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Home News Spring 2019

Welcome Spring with a bright entry

Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior, so what better way to welcome spring than with a new look for your entrance. Your home can put on a bright new face with some inexpensive improvements, such as a repainted front door, urns and planters with a show of colour, a new welcome mat and perhaps even an upgrade to your exterior lighting.

Improving your home’s curb appeal is an important factor in resale value. Prospective buyers looking at your listing often make their decision to buy in the first few moments. To learn more about how to show off your home to its best advantage, contact your Coldwell Banker professional.

Home sales and prices to rise in 2020

Canada’s real estate market is expected to edge higher next year, according to the latest industry forecast. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) predicts national MLS® home sales will rise by 2% in 2020, to reach 459,400 units.

Prices are also expected to edge slightly higher next year, to reach a national average of $490,800.

Of course, this national overview is the ‘big picture’. Home prices can vary between communities, within neighbourhoods, or even on the same street. For a closer look at sales and prices in your area, contact your local Coldwell Banker real estate professional.

Thoughts on timing the market

Buying a home can be a very complex process. Some buyers think the best strategy is to try to time the market, but this can be an unwise approach.

Your housing investment shouldn’t be looked at in the same way as you’d choose stocks or bonds. Housing values typically appreciate over time, so it’s best to look at it as a long term investment. Buying for lifestyle reasons, as opposed to trying to realize a quick profit, will help ensure that you’re viewing home ownership in the right context.

Instead of trying to time the market, waiting for a perceived window – and potentially missing out on the perfect home – buyers should focus on their own lifestyle needs and buy when the time is truly right for them and their family.


Gary & Debbie Baverstock
Broker of Record/Broker
Coldwell Banker Gary Baverstock Realty, Brokerage
145 Gordon Street
CAMBRIDGE, ON N1S4K7
email us
519-622-7677 (Office)
888-218-6589 (Toll Free)

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Home News Winter 2019

Tips for Winter Home Showings

The business of real estate doesn’t stop in the winter months, especially for those who want to get in ahead of the busy spring market. If you’re thinking of listing your home for sale this winter, here are some tips to keep in mind to show off your home to maximum advantage.

  • Safety first. Keep your driveway, steps and walkways free of ice and snow at all times.
  • Clear the decks! If your deck or patio is snow covered, clear a large enough portion so viewers can see its condition. Mark perimeters if not easily visible.
  • Let there be light. Ample lighting inside and out, should be left on even for daytime appointments. Your showing may not conclude until dark.
  • Memories of summer. If you have photos of your garden or backyard in summer, consider displaying them near walkouts to help visitors imagine the effect.
  • Create a warm atmosphere. Show your fireplace works with a welcoming fire.

For a more ideas on how to showcase your home during the winter months, talk to your local Coldwell Banker professional.

Positive national forecast for 2019

The Canadian real estate market is predicted to hold steady in 2019, with national sale prices on the rebound, according to the latest industry forecasts.

The latest Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) MLS® sales forecast predicts that national sales activity will remain little changed from 2018 levels. Residential sales activity in Canada is expected to reach 456,200 units this year.

The national average price is forecast to rebound by 1.7% in 2019 to reach $496,800, says CREA.

Of course, this is just ‘the big picture’ on the national front. Home prices can vary dramatically between regions, within neighbourhoods and even on the same street. For a more detailed look at sales activity and resale prices in your area, contact your local Coldwell Banker real estate professional.

Prepare Your Home for an Emergency

The winter season brings harsh weather conditions that may catch some homeowners unprepared. The Government of Canada recommends that you be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours in an emergency. Here are some of the recommended items to have on hand at all times.

  • Drinking Water – at least 2 litres/person/day
  • Food – non-perishable and don’t forget a manual can-opener & utensils
  • Flashlight & Radio – crank or battery-operated (and extra batteries)
  • Prescription medications – don’t forget your pet’s meds too
  • First aid kit – keep supplies in a central area and let your family know

For more information, visit the government website www.getprepared.gc.ca

 

Gary & Debbie Baverstock
Broker of Record/Broker
Coldwell Banker Gary Baverstock Realty, Brokerage
145 Gordon Street
CAMBRIDGE, ON N1S4K7
email me
519-622-7677 (Office)
888-218-6589 (Toll Free)

© 2019 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.