Will Those Renovations Really Add Value to Your Home?

By: Jacob Asparian

Will Those Renovations Really Add Value to Your Home?

Tags: oshawa realtor, DURHAM REGION REAL ESTATE AGENT, DURHAM REGION REALTOR, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT, home renovations, renos, home equity, real estate, home improvement, kitchens, bathrooms, income suite, flooring, hardware, fixtures, soldbyjacob, keller Williams energy real restate

If you’re looking to increase the property value of your home or to improve your overall living space, there are some renovations and updates that are worth the spend and some that just don’t add much value at all. It’s important to know where to spend your hard-earned dollars when you’re looking to upgrade.   Here are 5 renos that offer the best ROI (return on investm...Read More

Home Seller FAQ's - Everything You Need To Know

By: Jacob Asparian

Home Seller FAQ's - Everything You Need To Know

Tags: oshawa realtor, DURHAM REGION REAL ESTATE AGENT, DURHAM REGION REALTOR, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT, ask a realtor, frequently asked real estate questions, home seller FAQs, real estate, durham region, durham region real estate, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Bowmanville, Courtice, soldbyjacob, Keller Williams, Keller Williams Energy Real Estate

  When is the best time to sell my house?   Anytime! Generally, the cycle begins with spring, then fall, then spring again. Jacob always recommends not listing in winter months.   How should I prepare my home for sale?   Sprucing your home up before you’re ready to sell is a no-brainer. Things that you might consider include de-cluttering, painting, new carpeting as well...Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying in the 'Burbs

By: Jacob Asparian

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Buying in the 'Burbs

Tags: oshawa realtor, DURHAM REGION REAL ESTATE AGENT, DURHAM REGION REALTOR, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT, real estate, durham region real estate, suburban, suburbia, housing, GTA, real estate advice, real estate agent, soldbyjacob, Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage, Durham Region, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Bowmanville, Courtice

Given the rising cost of real estate in Toronto, more and more people are looking towards the suburbs, specifically Durham Region, to find a great home within their budget. Although you probably won’t find the same sort of fast-paced energy that a big city can offer, there are a lot of upsides to buying in suburbia. Here are just a handful:   Value for money   You may have alrea...Read More

Have You Ever Wondered How Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

By: Jacob Asparian

Have You Ever Wondered How Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

Tags: oshawa realtor, DURHAM REGION REAL ESTATE AGENT, DURHAM REGION REALTOR, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT, real estate, real estate commissions, realtor, durham region real estate, durham region, buying, selling, real estate agent, real estate advice, soldbyjacob, Keller Williams Energy Real Estate, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Bowmanville, Courtice

Understanding Real Estate Commissions Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you will make in your lifetime, so you should take time to interview real estate agents before you begin the process.  One aspect that you should have a firm grasp on is the agent’s fees, otherwise known as commission. While you may be working within a budget, it’s importan...Read More

Should I Rent or Should I Buy?

By: Jacob Asparian

Should I Rent or Should I Buy?

Tags: real estate, home buying, renting, buying vs renting,  durham region real estate, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT

  Are you better off renting or buying a home?   One of the most frequently asked questions that Jacob receives is “should I rent or should I buy?” There are obvious pros when it comes to buying and some benefits if you’re thinking about renting. However, there are drawbacks to both scenarios, and you should always consider what your long-term real estate goals are, a...Read More

Property Non-negotiables: Are You Being Picky Enough?

By: Jacob Asparian

Property Non-negotiables: Are You Being Picky Enough?

Tags: Oshawa Realtor, real estate, non-negotiable in real estate, home buying, Durham Region, Durham Region real estate, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Courtice, Clarington, house hunting, house, condo, townhouse, property, housing, SoldByJacob, Keller Williams, DURHAM REGION REAL ESTATE AGENT, DURHAM REGION REALTOR, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT

  If there’s ever a time to speak your mind and put your foot down when it comes to making important decisions, it’s when you’re getting ready to purchase a home. You might be surprised by the amount of options that your real estate agent can provide you with, so making a list of things that you consider to be make-or-break must haves can help you narrow things down.  ...Read More

6 Questions to Ask Your Realtor (and Yourself)

By: Jacob Asparian

6 Questions to Ask Your Realtor (and Yourself)

Tags: Oshawa realtor, real estate, Durham Region, home buying, realtor, real estate agent, Durham Region real estate, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Bowmanville, Courtice, fixer upper, condo, townhouse, property, housing, SoldByJacob, Keller Williams

So, you’ve finally decided to put down some roots, take the plunge and buy a house of your very own, or maybe you’re ready for a change of pace and are relocating somewhere new. Before making this big decision, be sure to ask your realtor, as well as yourself, these questions. There are many factors that you might not have considered yet, and your realtor can give you some great insigh...Read More

6 Things Buyers Can't Do in This Market

By: Jacob Asparian

6 Things Buyers Can't Do in This Market

Tags: Oshawa realtor, DURHAM REGION REAL ESTATE AGENT, DURHAM REGION REALTOR, OSHAWA REAL ESTATE AGENT, Real estate, Durham region, real estate market, home buying, financing, realtor, real estate agent, housing market, mortgage, home inspection, insurance, closing process, SoldByJacob, Keller Williams, Durham Region Real Estate, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Bowmanville, Courtice

  Today’s housing market is fast-paced and aggressive. Average selling prices in Durham Region have increased 36% from last year, so the prospect of diving into this sellers-market can be intimidating for some. If you’re looking to purchase the house of your dreams, there is some advice that needs to be taken into consideration. Here are 6 things buyers can’t do in tod...Read More

Don't Quit Your Day Dream: Achieving Your Home Ownership Goals

By: Jacob Asparian

Don't Quit Your Day Dream: Achieving Your Home Ownership Goals

Tags: oshawa realtor, real estate, durham region, home ownership, real estate market, home buying, dream home, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, housing prices, property, investment property, buying, selling, Sold By Jacob, Keller Williams, Durham Region real estate, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington

The first step in buying your dream home is to determine what exactly your “dream home” is and what that means to you. Are you looking for a spacious home in the suburbs with a big backyard that your family can grow into? A modern condo that fits your active lifestyle? Or do you simply feel it’s time to upgrade from an apartment to something bigger? Maybe you’re looking to ...Read More

Home Inspections 101: What You Should Know

By: Jacob Asparian

Home Inspections 101: What You Should Know

Tags: oshawa realtor, Sold By Jacob, Home Inspections, Real Estate, Buying, Selling, Housing, Home Buying, Property, Invest, Homes, Real Estate Experts, Durham Region Homes, Realtor, Keller Williams, Durham Region, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington, Real Estate Solutions, Real Estate Broker

A home is one of the biggest investments that you’ll make in your lifetime, so its important to have it inspected by a professional either before you choose to purchase it, or before you plan on putting it on the market to sell. While every homeowner may not be completely in-the-loop when it comes to knowing what to look for, your home inspector should be.     No home is perfect, a...Read More

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