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5 Things you Need to Know About a Seller’s Market

On The Bay Magazine Story by Janet Lees ❧ Illustration by Robert Carter Mark Murakami provides insight on dealing with a seller's market Over the past few years, when it comes to real estate, home buyers have been in the driver’s seat for the most part. They’ve had lots of homes to choose from and could take their time to find the perfect home that checked off all the items on their wish list. Sellers, meanwhile, often had to wait until the right buyer came along, while their listing languished or they were hit with low-ball, conditional offers. That has…

Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Stats Release March 2016

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound came in well above year-ago levels in March 2016. Home sales numbered 213 units in March 2016, up 36.5 per cent from March 2015. This was the highest level on record for sales in the month of March. Sales of all types of properties numbered 268 units in March 2016, up 41.1 per cent from the previous March. The average price of homes sold in March 2016 was $255,923, up 11.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis. New residential listings on…

Maximize Your Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything when you are selling your home. A prospective buyer will decide in a single glance if they want to consider purchasing your home, or even step inside and take a look. How does your home look at first glance? Stand on the sidewalk in front of your home and take a good long look. Do you like what you see? Will anyone else? What you do with your front garden, walkway and entrance will help you tempt the most discerning house hunter. Follow these guidelines to ensure your property has plenty of curb appeal. Drive by…

Savvy House Hunter Secrets

Experienced home buyers know that there’s more to look for than a good neighbourhood and a sturdy foundation. They shop with their hearts, their heads – and with the expert advice of a real estate professional. Before you get caught up in the excitement of searching for the perfect home, here are some savvy steps to follow. 1. Know how much you can spend Don’t get caught in that trap of finding a perfect home that you can’t afford. Do your homework and define your budget. Get a pre-approved mortgage or consulting with your lender of choice, and keep your…

Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Stats Release February 2016

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]  Grey Bruce Owen Sound home sales remain at near-record levels in February. Residential sales activity recorded through the MLS® System of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound came in well above year-ago levels in February 2016. Home sales numbered 163 units in February 2016, up 25.4% from February 2015. This was the second highest February on record – one sale behind February 2006. Sales of all types of properties numbered 208 units in February 2016, up 30.8% from the previous February. The average price of homes sold in February 2016 was $262,279, up 3.2% on a year-over-year…

Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving is tough enough on humans – imagine how overwhelming it would be if you didn’t understand what was going on. When you’re moving with pets, the boxes, the commotion, and tension can add up to confused, stressed – even sick – animals. To keep your cat or dog (or iguana) calm and relatively happy during your move, all you need is a little planning – and maybe an extra treat or two. Stick to a routine Stay consistent by keeping walks and feedings at the usual times. Prepare them Let them wander around and smell boxes and suitcases so…

Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS) Stats Release January 2016

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Home Sales Set New January Record RAGBOS reported record-setting January residential sales of 120 units, up 41.2 % from the same month in 2015. The previous record was set in 2007. Also it was the first January on record where the value of total home sales -- $28.4 million -- surpassed $25 million. It was a 36.2 % increase over January last year. Sales of all types of properties totalled 150 in January, up 26.1 over last January. The total value of all properties sold in January was $36.9 million, an increase of 13.9 % from a year ago.…

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