In this video, we're going to look at what you need to do before the buyers arrive, so they simply fall in love with your home.
When you follow these simple steps, the buyers will reward you with their best offer. Hi, my name is Rosalin Smith-Carr, I'm a realtor here in Central Toronto, welcome to my channel.
Today, I wanted to tell you about how you can stage your house, make it look great.
Here's a few secrets for staging your home yourself, in case you're on a budget and don't want to spend money on a professional stager.
You know, it's no surprise that the kitchen and bathrooms are the top of the list.
They must be pristine and sparkling. Let's start with the kitchen. Get your counters cleared.
his can be a challenge because you have to put everything away that you're using every single day.
Your toaster, your kettle, and any other countertop appliances. You should put them away during the sale. But don't just stuff them in into the cupboards.
Remember the buyers will open those cupboards and drawers so they must look organized at sight. I love to use a bowl of lemons or granny smith apples.
They look fresh, and the need less care than fresh cut flowers.
Ensure that all of your garbage bins are empty, including those pullout bins.
Do expect the buyers to open up all the doors to everything, even down to the cupboards.
I love how good it looks to use those little folding cans, but you can usually pick them up from Amazon.
They really help to get you organized. We all know this is not how you live normally.
It does take a bit of an effort, but the payback believe me is well worth it.
Never mind that the buyers likely won't live like this either when they move in,
just know that when they see how organized it is, they start to picture themselves living in the house.
After all, isn't that what we want? For your bathroom, nice and crisp white towels, and a white bathmat.
These are strictly for show, not for you to use. Just to be popped out only when a buyer is coming to view.
After the showing, you put them away again so that your bathroom always looks sparkling.
To clear the countertops, nothing on display except a decorative vase with maybe some dried lavender, or fresh seasonal flowers.
Perhaps some decorative items in the corner of the tub. And by the way, here's one of my pet peeves.
No raised toilet seats! Keep them lowered.
Let's move on to the bedrooms. We're aiming to make it look like a hotel bedroom.
Everything is very depersonalized, no family photos, no kids, or grandchildren.
I find them to be a distraction to buyers. You want the buyers to see themselves living in your house, don't you?
So by removing your memorabilia, your photos, this helps them focus on the house rather than on your family.
Actually, this point applies to your entire house. How about the closets? Here's a hot tip, the less stuff in your closets better.
So, take out half of the clothes that you don't wear on a regular basis, clear the closet floors, no boxes or bags. Just clutter-free.
This magically makes the closet look a lot larger than it truly is. And here's another important thing to do. To make your house smell better, first replace the air filters.
They can get really, really dirty.
Pop a new filter into your air return. You can pick one of those up from Home Depot or Canadian Tire.
It's especially important if you have house pets.
Often owners are truly nose blind.
You don't want buyers walking into your home and smelling your pet odours.
here's a good idea I got on Amazon. It's a thing called Odor Bomb, it's an aerosol can that comes in ocean breeze or neutral fragrances.
Put it on a stool in the centre of the room and you press the lever.
And when you turn the air conditioner or heating back on when you get in,
it sucks the fragrance into your filtration system and pushes it out through the air filter.
Now, the whole house smells really, really fresh.
inally, your home's front exterior view is the first impression a buyer gets of your home.
Hang a seasonal attractive wreath on your front door with a couple of vibrant potted plants on either side.
A welcome mat is a nice added touch. Regardless of the season, make sure your front and rear gardens are beautifully manicured.
Now, the buyers will reward all of your efforts. If this is your first time here and you find this information useful, why not subscribe to this channel?
Because I put out new videos like this every week. Thanks for watching and see you on the next one.
Summer is here, and school is out. Its holiday and barbecue time in Riverdale-Playter States.
Hi, I'm Rosalin Smith-Carr here at Johnson and Daniel in Toronto. We've had nineteen sales in the last 30 days.
The days on the market to sell, that's the DOM is taking an average of only seven days.
The sale prices for all homes were virtually all about the asking price with a few selling from 200 to 500 thousand above the asking.
Right now there are 15 homes for sale in Riverdale-Playter States and the prices are ranging from $800,000 to just under 3 million.
Because of the slower start in home sales this year we expect this brisk level of sales to continue through the summer months.
Despite the more stringent mortgage rules buyers still want to make Riverdale-Playter States their home.
For those of you who may be thinking of a change, you may want to consider getting ahead of the September market.
Fall traditionally brings more homes to the market and therefore more competition for sellers.
Stay tuned for further updates.
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I'm happy to report that since our last video home sales have picked up in Lawrence Park.
Hi, I'm Rosalin Smith-Carr here at Johnston and Daniel in Toronto.
Spring has sprung, and things are looking rosier than there were a couple of months ago.
So let's take a quick look. Right now, there are 11 homes for sale in Lawrence Park.
They range in price from just over 2 million to just under 9 million.
These eleven homes have been for sale from 1 to 71 days reflecting quite a different market to what we saw in 2017.
Since the beginning of May, we've had 8 sales. Prices ranging from three and a quarter to five and a half million.
The days on market, that's the DOM, it shows how long it took for each home to sell.
The deal end for these homes was to 2 to 37 days. So, we can see a renewed enthusiasm by buyers.
As always, we'll keep our finger on the pulse and keep you posted.
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Making sense of Toronto home prices in the ever-shifting real estate market in the spring of 2018.
Hi, I'm Rosalin Smith-Carr here at Johnson & Daniel in Toronto. Browsing the information about the current state of the Toronto real estate market is quite likely to give you a headache.
I find that too much information causes confusion, while too little tends to leave one frustrated. Here are some snippets of the current comments in the media.
This is what Fort Collins a real estate consultant had to say: The Toronto housing market shrank 39% in March 2018 compared to March of a year ago. Luxury home prices took a precipitous fall this winter so those who didn't sell last spring and fall may have been feeling sick all winter long.
This from Huffington Post Canada: Toronto new condos built dropped 66% when prices soar 40% in the weirdest correction ever.
Sales of new condos in Toronto were down 66.5% in March of 2018 compared to March 2017. So, what did prices do? They soared by 40% during the same period.
Part of the increase comes from the fact that larger condos are being sold today than a year ago. They've gone from around 800 to 900 square feet. The Canadian Real Estate Association chief economist Gregory Clamp says that recent changes to mortgage regulations are fueling demand for lower priced homes while shrinking the pool of qualified buyers for higher priced homes.
Given the limited supply the shift of demand into lower price segments is causing those sale
prices to climb.
What I see these days is an amazing inconsistency in our market. What I mean by that is it some houses remain unsold while others are receiving multiple offers and selling above the asking and those are nearby homes.
The best way for you to clear the fog is to work with a local expert who's in the trenches every day. This will ensure that you get what you want as you navigate your way through these very murky waters.
We will continue to share and highlight for you the ongoing changes in our Toronto market.
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Hi, a Leaside update - I'm Rosalin Smith Carr here at Johnston & Daniel in Toronto.
Today I wanted to give you a quick update and overview of the number of homes sold and those currently available for sale in Leaside for the period March 1 to the second week in April.
Let's take a quick look at homes now for sale in Leaside.
There are four semi-detached listings and they range in price from 1.1 million to 1.4 million. Right now, there are also 15 detached homes available for sale and they range in price from 1.3 to 3 million.
Now to the number of sales: there were four semi-detached homes sold in the high 900,000 to 1.7 million.
We had 16 detached homes sold ranging in price from 1.3 to 2.6 million.
A most meaningful market gauge for any Toronto neighborhood is the length of time it takes for the homes to sell, the number of days they've been on the market.
For the reporting period for Leaside March 1 - the second week of April 2018 about half of those sales took less than nine days to sell and for the balance it took about a month and a half. I do hope you find this information valuable.
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Toronto home sales drop in January as new mortgage rules hit. Did you know that the new mortgage rules could wipe out up to 12 percent of Toronto homebuyers this year?
Hi, I'm Rosalin Smith-Carr here at Johnston Daniel Real estate in Toronto.
Today I want to share with you the serious impact that the new mortgage rules, new stress rules will have on home sellers as well as on home buyers in Toronto.
Effective January 2018 the new stress test rules require that homebuyers prove they could still afford the mortgage payments even if interest rates were raised by two percentage points.
This will cause those buyers to settle for smaller homes put more money down or delay buying. These new January 2018 rules apply even to mortgage borrowers who have down payments of 20% or more of the purchase price.
So, if you are a seller in 2018 it really behooves you to consider these new government rules as they have in effect reduced the amount of money that most buyers are able to borrow.
In order to succeed as a seller now you're strongly advised to follow these steps: