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5 Tips for Kawartha Lakes Home Sellers – Kawartha Lakes Properties

5 Tips for Kawartha Lakes Home Sellers

Clear the Clutter. Before you put your home on the market, clear the clutter that’s accumulated over the years. Tackle one room at a time, divide your items into three piles: keep, donate and toss.

Source: 5 Tips for Kawartha Lakes Home Sellers – Kawartha Lakes Properties

Time to sell clients on a fall listing

Kawartha Lakes Real EstateConventional wisdom holds that the best time to sell a property is in the spring and that selling in the fall is a mistake. But an industry analyst is telling agents that listing in the fall may yield just as good, if not better results.

“Outside of the fact that we have no idea where interest rates or the national and global economies will be next spring, the data points to a number of reasons Canadians should feel comfortable selling in the fall,” say Walter Melanson, lead analyst for

Among the reasons to consider asking clients to sell their properties this fall, Melanson cites the fact that September purchases have been on the rise, with the national average sale price rising 5.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis between September 2013 and September 2014. He also pointed out that last year Canadian home sales declined 1.4 per cent from August to September, but the number of newly listed homes actually declined 1.6 per cent in the same period – meaning a slightly larger percentage of listed homes were actually sold in September.

Sahil Jaggi, a realtor at RE/MAX Realtron and owner of Mink Homes Inc., agrees with Melanson that fall can be a good time to list, but has a warning: “You have to price it right in September. If you don’t, it will sit and the next thing you know it’s winter.”

Jaggi says September is the golden month, as anything sold in October will likely have a December closing date and “buyers don’t want to move in at Christmas.”

He adds that he recently completed construction on a new home and “planned it in a way that it was going to be listed in the fall.”

“People are busy in the summer, but in the fall I feel, psychologically-speaking, they are in a back-to-business mode.”

via Time to sell clients on a fall listing.

Ultimate Service® For Sellers – Kawartha Lakes Real Estate

The Coldwell Banker Ultimate Service® Program For Sellers

Safeclose + Ultimate SeviceUltimate Service® When it comes to real estate, it seems like everyone talks about customer service. Your Coldwell Banker® team recognizes that you want more than just conversation. You want a commitment to action. That’s why we’ve created Ultimate Service® a system that puts you in control. Ultimate Service delivers real value and assures you the highest level of customer satisfaction.

We Listen

We want to know what things are most important to you, the customer. Tell us. We’ll listen.

Together, We Set Written Service Standards

We’ll develop a customized service plan that reflects your specific needs. We will live up to these written commitments, or you have the right to cancel your Buyer’s Agreement.

via Ultimate Service® For Sellers – Kawartha Lakes Real Estate.

Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value – Kawartha Lakes Properties

Guide for Sellers: Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value To attract the maximum number of buyers and increase your home’s value, you want to offer a home that’s move-in ready and won’t require updating or maintenance. You also want to make sure your home delivers a knock-out first impression. To accomplish both, grab your tool belt and work your way down this list.

Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value:

1.Siding and exterior paint

The fastest way to make a great first impression with buyers is to paint the exterior of your home or replace the siding. A fresh exterior will look cleaner and more modern. Be sure to use colors that will appeal to the largest number of buyers (for example, orange is probably not a good choice). The knowledgeable staff at Town & Country Decorating are ready to help.

2.Windows and doors

If your home is a little more “mature” than others on the market, consider replacing old windows and doors with stylish and efficient alternatives. This may attract buyers who might otherwise pass on your home without even seeing it.

3.Landscaping and lighting

via Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value – Kawartha Lakes Properties.

Choosing the Right List Price – Kawartha Lakes Properties

Choosing the right list price for your Kawartha Lakes Real Estate

One of the most critical factors in selling a home quickly and for a good final sale price is choosing the right list price. There are several different approaches you can take to determine the right price for your property. Which one you choose depends on what strategy you want to use to attract buyers, and also how much risk you’re prepared to take in order to attract offers.

Many homeowners simply want to list their property at the highest price they believe the market can bear. They’ve seen what a few properties are selling for in their neighbourhood and then add an arbitrary percentage to reflect where they think the market will be by the time they sell in a month or two. This rather optimistic approach is favoured by sellers who want to ‘test the waters’ to see just how high the market might go. They think they can try the high end price first and adjust it downwards later if they don’t get results. As Brad Nelson your Bobcaygeon Coldwell Banker ® professional can tell you, this strategy can be a costly mistake. Overpricing your listing can have several potentially damaging repercussions. Salespeople will be less likely to recommend it to potential buyers, so you’ll get fewer viewings. They may pass it by in favour of other, more competitively priced listings, and in very little time, they’ll simply forget about it. Fewer viewers means fewer opportunities for your sales professional to convert those prospects into buyers.

via Choosing the Right List Price – Kawartha Lakes Properties.

A Seller’s biggest mistake – Kawartha Lakes Properties

A Seller’s biggest mistake

If you’re thinking of selling your home, you’ll probably be interested in knowing about one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when they decide to sell their property. When the time comes to sell, everyone wants to get the best possible price for their home, but you need to carefully consider what sale price will ultimately net you the best result. Getting it wrong could result in a loss of what could amount to several thousand dollars in most major Canadian markets.

via A Seller’s biggest mistake – Kawartha Lakes Properties.

Kawartha Lakes Real Estate – Market Watch Issue 14-11 – Kawartha Lakes Properties

Kawartha Lakes home sales post best November in more than a decade

Home sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association Inc. came in above year-ago levels in November 2014.

Residential sales numbered 89 units in November 2014, an increase of 9.9 per cent compared to November 2013. November’s sales figure was the highest for the month since 2001, and stands just eight sales below the all-time November record.

On a year-to-date basis home sales were running 0.7 per cent ahead of the same period in 2013 and are on track for the best annual total in in seven years.

New residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System totalled 114 units in November 2014, up 3.6 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

There were 451 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System at the end of November, down 3.8 per cent from a year earlier.

There were 5.1 months of inventory at the end of November 2014, down from 5.8 months reported at the same time last year and below with the long-run average for this time of the year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

via Kawartha Lakes Real Estate – Market Watch Issue 14-11 – Kawartha Lakes Properties.

Selling Kawartha Lakes Real Estate for the Best Price

If you want to fetch the best price for your Kawartha Lakes Real Estate, you need to start re-investing in the property.

Selling Kawartha Lakes Real EstateHome sellers need to re-invest some cash back into their property if they want to get their desired price and in best time-frame.

That is especially true in the buyers markets, such as Waterfront Properties in the Kawarthas, where many remain on the fence on whether to take the jump.

“If you can fix the practical things that can be fixed, such as windows, roof or doors, then do it. Don’t worry about the aesthetics of the property. Sellers need to fix the items that no buyer wants to be left with after buying,” says Brad Nelson, a Kawartha Lakes Waterfront based Realtor.

Nelson says that the many buyers he works with are in “no immediate hurry” to close a deal as they believe they can now get a better price and property, and especially in a market like Kawartha Lakes Waterfront with so much stock available.

Purchasing Kawartha Lakes Real EstateIf you are considering the sale of your Kawartha Lakes Property be sure to consult with Kawartha Brad – Real Estate Broker in the Kawartha Lakes.

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We Will Always Do Right For You When Selling Your Kawartha Lakes Home

We Will Always Do Right For You When Selling Your Kawartha Lakes Home

• Listing homes is a numbers game for far too many agents…
• Some potential clients just want to hear the highest listing price… even when it is not possible!
• While others want to know what kind of discount you will offer them on the sale.

It always amazes us that all these ‘home improvement’ shows have rarely illustrated the ‘true sense’ of the real estate business. Our goal as your representatives is to always do the right thing for our clients.

That means we will not tell you an unrealistically high price to list your house at.

Instead we will be an ‘ever present’ sales team who will represent you and your house with the most information and marketing talents available. No other Kawartha Lakes realtor markets online as we do. That can be easily proven by Googling me and our business for home sellers.

So when you, a potential listing client, tell us after 4 months of interviewing (yes, sellers are now interviewing up to 8 real estate agents) that we are one of two finalists but the other agent is willing to cut their fee…what can we say other than “you get what you pay for”. They can’t offer you the marketing and push that we do.

A seller’s comfort zone must be attained by them alone, if the fee paid to an agent is a driving force, well we always say, ultimately you get what you pay for. All we can do is smile at this point. We are not a discount brokerage and above all else represent our clients in all aspects of a transaction and after the fact.

Make your decision sellers and be aware of how you made it. What you do not see may come back to bite you. When you see clearly, we can be reached at 1-866-445-4440. But remember we will always do the right thing for you in selling your home.

Brad Nelson* and Kelli Lovell** are your go to Kawartha Lakes waterfront real estate listing agents for Bobcaygeon real estate and beyond…knowing the geographic area, schools, happenings and important tidbits of local information. Email or to make an appointment to discuss your real estate needs today.

Kawartha Lakes Waterfront Cottages, Homes and Land are our specialty but all of Central Kawarthas is our backyard. When you are in need of a real estate specialist for your buying, selling or relocating needs and an internet savvy Realtor® who sells houses in this real estate Market call Brad Nelson* at 1-866-445-4440 or Kelli Lovell** at 705-731-6117
*Broker **Sales Representative

Selling your Kawartha Lakes Home – 5. Sign a listing agreement

selling real estate kawartha lakesChances are, if you’ve lived in your home for more than a few years, you can likely turn a tidy profit. That’s great news. But sealing the deal requires more than just a handshake. You’ll have to consider if now’s a good time to sell? What’s the best way to get the word out? How do you get top dollar for your property? These are just some of the questions that a REALTOR® can help answer.

5. Sign a listing agreement

Signing the listing agreement officially gives your REALTOR® the green light to start selling your home. See what’s involved.

The “Listing Agreement” authorizes your REALTOR® brokerage to market and sell your home. This agreement serves three purposes.

It defines your relationship, including the limits of your REALTOR®’s authority.

It provides detailed information about your home which can be placed on a real estate Board’s MLS® System to help potential buyers find you.

It forms the basis for drafting offers on your home.

Highlights of the Listing Agreement


This describes the legal relationship between you and the real estate brokerage, and sets a time limit for the REALTOR® to sell your home.

Exclusive or Multiple Listing Service®?

“Exclusive Listing” means that only your brokerage can find a buyer for your home. REALTORS® generally recommend a “Multiple Listing”, which allows them to put your home on a real estate Board’s MLS® System – a great tool to market your home and help find a buyer.


You have the final say over this magic number, but your REALTOR® will have very useful advice on what price will attract buyers. Learn more about choosing the right asking price in Step 4: Determine your home’s asking price

Real estate commission

This may be a flat fee or a percentage of the final sale price. The compensation is agreed upon between you and the individual brokerage.

A physical description of your property

Your REALTOR® will itemize the lot size, your home’s age, the style of construction, number and size of the rooms, and any outstanding selling features such as “backs onto ravine” or “fabulous kitchen renovation”.

Legal information

This includes the lot number, land surveys and the zoning code.

Financial information

Let people know the numbers like the minimum deposit you require or if you have a low-interest rate mortgage that can be assumed.

Completion date

This lets everybody know how long you need to move out once your home is sold. 60 or 90 days is typical, but if you can be flexible this may help sell your home faster.

How the home will be shown

Your REALTOR® can make the arrangements for viewing appointments. Any specific instructions, such as “make sure the cat stays in” can also be noted.

What exactly is included in the price? Chattels and fixtures

Chattels are moveable items like washers and dryers, microwaves and window blinds. They’re not automatically included in the sale, but sellers will often include them to sweeten the deal.

Fixtures are permanent improvements to a property like central air conditioning, installed lighting and wall-to-wall carpeting. Fixtures are assumed to be included in the sale of the home unless you note otherwise. Maybe the dining room chandelier is family heirloom that you wish to take with you. The line between chattel and fixture can get blurry, so go over every item with your REALTOR®.

via – Listing your home.

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