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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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I have listed a new property at 424 Queen Street East in Virden.
R33//Virden/You will love all that this spacious home has to offer! The gorgeous updated kitchen is open to a generous dining room area with French doors leading to the relaxing three-season sunroom. Large windows on both levels give loads of natural light. There are three bedrooms up and two down and three full bathrooms. In the roomy master bedroom you will find a walk-in closet and a 4pc en-suite. The lower level rec room includes a large living room of which features a wet bar and offers an adjoining room large enough for a pool table, perfect for hobbies and entertaining. The unique front entrance boasts heated tile to welcome your family home. The attached garage is heated. 65' lot shows off a huge, fenced backyard of which is made very private with trees. The location is ideal, a quick walk to arena, pool, elementary school & playground, medical facilities and more. Call your REALTOR today to book your personal tour! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 424 Queen Street East in Virden.
R33//Virden/You will love all that this spacious home has to offer! The gorgeous updated kitchen is open to a generous dining room area with French doors leading to the relaxing three-season sunroom. Large windows on both levels give loads of natural light. There are three bedrooms up and two down and three full bathrooms. In the roomy master bedroom you will find a walk-in closet and a 4pc en-suite. The lower level rec room includes a large living room of which features a wet bar and offers an adjoining room large enough for a pool table, perfect for hobbies and entertaining. The unique front entrance boasts heated tile to welcome your family home. The attached garage is heated. 65' lot shows off a huge, fenced backyard of which is made very private with trees. The location is ideal, a quick walk to arena, pool, elementary school & playground, medical facilities and more. Call your REALTOR today to book your personal tour! (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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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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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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I have listed a new property at 629 Government Road South in Virden.
R33//Virden/This executive style custom home; what your family has been waiting for! 1500 sq ft of space on each floor. At first glance, you will notice how the bilevel design affords loads of sunlight cascading through large windows on both levels. Spectacular main floor presentation featuring vaulted ceiling, well-placed lighting, stunning floors & unique drywall work, perfect for entertaining. French doors provide perfect transition from open-concept living room, kitchen & dining to covered deck that amasses the entire rear span of the home, complete with 2nd set of French doors leading from the master. Enjoy greenspace view beyond the expansive, landscaped yard. Mature trees & perennial beds provide lush privacy & tasteful stonework details, u/g sprinklers, retaining wall & exterior home accents tie it all together. Family & friends gather in the grand, lower level rec rm which boasts stained concrete floors for stylish & cozy feel. Basement entry leads to great utility room. Attached double garage heated. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 228 Raglan Street West in Virden.
R33//Virden/MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED! Intensive, quality interior & exterior reno resulting in modern & efficient abode with charm of character home. Open concept living area features well-appointed kitchen w/ pantry & peninsula, choose your countertop & backsplash! Living rm features gorgeous wood floors & lg windows. Master bdrm w/ walk-in closet, laundry & sunrm complete main floor. Tile floor entries & baths all feature in-floor heat, amazing! Main bath offers stunning walk-in shower & soaker tub, both w/ hand wands. Lg closets at both entries & 36" ext doors make it wheelchair accessible. Every space is wired for tv, internet & phone. Partial basement is fully finished, crawlspace is insul. 2nd flr consists of 2 bdrms w/ perfect built-ins, rec area, office & 3 pc bath. LED lighting. 1/2" styrofoam insul under quality vinyl siding & new interior insul lend R20 factor coziness. Detached garage, private fenced yard, new back deck. Walk everywhere from this wonderful location, central to all amenities. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 14 Thompson Place in Virden.
R33//Virden/Spacious 3 + 1 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom home located in a quiet cut de sac. This great family home features a bright, well laid out kitchen with breakfast nook, main floor laundry, attached double garage, as well as a master bedroom with ensuite and large walk-thru closet. Your family will love the rear deck of which overlooks an amazing, open green space beyond the back yard. School bus pick-up. Priced to sell! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 989 9th Avenue South in Virden.
R33//Virden/You will love the ideal location of this three bedroom home! Just steps from an elementary school & playground and central to all schools, it s near beautiful Victoria Park and within walk distance to downtown. Enter through the back porch where there is plenty of room for coats and shoes as well as main floor laundry. Large kitchen, dining room and large living room complete the main floor. Upstairs you will find three bedrooms. The basement is unfinished and houses the mechanicals. A completely fenced backyard tops it all off. The price is great, call your favourite realtor today to book your appointment to view. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 372 Scarth Drive in Virden.
R33//Virden/One level living has never been so beautiful! You will love the complete interior renovation on this spacious three bedroom, two bathroom bungalow located in an ideal family neighbourhood, just a short walk to the kiddie park or to downtown amenities. This home has had every bit of flooring replaced, new interior paint, two complete bathroom Renos including all new fixtures and heated tile floors, lighting, updated eat-in kitchen featuring a gorgeous butcher block peninsula countertop, windows, doors, insulated garage door, and new shingles in 2018. The trendy cedar barn wood accents warm the home with their tasteful placements. With two living rooms, there's a relaxing place for everyone. The large front room showcases lovely new windows, the back room is cozied up with built-ins framing an electric fireplace and has French doors that lead to the backyard. Park your car in the insulated garage or use this space for a workshop. The cement drive offers lots of parking, including space for your RV. (id:2493)
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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)
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I have listed a new property at 145061 67N Road in Virden.
R33//Virden/For nature lovers and recreationists! Over seven acres of unspoiled prairie land with a stunning water view is the setting for this stylish four bedroom, two bathroom bungalow. This large home features an open-concept design. The focus is a gorgeous kitchen of which comes complete with stainless steel appliances and hood fan. Its island is the perfect place to gather and overlooks the living room, made cozy with a wood burning stove. French doors off the dining area lead to a huge family room, perfect for entertaining or any kind of hobby. Feel pampered in the spacious master bedroom complete with en-suite and walk-in closet. The back door accesses a mud area with large coat closet and main floor laundry. An insulated 26 x 40 insulated garage/workshop tops off this great acreage. Quadding, hunting, hiking, and canoeing are some activities to be enjoyed in this great area. (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 424 Queen Street East in Virden.
R33//Virden/Your family will love all that this immaculate home has to offer! The gorgeous updated kitchen has an adjoining dining room as well as a 3 season sunroom. Large windows on both levels give loads of natural light. Three bedrooms up and two down, 2 1/2 bathrooms, lower level rec room and a family room that features a wet bar. Unique front entrance with heated tile welcomes your guests. The attached garage is heated. 65' lot means a large, fenced backyard of which is made very private with trees. The location is ideal, a quick walk to rec facilities or elementary school. Call your REALTOR today to book your personal tour! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at Virden.
R33//Virden/Only a 12 minute drive West of Virden, this 11.36 Acre hobby farm is waiting for your personal touches! Breathtaking views in all directions and no neighbours in sight, enjoy the peace and privacy with plenty of room for your animals to roam. Acreage includes a 3 bedroom 2 bath 982 SF bungalow home with upgrades including windows, tin roof and some flooring. Also includes a 26' X 26' insulated garage. If you are looking for an acreage close to Virden without breaking the bank, you have to see this one for yourself! (id:2493)
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I have listed a new property at 233 Queen Street in Virden.
R33//Virden/Great commercial office complex with tons of potential. No renovations necessary and no stress of taking on tedious improvements. You will find a spacious board room, surrounded by private office spaces, bull pen offices, a kitchenette and a reception area. You'll find plenty of parking in the front and the rear of the building. Owner may consider a long term lease of $2500/month plus utilities. (id:2493)
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