Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Pre-Inspection Prior to Listing Your Home - Get Pro-Active!

Prior to listing your home or property sometimes it's best to have a pre-inspection done. This may help to alleviate any concerns and stress you have as well as set you up in a stronger negotiating position when you are negotiating the sale of the property.

The below information is supplied by:
Tom Pape @ True Star Home Inspection Services
(604)-773-3450 truestartom@gmail.com

Home Inspection for Sellers (Pre-listing)
Selling your Home?
Pre-Listing inspections are becoming one of TrueStar Home Inspections most requested services.
Many people think that they should only have a home inspection conducted when they are purchasing a home, however, as a Seller, having your home inspected prior to putting it on the market is a valuable tool allowing you several advantages.  A pre-listing inspection will allow you to see any existing deficiencies or safety issues present in your home at the time of the inspection which can then be repaired in advance or disclosed to potential buyers. The inspection may reveal underlying problems that you are not aware of so you can price the house to reflect the condition, or you can decide to make improvements for a higher return.  This will allow the potential buyers to better understand the condition of the property and give them the confidence to move forward with an offer to purchase.

Benefits for Home Sellers

Having TrueStar Home Inspections Services conduct your pre-listing inspection offers the Seller the following benefits:

Your home may seller faster.
Buyers have more confidence knowing you are not hiding information.
The inspection prepares you in advance for responding to buyer concerns.
Buyer is less likely to negotiate on the price.

TrueStar Home Inspection Services will offer your buyer a discount for their pre-purchase inspection following acceptance of their offer to purchase, lessening the chance of any surprises. 
 The buyer is also invited to have an Onsite Review at a reduced cost that provides insight for the buyer, provides the buyer with a complete inspection report and creates a contractual relationship with the inspection company. (Buyers should be advised that without the Onsite Review, the inspection company remains responsible only to the seller.

Home Inspection for Buyers (Pre-purchase) Before buying your dream home, get your own unbiased home inspection to help make an informed decision and negotiate the best price. Our goal is to report on the condition of the house, indicating potential repairs and expenses. It will help you prioritize any improvements and reduce the risk of costly surprises in the future. 
Ultimately, we will leave it to you to decide whether or not you buy the house. The home inspection is very important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle and only you know all of the factors at play.

Housing Inspection for Seasonal Agricultural Workers
Have your housing accommodations certified prior to the arrival of your temporary foreign workers to B.C. Following the mandatory criteria we will examine and report on the exterior, interior, heating, lighting, ventilation, accommodations and safety of your property. The report will include an inspection for providing clean and sanitary conditions. Specific concerns should be addressed on site before the inspection.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

3 Top Things You Need to Know Before Listing Your Property

Mistake #1 -- Placing the Wrong Price on Your Property
Every seller obviously wants to get the most money for his or her product. Ironically, the best way to do this is NOT to list your product at an excessively high price! A high listing price will cause some prospective buyers to lose interest before even seeing your property. Also, it may lead other buyers to expect more than what you have to offer. As a result, overpriced properties tend to take an unusually long time to sell,
and they end up being sold at a lower price.

Mistake #2 -- Mistaking Re-finance Appraisals for the Market Value
Unfortunately, a re-finance appraisal may have been stated at an untruthfully high price. Often, lenders estimate the value of your property to be higher than it actually is in order to encourage re-financing. The market value of your home could actually be lower. Your best bet is to ask your realtor for the most recent information regarding property sales in your community. This will give you an up-to-date and factually
accurate estimate of your property value.

Mistake #3 -- Failing to "Showcase" 
In spite of how frequently this mistake is addressed and how simple it is to avoid, its prevalence is still widespread. When attempting to sell your home to prospective buyers, do not forget to make your home look as pleasant as possible. Make necessary repairs. Clean. Make sure everything functions and looks presentable. A poorly kept home in need of repairs will surely lower the selling price of your property
and will even turn away some buyers. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

First Time Home Buyers ~ the B.C. Government Mortgage & Equity Partnership

B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity partnership

Every British Columbian deserves a place to call home. That is why we are taking action to control the cost of housing, increase access to affordable rental units, and help families make their dream of homeownership come true.

What is the Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership?

From middle class families to young professionals, first-time home buyers are looking to invest in a secure and stable future.
For many British Columbians dreaming of buying their first home, the hardest step is saving for a down payment. That is why the Province is partnering with British Columbians to help make that dream come true, through the B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program.
Through the B.C. HOME Partnership program, the Province is helping first-time home buyers by contributing to the amount they have already saved for a down payment with a loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.
Here is how it works:
  • The B.C. HOME Partnership program will meet the buyer’s contribution up to 5% of the home’s purchase price, to a maximum purchase price of $750,000.
  • After five years, buyers can either repay their loan or enter into monthly payments at current interest rates.
  • Loans through the program become due after 25 years – the same length as most mortgages.


The B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership supports eligible first-time homebuyers. To qualify for the program, all individuals with a registered interest on title must reside in the home and:
  •   Have been a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least five years
  •   Have resided in British Columbia for at least one year immediately preceeding the date of application
  •   Be a first-time buyer who has not owned an interest in a residence anywhere in the world at any time
  •   Use the property as their principal residence for the first five years
  •   Purchase a home that has a purchase price of $750,000 or less (excluding taxes and fees)
  •   Obtain a high-ratio insured first mortgage on the property for at least 80% of the purchase price
  •   Have a combined, gross household income of all individuals on title not exceeding $150,000
  •   Have saved a down payment amount at least equal to the loan amount for which the buyer applied

How to apply

Step 1: Get preapproval for an insured first mortgage from your financial lending institution.
Step 2: Apply to BC Housing for the Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) partnership loan. If you are eligible, you will receive confirmation of eligibility and Homebuyer’s Kit which includes information for your Lender, Real Estate Agent, and Lawyer/Notary Public.
Step 3: Find your home and provide the details of your planned purchase to BC Housing for approval.
Applications for the program will be accepted starting Jan. 16, 2017, for purchases that will close on or after Feb. 15, sold sign2017.

For more information: Give me a call and we can talk. 
I have a team ready to help you through this great new experience. 
Ken : 604-340-1516 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

An excellent article and finally someone is talking truth .... we need leadership and an honest discussion, not rhetoric and double-speak ....
Ian Young - Vancouver Correspondent for South China Morning Post on the 'freak show' housing market.....

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

um ... about this Real Estate market .................

Sooooo......yep it's not you .... it's this market.  
As usually happens, the wave started in Vancouver and made its way out to the Valley .... and  now.... 'it's' here.
                   'IT' ........being a very active....very hot market.
If you are a Buyer or a Seller and if you are active in the market right now, you will probably find yourself in a multiple-offer situation.
And now it's more vital than ever to have someone working and representing your interests.
Multiple offers ............. SWEET !! if you are the Seller ............ YIKES !! ...not so much when you are the Buyer.
Now is the time for some strategic planning. Call m:604-340-1516
Make sure you are in the best position to meet a successful outcome. You need a deep knowledge of the many traps and dangers with multiple-offers.
That's where your Realtor comes in..... you need a plan... I have a plan.   

Monday, January 25, 2016

Professional Shots vs. .... those other ones ...nice try tho'

A royal battle today....a clash of image.
Professional vs. .... trying to do the best.
We live in a visual world.  An online, wired-up, mobile world.  
Visual wins ! 
In todays crowded and noisy on-line world your home has to stand out from the pack. 
A professionally shot property gives your home that extra 'ooomph' ....... make it stand out from the rest of the pack.



Quick story:

I was showing a condo which I had listed to first time buyers who are just starting their buying journey.
There were multiple other similar listings in the building but they chose my clients place.
The buyers, who I had just met, said to me as we were standing outside afterwards, "there are other ones here we know but yours is the only one which we wanted to look at.
All of the others had dark, grainy, photos. They didn't look very good ...we like this one."

a good try ............

bright, open and visually appealing......

As part of my services to my clients, I include a professional group of photographers and videographers who help create a marketing package for my clients' properties.
for more .... call anytime
Ken W Hunter : mobile 604-340-1516   email: thehousehunter50@royallepage.ca

Monday, January 18, 2016

Are you a 1st-time seller? ... 4 Top Things You Should Know

What's a 1st time seller ? ....
.........seriously, what's a 1st time seller? 

~ if its been a loooong while since you stepped into the world of real estate transaction(s).....
~if you purchased your family home while the kids were in primary school and now have large, empty spaces.....
~ and ..... if its been a long time since you went through the selling/buying process, a lot has changed ......
.....you... yes, you are a 1st time Seller...be proud of that title! 

4 Top Things To-Do To Help Sell Your Property
1. Price Your Property Realistically From The Start    

Every seller obviously wants to get the most money for his or her property. Ironically, the best way to do this is NOT to list at an excessively high price.
A high listing price will cause some prospective buyers to lose interest even before seeing your property.
Also, it may lead other buyers to expect more than what you are offering. 
As a result, overpriced properties tend to take an usually long time to sell (even in a hot market such as this one) and they often end up being sold at a lower price.

2. Mistaking appraisals for Market Value

Unfortunately, an appraisal may have stated at an untruthfully high price (or too low). The best way to understand the actual Market Value (at that snapshot in time) is through your Realtor. He/She will use past sales as well as their experience working in the current market to help you decide.
Study sales prices, not active listings. 

3. Promotion, Promotion, Promotion ............
An extremely important question to ask:
How will the property reach the target market? 
One of the most important ways is.....
The modern version of 'curb-appeal', a gallery of professionally taken photos ... This is important for on-line marketing which will enhance web sites, social media, blogs etc ...as well is important for traditional brochures & the powerful MLS system. 

Also, make sure you hire an agent with an easily accessible contact number for voice calls, emails and texts, so questions can be answered from all types of buyers. 

4. Clearing the Clutter
Clutter can mean the difference between cozy and cramped. 
Of course, while you are selling, you are still living your lives in your home, so spend a couple days prior to listing the property and scale back the 'things and stuff' you have in your home.
Remember, the goal is to 'make space' .... or "Makin' Space!!" 

For more tips and information ....... let me know.

 m: 604-340-1516   e: thehousehunter50@royallepage.ca