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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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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Staging Your Home Tasks
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018, 01:55:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Summer is the best time to sell your home in a competitive real estate market. Buyers like to move in the summer when it isn't snowing or raining, and it is also easier to transition children to a new school in the autumn when a new semester begins. If you want to sell your home this summer, then you should begin to prepare the property during the spring so that it is ready for potential homebuyers to view. When you don't understand what a current homebuyer is looking for when she is shopping for a property, you can consult with a expert such as a professional who provides home staging services.


Home Staging Task 1: Clean Your Home CompletelyStaging Your Home Tasks

If you are a busy person, then cleaning your home completely is not on the top of your list. However, a potential buyer will notice dirty and worn looking areas of your home. When someone looking at your home notices debris on surfaces, she will assume that you haven't cared for your property, leading to problems such as insect infestations, broken plumbing fixtures and damaged electrical outlets. Cleaning your home requires removing everything from the cabinets and closets to scrub the surfaces. This is also the best time to throw away clutter to make the spaces look roomier.


Home Staging Task 2: Get Rid Of the Excess Items That Are Inside Your Home

The rooms in your home will look more spacious and inviting when you get rid of excess items. If your living room is packed with children’s toys, decorative items or DVDs, then pack the items in storage boxes or get rid of the things. You don’t need to create a space that looks like a hotel room because buyers enjoy seeing a home that has family photographs because it helps them to imagine themselves living there. Remember that potential homebuyers will look in every space of a building, so you should remove anything that is valuable or embarrassing.


Home Staging Task 3: Increase the Lighting In Each Room Of a Home

Anyone looking at your home will need bright lighting, so you should push furniture away from the windows to clean the windowpanes. Make sure that the window blinds or draperies are easy to open so that a real estate agent can show off a room’s best features such as a built-in entertainment center, stone fireplace or walk-in closet. In addition, make sure to have numerous lamps or overhead lighting fixtures so that a potential buyer can see a room’s features on a rainy day.


Home Staging Task 4: Paint Walls With Neutral Colors Of Paint

If you have installed wallpaper or used unusual colors of paint, then it is essential to redecorate with neutral colors. When a potential buyer sees hot pink walls in a bedroom or flowered wallpaper in a kitchen, she will avoid making an offer, or she will want to offer a lower price on the property. If a new buyer wants to move into a home right away, then redecorating is time-consuming and expensive, so you must meet a potential buyer’s needs by using plain white or off-white paint on the walls and ceilings of a home.


The first impression that a homebuyer has is your front porch and door, so make these elements look inviting by washing the cement steps and painting the door. Hang a decorative wreath on the door, or alternatively, place flowerpots next to the doorway to make your home more inviting.


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Top Do’s and Don’ts When Selling a Home
Posted on Sat, 10 Feb 2018, 01:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Selling a home is a big step; you are moving away from the years of memories you have made, in addition to the neighbours and local amenities that you have grown fond of. However, the sell must go on! You should hire a sales representative who can help you get your home ready to put on the housing market. The objective is to avoid common mistakes that could cost you potential buyers. To help make the selling process less chaotic, here are some do’s and don’t’s to think about before and after you have put your home on the market.


Do Learn as Much as PossibleTop Do’s and Don’ts When Selling a Home

Of course selling a home will require common sense; however, there are some things you need to research, such as asking price, marketing features, curb appeal, and more. If you aren’t a sales representative, or lack knowledge of the housing market, there will be important steps you need to learn before putting your home up for sale. When you set aside time to learn more about the market and what it takes to make a good sale, you could prevent yourself from making an expensive mistake. When sellers lose money on their home, it is often because they haven’t researched enough. There are seminars you can take to learn more about the housing market, in addition to research that you can conduct via the Internet or with printed materials. Sellers need to learn as much as they can to simplify the selling process, and to avoid making costly errors.


Don’t Personalize the Home

As a seller, you want to make sure the home is staged perfectly, but you also want to give potential buyers the ability to picture themselves living in the home. If you go overboard with personal items and décor that you love, buyers may be turned off. You should speak with a sales representative who can give you some staging pointers. For example, she may have you go with neutral wall colours, instead of bright shades of paint. You should also remove clothes from the closet when possible, and take down personal photos. It is okay to leave wall art and furniture in the home, but your children’s school pictures and awards should be taken down. The more personal the home is, the harder it is for the buyer to determine how the property will accommodate their needs and lifestyle.


Do Develop Selling Goals

Your goals can include selling the home within a short time frame, or getting your asking price without compromising. Although this rarely happens, it is not impossible. Make a list of goals that you want to achieve, and do your best to complete them. If you want to sell your home without adding new features to the property, take some time and jazz up your current features. For example, if you have an unfinished basement and you don’t want to put the extra time and money into finishing the area, you can enhance the feature by embellishing the context in your listing. Instead of listing an unfinished basement, you could state things like, “man cave or extra bedroom for those days when you want to be alone,” or “large storage space without the additional storage fees.” When you develop a list of goals, make sure you include a good plan and strategy for each goal.

Other factors to consider when selling your home are the offer due date, pricing, and current market trends. As a seller, you should remember the things that mattered most to you as a buyer, and incorporate those factors into your selling approach. When you choose to work with a qualified sales representative, he will do everything possible to attract serious buyers to your home, which increases your odds of selling the property. A sales representative can also go over other important do’s and don’ts to simplify the selling process.

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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 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 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.



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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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 REALTOR® will allow the property to have more exposure on the market and can make it stand out due to the professional's tips.

A REALTOR® 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 REALTOR® 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

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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