Home Staging – Why It Works

With the popularity of home staging television shows, many are wondering if staging works in the “real world.” Home staging is more than just good entertainment on a Saturday afternoon, it is a proven technique that sells homes in Hollywood and across the country. HOME STAGING DESCRIPTION: Home staging is the art of preparing your house for sale by highlighting the home’s features through furniture arrangement, accent placement, and color choices. An Accredited Staging Professional is a real estate expert that performs an objective evaluation of a property to determine any obstacles that may hinder buyer interest in your home. Staging is not decorating. Home staging involves using interior design principles and marketing strategies to best...

Vancouver’s First Co-Housing Community Gets to Work

Co-housing communities already exist on the outskirts of Vancouver such as North Vancouver’s community project that was completed in 1998, and also one in Langley and in Burnaby. But the new co-housing community project taken on by Cedar Cottage Cohousing Corporation is facing a few speed bumps on its path to construction. The group only recently received rezoning approval by the City of Vancouver’s Design Panel. But now that approval has been granted many residents are curious about this co-housing movement and are interested in how it works. Co-housing was originally a design from US architect Charles Durrett in the 1980s the idea took off like wildfire and has since become a major movement in many large cities. Co-housing takes a group of 30 or...

Building a Home – It’s Like a Leap of Faith & a Voyage Into the Unknown

Building a home is a lot like living a life. There are twists and turns that you simply can’t predict. Despite a cautious approach or extensive planning, someone or something is going to throw you a curve. This scares a lot of people and stops them in their tracks. What about you? What holds you back and what spurs you on? In my years of advising and coaching homeowners and home-owner builders, I’ve been fortunate to learn as much about people as about building and homes. I’ve found there is just as much uniqueness as there is commonality. Whatever the differences, there are two over-arching approaches people take when building (and living.) 1) Extensive Preparation & Planning Those who know me understand that I’m big on planning...

Reasons For Investing In A New Home

Being a real estate buyer, these days, is a very beneficial proposition as you get to see a variety of homes that are up for sale and which will enable you to choose a type of house that will best suit your family according to the requirements. The large amount of properties that are on the market these days will make you interested in various properties, but the process can be sped up by doing some things. Most people would prefer to find their home as soon as possible, so that their family can move in the new home and live comfortably. There are many houses these days on the market that are available at great bargain, but it is not advised to buy these properties, as they require a lot of costly repairs. However, if you have the required funds to fix up these...

Find a Qualified, Quality Real Estate Agent in Auckland

With the realty market in the nation’s largest city starting to become a more viable option for investors, owners are more open than they’ve been in the past three years to sell property for top dollar. Auckland is currently seeing the highest level of activity in the country, sparking new, positive trends in the region with the market becoming more viable for everyone. If you’re looking to sell in the most competitive property region, you need to have the most competitive agent to get the best prices. Buyers have more opportunities than ever; getting the best price out of them means having quality real estate agents in Auckland on your team. When you’re choosing an agent to work with, follow these tips to find someone qualified and...

Home Staging and Real Estate Marketing – Top Ten Reasons Real Estate Agents Should Use Home Staging

1. Professionally staged homes stand out from the crowd. A professional stager will examine the property with an objective eye and make recommendations to give the home that “wow” factor necessary to entice potential buyers. Did you know that only 10% of people can look past the clutter and unsightly decor in a home and see the potential of a property? First impressions mean everything in the real estate market, having a home professionally staged will ensure that those critical first 10 seconds of a showing are a deal maker, not a deal breaker. 2. Real Estate agents often make suggestions for improvements needed, but they aren’t as detailed as a professional home stager. Many realtors feel they provide adequate suggestions on repairs and...

What You Should Know About High Rise Condo Living

High rise condo living is a dream for many people especially those who belong to the top ranks of the corporate world. However, it is not enough that you have the sufficient amount to obtain the condo space you’ve always dreamt about. You should also be well-informed of several things that should keep you armed when finding the right high rise condo unit for you. Successful condo dwellers have worked with respected condo consultants. Availing a condo unit is very different from the purchase of a unit in row houses and other types of dwelling. There are lots of complexities mounted in it. Thus, it is recommended that you tap the services of a reputed condo consultant in your area. His or her expertise will be useful in negotiating with developers, agents,...