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We are Posted From Edmonton...What's Next?

Come on Edmonton, Canada. Your are posted so call Mike Muranetz for IRP & Brookfield info for selling your home image

So after a good talk with your career manager, you been told that you are posted out of CFB Edmonton. What's next? You need to find a good REALTOR® on Brookfield's IRP list to help sell your home. Mike will get you moving. I'm already been getting calls to do what I call "Pre-Listing" appointments. These are basically consultations to help you get a jump start for preparation of selling your Edmonton & area home. I will show you how to get your home ready (paint, minor repairs), provide a RE/MAX exclusive "Fit to Sell" DVD for staging, give a market snapshot of homes for sale & sold in your neighbourhood, discuss options for your move & address any other concerns. No pressure & no paper work.

If you like, I have a list of preferred REALTORS® which I have personally worked with in the past. These hand picked people have the same work ethic and experience to help you on your eventual House Hunting Trip (HHT) with your new home. As I've always said, I am only half the journey and I need to hand you off to someone who will look after you and your family needs to the same calibre. Check for more details how I get the job done on this page here.

If you been verbally told you are posted or if some stroke of luck, actually have a posting message in hand, don't hesitate to give me a call 780-242-5229, toll free (goes to my cell phone) 1-888-556-8560 or email me Mike@MikeMuranetz.com  You won't be disappointed by my guidance, experience & ultimate results!

 

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Changing Your Edmonton Address

Plan ahead to make your move as smooth as possible and to avoid forgetting something in the shuffle! 

As soon as possible.... Notify family & friends, companies and institutions that your address will be changing, either by phone or by mailing the change of address cards available at Canada Post.


The following checklist will serve as a convenient reminder:

  • AccountantEdmonton mailboxes image
  • Alumni Association
  • Lawyer (if different from your Real Estate lawyer)
  • Banks and Credit Unions
  • Lending Institutions
  • Insurance Companies
  • Revenue Canada (especially if you own a business)
  • Stockbroker
  • Credit Card Companies
  • Driver's License Including Vehicle Registration
  • Employer
  • Family Doctor and Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Frequent Flyer Program
  • Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Cataloge Merchants
  • Place of Worship

Edmonton mailbox with bird imageI would also submit your change of address thru Canada Post to ensure nothing was forgotten.


If you have any other contacts, please let me know thru my contact page.

 



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Preparing Your Home for Winter Showings

There is no doubt about it! Even if the weather is relatively pleasant, your Edmonton home won’t show as well in the winter as it would in the summer, especially from the outside. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your home look more attractive and appealing to buyers during the winter season.


First, before showing your home to a potential buyer,Clearing snow for all walkways on your Edmonton home to prepare for winter showings clear your front walkway including walkway to the garage if applicable. Make sure fence doors and gates open freely. Also, clear snow off the backyard deck or patio area. You want buyers to be able to explore around your property without any obstructions. In short, do everything you can to make the experience of walking up to your front door and around your property as pleasant as possible.


Second, clear away any boots, shoes and other outerwear from the front foyer as you walk in. You want buyers to focus on your beautiful home, not a cluttered entranceway. Also, have mats on both the outside and inside of your main entranceway. This will give buyers – as well as you and your family – a chance to wipe their boots and shoes.


Adjust your thermostat to be comfortable for your winter showingsThird, adjust your thermostat. You want your home to feel warm, cozy and comfortable for potential buyers.If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on for that cozy feeling


Finally, remember in the winter, homes show much better during the day. In the evening, it may be too dark to fully  appreciate your property especially yard. Work with your REALTOR® to schedule viewings during the day whenever possible. If you can, have pictures of your property available that showcase what it looks like in the spring/summer. A flower garden in bloom or that fully grown in hedge really gives the buyers a better idea of how your home looks in non-winter months. That takes planning. So if you're even just casually thinking of the possibility of selling your home, take some good "spring/summer" pictures.


Want more advice on how to sell your home in the winter? You can call me direct 780-242-5229 or thru my contact page. Thanks for reaching out!.

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Thinking of Moving? Two Things You Need to Know

If you're thinking of making a move within the next 3-6 months, there are two important things you need to know.


The first is the market value of your current property. Thinking of moving? Here is your Edmonton moving vanThat's the amount your home will likely sell for on today's Edmonton market. When you know its market value, you'll have a better idea of how much money will be available to invest in a new home.


The second is an overview of what's available on the market. Which of the homes currently available for sale meet your criteria with respect to type of home, special features (such as a big kitchen or garage), neighborhood, etc? How much are these homes selling for?


With those two pieces of information, you'll be able to make a better decision.
I can get that information for you. Let me help by first calling me direct 780-242-5229 or thru my contact page. We can set up a time to mutually go thru the details including different scenarios. I look forward to your call.

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10 Benefits of Selling Your Home During Christmas Holidays

Selling your Edmonton home during ChristmasIt's the most wonderful time of the year… to sell a house? There’s always that question whether or not you should keep your house on the market for Christmas holidays. You figure potential home buyers will be preoccupied with buying gifts, planning parties, cooking meals and visiting relatives; the last thing on their mind is searching for and buying a new home, right? For this very reason, many sellers choose to temporarily remove their home from the market, then wait until the new year to relist.

Before you hold off on listing your Edmonton home until the new year, consider these 10 benefits of selling your home during the Christmas holidays with Mike, such as:

  • 1. Many home sellers either hold off from selling or take a break from selling during the holidays. Inevitably, the number of listings on the market drop down, which means less competition for your home. With less competition, you could potentially sell your home faster & for more money (cha-ching!). Once the market comes back up in the spring time, a lot of sellers will list their homes all at once for lower prices, which may drive the whole market down. You become lost in the shuffle.
  • 2. Home buyers are generally the most motivated during the holiday season, greatly aiding sellers. Although there will be less buyers looking at homes this time of year, the buyers who do look are more serious about closing. While the traffic is down, the buyers who are out there — when it’s snowing and dark at 4:45 p.m. — they’re not just poking around for the fun of it as they’re wanting to buy a house.
  • 3. Looking back on statistics, interest rates tendEdmonton candy house for sale to drop the most at the end of the year (right now, they are super stable). If we look historically at interest rates, cyclically we’ve seen drops every December through January. While rates are now at all-time lows, they have to come up sometime but it won’t be during the holidays.
  • 4. Many people purposely choose to purchase a home before the new year to receive tax write offs. Buyers who close before the end of the year could be eligible for tax credits, such as deductions for home mortgage interest, real estate taxes, lawyer's fees & first time home buyers benefits.
  • 5. Large companies normally transfer employees in January. Those relocating usually need to buy a house right away and simply cannot wait. These are very motivated buyers!
  • 6. In the winter months, homes typically show better. The decorations, smell of cookies baking, and a roaring fireplace all give your home a “warm and cozy” feeling. Just make sure you don’t cover up your homes best features with too much holiday decor. Stick to tasteful and simple decorations and learn proper staging techniques for the holidays.
  • 7. Many companies give their employees time off work for the holiday season, which means potential buyers have more time for showings.
  • 8. While all the malls and retail stores may be packed, lenders and lawyers aren’t as busy and can process mortgages faster. November and December are historically slower months in the mortgage business, so things get done faster.
  • 9. Most become so consumed in buying gifts for their friends and family, they completely overlook the holiday sales and Frosty must sell his Edmonton house by springspecials on home appliances & hardware. Remodeling, decorating, appliance install and other home services become more available and at cost less.
  • 10. Late spring and summer are usually thought of as best times to put a home on the market because buyer demand builds steadily through spring. If you sell in the winter,  you’ll have your pick of tons of houses for sale in the spring time.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the whole housing market comes to a freeze during the holidays! Buyers.. start a new year in a new home!

If you are thinking about selling your home during the Christmas holidays, please call Mike 780-242-5229 or thru his contact page. Ask & he will even bring over the eggnog!

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Don't Overprice Your Home!

Usually, four common strategies are used to price a home. Understanding these techniques can help you get a better deal on your home, while matching your needs.

Over priced Edmonton home for sale sign

1. Greatly overpriced
Every seller wants to get the best price for their home. In a hot seller's market you need to careful with multiple offers, the battle may be won by inflating the price, anywhere from 5-10% of its true market value. Determine a fair offering price range with your REALTOR® (me please) before getting into a bidding war with multiple offers.  Too high a price could leave the home on the market for months (not good). The home could be great, just offered at the wrong price. If it does not sell, it could be considered a problem. The price may have to be reduced to sell it.

2. Somewhat overpriced
Homes in this category also tend to sit longer on the market. The reasons: there may be room for negotiation in the price, or the seller is emotionally attached to the home.

Edmonton Seller wanting more money & buyer offering less money

3. Priced at fair market value
These homes tend to sell within a reasonable time usually within the average Days on Market (DOM), at close to the asking price. Competitively priced, their price represents a thorough analysis of other homes on the market.

4. Priced below fair market value
For various reasons (including health, relocation, condition of the home, divorce, etc), a seller may want to sell a home quickly. This type of sale often results in multiple buyers, with the home being sold quickly.

I can provide you with a thorough analysis of any home you are considering to sell. This price will be based on market conditions, similar homes in the neighbourhood and condition of the home. At the same time, as your REALTOR®,  I'll work with you to find a new home which meets your needs in a great neighbourhood. Call me direct 780-242-5229 or go to my contact page.

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10 Tips Before Listing Your Edmonton Property

If you’re thinking of listing your Edmonton home to take advantage of this fall market, then now’s the time to get it in shape. Here are ten things you can do to maximize its perceived value.

Edmonton home sellers want their home sold

1. Talk to a REALTOR® (me please). Even if you feel that your home is in perfect condition, it’s a good idea to have a professional REALTOR®  look at your property. They may suggest simple changes or repairs that could help you sell your home quicker.

2. Crank up the curb appeal. Make sure when potential buyers pull up in front of your house they like what they see. Touch up exterior paint and tidy up your garden, cut your grass, etc. First impressions are huge.

3. Clean up your act. The cleaner your house, the better it will show so thoroughly clean every room in the house. Get curtains and carpets professionally cleaned. Don't forget to handrails, light switch plates, litter boxes and pickup backyard doggie-doo (even in the snow).

4. Clear out the clutter. Make rooms look bigger by getting rid of the clutter. Put extra furniture and items in a storage locker, garage or neatly in a unfinished basement corner.

5. Nix the knick-knacks. As buyers walk through your home, they want to picture themselves living there. Remove your personal effects, knickknacks, family photos and collectibles. Sometime, too many collectibles are a negative.

6. Do a quick fix. Fix a dripping faucet, update handles on kitchen cabinets, replace light switches and touch up scratches on hardwood floors & paint.

7. Let the sun shine in. Buyers appreciate good light in a home. Clean the windows, remove dark curtains and put in higher wattage light bulbs (don't exceed manufacturer's maximum wattage).

8. Keep it neutral. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make rooms look clean and inviting. You may not have to repaint every room, but certainly ones that are chipped, marked or painted in bright colors. No purple or lime green walls, please!

9. Set the stage. Consider hiring a professional stager to turn your home into a true showpiece. I highly recommend Jill Gargus from Simply Irresistible Interiors, an highly experienced & local home stager.

10.Create more storage space. Look at ways to improve the storage space in your home, such as adding shelving to closets and storage rooms. Remove 50% of items in your closets to make them look HUGE.

 

Review RE/MAX Western's Fit to Sell videos, review my free sellers reports then contact me for further selling preparation info. I'm sure you will be impressed my ultimate results!

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Dealing With Multiple Offers

Multiple offers on your Edmonton home with Canadian money You may think that having to deal with multiple offers on your home is a wonderful problem. After all, there are so many buyers clamouring to purchase your Edmonton property!
The challenge, however, is picking the best offer – and that isn't always the one with the highest price. Most offers come with conditions, such as "conditional on securing  financing",  "conditional on the sale of our current property" (not a very good one) and others.
You have to consider both the price and the conditions when choosing which offer to accept. There are other considerations, too. What if someone makes a great offer
on your home, but they don't have a pre-approved mortgage and they haven’t put their current home on the market? Not good! That kind of offer is risky because it is more likely than an unconditional offer to fall through. So there's a lot to think about when you're in the seemingly enviable position of dealing with multiple offers. How do you select the right one? The answer is to have a good experienced REALTOR® (like Mike Muranetz) by your side to help you make the right decision for you & your family!
Want more tips on how to get multiple offers for your home? Call Mike today & he will show you how to make it happen on your home, even in today's market!

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