Thinking About Buying a Home?
When is the right time to buy? People move into home ownership for a variety of reasons. Some want to become established in a community or to provide a more permanent home for their family. Many think that real estate is a good investment.
There are many advantages to home ownership:
Appreciation - Your home can increase in value over time, increasing your equity and your personal net worth.
Personalization - You can change or improve your home to suit your style and needs, such as painting or wallpapering, installing new flooring, or upgrading the bathrooms.
Space - A house generally offers you more space inside and out than a rental apartment, along with the ability to remodel the existing space or add on.
Enjoyment - Plain and simple, most homeowners take a great deal of pride in their homes.
When you are ready to purchase a home, I welcome the opportunity to help you. In the meantime I will continue to share with you valuable information about buying a home. Please don't hesitate to call or email me, I am available to answer any questions.
Make Your Move a Happy One
Moving is an adjustment, whether you are moving across town or relocating across the country.
Moving across town or to a new neighbourhood may mean learning new routes to work, selecting an new dentist, and finding a new grocery store. It may also man a change in schools if you have young children
and finding a new grocery store. It may also mean a change in schools if you have young children.
Moving across the country can be much more challenging. Relocation is rarely easy. But being prepared can help you make good decisions and ease the transition.
Here are some of the most common concerns:
-Spouse or significant other: Many relocating couples are concerned about finding work for for the trailing spouse. Some companies offer career counselling and job placement.
-Children: Often children resent a move. Researching activities and getting the kids involved in the new community will help them make the adjustment. Some experts recommend moving mid-school year rather than waiting until summer. This may enable children to make friends faster.
-Costs: The cost of housing can be a shock to a transferee. Many companies have relocation packages that help with the closing costs and the cost of moving. This may be something to negotiate with your employer.
-Community: When relocating to a new city, people often try to replace what they left behind. Communities may have many amenities, but they may not be the same as you were used to.
Preparing Your Home for a Virtual Tour and Pictues
Virtual Tour Tips:
We're constantly on the move, so "moving things out of the way" doesn't work well. Anything in question should be placed in the garage or a closet.
Vehicles need to be out of the driveway before the appointment as we begin on the outside.
Garbage cans should be out of view. Hoses neatly coiled and put away.
Open window blinds and drapes to reveal the view unless your real estate professional has advised you otherwise.
Turn inside overhead lights on.
Toilet lids down.
Make the beds, clothes in the hamper, toys in the closet.
Conceal garbage containers.
Open doors between rooms to give an open feeling.
Remove pet food bowls and toys, and conceal pets.
We can't assume liability for moving furniture, etc. The property will be photographed as is. Ask your real estate professional which things, if moved, would improve the tour and subsequent showings.
Clear the island and counters so the tour shows how spacious it is.
Clear the refrigerator.
Sports schedules, family pictures and school lunch menus, etc. are things most people don't want strangers to see.
Conceal kitchen garbage from view.
Empty the sink and put the soap below the sink.
Shower/bath items should be placed under the sink.
Once again, please lower toilet seats.
When people view your house on a virtual tour or in person, they need to be able to envision themselves in the space. They need to imagine their own pictures on the fridge or furniture in the living room, which is why is so important to make your home as neutral and inviting to others as possible. Some of these requests may seem drastic, but take our word, they will help sell your home faster and for top dollar. First impressions are everything, and our goal is to help your property outshine the competition.