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SELLING YOUR HOME - 09/30/09 02:04 PM
SELLING YOUR HOME - FULL SERVICE / NO COMMISSION MEANS??????? How can you possibly get full service and pay no commission? Oh yes, that might mean - we will give you the tools and you do the work i.e. book the appointments, prepare the paperwork, pre-screen potential buyers, do the negotiations and attend to all the closing details. It might not be brain surgery but if you don't have the time or knowledge that a real estate agent has - will you be really getting top dollar for your home? TO a real estate agent - Full Service means: - Ensuring that your house is listed (0 comments)
Home Selling in Ottawa - 09/29/09 09:50 AM
Home Selling in Ottawa There are many situations in which a decision is made to sell a house: 1. You purchased a nice starter home - maybe a condo - a now you decide you want to upgrade. What to do? Call a couple of good real estate agents (interview 3), select the one you feel will work with you and not have his/her own agenda. 2. Your purchased a good-sized home in one of the subdivisions and now decide that you would prefer something with a little more land. What to do? Drive around, do some homework and decide on (0 comments)
Home Buyers - Know your credit score - 09/28/09 01:36 PM
Home Buyers - Know your credit score Understanding Your Credit Report and Credit Score" by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. I highly recommend you read this short but to the point publication in its entirety at the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada's web site. The next important thing that Home Buyers should do is to go online to Equifax.ca or TransUnion.ca to check his or her credit information to make sure that the personal and credit information that is on there is correct, as well to see what the credit score / strength is. I would check with both credit bureaus because one could have the correct information but (1 comments)
Validation - 09/23/09 09:23 AM
Validation - we all need it. Why are we here, what we do is it important to others, are we appreciated, do people like us, do we look good - so many questions. Yes, you are important. To your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, the grocery clerk, the hairdresser, the gas attendant, etc. because of you all these people have a friend, family member, neighbor, work. Validation for our existence. YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE! (0 comments)
Home Staging by a Professional - 09/23/09 07:47 AM
Home Staging is an art - not something that everyone can do well. Let me explain. Last night I did a listing presentation and the sellers were wondering why their home did not sell when previously listed. There were several factors involved: (1) overpriced (2) no staging appeal and (3) errors on the feature sheet. Staging a home makes it more appealing to the buyers looking for a home in a certain area within a certain budget. Instead of hiring a professional home stager, the previous agent asked the sellers to declutter and they did, but to the point of where (2 comments)
Ottawa Home Sales - 09/22/09 07:11 AM
OTTAWA - September 4, 2009: Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,216 residential properties in August through the Board's Multiple Listing Service system compared with 1,181 in August 2008. This is an increase of 3 per cent. Of those sales, 259 were in the condominium property class, while 957 were in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property regardless of style (ie: detached, semi-detached, appartment, etc.) which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties."August was another solid month for home sales in Ottawa. With strong (0 comments)
Here is your next great commercial opportunity to own a centrally located property w/ multiple permited uses. Zoned IL2 - Light industrial, this property offers a large lot (125.0 ft x 183.0 ft), a home that has been converted into two 2 bdrm rentals at $850/month all inclusive. New Furnace & Hot water tank replaced in 2000. Roof in 2004. Freshly painted, Central air conditioning, Forced air has heating and the lower unit is totally renovated. Towards the back of this commercial property for sale you'll find a building w/ approx. 4,000 sq.ft with over 20 parking spaces available. (0 comments)
Home Buyers - who is your ally? There are several people that will work with Home Buyers to ensure that all their interests are protected. Who are they?
•1. Mortgage Broker / Banker: This individual will review your financial situation and determine what is the maximum price you can afford to pay for a house. How do they determine this: Credit score, assets and outstanding bills. •2. Real Estate Agent: Your REA will assist you in finding the right home within your budget. She will sit down with you and discover what (1 comments)
Determining the asking price of your home - 09/18/09 02:34 PM
How do sellers determine the asking price of their home? For you to understand how to determine the asking price for your home, there are 3 strategies you might want to consider: 1. Overpriced - When determining the asking price for their home most sellers believe that their home is worth more than the true market value, and if its overpriced, chances are that it will sit on the market and then become stale and potential buyers and real estate agents will either avoid it because they believe it is "troubled" or use it as a comparative for other homes. The seller will be inconvenienced (0 comments)
Cold calls - 09/18/09 07:45 AM
Cold calling is a dying art with Social Networking, mail-outs and every other form of marketing available to real estate agents. Personally, I enjoy cold calling for several reasons: (1) Its a scheduled blocked time in my daily routine to get me out of my office/car/home; (2) Its a little bit of exercise every day while accomplishing some marketing at the same time; (3) Instead of just dropping off a piece of marketing, I ring the door bell and actually speak to people. You would be surprised on how much information you can obtain from just speaking to a few people (9 comments)
Condos for Sale in Orleans - 3265 St. Joseph Blvd, Apt 123 - 09/17/09 01:46 PM
If you're looking for a spacious condo in Orleans this may be the perfect one for you! Built in 2005 by Pheonix Homes this 2 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom condo is sure to impress. Easy access to HWY 174 and within walking distance of local & express transit, shopping and restaurants! Freshley painted & ready to move in!
Model Name: The Gatineau This orleans condo offers an open concept main floor with new laminate flooring in the living and dining room area. Just off the living room there is a large patio door leading out to your spacious balcony. Attractive (0 comments)
Septic Systems and Wells in Ottawa - 09/17/09 10:37 AM
SEPTIC SYSTEMS AND WELLS When you have finally found the perfect home in the country, one of the things you should have inspected before going to the expense of a home inspection is the septic system. Especially is the system is over 25 years. A new septic system will cost you anywhere between $20,000 to $30,000 depending on whether the whole system needs to be replaced or just the bed or holding tank. Also, the lay of the land is a factor i.e. rock, clay, sand, etc. Sometimes, when the septic system is older some of the issues you might encounter (0 comments)
Your real estate agent finds a beautiful home for you to view, it matches all your wants and needs, located on a beautiful family oriented street with parks nearby and the price is pretty much within your budget. Your arrive at the house, curb appeal is good, nice welcome mat, new mailbox, the windows sparkle and then you enter and you are greeted with a smell that just about knocks you over. Yes, someone decided to have cabbage for lunch/dinner. A great vegetable but when you are trying to sell your home, please try and refrain (2 comments)
Chapel Hill - 09/16/09 05:45 AM
Chapel Hill South is a beautiful residential area located on the west side in Orleans, ON . The area is pie shaped (between Innes, Page and Navan Road) and has many beautiful homes ranging from $260K (row units) to $500+K single family homes. There many parks, schools - its a very close knit community. A wonderful place to raise a family. On the south west side is an area for adult living with beautiful bungalows with attached garages and some back on the ravine with walk-outs. Within Chapel Hill South there's a new build area called Bradley Estates. Chapel Hill South is minutes from shopping, restaurants, sports facilities (0 comments)
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