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Home Staging Tips For Spring

Springtime is prime time for real estate sales. When you’re getting a house ready for potential buyers to see in the springtime you should use natural elements and play up the light in the home to make buyers feel that sense of potential that the home has. Spring is a time of rebirth so making a home seem like a fresh and clean slate will make it really appeal to buyers. Here are some more spring staging tips you can use to wow potential buyers and start off spring with some serious sales:

Get The Windows Washed

home stagingThe best way to make buyers feel that sense of sparkling spring sunshine and openness...

4 Things You Need For A Successful Winter Open House

Are you up to the challenge of selling homes during the slow winter season? Even though there may be fewer buyers out there the ones who are there are serious about getting into a new home. And if you use seasonal elements to enhance your open house and show off the home’s potential you can make those winter sales. Staging a home for a holiday open house isn’t always easy but it can be fun and it absolutely will make a difference in whether or not you get an offer on that home. Here are four things that you need to have in order to run a successful winter open house:

Holiday Decorations

The holiday season is the elephant in the room when you’re...

The Best Tips For Selling Homes In The Winter

It is tougher to sell homes in the winter, but it is definitely possible. According to some expert real estate agents, you can sell just as well during the winter as you can in the spring and the summer if you know how to tailor your approach to the season. Here are insider tips from real estate agents who successfully sell homes in the winter to help you sell more homes this winter season:

Hire a Landscape Service

Snow can fall at any time during the unpredictable winter. The last thing you need is to show up for an appointment to show the house and have the path that you shoveled yesterday filled in already with new snow. So hire a landscape or plowing service to make sure that the driveway of the home...

Do Video Walkthroughs Really Sell Houses?

Making video walkthroughs of homes that are going on the market can be a hassle. So is all that extra work worth it? Here’s what marketing experts and veteran real estate agents had to say:

Yes. There is absolutely no doubt that making videos to sell homes is one of the most effective ways to reach potential home buyers. According to one survey, 85% of potential home buyers would prefer to work with an agent that has videos in their listings. That makes it clear that these days’ homebuyers are looking for videos when they search for a new home.

Based on data compiled over the last year there is no doubt that making professional quality videos of homes that are for sale has the best return on investment. Videos are easy to share on the mobile phone and...

4 Things Baby Boomers Want When They Downsize

Baby Boomers are one of the fastest growing groups of homebuyers. But, often they are looking to downsize and get rid of that large family home. They usually have more money to spend than first time buyers. And they often have a much better idea of exactly what they are looking for in a home. Usually, the Boomers want to get rid of extra space that they don’t need and instead find a home that is smaller but has more luxury touches. Here are four of the things that most Baby Boomers say they are looking for in a new downsized home:Baby Boomers Edmonton...

Why HOA Communities Are Great For First Time Buyers

edmonton real estateMany homebuyers are put off by HOAs and do not want to buy into a community that has an HOA. However, living in an HOA community can be great for a first time homebuyer. If you have potential buyers who are first time home buyers and are not sure that they want to consider buying a home in an HOA community here are some of the reasons why they should consider it:

HOAs Provide Community Support

For first time buyers dealing with the stresses of owning a home, especially if an emergency comes up, can be overwhelming. But living in an HOA community gives homeowners the support of the entire HOA. They can get reliable recommendations when they need to hire contractors...

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Potential homebuyers are always cautioned to be aware of mortgage lending standards and the difficulty they might face when trying to obtain a mortgage. Credit availability is expanding, making it easier to get a mortgage now than it was a year ago. The market is still tight however, and homebuyers should be prepared to shop around until they find a lender who is offering something that will meet the needs of their family.

Mortgage lending companies have high standards so it is important to make sure you and anyone else who will be included on the mortgage have their credit in check. The mortgage market is strict because lenders do not want to be put in a situation where they are forced to repurchase loans that are not paid on. They also do not want to end up in a litigation...

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

Will Increasing Mortgage Rates Impact Home Prices?

There has been some discussion recently on home prices in relation to mortgage rates. Some believe if there is a rapid rise of mortgage rates, home prices should decrease. Logically it makes the most sense for the price of the house to drop when interest rates are rising, but this is not always the case.

This theory of home prices decreasing is typically discussed by future home buyers. As a buyer you would like to think if you are paying higher rates on your mortgage, you should be able to see a decrease in cost somewhere else. Unfortunately, these rates are rising because the economy is in better shape. As the economy succeeds, incomes rise, rates go up, as well as the price of the home.

A recent study by the John Burns Real Estate Consulting found mortgage...

Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

It is easy to become overwhelmed when you enter the home buying market. Friends, family, colleagues, and even acquaintances will give you their opinions if you are a first time home buyer. While most of them are looking out for your best interest, they are not fully aware of what is happening in the housing market.

It is important for you to be prepared and have your own questions ready. No matter what other opinions you are getting, you are the one buying the home and your comfort level will help make your final decision. Here are three important questions to ask before you purchase a home.

1. Why am I Buying a Home?

Regardless of the finances, it is important to think about what made you want to buy a home in the...

Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more attention. Potential buyers are always looking no matter the time of year. Keeping...