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Real Estate Tips: Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid!

 Purchasing a Home? You Will Want to Know This!

Purchasing a Home? You Will Want to Know This

In this video, I tell you what other Real Estate Agents won’t: the biggest mistakes that home buyers make when purchasing a home. Whether this is your first purchase or you’re looking for your dream home, this is important information for you.

Watch this video for my complete answer to this home buying issue:

 

 

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,500 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook.  Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Mark

How Experts Sell Your Kitchener-Waterloo Home Faster AND For More Money!

Selling your home FAST and for MORE MONEY. Can you have both?

In this article, I’m going to tell you how Real Estate Experts sell homes faster and for more money. This is important information for you if you are selling your home in Kitchener-Waterloo and you want results. If you are looking to buy your dream home and currently own a house, before listing your home you can benefit from my 21 years of real estate expertise on this issue. Right from the top, does your agent tell you what to do with your home “before” it is listed? When a potential buyer is coming into your home for the first time they have to be able to put themselves in the picture to be able to buy your home. So what do we do to accomplish this?

HOME SELLING TIPS 

⊕Depersonalize⊕ You want to depersonalize “mostly” which is not the same as depersonalizing “entirely.” Depersonalizing doesn’t mean you get rid of ALL of your family photos. Home sellers take this to the extreme and then you end up with a house on the market that doesn’t look lived in. Potential home buyers are less likely to be able to envision themselves in your home when all of your personal touches are removed.
Declutter⊕ This seems straight forward and instinctual when you are preparing your home to be viewed by hundreds of people online and dozens of families in person, yet we sometimes need to take this a step further. When you organize your belongings and throw out things you don’t need, you may find yourself in the position my wife and I were in when we sold our first home together. We found that we had SO much “stuff” that I convinced her we needed to rent a storage unit and move the storage bins and extra furniture into. She was hesitant at first but now is a convert after we sold that home in only a few weeks. By placing these belongings in storage, we were able to open up the space to make it more visually appealing.
⊕Staging⊕ How do you showcase your home to make the appealing features stand out? We partner with Rooms in Bloom Home Staging and these ladies will come into your home and This is a service that I pay for to ensure your home is on display in the best possible light. We make excellent use of the available space, open up rooms that may have felt confined, and if we have to we’ll bring in some items to “pimp your home.”

MARKETING YOUR HOME

How is your home marketed? What kind of marketing budget does your real estate agent have to not only help you to make your home look the best, but also for it to be photographed the best and then marketed effectivey online? We know everyone goes online first to look at houses so “how” your home shows online is important. Do your photos make your home look better than it actually does? That’s a big mistake! Misrepresentation (eg. making rooms look bigger than they really are) brings the wrong kind of home buyer into your home. I call this “lunchbox letdown.” Not representing your home accurately in photos and online descriptions will deter agents from bringing other interested parties to view your home.

PRICING YOUR HOME

The most vital component in the process of listing your home and ensuring it is sold in a short period of time and for the most money possible, is the listing price. In fact this issue is SO important I have an entire blog post dedicated to explaining it. You can read this article here or watch the video here: bit.ly/MMPricing. I have also included my

Click to hear my full response about how real estate experts sell your home for more money

Click to hear my full response about how real estate experts                               sell your home for more money

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook.  Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Mark

Real Estate Tips: Why a Home Doesn’t Sell

Pinpoint the reason why your home may not be selling

Pinpoint the reason why your home may not be selling

Twenty-one years ago I started selling homes and serving clients and since then I have helped more than 2,400 families buy and sell real estate right here in Kitchener-Waterloo. However, when I started in this profession, although I knew how to run a business I didn’t know how to run a Real Estate business. Yes I passed all levels of the Real Estate exams with the top marks in my class, yet applying knowledge is different than simply possessing knowledge. Rather than learn by trial and error, I sought out the best Real Estate Coach I could find and that turned out to be Mike Ferry from California. Here is what Mike Ferry taught me about why a home isn’t selling…….

You can watch my complete response to why a home doesn’t sell in this video.

 

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook .  Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Selling Your Home: The Disappearing Buyer

Miriam thought she’d sold her house without a professional REALTOR®. Then her buyer mysteriously backed out. Watch Miriam’s story below:

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook here. Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Buying a Home: The Wrong Time to Buy

Looking for a house, Tyler quickly got in over his head. A professional REALTOR® helped him develop a more realistic and practical pathway to ownership. Watch Tyler’s story below:

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook. Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Selling Your Home: Discover What Goes on Behind the Scenes

It took selling her family’s house by herself to understand all the unseen things a professional REALTOR® does. And how they add up. Hear Jennifer’s story below:

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook. Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Real Estate Tips: Buying a New Home

Don’t take our word for it, find out how a professional REALTOR® could have helped Charlene see the complete picture of what she was buying before the deal closed.

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by getting a copy of my free eBook here. Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

Real Estate Tips: How To Price Your Home to Sell for the Most Money Possible

What you need to know about pricing your home to sell

What you need to know about pricing your home to sell

In this article I’m going to address the pricing issue when listing your home to sell for the most amount of money possible. This is important information for you if you are selling your home in Kitchener-Waterloo. If you are looking to buy your dream home and currently own a house, you can benefit from my 21 years of real estate expertise in addressing the pricing issue. Pricing your home properly can make a huge difference in how long it takes to sell your home and, how much money you get for it. In fact, pricing your home right is one of the most controversial issues in real estate. Here’s what we need to know – what is the most amount of money we can price your home for without pricing it too high? If we price it a little too high we may…..

Watch this video for my complete advice on the home pricing issue:

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Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by getting a copy of my free eBook here. Also for more great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.

 

 

 

 

Before You Make the Move: What You Need to Know Before Hiring Movers

 

hiring movers in Waterloo Region

Hiring Movers in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

It almost seems crazy. You hire people you’ve never met to take everything out of your house, put it in their trucks and take it away. Then you trust them to make sure all of your precious furniture and personal items make it safely into your new home. Hiring movers can be scary because of the incredible amount of trust involved in this transaction.

A Local Horror Story

Recently, residents in Waterloo Region unfortunately learned just how vulnerable we could be when we hire movers. The “Two Small Men with Big Hearts” company were recently implicated and charged for running a moving scam. A single mother on social assistance (obviously with a limited income) hired the moving company to move her belongings for a set price that they quoted on. Once Two Small Men with Big Hearts went to unload her belongings at her new home, they quoted her an entirely different (higher) price. When she wouldn’t pay, the movers drove off with all of her belongings in the back of their truck. Before you make the move, make yourself aware of the potential risks. Protect yourself against the unscrupulous elements in the business as well as the less nefarious mistakes.

Lowballs and Add-ons

Beware of the lowball offer. It may sound like a bargain but it’s often not all it seems on the surface. You might be quoted a bargain rate only to find out on the day of your move (when it’s far too late to make a change) that many of the services you expected aren’t included. Your mover might say that packing a fragile item or disassembling a piece of furniture isn’t included and hit you with a big add-on charge. What can you do at this point if you have a deadline to be out of the home? When asking for quotes, be sure your written quote includes specifics with a list of fragile items and furniture dismantling (beds, dining room hutches etc).

Make sure that you get all of the details in writing. An honest company won’t hesitate to give you a written estimate and a list of what is and isn’t included in their fees. Have it on-hand the day of your move in case one of the moving company employees tries to unfairly increase your costs. Also don’t let anybody convince you that pads, tape, or “special” boxes are extra costs. Know exactly what you’ll be paying and have it in writing before the movers arrive.

Cash-only dealings are rarely smart

If your mover is a “cash only” operation, choose another company. How many places where you shop are run this way? Would you trust a cash-only electronics store? Or a cash-only auto repair? Of course not – you’d assume something less than legal was afoot. So why trust everything in your home to a cash-only moving company? You need the protection of a traceable transaction.

Be smart and check the details

A reliable mover will have a good reputation, referrals, and all of the required licenses and insurance policies to operate their business. It’s up to you to check to see that the one you are hiring is fully insured and bonded. If they don’t have sufficient insurance and a worker is injured on your property, guess who is liable? That’s you.

Be extra careful with your precious items

Any decent mover can relocate a couch without incident. Many good movers can pack and safeguard your grandmother’s china. Some can be trusted with your baby grand piano and only a few with your fine art.

Specialty items like fine art and large musical instruments require specialty movers. These often one-of-a-kind items may be irreplaceable and unfixable so no insurance claim can fill the void if they are lost. Don’t take chances; hire a specialist for the items that require it. It may cost a bit more to hire the folks in white gloves with climate controlled cargo holds but what would the cost be if your item wasn’t properly handled?

Have the contract in hand

It is wise to have a copy of your contract where it can easily be accessed on moving day. You should also have working phone numbers for the company’s management. Someone should be available by phone even if you’re moving on a weekend. Trust your gut – if you feel uncomfortable in any way with the people who arrive or the way they are behaving, make the call.

Be attentive and protective, within reason

Be protective of your belongings and attentive to the way they are handled. If you are not happy (within reason) about the way something is being done, kindly let the movers know. You have a voice in this process so don’t be afraid to use it. It’s not rude to say, “I’m a little nervous about that item. Could you please put an extra layer of wrapping on it?” That “please” will go a long way so don’t forget to include it!

Consider what you pack yourself

Your moving company probably won’t be liable for anything you pack yourself so be judicious in choosing what you take on alone. Go ahead and pack small valuables like jewelry and watches and move them yourself if you can. These small items could prove to be a little too tempting. Expensive electronics (iPads, tablets, laptops) fall in the same category.

Many hands will fall on your belongings on the way. Don’t make your things easy to pocket.   If you can do it yourself, perhaps you should. But study up on how to pack and move those items since you’ll be the only one to blame if they arrive at your new home in less-than-ideal condition.

Be reasonable and polite

This is good advice for any situation really. Be reasonable in your expectations and understand that packing and moving takes time. Movers are just like you. They are there to do a job and most want to do it well.

Use kind words and a soft voice. Don’t be the ugly customer they talk about the next day. Yelling, threatening and using abusive language will only buy you trouble. Your movers might want to get away from you as fast as possible and the work may suffer for speed.

Speaking of speed, you probably don’t need to have an eagle eye on the clock. Most reputable movers just want to do a good job and get home to their families, just like you at the end of a long work day. The crew probably won’t let any of its members lag on the job.

Moving is stressful enough without adding in more drama on moving day. Be sure to hire a trustworthy company and take the time to become educated and well-informed on the costs and processes involved long before anyone packs the first box. It’s up to you to do your homework to choose the right movers and to make sure everything goes according to plan.

Recommended Movers in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

I have personally had excellent moving experiences with Evergreen Transfer, who has been in business in Kitchener-Waterloo for more than 30 years. In one particular move Evergreen Transfer packed every single item in my family  home (even including my wife’s underwear!) and unpacked it all on the other end. Although this is a more expensive option, it is fast, convenient and perfect for people whose time is valuable (or can’t get much time off work). I have also used Mike the Mover for one of my smaller moves. This company can handle any size move, their employees are friendly and polite, and I found their rates quite reasonable.

Find out how I’ve helped more than 2,000 families buy and sell homes in Kitchener-Waterloo by downloading my free eBook here: bit.ly/MMSellers. Also for great real estate videos you won’t find anywhere else, subscribe to my YouTube channel. I love to share my expert knowledge so if you have any real estate questions feel free to call me at 310-SOLD or email me at mark@maurerteam.com.