Moving Can Be Fun

 Wednesday, May 15, 2019     Jordan Zalter     Buying and Selling

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I was hosting an open house a couple of weekends ago and I heard the same line again.I love this house, but I can't imagine moving. Many people cite a move as one of the most stressful things you will do in life. More than your first real job, more than getting married, and more than having kids! When I tell people that my wife Kim and I have moved 7 times in the past 9 years, all while having 2 kids and establishing our careers, they think we are certifiably insane. Here's my secret though, moving doesn't have to cause nightmares. With the right help and taking the right lifestyle steps ahead of time, a move can be quite exciting.

One of my favourite parts of hosting an open house is when kids go rifling through the upstairs of a house, well ahead of their parents, debating and arguing over who is going to get which room. The excitement in their eyes and voices is evident, if not naïve, as they are likely to go through the exercise in dozens of houses as their parents scope out homes while they plan out a move. My goal is to help parents, or anyone else for that matter, tackle the task of moving with the same youthful excitement as those kids.

One of the biggest fears people have about a move is having to pack. If you are serious about moving at any point in the future, consider doing a yearly purge of household items that you don't need. No, I don't mean sentimental items, there is always room for those. My rule…if you haven't used something in 2 years, you don't need it anymore. You likely have a family member or friend who does, and if not there are countless local charities who would be happy to take most of these items and put them to good use. Be proactive about giving these things to others, or disposing of them if you need to, and the thought of packing will be far more manageable when the time comes.

Perhaps the biggest source of stress in a move is selling your house and seemingly being told 1000 different things by 1000 different people. This is what I refer to facing a massive amount of information overload. What lawyer should you work with? Where should you get your new mortgage? Should you stage your house? How big of a house do you need? Where should you live? What real estate agent should you work with? The constant chatter with anyone who knows that you are considering a move can easily become overwhelming. In a society that is seemingly far less loyal than it used to be, consider teaming up with a REALTOR® that can truly guide you through the process.

My mom Sarit and I have helped countless friends over the years in their purchases and sales of homes, and many more clients who quickly became friends. These individuals often had some of the best moving experiences with us. Not because they were our friends, but because they trusted our guidance to point them in the right direction and filter out the "noise".

In an industry with an abundance of questions to be answered, why not work with someone who at least has the answer to most of them. Whether it's with us or someone else, do yourself a favour and become part of a team. Moving when you feel like you have to make all of your decisions alone must be exhausting and stressful, but moving into the right house with a support network behind you can make you feel like a kid again!

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Jun 18 Renters beware: Rental scams continue in Hamilton
(Jun 18, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) would like to issue a warning to the public that rental scams continue to take place within the City of Hamilton. RAHB continues to receive reports from REALTOR® members who find their for-sale properties posted without permission for rent on various online classified websites. RAHB encourages potential renters to be aware of a listing that seems too good to be true. "Prospective renters should always view a property beforehand, and obtain a phone number and office location for the landlord. When working with a REALTOR®, a business card would be provided," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "With increasing demand for rental housing, renters need to be extra cautious and exercise good judgement."
Jun 03 RAHB REALTORS® Release May Statistics
(Jun 3, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,344 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in May 2019. This is a 10.9 per cent increase from May last year, as well as a 9.6 per cent increase over April 2019 and a 30.2 per cent increase over March 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 0.9 per cent from May 2018 to $593,702. "The number of sales increased double digits over last year and the number of new listings decreased by 5.2 per cent, indicating that we are in the thick of a busy spring market for sellers," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "And prices only increasing an average of 0.9 per cent over last year means buyers haven't watched prices soar while they find the perfect home."
May 09 REALTORS® raise $76,525 for the Children's Fund
(May 9, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) Many children throughout Hamilton and Burlington will have a brighter holiday season this year, thanks to the generosity of those who attended and contributed to the REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction held on November 15, 2018. The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) raised $76,525 for the 900CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 953 Children's Fund through the Auction, which was held for its 30th year. "This goes to show that great things can happen when REALTORS® come together to support the children in our community," said Jack Loft, RAHB President. "The support our members and community show every year is amazing."
May 01 RAHB REALTORS® Release April Statistics
(May 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,226 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in April, 2019. This is a 6.3 per cent increase from April last year, as well as an 18.8 per cent increase over March 2019 and a 66.8 per cent increase over February 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 3.9 per cent from April 2018 to $589,324. "It's encouraging to see the overall number of sales increase since last year when the market balanced out from 2016 and 2017," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "Paired with a consistent increase in new listings month over month, Hamilton, Burlington and the outlying areas provide choice for buyers and a healthy market for sellers."
Apr 01 RAHB REALTORS® Release March 2019 Statistics
(Apr 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,032 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March, 2019. This is a 1.2 per cent drop from March last year; however, a 40 per cent increase over February 2019 and a 74 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from March 2018 by 4.9 per cent to $575,099. "The increase in the number of sales from January and February shows that we are full steam ahead and anticipate a healthy spring market," says RAHB CEO George O'Neill. "We experienced a two per cent increase in the number of listings over last year, which means more overall choice for buyers."
Mar 01 RAHB REALTORS® Release February 2019 Statistics
(Mar 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 735 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February, 2019. This is a 4 per cent drop from February last year; however, a 24 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from February 2018 by 1.9 per cent to $557,135. "Last year this time we saw the beginnings of a more balanced market," says RAHB CEO George O'Neill. "The data for January and February is trending upwards and could lead into a healthy spring market for both buyers and sellers."
Feb 04 RAHB REALTORS® Release January 2019 Statistics
(Feb 4, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 593 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January, 2019. This is a 3.6 per cent drop from the same month last year. The average price was up by 4.7 per cent to $550,058. The number of sales for single family properties within the entire RAHB market fell by 2.8 per cent compared to the same month last year, and the average sale price increased by 7 per cent.
Feb 04 RAHB REALTORS® Release 2018 Year End Statistics (REVISED)
(Feb 4, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) has revised the 2018 year-end market data and reports. Inconsistencies were found within the 2017 data related to listings posted on multiple MLS® systems. These "double listings" resulted in the sales and listings figures being higher than what actually took place in 2017. In August of 2017 RAHB and the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems Inc. (ORTIS) entered into a data sharing agreement, whereby a REALTOR® would be able to view a property on both MLS® systems without having to list it on both.
Jan 02 RAHB REALTORS® Release December Statistics
(Jan 2, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 534 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in December, 2018. Although this is 26 per cent lower than the same month last year, the average price was up by 2.6 per cent to $543,210. Year-to-date (YTD) sales activity was down by 17.6 per cent from this time last year, and down 12.2 per cent from a decade ago. Average YTD price was also down from a year ago by 1.4 per cent, but up by 90 per cent from 2008.
Dec 05 RAHB REALTORS® Release November Statistics
(Dec 5, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 862 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in November, 2018. This is a 17.1 per cent decrease from the same month last year. Year to date, sales are 17.4 per cent lower than last year at this same time. The sales-to-new-listings ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent), was 71.2 per cent - the low end of a seller's market. For comparison, in November 2017 the ratio was 69.9 per cent.
Nov 05 RAHB REALTORS® Release October Statistics
(Nov 5, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,035 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in October, 2018. This is a 13.1 per cent decrease from the same month last year. Year to date, sales are 17.7 per cent lower than last year at this same time. The sales-to-new-listings ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent) was 60.1 per cent. This is higher than last month and on the cusp of returning to a seller's market. For comparison, in October 2017 the ratio was 65.5 per cent.
Oct 03 RAHB REALTORS® Release September Statistics
(Oct 3, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 948 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in September, 2018.This is a 4.6 per cent increase over the same month last year. Year to date, sales are 18.8 per cent lower than last year at this same time. The Sales to New Listings Ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent) was 50.1 per cent. This indicates the overall residential market for the RAHB area is in a balanced position (between 40 to 60 per cent). Last year for September, the ratio was at 43.7 per cent - still considered balanced but trending towards a buyers' market.
Sep 06 RAHB REALTORS® Release August Statistics
(Sep 6, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,089 residential sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in August, 2018, less than one percent more than the same month last year and 2.9 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month. Residential freehold sales were exactly the same as August of last year, while condominium sales were 2.9 per cent higher. New residential listings were three per cent lower than the same month last year, and 4.5 per cent lower than the 10-year average.
Aug 03 RAHB REALTORS® Release July Statistics
(Aug 3, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,072 residential sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in July 2018, 4.7 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 16.3 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month. Residential freehold sales were 3.2 per cent lower, and condominium sales were 11.5 per cent lower, than July last year. New residential listings were 8.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, but 1.5 per cent higher than the 10-year average.
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