April 2019

Found 13 blog entries for April 2019.

If you have been sitting on the fence about purchasing a home, this could be the time to get off it. Here’s why:

1.  Its Cream Puff Season!

In our industry we sometimes refer to the very nicest homes as “cream puffs”. When do you think the nicest homes come up for sale? Right about now. Put yourself into the shoes of a seller. If you had the nicest home in the neighbourhood, when will it show best? Typically, between the months of May and August is when homes look best. There is lots of natural light and the yard will look amazing. As a seller, when do most buyers pick their next home? Between May and July is when many homes are sold in the Edmonton area. If you have been looking for that ‘cream puff’ home, you had better start shopping soon.

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Many of our clients are downsizers. If you have lived in your home for many years, there is a very strong possibility that you will find the process of downsizing, selling off surplus household items and going through the home selling process stressful and overwhelming. However, if you assemble a team of competent professionals to assist you with each step, it should go a whole lot easier and before you know it, you will be relaxing in your home and enjoying life once again. Please consider the following steps.

1.  Stop Calling It Home

Let go of your former home. The first red flag when I’m talking to a potential selling client is how they refer to their current address. If they refer to it as ‘home’ too often we have some work to do. For best

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Situation

Betty and her husband Erin purchased a business in Lethbridge. This life event encouraged them to sell off some of their real estate holdings in Edmonton in order to free up some cash for purchasing a home in Lethbridge.

To start with, Betty hired a traditional high commission REALTOR®. The REALTOR® was not able to find any suitable buyer candidates.

Betty knew that the market for her condo was limited because it was possible to purchase a stand-alone single-family home for a lower or similar price to what she needed, in order to break even.

Betty therefore started to look around on the internet for alternative FULL service, but lower cost realty service. Betty found our website and quickly realized that the flat fee program

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We are pleased to present for sale another lovely value priced home close to our office here in Highlands. Highlands and Bellevue continue to very popular communities and selling prices are often higher than elsewhere. We are pleased to present for sale a home that almost anyone can afford. You can read more by clicking on this link: Highlands Home for Sale.

To view details for EVERY home for sale in Highlands click on this link: Highlands Homes for Sale.

 

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Ambergate Realty Advisors is pleased to continue to add diversity to our team. Bohdan has worked as a REALTOR® for many years and he brings with him a wealth of real estate experience.

Bohdan has lived in the Edmonton area for his entire life, owning homes in Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, and Edmonton. He currently lives near the Valley Zoo with his lovely wife Maria, his cat Winston, and his dog Dash. Bohdan graduated from the University of Alberta in 1979. He also keeps the designation of Associate Broker with the Real Estate Council of Alberta. He’s worked in the customer service industry for over 40 years and as a real estate agent since 2004.

You can read more about Bohdan and contact him by clicking here.

About the author:

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When deciding upon an asking price we always recommend that clients avoid falling into the trap of ‘wiggle room’ pricing. And by the way. We strongly advocate against ‘odd’ or ‘charm’ pricing your home. Read here for details: Choose a Round Number!

What are the pitfalls of wiggle room pricing?

1.  You Risk a False Start

The market is competitive and there is ALWAYS substitutes for your home. If you price too high, potential home buyers will simply avoid your listing and you risk getting fewer showings.2.

2.  You May Languish

Homes with ‘wiggle room’ are easy to spot. They sit on the market. When a listing is on the market too many days beyond what is considered a normal time on market it will start to languish in the market and could be

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To ensure that your home buying process is as stress free and enjoyable as possible, we hand pick our preferred service providers.

You would be wise to get your future home inspected by a competent professional before you finally sign off on the contract.

Please consider using Joe Yaretz. Joe has completed many satisfactory home inspections for our clients. Our clients really seem to appreciate his thorough friendly approach. Joe will go out of his way to provide you with a solid understanding of what you are buying, but without scaring you away.

To contact Joe please click on this link: Joe Yaretz – Licensed Inspector

If you are wondering why hiring an inspector is recommended please click on this link: 3 Reasons to Use an Inspector

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Just over one year ago Stevi Lashley joined our team. Stevi has proven to be an excellent REALTOR®.

She’s persistent, professional, knowledgeable and highly effective when she represents her clients. Here is a recent testimonial that we received on our Facebook page.

“My Husband and I really enjoyed working with Stevi. She was very helpful and super efficient with sending us listings that met our criteria as well as setting up viewings. We will definitely be recommending her to our friends. Thanks again, Stevi!”

We are proud to have Stevi on our team.

To reach Stevi just click on this link: Stevi Lashley – Advisor / REALTOR®

About the author:

You can read more about the author of this blog by clicking this link – Stuart Neal Broker

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We are often asked by our home selling clients for guidance on pricing their home for sale. And most sellers think we are going to advise them to select a price that ends with a 9. Why? Known as ‘odd’ or ‘charm’ pricing the reason that many people think an odd price point could be best is based on years of conditioning and experience. I believe that a newspaper man came up with the idea that if he charged 9 cents not 10 cents for his paper he would sell more. And this belief has continued for decades. In essence it’s a trick and most people don’t appreciate it.

New research is emerging that proves this theory wrong. Why?

  1. An even number conveys value, trust and transparency. According to Mark Anderson of Business.com people have to think

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