What's up with the Halifax Real Estate Market? 2021 was truly a year like no other - I asked "how much did it sell for?" and "how many offers?" a lot! Inventory was, and still is, at an all-time low, and prices have never been higher. Last year was an extremely competitive market for buyers, while a very profitable one for sellers.


We are definitely in unprecedented times, with just under 180 active listings for single-family homes and condos combined; by comparison, before the pandemic, it was common to have 2,100-2,300 active listings for buyers to view. Add in a very strong demand across the market, and these combined pressures resulted in price increases of nearly 30% for both single-family homes and condos in 2021. With the current limited inventory, combined with continued strong demand from potential buyers, I see no end in sight to these large increases in market values in 2022.


But enough about this market. On a personal note, I am so grateful to have had the pleasure of working with all of you over the years. I enjoy the frantic buying and selling process that allows me to interact with you every day, and closing days are bittersweet for me, as I know I won't see you again for a while. Thank you for trusting me with your real estate needs, I take that responsibility very seriously, and I feel honored to work with you. 

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Ready to buy your first home in Halifax/Dartmouth area in 2022? I specialize in helping first-time home buyers like you find their dream property in Halifax.


Before you start searching for homes online, it's important to take the first step to house shopping: Getting pre-approved for a mortgage.


Your pre-approval will tell you what you can afford and what your monthly payment will be, so it's important to determine this before you start searching for your new home.


Once you've got your pre-approval letter in hand, it's time to start the search!

Before we hop into the home search, I like to meet my clients in person to review their  "Needs"  and "Wants" list. This will help us to really focus on the things that are most important in your future home.


Needs are the non-negotiable features; the features you simply must-have in your next home. Wants are the ones you’d like to have, but you can add or change down the road. Remember, you can’t change the lot or the location so make sure you love both.


Once you've established what you're looking for, I will set you up on a search so you can receive an email the second a home that fits your criteria goes live. If you have any questions about a property, send me the information and I will find out for you. Send me listings you like and I can get more information and set up showings on your behalf.

After touring houses and choosing the one you love, it's time to make an offer. 


Have more questions about buying a home or what happens after making an offer? Reach out to me today!

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The final walk-through on your new home is an exciting event. It means you have successfully maneuvered through negotiations, inspections, and financing approval, and are on the verge of signing your closing papers. Most buyers attend the final walk-through with thoughts of furniture placement and paint colors in their heads. But the walk-through is about more than just making sure your favorite chair will fit by the fireplace. Be sure to do your due diligence to make sure there are no issues that should be resolved before you reach the closing table.   The purpose of the final walk-through is to ascertain that the home is being conveyed to you in the same condition it was when you agreed to purchase it. Here are a few of the things you should check:  


1.) Make sure no damage has occurred to the home that the sellers are responsible for repairing. Weather conditions or careless movers can cause accidental damage, and old and forgotten damage may be uncovered when the sellers’ belongings are removed.

 2.) Check that appliances are still in working order and no new plumbing or electrical issues have popped up. While you aren’t doing a complete home inspection, you can visually check for obvious problems that should be repaired before you move in.  

3) Confirm that items contractually conveying are present. If the sellers agreed to leave particular furniture, décor, or equipment, see that it has not been removed.  

4) Make certain the sellers have removed all their belongings. You don’t want to arrive with the moving truck only to find out that the sellers left behind an assortment of unwanted furniture or trash. The sellers should be held responsible for removing everything that doesn’t convey with the sale.

Welcome, Home!!!


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I have sold a property at 73 Westfield Crescent in Cole Harbour.
Looking for that perfect find, a beautiful home in a great family neighbourhood? Look no further than this wonderful two-storey, 3-bedroom in Morris Lake Estates. the large foyer leads to a spacious main living area with great flow: an open-concept living room and adjoining dining room with French doors leading to a large, bright kitchen with an adjacent sitting area. A patio door leads to the fully-fenced yard, complete with a custom pergola for sunny days or magical nights. Upstairs you will find three spacious bedrooms, including the primary with walk-in closet and a gorgeous 5-piece main bath. The basement has a fully-finished family room, laundry, rough-in for an additional 3-piece bath, plenty of storage and a built-in garage! As an added bonus, enjoy the warmth of an electric thermal storage unit which will heat the main floor while offering you the ability to lower your overall electric bill through Nova Scotia Power's "Time of Day" rate program. You can also unwind with a walk, swim or boat ride on Morris Lake via your backyard community trail or head down to Kiwanis Beach and Park which is only 3min away. If you want, hit the waves at Rainbow Haven Beach 13min away and explore the local surf community and Shearwater Flyer Trails.
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I have listed a new property at 73 Westfield Crescent in Cole Harbour.
Looking for that perfect find, a beautiful home in a great family neighbourhood? Look no further than this wonderful two-storey, 3-bedroom in Morris Lake Estates. the large foyer leads to a spacious main living area with great flow: an open-concept living room and adjoining dining room with French doors leading to a large, bright kitchen with an adjacent sitting area. A patio door leads to the fully-fenced yard, complete with a custom pergola for sunny days or magical nights. Upstairs you will find three spacious bedrooms, including the primary with walk-in closet and a gorgeous 5-piece main bath. The basement has a fully-finished family room, laundry, rough-in for an additional 3-piece bath, plenty of storage and a built-in garage! As an added bonus, enjoy the warmth of an electric thermal storage unit which will heat the main floor while offering you the ability to lower your overall electric bill through Nova Scotia Power's "Time of Day" rate program. You can also unwind with a walk, swim or boat ride on Morris Lake via your backyard community trail or head down to Kiwanis Beach and Park which is only 3min away. If you want, hit the waves at Rainbow Haven Beach 13min away and explore the local surf community and Shearwater Flyer Trails.
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Upsize or Downsize: Which is Your Best Move?


Deciding if it is time for your family to upsize or downsize is not always a clear choice. There are factors to consider that might push you to take the leap or stay put for a while longer. Whether you are thinking about upsizing so your family can spread out or purging possessions so you can downsize, here are some questions to ponder.


1. How are you using your current space?


Do your family members feel like they don’t have adequate privacy or space to do their own thing?  Are you tired of working at the dining table and really need an office or workshop? Is having the kids share bedrooms just not working out? Maybe an upsize is warranted. On the other hand, do you have rooms that aren’t being used, or are you tired of paying property taxes on more house than you need? Check for the downsize column!


2. Have you considered the maintenance costs?


If upsizing is on your mind, consider the added costs for maintaining a larger home and property, whether in money or time. Will you be able to keep up with cleaning, lawn care, and general maintenance issues that come with owning a home? If you are ready to cross maintenance off your to-do list, perhaps you are ready to downsize to a more manageable property or one where the HOA handles part of the job.


3. What are your outdoor space needs?


Are you ready to give up having a yard or garden to downsize to a maintenance-free space? Do you have pets that need outdoor space? Do you need more outdoor space for your children to play or your dog to run around in? The size of the house is one thing, but the property is important also.


4. Have you looked to the future?


What do you expect your needs to be in the next five, ten, or twenty years? Do you want a large home where your children and grandchildren will come for vacations and holidays, or will you be spending those times at their homes? Will you want to entertain groups of friends, or do you foresee going out for your entertainment? What will happen if your spouse passes; will you want to stay in the home on your own?


5. Do the financial implications add up in your favor?


Can you handle the higher costs involved with a larger home, or are you ready to cut costs with a downsize? Consider where you stand on your current mortgage. Are you alright with starting a new mortgage at this point in your life, or are you in a position to purchase in cash? What are the tax implications for your move?  



6. Is it the right market to upsize or downsize?


A seller’s market is hot for those looking to sell a larger home and downsize. Upsizing may be riskier in a big seller’s market, but if your family would be happier in a larger home, it might be worth the leap.


Whatever questions you have about purchasing your next home, I’d be honored to assist you. So let’s work together to make sure your next move is the right one.

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I have listed a new property at 3023 Oxford Street in Halifax.
Built-in 1939, this beautiful home on Oxford Street is being offered for sale outside of the original owner's family for the first time! Having taken possession 35 years ago, the current owners have done extensive renovations over the years. The results - a stunning three-bedroom, three-bath home. The foyer with vaulted ceiling leads up to the main floor, where you will find a spacious living room with a separate reading area, an adjacent dining room with patio door access to the backyard patio, and a kitchen with ample custom cabinetry and a large pantry. Upstairs are two large bedrooms, each with its own bath: the principal bedroom has a walk-in closet and 4-piece newly renovated ensuite with a soaker tub, corner shower, and skylight. The lower level is its own self-contained suite, boasting a living room with natural gas fireplace, a kitchenette, and a third bedroom with a 4-piece bath - perfect as an in-laws suite! The main levels have hardwood floors throughout, while the lower level has a durable Sierra Stone. The backyard patio has natural gas hookup and well-spaced electrical outlets. A heated garage with a loft area for storage, plenty of parking, and Corridor zoning make this house a must-see. Heat pump (2017) natural-gas boiler (2020). Contact agent for a complete list of upgrades.
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I have sold a property at 22 Forest Road in Dartmouth.
Finally, the house you have been looking for - this beautiful Cape Cod situated above the trees of Forest Road. The first thing you notice is the large windows that allow the natural light, blue skies, and starry nights to create the magic of this house. Forest Road is the perfect name for this tree-lined street. Watching the seasons change above the trees is a welcome pleasure in this house. This older neighbhourhood feels far from the madding crowd, yet it is surprisingly close to a variety of amenities. It is a fifteen-minute walk to the ferry which takes you to Downtown Halifax or in five minutes you can be on the highway and out of town. The Dartmouth Sportsplex, schools, world class canoeing, and great shopping are all close by. The beautiful and efficient kitchen, designed by Patti's Kitchens, open to the dining room. Three large bedrooms and two full baths, plus two possible office spaces gives you many options. The ceiling in the unfinished basement has enough height to give you room to grow. Even the garage has a high IQ - use your app to enter the house through the garage. You and your car will be happy to be out of the frost and rain. The house has been recently painted. The new front retaining wall (2021) brings this property a curb appeal that fits the history of the neighbourhood. You must see this house to feel its charm and discover the many efficient features.
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I have sold a property at 123 Sussex Drive in Stillwater Lake.
If you are looking for some breathing room in a beautiful natural setting, this custom-built bungalow in sought-after Haliburton Hills is for you. Sitting nicely on a large, private lot, this home has so much to offer: a spacious main floor with an abundance of natural light, including a beautiful eat-in kitchen with maple cabinetry and garden doors providing easy access to the deck and private backyard, a large living room, and three spacious bedrooms, including a principle bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite. The walk-out basement offers a massive rec. room - TV watching, games area, home gym - plenty of space for it all, a separate home office/den, and lots of storage. Electric heat and a ductless heat pump provide efficient control throughout the year. Freshly updated with new carpet in primary bedroom and stairs. Offers due on Monday, June 14, 2021 at noon.
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I have listed a new property at 22 Forest Road in Dartmouth.
Finally, the house you have been looking for - this beautiful Cape Cod situated above the trees of Forest Road. The first thing you notice is the large windows that allow the natural light, blue skies, and starry nights to create the magic of this house. Forest Road is the perfect name for this tree-lined street. Watching the seasons change above the trees is a welcome pleasure in this house. This older neighbhourhood feels far from the madding crowd, yet it is surprisingly close to a variety of amenities. It is a fifteen-minute walk to the ferry which takes you to Downtown Halifax or in five minutes you can be on the highway and out of town. The Dartmouth Sportsplex, schools, world class canoeing, and great shopping are all close by. The beautiful and efficient kitchen, designed by Patti's Kitchens, open to the dining room. Three large bedrooms and two full baths, plus two possible office spaces gives you many options. The ceiling in the unfinished basement has enough height to give you room to grow. Even the garage has a high IQ - use your app to enter the house through the garage. You and your car will be happy to be out of the frost and rain. The house has been recently painted. The new front retaining wall (2021) brings this property a curb appeal that fits the history of the neighbourhood. You must see this house to feel its charm and discover the many efficient features.
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