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Benefits of Listing Your Home in the Spring

Just as vernal warm weather blankets Canadian communities, home buyers and sellers gear up for the busiest real estate season of the year.

But what are the benefits of listing your home in the spring?

We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers — a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada — to find out the benefits of listing your home in the spring.

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Edmonton among most affordable real estate markets in Canada, report finds

Edmonton’s benchmark home price puts the city among the most affordable real estate markets in Canada, a new study shows.

Realty firm Zoocasa conducted an analysis of median incomes across 15 major markets in Canada, comparing them with the benchmark home price in each city.

“We calculated what the maximum mortgage amount would be for somebody who has a median income in that city,” says Penelope Graham, managing editor for Zoocasa.com.

“Then we compared that maximum mortgage amount to the benchmark home price in that city to see if it would be sufficiently large enough to purchase.”

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Old Strathcona co-housing co-operative breaks ground

A cohousing co-operative that is years in the making broke ground in Edmonton on Wednesday.

The new 26 unit, family-friendly building dubbed Urban Green aims to focus on community and environmental sustainability and will be located in Old Strathcona.

The development is conceptualized by Urban Green Cohousing members and designed by DIALOG and provides a new way of living in the city.

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Home sales continue to rise after record low early this year, CREA reports

The Canadian Real Estate Association says the number of home sales in September rose 15.5 per cent compared with a year ago, as sales in the country’s big cities climbed higher.

The association says sales rose in Canada’s large urban markets, including B.C.’s Lower Mainland, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton-Burlington, Ottawa and Montreal.

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Will staging your home draw that tidy selling price you hope for?

Haider-Moranis Bulletin: Study finds no impact on willingness to pay higher price, but buyers have a better impression of a staged home.

Most people who have bought or sold a home are familiar with the concept of staging, in which a seller brings in new, sometimes expensive, furniture and decor on a temporary basis in order to cast their home in the best possible light.

But does home staging really work? Does it help a home sell more quickly or at a higher price?

If you ask the real estate industry, most believe it does. However, independent research on the subject is hard to find, and the available evidence is somewhat inconclusive.

While they are not necessarily “staged,” almost all homes are prepared to some extent before being sold.

Most real estate agents will advise clients to make cosmetic changes to a house before it is listed. Those can include everything from removing clutter to hiding excess furniture to replacing personal artifacts and can even extend to repainting the walls.

A full staging, however, usually involves replacing the owners’ furniture with rented items while the home is listed, with the living room, kitchen and master bedroom the most likely to be upgraded.

Staging can last from a minimum of two months up to six months or longer for expensive homes, with costs ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 per month depending on how extensive the changes are.

And it’s a practice that continues to evolve.

Heaps Estrin Real Estate, a Toronto-based real estate firm, has struck a partnership with BMW Canada to place high-end luxury vehicles in the driveways of “exceptional properties.”

As part of an initial pilot project, the real estate firm placed high-end BMW models in select homes listed between $2.9 million to $5.9 million. The vehicles could be used in online listings for the properties as well.

Whereas the real estate industry believes that home staging works, hard evidence to support these claims is harder to find.

On a psychological level, there are some obvious benefits.

David Nickerson, a professor in the School of Real Estate Management at Ryerson University, noted that a cluttered space is not only unattractive, but “could be interpreted as a signal of inattention to house maintenance on the part of the owner — hence a signal about adverse selection.”

Put simply, Nickerson believes that “buyers are attracted to neatness.”

But does the attraction translate into a higher price?

Mark Lane and coauthors writing in the Journal of Housing Research studied the merits of staging homes. They found that despite widely held beliefs within the real estate industry, “furniture quality and color choices do not appear to have a significant effect on the actual revealed market value of the property.”

Though the research showed no impact on the willingness to pay a higher price, the researchers found a “strong impact on the perceived livability and overall impression of the home.” Specifically, respondents had a lower overall impression of units with unattractive wall colours and/or furniture. Similarly, the respondents also ranked the same homes lower for livability.

Lane and his coauthors, however, did not analyze real home sales data. They created 3-D virtual home tours where they changed the staging attributes (wall colour or type of furniture) one at a time and sought responses from prospective buyers.

This raises the question of whether real homebuyers discriminate between staged and unstaged homes.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the U.S. did a review of home staging in 2017. NAR compiled feedback from 1,894 realtors who have worked with clients as sellers’ or buyers’ agents. The NAR survey revealed that almost half of the buyers’ agents believed that home staging affected “most buyers’ view of the home.” Nearly two in five sellers’ agents revealed that they staged all homes before listing.

One in three buyers’ agents and 29 per cent of sellers’ agents believed that staging a home increased the dollar value of a dwelling, relative to unstaged comparables, by one to five per cent. Another 21 per cent of the sellers’ agents thought that the increase in value was between six and 10 per cent. Almost two in five sellers’ agents also believed that staged homes sold faster than unstaged comparables.

As for who pays the staging costs, NAR survey revealed that in 29 per cent of the cases, the seller paid, while in 43 per cent of the cases, the realtor personally staged the dwelling unit or offered to hire a staging service.

Our review of the literature suggests that staging homes works, at least in the minds of those with a vested interest in selling properties. Real estate agents believe that staged homes influence buyers’ opinions and impact their willingness to pay. Prospective buyers also consider the staged homes to be more liveable and having a better overall impression. Whether those buyers actually pay more is a subject that requires further study.

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Great news for first time home buyers!

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program launches September 2, 2019. 

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive helps qualified first-time home buyers reduce their monthly mortgage carrying costs without adding to their financial burdens.  

We are about 3 weeks away from the start date of this new initiative, but there are still some questions that remain unanswered.    Income qualification, lender participation and long term conditions of paying back the loan all are questions that we don’t have complete answers to so please stay tuned in my next newsletter for further clarification or call/email me to ask to be notified sooner if you are excited to get into your first home before the end of 2019.

 To see if you qualify and for more information please visit the Government of Canada website:  

First Time Home Buyer Incentive

Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show

The Edmonton Cottage Life & Cabin Show Kicks Off Summer Planning at the EXPO Centre starting Friday, April 26

EDMONTONApril 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Prepare for summer outdoors by visiting the Edmonton Cabin Life & Cabin Show at Edmonton’s EXPO Centre, Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. The weekend-long Edmonton event is an one-stop destination for cabin and lakefront property owners, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone planning a log or timber home. The show attracts visitors from all over Alberta as well as Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The show is the region’s premier destination for cabin season and includes log and timber frame builders, real estate, indoor and outdoor furniture, rustic decor, building products and more. This year, Sue Aikens, star of the hit Cottage Life series Life Below Zero, will take the stage on Saturday in a question and answer panel to talk about the challenges of living alone in a remote outpost in Alaska and meet fans. Tickets can be purchased online here.

TINA’S FEBRUARY MARKET NEWS

My observation of increasing debt load is a part of many conversations I have been having over the past several months.  It’s a tempting strategy, when vulnerable to an economic downturn, to tap into one of the huge benefits of owning property – your available equity!  With equity comes the temptation to dip into it if a large expense or possible investment arises. There are many strategic ways to use your equity without ruining any personal financial advances you have made.  The most crucial step you need to take is to fully understand your options for tapping into that money and the associated risks.

Simply put, your home equity is the market value of your home relative to any loan balances remaining.  There are two main ways to utilize this value.

–   Getting a home equity loan provides you with a lump sum of money that you pay off in monthly installments, generally over five to 15 years.  As with any loan, you will be required to pay interest on the amount, but it is usually a fixed rate.

–  Choosing to use a line of credit instead offers similar benefits, but instead of receiving the money up front, you are given a pool you can draw from as needed.  With this option, the lender provides a maximum borrowing limit and you can choose to use it or not until it is reached.

Before dipping into your home equity in either way, it is important to understand the possible consequences.  In both instances, your home is used as loan collateral. This means if you are unable to make payments on the loan for any reason, the lender can sell your property or take your home in foreclosure.  Additionally, there will likely be closing costs and fees you have to pay in association with the loan.

So you see, I am not just in the business of sales and marketing.  I prefer to be regarded as your real estate Advisor!

Remember, average sale prices and market activity may not be entirely reliable when considering real estate investments in more mature communities.   Your best way to get an assessment of your home and its current market value is by calling on me to help and provide you with a free home evaluation. I really want to help you in any way I can.

Whether you are buying, selling, or just daydreaming about a new home, I can help you make an informed decision.  Give me a call, text or an email at 780-695-0542, tina@tinafournier.com.