CENTURY 21 Westman.com Ltd.
- 244 10 Street
Brandon, MB R7A 4E8
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As we all have to live someplace, Real Estate becomes just about everyone's favorite topic.
There has been a lot of changes in the Real Estate industry in the last few years, not just in the mortgage and finance rules but how folks access the information they are looking for. With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, social media etc, there is a tremendous amount of information at our finger tips.
There are so many sites offering you information. However, sometimes too much information can start to cloud the important facts that you are looking for.
A Real Estate Agents role is more than just showing houses and writing offers. That's part of it of course, but an Agent should also be an advisor, a resource of information, guidance in home inspections, costs associated with a purchase or sale, a friend and of course professional and ethical in their approach.
Someone that you can trust that will be on your side when you are making decisions that will impact you for years to come.
Whether you are a first time buyer or are planning an upgrade or downsizing to your housing needs, I would be pleased to meet with you to discover how I can assist.
I specialize in residential homes, single family and/or Condos, small acreages and towns within a 1/2 hour or so commute to Brandon.
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You can leave me a message via email or text/call at 204 724 4438.
Looking forward to chatting with you
If this is your first home, undoubtedly you will be having butterflies about the entire process with lots questions.
When you are considering purchasing a home you will very likely have many questions on your mind.
- when is the best time to buy winter, summer, spring or fall.
- Is the market falling or rising
- how much house can you afford
- more important, how much house do you want to invest in.
- do you want a picture perfect house or something that you will be rolling up your sleeves and renovate.
- what about location, size, # of bedrooms, age, garage.
- consider location, community, schools, ease of access.
Some other things to consider:
- closing costs, how much are they, and what do they include.
- how much is the Manitoba Land Transfer Tax.
- how much do you have for the down-payment
- What is a gift letter for your downpayment.
- what about other sources of your down payment like using RRSP's and what is the HBP.
- should you get a home inspection, and how much will it cost.
- what conditions to purchase should you use to protect yourself.
- what is title insurance and do you need a survey certificate
- what about house insurance, mortgage insurance, CMHC financing insurance.
- can you afford to make repairs to the home right away.
- have you met with a banker or mortgage broker yet.
- what about a lawyer.
If your looking for someone to dedicate time and effort in assisting you in the purchase of your home, I would be pleased to have a chat with you.
I will provide you with a detailed home buyers package that will go over many of the above questions and more.
I also like to provide a sample copy of the purchase agreement so you have plenty of time to review and understand the actual offer to purchase and what it means.
And of course accessing the entire marketplace and help you choose the best homes to view.
The ones with the features you are looking for, in the community you desire, in the price range that is comfortable.
Call me for a discreet, no obligation interview at 204 724 4438
Making a decision to sell can be an emotional roller coaster. And many people never truly decide for sure until they see the numbers and all the options that are available.
Whether you are planning to upgrade or downsize your housing needs, you will want to be familiar with the market before you put the "for sale" sign up.
I can help you get familiar with the market before ever putting up the sign.
Many people worry about how to make the transition smoothly, particularly when they have an existing property to sell. What do you do?
- make a "conditional to sale" offer on a home, (an offer to purchase subject to your existing home selling).
- make a clean sale first, with a longer possesssion date giving the opportunity to find the replacement home later.
- Or work 2 ways to the middle by actively searching and viewing homes for sale while we are marketing your existing home.
There are benefits and disadvantages to each of the foregoing. Your level of comfort and risk will help determine which way is the right way for you.
One thing for sure, the market is never static, it changes regularly. Housing inventory fluctuates, regulations involving loan and borrowing practices, CMHC regulations. They all have an impact on the market.
When looking for a home, buyers typically compare location, price, condition and amenities.
Whether it is a stable market, or in transitioning either up or down, buyers these days are very astute and knowledgeable.
the best way to get a property sold is to have it:
- priced well
- presented appropriately
- properly exposed in the market place.
I would be happy to meet with you for a no obligation interview and Market Evaluation. I provide a handy sellers guide that reviews options available and explains how the Century 21 system can make a difference.
Someone once said "knowledge is power", but they should have included "knowledge provides confidence"
You can reach me at 724 4438 or through email at email@example.com
I look forward to chatting with you.
Presenting your home in its best light
When you put your home up for sale it is all about price, presentation and exposure.
I would be pleased to share my ideas with you, please give me a call at 204 724 4438.
I include the following for your consideration. Bear in mind that there are no guarantees to value in the marketplace, but there are some things that you can do improve the value and or the saleability of your property without spending a ton of money.
When presenting your home for sale keep in mind a couple of thoughts.
- Generally, buyers are looking for a house that feels like a home, it needs to be spotless, clean, tidy and organized. If you know you have excess furniture it might pay you dividends to put a few items in storage while your home if on the market. Emphasize the space in your living room and bedrooms. Make your living areas feel as big as you can, buyers are looking for space. Lighten the load by boxing excess items you may have on display. Declutter the closets, furnace room, organize the storage room. These are all areas buyers are looking for, bigger closets, a utility room they can get around in, storage areas for their stuff.
- It's best to remove a lot of the personal items you may have on display, some items are fine but if a buyer feels overwhelmed with your personal items they will find it difficult to imagine themselves in your place.
- Generally, buyers are looking for homes that have minimal work to be done and ready to move into. If there is something that you have been wanting to do, now may be a good time to get it completed. Even though on the surface it appears to be benefiting the buyer, in the long run you are benefiting with better value for your home.
The following are some ideas that you can do without spending a bunch of money.
- The exterior street appeal is so critical, the buyer is already forming his opinion as they walk up to the front of your home.
- in the growing season keep the grass watered, green and trimmed.
- a fresh coat of paint on the exterior trim will improve the street appeal
- it is really important to repair any rotting exposed wood surfaces such as wood soffits and facia boards or deck planks and railing and fencing.
- trim up any low tree branches, particularly if you have to duck under a branch to get to the front door. Thin out overgrown or dead shrubs.t
- remove the old stained and grungy glass shower/tub doors and put in a nice shower curtain set. very inexpensive and will give it a modern feel.
- tile grout is easy to refresh, you do not need to dig it all out.
- silicone caulking is easy to replace as well, just make sure it is neat and clean.
- chipped sinks and corroded tapes are a turnoff, money well worth spending to change them out.
- really important, make sure the bathroom fan works and replace it if it's noisy.
- make sure counter-tops are de-cluttered
- put small appliances away
- infrequently used appliances should be put in storage to free up cabinet space.
- clean the fridge and stove, inside and out, the buyer will likely ask you to leave them anyway.
- wash off the cabinets fronts particularly around the door knobs.
- clean windows, inside and out.
- in the winter if you have that shrink wrap on your windows, take it off, it screams poor leaky windows.
- if you have iced up windows, try reducing the humidity in the home by getting a dehumidifer.
- Venetian blinds and heavy draps are notorious for causing icing on windows in the winter. try keeping them pulled at least partially up, it increases air flow on the glass surface thereby reducing icing.
- repair or replace broken or non-operating window blinds and window cranks.
- shampoo all wall to wall carpets.
- if you have entrance mats or runners that are old or dirty, pick up some new ones.
- thoroughly wash/clean floors, not just where you can see, but under cabinets kicks, corners, behind pedestal sinks and toilets etc.
Wall and trim repairs
- if there are door knob dings on the walls, repair them, also put on the door stops.
- painting is a good idea, it's inexpensive, and will show that you have cared for the property. ( I know it can be a lot of work)
- at the very least wash the walls, in particular around the light switches.
- clean up finger marks and smudges on doors, light switches, etc..
- if you have white baseboards, they will likely need some paint touch-ups, particularly on the corners.
- if your basement stairs are painted, give them a fresh coat
closets and storage areas
- you are planning on moving so box up all the extra stuff
- de-clutter and un-stuff your house.
- a few pictures on the walls or cabinets make a house a home, too many pictures though will distract the buyer.
- closets that are full will tell the buyer that the closets are too small.
- too many personal items and nick knacks around distracts the buyer from feeling comfortable while in your home.
- clean all light fixtures and ensure the proper size bulbs are used
- ensure the doorbell operates.
- make sure the mailbox is in good shape
- you want your home to feel warm and comfortable but not crowded. If you have excess furniture just for your convenience, put it into storage. The buyer wants to feel spaciousness.
- have the furnace duct work cleaned and have the date sticker prominently placed, a prudent buyer will notice it and appreciate the care you have taken.
- change the air filter
- remove clutter from around the furnace and water heater
- wash and clean off furnace and water heater.
- organize your storage and shop area so it is neat, tidy and everything in its place.
These are just a few ideas for best presenting your home without spending a bundle. It takes a critical eye to see past all the items that you have been living with and don't even see anymore, but rest assured the buyer will see them.
I can help you go through your home to identify all the easy things to improve upon. No house is perfect, but you want to make the best impression that you can....... the first time around.
If you are thinking about making more expensive repairs or renovations before selling before you spend a bundle call me for a second opinion.
There are many renovations that may not bring you more money in a sale.
Call or text me at 204 724 4438 for a personal in-home consultation.
Most of my working career has evolved around the housing industry in one form or another.
Over 16 years experience in the Real Estate business, I was originally licensed in Alberta and working in the Calgary marketplace through the 1990's. We returned to family roots in Brandon in 2001. With a desire to return to the Real Estate industry, I reentered the industry and was licensed in 2008 and am currently working in the Brandon and surrounding marketplace.
My real estate career is augmented by 17 years in the New Home Construction industry with Cairns Homes Ltd in Regina and subsequently in Calgary with Heartland Homes, as well as the Operations manager for the City of Brandon.
Helping homeowners get their property sold and buyers to find the perfect house is a fulltime job. It is not rocket science, but it does take perseverance and a strong commitment to my clients.
The Real Estate business is all about people and relationships. I want to be your Realtor for life, not just for one transaction.
My aim is to provide you with outstanding service and commitment to your needs
My goal is to get your immediate buying and selling needs looked after and have you comfortable in referring me to your to friends and family.
That is the real test of success.
Call me for a private interview to discover how I work with you, whether you are buying or selling, upgrading, downsizing, buying new or preowned.
Ask to see my service pledge.
Personal Background and Interests
Married in 1975, Diane and I have 2 kids, one is in Edmonton with an Engineering degree, the other is in the food transportation and distribution industry here in Brandon.
Diane and I both grew up in Regina, Diane attending Marion High and myself at Campbell Collegiate.
I also attended ACC in my youth as well as Red River Community College for a Photo Tech designation.
Our family has moved around a bit, although our first 2 homes were in Regina, we have also lived in Winnipeg, Prince Albert, and Calgary.
We have a small Cabin up at Clear Lake that has been in the family since the mid 1950's where we enjoy a bit of boating, fishing, canoeing or just relaxing with the neighbours.
I also am a member of one of the local Lions Clubs, A service organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate and working to improve our community.