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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It's hard to believe that 2018 is already drawing to a close in just a few weeks!

As we reflect on the past year we are very thankful that this year was more stable and less chaotic than the last.

We've continued to see a strong market with the average price of all homes in November up 7.6% versus last November at $477,536.

The supply of homes continues to be low and the demand is holding strong.  We anticipate this trend carrying into 2019.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and wish you all of the very best in the new year.

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-november-2/

 

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

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 - $949,900

Located 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 kitchen 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

Coming Soon:

428-404 King S, Kitchener 

Historic Kaufman Lofts - located right in the Heart of the "Innovation District"! Fabulous open concept, centrally located 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom condo with open concept floor plan, soaring ceilings, over-sized windows & juliet balcony. Walking distance to the Tannery, School of Pharmacy, Sun Life, public transit, LRT, an assortment of shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs and cafes, and other popular amenities. Landscaped root top terrace with BBQ! Contact us for more details

74 Norwich Road, Breslau

This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom family home will be coming to the market soon!  There's loads of living space in this home including a bonus upstairs family room and a walk-out basement.  This home is located in a wonderful neighbourhood and provides a monthly income with solar panels! 

 

What's Happening in Our Region:

New Year's Eve is just weeks away.  Don't miss out on the many events and parties happening around our region!  Whether you are looking for an adult or family-friendly party you'll have no problem finding one that is sure to please!  Here's a few of the many options to consider:

Waterloo Public Square:

http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/newyearseve.asp 

Kitchener City Hall: 

http://www.kitchenerevents.ca/whats-on/events?&eventID=175

Bingemans:

http://www.bingemans.com/events/

Schwaben Club: 

https://kitchenerschwabenclub.com/events-culture/

More Events can be found here:

https://www.todocanada.ca/new-years-eve-kitchener-waterloo-region/

 

Affordable Staging Ideas

 
 
Remember the last time you walked through a furniture showroom? You probably noticed that the sofa, chairs, tables and other furnishings were arranged - or staged - to make them look more appealing. You might have seen an attractive lamp on a sofa end table, or an appetizing bowl of fruit on a dining room buffet.

When preparing your home for sale, you should do much the same thing. Stage each room to make it look its best. Studies prove this will help sell your home faster and for a better price.

In fact, there are professional stagers who provide consulting and installation for home staging. As your real estate agent, I can also provide you with practical ideas to get your home prepared for sale.

Here are some simple, affordable staging tips:

  • Make each room look as spacious as possible. This may mean putting some items, and even some furniture, into storage.
  • Remove unnecessary items from countertops, tables and shelves.
  • Keep decorative objects on shelves, tables and even sofas, in odd number groupings. According to Barb Schwartz, the originator of staging, this combination works best. So, put three pillows on a sofa, not two or four.
  • Make an older-looking piece of furniture look quaint and stylish by adding a throw cover.
  • Add life and good looks to just about any living space by adding flowers or a flowering plant.
  • Have the table set with your best china. It makes the buyer want to move in and sit down for dinner!
  • Consider replacing the sink, faucets and toilet to make an older bathroom look much better. It’s relatively quick and inexpensive.

Professional stagers look at your home through the eyes of the buyer. Do the same and you’ll be able to see what changes need to be made.

 

Protecting Yourself from Charity Fraud

 
 
It’s evening, you just sat down for dinner, and the phone rings. It’s a call from a charity asking you to make a holiday season donation for the needy. You want to be generous, but something about this call doesn’t seem quite right. You’re suspicious.

You should be.

“Charity scams” - people pretending to represent a charity in order to get your money or steal your identity - are most common during December.

In fact, according to a study commissioned by a credit card company, 18% of people have been a victim, or know someone who has been a victim, of charity fraud.

While you may want to support legitimate charities during the holiday season, how do you ensure your money is going to a worthy cause, and not into the pocket of a scam artist?

Here are some recommended guidelines:

  • Be suspicious of high-pressure tactics. Few, if any, legitimate charities will try to “hard sell” you to make a donation.
  • If you’re solicited by phone or at the door, always ask for the charity’s legal name and registration number.
  • Ask for a receipt. Check that the charity’s registration number is on it.
  • Make your payment to the legal name of the charity and no one else. Avoid cash donations.
  • Look up the charity online, review the website and call to confirm the name and charity registration number.
 

Cyber Safety for Computer Users of All Ages

 
 
No matter your age, if you use a computer - and especially the internet - you need to be savvy about security. Yet many users have no idea how vulnerable they might be to malicious thieves who can “hack” and “phish” into personal computers.

To prevent theft of information that can rob you and your family of your financial assets - and your dignity - be mindful of the following:

Educate young video gamers on the importance of protecting personal information, and instruct them to inform you of unusual requests for private facts, photos or activities.

While on social networks, be wary of unknown links to unusual blogs, tweets and other services that invite interaction.

When using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, increase your computer’s security levels, and ensure your computer has automated anti-virus upgrades.

During financial transactions, check that you use only trusted websites that start with “https” (the “s” stands for “secure”).

 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.”
Oprah Winfrey

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”
George Santayana

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