Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sellers Were Asking: Home Staging

Staging your home can take on very different meanings.  To many, it means spending a whack of money not knowing if there really is a return on your money or not.  We’ve been ‘staging’ homes long before this became the thing to do.  Why?  Because staging really isn’t about presenting your home as a ‘no one actually lives here’ home.  It is more about introducing your home’s best assets.  

Think about why you bought it in the first place.  Was it the oversized kitchen where your kids grew up helping with the baking?  Was it the great, private back yard that was fully fenced so your fur baby could not escape?  Or was it the master with its own private bathroom so all of you no longer had to take turns in the hectic morning rush?  

Go back to those days and now, take a good look at those spaces.  
  • Are those long stretches of counter tops clear?  If they’re cluttered, time to ‘stage’.  De-clutter them! 
  • Now walk out to the back yard.  How’s that fence looking?  Is it leaning?  A few boards missing?  Let’s head to the hardware store for some supplies so we can get this area looking a whole lot better than it does right now.  
  • Now onto the master suite.  What’s happened to the pristine shower stall you bought?  Grout need attending to?  Let’s face it, we all tend to get complacent over time.  
Clutter creeps into the corners of our homes and nests for far too long.  And then, we kind of don’t see it any longer.  But, boy, when you start de-cluttering, your home and its rooms take on a very different look very quickly.  So many of our sellers tell us they are wondering why they are considering making a move as now they have so much more space!  

We all collect too much stuff.  Staging does not have to cost a ton of money.  It does when you have done absolutely nothing to your home and it needs a lot of work.  That means, a lot of repair work, painting, major cleaning and clearing out.  

For most of us, you can stage with what you have.  You can roll up your sleeves and make your home look so much better just by paring things down.  Stagers are amazing at providing lists that will keep you on track, but, to save money, you need to be prepared to do the work.  Trust us, you will not regret it!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

6 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Dare I say it? Ok, Winter is coming. Before the snow starts to fall... let's take some time this Fall to prepare your home. Keeping on top of simple home maintenance can keep homes efficient and save you from potential headaches down the road from neglect. What are your best Winter prep tips for Fall?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

August Statistics

According to publications from the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) last month saw 1,748 new listings processed, up 5.4% from the same time last year and 4.2% higher than the 10-year average. We are noticing an upward trend of homes staying on the market longer and a decrease in list to sale price ratio.

In Burlington, we saw a minimal decrease (less than .5%) in the average sale price, but looking back to August of 2016 the average is higher by 3.1%. Although the numbers are still looking up, the amount of deals are actually decreasing with a 13.4% decrease in sales volume compared to August of last year. Comparing with the stats over the last few months (May to August) we have seen a significant decline in the amount of properties listed on Multiple Listing Service®.

Hamilton is showing signs of a market increase with the average sales price rising 4.5% since July of this year.  Looking back to August of last year, a whopping 12% increase of the average sales price will have some Hamilton residents smiling!

What will September bring? As the Fall market is now upon us, usually we see Buyers and Sellers returning to the hunt now that kids are back to school and summer vacations have ended. Will we see a rise in pricing again or, will the increase of inventory continue to stave off competitive bidding across Halton region?