Going the Extra Mile

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First, a special thanks to all my clients and neighbours who ventured out last week to my Christmas Open House. It’s especially nice to spend some time socializing over a glass of wine instead of over a Purchase Agreement (although that’s fun too!!).

December is always an interesting month in Real Estate. It’s our year-end, people are relaxing into the holidays and it’s easy to slow down and believe no one is interested in thinking about listing their home. However, experience has taught me not to slack off during this time. If anyone is contemplating a move in the spring, now is the time that they’re thinking about choosing a Real Estate Agent. The “weather outside may be frightful” but that doesn’t stop me from going to old-school methods – DOOR KNOCKING!!! There’s nothing like the face-to-face approach for spurring homeowners to action – and the cold weather may even get you invited inside for an eggnog!! Armed with a list of clients looking to move into the area, I have achieved great success in securing listings by pounding the pavement and chatting with homeowners. I hope I never treat this business so cavalierly that I stop Door Knocking. I believe it is an integral component of my marketing strategy – and ultimately of my success in the Real Estate field. (And as marketing costs go, Door Knocking is definitely a great return on investment!!) And when I ‘simply don’t feel like it’, I have given my Office Manager, Cathy carte blanche to kick me in the behind and get said behind out there!!

If you’re thinking of a move, I say avoid the spring rush, and list your home in January. Property prices are on the increase minute by minute and if you act now, I believe you will get more money for your home. Come spring there will be more properties on the market and more competition, thus driving home prices slightly downward. And remember, even if you list in January, you can put your close date into the spring. (And let’s not forget that looming HST July 1st date. Although in the long run, I do not believe it will affect the overall market, I do think that people will react in the short term and try to move properties before July 1st.)

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m headed to Germany mid-month to spend Christmas with family, but I will be working right up to my flight departure and will be back at it before you can say ‘Happy New Year!’ Some people call my dedication “Going the Extra Mile”. Me? I just call it loving what I do and being there for my clients.

‘Tis The Season

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Ho ho ho. Fa la la la la. Deck the halls. Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum. ‘Tis the season. Jingle bells, jingle bells. Go Rudolph. Go Frosty. The Christmas Season is upon us, and I for one LOVE IT!! What a great excuse to hit the home décor stores and update your home’s festive look…or in my case, let Interior Decorator Terry Kuivinen make all the selections, bring them to my home and then allow me to pick and choose. (Just as much fun – and lets me concentrate my shopping on the really important things – like clothes and shoes!!) This year, my husband and I are headed to Germany to catch up with my side of the family during Christmas. My sister will be making the trip from Budapest. So instead of the Italian festivities we usually have locally (my husband is Italian/Columbian!!), we’ll be doing it Eastern European style.. It will be a much-needed year-end break, and I will do my best to send some blogs and photos from over there. We’ll definitely be hitting the medieval town of Rothenburg (Germany’s best preserved walled town), which is known as Christmas-town in Germany. I can’t wait to see the town in winter, completely decorated and lit!! In Rothenburg, tourists flock to the two Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Villages (just off Market Square). These Christmas wonderlands are filled with enough twinkling lights to require a special electric hookup, instant Christmas mood music and us, filling the little woven shopping baskets with an extraordinary variety of ornaments designed by their own artists.

I’m also pleased to remind neighbours and clients about KrisztinaFest. Similar to last year, it will be a 7-9pm drop-in on Thursday December 3. And in the spirit of the season, I want you all to hum along to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as you read (or sing) the following little ditty written for me…

KRISZTINA THE OAK PARK AGENT

HAD A VERY SHINY YEAR

AND IF YOU EVER SAW HER

YOU WOULD EVEN SAY SHE CARES

SHE LOVES TO SELL THE HOUSES

IN MISSISSAUGA AND OAKVILLE

SHE’LL GO THE EXTRA MILE

ALWAYS TO COMPLETE THE DEAL

THEN ONE FOGGY OAK PARK DAY

HER CLIENTS CAME TO SAY

KRISZTINA WITH YOUR SMILE SO BRIGHT

WON’T YOU HAVE A PARTY TONIGHT

SO THAT’S WHAT SHE DECIDED TO DO THEN

TO SPREAD SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER

ON THE 3 RD OF DECEMBER, THURSDAY

ALL ARE WEL…COME …HERE!!

The good news on the real estate front is that despite the weather getting colder, the market is remaining HOT! I’m still completing lots of deals right up to my departure date and am still encountering many multi-offer situations. Oak Park in particular is doing extremely well on the price front. With the July 1 st HST date looming, we are starting to see an influx of inventory. Closings are being pushed to April, May and even June, so if you’re planning a move, make it your New Year’s resolution to act quickly!! (Oh, and p.s. – the airdates for “Krisztina’s Real Estate 411” Episodes 5 & 6 are being delayed until the New Year…stay tuned!!)