Do These 6 Things Before You List Your Ottawa Home in the New Year

15 01 2015

Ottawa Home Selling 6The beginning of a New Year is a great time to think about listing your home on the local housing market here in Ottawa.

After all, recent market indications suggest that home sellers have an excellent opportunity to get the price they want for their property in Ottawa.

But before you do decide to enter the local housing market as an Ottawa home seller, you should consider doing a few things first.

What Every Home Seller Should Do Before Listing Their Home

Begin to Detach yourself form your home. This is not only important with protecting yourself emotionally from the difficulty of leaving a home but it will also help you sell your home quicker. That’s because when home buyers walk through your home, they want to be able to envision themselves living there, not you. So consider removing extra-personal trinkets throughout your home, such as cleaning up a wall of family photos.

De-Clutter. By doing so, you’ll help make your home feel bigger and more inviting. Consider removing all books from bookcases, donating any items you haven’t used in the last year and packing up extra knick-knacks. You’ll be glad you did!

Organize your bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets. You might not think buyers will look in these places but they will. And it will leave quite a positive impression if, when they look in these places, it is clean and organized. Consider alphabetizing your jars or neatly stacking your dishes.

Rent a storage unit. This will enable you to get rid of any excess clutter in your home without forcing you to part ways with it just yet. You might also consider putting some of your furniture in these storage units as well.

Remove Your Favorite Items. Believe it or not, a buyer can request that certain items they see in your home be added to the contract. And if you say no, it may kill a deal. But a buyer can’t miss something they never even knew about. So if it’s important to you, remove it from sight so that it’s not on the negotiation table.

Give your home a thorough cleaning. This may seem obvious but some sellers don’t think about just how much cleaning this actually involves. In addition to your regular vacuuming, sweeping and dusting the main rooms, make sure to give other often-overlooked places some attention as well. This includes your closets, the inside of your fridge and even your cabinets.

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For more valuable tips on how to successful sell your home on the local housing market, make sure to contact us. We would love to assist you by answering any questions you may have as well as providing you with some valuable home selling resources.

Until next time,

Geoff





7 Things You Should Know When Buying an Ottawa Home

15 12 2014

ottawa home buying 10If your number one Christmas wish this year is to purchase a new home on the Ottawa real estate market, then we are here to help!

Today, I’m going to tell you the top 7 things that you should know when buying a home in Ottawa.

These tips will ultimately safe you time, money and maybe even a little bit of heartache on the local housing market.

7 Tips for Buying an Ottawa Home

Don’t invest in a home if you don’t plan to stay long. The longer you can commit to staying in a home, the greater your chances are of getting a great profit on the property when you sell. After all, there are transaction costs associated with selling a home and so, it helps if your home is worth more when you sell it than when you bought it if you want to at least break even.

Start building your credit now. You’re likely going to need a mortgage when you buy a new home. So make sure your credit history is as good as possible. Also, a few months before you start looking for a home, you should consider getting copies of your credit report and making sure all the facts are correct. If you find an error, make sure you correct it immediately.

Be realistic about the home you can afford. Generally speaking, it’s reasonable to invest in a home that is about 2.5 times your annual salary. But it helps to use a mortgage calculator to narrow down exactly how much you’re comfortable spending each month on a mortgage.

Even if you can’t put 20 percent down, you may still qualify for a loan. There are a number of public and private lenders to choose from who offer low-interest mortgages that usually ask for only a small down payment.

Get professional help. Yes, it’s true that you can access home listings for yourself on the internet these days. But if you work with an experienced and qualified real estate agent, you have a better chance of finding a home that suits your needs for the long term – not to mention getting a home for a great price!

Get pre-approved before you start house hunting. That way, when you find a home you’re interested in purchasing, it will be one less step you have to take. Plus, home sellers like to negotiate with buyers who have been pre-approved because it means they are serious home buyers.

Hire a Home Inspector. Once you find a home you’re interested in, make sure you get the home inspected. This will let you know if there are any issues with the home that you can’t see with the naked eye. This will help you feel more confident about whether it’s a sound buy or not.

Helping You With All of Your Ottawa Home Selling Needs

For more valuable Ottawa home selling tips, make sure to contact us today. We would love to assist you by sharing our years of experience with you and also providing you with valuable home selling tools.

Until next time,

Geoff





Your Step-By-Step Guide for Selling Your Ottawa Home

15 11 2014

Ottawa Home Selling 3Are you thinking about listing your home anytime soon on the Ottawa real estate market? If so, then you’ve come to the right blog!

Today, I’m going to provide you with a step-by-step guide to selling your home. You’ll be attending the final closing of your Ottawa home before you know it!

Follow These 7 Steps for a Successful Ottawa Home Sale

Get your home ready for the market. This includes giving your home a thorough cleaning, removing any excess clutter from your home that takes away from its beauty and ensuring that your home even has curb appeal.

Find a REALTOR®. But don’t just pick anyone! Make sure that the real estate agent you work with not only has experience with helping home sellers but also helping sellers in your price range and (ideally) in your neighborhood. The more they know about the market the better!

Decide on a list price for your home. Take into accounts such factors as market conditions and interest rates. And be honest with yourself about how much your home is really worth. Too many home sellers overprice their homes and then wonder why it’s still sitting on the market more than 6 months later.

Get maximum exposure out of your home marketing. Don’t just print an advertisement in the newspaper or post something on Craiglist. Make sure that your home marketing is comprehensive and is reaching all available and qualified buyers. Your real estate agent can help create a tailor-made marketing plan for your home!

Negotiate a purchase offer. Okay, so you’ve received an offer from a buyer – now what? Make sure that you carefully consider the offer because it’s harder to back out once you sign on the dotted line. Talk it over with your real estate agent to see if you want to negotiate any areas of the offer.

Sign on the dotted line. Once you’ve signed the contract with your buyer, you’re that much closer to attending the final closing and moving out. Now all that’s left is a few more steps, including passing the home inspection. Your real estate agent can help coach you through that process.

Plan your next move. Before you’ve handed over the keys to the buyer and complete a successful home sale, ask yourself where you want to go next. Do you want to downsize? Move to a different city? Get a bigger home? Talk with your agent about the best option for you and your family.

Contact Us For Your Ottawa Home Selling Needs

We hope you found this information helpful as a home seller. For more valuable tips on expertly navigating the market in Ottawa, please contact us today. We would love the opportunity to assist you!

Until next time,

Geoff





How to Pass Your Ottawa Home Inspection, Part 1

10 02 2014

Ottawa home inspectionsThere’s a lot that happens between the time that someone makes a purchase offer on your Ottawa home for sale and the time that you attend the final closing on your property.

And that means that there’s a lot that could go askew as well.

Today, we’re going to tell all the Ottawa home sellers out there the best way that they can prepare for the home inspection phase of the home selling process.

Selling Your Ottawa Home on the Market

Before a home buyer ever signs on the dotted line at closing, they’ll more than likely want to conduct a home inspection to ensure that they know what they’re buying.

For a lot of home sellers, this can be a particularly stressful time because, if there is something gravely wrong with the home, it could mean the end of a deal. Luckily, there are ways to prepare for the inspection to ensure your home gets a favorable review.

Here are six areas in your home that I recommend you check out before the inspection ever happens. If there are problems in these key parts of your home, get them fixed beforehand!

Water control problems: Often, these problems are most evident in the basement and crawlspace because there is a general smell of mildew that wafts through the air. This is a red flag that moisture levels are out of whack. To reduce those levels, cover any exposed area with plastic and also make sure to check out your home’s drainage system to make sure it’s working properly.

Mold and Mildew: Nowadays, nearly every home buyer is aware of the negative health effects of mold and mildew. And they may not want to have anything to do with a home that’s found to have these issues. Get them fixed before the inspection.

Troublesome Roofs: Home buyers pay a lot of attention to the health of the roof – in part because it’s the home’s protection from the elements and in part because they’re so costly to repair or fix. Thus, take extra care in ensuring that your roof is in the best condition possible. That means checking for deteriorated shingles as well as rotting materials underneath the shingles.

Plumbing Issues. Who wants to deal with the headache of a leak, especially given that it has the potential to cause some serious (and costly) damage to your home. To check to see if your home has a leak, mimic what the inspector is likely to do during the inspection, such as checking water pressure in the bathroom and running the dishwasher. Then if you find a problem, fix it!

Electrical Issues. Most likely, the home inspector is going to be checking for inadequate electrical panels as well as circuit breaker configurations. So check out these key areas first.

Housing Utilities. This may include the home’s heating and air conditioning systems, the foundation and the various appliances in the home. Get these checked out before the inspection to make sure they’re in proper condition and unlikely to raise any red flags with the inspector.

Providing You Helpful and Insightful Home Selling Advice

We hope you found today’s Ottawa real estate blog useful as a potential home seller. We love helping make the home selling process easier for individuals wherever possible.

For more expert help on navigating the market as a home seller, please contact us, your dedicated Ottawa REALTORS®. When you do, we’ll be able to provide you with valuable home selling resources and insightful real estate advice.

Until next time,

Bobbie





How to Stage Your Ottawa Home This Holiday Season

10 12 2013

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Are you thinking about selling your home over the holiday season? If so, then you’re sure to find today’s Re/Max Ottawa real estate blog helpful!

Today, I’m going to tell you about how local home owners can properly stage their Ottawa homes for sale so that they attract plenty of interested and qualified buyers in Ottawa.

Staging Your Ottawa Property

First, when you’re staging your home over the holidays, you want to make sure that you give your home a thorough cleaning. You also want to make sure that you remove any excess clutter as these items can crowd rooms and make your home feel smaller to the home buyer, which is usually not a good thing.

That said, you may also want to seriously consider the size of your Christmas tree if you have one. While big trees are lovely, they also tend to dwarf rooms. Instead, opt for a smaller tree this year in homes that your ultimate Christmas present is that you’re able to sell your home!

Setting the Scene

Next, set the mood by setting out a few selectively placed holiday decorations. Although you don’t want to overdo it, you do want to get the buyer in the holiday spirit so that they start envisioning their own family waking up on Christmas morning in your home. So put a wreath on the door, hang some mistletoe and string some lights.

Don’t forget the other four senses! Hint at the holidays by putting out some cinnamon sticks or playing some soft Christmas music. You may even want to bake some cookies and set them out for the prospective home buyers to enjoy. It’s all about making the home buyer feel at home so that they’ll want to make your Ottawa home their own!

Encourage Feedback

Finally, encourage home buyer feedback by setting out comment cards near the door. This way, even if they don’t end up making an offer on your home, you’ll know what they liked and what they didn’t like about your home. This will make you better prepared for future home showings!

Selling Your Ottawa Home With Us

If you’re thinking about listing your home anytime soon on the Ottawa real estate market, please contact us, your dedicated Ottawa REALTORS®. As experienced Ottawa Re/Max professionals, we would love to help you with all of your home selling needs by offering valuable advice as well as providing you with useful home selling resources.

Until next time,

Bobbie





Using The Ottawa MLS

3 11 2013

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Are you searching the Ottawa MLS for your perfect Ottawa community real estate? The search can be frustrating when you come across sites that won’t let you search without “signing up” for their newsletters, or creating an account that requires your contact information before you feel ready to commit to one Realtor or another.

NO Hassle Guarantee

That is why our expert Ottawa Realtors at Ottawa Real Estate don’t make you jump through hoops to learn the information you need. On http://www.ottawa-homes.com, you can search for homes, use our handy forms, and read our important home buying, home selling and relocation tips whenever you need. We understand that you may be just starting your inquiry to buying Ottawa homes, or perhaps you just aren’t quite ready to team with experts and we respect your privacy always.

Ottawa MLS Home Search

If you are not ready to team with the Bobbie and Geoff McGowan Expert Ottawa Realtors, then don’t worry! You can still use and access all of the invaluable information our website offers-including full use of the Ottawa Multiple Listing Service. Our Ottawa MLS search features allow you to find homes based on size, amenities, locations, and more! All from the comfort of your home or office, without having to sign up for any unwanted contact from our team.

Expert Ottawa Real Estate Agents

When you find a home you are interested in, or even decide on what Ottawa  neighbourhoods really call to you,  feel free to contact us anytime to learn more, set up a viewing, or even just go on a neigbourhood tour to view the amenities and area lifestyle.  We are here to assist you in making your lifestyle dreams of Ottawa home buying come true and we are here to represent your best interest throughout the entire process. When you team with expert Ottawa Realtors for your Ottawa home buying, you know that you will get the best advice and guidance through the whole process.  We want to be your Realtors for Life.

Until next time,

Geoff





How To Pick Your Ottawa Realtor

1 10 2013

Find The Ottawa Realtor For You

Buying Ottawa real estate is one of the biggest and most important decisions of your life. Not only will it be a huge financial commitment, but potentially you are choosing the home and neighborhood you might spend the rest of your life enjoying.

The best way to make sure your big step goes smoothly is to select the right Ottawa real estate agent to fit your needs. While there are many Ottawa home buying agents out there, it is critical you find someone with whom you can communicate well and who will give their all to helping you buy-or sell-Ottawa real estate.

Find The Right Ottawa Realtor

Not only will your Ottawa real estate agent be guiding you to potential homes, they will also be assisting in guarding your legal interests when facing tough negotiations or confusing contracts, so while you want to choose someone you connect with, you also want to choose someone who is an expert in Ottawa real estate. One of the best things to do? Interview more than one specialist and then compare them to see who fit your needs the best. Below you will find my tips on how to choose the right REALTOR for you.

Ottawa Real Estate Experts

Here are my tips to guide you on your Ottawa home buying journey:

  • Identify at least three licensed real estate professionals.
  • Interview the real estate professionals you have identified. Having a conversation with the person is a good way to find out if your personalities and goals match. Ask them any and all questions you have; bring a list of your questions with you so you won’t forget anything. Most importantly-are they listening to your wants and needs?
  • Find out about their marketing connections/what they will be doing to find you the right home
  • Select a strong negotiator. Ask your Ottawa REALTOR whether he or she has ever been in a tough negotiation and how he or she negotiated a fair price.
  • Compare interview notes. Think about each agent, and decide which one is right for you. You should choose someone aggressive, but who doesn’t make you feel anxious or pressured.
  • Talk money. Usually the seller foots the bill for a real estate professional’s commission, but don’t assume this will be the case. Ask point-blank what your financial obligations are throughout the process. Your Ottawa real estate agent at Ottawa-Homes.ca has the knowledge and experience to provide you with a smooth, hassle-free transaction.
  • Before signing a contract, know that the term “Disclosed Dual Agent” often means that the real estate agency does not represent your interests 100 percent. Try using an agent like Ottawa-Homes.ca Buyers Agent Bobbie McGowan, to represent you.
  • Buyer agency agreements are common, but be careful. What if the Realtor doesn’t follow up with you? What if you don’t get along? What if the agent doesn’t understand your needs? Remember that a buyer agency agreement is negotiable, and you can help negotiate the specific terms.
  • Ask for references from your REALTOR. This shouldn’t be a big deal; it’s a last-step investigation that could confirm or reject your impression of the agent.
  • Find an Ottawa area real estate agent who is savvy about technology. Through the online tools available to agents these days, you can expect nearly immediate e-mails about new property listings and quick replies to your queries.

Contact Bobbie and Geoff McGowan, Your Expert Ottawa Realtors

Learn more about what our team of expert Ottawa Realtors will do for you, and you’ll quickly see why we are the experts at Ottawa home buying. Are you ready to search the Ottawa MLS for your dream home? Be sure to take advantage of the information, tips and free guides offered at Ottawa-Homes.ca.

Until next time,
Bobbie