Globe & Mail - Done Deals May 29, 2015 - Staging helps move renovated - Midland & Ellesmere



TAXES $2,628 (2014)


LISTING AGENT Ken Priestman, Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc.

The Action: Buyers had a tough time visualizing furniture placement in the open principal room of this vacant Midland Park home, so it sat on the market for several weeks last winter without reeling in a buyer.Interactive tool

Agent Ken Priestman recommend the house be taken off the market, professionally staged and relisted. The new presentation scored a better buyer response and a solid purchase offer emerged in late February.

What They Got: In 2013, a three-level backsplit built several decades ago provided the backbone to a revamped, two-storey house with a second-floor addition for a total of five bedrooms, three bathrooms and redesigned living, dining and cooking quarters with nine-foot ceilings, crown mouldings, an island, quartz and stainless steel appliances.

The original entrance was converted into a side door to access the lower-level recreation room and the stairs replaced and extended to three original rear bedrooms and two new front bedrooms, including a master with a walk-in closet and four-piece bathroom.

Outside, the 40-by-159-foot lot was landscaped, the in-ground pool was remodelled and an attached garage was added.

The Agent’s Take: “[The sellers] added the second floor to the front half of the house, so it appears to be a full two-storey [home], although it really went from being a three-level to a four-level backsplit,” says agent Ken Priestman.

“It’s like a Tudor-style house more in line with something you’d see in Leaside, so it’s got a different looking architecture than the traditional home in the neighbourhood.”

Editor's note: Done Deals contain information gathered from real estate agents, home buyers, home sellers and sale prices that are publicly available from government sources. While we try to publish Done Deals as soon as possible after the transaction has occurred, long closings can cause delays.

Ken Priestman

Ken Priestman

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CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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