Archive by tag "downsizing"

Hot Time, Summer in the County

January 19th, 2016

Our downsizing saga was not all pain and suffering, thanks to a pleasant interlude in Prince Edward County. As soon as we had a firm deal on our house in Toronto, we frantically began looking for our next place, but no matter how hard we tried, nothing seemed right. We began to panic because we [...]

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Honey, I Shrunk the Closets

January 18th, 2016

When we put our house up for sale, we told the agent that we would do whatever it took to sell the house as fast as possible for as much as possible. He recommended using a professional to stage the house. We emptied the rooms of furniture, significantly reduced the books on the shelves and [...]

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Furniture – Who Knew?

January 18th, 2016

When my wife and I decided to downsize, our house closed before we were able to find a “perfect” new place to live, so we decided that we would temporarily rent a condo while we continued looking for a suitable condo or townhouse. This created a dilemma when packing up. Given that we didn’t know [...]

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A Downsizing Post Mortem

January 18th, 2016

In December of 2014, my wife and I came to the conclusion that the time had come to move out of the house that we had lived in since July 1983. The house sold in February 2015 with a July closing. We rented a house in Prince Edward County for the summer and ultimately found [...]

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Decluttering – A Personal Experience

June 22nd, 2015

For variety of reasons, my wife and I decided to sell our house last winter. When you are downsizing like we were, selling, it turns out, is a lot tougher than buying because of the effort needed for decluttering.

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Downsizing – Condo, coop or life lease

December 15th, 2011

Mary and I have accepted the inevitability of having to move from our house at some point (see my previous post Considering a Move?) and have started doing research into the alternative forms of real estate available i.e. condominiums, coop housing and life leases.

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Downsizing (Part Two)

January 21st, 2011

My wife and I continue our discussions about our next move. What is of major importance to us, is to be able to lock the door and leave for months at a time with a minimum of inconvenience, such as meeting house insurance occupancy rules. We have satisfied ourselves that either an apartment or a [...]

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Our Shopping List

January 4th, 2011

After looking at several condos and townhouses in the city, Mary and I decided that it would be a good idea to put together a list of the attributes and features of a desirable location. There are several reasons to do this. The first is to start our negotiations long before we plunge into the [...]

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“Real Life” Stories about Downsizing

August 19th, 2010

Downsizing is an important issue facing our clients, friends and indeed us, personally. In the case of my wife and me, we need to downsize from the house that we have lived in since 1984. I was therefore struck when I saw Gary May’s article “The Downsizer’s Dilemma” in the July 23rd edition of the Globe [...]

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