Buying a Home that Fits Your Lifestyle


Finding the right home and one that truly fits your lifestyle is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. It should fit with your lifestyle and have the right floor plan and style that you’ll love for years to come.


Size is important when considering a home. If you’ve got a large family, they probably won’t be comfortable in a small two-bedroom bi-level. A sprawling walk-out condo may not be the best choice either unless it meets other needs – such as enough bathrooms.


Do you like to entertain? Then, consider a floor plan that flows easily – not one chopped up so you can’t visit with your guests while in the kitchen. A backyard or patio may also be important so the overflow of people have room to move around.


Consider the layout of your new home more than the décor or fancy finishes. It should flow easily from room to room and be functional for what you love to do. Don’t choose based on great carpet in the living room but look for how welcoming it will seem to guests coming from a kitchen or foyer area.


When considering your home purchase take into account whether you’re going to be using your current furniture or purchasing new furniture that will better fit your floor plan. If you want to use your current furniture, measure the area to make sure it will fit.


While most of us tend to go over-the-top when it comes to purchasing a home, the price of those fancy features or location usually bring us back to earth. You know what you like, what you can live with and what are absolute deal breakers.  Your instincts will usually guide you in the right direction. If a floor plan, style and location just “feels right,” it probably is. But, use your common sense or consult an expert if you’re not sure about making a final decision.


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.

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These home renovation tips will help you avoid any unnecessary problems, costs, and headaches that can sometimes come along with a remodel.
 

The thrill of a home renovation can quickly be diminished by unforeseen circumstances, stretched budgets, and other unexpected issues. The good news is that most of the time these problems can be mitigated, if not avoided entirely, by keeping an eye out for warning signals. Read on as we go through essential home renovation tips to consider before kicking off your own revamp.


1) A REALISTIC BUDGET IS A MUST


While it goes without saying that any project needs a budget to keep costs in check, it's not always an easy task to find the balance between your dream designs and the amount in you've allotted for a project. This is why it is essential to get a true understanding of pricing, both with materials and labor, so you can gauge expectations accordingly. 

Unfortunately, home improvement and renovation television shows can sometimes be misleading in terms of costs, which can vary greatly based on location and timing. Therefore, be sure to have a contractor look over your budget and confirm that it’s realistic. 


2) DECIDE ON A SENSIBLE SCOPE OF WORK

 
Once you’ve determined a realistic budget, you’ll need to clarify exactly what work can happen and when. You may also need to ask yourself some tough questions about what you really need versus what you simply want.  This will help you identify the true intention of the project and lay out important ground rules. It can even help with scheduling and determining what work happens when. 
 
3) PRIORITIZE NEEDS AND WANTS

Learning which items to spend your money on goes hand-in-hand with making a realistic budget and determining a sensible scope of work. The earlier you can make this determination, the more likely you will stay on track with costs. Think about which items you will use most frequently, as these are products that might be worth the higher price-tag. If you're on a tight budget, you might want to save on cosmetic finishings, as these items can be easily changed with time.
 
Just remember there will be snags along the way and not all renovations go silky-smooth. It's unlikely everything will go perfectly as planned. Just keep your eye on the prize and remember the revamp isn't going to go on forever, although it may sometimes seem that way in the process.



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Buying a house is exciting, but it can be time-consuming and stressful. You also have to concern yourself with property inspection, allowing you to notice issues that are easily overlooked. This way, you can avoid costly repairs and save money in the long run.


To help you have an easier time thoroughly inspecting the property you are planning to buy, use this article as your home inspection checklist.

- Uneven or Bouncy Floors

Older homes that have settled over time have uneven floors. However, they may even be safer than newer houses where the foundation has not yet had a chance to shift. However, be wary of newly constructed properties with uneven or bouncy floors.


To check how uneven the floors are, always bring marbles to an open house, placing them and observing if they move around different rooms. The marble test is important because it can help you save money on costly repairs.


For instance, deflections may be costly because it involves ripping out the current floor, correcting the support columns, and looking for a floor that matches the original one. Foundation work might also be required if the floors are very uneven.

- Exterior Tilts and Cracks

The interiors of your desired property may look and feel aesthetically pleasing and durable, but pay attention to the exteriors. Check for tilts and cracks by bringing a leveller, preferably with a laser pointer.


You can also consider getting a structural engineer to inspect. If there are cracks, they should not be more than 1/4 inch wide. Many sellers will try to mud over and paint them, so keep your eyes peeled for a surface or paint mismatch. 

- Odours

Room fresheners, potpourri, or scented candles can make you feel at home but beware of them during a property inspection. They can mask a foul odour emanating somewhere in the house and its surroundings. Find out if the sellers are attempting to conceal a nasty smell coming from mould, a leaky pipe, sewage, and the like. 

- Noise Level

Don’t get too excited if you hear some of your favourite tunes during a property inspection. The seller may be trying to mask the noise outside by playing loud music in every room. To determine the noise level yourself, ask the seller to turn off all speakers, fans, and air conditioners. You may also have to ask the neighbours if they are noisy at night. 

- Ownership History

Check homeownership turnover online. If your potential new home has a high turnover, consider it as a red flag because there may be some serious problems with that house. You can tell if a property has a high turnover if it has an average ownership length of three years or less per owner. 

Conclusion

Conducting a home inspection before buying helps you make a more informed decision about your house purchase. Although this process is optional, it’s best to have the property you are eyeing inspected thoroughly. After all, a home costs a lot, so you have to make sure that it is worthwhile.


If you need help completing your property inspection, feel free to hire me. I am Chris Low, an experienced real estate agent, and I can help you buy and sell residential, commercial, or farm real estate in Brandon and Virden. Contact me to have a less time-consuming and more convenient home buying experience!

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I have listed a new property at 110 Waterloo Crescent in Brandon.
B09//Brandon/Beautiful 3+1 bungalow on a private lot located in the desirable neighbourhood of the Waverly subdivision. The spacious front entry flows nicely into the open-concept formal living room and dining area/kitchen featuring built in Genn-Air stove and quartz countertops. Step out to the backyard where you will find an oversized deck and peaceful, private treed backyard. Main floor also includes 3 bedrooms and full main bath featuring a jetted tub as well as good sized master bedroom with full ensuite. The fully finished basement features another bedroom, another 4-piece bathroom, a large rec room, a pool table and bar area. The laundry/utility room is very spacious and includes extra space for storage. Other notable features: 2X6" construction, double attached insulated garage, sand-point well, central vac, new 35 year shingles (2020). (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 576 Raglan Street West in Virden.
R33//Virden/Bright, airy and stylish describes this beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom condo. You will love the large windows (with custom blinds) and cathedral ceilings that enhance the open-concept living room, kitchen and dining areas. Gorgeous floors and tasteful fixtures. The well-appointed kitchen boasts a pantry, stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage. Its large island overlooks the living room, great for entertaining! Three bedrooms, including a master with 3pc ensuite, with lush clean carpeting underfoot. Concrete driveway and attached insulated garage. The charming covered front deck is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the outdoors. There s no work to do, someone else takes care of lawn care and snow removal. Located on a quiet street just a short walk to downtown. The welcoming community of Virden is situated along the TransCanada about half way between Moosomin, SK and Brandon, MB. Call your REALTOR today for more information. (id:2493)
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When selling or buying a house, your main point of interaction with the real estate is through real estate agents. These are objective parties that work in your best interests, trying to get you the best deal possible. They are experts at negotiating, and they know all the ups and downs of the market—making them ideal assets in your efforts.


Due to the sizable investment that’s to come, you will want a real estate agent that you can trust. After all, you will be working closely for several weeks—so they have to be someone you can be comfortable communicating with constantly!


Before you take that major step of hiring a real estate agent, here are some things you need to know:

Real Estate Agent vs. Real Estate Broker vs. REALTOR®

There are so many names for real estate professionals, and often people use the terms interchangeably. All the work each professional does is very closely related—but there are distinctions between the services offered by each person. Buyers and sellers need to understand these differences so you can choose one that can cater to all your needs.


Real estate agents – They are salespersons that represent their clients in real estate negotiations and transactions. They are duty-bound to look out for the best interests of their clients and to work fairly.


Real estate agents in Manitoba complete licensing courses and are registered through local real estate associations.


Real estate broker – Real estate agents work under brokerages that are managed or owned by real estate brokers. Brokers require at least two years of experience as licensed agents as well as additional management training. They oversee all deals that their real estate agents complete.


REALTOR® - Realtors are real estate agents who are paying members of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Membership includes complying with a strict code of conduct and attendance in ethics training. 

Interview Several Real Estate Agents

Buying or selling property is one of the most important things you will do in your life. As such, you will need to do your due diligence when you look for a partner.

Interview a handful of potential real estate agents and talk about their experience and workflow. Ask about properties they’ve bought or sold that are similar to yours! Aside from this basic questioning, their professional references can give you more in-depth information about their personal experience with your potential realtor.


The Real Estate Institute of Canada is an excellent resource if you want to look over an agent’s affiliations and qualifications as well. 

Your Real Estate Agent Should Be A Market Expert

Your agent will be your primary source of information, so you should choose an expert on your local real estate market. They should be able to confidently answer all your questions about the neighbourhood, local amenities, and how much recent home listings have sold for. You will be able to make the best decisions about your property when your agent is a fount of accurate information.


If you’re selling your home, you should get a real estate agent that’s social media savvy. The real estate market is now much more than just dry listings on MLS or Zillow. Professional quality photos and videos go a long way in marketing your property, and you will be able to attract so many more potential buyers through social media. As such, a good real estate agent should also be a good marketer.

Conclusion

Your real estate agent should be someone you can be completely upfront and honest with. You should trust that they always have your best interests in mind! In that effort, they should also be an effective communicator and a good negotiator. Don’t settle for the first realtor that a family friend recommends you; it’s worth the effort to do your research and pick the best real estate agent or realtor who meets all your needs.


Are you looking for houses for sale near you in Manitoba? Here at Chris Low, we make sure to stay on top of all new active listings in the area so that you don’t miss out on your dream home. If you’re selling, buying, or you want some help in getting an estimate for your home, get in touch with us today!

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I have listed a new property at 460 SCARTH Drive in Virden.
R33//Virden/Welcome home! This warm inviting home is ready to call yours. Energy efficient home is ready to move into! Newer cherry wood kitchen with lots of cupboard space, newer windows and doors, hardwood floors, tiled bathroom, newer siding, shingles, large deck, insulation, 200 amp panel, HRV, electric furnace and central air all make this an easy home choice for you.Extra large fully fenced private yard with deck off the patio doors to the kitchen is perfect for your entertainment and recreational needs for children and animals. Located in a quiet residential area with well maintained homes surrounding, playground close by and excellent area for families this is a perfect choice. You will love the attached 1 1/2 garage for toys or workshop fully finished and heated. Smart home choice with no extra costs needed to update. (id:2493)
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The real estate options available today are seemingly endless. With all the choices within the price range of a certain client, investing in a property can go from exciting to overwhelming really quickly. Knowing what opportunities are available to you will prove to be a genuine advantage as you traverse the real estate market and make your investment.


Seasoned real estate investors will tell you that you need to make sure that the property you buy is competitive in the rental market. If it is your first time to invest in real estate, these are a few key considerations for you to think about before finalizing your real estate deal.

5 Key Areas To Think About When Investing In Real Estate

Before you jump in, it is important to think about these facts first. Considering these five crucial areas for consideration before making a final decision about which real estate property to invest in will ensure that you put your money in a great real estate property that will grant high returns of investment later on.

1) Employment Opportunities In The Area

If you are looking at properties that you would like to live in, choosing prime locations that have great job opportunities close by will be convenient for you. However, if you are looking for a property that you will have rented out, you will be able to attract many potential tenants if you choose a location that has many employment opportunities nearby.

2) Rental Value

It is crucial that you compute the rental value of your property if you plan to have it rented out. Look into the rental price that you are after, and check that the property will potentially give you the same returns.

3) Location

You have probably heard it before. Location is everything when it comes to investing in real estate. The closer your property is to hospitals, schools, malls, and other necessities, the more you will be able to demand in rent. Also, if you choose to live in the property yourself, you will be able to take advantage of the prime location of your property.

4) School Districts

School districts are important because the better school districts your property is in will mean that you will be able to attract more families to be interested in your property. In many cases, a school district is what makes the decision final when it comes to tenants looking for a property to rent.

5) Safety Of The Neighborhood

Lastly, consider the safety of the neighborhood. Make sure that you choose a vicinity that has a low crime rate and a good, reliable police precinct. 

Conclusion

Taking interest in investing in a real estate property is a step toward financial stability. However, if it is your first time investing, you have to think very carefully and thoughtfully about getting started. You have to take time and effort to ensure that you are choosing the right investment property before jumping into the real estate game.


Keep in mind that investing in real estate, just like most other types of investments is risky. This is why hiring a professional property management firm to guide you in the decision-making process will help you go a long way. You will be able to have peace of mind knowing that the decision you eventually make will be a sound one.


If you are looking for real estate professionals that can help you purchase the right property that fits your needs, come to Westman Real Estate. We specialize in the buying and selling residential, commercial, farm real estate in Brandon and Virden, Manitoba. See us today and let us help you buy your dream home.

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If you have commercial buildings or homes for sale, you can easily make great profits if you know how to make them sell-worthy. But if you have no idea how to do it, you may just end up wasting money on taxes, maintenance costs, and more. That’s why you have to be aware of the basics to turn your property into a market-ready option. But how exactly can you do so conveniently?


This article will discuss three easy solutions to ready your residential and commercial spaces for prospective buyers. Take this as an opportunity to ensure you don’t have a hard time selling, allowing you to get more out of your real estate ventures to meet financial obligations. This way, you and your family can live a carefree life, despite economic challenges.

- Clean Your Space and Get Things Repaired

If you are expecting to get buyers for a poorly maintained, dirty space, you may not get the profits and returns you need. You may even be shocked that similar properties can sell for significantly higher prices just because a few rooms were decluttered and fixed. That’s why it should be your prerogative to pay for cleaning and repair services, especially since you have to constantly show your buildings to different buyers, whether through onsite or online visits.


As such, it’s best to have a detail-oriented look at your budget and see which tasks you can do yourself. For instance, you may have a weekend off from work, allowing you to vacuum the kitchen and replace any broken light bulbs. Working on your properties’ functionality can entice more buyers, making them hot commodities in the market. This way, you can sell faster and make great profits!

- Repaint with Design Trends in Mind

Many aspiring homeowners and business professionals want to own real estate that’s updated on the latest designs. It’s a popular indicator that you work hard to preserve your real estate assets’ value. You can also entice prospective buyers to idealize what their lives may look like in your space with proper staging furniture, like office cubicles and coffee tables.


With the proper interior design research, you have the power to prepare your house or commercial property effectively with a well-thought-out plan. You can also browse through other similar listings online to have a better idea of what you need to do. Doing this helps you easily compete against other property sellers!

- Seek Advice from a Real Estate Agent

It’s great if you look forward to doing what you can to sell your properties, but you may lack the professional connections, expertise, and resources to do so. For example, you may have trouble with the paperwork and selling procedure of the home. That’s why it’s recommended that you work with a real estate agent to sell your assets easily.


With just a few consultations, you can streamline your selling process with the right real estate agent assisting you. They can even recommend solutions to ensure you make the highest possible profit for all your listings. You just need to schedule your next call and listen to what the expert has to say.

Conclusion

Having real estate assets is a worthwhile investment, but you can end up wasting the opportunity to make them profitable. Fortunately, you now have a better understanding of what it takes to get them in the current market. You just need to work with the right professionals to amplify your efforts. Make your properties sellable and become more financially secure!


Do you have a residential or commercial property for sale in Brandon? Consult with me, Chris Low, to get it sold quicker and for the best market price. You can also use the home value estimator to guide you through the real estate industry. Consult with me today and find out how else you can benefit from my services!

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I have listed a new property at 580 Edgar Avenue in Virden.
R33//Virden/Revenue properties and vacant land on 3.84 acres, this investment and development opportunity is a must see! Two buildings, a total of twelve immaculate, open concept (approx 900 SF) units. The open land/proposed building sites has town services in place, ready for development of seven more buildings or mixed commercial. Excellent revenue history/low vacancy rates, call today! (id:2493)
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