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Selling in Winter

Many clients ask me if the housing market slows in the cold months. To their amazement I always answer, no. The cold actually weeds out the “lookie loos”. When it’s dark, cold and snowy, home buyers with little or no motivation to actually buy a home stop looking. The buyers who are ready and motivated to buy don’t let seasonal elements deter them.

Please keep this in mind when you are ready to Buy or Sell real estate of any kind, in FSJ it's always a 'good time' to make a real estate move. Whether it is your first purchase, contemplating a move to the country side, creating investment strategy or upgrading your business, I can help.

Call or text me for immediate professional advise 250-794-1515 cell or toll free 1-855-585-1515.

Renovate to sell?

Renovating your home to keep it long term is totally different than trying to increase the “Saleability” of your home. “Saleability” – to change an existing feature in your home that you may love, but most buyers may not prefer like extreme paint colors. This is important to keep in mind as frequently when I work with buyers they will remember a home by referring to it as the “Pink Living Room House”. REALTORS® frequently remind buyers “it’s only paint”, but what a buyers see’s, is what a buyer remembers, the “Pink Living Room”. Paint will transform your home and make it feel fresh and loved. Contemporary color will also help the buyer feel they don’t have to paint again. Call or text me, I would be happy to do a pre-sale consultation with you to discuss if there are any simple cosmetic upgrades that could improve the “Saleability” of your home and put more money in your pocket.

Call or text my cell 250 794 1515 for immediate professional advice. I will show you all the homes listed by all the different Real Estate Companies that meet your “Vision”.

Property listings 

56 8420 Alaska Rd

3 bedroom and storage room with 1 bathroom home in Peace Country Park with a nice addition to give you the space you need. Has a new BC Safety sticker and is ready for you. Best price in the park. MLS ® Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

31 8420 Alaska Rd – “Sold in 1 day” Banner

Beautiful 1993 home with 3 bedrooms and a nice 10'x16' addition that could be used as a 4th bedroom or a fantastic TV room. Newer roof, windows, vinyl siding, and extra insulation was added when this work was done. Inside there is a fully-renovated bathroom and newer flooring. A nice-sized deck with access to the yard, and 3 storage sheds for you also! MLS ® Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

8007 88 Ave “Sold Over Asking”

½ Duplex near Duncan Cran elementary school with the perfect floor plan. 3 bedrooms up, entertainers main floor and a huge fully fenced back yard. The master bedroom is huge with plenty of space for your full size furniture including a kind bed. MLS® Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

9408 96 Ave – “Development Potential” Banner

Cute 2 bedroom home on a large lot, updated furnace and hot water tank, newer flooring, newer windows (all but one). and the bathroom has updated tub-surround and toilet. Parking in the front and off the lane. Zoned R2, lot is 50' x 136' according to the city tax records. Call for your viewing.

Price Report

Record Breaking News! Unprecedented growth in home prices. The average price of a home in Fort ST John has maintained an average price above $400,000 for 2014. From January 1 to October the average price is $414,445*. This is an increase of $43,710*. Your home may be worth more than you expect. Not all REALTORS® are the same, talk to me and see the difference. Call or Text me for immediate professional results and a pin point price on your property. Cell 250-794-1515 or toll free 1-855-585-1515

*Based on BCNREB stats Oct 31, 2014

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Pricing Your Home?

When sellers receive an offer quickly, it’s a natural reaction to wonder if they priced it too low. This is not the case, when a new listing comes on the market, all the motivated qualified buyers look in the first few days. If your home is priced right, one of those buyers will buy your home.

When a home seller does not receive an offer, they ask “why doesn’t someone write an offer”. The reality of the situation is that in a hot market like FSJ buyers rarely write offers on homes priced too high.

Buyers aggressively compare all the homes for sale and always choose the home with the most value. If one home is overpriced by as little as $15,000 on a $350,000 home, chances are this home will not sell. Let me explain. Over priced homes make homes ‘priced right’ look like a better deal. The accurately priced home will offer more value, like a better location, renovations or a shop. Overpriced homes may receive a lot of showings but rarely receive offers because the buyer see’s better value for the same money in other homes. Overpriced homes make right priced homes sell faster. The average days it take a home to sell in FSJ is 35 in 2014, my average is 8 days*. I am very proud of my ability to price your home right so that your home will sell for the most money possible. Call or text Scott for immediate professional advice at 1-250-794-1515 or email me at scott@scottsauer.ca. *BCNREB Stats 09/02/14

Mortgage Thoughts

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you—or anyone you feel comfortable introducing me to.

There is more to a mortgage than just the interest rate. Protect yourself, and choose your new mortgage with the lowest pay out penalties. If you need to sell your home or change your mortgage for any reason during the term of your mortgage this will make your life much happier. The two most common pay out penalties are “3 Month Penalty” or “Interest Differential”. 3 Month Penalty- The bank or financial institution that holds your mortgage charges you the equal amount of the interest you would pay over a 3 month period. Interest Differential- The bank or financial institution that holds your mortgage charges you an interest penalty in a complex formula comparing your interest rate with current rates and the amount of time remaining on your mortgage. The difference is $1000.00’s of dollars more.

I highly recommend talking to Thom at the local credit union or text me and I will help you understand the basics 250-794-1515

8007 88 Ave
Banner "1/2 Duplex"
Price $299,999
Photo "Bright floor plan"

Immaculate half-duplex with the perfect floor plan. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Open living, eating and kitchen area welcome you when you open the door. Generous living room fits all your full-sized furniture. The kitchen abounds with counter space, and a view of the backyard so that you can watch the kids play in the fully-fenced backyard. To help keep the house tidy, there is a mud room with laundry. Huge crawl space for storage also. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and a full bath. The master bedroom is gigantic. Still covered with new-home warranty and ready for you! MLS® Call Scott 250-794-1515

9408 96 Ave
Banner "Duplex Zoned"
Price $250,000
Photo "Exterior "

Cute 2 bedroom home on a large lot, updated furnace and hot water tank, newer flooring, newer windows (all but one). and the bathroom has updated tub-surround and toilet. Parking in the front and off the lane. Zoned RM2, lot is 50' x 136' according to the city tax records. MLS® Call or text Scott for your viewing 250-794-1515.

11319 95A St
Banner "Sold"
Price - Sold full price
PHoto kith

Cute as a button and immaculate! 3 bedrooms on the main floor, 1 bedroom downstairs with a huge family room and a 3-pc bath. The main floor has oak country kitchen, open floor plan. Kitchen window overlooks the huge wrap-around deck. The attached garage is wired for 220v. The basement has a good-sized laundry room with newer front-loading machines. This is the perfect family home with a good roof and updated hot water tank and furnace. Easy to see, so call or text Scott for immediate professional help. 250-794-1515 MLS®

9607 98 St
Price - Sold Full Price
Banner Sold
Photo - Jai

R2 zoned. Double garage. 2200 sq ft. 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with large principal rooms and a fully-finished basement. The double, attached garage is 25x26. The kitchen is large with oak cabinets and lots of counter space. Kitchen is open to the huge semi-formal eating area. The basement is perfect for the family, with space for a rec room plus a pool table, and a games area. 2 additional bedrooms and a 3-pc bath. Basement could be converted to a rental suite. It's a beauty! Call or text Scott 250-794-1515 cell

Houses prices increase 22%!!

The average price of a house in FSJ has gone up 22.36% based on the average sale price in August 2013 compared to August 2014. The average sale price of a home in August 2014 in FSJ was $446,889. That is absolutely mind blowing. If you are considering making a change call or text me for immediate professional Real Estate advice 250-794-1515 cell

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Sold in 7 Seconds!

Seven seconds. That’s how long a listing has to capture the attention of a home buyer who’s sifting through all of listings on the computer as they start their home search. Will your listing make their short list?

 

97% of home buyers begin their search online by browsing listings. They spend an average of 7 seconds previewing a home before deciding if they’ll look deeper or move on. Too many MLS listings and photos are poorly crafted and fail to capture the buyer’s interest, meaning the opportunity with that buyer is lost forever. As a REALTOR®, I take the MLS listing very seriously, knowing it will be seen by hundreds of buyers through many partner sites. My approach works.

 

Look at this impressive stat proving my point. The last 5 listings I have sold, sold in 1 day*. Let me sell your home in 7 seconds for top dollar. Call or text Scott for immediate professional advice.

*Sold April – May 2014


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5 steps to ownership

 

Always wanted your own home?


Here are your 5 steps to ownership:

1) Call Scott 250-794-1515 to discuss what you want to accomplish.
2) Scott will establish a customized strategic plan to lay out a step by step plan for you to accomplish your goals.
3) Scott will connect you with my team of professionals, Mortgage financing, Home inspectors and Lawyers.
4) Buying a home is very technical and requires attention to detail. Let me guide you.
5) I can show you all the new listings before they go on any public MLS site. Beat other buyers to the best homes with my VIP Buyers program. Let's find you the right home!

 

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Price Report for Fort St John

 

Record Breaking News! Unprecedented growth in home prices. The average price of a home in Fort St John has exceeded $400,000 for the first time ever. Your home may be worth more than you expect. In the past 12 months alone your home increased by over $26,000. Call or text Scott for up to date information on the value of your home: 250-794-1515. *Based on BCNREB stats Aug 1, 2014

 

 

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LISTINGS

11316 95A Avenue
$370,900
Cute as a button and immaculate! Across from the park. 3 bedrooms on the main floor, 1 bedroom downstairs with a huge family room and a 3-pc bath. The main floor has oak country kitchen with a modern open floor plan.The basement has a good-sized laundry room with newer front-loading machines. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty! MLS ®

 

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Mile 18 Old Alaska Hwy
$150,000
Backing onto the Kiskatinaw River Valley, with paved roads right to the property and two building sites cleared and road built into them. 146 Acres of unspoiled perfection covered in heavy timber. Build a new home or a cabin for your private retreat. It WAS a Beauty. Listed by Re/Max Action Realty. MLS®


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9607 98 Street
$305,000
R2 zoned - Double Garage, 2200 sqft 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom with large principal rooms and a fully finished basement. The double attached garage is 25x26 with electric doors. The basement is perfect for the family room plus a pool table and games area. MLS ® Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

 

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9103 99 Avenue
$429,900
Beautiful home 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. This home features vaulted ceilings on the main floor and a completely updated kitchen w stainless steel appliances. The eating area open to the large sunny deck overlooking the yard with a fire pit. Fully finished basement. MLS ® It's a Beauty. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515.

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What is the history of this house?

 

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you—or anyone you feel comfortable introducing me to.

Buying a home means buying the history of that home. The more a buyer knows about that history the happier they’ll be in creating their own story there. But home sellers sometimes are nervous about divulging history, especially if it’s tinged negatively. Luckily for buyers, it’s the law that when sellers complete the property disclosure statement, issues like a persistent leak, or the fact that the sewer line backs up in a heavy rain will be disclosed to you.

As a real estate consultant, my solution to awkward disclosures is to prepare the seller’s positions in advance, right when we’re listing the home. Then, if a buyer has concerns with any of the disclosures, we are ready to negotiate strongly.

If you or anyone you know, is thinking about selling a home and needs a strong negotiator, call me or text me at 1-250-794-1515 or email me at scott@scottsauer.ca for immediate professional advice.

Who’s the next person you know who’s thinking about selling a home? Please let them know how my experience can help them.

Should You Downsize Before Retirement?

Many homeowners live in large, often multi-story homes that they simply don’t need any longer. Their kids are grown and moved out. They don’t enjoy cleaning it. They can’t manage the huge yard. But they own it free and clear…so why move? Here are some thought-provoking questions for boomers to consider.

Is your house worth enough so that you can buy a nice single level home for less? There are several developments in Fort St John that may meet your needs perfectly. Would it be more profitable to invest your equity now and enjoy life a bit more? Travel, buy a nice RV or move South?

If you, or someone you know, lives in a home that’s too large for them now, and they might want help answering these real estate questions, please call or text me at 1-250-794-1515 or email me at scott@scottsauer.ca for immediate professional advice.

 

 

8127 94 Ave - SOLD

Nicely kept home with 2 bedrooms a den and a bonus second living room. Both bedrooms are a good size and the den has a sink that the owner uses as a art studio. Outside a new huge wrap around deck and 3 outbuildings. Huge lot 49' x178'. It WAS a Beauty.

8223 96 Ave - SOLD

Amazing fully renovated 2 bedroom, one bathroom home with open style living. The kitchen is well appointed and open to the living room. The entire home has been updated, new bathroom, updated flooring, this home is really nice. Manicured yard. It WAS a Beauty!

9607 98 Ave

R2 zoned - Double Garage, 2200 sqft 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom with large principal rooms and a fully finished basement. The double attached garage is 25x26 with electric doors. The basement is perfect for the family room plus a pool table and games area. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

9103 99 Ave

Beautiful home 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. This home features vaulted ceilings on the main floor and a completely updated kitchen w stainless steel appliances. The eating area open to the large sunny deck overlooking the yard with a fire pit. Fully finished basement.It's a Beauty. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515.

Price Report for Fort St. John

Outstanding, fabulous numbers for Duplex owners. The Year to Date (Y.T.D) average sale price of a Duplex as gone up by *16.8% or $51,000. If you have owned a Duplex for a year or two did you realize you may be able to sell your duplex and buy a house with a shop? Call or text me 250-794-1515 and let me explain. *Based on BCNREB stats July 2, 2014

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SELLING SEASON!

Statistics show that the busiest months for home sales are the warm months. The warm weather is finally upon us. It’s true that more homes sell in the summer, because buyer demand builds steadily throughout the spring. Sales then peak during the warmest months, June, July, and August, when it's easiest for families to move without uprooting their children from school. Homes that go up for sale in June show up as "sold" homes in July and August, indicating that the early summer might be the peak time to market a home to capture buyer interest. I've observed that the heavy buyer interest in May has created “market energy” that translates to faster sales at stronger prices. Call or Text Scott for immediate professional advice: 250.794.1515

 

TO FIX OR NOT TO FIX?

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you. Deciding what to fix and not fix before selling a home should be a simple calculation of dollars in vs. dollars out. However, whether a given project is worth doing depends on the current state of the property and a buyers’ expectation at that price range. This is where I shine. I will guide you and establish a strategic plan to sell your home for the most money with the least amount of work on your part. Which tasks to do—and not do. For instance, should you paint? Add insulation to the attic? In your neighborhood would replacing the appliances be worthwhile? What a seller does depends on what they’re competing against in their marketplace. I am your best source of information about what will help your home sell faster and for more money. Call or text Scott now 250.794.1515

 

8973 75 St

Nicely updated home on its own lot 49x150. The home has two large bedrooms and a home office or craft room. Enjoy the summer nights on your huge deck 16x20 or sit in the backyard around the fire pit. Lots of room to build a shop in the back & a new 10x16 shed with power. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

 

8127 94 Ave

Nicely kept home with 2 bedrooms a den and a bonus second living room. Both bedrooms are a good size and the den has a sink that the owner uses as a art studio. Outside a new huge wrap around deck and 3 outbuildings. Huge lot 49' x178'. It's a Beauty. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515.

 

9607 98 Ave

R2 zoned - Double Garage, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom with large principal rooms and a fully finished basement. The double attached garage is 25x26 with electric doors. The basement is perfect for the family with space for a family room plus a pool table and games area. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515. It's a Beauty!

 

9103 99 Ave

Beautiful home 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. This home features vaulted ceilings on the main floor and a completely updated kitchen with newer counter tops, glass tile back splash and stainless steel appliances. 3 bedrooms on the main floor with 2 full bathrooms. It's a Beauty. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515.

 

Price Report for Fort St. John

More good news! Take a look at the numbers. The Year To Date (Y.T.D) average home sale price year to date in Fort St. John is up 21.4 % or $22,515! This is absolutely amazing news for home owners. If you are considering buying a different home, I can help. Let me connect you to my team of industry experts that will make your Selling and Buying process a snap.

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Sell your home for More!

 

Home sellers feel at ease working with an experienced real estate consultant like me, because we review all the data together, including how often an overpriced home drops in price before selling and how long it stays on the market. Buyers don’t make offers on overpriced homes. If a home is underpriced, it will likely get multiple offers that drive the price up. In fact, deliberately under-pricing is a strategy some sellers choose to create an auction effect to get a higher price in less time.  Let me sell your home faster and for more money.

 

 

 

Mortgage Advice 

There is more to a mortgage than just the interest rate.  Protect

yourself, and choose your new mortgage with the lowest pay out penalties and interest rate. If you need to sell your home or change your mortgage for any reason during the term of your mortgage this will save you $1000’s.  The two most common pay out penalties are “3 Month Penalty” or “Interest Differential”.  3 Month Penalty- The bank or financial institution that holds your mortgage charges you the equal amount of the interest you would pay over a 3 month period.  “Interest Differential”- The bank or financial institution that holds your mortgage has a formula that takes into consideration the interest rate your mortgage is at and the current posted rate.  The amount is always more than the “3 month penalty”.  The difference is $1000.00’s of dollars.  If you have questions about your home or your mortgage please call me at 250.794.1515 or email me at scott@scottsauer.ca  

 

9607 98 Ave

4 bedroom, 2 bathroom with a double attached garage 25' x 26' home has large principal rooms and a fully finished

basement. The kitchen features oak cabinets. The basement is the perfect family room plus a pool table and games area. It's a beauty!

 

Garrison Landing

1/2 Duplex 1630 sq ft, three bedroom, 3 bath home this summer. Large corner lot with access to the rear yard, top quality construction by VLS Quality Builders & located in extremely popular Garrison Landing.Purchase price includes10 year warranty & GST.

 

Whispering Winds

Architecturally designed executive 2 story home. featuring walnut hardwood flooring, a beautiful walnut chefs

kitchen, 3 fireplaces, 3 decks, dream ensuite, a large backyard. Basement has finished 4 pc bathroom. Call or text

Scott (250) 794-1515.

 

Whispering Winds

Architecturally designed executive 2 story home. featuring walnut hardwood flooring, a beautiful walnut chefs kitchen, 3 fireplaces, 3 decks, dream ensuite, a large backyard. Basement has finished 4 pc bathroom. Call or text Scott (250) 794-1515.

 

PRICE REPORT

More good news! Take a look at the numbers.  The Average home price year to date in F.S.J. is up $26,531.  This is absolutely amazing news for home owners.  If you are considering buying a different home, I can help.  Let me connect you to my team of industry experts that will make your Selling and Buying process a snap.  

 

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New Listings?  Or Be the first to know.

I can email you all the new listing and sold prices for all the homes in FSJ and surrounding areas listed by any Real Estate Company.  That’s right!  You can receive all the listings from all the different companies before they reach MLS®.   Get the inside scoop on the hot Real Estate market.  Contact me with your areas of interest and I will do the rest. You can cancel or alter your Real Estate Market Watch at any time with no obligation, simply click unsubscribe or email me your new criteria.  Call/text or email me with your areas of interest and Be the First to Know!

 

 

 Renovations for selling?

This is one of the most common questions I receive when talking to a home seller.  Amazingly the answer is different for every seller.  The reason being is that no two homes are the same.  Based on the unique features, condition and location of your home I will give you the right advice.  We will discuss each room and if any changes or improvements should happen.  Painting your main rooms and cleaning could add $10,000 to your home price.  This strategic review of your home will ensure the best features of you home are show cased when buyers view your home online or in person.  Remember you only get one chance to make a great first impression with buyers. Call or text me now to take advantage of my unmatched marketing strategy 250.794.1515

 

9414-9416 99 Ave

Sold in 3 Days! Full Duplex with incedible cash flow, $5200 a month.  50' x 155' lot, lots of off street parking and fresh paint through out.  Call me today to find another "ATM" investment property.

 

Kin Park

3 bed, split level with updated kitchen, large dining area, hardwood through most of main & top floor. Sitting room & huge rec room overlooking the private backyard for your kids play in, this spring enjoy a day on the huge deck

 

Fully Renovated

Ready for you to move right into. This crisp and clean home is perfect for you. New Windows, Flooring in all the rooms, the new furnace will is energy efficient to save you money and keep you warm. The kitchen is updated with new cabinets. Bathroom is new everything!

 

Charlie Lake

Live by the Lake and enjoy the beauty of peace and quite of lake front living!  Meticulously maintained home with lots of upgrades, 30 yr shingles, Hot water tank.  Inside has new flooring and is architecturally designed Post and Beam construction to give you the large open floor plan. 

 

Population growth linked to home prices


Fort St. John is leading the Northeast in projected population growth.  According to Stats BC the province is forecasting for double the population growth in FSJ compared to Dawson Creek over the next 20 years.  Fuelled by mega projects like Site C, LNG Exploration, drilling and pipe line work.  Home prices are up 18% in the last 3 years, prices are sure to continue increasing at an unprecedented rate based on the information at hand.  If you are considering making a move, the sooner the better! 

 

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