There are four primary reasons that homes(and all other things) don’t sell. Contrary to popular belief, price is not the only influencing factor when selling your home, it is only a quarter of the recipe. The remaining ingredients are product, promotion, and placement. All of these factors are intertwined and must work together. These are the four P’s of marketing and they are crucial to a successful transaction in any market condition. Continue reading →
Your home is one of your biggest assets — and like most investments, you need to periodically check in to make sure you’re maximizing value. For a house, this means anything from making necessary repairs to improvements that will make your property even more appealing to its next owner.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s impossible to guess what a future buyer may want. However, there are a few tried-and-true projects that will boost your home’s worth, no matter what time of year you sell. Now that it’s summer, you may even have a little more time to tackle these projects (or hire them out). From small changes that you can do by Sunday to big projects that have a big impact, here are a few ideas for your to-do list. Continue reading →
Ask any real estate agent how the market is and you’re almost sure to get the same answer: “Great!”
Even if the market is great, it still may not be a great time for you to sell. Many real estate agents will tell you that NOW is the right time to sell your home when in reality, they can’t know that without knowing the specifics of your situation. Before going down a long and stressful journey, let’s first decide if selling your home right now is a mistake. Continue reading →
Despite what real estate reality shows might have led you to believe, the decision to sell your home isn’t simple — and it definitely isn’t a decision that you can reach in 30 minutes. This is true even if you never really loved your property in the first place, or it’s become a daily cause of stress. Maybe the commute is awful, your neighbors live to find new ways to annoy you, or the “fixer upper” kitchen is still an avocado-colored nightmare.
That’s because parting with a home falls into the “major life change” category. Cue the second-guessing, polling all friends and family for opinions, obsessive list-making and mentally running through all scenarios as soon as your head hits the pillow. If you feel like this describes how you feel about parting with your home, it’s time to take a deep breath and consider the signs life has been throwing your way. Here’s how to know if it’s time to sell, refinance, or just stay put. Continue reading →
This article is inspired by the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, in which Marie uses her specialized techniques to give people a sense of joy by tidying and decluttering their homes with them. The cases featured in the show are extreme but Marie makes many valuable points throughout the series. “Spark a new joy”(Marie’s catchphrase) in your life by clearing out the clutter to prepare for downsizing or just tidying up for Spring!
1. Hone in on the benefits.
When you begin the process of decluttering and downsizing, you should constantly remind yourself of the freedom this will actually bring you. You won’t have an excess in physical things weighing you down or taking up valuable space – both in your home and mentally in your mind.
Don’t focus on what you’re losing. Look at what you’re gaining. Downsizing can equal a lower mortgage or rent per month, freeing up your budget for things like traveling and other experiences. Continue reading →
Every year, designers around the world look forward to the reveal of Pantone’s new Colour of the Year. Similarly, interior designers await the rollout of new colour palettes from major paint companies.
These rollouts require colour stylists to carefully analyze global and societal trends from the runway, varying lifestyles, and demographics.
Consumer Reports recently predicted the hottest interior paint colours of 2019, and we picked our favourites here.
We also included how and where to incorporate these colours into your home. Continue reading →
When dreaming of your perfect kitchen, it can be hard to decide what changes need to happen in order to make it the perfect space. The kitchen is the most visited space in the house, so make sure you are prepared before embarking on this remodeling journey.
There are several changes you can make when the time comes, so we created a list to help you get started. Here are 7 easy upgrades to consider to bring your dream kitchen to fruition! Continue reading →
First of Canada’s Big 5 to cut Lending Costs.
RBC has decreased it’s 5 year fixed rate special offer mortgage rate from 3.89% to 3.74%, a subtle move that many other banks are expected to follow in short order. Although this amount may not be a game changer for many homeowner’s, it foreshadows good things to come. Canadian interest rates have been climbing steadily since the middle of 2017 to keep up with the strengthening economy but now seem to be holding fast, giving new hope to the softening market. Continue reading →
It’s no secret that real estate transactions heat up when the weather is warm. Spring and early Fall months are typically the busiest months in real estate- it’s more pleasurable to be touring homes when it’s NOT snowing or freezing, sellers can make their yards and the exterior of their homes enticing, and the moving process is less of a nightmare when you are moving in a t-shirt.
But as a homebuyer, there are some serious advantages to swimming against the current. So grab a hat and mittens, soak up some knowledge, and learn how the overall process can be easier and faster for you.
If you’re considering buying a home, here are 4 compelling reasons to do so in the winter: Continue reading →
Another Black Friday is upon us. If you are like most people, you fall into one of 2 categories: boycott it all together or wonder if you have a problem after buying a foldable beach umbrella for 75% off. There is a clear, logical middle ground to this madness. Shopping this Black Friday season can make sense!
Ask yourself these four questions before you start shopping:
1) Will I use “this thing” a few times a week?
2) How old is “the thing” that I am replacing?
3) Is “this thing” a big ticket item for the house?
4) How long will I own “this thing” for?
Put a little logic in your “cart” so you can prioritize the things your home needs this Black Friday: Continue reading →