will be much more likely to generate interest from qualified buyers and maximize how much you make on your home.

That market value may even be higher than you think!

Interested in finding out what that value is in today’s market? Call today. 

 

4 Home Hazards You May Not Know About

 
 
You have smoke detectors. Your doors have good locks. The bathtub has a slip-free pad. By all accounts, your home is a safe and secure place for your family to live.

However, there are some hazards that many homeowners don’t consider or even know about. 

For instance:

1. Blocked eavestroughs. Eavestroughs clogged with leaves and other debris can cause rainwater to overflow next to your foundation and create a leak.

2. Clogged dryer vents. High temperature air combined with lint is an ideal condition for a fire. Check and clear the dryer vent at least once a year.

3. Dirty faucet heads. Kitchen and bath faucets often have built-in screens to spray the water evenly. Unfortunately, dirt and other contaminates can build up on these and possibly affect the quality of the water. Clean faucet heads regularly.

4. Tripping hazards. You could step around a loose section of carpet for years and then one day, in a moment of distraction, trip over it and fall. When you see a potential tripping hazard in your home, don’t ignore it. Fix it.

Being diligent about home safety takes a little bit of time. But, if it prevents one injury or illness, it’s worth the effort.

 

Can New Kitchen Appliances Increase the Value of Your Home?

 
 
Next to a major kitchen renovation, replacing appliances is the most expensive way to upgrade the space. So, if you’re purchasing a new refrigerator, stove or dishwasher in order to make your home more attractive to buyers, you want to make wise purchasing decisions.

The most important consideration is how the appliances will look in the kitchen. Ideally, they should match in colour and style. They should also be the right size for the space. The last thing you want is a fridge that’s so large it dominates the room, or a stove that’s a completely different style and looks out-of-place.

Appearance is important, but so are the features. Buyers viewing your home will scrutinize the appliances. They’ll notice if the fridge has a cold water and ice dispenser. They’ll ask if the dishwasher has noise-reduction features. Double ovens and quick-heating burners (which are now available on electric stoves) will also get a buyer’s attention.

Power consumption is also a big issue these days. Increasingly, buyers are interested in the energy efficient features of a home - appliances included. 

Kitchen appliances may seem minor compared to the overall appeal of your property, but they do make a difference. Purchase wisely!

 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Wooden

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
Tony Robbins

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
JK Rowling

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