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As much living as we may do in the living room, chances are that the kitchen is the real heart of the home and the place that most gravitate to when they come over. The kitchen also happens to be one of the most important rooms in a house for sale, not only because of its meaning to a family but also because they are the most expensive to remodel—something most buyer’s don’t want to take on when they buy a home.
The state of your kitchen could make or break a sale with even something as seemingly insignificant as some chips and scratches being enough to deter a potential buyer. A small nick to you could look like a lot of work and expense to someone else which is why a new kitchen will always help sell a home faster and for more money. No need to invest in an expensive kitchen reno to reap those rewards though—you can do many things to give the look of a brand new kitchen for very little.
Have a look around your kitchen and take an honest and objective look at what could be better. If your kitchen cabinets are tattered or outdated, then look into painting them or even having them refaced—both options, even done professionally, are cheaper than new cabinets. The same goes for your counter tops, which when scratched or in an outdated color can make your entire kitchen look outdated and put off potential buyers. Replacing countertops are an inexpensive and easy way to bring your kitchen up-to-date and have it looking new. Cut costs by asking local big box home improvement stores about upcoming sales or have a look through their section of precut and “leftover” countertops for great deals.
Sometimes the only thing stopping your kitchen from looking modern is the hardware. Fortunately that’s a cheap and easy fix that anyone can do themselves! Change out handles, drawer pulls and knobs for something simple and sleek for an instant update. Same goes for your faucet. Splurge—but not too much—on a new faucet that looks modern for a bigger impact than you may even realize! The same goes for appliances. If your appliances give away your home’s old age, then it’s time to look into package deals and replacing them.
Finally, you’d be surprised how much difference a good cleaning and de-cluttering can make in a kitchen. Keep your countertops as clear as possible, wipe down greasy cabinets and other surfaces as well as walls. Get rid of knick-knacks, ratty floor mats and any accessories that look dated. And when in doubt, ask your Langley real estate agent for their thoughts since their goal is the same as yours: a quick sale for top dollar.
Potential buyers love to walk into a home and find as many updates and upgrades as possible, especially when it comes to the crowded Langley townhouse market. One of the most obvious updates to a home has got to be appliances. Nothing seems to stick out like a sore thumb than old and outdated appliances or mismatched appliances, which makes new ones a worthy investment if you’re looking to sell.
The last thing you want to do is invest loads of money in high-end appliances for someone else to enjoy, right? But at the same time; upgrading your appliances could take your entire kitchen to a whole new level and be what sets your house apart from another Langley townhouse for sale. This is why we have come up with a few tips to help you get the best deals on appliances so you can increase your home’s value without too much of an investment on your part.
Distribution centers and major retailers often offer scratch and dent savings and sales where you can enjoy some major deals on appliances simply because of a small imperfection, many of which aren’t very obvious at all.
Home improvement, department stores and most big furniture retailers put out flyers every week that you can find in your local paper or online. Check the flyers weekly for some great deals on appliances.
When shopping for appliances, there are big savings to be made if you purchase an appliance package instead of individual items. You can often get some pretty amazing savings by picking up a fridge, range, and dishwasher combo or a washer and dryer combo.
If you really only need to replace one of your appliances because it is old or a different color than the others, then consider looking into refurbished or used appliances to get what you need for less. Your local paper or online classifieds like Kijiji and Craiglist are great places to source out used appliances for next to nothing.
The goal is to spend as little as possible to upgrade your appliances and add some major value to your home by setting apart from others in the Langley real estate market.
Let’s face it; most couples who buy townhouses usually go on to outgrow them at some point and find themselves looking to upgrade to a bigger home. The key to getting the most from the sale of your townhouse so that you can afford to up-size is making sure that you make it more appealing to your target market, which is people who were where you were when you first bought it: singles or couples without kids.
Speaking with an experienced Langley real estate agent about your target market is a good place to start so that you have a better understanding of who you should be trying to impress, so to speak, when getting your townhome ready for sale. Along with insight from a real estate agent who knows the area, the trends and what people are looking, you can also use the following information to make your home more appealing to singles and couples looking for a townhouse for sale in Langley.
Young home buyers are looking for a home that works for their lifestyle, which for most doesn’t include kids. They want stylish and easy spaces that they can see themselves in relaxing, entertaining and often even working. This means removing toys and extra clutter that tends to accumulate when you have children, such as playpens, playhouses, etc.
Potential buyers should be able to walk into a space and envision their life happening there. If your only other bedroom has been decked out for a child, then removing wall decals and toning down paint is a good idea. The perfect second bedroom for appealing to your typical Langley townhouse buyer is one that works as a spare bedroom and office space. This doesn’t mean that you need to send your child to grandmas or move them into the basement. Paint out the room in a stylish and somewhat neutral color and stage it with a simple and uncluttered desk and a bed or foldout couch if space doesn’t allow for a full-size bed. This means that your child can still sleep in the room while the home is on the market—just be mindful to pick up toys and check for any hidden messes before showings.
Go through your home and pack up any knick-knacks, family photos and other memorabilia that isn’t in keeping with what your target market is looking for. They need to be able to envision themselves in the home and that’ll be a lot easier to do if they aren’t bombarded with photos of your family trip to Disney or your child’s drawings and report cards on the fridge.
Talk to an experienced Langley real estate agent for other suggestions on how to sell your townhouse for more so that you can afford to upgrade to a family home.
If your mailbox is full of credit card bills, make sure you deal with them right away. Ignoring them could have long-term effects on your credit score.
A credit score is a number that lenders use to estimate risk. While each lender may have their own way of dealing with your credit score, in general, the higher your score, the lower the risk and therefore the more likely the lender will extend a loan to you at a favourable rate.
You can get an idea of your credit score from Canadian credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion. The answers to the following questions can influence your score:
• How long have you had credit, and what types of credit are you using?
• What’s your history of making payments? Do you carry a balance on your credit cards? Have you missed any payments?
• Do you have outstanding debts? Are you close to your credit limit?
• Have there been a number of recent inquiries about your credit history? (This will suggest you are trying to get more credit.)
• Do you have any record of bankruptcy? Have any of your debts been sent to a collection agency?
A good rule of thumb is if you do have to carry a balance from month to month, make sure to pay down the outstanding balance below 75% of the limit amount (ie. if you have a credit card with a $1000 limit, make sure the balance is below $750).
While a good credit score typically allows the borrower more financing options and better interest rates, a lower credit score doesn’t mean a borrower has no options – it just means the borrower needs to be open to investigating alternate borrowing options with their mortgage broker.
Give us a call with any questions you may have on credit scores, or any other mortgage related inquiries.
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Selling a home? Might want to adjust your expectations on how long it will take. Below is a video from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver regarding the 2012 housing market statistics. Overall sales are down along with the price of homes and its taking an average of 73 days to sell a property.
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To keep pace with rising property assessments, the BC government has raised the Home Owner Grant threshold to $1,285,000. The threshold is the maximum assessed value a property can reach to allow the property owner to claim the full Home Owner Grant.BC Assessment estimates the value of all BC homes on July 1 each year. The Ministry of Finance reviews this data and adjusts the Home Owner Grant threshold to ensure at least 95.5% of eligible home owners receive the full amount. Owners of homes valued above the threshold may qualify for a partial grant.
Basic grant for 2012 – the basic grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,285,000, and is eliminated on homes assessed at $1,399,000 or more.
Additional grant for 2012 – the additional grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,285,000, and is eliminated on homes assessed at $1,454,000 or more.
Canadian citizens and landed immigrants residing in their principle residence are eligible for the grant.
In November 2011, the government announced plans to create a further grant of up to $275 for low-income Canadian Forces veterans with more recent service in the event they do not already qualify as seniors or persons with disabilities. Details will be announced soon.
For information on the BC Home Owner Grant program, give us a call at 604-588-4466 or send us an email at email@example.com
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