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Sellers list right to avoid price reductions

November 11, 2019

In most areas of the country, 2007 marked a change in the residential home-sale market. Buyers gained clout for the first time in over a decade. Inventories of homes for sale grew to record levels in some places. Price reductions, which carried a negative stigma when listings were easy to sell, came to be seen as a necessary part of the home-sale ...

5 Reasons Selling By Owner is a Set-Up for Failure

November 10, 2019

For Sale By Owner = FSBO As a FSBO, you only have four ways to attract buyers. Classified advertising. Open House For-Sale-Signs Internet Over 80% of homes are sold because the Buyer's Broker or Agent was being offered a commission on MLS. This is one route not open to you as a FSBO. By not listing your home on MLS, you forgo the ...

Perfect laundry

November 9, 2019

It may not be the first thing a potential home buyer sees but you can bet that paying attention to this area will certainly make a positive impact. So what can you do to make this neglected space more attractive? The laundry task is more than tossing the clothes into the machine with some soap. Ask anyone who is in charge of the laundry ...

WHAT DO YOU OFFER?

November 6, 2019

For some people, haggling over price is a game. But most of us feel a little squeamish about it, although we do like a good bargain. When you're buying a house, there is a certain amount of negotiation that takes place and the final price is a part of that negotiation. When you and your agent find a home that seems to fit all your criteria ...

Back to the basics

November 3, 2019

Reducing the size of houses, simplifying construction, will go a long way to reducing energy dependency Predictions about rising energy costs send shivers up the spines of motorists and homeowners. And while Canadians are still enjoying some of the lowest heating and cooling rates in the world, it seems that situation won't last for long. ...

THE RIGHT STUFF

November 2, 2019

You can double your impact with the right home improvements. Upgrades and remodeling can be expensive so it pays to choose wisely. You want every dime you put into your home to be something that matters to you as a homeowner and to your potential buyer. So what projects do you tackle first? Start with your home's curb appeal. It's hands down ...

Real estate: Dealing in a buyers' market

November 1, 2019

The single biggest investment for most Canadians is the purchase of a home. So, home owners were understandably worried when the Canadian Real Estate Association recently reported that average Canadian resale house prices fell by 10 per cent year-over-year in October. On the other hand, the end of the boom would appear to be good news for ...

Automatic and Programmable Thermostats

October 27, 2019

In our modern, high tech society, we don't think much about some of the electronic gadgets in our homes. Take, for example, the ever present thermostat--a staple of North American households for decades. It usually takes the shape of an unassuming box on the wall, but that modest device controls the comfort of your family on the coldest day in ...

Seller 'gift' may disguise problem

October 25, 2019

It's common for buyers to ask for appliances or other personal items when they purchase a property, but what about the seller who voluntarily leaves personal items as part of the sale? There are numerous pitfalls when it comes to dealing with personal property included in a real estate sale. The lender can deduct the value of the personal items ...

Let your REALTOR® Market your home

October 24, 2019

You’ve spruced up your home and it’s never looked so good. It’s time for your REALTOR® to do their thing. Your REALTORS® marketing tools. The “For Sale” Sign. Despite all our leaps in technology, the “For Sale” sign continues to be an extremely effective way to advertise. Anybody responding to your sign is a good lead, because they have ...
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