Home News – Spring 2018

Colour says curb appeal this spring

Whether you’re preparing to put your home on the market or just want to give your property a fresh new look, nothing says spring like a burst of colour. Planting flowers is always a good way to start. Annuals deliver bright colours for a season, but they can be labour intensive since you have to plant new ones every year. Annuals can also be less drought tolerant than perennial flowers. A great solution is to use annuals in easy to reach urns, window boxes and planters.

But why stop at gardening? You can introduce a pop of colour by painting your lawn furniture, flower pots or even your front door. Just be sure your colour selection complements your house and the overall tone of the neighbourhood.

Want some helpful advice about which improvements will add to enjoyment and your home’s resale value? Contact Gary & Debbie today – your local Coldwell Banker professional.

Canadian real estate forecast for 2019

There’s an active national market on the horizon for Canadian real estate in 2019, according to the latest industry forecasts.

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has issued its national MLS® sales forecast for 2019. The CREA forecast predicts that national MLS® sales activity will rebound modestly next year to 496,500 units, over this year’s forecast of 479,400 units sold.

The national average price is also forecast to rebound to $513,300 in 2019, placing it roughly in line with the record figure reached in 2017.

Of course, this is just a glimpse of ‘the big picture’ on the national scene. Home prices can vary dramatically between communities, within neighbourhoods, and even on the same street. For a more detailed look at home sale activity and resale prices in your area, contact Gary & Debbie today – your local Coldwell Banker real estate professional.

What’s the right size home for your family?

If you’re thinking about buying a home, there’s a big question that’s likely on your mind, “What size home should I buy?” For some, the answer is simple: As big as you can afford! But that’s only one piece of the puzzle. Home size matters on many levels from personal preference to resale value, future plans, your budget, and more.

There’s a lot more to consider than just square footage. You need to choose your home size not by the numbers but by the feel. Don’t put too much stock in the listing size on paper. Find out in person if each room, bathroom, and living area is large enough for your needs and if the flow is right. Consider things like sight lines and easy access to high traffic areas. Even ceiling height can make a home with a smaller footprint feel spacious.

If you’d like some advice in finding the right home for you, contact Gary & Debbie today – your Coldwell Banker professional.