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West Queen West: Live in the Hippest Part of Toronto

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Where lifestyle, culture and home ownership collide

Walk along Queen Street West and you’d be hard pressed to see any changes over the past decade. All the fashion chains you’ve come to know and love litter both sides of the streets with foot traffic that rivals parts of NYC. Queen Street has always been know as that hip part of Toronto that’s just different enough to be “cool”. But venture far enough West along Queen Street and you slowly come to a part so distinctly different that they had to add another “West” to the namesake just to make sure that you knew you were somewhere different. Move along Queen West peeps, this is ‘West Queen West’ – where the word ‘Hip’ has no bounds and all are welcome.

There is something to be said about the neighborhoods hugging West Queen West, they’re a more diverse mixed dish than your grandmother’s famous stew. All kinds of people live in these areas, from the downtrodden artist to the secret plutocrat, and they all call this region their home. It is a unique area in which the old are old, and are ready to pass down their deeds; and as for the young, well, they range from young-and-upcoming to the young at heart. The latter of which is what lights up nights in these areas. Don’t believe us? Walk along Ossington on a Weekend night and let that experience redefine the word “youth” for you. We’re not talking about the reckless binge drinking, “woooo-ing” party type that you might see waddling on King Street, no.

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These streets don’t just facilitate nightlife for people; the people are the nightlife. These areas aren’t just places for people to party on. They are social hubs where community and culture collide to create something new, and is then re-invented again every night. The type of unique businesses, boutiques and shops that you see in these communities are indicative of the type of culture that they represent. Cookie cut chains and franchises need not apply. Perhaps that’s why Vogue named Toronto’s “West Queen West” the second-hippest district in the world in 2014; second only to Tokyo’s Shimokitasawa district.

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Combine everything you read, and it’s easy to understand why West Queen West is one of the most sought after areas for prospective home-buyers and renters. Everyone wants to either live or work here. From bachelors, students, artists, entrepreneurs to families. It’s the most ideal and well rounded place for all types of life. Those who want to downsize and live a more quaint life tucked away in a picturesque home, now can. For those who want to up-size and renovate decades old lots for something more modern, now can. The young and young-at-heart who want to be close to the hip lifestyle but distant enough for solitude, now can. Those who want to re-energize their artistic needs by surrounding themselves with the most creative and hip minds a neighborhood can offer, now can. And for those who want to start a business counter to the establishment, you wont find a more eclectic and experiential customer base than those on West Queen West. Seriously, we’ll try anything, at least once.

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REAL ESTATE AGENT INTERVIEW

HOW TO INTERVIEW YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT, may be the most critical decisions you will make in selling, or buying your home.  A Real Estate Agent Interview Questionnaire could be the difference between a great experience, or the most expensive and unsettling mistake in your real estate adventure.

 

When was the last time you gave anyone a gift of $50,000 – $150,000???  Have you ever cut a check that size to a friend, or family member, without expecting it back?  If you were on trial for a crime that you didn’t commit, and all the lawyers in the country charged the same fee, would you hire a relative, or the best qualified lawyer to defend you?

 

Well, every day people choose to use unqualified real estate agents instead of the best person for the job.

So how do you narrow down your choices without a rating system?  

Why not Interview real estate agents by using our Real Estate Agent Interview Questionnaire?  It comes with a Comparison Form at the back!

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HINT! Don’t wait until a week before you want your property to hit MLS to hire your agent. Your property marketing team should actually understand the difference between “Selling”, and “Marketing” your home.  If your agent understands how to market, they will also require more than just a few days to get the word out about your property, and build up the “Hype”.  Ask Us about our WQW Property Marketing Methods that do just that!

 

 

How to use your “Real Estate Agent Interview Questionnaire?”

We love it when our own potential clients use the “The Real Estate Agent Interview Questionnaire” to interview us.

The Questionnaire contains numerous key questions Sellers should consider when hiring an Agent.  It also includes well-timed challenges for the agent you are interviewing, just to try to get them off their game – to see how they may behave in adverse situations when your house is on the line.

 

⇒REQUEST YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE HERE!

 

WE WILL SEND IT TO YOU IMMEDIATELY IN PDF FORMAT

 

 

(Here is an article we wrote for the “Resale Home and Condo Guide” to get our point across…)

“Heed the Warning and Choose your Realtor Wisely” Written by Yan Gurevich

Juliette lived in her parents’ house since she was 3 years old: a bungalow in a forest of post-WW2 single story family homes. With her parents long gone, Juliette was now married with 2 kids and a large SUV that didn’t fit in their garage. Watching her girls playing in the driveway sent waves of memories of simpler days, like frothy bubble baths she took in her parents’ en-suite tub. But it was time to move on.

 

Empowered by their two incomes, she and her husband needed help finding a newer, modern home.   She set up interviews with local and recommended agents. When the doorbell rang, Juliette gazed back at her husband… “I wish mom and dad were here to do this…”

 

Dear Juliette, here are some non-standard qualities your parents would look for, if they were interviewing agents with you.

 

Thanks for the memories: No agent can help you write the next chapter of your life, if they don’t care or respect where you have been.   Do they care enough to learn about your family life so far, and how to minimize shock of the move on you and your children? LOOK OUT: Agents who feign interest. Say what you want to hear.

 

Shut up and Listen. Not you…The agent… Do they know how to listen? Are they only trying to impress you with their knowledge and success stories, or are they asking you the right questions that should help them determine how best to help you? LOOK OUT! They don’t let you finish your sentences? They are not writing things down. Pushing you into making decisions quicker than you are ready.

 

Deliver on Short Term Promises. All agents should arrive prepared with material and information about the neighborhood, market and the home you are trying to sell. But you should prepare one or two assignments that are relatively easy to accomplish by the agent within a few hours or a day; a piece of information, an analysis, a list of services … then see how they get back to you? LOOK OUT: General answers. Excuses. Responses that don’t address the assignment.

 

Busy Agent vs. Free Agent – Some may show you all their awards, but pass your deal onto a junior agent. A less experienced agent may give you all the time in the world, but may lack the skills and experience to do all the right things. Who is going to handle your deal and will they be open to asking for help if they get over their head during the process?

 

Name that Brokerage – Remember, your Listing, or Buyer Agreement is not with the agent, but with their Brokerage. Pay close attention to the brokerage’s reputation. Are they established, reputable, a name you recognize and can trust? Will you be comfortable calling the broker of record and request better, or different service, which may, or may not include the agent you chose. LOOK OUT! The broker of record won’t call you back. They don’t offer much information about their agent.

 

Tough Love – Your agent must be – amongst many things – an expert negotiator. Plan two or three points of contention during your interview and watch the agent’s response. Are they adept at dealing with adversity? How will they fare in the trenches when they argue price, unique conditions, fees?

 

Your NINJA move when interviewing real estate agents is in your interview as well as the feedback you get after your interview.  That’s why I urge all my clients to use this  “REAL ESTATE AGENT QUESTIONNAIRE”

Here is the first page of the most requested publication we have ever produced.

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READY TO GET YOUR FULL COPY OF YOUR OWN REAL ESTATE AGENT INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE, AND RATING SHEET?

 

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TRINITY BELLWOODS – PROFILE

Trinity Bellwoods

What makes this inner-city neighbourhood prime real estate is that you would be in walking distance to the very picturesque Trinity-Bellwoods Park, which spans the entire length of the neighbourhood. It is located from Gore Vale Ave to Shaw Street and between Queen Street West and Dundas Street West. The park features a paved walking path, a large dog park, Trinity Community Recreation Centre and Pool, and large outdoor play park for children. It was originally build around the former Garrison Creek. The entire neighborhood is located from Bathurst Street to Dovercourt Rd and from Queen Street West to College Street and continues into Little Portugal.

During the summer months the community centre offers summer kids programs and there is also an outdoor wading pool for younger children that is monitored by life guards provided by the city. Also included in the park are tennis courts, a playground, a hockey rink, a grove, a range of picnic tables, and a greenhouse.

In addition to Trinity-Bellwoods Park, this neighbourhood also features affordable Victorian houses, new condominiums and townhomes for sale. The neighborhood offers excellent shopping, hip bars, coffee shops and convenient access to major TTC transportation routes for pedestrians and easy access to the highway right down Strachan Ave for motorists.

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WEST QUEEN WEST – PROFILE

West Queen West

This hip artistic area is located along Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue. West Queen West is also known as the art and design district. Over the past twenty-five years, West Queen West has become an international arts centre, and a major tourist attraction in Toronto, it’s no wonder this neighbourhood was named by Vogue magazine as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world.

 

The area is also home to beautiful Trinity-Bellwoods Park. There you’ll find a mix of people enjoying the large outdoor space filled with old trees, a baseball diamond, Trinity Community Recreation Centre and a dog bowl for the neighborhood dogs. Movie nights, art festivals and organized drum circles keep the park constantly buzzing with activity.

Nearly every storefront on the north side of Queen Street West is either a gallery, bar, or restaurant. The south side of the street is largely taken up by the buildings and grounds of the former Queen Street Mental Health Centre, now part of CAMH. The concentration of these unique restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries in Toronto make West Queen West a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood to call home and makes it an choice to look for a house, condo and townhouses for sale.

The area is on the top of the list when it comes to prime real estate in Toronto. It welcomes culture and creativity along with the perfect mix of original fashions, antiques, cafes.