Real Estate Wrap-up

It is officially the “New Year” and with the new year comes the yearly wrap ups! Check out the final Snap-Stats report + Video by clicking the link,  for December 2016 and find out how the year ended off.

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You can also view the FULL report by Snap-Stats and see how different municipalities & cities in the Fraser Valley  wrapped up 2016.

If you want to know more about your home’s market speed, or get set-up to put your home up for sale (It’s a seller’s market this month!) give me an email and I will help you sell your home for the best price!

Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Will Fail (and How to Fix That)

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If you didn’t achieve your resolutions this past year, you’re in the majority of 76% of Canadians who eventually gave up on their resolutions.

The stats are discouraging enough with 69% of Canadians who choose not to make resolutions at all, but maybe they’re on to something. This year, why not do something a little different…

Don’t make a resolution, instead, create a new habit.

In order for your resolutions to stick, you need to change your behaviour. In order to change your behaviour, you need to rewire your brain.

Through the use of MRIs, neuroscientists have discovered that habitual behaviour is created from thinking patterns that create neural pathways.  These become the default for your behaviour when faced with a decision.

For example, you probably don’t have to put much thought into whether or not to brush your teeth at night. If you’re about to go to bed, the neural pathways in your brain don’t require you to make a decision – you just brush your teeth.

These same studies have shown that making a change in your behaviour by simply “trying harder” can have the opposite effect. Real change requires new neural pathways, which are created once you adapt a new habit.

So how do we create a new habit?

1) Ask yourself, “What habit will have the greatest impact on my life?”

If your goal is to increase your sales or increase your networking capabilities, a habit you could adapt to reach that goal might be to make 50 voice-to-voice contacts each week. If you did everything in your business the same, but spoke to 50 people in your network every week, would your business improve?

2) Create a rule

Make one decision that will shape your behavior over time. An example could be that from Monday to Friday you talk to 10 people in your database every day before 12pm.

2) Follow your rule (even when it’s hard)

There’s a honeymoon phase for every new habit (that’s why the gym is so full in January), but eventually it will be much harder to follow your rule. You might say things like, “I was up late last night and I’m not in the mood to make calls. I’ll get back to it tomorrow.” Inevitably, tomorrow never comes and you’re back to where you started. Remember, you can’t have excuses and results at the same time.

Small actions performed with consistency produce great results. People often over estimate what they can do in the short term and underestimate what they can do in the long term. New habits take time.

So this year, don’t make a New Year’s resolution, resolve to create a new habit.

It’s a beautiful life.

Make it count.

 

Thanks to Richard Robbins | CEO Richard Robbins International Inc. for this great article!

Winter Curb Appeal

Winter can be one of the hardest times to make the exterior of your home look its best. There’s mud, rain, slush, snow, and barely any greenery…but we have 5 great tips to increase your home’s WOW factor during the cold winter months.

  1. Decorate with Greenery

A simple holiday wreath on your door, or garlands on the porch rails can add that pop of colour that is missing when the weather is gloomy. It can also add a touch of festivity during the holidays without going over the top.

  1. Light it Up

In the grey-washed winter, light is your home’s best friend. Turn exterior lights on as soon as the sun goes down and keep them lit on particularly dark days to draw attention to your lovely home (as well as the for sale sign parked on the front lawn).

  1. Keep it Clean

Periodically take the time to rake any stray leaves, trim any unruly trees or bushes, and clean out those gutters. Simple clean-ups and continued maintenance help to keep your home looking well-kept and neat during the winter months.

  1. Safety First

Keep your open house guests safe when they come to view your home. Clear a path to your home if there is snow and ice.  Also make sure to salt your driveway and any walkways when things get icy.  Remember the old adage, “Better safe than sued!”

  1. Tasteful Holiday Décor

Last but not least, keep your Christmas décor as colour neutral as you can. Place white twinkle lights on trees or the home, add a wreath to your front door, and consider leaving the inflatable Santa in the garage this year.

Following these simple tips will help to ensure your home gets a great response from buyers, neighbours, visitors and friends and family this winter!

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling your Home

Selling your home can be a confusing, emotional time. Avoiding these 4 mistakes can make the process easy, seamless, and enjoyable for you and your family:

  1. They Choose Just Any Realtor

At first glance, realtors may all seem similar however this is far from true. Realtors specialize in different types of real estate and you will want to choose one who specializes in selling YOUR type of property. The second consideration is to select a top ranked realtor to ensure you get a top SOLD price. I have specializations in condos, townhomes and houses, and am grateful to be one of the Top 1% of Realtors in BC.

  1. The House is Not in Selling Condition

Our homes are just that…our homes. They are comfortable, cozy, and suited to our personal tastes. When selling your home, think in terms of a showcase of your home’s best attributes. To make it look great take times time… repair, de-clutter, deep clean, de-personalize, and stage your home. When you’re ready to sell, my home stager will make sure your home outshine the competition.

  1. Home Upgrades are Neglected

Home updates and renovations are not always the most fun but there are some easy updates that add real value to your home at a fairly low cost.

  • Paint brass or old hardware with black spray paint for an instant update
  • Update old light fixtures and change out old yellow light switch covers to white
  • Touch up or re-paint walls where needed with neutral tones (eg. light beige/grey)
  • Complete necessary yard work—pull weeds, clean out gutters, and fix anything broken outside, and inside.

I will be glad to send you a list of terrific local handymen and landscapers who can help.

  1. They Don’t Insist on Great Marketing

When selling your home you want to get the word out to everyone! You never know who the buyer may be. Many homeowners believe their realtor will market their home, but they don’t insist on the latest and best methods. At Young Real Estate Group we use extensive social media advertising, top web sites, professional video and photography, 2D and 3D computer models of your home, hi-quality flyers, newspaper ads, and much more. We promise your home will be SOLD to the right buyer, and for the very best price…guaranteed.

So if you are looking to sell your home, or you have a friend who is thinking of selling, call us. I will be glad to drop by and share what we do and how we can help you.  604.533.3491.    info@CallYoung.com

4 Reasons to Buy in 2016

4-reasons-to-buyThe new year will be here before you know it! But there is still time to find your dream home in 2016—and there are 4 reasons why you SHOULD buy before we hit 2017!

 

  1. Harder for First Time Home Buyers Increased Government Intervention: With each passing month there seems to be more regulations and interest rate volatility.  From the changes on October 17th, to the new one’s coming into effect as of November 30th  buyers are seeing a significant impact on their spending ability.
  1. A Market Rebound will make Buying More Expensive The Real Estate market slowed in Vancouver for the month of October-which is good news for First Time Home Buyers. However, there is the potential of a market rebound occurring, and prices going back up in the new year.
  1. Segments of our Market are Increasing: Two segments have been growing in the real estate market and will continue to do so in 2017.  These two segments are First Time Home Buyers and Baby Boomers looking to downsize. This increase in demand, coupled with a lack of supply, tends to bring higher prices.
  1. Healthy Inventory of Homes Taper Off in the Winter: The supply of homes for sale is usually fairly low in January and February, making November and December a good time to pick up a new home. Buyers like a higher selection of homes and a lower chance of a bidding war.

The new year and holidays will be here before you know it! Take advantage of the less government intervention, lower pricing, and good supply available right now. This fall and winter could be your time to find the perfect home.

5 Reasons to Sell your Home in the Fall

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Fall brings about images of brightly coloured trees, warm apple cider, pumpkin everything—and a Home for Sale sign That last one may be a new one for you, but at Young Real Estate we have 5 reasons why Fall is one of the BEST times to sell your home:

  1. Fall Brings About More Buyers

Fall is the best time to sell because it is right before the holiday season hits full force. Typically we see a drop in the market from December-February, so listing your home just before this hits is optimal to capitalize on a strong potential to sell your home faster and for the optimal price.

  1. Interest rates are still low but maybe increasing anytime

Interest Rates are always a hot topic, as recent studies show that even a 1% increase in the interest rate could lead to nearly a million Canadians not being able to pay it! The rate has held steady as of late, but rumour continue to surface of changes to come.

  1. The Competition is Less

There are considerably less homes For Sale at this time of the year the in spring or summer. Fall is a the perfect time to showcase your home and to play into the high demand that the market has been experiencing.

  1. Rumours of New Mortgage Lending Laws

You may have heard that the BC Government and the Federal Government are introducing new mortgage laws, These new laws have started to come into effect, with the first coming into play on October 17, and are working to SLOW the market—making this fall more than any other time highly desirable to sell before the buyers options become limited!

  1. Risk of Home Pricing Decreasing in 2017

With new mortgage and lending laws coming into effect with their goal to be to LOWER the price of homes, there is a high likelihood that we will see a drop in prices of homes. This is great for the buyer, but not so great for you the seller! Capitalize on this well the market is HOT and list your home this fall.

If you are considering placing the “For Sale” sign on your home, contact us at Young Real Estate! We would love to help you navigate the changing real estate market and we will work with you to get the best possible price for your home.

5 Halloween Home Safety Tips

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5 Halloween Home Safety Tips

The time of year has arrived where face paint flies off the shelves and spooky DIY projects are well underway. From ghosts, goblins and witches to the latest pop-culture heroes and villains, this is the time of year where creativity hits an all time high as people far and wide celebrate the spookiest season of all, Halloween! While collecting candy and trying to get a scare out of your friends and family is all fun and games, worrying about the safety of your home and guests isn’t. See below for some Halloween home safety tips that will help you ensure the only thing scarier than your costume is the thought of your expanding waistline after consuming endless amounts of sugary treats!

Make a Clear Path for Guests

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With costumes that include fancy wigs, complicated masks and endless accessories, eliminating obstacles is the main safety tip you need to keep in mind. Whether it’s clearing the walkway or eliminating debris from your lawn, a clear path to your front door will help you avoid any potential accidents and is one of our top Halloween home safety tips.

Avoid Accidents with Lighting

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With the shorter days upon us, your guests will not be showing up until long after the sun goes down. Help them stay on course by lighting up the path to your door. Whether a couple pumpkins or some strategically placed string lights, a well-lit entryway will not only make it easier to choose your favourite costume, it will help keep everyone safe.

LED Candle vs. Real Candle

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We just told you to ensure the pathway to your door is well lit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a candle! LED tea lights are a great option for your outdoor décor that will look just as spooky as a candle, but will take away the fear of lighting a pumpkin on fire! These are also a good option for your indoor décor since you may not have the opportunity to keep a close watch on a candle burning inside your home throughout the night.

Keep Furry Friends Safe

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Halloween is an exciting time, and our Halloween home safety tips aren’t only for you, but also your pets! To avoid them escaping, getting into the candy, or getting scared of your visitors, keeping them locked away in a safe room for the evening is advisable. Since they don’t get to enjoy all the fun, leaving them a Halloween treat will keep them happy until the activity has subsided.

Be a Smarty with the “Smarties”

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If you are unable to come to the door when Trick-or-Treater’s arrive, or you will not be home to handout treats, leaving a bowl full of treats is not a good idea. Not only will it encourage people to come to your door when you aren’t there, it increases the risk of someone trying to tamper with the treats you have left out. A quick sign at the bottom of your driveway may be a good option and don’t forget to remind them you will see them next year!

When it comes to Halloween and other holidays, you can never be too safe! If you have other tips to share, make sure you reach out on Facebook to let us know so everyone can have a safe and happy Halloween full of friendly frights and sweet treats!

Thank you to the RE/MAX blog for this article.

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