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HOW BUYERS CAN GET THE BEST PRICE

Be Wary of the Listing Agent

Traditionally, buyers would stop at a house for sale and be shown the property by an agent sitting there. But the problem with that method is that the agent sitting there is usually the listing agent. And in most cases, he or she represents the seller.

You must be careful about what you say to a listing agent. A listing agent's role is to find a buyer and to get as high a price and as good terms as possible for the seller. He or she is required to inform the seller of any facts that may influence the seller's decision about whether to accept an offer or not.

For example, if you mention to the listing agent how much mortgage you are qualified for, don't be surprised if the seller knows too.

Always keep in mind that you want the lowest price and the best terms. If an agent is not directly working for you, they could very well be working against you. Remember...whatever you say to the sellers agent can and will be held against you when it comes to negotiating!

What to look for in a Buyers Agent:

Experience and market knowledge: As with most things, experience pays off in a real estate transaction. An experienced agent knows the community and the market and knows how to negotiate an offer to protect your interests and ensure your rights.

Communication and Confidence: it is extremely important that you are totally comfortable speaking with your agent about your goals, objectives and limitations. Are you being understood? Do you feel that your agent is working as hard as you need them to? Regular feedback from you is also important so that your agent can accurately gauge the level of service you require. Every buyer has a different timetable and the level of service must match the need.

What should your agent expect of you?

Once you have chosen your agent, Loyalty, and Honest Communication, is all we ask! Always call your Buyers Agent for information about any property that interests you, no matter who has the listing, We can get you what you need and want to know.  When information is provided, give prompt feedback as to whether the property is of interest to you or not.

Remember, you have a self-employed business person working for you free of charge! If they are not providing the level of service you need, tell them! If they are doing a great job, tell them, and they will probably work even harder.

Of course the nicest way to say thank you for a job well done is to...

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER IN A SLOWER MARKET

In a hot real estate market, even homes that don’t give the greatest first impression will still sell. However, as the market cools off, the listings that show well will be the ones that sell faster and for a better price.

 

“Recent economic uncertainty has led to more of a buyers’ market,” says Dianne Usher, vice president, Royal Lepage Real Estate Services, Johnston and Daniel Division. “In this market, a house that isn’t properly prepared may struggle to sell. Staging and preparing a home for sale is more critical now than ever before.”

 

While interior decorating concentrates on making people feel more at home in their interior space, the objective of staging is to make the home more marketable inside and out. Staging usually involves getting rid of clutter and “depersonalizing” a home. “Most people can’t envision themselves in someone else’s home,” says Usher. “Things like clutter or an imbalance of furnishings or colours that are out of sync with the home can throw them off.” As part of their service, REALTORS® need to educate clients about how staging a home for sale can make a huge difference in the outcome of the deal. For some clients, it can be a tough sell to get them to pack away the family photos and bowling trophies.

 

When faced with a sellers’ home that’s cluttered, outrageously decorated or in need of a major clean-up, many REALTORS® suggest enlisting the services of a professional home stager. Just as a home inspector investigates and reports on a home’s structural and mechanical fitness, a home stager will evaluate a home’s curb appeal and saleability. Usher, a REALTOR® with more than 30 years of experience, says there is an increased awareness among REALTORS® of the importance of staging. “More REALTORS® are advising their clients to use this service and some even offer to pay for a stager as part of their value-added service.”

 

Although the cost to hire a professional home stager varies widely depending on the scope of the project, Usher says it’s a service that is worth the investment. “In my experience, a minimal investment in the cost of staging can achieve a much higher selling price, even if the property is priced properly,” she says. Many REALTORS® have increased their knowledge of staging and can help clients stage their homes for little or no cost. “While it’s beneficial for REALTOR® to learn about staging, they should not become a stager,” says Usher. “As REALTORS® we need to know when to call in the experts.”

 

Some REALTORS® believe suggesting the services of a professional stager can give them an edge when competing for listings. Many others have earned their “CSP” (Canadian Staging Professional) credentials, a designation that means they've completed a three-day classroom course and hands-on practice “staging” a real home.

 

An accredited home stager will follow a set of standards and professional guidelines to prepare a home for sale. Staging services range from simply rearranging furniture to emptying a house out and filling it with rented furniture. The cost for staging can range from $30 to $150 an hour with the majority of jobs taking less than a day to complete.

 

What do buyers want?

  • Contemporary
  • Mminimalist
  • Neutral coloured walls
  • A limited number of personal items

Following these rules help your home appeal to most buyers and ensures the best results when selling a home. “Staging is more than removing clutter, it’s also important to have the right furniture placement.” She adds that even a brand new home needs staging. “It’s particularly important for new condos. Empty rooms seem smaller and people have a hard time envisioning their belongings in them.”

 

When staging a home, Usher advises REALTORS® to focus not just on the inside, but outside as well. Walkways, paths and driveways should be clear of clutter as well as snow and ice. It may be difficult for a potential buyer to envision a backyard covered in snow so Usher suggests homeowners create a display of framed photos. Finally, she suggests it’s important in winter to make sure a client’s house is warm for viewings, but not too warm. “

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