4 Features Home Buyers Check

Selling or thinking of selling your home? Here are the 4 major points buyers focus on when looking at a house:

Bathrooms.

A lot of time is spent in bathrooms. Time doing hair and makeup, showering or having baths to relax as well as occasionally taking time to read a magazine or book. Considering this we know that buyers will be very critical of the details – is it bright? Are the mirrors the right size? Is there enough counter space? Is there a soaker tub?

The main goal is to allow them to be able to picture themselves living in the space. The best way to do that is by making sure the room is in tip-top shape and staged correctly. Check that the grout is clean in the bath or shower, amenities are unused and a fresh loofa or bar of soap is in the shower. These little details will keep the room feeling fresh and give potential buyers the opportunity to imagine the space as their own.

Living space.

This is the space that is lived in the most and often used for entertaining. Maximize the space here – remove extra clutter to keep it open for easy mobility. Keep pillows, blankets and the like to a minimum so that there is space to sit and relax. Take care to dust the mantle and all ledges so that when buyers take a second to sit and observe they are not distracted by dust.

Kitchen.

Many people consider this the most important space in the house! This room will be used for entertaining, cooking meals, and serving holiday feasts. Function is the key selling point here. Make certain to remove any clutter, take away any small appliances that do not increase the décor or fit the persona of the kitchen. Ensure everything is clean, including the inside of the fridge, as it will assist the buyer in envisioning themselves cooking and entertaining.

Smells.

The senses have a huge impact on what a buyer thinks and how they remember a home. Make sure there is no overwhelming scents guarantying the buyer takes away their memories of the space – not just how it smelled. A helpful tip is to place a dab of vanilla on a light bulb or two throughout the house to give it a welcoming smell that is not overpowering.

Overall, make certain your home is appealing to the senses, clean, and clutter-free. This will ensure it leaves a lasting positive impression on possible home buyers!

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A Typical Day in the Life of a REALTOR®

One of the most common questions asked by people thinking about a career in real estate is: What is a typical real estate agent’s day like?  I smile at this because one of the reasons I love real estate is typical days are rare. Every day brings new challenges, opportunities, and adventures!

With that in mind here are seven activities that can be part of an agent’s day:

  • Lead Generation and Business Building

If a business isn’t growing – it’s dying! Lead generation and business building are a crucial activity and can be done in a variety of methods, including reaching out to your sphere of influence, open houses, around listings & sales, geographic farming, social media marketing, and many more. Overall, you must focus on reaching out to new and existing clients to talk about real estate. This is proactive and the one activity the successful agents all do consistently.

  • Talk to Active Clients

Buyers and sellers under contract should be communicated with on a regular basis by providing feedback and updates on what is being done to sell or find their home. They need to know what you are doing for them and they need to feel that you are looking after their needs.

  • Lead Follow-up or Processing

After you generate a lead you need to follow-up, qualify the lead, and determine urgency.  Then, you must to devise an action plan and implement it: technology helps but to be successful you need face-to-face and voice-to-voice communication.

  • Marketing and Advertising

Marketing and advertising strategies should be analysed daily to determine if they are effective. Are they developing leads? Are they helping reach the set goals?

  • Paperwork and Accounting

Staying on top of regulated paperwork and accounting can be a challenge, especially when there are a variety of projects on the go. My suggestion is to do a little each day or dedicate a set time at the beginning or end of the week to get it done.

  • Buyer & Seller Presentations

Set appointments to meet with potential clients, discuss their needs and plans as well as solutions for problems and finally determine if working together will be a good fit.  Note, REALTORS   need a strong presentation & to be able to clearly and effectively communicate their business value package.

  • Continuing Education

Real estate is a rapidly changing world, there are always new technologies to consider, evolving business models, changing dynamics and economies so it is best to ensure you are a leader in the industry by taking courses and learning new methods.

Overall, a typical day in real estate is hard to define but a solid business plan will help.  Break your goals down into daily, weekly and monthly activities and hold yourself to them.  Do this & success in real estate is all but a guarantee.

David Armstrong

Broker, CENTURY 21 John DeVries Ltd. (Ottawa, ON)

Home Inspection 101: What Is It And How Much Does It Cost?

You just walked through a brand new listing, and are now a firm believer in love at first sight. From the moment you walked through the front door, you knew it had to be yours. The walk-in closet, open concept plan, and luxurious backyard were exactly what you’ve been dreaming of and may have been enough to make you overlook the leaking faucet in the bathroom and strange smell coming from the basement.

Sometimes when viewing a home, it is easy to let staging get the best of us. We get so caught up in the pretty wrapping that we forget to look inside to see what makes the home tick.

It is a classic example of never judging a book by its cover, and can be easily solved with a home inspection. When buyers put in an offer, there is the option to insert a home inspection clause. When you hire a professional home inspector, you can save yourself time, stress, and avoid potential financial risk by proactively identifying any issues within the inner workings of the home. The home inspector will do a visual inspection of the structure and components of the home to ensure everything is performing correctly and is in safe working condition. The home inspector will pay special attention to the following areas of the home:

  • Roof
  • Ventilation
  • Fireplace
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Appliances
  • Exterior
  • HVAC
  • Structure

How Much Does an Inspection Cost?

The cost of a home inspection will vary depending on factors including the age, size, and location of the home. Always make sure you choose your home inspector carefully by doing your research and taking a close look at their qualifications and credentials. Choosing a reputable inspector could save you from running into unplanned and often costly issues in your new home.

Ask your me for a list of recommended Home Inspectors in your area.

 

 

*courtesy of Re/Max.ca

Home prices down, but NOT out!!

Calgary home prices continue to slide in most areas of the market, but not at the rate that many might expect. This is partly due to June’s resiliency in the detached and semi-detached sectors of the market, where sales compared to new listings and standing inventory started returning to more balanced levels.

“The detached market has been gradually moving towards more balanced conditions, helping to prevent price levels from declining at the faster rates we saw in the previous two quarters,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While this is welcomed news for sellers, it’s very likely that pricing challenges will persist in the housing market until economic conditions start to improve.”

Detached benchmark prices totaled $502,400, which is 0.4 per cent higher than last month, but 3.4 per cent lower than last year’s levels. This is the first time in eight months that detached prices recorded a monthly gain, helping ease the quarterly decline from 2.2 per cent in the first quarter to 0.7 per cent in the second quarter.

Overall sales activity remained relatively weak in June, falling by seven per cent to 2,028 units. Inventory levels went in the other direction and continued to climb in June to 5,973 units, 16 per cent higher than last year. Both the attached and apartment segments of the market have recorded inventory gains around 30 per cent, far greater than the year-over-year increase of five per cent in the detached sector.

Higher inventories and weaker demand continue to have a larger impact on pricing in the apartment and row sectors. June apartment prices slid by another 0.1 per cent over last month, pushing the average year-to-date benchmark price down 5.3 per cent below last year. Attached product experienced a monthly slide of 0.3 per cent, mostly due to steeper price declines in row style product.

“The price adjustments that we’ve seen in the past year have allowed some buyers to get into homes that were previously unattainable,” said CREB® president Cliff Stevenson. “This is especially true for homeowners with financial stability and a good amount of equity in their home. With so much choice out there, it’s giving consumers an opportunity to find their ideal home at a price they can afford.”