Thursday, March 22, 2012

Betty's Pic Of The Week March 21

Lorne Park is located east of Clarkson, south of Erindale, west of Port Credit and the Credit River, and north of Lake Ontario. The area is noted as mainly residential. 

Lorne Park is set amongst mature towering trees and is one of the most upscale, affluent areas of Mississauga. Homes in the Lorne Park range from townhouses, executive condominium townhomes, semi-detached homes and detached houses.  You will find million dollar custom built luxury homes on extremely large lots.   You can also find some of the older homes nestled among these elegant homes.  Lorne Park attracts many young professionals because of the easy commute to downtown Toronto via the GO train or QEW.  Do your shopping in the quaint village of Port Credit.

My web site is a sought after resource for the weekly postings of available Lorne Park properties.  By accessing Betty's Pic of the Week and signing up for the instantly downloadable report, you can receive up to date information of some of the homes that are available in this elegant community.

Here is a list of Homes for Sale in the Lorne Park Community of Mississauga.   I will be updating this list on a regular basis, so please feel free to come back several times and see what's new.

Click here to view Properties of Interest
If you are thinking of selling your house or if you are a buyer looking for that Dream Home, feel free to contact me directly at 416 427 1875. 

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative ASA
Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Fine Homes In Nine Oh Five

Office: 905-828-3434
Direct: 416-427-1875

Web Site:
this is not intended to solicit buyers or sellers under brokerage contract

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Is It Time To Downsize?

When the time comes for us to leave our family home, there are many things to think about.  This is never an easy decision.

It seems like all of a sudden you don't need your large house anymore; you don't want to clean the large house anymore; you don't want to take care of the large yard anymore, and you don't want the financial burdens that come with owning a larger home.  But the biggest one for most of us, you don't want to think about the emotional roller-coaster that will come when sorting through everything to downsize.  Simplifying our lifestyles becomes more appealing as we want less maintenance, and more travel and leisure time.

We have all seen the television commercial that coined the phrase  "Help! Help! I've fallen and can't get up" and the elderly woman reaches for a lifeline necklace to alert an ambulance.  The reality is, that we have always deferred our decisions to the greater wisdom that our parents possessed.
There will come a time, or it is already here, that requires you to deal with some direct and vital issues regarding your aging parents.

You need to ask the serious questions before...
  • Their mobility and memory has been impeded.
  • There has been a catostrophic event - slip or fall
  • There a medical emergency - Heart attack or Stroke 
  • One passes away leaving the other alone and confused
In my personal life, I remember talking to my parents about downsizing. Then suddenly one passed and now it has become more difficult to discuss because there are too many memories in that home.  I remember asking my mother why she did not want to move into a bungalow, or just a smaller home with a smaller yard, and she said that she didn't want to think about renovations, and she couldn't hold the drywall for dad anymore.  I, myself, have many happy moments in this home where I grew up.  I did not expect to change my perspective of asking advice from my mother to trying to make healthy decisions for her.  Yet the financial realities of elder care and the direct cost of nursing homes or assisted living centers needs us all to reevaluate how we will deal with these issues.

By 2011, more than 1.3 million Canadians will be over the age of 80. Boomers and their aging parents need to be talking to a financial advisor or planner about their options to ensure financial security in times of death, disease and disability.

How can I helpContact me directly and let me get started.  My team is waiting with answers to many of your questions.  Let my patience and perseverance in getting things accomplished go to work for you.  No pressure tactics.  YOU decide.
Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative  ASA
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Office: 905 828 3434
DIRECT: 416 427 1875
Web Site:
not intended to solicit buyers or sellers under brokerage contract

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Retirement Living at Evergreen Mississauga

Freedom is beautiful. The freedom to choose. To create new friendships and deeper family ties. To enjoy favourite pastimes and develop new interests. To improve health and fitness at your own pace

Essentially, these freedoms all come together in The Origin Way, so that everyday is lived exactly how you like it. Origin Evergreen was created for you. This is how retirement living should be.

Right at Eglinton and Mavis in Mississauga, Origin Evergreen is easily accessible and near all essential Neighbourhood conveniences and services. A 13 storey condominium residence, 3 levels of condominium Garden Flats and full-service rental retirement residences will be the building blocks of this master plan, nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds with charming walking paths, gardens and seating areas. An environmentally friendly, picturesque green rooftop with vines and plants provides a pleasing sight from the above residences. Over 42,000 square feet of amenity space features state-of-the-art recreation including dining and exemplary services. You have everything you could ever need, right here, at home.

Laugh deeply. Smile until your cheeks glow. Spark up that twinkle in your eye! Residents and staff alike to add fun into every moment of their lives. So go ahead - try a dance class. Join a book club. Sing a tune in the choir. Or, meet a new neighbour for coffee. From planned events and welcomed guests, to caring staff that ensure you are smiling; this is a true family-friendly community to fulfill and inspire. Our doors are always open to promote special visits from those you love. Your retirement should be full of joy, fun and discovery on your own terms.

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative  ASA
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
OFFICE: 905 828 3434
CELL: 416-427-1875
Web Site:
Fine Homes in Nine Oh Five


not intended to solicit buyers or sellers under brokerage contract

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Importance of A Home Inspection

With the housing market continuing to spark bidding wars, there are buyers out there that are presenting offers without the benefit of doing a home inspection.  They feel that this will make for a 'clean' and 'strong' offer and will make it more acceptable to the seller.

Big mistake.  Major problems are found after the fact and you, Mr. or Mrs. Buyer, have to come up with more money for the repair.  Buyers become very unhappy.  The home inspection is far from perfect.  But, it is the best way at this time to safeguard your investment.  It gives you the opportunity to either accept the repairs or walk away from the deal and go to the next property.  Yes, large repairs should be divulged, but there may be issues that not even the sellers knows about. 

We have all seen the Mike Holmes Inspection programme.  Most inspectors cannot rip apart a wall or floor to find out if there are any hidden issues or potential problems.  But, the inspectors are able to identify plenty of trouble spots.

These are:
1)  Knob and tube wiring.  This would make it difficult to get insurance coverage for your new home.
2)  A 60-amp elebrical service when normal is 100 or even 200.  Again, insurance issues.
3)  Galvanized plumbing.  Old lead pipes are a health risk. 
3)  Any roof over 20 years of age should be replaced.
4)  Old fouindations will gradually deteriorate causing leaks and are an expensive repair.
5)  Windows could be an expensive upgrade.

There are inspectors out there that use Thermal Imaging Technology which can detect problems with structure, moisture and/or air leakage.  Is there sufficient insulation, plumbing leaks which can lead to problems later on. 

Pre-lsiting inspections are becoming more popular, but as a buyer you should be hiring your own inspector.  You want the person that you are hiring to prepare the report to make you aware of issues, large or small, that may affect your ability to enjoy your new home.  Having an inspection done prior to a bidding war does not assure that you will be the one that gets the home.  You may pay for it and then lose out in the end.

As a real estate agent, I work with many home inspection firms and can usually get one done within 48 hours.  As a buyer, don't ever get pressured into purchasing a home without an inspection, especially for older homes.

By doing a home inspection, you have more choices in the end.  Always make an informed decision as to whether to purchase a home or not. 

Betty Bartusevicius, Sales Representative  ASA
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
OFFICE: 905 828 3434
Direct: 416 427 1875

Web Site:
Fine Homes in Nine Oh Five


not intended to solicit buyers or sellers under brokerage contract