March 2021

Found 8 blog entries for March 2021.

Want a master suite with a walk-in closet? A double attached garage? A newer kitchen with high-end finishes and appliances? An open concept floor plan so you don't feel like you're cut off from your company when preparing dinner? These are not unreasonable desires for your next home but can be hard to find in pre-owned homes on the market, especially if the homes you are looking at are 25+ years old.

So you've exhausted the market and are now considering purchasing a new build. You get to choose the floor plan and the finishes, so it's understandable that you would be feeling this as an option. No matter how shiny and new sounds in theory, though, there's always pros and cons that should be considered before you buy a house. Let's dive into the

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For most people, buying a house is the single largest purchase they’ll ever make.  Wanting to ensure you get a good deal is only natural. But how can you really know? It’s not like you can ask the seller how much the other buyer is offering, and in a seller’s market there are likely to be multiple offers and competing bids.

Having said that, you still don’t want to overpay just because the market is hot. Of course, the price is not the only determining factor in deciding whether a home is a good purchase—location and condition are also integral factors. With that said, as your REALTOR®, I have many tools I use to help you ensure you get the best deal possible.  

Comparables

When you show interest in a property, and before we even discuss a

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A buyer looks at your home, makes you an offer, you negotiate, a deal is made, and your home is sold! It's as simple as that, right? Well...not always. Could you have gotten more for your home? Did you eliminate a large portion of the buyer pool by not offering a buyer commission? No matter what led you to the decision to sell your home by yourself, here's some of the best professional real estate advice I can offer.

Compare Your Home to Others on the Market

Don't let your emotions or your need for a specific sale price impact your review of homes on the market now. Take into account that listing prices are not sale prices. Make fair compromises when it comes to determining your home’s value, and be sure that the price you come up with is based

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Did you know that almost 50% of North Americans have a tendency to leave home repairs undone? Are you one of them? For many homeowners, it often comes down to simply not knowing everything that needs to be done to maintain their home. For others, it is a matter of putting it off again and again.

While little problems can be fixed quite easily, if caught in time, those same issues could become more complicated and possibly even disastrous later, especially when it comes to marketing your home to buyers. Clogged gutters could turn into water-damaged walls, chipped paint could lead to wood rot, and dirty filters could shorten the lifespan of your furnace. 

Maintaining a home can be quite a bit of work, especially if you don't know what needs to be

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SASKATOON REAL ESTATE REPORT

February Update:

February's residential sales of 352 units were up from January's total of 278. They were up 53.04% from February 2020 which saw 230 units sell!

- 131 of the 352 were in the price range between $200,000 - $349,999 (37.22%)

- $200,000 - $299,999 had 85 units sell (24.72%)

- $300,000 - $349,999 had 38 units sell (12.50%)

Here are some interesting numbers for February

-$500,000 - $750,000 had 37 units sell, February 2020 saw 15 units sell

- $750,000 - $999,999 had 8 units sell, February 2020 saw 0 units sell

- $1,000,000+ had 1 unit sell, February 2020 saw 0 units sell.

When home sales are up, along with higher priced homes, it's an indication that consumers are confident in the

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Known as the Paris of the Prairies, Saskatoon is the largest city in Saskatchewan. With the South Saskatchewan River flowing through its centre, as well 6 traffic bridges and 2 train bridges, it has also been called the City of Bridges by many, too! No matter what nickname you choose to use, though, there is a lot to love about the city of Saskatoon; and more and more people are choosing it as a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family! Why? Well, here are just 10 reasons why:

Meewasin River Valley

Saskatoon lies on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River and has wide, tree-lined streets amid vast parks and green spaces. Listed by Reader’s Digest as one of the top 10 greatest hikes in Canada, the Meewasin Valley Trail extends for 60

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Our local economy has been struggling to say the least, so as you’re making plans for this summer 2021 in the Saskatoon area, consider staying closer to home and supporting local!  We are lucky to live in such a great city and province and I’m sure there's a lot you haven’t yet explored that’s close to home. Whether you’re planning a day trip, a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, here are a few local ideas to get you started!

Top 13 Family Activities in Saskatoon

Looking for something to do that’s close to home and only takes an afternoon? Here are some of the top family activities in Saskatoon:

1. The Remai Modern Museum is a public art museum in Saskatoon, situated along the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River. If you and your

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Canadian interest rates are low, and Saskatoon home buyers are rushing to lock in the lowest possible interest rates. However, low interest rates are not the only thing to consider and be aware of when looking into and applying for a mortgage. Below I will explore some of the biggest mistakes some house hunters make before they even offer on a home.  

Spending Too Much on a Home

Lenders are legally prevented from approving mortgages for more than 35% of your household income, but most financial advisors recommend mortgages no more than 28% of your income. However, just because you may be approved for a larger mortgage does not mean you should purchase a home for that maximum amount.

Do your homework. You know your family's spending habits—is

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