Archives for Sellers

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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Child Friendly Neighbourhoods

With children almost out of school for the summer and the warm weather arriving, it’s time to get the them outside. But what if your neighbourhood doesn’t exactly scream, child-friendly? Here are some tips on how you can make your street more desirable for children at play. Be inclusive Don’t exclude neighbours without kids from your social circle. For example, offer to have your kids help the retirees down the road with yard work. Use sign language Placing one of the popular “Drive like your kids live here” signs in your yard is a friendly reminder for neighbours to keep
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Showing Your Home? Here are 6 Tips to Keep It Tidy

Keeping your home looking like a furniture showroom for showings isn’t an easy task. Here are a few tips to keep your house ready while you’re still living in it. 1. Attack the clutter Begin with a major decluttering. Throw out, recycle or give away things you don’t use. This will not only make your home more appealing to prospective buyers, but will also free up space for you to neatly store things when it’s time to tidy up for a showing. 2. Rent storage space Keeping things neat is easier when you have less things. An off-site storage unit
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2018 Cottage Trends

As 2018 cottage and cabin season is quickly approaching, it’s time to turn our heads toward what recreational property trends buyers and renters want this summer. With this list of must-haves, you’ll be armed with the knowledge of what vacationers want and why. Solar The idea of sun-powered houses becoming mainstream is no longer such a far off fantasy. More and more people are jumping on the solar-powered recreational property trend. The cost may seem high upfront but will pay off in the long run. Outside Dining The ability to cook meals outside is a massive bonus for a recreational
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The Value of Curb Appeal

According to the weather forecast spring will finally arrive this weekend! It’s time to get outside and focus on your outdoor space. If you are looking for ideas to add curb appeal to your home, and also add some value – consider these landscaping tips! Keeping Up First of all, to add value to your home any landscaping and improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighbourhood. Keep it Simple Large, overflowing flower beds can look beautiful but if you are planning to sell, some buyers may only see too much effort and upkeep. Go for
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