4 Home Updates That Get You Top Dollar

Right now is the perfect time to list your home. Mortgage changes are coming  January 1, 2018 that could reduce buying power by uo to 20%.  Also, with interest rates rising, and market prices still high, listing your home now makes sense. However, before you put a For Sale sign on your lawn, here are 4 home updates that can help get you top dollar for your home.

  1. UPDATE FLOORING

Flooring is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to put value back into your home. Updating your floors can instantly update the entire look and feel. A simple swap is to replace outdated carpets with hardwood or laminate, and for bathrooms and kitchens look to classic, simple tile designs.

  1. SWITCH OUT HARDWARE AND FIXTURES

Kitchens and bathrooms can instantly make a home appear outdated. One simple update that is to switch out fixtures and hardware. Replace dated brass hardware on cupboards and drawers with a more modern, clean look. Also, consider updating your faucets and light fixtures too-these are budget friendly and can be installed in a few hours.

  1. FRESH PAINT

One of the easiest ways to give your home a facelift is to refresh your paint colours! Choose light and neutral, inviting tones that will work for all buyer types. In addition, select a single colour to use in each room. Keeping it simple, clean, and neutral will add value back into your home and instantly make it easier for buyers to see themselves living there.

  1. DECLUTTER AND DEPERSONALIZE

Your home is just tha…your home. It has pieces of you and your family throughout. However, when you are selling it is important to remove some of those more personal items. That wallpaper you love, the quote over your entry way, or that funky piece of artwork might not appeal to all buyer types. Remove or place these things in storage. At the same time, look at your home objectively and pinpoint any areas that are “clutter zones”. Sort and organize these areas and put any items you don’t use day-to-day in storage as well.

By taking the time to update your home and showcase its best features you will instantly see a return on your investment. Buyers are more willing to buy a home that they can picture themselves living in.  Keep in mind that at Young Real Estate Group we have a network of trusted individuals who can help you with these projects! We know moving and listing a home can be a stressful time…and having someone do it for you just makes life easier! Give us a call today and we will be thrilled to meet  you and discuss the next steps in getting your home ready to sell for top dollar!

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Guest Post: The Top 10 Latent Defects in Home Inspections

We are excited to have one of the sharpest Home Inspectors with us today! Say hello to Daniel Fedosenko of Mr. Home Inspector Ltd! Daniel has been in the industry for a number of years and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to home inspections. From Vancouver to Hope and everywhere in between they are helping homeowners check off all the boxes when it comes to home inspections. So without further ado, take it away Danny!

I have worked with Alistair Young and his team for a number of years. At Mr. Home Inspector our goal is to:

  • Offer solutions to issues/challenges (not just reported problems)
  • Go above and beyond the call of duty, and
  • Provide exceptional customer service in the Lower Mainland (from Squamish to Hope).

Today, we wanted to cover the topic of Latent Defects.  Latent defects are those which would not be revealed by any inquiry which a purchaser is in a position to make before entering the contract. Here are the top 10 Latent Defects that you may miss if you don’t have a proper home inspection done!

  1. Bathing area moisture issues behind tile surrounds: water damage.
  2. Pest infestation in attic, crawlspace, and or living areas: damage and air qulity issues can arise.
  3. Plumbing issue: polybutylene pipes with plastic fittings 1978-1995 years installed. Water damage and insurance issues, extra costs
  4. Hidden water leaks: ceilings, walls, or floors: water damage and extra costs will occur.
  5. Grade levels around homes too high up onto the structure: structural rot and extra costs will occur.
  6. Electrical panel size 60 amps: causes insurance issues and extra costs to upgrade the panel size to minimum 100 amps.
  7. Poor ventilation in attic causes mildew/mold in areas: air quality issues and extra costs to treat area.
  8. Toilet tanks by Crane manufactured between 1980-1991 (tanks prone to crack): water damage
  9. Basement and crawspace water leakage issues: water damage and extra costs to address.
  10. Aluminum wiring 1960’s to 1970’s: expands and contracts and loosens and can cause a fire.

There you have it folks–these 10 defects can be avoided by having a home inspection done before you move into your new home. Get in touch with me and my team today, we promise to help you find any issues and find a solution!

 

Market Update + What defines a Sellers Market?

The summer heat has spilled over to the real estate market! This month the Fraser Valley remained in a Sellers Market.

Looking at the table above and seeing the ‘sales ratio’ you may ask how those numbers translate into a Seller’s Market. So we thought that this month we would dive into how we determine the market as a balanced, sellers, or buyers market.

First, what is a Sales Ratio? The Sales Ratio is the current inventory of homes that are selling. It is found by taking the number of sales and dividing

Examples:

 10% sales ratio=1 in 10 homes selling rate

33% sales ratip=1 in 3 homes selling rate

Make sense? We then take those ratios and compare them to benchmarks which determine if the market is balanced, favours buyers, or favours sellers.

  • A buyers market would have a sales ratio of 11% or less
  • A balanced market would have a sales ratio of 12-20%
  • A seller’s market would have a sales ratio of 20% or more
Looking at the stats in the table above, you can see that we are in a seller’s market–and have been for the past several months. If you would like to learn more about the stats for your specific area–or are interested in chatting about putting your home on the market get in touch with us today. We would love to meet with you and help you understand what the market is doing in your area!

Market Update: May 2017

Another month, another market update! The real estate market in the Fraser Valley has remained a seller’s market over the past month. We have seen average home prices rise, sales inventory slightly increase, and multiple bidding wars associated with many listings. To see last month’s stats for comparison please click here.

Here is what we saw this month for inventory, sales, and sales ratio:

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Surrey had an inventory of 748 homes with 366 sales. This gives a sales ratio of 49% White Rock/South Surrey had 565 homes listed, with 166 sold. Total sales ratio of 29% North Delta had less inventory at 153 homes listed, but 91 sold giving it a sales ratio of 59%. Following that, Cloverdale had the highest sales ratio at 86% with 103 listings and 89 sales. Langley saw 232 homes listed with 183 Selling and a sales ratio 0f 79% (second highest). In Abbotsford, 288 homes were listed, 209 sold giving a high sales ratio of 73%. Last but not least, Mission had a sales ratio of 61% with 138 homes listed and 84 selling.

The upward trend of prices and low inventory continues to drive the market. Homes are selling quickly and for top dollar making this an excellent time to sell. If you or someone you know is selling, please get in touch with us at Young Real Estate by calling: 604-533-3491, or email info@callyoung.com

 

The 3 Reasons the Fraser Valley is a Seller’s Market

At 63% MarketSpeed™ (sales-to-active listing ratio) we are officially in a seller’s market. But the question is: Why?

  1. Sales: 25% less than the previous year, and with an average list price of $623,000 giving us a 5% increase compared to this time last year, and a 2% increase month over month.
  2. Active Listings: Active listings totaled 3169  which is a 15% decrease year over year, but a 5% increase month over month
  3. Days on the Market: Homes were on the market for an average of 10 days in April, which is an 11% increase from last year, and 23% less than the previous month.

All of these factors play into producing a Seller’s Market in the Fraser Valley. If you are interested in learning about the stats in your area please contact us and we will be happy to send you a report!

 

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.

4 Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid These 4 Landscaping Mistakes

When a prospective buyer pulls up to your home, it’s your yard that greets them. Don’t get off track, then, in your outdoor efforts. Here are a few things not to do.

1. Ignore maintenance
Many people love the idea of a beautifully landscaped yard, but they aren’t willing to put in the work to maintain it. Make sure that any updates you make won’t require an intimidating amount of upkeep for buyers.

2. Forget that seasons change
When planning your landscape improvements, remember to include appealing elements for each season and not just a yard full of flowers that will wither in September. Evergreens add color through the winter, deciduous trees will flower in spring and turn color in autumn, and annual and perennial beds can bloom with color in the warmer months.

3. Neglect growth
Keep your trimmers sharp. Overgrown shrubs and trees can make your home look rundown. And a well-edged lawn suggests that the rest of the property is as well-maintained as the yard.

4. Let clutter sprout
Kids’ toys, athletic equipment and excessive lawn furniture can ruin the effect of even the most well thought-out landscaping. Keep it neat.

Ready to dig into other improvements you can make to your home to increase its appeal before listing it for sale? Talk to a Realtor to find out exactly what features buyers in your unique market are looking for.

Thank you to my colleagues at RE/MAX for this article.