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How to position your home as the one the buyer wants!

In most real estate markets, the days of instant offers, multiple offers and “over-asking-price offers” are gone – for a while. But buyers, fueled by visions of great value, are still out there. And though their expectations have changed and their options are plentiful, most will ultimately identify a house they want to make their home.


How can you, as a seller, make them pick yours?


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent, I work with buyers every day and receive some truly valuable insight from them. One key to getting a buyer to pick your home is to understand typical buyers so that you know what they’re looking for.


“No more than 3% over…”


Price it right – In the Calgary market that means no more than 2 – 3% over the target sales price (which should be fair-market value) or below. When I search from homes to show my clients, I go only about 3% over the...

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For Sale By Owner: Why It’s Best to Hire A Real Estate Broker

We've all seen the signs around town: “For Sale By Owner” or “No Commissions Seller” or somehow “Commission Free”. You’ve probably even seen them in your own neighbourhood. If you’re thinking about selling your own Calgary home in the near future, you might be tempted into thinking that that’s a great way to save money on your real estate transaction — but, is it really?


Keeping some, or all, of the real estate broker’s commission in your own pocket is quite tempting, but not all home sellers are up to the challenges of selling their own home. There are numerous items to consider: pricing the home for today’s market, understanding legally required disclosures, providing accurate comparable home measurements, constant marketing and advertising, being available for showing the home, and the myriad of legal paperwork that’s involved. Even if...

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