Archives for Sellers

Ottawa Real Estate Springs into Fall

Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,345 residential properties in May through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 2,410 in May 2019, a decrease of 44 per cent. May’s sales included 1,066 in the residential-property class, down 43 per cent from a year ago, and 279 in the condominium-property category, a decrease of 49 per cent from May 2019. The five-year average for May unit sales is 2,048.
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From Summer Blues to Harvest Hues: Simple Ways to Transition a Backyard

Daylight is dwindling, temperatures are dropping; it’s time to cover up the grill, toss the flowers and retire the patio furniture to the garage, right? Not so fast! Remember that backyard appeal can be just as important as curb appeal to potential buyers – all year long. With proper appointing, the backyard can remain a central hub all the way through the fall. Here are five easy ways to spice up any backyard to impress buyers, while simultaneously transitioning it from summer to fall. Say goodbye to vibrant petals – and hello to burgundy blooms! Beautiful summer flowers have long
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Maintain the Staged Look While Your Home Is Listed

The home stager has left. Your house has never looked better. How on earth are you going to keep everything looking so flawless for showings—especially if you have children and pets? There are plenty of things you can do to make your life easier during the selling process. Here are some helpful tips for keeping a well-staged home in tip-top shape, even as you’re still living in it.
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How a Home Office Can Increase Appeal for Homebuyers

With housing inventory remaining tight in recent years, RE/MAX agents are diligent about keeping up with the trends to help clients buy and sell properties in this competitive market. “Remote-friendly” workplaces are one of those rising trends. In fact, according to 2018 data, nearly 8 million people worked at home in 2017. “In my experience, the home office is an integral part of the millennial homebuying criteria,” says Chris Krzemien with RE/MAX Experience. If you think it might be time to get to work (pun intended) on sprucing up – or creating – that home-office space, here are some tips to
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Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale

When you make the decision to sell your home, it can be tricky to know which changes would make your home sell more quickly or boost the sale price — and which would be a waste of your time and resources. Each home (and each homeowner) is different. These first three questions will help you take the temperature of the real estate market in your area and assess the competition. How hot or cold is the market in your area? If it’s a seller’s market, you may be able to get away with doing fewer repairs and modifications before selling,
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Smart Ways to Spend Your Income Tax Refund

You’ve filed your taxes (or you’re planning to very soon) and you’re expecting an income tax refund. To some, this perceived windfall can be a sign to go on a spending binge. According to Canada Revenue Agency, the average income tax refund for the 2018 tax year to date is $1,735 – about the cost of an all-inclusive vacation for one in the sunny south, a few nice dinners out, or a very decent shopping spree. If you’re getting an income tax return, that means you’ve overpaid taxes and you’re simply getting some of that back. Stop treating your tax refund as “extra” cash. Here
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Benefits of Listing Your Home in the Spring

Just as vernal warm weather blankets Canadian communities, home buyers and sellers gear up for the busiest real estate season of the year. But what are the benefits of listing your home in the spring? We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers — a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada — to find out the benefits of listing your home in the spring. Getting settled in time for summer After a long and cold winter, buyers are motivated to find the right home for them so they can be settled in for the warmer months. “Many people
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How to Stage Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season gives most people the feels – “most” being the operative word. It’s important to keep this in mind when selling your home during the festive season. It’s easy to go overboard. (If you’re not sure what we mean, watch the notorious house-lighting scene from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation for a reminder). Here are some tips to stage your home for a sale, while keeping it tasteful. Light it Up First, make sure all the year-round outdoor lights are functioning — winter days are short, so having the walkway and front door lit up for evening viewings is
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