The Deutschmann Team
RE/MAX TWIN CITY REALTY INC.
Phone: (519) 841-6511
Email: info@elitere.ca
Website: www.elitere.ca
 
 

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We hope this email finds you doing well and that you have had a wonderful Summer!

It's happening…whether we like it or not - summer is winding down!  As the back to school retail ads starts and the days become shorter we are forced to start planning and preparing for the fall months, and the routines that accompany this upcoming season.  

As much as I love the summer, I love the change in seasons. I have to admit that by the end of August I do look forward to the fall.  As everyone heads back to school and work, real estate picks up again as well.  It's a busy time of year as buyers anxiously look to purchase homes and move in before the cold winter months, and snow!

If you are considering a move or just simply have questions about the market, please let us know. 

We'd love to hear from you! 

Market Report:

There's lots 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-3/

Featured Listings:

565 Kiwanis Park Drive - $1,995,000 

Unparalleled finishes define this luxurious, custom built bungalow situated on approx. 1/2 acre.  With wall to wall views and multiple walkouts you will enjoy the backyard oasis that includes a salt water pool with cabana, lavish perennial gardens and a covered patio. This is a rare offering in one of the region's most prestigious neighbourhoods.  Minutes from all amenities and the highly desirable Kiwanis Park, walking trails and the Grand River. Pristine surroundings combined with a unique custom design of the house and grounds produce a truly one-of-a kind house and cottage setting. https://youriguide.com/565_kiwanis_park_dr_kitchener_on

Final Phase in Carriage Crossing - Starting at $1,427,727

Only a few lots left for the inal phase in Carriage Crossing! We are now closing homes in 2019. 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

340 Lexington Road, Waterloo - $1,095,000

Located in one of Waterloo's most desirable neighbourhoods, this magnificent, newly built (2017) Colonial Acres estate home is a true masterpiece.  This lovely modern home with professional designer selected finishes is over 3000 sq ft, offers 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a walk-out basement to an incredible and serene yard backing onto greenspace.  http://visualadvantage.ca/listings/340lexingtonroad/

547 Wasaga Crescent, Waterloo - $760,000

This stunning 3+1 bedroom, 4 bathroom executive home located in Conservation Meadows is better than new!  Recently built with lovely modern finishes, this home is loaded with upgrades, offering over 2800 sq ft of finished living space including a fully finished basement. http://www.myvisuallistings.com/pfsnb/260777

241 Greenbrook Drive, Kitchener -  $549,900 Completely updated 3 bed sidesplit located on a mature treed lot backing onto greenspace!  This fantastic home features a modern kitchen complete with quartz counters, large centre island, stainless appliances including range good, backsplash and a farmhouse sink.  A large great room with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, designer lights a a sleek barn door complete this open concept living space.  Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and a family bath.  Lower level is bright and spacious with a 2-piece bath and more hardwood floors. The basement provides additional living space and storage.  This home has been updated with desirable finishes including upgraded interior doors/hardware, modern lighting throughout and offers an extraordinary amount of living space!  http://www.myvisuallistings.com/pfsnb/267184 

213-191 King St S, Waterloo - $2,050/Month

Stunning Bauer loft is now available for lease! This 2 bedrrom/2 bath open concept loft is conveniently located in the heart of Waterloo and features: soaring ceilings, modern kitchen with island and granite and amazing views of the city from the covered balcony.  Desirable building amenities such as fitness room, party room and roof top terrace with BBQ.  Located within minutes from Uptown Waterloo all you need is at your doorstep.  Close proximity to University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier.

806-223 Erb St W, Waterloo - $1,800/Month

For Lease at the Westmount Grand!  Fantastic and modern 1 bed +bed/2 bath condo featuring beautifully decorated living space, private balcony, 9 foot ceilings, spacious kitchen with island, granite counts, hardwood flooring, master with ensuite and walk-in closet.  Great building amenities including a roof top terrace, library, exercise room, sauna, entertainment room and underground parking.  Prime location in the heart of Uptown Waterloo.  This condo is located minutes from the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University


Coming Soon:

320 Whitmore Drive, Waterloo -  Old Colonial Acres! Newly renovated, modern  stone farmhouse situated on over a half an acre, with inground pool, and over 4200 SF of living space! Lovely modern finishes combined with original character and charm!

430 Rideau River Place, Waterloo - Custom built executive home in Conservation Meadows-over 4100sqft of finished living space, 5 bed, 4 bath, walk out basement, backing greenspace. Lovely modern décor throughout with many recent updates/renovations throughout.

130 Blucher Street, Kitchener - Charming 3 bed, 2 bath home located in a prime “mid-town” location in Kitchener. 1657 SF, new kitchen, over-sized lot, and many other updates throughout.

 

What's Happening in Our Region:

The Sunlife Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival promises to be an event you won't soon forget!  Mark your calendars for this 30th annual carnival running from August 23-26th.  More details can be found on their site: http://waterloobuskers.com

How to Deal with a Low-Ball Offer

 
 
If you take care to price your home correctly - that is, at a price that is in line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently - then you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price.

That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer. You might. So, what do you do when that happens?

First, understand that the buyer may not necessarily be trying to steal away your home at a bargain-basement price. He might simply be mistaken about its true market value. Of course, he might also be coming in at a low price in the hopes he’ll get lucky.

You will never actually know the buyer’s motives. So, it would be a mistake to get angry or dismiss the offer out-of-hand. That low-ball offer might end up being the beginning of a negotiation that results in the sale of your home at a good price.

Your first step is to work with me to determine:

  • Whether the buyer is serious.
  • Whether the buyer is qualified. (For example, does he have a pre-approved mortgage?)
  • How amenable the buyer is to a counter-offer that reflects the true market value of your home.
  • What that counter-offer should be.

This isn’t an easy process. It takes the knowledge and experience of a professional real estate agent like me to get it right.

 

How to Decide If You Should Replace Your Windows

 
 
One of the most prominent features of any home is the windows. If they are well maintained, they will have a positive impact on the impression potential buyers have of your property. Of course, the opposite occurs when your windows look old and worn.

So, does that mean you should replace your windows?

That depends on a number of factors. Window replacement can be an expensive renovation. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.

  • Do you see water infiltration or mildew on the interior sides of any of the window sills? This means that moisture is creeping in from the outside, and you need to get those windows repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
  • If your windows are double-paned - (two panes of glass) - check for any signs of moisture in between the glass panes. Moisture indicates that the thermal seal is broken and, at a minimum, the glass will need to be replaced.
  • Take a look at your windows from the outside. Is the trim rotted or cracked anywhere? Are there dark spots or any signs of rotting on the wood frames? Repairs or replacement may be required.
  • Check the operation of your windows. Do they open and close easily? Some windows, such as those in bedrooms, are often designed to be big enough to use as an exit in case of a fire. It’s important to make sure those work properly.
  • Finally, are you happy with how your windows look? Do you feel that your property will look significantly better with new windows?

Although they are expensive, replacing windows can have a lot of advantages. Depending on the efficiency of your current windows, replacing them could cut your energy costs by 10-20%. In addition, new windows block out more exterior noise, making your home quieter.

Want more tips on increasing the value, and enjoyment, of your property? Call me today.

 

Eco-friendly Choices for Household Floors

 
 
Choosing new or replacement eco-friendly flooring is one of the emerging trends among house and condo owners. Eco-friendly flooring is generally identified as being made from and with more sustainable resources; materials that don’t deplete or permanently damage the environment (such as toxic laminates); or, material that is easy to reuse or recycle after its intended purpose. Here are some examples:

Renewable/Sustainable: Bamboo and cork are popular natural resources that renew relatively quickly. It should be noted that traditional woods are also renewable, as long as they are managed through sustainable practices. Before you buy natural flooring products, ask if the harvesting methods are verified through an accredited authority.

Repurposed/Reclaimed: Flooring made from old building structures (e.g. posts, beams, walls and planks) is a viable alternative option to grown and harvested resources. Likewise, recycled glass, plastic and rubber provide ample raw materials for creative flooring effects. Using them also reduces landfill. These products can be found through decorative flooring dealers.

Reusable/Recyclable: When purchasing any product, whether natural, synthetic and/or manufactured, it is important to know that the product can be easily recycled when it is beyond its usefulness, without causing environmental detriment in a landfill.

 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
John Wooden

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
John D. Rockefeller

“Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.”
Alan Alda

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