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Create a Haven on Your Balcony

November 9, 2017

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If your home has a balcony and limited outdoor gardening space, you can still create a pleasant outdoor living experience. A balcony garden and seating area is fun to design and increases the appeal of your property if you decide to sell. Simple additions such as a patio table and chairs plus potted annuals, small […]

So Many Questions ........

November 2, 2017

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So many questions … Are home prices trending up or down? Are homes selling quickly or languishing? Are interest rates attractive? Is the economy hot or cold? Will you be selling in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market? Is the local job market strong? Call Haven today for answers to these and other important […]

Anticipating the Sale Price

October 30, 2017

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Our agents will price a property only after careful assessment and analysis of recent sales in your area, anticipated market movements and the current market climate. The actual sale price may well exceed our forecast. However we believe our initial quoting range should incorporate your expected reserve and the price estimate. A property’s worth is […]

Putting a Price on Your Property

October 27, 2017

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It has been recognised for some time that there are four prices in the market: ** The Sellers price ** The Agents price ** The Valuation price ** The Buyers price The buyers price is the only “opinion” that will ultimately create a sale. To sell successfully, the question you should ask your prospective salesperson […]

Why Should You Use A Real Estate Agent?

October 18, 2017

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Most people use a Real Estate Agent to sell their property instead of privately, but why should you? An agent’s local knowledge of the market allows them to value your property accurately and realistically.  They will be able to substantiate why your home will sell, the type of buyers that might be interested in it […]

What's Up With Rateable Values?

October 16, 2017

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What’s Up With Rateable Values?   Unless properties are individually inspected, rateable values can be a little erratic. Whoever does the rateable values in your area simply doesn’t have the resources to visit every property when rateable values are due for reassessment. Therefore there has to be some sort of in-house assessment, done with the […]

Intelligent Investing

October 5, 2017

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Choosing the right investment property gives you the potential for income & capital gain. To maximize your return, choose wisely. Always ‘do the numbers’ first. You need to know that an investment property will give you maximum return for your investment, produce income & capital growth. Give yourself some time to watch market cycles & […]

When is the Best Time to Sell?

September 27, 2017

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Most sellers ask themselves “Is this the best time to sell?” You could approach this question scientifically. However, when it comes to real estate, science goes out the window and emotion is sitting at the front of the class. When a property appeals to a buyer, they go through a series of emotions but essentially, […]

The Room That Sells

September 25, 2017

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The Room That Sells Make or break!  The kitchen is the one room that can help or hinder a sale.  It is usually one of the most  expensive rooms in any house.  An update doesn’t necessarily mean a total re-fit, there are some small things you can do to make your kitchen more appealing. Clear […]

Some Tips For First Home Buyers

September 18, 2017

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  Tip#1 What’s your budget? It seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many buyers don’t start by figuring out how much money they have to spend on their house purchase. It’s easy to show up at open houses and fall in love, but why waste time looking at homes that are out […]

Empty Houses Are Hard to Sell

September 11, 2017

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Many people think it’s cleaner and simpler to move out of their home before selling it while others find themselves doing it by default, because they have already found another home.  Few empty houses have charm.  And few buyers are good at visualizing a house’s potential. Empty houses make it hard for people to decide […]

Photos from Drab to Fab

September 5, 2017

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    They say a picture tells a thousand words. The photos we use in our marketing help sell the property and raise the profile of the property.   Some simple things to keep in mind when photographing your home for sale:   Watch the shadows. You may need to visit a property at different […]

Selecting the Right Salesperson

August 30, 2017

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Using a qualified local salesperson to sell your home is the first step towards obtaining the right balance. A good salesperson can give you an accurate picture of the market, which will help you price your property realistically.  They can advise you on the best way to sell your home & will develop a detailed […]

Get Ready to Sell in Spring!

August 28, 2017

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If you want to put your home on the market in spring, it’s time to get ready!  There are lots of easy ways to make your home appealing to potential buyers.  Here are some ideas: Walk through your property and list anything that needs tidying or repairing.  Ask your real estate professional which jobs are […]

Finishing Touches

August 23, 2017

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Finishing off with fabric! When choosing fabrics for accessories in a room consider how they will work with what you already have. Don’t go overboard using patterns in a smaller room as it will create a cluttered feeling.   Add colour! While it is best to keep your interior colours neutral, you can add colour […]

Do Attractive Gardens Help Sell a Property?

August 21, 2017

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We have found that houses with good gardens tend to get more interest. If a property boasts a well maintained garden a home’s value increases. If one of the selling factors for a property is a garden then if it’s presented well it can have a significant positive effect on the sale price but if […]

Successful Selling

August 8, 2017

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Selling your home is a combination of emotion and hard financial decisions.   Selecting the right salesperson: Using a qualified local salesperson to sell your home is the first step towards obtaining the right balance.   A good salesperson can give you an accurate picture of the market, which will help you price your property […]

Selling Mistakes to Avoid

August 2, 2017

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Starting price too high: Keep in mind that competitive market pricing is the fastest way to attract multiple offers and competing buyers…. and that is every sellers dream!. Rejecting a good early offer: The road to selling success is strewn with tragic stories about the buyer that got away. Remember that although you may have […]

How to Sell Quickly

July 27, 2017

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How To Sell Quickly! The first step is to educate yourself by researching the market and your competition. Attend open homes to check out other properties for sale in your local area in the same price bracket. What makes them appealing and what turns you off? Listen to comments from other people at the inspection. […]

Why are some properties selling quickly & others not!

July 18, 2017

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This is a question that is often asked.  When a property goes onto the market for the first time buyers will view even if the  property is  perceived to be over priced, as it is a “New Listing” and buyers are curious to look.  In some cases you may sell for a good price as […]