This Summer, Go on a Home Shopping Staycation

Since we likely won’t be venturing too far from home this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s the perfect time to go house shopping in Edmonton!

With tons of new homes on the market and more free time on your hands to scope out new properties, you’ll be able to find your dream home for a great price.

In this blog post, I touch on the advantages for homebuyers in the current real estate market and I give some tips to those who are selling their homes right now. 

Advantages For Homebuyers 

Low-Interest Rates 

For many people, buying a home is the largest expense they’ll ever make in their lives. So, it can be difficult to know when to commit to starting your buying journey. 

If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, now is the time to take advantage of the record low-interest rates available.

 

Want to find out your true affordability?  Don’t just use the online mortgage calculators.  Let me set you up with a great mortgage specialist at your bank (who only deals in mortgages), or a mortgage broker that can shop you around to find the best individual rate and term specifically for you.  

Great Selection of Homes 

With a flood of new properties hitting the market, searching for that place you’ll soon call home is easier than ever!

Right now, Edmonton homebuyers have the advantage of looking at a great selection of properties for sale in our city. Who knows? You might even find the perfect home in your dream neighbourhood! 

 

Tips for Home Sellers  

Curb Appeal 

One of the most important things to do when selling a home in a competitive market is to try and make your home stand out from the rest. An easy way to do this is to make the outside of your home look pristine. 

Before putting your house on the market, give your front yard a little TLC. Try pulling out some of those weeds, mowing your lawn, planting some flowers, or power washing your siding. 

Another great tip to brighten up your home’s curb appeal on a budget is to update your front door with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. 

 

Eliminate Clutter 

In a crowded market, you want your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible. Buyers may not have the same style or taste as you, so it’s important to make the inside of your home as generic and simplistic as possible. 

You can de-personalize your home by removing clutter and decorative items, taking down family photos, and painting the walls in neutral colours. Let your home be a blank canvas for a buyer to transform into their dream home!

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in the Edmonton area? Contact me (Jeneen Marchant, Re/Max Real Estate) by phone: (780) 904-4240 or by email: jeneens@remax.net.

Hi, I’m Jeneen Marchant!

I’m here to help you find you during your next Real Estate transaction.
Home ownership is a beautiful thing and I love seeing my buyers happily opening the door to their new home on possession day. I also get great satisfaction from helping my sellers get the best price possible for their home when it is time to move on to another property.

Is Now the Right Time to Sell My Home?

covid-19-23

The most common question that I’ve been receiving during the COVID-19 pandemic is: “Should I be selling my home right now?” 

 

Truthfully, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. 

 

The real estate market has never experienced a global pandemic like this before, so we are all learning to overcome hurdles and navigate through this uncharted territory together.  Some people are waiting to sell their homes while others are pushing full force ahead. Regardless of what is happening in the real estate market, there are people that will always have to move.

covid-19-23

In short, selling a home right now might have changed, but it is 100% possible!

 

One way that home sellers can thrive in this new environment is to leverage technology. The idea of in-person home viewings and signings can be uncomfortable for some buyers, so it is imperative that you make it as easy as possible for people to view and assess your home virtually. 

Virtual Tours 

Woman having a video call with man on her smart phone

Virtual tours allow prospective buyers to tour and immerse themselves in your home without leaving their couch. It can introduce the layout and feel of your home in a way that photos just cannot. 

 

Photos, 360-degree perspectives, videos, or an interactive 3D virtual tour are all different ways that properties are being marketed today. We want to use the best ones to showcase your home. 

Electronic Signing Methods 

woman is working on tablet

“E-signing” has been used for years to provide a paperless alternative. Today, to limit the number of face-to-face signings, many real estate agents are moving to electronic signing methods to keep themselves and homebuyers safe. 

 

There are tons of great signing tools and apps available to download that make scanning or signing on the dotted line easier than ever. 

 

Video Calls 

Video calling

Many home sellers value the personal, face-to-face connection they have with their real estate agent. But, since that is not always an available option, many real estate agents are opting for screen-to-screen contact with their clients through video calls through apps like FaceTime, Zoom, and WhatsApp. 

 

Video calls mimic in-person meetings and are much more personal than a phone call, allowing you to maintain a strong connection with your real estate agent throughout the entire home buying or selling process. 

 

Ultimately, it is a home seller’s responsibility to stay updated on Provincial and local COVID-19 regulations to ensure your personal safety and the safety of others during the entire process. 

 

If you are selling your home during this unprecedented time, using a Realtor will ensure that your real estate needs are still being met in a safe and responsible manner.

 

As one of Edmonton’s top REALTORS, I have the experience to sell your home for top dollar as fast as possible! 

Contact me (Jeneen Marchant, RE/MAX Real Estate) by phone: (780) 904-4240 or by email: jeneens@remax.net.

Hi, I’m Jeneen Marchant!

I’m here to help you find you during your next Real Estate transaction.
Home ownership is a beautiful thing and I love seeing my buyers happily opening the door to their new home on possession day. I also get great satisfaction from helping my sellers get the best price possible for their home when it is time to move on to another property.