Cliff Barron's 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway!

Friday Oct 12th, 2018


Once again, we are excited to be hosting our yearly charity event this October 21st from 12-4:00 in Beaty Trail Park.  Bring your family and stop by to say "hi" to The Cliff Barron Team, friends, family, neighbours... and pick a pumpkin!  See you there! [read more]

Home Staging - To Stage or Not To Stage?

Monday Sep 24th, 2018


There’s no question - a staged home sells faster and for more money.  It’s a given.  All you have to do is go to a builder's model home site and take a look.  All of their homes are beautifully staged, right from the kids’ names on the the bedroom walls to the main floor office with not a hint of a loose piece of paper in sight. They’ve done their research and analytics and have determined that the money invested in staging produces higher returns... [read more]

Pre-Inspection & New Home Inspection - Important?

Tuesday Sep 18th, 2018


Several times I’ve shown homes to potential buyers and sitting there on the kitchen table is... a pre-listing inspection binder.  What’s this?  The sellers have hired a professional home inspector to come in prior to listing their home.  This helps them in knowing what to expect when an offer comes in - just in case some things in the home need attention.  It’s rare, but sometimes this can be a very prudent thing to do. Here’s a real... [read more]

Back To School

Wednesday Sep 05th, 2018


It’s that time of year again – back to school!  I can hear a collective cheer from all parents around the world!  Now is the time for our little ones to get off of the computer and social media and start filling their brains again.  But what does this have to do with Real Estate?  It’s actually a huge influence on the market.  Traditionally each year, the market is strongest in March, April and May and things begin to slow down in... [read more]

Plant A Tree!

Monday Aug 27th, 2018


I sell a lot of homes in Milton, Ontario. At one time, Milton was a small, quaint town with a population of around 30,000 people. That was before the big developers like Mattamy, Great Gulf and Greenpark came to town. I remember driving through Milton on my way out to Carlisle wondering where all the construction came from and why Derry Road was being expanded from 2 lanes to 4. That was back around 2001 or so. I also remember graffiti at the Greenpark cite on Thompson Road from local... [read more]

Cottage Life?

Tuesday Aug 21st, 2018


I was lucky enough this past weekend to spend time with some very good clients of mine at their cottage. I sold their house in Oakville, Ontario in the fall of 2017 and I managed to find them a gorgeous cottage near Bobcaygeon close to Peterborough. When I was there I asked them if they had, or are having any regrets about leaving the big city.  They admitted that they wish they had done this years ago. They love the peace and quiet and the general friendliness and pace... [read more]

The Current Real Estate Market In Milton

Wednesday Aug 15th, 2018


I've been selling homes in Milton for years.  In fact, I've sold over 500 Milton homes - so to quote a popular insurance company, “I know a thing or two because I've seen a thing or two…” In those years, I've witnessed the market go every which way - up, down and sideways - and people are always asking for my market prediction. I think the hardest thing to do is predict what will happen with the real estate market. After all, remember 2008 when the... [read more]

The Best Way To Clean White Grout

Friday Dec 01st, 2017


THE BEST way to clean white grout. BUT, This is ONLY for white grout! I haven’t tested it on any other colour so beware! I recently decided to clean the grout in my kitchen. It’s been a few years and I know from personal experience that when selling a home, clean grout really does make a big difference. Plus with the dog coming in and out the dirty grout was really starting to bug the heck out of me. I tried a lot of methods to get it clean – ones that I found on the... [read more]

The Change In The Market

Thursday Jun 01st, 2017


Back in January I saw pricing increase at unsustainable rates. I listed a home in Milton for $759,900 and sold it for $821,000 which was by far a record price for that model home. I remember having over 50 showings in the first two days and when I did an open house on the Saturday, a couple of days after listing almost 30 groups of people came through. Remember, this was January – not April or May, traditionally one of the slowest months of the year. A month later a virtually identical... [read more]

Market Update

Wednesday Mar 01st, 2017


I predicted last week that the market would still remain very active for the next 6-9 months. However, something has come to my attention that has affected my prediction. The banks can’t raise interest rates, we know that but what they can do is tighten up lending criteria. I’m seeing so many properties sell for 200-300k OVER the asking price and they sell firm with no conditions. IF the buyer hasn’t done their proper due diligence and assumes they can mortgage the... [read more]

Buying An Investment Property

Wednesday Feb 15th, 2017


Ever wonder what really goes on at those “Get Rich in Real Estate seminars”? You could sign up for a course and pay hundreds of dollars for the information given to you below. You could also shoot me an email and I’ll give you straight answers for FREE! A few months back I met with an investment group who were considering pooling their money together to start buying investment properties so I did a mini presentation on how it works and how you can take advantage of the... [read more]

My Prediction

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017


It’s a topic that is thrown at me several times a day right now. What’s going to happen to the market? Is it going to crash? When will it slow? Is there still upside potential? Should I sell now or wait? Here’s my prediction. It’ll be interesting to check back in a couple of years and see if I was right. Back in September of 2013 I was interviewed by Bloomberg News and they asked me back then what was going to happen. I remember vividly telling them that the... [read more]

What Is A Condo?

Tuesday Jun 07th, 2016


People often think of a condo as being a huge high rise building but there are different types of structures under the condo umbrella. Condo townhouse, condo detached, condo apartment, condo industrial unit etc., all of these types of property require a monthly maintenance fee and are governed by a condo corporation. The monthly maintenance fees usually covers things like windows, doors, roof etc. but all condo corporations are different. The condo owner is usually responsible for maintenance... [read more]

What Is A Freehold?

Monday Jun 06th, 2016


A freehold property is when you have exclusive rights to enjoy your property. You do not have to ask permission to change the colour of your front door or build a deck etc. Only permission you may need to ask for is from the city to make sure you’re complying with all local bylaws. [read more]

Condo Maintenance Fees

Sunday Jun 05th, 2016


No two condo developments are the same. Some will cover the cost of replacing windows, doors, roof etc., and some will cover the cost of cutting grass and removing snow only. Before any buyer signs on the dotted line and drops their hard earned money on buying a unit, they should ask for a copy of the status certificate. [read more]

Condo Status Certificates

Saturday Jun 04th, 2016


When buying a condo, reviewing the “status certificate” is a vital part of the process. A condominium is called a corporation for a reason. It has a board of directors and must follow strict financial guidelines. The status certificate is basically a financial statement, outlining the financial status of the corporation, how much they have in their reserve fund in case of emergencies etc. It also contains information about the condo bylaws that must be followed and outlines what... [read more]

Condo vs Freehold -Which One Is Better?

Friday Jun 03rd, 2016


That’s a good question that will have multiple answers depending on your individual situation. There are no maintenance fees when it comes to freehold BUT your cost to purchase the property is higher. Freehold homes are almost always more expensive than condos. You’re responsible for all repairs in a freehold home. The roof, windows, garage door etc will all require replacement over the years. You usually don’t have to worry about those expenses in a condo. You’re... [read more]

Real Estate Advertising

Thursday Jun 02nd, 2016


An agent comes in to your home to do a listing presentation. She gives you a projected selling price and shows you all of the services she offers. She then pulls out the local newspaper, some real estate magazines, a just listed flyer and all sorts of other printed advertising material. She then boasts that because of this advertising she will get more exposure for your home than any other realtor. Well, ask yourself when was the last time you read the real estate section in your local paper.... [read more]

I Have A Buyer For Your Home!

Wednesday Jun 01st, 2016


An agent knocks on your door or phones you out of the blue saying he has a buyer for your house. Should you believe him? My advice is take this with a grain of salt. MOST of the time this will not be true and it will merely be an agent trying to secure your listing or at the very least get a listing appointment. If you invite them into your home to evaluate your property there’s a good chance their ficticiuos buyer will never actually materialize and you’ll quickly find... [read more]

The Listing Presentation

Sunday May 22nd, 2016


This is the time for agents to put on the “dog and pony” show! When it’s time to sell I always suggest interviewing 3 agents for the job. Why? When it comes to statistics you’ll get a much better idea of what your home is worth and what the current market conditions are if you get a larger cross section of data. If you just bring in one agent and go by what they say you may either under list your home and sell for too little or over list your home and not sell at all.... [read more]

The "Magic Wand" Realtor

Saturday May 21st, 2016


I’ve lost out on dozens of listings over the years to what I like to call the “magic wand” Realtor. Somehow they manage to convince the home owners that they can sell a home for more than I can. I remember a couple of years ago I sold a 4 bedroom 2400sf home in Milton for around $635,000. It was a record sale price for that specific model at the time. It was during the fall when the market was a little soft and it took about a month to sell. About a month later I got a call... [read more]

Listing Period

Friday May 20th, 2016


If you want your home to be listing on the MLS, the minimum listing period is two months. Watch out for the agents’ trick with this one. There’s a tactic that a lot of agents will use. They’ll list a home at a price they know they have no chance of getting but will do it in order to secure the seller under contract. They’ll say the contract is for only 2 months to make it sound better for them and they’ll say if we don’t sell in that time period our contract... [read more]

Holding Off Offers (also known as a bidding war)

Thursday May 19th, 2016


As I write this in the Spring of 2016, the market is extremely lopsided. There are far more buyers than sellers out there and inventory is very low. When a home is listed, it’s very tempting to want to sell as quickly as possible but not always the most prudent thing to do. With so few listings out there it makes sense to hold offer offers to a specified offer date in order to give as many buyers as possible a chance to see the home before it sells and more importantly to sell the home... [read more]

Pre-emptive Offers

Wednesday May 18th, 2016


A preemptive offer is an offer that comes in before the set offer date. Most agents will mention in the listing sellers will/ will not review pre-emptive offers. Again, in a hot market the goal is to not sell to the first person coming through the door. This is a no brainer. But there are agents out there who will convince their clients to accept or review pre emptive offers. The home is listed, the offer date is a week later but it ends up selling in 2 days? What’s the rush? Does the... [read more]

Offer Presentation

Tuesday May 17th, 2016


I’m frequently asked how it works when an offer or offers come in. There are generally a couple of ways an offer can be submitted to the sellers – email, or in person. When the home has been on the market for a small amount of time, say a couple of weeks like it used to be in a “normal” market, and a buyer wants to put in an offer, as the seller agent I always try to get the agent to present his/her offer in person with his/her clients in the area to negotiate the offer... [read more]

What Is A Bully Offer?

Monday May 16th, 2016


A listing clearly says “offers will be reviewed at 7pm October 3rd” on the listing. An agent shows the home to her clients on September 30th and they love it. They don’t want to compete in a multiple offer situation so the agent tries to put in an offer that night, before the offer date. It’s usually a good offer with a very short irrevocable date and time on it to put pressure on the sellers to make a quick decision. The typical story you’ll hear is my... [read more]

Arriving At The Proper Price When Listing Your Home

Sunday May 15th, 2016


It’s tough comparing your home to other homes with an unbiased opinion. I’ve been through dozens and dozens of homes where the home owners were convinced the home down the street that is bigger than theirs and sold a few weeks earlier is nowhere near as good as theirs. They’ll come up with every insignificant reason in the world to try to justify it too. The proper list price is one of the most important decision a seller can make when listing their home. Here’s a... [read more]