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Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017, 12:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New Home

If you have just purchased a New Canadian home and would like to get started on painting but are stumped at where to start, you may find comfort in the list of colors and their common places listed below. You may use this guide as a reference or create your own style as you see fit.

Below you will find a list of colors that are commonly used in rooms throughout a Canadian home. While some colors may seem more practical for one room than another, it is important to remember that once you sign that final contract with your sales representative, then you are free to paint any room in your home in any color that you would like regardless of the suggestions listed below.

 

White

Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New HomeWhite is often a color that is used in areas of the home that get little light or need to appear brighter and cleaner. These rooms often include, but are not limited to: basements, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens because of its ability to distinguish whether the walls are clean or not.

 

Cream, Beige, Tan, Brown

This group of colors can, and often are, very similar to each other and are consequently used for similar purposes. These colors compliment rooms that you would like to look cozy or welcoming. These rooms most often include: living rooms, hallways, kitchens, and bedrooms.

 

Orange

Orange can be a bold paint choice or it can be found in such a pale shade that it appears similar to the color group listed above. Because of its versatility, it can cover any of the rooms listed above.

 

Blue

Blue is a color that can be found in the majority of houses in Canada. It has a calming affect on people and is often used in spaces where people spend a lot of time. These spaces include, but are not limited to: bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms.

 

Green

Green, like blue, tends to make people calmer. There is an unspoken quiet, thoughtful, and tranquil space created inside of any room that is green. For this reason, green is most often seen in studies, bedrooms, kitchens, and common family areas.

 

Red

Red is always a bold choice no matter what shade you choose to paint your room in. Red should be reserved for areas that get a lot of light. It is a favorite among adolescent bedrooms, and occasionally in living rooms or home theaters.

 

Purple

Purple is always a beautiful color to accent a room in. It can have all of the calming and tranquil properties of blue and green, with all of the personality and brightness of Spring. While most commonly seen in girl’s bedrooms and master bedrooms, pale shades of purple may even be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.

 

Black Chalkboard Paint

If you have a toddler or adolescent with a creative mind, you may consider painting a wall of their room black with chalkboard paint. This will allow them to release all of their creative energy into a piece of artwork that they will not get in trouble for creating.

 

Advice To Keep In Mind

Just because the colors are listed above does not mean that you have to follow them. You are completely free to choose whatever color scheme you would like in any room of the house you choose to put it in. The above information is simply listed as it is seen in many Canadian homes.


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Buying a Home: Tips for Surviving a Bidding War
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 03:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Buying a home can feel like a roller coaster ride filled with emotional highs and lows. One of the lows that buyers dread the most is finally finding the perfect dream home only to get caught up in a nasty bidding war. Your heart tells you to do everything you can to get the house while your head tells you that you need to stay within budget. The following tips will help you put your best foot forward and improve your chances of getting your offer accepted.

 Buying a Home: Tips for Surviving a Bidding War

Have Financing in Place:

You may be up against all-cash offers, so ensuring that you have a lender's preapproval in hand will strengthen your position by allowing you to remove the financing contingency from your offer.

 

Make a Competitive Offer:

You should avoid the temptation to make a lowball offer. You run the risk of insulting the sellers to the point that they refuse to even counteroffer. An experienced REALTORŪ can help you prepare a thoughtful offer based on market analysis, their experience with the local market, as well as information they can learn from the listing agent regarding the seller's motivations.

 

Adjust to the Seller's Schedule:

Closing dates are typically negotiated for a time that is convenient for both sides. Agreeing to close at the seller's convenience may give you a leg up over the competition. If the sellers need a little extra time to arrange their move, you can even agree to rent the property back to them after closing.

 

Remove Sales Contingencies:

Offers that are contingent upon inspections or you selling your current home can make a seller nervous. Removing these stipulations can improve your odds of acceptance when there is stiff competition; however, you should consider the consequences of removing the contingencies very carefully. For example, you want to ensure that you have enough funds in reserve to cover two mortgages for a while. You may also opt for an "information only" inspection so that you will at least have an idea if there are potential issues with the home and can plan accordingly.

 

Make it Personal:

Realtors often recommend that buyers in a bidding war submit a personal letter with their offer detailing why they fell in love with the house and what it will mean for their family to live there. This will help the seller connect with you on an emotional level and may help tip the scale in your favor.

 

Know When to Walk Away:

It is important to know your top price before submitting your offer. It is all too easy to overpay for a home when we let our emotions gain control. No matter how perfect a home may appear, it is not worth it if you end up struggling every month to meet your mortgage payment. If you are patient, you will find the right house at the right price.

Finally, you should trust your REALTORŪ. There is a good chance that they have been through more than one bidding war and can help you come up with best possible strategy to get your offer accepted.


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Tips For Choosing Rental Properties That Are Guaranteed To Provide Phenomenal Returns
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 10:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing rental property is a great way to establish long-term financial health. The right unit will serve as an ongoing, passive stream of income that can bolster or even replace earnings that are generated from your primary employment. This is an excellent investment strategy for retirees or for those who intend to leave the workforce within the next several years. It is also perfect for consumers who already own their own homes outright and are ready to expand their portfolios. In order to ensure optimal returns from this investment, however, there are a number of key features that you should look for.

 Tips For Choosing Rental Properties That Are Guaranteed To Provide Phenomenal Returns

  1. A Prime Location

No matter what your goals are when shopping for property, location means everything. This is always going to be the sole feature about your unit that you don't have the power to change. You can alter the flooring, add in new cabinetry and even redesign the look of the property exterior. Where your investment is located, however, is a static condition. You also have to account for the fact that location will play the greatest role in determining how much you're able to charge for rent. Even if a unit has cutting-edge amenities, it won't fetch a reasonable price if it's situated in a high-crime, low-interest and otherwise undesirable neighbourhood.

 

  1. Modern Amenities

Just like home buyers want the latest and most innovative amenities, property renters are starting to demand these things as well. Features like smart thermostats, triple and even quadruple-pane windows, and energy efficient heating and cooling systems can help renters save considerable sums of money on their monthly overhead bills. If any property you're targeting doesn't have these things, find out how much it will cost to add them in on your own.

 

  1. A Robust Rental Market

Certain neighbourhoods are filled with attractive and relatively affordable houses, and yet, the local rental markets are not ideal. This is often the result of limited, local options in employment, limited options for commuting, or average rental prices that are far above the regional norm. Find out how other rental property owners are faring within specific neighbourhoods and determine just what the average rental costs are. These should be sufficiently high for covering your own ownership expenses while allowing for some manner of profit.

 

  1. Quality Schools

If you intend to invest in a multi-unit development or a property type that is best-suited to small and growing families, make sure to target neighbourhoods that have top-rated schools. Many properties will have local school information posted right on their listings. You can compare this data with the details that are offered by major school review sites online.

 

  1. Low Crime Rates

Take a minute to read up on local crime statistics. Even some of the best locations are not immune to problems like burglary and vandalism. Not only will issues like these make your units less marketable, but they can also have a noticeable impact on property values over the years.

 

  1. Ease Of Transportation

When shopping for homes, apartments or condos to rent, most people are looking for options that will simplify their daily commutes. As such, some of the best properties will be located within close driving distance of major transportation routes. It is also important to consider the options in local, municipal transportation that exist as well. With more consumers looking to limit both their fuel costs and their carbon footprints, choosing properties near solid bus routes or train stations is a good idea.

 

  1. A Strong Job Market

A strong job market and a robust rental market usually go hand in hand. If there are plenty of options in nearby work, locals will be able to pay their rent. When shopping for an investment property, check around for new businesses, business expansion and low unemployment rates. It's also possible to find desirable rental properties just outside of bustling metropolitan areas, so long as the options for commuting are good.

When using investment property to generate passive income, it's vital to diligently research your options. Choosing a modern, updated home that located in a safe and top-rated community will invariably provide better returns than will choosing a property in a high-crime, low-interest district. Consulting with a reputable REALTORŪ before finalizing any purchase decisions is the best way to avoid investment mistakes that will diminish your profit potential.


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First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 09:15:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Probably you have been planning to acquire your dream house for long. You have scrimped and saved enough to cover the down payment, and you have even come across these lovely apartments for sale. It is your first time in the real estate market; so, you aren’t sure how to go about a successful purchase. If you don’t want to be caught up in a financial mess, here are the mistakes to avoid:First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

 

  1. Not Considering What You Can Afford

Consider what you afford so that you look at homes within your price range. Looking at homes outside your price range will make you lust for relatively expensive homes thus stretching your means financially. Experts suggest that you prepare a list of all your monthly expenditure including student loan payments, groceries, vehicle costs, credit card payments, health insurance and so on. Also, remember significant expenses that occur only once a year, such as annual vacations or insurance premiums. This will help you realize how much you can spend on your new home every month.

 

  1. Skipping Mortgage Qualification

What the bank is prepared to lend you and what you can afford may not match up, particularly if you have unstable income or poor credit. So, before placing an offer on a home, ensure you get pre-approved for a loan. This will help you save the seller, the seller’s agent and your agent’s time if you sign the contract and then realize later that your bank is willing to lend you a mortgage you find unacceptable.

 

  1. Neglecting To Inspect

Let’s face it—owning a home is a dream that many would wish to accomplish however tough it may be. Sometimes we come across an offer that we find hard to resist: a house that looks like it is in a perfect condition, and the price is affordable. You quickly rush to sign the papers ignoring the inspection while not knowing what is awaiting you— this is a money pit of expensive repairs.

 

  1. Ignoring To Hire an Agent

Avoid walking into an open house alone. Always hire a real estate agent. A real estate professional will help you a great deal to avoid some of the simple mistakes you could otherwise make.

 

  1. Being too picky

It is good to put everything you wish for in your new home wish list. However, avoid being too inflexible because you may end up continuing to live in a rented home for a significantly longer period than you anticipated. Usually, first-time homebuyers have to compromise on some items because of limited funds. You may be forced to live on a busy street, make some repairs in the home, accept the outdated decor, or live without that extra bedroom. Though you can choose to continue living in rented space until you can afford everything on your wish list, you will have to make a decision whether it is important to become a homeowner now or a few years later.

 

  1. Lacking vision

Even if you can’t afford major renovations in the home, it is worth to cope with the ugliness for a while and in turn get a house that you can afford without strain. If the home fits your needs regarding the unchangeable things such as the size and location, don’t allow the physical imperfections cloud your judgment and turn you away. Furthermore, upgrading the home by yourself is far much cheaper than paying the seller who has already upgraded it for you.

Buying your first home may seem stressful and devastating, and it isn’t without its fair share of potential pitfalls. Being fully informed of the issues ahead helps you protect yourself from these costly mistakes thereby giving you confidence while shopping.


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5 Open House Tips that Every Buyer Should Know
Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 10:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Sellers will do their best to please buyers during an open house, regardless if the seller is the homeowner or a real estate agent. However, you should never walk into the open house with a list of demands. Instead, use these tips to ensure that you have a pleasant experience.

 5 Open House Tips that Every Buyer Should Know

Scheduling

It is best to go to open houses on the weekend, unless your schedule permits you to view homes during the week. Clear your entire schedule for that day, in order to attend multiple open houses. To thoroughly look at each home, you should set aside at least an hour per property. Keep in mind that it may not take you a full-hour to view the home, but you do not want to rush. This is your chance to look at the home and gather as many details as you can about the property, first-hand. Be sure to allow yourself enough traveling time to go from one open house to another.

 

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Although you should wear presentable clothing, remember it is an open house, not a fashion show. Prepare to do a lot of walking on the inside and outside of the home. It is best to wear comfortable shoes, instead of high heels and dress shoes. You should also wear a comfortable outfit. Depending on the structure of the home, you may need to walk up a lot of stairs, so keep this in mind when choosing the shoes that you are going to wear while viewing the home.

 

Respect the Host

You should always be polite to the host, regardless if it is a homeowner or real estate agent. It is never a good idea to give the host the cold shoulder. When you walk in, smile and greet the host, and be sure to sign in. If the host is too pushy, or makes you uncomfortable, let him know that you or your Realtor will be in touch, thank him, and leave. If you like the property, being respectful of the host could mean more information, and possibly a better deal.

 

Understand Boundaries

While you have the right to look at the property thoroughly, you should not rummage through the personal items of the seller. Check out the amount of storage that the home has, including closet space, but do not touch the seller’s clothes if they are hanging in the closets. It is okay to measure the width and length of the cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen. When looking in drawers, cabinets, and closets, see if anything squeaks or is broken. However, you should respect boundaries and never rummage through personal items.

You should take pictures of the home, but only after you have asked permission to do so. Remember that this property is likely a private residence, so you always want to ask if it is okay to record or photograph rooms in the home.

 

Hold Off on the Criticism

You may have issues with the home, and decide that it is not the property for you; this is normal. However, you should never criticize the home to the host. Wait until you have left and discuss the property with your family, friends, or real estate agent. The seller may be the host, and if she still lives in the property, you do not want to criticize her home. If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all. If you were to end up in a multiple offer situation, you do not want a seller to choose the other buyer simply because she overheard you criticizing her home. You can ask questions and voice concerns over repairs and other issues, but refrain from using a rude tone.

These tips will help you have a successful viewing. Remember to always ask questions in a polite manner. Be respectful of the host, but also gather enough information to use during the decision process.


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New Features to Look for in a Tiny House
Posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2016, 02:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Tiny houses represent a way of life for some people. They live downsizing and moving into a smaller property that doesn't cost as much to heat, cool or even power as a traditional home does. Whether you live on your own or with a spouse or partner, you might look at tiny houses for sale and wonder if one of these homes is really right for you. As long as you can handle the lack of space, you might enjoy living in a tiny house. Some of the new features found on these homes can make living in one more convenient too.

Portability

While some manufacturers design tiny homes with permanence in mind, others create tiny homes that you can actually take with you. These homes feature bars and hooks that let you hook one up to the back of your truck and pull it to a new location. This is a great option for those who want to travel across the country or those who want to try out a few different towns before finally settling down. Only the smallest of tiny homes come with this feature though.

small-houseOpen Layout

The problem with tiny homes is a lack of space. Most feature a lofted bed that sits high above the living space and a living room that does double duty as a kitchen. After spending a few weeks living in one of these homes, you may begin feeling a little claustrophobic. Designers now make tiny homes that have more space because these homes feature an open layout that puts part of the kitchen outside. Large windows fold down from one wall to create a bar that lets you see in to and out of the home while entertaining.

Rooftop Access

If you like the look of tiny houses but wish you could find one with more space, look for one that offers rooftop access. Though these homes have a standard look from the ground, you'll notice a small set of stairs or a built-in ladder on one wall that lets you reach the roof of the house. The roofs often feature a railing or fence that surrounds each wall, but you may find other features too, including a barbecue grill or built-in benches that let you relax and enjoy the views around your home.

Hidden Features

When looking at tiny homes for sale, look for those that have hidden features. You might find a house that has a trundle bed that pulls out from underneath the kitchen floor or a bed that folds down from the wall. This provides you with a comfortable space to sleep but lets you tuck that bed out of the way to have more space when entertaining guests or working from home. Other tiny houses have hidden closets tucked behind the stairs that lead to the loft or closet space hidden underneath that loft. You may even find a bathroom tucked under the loft.

Pop-Out Design

Many campers feature a pop-out design that lets you increase your living space. You use cranks inside the camper to push the walls out and increase the interior size. Some tiny house builders now use this same feature to make those smaller homes a little bigger. You can use that crank to push the walls out and double the size of your living room. Some tiny houses even have walls that slide or push out to reveal a hidden bed. As you shop for a tiny house, keep your eyes peeled for some of the new features available on these homes.


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Avoiding White Elephants
Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016, 10:40:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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The sacred white elephants of southeast Asia were symbols of luxury, but they were expensive to maintain, could not be sold or given away, and could bankrupt their owners. When buying a house, you should take care to avoid being saddled with your own white elephant home by looking carefully for these key signs of the white elephant before you buy.


Time on Market
It's true that it may take several weeks to sell a house, but if a home in a strong market such as Vancouver, Toronto, or Calgary has been sitting unsold for several months, you should be extremely cautious about buying it. There may well be a good reason for why it has not sold, and you don't want to discover the dry rot, crazy neighbors, or a flooded basement after you have already signed the contract.

Too Expensive for Neighbourhood
You find a stunning house, filled with premium upgrades, in a modest suburban neighbourhood. Similar houses in more expensive neighbourhoods sell for paymenrts$650,00, and the house you've just viewed seems a bargain at $550,000. The problem is that the neighbouring houses range from $350,000 to $450,000. Because the house you are viewing is priced to high for its neighbourhood, it will be difficult or impossible to resell.

Too Cheap a Price to be Real
We all love bargains. When you see a house on the market for substantially less than comparable houses in the neighborhood of the same size and age, your impulse is to grab the bargain before anyone else bids on it, but you don't want to buy in haste and regret your purchase in leisure. Although sometimes personal emergencies such as bankruptcies, deaths, illnesses, or career issues cause people to price houses for quick sale, in other cases, the low price may be a sign of some problem affecting the house's underlying value.

Consider the Future
A house is a long-term investment. That means that you need to delve into long-term planning for the neighborhood. You don't want to invest in a house backing on a wonderful nature area, if the area is slated to become a new freeway or construction zone. Even when new construction may increase property values, you may not want to spend a few years enduring the noise and dust of construction, and in the short term, it will be difficult to sell a house in an active construction zone. If the area is currently zoned for single-family homes and is rezoned for multi-family or mixed use, the character of the neighborhood will change. School closings or opening may also affect the desirability of a property. 

Needing Too Much Work
Fixer uppers can be great bargains if you have the skills and patience to do the work yourself, and a good idea of just how much time, money, and effort are entailed. If you have a full-time job or don't have strong do-it-yourself skills and a good collection of tools, an inexpensive fixer-upper can turn into an expensive white elephant, eating up all your free time and spare cash. Before investing in a house that needs work, try to get an accurate estimate of the actual cost of the work involved. In the long run, a more expensive "move-in ready" house may actually be cheaper than a less expensive fixer upper. 

 


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Preparing to Buy Your First Home
Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 10:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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Owning a home is a dream of many people, but the prospects of actually owning a home can be a little frightening. Purchasing a new home can be an overnight decision, but the preparation that goes into buying that first home will take some time. 


One of the most important aspects of owning a home is applying for a mortgage. Lenders have a set of criteria each applicant must fit before being approved for a mortgage. Income, debt and savings are taken into consideration when applying for a mortgage. It is important to be employed and have a positive employment track record when applying for a mortgage. 

It is also important to not have a large amount of debt. Crunch the numbers first and find out how much of your salary goes to paying down debt such as a car loan or credit cards. It is essential to have a positive debt and bill repayment plan in place. Lenders will use that as an indication of how well you will keep up with mortgage payments. 

A lender will also look at the money you have for a down payment and typically look at least 20% of the purchase price. If you have less than 20% for a down soldpayment a lender may require you to have mortgage insurance. Keep in mind the more you have for a down payment, the lower your mortgage payments will be and the lower interest rate you will pay on that mortgage. 

Lenders will also look at your credit score and may require a certain credit score to qualify for a loan. This is where timely payments for loans, rent, utility bills and other debt come into play. It is important to know your credit score and it is wise to get a copy of that through one of the available credit report services. If your report shows late payments, make sure the credit report is correct and then put yourself on a bill paying plan that includes timely payments.

In addition to mortgage payments, you will be responsible for utilities, maintenance and repairs. Check out the cost of energy to heat a home and get an idea of what a monthly cost might be. Family and friends will be able to help you with that. When thinking about maintenance and repairs, keep in mind there will be yearly maintenance, as well as long term maintenance and repairs. Determine what you can do yourself and what tasks will require hiring a professional. 

When searching for a home, a local real estate agent could be your best friend. Ask friends and family if they have ever dealt with a real estate agent recently and ask if they would recommend them. A good real estate agent will listen to your needs, wants and wishes and help you find a home that meets your criteria, as well as your budget. Drive around the area where you might like to live and look for homes with for sale signs and contact the listed agent. If that home does not fit your needs, the agent will know other homes in the area that will. 

Looking at available homes may include several visits and making an offer. The seller will have a price in mind that they want to get for their home and you will have a price that you will offer. It may take some negotiating so be prepared for the process taking a little bit of time. Always make sure acceptance is contingent on a home and property inspection and you getting a mortgage. If the seller accepts your price and the home and property inspection is positive, you will negotiate a closing date and when you move in.

 


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Pricing a Home: Five Ultimate Tips to Consider
Posted on Wed, 30 Mar 2016, 11:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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One of the hardest things that you may face when selling your home is putting up a price. If you are in a place where the property prices are on the rise, you may be tempted to go for a high price. Realtors warn that this is a wrong move. Appropriately pricing your home right from the onset is critical as it will determine whether the property sells fast and at a good price or otherwise. Overpricing may condemn the house to stagnate in the market which may lead you to make larger discounts thus leading to a lower pricing than originally intended.

Interview a Realtor
Ask around several realtors for a listing agent. Some may suggest a high price for your property to arrest your attention but be aware buyers may not even dollarwant to look into your property while some will not even provide an offer for your home. A qualified realtor gives you a comparative market analysis and explains how you should price your house. He will most likely sell your house at a high price.

Comparative Shopping
Look at the situation from the perspective of the buyer and see how that plays out. Imagine yourself as a customer and see how a house like yours would cost. You will find that most sellers are emotionally tied to their properties, so putting a price objectively on the houses is quite a struggle. Take this move and see how the prices range. It will provide you with an estimate which you can work around.

Reflect on Non-commission Savings
You may want to go it alone when selling your house. Consider the savings you will make since the final price of the property is inclusive of the commission rate. This rate is a certain percentage of the selling price. It is four to six percent of the total price. In a sense, the price is inflated to accommodate this cost. As the seller, price your property at two percent below the market average. 

Try Price-banding
Go out into your neighborhood and make an inventory to find a soft-spot or price band. You must look at all sale prices of houses around you. It is standard practice to bunch up prices. In that, houses sell within certain price ranges. For example, some homes range from between $200,000 - $205,000, while the next set sells from $250, 000 and upwards. Take a chance with the $220,000 price band.

Consider the Inventory
As a seller, it is imperative to understand the laws of supply and demand. You do not want to go into a saturated market and try to sell your house at a sky-high price. Your neighborhood may have over 30 houses selling at one specific time. In such a market, getting the right price for your house may be herculean. Know when to sell. Sell when the supply is low and the demand high. If the demand is high and you are lucky to be in a great neighborhood, your house will fetch a higher price than even what you expected. Cover your entire community and seek advice from an agent.

Getting the selling price right for your property is nightmarish without reliable information on how to go round about it. These pointers should get you covered.

 


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Habits of Effective Home Buyers
Posted on Tue, 15 Mar 2016, 10:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  spare room
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The home buying process is always strenuous and requires a lot of patience. In some cases, buyers run out of patience and give up or decide to settle for a home they don’t really like. There are also instances where after a long hunt, the buyers take it against their agents or the seller trying to cool themselves down. Most of these ugly cases can be avoided as the buyers themselves cause them. If you are a buyer and would like to go through the home buying process without much of a hassle, consider embracing the following habits:


1. Get Pre-Approved For a Loan
Before you begin a home search, find out how much loan you qualify for, and the type of mortgage too. There have been cases of prospective buyers falling in love with a home, and when it comes to approving the loan, they realize they qualify for less. In some states, you can’t submit an offer on a property without attaching a Pre-Qualification Form. Let’s say the dealer has received multiple offers, yours will be put at the bottom if it lacks this important document.

2. State What You Must Have and What You Can’t Have
By telling your real estate agent exactly what you are looking for, you make the search a lot easier. This includes specifying the number of bedrooms, bath homes, or even the neighborhood. This will narrow down the search, and save you time for moving here and there turning down every house that does not suit peopleyour needs.

3. Be Realistic
Set a realistic amount for the purchase. Don’t expect to get a mansion for pennies. Also, depending on the neighborhood, a house in a posh area can go for triple the price of its counterpart in a community surrounded by crimes and natural disasters.

4. Be Flexible
It is crucial to be flexible in the home buying process. If you are not having the house built to your specifications, you are unlikely to encounter a house that perfectly meets your expectations. You may find the perfect home, but you realize the colors or the flooring isn’t quite what pleases you. Know what to do with the things that don’t match your specifications, but don’t walk away hoping to meet the “perfect” house.

5. Be Respectful
When you are viewing potential homes, be respectful and responsible. You may be allowed to look into the closets to see their condition, to turn on the stove, or to flip light switches. Ensure you leave the home exactly as you found it. Don’t bang the doors or leave them wide open. Some sellers may be so much attached to their homes and would wish to leave them in the hands of people who would take care of the home. If you seem irresponsible, they may consider not sealing the deal with you.

6. Have Fun 
Buying a home is a tedious process, but if you choose to have a good time during the process, you will benefit greatly. This again involves your rapport with your agent. Treat your agent with respect and don’t look at him simply as a person you have employed to help you acquire an asset. Some people are hard on their agents such that they can’t have any light moments during the transaction. The agent can go a long way to ensuring you get a great deal as most of them have connections in the real estate market.

Following the above tips strictly makes the home buying process less stressful. To add to the list, choose your team wisely and work with the right people. Be open to your real estate agent to make the house search as easy as ABC.

 


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