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1670 Grand Marais West FOR SALE in Windsor, Ontario
Posted on Sun, 21 Sep 2014, 08:12:13 AM  in Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario
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1670 Grand Marais W front porch

It is a real treat for Rosemary Lunau and I to have the opportunity to market and find a new family to live in what we think is the "hidden gem of Windsor." We have been in a lot of homes and 1670 Grand Marais West, located in South Windsor has a time-honoured past. Step back to the grandeur of the 20's.

It is a centre hall plan which to me always feels welcoming.

There are unique features like solid wood and gumwood trim work and french doors with leaded glass.  Extraordinary wood beams in the formal living room and dining room, a sturdy "Stickely Type" stair case. You will find a less formal sunroom off the living room and a main floor family room. The kitchen has recently been refinished with custom cabinetry to reflect the era of the home.
1670 Grand Marais formal living rm
This vintage home has four generous bedrooms with sizeable cedar walk-in closets, almost unheard of for the age of this home! It also has a walk-up stair case to the attic. Our research shows it as approximately 3220 square feet on the first and second floors, not including the attic and there is another 1591 square feet in the lower level. The current homeowners finished an office space and recreation room or "flex" room to use for whatever and there is a workshop down there as well.

1670 Grand Marais inground pool

I would like to highlight the laundry chute from the second floor down to the lower level laundry! Why don't we build more of these today?
They are so handy!

This distinguished home is situated on a 146' frontage which expands over four lots. It is heavily treed for privacy. There is an in-ground heated kidney shaped pool, children's play house, one and a half car garage and a circular driveway and a side drive.
 It truly has a majestic architectural past; however, its qualities and the improvements made seem to harmonize with todays modern home expectations with out compromising its elegance.

This home was featured in a video documentary called "Building the Bridge".

For more information on this property just give us a call or CLICK. Rosemary or I would love to walk you through it!


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5 Home Staging Dos and Don’ts – for those getting ready to sell in Windsor, Ont.
Posted on Fri, 09 Aug 2013, 09:10:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario,  Windsor Real Estate
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5 Home Staging Dos and Don’ts – for those getting ready to sell in Windsor, Ont.

When you're selling a house, you have about six seconds to make a positive impression on potential buyers. According to Professional Builders magazine, that's all the time it takes for people to decide whether they'd like to purchase your home. That means you can't rely on a stunning interior to make up for a poorly manicured lawn, or a prim bed of begonias to distract attention from peeling paint. Instead, prepping a home for sale requires attending to all maintenance and dècor details to create an attractive, cohesive presentation.

This process of converting a lived-in home into a show-worthy house is called home staging. Not to be confused with redecorating, home staging transforms the highly personalized elements of a house into an appealing blank canvas. A properly staged home should feel warm and inviting, but not worn in. As a result, a listing has a better chance of selling faster for a higher price. Home staging isn't a one-size-fits-all process -- some places will require more of a face-lift than others. But the following five do's and don'ts apply to any staging project

5: Do Clean Your Windsor, Ontario home, town home or condo "Like Crazy" The first major step involved in home staging is clearing the clutter out of the house. If you've lived at one address for a long time, you've probably amassed a collection of junk, whether it's stacks of old magazines, worn-out furniture or useless knickknacks. Home staging is the prime time to start tossing the trash; after all, you won't want to take clutter with you to your next destination. An extra set of eyes can help you cull through the mess and prod you to lighten your load. A staged home must also be sparkling clean. This is time to get out the toothbrush and scrub every nook and cranny. Baseboards, window frames, appliances, grout — all surfaces must gleam. To tackle larger jobs, such as cleaning carpets and window treatments, consider calling in the professionals.

4: Don't Forget About Curb Appeal The lawn and Windsor landscape deserve as much care as the inside of the house; after all, they're the first thing people notice. When staging, you have to think like a prospective buyer. Would you seriously consider a house with a brown, parched lawn? Probably not. Get the lawn in shape and use mulch and bedding when necessary to fill in trouble spots. Trim hedges and trees, making sure that they aren't blocking the house's visibility. Flowers and bright-leafed plants add welcome splashes of color, especially around entrances. Possibly add outdoor seating or a grill to the patio and deck area — that added touch allows buyers to imagine relaxing and enjoying those features. Also assess the outside of the house. Cracking paint, broken shutters and sagging gutters should be fixed. Put some extra thought into the appearance of the doorways; buyers and realtors will have an up-close view of them, and you'll want them looking pristine and welcoming. To cap things off, pressure wash the exterior of the house

3: Do Stick With Neutrals As mentioned earlier, home staging isn't another term for design overhaul. But if your Windsor dwelling needs a more dramatic makeover to transition it from family crash pad to model home, a fresh coat of paint can work wonders. Better yet, painting can have as much as a 150 percent return on investment. But if you're playing with color, stick with neutrals. Creams, beiges and soft browns can brighten a room without overpowering it. Remember that the goal of successful staging is an attractive living area that people can envision themselves in. Choosing a bold palette may alienate prospective buyers, and too much color contrast can distract. To spice up a space, rely on tasteful furniture and accessories to do the heavy lifting. Professional home stagers may recommend renting upscale furnishing to create the polished effect. This may seem like a gratuitous expense, but if your high-class dècor fetches a higher offer for the home, you'll save money in the end.

2: Do Update When Necessary Although home staging shouldn't involve much in the way of major renovation, spot updates can bring a house built years ago into today's market. Look around for features that date your house, including wood paneling, shaggy carpet and old appliances. These are immediate buyer turnoffs. Take stock of furniture as well. Is that loveseat a little too loved? Or maybe the bed in the master suite is lacking. In that case, a professional home stager may advise putting your old furniture in storage and bringing in rented replacements. Home-staging experts also recommend focusing first on the kitchen, since it's the primary room that prospective buyers are interested in. Adding at least one stainless-steel element, for instance, can give it a fresh look for marginal cost. Even changing out the hardware on cabinets and drawers can make a surprising difference.

1: Don't Leave Behind a Personal Touch For home owners, one of the hardest parts of staging can be removing personal signs of ownership. It may seem endearing to leave up candid photos, report cards and crayon drawings on the refrigerator, but they may be a costly diversion. Take down the family portraits, kitschy collectibles and even monogrammed towels. In order for prospective buyers to imagine living in a house, they can't see constant reminders of your presence. Just like selecting neutral wall colors, the dècor should also be somewhat muted for broad appeal. Removing the individual touch may also include rearranging furniture to open up spaces.

Bedrooms and bathrooms ought to showcase minimal personal items as well. Perhaps most importantly, a well-staged home gives no indication of any residing pets. Someone who isn't a dog lover may be instantly deterred at the sight of Fido's food bowl by the door or a leash daggling from a coat rack. When it's time to groom your house for the real estate market, just keep in mind that people want to buy a place of their own — not one that has your signature all over it.


As always, I am here for any real estate help. Servicing Windsor Essex and Surrounding Areas - Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, East Riverside, Emeryville, Belle River, Central Windsor, Walkerville, South Windsor, South Cameron, Heritage Estates, Lasalle, investing in rental properties in Windsor.

Article Written By: Cristen Conger

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The Chicken and Egg Question When it Comes to Real Estate: Should You Buy or Sell First?
Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2013, 08:43:51 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  My services,  Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario,  Preparing your home for sale in Windsor Ont,  Windsor Ontario First Time Buyers,  Buying a home or Condo in Windsor Essex ,  Home Ownership,  Windsor Real Estate,  Windsor Home Buying Tips,  Windsor Ont. & Tecumseh real estate for sale
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For homeowners in the Windsor area who are aiming to sell their home and buy another, it's the classic real estate, which came first, the chicken or the egg, question -- buy or sell first?

If you sell first, you may find yourself under a tight deadline to find another house, or be forced in temporary quarters. If you buy first, you may be saddled with two mortgage payments for at least a couple months. You may need the money from the sale of your original home in order to pre-qualify for a loan for your new home. You may be facing a job relocation and need to sell quickly.
There are many variables involved; there is no universal correct answer. It basically comes down to your specific circumstances.
Dan Gregor, a Realtor in Pickerington, Ohio, says there is generally less pressure when you sell first.
"It really comes down to risk," Gregor said. "It's whether you want the risk of owning two houses, or possibly none at all." Gregor says that if you have the money to make two mortgage payments, the pressure is off. But if you need to sell your house in order to qualify for a loan, then you have no choice -- you'll have to sell first. "You can write contingent contracts, but if you really want the home, you'll pay a premium -- that's if the seller will even entertain a contingent offer," he says.
And if you go ahead with a contingent offer, then you may end up settling for less for the house you're selling in an effort to get it sold quickly. Gregor says for most people, the stress level is lower when you sell first. "You have time to get pre-approved for your mortgage and see all the housing options in the price range you'd like to buy," he said.
When your selling house is in contract, he suggests you pick the three best homes of those you've viewed and prepare to make an offer on the one that best meets your needs. "The absolute worst that can happen is the right home isn't available," Gregor said. "You end up in a short-term rental with the cash in your pocket and pre-approved financing for the balance you need. So you look like a cash buyer when you make an offer on the home you finally decide on." But brisk selling conditions in some parts of the country require more aggressive tactics.
Brett Furman, a broker in suburban Philadelphia, says the strong market dictates that homebuyers focus on buying first, and selling later.
"The housing market in the suburban Philadelphia market is moving very quickly," said Furman. "Normally we advise our buyers to sell their home first and buy second ... However with the faster moving market, we are advising many of our buyer clients to obtain a mortgage commitment that is not contingent upon selling their existing house."
In their book, House Selling for Dummies (Hungry Minds Inc., 1999), Eric Tyson and Ray Brown "strongly recommend" that you sell first.
"Even in good real estate markets, sales frequently drag on much longer than you expect," the authors say. "Selling in a weak market usually compounds the problem. Homeowners tend to overestimate their house's resale value and underestimate the length of the selling process -- a fiscally deadly one-two punch."
The Dummies book says selling first eliminates financial risk -- no double mortgages and double payments for property taxes and insurance payments. And no worrying about how you'll come up with a down payment.
But selling first isn't the perfect solution. Some of the issues that may come up include:
  • Being forced out of your house before you have a new place available. Where will you live? Where will your kids go to school?
  • Having to move twice. Do you want to go through the hassle? Where will you store your extra furniture while you live with family and friends or rent an apartment?
  • Not being able to find a house you like. How long are you willing to live in temporary quarters until you find a suitable house?
Whichever way you go, it always seems to work out in the end, at least in Gregor's experience.
"I've been in the business for 30 years," he said. "We've never had anyone out on the street and the vast majority of our clients that make double moves are those building new homes that had to have their property sold first."
Many thanks to Michele Dawson of for sharing this article.
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Searching for a home in Windsor, Lasalle or Tecumseh?
Posted on Thu, 05 Jul 2012, 06:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario,  Windsor Ontario First Time Buyers,  Buying a home or Condo in Windsor Essex ,  Home Ownership,  Windsor Real Estate
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Try to buy a home that meets most of your needs for the next 5 to 10 years, or find a home that can grow and change with your needs.

Take a moment to think about the following...

Size and Layout
How many bedrooms do you need?
How many bathrooms do you need?
If you work from home in Windsor, do you require space for a home office?
What kind of parking facilities do you need? For how many cars?

What type of features are you looking for in your Windsor home?

Do you want air conditioning? If so, what type? If central air is in the budget, it is a welcomed feature as summers in Windsor Essex tend to really get hot and humid.
Do you want storage or hobby space?
Is a fireplace or a swimming pool high on your list?
Do you have family members with special needs?
Do you want special features to save energy, enhance indoor air quality, and reduce environmental impact?

Life Strategies
No matter what type of housing you choose, you must have a clear idea of your needs today, as well as your possible future needs. These are some examples of questions homebuyers might ask:
Do I plan to have children?
Do I have teenagers who will be moving away soon?
Am I close to retirement?
Will I need a home that can accommodate different stages of life?
Do I have an older relative who might come to live with me?

 Buying a home a home in Windsor Essex and the surrounding areas is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. Be careful and ponder what will and will not work for you and your family now and in the somewhat distant future.

 As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Old Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Kingsville, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties.

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Should I use a Home Inspector when I Buy a Home in Windsor?
Posted on Thu, 28 Jun 2012, 09:30:00 AM  in Buying and Selling Windsor Waterfront Properties,  Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario,  Windsor Ontario First Time Buyers,  Buying a home or Condo in Windsor Essex ,  Home Ownership,  Windsor Real Estate,  Windsor Home Inspectors,  Lasalle Tecumseh Home Inspections,  Windsor Home Buying Tips
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We always recommend that homes purchased in Windsor and Essex County be thoroughly inspected by a certified Home Inspector.

Inspections are an important tool to verify that any potential Windsor home is a sound investment and not a bottomless money pit! Inspections are normally built into every agreement of purchase and sale. They are a condition of the purchase which enable buyers the option to renegotiate or walk away should the Windsor home not fair well during the inspection.

A home inspector will typically inspect:

Roof, some inspectors will get up on any roof, some will tackle low slopes, and others use binoculars to check for wornness or curling of shingles. Here in Windsor during the winter months a visual roof inspection may not be possible because of snow.

Plumbing, most inspectors will flush toilets to check for leaks and run all faucets to assess water pressure and the immediacy and volume of available hot water.

Heating and Cooling, depending on the time of year the furnace should be tested by turning up the thermostat and checking the response.

Home Interior, an inspection generally includes a visual scan of floors, walls and ceilings for signs of water intrusion, or sagging.

Basement should be checked for indications of previous water intrusion in addition to signs of structural problems. You can find out a lot of information in the basement!

Smoke Detector adequacy

Attic, to verify that there is proper insulation in the home

Electrical, most inspectors remove the face of the electrical box if it is safe to do so and check for over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminum wiring (which can be a dangerous fire hazard)

It is important to note that Windsor Home Inspectors can only check out what is visible to the eye.  They do not tear out dry wall like Mike Holmes! A home inspection is necessary part to the Windsor home buying process.  It will give home buyers a piece of mind and make them aware of potential problem areas as well.

For those getting ready to put their home up for sale in Windsor it can be useful to have a "pre-inspection".  This will allow for Sellers to make an necessary repairs prior to a potential Buyer making an offer. 

 As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Olde Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Kingsville, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties

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Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2012, 10:54:57 AM  in Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario,  Home Ownership,  Windsor Real Estate,  Windsor Open Houses
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Windsor Open Houses

Stop by Sunday and see this executive over sized raised ranch in South

 Windsor.  There is really a lot of room to spread out in this one! Looking for

a  large lot on a cul de sac in the City of Windsor? This one has it.

 Entertainers delight with a covered porch and cement patio below - sure

 to fit even the largest families bar-b-que.  There is a master bonus room

 bedroom complete with corner spa like jacuzzi tub, seperate shower

 and walk-in closet. There is a country sized kitchen with a pantry and

 BONUS, the stainless appliances are includedLaughing.

Hope to see you Sunday, Carrie-Lynn Macleod, Remo Valente Real Estate

 As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Old Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Kingsville, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties.

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Windsor Home Buyers and Sellers Should Know - Bank of Canada is holding off on raising interest rates
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2012, 09:52:41 PM  in Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario,  Windsor Mortgage Rates
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Canadian Press Article, June 5, 2012

The Bank of Canada is holding off on raising interest rates for awhile longer — perhaps a lot longer — citing worsening global conditions and an uneven Canadian recovery that is not quite strong as advertised.

The decision to keep the bank’s trendsetting overnight rate at one per cent for the 14th consecutive policy announcement was widely expected.

Also not surprisingly, the Bank of Canada has quickly acknowledged that the hopeful monetary policy review delivered by Gov. Mark Carney in April may have been premature.

In a more pessimistic take, Carney and his policy setting council conceded in Tuesday’s announcement that the outlook for global growth has weakened in the past few weeks, and that Europe has gone from a risky environment to one in which the risks are now reality.

“This is leading to a sharp deterioration in global financial conditions,” the bank said in a statement accompanying its rate announcement.

As if on cue, Spain sent out a distress signal prior to Tuesday’s emergency G7 finance ministers’ conference call, which included Canada’s Jim Flaherty, saying it was having difficulty accessing credit at affordable rates.

Scotiabank economist Derek Holt said given the developments, Carney had no choice but soften his previous position that the time to raise rates was approaching. The bank governor did not completely reverse course, but that may be forthcoming in the next statement in July, Holt said.

“In a perfect world the bank would be raising rates right now,” he said. “But the geopolitical turn of events and as well as the domestic softens in sectors outside of housing won’t allow them to do so.”

Holt said he expected an even more dovish outlook from the bank in July, when it releases its next comprehensive assessment of the world and Canadian economies.

“In our opinion, the bank went as far as it could to reduce the hawkish content of its statement, without interfering with its credibility, but clearly the urge to hike is less intense than in April,” agreed Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Securities.

“This sets the stage for the assessment of a wider output gap than previously expected, in (July), thus crystallizing what we feel will be a repetition of the 2011 episode, where the bank was forced to the sidelines by overriding global developments.”

The bank’s statement made clear that its council of governors believes the problems extend beyond Europe.

“While the U.S. economy continues to expand at a modest pace, economic activity in emerging-market economies is slowing a bit faster and a bit more broadly than had been expected,” the bank said.

In Canada, it conceded that the 1.9 per cent growth in gross domestic product registered in the first quarter was disappointing — the bank indicated in April it was looking for 2.5 per cent growth. But it said overall the economy is holding up because of a strong housing sector, still-positive business and consumer confidence, and the low interest rate environment.

Still, it noted that difficult foreign markets along with the persistent strength of the Canadian dollar mean exports will remain weak. Although credit has boosted growth, the bank took note that “households continue to add to their debt burden in an environment of modest income growth.”

Carney has long expressed concern that Canadians were borrowing too much it times of low interest rates, and will be trapped with high payment obligations once rates start normalizing. It is believed to be one of the main reasons the central banker wants to start raising rates as quickly as conditions allow.

Holt said he believes the governor is worried about following in the path of the U.S. in response to the 2001 slump, when the Federal Reserve kept interest rates very low for years, triggering irresponsible lending and a housing bubble.

But he adds the Canadian situation is different. Growth in household debt is already slowing, he said, and the federal financial watchdog is clamping down on the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. and other financial institutions.

The bank and markets will get a better reading of how the Canadian economy is holding up against the stiffening headwinds from abroad on Friday when Statistics Canada reports on job growth — or contraction — for the month of May.

The past two months have seen employment expand by an eye-popping 140,000 jobs, but many economists are not convinced and expect to see some payback Friday and in subsequent months.

In the one-page statement, Carney makes the point he would still like to return to a more normal policy setting if conditions would allow him.

“To the extent that the economic expansion continues and the current excess supply in the economy is gradually absorbed, some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary stimulus may become appropriate,” he writes.

That’s a little less hawkish that what Carney said in April, but the intent remains the same.

The good news is that the bank has no pressure from inflation. With the economy operating with excess capacity and gasoline prices dropping, it expects the consumer price index to drop below two per cent in the next little while.

If you live in Windsor and require any mortgage assistance do not hesitate to call or click.   Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Old Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties.

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The latest Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board Residential Stats - President's Report for April 2012
Posted on Wed, 16 May 2012, 01:00:47 PM  in windsor Ontario real estate statistics,  Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario

Here are the latest Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board Residential Stats - President's Report for April 2012.

As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Old Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties.

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Windsor & Surrounding area Real Estate Stats are in for January 2011
Posted on Wed, 16 Feb 2011, 02:50:42 PM  in windsor Ontario real estate statistics,  Houses for sale in Windsor Ontario

What is the most popular house in Windsor and surrounding areas for the month of January? Take a guess?

 Well according to MLS statistic reporting in the Windsor Essex County and surrounding areas – it is the raised ranch!  There were 52 raised ranches sold in January 2011 and the average sale price came in at $209,207.

 The ranch just trails the raised ranch in popularity with 45 sold and the average sale price was $171,921.   
Third prize goes to the story and a half with 35units sold and an average sale price of $123,454. Fourth place is the bungalow with 33 of them sold and an average sale price of $93,364.  The two story hits fifth place with 31 units sold and the average sale price of $192,880. It looks like the story and a half and bungalows truly are an affordable option in the Windsor and surrounding areas. 

 As always if you require any real estate assistance do not hesitate to call upon us. Servicing the Windsor Essex areas -Riverside, Tecumseh, Lakeshore, Central Windsor, East Windsor, South Cameron, Lasalle, South Windsor, Old Walkerville, Waterfront Properties, Foreclosures and Bank Repossessed Properties.

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