4 Tips for Selling a Home During Winter Featured Image

Although selling a home in the winter can be challenging, it's not impossible. As with any real estate transaction, taking the buyer's needs into account will get you more offers. How can you meet those needs and increase your chances of selling a home, especially during traditionally slow selling seasons? Read on to find out.

Make Your Home Easy to Navigate

If you can't park on the sidewalk because of a large snowdrift or the driveway is covered with snow, no one will stop by your open house. Parking a kilometre away and walking to the house in freezing weather is the last thing anyone wants to do. In addition, make sure the walk is shoveled and salted properly to avoid slip and fall accidents, which could scare people away.

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Real Estate Professionals: Who Should Be On Your Team? Featured Image

Whether you're buying or selling a home, the process can sometimes feel overwhelming. But with the right real estate professionals on your team, you’ll not only save time, but it is ultimately the best way to either sell your home for top dollar or get a great deal on your dream home.

Choosing the Right Realtor®

Choosing the right Realtor® is one of the most important factors when it comes to a buying or selling a home. When you have the right Realtor® on your side it's much easier to save time when looking for properties that fit your criteria, before you even head out to start looking. Who wants to waste time looking at a home that doesn't work for your family? And if you're selling your home, the right Realtor® will work together with you in…

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 The Five S's to Selling Your Home Featured Image

"I have a couple interested in looking at your house. When would be good for you?" Your heart pounds and you scrutinize your living room. With so many factors that can influence a buyer's decision, what can you do to make your house their dream home? Here are the top five areas that you can work on to maximize your home's appeal.

Sparkling

When you go car shopping, what is it that makes any car on the lot attractive? In most cases, it's that "new car feel" that makes it seem like THIS car could never get dirty, ever! 

The same applies to house shopping. It's so much fun to walk into a sparkling clean home and think, "Yeah! I bet this place never gets dirty!" Anything that enhances a home's ability to stay neat is a huge plus. Features like…

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How To Attract Serious Buyers to Your Home Featured Image

When you list your home for sale on the market, you want it sold quickly and for top dollar. The unfortunate truth, however, is that many people who go house hunting are not actively looking for a home or ready to make a purchase. For example, some individuals who may want to tour your home may be those nosy neighbours who are interested in learning more about what other properties in the area look like or what price they are listed for. Others may simply enjoy touring homes or may be feeling out the market. 

Of course, each time your home is shown, you have to make an extra effort to clean it, to be away from the house for several hours and more. Clearly, it's in your best interest to attract serious buyers to your home and to dissuade those who…

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How to Buy and Sell a House at the Same Time Featured Image

The real estate market is generally flourishing in the Edmonton area, which means many people are interested in selling their homes. However, when you sell your home, you have to find a new one. If you're looking to sell your home and buy a new one at the same time, you will no doubt face some challenges. A few helpful tips can aid you so both transactions turn out successful.

Expect the Stress

It is a no-brainer that both selling and buying a home are stressful situations. Therefore, you should go into the situation expecting to feel stressed. Doing one of these activities is stressful enough, so you should realize that doing both at the same time will double the feelings of anxiety you may experience. You will certainly have a few nights where…

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The Differences Between Selling a Condo and Selling a House Featured Image

The differences between a house and a condo are like night and day. These differences definitely play a role in buying and selling decisions.

House Versus Condo

Condo owners pay an association fee, used toward the upkeep of the property and common areas that condo owners share. These common areas are not controlled by owners. But usually, there is no yard work to worry about and maintenance issues are resolved by the association. Parking areas are maintained and outside lighting and landscape are the condo association's responsibilities. 

Condos are often found located in desirable areas (like central downtown) where single family houses are rare. These buildings are usually near offices and in historic districts, similar to the project in…

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Why Do You Need a Home Evaluation? Featured Image

One of the most common questions real estate agents receive from homeowners relates to their home's actual value. Some may have heard from neighbours about houses in the neighbourhood that sold for a certain amount, and they want to know what their home will be worth. There may be a general sense of anxiety about going through the motions of listing a home for sale and having their home sit on the market for long weeks or even months, and some may want to know how quickly their home may sell. One of the most important first steps any homeowner should take when thinking about selling their home is to obtain a home evaluation because it addresses these and other concerns you may have. 

What Is a Home Evaluation?

Your home's value in the…

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Removing the Emotional Ups and Downs From Your Move Featured Image

Many things can cause stress in your life. A new job, a new baby, moving. Moving is one of the highest stresses that people can go through. At first it sounds silly, because moving can symbolize so many great things. You may have a new dream job,  met someone wonderful, or you are finally getting to live in a place you’ve always been curious about! However, when you take into account the fact that you are basically uprooting some of the most stable parts of your life, like where you sleep, where you shop and what you see every day, that stress makes sense. Check out our tips on how to have a stress-free move.

Start Right Now

As soon as you know you are going to move, you can start preparing for it. We're not saying that you should suddenly stuff…

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House under magnifying glass imageSo you’re getting ready to sell your home, but you want to make sure you do it right. One of the first things you should do is get a home evaluation done. This is different from a home inspection.

Most reputable Realtors will have a place right on their site where you can request a home evaluation from the comfort of your living room. A team member will contact you to set up the appointment so they can come out and take a look at your home. You can call the office directly too!

It looks like a lot of information to fill out, but there’s a purpose. The real estate agent you speak with will use that information to search online to see the comparables in your particular neighbourhood, both solds and actives. The agent then brings that info with them…

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5 Tips to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal Featured ImageHomeowners, from getting back to the basics to getting on with the show, this is your one-stop checklist for whistle-worthy curb appeal. What's the one thing everyone does when they want to wow someone? They clean up, get spruced up, and turn on the smile. Your home can do the same to wow and woo buyers to stop in. Check out and check off these tips to make your home hard for buyers to resist.

Bedazzle Basics

Akin to spring cleaning, detailed deep cleaning and attention to detail makes for a lasting impact. A curb-clean home hints and beckons to more of the same inside, a well-maintained property demonstrating pride of ownership. We know to stay on top of regular maintenance, but over the years we can become complacent about little things that will…

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