We are excited to bring Sam to the Modern Family Realtor team with over 23 years in sales experience on Bay Street and well known in the hockey and golf community!
Please welcome Samuel Chen, our newest addition to the Modern Family Realtor team.  Sam brings a wealth of experience working on Bay Street for 23 years in Sales and Trading for large firms.  Now he wants to shift focus from the financial markets to the real estate market.  He is truly passionate about real estate and to prove it he owns 6 properties including 5 in Toronto and 1 at the Westin in Blue Mountain.  Samuel is well known on Bay Street as a trusted, reliable, knowledgable salesperson and advisor.  Samuel will specialize in real estate investors, buyers, sellers and pre-construction both in Toronto and the GTA.

During his spare time, Samuel is extremely active.  He loves all kinds of team sports, his current passions are golf and hockey.  Throughout the past 17 years, Samuel has been running a hockey league tirelessly.  What’s more, Samuel also enjoys various cuisines and often than not he will cook up his favourite dishes.  If you would like to follow his journey, be sure to check out his recipes on social media.  He is always cooking up something!

New MFR Listing – 920 Sheppard Ave W 908

Check out our new listing for a penthouse suite with sunset views!  Here is a video tour – http://www.houssmax.ca/vtour/c7060574
Beautiful penthouse corner suite in Hampton Plaza.  Enjoy the spacious 2 bedroom with 9′ ceilings and large balcony.  Gorgeous sunset south west views.  Smart home including nest and all smart light bulbs. Professionally finished upgrades with renovated kitchen.  Open concept dining and living space.  Low maintenance fees with rooftop deck, bbg, gym and visitor parking.  Close to highways, 2 min walk to TTC station at Sheppard Ave W plus shops.  Check out 3D Matterport below!


Predicting Your Future Housing Needs

What will your housing needs be in three to five years? If you can figure that out, you can watch the market, target areas and neighbourhoods you might like to live in, and reap the benefits of planning ahead.
To begin the process, start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What will my family look like in three to five years? Will there be a new addition (or two) to your family? Will you have kids that are grown up and about to move out? What is the possibility that an elderly relative (Mom, Dad or grandparent) will be living with you?
  • What will change regarding work and school? Will a teenager be off to college? Will you or your spouse be retired? Will someone in your household be starting a home business?
  • How will your lifestyle be different? Will you take up a hobby that you’d like to be able to reach easily (such as golf)? Do you see yourself wanting to live closer to shopping, theatre, walks in the woods, etc.? Will you eventually be traveling more often and, therefore, not be at home as much?
  • How is the neighbourhood changing? Where is it heading relative to your future needs in terms of residents, noise, sense of community, local developments, etc.? Do you see yourself wanting to live in a quieter community, or a more urban centre?
  • Will the type of home you need change? In three to five years, can you see yourself wanting a larger home? Smaller home? More bedrooms? Larger kitchen?
  • What are your dreams? Do you dream of living in a particular area or neighbourhood? Would you love to have a big backyard with a garden someday? Do you sometimes think, “It would be great to have a wooded park with walking trails just a few minutes away.”

By looking three to five years into the future, you will be able to predict your housing needs and make plans – today – to ensure you get what you want in the future.

Lists to Make When Selling Your Home

When you put your property up for sale, you want to make sure that potential buyers get all the information they need on the features of your home and its surrounding area. If, for example, a buyer doesn’t realize there is a great school just a couple of blocks away, he might cross your property off his shortlist.
An effective way to make sure something like that doesn’t happen is to create three lists.

#1: The “I’ll miss it” list.
Chances are, there are things about your home that you’re really going to miss when you move. It may be the spacious living room, ideal for entertaining. Or maybe it’s the nearby park with scenic trails, perfect for walking and biking, or the large deck that has just the right combination of shade and sun to make spending time on it so pleasant. Whatever you’ll miss, put it on the list! Those are features that will probably interest buyers too.

#2: The “Just the facts” list.
What are the facts about your property that a buyer needs to know in order to consider purchasing it? This may be a very long list including such items as total square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, property taxes, size of the lot, and more. This list should also include special features such as upgraded kitchen features and the nearby golf course.

#3: The “repairs and improvements” list.
Buyers are interested in the state of repair of your home, and in any improvements you have made to it. On this list, include all repairs you have done during the past three years and, if possible, attach receipts. It’s especially important to include anything that has been replaced, such as a furnace or roof. If you’ve done any major remodelling or renovations, include the details on those too.

Want more tips on selling your home? Call today.

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