Halifax County, NS Real Estate News

By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
So-called “smart” devices are increasingly popular, adding new features and functionality to just about every room in your home. One room that you might not consider for a smart upgrade is the kitchen, but you should. There are several sensors and connected devices that can transform your kitchen into something special. One great option that is often overlooked is the addition of a smart faucet to your sink.While smart faucets are not as well known (yet) as other smart home add-ons such as smart lighting and smart thermostats, they can have a significant impact on how you use your kitchen. Not only can you turn the faucets on and off in different ways, but you can also have your smart faucets automatically save you money on your water bill. If you’re wondering whether a smart faucet mig...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
For some homeowners, trees are a major component of their landscaping. Trees can bring a lot of beauty to your yard while also providing shade and habitats for birds and other animals. Unfortunately, unkempt trees can be kind of ugly and in some cases may even be dangerous. If you’ve got trees on your property that are looking a bit shaggy or that have simply seen better days, here are a few things to consider when trying to decide if they need a trim. Cosmetic IssuesWhen you’re trying to decide whether to trim your trees, the first thing that you should do is look at the general appearance of the tree. You can obviously trim off lone branches that stick out at odd angles, but there’s more to cosmetic considerations than just that. You should also look at whether there are many crisscro...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Whether it’s with knobs, pulls, handles, or some other hardware, you need to have some way to access your cabinets. If your cabinets are relatively new, that hardware is probably fairly modern. But for older cabinets, you may need to replace the hardware, and it might be kind of tricky to figure how to get it. This can make replacing old cabinet hardware stressful, especially if you’re not sure where to start. While your success will depend on the specific pieces that you’re looking for and how recently they were manufactured, here’s some info that will hopefully point you in the right direction if you find yourself on a hardware hunt.The Need to Match HardwareWhy do you need to match old cabinet hardware, anyway? There are a few reasons. The most common is that handles and knobs someti...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Tile is a very versatile material, offering strength and beauty while also providing color and decorative flair wherever it’s installed. Useful on both floors and walls, tile can really define the look of a room and can even be paired with other flooring and wall décor types to create complex looks from relatively simple materials. Tile provides something of a timeless look, though that doesn’t mean that it isn’t subject to decorating trends like any other material. If you’re curious as to what’s hot in tile at the moment, here are some of the biggest current trends out there.Neutral ColorsThroughout the years, tile trends have covered just about every color imaginable. Deep browns and light tans used to be hot, and it seems like every few years monochromes and grayscales come back into...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Skylights can be a great way to add natural light to your home. This can be especially useful for rooms that lack windows or that are otherwise blocked from getting much natural light. Unfortunately, skylights sometimes fall victim to the ravages of time and climate. This may leave you wondering whether you should upgrade or replace those skylights that have been in place for years. In some cases, this can be a pretty big undertaking, so here are a few things to consider before jumping into a skylight upgrade.Reasons to Upgrade a SkylightThere are a number of issues that can arise with skylights that might prompt an upgrade or replacement. The most obvious is some damage occurring to the skylight from severe weather or other natural events. Even without external damage, though, skylight...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
There are a lot of areas around the home that may seem kind of useless or wasted. Partial dividing walls, areas below (or even above) a staircase, or little nooks or alcoves that were created by the house’s unique design are all common examples. You might not think much about these areas, but if you consider them for a moment, you might see how they could be some serious missed opportunities. With a little bit of creativity, though, you can change all of that for the better.That blank wall around a doorway doesn’t have to stay empty, and the space under the stairs isn’t just for boy wizards anymore. There are several ways that you can revamp these empty and otherwise useless spaces and make your home more functional and fun in the process. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.Su...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Your windows are one of the most important features of your home. They provide you with natural light and visibility while also giving you the option to let fresh air in when your home gets stuffy. As with everything else in your home, your windows will start to accumulate some wear and tear over time. Eventually they might even have to be replaced. How do you know when it’s really time to replace your windows, or when a little maintenance will keep them in operation for a while longer? While this varies a lot depending on the specific windows that are installed, how well they’re maintained, and what the average temperature and other environmental factors are like, here are a few things you can look out for to see if you need new windows. Leaks and Drafts Two big signs that your windows...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
To get this out there, there’s very little chance that you don’t know what a bug zapper is. There’s also at least a chance that you’ve never actually used one in real life and have just seen them used in a cartoon, movie, or TV show. Bug zappers have all but become a part of pop culture, usually indicating that a character lives in a very rural setting and more often than not comes from the poorer side of the tracks. So let’s get rid of that mental image right off the bat, because bug zappers are actually very useful tools that can make your home and yard a bit more comfortable as bugs that bite are out looking for a nibble in the heat of summer. How Bug Zappers WorkWhile the “zap” in the name gives away a large part of how bug zappers work, the system is a bit more complex than just to...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Many people like homes with high ceilings because of the spaciousness they convey and the vertical space they provide for hangings, artwork, and a variety of other items. There are a few drawbacks to high ceilings, though, and one significant one is how difficult they can make heating and cooling your home. If you aren’t careful, those high ceilings that look so nice can result in a significant increase in your heating and cooling costs when compared to similar homes with lower ceilings. This doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to spend a lot on heating and cooling, however; there are a few things that you can do to make your HVAC system more efficient in your home even if you do have high ceilings. Improve Air Circulation One big thing that you can do is to get the air in your home moving ...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Paint, paint, glorious paint! It’s one of the least expensive materials you can buy for your house that delivers one of the biggest visual punches. It also fixes a myriad of problems. Got a tired exterior? Paint. The interior of your home feels like it’s closing in on you? Paint. Bought a couch that you love, but clashes with everything else? PAINT.In all seriousness, paint is a great way to brighten, enliven, and give your home a serious face lift – inside and out. But once you’ve picked a color, what comes next? How do you choose the right paint and actually buy the right amount for your project? Choosing Your Perfect Paint Choosing paint can be overwhelming. There are always a variety of grades and characteristics to choose among, leaving a lot of people very confused and frustrated....
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Bedford, Nova Scotia real estate market report for February 2021. The following graphs are for single family homes, year to date median statistics comparing all of Nova Scotia, The Halifax Regional Municipality and Bedford. As you can see over the past couple of years, the market has turned into an inferno and is not just hot!Prices increased 37.4%, Days on market decreased 86.3% to only 7 days (that long because offers are being held) and months of inventory is down 87.5% to just .3 months. Meaning, if we didn't get any new single family homes on the market, it would take only 10 days for active listings to be sold out. The secret of beautiful Nova Scotia lifestyle has gotten out!
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
There’s a lot to learn when you’re starting out on your home buying journey. From concepts like earnest money (deposit) to closing costs, it’s a lot to take in during a very short period. But of all the things to know, understanding the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved for your mortgage is one of the most important.Why Your Mortgage Application Status MattersIt’s always been a good idea to bring a strong offer to the negotiating table when it comes to real estate, but it’s even more vital when the market is short on inventory and long on buyers. If you’re in a multiple offer situation (and sometimes, even if you’re not), the sellers are going to weigh the various offers they receive to decide if they think your offer is enough to bring in what they need to sell th...
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By Larry Matthews, Larry Matthews DAC Broker and Appraiser
(Hants Realty Limited)
2796 Caribou Road, Upper Musquodoboit$139,900 MLSCome see this beautiful 3 bedroom bungalow which has an amazing view and a garage. Plenty of upgrades including a metal roof, 2 heat pumps and air exchanger and hardwood floors just to mention a few. The garage is wired and can easily be converted to a "man cave" There is plenty of room to have a garden for flowers or vegetables...do you like to kayak...well the Musquodoboit River is only minutes away...The community is great very welcoming to all. Not that far from Truro, the gold mines , the airport or even Halifax.You need to see this to appreciate it....especially the amazing view.Call Patti Adams to view 902-999-3067 or padams@ns.sympatico.ca 63 Maple Drive, Middle Musquodoboit$149,900 MLSThis beautiful well maintained home is locate...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
It's a seller's market here in the Halifax Region but that doesn't mean you shouldn't prepare. Two very important reasons why: 1) to meet buyers' high expectations 2) maximize earnings on the sale.The homeowner of this updated, move-in ready home has done everything to welcome new homeowners. The unique layout will allow loved ones to stay sleeping while entertaining and allow you to hear yourself think in the kitchen while others are enjoying the basement. Check out details at www.277KingswoodDr.ca and you'll see all the work that was done.You’ll find all you need in the region’ most desirable neighbourhood, Kingswood, where commuting from country living in the city to downtown Halifax is only 20 minutes and 5 minutes to all amenities! Enjoy one level living and be impressed by all the...
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By Brenda K, Your real estate consultant for life...
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
  Are their advantages to listing your home in the winter?  Absolutely there is is!  Most sellers I meet with in the winter months believe they should wait until spring and I am quick to point out the the advantages of listing in the winter. Inventory is Lower - Because a lot of home sellers are believing this the inventory on the market is lower in the winter.  In the winter months in a averge suburban neighbourhood your two story home may be the only one on the market.  Jump ahead to the spring and you may find yourself competing with several other two story homes.  If the motivation of one of those seller's is urgent to get their home sold it may set the mark for the value of all the other two story homes close by.  If you want to be the big fish in the small pond listing in the wint...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design.Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renovation costs into their overall budget.Even if you have no immediate plans to buy or sell, we advise our clients to be thoughtful about the colors, materials, and finishes they select when planning a remodel. Making over-personalized or unpopular design choices could hurt a home’s value when it does come time to sell. And selecting out-of-style or overly-trendy elements could cause your renovati...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
I am a big propenant to hiring professional photographers for my listings and always have been. Admittedly, I am often entertained with bad real estate photos. I noticed that bathrooms tend to make the list for most mind boggling design "solutions"For entertainment or sheer curiosity, here are a few of my favourite, which by the way, didn't take much effort to collect, oddly:
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Renters: Weekend or a While. What's the Best Use for your Investment Property? The residential rental market is now the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. In the United States, the demand for single-family rentals, defined as either detached homes or townhouses, has risen 30 percent in the past three years.1 And in Canada, rental units now account for nearly one-third of the country’s homes, with particular demand for multi-family units, including apartments and condominiums.2At the same time, the short-term, or vacation, rental market is also booming. The popularity of online marketplaces like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO has helped the short-term rental market become one of the fastest-growing segments in the travel industry.3Now, more than ever, there is an abundance of opp...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of buying a home. Once you’ve had an offer accepted on your dream house, you’ll probably be anxious to move in. However, before you make a significant financial commitment, it’s best to know exactly what you’re buying.When you hire a home inspector, you get a professional, in-depth examination of the property’s structures and systems. It’s a worthwhile investment that can save you money in the long run, either by warning you away from a bad purchase or by providing a list of deficiencies you can use to negotiate with the sellers.The inspector’s report will also list minor repairs that, if made, will help to maintain your home over the long term. Additionally, a good inspector can often predict the standard life expectancy of your roof, HVAC, a...
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(Keller Williams Select Realty)
Real Estate Relocation Guide: 7 Steps to a Seamless MoveWhatever your reasons are for relocating to a new area, the process can feel overwhelming.Whether you’re moving across across town or across the country, you’ll be changing more than your address. Besides a new house, you may also be searching for new jobs, schools, doctors, restaurants, stores, service providers and more.Of course you’ll need to pack, make moving arrangements, and possibly sell your old home. With so much to do, you may be wondering: Where do I start?In this guide, seven steps are outlined to help you get prepared, get organized, and get settled in your new community. My hope is to alleviate the hassle of relocating—so you can focus on the exciting adventure ahead! 1. Gather InformationIf you’re unfamiliar with yo...
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