Ailton Santana's Blog Posts

July 2021 Market Update

LATERAL MOVES... Another market report was made available by the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors. You can read the full report by clicking here. July showed similar numbers as

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DO-IT-YOURSELF VS. HIRE A PRO

There’s something appealing about the idea of a do-it-yourself home improvement project. By tackling a job yourself, you can save money on labor costs and enjoy work that’s been done

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June 2021 Real Estate Market Update for Guelph and Waterloo Region. What now?

June report by the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors is out and you can read it here, but let's go beyond the cold numbers as I do every month.I am not even going to talk much about numbers

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A Quick Guide to Tiny Houses in Kitchener

The Kitchener City Council updated the zoning bylaw to approve tiny houses and semi-detached duplexes.Here is a summary of the requirements and where to get more information.Tiny houses are now

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Are prices still going up? Your May 2021 market report.

When you read the market report for May 2021 on the KWAR website you will see this billboard:HOME SALES CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDSIs this right?Let's pay attention to what the numbers are telling us

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The Do's and Don'ts when selling your home

Selling your home doesn’t have to be full of missteps and mistakes.Learn from these common mistakes and avoid problems from the moment you put up that For Sale sign!LET’S START WITH

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Guelph Condo Market

Learn about where the apartment condo units are located in Guelph, types of apartments and market price as of April-May 2021. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to!

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5 Real Estate Terms You Need to Know

Real estate can be confusing at first, largely due to the many different terms and phrases you have to know and understand. To make it a little easier to grasp, here’s a simple explanation of

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April 2021 Market Report

NUMBER OF HOME SALES SECOND HIGHER ON RECORDYes, but it looks more like a stable market.Full report in the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors here, but let's talk about the numbers that we

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Where is more expensive or cheaper in Waterloo region and Guelph?

This is a question I get very often from clients moving from other places. I believe that I can answer this based on the average price for each type of property in the bigger cities. I collected the

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Mortgage Calculators: Pros and Cons

What a Mortgage Calculator Can and Cannot DoAs you consider buying a home or refinancing your mortgage, it’s likely you’ll eventually look for a mortgage calculator online. As with

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Keep you Sanity! Should You Buy or Sell First?.

If you are a repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you're a bona fide house collector, you'll have to sell your home in order to buy a new one — adding a whole

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The most expensive places to buy houses in Waterloo region in February 2021

I collected data from 474 single family detached homes in the region of Waterloo that were sold during the month of February 2021. Although the houses in Hidden Valley are indeed expensive, when you

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A Letter to the Home Buyer in Waterloo Region

Dear Home Buyer!If you are thinking whether you should buy a property now or not, let me give you some help to decide. I am not going to tell you what you want to hear. You will get my honest

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The most expensive places to buy houses in Waterloo region in January 2021

I collected data of 269 the single family detached homes in the region of Waterloo that were sold during the month of January 20221. If you can't see Laurelwood in any of the lists below, don't be

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Seller Expenses

I made  2 videos describing which costs sellers should be aware of. Transcript follows. Enjoy!If you think the money you will make out of selling your house is just the difference between the

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Selling your home? Here are 5 tips

When the time comes to sell a home, the home seller can easily get tempted to pursue the do-it-yourself approach, with the hope being that they will save on the real estate commission they

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House Hunting Tips for First Time Buyers

When you're browsing sites like Realtor.ca, finding the right home for the right price can seem overwhelming. Try using our house hunting tips for first-time buyers and you'll be in your new home in

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The Coolest Athlete Homes

Athletes are known for having some of the most extravagant and expensive homes on the market. Here are a few of the best:Lionel MessiMessi’s futuristic, sustainable house is one of the most

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5 Awesome Luxury Home Features

Are you trying to spice up your home with a few luxury features? If so, this is definitely the article for you. Here are five of the most exquisite luxury home features.Wine CellarGreat if you plan

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A printable house maintenance checklist

I prepared a home maintenance calendar that helps you scheduling maintenance tasks. Some tasks may not be needed every month or may not be needed at all. It depends on how you do. For example,

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Making your new house feel like home

Moving into a new house is a drastic change for any family, no matter the size. Let’s take a look at some easy ways to make your new house feel like home to expedite the process of settling in

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Holidays Decor DIY Ideas

Felt Tree HurricanesGo for a playful, crafty look by sprucing up your table with glass hurricanes decked out in felt Christmas trees. Play up the green theme with complementary dishware, cloth

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Hidden fees to be aware of when purchasing a home

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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Put Your Home Equity to Work Wisely

In a nutshell, Home equity seems to be a very simple calculation — the total amount of mortgages owed subtracted from the current market value of a home.In practice, it can be difficult to put

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You want to wait a bit more to buy or sell a property? Here is an analysis for you!

Not sure whether you should buy or sell Real Estate now?This analysis will help you make the right decision.Special guest: Maggie (my)

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Are you visiting a property listing without an agent?

Most houses that are being sold will have an agent representing the seller, which is frequently referred to as a listing agent or seller's agent.  The listing agents main responsibility is to

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November Newsletter

GET REAL Estatewith Ailton Santana November 2020 - Issue 1Welcome to the first edition of my monthly newsletter! I want to bring useful information related to Real Estate and every

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5 Apps to help you at home

CentriqA virtual user’s manual to the home, Centriq gathers appliance instruction guides and warranties with just a snapshot of the product nameplate, while managing service providers and

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Una vista rápida del análisis de propiedades de inversión

Hoy, mientras echaba un vistazo a las novedades del mercado inmobiliario de la región, pensé en hacer un análisis de una casa que está en venta.  Esta no es una

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Uma breve análise sobre investmento em imóveis em Ontário.

Hoje, enquanto dava uma olhada nas novidades do mercado imobiliário na região, pensei em fazer uma análise sobre uma residência que está à venda. Não

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Best budget outdoor home security camera coming soon to a store near you!

Whether you rent or own, you want the best security camera system for keeping an eye on your home while you’re gone. That used to entail signing on with a professional—and pricey&mdash

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A quick view on investment property analysis

Today while going through the new listings I  thought about making an analysis on a single-family home. This is not supposed to be a PhD thesis on investment properties. This will help those

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Mortgage: are you pre-qualified or pre-approved?

If you’re ready to make your dream of owning a home a reality, you’ve probably already heard that you should consider getting prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage. It’s time

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Working From Home? Here’s How to Create a Productive Home Office

Need to create a productive space for working from home? With a quiet area, comfortable furniture, smart storage solutions, and an emphasis on setting work-from-home boundaries, you can design a

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8 Things Careful Home Buyers Always Pay Attention To

Selling your home can be a tricky process, a balancing act of selling for a fair price and getting your house off the market quickly. One of the best ways to achieve this balance is to put yourself

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Cuidado al comprar su primera propiedad en Canadá

Si estás pensando en comprar una vivienda por la primera vez y te sientes un poco desorientado, no estás solo. Comprar una casa es la decisión financiera más importante

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Os cuidados ao comprar o seu primeiro imóvel no Canadá

Se você está pensando em comprar uma casa pela primeira vez e está se sentindo um tanto desorientado, você não está sozinho. Comprar uma casa é a decis

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Best elementary schools in Waterloo Region and Guelph rated 8 and above.

During the interview with potential buyers there is a question about location. Many times I hear the same request: "I want to live close to a good school!". This comes from families with small kids

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Buying a home for the first time. What to know.

Em português: clique aquiEn español: haga clic aquíIf you are planning on buying a home for the first time and are feeling a little overwhelmed, you are not alone. Buying a home

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