Buying & Selling your Home - Helpful Information

cottage-north-vancouver-bcDuring the process of buying or selling a home, you’ll unearth countless questions. I know how difficult it can be to sift through all the details in order to find answers that are relevant and meaningful to you, and here’s the solution…

I’ve put together the following series of reports that provide clear, concise and useful information on a wide range of issues related to Real Estate Buying and Selling.

Here you’ll find tips on: How to Save Money,
Real Estate Insider Secrets, Renovation Advice and much more!

I’d be happy to personally answer any other questions you may have, and assist you every step of the way – just give me a call!

The Best Asking Price for your Home

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Setting a realistic price for your home that reflects current market values will help sell your home quickly and for top dollar. When you price your home properly, you increase the chances that the offer you receive will nearly match your asking price, and that there will be competing offers – which may net you even more in the long run.


8 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

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You’ve been saving for a while, weighing your options, looking around casually. Now you’ve finally decided to do it – you’re ready to buy a house. The process of buying a new home can be incredibly exciting, yet stressful, all at once. Where do you start?

Should I Buy or Sell First?

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If you are considering looking for a new house, and are a current home-owner, then chances are you’re wondering what your strategy should be: do you wait to find the perfect new home before you put your current home on the market, or do you sell first and then look around? You have a few options. Use the following as a guide to explore what might be the best move for you.

Benefits of Using a Realtor to Sell your Home

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Selling your home is a complex process that can be stressful and time-consuming.

As your experienced Realtor, I have the knowledge, skills, and connections to help you through the process every step of the way.

Buying a Home: What Expenses to Expect

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Budgeting for a new home can be tricky. Not only are there mortgage installments and the down payment to consider, there are a host of other – sometimes unexpected – expenses to add to the equation. The last thing you want is to be caught financially unprepared, blindsided by taxes and other hidden costs on closing day.

Hire the Right Agent: 8 Questions to Ask

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Finding a real estate agent who is right for you requires doing a little homework, and asking the right questions. Choosing an agent is a decision that could ultimately cost or save you thousands of dollars. Experience, interests, and expertise vary from agent to agent, so you should be asking very specific questions in order to align your own needs with the abilities of an appropriate representative.

Home Inspections: Top Ten Problems

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Each homebuyer has different ideas of what will constitute the ideal home for them, these notions often based on particular aesthetic preferences. All potential homebuyers have the desire to find a home that is fundamentally sound – in areas beyond the immediate sweep of the eye – and that will provide a safe, comfortable, and efficient foundation for their life behind a new door.

How to Get Top Dollar for your Home Fast!

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Your home is likely your largest asset, so selling it may be the biggest financial move to date. It requires significant thought and strategy. Once you’ve entered the market: your property has the best chance to sell within its first 7 weeks on the market. Studies indicate that the longer a property stays on the market, the less it will ultimately sell for. So, you need to ensure you’re ahead of the game.

How to Set an Offer Price

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There is no set equation to determine how you’ll reach an offer price. Rather, the process involves a range of research and comparison that will vary with each situation. You’ll need to look at sales of comparable properties, and factor in additional data such as the condition of the property, the current market, and seller circumstances. With this information in hand, you will be able to determine a fair price range and, from there, establish the price you’re willing to offer.

Know the Market before You Buy

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The asking prices of most homes on the market indicate the current state of the market, and usually mirror the prices for which other similar homes in the area have recently sold. In deciding upon a selling price, a home-seller must establish a balance between the desire to draw the highest offer and finding a price that will be reasonable enough to attract an appropriate pool of prospects, and competitive offers.

7 Things to Look for in a New Neighbourhood

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Whether seeking solace, activity, schools, churches, or green space, every homebuyer looks for a different combination of attributes in a new community. Choosing a neighbourhood that suits your needs and wants is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the home-buying process; your choice of environment will affect the way you experience your new home.

Prepare your Home for Selling

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“You never get a second chance at a first impression.”

We’ve all heard this expression before. And now, while you are preparing your house to sell, it should not be far from your mind.

Prepare the Inside of your House for Showing

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Once you’ve minimized the clutter in your home, clearing out excess items and furniture, you’ll be ready to concentrate on repairs, cleaning, and decoration. Your goal is to get each room looking its sharpest and most fresh – the better your house looks, the greater your chances that it will sell quickly – for top dollar.

Sell the House that Didn’t Sell

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Don’t get discouraged if your property hasn’t sold. Your home may actually have been one of the most appealing listings of its kind. A reassessment of your plan and a shift in perspective, may be just what you need to realize your ultimate goals in the sale of your home.

Showtime: Tips for Showing your Home

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After putting in a huge amount of time and effort to get your home looking good and ready to sell, your hard work is finally going to pay off: your home is on the market – you’re ready to begin showing. Your house should always be at-the-ready for a tour, as agents may bring clients by with very little notice. If they catch you unprepared and you aren’t able to show the house on the spot, you could be losing out on a sale.

Drive-Up Appeal & Ready to Show

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When preparing your property to show, work your way from the outside in. It is essential that your home possess a certain “drive-up appeal”. Remember, a potential buyer’s first impression of your house is formed while s/he is still sitting in the realtor’s car. So, first you need to view your house from this perspective. Go stand on the opposite curb and observe your property. Compare it to surrounding properties.

Tips for the Moving Process

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It’s official: you’ve signed the papers, you own a new home! Now comes daunting task of moving, it may seem as though the journey has just begun. Moving can be a time-consuming and stressful experience if you let yourself be overwhelmed by the job. Remember, having a successful move means taking care of the details, one by one. If you break the process down into steps and arrange your time accordingly, you can make it manageable.

Top Legal Mistakes to Avoid

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The process of buying or selling a house seems to involve a million details. It is important that you educate yourself on as many parts of this process as you can – this knowledge could mean the difference of thousands of dollars in the long-run. The legal issues involved in the process are often particularly intricate, ranging from matters of common knowledge to subtle details that might escape the untrained eye. Any of these issues, if not handled properly, could develop into larger problems.

Paying Your Landlord? Own Your Own Home

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It may seem like Buying a house just isn’t possible for you right now. And it isn’t in your financial cards for the foreseeable future. Or is it? Countless people feel trapped in home rental, however, putting the buying process into motion isn’t nearly as impossible as it may seem. No matter how dire you believe your financial situation to be, there are several little-known facts that may be key to helping you step from a renter’s rut to home-owning paradise!

Begin to Prepare your Home for Showing

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“You never get a second chance at a first impression.” We’ve all heard this expression before. And now, while you are preparing your house to sell, it should not be far from your mind.

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