How do you know if now is a good time to buy a house?

Posted on August 7th, 2014 by @BertDaniel with No Comments

If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you already know that the market is finally beginning to turn around. Can we get a Rent or Buyhallelujah?! Sing it from the roof gardens! But hey, just because the market is on the upturn – how are you supposed to know if now is a good time to buy for you?

Here’s 3 questions to ask yourself before you take the plunge.

1.  What’s the market like?

Yes, we’ve already told you that things are on the up and up when it comes to real estate, however if you are considering buying a house in 2014, it’s essential that you stay up-to-date with the market trends. Take into consideration how much homes are selling for in your area and what the mortgage rates and tax credits are currently. The best barometer for gauging what the market is like in your area is a good agent. Ahem.

2. What do my finances look like?

Be honest with yourself, can you afford to buy a home right now? What is your monthly income and do you expect it will remain steady for the foreseeable future? There’s a few other financial considerations; down payment, closing costs, moving costs, etc.

3.  Am I ready for home ownership?

Let’s talk about commitment, folks. Buying a home is a huge investment – financially, and otherwise. Being a home owner is so much more than simply having a place to call your own…are you ready to fix the hot water heater or pay for someone else to do it? What about cleaning those gutters? And you’ll probably need a snow shovel…

Are you ready to set down roots for at least 5 years, possibly more? It’s also important to consider the community that you’ll become part of, can you see yourself integrating well into your new hometown?

For more advice and help deciding whether you should Rent or Buy, call one of our expert agents for a free consultation!


What To Do Before Selling Your Home

Posted on June 6th, 2014 by @BertDaniel with No Comments

What-do-you-need-to-prepare-before-selling-your-business-200x133As we see the economy continue to grow, house prices on the rise, and just generally more confidence in the housing market, many homeowners are preparing to put their homes on the market. We’re expecting the next year to be a very competitive and busy home selling season!

With this great news, we’ve got some advice as you may be gearing up to list your own home. Here is our top 5 things to do before selling your home:

Spruce It Up

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again…you must make your home warm and welcoming to prospective buyers so this means cleaning, de-cluttering, and making minor repairs. People fall in love with a property if they can imagine themselves already living in it…so it’s important to de-personalize it. Remove your personal and family photos, religious or spiritual décor, and yes…your Grandmother’s thimble collection has got to go. While prepping your house for sale you should also be sorting out all of those little problems you haven’t quite had time for over the past few months – the leaky faucet, the cupboard door that doesn’t close properly, the chipped baseboard etc, etc. The house should be as neutral as possible and appear well-maintained.

Price It Right

Although there will be more houses coming onto the market this year, there is currently still a limited number of properties. Although many factors will need to be taken into consideration, the most reliable way to determine the house’s market value is to look at the age, square footage, number of beds / baths, appraised value and what other comparable properties in your area have sold for. Although tempting, don’t get hung up on what you paid for the house or what you feel you should get for the house. Buyers are incredibly savvy these days, they have a lot of information available to them from a variety of sources and they are motivated enough to do the research before they buy so you’ll have more success with a realistic price.

List It Online

Duh, right? This is a complete no-brainer as 94% of buyers start looking for their new home on the Internet!! When choosing a broker, ensure they can provide extensive online coverage and that they have the facilities to virtually show your house. This includes professional-quality photos, a virtual tour, and a vibrant description of your property – and all should be mobile-optimized! It’s been proven that homes that feature all of these online capabilities are selling for $3-4,000 more than their competitors!

Avoid Surprises

There are any number of last-minute problems that can arise, so our advice to you is to be prepared for them from the start and they won’t complicate, delay, or even cancel your sale. It’s a good idea to have your inspections and key reports done well in advance of any interest from buyers. And please, read them with a fine-toothed comb! Our advice? Get all government-mandated inspections done before the house goes on the market, and ask your broker what other inspections will be considered standard for your area, that may be home, pest, and roof inspections.

Get More Attention…

If you’ve listed online in all the right places, your property should gain some traction right away. Typically, 80% of potential buyers will see your property within the first 4-6 weeks of it going on the market. But if it doesn’t go within this time period, it generally takes 3 months or so to clear the decks and start again with a pool of newcomers. As much as you might not want to admit it, if your property remains on the market for a long period of time, you may need to consider sweetening the deal to gain renewed interest.


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Posted on May 19th, 2014 by @BertDaniel with No Comments

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