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The List of Pet Peeves That Turn Homebuyers Off — And How to Avoid Them
Thursday, 31 August 2017, 12:23:07 PM


Even if your home is priced right and in a desirable location, you may be offending potential buyers without ever knowing it. Here is our list of pet peeves that can turn a buyer off — and how to avoid them when selling your home.

When someone is searching for a home to buy, gut instinct and first impressions are crucial to making a positive impact. Even if your home ticks all the boxes for you, there is a chance you may be offending potential buyers without ever knowing it. Here is our list of pet peeves that turn buyers off — and how to avoid them when selling your home.

1. Masking Issues

Whether it is odors or a failed foundation, masking potential issues to gain a quick sale could be a very costly gamble. If there are serious defects that you know about, a buyer could back out of the deal at the last minute, ask you to fix the issue or worse — involve you in a legal battle long after the deal should be done. Consider hiring a qualified home inspector to conduct a pre-sale inspection. An inspection gives you the upper hand in determining how to address the issue — and get top dollar for your home. No home is perfect. Be upfront about any flaws in your home and you will light the path to a smoother sale.

2. Overpricing Your Home

Ensuring your home is appropriately priced before hitting the market is an important factor in achieving a timely sale. Working with a knowledgeable agent — and trusting their advice — is your best bet in ensuring your home sells for what it’s worth. In real estate, the price you paid for a home has no bearing or guarantee on its selling price when you go to list. The market, condition of the home, and how well recent home sales have performed all influence what your home is worth, and having your house sit on the market because it’s overpriced will deter interested buyers.

3. Not Preparing Your Home For Sale

Buyers need to picture themselves living in your home. Giving them a clean, decluttered, and neutral space is essential. An abundance of knick-knacks, or greatly loved (but really worn out) furniture can be distracting, so consider packing them up before you list. Additionally, showing your home with overly bright, dark, or otherwise overwhelming colors can be off-putting to potential buyers who only see the price tag and effort to repaint. Repainting these rooms in a neutral palette may not be your personal taste, but it will allow a blank slate for potential buyers.

4. Making Showings Difficult

While keeping your house ready for showings and open houses can be stressful, the longer your home sits on the market, the more you will have to do it. Being inflexible with requested showing times or demanding to be present during showings can actually harm the sale process rather than help it, and may top a buyers list of pet peeves. Potential buyers will be more willing to work with you on the negotiations if you have been reasonable in their showing demands, and allowing them to view your home without you present will ease any uncomfortable feelings they may have about you being present.

5. Not Considering Your Pets

While your pets have a special place in your heart — and your home — not every homebuyer will share your view. Considering how your pets will impact buyers is an important step in depersonalizing your home. When preparing for viewings be sure that your pets are appropriately contained, as not to disturb buyers who want access to all parts of your home. If possible, removing pets from the premises completely is preferred, but if you can’t do that, ample warning through your agent is a must. Repairing any stained or damaged items caused by pets before you list will also help the overall impression your home makes.

If you have Real Estate questions, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464. 

Talk to you soon... Paige 





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Toss These 5 Things Before You Move For a Fresh New Start
Thursday, 17 August 2017, 02:29:04 PM



While you’re packing, consider throwing out these household items and give yourself a fresh start in your new home.
 


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7 Reasons Buying Beats Renting
Thursday, 10 August 2017, 11:58:26 AM


In most parts of the country, home buying is better than renting. Discover the advantages home buyers have in today’s market that renters are missing out on.

https://www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/why-buying-a-home-is-better-than-renting/

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OMREB July 2017 Statistics
Thursday, 03 August 2017, 04:42:26 PM
The July OMREB stats show that home sales are down over 2016, however apartment sales are up 5%. If you are looking to Buy or Sell, but have questions, call Paige 250-862-6464

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OMREB July 2017 Statistics
Thursday, 03 August 2017, 04:42:26 PM
The July OMREB stats show that home sales are down over 2016, however apartment sales are up 5%. If you are looking to Buy or Sell, but have questions, call Paige 250-862-6464

Reposted from http://paige-guernsey.blogspot.com/2017/08/omreb-july-2017-statistics.html
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8 Tips and Tricks to Get More Storage From a Small Closet
Thursday, 27 July 2017, 02:28:28 PM



Get ideas for arranging your clothes closet with 8 combinations of shelves, hooks, rods and drawers.


https://www.coldwellbanker.com/blog/8-tips-tricks-get-storage-small-closet/

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7 Tips for Home Improvement from Coldwell Banker
Thursday, 20 July 2017, 02:34:00 PM



If you choose wisely, home improvements can raise the value of a property investment. See these 7 tips to do your home improvement right


http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/7-tips-home-improvement-coldwell-banker/

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Just Listed! Gorgeous Family Home
Monday, 17 July 2017, 07:14:18 PM


Just Listed!
990 Augusta Court
MLS®10138549
$999,000












A simply gorgeous home for your family or a make it an executive homestead. Perfectly situated in prestigious GOLFVIEW ESTATES and so close to everything.  Nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this property in Glenmore holds an indoor pool, vast partly covered sundeck, and a private yard with garden space and greenhouse available.  Enjoy views of Okanagan Lake and downtown Kelowna as well as the parkland behind. The main level of this walkout rancher has had many updates and includes a Chefs kitchen complete with 7 appliances.  Also found is a rare combination of spacious open rooms, an indoor pool, hot tub, and a European wet sauna. Downstairs you’ll find more spacious rooms including wet bar (with 4 appliances), a family room big enough for everyone, a laundry/craft room and 2 large bedrooms adjoined by a newly renovated bathroom.  There are 3 high efficiency furnaces in this home. One for upstairs (that’s hooked up to AC), one for downstairs, and one for the pool room. Golfview estates is above the Kelowna Golf and Country  Club and it’s not only a short drive to downtown Kelowna, but 3 elementary (including French Immersion), 1 middle school, shopping, pharmacies, and banks as well. If you’re looking for the perfect package to call HOME, this unique and beautiful home is waiting for you!


http://kelownahome.com/Property/Kelowna-British-Columbia/8193701-990-Augusta-Court-Kelowna-British-Columbia-V1Y7T9-10138549



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Five Tips to Identify Fixer-Upper Homes Worth Investing In
Thursday, 13 July 2017, 12:42:15 PM
When shopping for a fixer-upper home, some properties have potential beyond their appearance. Keep the following tips in mind as you look for that home.


http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/five-tips-to-identify-fixer-upper-homes-worth-investing-in/

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