How to Make Your Home Stand Out in a Crowded Market

Friday, March 27, 2020

Guelph is forecasted to experience another seller’s market this year! It is important to highlight what makes your property unique and special to set it above the other homes on the market. There are some crucial steps you can take to help your home stand out in the crowded spring seller’s marketplace.

How to Prepare for the Spring Market

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The spring real estate market is almost upon us! If you’re thinking of selling your home, now is the perfect time to start preparing. Get a head start on the busy real estate season by starting the tidying up and/or renovating process now so your property is ready for open houses and showings come spring.

Home Staging Blog

How to ‘Stage’ Your Home’s Interior to Help Close the Sale

Monday, February 3, 2020

Home staging helps feature your home’s best assets and impress buyers who are hoping to visualize themselves moving in. When dealing with such a significant financial transaction, home-staging is an easy and cost-efficient way to boost your selling price and cut down on your market period. In today’s blog, I offer some steps and tips to stage your home successfully.

Considering Purchasing a Rental Property?  Here’s What You Need to Know

Considering Purchasing a Rental Property? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Any seasoned investor will tell you that buying and renting out an investment property is a job, and like any other job comes with a learning curve.  This month’s blog will go in to details regarding some of the key pieces of information every potential investor should be aware of when considering an investment purchase.

How Technology Has Changed the Real Estate Market and Where We Are Headed Next

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

It is hard to imagine that as recently as 20 years ago real estate pretty much centred on a listings book that only real estate agents had access to. Things are dramatically different today.  

A Real Estate Glossary Primer

A Real Estate Glossary Primer

Friday, July 26, 2019

If you’ve had the experience buying a home, you’ll likely recognize several or all of these terms, but the real estate world can be overwhelming for those who are stepping in to it for the first time.

Tips for Selling Your Home in A Buyer’s Market

Tips for Selling Your Home in A Buyer’s Market

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Selling your home in a buyer’s market can sometimes be tough depending on the age, location or condition of your home. But with some creativity, sellers can be just as successful as if they were selling in a seller’s market.

Home Issues You Can Spot Without Needing a Home Inspector

Home Issues You Can Spot Without Needing a Home Inspector

Thursday, April 18, 2019

One of the biggest (and most important) steps in buying any home, whether it's your first or fourth, is the home inspection. This step in the home buying process brings in a professional contractor/ house inspector and allows you to get a better understanding of the condition of the home. And while these professionals have years of experience and training looking for things the average home-buyer wouldn't think to look for or even know what they're looking at, there are still many things an untrained eye can spot.

Weekend Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

Weekend Projects That Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

With spring right around the corner, that means spring cleaning, and of course, yard work. And because a home’s curb appeal is so detrimental to your home sitting on the market or selling, I thought it would be good to share a blog post with some different projects that you can do in a weekend to boost your home’s curb appeal. Having a clean, polished exterior can go a long way in winning over potential buyers before they ever step foot inside your home.

The Truth Behind the “Guaranteed Sale” Programs

The Truth Behind the “Guaranteed Sale” Programs

Friday, March 1, 2019

If you listen to the radio while in the car or have even paid attention to the billboards and other advertisements found around the Guelph area, you've probably heard or seen an ad for a realtor offering to buy your house if it doesn't sell in however many days. And while your first thought might be that it's a scam, you can rest easy knowing that it's not. It does, however, come with a lot of fine print guidelines and stipulations. This blog post is dedicated to sharing many of the "fine print" that many realtors may use when offering a promotion like this.

2019 New Year Resolutions: Homeowner Edition

2019 New Year Resolutions: Homeowner Edition

Friday, February 1, 2019

Hard to believe it’s already a new year. I can still remember last year’s New Year festivities. But now that our holiday hangovers have long vanished, it’s time to get back down to work and start making 2019 our best year yet. For many, this means setting New Year resolutions. Typically, these involve losing weight, eating better, limiting screen time and more, but as your Guelph real estate expert, I thought it would be fun to share some home-specific resolutions that anyone can achieve regardless of whether you’re planning to move homes or stay put.

2018 Blog Recap

2018 Blog Recap

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Over the past year, I’ve enjoyed helping many families find their new home as well as sharing my passion for real estate through monthly articles. And so, as everyone reflects on the year past, I thought I would do the same. Except in my case, I've decided to reflect on the many blog posts I've shared over the last 12 months. Continue reading below for a complete list of every article I shared this year along with a summary of each post and a link to the full article.

Things to do in Guelph this Holiday Season – 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

With the holidays right around the corner, that means Christmas vacation for the kiddos and even some parents. And with all that free time on your hands, you're sure to run out of books to read, shows to watch and quite possibly things to do. But you don't have to. One of the things I love most about this time of year is the countless events and fundraisers that not only bring people together and raise good cheer, but that also help families create special holiday memories.

The Pros and Cons of Winter House Hunting

The Pros and Cons of Winter House Hunting

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Whether it's June or January, buying a home is an exciting time in any person's life. And while the majority of house hunters will choose to search for their next home in spring or summer if given a choice, there's no reason to postpone the search during winter. In fact, although snow covers the majority of homes and their yards during winter, there are some benefits to conducting your search through the colder months.

What to Expect When Buying Your First Home

What to Expect When Buying Your First Home

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Buying your first home is an exciting milestone in any person’s life. It’s a fun process followed by an exhilarating feeling once move-in day arrives.

But in between the search and move in day, there are many ups and downs that many homeowners are unaware of when they begin their search for their new home. With nearly 20 years of experience helping families buy and sell their homes, it’s my goal to make the home buying process as enjoyable as possible whether you choose to work with me or somebody else. Because the more you know going into the process, the less stressful it will be and the more enjoyable it will be for everyone involved.

Tips for Hosting an Open House

Tips for Hosting an Open House

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hosting an open house is an essential step in selling any home. It’s a seller’s one opportunity to showcase their home’s beauty and it gives potential buyers the opportunity to tour the house in person, imagine what their life would be like in the home and get a feel for how much space is really on offer. But hosting an open house isn’t quite as simple as baking (or buying) some cookies and cleaning your home. The perfect open house comes down to the smallest of details that can make a huge difference in terms of selling or not selling your home.

Air Conditioner Buyer's Guide

Air Conditioner Buyer's Guide

Monday, July 9, 2018

Guelph is famous for its abundance of century homes. And while these homes are known for their character and charm, they’re not known to be outfitted with the latest features, including central air conditioning. So as the temperature continues to rise and you start to weigh your air conditioner options, I felt it was the perfect time to provide a complete overview of air conditioning options for any home. In this blog post, I’ll cover the different types of air conditioners, how to choose the right air conditioner for your home and factors to consider when purchasing.

Reasons to Call Guelph Home

Reasons to Call Guelph Home

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Many of the families and people I help find new homes for are Guelph residents simply relocating to a new part of the city. However, as Guelph continues to develop and as the real estate market continues to change in other parts of the province, I’ve worked with more and more people from different regions of the province and country who are looking to call Guelph home. Being a Guelphtonian myself, I know first-hand the many reasons why this city is such a great place to call home for families both big and small. So instead of answering each inquiry separately, I’ve decided to create this blog post dedicated to things people need to know about Guelph. I hope that it will help reassure people who may be considering moving to Guelph that they are making a smart decision and strengthen the love for the city that current residents already have.  

What to Look For When Buying a New Home

What to Look For When Buying a New Home

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Whether it’s your first or your fifth, buying a new home never seems to get any easier. On top of the mammoth-sized price tag, every house raises a million and one questions—some you’re able to answer yourself, while others you haven’t the slightest clue where to start. I’ve designed this blog post to help ease you, your family or anyone you know into the mindset of buying a new home. This way, the process is less likely to be overwhelming and more likely to be enjoyable for everyone involved. After all, you are buying a home! This blog is not designed to replace a realtor, but instead, get you thinking about things to look for and questions to ask as you tour potential homes with your realtor.

You Shouldn't Sell Your Home On Your Own

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Home On Your Own (Part 1)

Monday, March 19, 2018

By turning to a real estate agent for the sale of your home, you can expect efficiency and quality in terms of their service but also in the proceedings of getting your home on the market and sold to a new homeowner.

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Home On Your Own Part 2

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Home On Your Own (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last post, I discussed a few of the reasons why you should always get a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home. This post, let's continue talking about the benefits of selling with a Real Estate Agent, versus selling on your own. 

Guelph Condos and Living in Downtown Guelph

Guelph Condos and Downtown Living

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

If you’re making the move to Guelph or relocating within the city, Guelph Condos are the perfect solution for your living needs. Find out why this piece of real estate in Guelph is a popular choice for many, and how you too can find the condo perfect for you. 

Guelph Condos and Apartments Deb Olender

Guelph Condos and Apartments--Do's and Don'ts for Renting and Leasing

Monday, January 15, 2018

If you’re a student looking for condo and apartment this year, it’s important to know what the do’s and don’ts are for this style of living. Students that choose to live in condos and apartments need an understanding of lease agreements (longer term contracts) and rental agreements (shorter term, usually on a month-to-month basis).

Increase Your Home's Value Deb Olender

Increase Your Home's Value: Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Monday, October 30, 2017

When deciding on renovations and ways to improve your home’s value in the Real Estate Market, it’s important to look at your kitchen and your bathrooms, especially the master bathroom or main family bathroom. Why are these two rooms so important when it comes to a home’s value?

Curb Appeal Real Estate Market Deb Olender

What's The Deal With Curb Appeal In The Real Estate Market?

Monday, October 16, 2017

In the process of selling your home and getting it on the Real Estate Market, you’re likely thinking about what you can do with the interior to boost its sale price. But what some sellers forget is that the exterior can be almost as important because it is the first impression your home makes on potential buyers. If you think this is just a gimmick, looking at the stats may change how you view it. In a past article from the CBC interviewing home renovator, Scott McGillivray and design duo, Steven and Chris, making changes to the exterior of your home can increase your home’s overall value. So what should you be doing to the exterior to see increased dollar value and increased curb appeal?

Rent or Downpayment Deb Olender Real Estate Guelph

Should I Rent or Make A Downpayment On A Home?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Today, let’s talk about scenarios when it is good to rent a place and when it is a good idea to make a down payment on a home. Going through the pros and cons of each gives a better idea of the Real Estate Market, what will give you the most benefit for your money, and what will make sense for your lifestyle.

Understanding Why Market Value Changes

Understanding Why Market Value Changes

Monday, September 11, 2017

With changes in behaviour for the Real Estate Market in Guelph and elsewhere, many are curious as to why the Market Value of a home fluctuates. Understanding why Market Value (MV) changes can help you better navigate choices you make regarding your home.

Mortgage Approval Before Home Search Deb Olender

Importance Of A Mortgage Approval BEFORE The Home Search

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Getting a pre-approval for a Mortgage is an important step BEFORE starting your home search. If you are stepping foot in to home buying territory, it is a good idea to start your journey by getting a pre-approved Mortgage rate and making sure you qualify for a mortgage.

Real Estate Guelph Housing Developments

Housing Developments and Real Estate in Guelph

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What do homebuyers and investors in Guelph have in common? They’re thinking about the neighbourhoods they would like to purchase in, what is affordable in their budget, if they should invest in property, and of course, how to get in touch with a Guelph Real Estate Agent as new developments near completion. 

Importance of a Home Evaluation

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Are you a homeowner thinking of putting your house on sale in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge? Before you put your house up on the market, don’t forget the importance of a home evaluation to get the right price tag for it!

Guelph Condos for Every Lifestyle

Guelph Condos for Every Lifestyle

Monday, July 10, 2017

Looking at Guelph Condos and wondering which one is perfect for your lifestyle?

Choosing the right condo for your lifestyle needs and wants is something that requires a little bit of thought on your part, and the guidance of a real estate agent in Guelph. Whether you are living in the condo, renting out the condo or are looking for a future investment, knowing a bit about condos in Guelph is a good place to start.

What You Need to Know About Buying A Guelph Investment Property

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

For the past few years, everyone has been talking about the Real Estate Market in Ontario and Canada. Of course, everyone knows that Toronto and the GTA is considered one of the most expensive places to buy property in comparison to other cities in Southern Ontario, but what about buying property in Guelph?

The expansion of Guelph and lower price ranges will draw homebuyers and property renters. If you are thinking of buying a Guelph investment property, now is the time!

Why Choose Deb Olender As Your Real Estate Agent

Why You Should Choose Deb Olender as Your Real Estate Agent

Monday, May 29, 2017

Find out why people choose Deb Olender as their Real Estate Broker and Agent to guide them through the real estate market. 

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Deb Olender Guelph Real Estate Info

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Deb Olender Seller's Market

The Seller's Market in Guelph

Monday, April 24, 2017

Multiple Offers Deb Olender

Dealing with Multiple Offers on Your Home

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Whether you are selling in Guelph or in the Greater Toronto Area, there are no shortages of offers and bidding wars are common practice.

Why Hire Deb Olender Realtor

7 Reasons to Get a Realtor

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Whether you are buying or selling locally or exploring the myriad of online listings, a realtor will simplify the process.