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Get your home ready for the busy season!

Selling your home is an exciting and bustling time. It’s a  lot like fishing.  You bait the hook and wait for buyers to come and bite. We get the home ready, our REALTOR® lists our home and then we wait! The piece of this process that many don’t touch on is how to maintain our show-ready home. Here are some ways to keep the a show home ready for any visits.

Start Packing
Before you paint, fix up, or repair anything, the first thing you should do so your home is show-ready is the simplify.  What do you absolutely need to survive for the next month? Once your  essentials needs are determined, begin to pack away all of the unimportant items. This decluttered will help you keep your home is showing shape.  Remember, buyers do not want to see how you live but want to imagine themselves living in what for now is your home.
New habits
Developing new lifestyle habits will keep you on top of the little chores that have a tendency to pile up. Start the day by making the beds, putting all dirty laundry in hampers, taking out the garbage and touching up the kitchen and bathrooms. When an interested buyer comes to call, it will serve you well to complete several small tasks ahead of time. The more that you do as you go about your day, the less you will have to scramble at the last second.

A place for small things
Go to your local discount store and purchase canvas bin or a wicker basket for rooms in the home that tend to get clutters such as play rooms, family rooms and children’s bedrooms. These will be invaluable as your “last second” spaces to toss any disorganised clutter  into when a buyer is visiting. Toys, accessories, mail, or the like will have a spot to quickly hide-away. Keep it coordinated with the room’s decor so it appears that it’s always been there.

Meal Time
For many of us, especially those who work from home or have small children, meal times always prove to mess up a lovely staged kitchen. Don’t be afraid of disposable cutlery and dishware during the showing process. This will cut down on dishes and give you more time to touch up other spaces before a showing.  It’s a small financial investment that can grow the value of your home by having it in tip top shape.
If you know there is a showing taking place later on in the evening, let’s for example say 6:30 to 7:30 pm. don’t cook foods with strong odours.  Fish, broccoli, fragrant spices such as chilli and curry can leave an odour i nthe home that some might find unpleasant.  While cooking any foods, keep the hood fan running and if weather permits, open a few windows.

Quick Tip
During busy periods for showings such as weekends, try treating yourselves to dinner out especially is there is a showing booked.

A showing checklist
Draft a checklist of last minute items to do before you head out. Put all the toilet lids down, close the shower curtains, shine the faucets and sinks, hide away evidence of pets if possible, run the vacuum, turn on any scent devices (such as an oil diffuser or plug-in scents but be careful to not over do it), and make sure your home is bright with artificial and natural lighting. You may get a call for more showings while you are already out, so take along anything you may need for the next few hours.

With these tips in mind, the showing process should produce better results, less stress and a more pleasant listing and selling experience.

You can always contact us for more information on how to get your home ready and what we can do for you!

homesbyhartman@realtyagent.com or 613-825-9710

Cool weather, Hot Market

Rain, rain, gone away.  Now it’s time to dry out.  Hopefully the heat of the realty estate market will help.

After a surprisingly slow start in many neighbourhoods of the city we are seeing the market pickup all over.  From Richmond, to Carleton Heights to Barrhaven and Skyline, the sales and prices are moving up. The last 3 of our listings have all sold within just a few days and all have gotten close to asking price or more.  In fact, our last sale got $15,000 over asking and was sold firm the first day.

If you do have selling in mind we could not think of a better time to do so.  Ottawa is benefiting from its usual stable economy and further benefiting from the outrageous prices in the Golden Horseshoe in and around the GTA.

For a full market evaluation email or call.  It’s free!

Ottawa! A great city to invest in!

Increase year over year 2016So, you live in the GTA or the Golden Horse Shoe area of Ontario.  You have a family and you want to get into a first home or larger home.  Well, good luck!

For those of you already home owners you must be thinking that you have hit the jackpot.  The value of your home has been increasing by leaps and bounds.  It’s on the news every day.  Why not sell your home now and reap the profits?  Well, you still need somewhere to live don’t you?  So if you think in a booming market you’re going to sell high and buy low, you might want to re-think that.

Ottawa offers a great place to live and work.  Remember that dream; work, life, balance??

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Click the link for a PDF view.  Increase year over year 2016

As this recent newspaper ad demonstrates, the real estate market in Ottawa has been stable and growing over 60 years.  In that time, (1961, 1962, 1994, 1995 & 1996) only 5 years have shown negative growth.  There have been the few odd years in the early 1970’s that growth in value was explosive but for the most part, Ottawa is stable and steady with very few booms and almost no busts.  It’s like blue chip stocks, not overly exciting but good, steady and safe growth.

Want more info on the Ottawa market, send an email to homesbyhartman@realtyagent.com and we’ll be happy get you the information you want and need.

 

HOT MARKET STATS MAY OR MAY NOT AFFECT YOU!

Hot market statistics are in the news again as they are every Spring.  The good news for sellers is that so far this year it has been a seller’s market, for the most part.

Simply, it’s a dangerous assumption to think and act like these news bits and stats are a sure thing that your home has gained in value and demand.  It may be hard to believe but even in a city the size of Ottawa (as compared with much larger centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal) that section of the city only a few kilometres away can have a different real estate market.

A perfect example is the Glebe and lets say Barrhaven.  Yes, there is a large spread of housing in between but for this example it highlights our thoughts.

The Glebe is always a hot market.  Close to downtown, Parliament Hill and trendy living style.  There is a shortage of housing as the neighbourhoods in and around the Glebe have already been built up.  Westboro has been referred to as the NEW Glebe.  It also offers trendy shopping, desirable housing and closer to downtown than the suburbs.  But, like the Glebe, the amount of new construction is limited.  Barrhaven is family oriented, affordable, lots of choice in housing, lots of land for continuous building and a great place to raise a family with lots of schools and shopping.  The amount of housing available from resale and new construction can generally service the demand.

So, when we hear that the Ottawa market has had an overall increase in real estate values, caution must be taken.  Price can rise dramatically in the Glebe & Westboro yet fall in Barrhaven. There are many reasons this can happen but without getting into a long discussion, supply and demand is the core reason.

The moral of the story??  Have a professional REALTOR® who knows your neighbourhood do an in depth Comparative Market Analysis or CMA.  This is the process in which we search our vast data base and pull actively for sale properties and those recently sold that come as close as possible to matching your home.  We look at several criteria when producing your customised CMA.  Location, size, number of rooms including number of bathrooms and bedrooms, amenities such as finished basements, hot tubs, swimming pools, fencing and others, age of home, improvements, upgrades, updates, renovations and other factors.

Don’t rely on news reports and overall stats.  Call or write us today for your FREE CMA!

613-825-9710 or homesbyhartman@realtyagent.com

DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES CAN BE A COSTLY TRAP!

It’s really too bad.  Door-to-door sales have gotten a very bad rap and unfortunately, deserve it!  In the old days the works that could happen with door-to-door sales was that you could buy a hair brush you didn’t need or a vacuum you really didn’t want.

But today, you could find yourself involved in an overpriced, long term and damaging contract.  Water heaters, water softeners, Provincial Heating & Cooling units are all large, expensive and important parts of our homes and buying these items should NEVER be made under high pressure or with short time limits on a “Great Offer”.

Once again these types of long term contacts are in the news.  This time it’s water softeners but the rules you should follow are still the same.

  1. If you are in need of a new hot water tank, furnace of other major appliance, shop around.  Prices can vary for the same product or there may be one brand of appliance that is better suited to your needs.  You may be only staying in your home for a few more years so why spend thousands of dollars on the Cadillac of furnaces when you can own a very good and reliable one for less.
  2. Go with trusted name brands and well know service providers. There are hundreds of well know firms in the city that provide excellent sales and service.  Ask friends, family, real estate professionals and others for recommendations.
  3. If you do like what you see from a door-to-door representative, talk about the cooling off period you may be entitled to by provincial law. (  https://www.ontario.ca/page/your-rights-when-signing-or-cancelling-contract )  If there is no cooling off period don’t buy!  It’s that simple.
  4. READ, READ, READ THE CONTRACT BEFORE SIGNING.  I’m sorry to say but most consumers don’t read the contract.  All that fine print; well guess what?  A lot of that fine print is done that way on purpose and also contains important information.  A recent client of ours was looking to purchase a new furnace.  The timing was right and a door-to-door sales person came to visit selling furnaces and hot water tank rentals.  Within a short period of time  a contract was signed and a new furnace and hot water tank were on a long term 10 year rental.  When we first met with this client as they were now ready to sell their home, we questioned them on all aspects of their house and when we found out there furnace was a rental, red flags went up.  Upon further investigation we learned that it would cost thousands of dollars to get out of the contract.  Since the contract was only 2 years old, the client would have to buy out the balance.  A $3,000 furnace ending up costing them over $5,000 and they had to come up with that money quickly in order to secure the sale of their home.

So, buyer be ware and wary.  If you need a major appliance or any service, get referrals.  Speak to friends and family about their experiences with various trades or sales people.  Don’t rely on the internet.  There’s just too much “bull” out there.

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