You’ve Found “The Home.” Now What?


The long, tiring search is over and you’ve kissed a lot of frogs. You've finally found your dream home and want to make an offer on the property. How do you know how much to offer and if you’re getting the most value for your money in this Brandon MB market?


The offer phase of purchasing a home isn’t always straightforward and you need to at least know the market on homes in that area so you can determine if you’ll be getting the fair market value for that home. Ask your real estate agent to go through neighborhood  comparable actives and solds with you.  This report should be helpful with the offer process.


Lowballing is a common term in the world of real estate. It means that you’re offering to buy the house for a number that’s far below the market value. You run the risk of insulting the seller and losing the home for good.


But, if you don’t know the fair market value of the home you could overpay by thousands of dollars. To zero in on the market value of the home you’ve chosen, you should know if you’re in a seller’s or buyer’s market.


A buyer’s market means that there are plenty of homes for sale, but a shortage of buyers. This gives you more power to bid lower than the asking price and to even ask the seller to pay for some or all of the closing costs. In a buyer’s market, you’ll find the seller more willing to negotiate.


If you’re in a seller’s market, there is a shortage of homes for sale and you’re likely to have several potential buyers making offers at the same time. A seller’s market is a little tougher to negotiate in because you may need to compete with other buyers.


It’s sometimes devastating to a potential home buyer when their good-faith offer is rejected – especially without a counter offer. This could happen when the seller receives many offers and your offer was much less than the others. Or, the seller may back off of your offer to see if he can eventually get a better one.


All may not be lost, even if your offer has been rejected by the seller. The seller may not have accepted any offer on the home and you may still have time to negotiate by moving rapidly with a higher offer. This may result in a bidding war that your real estate agent will need to help you with.


A buyer’s agent is extremely helpful if you’re a first-time home buyer. He or she will be familiar with the local market and be able to negotiate the best deal on your behalf. You’ll learn a lot during this process, which may be helpful to you when you decide to sell.


If you’re working in a seller’s market and there’s a real shortage of homes in the area, you may still be able to get your dream home. Find a home you really love in an area you’re interested in and write a letter to the homeowner.


It’s a true leap of faith to try this method, but it’s worked for thousands of buyers and it just might work for you. Even if you receive a “not interested” reply, at least you’ll know you tried.


Never rush to make an offer in any market until you’re sure the home is right for you. Unless you do the proper research on the home, you may be rushing in to a situation that you’ll later regret.


Whether you live in Brandon MB, Virden MB or you're searching for acreages in these surrounding areas, the search can be strenuous and time consuming.  You can call on me to be your trusted go to REALTOR®, with insight on all new listings and recent home sales, within our local real estate market.

I have listed a new property at 111 Brandon Hills Estates in Brandon.
CSE//Brandon/Very well kept 1999 Grandeur mobile home situated in the quiet, peaceful Brandon Hills Estates! This 3 + 1 1024 square foot mobile is fully renovated to like new condition and move in ready! With green space to the North and South, you'll enjoy your morning coffee with country side views. Open concept kitchen and living room provides plenty of space for entertaining and family fun. High speed fibre optic internet is $156/mth. Lot rent $240/mth (water and garbage pick-up). (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 4 Whistler Landing in Brandon.
D24//Brandon/The North Hill Excel constructed Condo you have been waiting for, tastefully finished and move-in ready! This 1477 SF condo boasts a grand entrance and main floor layout you have to see! The impressive chef style kitchen featuring quartz countertops, clean lined cabinetry, a walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances provides plenty of room for family and friends to gather. The massive living room picture windows (Southern exposure) omit all the natural light needed to make this open concept living space the cozy atmosphere you desire. The main floor also features a large primary bedroom with full en suite including His and Hers sinks, a second bedroom and a full bathroom. Heading down the wide stair case to the lower level you'll find a fully finished L-shaped Rec room that provides more than enough room for entertaining, a third bedroom, a large storage room and a utility room. Other notable features: Dbl garage with epoxy floor, ICF foundation, in-ground sprinklers. Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 73 Bluebird Crescent in Brandon.
D25//Brandon/Fabulous like-new Triple M Housing home located in the peaceful 50+ community of Monterery Estates located on Brandon's North hill. This 1520 SF 3 bedroom 2 full bathroom home features a large updated kitchen and new vinyl plank flooring throughout. A cozy 12 X 16 four season sunroom adds extra space for relaxing or entertaining. All three bedrooms are good size with the primary bedroom featuring a full ensuite and walk-in closet. Other notables : 24 X 26 double garage, In-ground sprinklers, Recreation hall, & RV compound. Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 168 Daly Crescent in Brandon.
D24//Brandon/Stunning describes this A&S Homes Ltd. Custom Built North Hill Bungalow. Upon entrance, the natural light & flawless hardwood floors set the tone for this layout and one word comes to mind: Immaculate! Looking out from the living space through the large picture windows, the panoramic views of the city immediately catch the eye. The kitchen/dining area boasts an abundance of cupboard and counter space perfect for your family and hosting guests. The covered deck features zero maintenance dura-deck surface, glass railing and built in speakers for surround sound while enjoying breath taking views of the valley. The primary bedroom features an exercise space, gas fireplace, large walk-in closet and oversized 4-piece en-suite. The lower level features another rec room with bar area, a media room, two more large bedrooms and another full 4-piece bath. This home has too many features to list here, call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 29 Saulteaux Lane in Rivers.
ANW//Rivers/The Chimo Beach Resort property you've been waiting for! Situated on an oversized pie lot, this immaculate Heritage mobile with open green space to the East is a stones throw away from Rivers lake. This 16' X 72' 1152 SF 3 bed 2 full bath home features a large kitchen with ample cupboard and counter space. The living room boasts large picture windows with no shortage of natural light. A 120 SF porch addition serves as the perfect mudroom or outdoor wear walk-in closet. This lot also includes a single detached garage and plenty of room for parking. Recent updates : New flooring in bathrooms (2021) , Hot water tank (2021), Flooring in porch (2021), Flooring, paint & trim in 2 bedrooms (2021), Shingles/Facia (2018). Call your preferred REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 219 13th Street in Brandon.
D21//Brandon/Looking for that next revenue property or a starter home? This character home has had most of the work done for you so just move right in! Main floor features a living/dining room that could also be set up as a living room/office space. The spacious kitchen features plenty of cupboard/counter space and stainless steel appliances. Main floor also includes a half bath, a laundry room, and a bonus hot tub room. The upper level features a full bath and two bedrooms. Notable updates: New fence and gate at the back lane to allow for rear access parking, New windows (November '20), New kitchen flooring ('20), New carpet upper level (November '21), A/C and high efficiency furnace (2018). Basement Plumbing installed for future bathroom. Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 22 Kennedy Place in Brandon.
D24//Brandon/Great Kirkcaldy Heights home ready for new owners! 2+2 830 SF Bi-Level located in a quiet cul de sac with no through traffic. The oversized backyard features a large garden, a zero maintenance steel fence and a single detached garage. Short drive to Assiniboine Community College, Corrall Center Shopping, and minutes walking distance to Kirkcaldy school. Updated high efficiency furnace (2018). Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 193 Cemetery Road in Virden.
R33//Virden/Every detail of this 2011 custom built 4 bed and 3 bath home has been carefully selected and quality crafted. Highlights include: top-of-the-line, well-appointed kitchen complete with sparkling quartz countertops and built-in appliances; vaulted ceilings up and 9' ceilings down; coordinated cabinetry, flooring, Kohler faucets and lighting on main floor; media room with 96" projection screen; 30' x 36' heated garage with workshop and hobby room, hot and cold water, 220 plug, 10' wide doors, epoxy floor; 105' x 150' manicured lot features fenced backyard, drive-through driveway with tons of parking, private deck, RM water plus private well to underground sprinkler system. Perfect for anyone, this home is ideally situated to feel just like country living, you won't believe the privacy and serenity the back deck provides. Lovingly maintained, it presents as new condition. You won't have to do a thing, just move in! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 1 Valcourt Way in Brandon.
D24//Brandon/Welcome to The Summit seniors life lease community. This 1048 sq ft unit does not disappoint with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, well appointed open concept kitchen/living room, in suite laundry and spacious balcony with a fantastic view that's perfect for entertaining. Amenities include underground heated parking and storage unit. A life lease offers an alternative to single family home or condo living, after the initial entrance fee of $150,000 a monthly fee is paid that covers rent, water, management and taxes. Phase 2 will include a fitness room and common room. Residents in both phase 1 and 2 will have access to this facility. North Hill location is ideal with walking paths, close to shopping, a golf course and the sportsplex. (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 709 Thomas Drive South in Virden.
R33//Virden/Immediate possession is available for this lovely 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom bungalow. The great layout boasts an open concept living area, perfect for family gatherings and entertaining. The large kitchen is well-appointed and gorgeous hardwood floors adorn the massive living room. The bonus family room features a brick fireplace with an electric insert as well as patio doors leading outside. The master bedroom with 2 pc ensuite is across the hall from two more bedrooms. The 4 pc main bathroom has been plumbed for main floor laundry. The basement is fully finished, it offers a fourth bedroom, a den, a 3 pc bathroom, and a large rec room. There is plenty of storage in this home. You will fall in love with the huge backyard and its view of the creek and community gardens. A three season sunroom, concrete parking pad and deck, storage sheds, loads of parking and a double car garage give added value and enjoyment. (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 444 Nelson Street East in Virden.
R33//Virden/Just move right in to this cozy 3 + 1 Bungalow located on the quiet, peaceful Nelson St E featuring character trees and comfortable living. The main floor features beautiful oak hardwood flooring in the spacious living room. The recently renovated kitchen features stainless appliances and plenty of counter and cupboard space. The partially finished basement awaits your finishing touches as there is plenty of space for a rec room, another bedroom, and a utility room large enough to add another bathroom. The backyard features an oversized deck overlooking a large backyard including a vegetable garden. Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 22 1st Avenue Northwest in Dauphin.
R30//Dauphin/Welcome to Dauphin, the soul of Manitoba. Excellent retail business location in downtown, potential for a restaurant, sports bar, grocery store, Doctor s clinic, tanning salon or anything you want it to be. The location, size and the price makes it one of the best opportunities in town. Solid building with metal roof, updated electrical, new high efficiency furnace, new air conditioning, new HVAC and new windows. Price includes the building only and not the current business or equipment. (id:2493)
Read full post


Waking up to the soft sound of waves and breathtaking sunrise is the best kind of morning. People go on a vacation to experience such a view. However, spending money on such a vacation can be super expensive. Instead, investing in lakefront properties can be advantageous. Also, you won’t have to plan savings or put pressure on your bank balance, like you do while planning for a vacation; you will just have to pack your bag and drive to your lakefront property. Below are some solid reasons that tell you why you need to invest in a lakefront property.

1) Great Investment

Investing in a lakefront property means creating a medium to generate more money. Let us suppose that you are going out of town and won't be using your lakefront house. Hence you decide to give it on rent. Since it is lakefront property, it will have a great rental value compared to a landlocked house, and you will be able to demand a good sum of money.

2) Perfect Vacation Spot

No more will you have to sit in front of your laptop and search for a lake view hotel for a vacation getaway. When you purchase a lakefront property, every day is a vacation for you. In fact, you can turn your place into a "workcation" and never get bored working as you will have a fine lake view. After working, you can walk on sand with cool waves touching your feet, which will be so therapeutic that you will be stress free without consuming medicines.

3) Immense Value

Studies suggest that the median value of a lakefront property is 116% higher compared to other homes nationwide. Additionally, the value of lakefront properties increases with time. Furthermore, it is not just another house, but for some people, it is a space for healing, while for others, it is a getaway from city life. Therefore, there is a financial, emotional and spiritual value attached to it.

4) Ultimate Place for a Family Get Together

COVID-19 has taught us the importance of family and the change of scenery. We were so desperate to get out of our houses, but the fear and restrictions stopped us. However, having a lakeside house can be the ultimate place for families to get together. It will give you a physical and mental change and a chance to spend time with loved ones away from the city's hustle and bustle.


Investing in a lakefront property is like investing in tranquillity. Along with financial benefits, it allows you to create infinite memories with your loved ones. To get your dream lakefront house, You can connect with Chris Low. We have a range of options for you to select from, plus our experts ensure that you get the best ones.

Read full post

I have listed a new property at 169005 125N Road in Russell.
R32//Russell/Excellent business opportunity with serene living on a beautiful 10 acres facility 8 miles NW of Russell, and 10 miles SW of Inglis and Asessippi Ski Area, one of the busiest ski resort and summer entertainment trail park. Full service business committed to assisting from concept to completion it offers: Embroidery, Screen Printing, Vinyl Application, Hand Painted Signs, Digital Output, Graphic Design, Industrial Branding. It produces virtually all products (embroidered & screen printed apparel, signs, banners, decals, etc.) Visit the website to view some of the clients and a detailed offerings by the business and the area. The business is committed in assisting with a full range of ideas to ensure your graphic project has the impact and appeal you require! (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 205 Elm Drive in Oak Lake Beach.
R33//Oak Lake Beach/Lake Life is the Best Life....Furnished 2 bedroom year round cabin on "2" owned lots. Laminate flooring, modern stainless Steel fridge & stove, with split log siding inside and out. Bring RV's & set up camp on the second lot, or living in current cabin, build your dream cabin & have a guest house...possibilities are endless on a double owned lot. (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 205 Elm Drive in Oak Lake Beach.
R33//Oak Lake Beach/Lake Life is the Best Life....Furnished 2 bedroom year round cabin on ""2"" owned lots. Laminate flooring, modern stainless Steel fridge & stove, with split log siding inside and out. Bring RV's & set up camp on the second lot, or living in current cabin, build your dream cabin & have a guest house...possibilities are endless on a double owned lot. New well & septic, and trees already cleared on second lot (id:2493)
Read full post


Moving out and selling your house is a big decision, not just for you but also for the person who will buy your home. That is why you need to do a few things before selling your house to make the transaction easier between you and the buyer. Here are seven key suggestions:

1) Make Repairs to the House

You must’ve lived with a few nagging issues around the house—now is the time to fix them. Look for things like missing or broken tiles, cracked windows, squeaky doors, or stained ceilings. Make a list of everything that needs fixing and start repairing those things. A realtor can be quite helpful in letting you decide which ones to tackle first.

2) Create Curb Appeal

Your house needs to make an excellent first impression so that the buyer thinks, "Wow! I can live here," as soon as they set eyes on your property. Ensure your property is tidy and inviting, the lawn is well-trimmed and maintained, and the sidewalks and pathways are clean for buyers and their real estate regents.

3) Declutter and Clean

Next, declutter your home to make your house inviting and livable for everyone. Recycle or shred old paper, donate the books and toys you no longer need, and remove anything that you don’t use on a day-to-day basis—this will make your house look tidy, and more importantly, bigger than it is.

4) Get the House Inspected

Next, you need to hire a home inspector. Yes, the buyer will also get the home inspected, but it gives you more credibility when you tell them that the house has been inspected by a professional. The inspector will also point out things that need fixing, leaving fewer chances of negotiation for the buyer.

5) Prepare the Paperwork

The better prepared you are with the paperwork, the easier the house sale transaction. The paperwork you need to prepare includes the deed, homeowner’s insurance information, mortgage information, tax statements, warranties, purchase agreement, title report, etc. Chris Low Realtor - a leading team of real estate agents - can help you with this.  

6) Add Fresh Flowers

Scents can make or break the feel of your house. You can also add fresh flowers to your home to make it look and feel inviting, and more importantly, it will make the house smell terrific. If flowers are too much, you can simply get scented candles or air freshener sprays. 

7) Check the Lights

Lastly, check all the lights. Ensure that your home is well lit and all the lights are working. If you have burnt-out bulbs or flickering lights anywhere, even in the garage, change them before you invite any buyers. You can also go further and upgrade your lights to LEDs if you haven’t already, as they are great value propositions to homes nowadays.

There’s a lot more that needs to be done when you want to sell your house, but we can take care of that with our real estate agent services. Contact Chris Low Realtor to know more about real estate solutions.

Read full post

I have listed a new property at 468 king Street W in Virden.
This charming 3 storey character home comes with all the modern conveniences! The 125 frontage presents so much room for outdoor fun while featuring attractive landscaping, mature trees, perennial & raised garden beds, and a concrete pad for a future garage or RV parking. Nearly everything has been updated in this home incl the wiring, plumbing, insulation, drywall, bathrooms, kitchen , flooring, lighting, windows, roof and more. Main floor offers an open-concept living space with access to front and rear covered outdoor lounges, as well as a well-appointed kitchen and a great front entrance complete w/ coat closet and powder room. The 2nd storey offers a spacious primary bdrm complete with walk-in closet and full-sized bath, two more bedrooms and another full bath. The third storey boasts a bonus room, your imagination is your only limitation for this area! The basement is partially finished w/ tv room, den, mechanicals and storage. Call your favourite REALTOR® to book your personal tour.. (id:2493)
Read full post

I have listed a new property at 111 Brandon Hills Estates in Brandon.
Very well kept 1999 Grandeur mobile home situated in the quiet, peaceful Brandon Hills Estates! This 3 + 1 1024 square foot mobile is fully renovated to like new condition and move in ready! With green space to the North and South, you'll enjoy your morning coffee with country side views. Open concept kitchen and living room provides plenty of space for entertaining and family fun. High speed fibre optic internet is $156/mth. Lot rent $240/mth (water and garbage pick-up). (id:2493)
Read full post


Selling your house is exciting but often a long and challenging process. And marketing it is another ballgame altogether. But it need not be so tough, right? To make the marketing process easier for your house, here are the best strategies you can use to ensure you get a buyer as soon as possible.

1) Use the Right Photos

Most homebuyers begin their home search online and they judge every prospect by its pictures. So you need to upload excellent photos to pique their interest. Your images should not only be pleasing, but they should also give a good view of your home. Here are some tips to click the right photos of your home:

  • Photograph the front of the house without any vehicles or other things that obstruct the view
  • Click the exteriors from various different angles while highlighting the space and surroundings
  • Take photographs of every room with the drapes and blinds open
  • Ensure the pictures are of high resolution with good lighting

2) Post a Signage Outfront

When you want to sell your house, signages encourage the buyers to contact you as soon as they see the sign outside your home. You need to place a well-designed signage, though. Check with your homeowner’s association first as some of them do not allow real estate signs. You can even try talking to a neighbour whose house is located at an intersection, asking for permission to put a sign in their lawn with an arrow pointing towards yours.

3) Open Houses

You may hear people saying open houses are too old-school and not suitable for every home, but the only way to know is to try. If your house is located at the right location, buyers will swarm in, and you will be able to sell the house quickly. Let people know about the open house via newspaper listings or post it in the local social media groups.

4) Don’t Forget the MLS

Multiple Listing Services is one of the most effective ways to market your property, so use it. Listing your house on local MLS really gives your house an immense reach, making it easy for the buyers to find your home and contact you.

5) Host Agent Tours

If you want to draw agents to your home, since many buyers are represented by their agents, you can host agent tours. Here, agents will come to check out your property. The benefit with this when you sell your house is that the more the agent lingers in your home, the more details they will remember and later describe to their buyer. Trust us, sandwiches and a glass of water suffice for most agent tours.

Let Us Do the Work for You!

The easiest solution? Let us do the work for you. Going through the above tips can ensure you sell your house quickly, but it can be time-consuming. Instead, you can get in touch with Chris Low Realtor. We can help you market and sell your house most efficiently, so you get a buyer soon who pays you the right amount for your property. Get in touch with us to know more.

Read full post
The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are member’s of CREA. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service® and the associated logos are owned by CREA and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.