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Tips For Buying A Home
Posted on Tue, 10 Apr 2018, 11:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Tips For Buying A Home

Buying a home brings the buyer a feeling of accomplishment. When you are wanting to buy a home, you have to remember that it is not a process that will happen overnight. The process for buying a home can take a long time. Most of the process for buying a home is making sure you are financially able to do so. Some steps to take before you are looking to buy a home include finding job stability, making sure you have no outstanding bills, and build up a savings account for money down. Accomplishing all of these steps happen over a period of time.

Tips For Buying A HomeHaving a steady source of income is one of the key factors in buying a home. Job stability is more than just having a paycheck every week. It is making sure you are at a company you have a future with, as well as being with a company that appreciates you for your work by giving you a fair raise. Your take home income should be a significant amount more than what your monthly budget requires.

Another factor to consider when getting ready to buy a home is to make sure you do not have any outstanding bills. The unpaid or late bills in your name will reflect poorly in your credit score. This will also give the financial institution you are trying to get a home loan through that you are not always reliable in making monthly payments on time. If you have credit card debt, it is advised to have the balance below half of what your credit limit is or have the credit cards paid off entirely. Financial institutions like to see their clients have minimal credit card debt because this type of debt is classified an unsecured debt.

The final factor to take care of before shopping for a home is to make sure you have a savings account built. Generally when you are buying a home, you will be required to have a down payment on the home loan. The percentage of the down payment required depends on your credit score and the type of home loan you are applying for. It is also a good idea to have a savings account built to show the financial institution you are capable of saving money and you have some money to help with any unexpected expenses, should they occur.

When the time comes to shop for a home, make sure you are realistic about the price and type of home you want to buy. Having a pre-approved letter for a house loan from a financial institution will show the seller or real estate agent you are a serious buyer. This will also help narrow down your search for a home. With the pre-approved letter for a home loan from a financial institution, you may want to consider buying a home under the maximum amount you are pre-authorized for. If you buy a home that is less than your pre-authorized amount, you will not feel so tied down to the house and will have some extra money to save for the unexpected expenses that could occur.


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Questions to Ask Your Future REALTOR®
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018, 02:55:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Working with a REALTOR® can be one of the most invaluable ways for you to get a leg up on the competition when it comes to buying a home. A capable REALTOR® can provide you with all of the information you need to make a much more informed decision in the future, especially if you are not sure where to begin. Working with a REALTOR® for the first time, however, can be difficult, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed without a set plan in mind. When you are ready to begin shopping for your home, take a look at some of these questions to ask to get a better feel for your REALTOR® and what they can provide for you.

 

Ask About Their Background

One of the first things that you should ask is whether or not the REALTOR® works with a group. This can be a good way to get started because a larger group will be able to provide you with more resources as you proceed through the purchasing or selling process. It can be equally important to discuss the professional's current background to learn more about their standing with the group and whether or not you will continue to work with the REALTOR® in the future. With the background in mind, the customer can do a little bit more research regarding their situation as well, such as by planning ahead for specific REALTOR® policies.Questions to Ask Your Future REALTOR®

 

Ask About Licensing

In addition to their employment background, it can be a good idea to learn more about their credentials. Ask them about where they completed their certification and what documentation they can show you. This will help you weigh your options if you are looking at a broader spectrum of REALTORS® to speak with. On such a level, it can be a good idea to make a list of REALTORS® that you would like to contact and discuss how they can help you with each. Remember to always shop around, and never feel as though you need to make an immediate choice on your real estate decisions.

 

Ask About Their References

Always ask about a few references, as this can be one of the best ways for you to learn more about the history of your REALTOR®. Many REALTORS® will have a few references under their belt that they can provide for you so that you feel better about your decision. Ask these references some questions regarding their experience with the REALTOR®, such as how helpful and how thorough the REALTOR® was during the buying or selling process. With this background information in mind, you will also know what to look forward to when you begin working with your REALTOR®.

 

Ask About Neighborhoods

When you are ready to look into the home itself, it is always a good idea to ask about the neighborhood as well. Though most REALTORS® will begin with a cursory look at what the home's neighborhood can offer, it is extremely important to get into the specifics. Ask about the amenities that will be important to you, such as a library or a gym. If you have children, it is important for you to find the appropriate local services, such as daycares or schools. Regardless of what you need, working with your REALTOR® on the specifics is one of the best ways to find the perfect home for you. Similarly, if you are selling a home, it can be a good idea to discuss the amenities that you want to bring up in the listing in order to attract more attention.

 


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Real Estate Investments in Canada
Posted on Sat, 10 Mar 2018, 02:50:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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Have you been looking for a new investment? You can try real estate. Real estate can become a regular source of income throughout your work life up to retirement. You can also sell it when you need cash or leave it to your kids for inheritance.

 

How do you go about finding the next property to invest in Canada?

Well, you will need a real estate agent to guide you on the available properties in the market. Most people have a misconception about agents. That the agents may run off with your money without finding the right property for you. Though this is true if you meet scammers, the honest ones, however, do make your work easier.

To find the right real estate agent, you will need to ask for referrals from friends or families, or to do the leg walk yourself from office to office. You can also search online and get one immediately. If you are going to trust someone with your investment, it would be advisable to visit them in their office.

Open houses will also provide you with an opportunity to meet an agent.Real Estate Investments in Canada

 

Ask questions

Don’t let them feed you with market prices and future projections of the value of a property. Ask questions if you have any. Don’t be afraid to voice out your concerns. If you are looking for a condo or an apartment tell the agent your choice.

Listen to their advice but be the judge. More so, do your own research.

 

Finances

If you opt for a loan, then you will need to apply for a mortgage with financial institutions. Mortgages are usually 75% of the cost of the property. So you will need to raise the 25% from your pockets. The lender may have to conduct interviews with you to find if you are eligible for the mortgage. The approval may take a few days or longer depending on the bank and your financial status.

You can also choose to invest in real estate with a group of investors. It can be family or friends or even business partners. Investing in a group will help you spread out the risk of your investment. If there are significant losses on the property, you get to share with your partners.

 

Lawyers

When buying a property for investment, it is crucial to seek the services of a lawyer. Although they will cost you a few dollars, they will help you with the mortgage review, Agreement of purchase and sale, and search the title. These are things that will make your purchase straightforward. The charges will depend on the lawyer’s experience, the property, and location.

 

Accountant

A professional accountant will come in handy for the purchase of the property. They can identify the little and minor costs incurred on the property such as insurance and interest fees. Accountants can also advise you on the best system for recording your income and expenses on the property to determine tax reports.

 

Taxes

The taxes charged on your property will depend on the location of the property, income, and expenses. Consult both the lawyer and the accountant on projected taxes on the property.

 

Maintenance

Well, investment is not just about making money. There will be days when you have to spend money on maintenance of the property. If it is an apartment, maintenance may be a regular thing as tenants come and go as they wish. Some of the typical maintenance costs are; electrical, doors, windows, paints, locks, shelves and taps. Floors and ceilings may take a few years before they need maintenance unless you get ‘unique’ tenants.

 

Buying land instead of property

You can choose to buy bare land instead of property. This land can remain bare until its value appreciates so that you can resell it or you can find capital to build a property of your choice. However, for bare land to appreciate, you will need to be patient for a few years to see the difference in value.

 


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Top Do’s and Don’ts that Homebuyers Need to Remember
Posted on Tue, 20 Feb 2018, 01:50:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing a home is a big investment; therefore, buyers need to take their time when searching for a new home. A common mistake can be costly in the long-run, so you want to avoid errors when possible. Go over the do’s and don’ts that you should consider when searching for your new home. Using these tips could help simplify the property search, and allow you to enjoy the buying process instead of stressing and over-thinking.

 

Do Take Your TimeTop Do’s and Don’ts that Homebuyers Need to Remember

Buying a house shouldn’t be a rushed process. You will likely live in this home for years to come, so you want to make sure you love the home and the community before you close the deal. It is a good idea to narrow down the neighbourhood that you want to live in before looking at the homes, especially if location is the most important factor to you and your family. Choose a couple of areas, in case the properties in one location are not within your price range or lack the features and local attractions that you desire. Studying the areas could help you determine:

  • If the location is safe and secure
  • How good the educational institutions are
  • Local rental and sales comparisons
  • Common features that the properties have
  • and more…

Visit at least five to six homes within the locations of your choice. This will help you get a better idea of what each property has to offer, and it could help you negotiate a good asking price. Be sure to visit your top three properties more than once, and take photos to compare the homes before making a choice.

 

Don’t Ignore Potential Costs and Fees

When you buy a home with your emotions, instead of using good judgment and a professional evaluation, you could end up making costly repairs in the future. Homebuyers should always have an evaluation done using a professional that they trust, instead of a company that the seller recommends. This may cost you a little more, but the money you save on the issues that lie beneath the walls and surfaces could be more expensive, so ideally, you are saving yourself time and money. In addition to potential repairs and other unforeseen costs, you should ask about fees pertaining to a homeowner’s association and other community programs. You want to be clear on what you are paying for prior to purchasing the home. Of course there will be minor costs in the future, but you want to avoid major repairs and hidden costs when possible.

 

Don’t Base your Decision on Décor

Many sellers will put a lot of work into the staging process, making the home too good to pass up. As a buyer, you have to look deeper than wall colours, fixtures, and staged furniture. Remember that those items and furnishings won’t be in the home once you move in, so look beyond the decorations and make sure the property can accommodate your personal belongings and your lifestyle. Some things to consider are:

  • Is the space large enough for your family to function in on a daily basis?
  • Are the colours acceptable or will you need to paint over them once you move in? Can the seller change the current wall colours to accommodate your furnishings?
  • Are the schools, grocery stores, hospitals, retail stores, and other necessities within a short driving or walking distance?

When you begin the search for a new home, be sure to remember these do’s and don’ts. You want to invest as much time and energy into this process as possible, and conduct research to avoid costly mistakes. Hiring an experienced sales representative could make the process go a lot smoother, and prevent you from making common errors.


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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 - REALTOR® 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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