Get Real Episode 2 – Real Estate Story Wednesday – November 13, 2013

Today on this Episode of Get Real, I share a Real Estate Story about a unique multiple offer presentation last week.

In multiple offers, we have to think quick and act fast. Decisions need to be made in minutes.

Luckily we role play different situations with our clients so there are never any surprises.

A prepared and knowledgeable buyer beats an unprepared one every time.

Get Real Episode 1 – Technology Tuesday – November 12, 2013


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Today we look at 2 high tech thermostats that will be more convenient and help you save money in the process.

More information about Nest & EverSense.

Nest Thermostat 

Most people leave the house at one temperature and forget to change it. So the Nest Learning Thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your phone. Teach it well and the Nest Thermostat can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.EverSense Thermostat 

Is your schedule different today than it was yesterday? 
Going on vacation and want to save energy costs? 
Are you stuck in traffic or running errands on the way home from work? 
How can a smart thermostat accurately “learn” what your schedule will be with so many changes during your busy day? 
Let EverSense™ manage it for you! EverSense™ is easy to install and setup, start saving now!See 1000’s of homes for sale. Start your home search here.

 

Five Things That Can Sabotage Your Home Sale

Real estate is a world where every detail counts. You never know what a potential buyer may be looking for when they view your home and for that reason, you must ensure a flawless presentation each and every time you show your home. Follow these tips to ensure you are showing your home at its full potential.

Unwelcoming curb appeal

First impressions are critical. When a potential buyer arrives at your home, not only do you need to get them out of the car, you need to wow them into coming in. Messy yards, chipped exterior paint and unpolished landscaping will send buyers in the other direction. Poorly maintained yards generally indicate poorly maintained properties.

Un-finished touches

Never show a home that is not ready to be seen. Gutters must be free of debris, walls should be freshly painted and all repairs completed.  Homes should be exceptionally clean and free of dust and clutter. Take pride in your home. Show it at its absolute best so you can sell it for its full potential.

Smell

Unpleasant odours are one of the biggest turn-offs in home sales and can be responsible for either subconsciously or blatantly deterring potential buyers. Tobacco smoke, pet dander and food rank as the most offensive odours and cannot be masked with candles or spray perfumes. Odour trouble often calls for replacing carpeting, repainting walls, or hiring a professional.

Excessive personality

The saying is true. A little goes a long way. Potential buyers need to envision their families living in the home so you want to ensure your style does not prevent this. When staging your home, opt for neutral colours and remove personal items.

Know the market

Be realistic about your selling price to maximize your number of potential buyers. Home prices are dictated by the season, neighbourhood and market demand.

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Are The Perks Of Condo Living Worth The Fees?

Condo Benefits

Before you move into a condo, decide whether its in-house bells and whistles are perks you’ll use often enough to warrant the fees you’ll be paying for them each month.
In other words, think about your lifestyle, future costs to repair some of these amenities and their future selling potential. And, is it advantageous to have these ‘extras’ in the building or are the neighbourhood offerings enough?

If some amenities don’t tickle your fancy right now, they may make selling your condo more appealing to the next buyer.

For example, does it make sense to turn in your gym membership at a private club and take advantage of the facilities in your building? Will having a gym just an elevator ride away eliminate the bevy of excuses you use not to workout?

And if you are a sociable sort who loves to organize parties and group events, having access to a multi-use room or guest suite to rent makes condo living a lot more appealing, especially for those who are downsizing. In the same vein, giving up backyard living is much easier when you know you have manicured gardens on site to roam through in the growing seasons.

Typically a gym, rooftop terrace and party room are among the amenities a condo offers its owners.

But selling features of some condos know no limits.

Some offer Olympic –sized indoor pools while others have outdoor lounging pools.

Some offer saunas, hot tubs, games rooms, movie theatres, bowling alleys, indoor or outdoor basketball, tennis and squash courts, a library and golf and batting cages.

That’s the fun stuff. Services such as a concierge, visitor parking, dry-cleaning, dog-walking, guest suites, health and maid services may be offered through a user fee system, or they may be costs being built-in to your fees.

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The Benefits Of Selling Your Home In The Fall

Selling in Fall

Timing is everything when it comes to home sales, especially in Canada where changing climates and seasons often dictate market fluctuations. Deciding to sell your home during the cool fall season can create hidden benefits to your sale and help ensure you get top dollar for your property.

Curb Appeal

Often regarded as one of the most important details when showing your home, the fall season is a great time to make the most of your curb appeal with well maintained lawns and polished landscaping. As the season cools, neighbours often invest less time in their yard work. Using this to your advantage your perfectly maintained property is sure to stand out on the block.

Cool fall weather is also the perfect time to finish do-it-yourself projects, repaint window coverings and garages, stain the decks and repave driveways.

Appeal to the season and plant bold fall colours. Selling a home is much like selling an image.

More time to dedicate to the sale

Selling your home can be a lengthy process; attracting buyers, arranging meetings and drawing up offers to complete the sale takes a lot of time.

Fall schedules usually see people home from vacation and back into scheduled routines. This applies to both sellers and buyers. It can also apply to professional inspectors, appraisers and notaries you may need to hire to complete your sale. Back to their scheduled routines means they are able to complete work more quickly.

Serious Buyers

Fall buyers are serious buyers. Often new home owners, retirees and people moving for career changes, these buyers are well researched and ready to commit to the sale.

As winter gets closer, most buyers want to ensure they are comfortably moved into their new home before the holidays and the stormy weather begins.

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Gardening In Fall Helps Us Prepare For Beautiful Gardens Next Spring

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, fall is the best time to put our creative energy into improving our gardens to enjoy the following spring.

Whether you are moving existing plants or beginning from scratch, start by mapping out the dimensions of the space you are designing making sure to note the amount of sunlight the area gets daily and the soil type: sandy, clay or loam.

Clay is nutrient rich, but drains slowly. Sandy soil drains quickly but has trouble retaining nutrients and moisture. Loamy soil is generally ideal because it retains moisture and nutrients and doesn’t stay soggy. Knowing the soil type will help you figure out the type of plants that will grow best in it.

For inspiration, fill a scrapbook with ideas seen in magazines and around the neighbourhood for a visual guide.

In designing which plants will go where, begin by placing the largest ones (trees and shrubs) first, noting their height and width at maturity. That information is typically available on the tags in the nursery. You don’t want to crowd such centrepieces with perennials that will have to be moved later.

Also, work from the back and move outward for the same reasons. This way, larger pieces become the backdrop and smaller ones placed in front won’t be obscured. Avoid putting large trees and shrubs up against the house where they will eventually block windows and light coming into your home. At the same time, large additions to your garden can hide unsightly parts of your home.

Your eventual piece de resistance is sure to be the envy of the neighbourhood.

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