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Selling your home with Real Estate Agent

Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home

If you’re a homeowner and you’re thinking about selling your home, definitely hire a real estate agent. Although there are websites that will allow you to sell your home without the listing agent, by marketing your home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO). And although you may save some money by not having to pay a fee to the real estate listings brokerage – you may not be doing yourself a great service. It may not be your best move!

Understanding today’s real estate market and knowing how to sell your home for top dollar is not so simple. And it may not be something that many of us are prepared to do. There will be a lot of work in managing the sales process, ;legal work, papers, and in the end saving some money may not be worth it.

So why should you leave it to the pros?

Pricing your home

Real estate agents know best how to price your home. They have access to real statistics and data which allows them to perform a proper market analysis and look at the comparable homes. This is key, if you want to price your home right. This will also determine how fast you’ll sell your home and how much you’re going to get in the end. Don’t just settle for some website to tell you how much your home is valued. It’s a big sale transaction. Hire a professional. You’ll be glad you did.

Sales and marketing strategy

Selling homes takes effort. Not only does your home have to be de-cluttered, presentable and clean, but it also has to be listed, staged, shown to potential buyers etc. A real estate professional will take care of all that and more. They will take lots of good photos, make videos and put together effective home feature sheet. They will list the house on MLS, their own websites and social channels. They will hold open houses, setup for sale signs, do walk-throughs and deal with any positive or negative comments about your home. All this to get your home noticed by a potential buyer and sold for top dollar in a short time.

Negotiating and closing the sale

There is a lot of negotiating, paperwork and legal stuff that has to be done before a home is considered sold. Your agent will understand the process really well, and have experience to avoid common pitfalls. They will have access to a real estate lawyers to carefully review the purchase offers and conditions and offer advice. Your real estate agent will also screen potential buyers, to make sure that your home is going to be sold to someone who actually has the money or is pre-approved by the reputable mortgage lender — before taking the home off the market.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that seller’s agent has to perform. A successful real estate agent usually has a team that coordinates the sale of your home from begging to the end. Also, your agent can also be helping you buy your new home or transition into something else.

Knowing that you’re in the right hands, when we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, is a good feeling. Definitely hire a real estate agent when selling or buying your home. You can’t afford not to!

Thinking of selling your home in Burlington and surrounding area? Call Lori VanDinther, or visit loriv.com to learn more about her home selling services.

Protect Your Home Against Break-Ins

Our homes are our most valuable possessions. We do everything we can to keep them safe and sound. Yet, we all hear local news stories about residential break-ins, where thieves would steal jewelry, cash, silverware, laptops, expensive electronics, etc. Sometimes even in broad daylight! It’s not a pleasant sight, to see your home was broken into, and your valuables gone. What’s even more troubling is homeowners not doing enough to prevent it.

Protect your home from break-ins

Protect your home from break-ins

In this post, we’ll go over some most common home security options and a few general tips to help deter the thieves, and keep your home safe and secure.

  1. Get a home alarm system – this is essential protection that will thieves away or at get them caught. You can either get a professional company to come out, evaluate your needs and setup a home security system, that can be monitored live. Alternatively there are home security systems such as Nest that can be setup easily and would save you thousands.
  2. Cover windows so that nobody can pry in and see what you have inside. Plus it gives you privacy. You’d be surprised how much you can see into people’s homes from outside on a dark night if their windows aren’t covered.
  3. Lock all doors and windows, garages, sliding doors and sliding windows too. Make sure to use the door stopper if you have one. For sliding doors you should definitely have one. Of course, all your doors and windows should be in good condition.
  4. Don’t keep keys under floor mats or flowers pots. Thieves will look there first. So that’s not a good idea to put anything there.
  5. Lock your jewelry, expensive stuff and valuables in a home safe or in a bank’s safety deposit box. Just don’t let it sit around your bedroom. If someone gets in, that’s the first place they’ll go look.
  6. Don’t post your travel plans on social media accounts (eg. check-ins, pictures of valuables, announcing you’r going on a vacation). By letting everyone know you’re not home, you’re risking someone going there to try and rob you.
  7. Light up your house well. Shady business is less likely to happen if the area is well lit. Make sure you have all corners of your house lit up and have motion sensors to activate lights if someone approaches.
  8. Get a guard dog if you can. Nothing stops the bad guys like a good guard dog.
  9. Always look who’s knocking. Check through the peephole so you’re not in for a nasty surprise. Today you can also get video door bell which brings it up on your smartphone, even if you’re not home.
  10. Eliminate hiding spaces around outside your house where thieves can hide eg. untrimmed bushes, old cluttered sheds. Keep your property clean and secure with very little hiding spots.

Do you have any recommendations or tips to help homeowner keep their property and valuable secure? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

This real estate advice was brought to you by Lori VanDinther, Burlington RE/MAX sales representative and a team lead of Team VanDinther. As a long time resident of Burlington, Lori has been helping home owners buy/sell their property. Contact Lori VanDinther today for all your Burlington real estate needs.

Millcroft neighbourhood in Burlington, Ontario

Finding Your Ideal Home in Burlington

There are many factors home buyers should take into account when looking for that ideal home in Burlington, Ontario. Buying a home isn’t a simple process and you should put a lot of thought into it. This is why it’s always a good idea to get professionals, such as Team VanDinther, to guide you through the whole process.

So what are those factors to consider? What makes a home an ideal home? Ideal home is located in the right spot, and the home itself is accommodating your lifestyle and needs. Sound easy but in reality it can be tricky. And sometimes what we want and what’s available are not the same. Also, first thing is first. Figure out your purchase power. This will be the ultimate say in what you can attain.

Location. As the old phrase goes: Location, location, location! This is very important for a number of reasons. For one the price of your home will largely be determined by the location of the land and what’s around.  The value of your home appreciates as you live in an area that’s “happening” and has everything close by. You could have the most beautiful home, but if it’s too far from everything and isolated, you’ll end up not liking it as much. We’re talking major roads and highways, amenities, schools, parks, community centers, businesses, restaurants, etc. Well established communities, that support quality life. Consider where you work, how do you like to spend your free time, where are your friends and family, is waterfront important to you, or perhaps you like a more secluded area a bit outside the city. You don’t want to pick a house located too far from everything, even if that house is absolutely amazing. Unless you’re buying in an area that will grow in the years to come and you’re aware of that and OK with that.

Your Lifestyle. Where you are in life will determine the type and size of home you need. For example if you are thinking about starting a family? or have one already you need a place that will be accommodating to that in the few years to come, at least. Think about how many rooms/bathrooms you’d need, what style of home? are too many stairs a problem? backyard size? number of garages? Do you need a shed for tools and tinkering around. Figure out how many years you’d want to stay in this home, and then try to picture your life 2 years from now, 4 years, 6 years, and so on? Does it work for everyone that will be living in the house? If you are not planning kids but have lots of pets, you may need a bigger backyard or parks close by, rather that lots of bedrooms. If you are parents you need to take into considerations schools and where you want to send you kids to? Check out our blog post The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario. You want your home to be able to accommodate your lifestyle.

Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario

Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario

Neighbourhood. What’s around your area? What can you do with your family or friends on the weekend? How does a typical evening feel like? What about morning rush hour? Try to see your potential neighbourhood in different times of the day to avoid surprises. Ask other home owners what do they love most about the neighborhood, what do they dislike? Do you like neighbourhoods that are easily walkable. For example if you go to www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works and type in your address, neighbourhood what score does it give? Are you OK with that? Get a good feel of the neighbourhood because once you step outside your house, this is what you’re be immersed in. You wanna feel right at home. Some of Burlington’s best neighbourhoods for families are: Millcroft, The Orchard, Alton Village. South Burlington is primarily older neighbourhoods but closer to the Lake Ontario and very beautiful mature lots. Downtown core, Aldershot, Corporate tend to be suitable for young professionals or retirees.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.