Tips for Selling Your Home for Top Dollar in Ottawa

16 03 2015

Home SellingThe busiest time of the real estate calendar year is about to get started. Are you ready?

For home buyers and home sellers alike, springtime is a busy time. More sellers are listing their homes and more buyers are searching the market for their dream home.

Today, we’re going to provide some valuable tips on how you as a home seller in Ottawa can get top dollar for your property during this very important time of year.

What To Do To Get A Great Price for Your Ottawa Home

Two months or more before you list your home, find a qualified real estate agent. In fact, this is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a home seller. After all, if you pick the right REALTOR, they will diligently market your home to the right and qualified buyers and will also work hard to ensure you get the best price possible. To find the right REALTOR for you, make sure to ask them about their past experience – not just in selling homes, but in selling homes in your price range and in selling homes in your neighborhood. Also request some information such as their list-to-sales ratio, which will give you an idea of their success rate in the past.

Six weeks before you list, address any major repairs or upgrades that are needed. Make sure to pay particular attention to the kitchen and the bathrooms as these are often the rooms that become the deciding factors for buyers. You might even consider purchasing a new set of appliances, such as an updated dishwasher or refrigerator. This will likely help you fetch a higher price for your home.

One month out, declutter your home. And make sure to depersonalize it as well. By doing so, you’re going to help make your home feel larger, more inviting and cozier. What’s more, by depersonalizing your home by removing excessive amounts of family portraits and other odds and ends, you’re helping the home buyer really envision what it would be like for them to live there.

Two weeks out, have your home photographed. And don’t believe the argument that taking photos with a smart phone will look just as good as taking photos with an advanced digital camera. You want to spring for the latter types of pictures because they will help your home appear larger and more inviting to buyers who are looking at pictures online. By the way, don’t forget to photograph the exterior and the yard as well!

One week before you list, give your home a thorough cleaning. For instance, you might consider steam cleaning the carpets, hiring a maid service to address your kitchen and bathroom areas and organizing your closets. Leave no stone unturned – buyers are sure to check it all out! And there’s nothing that will turn off a buyer faster than a dirty home.

Finally, list your home online. Generally speaking, real estate websites see the most activity right before the weekend. So if you can do it, make sure to list your home on a Thursday or Friday as you’re likely to attract the most home buyer attention. And make sure that when you do list your home online that pictures are included as this will help draw buyers in even more.

We’re Your Dedicated Ottawa Home Selling Experts

We hope you found today’s blog insightful as a home seller. For even more information on how you can ensure yourself a successful outcome on the local housing market, make sure to contact us. We would be glad to help!

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





7 Surefire Ways to Get Your Ottawa Home Sold!

15 08 2014

Ottawa Home SellingHave you recently listed your home on the Ottawa real estate market? If so, are you feeling a lot of anxiety about ensuring you get the best price for your home and that you sell if in a reasonable amount of time?

Then you’ve come to the right Ottawa real estate blog!

Today, I’m going to share with you seven strategies for ensuring a successful home selling outcome on the Ottawa real estate market. When you employ some or all of these, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing that you’re going to end up coming out on top as a home seller.

How to Get Your Home Sold on the Ottawa Real Estate Market

First, make sure your home is priced right. This takes a bit of research. Check out what similar homes in your area are selling for. Request the comps from your experienced real estate agent. And determine the true market value of your home. By pricing your home right out the gate, you’ll not only attract serious and qualified buyers but you may even end up with multiple offers on your property.

Remove half of the stuff in your closets. Why? Because by doing so, you’re going to make your closet appear more organized and cleaner. And that’s a good thing considering that home buyers highly value storage space and are sure to be sneaking peaks at your closet anyway.

Let there be light. Plenty of natural and artificial light can do wonders for making your home appear larger, cleaner and more welcoming. So remove the draped, clean the windows, turn on all of your lights (don’t forget the closets and bathrooms!) and cut back any bushes that may be blocking natural light into your home. Home buyers will be able to see a difference in your home and you’ll be able to see a difference in the purchase offers you receive.

Thoroughly Research Real Estate Agents. You don’t want to work with someone who has little to no experience in your price range or neighborhood. You want to work with someone who is well-informed and who has a proven track record for getting their home selling clients the results they want on the market. Believe us, it will pay off throughout the home selling process.

Take your furry friends to grandma’s for a little while. Believe it or not, not everyone may be in love with your cat, Whiskers, or your dog, Fido. Some people may be allergic, others may be scared of them and others may just be downright annoyed by them. So avoid turning off potential buyers before they ever have a chance to fall in love with your house by taking your pets with you during showings or taking them to a temporary home, like perhaps with your family members.

De-personalize your home. After all, when selling your home, the idea is to help the home buyer envision living there themselves one day. That’s harder to do if every hall they turn down, there are dozens of family portraits hanging on your wall. So depersonalize your home by removing the keepsakes and memorabilia you have scattered throughout and putting them in storage. Don’t worry, as soon as you sell your home and move into your new home, you can pull them out again!

Give your home a thorough cleaning. This should go without saying but you’d be surprised by how many home sellers neglect to do this before listing their home. Sweep the baseboards, scrub the bathroom tub, organize the closet and organize the food pantry.

Attention to detail matters. The cleaner and more organized your home looks, the more likely you’re to get a full-price or close-to-it purchase offer.

Helping You Navigate the Ottawa Real Estate Market with Expertise and Professionalism

Contact us today if you’re interested in listing your current Ottawa home on the market.

We would love to assist you by answering any questions you may have and helping to prepare a home marketing plan for your property in Ottawa.

Together, we can get you the price you’re looking for on your Ottawa home for sale!

Until next time,

Geoff





How to Ensure Your Ottawa Home Search Doesn’t End in Heartache

15 05 2014

Ottawa home buyingLet’s face it: home buying is quite an emotional process. After all, you’re not just buying brick and mortar – you’re investing in an entire lifestyle, future family memories and more.

Still, it’s important to take extra precautions to make sure you don’t end up getting your heart broken on the Ottawa real estate market.

So today, we’re going to tell you three strategies that you can employ to avoid heartache when buying a home.

How to Avoid Ottawa Home Buyer Heartache

First, understand out the gate your relationship with the seller. In other words, accept the fact that sometimes, you and the seller are going to have differing wants and needs. For instance, the seller may turn down your offer if the price is too low for what they are hoping for. Or they may refuse to throw in the chandelier you want because it has sentimental value to them. Sometimes they may flat out refuse your offer because there’s another buyer who’s willing to give them more. Understand that there may be some back and forth between you and the seller but that is all a part of the real estate negotiation process. You’ll be better off in the long run if you enter the market with this mindset.

Don’t lose sight of your main objective. Sometimes when touring properties, it’s easy to get caught up in the razzle dazzle of homes. For instance, the granite counter tops or the remodeled bathrooms, the outdoor pool or the wine cellar in the basement. And all these things are truly amazing. However, it’s important to not lose sight of your main needs for your new home. So if a home has all of these things but only has two bedrooms (and you need three), you would be better off moving along and continuing to search for the right home for you. Make sure the home you ultimately purchase has all the “need to haves.” Any “want to haves” that the home features is just added bonus.

Don’t fall too hard for one home. I know this is easier said than done but the fact of the matter is, it’s not a done deal until you’ve signed the last dotted line and left the lawyer’s office at closing. The real estate market can be very fluid and things can change rapidly. So when you find a home you really want to purchase, allow yourself to be excited about the possibilities but also keep in the back of your head that it’s not a done deal until it’s a done deal. That way, if the deal does fall through for whatever reason, you’ll be less heartbroken. Trust us, the right house WILL come along – but it may take some patience.

Helping You Purchase Your Next Ottawa Home

We hope you found today’s information valuable and insightful as a home buyer in Ottawa.

How can we further help you navigate the Ottawa real estate market as a buyer? Please contact us, your Ottawa real estate experts, for valuable insight and useful resources that will help you secure the home of your dreams in no time!





Pass Your Ottawa Home Inspection, Part 2

15 03 2014

Ottawa home inspectionCongratulations! Someone has just made a purchase offer on your Ottawa home for sale and you’re one step closer to the final closing!

But first, you’ll need to pass the final home inspection. For some home owners, this can be a daunting stage of the home selling process. After all, if the buyer finds something egregiously wrong with your home, it could end up breaking the deal for you!

Luckily, I’m here to help you seamlessly navigate the home inspection process. Today, in my second part in a series, I’m going to provide you with my top tips on how to pass your home inspection.

What To Do Before and During Your Ottawa Home Inspection

 Before the home inspection, make sure you remove any clutter throughout the home. Not only will this help your home leave the best impression possible, but it also won’t deter the home inspector from accessing such important systems as your heating and cooling system and mechanical systems. The last thing you want to do is irritate the home inspector because he’s having to riffle through your things to do his job.

Before the home inspection, empty out all of your appliances. The home inspector is gong to want to check them, so make sure you’re not leaving clothes in the washing machine, dishes in the dishwasher or food on the stove. It’s making the inspector’s job easier, which will leave him in a better mood when he’s delivering the final report on your home.

Before the inspection, make a clear path to the attic. You may even consider setting up a ladder to the attic. This will help the inspector finish up quicker and will make his life easier.

During the inspection, make sure you and your loved ones (even the furry ones) are not around. No home inspector wants to navigate around the current home owners while they’re trying to do their job. So make sure to leave about an hour before the inspection in the event that they show up early.

During the home inspection, leave the doors unlocked. For instance, make sure any gates or doors to the garage or crawl space are unlocked to allow for ease of access for the home inspector.

During the home inspection, provide documentation of repairs you’ve made. The home inspector will want this information easily accessible during his tour of your home. So make sure you leave out any receipts and related information in a binder or folder on the counter.

More Home Selling Help for You!

If you would like more tips on how to successfully navigate the Ottawa real estate market as a home seller, make sure to contact us, your Ottawa real estate exerts, today!

I would be happy to help you at every stage of the process to ensure that your home is selling for the best price possible and in as little time as possible!

Have a great day!





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