Wednesday, May 23, 2018

You Were Asking: Make the Most out of Open Houses

Make the Most out of Open Houses

Open houses are an enigma in real estate.  They present a prime opportunity for sellers to present their home to many potential buyers in a short period of time.  Yet, many sellers are wary of them. Let me allay your fears.  

Properly conducted, an open house can be a positive addition to your marketing plan.  Here are several examples of prospective purchasers...

  1. A couple considering relocation back to the area is in town visiting family and decides to check out a few home sin the old neighbourhood.  
  2. A young couple about to be married has been touring open houses for weeks trying to find their perfect first home.  
  3. A young executive with little time to see homes through the week does his shopping on the weekends.  Not wishing to engage the services of a Realtor just yet, he feels confident your area and house style will suit his busy lifestyle.  
  4. The buyer who is ‘not ready yet’ and does not want to ‘waste’ their Realtor’s time. They will feel comfortable looking through open houses on their own time.
  5. A family considering a NEW City, and are unfamiliar with the area. They drive neighbourhoods to get a feel for where they want to buy. If they can pop in, your home may just be the right fit!

These examples can and often do present 'missed opportunity' purchases as your Realtor may not be available at the very time the person decides to pick up the phone to request an appointment.  Often, a prospect is available for a few short hours and wants an appointment on demand.  All too often, a potential purchaser prefers to view the home first by open house.  If the house in unavailable by open house, they disregard it. 

There are those Sellers who don’t want all their neighbours touring their house. Well! We’d welcome their critical eyes, after all, who better to sell your house then someone who’s already sold on its location. Everyone has a friend or family member looking, and they might just choose their own new neighbhour.
We receive many calls and inquiries from people asking when the open house will be.  Food for thought.  As the market moves into the summer, you may wish to employ this useful marketing method

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Know Your 'Hood: Pinedale

Pinedale Community

Burlington, ON

Do you live in the Pinedale Neighbourhood?  
Wondering what you might be missing?
Maybe you, or your Friends or Family, are interested in the area!
We've pulled together some highlights of the neighbourhood!


Something we've missed?  Let us know in a Comment.

Visiting Friends or Family?  Viewing homes?  Attending Open Houses?  Maybe you're just looking for something to do... check out area events on our website.

Know Your 'Hood: Palmer

Palmer Community

Burlington, ON

Do you live in Palmer Community?  
Wondering what you might be missing?
Maybe you, or your Friends or Family, are interested in the area!
We've pulled together some highlights of the neighbourhood!


Something we've missed?  Let us know in a Comment.

Visiting Friends or Family?  Viewing homes?  Attending Open Houses?  Maybe you're just looking for something to do... check out area events on our website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sellers Were Asking: Landscaping


Okay, so last week we talked 'House Plants', and maybe that is just not your thing.  However, keep in mind, sometimes what grows out, grows in... and vice versa!  

With Spring having arrived, it's the time when a homeowner's heart turns to thoughts of landscaping.  Landscaping is about more than good looks.  Done properly, it can both increase the value of your home and make it sell quicker by adding curb appeal that will make prospective buyers want to see more.  But, it can also be a daunting task if it's a venture you're undertaking alone.  Here are a few helpful hints to get you started:

  • Decide on a budget and stick to it!
  • Draw and picture of your house and yard.  Include storage areas, driveways, walkways patio and existing garden areas.  Walk around your property to decide what you want to go where. 
  • Assess your family's needs. A family with young children may want to include areas for play, while the retiree with a green thumb may want more gardening area. 
  • Consider how foliage will look year round.  You don't want something that only looks good for two weeks out of the year.  Also, consider group plantings and flowers that bloom at different times, for a visually appealing design that will last the entire season.  
  • Consult a landscaping professional.  They are a wonderful resource as are garden centre staff. 
  • Remember, you don't need to do this all in one year.  Accenting and improving over time, helps you stay within budget and create the yard you've dreamed of.
I'd be happy to put you in touch with some creative landscapers.  Have a look at our website resource.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sellers Were Asking: House Plants

House Plants

Heathy house plants, properly displayed can do wonders for the appearance of a room.  If you're thinking of listing your home, this an inexpensive way to give your home a warm and inviting look.

Many people give up on growing house plants because they think they lack a "green thumb".  Their problem often centres on watering.  In fact, the single biggest reason house plants die is due to over watering.  There are so many planters on the market today that will help in ensuring your plants stay happy and healthy!

A 'self watering' pot with a waterfall or a 'wick' system will keep plants watered for two to four weeks.  Or, if you're intent on watering, why not grow plants in water?  Simply cut a stem from a friends plant and stick it in a container of water, where the cutting will develop its own root system.  

There are several plants that readily adapt to life in water; arrowhead vine, dracaena, ivy and philodendron.  The main advantage to growing pants in water is ease of maintenance.  Water should be changed weekly.  

Worth a thought... what're you growing to add warmth to your home?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sellers Were Asking: Where Buyers Always Look

Where Buyers Always Look
Here are the MOST likely spots buyers will look:
  • Garage.  Clearing the garage so that you can park a car in there is important to give a buyer a proper perspective of the amenities offered in your home.  If the garage is full of sports equipment, and overflow from the house, it will show there is not enough room, making the home itself appear too small.  Less is more. 
  • Oven.  Do not store your pots and pans in the oven.  This makes it appear as if you are short on kitchen space.  If possible, the oven should be totally empty, and, of course, clean.
  • Closets.  Yes, one of the things buyers tend to remember about the houses they see, and to either comment favourably or unfavourable upon are the closets.  Avoid cramming the bedroom closets with extras.  The more space that shows in your closets, the better.
  • Laundry Room.  A nice, neat laundry room is often a pleasant surprise in a home, and something that buyers tend to remember.
  • Kitchen Pantry.  Like the laundry room, the kitchen pantry is often the 'dumping ground' for all kinds of odds and ends.  The less cluttered the pantry is, the bigger it looks.
As you can probably tell, the secret to hide and don't seek is to keep those places that are usually used for storage as clear as possible.  This gives the buyers the distinct impression that they will have plenty of room for all the stuff they have.