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Tips on Creating Your Own Unique, Saleable Home Environment

With popularity of home staging and all the home renovation shows on television these days, it's easy to become overwhelmed at the pressure the industry seems to place on the average homeseller to 'prepare your home for sale'. Let's de-mystify and simplify this process a little bit today... You've met with a realtor, you like them and want to prepare the home for sale. What does that mean? If ...

Why Didn't My Home Sell?

In today's market, this is a common question many home owner's ask themselves.  There are many different reasons why a home may not sell.  Ask yourself these questions: How well did my home "show"?  This could be anything from carpeting showing traffic-pattern wear, to laundry being hung out to dry. When you walk in the door, does it smell fresh and clean or does it smell like a dorm ...

Elements of an Offer Explained

There are six key components to the elements of an offer. They are: Price Depending on the local market conditions and information provided by your Real Estate Professional, the price you offer may be different from the seller's listed price. It can often take some negotiation to come up with a price that you and the seller are happy with. Deposit Your deposit shows good faith and will ...

Real Estate Q & A's

Why pay more? Q: What are the benefits of paying more than a 5% down payment? There are many benefits to putting more than 5% down. The larger the down payment, the lower the cost of your overall mortgage in the long run and you will save money by paying less interest. If you can put as much as 20% down, you will avoid paying mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance is mandatory if you put less than ...

Little Improvements = Big Returns

It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project. Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. After all, if you wanted to undertake a large-scale project, you probably wouldn't be selling! Here are some simple steps you can take to increase ...

5 Things that Buyers Hate to See

When you show your home to prospective buyers, there is probably a long list of things you’re hoping they’ll notice. For example, the beautiful chandelier in the foyer, or the spacious backyard and large deck, or the kitchen with the island big enough for a family to sit down for breakfast. But what about those things you’re hoping buyers will not zero in on? Every home has some ...

Relocating for Work

Years ago, I was finishing my degree in Vancouver with one co-op term left before graduating. There were some really good positions in Vancouver to choose from, but the one that caught my eye was a one-year term in Victoria with the Government of British Columbia. It had all the work opportunities that I was looking for, so I packed my bags and ferried over to Victoria. Picking up and moving to a ...

15 Tips on How to Best Prepare a Home for Real Estate Photography

I’m often shocked at some of the photos that end up on Realtor.ca. I’ve seen photos of dirty clothes piled on the floor or toys littered across a living room. I wouldn’t want my friends to see my place like that, let alone having sellers view my listing publicly. Having good listing photos is very important in marketing a home to sell. This is why we’ve enlisted photography ...

Do I HAVE to sell my house?

What if you put your home on the market and then change your mind about selling.  Do you still have to sell your home EVEN if you get an offer that matches everything EXACTLY as you asked (date, asking price, inclusions, exclusions)? No you do not, but the general public does not know this.  The case in point is a client of mine.  They are interested in a gorgeous condo ...

Landscape to Sell

I know a thing or two about a beautiful landscape. I'm outside all the time and when I see a beautiful house on the outside, I think how great it must be on the inside.   Here are some easy "bites" to sell your house on the outside first. 1. Clean up any yard waste and clutter: This means raking the leaves in the fall and disposing of them. Get rid of that old tire behind the garage. ...
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