Comox Valley Real Estate News Blog

Dec. 1, 2022

Do’s and Don’ts of Selling your Home During the Holiday Season

One of the most common questions realtors get asked from sellers during the holiday season is: “should we decorate our home or not?”

 

The simple answer is…

 

Yes, but there needs to be balance! You want to focus on bringing out the best features of your home by adding subtle pieces of holiday décor. Here are the do’s and don’ts of holiday real estate marketing.

 

 

Do:

 

-Do get into the holiday spirit: The holidays are the perfect time to make your home cozy and smell great. Turn on the fireplace and play some holiday music. Have some baking in the oven or light a holiday scent.

 

Don’t:

 

-Don’t take your listing photos with your Christmas decorations: Hold off on putting your Christmas decorations out until you have your photos done. Nothing dates your MLS listing like seeing your Christmas décor in the spring. People will wonder why your home hasn’t sold.

 

Do:

 

-Do put up your Christmas tree: Including a tree that complements the space is great! If your tree is tall, that can showcase a room with lots of height.

 

Don’t:

 

-Don’t include a tree if it doesn’t add to the room: If your tree is too big, falling apart, or offsetting the décor, leave it out.

 

 

Do:

 

-Do put up your decorations: The right decorating will trigger your potential buyers’ emotions to make them feel at home in your space.

 

 

Don’t:

 

-Don’t go overboard with décor: Keep it minimal and tasteful. A nice centrepiece and Christmas tree is plenty. You don’t want to overwhelm the potential buyers with clutter.

 

 

 

Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be selling your home this holiday season in no time!

 

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Nov. 15, 2022

3 Free Activities to do in the Comox Valley this Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of year and festivals and events are finally back! Here are three events going on this holiday season in the Comox Valley:

 

 

1.    Moonlight & Magic ~ Fire and Ice Edition Nov 18, 2022. Join friends and neighbours from across the Comox Valley for Festive Family Fun, Music, Dancing, Merchant Specials, Tree Lighting, Face Painting, Food Trucks, Winter Crafts and a Fiery Finale! Grab some delicious eats from local shops and restaurants and stop by and visit the folks from Mount Washington Alpine Resort and enter to win sweet prizes. Connect with local charities and arts organizations and check out the dynamic and creative businesses that call Downtown Courtenay home. Free Admission.

 

 

2.    Comox Valley Christmas Parade – Dec 4, 2022. The longstanding tradition of the Comox Valley Christmas Parade continues to bring Christmas Spirit with a "Gingerbread" themed event. Floats and walking entries from local community groups and businesses entertain throughout the 5th Street parade route and bring their best themed entries to be judged by a panel of local dignitaries. $500 prizes are up for grabs in each category for "Most Entertaining Entry", "Best Non-Profit Entry", "Best Children's Entry", "Best New Entry", "Best Corporate Entry", "Best Overall Entry" and "Three Mayor's Choice". Free Admission.

 

 

3.    Touch of Class Christmas Market - Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 11, 2022. Touch of Class is a European style artisan market with a live beautifully decorated Christmas tree and warm venue of The Little Red Church. All the art is intermingled amongst fresh greenery and fairy lights and is continuously being replenished. You will find glass next to jewelry next to weaving next to pottery next to paintings next to baking. Free Admission.

 

Posted in Vancouver Island
Nov. 1, 2022

5 Common Real Estate Terms Every Homeowner Should Know

If you plan to buy or sell, chances are you will run into real estate terminology. If you aren’t the most familiar with real estate definitions, you aren’t alone!

 

Here are a few common real estate terms to improve your real estate purchasing experience so that you can feel confident when the time comes.

 

 

 

Closing Costs: Additional fees that you need to pay on the closing date of your new home. This includes legal fees, Property Transfer Tax, and disbursements that are payable on completion day.

 

Counteroffer: This is when you make an offer on a home, and the seller doesn’t accept but makes a counteroffer instead. This meaning that the original offer was rejected and replaced with another one and changes are made to its terms. A specific time limit will be given in which the counteroffer is accepted or rejected.

 

Equity: Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and how much you owe on your mortgage or is owed to the lender.

 

Subject Removal: A period in which all conditions, otherwise known as subject clauses, must be satisfied in order for the deal to become official. These subjects might include an inspection, subject to financing, approving strata documents, just to name a few.

 

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage vs Fixed-Rate Mortgage: A fixed mortgage is a loan where the set rate of interest doesn’t change and the mortgage payments will stay the same. An adjustable mortgage is a loan with an interest rate that can change and monthly payments can change frequently.

 

 

Posted in Buying a Home
Oct. 15, 2022

3 Things to Do in the Comox Valley this Fall

The Comox Valley offers incredible experiences during all four seasons for visitors and locals to enjoy; Fall being one of the best seasons to visit. Here are three activities to participate in this Fall:

 

 

1.    The Fall Harvest Market – The Fall Harvest Market is open for the season at Shamrock Farm from October 1st-30th, 10am-5pm every day except Mondays. There is a decorated barn, pumpkins, Fall decor and more! Their website boasts that they grow everything they sell!

 

2.    The Lost Faucet Sauna House – If you’re looking for a relaxing experience, try out The Lost Faucet Sauna House for a private sauna session to get your circulation pumping. Hot, cold, relax, repeat!

 

3.    Craft Beer - October is Craft Beer Month! The Comox Valley is home to 5 award-winning breweries. It’s a great month to enjoy a pint with friends and support the local craft breweries.

 

 

 

Make sure you check out these activities before the end of the month! There is something for everyone in the Comox Valley.

 

 

Posted in Community News
Oct. 1, 2022

Is it worth it to professionally stage your home?

To put it simply, staging a home means rearranging and preparing your home for a potential buyer.

The goal is to make the home as appealing as possible and presenting it in a way so that the buyer can picture themselves living there. Think of those gorgeous homes you see in a magazine or online. Those homes have been professionally staged with the intention to paint it in a light so that a buyer will aspire to live there. When the market is hot, buyers tend to buy off of first impression and emotion. That’s where staging comes in handy.

According to the National Association of Realtors, “31% of buyers increased their offer on a home 1-5% because the home was staged. 77% of buyers felt more able to see themselves moving into a staged home, and 40% were more willing to get in the car and visit a staged online find.”

 

Ways to stage your home:

 

·      Rearranging furniture to a better layout.

·      Clean and declutter the room to give the illusion of more space.

·      Depersonalizing the space: getting rid of family photos, trophies etc.

·      Updating decor: painting, swapping out pillows, changing floors etc.

·      Repairs: fixing a lightbulb, other maintenance, etc.

 

 

Benefits of staging:

 

·      Increases the selling price.

·      Makes the home stand out.

·      Makes the house look livable as opposed to selling a vacant house.

·      Focuses on the potential of the home.

·      Makes the home seem newer and move-in ready.

·      Offers a new perspective on the home.

·      Minimizes the negatives of the home and accentuates the positives.

·      Creates an emotional connection with the buyer.

 

 

Staging is not required as it is an investment but, in most cases, will pay off when selling your home. It helps create a blank canvas for the buyer and tug on their heart strings to create an emotional connection. At the end of the day, staging is up to the seller but has proven itself to be a beneficial marketing strategy for all parties.

Posted in Selling Your Home
Sept. 15, 2022

What makes a luxury home?

When looking through real estate, you’ll often see the term “luxury home” pop up. Many people assume a luxury home is categorized by the price of it, however, there are many important factors as to what describes a luxury home. A luxury home typically takes longer to build as there is a lot that goes behind the scenes to design it, build it, and give it that ‘lux’ feel.

 

Aspects of a luxury home:

Prime Location – You can have the most beautiful home but if the location isn’t in a luxury setting, you lose the luxurious feel. Where you live has an impact on your quality of life. A luxury home will be in a desirable neighbourhood, have lots of privacy, and be located in a quieter community.

Views – A luxury home will have a spectacular view of some kind. This could be a view of vineyards, lakes, mountains, or on the waterfront.

Kitchen – The kitchen is one of the most important spaces as it is the heart of the home. A luxury home will typically have a high-end kitchen that’s a custom build, equipped with top of the line appliances, upscale finishes, walk in pantries, large fridges, and more to give it that lavish feel.

Amenities – A luxury home is equipped with all sorts of amenities. Anything from movie theatres, an outdoor kitchen, tennis court, swimming pool, wine cellar, home gym, and other ways for entertaining their guests. Amenities give a home that “it” factor.

High end quality – Of course you want a home to aesthetically look nice, but it’s just as important that the functionality is high end as well. A luxury home owner wants the best of the best and will use a qualified designer and contractor using premium building materials and high-end appliances for that professional finish.

Square footage – Size matters. More space allows for more unique designs and one a of kind features. A luxury home will typically have a bigger floor plan as it increases the property’s value. Other characteristics are a grand staircase, large entrance, multiple garages, high ceilings, and spacious rooms.

 

Everybody has a different perspective of what a luxury home looks like and although it can be defined differently, it all comes down to functionality, quality, and aesthetic.

 

Posted in Real Estate News
Sept. 1, 2022

4 tips for selling your home in the Fall

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to prepare for another season of change, Fall!

Fall is a great season to sell real estate as you can strategically stage your home to make it attractive to buyers. Here are 4 design trends to incorporate into your home for this Fall:

 

1.   Natural Light

As the days are starting to get shorter, it’s important to welcome natural lighting into your space so that it doesn’t feel gloomy. Pull back the blinds, add mirrors to reflect light, and add opaque curtains. Natural light makes the space feel much airier and open which is crucial for selling.

2.   Natural Hues

Incorporate earthy, neutral tones such as tan, cream, and other muted colors to create a warm, cozy vibe. Vibrant colors you can save for accent tones or artwork. If you’re trying to sell, you want to give the illusion of warmth and comfort as we’re heading into the cooler months.

3.   Fall Décor

As mentioned, the goal is to make your property cozy and inviting, so adding little touches like a new area rug, a textured throw blanket, seasonal scents, or accentuating the fireplace are all great ways to give your home some flare.

4.   Minimalism

A decluttered, clean look is the way to go! Seasonal décor is great but less is more. Make sure you give your chimney a sweep through as the fire place can be a major selling point. Also ensure you clean up the leaves so that your front yard looks appealing and well kept.

 

There we have it! Families are back from summer vacation and kids are back to school which makes the perfect time to create some Autumn appeal for your home.  

Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 15, 2022

How to prep your home for the market

Are you thinking about selling your home? It’s not fun when you get to the negotiating table and you find out you’re unprepared. With the right preparation, you can set your home up for success!

 

Check out these 7 tips to get your house ready for sale.

 

 

 

1.    Depersonalize and declutter

 

You want to make your home a blank state so that buyers can envision themselves living there. Remove the junk mail off the counter, the children’s homework off the table, and anything else that can be distracting.

 

2.    Deep clean

 

Hire a professional cleaner or clean it thoroughly yourself so you can make that lasting first impression. Buyers will notice dusty fans, dirty trash cans, stained baseboards, dirty windows and other neglected areas of your home.

 

3.    Spruce up + touch up

 

Incorporate plants, update the light fixtures and make sure the front entrance and front yard looks inviting. Refreshing the paint on the walls can also go a long way.

 

4.    Make necessary repairs

 

All those things you’ve been avoiding, it’s time to fix them. Change light bulbs, fix the leaking kitchen faucet and any chipped or cracked flooring.

 

5.    Make your home smell good

 

Put away the litter box, eliminate pet smells, wash the carpets, and get rid of any other unpleasant odours. Try baking right before hand, lighting a candle, and opening up the windows so your home smells fresh.

 

6.    Secure a great real estate team

 

Hire a real estate agent, photographer, and other professional help. The results will speak for themselves!

 

7.    Get a pre-listing home inspection

 

Fix any problems you missed before you list. This is one way you can ensure you get top dollar for your home!

 

 

 

Getting your home ready is a big job. By following these tips, you’ll have a sold sign on your front lawn before you know it!

Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 1, 2022

8 Ways to Stage Your Closet to Sell Your Home Faster

Minimalism is your friend when selling your home! It is so important to organize your closets and storage to make a good impression. Although these spaces may not appear to be of much importance, closets and storage can make or break a home for a buyer. Here are 8 tips to make your closets look appealing for potential buyers.

 

1.    Ensure the floor is cleared. Remove anything off the ground such as shoes or boxes.

2.    Brighten up the space with light fixtures or paint the walls white. You don’t want the space to look dark and uninviting.

3.    Make sure all the clothing hangers match and face the same way. Try pick something timeless like wooden hangers.

4.    Remove unnecessary items from view. Just because people are looking at your closets, doesn’t mean you need to put everything you own on display. You can strategically store them in the attic, neatly in the garage, or pack them in a suitcase.

5.    Coordinate your clothes. To go the extra mile, organize your clothing by color and into sections such as dresses, sweaters, and other categories.

6.    Pack away all your old, ragged clothing and choose your nicer looking clothing to be at the forefront. There’s no point in having stained, faded, or ripped clothing on display.

7.    Try installing an organizer system! Storage cubes, baskets, and shelving units are key in organizing any space in your home.

 

8.    Tuck away valuables. Hide private and confidential information so they’re not in view such as passports, important documents, or cash.

 

 

 

One of the biggest “must-haves” for buyers is a home with lots of storage. You want to create the illusion that your home has tons of space and help them envision themselves in it. Even if your home has all the space in the world, if you don’t stage it properly, it can make potential buyers think otherwise.

Make your organized closets a reason to buy your home! By following these tips, you will be sure to impress your buyers.

Posted in Home Tips
July 15, 2022

Tips for a smooth move

The big day is finally here, congrats!

Moving is inevitable at one point or another and can be extremely overwhelming. Taking some necessary steps will make the transition to your new home much more enjoyable. Here are some tips to make your move a smooth one!

 

1.    Start Early

Do not leave moving to the last minute. Start earlier than you would think so that you don’t stress yourself out when it comes to moving day.

2.    Determine your strategy

Are you using professional movers? Are you renting a U-haul? Are you doing it yourself with friends and family? Moving is a big job and isn’t something you can do alone. Be sure to hire somebody right away or recruit the help you need.

3.    Reuse boxes

What are you planning on putting your belongings in? Prior to your move, grab a few boxes the next time you’re at the grocery store and any other moving supplies you may need.

4.    Labelling your moving boxes

Labelling all your boxes will save you later on when you’re trying to find something specific. Try to label them all the same way. Taking photos also helps, especially when it comes to electronics so you can remember how things were put together before.

5.    Prepare your moving day bag

This one is super important. On the day of your move, make sure to put aside the essentials you need i.e. toiletry bag, garbage bags, change of clothes etc.

6.    Purge + declutter

Purging and organizing will make your move a lot easier. There’s no sense in bringing anything that you don’t need anymore. Determine if you’re going to sell, donate, or take any of your belongings to the landfill.

7.    Give yourself time

We’ll say it time and time again. Last minute things always come up when you’re moving so make sure you give yourself lots of time. You can think you’ve prepared yourself but there are always things that can come up.

8.    Stay hydrated and eat

It’s so easy to engross yourself in moving that you forget to take short breaks and eat snacks. Moving is very physical so it can take a lot out of you!

9.    Unloading process

It’s very important to supervise the unloading process. You don’t want to be rummaging through your new house trying to find certain things. Make sure you know where your important documents and valuables are going.

10.  Book the new house set up

Don’t forget to set up your Internet, TV, and other utilities so that when moving day comes, this is all ready to go!

 

Happy moving!

 

Posted in Home Tips