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Home Selling Blogs – Victoria

Home selling advice for Victoria, BC residents by Ron Neal & The Neal Estate Team.

Found 10 blog entries about Home Selling Blogs – Victoria.

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Home on Your OwnFor Sale By Owner (FSBO) is a term that sounds like a big money-saver for Oak Bay home sellers because means they get to keep the commission they would have otherwise paid to an agent. Today, there are plenty of websites and even online real estate services that claim to help sellers save thousands of dollars on their home costs. But no matter how fool-proof the selling process may seem from the outside, there's a reason why agents have trained to get where they are. See why it's too big a risk to take.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Too High, Too Low

Setting a price is more than just getting a market assessment and researching the

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Selling a Home When Pets are AroundPets can be wonderful to have, but they make selling a home difficult. Pet odors, pet damage and even pets themselves can deter buyers. If you're a homeowner with pets, these tips can help you sell your property quickly, and for the right price.

Get Rid of Pet Odors

Pet odors can be a deterrent for a lot of home buyers. Buyers often find pet odors unpleasant, while those who have allergies may need the odors to be eliminated before they can move in. Homeowners who get rid of pet odors before buyers come for viewings can help their home sell more quickly. Deodorizing carpet is one way to get rid of pet odors. This is done by sprinkling baking soda on the floor and leaving it there overnight. It can be vacuumed the next day.

Opening windows

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Selling Your Home in a Competitive MarketOne thing that many sellers dread is a buyer’s market. This means that there are far more homes for sale than there are buyers looking for homes. As a result, home buyers effectively have their pick of the litter and sellers are left competing with each other to provide the best deal to entice the buyers. This is different than a sellers market where there are not enough homes and the buyers are at a disadvantage.

Selling in a buyer’s market can be tricky, but it isn’t impossible. If sellers make the right preparations before putting their home on the market, they can help ensure that their home finds a buyer regardless of the market. Here are some of the different things buyers can do to appeal to buyers and make a sale. 

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Tips for Completing Your Seller's Paperwork for a Faster EscrowHome sale paperwork has become progressively more complicated over the years, in an effort to stave off lawsuits and disputes from either party. The exact paperwork each Victoria home seller needs will depend on the province in which they live, but there are general best practices that sellers can use to prepare. The idea is for sellers to consider what the buyer needs to know as they're gathering up all the necessary documents.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Main Paperwork

Sellers are likely already familiar with the most important documents:

  • Deed
  • Survey data
  • Property tax records
  • Renovation information
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What You Need to Know to Sell Your Vacation HomeWhether selling a Type A or Type B property, vacation home sales differ from those of their primary home counterparts. From taxes to appreciation to staging, there are a variety of factors to keep in mind. To get the most from the Malahat North home sale, keep the following financial and practical tips in mind.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How Capital Gains Work

Capital gains apply to all sellers of secondary homes. This refers to any appreciation that occurred from the time the home was purchased to the time it was sold. So a property that was purchased for a net $75,000 and sold for a net $125,000 would be taxed at up to

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A 'How to Sell Your Home' GuideA home seller can take a number of different approaches to attract home buyers and get the offers they want. However, sellers need to understand how the process works before they start trying to add in their own special touches. Keep the main stages in mind to have a better idea of where to start and how to navigate your home sale without the hassle.

Declare a Budget

From staging and advertising to closing costs, home sellers need to hammer out their finances before deciding who to hire and how to list. Canadian buyers are usually required to hire a lawyer to ensure their paperwork is air-tight, so sellers should start researching average fees in their area as soon as possible. If sellers still have an active mortgage, they'll likely need to

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6 Must-See Ways to Improve Curb AppealEveryone wants a home that looks welcoming, especially when they’re trying to sell that home. A welcoming home draws buyers in and makes them want to spend time there, which can result in offers and even a sale. The best way to make a home appealing is to focus on its cub appeal, as the home’s exterior will be the first thing buyers see of it. There are many ways to boost curb appeal, and here are six of them.

1. Keep the Gardens Tidy

Gardens are highly visible and naturally draw the buyer’s eye, so it’s important for any gardens to look their best with the best possible landscaping. This includes removing weeds and dead plants, putting down fresh mulch, clipping overgrown bushes, and so on. Planting bushes and flowers can also be a good way

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Thinking of Selling and Property Needs Work? Maximize Your Return When Selling….even when time and money are short!

Sell Faster and For More! Clean, Declutter, Repair, Update, Renovate and Stage!

Does your Victoria area home need some TLC, perhaps painting, a new roof or a kitchen update? You don’t have the time or money to deal with it? Do you know you should and would benefit from steps to make your property more salable, but don’t have the time to wait months for a contractor, access to funds necessary and/or not willing to risk the outcome not being profitable?

If you knew that our renovation and home prep team would be in and out AND your property SOLD in less than 60* days from today AND you would put more money in your pocket AND

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Stage a Home to Sell Faster and For a Higher PriceStaging is a marketing tool that will help a seller convey the proper message. A professionally staged home shows better, no matter what its age or price. Staged homes also tend to sell faster in all markets, compared to comparable properties that have not been professionally staged, according to statistics compiled by the Real Estate Staging Association. Give up the idea that a home on the market has be expensively furnished or reflect the latest design trends.

Real estate agents note that prospective buyers view staged homes during home showings as well-maintained; the homes also present better in photographs and website listings than comparable unstaged properties.

Primary Elements of Home Staging

Is there anyone who hasn't heard the

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Preparing For A Home ShowingSelling a home involves preparation, especially in the days leading up to the first showing. Everything needs to be in place when the buyer comes to view the property. Preparing for buyers to come involves a lot of cleaning, organizing and decluttering. These tips can help home sellers get ready for the first showing.

Remove Clutter, Get Organized

Clutter can make a home look small and sloppy, even if it's been recently cleaned. Removing and organizing clutter is an important first step for staging. This can be a time consuming step, so some home sellers start months in advance. Clutter removal can happen in many ways.

  • Garage sale. This is an effective way to rid the house of old usable items.
  • Donations. Home sellers who don't have
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