July 2010 - Posts

Don't Ask Me Why?
31 July 10 09:44 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Why? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat? If corn oil is made Read More...
What Percentage of Your Energy Costs Are In Relationship To Your Mortgage?
30 July 10 10:02 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
With recent predictions that energy costs may increase by as much as 40% over the next few years, what percentage of your utility payments equate to your mortgage payment? If you do not have a mortgage payment, bear with me. If your mortgage payment is Read More...
Want to Own a Piece of The Arctic?
30 July 10 09:30 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Canada is in a race with Russia and other Arctic nations to lay claim to the frozen territory that may hold untold treasures. A 2007 Russian intelligence report predicted that conflict with other Arctic nations is a distinct possibility. including military Read More...
Hyde Park Houses & Condos in London Ontario Selling Well
27 July 10 02:37 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Have you taken a drive out to Hyde Park lately? New home construction is very strong with a good selection of condos and houses available. Re-sale houses and condos have remained strong in so far this year and at July 27 , 177 houses sold with the average Read More...
Oakridge Houses in London Selling Well
27 July 10 02:15 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses in Oakridge have sold quite well so far this year with 120 selling on average for $277,587 which was 99% of the asking price and on average it took 29 days to sell . Also as of July 27, 52 condos sold in the Oakridge Neighbourhood at an average Read More...
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London Hydro Rates to Increase
27 July 10 01:24 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Residents in London Ontario are going to see an increase of 17% in their electrical bills August 1 and other increases over the next two years! London Hydro is spinning stories how change is good, how they are going to hold the hands of Londoner's Read More...
Multi-Generational Homes Are In Demand
27 July 10 01:12 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
In a recent North American survey, an increasing amount of homebuyers are looking for a property to accomodate more than one generation of their family. 52% of respondents cited health care issues as the number 1 reason why home buyers or sellers would Read More...
Banks and An Old Lady
27 July 10 09:56 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Below, is an actual letter that was sent to a bank by an 86 year old woman. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times. Dear Sir: I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay Read More...
Lambeth Housing Market Very Strong So Far This Year
27 July 10 09:30 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses in Lambeth , a neighbourhood in South West London have received a lot of activity in the period from January 1, 2010 to July 27 2010. Present listings vary from as low as $199,000 up to $539,000 which really explains the diversity of Lambeth and Read More...
Environment Canada Admits Accuracy Rate Is Low
27 July 10 09:11 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Yup, the title is correct. Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips says current accuracy rates for weather predictions are low. (We all could have told him that for free!) "The models that are in use now are marginally better than Read More...
Pond Mills Real Estate Numbers So Far This Year
26 July 10 02:19 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses & Condos in Pond Mills have sold quite well from January of this year to July 26,2010 with both houses and condos getting 97-98% of the asking price. Condos have been averaging 43 days to sell with houses in Pond Mills only 34 days! The average Read More...
Townhouse Condo For Sale in Pond Mills
24 July 10 12:27 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Condo in Park Like Setting • 2 bath, 3 bdrm townhouse "3 Levels" - $159,900 - Huge Value At This Price Pond Mills, London - Immaculate 3 bedroom condo in Millers Cove, a unique quiet enclave of condos right across the street from a conservation Read More...
Apartment Condo in London You Can Afford
24 July 10 05:40 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
You can purchase this very nice 1 bedroom condo apartment in London Ontario and only pay approximately $669.00 per month which includes your mortgage, taxes and condo fees!Why would you rent? Or, if you are an investor, why not start out with this unit Read More...
Open House in Byron on Sunday
24 July 10 04:33 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
July 2010 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Byron, London - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 362 Willard on July 25 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM . Read More...
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3 Bedroom Brick Ranch For Sale in Byron with a Pool
24 July 10 04:09 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Heart of Byron • 1 bath, 3 bdrm ranch "Brick Construction" - MLS® $269,900 - All This for That? Byron, London - Great location in beautiful Byron and the price is right! Fantastic all brick ranch with in-ground, fully fenced pool. Family Read More...
Where to Hide Things That Buyers Will Never Look
23 July 10 12:59 PM | Ty Lacroix | 8 Comments   
What do you do when your REALTOR® calls and wants to show your home in say, ½ an hour? Jump for joy first, since someone wants to look at YOUR home, right? Then, panic. As you hang up the phone, you notice that your teenagers have been at it Read More...
Is This a Great Neighbourhood?
23 July 10 12:40 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Is this a good location? Buyers ask this question a lot. We've all heard the adage, "location, location, location". There's a reason for that. No one wants to live in a bad neighbourhood. They'll even drive a little further to get Read More...
Condo Occupancy Fees
23 July 10 12:25 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Whenever you purchase a new condo, there is a period of time between when you take occupancy of your unit and when you take ownership of your unit. This is known as the ‘occupancy period' or ‘interim occupancy'. During this period Read More...
Can Canadians Count?
23 July 10 11:49 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
The Canadian Government is scrapping the mandatory long-form census and coming up with a voluntary one. Most provinces are irate and even the head of Stats Canada has resigned over the decision. Now, I will admit it was time consuming filling out the Read More...
Negotiating Over Cheese?
23 July 10 11:17 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
A few years back some wines and bubbly in North America were restricted in using certain names on its labels. Now the European Union are negotiating with Canadian cheese producers or is it the other way around? Regardless, committees and time are being Read More...
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Get Over Your Fear of Change
23 July 10 10:35 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Did you know that we are programmed to resist change, even when it's in our best interest? Chip Heath, a Stanford business professor, an author of 2 great books " Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die" and "Switch: How Read More...
Brainstorming Inneficient & Stifles Creativity
23 July 10 10:03 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
In a recent study at the University of Texas at Arlington, though brainstorming is a common practice, it may not get the results we think. Brainstorming is not only inefficient, it can actually impede creativity. People have a false assumption that they Read More...
Turtle Racing Almost Banned by PETA
16 July 10 04:11 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Yes you read the title right, PETA ( People for Ethical Treatment of Animals ), made a complaint to the Ontario Natural Resourses Ministry that the 130 would be racing turtles in Ailsa Craig must be released before Ailsa Craig's 36th Annual Gala Days Read More...
Eco Fee in Ontario, a Tax or Get Rich Quick?
16 July 10 03:32 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Stewardship Ontario is starting to receive furious and irate questions demanding answers to this now controversial eco fee program . Shoppers and manufacturers already pay to recycle packaging through the blue box program and now have to pay an extra Read More...
Wortley Village/ Old South Housing Market Strong in London Ontario
14 July 10 11:19 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Year To Date Sales of Real Estate in Old South Remains Quite Strong Houses in Old South and Wortley Village neighbourhood that are listed for sale are selling briskly! 126 have sold from January 2010 to June 30, 2010 and on average homes were on the market Read More...
Summerside House & Condo Sales in London are Hot and Not Because It is Summer!
14 July 10 10:58 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Summerside House & Condo Sales in London are Hot and Not Because It is Summer! Sales of 2 storey homes in Summerside in south east London have been very active year to date with 59 houses selling. The average selling price of a 2 storey house was Read More...
How I will Not Become an Eco-Friendly REALTOR
14 July 10 09:07 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Lately everywhere I turn I am seeing eco this, green that which I respect and in my own way , practice. I wonder however, what is the long term cost going to be with some of the plans that have been implemented? A Futuristic Real Estate Office Listing Read More...
Sunningdale Neighbourhood in London homes Selling Well
13 July 10 02:39 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses in Sunningdale , a neighbourhood in North London and close to UWO & Masonville , were sought after with 29 sales since January and with 11 condos selling as well. The average sale price for a home in Sunningdale was $539,424 which was 97% of Read More...
Riverbend Homes and Condos in London Ontario
13 July 10 02:08 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses have been selling extremely well in Riverbend, a neighbourhood in west London off of Oxford Street West and nestled between the Hunt Club and The Riverbend Golf Community . There have been 32 houses sold in Riverbend since the new year with the Read More...
Real Estate Market Slows in June in London Ontario?
12 July 10 03:12 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
A few months ago the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) forecasted that national housing activity would decrease over the second half of 2010 and into 2011 as the pentā€up demand created by the Great Recession (their words, not mine) was exhausted. Read More...
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Looking to Buy a Nuclear Plant?
10 July 10 08:34 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
It was announced this week that Canada is proposing to sell our country's publicly owned nuclear agency or parts of. As a Broker of Record and licensed in Ontario only to sell real estate, if you are looking to buy a nuclear plant, give me a call. Read More...
London Ontario Home Sales Year To Date
10 July 10 08:11 AM | Ty Lacroix | 1 Comments   
The residential real estate market in London Ontario has seen sales volume rise by 14.9& over 2009. Even though June sales of 816 homes were the lowest since 2002, our London market remains viable and stable. As we are in the summer months I predict Read More...
Condos in Byron Are Selling Quite Well
06 July 10 07:06 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Condos in Byron sold quite well so far this year. There were 11 sales in this comfortable neighbourhood of London with a blend of young and old and a bevy of conveniences. Condos in Byron were on the market an average of 28 days and sold for 98% of the Read More...
97 Byron Ontario Homes Have Sold So Far This Year
06 July 10 06:46 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
97 houses have sold in Byron, a neighbourhood in south west London from January 1 to June 31, 2010. Byron is proving again to be a sought after neighbourhood with a blend of 60's to the 90's style homes giving the area a pleasant mix of style Read More...
Want Someone Else To Pay Your Mortgage?
06 July 10 01:07 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
of the slowest yet quickest ways to achieve financial freedom is to have someone else make most of your mortgage payments for you. I see so many young couples struggle with the 'Jones's' to have that large home, or live in that neighbourhood Read More...
Home Buyers Savvy-But Smart?
06 July 10 12:08 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
The majority of new and upcoming home buyers who participated in a nation wide poll (TD's Home Buyers' Report) said they expect to pay less than the asking price and they prefer newer and detached homes to older and semi-detached homes or condos Read More...
Duplex or Triplex in London Ontario
03 July 10 07:06 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Are you looking to purchase or sell a multi-family unit in London Ontario ? Yesterday I worked with a couple and we viewed 7 units that were quite impressive. None of the units we looked at were in these client's comfort zone and upon further discussion, Read More...
After 143 Years, Canadians Are Doing A Few Things Right
02 July 10 01:50 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
On July 1, 2010 Canadians celebrated Canada's 143rd birthday in many ways and perhaps many in the world may now realize that we Canadians are doing some things right. Our economy is better than most nations. The Winter Olympics proved that we can Read More...
HST is Finally Waking Some People Up!
02 July 10 01:22 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
The HST has been debated in Ontario, advertised and promoted by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, on newscasts, in the newspapers, in magazines and even Facebook and twitter. All I have read today in newspapers is how motorists are Read More...
How You Eat a Cookie Says A Lot About You
01 July 10 07:09 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which you eat an Oreo can provide insights into your personality. •· The whole cookie at once - you're totally irresponsible. •· One bite at a time - you are "normal" Read More...
Thinking About Renovating a Room in Your House?
01 July 10 06:47 AM | Ty Lacroix | 2 Comments   
Are you thinking of renovating your bathroom or adding a sun room or re-doing a kitchen? When choosing a contractor, it's important to gather information from several sources. You should ask for recommendations from a variety of sources. First, verify Read More...

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