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: Home Inspection Binder from Pillar to Post

Home Inspection

It’s been a busy couple of days. We got all of the offer paperwork signed and finalized, made a quick trip in to the bank to pick up our pre-approval letter to satisfy our financing condition, then topped it off with a road trip to Ottawa to visit a friend and celebrate the Canada Day […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photo: SOLD by by Michael Mandarello, RE/MAX Agent

SOLD!

Up and down in less than 48 hours….and here we were all geared up to endure at least a couple weeks of stress around keeping the house in immaculate ‘show ready’ condition. When we listed the house, we thought we were a little bit on the ambitious side in terms of our asking price.  After reviewing the […]

Photo: Living room

Officially on the market!

So in between all the property hunting, we’ve been busy prepping our place for sale.  Now after several weeks of painting, carpeting, cleaning and de-cluttering, it’s nice to be able to say that our house is officially on the market!  It’s been a long and laborious process, but we made it to the finish line.  All the papers […]

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 […]