What are the benefits of using a REALTOR®? 


Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to understand from the outset how professional representation can help you at every step of the process.


Buying or selling a home is a major financial (and emotional) undertaking and

your REALTOR® is more than just a "salesperson".....we act on your behalf as your advocate, providing you with professional advice and guidance.


While the Internet has opened up a world of information not previously available to consumers, the data on listings available for sale, while interesting, is only relevant in context in our local market.  In a competitive market, whether you are buying or selling, you need the most current information about what has sold or is currently for sale, any pertinent changes in pricing, as well as any addiotnal information we have about specific properties beyond the listing details.


The way to ensure you have that information is by enlisting the help of a REALTOR®.



Buying a Home:


As a buyer, there are many advantages to having a REALTOR® work with you:

  • We simplify the process of finding you the perfect place by matching up properties that fit with your criteria & arrange all property showings. As buying or selling your home is a very personal transaction, many people tend to feel more comfortable using an agent as a liaison rather than having to deal face to face with potential buyers or sellers. The best part is it doesn't cost you, the buyer, anything to have a REALTOR® work on your behalf as buyer’s agent is compensated via a percentage of the seller’s brokerage commission.

  • Once we find the right property for you, we will develop a negotiation strategy based on our industry knowledge and experience, facilitate all the contracts and paperwork, as well as negotiate the purchase on your behalf including price, possession, inclusions & any conditions to the purchase.



  • We can recommend industry professionals, such as mortgage brokers, certified home inspectors, real estate lawyers, insurance agents, movers, & even proven contractors for any projects that need to be addressed. We will be with you through your home inspection and will help guide you through that process as well.

  • We also work closely with all parties involved in your home purchase & ensure that all documents are provided to your Lender & Lawyer. 
 

Selling a Home:

  • When you're selling your home, you gain access to the most qualified buyers by being listed on the Multiple Listing Service. Whether you are buying or selling a home, MLS® is your best tool. By having your listing as part of the MLS® system you instantly have all of the REALTORS® in the city considering your property for their qualified buyers as well as national exposure to potential buyers relocating to the Regina area.

  • That is really the key....getting it in front of the highest number of people who are actively looking for a property with the same characteristics as yours, in your price range and neighbourhood.

  • We are your liaison with other local real estate agents to help promote your property & to work together to help affect a great end result for you!

  • One of the most important things we do is to help you price your home correctly through our experience and understanding of the market & comparable sales.

  • Great marketing of your property starts with professional photos & video tours. We will arrange that for you and we will help to advise you & give you our recommendations to ensure that your home & yard are photo ready and engaging to potential to buyers.


Because today's home buyers and sellers are so much better informed than in the past, our expertise and ability to communicate that, are becoming much more important. Our profession and the service we provide is evolving and we are becoming as much a "guide" through the process as a "salesperson".

We are your personal representative when you are buying or selling a home and we will be with you every step of the way! 


We look forward to working with you & if you have questions about anything real estate, we are here to help!  Email us at info@w2realtyteam.com


Happy House Hunting! 
Karin & Jen


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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. 


The Legal Aspect:

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.


Mortgage & Financing:

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.

 


Our Closing Thoughts 


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 & please share with anyone you think could benefit from these resources!



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 help ensure buyers want to view your property by spending a little bit of time working on its exterior appearance.


Remember that staging a home affects the entire property. While it is important to make the interior look larger by keeping things clean and simple, the outside of the home shouldn't be overlloked or neglected. Picking up trash and other debris from the yard, driveway, carport, and other areas surrounding the home gives visitors an idea about what to expect from the inside. Pressure washing the siding, deck, and concrete is an inexpensive investment that has the potential to add significant value to the sale price of a home.


Owners and potential buyers don't look at a house the same way; we as owners often can't see our home's faults because we are just used to the way it is.


When the time comes to sell, it's important to try and remove the emotional attachment you have to your home and remember that it is now a commodity that you want to sell for the highest price possible!  We know that's sometimes easier said than done and we will be there to guide & support you through the eprocess! 



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. What is your first impression of the house and yard?
  2. What are best exterior features of the house or lot?
  3. What exterior features of the house can be improved? 
  4. Is the yard clean and tidy?
  5. 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 you see it from that perspective! What jumps out at you immediately…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(ie weeds) growing between concrete or bricks.
  • Mow the lawn and get rid of weeds.
  • Trim tree limbs near, or touching your home's roofline.
 

Don't Forget the Rear View (So to Speak!):


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 Impression 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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A professional home inspection is generally a standard condition of your real estate purchase when you are buying a home and it's a super important part of the process!  There are a few normal maintenance items that come up regularly in inspections so as a seller it’s a great idea to address these issues prior to listing and help to make that part of the sale process go smoothly! Here are a few items of note:


  1. Furnace Maintenance & Service including regular changing of filters - Mechanical service is generally recommended every 12-24 months depending on the age of the furnace and cost will vary depending the extent of service & provider. Furnace filters should be changed often & length of time depends on the filter & your home environment i.e. if you have pets, etc.  To simplify the process we recommend buying the 4 pack and change them quarterly on the 1st of the month…then it’s easy to remember January/April/July/October.                  
  2. Water Heater maintenance - the regularity of service depends on the type of water heater but chances are if you have never had it serviced, you should!! Our Regina water is tough on our water heaters for sure and if you rent your heater, regular service should likely be part of your contract.  If not call any qualified plumber to help you out!                                                                             
  3. Proper Grading - this comes up more often than not because of ground or concrete settling near the foundation of your home. One of the biggest culprits of water issues in basements is improper grading so It’s super important that water runs away from your foundation. One of the simplest remedies is making sure that extensions on your downspouts are suitable …and at this time of year it’s the one thing you can address, as well as moving all of that snow away from the foundation walls.  Once it has melted you want to be sure that the ground level is taking water away from the foundation and it may require topping up the soil levels to accomplish that. If you’re not handy in that regard of course we have great landscape companies in Regina that can help out and make sure you get the right product to address the issue! 


If you have questions about the process of buying or selling a home we are happyy to help and don't hesitate to ask...you can contact us at info@w2realtyteam.com


We are your Trusted Regina real estate team and we are here to help you make the right move!


For more information check out our website  w2realtyteam.com


Happy House Hunting!

Karin & Jen


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Welcome to 110 Aspen Village Drive, Emerald Park!  


This spacious foyer invites you into a spectacular Emerald Park custom built walkout that is situated on a pie shaped lot backing the 18th tee of Aspen Links Golf Course.



The 3318 square foot home, with 10' ceilings on the main floor, features a gourmet kitchen with butcher block counters, double ovens, induction cooktop, & large island with separate beverage & wine fridges.  The main floor office features Torlys leather flooring with the rest of the main floor completed with engineered hardwood& Italian ceramic tile. The entire house showcases upgraded lighting fixtures specifically accentuating each room.  



The 2nd floor boasts 5 bedrooms, including two jack & jill bathrooms with double vanities as well as an additional den or a perfect playroom!  The master bedroom is a 2 level spa like retreat with his & hers glass shower, soaker tub, & dual vanities with

in-floor heating. His and Her closet areas are accessed via circular stairs, and an extra large window in the master provides an outstanding view of green space & Regina’s city lights at night.  




The developed walk-out basement features a large rec room, rough in for a wet bar, bedroom with walk-in closet and direct access to bathroom. This home is also equipped with a smart phone capable thermostat with zoned heating system.  The oversized windows, throughout, flood the home with loads of natural light while the covered 3-sided veranda provides summer shade.  Professional landscape plan includes in-ground sprinkler system with over 75 shrubs & trees planted.  This home is perfect for the growing family and truly must be seen to be appreciated!  Priced at $1,091,000


Check out the fantastic virtual tour to see all this home has to offer!

http://youtu.be/bU5DTkFVwi4


Contact us for more information or to schedule a viewing of this beautiful home




Happy House Shopping!


Karin & Jen

Your Proven Regina Real Estate Team





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There are a lot of moving parts in the purchase of a home and assembling a good team that you are happy working with is really important!  Of course finding an agent to work with to help you find that home is the first thing you may think about but the “team” also consists of a mortgage broker, home inspector and a real estate lawyer.  We can help guide you through that process of prurcahsing in the Regina area and refer you to great qualified people in those industries as well.   


1. First things first, we always recommend that our clients meet with their lender or mortgage broker to discuss the process and obtain pre-approval, for two reasons:


(1)    We want to show you properties that not only meet your wants & needs but also fit your budget.  So knowing what that number is before you start the process allows us to focus on the right options for you.

(2)    Having pre-approval and a mortgage broker who knows that you are actively in the process of house hunting will help to make the official financing approval more seamless when you have an accepted offer on a property.  It is standard to have a condition to your offer to allow a time period for financing approval and the time required is reduced when your broker has a head start! 


You may choose to deal directly with your bank and their mortgage professionals or choose to deal with a mortgage broker. Think of a mortgage broker as a matchmaker….they match up homebuyers and lenders and find the best option for you based on your specific situation. If you choose a mortgage broker, you work directly with them and they act as an intermediary between you and the lender.


2.  We always recommend a professional home inspection be completed on the home you are potentially purchasing so you have the peace of mind of knowing what things you may need to address in the short or long term and can plan for those items in the future.

A home inspection is an objective, professional examination to visually assess a homes’ interior & exterior features and systems.  The purpose is to provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions, as observed at the time of the inspection. The report you receive identifies not only the positive aspects of the home, but points out the defects or repairs (major or minor) that you may not have been aware of. This provides you with the opportunity to budget for those repairs or upgrades and to make an educated decision on the final purchase of the home based on that information provided.  Knowledge is power!




3.  Choosing a lawyer is the final step in your home purchase process. It's essential to have a lawyer handle all the various legal documents involved in the purchase of a home and we recommend choosing a professional who is experienced in real estate law.  We can help you with referrals and get an estimate of all the legal costs you can expect including the land titles transfer fees which are standard in any home purchase.

The good news is that when you work with a realtor to purchase your new home we help coordinate and facilitate the transaction from the showings & offer process, the home inspection, and providing all documentation to your mortgage broker/lender and lawyer.  We are with you from the beginning of your house hunt until move-in day!  Our goal is to help make your home purchase a simple and enjoyable activity.



If you are starting the process of looking for a home or condo in the Regina area, and have questions, whether it is new or resale, we are here to help.


Happy House Hunting!


Karin & Jen 

Your Proven Regina Real Estate Team





 

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We know that Regina has had high inventory over the past year, it is good to see on a whole that Canada is holding their own despite our bit of a slowdown.  All good news.


Check out this article via the Financial Post for a current update!


As always, happy house hunting!

Jen & Karin


#yqr #realestate #reginarealestate #housingprices


http://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/13/canada-home-prices-across-country-rise-despite-slowdown-in-prairies/#__federated=1

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Welcome to 4505 2nd Avenue in the De Marco Pointe Townhomes Project...the last unit available in this great complex!



Regina’s De Marco Pointe Townhome project graces the edge of the established neighborhood of Rosemont. Adjacent to Lewvan Drive, the location provides quick access to all of Regina’s NW amenities & city center, while being within walking distance of local parks and shopping.



The De Marco Point Townhome floorplans feature a spacious welcoming entry with large windows allowing an abundance of natural light to accentuate the open concept living space. The well designed kitchen includes lots of cabinet space, a furniture style movable island with eating bar, built in pantry unit and a stainless steel range hood.





The 3 bedroom two-storey plans offer a master bedroom with 3 piece ensuite, walk-in master closet and a large second floor laundry conveniently located close to the additional 2 bedrooms. Ample storage space is a feature in all rooms.



Every townhome features upgraded cabinetry, lighting, plumbing fixtures and floor coverings and central air conditioning as a value added feature.  


De Marco Pointe Townhomes offer an attractive and low maintenance exterior with a private rear deck surrounded by a park like yard, individual attached insulated and dry walled garage and private driveway for additional parking.



The homes include full basements and superior building techniques, with high efficient furnaces, triple pane windows, R50 attic insulation and on demand water heaters. One of the best features of all the townhome units is the enhanced soundproofing provided between each adjoining home for more privacy.


Take a virtual tour of the units below to get an idea of the space...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKxr7dmlogU&feature=youtu.be


Quality construction and finishing as well as a high standard of customer service are the hallmark of Westridge Homes & Construction and we are proud to represent this project!  


Now only one unit remains!  The former show suite is completely developed with spacious basement rec room and storage space and is upgraded to granite throughout with stainless steel appliances and blinds included!  Contact us for more details and to schedule a showing of this great unit now priced at $339,900 including GST.




Karin & Jen


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







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Welcome to 5112 Aviator Crescent!


Check out this brand new beautiful Regina bungalow built by award winning Westridge Homes, located in Harbour Landing. The high level quality of both construction specifications and finishing detail is the hallmark of this builder.  Building the foundation on piles is a construction standard for Westridge Homes, as are many elements that surpass industry standards.


This bungalow boasts nearly 3000 square feet of developed space.  The 4 bedroom plus den(2 bedrooms up & 2 additional on lower level) floorplan features an entry and living area with 11 foot ceilings and 9 feet throughout the rest of the main level.  The main level living area features hardwood floors and a gas fireplace.




The spacious kitchen is open to the dining and living areas and features quartz countertops, glass tile backsplash, upgraded pendant lighting, stainless range hood, loads of cabinets & pantry as well as a functional island with eating bar.




The main level includes a lovely master retreat that fetaures large ensuite bathroom with connecting walk in closet,  2 additonal bedrooms and a den/home office space.



The main level is rounded out with a spacious mudroom/laundry area with direct entry to the double attached garage which has been insulated and drywalled.  



Do you love to entertain or need space for your kids to hang out? This fully developed basement, which has been spray foam insulated, has a large open multi-purpose recreation room with a wet bar area. The basement also features two additional bedrooms with walk in closets and a 3 piece bathroom with shower.



The exterior features a covered deck with Duradek surface that is sunroom ready!  The yard will be graded and made ready for your development to your personal preferences so you can enjoy Summer 2015 in your new space.  There is laneway access to the back yard allowing for RV parking for your toys! 


This home is a pleasure to show and the quality is evident from the time you walk through the front door.  Well priced at $584,900 you can make 5112 Aviator Crescent in Regina your new home today….just pack your bags!  


 

Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment to view.  We are your Proven Regina real estate team and we are here to help you make the right move!


Happy Home Shopping!


Karin & Jen






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Have you ever wondered if an Infill project is right for you? Check out this lot at 1920 Athol Street!




Infill development and the movement towards higher density housing in more desirable inner city locations is a growing trend that stretches beyond Regina and in fact most major cities are experiencing growth in this particular segment of the real estate market.  It gives people the opportunity to build a new home in a developed neighbourhood usually close to the desired amenities of neighbourhood schools, shopping and restaurants as well as easy access to downtown.


That is the case of this listing, a lot located in Regina’s desirable Cathedral area where many new projects have been built and are in progress.  In fact this lot is surrounded by either new homes or homes that have been significantly renovated.  Also, many Regina and area builders now have standard plans to fit these 25’ infill lots and many of those plans include basement development with separate entrance regulation suites.


So whether you are looking to build a home for yourself or a revenue opportunity….or a combination of both consider this lot on Athol Street in Regina for your new home project!  We can even help match you up with the right builder for your project so if you have any questions about this property or any listing, we are here to help!


Happy Home Shopping!


Karin & Jen


Your Trusted Regina Real Estate Team





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The New Year brings thoughts of change and whether you are purchasing a new home that requires extensive renovations or you just have a room in your existing home that could use an update, good planning helps to keep you focused and may also help you avoid costly mistakes.  Yes we have all likely purchased that piece of furniture because it was fabulous and we had to have it….only to find it was not really comfortable or really didn’t fit in the room!  Oops ;-)


This article from Houzz has some great tips to help you in the process and might just inspire you to action! 


9 Planning Musts Before You Start a Makeover:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/21684880?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u918&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery19



If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in the Regina area and have questions, we are here to help you make the right move!  


Happy Shopping!

Karin & Jen


We are your Proven Regina Real Estate Team

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Welcome to 1941 Montague Street...our Featured Property of the Week! Move-in ready and priced well at $225,000.



This charming starter home is move-in ready and located within walking distance to Regina's Cathedral area grocery stores, shops & restaurants, parks, and easy access to downtown and Lewvan Drive. The main level features a 3-season porch, living/dining room and kitchen leading out to a large cedar deck and fenced yard, perfect for summer entertaining! The upper level includes 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom. Room for up to 3 parked vehicles via the laneway at rear.


This home has received extensive renovations/upgrades from 2008-2014 including:


 Exterior

  • New cedar siding on exterior with new eaves & downspouts installed
  • Exterior walls and attic filled with blown-in insulation
  • Entire South wall of basement re-poured with concreteNew exterior stairs at front of house
  • 20 x 18 cedar deck built off the back of the house
  • All new energy efficient windows and exterior doors
  • Fence at back and 10x10 shed - Spring 2012 



Interior

  • New High Efficiency Furnace
  • New interior doors, casing, baseboards
  • Some upgraded electrical with new breaker box
  • New washer and dryer
  • Sump pump
  • Baseboards and crown moldings in living roomHardwood refinished and/or installed throughout
  • Fridge stove, microwave, back splash, kitchen sink
  • Sink, bathtub, shower, tub surround, 6-litre toilet installed in bathroom
  • Fresh paint throughout


Short possession is available so you can kick off the New Year by making this lovely Cathedral classic your new home!   Check out the listing details & contact us for more information and to schedule a viewing:


w2realtyteam.com

  

If you are looking to make a move in the Regina area, we are your Proven Regina real estate team and we are here to help with all of your real estate needs.


Happy House Hunting!


Karin & Jen





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If you are on the hunt for a new condo in the Regina area there are a lot of choices out there but you have to be sure you are comparing apples to apples in terms of building specs and finishing quality! Those two items affect pricing and also the long term value of your purchase! 


Hawkstone Village has the benefit of a builder/developer with 30 years’ experience in custom home building in Regina and a solid reputation for the quality of their product, and it shows in this project!  We, your Trusted Regina Real Estate team, are happy to represent this project on behalf of Varsity & Gilroy Homes.



Standard units now start at $255,000 including one electrified parking stall, Hunter Douglas blinds package and $3200 appliance credit. Great upgrade options available including granite, laminate & tile flooring and central A/C. And you can choose one of the units we have prefinished or customize your own and choose your own colour scheme. You don't have to sacrifice style at Hawkstone Village.

Short possessions are available so you can just pack your bags and move-in! 


Come and check out the project …our show suite is open weekends 2-4PM or by appointment.

3469 Elgaard Drive, facing Rochdale Boulevard.




www.w2realtyteam.com

www.hawkstonevillage.ca     


If you need answers or help navigating your home purchase process, we are here to help you make the right move!


Happy Home Shopping!      


Jen & Karin



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Here's just another perspective on the state of the Regina real estate market today....it may often weigh in the buyer's favor but to say it's a buyer's market may be too simplistic...it depends on the day and it depends on the property. We have had a number of buyers lately that because of the criteria of their needs & wants there is actually nothing to show them on some days even though we have a high number of listings, so it's not every buyer's market clearly!  When there are a high number of listings it creates competition in the market that can affect selling prices so it is more important than ever to be realistic in your listing price and your expectations of the end result. If you are priced properly in the market, the the right buyer will come.  Regina real estate is an interesting evolving market and our job is to stay on top of it and make sure we are watching the indicators that can affect our clients whether they are buying or selling.  


Here is some interesting insight from the CTV news...  

http://youtu.be/VDl6FqdNL9A

and check us out on Global TV below! 


Check out our persective in this segment for Global TV......



http://trustedregina.com/blog/post/2014/09/18/Trusted-Regina-Real-Estate-Experts-featured-on-Global-

Regina.aspx


If you are thinking about buying or selling in the Regina area and need some help navigating the process, we are here to help you make the right move!  And if you  are relocating to another centre we can recommend a great agent to help you on the other end as well. 


Happy House Hunting!

Karin & Jen







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So the good news is that you have found the perfect new place! Now the not-so-fun part is planning for the move and we’ve all been there…..it takes longer than you think it will to pack up and you have more stuff than you realized!  It’s a universal truth of moving Smile  Here are some tips to help make the process simpler:



Here is a great article from Style at Home magazine and we especially like Tip# 13 that recommends packing a "Moving Day Kit" with all of the essentials that you will want quick and easy access to without having to hunt!  

http://www.styleathome.com/homes/real-estate/21-tips-for-an-easy-move/a/21693


Also some great additional tips here from Buzz Feed….we love the idea of taking a photo of the back of your electronics so it’s easier to hook them up in the new space!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/brilliant-moving-tips#jo2uro


Here are a couple of our tips to help out with the process as well….       

  1. If you are moving from a larger to smaller space, when you are packing up your kitchen tools, dishes, glasses and serving pieces, it’s helpful to separate out the items you will use most often from those you would still like access to occasionally but you may not have room to store in your new kitchen space. Those boxes can be set aside and dealt with later rather than having to filter through them when you are unpacking and just trying to get settled!  If the boxes are labelled in detail you will always know where to find those martini glasses you may want for your housewarming party! Cheers to that!
  2. We recommend FrogBox for their eco-friendly reusable and plastic moving boxes and even wardrobe boxes to make packing up your closet easier.  You can rent them on a weekly basis and they even drop them off and pick them up when you’re done!   http://frogbox.com/regina
  3. We also recommend the Express Address service to manage the changeover for all of your services and utilities…..one stop online and easy to use!   https://www.expressaddress.com/s/index.htm


Happy Moving Day!

Karin & Jen  


Your Proven Regina Real Estate Team 

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Having vision is “being able to see something as it can be rather than how it is”.  That is true in many things but today we’re talking specifically about how having vision can be very helpful in the house hunting process and being able to see past the surface can be beneficial, and is sometimes absolutely necessary!!   :)


Unless you are purchasing a brand new home where you get to choose everything and have it finished to your personal taste it is likely that you will find something you would like changed in every single space and then it becomes more about the location, and the basic bones of the home. 


That being said, there is no doubt that great staging can make a difference in the appeal of a home and great décor and furniture placement can you show you how can live in a space,large or small, which is something to keep in mind when you are selling by the way.  However, we always remind our clients that even when it looks great that they are not likely purchasing the décor so they have to be able to see past that to the space. And when it doesn’t look so great …it’s not your style and you hate the paint colour and the carpet, those things can be changed easily and fairly inexpensively to suit your style.  Also, an older home may hold appeal for a number of reasons including size, location, established landscaping and so on but maybe you love the open concept living for example in newer plans so you have to be able to see the potential of reconfiguring space by eliminating walls or possibly redesigning the kitchen to accomplish that. 


So whether it is a minor change involving cosmetic details or a major reno, having a bit of vision can allow you to see  the possibilities and potential of how you can make any house your home with your personal style!

Check out this article from Real Simple on how overlooking some flaws in a home can be a benefit when purchasing……


http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/house-flaws-00100000125460/index.html 


If you are starting to think about purchasing or selling your home we are here to help!  And if you find that home requires some updates we are happy to refer you to the right people to help you achieve the results you are looking for.


Happy Home Shopping!

Karin & Jen 




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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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Whether you are preparing for a move or not, this is the time for Spring cleaning and de-cluttering projects.  But without a plan of attack and a place to start, it is easy to just leave it for another day when it can seem like such an overwhelming project. So why not start with one room at a time, one day at a time. We found this great itemized list in an article on Houzz.com (one of our favourites for design ideas!) that will help you get your kitchen in ship shape in no time :) 


7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Kitchen

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25184065?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u487&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

If you are planning to make a move this year you will be wanting to prepare your home for sale and you will want it to look its best for photos and showings. So we recommend giving yourself a deadline to get organized now and the bonus is that it will make packing up for your move a simpler process when the time comes as well!


Happy Spring Cleaning! 


Karin & Jen


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