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





4 Important Steps You Should Take Before Listing Your Ottawa Home

15 07 2014

Ottawa home sellingHave you recently decided to list your home on the real estate market in Ottawa? Then before you do anything else, you need to take a few moments to read my blog.

Today, I’m going to tell you about the crucial steps that you should take before you list your property on the market.  Trust me, by taking these steps up front, you’ll ultimately save yourself time and money.

What Should I Do Before Listings My Home on the Ottawa Real Estate Market?

First,  consider your motivation for selling.  In other words, do you have a solid reason for wanting to list your home on the market or is it more of a whimsical fantasy.  If it’s the latter, think long and hard before you take that next step toward listing your property.  After all, navigating the real estate market isn’t always going to be easy and having a valid reason for selling your home in the first place will keep you grounded during those times.

Prepare for the purchase of your next home.  Generally speaking, you should sell first and buy second.  Still, it doesn’t hurt to be a little prepared for where you’re going next.  So take the time to make a list of those neighborhoods where you may want to live and then visit them.  Maybe even consider checking out a few open houses or comparing what homes have recently sold for in the neighborhood.  This will give you a better idea of what to expect as a home buyer when it comes time to purchase your next home.

Interview real estate agents.  While you may be tempted to navigate the real estate market alone, I can assure you that it’s much more effective to work with an agent who really knows the market.   You want to work with someone who has experience selling in yoru price range as well as your specific neighborhood.  And you want to be able to see that they have a proven track record for getting their home sellers to closing.

Find a Lender.  Why would I need a lender if I’m selling my home, you may ask.  It turns out, there are many reasons why. First, you want to have a lender who can tell you how much you need to pay off your current home. You also should take this opportunity to purchase a beneficiary statement.  Next, request a Good Faith Estimate and compare rates and fees.  Finally, ask for referrals to mortage brokers from agents. You’re going to need these contacts when you decide to purchase your next home.

Let’s Get Started on Listing Your Home in Ottawa Today

I hope you found the above information insightful as a prospective home seller. Now if you’re ready, contact us, Geoff and Bobbie McGowan, today to move forward with listing your property on the market.

We would be more than happy to assist you by answering any questions you may have and providing you with some valuable home selling resources. 

Until next time,

Geoff





Top 5 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid on the Ottawa Real Estate Market

15 06 2014

Ottawa home sellingAre you currently thinking about listing your Ottawa home on the local housing market?

If so, then be sure to take a few moments to read today’s Ottawa blog.

I’m going to tell you about some of the top home selling mistakes that home owners make and why you should make sure you avoid them.

If you do avoid them, you’ll increase your chances of enjoying a successful home selling experience.

Avoid These Ottawa Home Selling Mistakes

Here are some common mistakes that home sellers make and why you should avoid them:

Asking for Too Much Money. Even if you paid off your house, it doesn’t mean that your property is worth as much as you think it’s worth! And if you do end up setting your list price too high, you could turn off interested home buyers. Work with your real estate agent to determine the right list price.

Skipping a Marketing Plan. Don’t assume that a For Sale sign in your yard is going to do the trick. A marketing plan is critical to not only reaching buyers, but reaching the RIGHT buyers. So don’t skimp on getting together such a plan.

Listing Your Home as For Sale By Owner. You may think you’re saving yourself money in REALTOR® commission but in reality, the benefits don’t outweigh the costs. A trained real estate profession can devote all the time necessary to get your home sold. If you try to sell your home part time and with no background experience, you may end up having a negative experience on the market.

Not Fixing Broken Amenities Around Your House. Sometimes home owners fall into the trap of thinking, “Well, I’m moving out soon anyway, what’s the point of fixing the home up?” The purpose of this is to attract home buyers to your home and secure purchase offers from them. If they walk into your home and see several home repair needs, they might not notice all of the quality amenities that your home has to offer. So make sure to do a walk-through of your property beforehand, searching for items that need fixed or replaced.

Leaving Remnants of You and Your Family Everywhere. For instance, perhaps you have a wall covered in family portraits. This is not something you want to leave up if you’re showing your home to prospective buyers. After al, the idea is to help them see themselves living in your home. If you have family portraits everywhere they turn, it’s going to be a lot harder for them to envision it being their home one day.

Helping You Sell Ottawa Real Estate for Sale

Are you a current home owner who is interested in listing your Ottawa home on the market? If so, please take a moment to contact us, Geoff and Bobbie McGowan, today.

We would be happy to assist you by answering any questions you may have as well as helping you determine the true value of your home.

Until next time,

Geogg





Using The Ottawa MLS

3 11 2013

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Re/max Ottawa Realtors

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





Manor Park Ottawa Community

24 09 2013

familyManor Park Ottawa Real Estate

Manor Park is home to an active community association, which strives to provide a safe and vibrant community for its residents, and to make the neighbourhood a wonderful place in which to live. Within and around Manor Park you’ll find 18 private, public and Catholic school choices, as well as parks, community activities, restaurants, shopping, walking trails and entertainment for everyone!

Manor Park Ottawa Schools and Entertainment

York Street Public School, Immaculata High School and Lisgar Collegiate Institute; as well as six places of worship, various recreational opportunities including the Rockliffe Lawn Tennis Club, the St. Laurent Complex, The Rockliffe Golf Driving Range, and various swimming pools, cycling paths, and more; and with the help of Ottawa’s OC Transpo bus route 7, which travels right through Manor Park, those in the neighbourhood can take advantage of all that the area has to offer.

Relocate to Manor Park Ottawa

In addition to Manor Park’s fantastic schools, parks, churches and recreational sites, the neighbourhood offers families practical resources like banks, restaurants and grocery stores, as well as great outlets for fun in terms of Manor Park’s after-school program for kids, Movie Night in the Park, Christmas caroling and sleigh rides around the Christmas holidays, and so much more. Without a doubt, Manor Park is an Ottawa neighbourhood with so much to offer people of all ages.
So if you’re thinking about investing in Ottawa real estate and you want to call Manor Park home, get in touch withOttawa realtors Geoff and Bobbie McGowan and let them work with you. These great Ottawa real estate agents will provide you with fantastic complimentary relocation packagesmarket evaluations and other great reports, and will ensure that you get top dollar for your home; so why not make the easy choice and call Geoff and Bobbie McGowan today.

 

Until next time,

Bobbie





ReMax Ottawa Final Closing CheckList

6 06 2013

remax ottawa real estateMany Ottawa Real Estate Sellers  believe that most of the work is done once they receive a signed purchase offer from the buyer; however, it is important to note that there are still some vital steps to follow between the time that the buyer makes a purchase offer and the time you walk out of the final closing.

From inspections to appraisals, there are a lot of steps to take in between, for example, when preparing for the final closing, it is extremely helpful if you follow these steps.

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