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What You Don’t Know About Buying a Home

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Our REALTORS® have seen it all. Well, they’ve seen a whole lot when it comes to buying and selling real estate. Here are a few insider tips they’ve picked up along the way that you’ve probably never heard before.

1. Ask your REALTOR® how your offer will be presented.  Wouldn’t you want your REALTOR® to present your offer to the sellers personally rather than just emailing it to the seller’s REALTOR®?

2. Always assume that you are being recorded when viewing houses.  While not legal without your knowledge and consent, we know of situations where sellers have used listening devices to try to get the inside scoop on a buyer’s negotiating strategy.

3. Leave your SmartPhones at the door!  Without the seller’s permission, you’re not allowed to take photos in the home owner’s house.  Don’t risk breaking privacy laws.

Once you’ve found your dream home, don’t ’show your hand' on Social Media.4. Once you’ve found your dream home, don’t ’show your hand on Social Media.  Sellers and their REALTORS® might see your post and you may end up paying more as a result of what you said on Facebook.

5. Google the address of any house you’re interested in.  The history of your future home and neighbourhood are a simple search function away.  Try this … google cigar smoking ghost in Richmond Hill!

6. Are you receiving Customer of Client Service from your REALTOR®?  There’s a big difference and if you don’t know the answer to this question your REALTOR® may be obligated to tell the seller how much you’re prepared to pay.

7. The day that you become owner of your new home make sure that everything is in working order.  Crank the furnace and air conditioner, ignite any gas fireplaces, do a load of laundry if the washer & dryer were included.  If you discover something isn’t in proper working condition, the seller is responsible for repairing it.  However, if you discovers that something isn’t working beyond the closing day it’s probably your responsibility.

If you’re looking to buy in Norfolk or Oxford Counties, we’d love to be considered. Get in touch to see if one of us is the right REALTOR® for you.

Simple Tips for Listing Your Home

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In most industries today, buyers are doing their research before they shop. Likewise in real estate, buyers typically have a very good idea of the market they are shopping in as well as the property values within. With such knowledgeable shoppers, it is increasingly important that you have the resources to price your property competitively.

In order to attract the right buyers for your property, here are some important listing tips to consider!

Factors in Determining Your Property’s Value

Before you compare your home to similar properties and establish a competitive list price, the following points should be considered.

  • Location! Location! Location!
  • Size of home and lot
  • Style of home (Bungalow or 2 storey, etc.)
  • Condition and finishes/upgrades
  • Buyer Demand

Get to Know Your Market

A comparative market analysis (CMA) is an indicator of what today’s buyers are willing to pay for a home.  It compares the market activity of homes similar to yours in your neighbourhood.

Those that have recently sold represent what buyers are willing to pay.  The properties currently listed for sale represent the price the seller is hoping to obtain and show you what your competition is.  The listings that have expired were generally over-priced or poorly marketed. 

Together, you and your REALTOR® will review the CMA and establish a competitive market position for your property.

The Importance of Early Activity

As soon as a property comes on the market, there is a flurry of activity surrounding it.  This is the crucial time when REALTORS® and potential buyers sit up and take notice.

If the property is over-priced, it doesn’t take long for interested parties to lose interest.  By the time the price drops, a majority of buyers are lost.

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The Results of Overpricing

Many sellers believe if they price their property high initially, they can lower it later.  Often, when a property is priced too high it experiences little activity.  Gradually, the price will come down to market value, but by that time it’s been for sale too long and some buyers will be wary and reject the property.

On occasion, the price is dropped below market value because the seller runs out of time.  The property sells for less than it’s worth.

Missing the Right Buyer…

You may think that an interested buyer “can always make an offer” but if the property is over-priced, potential buyers looking in a lower price range will never see it.  Those who can afford a property at your asking price will soon recognize they can get better value elsewhere. For more insight on how to make sure the right buyer sees your property check out our blog on positioning your price for optimal search results!

Understanding the Factors that Influence Overpricing

Be aware of the factors that may tempt you to list your property too high.

  • Extensive renovations/hidden costs
  • Desire to purchase in a higher-priced area
  • Original cost of the home was too high
  • Lack of real market information
  • Building in “bargaining room”
  • Perceived emotional value

The Benefits of Pricing Your Property Right


With market knowledge and accurate property valuation your property can be positioned at the right price point to generate early activity and attract the right buyers. The right price also means:

  • Your  property sells faster, because it is exposed to more qualified buyers.
  • Your property doesn’t lose it’s “marketability”
  • The closer you price your property to marker value, the higher the offers
  • A well-priced  property can generate competing offers
  • REALTORS® will be enthusiastic about presenting your property to buyers

Pricing your property right is important! With these helpful tips, you’ll be armed with valuable knowledge when it comes to selecting your list price.  However, listing a property is complex and there are still many other items to consider.  Reach out to us at ray@eriesedge.com or 519-586-7922 if you have any questions about listing your home.