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Five Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sing During an Open House
Posted on Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 12:15:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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You only get one chance to make a great first impression, and while that's true in your professional life, it's also true when it comes to selling your home. Open houses are a great way to get prospective buyers through and to show them all the features of your old home that makes it perfect for them. Your real estate agent will work with you to find a date and time that works around your schedule. That agent might offer some helpful feedback on what you can do to your home too. You can use some simple tips to make your kitchen really shine and sing during an open house.

 

Put Away the Clutter

Five Ways to Make Your Kitchen Sing During an Open HouseNo one wants to see the clutter in your kitchen taking over the room. Clutter can include those recipes you want to try, the groceries that you keep forgetting to put away, the shoes and bags that your kids drop when they get home from school and even pots and pans that you leave sitting out on the cutter. Find a place for everything in your kitchen. If you don't have space for everything, put those items in boxes that you store in the garage or your car until the open house is over.

 

Organize the Cabinets

Peeking in the cabinet is something that many prospective buyers do. It's not necessarily that they want to see what you have, but they do want to see if your cabinets are large enough for their own things. You can take the easy way out and simply cut down on the things you store in those cabinets. Some sellers even start packing up the pots and other kitchen supplies that they use less often. You can also bring in some organizers to organize everything in your cabinets.

 

Use New Paint

A new coat of paint is one of the best ways to freshen up your kitchen and make it a focal point of any open house tour. You may not realize just how much debris builds up on the walls in the kitchen from the foods that you cook. Grease can splatter on the walls and cabinets, making those surfaces look significantly darker than those areas actually are. Choose a paint in a lighter and brighter shade that makes the kitchen feel more spacious to make buyers want to cook there.

 

Clean Everything

Your home can never be too clean for an open house, especially when it comes to your kitchen. In the days leading up to the tour, clean as much as possible. Don't put the dishes off until the next day or skip taking out the trash when the can fills up. Old food and trash can leave behind lingering odors that are almost impossible to ignore. Put away the dishes from the sink before the open house before wiping down the interior too. You'll want to clean the counters, sweep and mop or vacuum the floors and clean all other surfaces also.

 

Bake Cookies

One of the best scents in the world is the scent of vanilla and chocolate baking in the oven. When you bake up a batch of cookies right before the open house, that scent will linger in the air and make each buyer want to check out the kitchen. You can make the dough the night before and freeze it, but you can also use a dough that you bought from the store. When you clean, bake and use any of these others tips, you can make your kitchen more appealing to those buyers.


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4 Tips to Make Your Home Marketable
Posted on Sat, 20 Jan 2018, 11:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Long gone are the days when fresh flowers, warm milk, and sweet treats could win over potential buyers. In today’s market, sellers have to develop unique and successful ways to attract buyers and gain their interest. Although some traditional methods work when marketing a home, sellers may have to try new tactics to help their home stand out to buyers. Here are some common tips to use, in addition to unique tactics that could make your home more marketable.

 

Neutral Colours

4 Tips to Make Your Home MarketableA fresh coat of paint can make a room seem bigger and more refreshing, but sellers can take things a step further by adding a little color and style. However, it is important to use neutral colours that make buyers feel welcomed, instead of bold colours that could turn them away. Adding color to the property could also help increase your odds of selling the home for more money.

Some neutral colours that sellers should try include:

  • Light and soft blue kitchens
  • Eggshell white bathrooms
  • Cadet blue adult bedrooms and antique rose for the children’s rooms
  • Light beige or pastel gray living rooms
  • Navy or dark gray front doors

 

Enlist the Help of Neighbours

Sellers don’t typically involve their neighbours, but doing so could help you sell your home faster. Your neighbours are likely just as interested in the potential buyers as you are. They will want to know as much about their future neighbours as possible, including where they are from, if they have children, do they like pets, and more. This is why enlisting the help of your neighbours could possibly make the selling process go faster, and a lot smoother. You could take it a step further by offering your neighbours gift cards for referring buyers to your home. Be sure to set stipulations when giving out gift cards and incentives, such as requesting serious buyers only.

 

Spruce Up the Curb Appeal

The exterior of the home is the first thing that potential buyers see; therefore, you want your curb appeal to be breathtaking. Removing clutter and touching up the paint are simple things to do, but planting a garden and enhancing the landscape can truly make a difference. If you have never had a garden, now may be the time to start one. You could also hire a professional landscaping company to help spruce up the exterior by pulling weeds, laying mulch, and adding a few plants and flowers that give your home a more personable touch. As a seller, remember that you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and sprucing up your curb appeal could entice buyers to come inside and see all of the great features that your home has to offer.

 

Use Your Web Savvy Skills

Being web savvy could help you discover more ways to sell your home, such as a virtual open house. You simply need a good camera, or photographer, and a compelling description of your home. Of course the property should be well-maintained, clean, have up-to-date features, and staged perfectly. You can also create a blog and post links to the blog online, via social media, message boards, and other websites that pertain to sellers and home buyers. You should speak with a sales representative and ask her about online sales techniques and strategies that can make your home more marketable.

When it comes to selling your home, you may need to work extra hard to make it more marketable. This is the best way to attract buyers and get your home sold faster. Before putting your home on the market, consider using these tips, in addition to any advice that your sales representative provides.


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4 Tips that can Simplify the Relocation Process
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018, 11:25:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Countless people relocate on a daily basis, for various reasons, such as a new job, a new home, to attend college, and to be closer to their families. Regardless of why you are relocating, it can be a difficult process. However, taking your time and researching the new area can make the relocation easier, especially when it pertains to buying a new home in a new neighbourhood. Here are four tips to help make the relocation process easier on you and your family.

 

Remain Organised

4 Tips that can Simplify the Relocation ProcessMost of the stress people experience when relocating is due to being unorganised. You can stay organized by making to-do lists and sticking to them. Refrain from doing everything at once; this will only lead to more stress and unrealistic time-frames. Your to-do lists should pertain to your current location and your new home. Movers should also develop checklist when packing up their homes. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of a sales representative and professional movers. Be sure to ask family and friends for assistance, regardless of how big or small the task may be.

 

Visit the Neighbourhood

Buyers should do this multiple times prior to choosing their new home. Driving through the neighbourhood of a home you are interested in purchasing can help you get a better understanding of the area, in terms of the local activity and the type of people who live in the community. Although you should plan out some of these visits with a sales representative, it is a good idea to make unplanned visits as well. This gives you the opportunity to see the area with a clear view, instead of taking a staged tour planned by the seller. While visiting the neighbourhood, be sure to verify that the area provides easy access to the places and things at the top of your want-list, such as local grocery stores and shopping malls, emergency care services, entertainment, parks, and more.

 

Ask for Relocation Assistance from an Employer

You should ask for assistance, regardless if your employer offers this type of help. Employers are often willing to negotiate when it comes to relocation services, even when it’s not in their policy. When you negotiate relocation assistance from an employer, be sure to have answers to the basic questions the company may ask, such as:

  • Transportation expenses
  • Quotes from professional movers
  • Temporary housing costs
  • Storage fees

Having this information handy could increase your odds of receiving relocation assistance from an employer. You will also need to have these details ready if relocation services or reimbursement is a part of your new job or company’s policy, in order to ease the process and reduce the risk of costly errors.

 

Research Moving Companies

Finding a reputable mover is essential when relocating, especially if you are moving long-distance. This is the business that you are entrusting to pack up, transport, and unpack your personal belongings. You want to choose a moving company that is licensed, provides insurance, gives you access to references, and has a thorough hiring process. A reputable company will be honest about its fees, and give you accurate tips and advice when conducting a walk-through.

When relocating, you should also check to see if your moving expenses are tax-deductible. You could be eligible for some type of tax reimbursement, which could ease some of the financial stress that comes with relocation expenses.

Before you begin the relocation process, create a list of the pros and cons that come with this type of move. Remember to stay organized and take multiple visits to the top neighbourhoods of your choice. The objective is to make the move simple and fun, instead of stressful, too expensive, and unbearable.


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The top 5 Safest Cities in Canada To Live In
Posted on Sun, 31 Dec 2017, 03:10:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Canada has many desirable places to live. However, some cities are more desirable than others. Statistics Canada ranks cities based on an indicator called the Crime Severity Index. Here are a few of the safest cities in Canada that you can choose to live in:

 

Quebec

Quebec features one of the lowest crime rates in the country. It has a crime severity index of 41.8 which happens to be the lowest in the country, combined with the lowest overall crime rate. Quebec also features a very rich culture: the city is historically French-speaking. This also gives Quebec a distinct status within Canada. The economy is also diverse, with exposure to Pharmaceuticals and Natural Resources.

 

Barrie, Ontario

Barrie is another incredibly safe city with a very low crime index of 43.3. It's also no stranger to culture: The city has specified a plan to attract cultural amenities. They began measuring arts activity in 2005, and began collecting information on arts in the local area. The city also has a few big employers: Coca-Cola, TD Canada Trust Technology and Operations Centre, and a BMO Data Centre are all among some of the major employers.

 

Toronto, Ontario

The top 5 Safest Cities in Canada To Live InToronto is the 3rd largest city in Canada, and is also widely known outside of Canada. This city is extremely safe with a crime index of 45.7, which is impressive given the size. It has a thriving performance arts scene, and features many museums which are designed to be explored. Toronto is also the home to many of Canada's famous hockey leagues. While Toronto isn't the capital of Canada, it's the most important financial centre in the country. Bay Street is the city's financial district, along with the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Toronto Stock Exchange is the third largest in the world by capitalization.

 

Ottawa

Ottawa is the Capital of Canada and features a very low crime index of 46.5. It's right on the river, and the city has some of the best architecture in the world. Semi-detached homes stand right next to single family homes to create a very unique style. The best news is for job seekers - Ottawa features one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. There are plenty of employment options to choose from among the government offices and high-tech companies.

 

Peterborough

Like Toronto, this province also lies right in Ontario. It's only 125 KM to the northeast of Toronto and the city has a population of just over 81,000 people. Peterborough's economy is dominated heavily by manufacturing: manufacturing remains a key sector for the local economy's expansion. The Quaker Oats factory lies right on the Otanabee river. GE, PepsiCo, and Siemens also have a significant presence in Peterborough. In 2013, Peterborough featured a crime severity index of 54.4, which is a 14.4% reduction from the 2012 statistics.

There are many great communities in Canada. Choosing the right place to relocate to is made possible with the assistance of a talented real estate agent whom can assist in providing the background knowledge required to understand the area. Don't hesitate to move to a safer province if you don't feel safe where you're currently at.


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Top 7 Security Tips for Your Home
Posted on Wed, 20 Dec 2017, 03:05:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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It is important to keep your home secure to prevent thefts or physical attacks. Today, there are modern ways to protect your home, but you can continue to use traditional methods to prevent a break-in. You might think that you live in a safe neighborhood, but home invasions can occur in any area, so you must plan ahead of time to prevent any problems. Use these methods to protect your home from a break-in.

 

Security Tip 1: Upgrade the Locks On Your Home

Top 7 Security Tips for Your HomeIf your home has old-fashioned locks on the doors and windows, then it is time to upgrade the items. A locksmith can install modern locks on windows and doors to help prevent a break-in. You may want to have multiple locks on windows and doors to protect your family. Don’t forget to add locks to the windows around a basement or on a garage.

 

Security Tip 2: Replace Windows and Doors

When your home has decaying doors and windows, it is easy for someone to break through the items. A thief can remove the degraded wood around a window to remove the windowpanes before lifting a window screen to enter your home. In addition, it is simple for a thief to break through a door that has splitting wood, so it is also a good idea to install new metal doors.

 

Security Tip 3: Add More Exterior Lighting

Thieves don’t want to invade a home that has bright exterior lighting because neighbors can see them breaking in. You can find inexpensive solar lights to install around a home’s doors, pathways and windows. Some solar lights are on posts that you stick into the ground, but you can also fasten solar lights to the sides or roof of a home for additional protection.

 

Security Tip 4: Stop Newspaper, Package and Mail Deliveries

If you are planning to leave your home, then make sure to stop mail, package and newspaper deliveries. Thieves look for homes that have mail in the mailbox or piles of newspapers and packages on a porch. You can contact the post office to hold your mail, and also, call your delivery person to stop placing newspapers on your porch. Avoid ordering items before leaving on a vacation because the package will remain on your doorstep until you return home.

 

Security Tip 5: Have Opaque Window Coverings

Have heavy draperies or opaque window blinds on the windows of your home so that no one can see in. Thieves will look through windows to find homes that have televisions, computers and other electronics that are easy to sell. Don’t have expensive artwork or silverware near a window where a potential thief can see the items.

 

Security Tip 6: Use Caution During the Daytime

The majority of home break-ins occur during the day when most homeowners are working. Make sure to lock all of the windows and doors on your home before you leave for the day. Don’t leave pet doors open because a thief can enter through one of these devices to steal cash, jewelry and other small items.

 

Security Tip 7: Trim Trees and Shrubbery

Make sure to trim the shrubbery and trees on your lawns to make it difficult for a thief to hide. Burglars look for homes where they can hide behind trees and shrubs so that it is easy to break a window’s glass or push through a door. If it is easier for a passerby to see your home’s doors and windows, then it is less likely that a thief will try to break in.


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Top Mistakes Homeowners Make When Selling Their Home
Posted on Sun, 10 Dec 2017, 03:05:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Those who list their home on the market and are ready to relocate often want to sell the property as soon as possible. There are many steps involved with selling a house, making it necessary to be prepared and plan ahead. If you're ready to find a buyer, there are a few common mistakes to avoid making.

 

Pricing it Too High

Top Mistakes Homeowners Make When Selling Their HomeMany homeowners fail to get their house appraised ahead of time to ensure that have a good understanding of what it's worth. Not knowing the value of your property can make it easy to price it too high, which can turn off potential buyers. Overpricing will cause it to sit on the market for a longer period of time and can cause the value to drop due to a lack of interest.

Review similar homes in the local area and perform an inspection with a professional to determine if there are any underlying issues that may affect what the home is worth.

 

Trying to Sell it on Your Own

Although you may want to make more of a profit when the home sells by listing it on your own, you can have less success without the help of a professional. Hiring a REALTORŪ will allow the property to have more exposure on the market and can make it stand out due to the professional's tips.

A REALTORŪ will work as the middle man during the negotiations process to ensure that you sell the home for a higher price without turning off the buyer. They'll have the power to list it in more places and can offer tips on how to make it more appealing.

Find a REALTORŪ that you're on the same page with to ensure that they understand your needs and financial situation. They should communicate well and tell you what you need to hear. Look for a professional who can respond quickly to your questions or concerns.

 

Not Prepping the House

Although you may be in a rush to get the home listed, it's important to prep the home to ensure that it's attractive and stands out on the market. You'll need to set aside a few months for cleaning, staging the interior setting, and performing repairs. Tidying up the landscaping can increase the curb appeal of the home and will make it look inviting in your ads.

Removing clutter is also necessary to ensure that the home appears maintained and more spacious. Consider removing all paperwork, personalized items, and bold decor that might not appeal to most buyers. Keeping the setting neutral is necessary to ensure that it sells faster.

 

Using Low-Quality Images

The photos that you use in your ads is the first impression that you make to buyers, making it necessary to hire a professional to take the pictures. The pictures should be taken during the day when there's plenty of natural light in each room for a well-lit and uplifting setting.

 

Failing to Have a Backup Plan

It's difficult to know what to expect once you list the home on the market, making it necessary to have a backup plan established. Some people sell their home too fast, which can leave them without a place to live. Others don't sell the home soon enough, which leads to extra expenses and delays with moving. Plan for different circumstances to ensure that you can afford listing your home for several months or have a place to stay if you need to move out sooner than you expected.


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Top 5 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home During the Holidays
Posted on Thu, 30 Nov 2017, 04:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services, etc.
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Many people think of the holiday season as the worst time to sell a home, but this season actually has some advantages. The buyers are generally more serious, and you won't have as much competition with other sellers during these months. Once your family has decided that this is the best time to put your home on the market, you will need to begin getting the property ready for potential buyers. Here are some of the tips that sellers should use when putting their home on the market during the holiday season.

 

Hire a Sales Representative

Sellers need to find a dependable sales representative who will work hard for them throughout the entire holiday season, instead of someone who will start off strong, only to quit by the Thanksgiving holiday. You should ask family and friends for referrals. Be sure to do some research on the top sales representatives in your area, and compare their similarities and differences. Read over the reviews and verify the credentials of the sales representative. If he is truly qualified, he will help make the selling process easier.

 

Keep the Decorations to a Minimum

Although your home should look its best during the holidays, you don't want to overdo it with the decorations. This could overwhelm potential buyers and keep them from coming into the home. You only have one chance to make a first impression, and the exterior decor is your best opportunity. Avoid using adornments that are too large, or too many decorations that crowd the home. Sellers should also use general, or non-religious, decorations to avoid offending buyers.

 

Look for Motivated BuyersTop 5 Tips to Help You Sell Your Home During the Holidays

People who are searching for a home during the holidays typically have a good reason for doing so; they have to move within a specific time frame, they're relocating, or they need the extra space. It is the seller’s job to seek out serious buyers and work hard to persuade them to attend an open house at their property. As a seller, you can work with an experienced sales representative to help you seek out buyers who are moving into your area. Buyers searching for homes around the holidays also include college staff, investors on tax deadlines, and military personnel, especially if your home is near a military base.

 

Take Good Photos

The holiday months may bring about inconsistent weather that keeps buyers inside. Instead of driving through countless neighborhoods to search for homes, buyers will rely on the Internet when browsing properties. This option allows them to choose their favorite properties without leaving their homes. Therefore, you want to make sure you take top-notch photos of your home. The more flattering, high-quality photos that you have available with your online listing, the more buyers you could attract. Be sure to include photos that you took during the spring and summer months, in order to give buyers an idea of how the home will look year-round. If you don't have a high-quality camera, consider hiring a professional to take a few photos of your home.

 

Make the Home Cozy

This provides buyers with an escape from the cold weather during the holiday season. You can make the home feel cozier by adjusting the heat when buyers come for a walk-through. Sellers should also play classical, holiday music and offer homemade holiday treats that buyers will enjoy. This could encourage buyers to spend more time inside of your home, admiring its best features.

 

If you have decided to put your home up for sale during the holiday season, be sure to do everything possible to attract serious buyers. You can start by using these tips. An experienced sales representative will help you make your home look more appealing, in terms of decor and features, in addition to the asking price. Remember that the holiday season has many advantages pertaining to putting your home on the market!


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Top Tips for Staging Your Home
Posted on Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 04:05:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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One of the most important parts of selling your property and finding the right buyer is to stage your home. Staging a property is a necessary step that can increase the appeal of the setting and will enhance the features that are available. When you're ready to begin the process, there are a few important steps to follow.

 

Remove Clutter

Many sellers make the mistake of leaving clutter out that is present in their home, which can be an eyesore and will detract from the quality of the property. Remove stacks of papers in a home office or photos that are displayed on the refrigerator. You'll also need to remove excess toys in children's rooms or piles of boxes that are taking up too much space in the garage.

Consider renting a storage unit for a place to store your personal belongings, which will also free up extra space in the home. Removing the items will also make the interior setting appear larger and more spacious.

Make it a point to empty out your closets to ensure that it's only half-full, which will make buyers believe that there's an abundance of storage space available.

 

Use New LinensTop Tips for Staging Your Home

The linens that are used in the bathrooms and kitchen should appear new and contribute to the appeal of the setting. Dirty or old rags and curtains can date the property and allow it to look neglected. Opt for using fresh, new towels in the bathrooms and use a new hand towel in the kitchen.

 

Rent Patio Furniture

The outdoor property is just as important as the interior setting, making it necessary to rent patio furniture that complements the outdoor environment. Create a seating area on the back patio and add decorative water elements, which will cause potential buyers to envision themselves entertaining guests outside. Consider grouping chairs around a fire pit and adding string lights, which will allow the property to appear more welcoming and appealing.

 

Perform Upgrades

Upgrade the materials inside of the home to allow the property to appear newer and maintained. Consider painting the cabinets or adding new appliances to give the kitchen a makeover and allow it to stand out in the setting. You'll also want to add new hardware to cabinets throughout the home and install new lighting, which will work as one of the main focal points.

Repairs should also be made to ensure that buyers aren't turned off by leaky faucets or by broken door handles that may be present. The home should be ready to move into without requiring any fixes.

 

Deep Clean the Home

Deep cleaning the home is necessary to make it shine and tidy up areas that have been neglected. You'll need to dust overhead ceiling fans and clean the grout on tiles. Consider power washing the driveway and removing oil stains that may be present. You can also hire a professional to clean the chimney and carpets. Buyers are prone to inspecting every inch of the property when they take a tour, which is why each area should be deep cleaned and in good condition.

 

Rearrange the Furniture

Rearrange the furniture to enhance the flow of each room and make it easier to walk throughout the house. Remove rugs that may be easy to trip over or items that are in the middle of walkways. You may need to put a few furniture pieces in the garage or a storage unit to create more space and enhance the size of the interior setting.


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Touring a Property
Posted on Fri, 10 Nov 2017, 03:45:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Perhaps you're feeling anxious or stressed in regards to touring your very first property , be it an apartment home, a house, a condominium or anything else. We all know that feeling of "butterflies in the stomach" as you simply cannot wait to arrive at the very end of the transaction and close the sale. You have not done this before though you have trained intensely by experts in the business: What do you do? Do you panic? Do you step aside to review the booklet and property terms, or do you simply march forward in full faith in your potential?

 

Touring a PropertyI recommend the latter, friend. If there is one thing that I have impeccably learned in nearly five years of working as a real estate agent, it's this: There is no perfect sale, only the one that is never attempted. I have made more closings than I can dare to say, and on most days, I do not have that "perfect answer" or every property detail memorized, but I always have the confidence and technical resources by my side. That is all you will ever need in this business, besides a good prayer.

 

I keep a pricing sheet, a fees and costs calculator and booklet, and anything else I might need by my side - especially when in a hurry. I set the goal of showing at least 12 properties per day, and to do so, I must remain organized and in charge. For instance, I attempt to cover one property per hour - if not more. The more that I learn about each property, the quicker I can promote and sell it though it's not a perfect world and I often miss the mark. Still, I am a devoted - and successful - REALTORŪ of many years: Persistence, for me, has been the key that has opened every door.

 

Try to memorize how many bedrooms and bathrooms are included with each property, if a washer and dryer are included, what utility costs are covered, which electric company is in charge of electricity there, what its reputation is among customers and more. You should even be able to find how many square units the property measures so that you can have a quick answer on your tongue when asked; it can never hurt to be "too prepared", if such a thing even exists in today's society. Also, try to familiarize yourself with every possible prospect and resident system used by the best in real estate; maintain your familiarity by logging in and reviewing what you know every week.

 

Yardi, Matrix, PopCard, Voyager, Power Pro, Weblisters and Entrata are but a few of the most common platforms that real estate professionals use, but even these are changing rapidly as technology progresses; who knows if new systems are released in only a couple of weeks, and these "currently latest" ones are forever gone? That is why it's important to stay informed and updated on all ends. Contact your leads and prospects every week, immediately following up with them after having taken the tour - or even scheduled it.

 

Continue to ask them if they seek the same floor plan, amenities and other accommodations, or note if there has been a recent change. If the lead has decided to lease or purchase elsewhere, then kindly ask the name of the other property in question and the reason for choosing to do business there. Always ask if there is anything else that you may do for the lead, even if he or she has already decided on another property; it's good ethics.


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Questions To Ask Your Sales Representative When Selling Your Home
Posted on Tue, 31 Oct 2017, 02:45:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Are you selling your Canadian home? It doesn’t matter whether you have lived in this home for the entirety of your life, for just a few years, or just a few weeks. Selling a home in Canada is a very big deal and can cause you a lot of chaos if you do not given yourself the opportunity to learn all that you have to or want to learn about the process. Yes, even veteran buyers and sellers are looking for a list of questions to ask their next sales representative because everyone can improve upon the experiences that they have already had. Here are just a few questions that you should consider asking your next sales representative:

What Are Your Qualifications to Sell My Home?Questions To Ask Your Sales Representative When Selling Your Home

There are actually a hundred or more ways that your sales representative can interpret this question depending on the relationship that you have or have not established with them. Be prepared to follow this question up with more specific questions that relate to the information that you are actually seeking to learn. If you are looking for solid proof that the sales representative that you are currently looking at has a quality education that you believe will support the sale of your home, than be prepared to ask about his or her education. If you are looking for experience or stories of what types of homes they have sold to prepare them for the sale of your home, than be prepared to ask these types of questions as well. If you are looking to see what information they willingly give you, this may be the type of broad, yet specific, question you are looking for to break the ice.

What Paperwork And Fees Should I Be Prepared To Pay?

Sales representatives in Canada make their living by buying and selling homes just like yours. They wouldn’t make this living if they did not have fees and paperwork that their clients filled out. You should know that they are professionals and will not work for you for free unless they are personal family members that are working for their own benefit. Be prepared to talk about every last signature you are going to give, every penny you must spend and why, and any miscellaneous costs that you do not want to surprise you. You would be surprised to know that many people fall into some sort of accidental money trap just because they are not willing to ask about paperwork and fees. Lastly, you should know that some sales representatives are flexible with payment and will negotiate their fees to an extent with you. Do not be afraid to ask about these opportunities if you could really benefit.

What Information Do You Think I Need To Know Right Now?

Give your sales representative a chance to truly give you the ins and outs of the process you are engaging in. You know that you want to sell your house but maybe that is all that you know. Let them tell you what you should expect based on what they have seen with their other clients. You may learn quite a bit of information you didn’t know that you didn’t know.

To Recap

Selling your Canadian home can bring about many different emotions. You may or may not be ready to fully embrace each of the emotions that you feel as they arise, but trust that you are strong enough and that you have asked all of the right questions throughout the process. By this point, you should be feeling pretty good about the information that you have to give and the information that you have received from your Canadian sales representative. Now it is time to enjoy yourself and enjoy the process of moving.


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