Anita Rivest

 

Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy?  You might imagine them driving by a “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for sale in the newspaper and then calling to enquire.  Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way. But, according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are many other — sometimes surprising — ways buyers find their next dream home.

For example:

• 88% of buyers find a home with the help of a real estate agent.

• 90% of buyers search online as part of the home buying process.  (Such as viewing a property’s profile  on the agent’s website.)

• 69% of buyers searching for a home using Google, use a specific local term, such as “Whitby-south homes for sale”.

• 29-46% of buyers attend an Open House as part of their home hunting activities.

Overall, the research shows that buyers are using a multitude of ways — combining online and offline methods — to find homes. What does all this mean to you? If means that if you’re preparing your home for sale, you need to ensure your marketing plan takes into account all the ways buyers are finding properties — so you can be sure that they will find yours.

Looking for a REALTOR® who knows how to market your home for maximum exposure? Call me today.

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When would you talk to a car salesperson? Probably once you’re ready to buy a new car. You would do some initial research (perhaps on the internet), get an idea of what you want, and then go to the dealership to meet a salesperson, test drive the car and make the purchase.  Although that approach may work when you’re buying a car, it’s not the best approach when it comes to real estate.  You see, successfully buying or selling a home requires a lot of planning and legwork. You want the process to go smoothly, the right decisions to be made, and the best possible deal to be negotiated.    After all, this is the purchase and/or sale of your home, probably the largest investment you will ever make!

So, the best time to talk to a REALTOR® is as early in the process as possible.   In fact, even if you’re just thinking of buying or selling — and simply want to explore the possibility of making a move sometime this year — you should have a conversation with a good REALTOR®.  A REALTOR® will answer your questions, provide you with the information and insights you need, help you avoid costly mistakes, and make sure you’re heading in the right direction.  When you are ready to buy or sell, having worked with a REALTOR® early in the process will help ensure you get what you want. 

So talk to a good REALTOR® when:

 • You have a question about the local market.

 • You want to know what your home might sell for today.

 • You’re interested in checking out homes currently available on the market.

 • You’re in the midst of deciding whether or not to make a move.

 • You’ve decided to buy or sell. 

I’m happy to meet with you to discuss real estate options, provide advice, and answer any questions you may have!  It’s best to be proactive and prepared when it comes to buying and selling, I am willing to help you every step of the way!

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When you put your home up for sale, you want it to look its best to potential buyers. That’s why you clean, tidy and de-clutter every room.   Some sellers, however, miss the backyard. You need to pay just as much attention to that space as you do to the interior of your home. The backyard is as important a living space as the family room. To some buyers, even more.

 Buyers want to see an attractive backyard space, with the grass cut and the hedges trimmed. The more neat and tidy you can make it, the better. Be sure to sweep walkways and wipe down patio furniture.  Also, watch out for the following things that buyers do not want to see:

 • Bags of garage and other waste

 • Doggie do-do. (Be sure to stoop and scoop!)

 • Rakes and other tools piled in the corner.

• Cluttered and disorganized storage sheds, pool huts and other backyard structures.

• Weeds in the flower beds.

• Items stored underneath the deck.

• Hoses not stowed neatly.

• Electrical outlets and water faucets that don’t work. 

 These are not difficult issues to fix. Doing so will positively impact the impression the buyer gets of your backyard.  Do you have a backyard that shows particularly well in the summer? Here’s a tip: Take pictures. Those photos will help buyers be able to appreciate how it looks should you list your home in the winter.  Want more tips on making your home show well so that it sells fast? Call today.

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Usually when you list your home, you would prefer to sell it quickly. It’s like being the first one served at a crowded ice cream parlour. It’s satisfying. However, sometimes there’s more to it than that. There may be a truly urgent reason why you need to find a buyer for your property as soon as possible, such as a job relocation. If that’s the case, it’s important to explain your situation to your REALTOR®, who will be able to put together an action plan for selling your home quickly and for the best price possible.

 

During that conversation, ask what you can do to help the process along. For example, you may be able to:

• Spread the word to your friends and other connections on Facebook.

• Canvass your neighbours and tell them about your listing.

• Stage your home so that it’s more attractive to prospective buyers.

 

When it comes to price, be prepared to be flexible. That doesn’t mean you must settle for a price far below your home’s market value. However, you do need to be prepared to accept a good offer rather than try to hold out for a great one.

 

Also be open to as many viewings and open houses as possible. Having many prospective buyers come through your home within a short period of time may be a little inconvenient, but the payoff might be an offer!

Finally, work with your REALTOR®. A good REALTOR® will know the local market well and have many ideas for selling your property fast.

 

Looking for a good REALTOR® like that? Call me today.

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201-10555 172 ST Edmonton AB T5S 1P1 CA

Anita Rivest

I make myself available at all times. My web site is here to help you 24 hours a day. You can search listings at your own convenience, browse reports, and read up on real estate info on your own terms. When you are ready to see a listing in person, or just have a simple question, please dont hesitate to contact me!

 

When you make the important decision to buy or sell a home, I am committed to going the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are successfully met in a professional and honest manner.

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