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1. Prepare for the showing. An inviting exterior ensures inspection of the interior. Keep your lawns trimmed and edged, the flower beds cultivated and the yard free and clean of refuse. If necessary repaint the exterior walls, porch, front door and windows. Remove snow and ice from the walk and entry way, in the the winter time. Other exterior points to consider include eavestroughs, roof, chimney and fencing.

2. Decorate your home – a step toward a sale. Faded walls and worn woodstock reduce appeal. Do not tell the prospective buyer how the place can be made to look, show him by redecorating first. A quicker sale at a higher price will result.

3. Clean as a whistle. Bright cheery windows and unmarred walls and floor coverings assist your sale.

4. Fix everything that needs fixing. Dripping water discolours the enamel and calls attention to faulty plumbing. Loose door knobs, sticking drawers, warped cabinet doors and the like are noticed by the prospect.

5. Top to bottom. The attic and basement are important features. Remove all unnecessary articles which have accumulated. Display full value of your storage and utility space.

6. Step high – step low. Prospects will do just that unless all stairways are cleared of objects. Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.

7. Closet encounters. Clothes properly hung, shoes, hats and other articles neatly placed, will make your closets appear spacious.

8. Kitchen/bath impressions. A sparkling fresh bathroom and kitchen are sure to impress. Tidy organized cupboards show ample storage.

Ready, Set – Show!

1. Three’s a Crowd. Avoid having too many people during inspections. The prospect will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the house. Let your real estate representative handle the showing.

2. Music is mellow. But not when showing a house. Shut off the radio and television – they distract. Let the salesperson and the buyer talk, free of such disturbances.

3. Let the home be inviting. If it’s winter, light the fire. If it’s summer, arrange flowers. Get rid of tobacco smoke and avoid cooking before visitors are expected.

4. Can you see the light? Illumination is a welcome sight. Make sure your home is well lit. The prospect will feel a glowing warmth while viewing the home.

5. Love me, love my dog. This does not apply in selling a home. Keep pets out of the way, preferably out of the house.

6. Silence is golden. Be courteous but do not force conversation with the prospect. He is there to inspect your home – not pay a social call.

7. In the shadows. Please do not tag along with the prospect and the salesperson. They know the buyer’s requirements and can better emphasize the features of your house when alone. You will be called if needed.

8. Proper timing is important. Trying to sell furniture and furnishings to the prospect before he has purchased the house often loses the sale. Don’t put the cart before the horse.

9. A word to the wise. Do not discuss price, terms, possession or other factors with customers. Refer them to us. We are better equipped to bring the negotiation to a favourable conclusion.

Date Added: February 9, 2010 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Selling Tips — admin @ 8:23 am

How to find your perfect home


When you picture your dream home, what do you see? Each of us has a vision of what it will be, but getting as close to that vision as possible is a practical, step-by-step process that will begin with finding the right REALTOR®. Our professional and committed sales staff will be your best ally throughout the home buying process. We can provide expert advice and help you determine how much you can afford, what kind of home you can buy in that price range, and where it may be located.

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase: location, location, location. That’s because it really is the most important factor in making any real estate purchase.

Once you’ve considered location options, it’s time to think about the features you need and want in a home. Prepare a shopping list. How many bedrooms and bathrooms? One or two-car garage? Large backyard or small? List the features you are looking for as needs or wants.

Other items to consider are how well the neighbourhoods are maintained, the availability of schools and shopping, recreational and religious facilities. We will help you be aware of drawbacks: highway noise, train tracks, airports and industrial centres. We will assist you to find properties which best suit your needs and which are in your price range.

You’ll find our services invaluable in helping you locate the home that’s just right for you

REALTOR® is a registered trademark of REALTOR Canada Inc., a company owned equally by The Canadian Real Estate Association and the National Association of REALTORS® and refers to registered real estate practitioners who are members of The Canadian Real Estate Association. Used under license.

Date Added: | Comments (0) | Filed under: Buying Tips — admin @ 8:04 am

New Mortgage Rules

  • Amortization period cannot exceed 35 years
  • Minimum of 5% down on properties to be owner occupied
  • Minimum of 20% down for non-owner occupied properties (rentals etc.)
  • Buyer’s must qualify at the 5 year rate, even though they may select a shorter mortgage term or a variable rate mortgage.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding these new requirements.

Date Added: February 1, 2010 | Comments (0) | Filed under: Real Estate News — admin @ 7:56 am



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