First Time Home Buyer Tips

Purchasing a property can be a daunting task, especially for first time buyers. There are many factors to take into consideration, some of which include location, price, and needs. But there are ways to secure your first home while staying within your budget, and to make sure that you make the right investment.

Buying your first home is an important milestone that requires time and thoughtful consideration. There are many steps that first time home buyers can take to secure a property that will reflect their needs and budget. There are also things that prospective first-time buyers can do to ensure that the property they are purchasing is in good condition and will not require any significant repairs in the future.

1. Start Planning

One of the most important steps that a buyer can take, whether it is their first time or 10th, is to plan their investment ahead of time. This may involve saving for a down payment/ closing costs, and getting pre-qualified for a mortgage to determining how much is needed in order to purchase a property that will suit your needs. These initial steps may vary in time depending on factors such as income/ credit level and the availability of properties in your desired location, but they are critical steps in the home-buying process that all people should consider before investing in a property.

2. Choose the right Realtor

Another important step will be to consult with a professional Realtor (like myself) who can assist you with looking for a property that suits your needs and price range. We have access to every property available (no matter whether it is a for sale by owner or which company it is listed with) and assist with negotiating to come to an agreement that works for both a seller and a buyer…just to name a couple items out of the dozens we do behind the scenes. Professionals in the industry have an in-depth knowledge of neighbourhoods, amenities, whether a property follows city guidelines, what updates are worth the price, and much more. Doing it on your own will mean that you may not be fully informed or getting the best value for your investment.

3. Getting Pre-Approved for your mortgage

A mortgage pre-approval is important because it means your lender has checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific mortgage loan amount.  I always recommend using a mortgage broker that shops you around in order to find the best terms and rates for your needs as going to the bank directly may not be as firm of a number for us to work with.  Let me know if you need some referrals.

This makes buying your home even easier because you will know exactly what you can afford and feel confident when submitting your offer.

4. Finding a home that matches your lifestyle

Part of your first home search will be researching prospective neighbourhoods that you want to live in.  Is it safe, near the amenities that are important to you? Does it match your lifestyle?

For example, if you are a single working person who values convenience, you may want to consider an area that is in close proximity to grocery stores and restaurants, as well as a low-maintenance property like a condo or townhome.  If you have a family or are considering having a family in the future, you may want a property in a suburban area that has amenities for children and families, such as schools and parks. You will want to consider the size of a property and determine how much space you need along with what features will make this home ideal for your wants and needs.

When considering your options, it is important that we search for a property that will meet your needs today and for the next few years.  But keep in mind that things change and people typically live in their first home for 2-5 years before wanting to move or upgrade to fit their new needs or use equity to get closer to their forever home.

 

Although it may be tempting to purchase a property that is priced lower in order to save money, this may not be the best option for your future satisfaction as a homeowner.  Some compromise might be necessary in the home-buying process, depending on your budget, such as spending a bit more to be able to live in your desired location or choosing a different neighbourhood to save a bit of money.  Balance is key when it comes to finding the perfect first home as it likely is just your entry into home ownership. Focus on finding a property that is ideal for your current needs and budget, and be flexible if needed.

5. Property Inspection

After we find you the right home, negotiate an offer, and send the documents to your mortgage broker for final financing approval, the next important step is to ensure that the property you are purchasing is in good condition. Although a property may appear to be in good condition, having a property inspection can notify you of any structural, electrical, or plumbing issues, or just give you a list of small repairs that you can do over time as every home whether brand new or 60+ years old will need some form of maintenance.

Property inspectors are registered professionals with building and/or trade experience.  They always have knowledge of the latest building and safety codes, and what is necessary for the property to have versus suggested to have based on the year built.  I also have several inspectors I have worked with for years to referral if needed.

When searching for your first home, concentrate on the practical aspects of your search, such as planning ahead, maintaining your budget, and looking for a safe and secure neighbourhood. Remember to also look for a space that you can envision yourself spending time in and what reflects your needs.

A professional Realtor like myself can help make your first home buying experience educational, positive, and unforgettable.  Give me a call to get Professional Real Estate Advice, Jeneen Marchant, Re/Max Real Estate – (780) 904-4240

These Tips May Speed Up Your Home Sale

In a challenging real estate market, you need to have a solid plan for appealing to prospective buyers. Investing in ways to boost the salability of your home, advertising your property effectively, and maintaining the condition of your property will assist you in speeding up the sale of your home. By following these highly effective tips, you can decrease the amount of time needed to sell your home and generate the kind of profit you want.

Are you trying to sell your property and want the process to go faster?

There are many ways in which homeowners can increase the value of their properties, appeal to prospective buyers, and make the process of selling a home go more smoothly. Using techniques to enhance a property and bring in more potential buyers can be highly beneficial, especially in Edmonton’s tough real estate market.
One of the most important areas to consider when selling your home are its condition and appearance. Although some buyers may be interested in properties that are ‘fixer-uppers’ or that can be remodeled to suit their preferences, most prospective homeowners are interested in properties that are updated and move in ready.

Many people, especially those with demanding careers or families, do not have the time or the resources to spend on extensive remodeling projects. Because of this, it is important to make sure that your home has updated features, including appliances, cabinets, and flooring. Investing in these features also has the potential to increase the value of your home and make it stand out to prospective buyers. However, we can set up a meeting to see if this investment is worth it for the sale of your home, or whether we should just price the property more accordingly.

It is also very important to make sure that the home’s outdoor space has been maintained. Making sure that the grass is cut, plants are taken care of, and that fences are in good condition are characteristics that potential buyers will find appealing and that will make them interested in your property. Create an outdoor space that the new owners can envision themselves spending time in. It may be helpful to invest in new flowers and plants to brighten up the space. It may also be advantageous to clean any outdoor furniture and décor to create a comfortable and peaceful environment.

Decorate for the new buyers, not yourself

You may want to invest in new paint, doors, cabinets, light fixtures, and home accessories, such as rugs, couch pillows, or wall art. You can also choose to purchase new furniture, rent furniture for home viewing (staging), or even ask others if they have any furniture or accessories that you can borrow for the staging process.
Creating a welcoming and warm space will appeal to a range of buyers and make it easier for them to imagine themselves living in the home. Get started by having me over for a market evaluation and consultation about staging your home for sale.

Keep it clean

When presenting your home for sale, it is also very important to make sure that it is clean. It may be beneficial to invest in a professional cleaning company to make sure that all aspects of the home, including carpets, windows, and even baseboards are spotless. Not only is this appealing to prospective buyers who are viewing the home, it makes the move-out process easier for you, saves time for showing preparation, and also makes the move-in process easier for new homeowners.
It would also be helpful to have your home inspected by a professional and well-respected company prior to beginning the process of selling your home. It is important to determine if there are any potential problems with your home, such as structural issues, mold, or outdated or faulty systems and appliances. By performing a pre-listing home inspection, you can prevent major delays in the home selling process.

Price it right

Another important step that you can take in the home selling process is to make sure that you are selling your home for a reasonable amount given its condition, age, location, and the price of nearby properties that are similar to yours. As a Realtor, I can give you the best advice on pricing your home to sell. It is especially important in a challenging market to appeal to buyers by setting a reasonable price.

When deciding to place your home for sale, there are many important decisions to make, and many aspects of the home selling process to consider. It is important that your home is up to date, well maintained, and advertised extensively and professionally.

Want to know how to get the best price possible, even in today’s market? Want to know what similar ones on your street have sold for? Give me a call! Jeneen Marchant, Re/Max Real Estate – (780) 904-4240

The benefits of investing in Real Estate

There are many benefits to investing in real estate. One of the major benefits includes the ability to generate an income. When you invest in real estate, you decide what you do with your property.  Although you will need to comply with provincial and municipal guidelines regarding the design and requirements of specific kinds of properties, when you decide to invest in real estate, you acquire greater control over your earning potential, as well as your schedule. 

Passive Income

A significant benefit of investing in real estate for the purpose of renting out the property is that it creates a consistent income that can cover the property’s mortgage and result in long-term financial stability. As a landlord, you can create a strategy which will enable you to obtain the funds to pay off your mortgage, save money for more investment properties, or use the cash flow for daily expenses. Choosing a respectful and reliable tenant to rent your property can help you secure your financial future and provide you with steady pay. 

 

Tax Deductions

Another benefit of purchasing a revenue property are the multiple expenses which are tax deductions; these can reduce the amount that you are required to pay in taxes. In Canada, you can receive a deduction in property-related expenses that include advertising services, legal and accounting fees, and maintenance-related expenditures. You can also declare property taxes and utility fees in order to obtain a tax reduction. These incentives help property owners save money and invest in their futures, including their retirement.  However, you also have to file any profit as revenue as capital gains also applies. 

To Flip or Not To Flip

Purchasing a property for the purpose of renovating and selling it (aka- “flipping”) can also be a lucrative investment. Not only is there potential to earn thousands of dollars in profit, but because this option does not involve a commitment after the project has been completed and a sale has been made, there is no need to worry about the long-term condition of the property or the responsibilities that go along with it, such as maintenance and prospective tenants. It can also be a way to acquire a larger sum of money more quickly than you would be able to while renting out a property.  But also be aware that you may have to pay capital gains tax on the revenue just like income tax for employment.

Although there are many benefits to investing in real estate, there can also be some disadvantages. Some of these disadvantages include the accumulation of repairs, expenses, unexpected problems with the property, the risk of renting out a property to challenging tenants, and paying capital gains on rental or sales revenue. If you are willing to invest the time, energy and money into creating and sustaining your property, however, there are many rewards that come with investing in real estate. It is important to carefully consider and choose the option that will work best for your budget and schedule.  

If you are considering a revenue property give me a call! I can help you find the right investment property! Jeneen Marchant, Re/Max Real Estate – (780) 904-4240

How to Find a Good Realtor

Finding a good Realtor is an important step in the real estate process. A Realtor can help you buy or sell a property, determine how to best secure a property that suits your needs, or help you generate a profit from the sale of your home. 

When looking for a Realtor to sell your property or help you find a property, there are numerous steps that you can take to find a qualified and reliable professional. With so many great Realtors in Edmonton, how do you choose the one that will match your buying or selling needs? 

Are they licensed?

One of the first steps that you can take is to make sure that a Realtor is certified and meets the requirements to work in the real estate industry in Alberta. The Real Estate Council of Alberta, or RECA, outlines the prerequisites for applying for a licence, as well as for working toward becoming certified. 

What have they sold in the past?

An important step in selecting a Realtor is to determine whether the properties that they have sold or have assisted customers purchase are similar to the kind of property that you either want to sell or purchase. For example, if you are trying to purchase a condo, it would be beneficial to have a Realtor who has experience with these properties. By finding a Realtor who has experience with a specific kind of property, they can help you secure a fair deal on a property or sell your property at a price that is comparable to similar homes.  They don’t have to be “specialists” in that type of property by experience and knowledge goes a long way. What is their knowledge in a certain market? A specific neighbourhood? How many properties have they sold? How long have they been in the business? By asking these questions, you can find a Realtor who will be a good fit for you and help you get the best service possible. 

Ask for Referrals 

To find a good Realtor, you can also ask those you know who have experience with a Realtor for a referral. By seeking the advice of those you know, you can get their honest opinion about a potential Realtor and find someone who will be able to help you. You can also look for reviews from online sources like Google or Facebook, but keep in mind that word of mouth can often be the best form of reference (this is where the majority of my business comes from).

Interview a few Realtors

Another important step in the process of finding a good Realtor is to interview a few different individuals and decide who would be best able to help you. You have many options as far as background, experience, and knowledge are concerned. Take the time to find a professional who will best support your goals and who is genuinely interested in helping you, rather than only being interested in making a profit.

When looking for a good Realtor, there are many factors to take into consideration. Although the process of locating a trustworthy professional can seem overwhelming, consider the above steps to help you make the process much easier and find someone who will work for you. 

I’d love to hear from you! What would you add to the list? 
I have worked with hundreds of clients over the years in the Edmonton area and I would love the opportunity to help you purchase or sell your next property.  Give me a call at Jeneen Marchant, Re/Max Real Estate – (780) 904-4240

Is Real Estate a Good Investment?

Real estate is a good investment, but there are many things you should take into consideration. Investing in real estate is an important decision which requires a lot of time, effort, and resources.

What is your Real Estate Investment Goal?

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By understanding your goals, budget, and the current real estate market, you can decide if now is the time to start investing in real estate. It’s always best to give yourself the time to determine whether it is an investment that you want to undertake. Like anything in life, there are pro’s and con’s to investing in real estate, but it is up to you to decide whether this is a venture that you want to take on. This article will help you make sense of the complex world of real estate and determine if it is something that you are interested in pursuing.

In cities across Canada, more and more people are interested in investing in real estate, because they see and understand the potential benefits of their investment. TV shows like Property Brothers and Flip or Flop have inspired many to invest in residential and commercial properties, restore them, and either rent or sell the property for turnover. But what are the potential benefits and consequences of investing in real estate? Is real estate a good investment, or is it an undertaking best left to professionals?

Real Estate Investing In Today’s Market

Edmonton’s real estate market has moved slowly so far this year due to the number of properties for sale and other factors like the federal mortgage stress test (which places limitations on the amount of money that potential homeowners can borrow to purchase a home). Though it may take time for Edmonton’s real estate market to recover, this does not mean that real estate is a bad investment. In fact, it is a great time to buy an investment property as you do have a ton of selection, prices have come down several percents over the last couple years, and mortgage rates are low.

Types Of Real Estate Investments

There are a variety of options where it relates to property ownership and deciding how to garner a profit from your investment.
Some investors choose to buy and flip a property, in which a property is purchased, renovated and sold to gain a profit.

Others choose to buy a property to be used as a rental. This is a common investment choice for people because they have the opportunity to have someone else down the mortgage, have equity grow over time, and pull in a bit of cash flow or monthly revenue.

There is even the option to own commercial properties like apartment buildings, commercial bays for rentals, and land. However, the type of financing and closing costs involved for a commercial purchase is vastly different than residential.

Deciding which options will work best for you will depend on several different factors such as how long you want to own the property for and what purpose you want the building to serve.

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD INVESTMENT PROPERTY

  1. Look for areas of the city that are growing.
    Population growth is a considerable factor in property investment. Look for areas in the city that are expanding.
  2. Invest in familiar areas
    Get to know the area you are thinking about investing in. You want to know your investment location as well as your own neighbourhood.
  3. Look for low vacancy areas
    When it comes to choosing an area to invest in, look for places with low vacancy rates. Investing in areas with a tight market, you can significantly increase your chances of finding the right renter quickly, and reduce the time between tenants.
  4. Think about the future
    It’s a great idea to find out what’s in the works in the area, so you can have an idea what the future looks like. It’s also a great idea to keep an eye on any residential developments that could be going up near amenities, such as schools and shopping hubs.
  5. Choose low-maintenance properties
    If you are looking to start investing and you don’t want to have to spend a lot of money in upgrades and renovations, look for a property that is ready to rent out immediately. However, be prepared to pay more for a fully finished home as someone else has built up the sweat equity getting it ready.
  6. Think about your tenants
    Choose a property that appeals to the people who are actively renting in that area; it will make it much more attractive. For example, a small apartment may be a more affordable rental property than a house, but if the local rental market is mostly families, your investment property might not be as appealing. Think about your tenant’s lifestyle… do they need parking, do they take public transit, etc.? This kind of questions should help when choosing a great investment property.

Bring in the professionals

I always suggest you speak to a professional Realtor (such as myself) when you are looking at an investment property. We can advise on which properties would be ideal for your investment portfolio. Want Market Information? Give me a call! (780) 904-4240

5 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE APPEALING

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Every homeowner wants their home to sell for the best price, and in the least amount of time.

However, in today’s market, getting the best price for your home can be challenging to accomplish if you don’t have the experience or the right real estate agent by your side.

If you’re ready to sell your home – don’t worry! In this article, I’ll be talking about 5 easy ways that you can increase your home’s value to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

1. Give your home some curb appeal.

Your home’s curb appeal matters. After all, this is the first thing that potential buyers will see when viewing your home for the first time! Some cheap, easy, and foolproof ways to increase the curb appeal of your home are to add some greenery and flowers, update your house numbers, and power wash the walkways and siding of your home.

2. It’s all in the details!

You might not notice small crayon mark on the wall or the tiny chipped tile in the bathroom, but potential buyers will! When thinking of selling your home, ask a friend or family member to tour through your home, looking for these little details. Once they have toured through, look at the list of things that they have marked down and, if you have the budget, try and fix these things before you start showing your home.

3. Lawn and Order.

When it comes to your lawn, the greener the better! Some ways that homeowners can make sure that their lawn is looking its best is to water and mow their lawn regularly, pull weeds, and rake any excess leaves. At the end of the day, a little brown spot here and there won’t be an issue for potential buyers, but if your lawn looks like the Sahara desert – we may have a problem.

4. Make it feel inviting.

When selling your home, it’s important that you make your space as inviting and de-personalized as possible. You want potential buyers to feel at home as soon as they walk in your door.  Some ideas for viewings may include making your home feel cozy by turning the fireplace on or having your thermostat at a comfortable temperature, setting out fresh flowers, or moving furniture around as necessary to help rooms either look roomier or be more functional.  Also, be sure to de-personalize the space by putting away any family photos or personal items.

5. Boost Your Home’s Online “ Appeal.”

Online is the first place that potential buyers will look when they are searching for a new home, so it’s important that your listing stands out online! When I work with sellers, I always try to highlight what makes that particular property special along with the essential information and selling features.

By using high-quality images, we are able to boost the appeal of your home. PRO TIP: It’s best to take these photos during the day at a time when there is lots of natural light available. I try to arrange a time that will capture your home in the best light, while still being convenient for you.

Are you thinking of listing your home? Do you want some tips on how to make your home more appealing to potential buyers online and in-person?  Give me a call at 780.904.4240, and I’ll help you present your home in its best light!

4 Reasons to Sell Your Home Before The Selling Season Picks Up

In the real estate world, spring is known as “selling season” because it’s generally the peak time for homebuyers to house-shop and sellers to list their properties!

But, what if I told you that listing your home in the off-season has its benefits too? A common real estate myth is that homeowners should never list their homes for sale during the winter off-season, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth!

Studies have shown that homes listed for sale during off-season actually sell faster and for a higher price than those listed during the selling season.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in 2019, here are 4 reasons why you should list your property before the selling season picks up:

1. Beating the rush

Did you know that buyers start looking for homes online at least four months before they truly start “home shopping”?

If you list your property before the selling season starts, your home is sure to catch the eye of prospective homebuyers, and it might even make them pull the trigger sooner!

2. Less competition

As soon as the spring selling season starts, a flood of new home listings pop-up and clutter the market with competition.

Your home is more likely to stand out to prospective buyers when there is less competition out there. Not to mention, you may even be able to list your home for a higher price due to the uncompetitive nature of the market.

3. Buyer Urgency

Usually, if a homebuyer is looking to purchase a property in the winter off-season, it’s because they need to find a home right away!

Use this buyer urgency to your advantage and let your home be the light at the end of the tunnel for eager winter-buyers.

4. Decreased attention to curb appeal

When selling a home during spring or summer, homeowners are required to put in a lot of outdoor maintenance to ensure that their homes are looking their best for buyers.

During the winter off-season, it is much easier to maintain curb appeal than it is in the warmer months. You may have to shovel and de-ice your walks, but at least you don’t have to mow the lawn, weed the garden, plant flowers, etc.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in 2019, don’t wait until the “selling season” to list your property. Prepare your home for sale right away — before the market is flooded!

If you’re looking for an experienced realtor to help you sell your home in the Edmonton area, give me a call today!

Jeneen Marchant with RE/MAX Real Estate

780-904-4240 or email at jeneens@remax.net to get started.

7 Things All Homebuyers Should Look Out For Before Purchasing A Property

Finding your forever home can be an exciting process, but it’s important for all homebuyers to be on the lookout for potential problems on their house-hunting journey.

When viewing a home for the first time, you might not notice that leaky roof or chilly spare bedroom. But, once you’re settled into your new space, these problems will make themselves known and can cost you a fortune to fix!

Unfortunately, not everyone can have Canada’s Mike Holmes by their side when purchasing a new home. So, I’ve put together a list of the top 7 things you should look out for before purchasing your “dream home”

1.Information about the Land

  • When you buy a home, you are also purchasing the land surrounding it
  • Make sure to spend as much time viewing the outside of the home as the inside.
  • Is the area prone to flooding or ice build-up? Are the fences around the property built properly? Is the driveway in acceptable condition? Are there signs of any tree root issues?

Information about the Land – When you buy a home, you are also purchasing the land surrounding it. Make sure to spend as much time viewing the outside of the home as the inside. Is the area prone to flooding or ice build-up? Are the fences around the property built properly? Is the driveway in acceptable condition? Are there signs of any tree root issues?

2. Peculiar Smells

  • When you walk into a home, be on alert for any unpleasant smells like sewage, gasses, pet odours, and more
  • These smells could be signs of problems you might have with the home down the road.

Peculiar Smells – When you walk into a home, be on alert for any unpleasant smells like sewage, gasses, pet odours, and more. These smells could be signs of problems you might have with the home down the road

3. Room Temperature

  • A faulty heating or cooling system can be expensive to replace.
  • When viewing a home, make sure to take the temperature of the rooms you are in. If they are particularly warmer or cooler than usual, this might be a sign that the heating and cooling systems need to be replaced.

Room Temperature-A faulty heating or cooling system can be expensive to replace. When viewing a home, make sure to take the temperature of the rooms you are in. If they are particularly warmer or cooler than usual, this might be a sign that the heating and cooling systems need to be replaced.

4. Roof Repairs

  • Replacing a roof is never fun and can cost you thousands.
  • When looking at a home, make sure to check the roof for any cave-ins, cracks, unsealed edges, or missing shingles.

Roof Repairs – Replacing a roof is never fun and can cost you thousands. When looking at a home, make sure to check the roof for any cave-ins, cracks, unsealed edges, or missing shingles.

5. Unusual Dampness or Humidity

  • Did a room feel unusually damp or humid when you were touring the house? This could be a sign that there is mould, leakage, or improper insulation behind the walls.
  • Look for flaky plaster and watermarked walls or ceilings.
  • Keep in mind that some sellers will try to paint over the watermarks before you buy. 

Unusual Dampness or Humidity – Did a room feel unusually damp or humid when you were touring the house? This could be a sign that there is mould, leakage, or improper insulation behind the walls. Look for flaky plaster and watermarked walls or ceilings. Keep in mind that some sellers will try to paint over the watermarks before you buy.

6. Dodgy Wiring

  • Improper wiring can be dangerous. Not to mention, rewiring your home could cost thousands!
  • Make sure that a home investigator or trusted electrician approves the wiring and fuse board before you decide to purchase the home.

Dodgy Wiring – Improper wiring can be dangerous. Not to mention, rewiring your home could cost thousands! Make sure that a home investigator or trusted electrician approves the wiring and fuse board before you decide to purchase the home.

7. Improper Insulation

  • A properly insulated home can reduce monthly heating and cooling costs, which is a huge win for a new homebuyer.
  • When viewing a home, check the attic and heating ducts to ensure that they are adequately insulated.

Improper Insulation – A properly insulated home can reduce monthly heating and cooling costs, which is a huge win for a new homebuyer. When viewing a home, check the attic and heating ducts to ensure that they are adequately insulated.

Are you on the hunt for an experienced realtor to help you purchase a new home? Give me a call!

Jeneen Marchant with RE/MAX Real Estate

780-904-4240  or email at jeneens@remax.net to get started.

How To Sell Your House Quickly: Advice From One Of Edmonton’s Top Realtors

Selling your home can be a stressful and lengthy process. As a seller, you have to make sure your home stands out among hundreds of similar listings, which is never easy.

If you’re looking to sell your home fast, these 4 tips can help you get offers right away without sacrificing profit:
1. Get Your home ready for sale

  • When selling, the ultimate goal is to make your home look great in the eyes of a buyer. You want potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home. To do this, I always recommend that sellers start by removing any personal items from their homes and de-cluttering. Removing personal items and clutter from your home will leave it looking like a blank canvas that buyers can imagine themselves moving into.
  • It is also recommended that sellers perform quick and easy enhancements to their homes such as touching up paint or filling in holes where picture frames used to hang. These little details make a world of difference in the eyes of a buyer.
  • If you are unsure of whether your home is ready to show to potential buyers, ask your realtor or one of your friends to walk through your home and give their opinions on what you should change, shift-around, or remove to make your home more visually appealing.

2. Amp up your home’s curb appeal

  • The exterior appearance of your home is the first thing buyers are going to see when they come for a showing. A potential buyer won’t even bother looking inside if they don’t enjoy looking at the exterior of your house. So, it’s important to make the curb appeal of your home look as welcoming as possible.
  • A couple of my favourite ways to improve a home’s curb appeal are to plant some flowers, paint window trims, and mow and edge the lawn. In the winter, make sure your walkways are shovelled and de-iced.
  • There are always people shopping for homes, so the best time to sell your home is, quite literally, whenever you are ready to sell.
  • There may be more people looking to buy in the spring and summer months, but there will also be more people selling at that time, and, therefore, more competition.
  • A good realtor will help you sell fast, no matter what time of the year it is.

4. Trust your realtor

  • You may think your home is worth a certain amount, but at the end of the day, your realtor knows what your house is worth and which offers are reasonable.
  • Pricing your home too high is only going to prolong the home selling experience. To get offers quickly, make sure to price your home competitive to similar homes for sale in your area.

Do you need help selling your home in the Edmonton area? Give me a call!

Jeneen Marchant with RE/MAX Real Estate

 780-904-4240  or email at jeneens@remax.net to get started.

Pre Listing Checklist for Homeowners

Thinking of selling your home? Follow this checklist to make the experience easier!

For many, selling a home is an exciting new adventure, but it can also be a tedious and stressful process — that’s why I created this home selling checklist!

If you’re thinking of selling your home, follow this checklist to help streamline the process:

1. Create a personal timeline

The first step is knowing where to start- CALL ME!!!

We can set up a meeting to talk about your goal timeline. For example, your timeline might include prospective dates for completing any small renovations, the date we put it on the market, possession date of your new home, and the goal “date of sale” for your current home.

2. Find the right agent

Working with the right real estate agent (like me) is crucial to your success in selling your home. So, it’s important to do your research.  Not all agents specialize in the intricacies of selling homes; it takes knowledge, experience, and marketing that gets results.

Look for an agent who is honest with you and is there to answer any questions you may have.  Once you’ve found an experienced and credible real estate agent, be clear in your expectations for them. If an agent understands what you need from them, they will do everything they can to meet and surpass your expectations.

3. Determine your home’s asking price

When selling your home, it’s important to know what it’s worth.  There is so much confusion around this as there is the tax assessment value (which is never right), what your neighbour is selling their home for (asking prices are not actual sales prices), and of course what you feel it is worth.

Working with an experienced realtor will help you in determining your home’s asking price to get you the highest price possible.  I focus on what properties are selling for as this is the actual market value and helps set reasonable expectations.

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4. Get your home ready for sale

When selling your home, it’s important to make sure that it is appealing to potential buyers. You want buyers to be able to envision themselves living in your home.  

Some sellers will work with their real estate agent, or a professional home stager, to get their home looking its best. Some simple tips I help my sellers with as we prepare their home for showings are: de-clutter your home of any personal belongings, move or remove furniture/ items, give the property a thorough cleaning, and make sure that minor repairs are completed.  

Every home is different.  Some may require no or little changes before getting it on the market, and other home either need large transformations or just need to be priced accordingly.

For more tips on getting your home ready for sale, check out my blog post: A Realtors Top 5 Tips For Prepping Your Home For Sale in Edmonton. Do you need help selling your home in the Edmonton area? Jeneen Marchant with RE/MAX Real Estate can help! Call her at 780-904-4240  or email at jeneens@remax.net to get started.