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THE STEVEBAARDA.COM BLOG

  • The Busy 2016 Spring Market

    You may have heard that the real estate market has been especially active this spring.  It has been. There have been stories everywhere about multiple offers and houses selling for more than asking price.  Why is that?  What is happening? There were 1,650 homes listed in April 2016, down 14.2% from the year before.  At the same time, 1,068 homes

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  • RELOCATING TO LONDON ONTARIO?

    You have just received the news that your company is transferring you to London.  Perhaps you have been offered a job here in London with a new company.  Congratulations!  Hopefully this will be the start of an exciting new chapter in your career and a new adventure in a new city for you and your family.  You will discover that

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  • The Final Walkthrough

    When I help my clients purchase a home, one provision that is always included in the agreement is for at least one more visit to the home before closing.  Sometimes there are reasons for wanting or needing to see the house you are buying more than one time between when the deal firms up and when you take possession.  Sometimes

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  • An Introduction to Real Estate Negotiations

    So.  You have been out looking at houses the last few weeks.  You have narrowed down the list.  Today you have seen a house that you really love.  You are sure that this is “the one.”  Now what happens?  Now its time to make the Sellers an offer. There are a number of moving pieces in negotiations.  The price you

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  • What’s New: Map Based Searching

    One of the features I am most excited about adding to the new stevebaarda.com is a map based search engine.  This makes it easy to search for homes in a particular area of the city.  Just zoom in on the region you are most interested in and click on any of the map markers to see the individual houses.  Click on the listing

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  • What’s New: Neighbourhood Pages

    The neighbourhood pages have been a favourite of people using stevebaarda.com in their home search process. Many of you have commented to me how helpful you found it to read up on the various communities in the city, especially when you are relocating to London and are not familiar with the city. The neighbourhood pages are great way to introduce

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  • Introducing: The “Schools” Page

    Schools are an important part of family life.  Many parents make sacrifices so that they can send their children to the best schools they can.  School considerations are a big part of almost every real estate decision.  Do we leave our current school?  How will our kids adapt?  Will they make new friends?  What school will they attend? Is the

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  • Welcome to the New STEVEBAARDA.COM!

    It has been a long time in coming, but the old stevebaarda.com was in need an upgrade. Some of it was for behind the scenes reasons: the old content management system I was using was clunky and time consuming and made it difficult to update the site. The site is now using a state of the art WordPress platform. Updating

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  • Decorating with Neon

    Ever thought about using bolder colours in your home?  If you are thinking about taking that plunge, why not go really radical and do neon?  If done right, neon can really make your home pop and give you a look that is very much unique.  Here are a few helpful links: House and Home: Decorating with Neon Brit+Co: 30 Tasteful

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  • London Ontario’s 2013 Most Average Neighbourhood

    It is fairly easy to identify the city’s most expensive or least expensive neighbourhood.  It is easy to identify the neighbourhood that saw the hottest growth in the previous year.  But how would you identify London Ontario’s most average neighbourhood? At stevebaarda.com we focus on a few different numbers to assess the real estate market for the city, the north, east

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  • London Ontario 2013 Housing Market Year in Review

    We have closed the books on 2013 and the numbers are in. We have recently updated all neighborhood data over at my web site — www.stevebaarda.com — so you can find out how your own London Ontario area did over the last year.  London Ontario has seen modest 2.67% growth in the average price for the entire city.  Prices for

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