April 8, 2017
New property listed in 8-Armdale/Purcell`s Cove/Herring Cove, Halifax-Dartmouth
I have listed a new property at 25 Winston Drive in Herring Cove.
Looking for a spacious, meticulously-maintained home a stone's throw from the Halifax Peninsula? Look no further than this beautiful raised bungalow in Herring Cove; conveniently located within walking distance to the elementary and junior high schools. Inside you will find everything your family could want: open-concept living and dining rooms, highly-functional galley-style kitchen with lots of cabinetry, and a large family room with wood stove and ocean views. To one side of the main living area is the private master bedroom with double closets and 4-piece ensuite; to the other side, two additional bedrooms and a renovated 4-piece bath. Downstairs is completely finished with a large office area, laundry with plenty of storage, and an added bonus: a self-contained 2-bedroom in-law suite with full kitchen, living room, and a 4-piece bath! Sitting on a private lot and backing on HRM green space, this well cared for home is move-in ready and awaiting its new family!
March 1, 2017
Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling
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Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling
When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly. What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list.
1. Anything that squeaks or creaks. Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making? Perhaps it’s a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board? You may be so used to it you no longer notice the sound. But buyers will. Be sure to get those items fixed.
2. Anything that’s unsightly. You don’t have to make your home look perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property, not the scuff on the wall. Take a walk through your property, including the yard. Pretend you’re the buyer. Do you notice anything that doesn’t look good? If so, tidy it up, fix it up or replace it.
3. Anything that’s broken. If there’s anything that needs repair — an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that regularly careens off its runner — call the contractor or fix it yourself. Getting these items fixed will go a long way toward making your home appealing to buyers. Want more tips on preparing your home for sale? Call today
February 8, 2017
New property listed in 20-Bedford, Halifax-Dartmouth
Categories:20-Bedford, Halifax-Dartmouth Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 32 Clearview Drive in Bedford.
Looking for excellent value in sought-after Basinview Estates? This large split entry has plenty to offer a growing family. Enter the spacious foyer with soaring ceiling. The main floor features a bright, open living room, large kitchen and separate dining room with patio doors leading to the deck and yard beyond. Down the hall you will find the master bedroom with his-and-hers closets and 4-piece ensuite, another bedroom, and the main bath. The lower level offers a large family room with wood-burning fireplace, 3 additional bedrooms, a great laundry room, and another 4-piece bath. Roof re-shingled in 2013. This house is well-priced under assessment value.
January 30, 2017
Viewing Your Home From A Buyer's Perspective
There is an old adage in marketing and sales: Before trying to sell something, you need to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. When it’s time to sell your home, you’ll need to do the same thing. Imagine that you’re the potential buyer and then view your property from that perspective.
Start with what a buyer sees first, the outside of your property from the curb. Does your home look inviting and attractive? Are there ways you can improve the look of your home from this vantage point?
It may be as simple as trimming the hedges.
Then, walk into your home through the main entrance. What is your first impression? Does your home look clean, uncluttered, and appealing from the foyer? Is there anything you can do to improve the look?
Even a small change, such as moving a coat rack that is cluttering the space, can be a significant improvement.
Finally, tour the rest of your home. Most buyers viewing homes will visit the kitchen, the living room, and other rooms on the main floor and then check out the upstairs bedrooms. As you are pretending to be a potential buyer and looking around, what impression are you getting? What features do you especially like? What don’t you like? Are there any issues that concern you?
Don’t forget to view your garage and backyard too.
By doing this simple exercise, you’ll be able to see what changes and improvements will make your home show better.
Want more ideas on how to sell your home faster and for the best price? Call me today (902) 452-9675
January 19, 2017
I have sold a property at 49 Kipling Drive in Lower Sackville
Categories:25-Sackville, Halifax-Dartmouth Real Estate
I have sold a property at 49 Kipling Drive in Lower Sackville.
This great bungalow on a quiet street in popular Lower Sackville may be exactly what you're looking for! The main floor offers a large living room, an efficient kitchen with new flooring (appliances included), 3 bedrooms, and the main bath. The lower level is finished, providing loads of great additional space: rec room, separate den/office (currently in use as additional bedroom), half bath, and large laundry area. Recent updates include vinyl siding, vinyl windows, basement flooring, doors, hot water tank (2013), new deck (2014). Conveniently located, this home is close to all Lower Sackville and Bedford Commons have to offer!
January 18, 2017
Real estate buyers now need brokerage agreements in NS
Real estate buyers now need brokerage agreements in N.S.
January 18, 2017
How Assessments and Appraisals Differ
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How Assessments and Appraisals Differ
and current market demand.
January 17, 2017
2016 Year End Halifax/Dartmouth Real Estate Stats
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November 18, 2016
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If you're thinking of selling soon you might need to paint - please don't go all white.
Have a Great Weekend,
October 30, 2015
8 mistakes when selling your home
You can always find tips and tricks for selling your home, but what do you need to know to avoid making a mistake? Here’s eight ways you squash a good house sale and how to avoid making these mistakes.
Number 1: Bad photos
If the online photos of your house are dim, blurry, taken at odd angles or of odd rooms, don’t be surprised if you get fewer than expected appointments to view your home for sale. According to recent stats, 91% of all buyers start their home search on the Internet—and the vast majority of those buyers will pass over a listing with bad photos (even if it meets all their criteria on paper!). In fact, there have been times when I’ve had to convince a buyer to give a listing a chance, knowing that the photos really didn’t do the house justice.
Number 2: Half-measures staging
If you’re going to stage your home don’t do a half-baked job. It doesn’t mean that every room needs to be a magazine spread, but there should be continuity, at least from floor to floor. That’s because nothing is more jarring than walking through two or three elegantly furnished rooms only to step into an empty space. If you don’t have a budget for every room consider professionally staging the entire main floor, then declutter and depersonalize all other rooms in the house.
Number 3: Don’t force a mood
A lot has been written on how to set the right mood—from powerful scents, to lighting, to music. The danger, however, is that you can go overboard and overwhelm a potential buyer. While an aromatherapy candle may help provide a calming atmosphere, you don’t need to force buyers into listening to your version of soothing music (some people love whale sounds…some people don’t), or drive them out of a room because the fragrance is too overwhelming. Rule of thumb is to turn off the music and tone down the scents. Now, if you really want to set the mood make sure everything is clean (like your baseboards and windowsills!), draw the curtains open and turn on all the lights. Studies show a well-lit home is more attractive than a darkened home with drapes closed and lights off.
Number 4: Hovering
Want to sell your home? Then l-e-a-v-e. As a seller, your job is to get out of the way. Let your agent interact with the buyers. While you may think that potential buyers want to know the history of your home or know the intricacies of every remodel, redecoration or renovation…they don’t. Truth is, nothing scares off a buyer faster than getting cornered by a seller. Plus, it’s very distracting having a seller traipse around a house after you, when you’re trying to examine the place.
Number 5: Failure to provide marketing materials
People like to touch things. That’s why stores lay out their clothes to be touched and why buyers will stroke cabinets and countertops when they walk through a home. To keep your home top-of-mind, then, you want to offer marketing material that gives buyers something to hold on to. A well-displayed info packet, listing or feature sheet is usually all that’s needed.
Number 6: Pets
Pets can lower the sale price of your home and can actually turn potential buyers away. Yet, nobody wants to get rid of a furry family friend just because they are moving. When possible, consider taking your pets with you during potential buyer viewings and always plan to have your pets out of the house during public open houses. When neither option is possible, consider keeping the pet in a more enclosed space (say, the backyard, if the weather is good). Remember to remove pet evidence during the time your home is up for sale: litter boxes and pet beds covered in hair are all turn-offs to potential buyers.
Number 7: The wrong temperature
I remember showing a newly built home in a well-to-do neighbourhood that was easily 10 degrees cooler than the spring temperature outside. It was so cold that my client, a potential buyer with a $1-million price range, had to stomp their feet to stay warm. Needless to say we were in and out of the home relatively quickly. The simple rule when selling your home is to keep a good temperature—not too hot in the winter, not too cool in the summer. So what if you pay a bit extra on your gas or electricity bill the month you list your home for sale? The few hundred you spend will translate into a few hundred thousand earned when you convince a buyer that your house is the one for them.
Number 8: Pre-sale home inspection report
Truth be told: I’m a big fan of pre-sale home inspection reports. It’s an opportunity to signal to every buyer that you have nothing to hide and that your home is in sound condition. The problem is when the inspection report highlight problems that you can’t or won’t address. We’re not talking about an inspector who highlights that a furnace is old (and needs replacing) or that a roof is half-way through its serviceable life…but reports that identify “unknown” pipes or provide evidence of potential problems (with no known cause or cure). If you do end up using an inspection report as a sales strategy—they are used on homes in well-sought after areas where listing agents expect a bidding war—don’t ignore what the report says. If there are issues to be dealt with, consider addressing them and then making a note on the report.
by Romana King
January 28, 2015
The Benefits of a Pre-Sale Inspection
Your home probably has dozens of great features that are going to help it stand out and sell faster. Perhaps it has a cozy sunken living room? Or an equipped and smartly decorated kitchen that Rachel Ray would envy? Or a location in a desirable neighbourhood?
All these things will help.
But there’s another selling feature you should consider adding: a pre-sale inspection.
A professional home inspection is usually done on behalf of the buyer before the deal to purchase a property is finalized. In fact, you can expect any offers to purchase your home to be “conditional upon satisfactory home inspection.” However, there are two good reasons why you, as the seller, should get the home inspection done:
A professional inspection can identify problems that might otherwise thwart the sale.
Say, for example, you get a great offer but the buyer’s home inspector discovers a minor leak in the foundation. That might be enough to jeopardize the deal. However, if you had a professional inspection done, you would have had the opportunity to get that problem fixed in advance of the offer.
Informing potential buyers that a professional inspection has been done is a great selling feature. It demonstrates to buyers that there are no hidden problems with the property, which gives them more confidence to make an offer.
A certificate of home inspection can be as enticing a feature to home buyers as a wrap-around deck!
Need more ideas for selling your home faster and for a better price? Call today.
January 13, 2015
Thinking of Selling?
The home selling process is often described as stressful, whether this is your first home or if you’ve done this before.
These are some of the many questions we encounter every day from people like you who are excited about making their housing dreams come true, but who are concerned about how they’ll get there. I have over fourteen years of real estate experience working with sellers in all kinds of markets. My expert negotiating skills, knowledge of homes, condos, construction, neighbourhoods, and administrative expertise ensure that you will receive world class service when working with me.
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