Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for making the home hunting process a lot easier and much less stressful.
1. Get your mortgage arranged in advance. You don’t want to find the ideal home on the market, only to face problems arranging a suitable mortgage. You might end up losing the opportunity. So, make mortgage arrangements in advance by getting “pre-approved”. With that pre-approval, you can shop for a new home with confidence.
2. Clearly define the kind of home you want, and the neighbourhood you want to live in. You can’t view every home that’s on the market. If you try, you’ll burn yourself out! So, write down a clear description of the kind of home you want. How many bedrooms? Big kitchen? Pool?
Don’t forget to include the neighbourhood. Upscale? Close to downtown? Lots of trees and parks? Urban and close to shopping and theatres?
With this information, we can quickly create a shortlist of properties that meet your criteria.
3. Take good notes. After viewing a few homes, you may easily start to forget the details. Was it the first property that had the large elm tree in the backyard or was that the fourth property you saw? If you take good notes, you’ll be better able to make decisions later on about which homes to shortlist.
4. Take care of yourself, and your family. Eat right. Pace yourself. Don’t try to view too many homes in one evening or on one Saturday afternoon.
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When you walk into a nice hotel room, what do you usually notice first? It may be the large, often beautiful picture hanging above the bed. You’ll probably find a smaller, equally attractive picture hanging in the bathroom. Often there will be at least two more adorning other walls.
That’s no accident. Hotels know that pictures are the simplest, surest way to make a good-looking room look great.
The same thing holds true when preparing your house for sale. According to home staging experts, hanging a few quality pictures can transform the look of just about any room - even a washroom!
Chances are, you already have pictures hanging in your home. Do you need more? That depends. If you have a room that seems dull, and there is open and empty wall space, try adding a picture. You don’t have to buy one or hang one - just have someone hold up an existing picture. If the look of the room improves, consider adding a picture in that spot.
Pictures don’t have to be expensive; they just need to be of good quality. Many retailers sell good-looking, nicely-framed pictures at affordable prices.
Most real estate experts agree that being too emotionally attached to your home can lead to poor decision making, such as over-pricing the listing and making hasty choices based on feelings rather than facts.
Of course, removing emotion from the home selling equation is easier said than done. After all, it is your home. It’s only natural to be emotionally connected to it. So, how do you ensure that emotions don’t get in the way of selling your house quickly and for the best price? Here are some strategies:
Think of selling your property as a business transaction only. Focus your emotions on the new home you’ll be moving into soon. Stow as many personal items as possible, such as trophies and family pictures. Turn your home into an attractive product.
If a buyer makes a negative comment about your property - “I hate the deck colour.” - don’t take it personally.
Avoid judging offers to buy your house based on whether or not you like the buyer. Finally, whenever you make a decision during the home selling process, ask yourself: “Am I making this decision based on fact or emotion?” If the answer is “fact” then, chances are, you’re on solid footing.
Ideally, you want to be the only buyer who makes an offer on a particular property. That way, assuming your price is acceptable to the seller, you’re almost certain to close the deal. But, it doesn’t always work out that way. In the case of highly desirable homes, it’s very common for there to be competing offers.
So, what do you do if there’s a competing offer on a home you really want?
First, don’t panic. Just because there are other buyers interested in the property doesn’t mean you won’t get it. There are many factors that influence a seller’s decision to choose one offer over another.
For example, sellers are generally skeptical of offers from buyers who do not have a pre-approved mortgage, or have not yet put their own home on the market.
Conditional offers based on these factors are often a red flag. Most sellers will readily accept an offer conditional on a satisfactory home inspection. However, if there are other more stringent conditions - such as an offer conditional on the buyer selling his own home for a particular price, or an offer conditional on arranging satisfactory financing - many sellers will be reluctant to accept the offer.
Of course, it isn’t always possible to avoid including these kinds of conditions. That doesn’t mean you won’t get the home. A solid presentation of the offer along with my skilled negotiation can make all the difference.
The real estate market continues its strong pace in 2017. Our firm has had an amazing year thus far with over $11,000,000 in total sales volume. Our listing inventory and overall Tillsonburg Real Estate Board Listings remain very low. Increased demand for available inventory has resulted in increased prices and multiple offers being submitted on listings. If you plan to sell the market favours sellers and we are here to help Sellers obtain the maximum price for your property. Call are dedicated Sales Professionals at 519.688.0234 today!
Not only is the Canadian dream of owning a home more popular than ever, the concept of remodeling, refurbishing and “flipping” homes is too, thanks to the success of shows like “Rehab Addict” and “Property Brothers” on HGTV and DIY Network. Check out these new home makeover and DIY shows coming to Scripps Network channels to get a glimpse of what consumers may be in the market for in terms of tools, products and projects.
Had the pleasure of sitting down with Sue Breadner from Baldwin Place in Tillsonburg and she explained to me all the various community attractions of Baldwin Place and the house models they currently offer their residents. If your moving to Tillsonburg and your considering retirement living options Baldwin Place should be given strong consideration. If you would like to tour of the community and the model homes Baldwin Place provides please feel free to give me a call at 519-550-1672 and you can get details about the community at their website www.baldwinplace.ca
Nestled in the heart of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Hickory Hills is an established adult lifestyle community with much to offer – a terrific location, freehold land, well-built homes with landscaped lots and a community centre with loads of amenities. A few steps from the clubhouse across a pedestrian bridge into downtown Tillsonburg, you can shop for groceries, go to the local Farmer’s market or library or visit the mall. If you want a taste of city life, London and Woodstock are both a short drive away and Toronto is within easy commuting distance. It’s small town living at its best.
This is a great Idea and for a very worthwhile cause. Its called Gardens of therapy and created by Lynn Leach. Her story and cause are truly amazing.
The garden at the Stedman Community Hospice is a growing concern for horticultural therapist Lynn Leach.
"I found that seniors - particularly those with dementia - not only enjoyed but benefited from being involved in gardens like this one," says Leach, who will be a guest speaker Friday at the 109th Ontario Horticultural Association.