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Top 10 Tips for New Landlords
Posted on Mon, 29 Feb 2016, 11:00:00 AM  in Marketing strategies,  My services, etc.
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The real estate business is always considered lucrative. But, many people that venture into the business don’t understand that it also has its challenges, and if you don’t have the wits to manage your property tactfully, you may end up overwhelmed by its demands, or you may encounter problems of all sorts. The following ideas will help you to have a soft landing as a new landlord.


1. Screen your tenants
Before renting out your property, check the background, credit history, and references of your potential tenants. Haphazard tenant selection and screening can cause you immense problems as a landlord. You may end up with a tenant who pays late or doesn’t pay at all, who welcomes undesirable friends, or who trashes your place. To properly screen a tenant, use a written rental application.

2. Get it written
Use a month-to-month written lease to document vital facts about your relationship with your tenants. This agreement should include how and when to handle tenants’ problems and complaints, repairs, the notice you give to residents before entering the property, and any other important aspects of the relationship. For information about what to include in the document, do an online research, or check with the landlords association in your city.

3. Handle security deposits
Develop a fair system of setting, holding, collecting, and returning security deposits. Before a tenant moves into the rental unit, inspect and document the statelandlord of the unit. This will help you sidestep disputes over the security deposits when the tenant leaves.

4. Make repairs
You need to sort out the repair and maintenance needs. And, when requested, make the necessary repairs. If your estate is not kept in good condition, you will lose good tenants, and the tenants may gain the right to withhold the rent, sort out the repair issues, and deduct the repair charges from the rent. They may as well sue you for injuries due to defective conditions, and they may even move out without giving you the notice.

5. Provide secure premises
Don’t let your property and tenants to be an easy target for criminal activity. Assess the security of your units and take the necessary steps to protect your tenants. Usually, the best security measures such as trimmed landscaping and proper lighting are affordable.

6. Give a notice before entering
Your tenants have a right to privacy. And you need to notify them when you are planning to enter the rental unit. The notice should be as convenient as possible. The law requires that you give a notice of at least 24 hours before accessing the premises.

7. Disclose environmental hazards
If there are health risks such as mold or lead on the property, inform the tenants. Many landlords are continually being held liable for tenant health problems that result from environmental toxins in the rental premises.

8. Oversee managers
Select and supervise your property managers carefully. If a manager is incompetent or commits a crime, you will be forced to compensate your tenants financially. Thus, do a proper background check and clearly spell out your manager’s responsibilities to prevent problems in the long run.

9. Get insurance
As a landlord, you need to purchase the required liability or other types of insurance. A well-written insurance policy can protect you from tenant lawsuits due to injuries, discrimination, or losses of property due to burglary, fire, vandalism, or storms.

10. Resolve disputes
Try to resolve disputes with tenants without lawsuits or lawyers. If you have a conflict with your renter that involves deposits, rent, noise, your access to the property, repairs, or any other issue that does not warrant eviction, meet with the lessee to see if the matter can be fixed amicably in an informal manner. If this does not work, ask for a third-party mediator. They are often accessible for free or for an affordable fee from any public program.

Understanding your conduct and obligations as a landlord will help you to avoid many problems and lawsuits in future. Thus, follow these tips to ensure your work as an owner goes on smoothly.

 


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How to Clean All Areas of Your Home Before an Open House
Posted on Tue, 16 Feb 2016, 10:30:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies, etc.
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The open house is one of the most important steps you go through when selling a house. It gives buyers the chance to walk through each room, see the outside, get to know your city and get a general feel for your home. Long before those buyers visit your home, you need to make sure that it looks great and smells good too. While your real estate agent can give you tips on getting your home ready and staging each room, you'll also want to use some tips on cleaning your house.

Take Care of Clutter
There is a clear difference between clutter and mess. A cluttered home is one that has a lot of various items laying around on the floors, tucked underneath furniture and placed on shelves. A messy house is one that has dishes piled up in the sink, trash sitting around every room and feels like something that should be on Hoarders. Before the day of your open house, always walk through your home and find ways to take care of clutter. You might hold a big yard sale, moveopen items to a storage unit or even add some more storage to your home.

Clean the Floors
Something as basic as a small stain on the carpet caused by your son dropping his juice box might leave buyers looking closely for other stains. You should take the time to clean every type of flooring you have in your home. Clean hardwood with a wood cleaner that won't warp or leave behind a greasy residue, and use tile cleaner on any tiled floors. Your carpets may need more than vacuuming alone. Consider renting a carpet shampooer to remove stains, clean the carpets and remove any odours trapped in the padding or floorboards.

Wash and Seal Walls
You might remember to take out the trash, put away the dishes and clean up the messes your kids left behind, but you may not think twice about your walls. Those walls might have fingerprint stains, crayon or pencil marks from your kids and even grease stains. A simple solution of water and distilled white vinegar is often strong enough to cut through most stains. If you notice that your walls have a greasy scent or any other odours, now might be a good time to seal your walls.

Reduce Odours
As buyers walk through an open house, they can't help noticing any odours in the air and scents coming off your furniture. Those odours come from your pets, family, the cleaning products you use and even the foods you eat. There are a few ways you can get rid of odours, including cleaning your furniture, washing your drapes and window treatments and steam cleaning your floors. Using a room deodorizer or neutralizer can also help. These machines pull odours out of the air and leave behind a light and refreshing smell.

Do a Final Walk Through
The cleaning that you do means nothing if you don't do a final walk through in the hours before that open house. Walk through your home as if you were a buyer just seeing it for the first time. Look for things that might turn off those buyers, including dishes left piled up in the sink, an overflowing trash can or toys scattered all over the house. Use plug in air fresheners to give your home a soft but not overpowering scent, and put away as much as you can. Buyers attending open houses always prefer house that are clean and smell good.


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Create That At Home Feeling In Your New House
Posted on Fri, 29 Jan 2016, 10:55:00 AM  in Marketing strategies,  My services, etc.
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You have just moved into your new house, but it does not feel like home yet. There is a good chance you are still surrounded by boxes from move-in day. It is hard to feel right at home when your new place does not look like your home. The following tips can help you make your new house feel like home.


Brighten Up The Place: It is never too early to start unpacking your table or floor lamps. Brightening up your new home will improve your overall mood and surround yourself with familiar accessories.

Start Getting Cozy: You want everything to feel cozy from the moment you step into your new home. You can start by unpacking your bedding and making your bed. Are you spending the first night on a mattress on a floor? Place the bedding on your mattress anyway. You can also unpack the throw pillows or blankets you keep on the couch.

The Bedroom Should Be Relaxing: Speaking of unpacking your bedding, your new bedroom should be a relaxing spot from day one. It never hurts to unpackathome your area rug, curtains, artwork and nightstand the day you move in.

Set The Bathroom Up: You are going to use your new bathroom every day, and it is important to set your bathroom up as soon as possible. You can set up the bathroom by unpacking your robes, towels, shower mat, shower curtain and even your travel-size toiletries. If you do not have time to unpack everything, save the decor for the next day and at least unpack the essentials.

Create a Familiar Atmosphere: Use accessories and home decor to create familiar sights, sounds and smells. You can create familiar sights with the wall signs, artwork and decorative vases from your previous home. Create familiar sounds with a wall clock, the radio or even the television. You can also create familiar smells by lighting a scented candle or baking a batch of cookies.

Create a Comfort Zone: Did you have a comfort zone in your previous home? It is important to recreate this zone in your new home. If you did not have a comfort zone in your previous home, give your home a new at-home feel by creating this zone. Your comfort zone may include a stack of books and comfortable chair, craft corner with a table and drawers or a yoga mat and radio with relaxing music.

Go Grocery Shopping: What could make you feel more at home than a refrigerator and pantry full of food? You should stock up on the essentials and a few of your favorite snacks. There is nothing like making your favorite meal and relaxing on your couch after a day of moving in.

Do Not Order Take-Out: Ordering a pizza or Chinese food is only a reminder that you are still trying to settle into your new home. The best way to create that at-home vibe is to cook a homemade meal. You can keep it simple with chicken and a few sides, or you can celebrate by throwing a few steaks on your grill.

Spend Time At Home: It is important to spend time in your new home, whether you are decorating each room or giving yourself a lazy day. It will be hard to feel right at home if you are always going out.

Your new house will eventually feel like your own home, but there is nothing wrong with creating that vibe from the day you move in. All you need to do is surrounding yourself with familiar accessories, unpack the necessities and treat yourself to a homemade meal. You are sure to feel right at home before you know it.

 


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Renovation Tips For Home Sellers
Posted on Fri, 15 Jan 2016, 02:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services, etc.
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Renovating a home can help attract buyers, add to your home's value, and is sometimes necessary before a sale. However, renovating your home before putting it on the market is much different than renovating your home to live in. Firstly, many of the renovations that you will make as a home seller are geared towards attracting buyers and adding to the value of your home. These renovations will not necessarily be geared towards your taste as an individual, but they will need to appeal to the broadest range of buyers possible. 


Spend Wisely On Changes
The first thing, that you will need to do as a seller, is to decide a budget. This step can be difficult because you do not want to spend too little and have a home that does not stand out on the market. However, you also do not want to spend too much and flush your money down the drain. 

There are some general rules to stick to when renovating a home for the market. The first rule is not to spend more money that you can recover through the sale and never spend more on an area than the potential profit. Basically, if you are going to remodel a bathroom or recover a floor, make sure that the renovation will increase the value of the home by as much or more than the budget set for that job. Don't renovate a bathroom for $10,000 and add to the value of your home by $10,000. If you are going to renovate an area, you need to ensure that it is worth the trouble. 

Updating Kitchens And Bathrooms
For many markets, the kitchen and bathrooms should be the number one remodel priority. However, there are some urban markets, where real estate demand is so high that a remodel is not necessary to garner top-dollar or interest. Not including such areas, the needs of bathroom and kitchen remodels should outweigh the needs of other rooms. 

For many buyers, an updated, modern kitchen and a sleek, stylish bathroom are top draws. However, do not try to completely overhaul these areas. Look for renochanges that can be made that will update the look without a complete overhaul. Consider refacing the cabinets, changing the drawer pulls, and adding new fixtures. 

Adding stainless steel appliances can be an upgrade worth the cost. Many buyers will not even consider a property without stainless steel. Adding new appliance, may be a costly undertaking, but can pay off big in the end by making your home appealing to a wider range of buyers. 

Countertops are another renovation that can be costly. Get bids from area professionals and consider adding granite or quartz. If the price of high-end countertops is too much, consider adding a tile backsplash or similar feature to update the area for less money. 

Refinish And Save Money
One important thing to remember as a seller is that it is best to limit costs where you are able and refurbish rather than replace as much as possible. New floors can add as much as 15% to the value of your home. With this said, it is better to refinish rather than replace the floor if you are able, and keep as much money in your pocket as you can. 

Painting rooms is another way to attract buyers without spending a bundle. The simple rehab of old walls can modernize a home and attract a wider range of buyers. Don't skimp on the paint quality and hire a professional. A great paint job can add infinitely to your buyer appeal. However, a bad job will come off as sloppy and will not give a good impression to buyers. When choosing a color, stick with grays rather than tan or beige. Grays speak to modern buyers. Where as, tan will make your home look outdated. 

Ultimately, sellers should stick to upgrades that add to the home's appearance and not function. The appearance of a home is what buyers fall in love with. Where as, the homes function may only register with buyers on the peripheral. Additionally, there are some upgrade sellers should skip. Experts suggest skipping attic and basement renovations, as well as adding a deck or porch. These are upgrades that will prove costly and that buyers often prefer to do on their own. 

 


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The Importance Of Creating A Clean, Clutter-Free Environment When Selling Your Home
Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2016, 02:20:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Whether you're ready to move right into your new house or have to wait until your current property sells, eliminating clutter throughout your abode is one of the best things that you can do to attract the attention of your targeted market. Clearing out your personal effects and freeing up space in storage areas will make your property significantly easier to offload. Following are several reasons why.

People Can Imagine Living In Your Home If It's Been Depersonalised

Clearing out clutter is not just about making the unit look clean. These efforts effectively depersonalise the property so that prospective buyers have the best ability to imagine themselves living there. Taking down family photos and eliminating quirky indoor design elements will create a space that functions like a blank slate. When visitors can actually envision themselves living in the abode, they can make a strong emotional connection with the property and they become more likely to make positive investment decisions.

clean homeStaging The Home Will Be Easier

Staging is not about creating a fully-decorated living environment or one that is filled with a wealth of personal features. It is actually the process of enhancing a unit with a few, key items that showcase its overall value and potential. While you might be tempted to use your own artwork and furnishings to stage your house, your agent may have other ideas entirely. Effective staging is minimal enough for keeping the space depersonalised but conspicuous enough for creating the appearance of an appealing living environment. You'll have a hard time achieving this delicate balance if you don't take the time to put the majority of your own belongings in store.

Establish Trust

Keeping your home filled to the brim with personal effects could make prospective buyers think that you have something to hide. Massive floor rugs, towering bookshelves and other elements could be concealing water damage, stained flooring or other costly issues that detract from the value and overall integrity of the structure. People want to see what they're investing in. Giving buyers a clear view of the property and all of its available features is therefore a great way to build trust.

Start Breaking Your Own Emotional Attachment

It is not uncommon for seller's remorse to rear its head during these endeavours. People grow attached to their homes, especially if they've spent years or even decades raising families in them. Moving your personal effects out of your abode will finalise your commitment to selling. It will also show others that you are actually ready to go through with this deal and are unlikely to back out at the last minute.

Give Buyers A Clear View Of The Available Storage Space

Most home buyers are interested in getting ample storage space. You can't really flaunt the available storage in your home if it is filled to the brim with games, linens, collectibles and other items. These areas must be cleaned out in order to allow buyers to make their own diligent inspections. Evidence of ample storage can make a property infinitely more appealing.

Moving gives sellers the opportunity to make a fresh start. In addition to storing your personal items, you can also host a yard sale or make a donation of unwanted goods to a local charity. Selling items or giving them away will limit the costs of these essential, clean-up efforts.


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Tips on Improvements You Can Make to Make Your Home More Eco- Friendly
Tuesday, 22 December 2015, 10:15:00 AM
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Improving your home is very important when it comes to selling your home. Real estate agents often encourage improvements on homes prior to putting your home on the market, and real state professionals mostly agree that making improvements to make your home more eco- friendly will increase the homes overall value. Here are a few area in your home that can easily be improved to make it more eco- friendly. 

1.) Solar Panels
Solar panels are very easy to install, and do not cost a fortune to install. Solar panels are an excellent way to make your home more eco- friendly, and they will pay for themselves over time. Also, solar panels increase the value of your home; and cost under 50,000 to purchase and install. Solar panels offer tax rebates, and incentive programs upon installation just by installing them. Solar Panels are a great way to make your home more eco- friendly, and increase its value on the market.

2.) Installing a Tankless Water Heater
Old Water Heaters typically use gas as energy to heat the water, and use a great amount of energy by heating about 60 gallons of water on average consistently regardless of if your using it. Installing a tankless water heater in your home is a great way to save energy, and make your home more green since it only heatgreens the water when the water is needed. Also, tankless water heaters are more preferred by buyers; because it uses less energy thus costing less.

3.) Replace Old Appliances
Replacing old, and inefficient appliances in your home with new energy efficient appliances will definitely make your home more eco- friendly. It will also have significant market appeal, because new energy appliances definitely catches the eyes of buyers and can often be the deciding factors in purchasing homes. The new appliances will cost less in energy, and will be significantly more energy efficient. This is a very easy way to improve your home, and make steps towards your home being more eco- friendly.

4.) Put Insulation Throughout Your House
Making the walls well insulated makes a huge difference in the cost of heating or air conditioning your home in both the winter and summer months. A well insulated house is very attractive and eco- friendly. It will cost significantly less to heat in the cold winter months, and air condition in the hot and humid summer months. By doing this it will use less energy to heat or air condition, and will be significantly more eco- friendly. It is very easy to well insulate your home, and will not cost much to do so. 

5.) Repair Leaky Faucets and Pipes in the Home
Leaky faucets and Pipes waste gallons of water a day, and are very wasteful in both water and money. By fixing leaky faucets and pipes your home will save water, and will be more attractive to buyers. Leaky faucets and pipes are never attractive to buyers, and fixing them will save a great deal of water. It does not cost much to repair minor leaky faucets and pipes, and it is well worth it in the end.
Here are but a few ways that you can improve your home to make it more eco- friendly. These simple ways are fairly easy, and do not cost much to do. Making your home more eco- friendly is a very good way to increase your homes value, as well as saving both energy and money.

 

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Popular kitchen Ideas for 2016
Posted on Wed, 09 Dec 2015, 09:35:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Kitchens are unquestionably one of the most important areas of a home. They are the core of today's home. Multiple functions take place in the kitchens of today. Therefore, you want your kitchen to be modern, as well as offer convenience and style. The latest kitchen design ideas incorporate new features that enhance the kitchen's functionality. Even if you are not ready to completely overhaul your kitchen, a few small updates will add a more modern style.

 

Functionality 

Kitchen designs are becoming more functional. Popular kitchen ideas for 2016 put as much emphasis on function as they do on the kitchen's form. Homeowners want kitchens that are convenient and multifunctional. Comfortable working spaces and casual dining are highly sought-after. Multipurpose peninsulas, kitchen islands, and breakfast bars that incorporate space-saving designs are popular. Features, such as slide-out towel bars, pull-out waste cans, and pull-down shelves offer both convenience and functionality. When space is limited, innovative storage options and clever space savers make the best use of this limited space.

 

Gray Color Scheme

Gray was one of the hottest colors in home designer's color palettes for last year. This trend will likely continue into 2016. Gray is so much more modern than itchenbrowns, beiges, and camels that were quite popular over the last decade. Kitchen designers predict that gray replace these colors in the kitchen and that gray will be a popular shade for kitchen cabinets. Combining different color cabinets are also becoming more popular.

 

Colorful Hues for Sinks

A kitchen sink is a great way to add a pop of color to a kitchen. Trendy sinks include eye-catching colors, such as lime green. Designers are coordinating sink colors with backsplashes. These bold colors naturally draw the eye in to make this area the focal point of the kitchen. Be sure that your kitchen appears modern by balancing bold colors with light neutral tones, such as gray.

 

Bold Fixtures and Modern Architecture

Give your kitchen a bold upgrade. Today's kitchens are all about bold, colorful looks. Choose minimalistic faucet styles for a trendy modern look. Oversized light fixtures give a sense of drama and depth to a kitchen. Adding to the contemporary feel, bold yet simple drawer and cabinet hardware will create a modern feel.

 

Increase Kitchen Storage

Today's kitchens feature space saving designs. They double up on storage space through creative designs. Cleaver multi-tiered doors create additional space. Vertical drawers take advantage of otherwise wasted wall space. These types of drawers also work well for those small items that are difficult to store, such as spices.

 

Automation

The kitchen of today features technology that makes your life easier. The current trends in kitchens are focused on smart technology. Homeowners are incorporating charging stations into their kitchen design. These charging stations bring functionality into the kitchen while complementing the décor. Sensors alert your smartphone when dinner is ready. Hands-free faucets offer convenience, especially for little ones who can't reach the faucet. A Bluetooth-enabled cooker allows you to connect to your phone, search recipes, and integrate the suggested cooking times and temperatures so that your food comes out perfect each and every time.

 

There are small ways that you can add automation and convenience to your kitchen in 2016 without breaking the bank. Lowes offers a reasonable DIY home automation system that is customizable for your needs and easy to install. This system allows you to keep food frozen, monitor cabinets to prevent little ones from getting into things that they shouldn't, and illuminate the kitchen when you walk downstairs for a midnight snack.

 

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The Future of Canadian Real Estate
Posted on Tue, 24 Nov 2015, 09:35:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  My services, etc.
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Real estate is generally seen as one of the safest investments one can make. Due to the fact that you are able to physically see the property you are purchasing and the fact that everyone needs a place to live it is very hard to lose all of your capital in a real estate investment barring some act of god or other unfortunate circumstance. However predicting the future of the real estate market is tricky at best. 


Different factors can always come into play and the vagaries of the market have left many investors confused and broke. We can, however, make an educated guess as to where the market may lie in the long term. In the following reference we will try and make an informed guess as to the future of the Canadian real estate market.

Canada is known worldwide as one of the safest and most developed countries in the world. It ranks very highly for quality of living, wealth, natural resources canadaand many other positives indicators. It ranks low on corruption, violent crime and other negative factors. This in itself should lead you to believe that Canadian real estate is a relatively safe investment. Your property will be protected by a fair and just government in a safe country. Some of the best cities in the world are located in Canada- Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto are all constantly on lists of the best places to live in the world. Real estate buys in these places are probably the safest due to the fact that there is so much industry in these areas.

In addition Canada has the lucky fortune of being next to the world's economic superpower- the United States. Canada is by far the largest trading partner with the United States and gains significantly from this association. This means that as long as the United States remains wealthy much of that wealth will makes its way north which should also help prop up housing prices.

Another huge boon to Canadian real estate pricing is the fact that it is so abundant with natural resources. The largest deposits of freshwater in the planet lie in Canada- while other countries are having massive issues with droughts and fresh water issues Canada does no have to worry about that. Canada is also flush with many other natural resources like timber, coal, minerals and lots of crude oil. The fact that there are so many things propping up the Canadian economy bodes well for the future of Canadian real estate.

Canada is a very large country and it is not very populated. It is one of the largest countries on the planet and has a population of roughly 30 million people- the same as one state (California) in the US. Population growth will occur by birthrate and immigration. When the number of people in Canada increases they will need places to live, food to eat, etc. This should have a significant effect on the stock and pricing of both commercial and residential real estate across the entire country of Canada.

All things considered the future is looking very bright for the world of Canadian real estate. A small but growing population, amazing governance, and the natural wonders of the country lead many leading analysts and banks to give Canada very high marks when it comes to the future of the country economically. One lesser known factor in their impressive economic growth is the fact that they take in many of the best and brightest immigrants from across the globe. This reverse brain drain is yet another factor that will alter the future of the Canadian real estate market.

 

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Selling your house in the Winter
Posted on Tue, 10 Nov 2015, 10:10:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Research indicates that homes generally sell for more in the warmer months than in winter and that more buyers put off their searches until the warmer season. Not everyone can afford to wait a few months before listing their homes though, which is why it's important that you look at some tips that can help you find a buyer when the temperature falls below freezing and there is snow on the ground. No matter what it looks like outside, you can still find the right buyer for your property. 


Use Holiday Decorations

When most people think of winter, they think of Christmas. Buyers searching for homes in the late fall and early winter often want homes that are ready for them and homes they can move into before celebrating the holidays. You can make them feel at home with some simple holiday decorations. Setting up a Christmas tree in the living room, hanging lights along the porch and/or roof and placing a wreath on the front door will make your home more appealing. You can even arrange for some of those decorations to stay with the house.

Make Your Home Warm
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Experts often recommend that you make your home look warmer and more inviting before putting it on the market during the colder season. If you have a fireplace that no longer works, you can make it look like a working fireplace with the addition of a few candles. You can also drape your furniture in soft and comfortable blankets that will leave open house visitors wanting to sit down and curl up in one of those blankets. Placing a few heaters around your house or turning up your thermostat to a warmer temperature may also appeal to those buyers. 

Set a Good Price

Buyers are less likely to attend open houses and take home tours in the winter because they want to avoid the cold outside. Dropping the price on your house makes it more appealing and may entice buyers to take a trip outdoors. While some think this means that they need to drop their price to one that don't feel comfortable with, you can simply reduce your price by a few thousand less than similar homes on the market. This helps your home standout among the other listings found online. You might find yourself surprised at the number of shoppers looking for a winter bargain.

Pay for an Inspection

Those buyers who brave the cold outside want to know that they can get more for their money. Buyers typically pay for an inspection before or after making an offer to get an idea about the value of the home and the number of repairs needed. You can make buyers feel more confident about buying your home when you pay for an inspection ahead of time. Buyers can learn more about your home and see the value compared to the price you ask, which may encourage them to make an offer on the spot.

Clear the Exterior

No one wants to trudge through piles of snow and brave icy driveways just to get a look at the inside of a home. If you rarely take care of your lawn and driveway in winter, you might see buyers drive up and drive away without ever stepping foot inside. Cleaning the exterior of your home gets more buyers inside, and you can do simple things like sweep the walkway, remove ice from the driveway and clean up any snowdrifts or piles near the front door. Getting rid of snow and ice is just one way you can get your house sold this winter.

 

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Selling Your Home Through A Realtor
Posted on Tue, 27 Oct 2015, 09:35:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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To use a Realtor or to sell "by owner?" That's the question. Why pay another person to do something that you're perfectly willing, and perfectly capable of doing yourself?

Realtors simply provide a professional service, no different than any other service provided by any other professional. Some people love cleaning their home. Others prefer hiring a professional to do it. Some people like the challenge of educating their own kids. Others think that best left to professional teachers. Some people represent themselves in court. Others retain the services of a lawyer.

If you believe you can sell your own home just as effectively as a Realtor could, and you're willing to make the effort, why not try? But before you decide, take some time to consider exactly what a Realtor provides.

*Experienced Market Knowledge
Pricing a home is one of the most important factors determining how quickly, or whether a house sells. Anyone can compare home prices on the Internet. But a licensed Realtor has access to a wealth of current and historical information, and the experience to be able to interpret that data in ways that will help price your home correctly. That alone is worth the price of commission.

*An Expert Plan
A professional Realtor has likely been in tens of thousands of homes over the years. That Realtor will be able to quickly assess exactly what needs to be done tosalesagent get your home ready to sell then help you stage the home, prepare for showings, and plan for every phase of the experience, from open house to inspections to appraisals and beyond.

*Professional Marketing
Realtors have professional photographers, videographers, graphic designers and writers at their disposal who are experts in conveying to potential buyers the essence of your beautiful home. They also have access to a network of websites, print publications and social media outlets, all of which will be put to work 24-7 to get your home sold. In addition, when you hire a Realtor, your home becomes known to everyone in that Realtor's sphere of influence. What can you do to compete with that, besides personal websites and a sign in the lawn? Yes, that still may work, but successful marketing is about scientifically targeting qualified buyers and maximizing the possibilities.

*Instant Legitimacy
For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) statistically tend to be overpriced, more difficult to view, and take longer to close. Many experienced buyers and buyer's agents simply will not work with FSBOs for those reasons.

*Flexibility in Showings
When you sell your home yourself, you have to be home for every showing. Any lack of availability can jeopardize the sale. With a Realtor, you never need to worry about showings. They will be scheduled and planned in advance, and modern digital lockboxes allow for flexible access to a home, and track every person who comes and goes. A Realtor can arrange to have your house shown any day at any time, and can then follow up digitally for feedback following each showing.

*Emotional Distance
Listening to the complaints of customers as they tour your home can be heartbreaking. A Realtor provides a filter through which only constructive comments make it to the homeowner.

*An Experienced Negotiating Partner
When an offer comes in, an expert negotiator can save you thousands of dollars, both in the original negotiation as well as during the inspection and appraisal.

*Guidance From Start to Finish
When you hire a Realtor to sell your home, you have a professional who is fully invested in making sure you succeed, and that every phase of the process goes smoothly and efficiently.

 

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