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If you’re thinking of selling your house, a professional home evaluator will tell you how much your home is worth. Depending on your home’s condition, the results will vary widely. However, if you’re thinking of increasing your home’s value, having an evaluator tell you what you need to improve can be rewarding.

A good home evaluator can help you make your home worthy of the price you want to get for it. He will know what buyers want to see in Fort St. John homes for sale, so his help will prove invaluable come selling time for your home. That said, there are certain steps you can take to get the best possible appraisal value when an evaluator comes by to visit. Here are some of them:

Clean up

When cleaning up your home, don’t just stop at making the bed or arranging your furniture. Be sure to wash your walls clean, remove gunk and grime from kitchens and bathrooms, and give your carpet or floors a good vacuum or scrub. If you have any renovation projects underway, make sure these are completed before the evaluator arrives.

Enhance curb appeal

Go outside and take a good look at your home from the streets. Does it look enticing? If not, you need to take some time to spruce up your exterior. Manicure the lawn. Repaint your siding if needed, and don’t forget to replace those broken shingles.

Make your own list of notables

You love your home for many reasons, so let the evaluator know what these are. Make your own evaluation list and hand it to your evaluator. This will give him a better idea of what your home offers and what makes it stand out from all the other homes in the area, which could increase its appraisal value.

Trusted home evaluators in Fort St. John

Established home evaluators like Scott Sauer can give you an accurate property market value for your home by comparing it to other current and recently sold homes for sale in Fort St. John, BC. Their services don’t end there, however. Once the evaluation is done, they will then give you a detailed description of why your house is priced as such and let you know of the best improvements you can make to raise your property’s value further.

Sources:

9 tips for high value home appraisals, MoneySense

What Appraisers Look for During the Home Appraisal Process, RealEstate.com

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Properly preparing your home for sale will increase your sale price and shorten the time your home stay’s on the market. With the right help from me, an experienced real estate agent, you can sell your home faster for top dollar. Among the most common recommendations by experts for staging your home: remove all clutter, pack away unusual personal items, and make cosmetic improvements. These preparations will make your home more attractive to buyers.

After these steps, you’re ready to price your home. Do you know how to price your home right? One thing to keep in mind is that the housing market is a true market. What a neighbours home sold for 6 months ago may not be an accurate reflection of your homes value today. Regional economic news can dramatically cool or heat home values.

Check the current market listings.

Do a simple search of the prices of similar properties in your neighbourhood, or search for residential properties with similar selling price as yours. For instance, you valued your home at $400,000. Look for residential properties in Fort St. John, BC that are priced similarly. See if the standard features or condition of those homes are comparable to yours. The key to reviewing the active listings is knowing how long they have been for sale. The typical average time a home takes to sell in Fort St John is about a month. If a home has been for sale for more than 60 days most likely it is over priced. 

Renovating to sell

Renovating is a tricky proposition as renovations normally take longer than planed and cost way more. I would be glad to also meet with you and discuss the value of your home ‘as is’ and what it would sell for with the renovations. I will show you all the other homes for sale and sold that are comparable to your house. This way you can make an educated decision if the time and effort of renovating is worth it in the end

Work with an experienced real estate agent.

Find a REALTOR® with a strong track record in the local market, such as myself Scott Sauer with Re/Max, who is versed in home evaluations and comparative market analysis reports. A professional agent has the knowledge and the right tools to price your home right.

Sources:

5 tips for selling your home, Canadian Living

Selling your home for more using the 3D rule, MoneySense

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According to a report from EnergeticCity.ca, the latest B.C. Northern Real Estate Board Housing Affordability Indicator report shows that home ownership in Fort St. John, BC is still much more affordable when compared to other cities in British Columbia. At a median of $416,000, houses within Fort St. John are still significantly cheaper than the houses in Vancouver.

 

 

With houses going for affordable prices, alongside the fact that Fort St. John is a lively and entertaining city in its own right, you can be sure that there are many people looking to buy a home in the city. If you are planning to become a homeowner in the city, you’d better start looking at beautiful Fort St. John homes for sale immediately, or risk missing out on your dream home.

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should rush headlong into purchasing a house. Although you have to act quickly, you should also act responsibly. After all, purchasing a home is a significant investment. When you start looking at homes for sale, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

 

Ask for a Market Analysis from Your REALTOR®

 

When one of the many homes for sale has finally caught your eye, you’ll want an experienced REALTOR® like Scott Sauer to conduct a thorough market analysis on similar homes. Knowing how much similar homes in the area are selling for can be a powerful piece of information when you reach the negotiating table. Similarly, you can get a good idea if the seller’s asking price is a fair deal or not.

 

Always Have the House Inspected

 

Would you buy a used car without checking under the hood and taking it out for a test drive? You probably wouldn’t do that, right? The same logic applies to buying homes for sale in Fort St. John, BC. Before you buy a house, always have the house professionally inspected. An experienced home inspector can help you discover any problems with a particular home. When the inspection is completed the inspector will review and explain the report in detail to you. With this detailed knowledge of the condition of your new home, you can buy with confidence and security. If there are problems with the home as a buyer you have four options.

1) Buy the home because it is a great house in outstanding condition. 

2) Ask the seller to repair the problems.

3) Ask the seller to reduce the price to cover the expense of repairing the home.

4) Cancel the sale.

 

Get to Know the Neighbourhood

 

Don’t forget that you’re buying more than just the house you’re looking at; you’re also buying into the neighbourhood. Take the time to talk to your potential neighbours to get a good idea of what it’d be like to live in the area. Ask questions regarding safety, traffic conditions, and other factors that you believe to be important in your place of residence.

 

 

Sources:

Home ownership in Fort St. John – $90K earners apply within, EnergeticCity.ca

Homebuying Step by Step: The Buying Process, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

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Clean and renewable energy has been a hot topic throughout the world in recent years. Fortunately for British Columbia residents, the province has taken a step towards providing clean energy. The following excerpt is from CBC News:

The federal and B.C. governments have issued an environmental assessment certificate to B.C. Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy Project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the B.C. forest and environment ministers said they had decided that Site C, a proposed $8-billion hyrdoelectric dam on the Peace River in Northern B.C. is in the public interest and that the benefits provided outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage impacts.

In light of this news, people who have recently purchased homes for sale in Fort St. John, BC can support this green movement by making a few changes around their new home. Some of these include:

Energy-efficient systems

Clean energy wouldn’t be very effective if your home has energy vampires. Old heating or air conditioning systems should be switched out with their more energy-efficient counter parts as soon as possible, for example. The same should be done with your windows. Apart from saving on energy, you also get to save hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling bills. On a side note, to save money and energy with your existing heating or cooling systems install a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat you can save money and energy without even having to remember to adjust your home and away settings.

Solar panels

Although installation can be a bit pricey, solar panels practically pay for themselves. In fact, experts claim you can make thousands of dollars every year by selling electricity back to BC Hydro. Consult with BC Hydro for the exact requirements.

Relocate your refrigerator

Since your refrigerator is meant to keep things cool, it has no business being next to machines that produce heat. This is because your refrigerator has to use extra energy to battle the heat produced by it’s neighbouring appliance. Move your refrigerator to a new location if it’s next to your stove or dishwasher. This will save you money and potentially make your fridge last longer and add value to your home when it comes time to sell. Homes with the fridge and stove side by side look dated as modern kitchen design always have the appliances separated.

These are only some of the things you can do to make your home a little greener. If you have yet to purchase one the many beautiful Fort St. John, BC homes for sale, try looking for homes that already have green measures installed. Be sure to mention what green features you are looking for to a respected REALTOR® like Scott Sauer to make your search a little easier.

(Source: Site C dam granted environmental assessment approval; CBC News; October 14, 2014)

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As more and more people continue to purchase properties in different parts of British Columbia (B.C.), especially in the northeast, there are more buyers than sellers and finding a prime home is difficult. Northeastern BC is now a global market with international investment money flowing into the economy. Asia and Europe’s increasing demand for oil, natural gas, and forest products has transformed Fort St. John BC into the hub for major companies to base workers from. In fact more immigrants from various parts of the world are continuously attracted to the Peace Country for high paying jobs with most sectors of the economy short of skilled employees. As reported in the Vancouver Sun

Cook, Harris and their two huskies - Moose and Hudson - eventually moved into $340,000 ½ duplex that suited their needs and feel lucky to have it because another person wanted to make an offer on the property.

In Fort St. John, it's all about the booming energy sector and new jobs that continue to attract buyers to the market and drive prices higher.

 

The average selling price for a Fort St. John residential property rose by 12.5 per cent to $343,600 during the first half of 2013, up from $305,400 during the same period last year.

 

The Western Investor December, 2013 also projected prices to continue to rise in B.C. real estate. Over the next decade, northeastern BC will continue to boom as mega projects are developed in the area. Scott Sauer of Re/Max in Fort St. John referenced the $36 billion investment by Petronas in future LNG projects and the Site C dam, just a few kilometers from the city with a projected cost of $6.5 billion. With such scenarios quickly taking shape, potential investors, especially those who are looking to get in on the ground level, should buy Fort St. John real estate properties today.

 

Finding the right property to buy

 

Scott Sauer, a REALTOR® with Re/Max Action Realty Fort St. John dominates the market with nearly 70% market share can find you the right property. Weather you are looking for you first home, expanding your investment portfolio or buying commercial property Scott has the professional experience to accomplish your goals. Scott can access all the Fort St. John real estate listings and help you choose the right property.

 

Transparency from start to finish

 

Understanding all the pros and cons of the property you are considering will make the decision easier. Having a trusted real estate consultant like Scott will be invaluable to your buying or selling decision. Real estate is all about the details, Scott is know for his analytical approach to real estate. Once the negotiations start this is where Scott shines, an expert in this field having successfully completed over 700 transactions.

 

(Article excerpt and Image from “B.C.'s many markets,” Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2013)
(Article reference “5 hot housing markets,” Western Investor, December, 2013)

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