Frequently Asked Questions
John Hill, Matthew Hill , Anita Huggins and Glenda Hughes have compiled a list of all of the questions they hear on a regular basis. Please review them below and see if it answers some of the questions that you have. Still have questions? Help us make this list even longer! Please send them an e-mail at email@example.com and they will answer it within 24 hours.
Can The Halton Homes team show me a house listed by another realtor who works for Johnson Associates?
Yes, with almost 60 Realtors in our Brokerage it is very likely we will show you homes listed with Johnson Associates along with all other Brokerages.
Can The Halton Homes Team show me a house listed with another real estate brokerage?
We can definitely show you houses listed by all Real Estate Brokerages. All listings are on the multiple listing service and we show you all houses no matter what company they are listed with.
Some people have told me that their Realtor wanted them to sign a "Buyer Agency Agreement" before the realtor would show them any houses. Do I need to sign it to see a house with The Halton Homes Team?
Purchasers are not ever asked to sign a buyer agency agreement before we will show you houses. We recommend that everyone choose a Realtor and use them exclusively but we are not comfortable getting our clients to sign long term contracts that force them to use us as their Realtor. As always we only want people working with us that want to work with The Halton Homes Team.
If a home is listed with John, Matthew, Anita and Glenda can I use them to purchase the home?
We are able to show you homes that we have listed and we will help you with your offer if you decide to purchase that home. Additionally, if you need to sell your existing home in order to buy the new one, we can list that home also.
What if I list my house with John, Matthew, Anita and Glenda and for some reason I don't want to move any longer or I am not happy with The Halton Homes Team?
Things change all the time and if your plans change or you are not happy with our services for any reason, you have the freedom to move on. No explanation needed, just let us know what is going on.
Do I need to be referred to John, Glenda , Anita and Matthew to work with them?
Although the majority of our business is from past clients and referrals we always appreciate new clients. Please feel free to contact us and we will arrange a convenient time to meet.
Do all Realtors do the exact same things?
Definitely not! Do some research and ask your friends and family if they have used a local realtor that did a great job. There are a number of fabulous agents in our area so take some time to find the right one for you.
A co-worker is also a part time realtor and they want me to use them to sell my home and help us buy our dream home. Will I be at a disadvantage?
Part time realtors cannot be available all the time and it is extremely challenging to plan for an offer or to catch the perfect home coming on to the market around another job. We recommend you choose a realtor that is 100% committed to real estate and one that can be available when you need them.
I want to sell my house in Toronto and move to the Town of Halton Hills. My Realtor in Toronto said that they could help us find our new home. Does this make sense?
Yes, your realtor could come to Halton Hills and sell you a house but we always think people should choose a realtor who knows the area. The purchase of a new home may be the largest purchase you ever make. Choose a realtor who is comfortable with the area and can answer all of your questions with regards to your new home and your future neighbourhood!
I am seeing many houses listed on realtor.ca that are listed by Johnson Associates Real Estate … why have I never heard of them?
Johnson Associates Real Estate is a locally owned real estate company with the largest market share within the area it serves. Our main office is in Georgetown and we have other satellite offices located in the Georgetown Marketplace Mall, Acton and Erin. We work with 60 agents who all live and work in the area. Johnson Associates has and continues to lead in our market and we guarantee you will quickly see our bright red (orange?) for sale signs as soon as you come to the area. We affectionately refer to it as the ugly sign that sells lots of houses!
Is it better to work with a Team of Realtors?
We would answer yes, but that is only because we are a family team. We are not a Team with one lead agent making the majority of the money and the other team members making a percentage or getting paid hourly. John, Anita, Glenda and Matthew share all costs and revenue equally and therefore the entire team is invested. You benefit by not having to worry that you will be neglected if your realtor is on vacation or even away for one day when you want to purchase that “perfect house” that has just come on to the market. We have an advantage in offering you consistent service with three distinct personalities to choose from.
Are the members of the Halton Homes Team Related to each other?
That answer would be yes AND no! John and Glenda are the senior married members of the team and Matthew is John’s son. John and Glenda have been working together in real estate for over twenty years, Matthew joined the team in July, 2002. Anita is a friend of the family and a former client who joined the team in 2010.
Does anyone other than John, Anita, Matthew and Glenda work for the Halton Homes Team?
Yes! We have an amazing full time assistant, Heather Pinkerton. Heather works behind the scenes providing feedback to our sellers after showings, making feature sheets, writing ads, ordering signs and virtual tours and making sure all of the paperwork goes to everyone who needs a copy. Each day for Heather is different and her list of duties is always increasing. Having Heather on board frees us up to do what we do best, show houses, list houses and negotiate offers.
Every week I see more and more new realtors in the newspaper. Are there enough homes for all these realtors to make a living?
It is an accurate observation that we have loads of Realtors in the area and for most of them it is a full time career. Some Realtors sell only a few houses a year while others sell up to 150. Find a Realtor that you can work with and do some research to make sure they have the experience you need and the time to invest in you.
I am currently living in Brampton and thinking about moving to Georgetown. I am very concerned about schools and I want to move close to a good school. Where in Georgetown should I move?
This is a concern that we are hearing all the time from people moving to Georgetown. All of the schools are great and you can be sure your kids will have a good experience at the school in your area of choice. Feel free to view each school's provincial test results and contact the principal to arrange for a tour.
How come all houses in Halton Hills need water softeners?
The answer to that question is simply because the water is “hard”. People add salt to the water softener every month or so and that is as confusing as it gets. The water quality is great and the only reason people use water softeners is so the soap foams well and the glasses in the dishwasher sparkle.
Will Georgetown stay the same size in the future?
There is no doubt that Georgetown will grow in the future. The vast majority of that growth will be in the South part of town going towards the 401. Some older neighbourhoods will have small developments and current residents want to make sure it is intelligent growth. The biggest limiting factor for growth is that Halton Hills does not have an endless supply of water, as it is currently a well-based community. Feel free to ask us more about Growth and future water in Halton Hills; we could chat for hours!
Where are the bad areas in Georgetown?
You won’t believe us until you move here but Georgetown truly does not have a “bad area”. Come and we will take you for a drive to show off the place that we call home!
Will I hear the train if I live in Georgetown and Acton?
No matter where you live we guarantee that at some point you will hear a train at your new home. This is just a fact of life in Halton Hills. Obviously the volume will vary depending on your exact location. This does not pose an issue for most people, but it is our goal to make sure we give buyers all the facts. The last thing we want is for you to move into your new home and call us surprised to hear a train right behind your home!
Is Acton a nice place to live?
Acton is a great place to live and many people love the fact that growth in the future is restricted because of the Provincial Greenbelt. Acton is and always will be a small town where your neighbours will say hello in the grocery store.
Why do Georgetown people make fun of Acton and Acton people make fun of Georgetown?
In our opinion this is our way of showing affection for our fellow Town of Halton Hills residents. It has been going on for years and depending on where the person who you are talking to lives they will always say where they live is the best. Fact is either choice is a great one and both Acton and Georgetown respectively are loved by the people who live there!
Is it better to use a brand new realtor or a long time agent?
Excellent question and there is no right answer. In our opinion you need to choose a realtor that you are comfortable with and one that seems motivated to work hard for you. The Halton Homes Team has three unique realtors with totally different personalities. It is very likely that one of our Team members, Glenda Hughes, Anita Huggins, Matthew Hill or John Hill will be a good match. We pride ourselves on having happy clients that want to work with us and if for some reason you are not happy you are always free to move on. We just have a feeling that you will enjoy working with us!
I am not positive that we are going to move and I don’t want to waste a realtor’s time. Can The Halton Homes Team still show me houses?
Please don’t feel that you are wasting our time if you are not 100% sure if you want to move. Nothing is better to help solidify that decision than looking at homes. Please contact us so we can arrange some homes to view.
We have no idea what our home is worth; can John, Matthew, Anita and Glenda come over and tell me?
We will always complete an in depth evaluation of your home by using recent sales and current market conditions. Every house is unique in some way and we will do all the necessary research to give you a well-studied answer.
How much does the Halton Homes Team charge for an evaluation of my home?
Home evaluations are always free and it is our pleasure to give you an expert opinion of your home's value.
Do I need a Lawyer before I can purchase a home?
You do not need a lawyer to do an offer to purchase a home. The only time you will need a lawyer will be at closing and we can refer you to one. We take care of making sure the lawyer has all of your paperwork in time for closing along with all of your contact information.
I have never purchased a home before and it sounds like it is very confusing. Will Glenda, Anita, Matthew and John assist me through the entire process?
We love selling houses and we love to guide first time buyers on their first home purchase. We will explain the entire process in detail and make sure that you are completely taken care of for everything from getting a mortgage to mortgage life insurance and everything in between.
Can I use my own home inspector when I purchase a home or do I need to use the ones that The Halton Homes Team recommends?
Over the years we have witnessed many home inspections and not all home inspectors are great at what they do. We only refer home inspectors that are qualified and consistently do a thorough inspection fully explaining everything they see. We never want a client to buy a home with surprises so we only recommend the best of the bunch.
I was just going to go into the bank and get pre-approved for a mortgage but The Halton Homes Team recommends I use their mortgage broker. Why would they want me to use a mortgage broker?
We recommend that all of our clients talk to our mortgage broker even if they just need a second opinion. Mortgage Brokers work for you and they have many different lenders to choose from. We constantly have clients tell us that they are so glad we told them about Carolyn Callero at Premiere Mortgage Centre and they will never use anyone else!
People only stage their homes to sell on television and my home will sell itself. Why would The Halton Homes Team want me to go all the effort?
We hear this all the time and we understand that the last thing you want to do when you know you are moving is work! The bad news is that today’s Buyers have high expectations and in order to get the best price for your home some preparations need to be made. Our Stager will come over and meet with you and detail the things that need to be done to help you sell your home for the most money. The good news is that staged homes sell faster so the effort will pay off!
I need to do so much work to my house in order to get my home ready for sale. I don’t know anyone who can do the work and I don’t trust the contractors that are in the phone book. Can The Halton Homes Team help me?
We have numerous local contractors that we can refer you to in order to get your home ready for sale. We use them regularly and we only refer contractors that we would use on our own homes.
I know I want to list my house for a higher price than it is really worth, but I want to make sure I have room to negotiate. Will this work?
Buyers are just as smart as Sellers and they can figure out if the listing is priced too high. The worst part about pricing your home over market value is that some Buyers won’t even walk in the front door. Correct pricing is the key to achieving top dollar and not pricing correctly in the beginning is a big mistake.
Why would I list my house with a realtor and put it on MLS? I can do it myself without a realtor and not have to pay commission; can’t I?
This is not a short answer and we will never force anyone to list with The Halton Homes Team. All we can tell you is that 99% of all homes in Canada are sold by a realtor (even if the home is listed privately). If you find a buyer that would like to purchase your home without the help of a realtor, it is very likely they will expect to pay market value for your home less real estate commission. In most cases you would have more money in your pocket if your home were exposed to the open market (listed on MLS, etc.) Please feel free to set up an appointment with The Halton Homes Team so we can give you all the information you need.
Do you handle rental properties?
Although this is certainly not the core of our business, we do on occasion help clients to rent their property or find a rental for someone who will need to rent in the future. Feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you in this area.
Can you notify me as listings become available?
It would be our pleasure to send all listings to you that fit your criteria. Realtor.ca is an amazing tool but it takes up to 48 hours for new listings to appear. It is a fact that some listings are sold before people see them in the paper or on MLS.ca. Please send us your “ideal home” details and we will add you to our daily e-mail.
After I have moved into my new home, can I still call the Halton Homes Team or e-mail them to find out answers to my questions (find a great contractor, find out what my neighbour's house sold for, etc.)?
We want to hear from you! Our mission is to provide ongoing advice and support.
Does the Halton Homes Team work evenings and weekends?
We are a busy team and we understand that real estate happens all the time! With three full time realtors, we can accommodate your schedule in order to take care of your needs and keep things moving!
Matthew Hill, Anita Huggins, John Hill and Glenda Hughes are full time Realtors specializing in residential real estate in Georgetown, Acton, Caledon, Erin and all surrounding areas. They are a real estate team with years of experience. For more information about homes currently listed or to contact them please click here.