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|How often have you opened a newspaper, or logged into your favourite news website, and seen story after story about the real estate market?Probably often.|
There’s no doubt about it. The real estate scene has been getting a lot of coverage lately, and it can all seem confusing — even baffling.However, there is good news.Most news outlets report on national news. But, it’s the LOCAL real estate scene that impacts you the most. And, this local market is much easier to understand and predict.
Say, for example, you’re thinking of moving. If you give me a call, I can give you a good idea of what your property will sell for on today’s market fairly quickly. In addition, if you’re targeting a neighbourhood you’d like to get into, I can let you know what properties are selling for in that area and the current opportunities available.
So, if you ever have questions about the local market, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
You might be surprised to know which spaces in a home most buyers look at when viewing a property. If you’re preparing your home for sale, make sure to consider the following places that are likely to be checked out:
However, don’t neglect your side yard. Unsightly garbage bins, weeds, tree clippings, debris, etc. can quickly dampen a buyer’s initial enthusiasm for your property.
Imagine you have a crystal ball that enables you to see what a neighbourhood will be like in five years. Wouldn’t that be handy? You’d be able to get a glimpse of the area’s future before deciding to move there.
|Unfortunately, that crystal ball hasn’t been invented yet. But, you can still predict the future of a neighbourhood with a fairly high degree of accuracy.|
One way is to simply take a look around. Explore the neighbourhood. Get a sense of where the area is headed. Is there any new construction nearby? A new park? A new shopping mall? Any new activity can impact the character of the neighbourhood. New home construction nearby could mean more traffic, but that might be offset by improved infrastructure, such as a road expansion.
Another way to see a neighbourhood’s future is to access the myriad of data available. There are usually crime statistics, demographics, and other information available for you to review.
One of the best ways to find out where a neighbourhood is going is to talk to the neighbours. That’s not always easy, but you may be able to strike up a conversation as you’re walking the area. Get their impression of neighbourhood trends. You can ask, for example, “Is the area getting more or less noisy?” or, “What kinds of people have been buying into this neighbourhood recently?”
As you may know, staging involves setting up the furniture, art and accessories of each room so that, overall, your home looks as appealing as possible to buyers. It’s similar to what furniture stores do when they create displays of model bedrooms, kitchens, etc.
|When you’re staging your home, the master bedroom is particularly important. Here are some simple staging tips worth trying:|
Ideally, you want to make the bedroom look like a calm and welcoming retreat.
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