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 637 Princess Avenue in Brandon.
D21//Brandon/Waiting and ready for you to write your own success story as this open floor plan can be whatever it is your business needs desire. The blank canvas second floor 3000 SF space could be transformed into a successful business i.e. sports bar, clothing/shoe store, showroom, construction material display store, Religious Temple etc. Vendor is willing to support lessee through the initial process. The square footage asking price is plus triple net (tax share + insurance + utilities). (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 1 Rainbow Bay in Brandon.
B13//Brandon/Brookwood subdivision bilvel situated in sought after Rainbow Bay! This custom built 1475 SF 6 bedroom bilevel with vaulted ceilings is situated on a corner lot with a gorgeous view and no neighbours directly behind. A spacious entrance with double closet leads you to an open concept kitchen/dining/living area perfect for entertaining guests and family. Double garden doors open up to a large raised deck and a fenced landscaped backyard with with plenty of room to host gatherings. The primary bedroom boasts an en suite with jacuzzi tub and walk-in closet. The lower level includes a spacious family room and three more bedrooms. Other notable features: Heated insulated double attached garage and in-ground sprinklers. Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 663 16th Street in Brandon.
C20//Brandon/The character home you have been waiting for! Featured in the 2017 Dreamworks production "A Dog's Purpose" this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom two storey home has it's own unique style and cozy feel. Inside you will find 9 ft ceilings, original hard wood floors and a bonus south facing 280 SF enclosed veranda. The living room features a corner wood fireplace and formal dining room. Around the corner you will find a bright kitchen with built in microwave and plenty of space for meal prep. The upper level features three large bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a covered balcony. The partially finished basement features a laundry room, high efficiency furnace, updated 200 amp electrical panel and a gorgeous new renovated bathroom featuring subway tiled shower and heated floor. Outdoor shed and hot tub also included. Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 17 Christie Bay in Brandon.
B11//Brandon/This Beautiful 3 + 1 Bungalow is the home you have been waiting for. Look no further!! This home has plenty of space for your family to enjoy along with a backyard featuring an oversized deck with hot tub surrounded by mature trees making it a quiet/private setting. Inside you'll be pleased to find an updated kitchen featuring all the cupboard space you were looking for and a large Island with quartz countertop for the whole family to enjoy. The lower level features a dry bar, large rec room, a fourth bedroom, another full bathroom, and a massive utility/laundry/workshop with tons of extra storage space. Other updates include: A/C, Furnace, HWT (2015) and Deck (2019). Call your REALTOR to set up a viewing today! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 35 Maple Ridge Crescent in Brandon.
C15//Brandon/Fabulous custom built multi level home built on an oversized 51' X 177' lot. Upon entering this home and noticing the grand entrance, with seamless glass railing all the way to the top, this floor plan is not only different, it is awe inspiring. With bedrooms and a full bath on each floor, the use of space and added taste makes this home a one of a kind. The open plan kitchen/dining area boasts a hidden walk-in pantry with coffee bar area, a beautiful Island and plenty of cupboard space. The high ceilings make this 2113 SF home feel extra spacious while large windows emit loads of natural light. The primary bedroom boast a 5-piece grand en suite with imported soaker tub, his and hers sinks, tiled shower and large walk-in closet. The finished basement includes a wet-bar, a fifth bedroom along with geo-thermal heating/cooling system and two hot water tanks. Home has built in audio for main floor, primary bedroom & basement. Backyard features a large covered deck, built in speakers, and duradeck surface. (id:2493)
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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)
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I have listed a new property at 3151 Rosser Avenue in Brandon.
A04//Brandon/Spectacular one of a kind Valleyview home situated on a 71' X 206' lot. This 2 + 2 multi level split is full of character and comes with a private backyard sanctuary you will fall in love with. Extensive landscaping and continuous care over the years have turned this oversized lot into one of Brandon's hidden gems. Inside you will find an oversized stone structured wood-burning fireplace (not in use) separating a large formal dining area on one side and a cozy living space on the other with large picture windows overlooking the gorgeous backyard. You will also find two full bathrooms and four large bedrooms with an office that could be used as a fifth BR. The lower living space features walk-out entrance to the backyard. This amazing property also includes a 24 X 36 workshop with heated floors! Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
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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. The North Hill location is ideal with walking paths, close to shopping, a golf course and the sportsplex. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 25 Sifton Avenue in Brandon.
D24//Brandon/Gorgeous North Hill Bi-Level ready for your family to move right in! A 5 minute walk to the Sportsplex, Kirkcaldy School and the Corral Center, this Professionally landscaped property front and back with In-ground sprinklers and tiered deck is a sanctuary you will fall in love with! This 4 BED 3 BATH 1332 Square Foot home also features a large eat in kitchen lit up by an overhead skylight providing an abundance of natural light. The spacious master bedroom with full en suite is sizeable enough to include your office space. The lower level includes in floor heat and bar area plumbed in and ready for your design. The double garage also includes in-floor heat, a work bench and a loft for extra storage. Other features include: Vaulted ceilings, 6' jet tub, 2'X6' exterior walls, large pantry, main floor laundry, new HWT (2020), R/O system (2018), new dishwasher (2020), new high efficiency furnace (2020). Call your REALTOR today! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 1440 20th Street in Brandon.
B14//Brandon/Updated, immaculate and ready for you! This two bedroom one bathroom condo has been updated and well maintained with new flooring throughout the living room, hallway and bedrooms. Nice kitchen open to a dining area. There are two generous bedrooms, with large closets, and a large updated four piece bathroom. Water and heat included in condo fees! Conveniently located close to shopping, schools, restaurants and public transport. Call your REALTOR today for your personal showing of this fantastic condo. Parking is only steps away from your back entrance! Excellent value! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 18 Derlago Drive in Brandon.
B14//Brandon/Move right in to this fully finished up and down Derlago Drive gorgeous Bi-level! Located in the heart of the booming Bellafield development, this 4 Bedroom 3 full Bathroom home comes with the curb appeal and interior design/finishings that leave a lasting impression. The spacious entrance and large front closet impress right off the hop. The main floor features open concept living/dining, beautiful quartz counter tops and soft close cupboards doors and hinges. Tiled showers, 9' ceilings, spacious cozy basement with built in surround sound, high efficiency gas furnace, the list goes on and on. Call your favourite REALTOR to set up a showing as this one will not last on the market. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 47 Outback Drive in Brandon.
A01//Brandon/Welcome to 47 Outback Drive, a Raised Bungalow bringing the Wow factor! Constructed by a Red Seal Carpenter, with fine attention to detail this immaculate home impresses upon entering through the Brazilian Mahogany front doors. The kitchen/living space features beautiful oak hardwood floors which set the tone and flow of the layout. A gourmet kitchen with oversized Island features seamless granite countertops/dbl granite sink, 3 tone cabinetry and self closing hinges/drawers. The primary bedroom boasts surround sound, a large walk in closet, and beautiful custom tiled shower. You'll notice extensive bulkheads and drywall details throughout the home including insulated inside walls and ceilings for sound isolation. Other features: Radiant heat (full basement floor), heated en suite floor, Separate 220v sub panel for 24X28 garage (includes 7' loft), lift master direct drive My Q garage door opener, under cupboard LED lighting, sprinkler/irrigation to plants/trees. Click on media Link for video tour. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 6 Brandon Hills Estates in Brandon.
CSE//Brandon/Nice remodelled 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom double wide mobile located in the peaceful community of Brandon Hills Estates just 10 minutes South of Brandon. Updates include: Remodelled kitchen including new cupboards, sink and countertops (November '20). Also includes, storage shed, large deck and '18 X '28 Detached garage situated on an oversized lot. (id:2493)
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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. The North Hill location is ideal with walking paths, close to shopping, a golf course and the sportsplex. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 923 12th Street in Brandon.
C17//Brandon/Are you looking for that hidden gem? Then look no further! This three bedroom bungalow has had a main floor total renovation. Interior upgrades include: New Drywall, Paint, Flooring, 75% new plumbing, Windows, Countertops and Brand New Appliances! Exterior upgrades include new 35 year shingles. This property could serve as the perfect starter home or revenue property. Call your REALTOR to set up a showing! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 1065 Sycamore Drive in Brandon.
C15//Brandon/Located in the desirable Woodlands area, this fully finished 3+2 Cab-Over home boasts over 1750 Sq Ft of living space. Stepping up from the entrance way you'll find a sizeable sitting room perfect for extra office space or entertaining guests. The well-appointed kitchen consists of custom maple cabinetry, a centre Island and large pantry. The main floor living/dining room integrates vaulted ceilings, and a gas fireplace accented by slate stone. French doors lead to the two-tiered oversized deck overlooking the backyard. The main floor has two large bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom. An over-sized upper Master Bedroom includes a walk-in closet and 4-piece en-suite bath. The downstairs area includes a large living space with full kitchen and two more large bedrooms. The downstairs 4-piece bathroom includes a comforting Aerial Steam shower with jetted tub. Walking distance to the brand new Maryland Park Elementary school and Crocus Plains High School, Call your REALTOR to view! (id:2493)
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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 9 Imperial Crescent in Brandon.
A03//Brandon/Welcome home, move right into this fully finished immaculately kept 4 level split! The upper level offers three bedrooms, a four piece bathroom and a spacious master with two piece ensuite. The main floor boasts an upgraded kitchen (2013) and living/dining room layout including a gas fireplace your family will find perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Newer windows throughout provide an abundance of natural light! The lower level features another cozy living space with a stand alone gas fireplace, and a newly renovated three piece bathroom (2020). The fully finished fourth level includes a large den with tons of storage, a fourth bedroom and the laundry/utility room which includes a cedar lined closet. A few more features and upgrades include: Upgraded custom window coverings, renovated 4th level bedroom with new window meeting egress, High efficency furnace, HWT (2019), flooring throughout (2013), fully fenced landscaped yard including covered deck and insulated 20X24 garage.. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 6 Chinook Way in Brandon.
B08//Brandon/Brookwood Estates condominiums offer the space and feel of a single-family home, without the maintenance. This 1524 square foot bungalow features 9' ceilings, a spacious chef's kitchen, modern gas fireplace and an abundance of natural light. The master bathroom features his and her sinks, custom tiled shower and spacious walk in closet with custom organized living shelving. The unfinished walkout basement which you can finish to your liking, features large south facing windows onto a private greenspace. List price includes GST. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 1065 Sycamore Drive in Brandon.
C15//Brandon/Located in the desirable Woodlands area, this fully finished 3+2 Cab-Over home boasts over 1750 Sq Ft of living space. Stepping up from the entrance way you'll find a sizeable sitting room perfect for extra office space or entertaining guests. The well-appointed kitchen consists of custom maple cabinetry, a centre Island and large pantry. The main floor living/dining room integrates vaulted ceilings, and a gas fireplace accented by slate stone. French doors lead to the two-tiered oversized deck overlooking the backyard. The main floor has two large bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom. An over-sized upper Master Bedroom includes a walk-in closet and 4-piece en-suite bath. The downstairs area includes a large living space with full kitchen and two more large bedrooms. The downstairs 4-piece bathroom includes a comforting Aerial Steam shower with jetted tub. Walking distance to the brand new Maryland Park Elementary school and Crocus Plains High School, Call your REALTOR to view! (id:2493)
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