4 Tips to Stand Out Against the Competition




– Regulate the temperature to an optimal 70 degrees F when buyers arrive.





– Rent a pressure washer to clean a patio, deck or driveway, and sweep up debris around the pool.





– Arrange neutral items in small clusters on built-in bookcases, shelves and wall cut-outs to show off attractive architectural elements of your home.





– Show buyers how livable the home is by staging something fun and inviting. Arrange some rolled up towels by the pool or place a novel next to the rocking chair on the front porch.

When you are ready for your next move, call me to discuss other staging techniques that will attract the right buyers for your home. 



When it comes to listing your home, there is no set of black-and-white rules that applies to every property and every seller. But check out these things to think about when you walk through it with an agent or stager.


Fix - There is no accounting for the massive upgrade a fresh coat of paint can bring.



Don't fix - Unelss there are major structural isses, most new buyers woudl prefer to do something to their own taste.



Fix - Things like plumbing leaks should be fixed, and small upgrades like swapping out light fixtures cn make a big difference.



Don't fix - While adding new windwos can be a major selling point, it is also a project that can quickly snowball in time and cost.



Fix - From fixing scratched wood floors to replacing cracked tile, to cleaning dirty carpet, a little money spend on sprucing up floors canbe well worth the investment.

Contact me for your FREE, No Obligation Comapartive Market Analysis. iI you know anyone who are thinking buyting or selling a home, I can certainly help with that too.



Spring market is primed for competitive season ahead!



OTTAWA, March 3, 2017 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,010 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 908 in February, an increase of 11.2 per cent. The five-year average for February sales is 872.


“Numbers   continue   to   indicate a positive trend for Ottawa as a whole,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Even with the additional day in February last year due to the leap year, sales this year are up in both the residential and condo property classes. Keep in mind though, that all real estate is local, and that prices and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.”


“A total of 2,066 homes were listed this month, up almost 25 per cent from January, while inventory on hand still remains low compared to last year,” explains Eisert. “Now is a great time to list your home in anticipation of the increase of buyer interest in the spring that will pick up as early as March.”


February’s sales included 233 in the condominium property class, and 777 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, 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.


The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in February in the Ottawa area was $417,374, an increase of 8.5 per cent over February 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class proper 713.JPG ty was $258,397, an increase of four per cent over February 2016.


“This month revealed a larger average price gain in the residential property   class   than   usual   due to an increase in the number of properties sold in the $750,000 to $999,999 and over $1 million price range, similar to what occurred with condo prices last month,” explains Eisert. “For example, in the over

$1 million price range alone, there was a significant increase in sales over last year; 20 units sold in

2017 versus 6 units in 2016. It is important to note that dramatic changes in the average sale price is not indicative of all property values. We encourage buyers and sellers to talk to a REALTOR® for more information about the housing market outlook where they live, or want to live.”


“In the residential market the most active price point was the $300,000 to $399,999 range for the month of February, followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 range, combined accounting for 54.6 per cent of the market. The condominium market was most active in the $150,000 to $249,999 price range, accounting for 54.9 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB members assisted clients with renting 392 properties since the beginning of the year.”

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