I will work for you every step of the way when selling Vancouver Island Real Estate!
My combination of skill, experience, and technology ensures that I can sell your home or any real estate for the highest possible price and in the shortest period of time. I have the tools to meet the demands of a highly competitive, modern market.
I am always familiar with the current homes on the market by searching every day the new listings and sales, and I know neighborhood values well, so I can help you determine fair market value for your property. I attend Multiple Listing tours, office meetings and office tours to always be knowledgeable about all the new listings that come on the market.
My Unique Automated Internet Marketing System
Online Presence: Available 24 hours a day!
My online marketing system allows me to make information accessible 24-hours a day, and to respond immediately and directly to each and every prospective buyer. From my website, prospective buyers can get information immediately about your home. They can access my site 24 hours a day and view your property listing! Through my Personal Home Search, your listing will be sent by e-mail to every prospective buyer in my database, where your home meets their criteria. Plus it will be e-mailed automatically to future prospective buyers as well.
As soon as you list your home with me, I will enter your home in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database. Other agents can immediately access your property information by computer. Plus, your property will be included in any printed Vancouver Island MLS books. I also regularly publish in magazines and newspapers in the Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo areas and send out direct mail pieces to potential buyers.
I advertise in the local monthly Real Estate Guide which is distributed to over 16,000 households. Our office also distributes additional copies through mail outs across the country as well as distribution to information centers, Chamber of Commerce, motels, hotels, stores and restaurants for visitors to our area. I also advertise in the Western Investor and the Nanaimo Real Estate Review. I put all my listings on my own personal web site and on the Multiple Listing Board web site which are both accessible to potential buyers anywhere in the world.
Pricing Your Home
When you think about it, there are several other homes for sale competing with your home. I will help you price your home competitively to attract qualified buyers. The way I do this is by generating a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) report, which will show you a range of prices being paid for homes in your area. You can complete my online form to get a feel for your home's market value.
Every Step Of The Way...
Remember, I will be working for you every step of the way to make sure that you get the highest possible price for your home or any real estate in the shortest period of time.
Sellers Information Guideersf to Purchase
Offers to Purchase
An interested buyer will prepare a written offer, usually on a standard form called the Contract of Purchase and Sale. Your Realtor must present you with all written offers and if you receive several at one time, you are under no obligation to accept one over the other.
When you receive an offer, you can accept it exactly as it stands, reject the offer, or make a counter-offer to the buyers, with the changes you want.
An offer usually contains subject clauses that the buyer needs to remove by a specific date. A subject clause is a special condition that must be met before the sale can take place. For example, a buyer may want to have a certified home inspection done before they commit to the sale. Once the subjects are removed and you've signed the offer, it becomes legally binding.
The Contract of Purchase and Sale will specify a completion day for the sale. On this day, legal ownership of the home will transfer from you to the buyer.
Before the completion day you should hire a lawyer or notary public to handle the completion procedures. Your Realtor will be able to recommend some lawyers or notaries. The lawyer/notary will:
Ensure that your mortgage has been properly discharged.
Arrange for you to sign papers transferring title.
Confirm that all payments you are responsible for have been made.
Give you a cheque for the balance .
Although you will receive a payment upon the sale of your home, there are still some costs you need to be prepared to pay. They include:
The Realtor's commission.
Any penalties for paying off your mortgage early.
GST on the commission and legal fees.
Your portion of the property taxes.
Preparing Your Home For Sale
Exterior Touch Ups
Interior Touch ups
Showing your home
With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.
PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SHOW
Oil squeaky doors
Replace burned-out lights
Clean and repair windows
Touch up chipped paint
Repair cracked plaster
Repair leaking taps and toilets Spic and Span
Clean washer, dryer, and tubs
Clean fridge and stove
Clean and freshen bathrooms
The Buying Atmosphere
Be absent during showings
Turn on all lights
Open drapes in the day time
Play quiet background music
Keep pets outdoors
Weed and edge gardens
Pick up any litter
Clear walk and driveway of leaves
Repair gutters and eaves
Touch up exterior paint
The Spacious Look
Clear stairs and halls
Store excess furniture
Clear counters and stove
Make closets neat and tidy The First Impression
Clean and tidy entrance
Ensure doorbell functions
Polish door hardware
SHOW YOUR HOME WELL
Keep room draperies and shades open to let in light, and make rooms appear larger.
Tag items not included in sale (i.e., water conditioner).
Have your home well-lighted during showing.
At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting in back if you have it.
Neatness makes a room look bigger. Avoid clutter.
Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
Keep any toys in the children's rooms.
Bikes, wagons, and skateboards should not be out front, but made as inconspicuous as possible.
Keep stereo or TV turned way down.
Keep pets outdoors when your house is being shown.
Remove and replace items not included in the sale of your house (i.e., Chandelier).
Remember.....to be a seller you have to look at your home like a buyer.