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,...

5 Questions That You Should Ask A Real Estate Agent

Choosing a reliable real estate agent can be an exhaustive process than buying a property. It requires lot of research and knowledge to select a competent agent. Some people do not know what things to look for and ask while they choose an agent. Here are 5 questions one must ask a real estate agent to get the transaction process completed successfully. Question 1 – How many clients have you served? A competent real estate agent will give you up-to date knowledge according to the law. He will not try to cover his inexperience with vague explanations. You may also ask for references to know the reliability of the agent. If he does not provide you with quick references, he is not worth your time and deal. An honest agent will give you the details of his...

Vancouver Real Estate Sees a Boom But a Stalling Job Market Stifles the New Boom

During early September 2013, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its housing forecast figures for the financial third quarter. Residential homes in the region are expected to see sales increase by 3.9% before increasing another 6.1% during 2014. Real estate sales in Vancouver have seen 70,300 units sold this year and next year’s figure is expected to go past the 74,000 mark meaning it should peak above the five-year average figure, but still some way to go until it peaks above the 10-year average of 84,600. But that said the recovery seems underway in Vancouver and anyone looking to sell in 2013 and into the following year should be very much encouraged by these forecasts and figures. It shows that there is a steady market and...