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5 Ways to Sell Your House Stress-Free

Selling your home can be stressful. Here are 5 ways to stay focused and positive as you sell your house stress-free.

You’ve made the decision to sell your home. You may have been mulling it over for years, or perhaps a sudden life change has prompted you to make the leap. Whether you’re relocating for a job, empty-nest downsizing, or just need a change, you’ve made it past the first hurdle of reaching the decision!

But the many complicated logistics of selling your house may feel overwhelming. Before you get stressed out and change your mind about the whole thing, know that there are some great ways to stay focused and positive as you navigate this important step. Here are some tips to help you sell your house stress-free to make this leap a very positive one.

Be Clear About Your Objectives Up Front

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A lot of communication is required when selling a house, so it’s critical to set a clear set of objectives to yourself and everyone else involved in the process: your real estate agent, your family, and your friends. From the outset, Contact Earl Taylor – Broker, Coldwell Banker at Success Realty. to determine an attainable selling price for your home and set up clear and reliable lines of communication.

Be clear with your family and friends about what they can expect during the process, and what you’ll need from them to help facilitate the situation with as little stress as possible. Determining your goals and expectations and sharing them clearly with those closest to you is a critical step in eliminating undue stress as you maneuver through the process of selling your home.

Stay Flexible

You may have an idea in your head of how long it will take to sell your home. If it begins to take longer than what you expected, the stress will grow. Keep in mind that there are so many variables at play—the location, the price, the market—and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment if you set your mind to a too rigid deadline. An immediate house sale is rare, so it’s best to curb your expectations and stay flexible as the process unfolds.

Keep Things Tidy

bedroom white

You may be required to show your home to potential buyers at a moment’s notice. Maybe they’re in the area and want to pop in to view your home, or perhaps some out-of-towners want to add your house to their list before ending their visit. You won’t be so easily rattled by these last-second requests if you work diligently to keep your house tidy and in order at all times.

Make beds before leaving for work in the morning, never leave dishes in the kitchen sink, and keep up with the laundry and vacuuming. Thoroughly clean the bathrooms every week. If this is overwhelming, consider hiring cleaning help during this transition period. You may want to consider enlisting the help of a willing friend or neighbor who can help with last-minute tidying up if you can’t leave work. Keeping things neat consistently will dramatically reduce your stress level when last-minute showings come up.

Leave the House for Social Activities

Sometimes the pressure of unexpected showings and persistent phone calls can begin to take an emotional toll. To stick a pin in the building stress of selling a home, give yourself permission to get out of the house on occasion.

Go out to dinner with friends. Take a long weekend trip. Go to a museum or sporting event. Think of this time as an investment in your personal well-being, by getting your mind off the house sale for a bit. Getting out of the house can work wonders, especially during the first few weeks your house is listed.

Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

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No matter how all-encompassing it may seem, selling a house is never more than one piece of the large pie of life. Don’t forsake your other needs and demands while navigating the process of selling a home. Maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the process by eating healthy meals and getting plenty of exercise and sleep.

If you plan to move out of town, you may not be inclined to get a gym membership or join a yoga class. But you can still walk for a half hour every day or take the kids to a park where you can blow off some steam together.

Getting the appropriate nutrition is a natural way to help your body fight stress. Drink more water, pass on the fried foods, and get more hours of sleep than normal. You’ll thank yourself for the extra effort.

Selling your house can be stressful, but if you set realistic expectations and come to terms with the certainty of uncertainty for the time being, you’ll make it through with a smile.

If you need help selling your home, Contact Earl Taylor – Broker, Coldwell Banker at Success Realty. today.

Sharon Lee Digital Content Specialist for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLCtteinstthomas.caea

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Retire to Margarita

Canadian real estate developer Minto Communities (owned by the Greenberg family, Canada’s 66th richest) is set to begin work this year on a US$1 billion, 6,900-home “Margaritaville”-themed retirement community in Florida. Latitude Margaritaville is a joint venture with Jimmy Buffett, the singer who originated the 1977 song about wasting away in a Mexican-themed beach resort and has since leveraged its bleak charm into a big business:

Over the years, [Jimmy] Buffett has parlayed his catchy, escapist tune into a whole ecosystem of branded beach resorts and lifestyle products. With Buffett’s Baby-Boomer audience aging faster than spongecake in the sun, a senior-oriented neighborhood like this is a shrewd business move. In the next two decades, senior housing is poised to reshape the U.S. housing market. By 2035, the number of Americans over 80 will double from 6 million to 12 million, and a full third of U.S. households will be headed by someone over 65. It’s crucial to design homes and communities suited to an older population. The margaritas are an added bonus.

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March 1, 2017

The London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced residential sales achieved its best February results ever, since LSTAR began tracking sales data in 1978. A total of 763 homes were sold in February, an increase of 17% over the same period last year.

“We experienced another strong month, with year-to-date sales also up by 19.5%” said Jim Smith, LSTAR 2017 President. “Again, we’re observing this trend of low supply and high demand, with February having a 9.8% decrease in the number of available listings, compared to this time last year. For those considering of putting their home on the market, the current conditions are very encouraging.”

In February, a total of 597 detached homes were sold, an increase of 15% over the previous year, while there were 166 condominium sales, up 24.8% from 2016. The average sales price was $307,831 up 7.9% from the previous month.

“Overall, we experienced a mild February in terms of weather, which also played in factor in helping the strong performance throughout the month,” Smith said. “And we continue to see robust activity in the condominium market, with a quarter more units sold.”

St. Thomas also had a very healthy February, with a total of 69 homes sold, up 25.5% from the same time last year. The average home price in St. Thomas was $242,028, up 25.7% from the previous month.

House Style Units Sold Average Price
2 storey 158 $436,333
Bungalow 70 $229,471
Ranch 53 $372,968
Townhouse 64 $206,166
High rise apt. condo 44 $193,576

The best-selling house style in February continues to be the two-storey, followed by the bungalow and ranch. The average price for a detached home in February was $327,754, up 4.4% from the previous month, while the average price for a condominium was $236,180, up 19.8% from the previous month.

The following table is based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) National MLS® Report for January 2017 (the latest statistics available). It provides a snapshot of how average home prices in London and St. Thomas compare to other major Ontario and Canadian centres.

City Average Sale Price
Vancouver $851,384
Toronto $803,455
Fraser Valley $643,331
Victoria $611,362
Hamilton $522,978
Calgary $466,984
Kitchener-Waterloo $421,151
Ottawa $389,875
Edmonton $360,199
Niagara $346,059
Saskatoon $335,812
London St. Thomas $292,291
Canada $484,306

According to a research report1, one job is created for every three real estate transactions and approximately $53,000 in ancillary spending is generated every time a home changes hands in Ontario. “Real estate continues to be a huge driver to the local economy,” Smith said. “With the February sales, that translates into creating potentially over 250 jobs and putting us in a position to potentially generate around $40 million back into the local economy.”

For Comment: Jim Smith, 519-433-4331 , For Background: John Geha, 519-641-1400

 

I Love My Garage

Its funny when I hear people say that they bought a garage and the house came with it. I was one of these people.
I had the house, that we live in now, listed for sale – it had a 24 x 30 two car detached garage behind the house at the back corner of the lot. The owners, friends of mine, wanted to sell and move to a larger home.
But one day I had arranged to stop by to talk about our sales activity. They had not arrived home yet, the garage door was up so I pulled up a lawn chair and waited. But the more I sat there, the more I realized that this was nice – I could live here.
Well guess what, we bought the garage 17+ years ago and have been very comfortable in the house ever since.
I’ve built a few shelves to store our stuff, a shelf for the kayaks, made room to locate the tent trailer, a workbench for the fixits, a grinder to sharpen the tools, a place to do minor car repairs in comfort and even a place to pull out our lawn chairs and just relax.
I love my garage! If you don’t have one, you should get one.
P.S. As a Realtor – I sell garages… and all will probably come with a house attached! Let’s start looking today…
Earl Taylor, Broker
Coldwell Banker at Success Realty, Brokerage

Direct 519-670-9223
http://follr.me/earltaylor

WATCH: Innovation in the record-pressing business

As we’ve discussed before, vinyl records are back. Music lovers are embracing streaming apps like for the convenience, while also buying old-fashioned records for the all-around aesthetic pleasure of owning a beautiful, tactile object from their favourite artists. The renaissance of vinyl has also, it turns out, produced new innovations in the process of pressing records. Older record-pressing machines can be quite prone to errors, meaning as much as a 40% of some press runs might be recycled as duds, says Justin Blocker, chief creative officer of Hand Drawn Records. However, a manufacturer called Viryl Technologies has developed a new generation of record presses called WarmTone that, among other things, cuts that figure to around 1% and can churn out discs far faster, using less material. Here’s how it works.

Link: YouTube

The London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced another milestone for residential sales across the region, with the best January results since LSTAR began tracking sales data in 1978. A total of 574 homes were sold in January, an increase of 26.2% over last January.

“We’re off to a tremendous start this year with our best January ever,” said Jim Smith, LSTAR 2017 President. “The trend of high demand and low supply continues, with January experiencing a 12.2% decrease in the number of listings compared to the previous year. Those thinking of selling may want to consider maximizing the current market conditions.”

In January, a total of 434 detached homes were sold, an increase of 15.1 % over the previous year, while there were 140 condominium sales, up 79.5% from 2016. The average sales price was $285,418, up 0.5% from the previous month.

“We saw a huge boost in condominium sales, with almost double the number of units sold in 2017,” Smith said. “It represents very robust activity happening in the condominium market, again with less listings available compared to 2016.”

St. Thomas also had a very healthy January, with a total of 55 homes sold, up 139.1% from the same time last year. The average home price in St. Thomas was $192,474, down 28.1% from the previous month.

The best-selling house style in January continues to be the two-storey, followed by the bungalow and ranch. The average price for a detached home in January was $313,879, up 2.3% from the previous month, while the average price for a condominium was $197,190, up 2.8% from the previous month.

House Style Units Sold Average Price
2 storey 128 $407,000
Bungalow 58 $229,599
Ranch 37 $362,543
Townhouse 64 $157,469
High rise apt. condo 36 $158,775

The following chart is based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) National MLS® Report for December 2016 (the latest statistics available). It provides a snapshot of how average home prices in London and St. Thomas compare to other major Ontario and Canadian centres.

According to a research report1, one job is created for every three real estate transactions and approximately $53,000 in ancillary spending is generated every time a home changes hands in Ontario. “Real estate is providing a huge boost to the local economy,” Smith said. “When we look at January, that means residential sales created 191 jobs and more than $30 million was generated into the local economy.”

Source: LSTAR

Coffee is the most popular beverage among adult Canadians—outpacing even plain tap water. So even the faint possibility of a better cup of coffee is a big deal. Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have now sequenced the entire coffee genome, meaning we may be at the cusp of a new and glorious age for java. Having the genetic code for coffee will allow researchers to determine the genetic basis of growing great coffee—which varietals work best for which climates, for example—and breeders will be able to develop delicious new strains, faster.

Link: YouTube