Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate’

The Cambridge Market Snapshot compares September 2014 to September 2013 Real Estate activity for Cambridge Ontario and also a five year comparison on the number of homes listed and sold and average price of list and average price of sold. All information refers only to single detached homes for the five listed area.

Cambridge Market Snapshot

 

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Clean Home

It simply makes sense to clean up both the interior and exterior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major home renovation projects in order to sell your home. With a little effort you can increase the perceived value of your home by a great margin.
Here are some simple things to keep in mind that you can do to increase the perceived value of your home and make the perfect first impression.
Exterior of Home

  • Keep lawns cut
  • Trim hedges and bushes
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Clear driveway and clean stains
  • Clean out garage
  • Power wash home exterior
  • Touch up paint
  • Plant colorful flowers

 

At The Front Door

  • Clean porch and foyer
  • Ensure doorbell works
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Fresh paint or varnish front door
  • Repair any damages to the door and/or locks

 

Setting the Right Mood

  • Make sure your home smells fresh and clean
  • Turn on lights
  • Turn on air conditioner/heater
  • Open the drapes
  • Light the fireplace

 

Maximize Open Space

  • Clear halls and stairs of clutter
  • Clear kitchen counter and stove top
  • Clear closets of unnecessary items
  • Remove empty boxes and storage
  • Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs

 

Maintenance

  • Repair leaking taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Tighten door knobs and latches
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Repair seals around tubs and basins
  • Replace defective light bulbs
  • Oil squeaking doors
  • Repair squeaking floor boards

 

Squeaky Clean

  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean around heating vents
  • Clean washer and dryer
  • Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
  • Eliminate pet odors and stains

 

 

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Summer came and left just like that! August market was slower for the Cambridge area but September is starting out like a lion. We’ll have to wait and see  how it all unfurl.

Here are the results for August:

Cambridge Market Barometer for  August

 

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What a great way to end summer before the kids go back to school by bringing the whole family down town Cambridge to the Outdoor Movie Night. Should be fun for everyone!

Outdoor Movie Night

Entertainment for the whole family

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
8:30pm – 10:30pm

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(1971) G

Charlie wins the prize of a lifetime when he finds a golden ticket inside his chocolate bar.

Movies start at dusk (around 8:30/9 pm) – Bring your own lawn chair and blanket.

Please note, due to licensing and availability, movie titles may change.

For more information on Outdoor Movie Nights, please visit our news page.

Location: Civic Square, Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St., Cambridge, N1R 5W8

Website: www.cambridge.ca

 

 

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Showcasing your home for its most potential is no small task but the rewards are so satisfying.

You have probably heard it said that curb appeal was a priority well pay close attention because it is. If the buyers don’t like what they see on the outside they will probably not want to go inside. Or they will have a preconceived idea that will carry through the rest of the viewing of your home. Even if the rest is well done. The first impression is a make it or break it.

A cluttered, crazed kitchen will kill the buyer’s love in a dash. To most women the kitchen could make the difference between a ‘must have’ or a platonic ”pass’. Mind you that it’s not just women as more and more men look at the kitchen as the room where master chefs are created. So get inspired by home trend magazines and update the kitchen to have the “now in” look. Cut the clutter as this is a number one turn off for buyers. Get inspired by easy but worthy touches such as a bowl of colourful fruits and fresh flowers.

Amazing enough a lot of buyers pay close attention to the master bedroom and en-suite. This is their private sanctuary where they recharge and sleep their troubles away. Make it warm, inviting and cozy. The larger it looks the better so ease off on gargantuan bedroom furniture. Let the light in by pulling open the curtains or the blinds. Present the walk in closet with walk-in space and not packed with clutter on the floor or on the  top shelf. That’s why they are called walk-in closets. Clear away dressers and night stands from piles of personal items and clutter. Clean, simple and minimalist decor works well for the master bedroom. If you have an en-suite give it that spa-like ambiance. Check the magazines and get ideas of what enhances it such as puffy white towels nicely folded, sparkling clean sinks, toilet, tub and shower.  As much as you like the seat cover and matching rug, get rid of them while you’re trying to sell your home as they give buyers the idea that your home is old-fashioned. You might like the cutesy signs and craft toilet paper holder but to most buyers those are distracting. Remember you want a spa like atmosphere and you would not find those items in a spa. Even if  your home is an older home you can still achieve that atmosphere with matching white towel and face cloth and a few pretty soaps or elegant hand lotion bottles. And don’t forget to close the toilet lid for showings.

The next room that you will want to pay close attention to is the living room. You want to show off the living room to buyers that your home is intended for. If your home is perfect for young first time buyers then emphasized the space where they can invite all of their friends.  On the other side, if your home is great for a growing family, make sure you show off important family features like storage.

Overall these are the most important rooms that will influence the sale of your home. Make sure that you are presenting them in the best of light and to accomplish the goal of selling your home in the least amount of time and for the most money.

 

 

April2014 Cambridge market snapshot

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firsttimebuyer

According to the latest poll by RBC more young Canadians believe that owning a home is a very good investment. And based on my 25+ years experience as a Realtor and a home investor I must agree with the finding of the poll. There has never been a better time to invest in Real Estate. Real estate investment has often been referred to as blue chip investment which won’t make you rich overnight but with time, will do well. Where you buy your investment has to be well calculated and you should consider long-term job growth, GDP and economic development into the equation. To know more about Real Estate investment don’t hesitate to give me a call.

The results of the poll released in February also indicated that 86% of folks 25-34 believe owning a house or condo is a solid investment, up from 78 per cent last year. And of those desiring to buy a home, 62% say they will buy with their spouse and 28%  will buy by themselves.

Job stability and manageable debt were key factors considered by those who intend to buy this year.

RBC also mentioned that 4 out of 10 of those surveyed would be first time home buyers. Those with long-term goals to buy are looking at within two years to make that first purchase.

This seems to be the finding across Canada

Young Canadians view home ownership as good investment: RBC poll.

 

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