Balancing the Emotional and Practical Sides of Buying a Home

Imagine this scenario…

You’re shopping for a new home. You drive to visit a recent listing. As you walk through the front doors, you’re impressed. Every room looks fantastic. You see yourself relaxing on the spacious patio, cooking in the modern kitchen, and enjoying evenings with the family in the cozy living room.

Your emotions are on overdrive. This is your dream home! Should you make an offer? Probably. In fact, you should make that decision quickly in case there are other interested buyers. However, your decision shouldn’t be guided purely by emotion. You want to make sure you take practical matters into consideration too.

For example, you’ll want to consider:

· Is the property within your price range?

· Does it have everything you need?

· Do you like the neighbourhood?

· How old is the property? Are there items, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?

· Will it need any major repairs or upgrades?

· What are the average monthly costs of carrying the home? (Property taxes, utilities, etc.)

Once you’ve considered the purchase of the home from a practical standpoint, you’ll have a lot more confidence in your decision when you make an offer.

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How to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Ideally, you would like buyers to wait until they’ve viewed your whole property before they judge it. However, the reality is, buyers start forming an impression of your home as soon as they see it from the curb. So, it pays to do everything you can to improve your property’s “curb appeal”.

Here are some ideas:

· You can improve the impact of your landscaping by trimming hedges, removing any unsightly weeds, and cutting the grass. Planting just a few fresh flowers can make a big impact.

· If your main entrance door is old, a fresh coat of paint will make it look like new. In some cases, the effect is significant.

· Remove any items that might distract the buyer from forming a good first impression. For example, garbage cans, stored items along the side of the property, etc.

· Make sure the curtains and blinds on your front windows are open during viewings. That will make your home look more friendly and appealing.

· If your driveway has grease stains and other blemishes, consider renting a power washer and giving the driveway a thorough cleaning.

· Clean your front windows. If possible, also clean the exterior panes.

Finally, if possible, park your vehicles on the street and away from your home. Doing this will not only make your home look more inviting to buyers, it will give them a convenient place to park. Most of these tips can be done in less than a day. Yet, they can make a big difference in your home’s curb appeal. They are worth the effort!

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Creating the Ideal Working Relationship with Your Agent

If you’re working with a landscaping contractor, you want to develop a good working relationship with that professional, so you can avoid delays, stress and other issues. After all, the last thing you want is a tree planted in the wrong spot because of a misunderstanding!

The same holds true when working with a real estate agent. Whether you’re buying, selling, or both, you want the process to go smoothly and successfully. Creating an ideal working relationship with your agent is an important step toward making that happen.

How do you do that?

First, ask your agent to go over the process with you. If you’re selling your home, you want to understand the steps the agent is going to take. That way, there will be fewer surprises. In particular, you’ll want to discuss how viewings will be handled. You’ll need to come to an agreement as to when your home will be available for viewings, how short-notice viewings will be handled, and whether or not “lockbox access” will be needed.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you’re worried about seeming to be naive. (You won’t!) You don’t want to have unanswered questions or concerns between you and your agent. Also, know that misunderstandings and mistakes can happen in any relationship with a professional. So if an issue comes up, discuss it right away. Don’t let it fester.

Finally, remember that your agent should be a professional like me, with expertise in buying and selling in this market. When I make a recommendation regarding pricing, prepping your home, viewings, etc. remember that I am working in your best interest. I want to sell your property, quickly and for a good price, just as much as you do!

Looking for an agent you can trust? Contact me today!

Ruth Ballantyne, Sales Representative

(416) 779-8732

Discover How to Avoid the 6 Biggest Mistakes Homebuyers Make

A new report has just been released which identifies the 6 most common and costly mistakes that homebuyers make when buying a home.

Mortgage regulations have changed significantly over the last few years, making your options wider than ever. Subtle changes in the way you approach mortgage shopping, and even small differences in the way you structure your mortgage, can cost or save you literally thousands of dollars and years of expense.

Whether you are about to buy your first home, or are planning to make a move to your next home, it is critical that you inform yourself about the factors involved.

In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a FREE special report entitled “6 Things You Must Know Before You Buy“.

Having the right information can make a major difference in this critical negotiation.

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Parents: Preparing Young Children for the Move

Over the years, many studies have been done to define and rank which typical life experiences cause the greatest amount of stress for the average adult. For anyone who has had to make a move, it probably comes as no surprise that moving ranks within the top 10 of the most stressful events… and once you add children to the equation, the stress level only increases.

To help parents prepare their young children for a move, and also help them adjust to their new home and community once the move has taken place, we have compiled the best tips from experts in the industry into a FREE report titled “Parents: Preparing Young Children for the Move.”

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Is Now the Best Time to Sell?

Selling your home is not only a big decision financially, but also emotionally. Your home is no longer the bricks, drywall, and hardwood floors you fell in love with when you bought it. You have tackled some of life’s many milestones and made memories inside the house you now call a home. Whether you have simply grown out of the house, are choosing to downsize, or you’re looking for a new location, there are many factors that may influence your decision to sell your house

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5 Big Secrets to Selling a Luxury Property for Top Dollar

With so many uncontrollable factors at play, selling a luxury property can be more of an art form than a science. That being said, there are a handful of steps you can take to make sure your high-end home gets the star treatment. Use these five selling techniques to put your soon-to-be-profitable property on the top of luxury buyers’ lust lists.

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What the average house price gets you across Canada

Not all housing markets in Canada are created equal. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association’s latest data, the national average house price for August 2018 was just over $475,500. CREA noted that this figure is “heavily skewed by sales in the Greater Vancouver Area and the Greater Toronto Area, two of Canada’s most active and expensive markets. Excluding these two markets from calculations cuts almost $94,000 from the national average price, trimming it to just under $382,000.”

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Don’t Pay Another Cent in Rent to Your Landlord Before You Read This FREE Special Report

If you’re like most renters, you feel trapped within the walls of a house or apartment that doesn’t feel like yours. How could it when you’re not even permitted to bang in a nail or two without a hassle. You feel like you’re stuck in the renter’s rut with no way of rising up out of it and owning your own home.

Well don’t feel trapped any more! A new FREE Special Report entitled “How To Stop Paying Rent and Own Your Own Home” has already helped dozens of local renters get out from under their landlord’s finger, and move into a wonderful home they can truly call their own. You can make this move too by discovering the important steps detailed in this FREE Special Report.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been renting, or how insurmountable your financial situation may seem. With the help of this report, it will become suddenly clear to you how you really can save for the down payment and stop wasting thousands of dollars on rent.

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How To Buy A Home With Little Or No Money Down

A new home ownership program allows qualified buyers to buy a home with a very low down payment (in some cases as low as zero).

You may have owned a home before and are presently renting, or maybe you are a first time homebuyer and need a way to break into the housing market, but held back because you thought you required $10,000, $20,000 or even more for a down payment. Well, regardless of your present situation, if you want to get into or re-enter the housing market with a lower amount, or even without a cash down payment at all, then this new program may be just what you’re looking for.

Why pay your landlord’s mortgage when you can be building your own equity?

Industry insiders have prepared a new special report entitled How to Buy a Home With Little Or No Money Down  which reveals how this new and innovative program can get you into the housing market immediately. End the waiting – order this report NOW.

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