Staging And Selling A Home With Kids

Tuesday Sep 10th, 2019

how to stage your home with kids

Home staging is known to be one of the most important and beneficial things you can when it comes to successfully selling your home. Sue Heddle Homes provides free home staging to all listing clients, making it an easier and less stressful process, but if you do have kids at home, there are a few extra steps you can take to help your home appeal to potential buyers. While no one expects a home occupied by children to be perfect, these extra elements of staging and cleaning can go a long way in... [read more]

Tips From Sue Heddle Homes: Should I Hire A Family Member Or A Friend As My Real Estate Agent?

Monday Aug 19th, 2019

Tips From Sue Heddle Homes

We’ve talked before about what to expect from an Oakville realtor and why you need an experienced realtor on your side, but we’re often asked what we think about hiring a family member or a friend to act as your real estate agent. First of all, it’s really important that the family member or friend offering their services is an active, full time realtor with proven experience. And even if they are, it still may not be the best idea. You can have a lot of confidence in your... [read more]

5 Myths About Selling Your Home This Fall

Monday Aug 12th, 2019

Sell Your Oakville Home This Fall

Summer time certainly brings more people outside and it may seem like your neighbourhood is buzzing with families, activities and new people moving in. However, before you know it you’re hearing ads for back to school shopping, registration for fall activities and browsing for some new cozy sweaters. If you’re thinking of selling your Oakville home, you may wonder if the arrival of fall changes the way you need to be prepared to sell your home. In fact, there are many myths around... [read more]

5 Things To Expect From Your Oakville Realtor When Selling A Home

Thursday Jul 25th, 2019

Oakville Realtor Sold Sign

It’s extremely important to select the right Oakville realtor to sell your home. While there are many realtors to choose from in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Mississauga, know that every real estate agent is different when it comes to selling techniques, marketing strategies, and negotiating skills. So, what should be expected of an Oakville realtor when selling your home? If your home is currently listed by a real estate agent and the following things are not being practiced, you... [read more]

Best Neutral Paint Colours For Updating Your Home

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

best neutral paint colours

One of the best ways to update and refresh your home before putting in on the market is to add a fresh coat of paint. Between new paint and home staging, you’ll be more likely to sell your home quickly, and for the price you want. That being said, if you want to sell your home, the updates you are making should be neutral and appeal to most potential buyers. While there are literally hundreds of paint colours to choose from, there are certainly some tried and true colours that deliver... [read more]

Simple Home Maintenance Ideas To Increase Home Value Before Selling

Tuesday Jun 18th, 2019

sell your oakville home

Once you’ve decided to sell your Oakville or Halton area home, there are several things you can do to help get the best price possible. While home staging will absolutely help entice potential home buyers, there are also some small updates or modifications that you, the home owner, can do in order to increase the value of your home and ultimately get the most out of your real estate sale. Working to improve your home before you put it on the market is a smart idea. But know that the... [read more]

Canada Day Fireworks In Oakville, Burlington and Milton

Wednesday Jun 05th, 2019

Oakville Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day in Oakville, Burlington and Milton includes lots of family fun and fireworks!  Sue Heddle Homes has rounded up the main events for your convenience. Here’s what happening on Monday, July 1, 2019 in the Halton area. Canada Day Fireworks in Oakville, Burlington And Milton Burlington Canada Day Celebrations Time: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Location: Spencer Smith Park There will be live performances, face- painting, balloons and fireworks. Take the free Canada Day... [read more]

5 Ways Sue Heddle Homes Can Help You Sell Your Home

Tuesday May 28th, 2019


Home sales in Oakville and throughout all of Halton and Mississauga have slowed down compared to this same period last year. With the changes in the market, homes may not sell as quickly, which means that selling your home can be a bit more challenging. So, what can you do to make sure your home sells during a market slowdown? Most importantly, make sure you’re working with an experienced realtor that consistently demonstrates success and has the tools and abilities to make sure your home... [read more]

Need Home Staging In Oakville?

Wednesday May 08th, 2019


If you’re looking for home staging in Oakville, then you’re probably already aware that home staging delivers some of the best return on investment when it comes to real estate transactions. Statistically speaking, homes that are professionally staged tend to sell at higher prices and within a shorter amount of time. If you’re trying to stage your home on your own, you’ll quickly realize that undertaking the process single handedly can be expensive, hard to do... [read more]

Changing Your Address In Ontario

Wednesday Apr 24th, 2019

changing your address in Ontario

Once the celebration of buying a new home or selling your current home wears off, next up comes the practicalities of moving. Not nearly as fun perhaps, but ultimately once you are settled to your new space, it will certainly be worth it! Changing your address can be a cumbersome task and is often a more involved process than you might think. Use the Sue Heddle Homes checklist below to help you make sure you don’t miss anything.    Change Of Address Checklist From Sue... [read more]

The Added Costs Of Buying A Home

Thursday Apr 11th, 2019

Sue Heddle Homes Helps Home Buyers

We’ve talked before about the difference between a deposit and a down payment, but those who are in the market to buy a home in Oakville, Milton, Mississauga or Burlington also need to be prepared to handle the many other costs that can come with buying a home. Working with an experienced Oakville realtor can set you up for a smooth buying experience and help you understand what costs may pop up and when. Potential costs when buying a home should be carefully considered ahead of time in... [read more]

Good News For First Time Home Buyers

Sunday Mar 31st, 2019

Help For First Time Home Buyers

While the complete details won’t be released until the fall, the proposed 2019 federal budget does include some relief for prospective first-time home buyers. More specifically, the budget aims to offer a program, known as the First Time Home Buyer Incentive, designed to help with housing affordability. In simple terms, the option would function like an almost interest-free loan, with repayment not starting until several years in the future. In order to qualify, applicants need to have... [read more]

Tight Halton Real Estate Market Means Now Is The Time To Sell Your Home

Thursday Mar 21st, 2019

Tight Real Estate Market Halton 2019

Prospective home buyers in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Mississauga are finding it increasingly difficult to buy a home as the market continues to tighten and prices remain high in Halton and the surrounding municipalities. Last year, we wrote about the federally-implemented stress test and what that meant for prospective homeowners and sellers. Now that the market has adjusted to these new regulations, it certainly appears to be affecting both buyers and sellers. As we move towards a... [read more]

The Downsides of Trying To Sell Your Home Yourself

Friday Mar 01st, 2019

Downsides of selling your oakville home yourself

Selling your home can be a stressful and difficult process. Trying to sell it yourself in Oakville, Burlington or Mississauga without the help and expertise of a real estate agent is an enormous undertaking that is often vastly underestimated. Most people try to tackle it on their own for cost savings. However, any potential savings on fees will be lost many times over due to stress, wasted time and more than likely extended mortgage payments. In addition, private real estate sales almost... [read more]

Sue Heddle Homes Named Top Realtor In Oakville

Saturday Feb 16th, 2019

Top Real Estate Agents In Oakville

Rate My Agent just released the top Oakville, Ontario real estate agents for the year of 2018 and Sue Heddle Homes is ranked in the top five out of almost 50 agents! The ratings and reviews used to determine the top agents have been verified by Rate-My-Agent.com. Know that you can trust the ratings and reviews at Rate-My-Agent.com because it’s not an option to delete or hide negative reviews. View the complete list here. We’re very proud of the work we do and of the high... [read more]

How To Prepare For Selling Your Home In The Spring Real Estate Market

Friday Feb 08th, 2019

Spring real estate market in Oakville

Every year, once January gets underway, homeowners who have decided they’ll be selling their home during the upcoming spring real estate market start making decisions, doing research, and preparing themselves and their home to be listed on the market. In general, real estate markets are most active in the spring, making it one of the best time to sell a home, for multiple reasons.  Some of the most common reasons why the spring real estate market is a good time to sell... [read more]

Reflecting On 2018 For Sue Heddle Homes

Monday Jan 21st, 2019


As we're firmly rooted in 2019 and gearing up for another busy year in the Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Mississauga real estate markets, we're still taking the time to celebrate and reflect on a successful and rewarding 2018. We're pleased to share the latest recognition for Sue Heddle Homes - an Award of Excellence for Exemplary Performance for the Fourth Quarter of 2018. In addition to our latest accomplishment, we also celebrated the following in... [read more]

6 Spaces To Declutter Before Selling Your House

Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019


The process of selling your home starts long before the ‘for sale’ sign goes up. If you’re thinking of selling your Oakville, Burlington or Mississauga home this year, there is no time like the present to start decluttering and make it more appealing for potential buyers. Sue Heddle Homes offers free home staging to all of our clients, but when you work to clear out unused items and clutter ahead of time, it makes it even easier to showcase all the benefits your home has to... [read more]

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From Sue Heddle Homes

Wednesday Dec 19th, 2018


It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us! I hope that you've had a wonderful 2018.  May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.   Please reach out if there is anything I can help you with, even if it’s just to say hello. In the spirit of holiday giving, should you wish to make a donation to Hockey... [read more]

Most Popular Real Estate Blogs In 2018

Wednesday Dec 12th, 2018

Sue Heddle Homes Top Real Estate Blogs 2018

In 2018, Sue Heddle Homes continued to grow and so did the resources we were able to offer our clients and our community. We continue to be grateful for all of our clients and their referrals, and are looking forward to another positive year in 2019. We’ve rounded up our top real estate blog posts which indicates what resonated most with those looking for real estate news and support around Oakville, Mississauga, Milton and Burlington this year. We hope you find it helpful and that you... [read more]

Where To Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree Around Burlington, Oakville and Milton

Thursday Nov 15th, 2018


If you’d like the experience of heading out with your family to cut down your own Christmas tree this year, the Sue Heddle Homes team has compiled a list of six local options around Oakville, Milton and Burlington. Adding a beautiful fresh tree to your home is lovely way to decorate for the holidays. Before you head out to select that perfect tree, here are some helpful tips to know when selecting a fresh Christmas tree: Figure out where you want to display the tree before... [read more]

Sue Heddle Homes Now Uses Zillow To Market Listings

Monday Nov 05th, 2018


Did you see our recent announcement? Sue Heddle Homes is now using even more ways to market your home and get your property sold quickly and for the price you want. The CENTURY 21 Network is first in Canada to announce a marketing partnership with Zillow, a fantastic competitive advantage for all of my clients. If you aren’t familiar with Zillow, it is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to connecting consumers with the best local professionals to help them find... [read more]

Why You Need An Experienced Realtor On Your Side

Tuesday Oct 16th, 2018


Ready to buy or sell a home? While you may be tempted to try and tackle the process on your own, know that an experienced real estate agent can provide you with invaluable expertise and support. Below you’ll find five reasons why it’s essential to work with a professional real estate agent for any type of real estate transaction. 1.  A Good Realtor Will Educate You, Not Sell To You. Obviously, a real estate agent wants to help clients buy and sell homes. However, a good... [read more]

Buying A House - Is A Deposit And Down Payment The Same Thing?

Friday Oct 05th, 2018


Just as with many financial transactions, buying a house comes with its own process, terminology and regulations that can feel daunting to those making the purchase. This is just one area where a qualified real estate agent can be a huge help, as they will offer guidance and advice on what to expect, as well as what you’ll need in order to complete the transaction. Before you even start to seriously look for your next home, take the time to find the right real estate agent that will... [read more]

Sue Heddle Named One Of Real Estate Magazine’s 25 Top Elite Women In Real Estate

Friday Sep 21st, 2018


Congratulations to all the outstanding women listed as Top 25 Elite Women in Real Estate. It is an honour to be  recognized alongside them in the most recent issue of Real Estate Professionals magazine. This accolade not only recognizes my successes in the real estate field, but also my commitment to giving back to the community through my Hockey Cares initiative. In addition to being recognized by the real estate industry, our busy summer in both the Oakville real estate market and... [read more]

5 Signs It's Time To Move To A Bigger House

Tuesday Sep 11th, 2018

5 Signs It's Time For A Bigger House

Whether you chose a newer home or a home in a more mature neighbourhood, when you bought your current home, you did so based on it having features you love and enough space inside and out to accommodate your family and your lifestyle. However, over time, things change. Undoubtedly, there will most likely come a time when you start to feel like moving to a bigger home in Oakville or Halton is the next logical step. If you’re still not sure and want more information before you take the... [read more]

Fall Events Happening In Oakville And Halton - Mark Your Calendars!

Saturday Aug 25th, 2018

fall events in Oakville

We know it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, but thankfully there is still so much to do in Oakville and Halton during the fall season. If you’ve got buying or selling your home on your to do list for the fall, Sue Heddle Homes would be happy to help. But in the meantime, check out these great fall events happening in Oakville and the surrounding areas. Kerrfest 2018 - Friday, September 7, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018 A free outdoor street festival that takes place in Kerr... [read more]

Should I Buy A New Home Or An Older Home?

Thursday Aug 16th, 2018

Buying a new or older home in Oakville

After the decision is made to buy a house, many people debate about whether they should buy new or purchase an older home. If you are looking to buy a house in Oakville, you will certainly have options when it comes to the type of home you might be looking for. Interestingly, real estate stats report that percentage of those who strongly or somewhat prefer buying a newly built home weighs in at 41%. So, for the most part, prospective home buyers still favour existing homes. View homes for... [read more]

Ready To Buy Your First Home? Consider These Things First

Wednesday Jul 25th, 2018

buying a house in oakville

The real estate market has faced rapid change in the last few decades, making it a much different market for first time home buyers. However, many young people are still actively considering whether or not now is a good time to buy their first home. It can seem overwhelming to begin your home search, but a good real estate agent can help you find listings that suit your budget and help you focus on finding a property that will work for you. Sue Heddle Homes works closely with first time home... [read more]

What You Need To Know About Listing Your Home In The Summer

Monday Jul 09th, 2018

Selling Your Oakville Home In The Summer

Sue Heddle Homes helps clients in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington and Milton sell their home, no matter what season. However, if you are planning on listing your home this summer, there are a few key things to make note of. In addition to the regular tasks required when you decide to sell your home, such as home staging, we’re letting you know about some other important summer selling tips worth considering. As an experience Oakville real estate agent, we know that home owners want... [read more]

Fun Summer Activities In Oakville And Surrounding Areas

Monday Jun 25th, 2018


The kids will be out of school very soon and summer will be in full swing. Luckily there is so much for Oakville families to do, not only in Oakville but around all of Halton too. The Sue Heddle Homes team has put together a list of family friendly activities to help you plan out those hot summer days. If moving is on your list this summer, Sue Heddle Homes would be happy to help. It’s important to find the right Oakville real estate agent, so we’d be happy to talk with you to... [read more]

Ready To Buy A House In Oakville?

Thursday Jun 07th, 2018

Buy A House In Oakville

So, you’ve made the decision to move and have decided to buy a house in Oakville, Ontario. Now what? We’ve talked before about the importance of finding the right Oakville real estate agent and some top house hunting mistakes, but what can you do to get familiar with your new town?  Plenty! A great Oakville real estate agent will spend some time going over different areas of Oakville and share some advice on what neighbourhoods might be best for you, based on your needs... [read more]

How To Find An Oakville Real Estate Agent

Friday May 18th, 2018


Buying or selling a home is a big milestone. If you are looking for an Oakville real estate agent, you want to select someone that will help you get what you need and make the process as smooth as possible. Here are three simple steps to ensure that you get an Oakville real estate agent that has your best interest at heart, regardless of whether you are buying or selling – or both!   There are many real estate agents in Oakville, so finding the right one for you can feel a... [read more]

5 Ways Your Business Can Support Hockey Cares

Thursday May 10th, 2018


Hockey Cares was the recipient of the first ever grant awarded by the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, in an effort to launch reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.  In 2017, the Hockey Cares project, founded by Sue Heddle, facilitated an exchange between Oakville and Attawapiskat bantam-aged hockey players in a two-part adventure. Attawapiskat youth travelled to Oakville in July 2017, and the Oakville youth went to Attawapiskat in November 2017. The project... [read more]

How Does Home Staging Work?

Thursday Apr 26th, 2018


If you are ready to list your home, make sure that home staging is part of your plan. Sue Heddle Homes offers free home staging to all clients as a demonstration of commitment to ensure that sellers get the top results they are looking for. If you are in need of an experienced real estate agent to sell your Oakville, Burlington, Milton or Mississauga home, contact Sue Heddle Homes today to find out more about how we use home staging to make your sale more effective. Not... [read more]

5 Tips For Making Moving Easier On Kids

Sunday Apr 15th, 2018


Are your kids excited at the prospect of moving?  A local move within Oakville or a move to a new home further away comes with lots to think about. You’ll need to find a quality real estate agent, prepare your home to sell, find the right new home, and then pack and coordinate moving dates. It’s a lot for adults to handle and can certainly feel like a stressful time.  But what about the kids?  While they aren’t the ones to plan the move, it is important to... [read more]

How To Get Your Home Ready For Spring

Tuesday Mar 20th, 2018


Regardless of whether you are thinking about selling your home or not, keep up with general maintenance will not only help to retain the value of your home, but also make it easier to sell when the time comes. As such, Sue Heddle Homes has put together a spring cleaning checklist to help you get your home ready for the new season. Most of these tasks are the things that homeowners may not think about, or chores that get forgotten during the rest of the year. A Spring Cleaning... [read more]

How To Participate In Hockey Cares 2018

Thursday Mar 08th, 2018


In its first year, the Hockey Cares project facilitated an exchange between Oakville and Attawapiskat bantam-aged hockey players. Attawapiskat youth travelled to Oakville in July 2017, and the Oakville youth went to Attawapiskat in November 2017, to learn from their new friends, play hockey, and experience a new culture.  The Hockey Cares 2017 project was the first to be funded by the Downie Wenjack Fund, and we continue that partnership to take ACTION into 2018 and beyond. Watch a... [read more]

How To Sell Your House When Pets Are Part Of Your Home

Monday Feb 26th, 2018


Home sellers who have pets at home can have a hard time imagining the negative attitudes that potential home buyers may have against a beloved furry family member. But if you want to get the best price for your home, you should consider these factors that may influence the sale of your home when you have a dog, a cat or other types of pets at home. Unpredictable Reactions Even if you consider your pet to be well behaved, it is a lot to ask of them to be calm and welcoming while people... [read more]

Wondering If You Should Renovate Before You Sell Your Home?

Wednesday Feb 07th, 2018


If you are thinking of selling your home, you may be wondering if it’s worth doing some renovations before you put it on the market. When your motivation to renovate rests in getting more money for your home, the key lies in understanding what buyers like and what they will actually pay more for. You may have heard that updated kitchens sell homes or that curb appeal is essential, but it all comes down to the budget you are willing to spend.  Whether or not you get your renovation... [read more]

3 Reasons Why Now Is The Time To Sell Your Home

Monday Jan 22nd, 2018


If you have been thinking about selling your home, there really is no time like the present to start putting that plan in motion. Currently, there are many compelling things happening in the real estate market that make it an ideal time for sellers. Deciding to sell your home is a big decision.  If you aren’t sure where to start, take some time to review our Seller’s Guide.  Sue Heddle Homes provides high quality real estate support for Oakville, Burlington and Milton... [read more]

5 Essential Questions to Ask at an Open House

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017


If you are in the throes of house hunting in the Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga area, chances are you have been visiting lots of open houses. To ensure that your open house visits are both effective and a little easier to handle, here are some essential questions that should be asked in order determine if the house you are visiting could be the right house for you. Be sure you are working with a professional real estate agent that can help you get the answers you need. 1. When was... [read more]

Don't Let Your Photos Date Your Listing!

Thursday Dec 07th, 2017


In today’s real estate market, any time of year is good for selling your home, as long as it’s priced correctly, clean, and in good condition. The team at Sue Heddle Homes works with clients right up until the holidays, to get listings posted and get Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga homes on the market. Even though the holiday season is in full swing, listing your home in December is still a viable option, especially with the new mortgage rules rolling out in early 2018.... [read more]

Top House Hunting Mistakes

Tuesday Nov 21st, 2017


House hunting can be a very exciting time, but it can also be a stressful time – especially if you are completely unprepared!  When you decide you are ready to start touring homes, make sure you start the process with a plan in hand.  By taking the time to get organized before you start, you will save yourself time and money and make the process much more enjoyable. So, let’s take a look at what NOT to do! 1. Not have your financing in order. How can you... [read more]

We Appreciate Your Trust In Sue Heddle Homes!

Wednesday Nov 08th, 2017


When it comes to buying or selling your home, we know that there are lots of realtor options.  We really do appreciate and value every single one of our clients and are so thankful that so many of you put your trust in us.  We are proud of the work we do and were recently recognized with an 'Outstanding Achievement' award - we share this accomplishment with our clients, past and present, who continue to work with us and refer our team to their friends and family. ... [read more]

What Home Buyers And Sellers Need To Know About The New Mortgage Rules

Wednesday Oct 18th, 2017


The new financial ‘stress test’ - HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU? A family with an annual income of $100,000 with a 20% down payment at a 5 year fixed mortgage rate of 2.99% amortized over 30 years can currently afford a home worth $719,630. Under the new rules, they need to qualify at 4.99%.   Now they can only afford a home worth $596,428 - a difference of $123,202. On October 16th, 2017 new mortgage regulations were released that will affect both... [read more]

Winter Is Still A Good Time To Sell Your Home

Friday Oct 13th, 2017


Spring is often listed as the best time to sell your home.  And while the market does generally pick up as the warmer weather returns, there are also positive advantages to selling your home in the winter.  So, if you are thinking of selling, there is no need to hold off until Spring.  Working with the right realtor will certainly enable you to sell your Oakville, Burlington, Milton or Mississauga home in the colder months with great success. Advantages For Selling Your Home... [read more]

Positive News For Glen Abbey

Friday Sep 29th, 2017


By this point, most Oakville residents are aware that ClubLink, the owners of Glen Abbey Golf Course, want to redevelop the land into a mix residential, office and retail space. Specifically, 3,222 residential units, 69,000 sq. ft of commercial/retail space and 107,000 sq. ft of office space. The planning for this redevelopment began back in November 2015 and since then, Oakville Town Council and Oakville residents have been fighting back in order to preserve the land that adds culture,... [read more]

Timeless In Toronto

Tuesday Sep 12th, 2017


A Historic Townhome Gets a Modern Face-Lift WRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLER   PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA PETROLE It was a blank canvas for designers Ashley Tracey and Laura McLellan. The design principals behind the wildly successful firm The Design Co., which specializes in blending old with new, were tasked with designing the interiors of a three-story, circa-1910 historic townhome. Located in the Casa Loma neighborhood of Toronto, the property did not have a buyer but the duo... [read more]

Thinking Of Downsizing?

Wednesday Aug 23rd, 2017


Have you been wondering if it’s time to consider downsizing your home? Whether you’ve recently become an empty nester or your current spacious home no longer meets your needs, downsizing may be the right option for you.  Downsizing your home can help you: Reduce expenses like property taxes and utility bills Reduce costs for required home maintenance Simplify your life as you pare down furniture and related household items Work With The Right Real Estate Agent... [read more]

How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell This Fall

Tuesday Aug 15th, 2017


The market may have cooled off over the summer but the fall real estate market is always a hot season. Summer vacations are over, kids go back to school and everyday life routine settle back in. It’s a great time to sell a home. If you have been thinking of selling your Oakville, Burlington, Milton or Mississauga home and hope to have a for sale sign up this Fall, now is the time to prepare your home to attract buyers. Find The Right Real Estate Agent Sue Heddle Homes has... [read more]

It is tough out there for Halton home buyers

Wednesday Apr 12th, 2017


I recently wrote the Premier to stand up for my buyers & neighbours who are seeing crazy bidding wars with over 14 offers and homes going 100’s of thousands of dollars over asking. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she won't follow British Columbia's lead and tax foreign buyers of residential real estate in the Toronto area. This is big problem for Halton residents looking to get into the market or move up. The Globe and Mail says, “What is happening in... [read more]