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Jun
15

Buying Up!

Are You Ready to Buy Up?

No matter how much you love your current property, you may be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighborhood. Is that day today, or, is it a few years down the road? Here’s a quick way to make that assessment.

First, make a list of all the practical reasons why it might be time to move up. Those reasons might include features such as: more bedrooms, proximity to work and school, a larger backyard with trees, nearby parks and walking paths and better access to things you enjoy like theatre.

Next, make a list of the emotional reasons for making such a move. Those reasons might include memorable get-togethers with friends on a more spacious deck, an easier and less stressful commute to work, more family time with the kids and enjoyable Saturday golf at a nearby course.

Finally, take a financial snapshot to determine if you can afford to move up. You’ll need to get a good idea of what your current property will sell for in today’s market, average price of homes in your desired neighborhood, and how much mortgage you’ll need.

Once you have all that down on paper, you’ll have a clear picture of your readiness. If the practical and emotional reasons for buying up are compelling, and you can afford to make the move, then you have your answer. The time is now!

By the way, if you need help in making this determination – especially figuring out what your home will likely sell for, call today.

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Imagine finding the perfect home, only to discover there is serious interest from at least a dozen other buyers. It’s like scrambling for the last piece of cake at a buffet! Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get the home you want, even in a highly competitive market.

Here are just a few ideas:

• Only view a few ideal properties at a time. If you see too many, and thus spread yourself too thin, you risk homes slipping through your fingers.

• Be realistic about price. Focus on finding a great home that you can afford, rather than trying to find a bargain.

• Consider homes that need some work. They get less interest than perfectly staged properties, yet can turn out to be a dream home.

• Be prepared to make an offer with as few conditions as possible. In a competitive situation, offers with many conditions will likely be turned down flat.

• Make your decisions quickly. If there are likely to be other interested buyers, you want to get your offer in early.

• Make the right offer. To win the deal, you want your offer to be as enticing as possible to the seller — especially when it comes to price.

Yes, it can be tough finding an ideal home in a hot market, but I can help. Give me a call and I’ll show you how.

Moving with Kids

Let’s be honest, no matter how well you plan and organize moving is not an easy task. It can bring about many feelings such as sadness, excitement and stress. Luckily, before the big day comes there are simple and effective ways you can ease these feelings – not just for yourself but for your children too. Here are some helpful ways to transition your kids to a new home.

Involve Them

There is enough activity that comes with purchasing a home so it may be tempting while you are viewing them to leave the kids at home or with a babysitter/relative. If you don’t want to bring them along make sure and ask them questions about what they would like in a new home; bigger bedroom, play room, larger yard etc. This will make your children feel involved and listened to.

Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Making a memory book with pictures and little trinkets that will remind them of the good times in the home can help them gain closure. You can also get friends and/or neighbours to sign the book. Make sure they also put their contact information so you can still keep in touch!

Go Out With a Bang

Especially if you are moving far away, schedule a time to have one last get together with local family, friends and neighbours. Have a potluck and share stories that happened in the area when you were there. This would also be a great time to get that memory book you made signed!

Design Aspects

In relation to my first point of advice you will want to involve your children as much as possible. However, this doesn’t stop at finding your new home. If your kids are old enough, once you have found a home and they have picked out their new bedrooms, give them an opportunity to pick out their new furnishings, bedding and paint colours. This will make them feel in control and involved and will add a positive spin on the whole moving process.

Moving away from a familiar place can be hard on anyone but these tips are sure to make the move a little more enjoyable!

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May
05

Top Reno Tips

It is well known that spring is the hottest market for real estate. Spring is also a very busy time for renovations – maybe you’re even renovating before you put your house on the market. For whatever reason, if a home renovation is in your future, here are 5 tips on how to get started!

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In last week’s blog I talked about how you can get the interior of your home spring ready. This week’s blog I’ve done the opposite and want to inform you on how you can get the exterior of your home spring ready. Continue reading ..

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Feb
16

Spring Ahead!

Although it was a snowy start to the day, spring weather is just around the corner! By this time your house may be feeling a little drab and lifeless. With the upcoming mild weather forecast for next week, I decided to make this week’s blog about how you can get the interior of your house ready for spring. These tips are especially helpful if you are staging your home to sell to attract a potential buyer!

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