It’s that time of year again when many home owners give thought toward selling. With that in mind, I wanted to provide you with some great tips when trying to sell your home!


PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE 

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It’s a fact – a home that shows well will sell faster and bring a higher price. Cosmetic touch-ups can make a big difference. A sparkling home will make a purchaser fall in love – you know the feeling you get when you test drive a brand new car or maybe when you bought your home – though you hid your excitement from the seller, you know you had. Buyers will be willing to pay a little more than they budgeted and accommodate your closing requirements, because there is no other home like this one. A great first impression is a powerful selling tool! 

There are a number of steps you can take to prepare your home for sale. They include de-cluttering, cleaning, painting, repairing, de-personalizing, and de-cluttering again. 

- De-cluttering is often the least expensive and the most effective way to prepare your home for sale. Clutter turns most buyers off. That means getting rid of everything you can live without. 
- Clean, clean, clean everything! Clear kitchen countertops, pack up those personal photos and arrange the furniture to obtain the most open feeling. 
- Make a point of painting prior to selling. Put yourself in the buyer’s position. Bright or bold colors can often leave buyers with negative thoughts toward your home. Use soft neutral colors like off-white. Lighter colored walls make rooms look bigger and freshes up the look.
- Missing any knobs from drawers or light bulbs burnt out? Small things like that make buyers think there may be more wrong with your home if those items aren’t fixed. 

I hope this information helps when you are getting ready to sell your home. If you have any other questions about the home selling process, please do not hesitate to contact me today!
 


 
 
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Congratulations to my Sellers: Teresa & Kane!

Kingfisher

JUST SOLD August 20th!  11871 Kingfisher Drive, Westwind


One-level living at it's finest: this custom rancher was built by an owner-builder and fabulously improved upon by the current owners. A huge family room connects the massive 600 square foot garage to the rest of the home, which has been opened up between the spectacular kitchen with eating bar and dining area to create a great feeling of spaciousness. The back yard has plenty of outdoor areas to be enjoyed year-round, and this home is completely renovated... like buying new!

 

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Saturday, August 17th from 1:30pm -3:30pm 


7437 MOFFATT RD, unit #111, Brighouse South

This is the perfect opportunity to check out this spacious 1 bedroom condo for sale in Brighouse South.


111 7437 MOFFATT RD


Colony - Bay At nearly 1070sq/ft this extra large 1 bedroom & den (which could be 2nd bedroom) offers a functional layout with space to spare. The large kitchen with stainless appliances gives you space for an eat-in area as well as plenty of storage with attached pantry. Storage shouldn't be an issue with this unit as it includes a very large, and private secured storage locker which is located near your secured parking stall. The ideal location of this complex gives you access to Richmond Center and its amenities including dining, shopping, and recreation. Close to schools and walking distance to Canada Line.
 
Please come with any questions you may have. As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at 604.644.1044 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you...
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Congratulations to my Buyers: Julia & Sean!

London Road

JUST SOLD August 6th!  #8 6300 London Road, Steveston South


Rarely available - Gorgeous, south facing rancher style townhouse located at London Landing. Cherry laminate floors, Cherry kitchen cabinets with dark granite countertops.  Spacious layout with large den off the livingroom. 2 Parking spots AND 3 patios facing East and West off the bedrooms.

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Sunday, August 11th from 2:00pm -4:00pm 


7751 Minoru Blvd, unit #308, Brighouse South

This is the perfect opportunity to check out this beautiful 2 storey condo for sale in Brighouse South.


Minoru


Enjoy this top floor penthouse in Canterbury Court, with laminate flooring, stainless steel appliances, new paint and an East facing peaceful courtyard outlook. This quiet and easy to maintain loft apartment is super bright and has a private sunny balcony at the loft level, one parking spot and insuite laundry. Great recreational facilities including indoor pool and hot tub and a well-equipped gym. (rents $1100-$1230 per month!)
 
Please come with any questions you may have. As always please do not hesitate to give me a call at 604.644.1044 if I can answer any questions before the open house, or if you would like to book a private showing.  In the meantime you can take a virtual tour of this Brighouse South Condo for sale.


Alisa Sakamoto

RE/MAX Westcoast 

 

 

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NEWSFLASH


July home sale activity increases in Greater Vancouver

 

August 2, 2013 Vancouver, BC Sunny weather did not slow the pace of home sale activity in July. Last month was the highest selling month of the year in Greater Vancouver and the highest selling July since 2009.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,946 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July 2013. This represents a 40.4 per cent increase compared to the 2,098 sales recorded in July 2012, and an 11.5 per cent increase compared to the 2,642 sales in June 2013.

Last month’s sales were 0.1 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“Demand has strengthened in our market in the last few months, which can, in part, be attributed to pent-up demand from the slowdown in sales activity we saw at the end of last year,” Sandra Wyant, REBGV president said. 

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 4,854 in July. This represents a 1.1 per cent increase compared to the 4,802 new listings reported in July 2012 and a 0.4 per cent decline from the 4,874 new listings in June of this year.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver is 16,618, which is an 8.1 per cent decrease compared to July 2012 and a 3.9 per cent decline from June 2013.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio rose two and-a-half percentage points between June and July to 17.7 per cent in Greater Vancouver. This is the highest this ratio has been in Greater Vancouver since April 2012.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver is currently $601,900. This represents a decline of 2.3 per cent compared to this time last year and an increase of 2.3 per cent over the last six months.

“Home prices continue to experience considerable stability with minimal fluctuation throughout much of this year,” Wyant said. “This stability in price brings greater certainty to the home buying and selling process.”

Sales of detached properties reached 1,249 in July 2013, an increase of 59 per cent from the 787 detached sales recorded in July 2012, and a 13.7 per cent increase from the 1,099 units sold in July 2011. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 3.1 per cent from July 2012 to $920,500.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,210 in July 2013, an increase of 31 per cent compared to the 927 sales in July 2012, and an increase of 16.3 per cent compared to the 1,040 sales in July 2011. The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 1.6 per cent from July 2012 to $368,300.

Attached property sales in July 2013 totalled 487, an increase of 27 per cent compared to the 384 sales in July 2012, and a 12.7 per cent increase from the 432 attached properties sold in July 2011. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 2.6 per cent between July 2012 and 2013 to $456,700.


Courtesy of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver 

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