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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With the official start of Fall, everyone is now starting to settle back into a regular routine. Typically the Fall is the second busiest time of year for real estate, as buyers rush to settle into new homes before the first snow arrives. The market is still strong with the average sale price of all residential sales last month increasing 11.5% to $493,358 compared to August 2017.

It’s never easy to predict how the market will be impacted over the next six months, but the K-W area has proven to be a strong market for some time now and will likely continue to hold its own.

Whether you're a buyer and/or a seller, I can help you navigate the ups and downs of this market to ensure you stay informed and make the best decisions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing 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-4/

Featured Listings:

506 Hilltop Lane, St George - $4,250,000

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

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

343 Amberwood Drive, Waterloo - $999,900

Lcoated in the desirable Upper Beechwood, this magnificent home backs onto greenspace, offers over 3800 sq ft of finished living space with 3+1 beds, 4 baths and a finished basement.  Featuring: recent updates, spacious open concept layout, updated ktichen with island, formal dining room and a great room with soaring ceilings and a modern fireplace.  Completing the main level are 2 bedrooms, 4 piece bath, laundry/mud room and a powder room. The upper level is a dedicated master suite with a 5 piece ensuite and a walk-in closet.  Completing the home is a finished lower level with rec room, another bedroom and bath.  Entertain in either the private front courtyard or the backyard oasis complete with manicured gardens and mature trees. Located close to all amenities, parks, trails, universities and the Upper Beechwood community pool and tennis courts.

https://youriguide.com/eq4vk_343_amberwood_dr_waterloo_on

57 Stanley Drive, Waterloo - $849,900

Nestled in the heart of Westmount, on one of Waterloo's most desirable streets!  This charming 4+1 bedroom/2 bath bungalow features: a finished basement, mature trees and landscaped gardens, updated interior, hardwood/slate flooring, kitchen with granite, designer lights, newer roof and furnace and a spectacular in-ground salt water pool!  Only minutes to Uptown Waterloo. 

https://youriguide.com/257_stanley_dr_waterloo_on

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 anextraordinary amount of living space!  http://www.myvisuallistings.com/pfsnb/267184 

322-112 Benton Street, Kitchener - $475,000

Amazing opportunity to own a corner unit, 2 bed/2 bath loft situated in the original section of the Arrow Shirt Factory!  This luxurious condo features: over-sized windows, original architectural elements, soaring 12" ceilings, modern kitchen, spacious dining area with chandelier, designer lights, private balcony and more!  Located in the heart of Kitchener's thriving tech culture, close to the new LRT, Victoria Park, restaurants, Kitchener market and more! http://www.myvisuallistings.com/pfs/269644

304-1 Victora Street S, Kitchener - $ 369,900

Spectacular condo in the trendy 1 Victoria in downtown Kitchener!  Excellent opportunity to live-in or invest.  Located in the heart of the "Innovation District" this stunning condo with modern finishes features a kitchen with breakfast bar, wide-plank laminate flooring, granite counters, spacious bedroom with walk-in closet, 4 piece bathroom, in-suite laundry, balcony and underground parking spot.  Fantastic building amenities.  Walking distance to U of W School of Pharmacy, McMaster School of Medicine, The Tannery, Google, Communitech, Desire 2 Learn, LRT, Kitchener Market etc. Immediate possession available.

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.


What's Happening in Our Region:

Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival is coming to Kitchener-Waterloo October 5-13th!  This second-largest Oktoberfest in the world features 9 days of festivities throughout KW.  For more information on venues, tickets and schedules visit www.oktoberfest.ca

If you are looking for a family activity, don't forget about the Thanksgiving Day Parade on Monday October 8th, starting at 8:30 am.  

4 Cheap Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

 
 
If you want to improve how your home shows to potential buyers, you don’t necessarily need to invest in a costly remodelling or renovation. In fact, there are some simple - and relatively inexpensive - things you can do to make your property look significantly better.
Let’s take a look at some of the options available:

1. Paint it.

There’s no doubt about it. A fresh coat of paint will significantly improve the appearance of just about any area of your home. In fact, compared to other home improvements, painting will give you the highest return on investment when you sell your property. Think beyond walls. Painting a door, window frame, garage floor or deck can make those features look like new.

2. Declutter it.

Eliminating clutter will make your home look more attractive, roomy and comfortable to buyers. Do an inventory of each room. Ask yourself: “What can I throw out? Give away? Sell? Put into storage?”

3. Put up mirrors.

Mirrors are a relatively inexpensive design feature. Yet, according to an article in Style At Home magazine, they can make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter. You don’t necessarily need to buy wall-hanging mirrors. Standalone floor models will have the same effect.

4. Repair it.

In most cases, you will have to get any needed repairs done anyway. So, do them before you show your home. That way buyers will focus on the appealing features of your property, not the minor defects.

Want more ideas for preparing your home for sale on a tight budget? Call today.
 

Retrofitting Houses and Condos for Seniors

 
 
Many seniors are reaching the stage in their lives when they are choosing to downsize their homes for lifestyle or financial reasons. Other seniors are faced with a more difficult decision. Health and/or mobility concerns may require them to either retrofit their existing home to meet their changing needs, or to seek a more accommodating home. 
The decision can be difficult because many simply don’t want to move. In such cases, especially if mobility challenges are arising, wheelchair accessibility may be necessary, not just at the home’s entrance, but under counters, in bathrooms, and through doorways as well. Ramps, elevators and stair-lifts may also need to be considered. 

In addition, other small changes may need to be contemplated, such as easy-to-find and easy-to-use switches, possibly with remote or hands-free applications, as well as levers for all door handles. The addition of keyless entrances, remote control security and 24/7 monitoring devices will help put many family members at ease. However, in cases where a retrofit is cost-prohibitive, the logical option may well be to seek a bungalow or well-appointed condo that can be more easily adapted.
 

What Home Inspectors See that You Can’t

 
 
When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced, immediately, for thousands of dollars.
Nevertheless, you might question whether you really need to invest the few hundred dollars it costs for a professional home inspection. “The home we want to buy looks like it’s in very good shape,” you might be thinking. “I can’t see anything wrong with it.”

However, a professional home inspector can see things you can’t. When you view a property that’s on the market, you might be able to notice obvious issues, like a crack in the foundation or a dripping faucet. If you’re experienced with home maintenance, you might even notice roofing tiles that look like they’re overdue for replacement.

But, most people don’t have the equipment, knowledge or experience to identify all the issues a home inspector can.

A home inspector will, for example, use a special device to check for moisture build-up in the washrooms - which can be an indication of mould. A home inspector will also inspect wiring to make sure everything is safe and compliant with the building code.

That’s not all.

Like a determined detective, a home inspector will investigate the property’s structure, electrical and plumbing systems, insulation, and other components - and then report the findings to you.

In the end, a professional home inspection gives you peace-of-mind and protects your investment. So, getting one is highly recommended - even for recently built homes.

Looking for more ideas on making smart decisions when buying a home? Call today.
 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“It’s choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.”
Jean Nidetch

“Character is like a tree, and reputation like its shadow.”
Abraham Lincoln

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
Benjamin Franklin

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