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Archive for September, 2011

More Great Words From Some Great Clients!

Sat, 10th September, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

My wife and I recently bought and sold with Sean, and we were absolutely blown away by his top notch service, dedication, accessibility, and responsiveness. His marketing of our town house was great and very in tune with the current technology being used by many buyers. He found the perfect home for us to buy, with all of the features we were looking for. Sean provided us with great service, and helped us into our perfect home. Thanks, Sean for your great work!

Scott and Lindsay Kirkwood

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the near future, please give me a call so you can receive this same great service. Be sure to click on the testimonials section so you can see what other satisfied clients have to say about my service.

Category : Burlington / Buyers / Real Estate / Sellers / Testimonials

Housing Prices To Remain Stable Into 2012

Fri, 9th September, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

The Canadian housing market will grow at a much slower pace compared to the surge seen in the past decade. Home resales are expected to grow by 0.9 per cent this year and remain unchanged in 2012, while home prices will increase by 4.4 per cent this year and 0.4 per cent in 2012.

Garth Turner will have you believe that the federal government’s policy to allow 40 year amortized mortgages with no money down was the root cause in the recent market instability and skyrocketing pricing, but other economists look at a few more contributing factors to paint a broader picture. These factors include a global recession and domestic policy changes — such as a sharp drop in interest rates, three rounds of mortgage rule changes and the introduction of the HST in Ontario and British Columbia. The view by many is that less turbulent economic and policy environments will support a smoother process going forward.

Interest rates will remain low well into next year but the growth rate will continue to slow. We will see a steady increase in prices, just not escalating at the pace we have seen in the past few years.

For more information on market activity, please do not hesitate to write or call. I am also offering FREE home evaluations for anyone interested in know what properties are selling for in their neighbourhood.

Category : Market Updates / Mortgage / Real Estate

Picture Perfect – Real Estate Photography 101

Fri, 2nd September, 2011 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

If you are preparing your home for sale and want to help your realtor sell your home quickly for maximum dollars, start with setting up for the photo shoot. Today’s buyers are very visual and will look at photos before they will even read the wonderfully written description full of details and dynamic adjectives.

The first step in this process begins with hiring a realtor that provides professional photography services to showcase your home online. When you are choosing a realtor, ask to see other homes they have, or had, listed so you can see the quality of photography. Many real estate boards allow realtors to use up to 20 or more photos on each MLS listing. Be sure your realtor maximizes the amount of quality photos they are able to use.

Click here for an example of what you should be looking for!

Here are a few hints on what you can do to get ready for your real estate photo shoot:
1) Be sure the photo shoot is scheduled when the sun is in front of the home. Sun coming from the back will make the front look too dark.
2) Ensure the windows are closed and window coverings are open.
3) Remove vehicles from the driveway, kid’s toys, garbage cans, garden hoses, etc..so the exterior shots are clean and uncluttered.
4) Trim all trees, bushes, hedges and grass (and don’t forget to rake and sweep up after!)
5) If you have patio furniture, create a comfortable living space. People will want to envision themselves sitting out in the yard…..so make it feel welcoming.
6) Be sure to have the photographer take photos of all the special featured of the home. If you just remodelled the powder room, or installed a new back splash in the kitchen, be sure you get photos of it.
7) Less is more! Declutter and remove all items that do not add to the beauty of the room.
8) Replace all light bulbs that have burned out. Small details like this can reflect on how a buyer feels the seller looks after their home.
9) Depersonalize your home. If you have a photo collection of little Timmy covering the entire refrigerator, take them down for the photos.
10) And whatever you do…….make sure all the toilet seats are down!

These are just a few hints of what you can do to help present your home in the best light. If you have any questions about staging your home and photography, please feel free to call me at 905-220-9198.

Category : Burlington / Home Staging / Real Estate / Sellers
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