Sell for as much as possible

Selling your home for as much as possible is almost synonymous with selling it quickly. As you may have read in our post about pricing right the first time, the longer your home stays on the market, the less it will sell for. According to the National Association of Realtors®, “Recent sellers...

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Top Reasons to Stage

  Top Reasons to Stage Your Home Sell for the highest price A well-staged home is soothing, airy, inviting.  All homes elicit an emotional response from a buyer, and you want people to feel relaxed and at home. Sell more quickly The Association of Property Scene Designers states that staged homes...

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Sellers Market: What is our current temperature?

“2021 started off just like 2020 ended, with a number of key housing market indicators continuing to set records,” stated Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of CREA. “The two big challenges facing housing markets this year are the same ones we were facing last year – COVID and a lack of supply. It’s looking...

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It’s the month earmarked for LOVE

Continuing our support for small business through some turbulent times, is our focus here at Realty Difference. February’s contest is no exception, although this one hits a little closer to my heart, as it’s in support of my sister’s small business LullabyQuiltco. You know,...

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Beauty has its price

Part of the charm of where you choose to live are the beautiful trees that are on your property. The cascading, towering and colorful effects are beautiful not to mention the shade they provide, and the prospects for years to come. My home property sits among many trees and over the years I have...

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Being Thankful

In the spring I was challenged to enjoy where I was. With the beauty right around me and not alot of time, I was inspired to sell my little summer place and re-invest into my own slice of heaven right at home (thank you Wenda…I just needed a little nudge). So when the prospect came up of buying...

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#tiredbeforelistdate

TIME IS TICKING! We always think we have more of it then we actually do. It’s no different when we consider getting our home ready to list. I suggest to clients that they start a year ahead of their scheduled timing.  Some upgrades or areas to be tended to require a certain season and can’t...

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Pondering his best options

Some clients come into your life and they say, “Just tell me what you want me to do.” Can I just say, you’re a dream to work with!  This client is just one of those clients. His trust that we had his best interests at heart in gaining his full financial potential in the least amount...

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How to PRE-Prepare Your Home for Sale

If you’re anything like me, even if you know you won’t be moving for quite some time, there is an ever-growing list of “To Do” items rattling around in your brain. You *know* you have lots to do before you can even think of listing your home, but even getting started feels...

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Not very often….

Having clients that say to you ….“whatever we need to do Karen…” doesn’t come along very often but when they do, they are an absolute dream to work with…. it certainly makes my job of buying and selling at the same time go smoother. As I also stage my own listings,...

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Passing the test

A favourite staging experience for a lovely couple that I really enjoyed working for……let me explain. When you are in someone’s personal space and moving all their ‘things’ around while they are watching you…. wondering….. what you are doing ….and while...

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Sisterly Advice

“Being the Selling Realtor on your sister’s house”…..well, there’s two schools of thought you could possibly report on that.  Thankfully, I can only comment on the fact that it was a positive experience.  I hope she can say the same. I’ll let you in on the end of the listing story …..”and it...

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The Military is on the move!

I LOVE WORKING WITH MY CLIENTS!! Sellers need to move….and they have a home they need marketed to the best it can be! Every Seller needs the same …..  that’s my mission in working with them….. to Be The Difference!  In spending time with my clients, I seek to understand how...

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False Start

Listing your home without being ready is like that false start in a race that gets you disqualified.  The outcome in the world of real estate is either a lack of interest or a sale lower then you anticipated. Allow my clients testimonial and pictures to speak for itself: “During and prior to...

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Kingston Area Update 2015

Kingston and Area home sales edge higher, new listings jump in November Home sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Kingston and Area Real Estate Association posted a small year-over-year increase in November 2015. Residential property sales numbered 193 units in November, up 2.1 per cent...

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“I’ll drop the price later”

Sellers often ask if they should start with an aggressive price and wait to drop it after a month or two if their home doesn’t sell.  However, this is a very risky strategy. Buyers are savvy! They’ve done their research, they’ve looked (at least online) at all the other homes in...

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What is “market value”?

What do appraisers say? The economic definition of market value is defined by the Appraisal Institute as: “The most probable price that the specified property interest should sell for in a competitive market after a reasonable exposure time, as of a specified date, in cash, or in terms equivalent...

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Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?

A buyer’s market and its opposite, a seller’s market, are terms defined by a statistical measure. Buyer’s Market In most Canadian markets, a buyer’s market occurs when the sales-to-listing ration is 35% or less (or approximately 7 sales to every 20 listings). This is a market when there are more homes...

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The downside of DIY

There are lots of stories online and in print touting the benefits of selling your home yourself, without using a real estate salesperson. Do-it-yourself property sales companies promise that you’ll save thousands of dollars in commissions. What most home sellers on that path don’t know, however,...

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Managing humidity in your home

If you’ve lived in Kingston for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed how actively we manage the humidity in our homes!  Buyers new to our area tend to see dehumidifiers as a sign of trouble, but we point out that almost every home has one. Even brand new homes with hi-tech ventilation...

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Pebbles on the Beach

Some projects don’t take any explanation past a picture.  Although this project wasn’t for staging purposes, it has all the ingredients for a great outcome in the world of design….great new feel with not a lot of investment. This summer trailer had all the makings with great bones...

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HST and Home Sales

Resale homes are exempt from HST, with very few exceptions. For example, if the home being purchased was first bought by a corporation and therefore GST was never paid on it; or if the home has been substantially renovated from its original structure, it will be subject to HST. The Canada Revenue...

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Truly Irresistible

This isn’t necessarily the forum I would choose to speak of something personal, but when your personal experiences affect your business life then I’m all in with sharing. I just came back from a trip to Haiti with my family and a group from my church. We had the pleasure of serving with...

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“All things old, new again”

We are on the eve of a New Year……no matter what this past year held for you, tomorrow is not only a new day but a New Year. So Happy New Years from Irresistible Homes.  May this year bring you many blessings and may you prosper in every way as you strive to make a difference in your family,...

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I know it’s in there somewhere!

“Honey! What a great piece…let’s buy it! We have just the spot for that! We need that too! ”  And….after awhile of good intentions to do something with what you’ve bought (and thinking you have the space), you have a house full and can’t see the floor anymore. After...

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Historical gem ……

Think the 1700’s, downtown Kingston, and Irresistible Homes……although I was not obviously alive in the 1700’s I had the pleasure of working some magic on this gem that was built in the 1700’s,  and it was about to go on the market. Historically designated, little change...

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The first time around…..

Staging is about appealing to the masses.  Although we have our own concept of what appeals to us, everyone is different.  When your house goes on the market, the style usually lends itself to a certain decor.  Although we need to keep that in mind, we need to stage it to appeal to as many different...

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While the cat’s away…..

So it’s the beginning of the week …..and I get a call to consult with some clients  and subsequently probably stage their home.  They mention to me when I get there that this is a quick decision to list their home “this week” before they leave for a holiday on the weekend. The...

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The Grandeur of Old….

I love old homes but “old” definitely comes with its challenges….. As a Realtor, I cringe when home inspection day comes.  You never know what you’re going to find, and as a result your buyer may be crushed with the knob and tube found, along with the insulation full of asbestos. As...

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Just tweaked….

We live differently than what we list. I encourage my clients to make a mental / emotional break from their house once they make the decision to sell. Many memories are made in your home to emotionally tie you to it, so I tell them…”Have one last party and celebrate the time you had here……...

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A good handshake…..

There are times in life where you meet particular people and think, “That’s a real quality person, and I’m so blessed to have met them.”  I know that this has nothing to do with staging and design but it is very note worthy as its the Realtor of the next staging project that...

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Explosion of Green!

So now that I’ve given you a taste of staging….I’m going to switch gears a little into the world of design.  Many people equate design with the need for a lot of money to accomplish it.  I want  to challenge you on that and ask you to think beyond the box. One of my favorite areas...

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Get ready….get set……STOP!

So this happened a few years ago, but it’s too good not to tell you about as I begin to blog….. A few years ago, I was asked to list a girlfriends house to which I was of course delighted.  My friend liked things ‘simple’……white walls, simple, clean lines, were...

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