Friday, May 25, 2012
An essential step to selling your home: Cleaning your home.
If you miss this step, most other things may not matter.
I have viewed a lot of homes and watched buyer reactions to varous layouts, lots and locations, property types, finishes, features and design options. Many sellers now invest in staging and improving their homes prior to sale in order to receive the best possible return.
The one absolutely essential step some folks are missing is actually very simple.
Clean your home.
Buyers react very strongly to a dirty property. Unless it is a teardown or rented investment property for a buyer looking for a deal, a filthy home just won't do as well as a comparable sparkling clean home. It's not about the price or the color of the carpet anymore. It is the emotional response. To quote my clients from last week: "There is just no way I would live here." End of story.
Strong reaction? Yes. Is it common? Yes.
It is worth the effort or the fee for a cleaning service. Cleaning your home includes fan blades, base boards, front doors, all fixtures and cupboards, kitchens and bathrooms. Anything a potential buyer may touch such as door knobs or stair railings should be cared for. A clean home gives the impression that the home is cared for and maintained and that can only add to your bottom line.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
New Listing - 441 28 ave NW Calgary
Spacious modern attached infill home on a quiet street in Mount Pleasant lined with mature trees. Over 2250 sq ft across all levels. Close to amenities, downtown and city events. Bright and open concept main floor with many extras including knock down ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Large front den can be used as a formal dining room. Upper level laundry. Two huge bedrooms each with a walk in closet and their own ensuite. The master is bright with light from the large front window and offers a 5 piece ensuite with double sinks, separate shower and jetted tub. The basement is fully finished with a huge rec room, third bedroom, full bath and small bar/kitchenette for making popcorn and drinks while watching your favourite movie. The backyard is exceptionally landscaped and designed to entertain. Double detached garage. Call to book your showing today.
Friday, May 18, 2012
New Listing - 228 Tuscany Meadows Mews NW, Update: SOLD
Fully finished bright home on a quiet cul de sac on a huge fenced pie lot within walking distance to all Tuscany schools and a few steps down from 12 Mile Coulee and pathways. Updated with new lighting fixtures, hunter douglas blinds, wired for surround sound on all levels, hardwood and tile floors, custom built in cabinetry in the basement office and rec room, huge deck with glass surround railings and more. The main floor provides a warm living room with corner fireplace. A great kitchen with large island and walk in pantry opens to the spacious dining area surrounded by large windows open to the backyard where you can watch your kids play on the two playsets included. Upstairs the master bedroom with 4 piece ensuite and walk in closet enjoys views of the back. 2 additional bedrooms, full bath and large bonus room complete the upstairs. The basement is fully finished with dri core subfloor for warm feet, a custom office, rec room, additional bedroom with 4 piece ensuite bath. Book your showing today.
Friday, May 18, 2012
New Listing - 12728 Canso Place SW Calgary, Update: SOLD
Original owner. Custom executive bungalow located on 1130+ sq m park like lot steps from Fish Creek Park on Canso Place in Canyon Meadows Estates. Over 4100 sq ft of developed space across all levels. 5 bedrooms. 3 1/2 baths. Handmade cabinetry, beautiful millwork, maple flooring, large windows and custom upgrades throughout. The main floor offers a large central kitchen with granite counters and expansive cabinets, a dining room with tray ceiling, living room overlooking the backyard and tranquil master suite with 2 his/hers walk-in closets and 5 piece en-suite. Front facing den on the main floor. An additional bedroom/bonus room with vaulted ceilings and en-suite can be found hidden upstairs. The fully finished basement with in floor heat, 3 bedrooms, full bath, wet bar and open concept recreation area and large windows overlooks the grounds. This property is magnificently landscaped with a private creek and pond, mature trees, a sheltered stone patio and layers of trees, shrubbery, flowers and pathways. This beautiful home is perfect for entertaining or quietly enjoying the beautiful views. Tandem triple garage.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Calgary Real Estate Market Update - May 2, 2012
Calgary residential sales total 2,200 for the month of April, a 26 per cent increase over levels recorded last year!
My personal experience over the last month is that sellers that are appropriately priced and well presented as selling within a short window with multiple offers becoming more common. Sellers can use pricing strategies to their advantage in ways that weren't possible for some time.
Staging has improved the bottom line for many of my sellers recently. Buyers are looking for value and are still adjusting to a market that is moving quicker than before. Buyers are still carefully reviewing comparables and prices and some even have concerns about potential negative impacts on the real estate market by changes to CMHC and other national pressures. Although statistically we are moving towards a sellers market, buyers still have many options. That being said, good homes are moving so buyers need to be preapproved and educated before submitting an offer.
Interest rates are low. Employment and migration numbers are strong. Momentum is building. The new index and benchmark pricing information is showing a positive increase in property price as are more traditional values. Regardless of the overall numbers, a review of comparable listings and sales will give you the information you need to understand pricing trends for your sale or purchase. Where will prices move? It depends on the ebb and flow of new listings. Many sellers have been waiting for a price increase before listing so we will see how the market adjusts to this recent sales surge.
Some notable info from the CREB press release: