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Not-So-Obvious Home Staging Tips

Fri, 19 May by albertarealestateteam


When it comes to “staging” your home for sale – which basically means ensuring it looks clean and uncluttered – you probably already know the basics: clean the counters, vacuum the floors, mow the lawn, etc.

But there are some home staging tips that are less obvious, yet can help to sell your property faster and for a higher price. For example…

The Kitchen

Obvious: The stove, sinks and countertops should be spotless.
Not-so-obvious: The contents of your cabinets and refrigerator should be facing face forward.

 

 

The Bathrooms

Obvious: They should be clean and uncluttered. Have fresh towels hanging neatly on the rack. (The “hotel bathroom” look.)
Not-so-obvious: All towels should match. Ensure toilet lids are closed.

 

 

Your Bedroom

Obvious: Make the bed neatly. Check that the closet is organized and uncluttered. (If your closet is bulging with clothes, put some in storage.)
Not-so-obvious: Don’t leave any clothes out. Even clean clothes neatly folded in a hamper can seem untidy to some people.

 

 

The Kids’ Bedrooms

Obvious: They need to be clean and, especially, uncluttered. (Good luck!)
Not-so-obvious: Arrange stuffed animals, games and other toys like an attractive display in a toy store. It’s okay to have a toy, like a race track, out of the box. Just make sure it’s completely put together. (No pieces lying around.)

 

 

The Garage

Obvious: Make sure the floor is clean and that things are put away.
Not-so-obvious: If possible, get everything (except the car!) off the floor and onto shelves and hanging hooks. This will make a dramatic difference in how roomy the garage will look.

These not-so-obvious staging tips may seem minor, but they add up to a home that is much more attractive to potential buyers.

It’s the Little Things That Boost Curb Appeal

Mon, 27 Mar by albertarealestateteam

“Curb appeal”. You’ve probably heard that term used before. It refers to how valuable and enticing your house looks from the outside, typically from the perspective of a potential buyer “standing on the curb”.

Many people focus on preparing the inside of their house for sale, and neglect preparing the outside.This is a mistake. Studies confirm that curb appeal has a huge influence over how quickly your house will sell, and for how much.

How do you improve curb appeal?Welcome

You don’t need to do a major landscaping renovation! In fact, small improvements often make the biggest difference… improvements you can easily do over a weekend.

Here are some suggestions:

Clean the outside of front windows. Make them sparkle!

Remove grass, weeds and other unwanted growth between driveway and walkway stones.
Prune shrubs and trim trees.

Re-sod bare spots on the lawn.

Edge the lawn. (A simple task that can have a dramatic visual impact.)

Water the flowerbed. (Flowers look brighter and more healthy within one hour of watering.)
Sweep the walkway and driveway. Rake the leaves.

Remove signs such as “Beware of dog” and “No solicitations”.

Check the welcome mat. If it’s worn or dirty, replace it.

Also, consider buying some attractive potted flowers to put near the entranceway. They are worth the investment.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to boost the curb appeal of your house. Just a little work and a few added details will make a big difference.

Need more ideas for increasing the “sales appeal” of your house? Call 780.498.1966 today.

It’s Time to Sell Your House

Wed, 28 Dec by albertarealestateteam

You know the market is competitive, so stack the odds in your favor by staging your living space and taming your clutter.

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Real estate professionals are unanimous: to successfully sell your home quickly, you need to stage it to appear warm, but neutral. The goal of home staging is to show off your space while allowing potential buyers to picture themselves, and their belongings, living in it. Although professional services exist that can stage your home for you, we recommend you take matters into your own hands to save some money. We have six simple, easy and inexpensive rules to follow to maximize sales opportunities, while minimizing money and effort spent. It’s time to sell!

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Organize the Disorganized
Would you buy a house where clutter is king? Well, it’s the same for your prospective buyers. Remove uninspired furniture and décor by selling them for a little extra money, but be careful, the living space you’re trying to sell shouldn’t look too empty either. You should also make sure everything looks tidy and neat, so consider buying items that could provide additional storage space in the short-term to help your space look organized. A well-organized space can pay off big time by maximizing space and improving buyer perception.

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Tasteful, but Neutral Décor
Home décor and accent pieces are essential for creating a warm feeling within your space, but you need to be careful not to overdo it. Remember that the potential buyers need to be able to picture the space as their own. Go for items with neutral colors, which complement each other, and utilize plants to help break up all of the neutral tones. It’s also important that you leave yourself enough time to buy and resell any additional items you purchased for the staging process before your big move.

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Depersonalize your Interior
Although depersonalizing your space may sound counterintuitive, it is a very important step in the selling process. After all, potential buyers must be able to picture themselves in the property you’re trying to sell. You can help them do this by removing any personalized mementos like family photos and souvenirs.

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Let There be Light!
Don’t dampen the mood by showing a small dark space. A well-lit room appears more welcoming and much larger than a dim one. So, before showing your space, tour it yourself and be sure to open curtains and turn on lights – natural light also adds dimension to your home. Got a small space with limited natural light? No problem, consider adding large mirrors to create the illusion of grandeur.

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Squeaky Clean
Any potential buyer who visits a clean property will get the impression that it has been well maintained over the years, which is a very important factor when selling a home. That’s right, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and clean! And not just the obvious areas like floors, windows, and walls either. Check under your furniture and in the little nooks and crannies – don’t forget to remove pet or other distinctive odors. If you’re busy and lack the time to tackle all of this, recruit the help of professionals because your space needs to shine!

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Curb Appeal Counts
Remember that the exterior of your home is as important as the interior because it creates the first impression for every potential buyer. Simple actions like mowing your lawn, cleaning your windows, and clearing your driveway are inexpensive ways to help stack the odds in your favor.

Here at the Alberta Real Estate Team, we have a team of professionals that will help get your property sold!

The Garage Suite Advantage!

Fri, 04 Nov by albertarealestateteam

Garage Suites
The Garage Suite Advantage!
November 4, 2016
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Jeremy Miller

Looking for a way to provide additional revenue from your home? Now is the time to consider building a Garage Suite/Apartment. Quickly becoming popular throughout Edmonton, Garage Suites provide rental revenue and add to your Mortgage Qualification Income. So if you already own a home, or are planning to build your Dream Home in the near future, here are some reasons to consider building a Garage Suite.


Extra Income — Affordable housing is at a premium in our fast growing community. Building a Garage Suite/Apartment adds a much welcome additional revenue allowing you to lower your monthly home-ownership expenses. A Garage Suite offers modest priced housing options for students, single professionals, retirees and other individuals — plus, your maintenance expenses are tax-deductible!
Privacy and Affordability — Unlike studio or one-bedroom apartments that can be expensive to rent, a Garage Suite is built on your own property — which saves you money! Plus, because it’s its own stand-alone building, your new suite offers more privacy than apartment or duplex living.
Curb Appeal — Your new Garage Suite adds more than just functionality — it also adds standalone curb appeal that compliments your home while adding to its value. Additionally, there are many looks to choose from (Classic Cape Cod, charming Craftsman, sturdy Colonial…), so finding a look that flatters either your Existing Home, or your new Custom Home is a breeze!

Superb Space — Suites are ideal spaces for everything from a home-based business, to “Man Caves”, artist studios, and hobbyist lairs… the possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination. A great way to simplify your life, reduce costs of living, and create the shortest commutes.
Flexibility — A Garage Suite/Apartment that is perfect for you today can be easily transformed into something completely different for the future, With all the amenities already in place, revamping a suite allows for great flexibility in the long run.

Don’t need to Rent? Garage Suites are the Ideal In-Law Suite which offers privacy and independence for visiting relatives or occasional guests. With a separate entrance from the physical garage, private bathroom, bedroom & cooking facilities your relatives may just end up moving in for good, without affecting your daily routines.

Relaxing “Getaway” — Sometimes we all just need a space to call our own. Garage Suites are the perfect solution for those who crave a home away from home and are incredibly convenient for those who need to be close to the house.

Superb Space — Suites are ideal spaces for everything from a home-based business, to “Man Caves”, artist studios, and hobbyist lairs… the possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination. A great way to simplify your life, reduce costs of living, and create the shortest commutes.

Flexibility — A Garage Suite/Apartment that is perfect for you today can be easily transformed into something completely different for the future, With all the amenities already in place, revamping a suite allows for great flexibility in the long run.

 http://www.gpsrevenue.ca/single-post/2016/11/04/The-Garage-Suite-Advantage

Living Life To The Fullest – Halloween Activities

Thu, 20 Oct by albertarealestateteam

One of our Team Motto’s is to “Live Life To The Fullest”. We believe  the key to a happy and successful life is to ensure we do the things we love to do; and  spend time with the people who mean the most to us. Taking time  out of our busy schedules to stop and smell the roses, as they say.

October is the month for Thanksgiving and Halloween fun. Here are a few things to do with your family and friends:

 Norman Foote ” The Howl”
Music, costumes and Halloween all come together in an engaging concert for youth and families.

Norman Foote “The Howl”

Halloween Haunt: 
A hair-raising good time featuring a haunted hotel, laser tag, bubble soccer, just dance zone, inflatable haunted house for younger children. Giant inflatables, mini wonders land, ghoulish games and more…. (Oct 21 Servus Place )

Boo at the Zoo:  Costumes, treats, crafts, Extinct Animal Graveyard and Witches Den!

Penny Dreadful:  FORT EDMONTON PARK  October 21-22

Haunted Pumpkin Festival:  From shooting pumpkins out a cannon, to screaming through a haunted house, to creeping through a corn maze! ( Praire Gardens )

Deadmonton Haunted House – 12+  (Sept 30 – Nov 5) Old Paramount Theater on Jasper Ave.

Halloween Activities, Events & Parties in Edmonton 2016

 

Enter to win a gift certificate for Halloween Alley and a $100 VISA by liking and sharing our Halloween video on our Facebook Page. The link is on our main page of the website!!

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN BOYS AND GHOULS!

Edmonton Real Estate Excitment

Mon, 26 Sep by albertarealestateteam

What an incredible time it has been lately. I don’t know what it is, whenever I watch the Olympics, it motivates me and others. These people are very special with the dedication they have to be the best in the world. The great thing for us is we don’t have to work that hard to make a huge difference in our lives but to see what they accomplish and what it takes to do it I almost feel like I haven’t done enough.

With my job I get to see so many incredible people moving forward in their lives and meet so many dynamic people. When we finally get to that spot where we talk candidly one common denominator seems to show up. “Just a little bit of extra effort on a consistent basis and a belief in your value”. No waking up at 5am every morning, no pushing yourself to the brink, just plain old consistency and belief.
Anyone can achieve their dreams!!!rogers-place

Right now there is such an excitement everywhere with Rogers place opening up as a cornerstone to the revitalization of downtown’s multi BILLION dollar face lift. Its a fact that with a strong downtown core everyone benefits and the museum is supposed to be just as spectacular. The final leg of the Anthony Henday is opening in just a week or so YES YES YES finally ( I hate that traffic) . This transportation behemoth will make business in Edmonton easier and will create jobs for the long term in so many area’s.

There is no question we had an economic stall in the last year but we have shown that nothing will keep us down. Entrepreneurs are showing their faces and people really are making their dreams come true and creating the lifestyles they want. We are just lucky and our future is so bright we have to wear shades!! ( thanks Corey Hart) for that one.

Infill Lots and Skinny Houses

Tue, 19 Jul by albertarealestateteam

Wow, how things have changed, there is a big push to live in the inner city. Edmonton has been booming outward and now people are looking inwards!!

With the help of the city you can now rebuild duplexes and 4-plexes just about anywhere.

Have a look at some of the areas such as Westmount, Oliver, McKernan, Bonnie Doon and King Edward Park, they are everywhere.

I have been lucky fortunate enough to view most of them and I have to say its they are quite impressive.

Most come with are full of all the bells and whistles and the locations are always awesome.

Some of the duplexes, triplexes and 4-plexes have such unique designs that it feels like something in downtown Vancouver with lofts,

multiple balconies and everything electronic you can think of.

Verona Homes

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The Skinny houses are as futuristic as it gets, but, you wouldn’t think they are way more spacious inside that than from the way they look outside

and many are going with a rooftop terrace with great views.

The prices at first seem quite high because of the amount of land you can get at the same price in the outskirts but guess what!!

They are selling well!!! It is so popular that the city has put together a website for more information, check it out or just give us a shout

Things to Do This Weekend of May 27-29, 2016

Fri, 27 May by albertarealestateteam

With a forecast of clouds and rain here are some ideas (with the links) to help guide you to enjoy the weekend!!

1. Rainmaker Rodeo & Exhibition     http://www.stalbertkinsmen.ca/admin/contentx/default.cfm?PageId=11212

2.Edmonton Reptile and Amphibian Show     http://www.todocanada.ca/city/edmonton/event/edmonton-reptile-amphibian-society-2016-spring-expo/

3. Horse Showcase    http://www.todocanada.ca/Horse-Showcase/

4. Butterfly Day      http://www.todocanada.ca/city/edmonton/event/butterfly-day/

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5. Buzz, Buzz, Sting     http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/john_janzen_nature_centre/event-days.aspx

6. Muttart Conservatory     http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/muttart_conservatory/feature-pyramid-schedule.aspx

7. Much Much More…  Click this link for a full detailed list! —>  http://www.todocanada.ca/things-to-do-in-edmonton-this-weekend/

Recent Housing Statistics From the Real Estate Association of Edmonton

Tue, 12 Apr by albertarealestateteam

Edmonton, April 4, 2016: 1,364 properties were sold in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in March, up nearly 63% from the 837 homes sold last month.
The average all-residential price was $379,524 for March, which is close to 3% higher than February, and up nearly download2% compared to $372,289 during the same in last year. Single family house prices averaged $439,815, up slightly over last year (up 0.56%) and up by 4.73% month-over-month. Condo properties sold for an average of $251,093, up from both last month and last year, at an increase of 1.62% and 0.55%, respectively.

“ At the end of the day, its still a very busy market, however inventory has increased, which has put a slight downward effect in pricing. The slight increase in average price was due in part to some 3 million dollar plus home properties being sold.” Lyndon Sommert.

“Should I Sell in 2016?”

Mon, 18 Jan by albertarealestateteam

This is a great question that I have been asked a number of times over the last 2 months. The answer lies within what your plans are for the future and how it affects your long term plans. As far as what will the market bare for your property whether its your home or an investment we will see much of the same pricing and market strength this year. CMHC is suggesting a 1-2 % increase in average pricing but the medium price is what is important. The medium price is an average home in the city pricing and with it being a buyer’s market we will see a slight decrease as we did in the last 6 months.hfs

With that in mind you just have to be a bit creative in terms of how you offer your home on the market. What we have found is that with the new technology today and knowledge of what the majority of buyers are looking for you will do well. Surprisingly the inventory hasn’t increased as much as thought so sellers are getting decent quality showings. In fact the first 2 weeks of the year has been busy according to many fellow realtors and the contacts that are personally coming in.

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The media is creating a negative psychology about the market but Edmonton does not seem to be following the rest of Alberta and pent up demand in the last 6 months is opening up so we should see a good spring market. So the question comes back to should I sell in 2016? and the answer is YES, if it moves you in the direction you want. The market will not fall out and with good planning and homework it could really be an advantage especially if you will be buying after the sell.

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I was dealing with a client in October where they didn’t want to sell as they were not getting all the money they put into their home and felt they were losing. This can be hard to take but the big thing to keep in mind is that we renovate for the most part for our enjoyment, not what is the best thing to do for home value. Only builders and seasoned flippers have this knowledge of what and where is the best money spent.

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This client did the right thing and took a small loss but gained big time as we were able to find a great buy and more importantly got to move onto the next stage of their lives. Real Estate is complex and if it is going to be a part of your future financial freedom detailed planning is key and luckily we can gain knowledge and experience from many successes to implement. Last year over 18,000 homes sold on the MLS system which is about the average over the last 5 years and we will see the same this year. Perhaps its a good New Years resolution to set some great long term plans for your life and real estate needs and enjoy life to the fullest. I know that our team is determined to make 2016 one to remember with plans to work with so many people to make their lives successful and fulfilling.

Cheers to 2016

Lyndon Sommert

 

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