Frequently Asked Seller Questions

Sellers Frequently Asked Questions: As a seller, you have to understand how the market works, or you risk selling for less than you might have. Here are important questions on the minds of many sellers. Feel free to Contact Us with any others. When’s a good time to sell my home? Should I buy first or sell first? What’s a CMA? What is a FSBO? Do I have to put a For Sale sign on my lawn? Is a public open house really necessary or effective? Can I restrict showings to meet my schedule? Is it safe to have a lockbox on my house during showings? If my house doesn’t sell within a specified time, can I take it off the market and put it back on later? Why is the period between listing and offers so short? If the buyer doesn’t have a certified cheque, should I still accept his offer? Should I consider offers on a certain date or look at them as they come in? Do you recommend staging my home before putting it on the market? Do I have to spend a lot of $ renovating or can I sell my home as-is? What is a pre-sale home inspection, and should I get one? If my home is for sale with you, how will I know how things are really going? Will agents showing my home treat my home with respect? Should I be present for showings to show prospective buyers all the special features of my home? If I price my home high, can’t we always work our way down from there? What is my home really worth? What are homes going for in my neighbourhoo What’s a CVA What is an SPIS?   When’s a good time to sell my home?Currently we’re in a sellers’ market, which means that the number of qualified buyers exceeds the available inventory of homes for sale…so now’s a great time to sell your home! There are many other factors such as seasonality, availability comparable homes for sale, new by-laws and even weather, that can come into play. We’ll evaluate the best time to sell your home and present you with all your options so you can make an informed decision on when to sell. Should I buy first or sell first?It isn’t necessary to have the proceeds of the sale of your home in hand to buy a new one – your mortgage broker can explain bridge financing and other options to you. In our experience, when your home sells, you will find the right one. And you’ll be one step ahead of the great majority of buyers out there. You will have been working with a...

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Pricing Your Home in Windsor Essex

Pricing Your Home in Windsor Essex “A well priced home is essential.” In many cases homes sell for a price which falls far short of the original asking price.   Listing a home at an unrealistically high level, is usually not a good idea if you are serious about a sale.  Many people only look at new listings and assume something must be wrong with a home if it has been listed for a long period of time. On average homes sell within 96% of their asking price in the Windsor Essex County Market. The best way to sell a home is to price it right and have a proper marketing plan. A proper marketing program in place ensures a home is exposed to the highest number of qualified buyers. Home prices are determined by the marketplace not by your emotional attachment or by what you feel your home is worth. I will work closely with you in establishing a realistic price for your home. They will help you to objectively compare the price, features and condition of all similar homes in both your neighborhood and other similar ones which have sold in recent months. It is also important to be familiar with the terms of each potential sale. Terms are often as important as price in today’s market. Choosing an agent really comes down to trust. Like all good agents, I have information on past sales, current listings and a marketing plan. For over 18 years I have prided pride myself on having a trusted reputation, as well as working for a company that is know for its high integrity and professionalism....

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Do Your Homework When Choosing a Mover – Windsor Essex Real Estate

Do your homework when choosing a mover For some consumers, the most daunting aspect of the buying or selling process is the move itself. Moving is not only labour-intensive, but it can also unleash a range of emotions at a difficult time. If the catalyst for the move is a family death, divorce or other major lifestyle change, a bad moving experience can rub salt in the wound, aggravating an already challenging situation. Many resources are available to determine whether a mover is reputable. The Canadian Association of Movers (CAM), the Better Business Bureau, and any of the major national van lines (such as Allied, Atlas, Mayflower, North American or United) are all good sources. Also check out the Consumer Beware page through the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services for movers to avoid. One of the best tips is to place more weight on reputation than price, says John Levi, president of CAM. With about 350 members across the country, CAM represents Canada’s largest moving companies, many small to mid-sized movers, national van lines, suppliers and many international movers. It also works with government agencies to represent member issues and with consumers to provide referrals and assist with complaints. “Many people don’t realize that their prime concern should be a having a good moving experience, not getting the cheapest price,” says Levi, who has been with CAM for 16 years. “The lowest quoted price does not actually guarantee the lowest cost or a good-quality job, he advises. Consider the value of your possessions as well as the potential cost of loss, damage, tardiness or claims, he says. All of those factors should be weighed to determine the move’s total price tag, and doing some homework before selecting a mover is well worth the time. Because the moving industry is largely unregulated, Levi warns that choosing a reputable mover is vital in avoiding problems. His organization receives about 150 complaints a year about movers. The most common complaints pertain to overcharging, lateness, damage or loss, but issues also arise with inexperienced crews, poor communication, and failed promises. To join CAM, a mover must be in business for more than a year, be reputable, and undergo a due diligence and verification process. The association checks out companies through the Better Business Bureau and asks other members to offer a fair opinion on potential members. Loss or damage claims can end up being drawn out for years, says Levi. Consumers who take steps to do some preliminary research usually avoid claims, he adds. Many problems are preventable. A good mover should be prepared to answer questions and provide clear expectations about the move for the individual or family. Consumers can spare themselves...

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Tips for Showing a Home Windsor Real Estate

6 Tips to a Great Home Showings When it comes to showing your home to potential home buyers, you want to make sure that they are focused on the home’s potential to become theirs rather than constantly distracting them with outside issues. The following tips will help showings . Home Showing Tip  #1 Dont have Family and friends just hanging out When you decide to sell your home, you really do need to consider how you will show your home. It is definitely unsettling for home buyers to walk through a home only to find that there are kids sleeping in the rooms or someone is frying up a steak as they arrive. A home showing must be treated like a business transaction and in order to drive a sale, you must behave in a professional manner. Ask family members to look after your kids and make sure that the only people in the home are the ones who will be showing it. Home Showing Tip #2 Being Present for Showings You have right to be excited about showing your home to potential hom buyers and you may want to gauge their opinion about your home. But  best if the home owner is not present during showings. If the home owner is home, people often feel rushed and do not give the home enough time. By letting the Realtor handle the showing, it gives the buyer time to look around and discuss the home with their Realtor. Home Showing Tip #3 Knowing  your homes strengths and weaknesses From the moment home buyers walk toward your home, they are searching for flaws and drawbacks, as most skeptics tend to do. I often find it helpful to do a summary of the strengths of a home and show the value of improvements, as well I can often do a cost analysis of any potential weaknesses ie. cost of a new roof or windows.  If a home needs a major repair, it will be obvious to any buyer. Having a quote before hand can often elimante any fears a buyer might have. Home Showing Tip # 4 Removing any Odours Nothing says “don’t buy my house” quite like the smell of wet dog. Add the smell of synthetic roses to the mix, and you might essentially be telling home buyers to run not walk away from your home. As well, cooking before or during a home visit is not appreciated, as no one wants to leave a home smelling like fried food. Boil some cinnamon in water and keep the scent of your home welcoming and delicate rather than invasive. Home Showing Tip #5 Temporary removing pets If possible Pets should not be presetn for showings. If...

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