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Regardless of your reasons for selling your home, success starts with a great first impression. Having recently bought and sold my own home, I quickly discovered that smart sellers learn from someone else's mistakes rather than their own.
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A cluttered home can give the illusion of less space and indicates the seller has not taken care of their home. When someone is looking to purchase a home, they try to envision themselves living there. That's difficult to do when clutter and personal items prevail.
Ready to maximize the value of your home? Experts agree that you need to make a good first impression! We know that you only get one chance to make a first impression. People make assumptions about your home and the way you live just from that very first glance.
Canadians are using alternative services when selling their homes. I've been working for five years in Toronto helping people to sell their homes privately, and in this time I've learned what works, and more importantly, what doesn't work.
When selling a house, pricing it correctly is one of the most important steps. If the house is priced too high, it can linger on the market for months without any chance of selling. Even worse, if the price is too low, it will certainly sell, but the seller could be leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table.
If anything, the housing market has improved, with prices consistently going up and properties selling at a good rate. Why have all these experts been wrong? It isn't all about dollars and cents and what can give the best return on investment. Instead, emotions play a large role in the home-selling process, and they may ultimately prevent or at least delay any slowdown in Canadian real estate.
It's not a new concept for builders to offer incentives in the form of upgrades to potential buyers. However, I've been astounded by other incentives that have recently popped up in the Toronto real estate market. For example, Kylemore Communities has been offering $35,000 towards any new BMW, with a purchase of one of their specific condo developments.
After 32 months of house hunting in Toronto, I finally "won" a home bidding war -- and was then handed the unsavoury task of selling my previous house. Imagine our surprise when we learned that there were SEVEN registered offers on our home!
Sold. A four-lettered word I was longing to hear. And finally after five l-o-n-g months, and one false start, the deed is done. We've sold our home of 28 years. To be honest it has seemed quite the marathon and I've learned a lot about myself in the process. But I have also learned some important lessons.
Thinking of putting your home up for sale? There are always things you can do to make your home feel like it could be home to someone else. Here are five easy and cost-effective methods to make your property more attractive to buyers.