Stephanie Peat DFH Real Estate - Sidney

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Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms.


The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there!


Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life:


• Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of hallway paint.


• In a longer hallway, using two shades of the same colour on perpendicular walls can make the space seem less tunnel-like. (The darker shade goes on the shorter walls.)


• Darker colours can work well if the space is well-lit and there are few, if any, shadows cast.


• If you decide to paint the halls white, select an off-white or eggshell white. Avoid stark white as it will reflect light in a way that’s unpleasant.


One more tip: Pictures can go a long way in making a hallway look inviting,
regardless of the wall colour.


Good luck with the painting!

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Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed.


It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living there?


Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting into that neighbourhood.


Your first step is to find out the kind of new home you can afford. You want to get your financial ducks in a row so when a listing does come up in the area, you’re able to respond quickly. Find out the average price range of homes in the neighbourhood. Then, if necessary, talk to your lender or mortgage broker.


The second step is to get your current property ready for sale. You don’t necessary need to list it now, but you want to be in a position to do so quickly, if necessary. You may need to clean up and declutter, get repairs done, and spruce up your home in other ways.


The third step is to talk to me. You see, listings in popular neighbourhoods often move fast. By the time you see them advertised on the internet, they may be gone. I can closely monitor listings in that area for you, so the moment one comes up that meets your criteria, you can be alerted. This greatly increases your chances of getting that home.


So if there is a dream neighbourhood you’d love to get into, give me a call.

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Imagine buying a product from a store, taking it home, and then discovering there’s a problem with it. Disappointing, yes, but not a catastrophe. You can simply take it back for repair or exchange. But, what if it’s moving day, and you discover there’s a problem with your new home? Whoa. A house isn’t so easily returned!


What are the most common problems encountered on moving day?


• A delay in getting the keys.
• The seller not having completely moved out.
• An item expected to be included with the property is missing.
  (For example, the window blinds.)
• Something needs repair that was not disclosed by the seller, nor did it come up during inspection.

  (For example, the dishwasher not working.)
• Damage to the property caused by the seller.

  (For example, a heavy item dropped during the move and cracking a  floor tile.)


Fortunately, these are rare events. In most cases, you can expect no serious issues when you move into your new home.


But, if something is wrong, you have options. So, call me immediately. In all likelihood, I will be able to quickly resolve the issue.


If it’s a serious matter, such as missing items, I may get your real estate lawyer involved to arrange for the return of the item(s) or compensation.


So don’t worry. Let the professionals handle it. You can just enjoy your new home!

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There has been a lot of emphasis lately on the importance of “going green”. That simply means being environmentally-responsible. You likely already recycle, use energy-efficient lights, and turn down your thermostat when no one is home.


Yet, most of us don’t think about the garden or flower bed when we “think green”.


We should. Here are a few practical things you can do to tend to outdoor plants — without negatively impacting the environment.


• Pull weeds instead of using a weed killer.
• Avoid strong pesticides. (Products that target only one or two types of insects tend to be less harsh.)
• Don’t use flower bed ornaments (i.e. gnomes) that might bleed colour dye into the soil. (Ask your garden centre before you buy.)
• Be careful not to leave hand spades, trowels, and other garden tools lying around, especially over winter. They can rust, which contaminates the soil.


These tips may seem minor, but if you want to be environmentallyconscious,
every little bit helps!

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June 1, 2017 - “This month we have seen an increase in inventory – which means that buyers have more choice – and it means that now in some areas sellers are competing for buyers,” says 2017 Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian.

 

There were 1,896 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of May 2017, an increase of 12.2 per cent compared to the month of April, but 21.2 percent fewer than the 2,406 active listings for sale at the end of May 2016. A total of 1,006 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this May, 22 percent fewer than the 1,289 properties sold in May last year. The ten year average for sales in May is 815 properties.

 

“There are many different market conditions in Victoria, because we have so many different neighbourhoods and different levels of demand for those neighbourhoods,” adds President Balabanian. “The market won’t change immediately, but we can track a shift as more inventory enters the market to meet the demand from buyers. Overall, pressure on pricing is easing because of the increase in inventory and the rate of increase of price is normalizing. As we have predicted, we are seeing the beginning of a gradual return to a balanced market in the Victoria area. In conditions such as the ones we see now, it’s more important than ever to have an expert REALTOR® on your side whether you are buying or selling a property.”

 

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in May 2016 was $706,500. The benchmark value for the same home in May 2017 has increased by 16.8 percent to $825,500.

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