When was the last time your REALTOR made a difference? (final)

Hello everyone, the campaign with The Salisbury Team and Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold ended December 15th, 2007. The attachment I have included provides all of the information and will be running in the St. Catharines Standard starting December 24th until the end of January, 2008. I personally went down to 610 CKTB last week to make the donation while they were doing the Community Care food drive at the radio station. Nancy McIntosh the Fund Development Officer did an announcement live on air which gave recognition to The Salisbury Team. I will have this audio available on my website and blog later in the week.

Thanks again for everyone who bought and sold through us during this time frame. It certainly is a worthwhile cause that we are proud to have been a part of this Holiday Season.

T.

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Timothy Salisbury
Broker
The Salisbury Team
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage
Toll Free – 1-800-467-8498
Office – 905-937-6000
View My Website at www.timothysalisbury.com
When Buying or Selling, please remember me!

Home Staging Equals Quick Sale

Hey Bloggers, I have put articles on My Blog over the last few months concerning staging of properties before going to market. Why? Because I feel it gives the SELLER, when listing their home verses the other homes on the market, a great advantage right from the get go. Here are the basics to Staging and the 5 points Staging Spaces talks about.

Questions:

(1) If reading this article, have you had any experiences good or bad regarding staging? In the Niagara Region, it is relatively new but in talking to realtors across Canada earlier this year, especially Vancouver and Toronto, it has been popular for many years.

(2) Do you know anything about staging? If you have any questions, please ask and I will have them answered for you.

Happy Holidays and see you in 2008

T.

Home Staging Equals Quick Sale

One of the most important things you can do to sell your listings quickly and for the highest possible price is to “stage” them. Basically, there are five steps to home staging.

Cleaning
Getting rid of clutter
Depersonalizing
Decorating and accessorizing
Maintaining
Cleaning

When I say, “cleaning” I don’t mean your ordinary, weekly house cleaning. I mean a deep cleansing in which you make every surface, every window, every nook and cranny sparkle and shine. You should encourage your homeowners to clean their windows, their ceiling fans, their curtains and blinds, carpet…in short, everything. Homeowners should also strive to eliminate any unpleasant odors and if possible, have someone else care for their pets until the house is sold.

Getting Rid of Clutter

Your clients are going to be moving shortly anyway so it’s in their best interests to go ahead and start getting rid of the things they’ll never need again and boxing up the things they can live without for a couple of months. They should clean out about 50% of the things in their closets, most of the knickknacks displayed around the home and enough furniture that the rooms look open and inviting. Countertops should be clean and uncluttered. Even the cabinets and drawers should contain only a few items, because prospective buyers will be opening doors and drawers and they will want to see a lot of space.

Depersonalizing

Explain to your clients how important it is for them to remove most of their family photographs and personal collections. Buyers are trying to envision themselves living in every home they tour and it’s very hard for them to do that when faced with the seller’s personal items. Every room of the house should have a general appeal for the majority of buyers. Leaving personal collections for the buyer to see distracts the buyer, forcing the buyer to take time focusing on your things rather than the house.

Decorating and accessorizing

Your sellers may feel they can’t spend much money to update their house but there are many improvements they can make that won’t cost a lot of money and that will bring them a much higher sales price. A fresh coat of paint doesn’t cost very much but will add a lot of impact. New window treatments, fresh flowers, green plants and pretty accessories all pack a punch without breaking the wallet.

Maintaining

Sellers must commit to keeping their home spotless and staged as long as it’s on the market. The very day someone leaves a dirty towel on the bathroom floor will be the day a prospective buyer walks through. Granted it’s not easy to keep a home so clean while someone is living there but the payoff will be a quicker sale at a higher price. Convince your sellers that their extra effort now will have them moving in a much shorter time. Remind them to keep the outside as clean and neatly maintained as the inside. If they can’t keep the lawn mowed they should hire someone to do it. Trash cans should be kept out of sight. A nice potted plant, a clean doormat, and a front door wreath make the home seem inviting.

Home staging can be done on many different levels, from a thorough cleaning to a complete remodeling. The more your clients do to stage their homes, the better their chances of securing a quick sale.

I give my clients a twenty-nine page booklet and sit down with them to go over my recommendations and explain the importance of completing the high priorities on the list, the ones I believe will make or break a sale. One note of caution however – you must be certain the home is priced close to market value because no matter how good a home looks, it will not sell if it is overpriced.

Stacey Haluka
Staging Spaces
The first stage to selling your house

www.staging-spaces.ca

Attention Landlords in the Niagara Region / Students who will be attending Brock University or Niagara College!

One of my clients has started a website just for you! See below.“If you’re a Landlord, you can post unlimited properties absolutely FREE. Take advantage of landlord forums, a vast landlord resource database, and gain access to significant member only savings.”

Students, this site offers the listings available in proximity to your school. Locate and obtain details by using their interactive map. Also they have information to great deals, and a student resource database as well.

Check it out – The link is http://www.selectstudentrentals.com/

T.

Timothy Salisbury
Broker
The Salisbury Team
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage
Toll Free – 1-800-467-8498
Office – 905-937-6000
View My Website at www.timothysalisbury.com
When Buying or Selling, please remember me!

Protect Yourself From Fraud When Donating To Charity

Just recently made a donation to Community Care and then the next day I saw this article in the St. Catharines Standard. Question for anybody reading this entry – Have you ever had a situation where the donation you made was a scam or to a fake organization?

T.

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FRAUD WHEN DONATING TO CHARITY – BE AN INFORMED DONOR

– Consult the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Charities Listings at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax/charities/donors/menu-e.html or call 1-800-267-23874 to confirm that a charity is registered with the CRA.

– Confirm that you will receive an official donation receipt if you want to claim a tax credit.

– Beware of schemes that promise tax savings greater than your cost, thus allowing you to “profit” from donating to a registered charity.

– Write cheques payable to the charity, not an individual.

– Do not donate if there are signs of fraud, such as inappropriate pressure to give immediately or being offered a receipt for more than you actually donate.

Niagara Region – Up-To-Date Information On Business and Tourism

This electronic newsletter is a complimentary publication offered by the Niagara Economic Development Corporation. It contains up-to-date information on business and tourism news in the Niagara Region.

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Timothy Salisbury
Broker
The Salisbury Team
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage
Toll Free – 1-800-467-8498
Office – 905-937-6000
View My Website at www.timothysalisbury.com
When Buying or Selling, please remember me!

Home Within Walking Distance Of Lake Ontario Located at 60 Springs Garden

UPDATE: This property has been sold!

Please use our online complimentary St. Catharines Ontario real estate search to find similar available listings.

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Priced at $339,900
Lovely 4 Level Backsplit
Northend Location
Minutes to Lake Ontario
Maintenance Free Exterior
Beautiful Curb Appeal
1,900 sq. ft. of Living Space
Double Attached Garage
65 x 205 Lot Size
Walkout from 3rd Level to Backyard
Hardwood in Living Room and Dining Room

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Current Mortgage Rates

Rate
Term
5-Year Fixed 5.99%
3-Year VRM 5.50%, Prime minus 0.50%

Quote of the Week

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”
Janice Maeditere

Please take note that I will be away from the office December 25th and returning January 4th. If you need assistance during this period, please contact Debbie Fast at 905-641-7813.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Paul Croteau
Mortgage Specialist
BMO Bank of Montreal
ph: (905) 321-3230
Paul.Croteau@bmo.com