Did you know that divorce ranks as life’s second most stressful event?  


Decisions over what to do with the family home and who is going where, create some of the most challenging conversations between couples who are parting ways.

Beyond the emotional ties to a family home, shared real estate comes with its own legal issues that need to be sorted out before the dust can settle, and you can both move on. It’s certainly more complicated than simply dividing up the furniture, TV’s and wall art.


However, with 38% of all Canadian marriages ending in divorce, you’re not alone in this and there are industry experts, who have been there too and understand the emotions & the difficult decisions to be made.  

We are here to help you navigate the process and answer all of the questions you may have, and while it will likely never be easy, we believe that working with a team who has experience will make it less challenging for you. Or ideally, that’s our goal for you! 


We have years of experience working with clients going through this super stressful time in their lives and our job as REALTORS® is to be a neutral 3rd  party with the clear & simple goal in mind, of helping you move on with your lives.


 



Through our video series, W2 Talks: Divorce & Real Estate, we’re tackling some of the questions you may have, with help from professionals in the field, including a mortgage broker & family law attorney. 


No matter who you contact first in the process, ultimately the financial details of your separation will dictate how you move forward, so a formal separation agreement will be paramount.  To discuss the legal aspect of Separation/Divorce and how that impacts your decisions regarding your family home & what options you have, we were joined by

Foster Weisgerber, McDougall Gauley LLP,  who shares his thoughts on where you should start. 


 



When it comes to deciding what your next move is, there will be lots of questions….can I purchase another property right away, what can I afford….where do I even start with financing a new home?  It’s usually the case that one or both spouses want to keep the house, but the real question is if either one of them can afford to do so on their own.


Of course, there are lots of good reasons to keep the family home if possible:

  1. You have children and want to maintain the stability of the home.
  2. The house is in an ideal location and near your work, family, and friends.
  3. The market conditions aren’t ideal to sell.
  4. You bought the house recently and haven’t had time to build equity.

The financial feasibility of that decision will come down to your specific situation and that’s where your lawyer & mortgage broker will help to guide you.


When the time comes, the sale of your home or the purchase of a new home requires teamwork between your REALTOR® and your mortgage expert/lender. To help answer those questions and more, we were joined by Candice Carr from TMG: The Mortgage Group.

 



Whether we, as REALTORS®, are your first point of contact or somewhere later in your process, we will be here with you through every step to help find you a new space to call home …and we will help to ensure you have access to all of the information & guidance you need as you move onto a new chapter in your life! 


If you have any questions, general or specific to your situation, and would like to reach out for more information regarding your options, you can confidentially contact any of us with the details below, and your information will remain private.


If you would like to reach out to Foster for more information:

Email: fweisgerber@mcdougallgauley.com


To reach  Candice, you can call or email her at:

Phone: (306) 531-6880

Email:  Candice@CandiceCarr.ca



We hope this information is helpful to you! 



Best, 


Karin & Jen 


Email: info@W2RealtyTeam.com


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We know there a million things to do as you prepare your home for sale so we are starting with just a few projects to tackle before the snow comes & Winter is here to stay!  We will take on the indoor list of to-do's in our next blog!


If you're not sure where to start here is some inpiration:


Focus on the Front Yard 

Curb appeal is everything and will significantly impact a potential Buyer’s first impression of your home. Stand out on the street and take an objective look, or even better a photo, of your house & yard….What do you see that could be improved? 


At a minimum, clean the scuff marks off the front door and touch-up the paint… or give it a fresh coat if weather permits! And if your front door has seen better days, consider investing in a new one….that is a Buyer’s first view to what is inside ad it sets the expectations!



If you have a front porch, make it look inviting (not just a place to store your stuff) Wink


Invest in a cute new door mat & some seasonal evergreens to put in planters at your front door or add a welcoming wreath.  Of course at this time of year, inspiration is everywhere! 


Make sure to clean up the lawn, planter & garden areas of leaves & debris. 


As our days are now growing shorter, many Buyers will see your home at night, so make sure that your outdoor lighting is highlighting your home. Pathway lighting is always a great idea as well and can be accomplished inexpensively with solar lights.


Be sure to replace bulbs & clean your outdoor light fixtures, or update them if necessary. 


Have the Windows Cleaned



We know, you probably don’t even think about cleaning your windows at this time of year, but weather & wind can really make your windows dirty and we don't always notice those things when we live in our homes but trust us, buyers will notice and we want them to focus on your great house not on dirty windows! We like companies like Men in Kilts for affordable window cleaning.



Don’t Overlook Your Backyard 



What you can accomplish in the back yard will of course depend on weather, but before we get snow that stays make sure you do one last lawn mowing, clean up leaves & blow out your sprinklers if you have in-ground.  


Now is the time to put away or cover your patio furniture, BBQ, plant pots & garden utensils and do what you can to make the back yard presentable for Winter!


If you have a garage now is the time to tidy it up and get rid of clutter before Winter sets in!  If your garage door or operator need updating, then consider replacing those in preparation for listing your home for sale.



If you have questions about the market ....when is the right time to sell, what is my home worth in the current market and where do we start....we are here to help you navigate the process from beginning to end!  Feel free to contact us with your questions.


We look forward to working with you!

 - 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 list my home at this amount and we need this amount out of it".

If only it were that simple, we would make it happen exactly that way! Unfortunately our job is to be objective and to provide the best advice we can to help put you in the best position to sell your home, not just to tell you what you want to hear.


It's so important to work with a REALTOR® that you trust has your best interests in mind and then to work together as a team to get the best result for you! 



The process of determining a list price for a property requires consideration of a number of factors including:

1. Recent comparables (Active listings but more importantly recent Sales)

2. Market conditions 

3. Specific Location (Neighbourhood, Large lot, Backing Greenspace, Proximity to Schools & Services, etc)

4. Condition and Features of the property


While we are always 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 you 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. 


Market Value is, simply put, what someone is willing to pay for a property 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.



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 or condo exactly like yours today and people move at all times of the year.

Of course, if you are a buyer today, there are lots of options for you!


If you need 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 as a buyer, we’re here to help!  

For any questions feel free to email us at info@w2realtyteam.com



Karin & Jen

Your Proven #YQR Real Estate Team

 

                                          JC REALTY REGINA ||   2241 Albert Street  || Regina, SK

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Many home buyers decide whether they even want to look inside a house or pass on it based on curb appeal—the way the house looks on the outside is often an indication of what you may see on the inside, so curb appeal & first impressions matter when you are trying to sell your home. You can ensure buyers want to view your property by spending some time working on its exterior appearance.


Owners and buyers don't look at a house the same way; we as owners often can't see our home's faults because we are used to the way it is. When the time to comes to sell you have to change your mindset from this being your home to a commodity – a house that you want to sell for the highest dollar possible!



Curb Appeal Exercise

Many buyers will walk or drive by a listing before viewing so to see it from their eyes, the next time you drive up to your own house, make note of the following as if you are seeing it for the first time:

  1. Your first impression of the house and yard
  2. What are best exterior features of the house or lot
  3. What are worst exterior features of the house or lot

Is the yard clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive…exterior lighting, plats on the step, new paint, clean the windows?

Take photos of your home's exterior….you will be amazed at how differently your see it. What jumps out at you…good or bad? 



Clean and Repair: 

Now is the time to make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle any basic clean-up and repair items first, and then put some time into projects that make the yard more attractive.

  • Stow away garden implements and tools, extra pots and soil etc.
  • Pet Peeve….garbage bins visible from the street! If you can, make room on the side of your house, or even better, in the garage to store the bins.
  • Clean windows and gutters.
  • Pressure wash siding and decks, driveways and exterior lights to freshen them up after winter.
  • Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete or bricks.
  • Mow the lawn and get rid of weeds.
  • Trim tree limbs near or touching the home's roof.
 

Don't Forget the Rear View: 

A backyard oasis that doesn’t require a lot of work from a potential buyer is a big plus! 


Evening Curb Appeal:

Do your curb appeal exercise again at dusk, because many potential buyers drive by houses in the evening.

One quick way to improve evening curb appeal is with lighting:

  • Low-voltage or solar lighting along your driveway and sidewalks and near important landscaping elements adds great curb appeal.
  • If it’s been a long time since light fixtures and exterior door hardware have been changed, update the lighting & door handles at your front and back doors.
 

Make the First Look Count:

Some buyers can't visualize changes and often won't take a second look at a house if the first look doesn't appeal to them. Thinking like a buyer before listing can entice more people to look at your home and can also help you sell the house faster and closer to the price you want.




Final Thoughts: 

There are simple changes you can make that will give you a lot of bang for your buck....consider it exterior staging!

  • A fresh exterior with clean or freshly painted window trim, a new or newly painted exterior door makes a huge difference. Choose color schemes that are contemporary but also have mass appeal! 
  • If you can't justify the cost of a new door, consider replacing standard door hardware with something more modern & attractive.
  • Add a new porch light & new garage lights if budget allows.
  • Add a pop of colour and instant curb appeal by adding some pretty plant pots to your front step or perennials to your front garden beds! 
  • And finally take photos of the Summer landscape so you have them for listing in the Fall & Winter! 


If you have questions about selling your home, we are here to help you navigate the process every step of the way! Contact us for more information at info@w2realtyteam.com


Best,

Jen & Karin


Your Proven Regina Real Estate Team ...helping you make the right move! 

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