This Exclusive Southside Neighborhood is one of Chatham's newer subdivisions with beautiful homes lining the streets. Some back onto Indian Creek with it's walkways and greenbelt areas on both sides. This is a favorite location for walking, biking or jogging. Benches line the sides of the creek. In the evenings people of all ages can be seen enjoying the scenery.
This is one of Chatham's more recently developed areas. Some homes began to appear in the 80's but construction really began in the 1990's and still continues with new streets being added today in the Grand Terra areaat the end of Breamar Blvd., the main street in the subdivision. Braemar Blvd. has been opened up to meet Tweedsmuir Ave. West. New construction of spacious Townhouses on the North side of Tweedsmuir Ave.West backing onto the Chatham Christian School playground has been completed and construction has moved across the street to the South side of Tweedsmuir Ave.West. These units did havve farm fields in their backyards but a new street has opened off of Braemar Blvd. with lots for sale. South Chatham is certainly growing! There is a picturesque walking bridge across the creek, which allows people to make a complete circuit along the banks of Indian Creek, on the walkways stretching formiles. As a result of the access road changes, the south side of the city is now accessable from Keil Dr. South. This entire area is very popular with families due to its convenient shopping and amenities. There is a park on Tweedsmuir Ave.West home to a playground and a ball diamond used for various city teams. Three blocks north on Tweesdmuir Ave. West St.,you will find the Memorial Arena and the new Lighted Hard Ball Diamond. Several schools and churches of all denominations are also available.
Exclusive living but still very affordable and family orientated. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me show you what Chatham has to offer for your real estate needs.
Thinking of selling your home or considering a purchase? A modern stylish kitchen makes everybody's favorite place much more inviting. It is where family and friends often congregate for a meal, a cup of coffee, a friendly chat, a game of card or your favorite board game when friends visit. You may not want to, or are able to, change the architecture of your kitchen but there are plenty of remodeling ideas that will transform that tired space and add value and appeal to your home. If you are considering selling and want to increase your home's value or if that new home purchase just does not have the kitchen of your dreams consider one or more of the following ideas.
1) Open Floor Plan: Is your kitchen a little cramped for space? Open floor plans where the kitchen opens up to the dining room, living room or family room without walls obstructing the view are very trendy today. Hire a contractor to discuss the possibility of removing a wall or two if they are not supporting. It may be easier than you think.This is your first priority before selecting cabinets, counter tops, flooring or paint colors.
2) Cabinets: Kitchen cabinets are a major focal point for potential buyers, not to mention something we look at and use every day. There are three options depending on your budget.
A) Custom Kitchen Cabinets are a major expense and can vary from as low as $5000 to $50,000 depending on your choice and the quality of the wood or materials used. If this is the route you want to go, hire a professional cabinet company and get 2 or 3 prices to compare. They will be able to show you the latest in layouts, styles, materials and hardware.
B) Replacing your existing cupboards with stock cupboards purchased at your local lumber store or someplace like Habitat For Humanity. You can install them yourself or hire someone experienced to do the job. This option can save you a lot of money.
C) Refacing existing cupboards. If the base of the cupboards are in good shape, replacing the doors and drawers and adding new hardware can transform your kitchen. Lumber and Cabinet stores have a variety of finishes to chose from.
2) New Flooring: Explore the possibility of installing new floor covering which looks like wood or tiles but is vinyl, easy to install, just clicks in and is guaranteed for 25 years. Linoleum, laminate and hardwood? There are lots of choices. Hardwood may be the material of choice for a decorator but cost wise, the laminate ( floating floor) with a hardwood look are becoming very popular. They come in a range of colors, qualities and therefore pricing to suit all budgets.
3) Counter Tops: Your counter top is definitely the main feature in your new kitchen. It is what creates the WOW factor and is the star of the show. If you plan to stay in your home and are happy with the lay out of the kitchen then go crazy! Granite ranges from $40.00 to $100.00 per square foot. If you are looking to add value to your home or are on a budget, stick with the more affordable granites and manufactured stone. There are also great laminates that are granite look alikes and are very reasonable. Be sure to take into account the durability of the product you chose.
4) Back Splashes: Mirrors add depth but are a bit pricey. There are some small tile mirror-look back splashes that are new and come in sheets for easy installation. The variety and colors are amazing!
5) Lighting: Chosing the right lighting and installing it in the proper place is the key. It will set the mood of the room and make working in your kitchen much easier. Be sure to highlight areas where kitchen tasks such as chopping vegetable, meal preparation, and stove top stirring are done.If you can't put in new lighting, consider changing the fixtures or adding dimmers over the table or counters to control light volume for intimate dinners or late nights.
6) Painting: Remember that dark colors will make your space appear smaller especially if the area is small to begin with. Chose a bright cheery hue for this favored place in your home!
There you have it! Lots to do and you can keep to your budget. Have fun!
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You may have heard rumbling that there is a shortage of homes in the market for sale and wondered why.To fully understand todays market requires some knowledge of the generation numbers and their effects on homes for sale, buyers and the renters market.
Generation X, born between the years of 1965-1984, numbers 83 million. According to some experts, they came into the housing market at the wrong time.In 2004, Generation Xhomeowners reached an all time historical high of 49.5%. Today 10+ years later those historical averages are 7.0-7.9% below average for that generation. What happened?Manyentered the marketpurchasing overvalued properties with high-risk loans that left them overextended and vulnerable.Some,as a resultwent
Generation X Makes Comeback into Real Estate Market 2017
According to a recently released study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Homeowners in the Gen X Generation are making a comeback into the Real EstateBuyer/Seller pool. In recent years, the time spent in their present home was 10 years, a cycle that was interrupted by the decline of house prices experienced in 2011. This decline has caused a definite decrease in inventory which hopefully will ease as this generation once again gains momentum in the Real Estate Market. A stronger job market and a rise in homeprices is stated as the reason for this activity. It has taken this long for Gen X to rebuild their equity in their present home. Always in the forefront, Gen X has taken a backseat
HOME OWNERSHIP IN Chatham-Kent Is Now The Time??? Do you own a home today and thinking about buying another to move up or maybe just for investment? Chatham-Kent is the affordable community with many ammenitites, attractions and events taking place making this the ideal location to live, raise a family retire to, relocate to,or purchase a vacation property. Are you trying to decide if now is the time to jump in and purchase your first home? Whatever the case, NOW IS THE TIME! All indicators point to a positive market.
There are 4 very good reasons to buy a home and some of them just make good sense but today more than ever with the economic climate this is the time to jump into the market. Let us examine them
You love Chatham-Kent with its Affordable Lifestyle and all the activities for young and old alike. You enjoy the many events and attractions in the Chatham-Kent area. The children are involved in sports or you are a senior taking advantage of the many activities available at the Seniors Activity Centre. Should you move to something smaller or perhaps bigger? Should you stay where you are and remodel? To make the the best remodel or move decision, it is important to understand all the reasons that you have to remodel and all the reasons that you have to move. This article reviews common reasons to move. As you read each of these reasons, consider how much it applies to you and note how strongly you feel about each one.Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me make your move an easy and enjoyable experience. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this great area.
1. The size of your family has changed. Of the many reasons to move, the size of your current home is the most common. Many young couples have purchased a cozy two- or three-bedroom, 1,000-square foot home that suits their situation perfectly. The home has a master bedroom, a guest bedroom, and possibly a home office. A single living area with couches and an entertainment center provides the couple with ample space for the two of them and their visitors. As they start a family,
Are you a buyer or seller in today's Real Estate market? Are you confused? Who do you chose to represent you in what very well may be the largest purchase of your lifetime. You need a Professional. Someone who knows what he is doing and can make the transaction a pleasant experience. Don't get caught with mud on your face. There are plenty of do -it -yourself companies out there, covering everything from home renovation projects to selling your home. I was always taught to do what I knew best and leave the Professional to the rest. This is especially true in buying or selling a home. There are many details that Real Estate Professional know and
TheBaby Boomers 55 years and up, 76 Million of them,are one the largest segments of the population today and they areretiringor looking at retiring in the next 10-15 years. Both buyers and sellers in that age group have been waiting for the past few years for some postive signs that the time is right for them to make a move. There have been reports lately that indicate that the housing market is returning to a closer to normal market after the last few years.This could mean a more robust 55+ market, asbuyersget access to a source of cash ( their homes) that has been denied to all but the wealthiest buyer lately.
More people 55+ indicate they will continue to work. They maynot stay at their present place of employment, in many cases being forced toretirefrom their lifetime career but will look foralternate employment.This means they are looking for a specific type of community and neighborhood where their needs can be met.
WHY ARE THEY RELOCATING:
ManyBaby Boomersare finding themselvesEmpty Nesters.They have the large family home which was great when the children were growing up but today
Is staging your home a good idea when preparing to list or sell? It is a very necessary step to insure you receive the most return from your investment. For many people their home is the biggest investment of their lives. We are emotionally attached particularly if we have raiseda family there or enjoyed many happy occasions. First, you must become emotionally un-attached, prepare mentally to move on and trust your Real Estate Agent to do what he does best. He will find the right buyer at the best price for your home. Your job is to carefully select that agent and then follow a few basic steps. Prepare to show your home at it's best.
I am Wayne Liddy, Royal LePage Peifer Chatham-Kent Realty Inc. and I works with a team of Trusted Professionals in Chatham-Kent. My background of 35 years + experience in Furniture sales and Interior Design will give you a distict advantage that very few other agent can offer. The Stager on his team will help you
Are you tired of the overall look of your home? Is it time for some updates. Traditionally, in the winter we all spend more time indoors and it is just human nature to want a change.You may be updating your home to put it on the Market. Spring and Fall are good times to do that. All indications point to a brisk market in the Chatham-Kent area. Or, maybe now is not the right time for you personally to sell but you wantto have a new look. There are several changes you can make without spending a lot of money and they will help you Successfully Market your home when the time is right. Remember Chatham-Kent has many exciting new Developments planned for the near future and people are watching our community. It has a very Affordable Lifestyle and is a a great place to live, retire, downsize or visit. Let's get started with some great ideas. Spring is the Season of color! We are coming out of the drab days of winter and watching for those first signs of green on the trees, shrubs and lawns. The Robins are chirping and we can even spot a bright little Bluejay bobbing around the yard.Summer is colorful and we spend a lot of our time outdoors. Fall arrives and after the bright days of summer
Many homebuyers particularly NEW home buyers fail to plan for yearly maintenace on their new home puchase. This is very important. Buyers work with their Real Estate Agent and their Mortgage Specialist, set their budget as far as monthly, weekly or bi-weekly mortgage payments but often have no idea what it costs to maintain their home in good condition.This is where a good agent will guide you to make an informed decision.He or she will advise you to have a Home Inspection by someone who works with their team. Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc.Brokerage and put me to works for you with with a whole team of Trusted Professionals located in Chatham-Kent who can direct you in every decision and guide you to make an informed decision as to the viability of the purchase. A Home Inspection will provide objective information. With this report the buyer can negotiate better through his or her agent and not be facing unexpected repairs in the near future. Heating System, Roof and other large ticket items can be devastating if not expected. Home Components
The loan and mortgage process is a stressful and sometimes frustrating process. The idea is to make the entire process go as smoothly as possible. What is most important? Be prepared before you sit down with your loan officer. Here are some things you can do to help ensure successful results, as well as give you some control over your own loan process.
2. Basing your asking price on needs or emotion not market value. Many sellers base their pricing on what is termed as Subjective Value. To an appraiser, subjective value is based on emotions. For example, how much a seller paid for their home, how much they love their home, and overall pride of ownership is considered subjective value. Objective Value, is what ALL appraisers base the true value of a property.
Setting the asking price of a property should always