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Selling Your Home During the Holidays

Thu, 21 Dec by valemountmcbridelistings

Marketing your home during the winter has its own set of considerations, but when this coincides with a major holiday event, stress levels can soar. But there is no need to turn into a Scrooge, as a few simple strategies can help show your home well and keep your tinsel untangled.

Bring on the lights – lightly

Don’t shy away from decorating your home. While decluttering is an emphasized term in real estate, the Christmas season does typically involve a little extra flair. So go for some glitter and glam, just don’t over-deck the halls. Keep your decorations to a reasonable amount. And try not to have the life-size Santa waiting at the door for a startling entry.

Keep it cozy and bright

Winter is chilly and too often gloomy. Make sure buyers find your home the warm haven they are looking for. Lighting is just as important as temperature, so be sure to leave a light on at the door and throw a log on the hearth. Literally or figuratively, you want buyers to enter your home and feel like there is no place they’d rather be than curled up by YOUR fireplace.

The holly and the ivy     

Outside is just as important as inside. Curb appeal can be difficult when faced with snow banks and slush, but a little winterscaping can go a long way. Whether a festive wreath on the door, cedar boughs, or some landscape lighting, your home can be a holiday showstopper that tells a buyer that they have found their location, location, location. Avoid the light-up competition set to music idea, but don’t fear the mistletoe.

Relax – it’s not forever

Ultimately the most important thing is to not overthink the pressure. The holiday season will soon be over. Stick to simple strategies for keeping things tidy, making your home inviting, and keeping your blood pressure down and you’ll get through the season just fine. Talk to your real estate professional if feeling stressed and they’ll help you ski through the season.

And as a pet owner, I cannot end this column without including a note about your furry family. They too are stressed by the comings and goings of holiday home buyers. Keep in mind that twinkling lights and trays of chocolates might entice a buyer but can pose risks for your pets.   Be mindful of the holiday treats, such as chocolates and nuts, that can be harmful to their health. Find the holiday pet sitter that can take them during viewings, so that they aren’t upset with strangers in their home. They too need a little TLC to help them through the holiday season.

Happy holidays, everyone. May your season be bright.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Fri, 27 Oct by valemountmcbridelistings

Winter has arrived. Nobody wants to move when they have to trudge through the snow and shovel their way in to unload furniture. Don’t be so sure about that. With fewer properties on the market, your home can stand out to buyers and be positioned for a quick sale. Fewer listings means less competition.

From a selling standpoint, this is in your favour. From a buyer’s perspective, your search is a lot simpler. Rather than sorting through a dozen properties, you can get to the heart of the matter quickly. There is less confusion and the details of your property search are clearer.

There are also the perks of seeing how your potential home stands up in harsh conditions. No snow on the roof? Is this due to poor insulation and heat loss? Are there cold zones in the home that might indicate the furnace is not working optimally? You would be surprised at how shopping for a home in winter can identify critical features about a home.

So whether you are thinking of listing your home or are in the market for a move, don’t shy away from flurries and snowbanks. Wintertime can be a perfect time for finding the warmth of home and hearth and translate into a cozy sale.

The Millennial House Hunt

Tue, 20 Jun by valemountmcbridelistings

Our world is changing. And everyone knows that what was once a typical house hunting experience is no more. Construction trends have changed. Interest rates have held at an affordable low for some time. Information is just a click away. And lifestyle options have broadened. If you are of the millennial generation, there are some things to consider that may put that first home within a much easier reach.

 

Getting Your Foot in The Door

Even if you face student loans and very little savings, you may find a mortgage payment more affordable than renting. And with first-time home buyer incentives, such as 5% down, the keys to your new home may be closer than you think.

 

Never Fly Solo

In this day and age, if a home is on the market, you can find it online. With such easy access to property information, you may think that you know all you need to know to make that offer. Don’t be so quick to go it alone. With inside knowledge of the market and a strong understanding of contracts and pitfalls, real estate agents know what to do when a potential issue pops up. They are also a good counter-balance to the highly emotional decisions often encountered when buying a home.

 

Just Breathe

It is easy to feel pressured when the market is hot or when you are buried under information overload, but you will thank yourself for taking the time to research your options. Don’t hesitate to view a few properties to get a feel of things. You may be surprised at how “must haves” become less or more important when you see them in reality. Use your Realtor to discuss your impressions. At the end of the day, you’ll have a home you are happy with and will have likely avoided the dreaded buyer’s remorse.

 

Ultimately, remember that this is your house hunt. It is a personalized experience. A professional realtor can help you nail down the details and make this all about your dreams. Why not speak with one today?

No Regrets

Wed, 12 Apr by valemountmcbridelistings

Why use a Realtor, you may ask. After all, you know your property the best; you are internet savvy; paperwork has never scared you off. Well, you may want to look a little closer at what a Realtor can provide you.

As a Seller, you need to be aware of what expectations you are creating with your words or shared information. Clearly stated facts can get lost in stressed-upon details, and you could be held liable for a promise you didn’t know you made. Is your water really the best? Do you have tests to back up that promise? That is just one example of a message you may be giving.

You will also face bearing all the time commitments of showing the home. This can be emotionally trying, as people tend to pick apart a house – even in front of the owner. And as you are emotionally engaged, you may not negotiate as objectively as needed, resulting in a lower price for your home.

One can’t forget the paperwork. There is a lot of it.   And with paperwork comes details that can get overlooked. Are you clear on Fixtures versus Chattels? Have you identified every item included or excluded? This simple oversight could result in a small claims filing against you.

From a Buyer’s perspective, you need to be aware that a private seller is not obligated by professional standards to clearly disclose details about the property. Misrepresentation is only a few well chosen words away from the truth. Mosquito infested swamp may be prettily dressed up as wetlands. There are legal implications behind misrepresentation that a Realtor can steer you away from.

Yes, there are costs involved for sellers engaging a professional Realtor. But whether buying or selling, a Realtor will look out for your interests, provide professional guidance, and ensure that you are neither selling nor buying ocean-front property in Alberta.

Hello world!

Mon, 06 Feb by valemountmcbridelistings

Welcome to my new blog! I look forward to sharing new and exciting updates about the Real Estate Market and what is happening around town! Stay tuned for new posts coming soon!

Shelly Battensby, RE/MAX Centre City Realty
611 Brunswick Street, Prince George, British Columbia V2L 2B9
Tel: 250-566-1086 Office: 250-562-3600 Fax: 866-567-6310
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