Photo: The Dreamhouse (before)

Done and done! The Dreamhouse: BEFORE

It’s been a while since we blogged, and lots to update you on.   Specifically what happened with the seller after the inspection… Well of course – he was anything but reasonable.  Essentially our agent Mike went to him with our inspection report of what could potentially add up to $25,000 in repairs – and […]

Photo: Our new house. Pre-renovation

It’s a good day to buy a house!

Sometimes to get what you want, you have to be willing to walk away – which is exactly what we did when offer negotiations with the seller of the house we wanted reached a stalemate. After flat out rejecting our initial offer (which was admittedly WELL below his rather inflated asking price), it was pretty […]

Buyer frustrations | Pricing a house for sale - The Dreamhouse Project

Buyer frustrations…

Ugh…home owners can be so frustrating! Don’t get me wrong, it’s TOTALLY understandable to be emotionally attached to your house…but seriously – Pricing a home for sale is a science. You can’t just arbitrarily pick a number that you want to sell for just BECAUSE. These things have to be based in reality.  Lot size, […]

This might be the one: Finding a diamond in the rough and knowing how to see past the coal - The Dreamhouse project

This might be the one…

So after expanding our search area, we’ve found an interesting property in the West Shore neighbourhood. The house itself isn’t much to look at. In fact it probably hasn’t been updated much since it was built in 1962. Now in saying that we don’t mean the cool ‘retro chic 60s’, we mean circa 1962 textured […]

Map of the adjacent Pickering neighbourhoods of West Shore and Rosebank South

Seeing the potential…

With our dream mapped out, we set off in search of the perfect property. But after getting outbid on a house in our ideal Pickering area of Rosebank South, we decided to widen our search a bit to include the neighbourhoods of West Shore. Rosebank South is one of Pickering’s more exclusive neighborhoods that essentially contains […]