If your home has been sitting on the market for some time, i.e., over 30 days, and you are still not able to land a decent offer, it might be time to go over your listing to see if anything can be done to make your Burlington home more appealing to homebuyers. 

There can be many reasons why a home is not selling, but to be able to deal with them, sellers need to know what needs fixing. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons a home isn’t selling and what you can do about it. 

The price is too high
The most common reason homebuyers look away from a listing is because it is too expensive compared to other similar homes in the area. Pricing a home higher than what is typical for your Burlington neighbourhood for comparable properties will eventually do more harm than good. Such homes usually spend too much time in the market and end up being sold under market value. 

Many sellers hope to lower the price down the road if the initial price does not pick up, but that is not how it works. The home’s value drops the more it is on the market, so there is little time to experiment with the price. 

How can we help?
We at The MartinGroup usually price and position a listing where it is likely to sell in the first 30 days. We follow the latest developments in the market, keep track of Burlington home prices and have vast experience in building successful sales strategies. So, if you suspect that the asking price might be the reason for your home not selling, give us a call and let’s talk about how we can get you back on the right track. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for a sale.

Minor fixes
If you are one of the sellers who gets lots of showings but not an offer (and you are certain it is not the price), you might be having a problem within the home. Homebuyers notice a lot of things during a showing, from squeaky door hinges and paint peeling off to lower water pressure and HVAC not working properly, so no issue should be taken lightly.  

How can we help?
We screen your home and help you identify and fix anything that could affect the home's value.

Some sellers get carried away in the staging process and go overboard in styling the home. You may like eccentric furniture or a shrill wall colour in the living room, but it is an acquired taste for many. And while there are buyers who fall in love with an unusual deco style, they are fewer in number compared to the masses who prefer neutral colours and simple design. Your goal is to attract the masses, not niche groups, so make sure to eliminate all unusual items and decor. 

No staging at all 
Showing a vacant home makes it hard for buyers to envision how the layout works out in everyday life, and it is hard to show a home’s best features without at least a few pieces of furniture. No staging and no furniture usually affect a home’s value given that buyers don’t show as much interest in such listings as they do in tastefully staged homes.

How can we help?
Through our experience, we got to know how the average Burlington buyer thinks and feels. We know what buyers prefer and expect to see in a home and at  a home showing, so contact us for more staging tips. 

Not addressing a specific issue
Many homes have specific features that may be unfavourable, like an inconvenient entrance, a closet that is taking too much space or a neglected backyard. If your home is not selling, you should ask for feedback after showings to identify the main problems and do damage control.  While it may incur some costs to fix the issues, it is still far more costly to get the home on the market in such condition and lose valuable time and money in the long run.

How can we help?
Having dealt with homes in all shapes and forms,  we are able to identify potential deal-breakers early on and warn our clients. Even if your home is already on the market and has a major flaw, we can still help you address the problem with valuable reno tips and tricks. 

Poor marketing
Marketing a home includes everything from listing the home on the right websites and distributing flyers to professional photos and virtual tours (especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic), as well as showing the home in the best light. If any of those elements is missing, you might be depriving yourself of the opportunity to find and attract buyers. Buyers nowadays rely on websites, photos and videos to browse listings, so you need to be on top of the game. 

How can we help?
We pay detailed attention to our marketing strategies, and we will make sure Burlington homebuyers see your listing. We work with professional photographers and stagers who can turn any home into a gorgeous listing that attracts the right audience. 

 If you have worked alone so far, and your home has not sold yet, The MartinGroup is ready to help you tackle the issues. Tell us about your home selling process and what you think the main reason is your home is still on the market. We will do our best to find a solution to your problem. Give us a call 905-338-2083 or contact us here

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When it comes to new subdivisions, we give up the mature neighbourhood feel we get in places where trees stretch out and form a green canopy over the street. We exchange this for the convenience of a newly built home in the suburbs with our choice of lot and floor plan, no repairs, and the thrill of being part of a growing community.

However, we frequently overlook the fact that even the most established neighbourhoods today were once brand new. Therefore, we must start like all the older generations and plant trees for our new homes!

So, What Can We Do?

The first step in creating or rebuilding a green canopy is to plant trees where possible on individual lots. It does take time, but not nearly as much time as you might think.

Aside from planting trees, landscaping your yard will help it look more established and comfortable. This will give your garden form and structure, as well as frame the front of your house, and they'll add beauty now and, in the years, to follow. There is an old saying, “the person who plants a tree knowing they will not see its maturity, understands the meaning of life."

Important Tip:

Plant in the fall. Most garden centres cut prices in the fall. You can either save money or get a much more mature tree for the same money. Really a win/win/win. For you, your neighbours, and the planet.

So, let's start planting trees in our newer neighbourhoods! This will not only help the environment, but it will also reward you when it is time to sell!

Contact The Martin Group today for more information, or to find you the right home with beautiful and plentiful trees.


The third-best sales record in TRREB's history was recorded in August 2021. Though the market has seen its normal summer lull, the need for owning homes is evident. Simultaneously, the availability of housing is on the decline. Competition among home buyers has been increasing in this tight market, resulting in double-digit yearly price hikes.






Stats retrieved from TRREB



As shown in the graph above, according to TRREB's MLS System, Toronto real estate agents in the Greater Toronto Area saw a 19.9% drop in home sales in August 2021 compared to the previous year's record of 10,738, and new listings filed in the system were down 43 percent compared to the previous year's record of 18,599. Despite the decline, the average selling price continues to rise with a 12.6% increase.


This year's low number of new postings is really troubling. It implies that there is an undersupply of housing, and this will worsen when immigration to Canada increases. With the approaching federal election in mind, the federal parties have all put a focus on housing availability and affordability. 


If we take a further look into The Halton Region, more specifically Burlington and Oakville, you will see that there has also been a tremendous decrease in the number of sales and new listings.








Stats retrieved from TRREB



On average, a property in Halton Region costs $1,070,911, up by 3.8 percent according to the most recent MLS data. While the number of sales dropped by 27.5 percent, there was also a 41.7 percent reduction in new listings.


In all three locations, it's clear that now is a great time to sell your home. As a buyer, however, it appears to be considerably more difficult due to a slowdown in new listings and an increase in home values.



Let's take a closer look at how particular property types compare in Burlington and Oakville.







Stats retrieved from TRREB


The average price for all property types in Burlington and Oakville has risen. Prices increased by 3.8 percent in the Halton Region alone for all property types. The average price for detached homes in all of the Halton Region increased by 20.8 percent as a result of their popularity. The increasing popularity of detached and semi-detached homes in Oakville and Burlington was reflected in their 21.5% and 19% growth, respectively.


Although the number of sales and listings have declined in Oakville and Burlington, these cities remain popular in the GTA, where home demand continues to rise.


Click here to look at property listings in Burlington and Oakville!


The Martin Group is the go-to brokerage firm if you have any queries regarding the GTA or Halton Region real estate market, whether you're a property buyer or seller. We're here to help with everything you may need.


It’s that time of year again, schools in session! The kids are all getting pumped up in hopes of a better school year than the previous year. As we all know, the pandemic wreaked havoc on children's ability to obtain a proper education, resulting in school closures that forced them to study everything online rather than in person. So what is the 2021/2022 school year going to look like in Oakville and Burlington?


The Reopening Plan for the Halton School Board

The Halton District School Board states that students and staff will be back in secure and productive learning environments by September 2021. They pledge to maintain an inclusive, safe, and discrimination-free environment.


The Reopening School Guide for September 2021 covers five areas: health and family, operations, instruction, wellness and technology. It is essential to understand that things may change. 


Health and family

  • Student Self-Assessment and Screening
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Physical Distance
  • Masks, including cloth masks and face coverings
  • Enhanced Care Cleaning Procedures
  • Environment and Air Flow Fountains for Drinking
  • Student Learning Communities
  • Potential student with COVID-19 prior to entering school
  • Potential student with COVID-19 at School
  • Personal protective equipment used by staff members



They've put out a daily operational plan for a school's involvement in ensuring the safe reopening.


  • Family responsibilities
  • Student belongings
  • The school’s outdoor play structures facilitate entrance and exit points
  • School hours and student access
  • Lunch and food items
  • Academic Calendar
  • Before and after-school programs, early childhood educational programs
  • On-the-spot crisis resolution



The School Board will implement the Ministry of Education's new approach by creating a few days dedicated to face-to-face education in methods that are both engaging and student-centered.



Staff members will need to focus on helping kids become reacquainted with one another and rebuild a solid pattern of support as they return to school after being away for some time. Guidance counsellors, social workers, and other school-based support staff will provide all the assistance that students need.



We will provide students' support through a program geared for those studying through Distance Learning.


The details mentioned are the Halton District School Board's intention to reopen. Their website provides access to further data, and you can also contact your children's schools for more information. 


We've all been swept into a new educational and cultural reality with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, we can minimize the problems faced by our kids as school begins again.



Top Schools in Burlington and Oakville

Some of the best high-ranked public and Catholic schools are outlined below for elementary and secondary students.



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Contact Glenn Martin today if you have any inquiries about real estate or the schools in the local area.