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I have sold a property at 2880 Sackville Drive in Upper Sackville

I have sold a property at 2880 Sackville Drive in Upper Sackville on Jun 4, 2024. See details here

Welcome to 2880 Sackville Drive. This lovely split-entry offers the perfect space for living, entertaining, and relaxing, where meticulous care and pride of ownership are evident at every turn. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by an open-concept layout that effortlessly connects the renovated kitchen, the dining area, and the cozy living room featuring a wood-burning fireplace insert, ideal for chilly evenings. A principal bedroom offers a spacious retreat, with a charming reading nook complete with an electric fireplace and ample storage. Another bedroom and a renovated main bath, featuring a separate shower and a luxurious claw-foot tub, finish off the main level. The lower level provides versatility to accommodate your lifestyle, offering a large family room, a sizable bedroom (or home office), a convenient laundry room with a two-piece bathroom, and a fantastic storage/workshop area. The outside space offers a large deck with stairs to the backyard, which provides privacy and tranquility, while the 16'x10' shed provides ample storage for all your outdoor essentials. Recent updates include a new metal roof in 2020, a new hot water tank in 2023, and a new septic system in 2022. Wired for EV (charger not included). Don't miss the chance to make this home your own. Schedule your showing today!

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I have sold a property at 646 Cowie Hill Road in Halifax

I have sold a property at 646 Cowie Hill Road in Halifax on May 27, 2024. See details here

Welcome to the modern comforts and convenient location of Long Lake Village, peaceful living amongst the trees, a short walk to Long Lake Provincial Park, with easy urban access, being mere minutes to Halifax Peninsula! This end-unit townhome offers an open-concept main floor plan, incorporating a spacious living room, adjacent dining area, and efficient kitchen with large center island and granite countertops. Throw in a two-piece powder room, and easy access to a private deck via patio door, and you have a great space for entertaining friends and family, regardless of the season. Upstairs are three generously-sized bedrooms - including a principal bedroom suite, with walk-in closet, and a well-appointed en-suite with separate shower and soaker tub - along with the main bath, and a convenient laundry room. The lower level offers a large rec room with walk-out to the fenced yard, as well as a convenient half-bath. A fully-ducted heat pump provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, and a single-car garage is always convenient!

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I have sold a property at 580 Main Street in Wolfville

I have sold a property at 580 Main Street in Wolfville on Apr 8, 2024. See details here

Welcome to 580 Main Street, a true reflection of a bygone era in the heart of Wolfville. This stunning home exudes the timeless charm and craftsmanship. The original character has been preserved while adding modern updates, including mostly new windows (2017), new doors (2017), renovated kitchen (2019), renovated baths (2023), new heating and air conditioning throughout and a Generac generator. The kitchen has been expanded and tastefully reinvented, featuring all new cabinetry, spacious center island, new pantry, and high-end appliances including double ovens, a 36" 5-burner propane cooktop, and a 36” refrigerator. The adjacent butler’s pantry remains untouched as it segways into the elegant dining room with original trim and paneling, gorgeous built-in cabinetry, and painted wall art dating back nearly a century. A delightful sunroom, teeming in natural light provides the perfect spot for relaxation with a cup of tea and a good book. A main floor powder room has been added, and the mud room redesigned to provide that little extra convenience. The second-floor, principal bedroom is transformed into a serene retreat thanks to a newly renovated ensuite, with custom-tiled shower, air tub with Chroma therapy, and plenty of gorgeous natural light. A spacious third-floor loft and adjacent, renovated 3-piece bath provide a wonderful private space, ideal as a guest retreat or home office. This residence provides easy walking access to various amenities in Wolfville. The town offers a vibrant boutique lifestyle with diverse cuisine, fitness facility, parks, theaters, art gallery, walking trials, grocery store, farmers markets, many gift and clothing shops The esteemed Acadia University contributes to the town's welcoming culture and close-knit community.

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I have sold a property at 1257 WRIGHT Avenue in Halifax

I have sold a property at 1257 WRIGHT Avenue in Halifax on Mar 21, 2024. See details here

Introducing an exceptional urban residence situated on a small, quiet street in downtown Halifax. Welcome to 1257 Wright Ave. This semi-detached 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home stands as a testament to refined living in downtown Halifax, boasting an impressive walk score of 99 – a true walker's paradise! For your added convenience, there is the inclusion of a coveted PARKING SPOT. This property underwent meticulous upgrades in 2019. Renovations include a complete kitchen transformation, the addition of a second 3-piece bathroom in the basement, and a renovated main bathroom on the second level. The living spaces feature hypoallergenic wool carpeting in the living room and bedrooms (hardwood is under the carpets), complemented by resilient linoleum flooring in the kitchen and dining room. Major components of the house were also updated in 2019, including a NEW electrical panel, furnace, hot water tank, oil tank, energy-efficient windows, and composite rear decking. Additionally, this property is equipped with a backup generator capable of powering most of the house during power outages, ensuring uninterrupted functionality.

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I have sold a property at 19 Apollo Court in Halifax

I have sold a property at 19 Apollo Court in Halifax on Mar 7, 2024. See details here

This is the one you've been waiting for: 19 Apollo Court, a lovely semi-detached home in the heart of Clayton Park. Upon entering, you will immediately notice the hardwood floors throughout the main level, as well as an abundance of natural light that begins in the spacious living room, then flows through to the separate dining room. Convenient patio doors provide even more light, and open up to a sunny deck, a serene spot to relax amidst the private, treed area. The kitchen offers ample cabinetry, and strikes a perfect balance between functionality and charm. A convenient, main-floor powder room will be especially appreciated when guests come over. The upper level offers three generous bedrooms, and a main 4-piece bath with separate shower and tub. The lower level features a large family room with a walkout and wood stove—a versatile spot perfect for both entertaining and quiet family relaxation—as well as a spacious storage area with laundry. Please note: the wood stove is not currently WETT-certified. A carport and covered side entrance provide convenient shelter and ease of access, while the paved driveway provides ample additional parking. Updates include windows, siding, insulation, and roof shingles, all replaced in 2010/2011. This property is located near all amenities, including a bus stop at the end of the court, and all levels of school within walking distance, making daily life both convenient and enjoyable.

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Your Questions About Selling your home: Answered

If you have a home to sell, you’re probably excited to get the process started. There are many things you need to consider when selling your property, and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the task. The good news is we’ve done extensive research about what you need to know about selling your home – and I've answered the questions you’re probably wondering:
 
How will you determine my home’s value?
 
To determine your home’s value and set a listing price, I will complete a Comparative Market Analysis. The CMA uses recent sales of homes close in geography, age, size, and features to yours. (A CMA is not the same as an appraisal, which a licensed appraiser can perform.)
 
Is it a good idea to start high?
 
Many sellers like the idea of “starting high” to see if they get higher offers, but this strategy isn’t usually practical. First, buyers may not see your listing if they use a price filter set to what they expect prices in the area to run. Second, you run the risk of the appraisal coming in lower than your contract price, which will require your contract to be renegotiated or canceled. Third, if your listing price puts your home higher than your neighborhood value, your home will likely sit on the market longer as buyers wait for you to make a reduction. It’s best to set a realistic listing price that will bring you buyers quickly. My goal is always to get you the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time.
 
What percentage of the listing price can I expect to get?
 
The list-to-sell ratio is determined by dividing the selling price by the listing price. The ratio is largely market-driven. In a sellers’ market, which is when inventory is low, sellers may get close to 100% or over 100% if the home sells above list price. In a market with a large inventory of homes, a buyers’ market, buyers have more negotiating power, so the list-to-sell ratio may be closer to 90%. My goal is to get you as close to a 100% list-to-sell ratio as the market will bear.
 
How soon can I get my home on MLS?
 
Once we agree to work together, I will begin entering your home information on the MLS system. I will also schedule a time for a stager and a professional photographer to take photos, videos, and floorplans of the property. As soon as all the information and pictures are uploaded items, your listing can go live on MLS.
 
What do I need to do to get ready to list?
 
For your part, it’s a good idea to begin cleaning out or organizing storage spaces, closets, and drawers and putting away some of your décor or belongings. You may also want to have the exterior pressure washed, and the landscaping cleaned up. We can talk further about specific things that will help your home show better.
 
How will showings be conducted?
 
You and I will agree on the terms you are comfortable with for showings. We want to make the home accessible to buyers without too much disruption to your personal life. We can use a showing schedule, and unless we agree otherwise, I will notify you in advance of showing requests. We use electronic lockboxes that only active members of our local Realtors Association (NSAR) can access. We can set the lockbox on a schedule, if necessary. Any time the lockbox is accessed, I receive a notification.
 
How will you market my property?
 
Marketing your listing is of utmost importance. Most buyers find their properties online through MLS (via their agent,) Realtor.ca or other search engines. Listings in our MLS system automatically show up on these sites within a day or two of becoming active. In addition, I share my listings with the agents in my network, on my website, and on my social media. We can discuss additional opportunities such as hosting open houses and marketing within your neighborhood.
 
How long will it take to find a buyer?
 
Several factors influence the time it takes to find a buyer. These include the market conditions, price range (higher-priced or luxury homes typically take longer to sell,) location (whether your home is in a desirable neighborhood or a unique location,) and the condition of the home (is move-in ready or in need of renovations?) In a balanced market, most houses, when priced accurately and without significant damage or extenuating circumstances, go under contract within thirty days. Homes sell faster in a seller’s market, while buyers take more time to look when inventory is high.
 
Will you qualify the buyer?
 
When an offer is received, I will work with the buyer’s agent to vet the buyer. All offers should be accompanied by either a pre-approval from a mortgage lender. Once you accept an offer, the buyer will have time to do their due diligence (about 10 business days). I will stay in close contact with the buyer’s agent.
 
What are the costs involved?
 
The seller usually pays for the real estate agent fees, which are divided between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. There are also legal fees budget about $1500.

Can I cancel if I find my own buyer?
 
The listing agreement is a contract between you and me and/or my brokerage. It stipulates the terms for cancellation, which you are encouraged to review. Once we have signed the listing agreement, a prospective buyer who approaches you directly should be redirected to me.
 
How often will we communicate?
 
Communication is key to an easy and successful sale. I will keep you appraised of events every step of the way. You are welcome to reach out to me with questions or concerns. When we go over the listing information, we will discuss our preferred means of communication and schedules to make sure we know each other’s availability and boundaries.
Thinking of selling? I'm here to help! Shoot me a message or give me a call today.

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I have sold a property at 334 Carmel Crescent in Hammonds Plains

I have sold a property at 334 Carmel Crescent in Hammonds Plains on Jan 18, 2024. See details here

Excellent opportunity for someone looking to build their dream home on a spacious plot. This lot is conveniently positioned at the corner of Carmel Crescent and Hummingbird Lane. It's a fantastic building site in the Highland Park subdivision. The original house was unfortunately lost in the 2023 wildfires. The driveway is already in place. The location offers easy access to all amenities at the Hubley Center, including St. Margarets Arena, restaurants, and grocery shopping. Commuting to Halifax and the airport is a breeze, and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the proximity to trail systems and beaches. Contact me today for more details.

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Modest interest rate cuts expected to spur activity next year, leading to a rise in property prices

National aggregate home price forecast to increase 5.5% year over year in Q4 of 2024

Following several years of unprecedented ups and downs, Canada’s housing market could return to more normal levels of activity and price trends next year. The Bank of Canada is expected to lower its overnight lending rate in the second half of 2024, which will lead to increased demand from sidelined buyers as they adjust to today’s lending realities. New household formation and newcomers to Canada will put additional upward pressure on prices. 

“Looking ahead, we see 2024 as an important tipping point for the national economy as most Canadians acknowledge that the ultra-low interest rate era is dead and gone,” said Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage. “We believe that the ‘great adjustment’ to tolerable, mid-single-digit borrowing costs will have a firm grip on our collective consciousness after only modest rate cuts by the Bank of Canada.”  

According to the Royal LePage 2024 Market Survey Forecast, the aggregate1 price of a home in Canada is set to increase 5.5% year over year to $843,684 in the fourth quarter of 2024, with the median price of a single-family detached property and condominium projected to increase 6.0% and 5.0% to $879,164 and $616,140, respectively.2 

Royal LePage’s forecast is based on the prediction that the Bank of Canada has concluded its interest rate hike campaign and that the key lending rate will hold steady at five percent through the first half of 2024. The central bank is expected to start making modest cuts in late summer or fall of next year. Meanwhile, several major financial institutions have already begun offering discounts on fixed-rate mortgages.

“Canada’s real estate market has been on a roller coaster ride for the last four years. A global pandemic briefly brought market activity to a grinding halt in early 2020, followed by a rapid, widespread spike in demand and price appreciation as Canadians sought safety and greater living space in their homes among a world of uncertainty. By the spring of 2022, home prices had reached unprecedented highs, but when interest rates started rising quickly and steeply to combat inflation, the extended market correction began,” said Soper. “Markets take time to adjust. We see a move toward typical home sale transaction levels in 2024, and as the year progresses, appreciating house prices.”

Nationally, home prices are forecast to see modest quarterly gains in the first two quarters of 2024, with more considerable increases expected in the second half of the year, following the anticipated start of interest rate cuts by the Bank of Canada. 

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What Exactly Are Buyers Looking for in a Home?

What Exactly Are Buyers Looking for in a Home?

If you're planning to sell your home or simply curious about what buyers are seeking, understanding their preferences can give you a competitive edge in the real estate market. In this article, we'll delve into the key features that buyers are looking for in a home. So, let's dive right in!

1. Open Floor Plans:

Buyers are increasingly drawn to homes with open floor plans. This design concept creates a spacious and welcoming atmosphere that allows for seamless flow between rooms. Open layouts are perfect for entertaining guests and hosting family gatherings, making them highly desirable to potential buyers.

2. Updated Kitchens:

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and buyers recognize its importance. An updated kitchen with modern features such as high-quality appliances, ample storage space, and stylish finishes can be a major selling point. Buyers appreciate the convenience and aesthetics of a well-designed kitchen, making it a focal point during their home search.

3. Outdoor Living Spaces:

In today's fast-paced world, buyers are longing for a retreat where they can relax and enjoy the outdoors. The addition of well-designed outdoor living spaces can significantly enhance your home's appeal. Whether it's a beautiful patio, a spacious deck, or a meticulously landscaped backyard, these areas provide buyers with an opportunity to unwind and entertain, connecting them with nature.

4. Energy Efficiency:

Environmental consciousness and cost savings go hand in hand. Buyers are increasingly interested in sustainable features that reduce utility costs and minimize their carbon footprint. Energy-efficient windows, smart thermostats, and even solar panels are all attractive options for potential buyers. Incorporating such features not only benefits the environment but also appeals to those who value energy efficiency and long-term savings.

5. Home Office or Flex Space:

With the rise of remote work and flexible schedules, the need for a dedicated home office or flexible space has become a priority for many buyers. Having a designated area where they can work productively, pursue hobbies, or create a playroom for their children is highly desirable. Homes that offer versatile spaces that can adapt to the changing needs of the occupants have a distinct advantage in today's market.

Conclusion:

Understanding what buyers are looking for in a home can significantly impact your selling strategy. Features such as open floor plans, updated kitchens, outdoor living spaces, energy efficiency, and dedicated home offices or flex spaces are high on the list of priorities for many buyers. By highlighting these aspects in your marketing efforts and property presentation, you can increase your chances of attracting potential buyers and achieving a successful sale.

If you're considering selling your home or have any questions about the real estate market, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to help you navigate the process and make informed decisions. Send me a message, and let’s start a conversation about your real estate goals!

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12 Tips For An Easier Move

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, not many people look forward to the actual moving day. Whether you are moving across town or the country, moving is stressful. Here are some helpful hints from expert movers to make the big day more bearable.

1. Schedule your move well ahead of time. Moving companies get booked weeks in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your move. Make sure they know beforehand if you have any very large or heavy items to move. The last thing you want is for the movers to show up with a truck that isn’t big enough or without enough people to move your belongings safely.

2. Consider letting the moving company pack your items. If it’s within your budget to hire packers, it may be money well spent. Packers are usually very efficient and take time to wrap fragile items securely. Packers will usually pack you the day before your move, so you don’t have to pack items away that you may need up until the day of your move.

3. Schedule services. Don’t forget to have services transferred or started at your new home. These may include NS Power, Halifax Water, Internet/TV/Phone, Gas, Oil, Lawn Service, Pool Service, Security system monitoring

4. Have your new home professionally cleaned. If your seller is not arranging for cleaning to be done prior to closing, arrange to have it done before you move in so that you won’t arrive to a dirty house.

5. Pack a moving supply box. Your moving supply box should contain items you may need while you are unpacking and getting settled in your new home, such as: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Sponge All-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner, Shelf liner paper, Scissors, Furniture moving pads, Tape measure Cordless screwdriver, Hammer Picture hanging kit, Bottled water, snacks, pet food, Paper plates, cups, and disposable utensils, Dish Soap and Hand Soap    

6. Make Your Bed. When your bed frames and mattresses come off the truck, put them together or have the movers assemble them and make them up. Pack your sheets, blankets, and pillows together in well-marked boxes so you can find them easily. When you are ready to collapse at the end of moving day, you’ll be thankful the beds are made up and ready to fall into.

7. Ditto for your towels and bath soap. Pack bath towels and soap with your bed sheets so you can jump in the shower before retiring without having to search for towels.

8. Make Plans for Your pets. The last thing you need on moving day is a stressed-out pup or kitty, or worse, one that escapes in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Make plans for your pets to spend the day with family or friends, a pet sitter, or boarding facility until you are ready to introduce them to their new home.

9. Say Yes to Helpers. Sometimes, it’s hard to accept extra help from family or friends if you aren’t sure what they can help with. Here are some tasks you can delegate: Lay shelf liners in the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. Unpack and put away your kitchen items (you can rearrange them later!) Babysit or keep your children occupied. Make up your beds, place towels in the bathrooms, Wipe down cabinets and counters, Break down packing boxes, Hang clothes in closets, Organize tools and equipment in the garage. Ask them to pick up lunch or dinner

10. Hire a Sitter. If you have little ones, they will be very excited about their new home, new rooms, and yard. They will want to be with you, but they will not be interested in unpacking boxes! Make plans for someone to be available just for them so you can concentrate. A family member, friend, or hired sitter can help them explore their new surroundings, build a box fort, or organize their toys in their new rooms without worrying about where they are.

11. Hire someone to hang your art. Unless you love to hang things yourself, you might consider having a handyman scheduled to come in and hand your wall art and window treatments for you. This can save you a great deal of time getting settled. If you need help deciding where to hang art or portraits, a decorator may be a better choice than a handyman. They can help you decide on placement and hang items themselves or direct a handyman where to hang items.

12. Check out of the old house. Before closing, you should have submitted a change of address form with Canada Post. You’ll also need to remember to leave all keys and garage door or gate openers and ensure the movers don’t pack up things like ceiling fan remote controls or other loose items that stay with the house. Don’t forget to clean out spaces like the attic, backyard sheds, crawl spaces, or any other hideaway spaces where you might have stored items. It’s always nice to have the home professionally cleaned for the new owners, and if you feel inclined, leave a list of recommended local vendors for household services.

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I have sold a property at 2880 Sackville Drive in Upper Sackville

I have sold a property at 2880 Sackville Drive in Upper Sackville on Jun 4, 2024. See details here

Welcome to 2880 Sackville Drive. This lovely split-entry offers the perfect space for living, entertaining, and relaxing, where meticulous care and pride of ownership are evident at every turn. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by an open-concept layout that effortlessly connects the renovated kitchen, the dining area, and the cozy living room featuring a wood-burning fireplace insert, ideal for chilly evenings. A principal bedroom offers a spacious retreat, with a charming reading nook complete with an electric fireplace and ample storage. Another bedroom and a renovated main bath, featuring a separate shower and a luxurious claw-foot tub, finish off the main level. The lower level provides versatility to accommodate your lifestyle, offering a large family room, a sizable bedroom (or home office), a convenient laundry room with a two-piece bathroom, and a fantastic storage/workshop area. The outside space offers a large deck with stairs to the backyard, which provides privacy and tranquility, while the 16'x10' shed provides ample storage for all your outdoor essentials. Recent updates include a new metal roof in 2020, a new hot water tank in 2023, and a new septic system in 2022. Wired for EV (charger not included). Don't miss the chance to make this home your own. Schedule your showing today!

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I have sold a property at 646 Cowie Hill Road in Halifax

I have sold a property at 646 Cowie Hill Road in Halifax on May 27, 2024. See details here

Welcome to the modern comforts and convenient location of Long Lake Village, peaceful living amongst the trees, a short walk to Long Lake Provincial Park, with easy urban access, being mere minutes to Halifax Peninsula! This end-unit townhome offers an open-concept main floor plan, incorporating a spacious living room, adjacent dining area, and efficient kitchen with large center island and granite countertops. Throw in a two-piece powder room, and easy access to a private deck via patio door, and you have a great space for entertaining friends and family, regardless of the season. Upstairs are three generously-sized bedrooms - including a principal bedroom suite, with walk-in closet, and a well-appointed en-suite with separate shower and soaker tub - along with the main bath, and a convenient laundry room. The lower level offers a large rec room with walk-out to the fenced yard, as well as a convenient half-bath. A fully-ducted heat pump provides energy-efficient heating and cooling, and a single-car garage is always convenient!

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I have sold a property at 580 Main Street in Wolfville

I have sold a property at 580 Main Street in Wolfville on Apr 8, 2024. See details here

Welcome to 580 Main Street, a true reflection of a bygone era in the heart of Wolfville. This stunning home exudes the timeless charm and craftsmanship. The original character has been preserved while adding modern updates, including mostly new windows (2017), new doors (2017), renovated kitchen (2019), renovated baths (2023), new heating and air conditioning throughout and a Generac generator. The kitchen has been expanded and tastefully reinvented, featuring all new cabinetry, spacious center island, new pantry, and high-end appliances including double ovens, a 36" 5-burner propane cooktop, and a 36” refrigerator. The adjacent butler’s pantry remains untouched as it segways into the elegant dining room with original trim and paneling, gorgeous built-in cabinetry, and painted wall art dating back nearly a century. A delightful sunroom, teeming in natural light provides the perfect spot for relaxation with a cup of tea and a good book. A main floor powder room has been added, and the mud room redesigned to provide that little extra convenience. The second-floor, principal bedroom is transformed into a serene retreat thanks to a newly renovated ensuite, with custom-tiled shower, air tub with Chroma therapy, and plenty of gorgeous natural light. A spacious third-floor loft and adjacent, renovated 3-piece bath provide a wonderful private space, ideal as a guest retreat or home office. This residence provides easy walking access to various amenities in Wolfville. The town offers a vibrant boutique lifestyle with diverse cuisine, fitness facility, parks, theaters, art gallery, walking trials, grocery store, farmers markets, many gift and clothing shops The esteemed Acadia University contributes to the town's welcoming culture and close-knit community.

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I have sold a property at 1257 WRIGHT Avenue in Halifax

I have sold a property at 1257 WRIGHT Avenue in Halifax on Mar 21, 2024. See details here

Introducing an exceptional urban residence situated on a small, quiet street in downtown Halifax. Welcome to 1257 Wright Ave. This semi-detached 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home stands as a testament to refined living in downtown Halifax, boasting an impressive walk score of 99 – a true walker's paradise! For your added convenience, there is the inclusion of a coveted PARKING SPOT. This property underwent meticulous upgrades in 2019. Renovations include a complete kitchen transformation, the addition of a second 3-piece bathroom in the basement, and a renovated main bathroom on the second level. The living spaces feature hypoallergenic wool carpeting in the living room and bedrooms (hardwood is under the carpets), complemented by resilient linoleum flooring in the kitchen and dining room. Major components of the house were also updated in 2019, including a NEW electrical panel, furnace, hot water tank, oil tank, energy-efficient windows, and composite rear decking. Additionally, this property is equipped with a backup generator capable of powering most of the house during power outages, ensuring uninterrupted functionality.

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I have sold a property at 19 Apollo Court in Halifax

I have sold a property at 19 Apollo Court in Halifax on Mar 7, 2024. See details here

This is the one you've been waiting for: 19 Apollo Court, a lovely semi-detached home in the heart of Clayton Park. Upon entering, you will immediately notice the hardwood floors throughout the main level, as well as an abundance of natural light that begins in the spacious living room, then flows through to the separate dining room. Convenient patio doors provide even more light, and open up to a sunny deck, a serene spot to relax amidst the private, treed area. The kitchen offers ample cabinetry, and strikes a perfect balance between functionality and charm. A convenient, main-floor powder room will be especially appreciated when guests come over. The upper level offers three generous bedrooms, and a main 4-piece bath with separate shower and tub. The lower level features a large family room with a walkout and wood stove—a versatile spot perfect for both entertaining and quiet family relaxation—as well as a spacious storage area with laundry. Please note: the wood stove is not currently WETT-certified. A carport and covered side entrance provide convenient shelter and ease of access, while the paved driveway provides ample additional parking. Updates include windows, siding, insulation, and roof shingles, all replaced in 2010/2011. This property is located near all amenities, including a bus stop at the end of the court, and all levels of school within walking distance, making daily life both convenient and enjoyable.

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Your Questions About Selling your home: Answered

If you have a home to sell, you’re probably excited to get the process started. There are many things you need to consider when selling your property, and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the task. The good news is we’ve done extensive research about what you need to know about selling your home – and I've answered the questions you’re probably wondering:
 
How will you determine my home’s value?
 
To determine your home’s value and set a listing price, I will complete a Comparative Market Analysis. The CMA uses recent sales of homes close in geography, age, size, and features to yours. (A CMA is not the same as an appraisal, which a licensed appraiser can perform.)
 
Is it a good idea to start high?
 
Many sellers like the idea of “starting high” to see if they get higher offers, but this strategy isn’t usually practical. First, buyers may not see your listing if they use a price filter set to what they expect prices in the area to run. Second, you run the risk of the appraisal coming in lower than your contract price, which will require your contract to be renegotiated or canceled. Third, if your listing price puts your home higher than your neighborhood value, your home will likely sit on the market longer as buyers wait for you to make a reduction. It’s best to set a realistic listing price that will bring you buyers quickly. My goal is always to get you the highest possible price in the shortest amount of time.
 
What percentage of the listing price can I expect to get?
 
The list-to-sell ratio is determined by dividing the selling price by the listing price. The ratio is largely market-driven. In a sellers’ market, which is when inventory is low, sellers may get close to 100% or over 100% if the home sells above list price. In a market with a large inventory of homes, a buyers’ market, buyers have more negotiating power, so the list-to-sell ratio may be closer to 90%. My goal is to get you as close to a 100% list-to-sell ratio as the market will bear.
 
How soon can I get my home on MLS?
 
Once we agree to work together, I will begin entering your home information on the MLS system. I will also schedule a time for a stager and a professional photographer to take photos, videos, and floorplans of the property. As soon as all the information and pictures are uploaded items, your listing can go live on MLS.
 
What do I need to do to get ready to list?
 
For your part, it’s a good idea to begin cleaning out or organizing storage spaces, closets, and drawers and putting away some of your décor or belongings. You may also want to have the exterior pressure washed, and the landscaping cleaned up. We can talk further about specific things that will help your home show better.
 
How will showings be conducted?
 
You and I will agree on the terms you are comfortable with for showings. We want to make the home accessible to buyers without too much disruption to your personal life. We can use a showing schedule, and unless we agree otherwise, I will notify you in advance of showing requests. We use electronic lockboxes that only active members of our local Realtors Association (NSAR) can access. We can set the lockbox on a schedule, if necessary. Any time the lockbox is accessed, I receive a notification.
 
How will you market my property?
 
Marketing your listing is of utmost importance. Most buyers find their properties online through MLS (via their agent,) Realtor.ca or other search engines. Listings in our MLS system automatically show up on these sites within a day or two of becoming active. In addition, I share my listings with the agents in my network, on my website, and on my social media. We can discuss additional opportunities such as hosting open houses and marketing within your neighborhood.
 
How long will it take to find a buyer?
 
Several factors influence the time it takes to find a buyer. These include the market conditions, price range (higher-priced or luxury homes typically take longer to sell,) location (whether your home is in a desirable neighborhood or a unique location,) and the condition of the home (is move-in ready or in need of renovations?) In a balanced market, most houses, when priced accurately and without significant damage or extenuating circumstances, go under contract within thirty days. Homes sell faster in a seller’s market, while buyers take more time to look when inventory is high.
 
Will you qualify the buyer?
 
When an offer is received, I will work with the buyer’s agent to vet the buyer. All offers should be accompanied by either a pre-approval from a mortgage lender. Once you accept an offer, the buyer will have time to do their due diligence (about 10 business days). I will stay in close contact with the buyer’s agent.
 
What are the costs involved?
 
The seller usually pays for the real estate agent fees, which are divided between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. There are also legal fees budget about $1500.

Can I cancel if I find my own buyer?
 
The listing agreement is a contract between you and me and/or my brokerage. It stipulates the terms for cancellation, which you are encouraged to review. Once we have signed the listing agreement, a prospective buyer who approaches you directly should be redirected to me.
 
How often will we communicate?
 
Communication is key to an easy and successful sale. I will keep you appraised of events every step of the way. You are welcome to reach out to me with questions or concerns. When we go over the listing information, we will discuss our preferred means of communication and schedules to make sure we know each other’s availability and boundaries.
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I have sold a property at 334 Carmel Crescent in Hammonds Plains

I have sold a property at 334 Carmel Crescent in Hammonds Plains on Jan 18, 2024. See details here

Excellent opportunity for someone looking to build their dream home on a spacious plot. This lot is conveniently positioned at the corner of Carmel Crescent and Hummingbird Lane. It's a fantastic building site in the Highland Park subdivision. The original house was unfortunately lost in the 2023 wildfires. The driveway is already in place. The location offers easy access to all amenities at the Hubley Center, including St. Margarets Arena, restaurants, and grocery shopping. Commuting to Halifax and the airport is a breeze, and outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the proximity to trail systems and beaches. Contact me today for more details.

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Modest interest rate cuts expected to spur activity next year, leading to a rise in property prices

National aggregate home price forecast to increase 5.5% year over year in Q4 of 2024

Following several years of unprecedented ups and downs, Canada’s housing market could return to more normal levels of activity and price trends next year. The Bank of Canada is expected to lower its overnight lending rate in the second half of 2024, which will lead to increased demand from sidelined buyers as they adjust to today’s lending realities. New household formation and newcomers to Canada will put additional upward pressure on prices. 

“Looking ahead, we see 2024 as an important tipping point for the national economy as most Canadians acknowledge that the ultra-low interest rate era is dead and gone,” said Phil Soper, President and CEO, Royal LePage. “We believe that the ‘great adjustment’ to tolerable, mid-single-digit borrowing costs will have a firm grip on our collective consciousness after only modest rate cuts by the Bank of Canada.”  

According to the Royal LePage 2024 Market Survey Forecast, the aggregate1 price of a home in Canada is set to increase 5.5% year over year to $843,684 in the fourth quarter of 2024, with the median price of a single-family detached property and condominium projected to increase 6.0% and 5.0% to $879,164 and $616,140, respectively.2 

Royal LePage’s forecast is based on the prediction that the Bank of Canada has concluded its interest rate hike campaign and that the key lending rate will hold steady at five percent through the first half of 2024. The central bank is expected to start making modest cuts in late summer or fall of next year. Meanwhile, several major financial institutions have already begun offering discounts on fixed-rate mortgages.

“Canada’s real estate market has been on a roller coaster ride for the last four years. A global pandemic briefly brought market activity to a grinding halt in early 2020, followed by a rapid, widespread spike in demand and price appreciation as Canadians sought safety and greater living space in their homes among a world of uncertainty. By the spring of 2022, home prices had reached unprecedented highs, but when interest rates started rising quickly and steeply to combat inflation, the extended market correction began,” said Soper. “Markets take time to adjust. We see a move toward typical home sale transaction levels in 2024, and as the year progresses, appreciating house prices.”

Nationally, home prices are forecast to see modest quarterly gains in the first two quarters of 2024, with more considerable increases expected in the second half of the year, following the anticipated start of interest rate cuts by the Bank of Canada. 

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What Exactly Are Buyers Looking for in a Home?

What Exactly Are Buyers Looking for in a Home?

If you're planning to sell your home or simply curious about what buyers are seeking, understanding their preferences can give you a competitive edge in the real estate market. In this article, we'll delve into the key features that buyers are looking for in a home. So, let's dive right in!

1. Open Floor Plans:

Buyers are increasingly drawn to homes with open floor plans. This design concept creates a spacious and welcoming atmosphere that allows for seamless flow between rooms. Open layouts are perfect for entertaining guests and hosting family gatherings, making them highly desirable to potential buyers.

2. Updated Kitchens:

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and buyers recognize its importance. An updated kitchen with modern features such as high-quality appliances, ample storage space, and stylish finishes can be a major selling point. Buyers appreciate the convenience and aesthetics of a well-designed kitchen, making it a focal point during their home search.

3. Outdoor Living Spaces:

In today's fast-paced world, buyers are longing for a retreat where they can relax and enjoy the outdoors. The addition of well-designed outdoor living spaces can significantly enhance your home's appeal. Whether it's a beautiful patio, a spacious deck, or a meticulously landscaped backyard, these areas provide buyers with an opportunity to unwind and entertain, connecting them with nature.

4. Energy Efficiency:

Environmental consciousness and cost savings go hand in hand. Buyers are increasingly interested in sustainable features that reduce utility costs and minimize their carbon footprint. Energy-efficient windows, smart thermostats, and even solar panels are all attractive options for potential buyers. Incorporating such features not only benefits the environment but also appeals to those who value energy efficiency and long-term savings.

5. Home Office or Flex Space:

With the rise of remote work and flexible schedules, the need for a dedicated home office or flexible space has become a priority for many buyers. Having a designated area where they can work productively, pursue hobbies, or create a playroom for their children is highly desirable. Homes that offer versatile spaces that can adapt to the changing needs of the occupants have a distinct advantage in today's market.

Conclusion:

Understanding what buyers are looking for in a home can significantly impact your selling strategy. Features such as open floor plans, updated kitchens, outdoor living spaces, energy efficiency, and dedicated home offices or flex spaces are high on the list of priorities for many buyers. By highlighting these aspects in your marketing efforts and property presentation, you can increase your chances of attracting potential buyers and achieving a successful sale.

If you're considering selling your home or have any questions about the real estate market, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to help you navigate the process and make informed decisions. Send me a message, and let’s start a conversation about your real estate goals!

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12 Tips For An Easier Move

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, not many people look forward to the actual moving day. Whether you are moving across town or the country, moving is stressful. Here are some helpful hints from expert movers to make the big day more bearable.

1. Schedule your move well ahead of time. Moving companies get booked weeks in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your move. Make sure they know beforehand if you have any very large or heavy items to move. The last thing you want is for the movers to show up with a truck that isn’t big enough or without enough people to move your belongings safely.

2. Consider letting the moving company pack your items. If it’s within your budget to hire packers, it may be money well spent. Packers are usually very efficient and take time to wrap fragile items securely. Packers will usually pack you the day before your move, so you don’t have to pack items away that you may need up until the day of your move.

3. Schedule services. Don’t forget to have services transferred or started at your new home. These may include NS Power, Halifax Water, Internet/TV/Phone, Gas, Oil, Lawn Service, Pool Service, Security system monitoring

4. Have your new home professionally cleaned. If your seller is not arranging for cleaning to be done prior to closing, arrange to have it done before you move in so that you won’t arrive to a dirty house.

5. Pack a moving supply box. Your moving supply box should contain items you may need while you are unpacking and getting settled in your new home, such as: Toilet paper, Paper towels, Sponge All-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner, Shelf liner paper, Scissors, Furniture moving pads, Tape measure Cordless screwdriver, Hammer Picture hanging kit, Bottled water, snacks, pet food, Paper plates, cups, and disposable utensils, Dish Soap and Hand Soap    

6. Make Your Bed. When your bed frames and mattresses come off the truck, put them together or have the movers assemble them and make them up. Pack your sheets, blankets, and pillows together in well-marked boxes so you can find them easily. When you are ready to collapse at the end of moving day, you’ll be thankful the beds are made up and ready to fall into.

7. Ditto for your towels and bath soap. Pack bath towels and soap with your bed sheets so you can jump in the shower before retiring without having to search for towels.

8. Make Plans for Your pets. The last thing you need on moving day is a stressed-out pup or kitty, or worse, one that escapes in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Make plans for your pets to spend the day with family or friends, a pet sitter, or boarding facility until you are ready to introduce them to their new home.

9. Say Yes to Helpers. Sometimes, it’s hard to accept extra help from family or friends if you aren’t sure what they can help with. Here are some tasks you can delegate: Lay shelf liners in the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. Unpack and put away your kitchen items (you can rearrange them later!) Babysit or keep your children occupied. Make up your beds, place towels in the bathrooms, Wipe down cabinets and counters, Break down packing boxes, Hang clothes in closets, Organize tools and equipment in the garage. Ask them to pick up lunch or dinner

10. Hire a Sitter. If you have little ones, they will be very excited about their new home, new rooms, and yard. They will want to be with you, but they will not be interested in unpacking boxes! Make plans for someone to be available just for them so you can concentrate. A family member, friend, or hired sitter can help them explore their new surroundings, build a box fort, or organize their toys in their new rooms without worrying about where they are.

11. Hire someone to hang your art. Unless you love to hang things yourself, you might consider having a handyman scheduled to come in and hand your wall art and window treatments for you. This can save you a great deal of time getting settled. If you need help deciding where to hang art or portraits, a decorator may be a better choice than a handyman. They can help you decide on placement and hang items themselves or direct a handyman where to hang items.

12. Check out of the old house. Before closing, you should have submitted a change of address form with Canada Post. You’ll also need to remember to leave all keys and garage door or gate openers and ensure the movers don’t pack up things like ceiling fan remote controls or other loose items that stay with the house. Don’t forget to clean out spaces like the attic, backyard sheds, crawl spaces, or any other hideaway spaces where you might have stored items. It’s always nice to have the home professionally cleaned for the new owners, and if you feel inclined, leave a list of recommended local vendors for household services.

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