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287 Bastedo Crt.

SPECTACULAR 4 Bdrm. FAMILY HOME –  CUL-DE-SAC –  HUGE LOT!

(2067 sq.ft of living space) shines with pride and upgrades, nestled in on a quiet cul de sac, in peaceful mature Milton. Play, relax or entertain on your private huge pie-shaped lot with its beautiful trees and perennial gardens further enhancing the new fencing. A delicious “Barzotti custom kitchen cooks up back-splash, china crowned cabinets, u-mount lights, flat ceiling topped in pot lights, breakfast bar, S/S appliances and a convenient door to the patio. The formal dining rm., is open to an elegant sun-filled living rm., dressed in a California shutter, French doors  and a built-in bookcase. Jatob Brazilian hardwood anchors the main lvl. Upgraded light fixtures, trims and professionally painted thru-out. Master bdrm. + 3 bdrms., and a renovated 4pc.bath complete the upper level. Cozy up around the stunning wood burning fireplace in the finished recreation rm., offering plenty of space for a separate games or children’s play area, finished in quality laminate. The 3pc.bath/laundry rm., delivers another functional space. Curb appeal galore! Interlock covered front patio, walkway and edge double drive fits 4 Vehicles. Selling with confidence-Home inspection has been completed.

$825,000

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3228 Steeles Ave. W.

ADORABLE – AFFORDABLE- FREEHOLD TOWN HOME!

Embrace its character perfectly blended with modern finishes. Just minutes to hwy #401 and downtown Milton. Admire Escarpment views & sunsets on your deck, fully fenced backyard. Professional fully renovated modern kitchen; Crowned cabinets, quartz counters, back-splash, pot lights, S/S appliances, and a huge 6 seat island. Slide the true barn wood door to find your in-suite laundry. Cozy living rm. with a wood feature wall, and century old support beams. Upper level you will find a stunning renovated 3pc bath; heated floors, double sink, exposed brick, linen cabinet, and huge seamless glass shower on the upper level.  A Spacious Master with dbl. w/mirrored closet. Upgrades galore; hardwood, light fixtures, crown molding, newer windows. A convenient vestibule, storage shed, 2-3 parking spaces, front & backyards with their open views, are more reasons you want to own the most affordable town home in Milton. Unique with History – home is part of the Heritage Character list.

$450,000

These renovations will boost appraisal values the most

Homeowners wanting to maximize the appraisal value of their home should think about outside space.

Even though kitchens and bathrooms will have an upward effect on values, the Appraisal Institute says outdoor improvement projects will have a larger benefit.

“The latest research shows that home renovations focused on the exterior of a property are most likely to generate a positive cost-to-value ratio,” said Appraisal Institute President Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS. “However, not all home improvement projects offer a full return on investment – cost doesn’t necessarily equal value.”

Replacing a garage door or adding a deck will also provide additional value for sellers.

However, Wagner says that sellers should also consider how they can make their home stand out from others in the neighbourhood.

“Renovations that move a property well beyond community norms are typically not worth the cost when the owner sells the home, and likely will be considered excessive” Wagner said.

A closer look: what the federal budget means for home buyers

While our industry continues to lobby for ways to make home buying easier for Canadians, we don’t always get everything we want when a new budget rolls around each spring. However, the recent budget included a few steps in the right direction with some Housing Affordability Measures that will be applicable for many in Brampton and surrounding areas. There are three primary measures: an incentive for first-time homebuyers, an increase in the RRSP funds first-time buyers can access for a down payment, and a special provision for divorced Canadians trying to purchase a home. Here are the details:

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The federal budget’s missed opportunity

The federal budget appears to have missed a golden opportunity to address housing shortages in key markets that contribute to Canadians’ affordability challenges, and may even have amplified them.

“They’re all about increasing demand for housing without doing much to increase supply, and you don’t need to be an economist to know that if you increase demand without increasing supply, you’ll end up with higher house prices, which is the oppose of the intention,” said Sherry Cooper, Dominion Lending Centres’ chief economist.

Zoning bylaws have long been identified as a major reason housing delivery in Toronto and Vancouver cannot keep up with demand, and rather than address that issue, Cooper says the budget instead misses the mark.
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Going through a divorce doesn’t mean you have to split from your home

When we tie the knot with our soulmate, we assume it’s going to be forever. It’s pretty much written in the vows. Unfortunately, not all marriages have fairy-tale endings. In fact, a very significant amount of marriages in Canada end in divorce. The most recent data suggests 38 per cent of all marriages in Canada don’t last until death. The average marriage lasts 14 years, with 42 per cent of divorces occurring in marriages lasting between 10 and 24 years.

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