Dear friends, valued clients and colleagues,
Well, it looks like Spring has finally come! And our real estate market is buzzing with activity and anticipated to get even busier these coming weeks when the weather gets warmer.
Whether you are considering selling, have questions about the market, timing or the price of your current or desired home, please do give me a call. This is what I do, every day, so I'm well versed and happy to answer your questions.
If you're thinking about buying, I'd be happy to show you properties and also set you up on an automatic search for properties that meet your needs, so that you're notified in REAL TIME of any new listings or price changes. One of the biggest advantages is that it saves you sifting through the public MLS website and some homes are selling so fast they don't even get listed to the public right now!
P.S. Check out the California Trip for 4 contest and enter at http://www.cirrealty.ca/contest/cir-contest.cir. You could win!
If you need help with staging your house for sale, please give me a call!
Conditions Continue to Favour The Seller
New listings remain below expectations in the single family sector
“There are several factors contributing to the growth in housing demand, including the inflow of people to our province over the past two years, strong gains in employment and tight rental conditions,” says CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, supply conditions vary amongst the different property segments, impacting the number of sales and price growth. If supply constraints persist in the single family sector, prices are expected to record further gains as we move into the spring market.” Click Here »
Property prices and sales in Canada forecast to rise steadily in 2014 and into 2015
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales and prices, saying it expects transactions and values to increase during the spring months and into 2015.
The national average home price is forecast to rise by 3.8% to $397,000 in 2014, with similar sized gains in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Modest changes in average prices are forecast for all other provinces this year. Click Here »
Young buyers following heart, not head
Forget facts and figures, more Ontario buyers follow their hearts when buying properties.
Real estate may be a game of numbers, but the new generation of buyers are more influenced by emotion than figures.
That is according to a new study by the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) which shows that those in the 18 to 34 age bracket are more influenced by emotion when buying their home. Click Here »
Here Are 30 Relatively Simple Things That Will Make Your Home Extremely Awesome
Not all 30 Tips I can say will increase property value but I have seen first hand Tip #13, #18, #21, #22 and #30 help get the sale. The built-in step stool in the bathroom is my favourite with single family homes (#28). What tip is your favourite?
If you want to make your home more efficient (and look better while you’re at it), you don’t necessarily have to break the bank. Sometimes, the simplest changes can make a world of difference. Take these 30 simple home improvement ideas, for example. Click Here »
7 Must-Dos on the Day You Show Your House
Listing a house for sale can be a very stressful process. With the amount of competition out there, everyone must have their property showing in its tip-top shape.
Read the following article for tips on what needs to be done on the day of a showing. These tasks should be carried out on a daily basis to make sure your house is always in a showing condition for the surprise house guests that always comes when it is most chaotic!
For those who are a bit too overwhelmed and don't know where to start, try my staging servicesprior to listing your house. Statistics show houses that are staged well get more activity and even sold for more than a house that has not been staged. Click Here »
Win a Family Trip for Four
WIN a grand prize Family Trip for FOUR to California -or- one of five other great family days out in Calgary. GRAND PRIZE Draw first week of June 2014. Don't forget to tell them who sent you!!!
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