There are many good reasons to put your property on the market.
Some examples include a relocation, the kids leaving the nest, the
need for something bigger or smaller, and the list goes on and on.
However, there are also some less-than-obvious indicators that it
may be time to sell. Consider the following:
1. Your Property is no longer a Good "Fit"
Your home may have been perfect for you when you bought it. But
things change. Families grow. Needs evolve. For any number of
reasons, your property may no longer be a good fit for you. If that's
the case, it makes sense to at least take a look at what's available on
the market. Who knows? Your next "perfect" home may be for sale
right now — within your price range!
2. The Neighbourhood is Changing
You may have been in love with the neighbourhood when you first
moved in. But, over time, the characteristics of any area can change.
Those changes don’t necessarily mean the neighbourhood is getting
worse. In fact, it may be changing in a positive way; perhaps
becoming more urban. But, "more urban" may not be what you want.
So take a look at the direction your neighbourhood is heading. Ask
yourself, "Do I still want to be living here in two years?"
3. You're Ready for Your Dream Home
Remember when you purchased your current property? Did it have
every feature you wanted? Was it your dream home? Or, did you
have to compromise on a few things, such as the size of the kitchen?
If you had to make some tough choices back then, it might be time
for you to finally get the home of your dreams.
Those are just three indicators it may be time for you to make a
move. Of course, there are many others.
For more info contact The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team today!!
Have you ever walked into someone's home and thought, wow, this place is incredible, only to find out later that the neighbourhood is less than desirable?
Crazy neighbours, noisy roads, airplane paths, and frequent vandalism can all put a halt to that future you've been daydreaming about; and sometimes, you don't find out till AFTER you've purchased your new home and settled in.
When investing in a new home, it's important to consider, not only the property your buying, but also your surroundings; with any luck, you will be surrounded by them for a long time!
Unfortunately, looking for a new home, selling your old one, and researching all the neighbourhoods in town all while going about your daily routines and obligations can get daunting quickly. Luckily, the Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team has a solution!
We've done the work for you!
We've searched Kelowna far and wide to bring you a list of some of the most desirable neighbourhoods in town.
5 KELOWNA NEIGHBOURHOODS YOU WANT TO LIVE IN
UPPER MISSION - Real Estate in Kelowna
Taking a drive through the Upper Mission neighbourhood of Kelowna is like driving straight into one of those feel-good, family shows (think Gilmore Girls). The houses are perfect, the streets are calm, and the stunning view of the lake and mountains are nothing but picturesque. The proximity to some of the highest ranking schools also makes this a perfect area to bring up a family!
BLACK MOUNTAIN - Real Estate in Kelowna
Black Mountain is an established neighbourhood reinvented! Rich with orchards, acreages, single-family homes, townhouses, walking trails, parks, and schools, Black Mountain will accommodate almost any lifestyle! Black Mountain offers a variety of both new development, and previously owned homes located only minutes from essential and recreational amenities.
WEST KELOWNA ESTATES - Real Estate in Kelowna
West Kelowna Estates is a breathtaking, quiet neighbourhood located right across the Okanagan Bridge. Filled with beautiful homes situated within walking distance to playgrounds, hiking trails, beaches, eateries, theatres and more. Take a 2-minute drive across the bridge, and you are right back at the heart of Kelowna.
RUTLAND - Real Estate in Kelowna
Rutland offers an incredible variety of housing opportunities! Condos, townhouses, duplexes, single-family homes, acreages, Rutland has it all! Filled with an extensive range of amenities, and close to every major bus route, you will hardly have cause to leave Rutland at all! Pair that with Rutland's affordability rate and you have the perfect recipe for first-time homeowners and new families!
Even with the best real estate agent at your side, selling your home has its significant stressors. One of the most effective ways to reach potential buyers in Kelowna is creating an open house event.
An open house enables potential buyers to explore the home and neighbourhood while imagining their life within it. This experience allows the buyers to create an attachment to the house and speed up the offer. Likewise, it has the potential to turn them off and right back out the door!
If the thought of opening your home to perfect strangers is making you nauseous, we understand!
Don't worry! The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team has your back!
Here's the thing. You're home, is waiting for you out there. The one you are standing in right now? The one you placed on the market? That home is their home.
Letting it go: We know it can be hard to let go of so many memories, but as soon as we get this place sold, you will be creating many more beautiful memories in a home that better suits you! Try and start letting go of the thought that this house is your home, and replace the word with house, property, or building.
Allow us to show you 4 Ways To Create A Successful Open House
Preparation is vital to almost any plan or project. An open house is no different! Sit down, and think about your target market. Is it a quiet street close to schools and parks: perfect for a family. Is it out by Gallagher's Canyon behind a golf course: ideal for retired individuals. Or, perhaps it's a smaller home right in the hustle and bustle of downtown Kelowna where the action is: great for an adventurous bachelor/bachelorette!
Once, you have your target market narrowed, grab a good ole fashion notepad and pen, and walk through your property with keen eyes, and no mercy! Be as scrupulous as you would be while looking for your new home. Leave nothing out!
After that, rank your findings from least critical to the highest priority problems that will most likely turn a buyer off.
3. Make It New
Taking a look at that list you created, it's likely not feasible to fix ALL the issues, however, by focusing on the more significant tasks at hand, you will most likely be able to see your home quicker, and even increase the asking price to make a profit out of your renos and time.
High priority items include:
Carpets and Flooring
Broken Windows or Mirrors
Dysfunctional Wiring or Switches
Chipped or Outdated Paint
Mold or Water Damage
Old Light Fixtures
Now that everything is in working order, it's time for a bit of elbow grease. Take a look around the house and yard. Clean up cobwebs and spider webs from outside (or inside if it's been an issue). Go through each room and declutter while cleaning meticulously!
Check out next weeks blog for detailed help on getting each room organized!
4. Setting The Mood
Now, it's time for the finishing touches! A friendly welcome mat, flowers on the table, and setting the stage! We want these strangers to feel right at home, and with any luck, they will be!
- Set the thermostat to the appropriate temperature
- Brighten the place up by letting the light through the windows
- Store your valuables away from public viewing
- Set out refreshments: The way to a buyer's heart is through their stomach...
- Get Out! Sorry, you aren't invited to this party, but we'll be sure to send you an invite to your next housewarming! Buyers tend to feel awkward when homeowners are around. Take the day, and do something fun with the whole family!
The good news is this is a great time to be selling your home in Kelowna. No matter the location, Kelowna, and the surrounding area, hold substantial property value and are high in demand!
Need help selling or buying a home in Kelowna, B.C.?
Contact The Dion-Ivans Real Estate team today!
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