Regina Real Estate | W2 Realty Team

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A new home purchase is often an emotional decision so if you want potential buyers to fall in love with your home, their first impression is everything and you only get one shot at it.  So that means start with curb appeal that makes them want to see inside!  Here are some tips to get your home market ready …..or just some inspiration for your home projects! 


1 First things first
The most obvious thing is the condition of your lawn and front yard and you can spruce that up with little or no cost!  For example, if your flower garden is looking unruly and your front lawn is patchy or overrun with weeds, or maybe remnants of last summer’s plantings are still in your pots…not judging by the way…mow the lawn and add some new sod if necessary, pull the weeds and get rid of the mess!  Also, adding red cedar bark or coloured landscape stones goes a long way to freshening up flowerbeds especially at this time of year when plants are small or non-existent.

A well maintained yard is an indication of how you maintain your home and it’s the first thing they will see. It doesn’t need to look like the cover of Better Homes & Gardens, it just need s to look neat and well cared for. 

2 Add planters to front porch or step
Adding planters (even store bought, ready-made ones which are now readily available) can go a long way toward creating a welcoming streetscape.  They not only add colour and personality, they send a message that you enjoy and care about the surroundings of your home. And if you have a porch large enough to accommodate furniture, stage it with a bistro set or a pair of comfy patio chairs and a table as well as some container plants or hanging baskets.

 

3 Think of adding mature plants
If you have flowerbeds, adding larger mature plants is a lot easier than buying several flats of annuals and it will give a greater impact of larger plants and instant colour. 


4 Don’t forget your driveway

Since your driveway is one of the first things a prospective buyer will notice, it’s a good idea to freshen it up.  Adding a sealer to an aggregate driveway and cleaning off any stains from cars parked on the driveway and  simply sweeping off any loose stones can make a big difference. 

 

5 Windows & window treatments
If adding new windows is not in your budget then you want to do what you can to make them look their best.  Have them clean and sparkling before you list your home and they will look better from the outside and also improve the view from the inside!  Matched blinds or draperies can also add consistency to the exterior appearance of your home so you may want to go outside and take a look at what people see when they look at your home for the first time. Adding simple venetian blinds, or any blinds that are the same style, to street facing windows can add consistency to your home’s exterior, and have an impact on the inside as well as outside of your home.

6 Spring for new accessories
Adding a new mailbox, house light and cool new house number is a great and inexpensive way to update your home’s exterior!   The big home improvement stores carry well-priced and yet stylish options for all of these items.

7 Add some lipstick!
If you have a home exterior trim that requires touch up, adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for curb appeal. Also, adding a new fresh colour to your front door can add impact and introduces all guests or potential buyers to what lies within!!  So make it great Smile

 

When the time comes for you to make a move, we are here to help!  

 

Karin & Jen

 

 

 

 

 

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We were recently discussing pricing with a client and heard the words we have heard many times before……

” I would like to get this $$$ amount for my property and list at this $$$ amount” after we had provided information on comparables that would indicate something significantly lower Wink

 

If only we could wave a magic wand and make it that simple, we would!  Smile

 

The process of determining a list price for a property requires consideration of a number of factors including recent comparables(active listings and sales more importantly), market conditions(supply&demand), and location, condition and features of the subject property.  And while of course we are mindful of what a client needs or wants to see from the sale of their home, that can’t be the primary factor in pricing but rather the deciding factor as to whether or not they want to sell at any given time.  And keep in mind that your agent wants you to get the highest number possible for your home as well!

 

This is where it’s helpful to understand the process and trust the guidance your agent is giving you in regards to pricing.  A property is worth what someone is willing to pay for it on any given day but overpricing can result in potential buyers overlooking the property completely because it falls outside their range. So rather than presenting an offer and finding some middle ground, they may eliminate it from their list of possibilities altogether.

 

The real estate market in Regina was summed up very well in this recent Globe and Mail article:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/housing/frigid-weather-over-development-knock-down-regina-home-prices/article18350360/

 

There has been a large number of active listings in the Regina real estate market recently combined with higher than average inventory in new construction resulting in a softening of pricing in some areas of the market in particular.  That being said, the snow is gone …finally….and as stated in this Leader Post article sales were up in April and our economic indicators are healthy so onward and upward!

 

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Home+sales+surge+April+after+slow+first+quarter/9804361/story.html

 

So when is the best time to buy or sell…..whenever you need to or decide it’s time for a change! You never know who might be looking for a house exactly like yours on any given day and people move at all times of the year.  If you are a buyer today, there are lots of options for you!

If you need some help determining the value of your home or if you would like to see what is in the market that might be of interest to you, we’re here to help!

 

Happy Home Shopping!

Karin & Jen

 

 

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