Hello! My name is Lorena Beccari, and I’m really happy you found your way to my site! Although we’ve never met, we already have at least one thing in common. You’re looking to buy or sell your home in Toronto, and I specialize in buying and selling homes, condos and lofts for personal use and investment in Toronto.
To tell you a little bit about myself – I’m a full time realtor. I’d say more than full time because I love what I do and when you love your work, it’s not work anymore; it’s dedication and passion.
I decided to build a career in this business after many years of investing in real estate for myself and my family. I’ve always been drawn to the whole process of finding that diamond in the rough and polishing it to a brilliant shine.
Whether it’s a first home, a condo or a loft that you are hoping to buy, I can offer you insights and guidance that only comes from really knowing properties from the inside out.
When I work with buyers, I can spot the good, the bad and the ugly, and have the super power to see beyond the most elaborate of home stagers. I know my way around construction sites and have learned what secrets lurk inside the walls (having personally torn down one or two!).
Prior to joining the profession, I worked as a designer and art director. I was involved in helping large and small organizations develop and market their brands. When we work together to sell your home, you will get the absolute best return on your most valuable investment because it will be marketed and presented to the highest standards.
Although experience and skill go a long way in purchasing and selling real estate, my greatest strength is helping you make the best real estate decisions. Buying or selling a home are both huge investments but they’re really so much more. Whether it’s your first, or your tenth real estate transaction, moving in or moving on, I’m there to guide you through some of life’s most thrilling and emotional adventures.
My team is my brokerage. I work for a boutique company called Slate Realty, Inc..
We are small but mighty. A lot realtors will tell you that their association with big brokerages is an advantage to you, the client. Big companies have name recognition. While a branded name has cache, what really sets companies apart, is quality of service and the experience of their sales staff.
In real estate, I believe the advantages a small firm offers, far outweighs those of a large one. All brokerages in Ontario are legislated and held accountable to the same standards to ensure the consumer is protected. But while the same rules apply to everyone, the game is played differently.
At a small firm like Slate, there’s less overhead which means there are no sales quotas.
This allows us to be more client-focused. Everyone works collaboratively, sharing resources and information. The focus is on consulting over selling, aiding clients to make solid real estate decisions.
Being boutique is our advantage. It means our clients never compromise on quality of service and expertise.
SELLING A HOME
It takes a village to sell a property. Really! It’s easy enough to put a sign on the front lawn and post a listing on the Multiple Listing Service. This strategy will lead to a sale but not necessarily the best sale. Even in a heated market like Toronto, selling your home for top dollar and on your terms is a process. Most of the heavy lifting gets done before the property even hits the market.
When I sign on to help you sell your home or investment property, here’s what you can expect:
We will accurately determine the market value of your home
Build a strategy plan. In other words, offer dates aren’t always the way to go.
Staging. Let’s face it – every property can use a little (or lot) sprucing up.
Full colour photos of your home taken by a professional photographer (with a camera – not a phone).
A dedicated website with its own URL
A video featuring your home, shot and compiled by a professional videographer.
Exposure on major social media channels.
Professionally designed print materials about your home and hood.
Access to all our professional trades to fix those little (or big) things before hitting the market.
Targeted open houses to agents (who represent buyers dying to buy your house) and the public.
Laser sharp negotiating skills when those offers start pouring in.
Last but not least, a sign on your lawn and a listing on the MLS.
BUYING A HOME
Buying a home or an investment property is a great adventure. It’s fun and it’s exhilarating. It can also be stressful when the right one seems just beyond your grasp. It’s a process that calls for planning and diligence. I’ll help you make that plan and work towards attaining your goal of buying a property that’s exactly right for you.
Above all else, I value your business and I will work hard to earn it and keep it. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect when we work together to buy your new home. I will:
Guide you through the home-buying process and ensure you know what to expect every step of the way;
Provide insight into market trends of neighbourhoods you are considering;
Make you aware of issues that will impact your purchasing decision and future resale potential;
Ensure you receive all relevant listings that meet your criteria the same day they become available;
Screen properties before I show them to you in respect for your time;
Pass on sale prices of properties we have viewed as well as neighbourhood sales to compare how they stack up;
Provide information concerning closing costs, taxes and other relevant details;
Provide the support and advice of specialized professionals I have worked with over the years;
After the sale, provide a check list of how you can improve the market value of your new home down the road as well as periodic check ins to let you know changing market values of your home.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
Whether you’re thinking about moving on from your current home or looking for something new, give me a call. I’ll make the whole process stress free and worthwhile.
June 5, 2017 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 10,196 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in May 2017 – down by 20.3 per cent compared to 12,790 sales reported in May 2016. Sales of detached homes were down by 26.3 per cent. Sales of condominium apartments were down by 6.4 per cent.
Active listings – the number of properties available for sale at the end of May – were up by 42.9 per cent compared to the lowest level in 15 years recorded in May 2016, but remained below the average and peak during that period. The number increased considerably for low-rise home types including detached and semi-detached houses and townhouses. Active listings for condominium apartments were down compared to May 2016.
“Home buyers definitely benefitted from a better supplied market in May, both in comparison to the same time last year and to the first four months of 2017. However, even with the robust increase in active listings, inventory levels remain low. At the end of May, we had less than two months of inventory. This is why we continued to see very strong annual rates of price growth, albeit lower than the peak growth rates earlier this year,” said Mr. Cerqua.
Selling prices continued to increase strongly in May compared to the same month in 2016. The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark price was up by 29 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price for all home types combined for the TREB Market Area as a whole was up by 14.9 per cent to $863,910. Year-over-year price increases were greater for condominium apartments compared to low-rise home types. This likely reflects the fact that the low-rise market segments benefitted most from the increase in listings.
“The actual, or normalized, effect of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan remains to be seen. In the past, some housing policy changes have initially led to an overreaction on the part of homeowners and buyers, which later balanced out. On the listings front, the increase in active listings suggests that homeowners, after a protracted delay, are starting to react to the strong price growth we’ve experienced over the past year by listing their home for sale to take advantage of these equity gains,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
View the full report from the Toronto Real Estate Board here.
Sales growth between 2016-2017
Price increase between 2016-2017
Active listings between 2016-2017
GET IN TOUCH
Selling or buying a home is fun and it’s exciting. But let’s face it, it’s also stressful. It’s a process and it demands solid planning. I’m here to help you make that plan and ensure that it ends with the most successful real estate transaction.
So whether you’re selling or buying, get in touch and let’s start planning.