WOW - a buyer during a viewing
Imagine you were selling your car, and a prospective buyer was on the way over to see it. What would you do? You would probably make your vehicle look as clean and shiny as possible, inside and out. The same holds true if you’re selling your home and there’s a potential buyer on the way. You want the buyer to be wow’d by your property. Here’s a handy checklist to follow:
• Clean every room. Make your entire house look as “guest ready” as possible.
• As much as is feasible given the time, reduce clutter. Consider packing some items into boxes and storing them in the basement or garage.
• Get pets out of the house. You can take them for a walk, have a neighbour watch them, or take them to a good kennel. • Turn on the lights, even during the day. You want each room to look bright.
• If there are any maintenance issues, such as a dripping faucet, let your Realtor know. Often, it’s best for buyers to be told rather than discover such issues themselves.
• Open the curtains, except in those rooms where the sun will be uncomfortably strong during the viewing.
• Move your vehicles from the driveway so the buyer can park there. (That can help them imagine living there, which is what you want!)
• Make sure your foyer is especially clean and uncluttered. It’s the first “room” the buyer visits.
• Avoid cooking just before a viewing. Even if the meal is wonderful, the aroma may linger. (Some people don’t like the smell of certain dishes, such as fish.)
• Freshen up the outdoor space. Mow the lawn. Sweep the walkway.
This viewing checklist will help you prepare your home quickly, so when the buyer comes in your front door, there’s a much better chance he or she will be impressed.
Is selling your property the furthest thing from your mind? Well, here are some reasons for listing your property that you might not have considered.
1. Your property may be worth more than you think. (It’s difficult to determine market value on your own. I can calculate it for you. Give me a call.)
2. You might qualify for a better home than you anticipate.
3. Perhaps you are tired of your current property and want a change.
4. There may be homes on the market in a neighbourhood in which you’ve always wanted to live.
5. Your current property may no longer meet your needs.
6. Your neighbourhood may have changed in ways you don’t like.
7. You might be ready to downsize or upsize and you no longer want to put that off. 8. You may want to sell in the fall, so you can have a fresh start in a new home in the new year.
9. Depending on the type of home you’re considering, you could end up with lower mortgage payments or no mortgage at all.
10. You might want to move to a home that’s more conveniently located near work, family and hobbies. Of course, you may have your own reasons for listing this month. Why not discuss them with a real estate expert? Me. I can answer your questions and explain the options available to you.
Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every
time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if
homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed.
It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand
neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky
break or miss out on ever living there?
Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your
chances of getting into that neighbourhood.
Your first step is to find out the kind of new home you can afford. You want
to get your financial ducks in a row so when a listing does come up in the
area, you’re able to respond quickly. Find out the average price range of
homes in the neighbourhood. Then, if necessary, talk to your lender or
The second step is to get your current property ready for sale. You don’t
necessary need to list it now, but you want to be in a position to do so
quickly, if necessary. You may need to clean up and declutter, get repairs
done, and spruce up your home in other ways.
The third step is to talk to me.
You see, listings in popular neighbourhoods often move fast. By the time
you see them advertised on the internet, they may be gone. I can closely
monitor listings in that area for you, so the moment one comes up that
meets your criteria, you can be alerted. This greatly increases your chances
of getting that home.
So if there is a dream neighbourhood you’d love to get into, give me a call.
Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms. The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there!
Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life:
• Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of hallway paint.
• In a longer hallway, using two shades of the same colour on perpendicular walls can make the space seem less tunnel-like. (The darker shade goes on the shorter walls.)
• Darker colours can work well if the space is well-lit and there are few, if any, shadows cast.
• If you decide to paint the halls white, select an off-white or eggshell white. Avoid stark white as it will reflect light in a way that’s unpleasant.
One more tip: Pictures can go a long way in making a hallway look inviting, regardless of the wall colour.
Good luck with the painting!
3 Reasons to Talk to a Realtor Today
You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples.
1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage
If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor. Don’t be. In fact, I welcome your call. We can discuss what your current property will likely sell for on today’s market, and determine the type of home you qualify to buy. That way, you’ll have some clarity and be able to make a more informed decision.
2. If you’re nervous about the selling process
If you haven’t sold a home before, you might be concerned about what’s involved in the process. You might even worry that putting your home on the market is going to be a lot of work and create a lot of turbulence for you and your family.
Fortunately, selling your home doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, a big part of my job as a Realtor is to make the process as smooth and trouble-free as possible.
So if you have concerns about selling your home, you should give me a call.
3. If you have questions
You likely have questions about the local real estate scene from time to time. You might have questions like: “How much did that home around the corner sell for?”; “Is now a good time to make a move, or should I wait until the market changes?”; and, “How much is my current home worth?”
When you have questions like those, you don’t need to dig for answers on your own. You can give me a call. As an expert in the local market, I can give you the answers you need.
Has it been a year already?
I’m going to be completely honest. It’s been a year of incredible successes and significant challenges. Real Estate is a difficult career to break into, as I had the pleasure of finding out in the first 6 months. Day after day, I put my best foot forward and worked hard to engage my network but there was little fruit to show for my labour. But as the turtle showed patience over the hare, the wheels began to turn and business began to pick up.
Through the spring and summer, I began to realize what I had guessed from the start. I LOVE Real Estate. It’s not just one aspect of real estate, it’s the passion I feel from all facets. From looking at houses new and old to working with amazing clients to closing deals, Real Estate is exhilarating.
It's important for me to ensure my clients have all their needs met and receive great service. Whether buying or selling a home, I know how huge a milestone it is in someone’s life. It’s important to support them from start to finish, looking out for their best interests every step of the way.
A year later, I can’t imagine myself doing anything different. With my kids growing by the day and my husband ever supportive of my goals, I have never been happier. Real Estate has given me the passion to pursue my dreams. Yes, there are hard times, but what in this life is worth doing without having to dig deep and earn every last inch.
If you know anyone needing information about buying or selling, I would love to show them what I can do for them. Passion produces results and the proof is in the product.
Year one: Check.
Year two: Bring it on!
Does Your Home Still Match Your Lifestyle? When you purchased your current home, chances are it was a good match for your lifestyle. It had the space you needed, the features you wanted, and a location that worked for you. But for most people, lifestyle and needs evolve through the years. Kids get older. Jobs or careers change. People take on new hobbies and other interests. As a result, the home that was ideal a few years ago may not fit with your current lifestyle. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to shop for a new home! However, it may mean that it’s worth taking a look at the market and seeing what’s possible. Think about the kind of home that would support your lifestyle today. Ask questions like: • How many bedrooms do we need? • How easy is it to travel to work each day? • What special features do we want in our home? (Big backyard?
Rec room? Quiet neighbourhood?) • What do we want nearby? (School? Playground? Walking and biking trails? Shopping? Entertainment? Golf?) • What else does our home need in order to support our lifestyle? After asking yourself some of these key questions, ask other family members for their opinions too. You may, in fact, find that the property you have now is still ideal for your lifestyle. If, however, your home is no longer a good fit, you have options. You can stay in your current home despite it no longer being ideal; you can make some changes (a renovation, perhaps); or, you can see what’s available in the housing market. If you need help with any of these options, I can help!
Your Real Estate Girl,