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Welcome the duke pod a unique twist of Real estate news through the experience a top producing brand featuring tales from a plethora of client tales; how transactions went well, or very wrong and everything in between! When listing this podcast, the audience will learn about fascinating situations behind the scenes. They include great learning experiences, precious advice, often a good laugh and never a dull moment. My name is Filip Hajduk out of and these are our stories for your enjoyment!


A Picture is worth 1000 Words.  I heard that many times over my lifetime and it can defiantly be true, some photos more than others.


These days with our Hyper Aggressive, low supply seller's market in Ontario Real Estate, I am suggesting buyers be totally prepared if they want to secure and "win" a new home.  Their first home or their dream home.  This includes adding a family photo and a letter to the sellers with each offer.


The point is to get a nice family photo, a friendly letter about why the home is great for them and what they loved about it and convert the sellers to have a slight rooting interest in the buyers.  It is not going to work every time.  However today's story just happened last week, and that picture and letter were worth thousands of saved dollars as it directly helped our buyers secure their dream home.  My buyers were ultimately able to win their dream home, using a strong offer, picture and letter even though they were not the "highest" offer!


Listen to hear how it went and how it could help you one day.


Filip Hajduk

Cloud Realty

Duke Realty Homes


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Todays Real Estate Market in ONTARIO is a Hyper aggressive seller's market. With high demand and VERY low inventory, buying a house is very very hard. Here are 4 tips that will help you and give you an edge with your offers.
1. Find a way to remove all your conditions, mainly financing and home inspection. The video explains tips on how you can do this. In a seller's market, clean offers is king!
2. Look at last weeks sold comparables and add 25k to have a winning bid. Looking at sales from 2-3 months ago is too late. You have to look at the most recent sale and go over that price. If you won't your competition will. If you do not want to, then try with your best offer regardless. This is just a formula for winning.
3. If the listing says "Sellers will entertain preemptive offers" Call the listing agent and see what they want.
4. Get Personable: Tell the Sellers and their agent everything
that is great about you as the buyer, send them a picture, and/or write the sellers a letter. Most sellers will like this approach and at least root for you. This increases your odds of winning. If you want any advice how to win an offer, get in touch with us! Good luck out there!
Filip Hajduk
cloud Realty Brokerage
647 460 0911


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Real estate in Canada and other parts of the work just got nutty.


Prices are skyrocketing.  For some that own real estate, their property (properties) have helped make them a lot of money.  In this episode, we talk about the various steps and general tips from start to finish about owning 1 or more investments properties.


1. Figure out your finances and get a mortgage approval

2.  Look at many investments and figure you the best ones for your budget.

3. Put in lots of offers!  10-1 ratio of offers to accepted offers.

4. Single-family vs Duplex vs Multiresidential pros and cons

5.  How to maintain the investment 

6. Different strategies to use your investment to help continuously grow your real estate portfolio



Filip Hajduk


647 460 0911


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The pandemic has brought home bidding wars non stop.  Here are my tips for successful winning won.


1. What to keep in mind when you visit the home.  Do I need financing for this home?  Do I need an inspection?

2. Prepare a high deposit ie 5% is good

3. Please the listing agent 

4.  Tell the listing agent about how your clients are a great fit and send them a picture of the family

5.  Make sure you are prepared by doing your research.

Happy hunting friends


Filip Hajduk

647 460 0911

Real Estate agent

Cloud realty brokerage

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When looking to invest in real estate here in Canada, you are most likely going to buy a resale home on the residential real estate market, or a pre-construction home or unit from a builder. Here are 8 differences between the two purchases you should know to help you make the best decision and investment.

1. Buying used vs new

2. Preconstruction is buying a floor plan. Resale homes you can walk in and feel the home!

3. Pre- Construction homes are 5-15% more expensive

4. Pre- Construction requires limited mortgage information

5. Long closing vs short closings

6. New builds will have additional developmental charges

7. Assignment clauses

8. Pre- Construction units have a 10-day cooling-off period, no questions asked Cheers,



Duke Real Estate

352 Hinton Terrace, Milton, ON L9E 1E1

Phone: 647-460-0911



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Hi Everyone.

Real estate in Canada, especially the GTA has been such a hot topic for so long.  For as long as the pandemic has been around, the real estate market has held its hand, continuing a seller's market in such a strong desire for housing over the last year and a half! 

We examine 2 clients that purchased homes and climbed the real estate ladder to be able to do a lot more with their lives and financial abilities because of those purchases years ago.  This takes time, however, one day you can cash in.

One client was able to use his increased equity from a home he purchased last year.  He purchased that home for just under $600,000 and with some conversation with his bank, he is able to refinance that home which is now, one year later, worth around $900,000 and buy a second home.  

One recent client, while looking for a second, investment home, put in an offer on a home that needed some love.   It was listed very low and ended up with 15 offers selling 20k over our budget (it sold $620,000).  Then another home that was better, needs minimal work, just had 2 offers and we found out, it could be had for $605,000 which was 15k less than the fixer-upper.  We put in that offer, got the home and today are feeling lucky.  Were we just lucky or just on top of things, pounced when we should!  


A special congratulations to that client for his first investment home!

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In this real estate episode about a house we sold in Brampton, Ontario, we convinced the clients to improve their home before listing.  They are a typical family with 2 young children, and although the house was actually not chaotic, it needed a few touches so they could get top market value.  


The walls were red and orange, lots of hand marks and so on.  A fresh coat of paint, changing the walls to neutral off White was in order.  The painting quote was $2600.


Also the home had 9 Foot ceilings and all old builder grade lights.  Those do not go hand and hand.  We told them if they bought and installed new modern, yet not expensive lighting, this would make the home look more luxurious, rich and a cut above other similar homes.  Purchasing and installation were about $1000.


Staging:  The whole main floor was staged, as the vendor has minimal furniture.  The furniture that they did have was old and badly scratched.  We moved some of the furniture they wanted to keep into the garage, throughout the rest and staged the whole main floor.  This fee cost about $2500 but it was included in the commission package.


We also cleaned the home with cleaners, just before professional photos/video.  Go ahead and check out how all these changes made a huge difference in getting a lot of buyers into the home and generate so much interest.


Youtube: 8 Maddybeth cres Brampton to see the finished results.


It was listed for $1,099,000 with other similar homes selling for about 1.5 Million ($1,150,000) and we received 5 offers.  Since this is a seller's market, property presenting the home was a difference of almost $90,000 dollars!   It sold for $1,220,000!  

All that hard work to get the home ready was definitely worth it with some very happy sellers



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Hello,  welcome to the new proposed, 95% chance it's happening, Mortgage stress test which could and probably will affect the rest of the 2021 Real Estate market in some way, shape or form!

No, this is not an April fools joke, however, early in April, it was announced that the mortgage stress test will increase from 4.79% to 5.25% effective June 1st 2021.  Essentially this means every buyer will have 5% less borrowing power from June 1st and on.  There may some exceptions if you already have a firm approval that is dated pasted June 1st, then maybe you will have a little extra time to lock in the higher purchase power.

This announcement is an attempt to slow down the very hot real estate market in Ontario, however, it may most likely affect first time home buyers the most, even though the stress test is normal for all mortgages today.  When the stress test was introduced in 2017, it did actually change the market, eventually.  2018 and 2019 were known as more neutral markets.   Although it did slow down the market, at first there was a  flurry of activity for buyers and sellers to get their deals done as soon as possible, and get their purchases done before the changes.   Then when it was in effect, the market slowed down and It took until the end of 2019, basically 2 years later for the market to finally get back to a seller's market, where we currently still stand.


What does this mean: For buyers.


You still have until June 1st to purchase a home with the current lower stress test.  Essentially you have until June 1st to use your additional 5% of mortgage allowance from lenders.  After that you will have 5% less, you may have to settle on a lesser home or lesser market if you got priced out. Think of being approved for $25,000-$50,000 less.


Alternatively, if you wait until after June 1st, let's say the middle of the summer, there is historical evidence that the market may slow down because of this, and the market will be less competitive, which includes more homes to choose from.  We shall see if that happens again.


For Sellers:  You will have more buyers with deeper pockets until June 1st, meaning sell now.  If you do not care then you can also benefit from that potentially softened market when buying in the summer and coming months.  

One very important point for SELLERS.  There is a hypothetical chance that you have until June 1st to sell for maximum market value when buyers have deeper pockets, and then post June 1st, buy something in a softened, less competitive market.   


So how many of you want to sell high and buy low?  It may be possible if you act quickly!


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Remember the year 2013?  

Nelson Mandela passed away, Boston Marathon bombings, and Rob Ford admiting to smoking crack to refresh your memories.  Also, home prices dropped 3-4.5% in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver areas.  People started to panic and many heads used the terms market crash and housing bubble.  Since then home prices have doubled and tripled! 


During the Covid Pandemic, home prices climbed another 16.5% nationally in Canada and ranged in towns and cities from 5%- 40% appreciation!  In this episode, we example the factors why the prices climbed so heavily and demand was never higher.


We also give our 2 cents for what may happen post-pandemic as well as our advice for first time home buyers and want to be investors. 


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Hi Eveyone,


So many people I know have moved out of the city and into one of the smaller towns due to covid and working at home.  Smaller cities have really picked up in popularity as well as price.  That also means that condos in the downtown core have not been in demand for a while, this may finally be changing.


With the real estate market exploding and many freehold homes up 30% from the beginning of 2020, homes have become unaffordable for many people.  In addition to that concept, many buyers are now priced out of their preferred types of homes and area.  


That just leaves the condo market.  By default, buyers are now looking at condos as the next alternative to affordable living.  Freehold homes are 2.5X more expensive than condos at this time.  Historically that number has only been 2x.  This means that 2021 could be the year of the condo and if supply and demand collide, there is a 20-24% appreciation growth opportunity for condos.  If that ends up being true then everyone should go out and buy a condo as soon as they can, whether they are a first time home buyer, investor or in the game for a while.   Any $500,000 condo could be $600,000+ be sometime in 2022.  Do not get left behind.

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