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Effectively Pricing a Home
What factors contribute to pricing a home?

The main factor in pricing a home is the state of the current market. Now this can change from month to month which is why it is so important to get a Real Estate Professional in to give you the most up to date advice!

The next major thing to consider is the location. Are you in a sought after neighbourhood? Is there any good schools nearby? Are the homes on your street all single family homes, new builds, older homes or maybe multi family units? Tell us what brought you to this particular neighbourhood so we can use that to draw in the next buyer!

Then we look at the home itself. When was it built? Have you done any updates? How big is the home? What amenities does it have? How big is the lot?

Pricing a home is the single most important part of getting it sold. If a home is over priced it can end up sitting on the market too long and deter people from even looking, where as a sharply priced home can attract multiple offers and potentially sell for...

Is Strata Life for You?

To Strata or not to Strata… Have you ever wondered if it’s the right fit for you?

Buying a home can be a confusing process, with so many options to choose from, its hard to know what is going to be a good fit for you. One of the first things you will need to decide on is whether you are looking for a freehold or strata property. There are a few key points to consider when making this choice.

  1. How much control do you want? Strata’s are run by a Board of Directors and governed by a long list of Bylaws. These bylaws control the use of the property (among other things) including inside your own home like pets, rentals, smoking and what is allowed on your exterior walls and windows.
  2. Maintenance: The common areas (lawns, hallways, safety systems etc.) of Strata properties are maintained by contractors and generally do not require much upkeep from the owners.
  3. Easily budgeted for: Each Strata will have monthly strata fees for each unit to pay. This is a set amount that will usually...

Staging Your Home for Sale

Are you thinking about listing your home? Getting ready for listing photographs? Maybe you have a showing and are wondering what will present your home in the best possible way… If this sounds like you then read on for some staging tips that will help sell your home fast.

  1. Keep it simple: When someone walks into your home they want to be able to imagine it as their own. That means you should remove most knickknacks and personal photographs allowing room for the buyer to imagine their own items around the room.
  2. Show off the space: You want every room to appear as big as possible so remove any oversized furniture items that don’t fit the space well.
  3. Make the kitchen appeal to a chef: Clear off the counters, people want to see a big usable space to work with. Leave only a few essentials that can multi task as décor (think nicely set up coffee station or recipe book on stand).
  4. CLEAN: I know this one seems obvious, but nothing can turn off a buyer faster than a dirty/smelly...

Why We Use a Professional Photographer for ALL of our Listings
These photos are of the same property/pool... Pretty unbelievable right??  The key difference is that the first photo is taken by the owner, the second is taken by our Photographer (Tony Puerzer). Using a different angle, better camera, optimal lighting and a professional photographer, you can see the true beauty of the home, which would have been otherwise missed. We bring Tony in (at no additional cost to our clients) to photograph ALL of our listings so we are sure to capture the attention of all potential buyers.

Along with professional photography we also shoot a personalized listing video to showcase the home online, provide color floor plans for clients to get a feel for the layout, leave a listing binder in the home for showings that provide any additional information on the property that a buyer might want to know and color feature sheets that they can take with them to remember all the highlights of your home.

Thinking of listing your home? Call us today to set up your free,...

Kitchen Lighting
Kitchen Tip 101 - Did you know that changing up your light fixtures can change the whole feel to your space! This can be a relatively inexpensive way to freshen up a room. Some well placed pendant lights over an island can create a warmers and more inviting feel to your whole kitchen!

Thinking about selling? Give us a call to arrange a walk through where we can give you more tips to make your home stand out from the rest!
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