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Platinum Realty Inc. Brokerage - Your #1 Source for Windsor Real Estate

Real estate in Windsor has been in the news a lot recently, with houses for sale in Windsor-Essex attracting record numbers of offers and sale prices often well exceeding the original list price. With Windsor properties for sale attracting so much attention from local and out-of-town buyers, it is more important than ever to have the right partner to ensure you are able to get the best deal when you’re ready to sell real estate in Windsor-Essex.

As we head into the hottest selling season of the year, thousands of homes are expected to change hands in the coming months. Take advantage of Platinum Realty’s successful strategies to help you leverage all  of the advantages you can against the competition and get the most value for your home. We offer

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Take design cues from this serene all-white living space.


While a neutral scheme may look easy to execute, it’s often just the opposite. This muted media room gives us a lesson on how to do white right.

1-white-media-room.jpg   When implementing a white-on-white design, incorporate different textures to keep the look from reading as too stark or one-note. Here, rough stone veneer was installed floor-to-ceiling to make the bookcases stand out.    A neutral scheme is also perfect for showing off attention-grabbing artwork, such as this graphic black and white equine portrait.   2-white-media-room.jpg
A cohesive collection of vases and objets has more character when displayed among small curated stacks of books. Arrange your piles both vertically and horizontally to…
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We've put together our list of cool products that will make this school year even more stylish and productive!

Love it or hate it, back to school season rolls around like clockwork each year! And as you prepare to send your kids back to school this fall, you’ll want to make sure they’ve got everything they need for a successful start. We’ve rounded up 9 of our favourite back to school essentials that are as functional as they are fabulous!




1 Cloud Nine backpack

Back to school means a new school bag! This super stylish ‘Cloud Nine’ nylon backpack from Sol and Selene is just what your style conscious student is looking for. With interior compartments to keep everything organized, adjustable back straps and light gold hardware

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How has the real estate market place changed?

Senior Adult Couple Going Over Papers in Their Home with Agent.

A lot has changed in the real estate world over the past few years. Understanding those changes can come in handy for anyone entering the market for the first time in a while, especially when looking to down-size. Here are a few of the key ways the real estate marketplace has changed, and how these changes may impact buying or selling a home.

Buyers and sellers have more access to info. Today many buyers can look at online resources like the Multiple Listing Service® at to see what homes are available for sale. The accessible, up-to-date system is a big upgrade from paper-based listings. It is also a great idea to take the time to learn about the rights and protections available to

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The constantly changing environment around us provides new methods and ways to create a green home for us and our families.

According to a survey conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction, green builds in the residential sector made up 17% of construction in 2011, totaling $17 billion in economic activity, and the residential green building market is expected to grow five-fold by 2016.

When building a green house, dropping costs are helping to make it a popular trend. If you are building a new home, your life is all about decisions – choosing the features of it. So it’s a great time to add green features in order to be engaged in a positive atmosphere and save money. Today so much knowledge and resources are available to us, there would be no

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Use these 4 easy tips to sell your home for money this Spring by staging your house

Staging your house for spring showings can be quite a taxing process but very rewarding if done right. It requires making several subtle changes and decorations that showcase your home’s best assets in a move aimed at impressing potential buyers. The goal is to help them envision themselves in the home, and make your home look better than your spring “selling frenzy” competitors. Having a knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent to guide you through this process can help you sell your house quicker, and for more money. In addition, real estate agents work with home stagers on a regular basis and will be able to refer you to a great one that has already been

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Eric Liftin of Mesh Architectures in NYC specializes in what he calls “reconceiving relationships between people and their environments in the age of the digital network.” Translation: His firm designs buildings and other “habitable spaces,” including websites, and is always looking to integrate the best new materials and technologies into its work.

A longstanding member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, Liftin masterminded the Nolita loft with the translucent master bath (see below) and one of our favorite Space-Maximizing Tiny Kitchens. When asked to fill us in on products remodelers ought to know about, he enthusiastically responded with a detailed list—and pointed out that so many tech-enhanced designs that until recently cost an arm

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By: Joseph Richer Registrar, Published on Sat Mar 26 2016

What can I do to protect myself from mortgage fraud?

Public awareness is an important way to combat fraud, so I’m glad you’ve asked. March is fraud-prevention month, so your question is timely, too.

During fraud prevention month, consumer-protection organizations such as RECO have an opportunity to reach out to consumers with information that can help them protect themselves from falling prey to fraud.

As with many types of fraud, mortgage fraud (also known as value fraud) can have a terrible impact on victims. But it can be challenging to understand it. That’s why it’s worth the effort to learn some basic facts so that you can protect yourself.

The details

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You decided to sell your home, and you can’t wait to buy a new place. There’s just one thing standing in your way: You’ve got to close the deal on your current one first. You just hope it doesn’t take all summer to get an offer.

Well, there’s one tried-and-true trick that’s proven to reduce your home’s time on the market. A study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes staged before listing received an offer in just 23 days on average. That’s 87% faster than those who waited months after listing to bother staging.

If your budget’s tight, you may think you can’t afford to stage your home. But Dawn Kirkland, a real estate Endorsed Local Provider (ELP) in Birmingham, AL, offers five free tricks to help you get the job done.


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Have you ever noticed how the decision to sell your home inspires grand ideas for major renovations? Suddenly, you can’t see past all the things you think buyers will hate about your home.

Well, we’re here to set the record straight. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars—or weeks of toil and sweat—to make a home sale worth your while. With staging, you can get top dollar for your home without a huge investment.

Does it work? According to the National Association of Realtors, most agents say buyers will pay 1–5% more for a home that’s been staged. That’s a potential $2,000–10,000 added to the value of a $200,000 home!

Want to make a few thousand bucks more on your home sale? Give these options a whirl. Each of the following scenarios cost

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