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When buying or selling a home, consumers go through very similar feelings. The Buyer has their famous question, "How much can I get off the price of this home?" The Seller, in their own form asks the same question, "What is the maximum amount can I get for my home?" My question back to those buyers or sellers is really not about the price you are going to end up with when the dust settles, but more so what is the value of the home someone gets when they buy it. The value of the home is far more important than the list price.

 

Let's dive into it a little further.

When a home is first listed for sale, it is busy. Showings all over the place, the owners are barely even home at some times. A statistic from the National Association of Realtors, an organization that tracks statistics on home buyers and sellers, reports that a home stands a 40% chance of selling in the first 30 days. After that first 30 days, their chances of selling go down somewhere around 12%. 

This is where value vs price comes into play. 

Value can be anything. A new kitchen, a big backyard or a floor plan that just plain kicks ass. Value is different things to different people. When a good home comes on the market that has value and is priced to sell, it may very well sell for full price or over. This is because someone looking at that home, someone who has been around the block looking, has seen a ton of homes and has seen the value in this home in not only what it offers, but also in the price. They know that to secure this home, with tons of value, they need to make a great offer to the sellers, otherwise they may lose it.

See, the best homes that come on the market, usually are gone in the first 1-2 weeks, if not sooner. If they offer good value for their asking price, they get snapped up rather quickly. That is also why it is important that you are crystal clear on exactly what you are looking for when buying a home, or advertently, you know your competition inside out when listing you home for sale.

Now, the homes that don't sell in the first 30 days, what's wrong with them? The challenge they are having is they are not offering enough value for their money. People have come through their doors, as they have in many other homes, and made a decision that for the asking price, they have seen (or think they will find) better value for their money. This is when people do not make offers and homes seem to get price reductions or sit on the market for a longer period of time. These are typically the homes where buyers are able to negotiate a bit more wiggle room than the new to market homes.

 

In the trials ad tribulations of selling and buying homes, value vs price is a critical factor that can determine you maximizing your success. And know you know!

 

Until next time,


Darin

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  1. There's no doubt about it. If you want to keep your home safe from break- ins, you should have good locks an all doors and windows. An alarm system is also a good idea.

    But home security doesn't end with locks and alarms. There are other less obvious ways to keep your home safe. For example:

    • Install exterior lights with a motion detection feature. A light suddenly going on will almost always send a potential intruder away.

    • Look for – and if possible eliminate – spots around your property where someone can hide.

    • Always have some lights on in your home when you're away for an evening.

    • Never announce that you're on vacation or otherwise away from your home on social media sites. (Also ask your kids not to do this!)

    • Don't leave tempting valuables where they can be easily seen through a window.

      In addition to good locking systems on doors and windows, simple precautions like these will significantly lower the risk of a break-in. 


      I hope that helps everyone be just a little bit safer!


      Darin

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How a Home Inspection Helps You

Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current property – or both – a home inspection can help.


A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professional who takes a close look at every aspect of a home – structure, wiring, plumbing, and more – and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.

For example, a home inspection can reveal that a furnace will need to be replaced soon, or that there is a water leak into the basement that needs to be fixed.


You'll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a particular property. That's why most offers to purchase a home are conditional upon passing a home inspection. (The last thing you want is to buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be updated!)


You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.

Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry association.


In Canada:

  • Canada Association of Home & Property Inspectors.

    (http://www.cahpi.ca)

  • Professional Home and Property Inspectors of Canada.

    (http://www.phpic.ca)

  • National Home Inspectors Certification Council.

    (http://www.nationalhomeinspector.org) In the U.S.

  • American Society of Home Inspectors. (http://www.ashi.org)

  • National Association of Home Inspectors. (http://www.nahi.org)

  • American Institute of Inspectors. (http://www.inspection.org)


    It's important to note that certification or licensing is not a requirement in many jurisdictions. So select a home inspector carefully.


    Need to find a reputable home inspector? Call today. 

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Open House on Saturday, September 14, 2013 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Imagine finding a home big enough for the whole family. 4 bedrooms all together with space to spare, including a long term tenant downstairs. New S/S applainces in the renovated kitchen shine well together with theentire home painted in colors from a Benjiman Moore paint consultant. Designed for a modern look, this 4 level split has tons of parking, a huge detached workshop for your hobbies, 2 fireplaces, and a huge private patio and yard, all on a dead end, quiet street. Quick possession is possible on this oversized lot in the contantly improving Cedar Hills neighbourhood. Check out the online tour at the link provided to check out your next home. Pride of ownership shows here!
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NO GST/HST! The best value for a townhome is South Surrey/White Rock. This 5 bedroom, 2 level end unit townhome near Morgan Creek Golf course and Morgan Crossing. 2 master bedrooms, 1 on the ground floor, features engineered hardwood floors, granite and marble counter tops, top of the line S/S Samsung appliances incl 6 burner gas range cook top, 9 foot ceilings, jetted tubs with amazing fixtures in the master and 2 gas fireplaces. Balance of 2-5-10 new home warranty. 2 dogs allowed, no size restrictions, with a fenced backyard off the kitchen. Double garage enters onto main floor level. Built by Phenoix homes in 2011. Priced considerably BELOW available developers units but NOT part of the developers offerings. Call today to see!
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I have listed a new property at 3 15988 32ND AVE in Surrey.
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