Real Estate Word -- A Few Fixture Facts December 2019   
  Real Estate News

Frances Seward

Twin City Realty Inc., Brokerage
1400 Bishop Street
Cambridge, Ontario
519-240-3100 (direct)
1-877-740-3690 (toll free)

When you put your home on the market, it’s important to specify which items come with the house and which ones don't. This month’s article offers some advice that’ll help you avoid any misunderstandings.

There are also a few tips to help ensure you stay safe on the roads this holiday season, as well as a delicious holiday recipe that your guests are sure to rave about!

Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general. It’d be great to hear from you!


In this issue...
A Few Fixture Facts 
Spelling out fixtures early on in the real estate process is key.

Imagine the excitement as you walk through your new home a few days before closing! Your joy however quickly turns sour when you discover the antique chandelier you fell in love with has vanished.

Now imagine you're the sentimental seller packing up the chandelier your grandmother passed down to you when the angry buyer calls to confront its removal.

Unfortunately, this type of scenario plays out all too often, so here are a few tips that’ll help save you from falling into a similar situation:

  1. The Fix is In - A fixture is an item that’s physically attached to the home such as a ceiling fan or curtain rods.

  2. Chattel Challenge - A chattel is an item that can be easily removed without causing physical damage such as a hanging mirror or a fridge.

  3. List It or Lose It - Real estate law isn’t always black and white when it comes to fixtures, so make a list of your exclusions ahead of time.

  4. Sentimentality - Remove any fixtures that have sentimental value before you put your home on the market so the buyer won’t feel like they’re missing out.

  5. Hole in the Wall - There’s usually a bit of damage left behind when a fixture’s removed, so let the buyer know you’ll make the necessary repairs to help put their mind at ease.

Chattels and fixtures can often be subjective. To avoid unnecessary confusion and possible legal action, be sure to proactively specify your exclusions as soon as you put your home on the market.  Whether you’re selling or buying, you’ll want a smooth transaction where both parties walk away happy!

Simple Seasonal Travel Tips 
The holiday season is a busy time of year, especially on the roads!

It goes without saying that the holiday season is a very busy time of year! Here are a few tips to help keep you safe while you’re out on the road:

  1. Fill 'er Up - Top up your fluid levels and keep a bit of extra windshield washer fluid in the trunk for emergencies.

  2. Wipe the Slate Clean - Replace your wipers as it’s important to have a clear view, especially at night when there’s moisture.

  3. Air on the Side of Caution - Check your tire pressure when your tires are cold as it’ll give you a more accurate reading. Don't forget the spare!

  4. Be Prepared - Make sure your car contains a first aid kit, blanket, energy bars, water, candles, flashlight, safety flares and some basic tools.

Now that the roads are filling up with holiday traffic, the best safety tip is to allow a bit of extra time and be aware of other drivers who may be distracted. Properly preparing your car for the winter means you’ll not only be safer, but you’ll also enjoy peace of mind.

Make a Date with Bacon 
Everything tastes better with bacon — even dates!

If you’re looking for a simple yet delicious appetizer to serve your guests this holiday season, bacon-wrapped dates may be the answer!

These unique, sweet, crunchy, bite-sized treats are sure to tantalize even the most discerning taste buds. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cream cheese
  • 18 pitted medjool dates
  • 6 slices of bacon (cut into thirds)

  1. Stuff each date with cream cheese, wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick.

  2. Arrange the dates 1 inch apart in a shallow baking pan, bacon seam side down.

  3. Bake at 400℉ for 6-8 minutes, turn dates over and bake for another 6-8 minutes.

These tasty tidbits are a real crowd-pleaser, so you should probably create a double batch as your guests will likely keep coming back for more!

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