August 2010 - Posts

London Ontario Telephone Numbers You May Want To Know
31 August 10 08:29 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
If you are like me, when I want to call someone at London City Hall or the London Library or garbage pick up date, I scramble to find the phone number, or wait to turn on the computer and get the number. Below is a list that I felt you may want to know: Read More...
Adults Still Living With Parents
31 August 10 07:57 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
A survey of potential first-time homebuyers found that 29 per cent between the ages of 21 and 34 are living with their parents while saving for their home down payment. While it is no surprise that those under the age of 30 are staying home longer, whether Read More...
Don't Ask Me Why, I do Not Know Part 5
28 August 10 08:19 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Daily I am bombarded with questions from agents and clients and it is always great to help with a solution or answer. There are times, however, when I have to shrug and say "I don't know". Why do we press harder on a remote control when Read More...
In Real Estate, Who Should You Take Advice From?
26 August 10 09:56 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I was helping an agent in my office today with her frustrations in dealing with a couple who were getting advice from a multitude of sources. In the end, her transaction fell through and the young buyers are so confused, discouraged and scared that they Read More...
Asking For Real Estate Business Is a Must To Succeed in Real Estate Sales
25 August 10 10:22 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Yesterday I was playing golf with a broker of record and owner of one of the largest real estate companies in London and we were discussing why some agents make it and some don't. Some who you would think can be really successful aren't and some Read More...
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Masonville, Stoneybeook Houses & Condos selling Quite Well
25 August 10 09:38 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Masonville area homes and condos along with the Stoneybrook & Uplands neighbourhood sales have been quite active with 97 sales at 97% of the asking price of $411,449 and only 30 days on the market! There were 89 condos in Masonville, North London Read More...
Oakridge Houses & Condos in London Ontario Selling Quite Well
25 August 10 09:10 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Houses in Oakridge, Oakridge Acres, Oakridge Meadows & Oakridge Park have sold quite well so far this year with 151 selling on average for $296,486 which was 99% of the asking price and on average a house was on the market for 33 days . 63 condos Read More...
Where to Pay The Less Tax in Canada
24 August 10 01:20 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Where you live in Canada can make a difference in what you pay the tax man or in some provinces , tax woman. If you make $70,000 in income, British Columbia may be the place because you would pay a combined federal and provincial tax of $15,000, Ontario Read More...
Save Thousands Over a New Home in Hyde Park With This Great Home
24 August 10 08:43 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
How much would itcost to replace this home? I have two clients who went out new home shopping and after trying to compare apples with apples and visiting new home builders in the area, one came up with $339,000 and the other felt it was closer to $337,250. Read More...
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Save $77,000 by Buying This Condo in London vs Renting
24 August 10 08:26 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I was asked the other day to work out the difference between buying versus renting. This one bedroom condo at 2230 Trafalgar Unit 121 in London is priced at $86,000. With Fanshawe College near by, The London Airport, Highway 401 easy access to Woodstock Read More...
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Want to Live Near Emily Carr Public School in London Ontario?
23 August 10 06:59 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Do you have children going to Emily Carr Public School in London and want to live nearby? This great school is located at 44 Hawthorne Road and I have a great 4 bedroom house for sale at 219 Hawthorne Road. At $299,900 this house is 3 1/2 years old, finished Read More...
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Why Pond Mills in London Ontario Is a Great Place to Live
23 August 10 06:43 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I was asked the other day from a prospective purchaser of a condo I have for sale in Pond Mills why she would select Pond Mills over other areas of London.All neighbourhoods in London have their own specific character and charm as does Pond Mills. If Read More...
One of The Reasons Byron in London Ontario Is a Great Place To Live
23 August 10 06:22 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Last weekend parking was at a premium at the Byron Optimist Sports Complex on Boler Road. I was driving to the Riverbend Golf Community for our Club C in the morning and all the fields were full with spectators abound. Driving back home later in the evening, Read More...
1459 Mickleborough Drive in Hyde Park in London Ontario is Sold!
23 August 10 09:22 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Hyde Park, London - The 2 story at 1459 Mickleborough Drive has been sold. Property information Read More...
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Lambeth, London Ontario's Land Rush
21 August 10 07:47 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
In southwest London from Lambeth north and east, 2,400 hectares is available for growth! Designated green and open space will be about 660 hectares! Within 50 years its is projected an increase of 60,000 people and a workforce of 22,500. If you drive Read More...
Ontario Relies on U.S. Growth
20 August 10 04:19 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Canadians had better start following the growing fears of a double-dip U.S. recession. The health of our economy in Ontario is more closely tied to the overall U.S. economy than most provinces or for that matter, most U.S. states. If the world's largest Read More...
Do Not Ask Me Why Part 4
20 August 10 01:21 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I know that pondering sometimes can lead to thoughts of curiosity and for those of you (young people under 50) wondering what pondering is about, think about it for awhile! Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word? Why don't sheep shrink when Read More...
Dumb Things Men Say To Their Partners Part 1
20 August 10 12:51 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Here are some things not to say, or react to with your partner: My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 180 in about 3 seconds.' I bought her a scale. A woman Read More...
Riverbend Neighbourhood London Ontario Houses & Condos
20 August 10 12:23 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 35 houses sold in Riverbend since the new year with the Read More...
Pond Mills Homes & Condos Doing Quite Well So Far This Year
20 August 10 12:06 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
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Summerside Condos & Houses in London Ontario Are Doing Quite Well
20 August 10 11:52 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 74 houses selling. The average selling price of a 2 storey house was Read More...
Price Reduced to $86,000 for a great condo in London Ontario
19 August 10 01:52 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Bonaventure, London - Announcing a price reduction on 121-2230 Trafalgar Street, a 1 bath, 1 bdrm apartment "Ground Floor w/patio". Now MLS® $86,000 - Low Condo Fee. Property information Read More...
2 Storey, 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home for sale Hyde Park
16 August 10 03:42 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Finished Top to Bottom • 4 bath, 4 bdrm 2 story "Solid Brick" - MLS® $299,900 - Huge Bang For Your Dollar Hyde Park, London - A 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home less than 3 years old in one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in London. Read More...
Do Not Ask Me Why #3
13 August 10 03:33 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
From time to time there are questions to ponder and some to just put out there for others to get pondering about. So here goes: Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Read More...
How To Make Any Income You Want in Real Estate
13 August 10 03:29 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Being a Broker of Record and owner of a real estate brokerage in London Ontario it amazes me to see the range of income among those licensed to sell real estate. From zero to the high 6 figures! When I first started in real estate 7 or so years ago, I Read More...
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Is There a Retirement Crisis in Canada?
12 August 10 05:06 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I was reading the August issue of Canadian Business and the front cover has "Retire Happy" on it. In one of the features, writer Michael McCullough writes about why there is no retirement crisis in Canada. He states "Seniors are richer Read More...
Looking for A Condo in London Under $100,000?
12 August 10 04:35 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
I was doing some research for a client, both a buyer and a seller, and I found 31 condos available for sale in London Ontario for under $100,000. From a 1 bedroom condo apartment to a three bedroom townhouse, there are still areas of London that offer Read More...
2 Story Home For Sale in Hyde Park Finished to the 9's
11 August 10 12:23 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Finished to the 9's • 3 bath, 3 bdrm 2 story "Loads of Upgrades" - $269,900 - Compare and Save! Hyde Park, London - Why buy new when you can move into this quality brick 2 storey home almost 4 years old that is in move in condition Read More...
Outstanding Pond Mills Condo in London Ontario
10 August 10 12:36 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Are you looking for a nice, clean 3 bedroom condo with a garage for under $160,000? This condo is across from a conservation area so if you want to walk your dog or yourself, go for it! This condo has been updated, new windows, 2 patio doors, flooring Read More...
Looking For A Great Commercial Building in London Ontario?
09 August 10 04:44 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
This property has 165 feet of frontage on busy York Street in London Ontario with parking for 65 cars. This active corner has excellent zoning for most types of businesses and is available for purchase and the owner is motivated. The building is presently Read More...
Condos in Byron in London Ontario Selling Real Well This Year
09 August 10 04:21 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Condos in Byron sold quite well so far this year. There were 44 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 39 days and sold on average for Read More...
154 Homes in Byron Have Sold, a Neighbourhood in South West London Ontario
09 August 10 04:15 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
154 houses have sold in Byron, a neighbourhood in south west London from January 1 to August 9, 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...
Open House in Byron on Sunday
07 August 10 11:09 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
August 2010 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 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 Byron, London - We invite everyone to visit our open house at 362 Willard on August 8 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 Read More...
Do Not Ask Me Why #2
07 August 10 10:45 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still Read More...
HST a Positive for Car Dealers
07 August 10 10:17 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
The HST has eliminated the incentive for buyers to purchase from curb side dealers or people who make a living selling used cars without a license. Curbsiders would often knock off the GST to close a sale and with the HST that's no longer possible. Read More...
It's Illegal if No Taxes Are Paid
07 August 10 09:58 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Offering to pay cash for a sweetheart deal is not illegal but may not be wise if paying by cash. It is unlawful for anybody to knowingly enter into a transaction designed to avoid tax and obscure the fact that the transaction took place at all. Shoppers Read More...
Cash Under The Table
07 August 10 09:30 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
In a recent survey of 1,531 Canadians were asked: Thinking about the 'underground economy' where people pay cash for goods and services so they do not pay tax, which statement most closely reflects your view? 26% stated "I'd never do Read More...
Duplex at 67 Wyatt Street in Oxford Park is Sold!
05 August 10 02:08 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Oxford Park, London - The single story at 67 Wyatt Street has been sold. Property information Read More...
One Floor Homes and Condos in London Ontario
04 August 10 10:25 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Are you thinking of downsizing in London Ontario? Is your present home too large or too hard or costly to maintain? Or your pension income not keeping up with costs? I work daily with both the young and mature in adressing these concerns and I respect Read More...
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Home Sales in London Ontario Slump in July 2010
04 August 10 09:18 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Home sales in the London and St.Thomas area slumped in July and is consistent with the trend occurring across Canada. July sales were down 21% and June sales of homes and condos in London were down as well. Active listings increased by 11.6% and surprisingly, Read More...
Submarine Battle on the Great Lakes?
03 August 10 04:12 PM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Yes folks, you read that right. Two small towns on Lake Erie, Canadian side (of course), Port Burwell and Port Stanley are aggressively lobbying our Canadian Navy for the decommissioned submarine HMCS Ojibwa. They plan to save the submarine from the naval Read More...
Masonville, Stoneybrook & Uplands in London Ontario Home Sales Strong
02 August 10 09:45 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
Masonville area homes and condos along with the Stoneybrook & Uplands neighbourhood from January 1, 2010 to July 31, 2010 have been quite busy with 91 sales at 97% of the asking price of $416,001 and only 30 days on the market! There were 85 condos Read More...
Old South London, Wortley Village Sale of Houses Remain Quite Strong
02 August 10 09:03 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 July31, 2010 and on average homes were on the market Read More...
Sunningdale Houses & Condos in London Are Still Selling Well
02 August 10 08:03 AM | Ty Lacroix | (Comments Off)   
What Is The Market Doing So Far in Sunningdale Houses in Sunningdale , a neighbourhood in North London and close to UWO & Masonville , were sought after with 32 sales since January and with 11 condos selling as well. The average sale price for a home Read More...

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