March 2013

Found 3 blog entries for March 2013.

Never underestimate the power that staging your home can have on potential buyers.

If you’re like me you have probably been mesmerized by the work of Candice Olson (Divine Design and Candice Tells All), Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers) and more recently Jillian Harris (Love It or List It Vancouver).

Today I came across an article posted by the Calgary Herald that gathers these HGTV designers' tips for staging a home that are invaluable for homeowners getting ready to put their house on the market. 

Home Staging Tip:
Declutter and Depersonalize

After working with a number of sellers I know that the home is a very personal space. Paintings on the wall, framed family portraits on end tables and kids’ artwork on the fridge. However

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The real estate market has always been driven by speculation:

  • Will the price my current home go up?
  • Will the price of my dream Vancouver home drop in the next couple years?
  • What will Canadian interest rates do?
  • Will new Canadian mortgage laws affect the size of loan you can qualify for?
  • Will demand in a particular Surrey or Vancouver neighborhood continue to grow?

Often these speculations are driven by the headlines we see online, watch on the news, read in the newspapers and hear from our friends and family.

The report assures Canadians that there will not be the speculated collapse or drop in prices and in fact we may see pricing rebound after recent corrections. The long term result: increases in home prices will average

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I can feel it.

Spring is coming soon and we’re getting the itch to start cleaning and reorganizing our homes. As you go through the motions of spring cleaning here are some cheap and simple ways to update your home without breaking the bank!

If you are looking to sell your home soon many of these home improvement ideas will help make your home more appealing to buyers; the affordable upgrades can even increase the value of your home. If you are looking to buy a home you will realize that many of these little things make the difference between homes you consider writing an offer on and homes you have to stretch to see their potential.

Kitchen Improvement Ideas

  1. Replace the old kitchen faucet.
  2. Add new cabinet door handles and knobs.
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