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January 18, 2020

Come see me at 69 Emery Street West in Old South for an open house this Sunday!   London, Ontario real estate is moving quickly, especially in this neighbourhood.  Message me for details.  

- Phil  

November 1, 2019

How can you prepare for the home search? 

Since purchasing my first investment property in London, Ontario almost 15 years ago close to Western University, I've had a lot of time to speak with others about their experience and learn about the home buying process. 🏠 As a real estate salesperson, I'm always surprised by the number of similar questions I receive from my clients about buying a home or condo. There are still many myths floating around about the home-buying process and advice from family, friends, and relatives is typically coming from a very good place, but it may be a little dated.

To help, I've compiled some similar topics into a step-by-step guide for my clients🏘. Please note that this is just my opinion and personal circumstances will change this advice slightly. I'd always recommend setting up a quick coffee, call, or text to discuss your specific questions prior to making a move to buy or sell and speaking with other experts like lawyers, home inspectors, tradespeople, and more. I'm licensed as a real estate salesperson with Royal LePage in all of Ontario and work mainly in London and St. Thomas area with significant past experience in Ottawa and eastern Ontario.

Topic #1 which I'll be going through today is the "Preparation Phase" 🧐. My general advice is to:

1) Define your criteria: needs and wants. If you are buying a home as a single person, your requirements list may be slightly easier than a couple who may sometimes have differing wish lists. That said, it is essential to define your criteria PRIOR to setting out on the house hunt or you may face the frustrations of spinning your wheels with homes that were never going to work in the first place. Start by making a list of the things you can't live without, like the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, size of home, and neighbourhood options. Then, I always recommend going through the wish list of "nice to haves" and having a conversation on what would make you especially happy to have in your new place. Is that Italian tile in the kitchen a nice to have or a must for your criteria list?

2) Think hard about the type of home options out there. Would you consider a condo and the fees that go along with it? Or, are you focused solely on single family homes in in north London? The "in between" can also get confusing as I've had many clients who will purchase a "freehold townhome" but do not want to consider one with full condo fees. What about a homeowners' association and any associated fees? Is this something you can deal with? Learning these differences can save you a lot of grief down the road and avoid surprises.

3) Think about the market conditions in your ideal neighbourhood. Are homes selling quickly in multiple offer situations? Do you see a lot of for sale signs? I find that many buyers and sellers are focused on the overall market conditions for Canada, as this is what they read about in the newspaper, but the specific neighbourhood by neighbourhood stats based on the actual home type you would consider purchasing can be far more relevant and useful to you as a buyer or seller. I'm happy to help you with my advice on a specific neighbourhood based on comparable sales and what I've seen with past and current clients.

Feel free to message me at any time if you have a specific question or are interested in learning more about the buying or selling process. I have some other guide topics to share with you, and always up for chatting by phone, text, email, or better yet, grab a coffee! ☕️ I'm here to help and learn from my neighbours! 🏠

October 30, 2019

Thanks to my past clients for your kind words!

Facebook ticket giveaway!

October 26, 2019

Click here to Visit my Facebook page to enter! 

❤️ Beer + Mac & Cheese Festival Ticket Giveaway! I have TWO (2) tickets to giveaway to the festival taking place on November 22nd from 6 to 11 PM at RBC Place London - Ontario, Canada .

Come enjoy this Ugly Sweater themed event featuring food and beer from London and area's best breweries and restaurants! 🍻🧀

To enter this random draw, 1) Like my Facebook page if you haven't already, 2) Like this Post, and 3) Tag a Friend that you'd like to bring in the comments! 😍👍

The WINNER will be randomly selected on November 6th at 7 PM and notified that night. 🤩

🧐Facebook is not affiliated with this giveaway, must be 19+ to enter, and open to residents in Ontario. Not intended to solicit those already under contract with a real estate brokerage. Brought to you by Phil Bailey, Sales Representative with Royal LePage Triland Realty, Brokerage.

Market Update - September 2019

London, Ontario and area real estate statistics for September.

Average price in London is now almost $411,000.

October 2, 2019

5 Tips for Sellers Getting Ready to Sell Their Home in London, Ontario.

September 23, 2019

Here are the latest home and condo sale statistics for London and St.Thomas area.  Contact me if you are interested in learning about a specific neighbourhood or home type.  Happy to help!