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Posted on February 8, 2021
Today on He Said, She Said, They Said, Andrew and I take an in depth look at the Real Estate statistics for January 2021. We also have Mortgage Broker Jen Lowe on our show today talking about the mortgages and the real estate market.
Posted on February 2, 2021
Updated on January 18, 2021
Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering how much of a new home you could afford. You might see a house for sale in a nice area, and think, “Could I get into a house like that?”
Why not find out?
It only takes a few calculations to determine how much of a new home you qualify to buy. The calculation involves estimating how much you can get for your house on today’s market; determining what type of home you want and establishing what a house like that would currently sell for; and then taking into consideration your income, savings and other financial resources.
Once you put it all together, you’ll have a price range within which you can confidently shop for a new home.
This exercise might surprise you. You might find out you can afford to get into a home and neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed about. It’s worth finding out!
I recommend meeting with a mortgage broker to crunch some numbers for you as well as getting a current market evaluation. I would be happy to work with you. Call or email me for more information 250-744-0775 or email@example.com
Updated on January 12, 2021
This immaculate & very cute 1920’s Arts & Crafts home has views from the hillside and is renovated top to bottom while maintaining its charming character. The main floor has a beautifully updated kitchen with city views, new appliances and quartz counter tops. It opens up to the formal dining room with picture window and walkout to large view deck. The living room has wood fireplace. On the main is also a large bedroom and a 4-piece bath. Upstairs is the primary bedroom with ensuite bath & walk in shower, and third bedroom. Downstairs is a sunny 2 bedroom suite, with French doors leading to the yard. Behind the house is a 400 square-foot garage with shop including a large storage loft and a 220 V plug, set up for someone wanting an active workshop or needs an electric car plug-in. Additional parking is behind the garage and there’s also a carport over the driveway, suitable for a third car. Whoever purchases this beautiful home will be acquiring a gem.
Posted on January 11, 2021
As a starting point, every home should have emergency supplies that include basics such as candles and matches, flashlight(s) and fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and at least one large jug of fresh water.
If possible, it is advisable to have an even more extensive emergency kit. Consider keeping a stock of dried foods and/or canned goods, all-weather emergency blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, as well as cash for consumables such as fuel and food supplies.
Anyone requiring medications should always renew them before running too low to ensure sufficient supply. Likewise, all battery-powered devices should be kept charged – including computers, cell phones and mobility vehicles.
For some, the inconveniences of a power-outage outweigh the cost of installing a gas-powered generator. Whether you’re ready to incur that expense or simply plan to stock up on supplies, it’s always wise to take steps that will see you and your loved ones through a power failure.
Posted on January 5, 2021
Unless it’s a requirement, such as a job relocation, the research tells us that you, like many homeowners, may decide to sell at some point for one or more of the following reasons:
- Your home is no longer a good fit. You may have outgrown your current home and need something bigger, maybe with an additional bedroom. Or, the opposite may be true. You may want to downsize into something smaller – and cash in some of the home equity you’ve built up.
- You’ve got your eye on a different neighbourhood. Have you ever driven through an area and thought, “I’d love to live here”? You may think that it’s out-of-reach for you at this time. Is it? You never know until you work the numbers. You might, in fact, qualify for a home in that neighbourhood today!
- You want to be closer to something. Many homeowners would love to live closer to work, family, favourite hobbies, the country, etc. Moving to a home that’s near to one of those “somethings” can have a positive impact on your lifestyle.
- It’s time for a change. Sometimes a homeowner just wants a change: new surroundings, a fresh start. Who says you need a “practical” reason to sell? If you’re looking to get into a new home just because you feel like it, that’s your choice. In fact, that may be the best reason of all to sell. You may simply want to move.
Do any of these reasons resonate for you? If so, now is the time to start preparing. Even if you don’t anticipate moving for several months, this is the best time to get the process started. Call or email me fore more information 250-744-0775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on December 9, 2020
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Posted on December 8, 2020
If you’re selling your home, your window treatments – curtains, blinds, etc. – will often be included with the property. They are an important selling feature. So, when a prospective buyer views your home, looks at the front window with its gorgeous draperies, and says, “Wow!”, that’s a good thing.
If you’re thinking of upgrading your window treatments in preparation for selling, here are a few ideas:
- Buyers love to see vertical blinds on sliding patio doors. Installing these is a DIY-friendly project.
- You may have a window that, for whatever reason, doesn’t need a curtain or blind. That’s fine. But, if you want to dress it up, consider a nice-looking valance.
- If you have a window that looks dark, heavy or otherwise “over curtained”, strip it down.
- Removing an inner curtain, for example, can dramatically lighten up the window as well as the entire room.
- Replace any worn or stained curtains. There are many affordable, mid-quality curtains available that look terrific. Alternatively try sending stained curtains to the cleaners.
Window coverings may seem minor when preparing your home for sale, but they make a difference in how your home looks overall.