Carmine Cupelli, Author at carminecupelli
Are You Considering Selling Your Home?

Are You Considering Selling Your Home?

Are Your Considering Selling Your Home

It can be tough to make the decision to sell. In fact, for many homeowners, it’s overwhelming. If you’re considering selling your home and struggling with the decision, here are five helpful questions to ask yourselves:

1. “What are our practical reasons for selling?”

This question refers to what you’ll get by moving to a new home. The reasons could include a bigger backyard, shorter commute to work, an extra bedroom, a more desirable neighbourhood, etc.

2. “What are our emotional reasons for selling?”

This question refers to how you’ll feel about living in a new home. For example, you might feel safer, less cramped, less worried (because the local schools are better), or happier (because the shorter commute means more time with your family.)

3. “What type of new home can we afford?”

This question involves finding out how much you’ll likely get when you sell your existing home and how much of a mortgage you qualify to receive. With that information, you’ll have a price range within which you can comfortably shop plus a clear idea of what your mortgage payments will be.

4. “In what ways will our lifestyle be better in a new home?”

This ties in closely with emotional reasons for selling. It relates to what your life will be like in a new home. Try to paint a picture in your mind. For example, you might want to be able to spend Saturday afternoons relaxing in your bigger backyard or Sunday nights entertaining friends and family in your larger living room.

5. “What else do we need to know before we decide to sell and move?”

Sometimes people are hesitant about selling simply because they have unanswered questions. So, if there’s any part of the selling and buying process that’s not clear, be sure to ask su.

Did thinking about these questions help make the decision easier?
If you need more help or want to talk about your decision, call us today!

How To Buy a Home in a Competitive Neighbourhood

How To Buy a Home in a Competitive Neighbourhood

How To Buy a Home in a Competitive Neighbourhood

Buying A Home In A Competitive Market

Imagine you’ve dreamed of buying a home in a particular neighbourhood, perhaps for years, and then, when you’re finally ready to make a move, finding out that the area is competitive and buying there is definitely a challenge.

A disappointment? Not necessarily.

There is a lot you can do to buy a home in a popular neighbourhood, even in competitive offer situations.

Your first step is to start targeting that area now. Find out about property types, prices and trends. In particular, you’ll need to know what price range you should be thinking about, and making sure that it’s going to fit your budget. To do that, you might need to get a determination of the Fair Market Value of your current home.

Next, begin making preparations so you can get a jump on opportunities in that neighbourhood quickly. You don’t want to see a great property come on the market and not be ready to make a move. So, get your current home in order so it’s ready for a quick listing.

Make arrangements to get alerted to new listings as soon as they come on the market. Keep in mind that a new listing may not appear online for several days. By getting advance notice, you can be among the first buyers to see the home and have an early advantage over other buyers.

If it’s likely there’s going to be competing offers for the home you want, there are many strategies that can increase your chances of winning. These involve going in at the right price, minimizing conditions to the offer, presenting the offer appropriately, and negotiating effectively.

Is there a neighbourhood you want to buy a home in? We can help make it happen. Call today.

Buying A Home In A Competitive Market

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Get An Early Start On Selling Your Home

Get An Early Start On Selling Your Home

Now is a great time to start selling your home!!

You’ve probably heard the expression, “The early-bird gets the worm.”

The easy bird gets the worm


It refers, of course, to those who get in early and reap the rewards. For example, if you arrive early to a retail store for a big blowout sale, you’re likely to get the deals before the inventory runs out. The stragglers who come later miss out.

Well, this same wisdom can be applied to selling your home. Starting the process early — even if that means simply doing some initial planning — gives you the edge in several ways.

First of all, you get extra time for preparation. That means you can get your home cleaned, uncluttered and staged without feeling rushed.

Getting an early start on selling your home.

You also get more time to find out how much your property will likely sell for on today’s market. That’s important information, especially if you’re also looking to finance a new home.

Property Value

Secondly, there’s less stress. You’ll have more time to make the right decisions. The last thing you want is to be scrambling around, last minute, trying to get your home ready for sale.

Finally, with your initial preparations done, you’ll be able to put your home on the market at a moment’s notice. That’s a huge advantage that’s likely to lead to selling your property more quickly and for the best price. In fact, by getting an early start on the process, you might even find that right now is the best time to list — and you’ll be able to do so, with confidence.

Getting an early start on selling your home

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How To Create A Luxury Home On A Budget

How To Create A Luxury Home On A Budget

Great Room - 717 Hickory St North Whitby

When it comes to making your home look and feel more luxurious you don’t have to spend a fortune. It’s important to be creative and have priorities. Here are a few ideas to get create a luxury home on a budget.

Remove Clutter

A clutter free environment is the easiest way to make your home look more luxurious.

  • Get rid of furniture you no longer love or use. Lots of extra chairs and shelves stuffed into a room make it look claustrophobic.
  • Keep surfaces clear. A single piece, or groups of three look best when displaying items.
  • In a luxurious room the TV is never the focus.

Colours vs Textures

Luxury homes avoid using bright colours or when used they are limited to accent pieces.

  • Pillows are a perfect way to add a variety of textures and dimension.
  • A beautiful textured throw can be adding to a chair.
  • Choosing the right paint colour can add instant elegance to a room.


There are many budget friendly ways to decorate with lighting.

  • A small light placed behind a plant will create a focal point in a dark corner.
  • Adding dimmers allows you to create different moods in a room.
  • Switch out the standard shade that came with your lamp for a different option to help add dimension

You can make a grand statement with a single, luxurious piece of art instead of many small ones.

  • A large photograph, painting, tapestry, or anything big will grab the attention of anyone entering the room.
  • Create an abundant floral arrangement.
  • Limit large plants to one or two and replace cheap-looking or plastic pots

Think Luxury Hotel In Private Spaces

Duplicate the look and feel of an expensive hotel room in your bedrooms and bathrooms.

  • Make the bed the focal point, by investing in luxury bedding, extra pillows and cozy throws.
  • Use light monochromatic colours.
  • The bathroom should be spotless, with big fluffy white towels and matching robes on display.
  • Limit containers and display as little bathroom products as possible.

With some creative ideas, a couple of investments in quality items, and a little work you too can have the look and feel of a luxury home while staying on a budget.

Visit the 2019 National Home Show for insider advice on making your home more luxurious and leave with new inspirational ideas with the latest home trends.

Discovery The Latest Home Design Trends At The 2019 National Home Show

Discovery The Latest Home Design Trends At The 2019 National Home Show

The 2019 National Home Show is almost here!! Have you been thinking about a renovation project but don’t know where to start? Maybe you just want to look at this year’s home design trends.

Whether you are a first-time home owner looking to update your space or you just want to be inspired by new design ideas. The 2019 National Home Show is the perfect place to find innovative products, new trends, great ideas and deals.

Much like fashion, home design trends come and go. HGTV’s Scott McGillivary is predicting the top home trends for 2019. His list includes warm paint colours, more fun spaces, hands-free technology and light wood floors.

HGTV's Home Trends for 2019

Warm Paint Colours

HGTV's Home Trends for 2019

Fun Spaces

HGTV's Home Trends for 2019

Lighter Coloured Floors

Do any of these new home trends inspire you?

This year’s National Home Show takes place at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto from March 8 – 17.

Come for expert design consultations and insider advice and leave with new inspirational ideas for your home. 

If you prefer to move into your dream home and skip the renovation stage we are here help you with that.