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.


Manitoba may be an ideal place to live if you are looking for great housing opportunities and reasonable costs of living. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, you can find houses for sale at an average price of 277,670 dollars. This figure is impressively better than houses in British Columbia which can cost up to 728,044 dollars. You can even save more even if you are in a family household, particularly 17,000 dollars more in savings as a family of five than a similar setting but with an Ontario house. Thus, it would be an investment-forward choice on your part to move to any Manitoba community.


Before setting your move-in date, you should consider certain house buying features before saying yes to any real estate agent. Doing this can allow you to improve your current financial situation, giving you the increased purchasing power you need to have a more relaxed, improved quality of life. For your proper orientation, take note of the following:

- Residence Period and Required Downpayment

Manitoba house sellers and other real estate professionals may recognize certain terms and conditions for your down payment if your residency period in the country is different. For example, if you have been in Canada for at least three months, you may be required to pay at least 35 percent as your down payment. As such, you may need to stay in Canada longer than six months to a year, depending on where you want to stay and the homes for sale near you.


To ensure you can have a more reasonable down payment, you should consider buying at a later date. If you are also up to it, look into the possibility of paying your mortgage’s down payment later down the line, especially if your real estate agent and house loan provider is willing to do so. Doing this allows you to secure your dream home and your new life in Manitoba.

- Mortgage Pre-Approval

Many home sellers often have mixed feelings about certain buyers like you when you show your intentions for acquiring their property. While you may show them that you are willing to pay, they want to have a deeper understanding of your current income, debt, and other relevant financial factors. Thus, it would be best to undergo the pre-approval process, which can also be beneficial to your house buying process.


To get pre-approved by your mortgage company, you first have to get pre-qualification, which is a way for them to determine how much you can afford to have through financing your house. It gives you relevant insights into your buying capacity and the type of housing you can acquire.


Once you are pre-qualified, you can go for pre-approval, meaning that you have a written commitment with a lender. With these documents, you can show your homebuyers that you are more serious than other prospective buyers. In other words, you have a higher chance of getting the house you want.

- House Inspection

Many houses for sale nowadays have virtual viewing and online transactions to stay compliant with COVID-19 guidelines, primarily social distancing. While these technological tools can give you an inside look into a house you may want to purchase, you may need a more thorough survey done to address any major repairs and preventive maintenance concerns.


Thus, it would be best to have house inspections accomplished before signing any purchasing agreements. Ensure that your real estate agent can also help you with this to guarantee convenience and client satisfaction.

Conclusion

As a future homeowner or real estate investor, making informed house buying decisions is a must. Thus, ensure you pay attention to the things mentioned above and weigh your options carefully. Meanwhile, if you want to look for prime Manitoba properties, ensure that you have direct connections to get the most out of your venture into this promising community.


Are you buying a house in Manitoba and need an experienced real estate agent’s assistance? Get in touch with me, Chris Low. I am well-versed in buying and selling both residential and commercial properties in Brandon and Virden. With my help, you can conveniently acquire the home of your dreams, get favourable mortgage terms, and make investment-worthy decisions. Consult with me today!

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You might think that selling your home will come easy, but to give you a heads up, the process can be incredibly daunting. There are times when you will encounter fussy buyers, plus the market itself can be pretty demanding, too. Although you might be fortunate enough to deal with straightforward inquiries, sometimes luck won’t be on your side.


If you have hired a real estate agent in Brandon, MB, you probably know that half the battle of your job is to foresee problems before they arise. However, selling homes can be a much smoother process if you know the common mistakes to avoid in the first place. Hence, it is essential to learn first the common pitfalls of home selling.


There are several actionable steps to keep homes for sale in Manitoba or any house for sale more appealing and more likely to sell. But before you learn these steps, here are some of the most common mistakes you should avoid when you sell a home.

Mistake #1: Disregarding Necessary Repairs

If you are the homeowner, you probably think that you don’t need to think about necessary repairs because you are moving out soon. With this mindset, your home will remain on listings for months at a time, and you may never find a good buyer. Keep in mind that what you sell should get the necessary repairs and maintenance issues sorted out first.

Mistake #2: Transacting Close-Mindedly

When you encounter a buyer that offers you their set price, and you are that close-minded to accept it, then it's you who'll lose in the end. You should never negotiate with this kind of attitude. Instead, try to be open-minded enough when somebody presents you with a competitive offer. Think it through before rejecting or accepting it.

Mistake #3: Underestimating the Costs of Selling

You might ask yourself, "How much is my home worth?" To give you a piece of advice, you should not underestimate the cost of your home, as it depends on various factors that you may not be aware of. If you want to know how much it would cost, it would be best to consult a home value estimator.

Mistake #4: Exclusively Considering the Highest Offer

Perhaps it excites you to know that somebody presented you with an incredibly high offer. You might think that considering it will allow you to pay for all your bills, debts, and other necessities. However, you should be wise enough not to get blinded by such offers because you wouldn't know their reason and purpose behind it, so beware!

Mistake #5: Setting an Impractical Price

Keep in mind that the price you desire to get and what your market can pay you are two distinct things. It will help if you try learning what fair market value means and knowing how a home is valued. More so, always know your boundaries, particularly in setting the price of your home to sell.

Final Thoughts

As a home seller, your sole purpose is to get a buyer, but you still deserve to have a smooth sailing home selling process, as well. For you to do so, keep in mind all these common home selling mistakes and do your best to avoid them at all costs.


Do you feel like you need extra help to buy or sell homes in Manitoba? Contact Chris Low Realtor today. With years of experience and numerous sales under his belt, you can rest assured you gain much-needed guidance from an industry professional. Send him a message today and start discussing your plans for your home.

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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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When you’re buying your dream home, it’s most likely that you’ll have a lot of competitors for the same house. As much as possible, you need to avoid market seasons when everything is sold at high prices.


If you’re looking for a real estate property, you must take the opportunity when prices are down. However, it is inevitable to have competition against other buyers regardless of the season. That way, house sellers can increase the price of the house. You’ll need to have a strategy in order to win house-bidding wars. Here are some ways you can do that:

1) You Need to Know Your Budget

When you’re entering a bidding war, you must know how much you intend to invest in a house. Before you do that, you must know what you can get from the house and see what makes it different from other homes.


There’s a possibility that you might find a better property with better offers. However, if you really see that this house is worth buying, you must know how much money you need to win it. So prepare your budget, and see how much you can offer.

2) You Must Get Mortgage Pre-Approval

Even if you’re just intending to buy a house without joining a bidding war, you still need pre-approval for a mortgage. Pre-approval can help you determine how much you can afford for a house.  This will also convince the seller to sell the house since they can see how determined you are to buy the property, and they would be reassured that you have the ability to pay for it.

3) You Should Not Have Too Many Offer Conditions

Sellers want offers that are straightforward and clean to lessen complications during the process. It’s your responsibility as a buyer to offer the best conditions you can without it being too complicated. You need to please the seller, so you need to be flexible on when you want to close a deal. Additionally, high bidders also win, so you need to offer the best you can.

4) Build a Personal Connection to the Seller

Sellers probably have a lot of memories and emotional attachments to the home they’re selling. They likely want information about prospective buyers. As much as possible, find something that connects you to the seller. This could help convince the seller, and it can ease their mind that their home is being sold to the right person.

Conclusion

House bidding wars can be hectic, especially if the house you’re planning to buy is popular in the local market. You also need to check if the house is worth the money you intend to invest. Make sure to be prepared, and have the right strategy to approach sellers.


Are you looking for the perfect property as your home? Chris Low Realtor is the best real estate agent for your home hunting journey. I sell and buy residential, commercial, and farm real estate in Brandon and Virden, Manitoba. Partner up with me today!

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Buying a house is one of the most life-changing decisions you can make. Since it is a big move that can affect your life’s personal and financial aspects, many aspiring homeowners see the whole process as overwhelming.


The good news is there are practical steps to take and put your worry at ease. If you are one of those first-time homebuyers, consider the following to have a hassle-free home buying experience:

- Check your Credit Score

Your credit score makes a big impact on the amount you can borrow, the interest rate that you may qualify for, and the amount of down payment you will be required to make. Because of this, make sure that your credit score is as high as possible before applying for a mortgage.

- Determine your Budget

Figure out how much you can afford to pay for a monthly mortgage. To calculate your budget, compute your current income and monthly expenses, including health insurance, car payments, and student loan payments. Consider the additional costs associated with a new house, such as maintenance, utilities, homeowners insurance, and property taxes.

- Consider your Down Payment

As much as possible, prioritize putting down 20 percent of the total purchase price as your down payment. If your budget does not allow you to do that, you can adjust and look for more affordable options that go as low as 3.5 percent. Ask your lender about these options, and make sure they suit your financial standing and preferred loan type.

- Get a Mortgage Preapproval

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams by getting a mortgage preapproval after doing your budgeting. This will speed up the mortgage application process by helping you understand how much you can afford and the types of loan programs you qualify for. To get started, collect all your financial documents and track mortgage rates.

- Choose a Mortgage Lender

Choose your mortgage lender wisely. They will help you secure the right mortgage based on your ideal home, timeframe, and current credit score. Make sure the professional you hire will customize a mortgage solution for you and answer all of your questions.

- Explore Housing Options

Search for houses online that fit your budget, taste, and preferred lifestyle, and then schedule sessions to visit them. If you are having trouble exploring your housing options, look for a real estate agent you can trust. They will serve as your partner in the home buying process.

- Voice Out your Offer

Once you have found your dream home, it’s time to make an offer and close on your house. Ensure that you choose the right property for you by asking for advice from your agent. They will draw up an offer letter for you and submit it to the seller. They can even help you request repairs, add upgrades, or make your offer contingent, depending on the condition of your home.

- Make the Necessary Preparations to Close the Deal

Before purchasing any home, work closely with your real estate agent and mortgage broker to ensure your upfront expenses are covered. These include your down payment and several closing costs. Additionally, familiarize yourself with all necessary documents before signing them during the closing.

Conclusion

While the home buying process seems intimidating for first-time homebuyers like you, it does not have to be stressful. Find the road to happy homeownership by remembering and following the steps mentioned above. Don’t forget to work with a trusted real estate agent like me so you can easily search for the perfect home and have a convenient buying experience.


Explore homes for sale in Brandon and Virden with my help. I am Chris Low, an experienced real estate agent who will help you every step of the way during home buying. I will also determine the right property for your needs through the Multiple Listing Service system. Contact me today to get started in your home search!

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Once you’ve decided to cash in your home’s potential value in the property market, it’s vital to make it consumer-ready for prospective buyers. So instead of simply giving your home a deep cleaning treatment, you need to revitalize its look by making certain key renovations. This is a process known as home staging.

Why Does My Home Need Home Staging?

Like any product in the market, each home needs to stand out and be very appealing to prospective buyers. Homeowners can showcase the different features that fit a particular buyer’s idea of a perfect home. Since the real estate market can be very competitive, it’s your responsibility as a house seller to know the strengths and weaknesses of your home. Doing so lets you identify key areas you can improve on through impactful renovations.


This article will share three home features you should consider for a faster and more profitable home sale.

1) Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen renovations will always lead to higher property values if you know how to invest in the right features. Besides upgrading your appliances, you should also consider the most appealing areas of kitchens: countertops. Kitchen countertops experience plenty of wear and tear over the course of your stay in a home. For this reason, it can be the most bruised and battered component of your kitchen.


Simply polishing it won’t remove long-term stains and marks that will be unappealing to prospective buyers. This is why brand-new countertop upgrades give an added level of functionality and aesthetic appeal to your home.

2) Flooring Options

Prospective home buyers want assurance that the property they’re buying is worth every dollar they put in the deal. This is why durability will play a vital role when weighing different options. What better way to reinforce your home’s durability by showcasing a fresh set of durable flooring?


Besides the utterly expensive hardwood flooring, there are many other affordable and appealing options that you can choose from. Anything from vinyl laminate to cement tiles can look and feel right in a room with the proper purpose. This is why your flooring choices must be purposeful to the use of a room. For example, tile renovations in bathrooms should prioritize functionality and safety against moisture and slippery surfaces. Similarly, outdoor pavements should be slip-resistant and naturally blend with your home’s structural motif.

3) Energy Efficiency

You can improve a home’s energy efficiency on different fronts, from optimizing your windows’ use of natural lighting to installing energy-saving HVAC systems. Whether you opt for a structural solution or technological upgrade, it’s essential to check with your building contractor to determine its feasibility.


Not all energy-saving options will be compatible with your property. Instead of making your home more appealing, these additions could feel more out of place than attractive. For this reason, it’s vital to get a second opinion from building experts before overhauling your home’s layout and major appliances.

Conclusion

Selling your home as-is for a quick and hassle-free profit can be very difficult, especially if you’re in a competitive housing market. So if you want to enhance your home’s chances of getting sold at the right price, you must make game-changing solutions to enhance its appeal. This is where hiring an efficient real estate agent can come in handy.


When you choose to work with a real estate agent, you want a business partner who can guide you through the process of selling your home in an honest and professional manner. If you need a capable real estate agent from Manitoba, contact me today at (204) 573-5699!

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Buying a house is a tough decision to make. Before you’d even decide which home to go for, you’d have to rely on the expertise and advice of well-trusted real estate agents. They will ask about your preferences, guide you towards a house that matches all of your chosen criteria, and assist you in making a wise choice at the end.


Everything seems to be easier with the help of real estate agents—but just because things have taken an easy turn doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be skeptical about the "Whys" and "Hows."


You have the right to know about the ins and outs of a home before even signing the contract. You may accomplish this by asking the right questions to your real estate agent. Of course, a good real estate agent would answer all of these questions honestly—but how about those who are only trying to make a good sell?


Well, these inquiries are effective enough to bring out the truth about the house that you are planning to avail. Take note of them, ask them without missing a beat, and gain a proper understanding of the property as a whole—and only then should you proceed with the purchase.

1) "How Old Is the Property That I’m Planning to Buy?"

A real estate agent should know everything about the property, including its history and its various homeowners that came before you. Asking about the age of the house would help you determine whether or not it’s too old for your own good!


The thing about old properties is that they tend to require frequent amounts of maintenance, so you can just imagine the amount of money you’d have to spend on a regular basis just to keep the house standing. Knowing about the previous homeowners would at least give you an idea of how the property was utilized.


If the previous owner was known to be too careless about everything, for example, then the chances are that the house may need repairs—and all of that would fall on you to handle.

2) "Is the Property Conveniently Located near Important Establishments?"

When we say important establishments, we are referring to the grocery stores, the fire department, the police station, the hospital, and other such landmarks. Having these near your home would assure you that everything you’d ever need would just be a ride away! If you need to restock on supplies, you have the nearest grocery for that; if there are any emergencies, then you have the hospital and the police station near you, and so on.

3) "Are There Any Issues About the House That I Should Know Of?"

Sometimes, the age of the property isn’t a good indicator of the house’s real condition. Some homes for sale are old, yet, because of the proper care and maintenance given by the previous owner, everything works just fine. The same rule applies towards houses which are just a few years old, in which the previous owners may have been too lazy to maintain everything, leaving you with all the damages to fix! If there are problems with the pipes, the windows, the integrity of the walls, etc., then it may be the right time to search for other options!

Conclusion

Buying a new home is never an easy decision to make. Luckily, you have your real estate agent to help you through the process. Having an honest real estate agent on your side would help lighten the load and give you a clear view of the right choices ahead. Knowing more about the property and its previous owners would determine whether or not the house is the right one for you.


I am Chris Low, and I am a seasoned real estate agent. My years of experience in this profession had given me all the needed negotiating skills, market knowledge, and strong attention to detail in the field of real estate. So if you’re looking for the best real estate agent in the market, give me a call today!

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When you are buying a house, one of the primary considerations, without a doubt, is the cost of the home. You want to make sure that you are getting the best price possible for the property you wish to purchase.


To do so, you need to have sufficient knowledge of real estate. Of course, it would be a great help if you have a reliable real estate agent on your team who can provide you with all the information you need and guide you on the proper approach to negotiating a house’s price. But these tips should give you some idea on how you can better get a better deal with the seller:

Study the Market

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the type of marketing you’re entering as a buyer even before you start searching for your dream home. Know that when you are negotiating the price of a property in a buyer’s market, there will be more homes for sale than buyers, so you’ll have the upper hand here. You can take advantage and offer a price that you’re willing to pay and even ask the seller to cover closing costs or other requests you might have.

 

On the other hand, if you are navigating a seller’s market, it will be harder for you to negotiate the price, if possible, at all. Because the number of buyers is higher than the properties up for sale, you will probably have to agree to the seller’s price and conditions.

 

You’ll know the kind of real estate market you are in from your trusted agent and by checking with the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Know as Much as You Can About the Property and the Seller

It will benefit you to know more not only about the property you’re trying to buy but also the seller you’re going to communicate with. For instance, knowing that the seller has been trying to sell their home for months or even years means it’s likely that they’re eager to sell, and you may be able to negotiate the price.

 

Other information you should find out includes whether the property has been sold before and for how much it was sold, why the seller is moving, and more.

Don’t Just Negotiate the Price

If you are a first-time homebuyer, you might think that the only thing you can negotiate with the seller is the price. Still, there are other things you might want to work out with the seller, like the appliances to be included in the sale, repairs, closing costs, and more.

Appeal to the Owner’s Sentimentality

Homeownership can be sentimental. The seller probably has some unforgettable memories in that house. Why not let them know why you want the house, why it matters to you, what future you imagine having in that house with your family? Perhaps if the seller sees that you will take care of the home the way they did, they’ll be more open to negotiations.

Conclusion

Negotiating is part of the buying process. Your seller expects that, so don’t hesitate to do it, but you have to be prepared to compromise as well. Know that it is unlikely that you’ll get all the things that you are asking for and be okay with that. Gauge the market because if it’s a competitive one, there’s a possibility that the seller will just give the property to another buyer – one who’s not haggling too much. You should also listen to your real estate agent and know that you have a pro on your team who has your best interest in mind.

 

If you are looking for a home in Manitoba and want the best real estate agent to be on your team to help you through the entire process, including the negotiations, Chris Low is the agent you are looking for. Feel free to reach out for inquiries about anything real-estate-related!

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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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You cannot afford to make mistakes when you want to either buy or sell commercial property. It can mean the difference between success and failure, especially if you are going about it without professional expertise. Fortunately, there are real estate professionals whom you can trust to help you with this ordeal. But how exactly can they make your property buying and selling experience better?


This article will discuss the top three benefits of hiring a commercial real estate agent. View this as an opportunity to ensure you make the best, investment-forward decisions to guarantee your commercial success through refinancing, acquiring facilities for your business’s operations, and the like. This way, you can become more profitable and easily meet return on investments.

1) Provides a Wide Range of Listings and Connections

You need connections and different assets to venture into the commercial world, and the real estate market is no different. While it may be possible to see various property listings online and try your hand at maximizing your current business connections, they will not come close to what a professional real estate agent can provide you. It’s primarily due to their expertise, deep relationships with clients, and continuing operations to scout the best properties.


As such, you need to find a professional commercial real estate agent in your area. It’s your easy access to the right deals, allowing you to be steps ahead of your competitors since you have the necessary assets to expand. For instance, if you want to purchase more office space, it’s faster and more efficient to have it done by an expert. As a result, you can expect more opportunities to grow and meet your clients’ expectations.

2) Saves You Time and Money

Time is money, and vice versa, especially when you have to buy or sell commercial property. It’s a hindrance to go through since you also have to meet your other tasks, affecting your decision-making and productivity. But if you work with a real estate agent, you don’t have to worry about it. All you need is to check in every once and a while for potential decisions you need to make, keeping your best interests and peace of mind in check.


One of the most time-saving and budget-friendly ways your real estate agent can offer you is acquiring the property you want to buy or the financial assets you are getting in exchange. It depends on whether you are buying or selling.


Normally, these processes take a long time, especially if you do it by yourself. Thankfully, your agent has already mastered them through their previous experiences, enabling you to enjoy greater value for your real estate investment.

3) Advises You with Real Estate Market Knowledge

Much of the triumph of your buying and selling venture comes from your comparative knowledge of similar properties or prospective buyers. Without the proper knowledge, connections, and tools, it’s impossible to even come close to what your real estate agent can do for you. They also have years of experience, ensuring they are well-versed in watching out for trends, government protocols, and other areas of concern. Fortunately, you will be in good hands and stay on top of everything, garnering you easy success!

Conclusion

Commercial real estate is a massive undertaking you shouldn’t underestimate. If done incorrectly, it can have long-term consequences on you and your assets. The good news is that there are real estate professionals ready who are more than willing to help you. Hire one today! 


Are you looking for the best real estate agent in Manitoba for your commercial needs? Get in touch with me, Chris Low. I can be a valuable resource for your real estate needs and preferences, letting you know what’s ideal for the current market and what you can expect from buyers and sellers. Check out my property listings and services for your convenience. 

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If you’re looking to buy a home, you know it entails a significant investment because it’s a serious commitment that will require years to accomplish. You have to go through a process that involves browsing listings online and visiting the homes for sale one by one.

 

Other than that, there are more factors involved before you can finally say you own a property and that you and your family are ready to move into your new home. Make sure that before you start viewing houses up close and personal, you’re well-prepared for it to avoid facing delays and issues down the line.

 

Keep reading below to find out tips to know before you begin hunting down the right property that will satisfy your wants and needs and make your family the happiest they can be. 

You Should Apply for a Mortgage

Before you even think about looking at properties for sale and listing down your choices, it’s crucial to apply for a mortgage and receive a pre-approval. It doesn’t matter if you’re aiming for a family home or a vacation home—you will always require a mortgage loan to complete the transaction.

 

Applying for a mortgage is a considerable part of home buying, so even before you begin house hunting, you must remember to get pre-approved. That way, you know the price of the homes you can only afford and are interested in viewing to prevent going past what your finances can address.

You Should Stick to a Budget

When you seek a mortgage loan, part of it is to determine how much you’re willing to spend your savings on and what your ideal budget is. When you set limits to how much you can provide, it’s essential to follow them to avoid risking your finances since you have other priorities you need to answer for.

 

Buying a house comprises so much more expenses, such as closing fees, long-term maintenance, and other charges involved that could take you by surprise if you aren’t prepared. If you want to remain on the safe side, get pre-approved for a loan first, and then you’ll have a better idea of how much your budget should be, thus keeping you from going past your boundaries.

You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent

Besides having a reliable mortgage broker to connect you with a moneylender, you will also need to hire a realtor to help you purchase your dream home. Navigating the real estate industry on your own will be difficult and is something you shouldn’t do if you don’t have enough experience buying or selling homes.

 

With a real estate agent by your side, they can provide you with some of the best properties in the market that you may not have seen from browsing hundreds of listings. Since they’re experts in the home buying process, they will guide you and be with you the entire time, from viewing the houses to negotiating with homeowners.

Conclusion

Once you’ve decided that you’ve come to a point in your life when you’re ready to move on and dedicate yourself to buying a home for you and your family, you have to make sure you’re ready. Remember to apply for a mortgage, stick to a budget, and hire the best real estate agent to help you out. Doing all the essential things leads you one step closer to moving into a property you can finally say is yours.

 

Are you looking to purchase houses for sale near you? Chris Low is a real estate agent dedicated to residential, commercial, and farm real estate in Brandon & Virden, Manitoba. Get in touch today to book a consultation!

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At this point of your life, you’re probably familiar with the fact that buying or selling a home is one of the most noteworthy experiences in your life—not just because of how much of a milestone it is, but also because of how difficult it can be.


Regardless if you’re looking to purchase a new property with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms or letting go of your single-room apartment for something better, dealing with a property transaction is nothing short of momentous. Considering that any kind of real estate transaction will prove to be one of the most significant financial decisions of your life, it’s essential to ensure that you have the smoothest experience possible from start to finish.


This is where the best real estate agent in your area comes in.

Why Does It Matter to Find the Right Real Estate Agent?

Nowadays, homeowners hoping to sell or homebuyers looking to purchase property are urged to enlist an experienced real estate agent’s services.


Currently, Canada’s market for real estate agents is expansive, thanks to the property market becoming more lucrative than ever. Although there’s no doubt that having more real estate agents is a great thing when it comes to dealing with the home buying or selling process, it also makes it much harder to find the right professional to work with.


Considering that the right professional can help you save a fortune, spare you from all sorts of unnecessary stress, and find you the best home for your needs, it’s easy to see why most professionals have emphasized doing so. Over the years, in fact, industry experts have urged buyers and sellers alike to look closely into how they filter their options because of how much of a difference it makes!

Points to Consider

When it comes to guaranteeing your chances of finding the best real estate agent for your property transaction, doing something as simple as keeping the right tips in mind can make a difference. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home for the best price, here are some valuable points to consider:

Above All Else, Look for Experience

The one thing anyone needs to know about finding the right kind of agent to work with is that experience is a defining factor that sets great professionals apart from "alright" ones.

You see, real estate knowledge maintains its worth and significance even as the years go by—a clear reason an agent with years of experience is a good choice for your upcoming transaction. If you find a professional—such as Chris Low—that has been in the industry for quite some time, it’s almost always a good sign that they’re capable of working out the best deal possible.

Reviews Are Your Best Friend

One of the most valuable reasons it’s much better to find a real estate agent to work with is that we live in the age of the internet—a time of innovation when knowledge is the most available it has ever been. It is now much easier to find reviews and references about the services you employ—real estate professionals included.


Nowadays, reviews and testimonials on all sorts of websites make it easier to learn more about anything and anyone with a few clicks and presses. You can ease up your fielding process by putting a potential agent’s name into the search bar and using the displayed reviews to get a better idea of whether they can meet your expectations or not! 

Conclusion

The process of handling a real estate transaction, among other things, is one of the most complicated experiences that anyone can ever go through—which is why it pays to have a capable agent by your side. Through this guide’s help, you can find the best professional for your property purchase-related needs right away! 

Consider me: Chris Low—an experienced real estate agent in Canada who is more than happy and dedicated to helping 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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The thought of relocating to a new place in a new house can be an overwhelming prospect, even when the move is entirely voluntary. Whether you’re looking for a better job, lower cost of living, better educational opportunities, or you just want a fresh start, moving to a new place can be both a blessing and a burden.


Choosing where to move is perhaps the biggest decision you have to make as it will ultimately influence all aspects of your life. How exactly does one know where to move to or find the perfect place to live? Well, before you shop around for houses or look for a real estate agent, you better read this guide, so you can decide where you should live.

Find Out What Is Most Important to You

The first thing to do when deciding where to move is to assess your lifestyle and determine your needs and wants. You need to be able to list down what is a must when it comes to a home and what is desirable but nonessential.


Do you want to experience the hustle and bustle of the big city, or do you prefer a small town in a rural area? These are just some of a few examples of questions you should ask yourself when looking for a place to move to.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Where to Move

The decision where to live should be approached with a lot of care and consideration. From job prospects to the cost of living, every detail matters. Here are some things you should consider:

  • Professional Opportunities - anything that has to do with your career will be one of the most significant deciding factors in choosing where to move to. Sometimes, it’s the very reason why you even considered moving in the first place. Make sure you have a good job opportunity waiting for you in whatever place you decide to live in.
  • Affordability - Now, a good job doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a good life as well. No matter how good your job is or how big you’re earning from it, if the cost of living is too high, then it might not be the best for you. Consider the cost of living, the prices of homes for sale, and the kind of taxes you’ll be paying for in the next couple of years.
  • Climate - Your mood, disposition, and your overall outlook in life can sometimes be affected by the climate or the weather conditions of the place you live in. Do you like the cold winters and short summers of the North, or maybe you like the hot summers and rainy winters in the southern part of the country?
  • Culture and Lifestyle - Every city, every town has its own cultural scene and different places that offer social opportunities. Consider your hobbies, interests, and desires and determine if the city you’re planning to live in is the right match for you.
  • Transportation - Commuting is also a big factor to consider as it ultimately affects your cost of living and the time you spend travelling on a daily basis. If this is a big deal for you, you should focus on looking for places with good public transportation systems.

Conclusion

Those are just a few of the many considerations you need to think about when looking for a place to live in. Having seen all the relevant factors, you only have one thing left to decide on, and that’s where you would actually like to settle down and spend the next couple of years of your life.


If you’re looking for the perfect home for yourself or your family, it’s best to work with a real estate agent you can trust. Chris Low is an experienced real estate agent offering services that go above and beyond your expectations. Find the perfect property for sale in Manitoba with the help of Chris Low, REALTOR®.

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After buying your first home and enjoying all it has to offer, you may be considering purchasing a second home at some point. For instance, you may want to have your own weekend getaway to relax and unwind far away from the hustle and bustle of the city without worrying about finding available accommodation and securing a reservation. You may also want to have a summer home that you can access whenever you want, allowing you to enjoy a change of scenery at a moment’s notice.


Owning a second home is an excellent investment to make, whether you intend to use it or rent it out. However, there’s a lot of research that goes into finding the right property to call your own for the second time, especially in determining your financing options. Luckily, buying a house will be made easier by working with the best real estate agent and following our guide.


Here’s what you should consider when buying a second property:

1) Property Type

Whether you plan on buying a summer home or a place to rent out, you’ll need to determine the type of property that works best for its intended purpose. For instance, if you are purchasing it for income purposes, you’ll want to look for homes in a business district, like an apartment or a townhouse. To make the most bang for your buck, you’ll need to find a highly sought-after location.


It’s important to note that you may change your mind about the property and decide to convert it into a retirement home. It’s best to choose a location you wouldn’t mind living in, even if you intend to rent it out. This rule of thumb also applies to properties bought for seasonal purposes, whether it’s a quaint cottage you can spend your summers and winters in or hope to rent out to vacationers.

2) Insurance Costs

Another critical factor to consider when purchasing a second property is the insurance costs that come with it. Most homeowners forget about this and end up with even more expenses than they had expected, as insurance bills are unavoidable. Once you’ve laid your eyes on a property, it’s best to start asking for insurance costs to determine if it’s within your budget.


Your property’s location and purpose influence how much your insurance will cost. For example, if you buy a house by a body of water like a lake, you’ll have to pay for flooding insurance. If you rent the property out to tenants or vacationers, you’ll also have to pay for more insurance to protect yourself from instances in which they get injured while on your property.

3) Maintenance and Upkeep

Lastly, you must also account for maintenance and upkeep costs. If you’re buying the property as a seasonal escape for your family, you’ll still have to pay for utilities every month, even when you aren’t using them. You’ll also have to consider repair work that may result from months of disuse, like damaged pipes.


Meanwhile, if you’ll be renting it out, you’ll have a much easier time with the utility costs because you can integrate those into the rent cost. It is crucial to decide on renting your property for the long term or only a few days, weeks, or months, allowing you to estimate how much you’ll have to pay for utilities.

Conclusion

Purchasing a second home in Canada comes with a world of benefits. However, it is unwise to buy one willy-nilly without considering all the details and expenses that go with it. By accounting for these three factors and working with a real estate agent, buying a house will be much easier than expected.


Chris Low is a real estate agent buying and selling residential, commercial, and farm real estate in Manitoba. Whether you’re selling or buying a house or you’d like to know how much your home is worth, I’m the one to call. Contact me today to find out more about how I can help you meet your real estate goals!

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I have listed a new property at Hamiota.
R32//Hamiota/8.5 Quarters of B Class land for sale. Titled land listed is 1,358 acres with 1,010 acres cultivatable. (Cultivatable acres are provided on a good faith, best effort basis. No representation is being made to their accuracy). The soil quality is high with all quarters being rated 70% 2T and 30% 6W (CLI Classification). Please allow 48 hours for acceptance of any offer. (id:2493)
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Are you thinking about selling your home? Before you put it on the market, you may want to upgrade it a little bit to attract more prospective buyers. Apart from focusing on the interior design, make sure to direct your efforts to the exterior elements of the property.


When people buy or sell commercial property, curb appeal can be a determining factor. If people appreciate what they see on the outside, they are more likely to look inside. Check out these six simple and inexpensive tips that will improve your curb appeal, attract potential buyers, and receive more money for your property:

Tip #1: Repaint It

The sun, rain, and other elements can quickly deteriorate the exterior of your home. Giving it a fresh coat of paint is the best way to bring life back into it.


It's vital to choose a paint colour that complements the design and appeals to a broad range of potential purchasers. Aside from the walls, you should also paint the front door, shutters and trim, and the porch.

Tip #2: Install New Hardware

When it comes to a buyer's first impression of homes for sale, small details matter a lot. These will make your house stand out against the competition.


To improve its beauty and value, consider replacing or refinishing your hardware, like the doorknobs and handles, house number, and mailbox. Doing this will go a long way toward boosting your curb appeal if it complements your home's decor.

Tip #3: Do Some Landscaping

A lush, green, and well-kept yard, as well as adequately arranged and trimmed garden beds, may make a big difference that is never overlooked. Aside from mowing the lawn and watering some flowers, you also have to prune plants, remove weeds, put fresh mulch, and other decorative but necessary things.

Tip #4: Add Outdoor Lighting

As the sun sets, you may use landscape lighting to emphasize prominent elements of your yard, such as plant beds, paths, and seating spaces. There are many options, from classic lanterns to the more modern spotlighting.


Nonetheless, when choosing which one to install, go for the ones that will match your house's finishes. Also, make sure that your lighting selections are as warm and energy-efficient as possible.

Tip #5: Maintain the Pavings

Of course, you wouldn't want to forget the driveways and pathways. Yes, paving projects may be expensive, but there are ways to repair and upgrade them without costing much. For example, deep cleaning with a pressure washer may make it appear brand new. You can also kill the weeds and fill in the cracks around your driveway and walkway.

Tip #6: Complete with Accessories

Small touches may help potential buyers see themselves in the room and make your home feel more welcome. Welcome mats, potted plants, door wreaths, and porch chairs are all valuable additions that may improve your curb appeal.

Conclusion

Improving your curb appeal is a marketing tool. It gives first impressions and sets expectations. If a prospective buyer likes what they see on the exterior, they are more likely to check inside. More importantly, enhancing a home's curb appeal will increase its value and speed up its sale. That said, make sure to keep this guide in mind!


If you want to explore residential and commercial real estate in Manitoba, Chris Low Realtor can present you with several options that will successfully meet all your needs. Aside from buying and selling properties, we also offer home appraisals, evaluation, and other necessary services. Reach out to learn more!

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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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If you decide to resell your home, you want to have a good resale value. Unfortunately, the real estate market can be unpredictable, which means you cannot just sell anytime. Doing so will put you at risk of losing the money you are supposed to get. The best way to deal with this is to wait out the market a bit and list later to get significantly more cash on the same property.


According to top real estate agents, the best time of year to sell houses is during March. They based it on local trends in the real estate market. Since the competition can be tough, here are some tips to help you attract homebuyers and sell your home fast that month:

- Boost your Curb Appeal

March is the perfect time when potential homebuyers spend their weekends looking around for the home of their dreams. To capture their attention right away and ensure they notice and consider your house, make your property appealing by boosting your curb appeal. For instance, have a well-maintained yard by planting flowers and mowing your grass regularly. You can also apply a fresh coat of brightly coloured paint on the door to give them a warm welcome.


Your lawn might seem an insignificant detail that no homebuyer would notice, but this small part of your house is important to them. Keep in mind that they want a fresh start, and this includes having a new property they can call their home. Don’t ruin that experience for them by neglecting the dead patches of grass and weed on your lawn. Prioritize making a positive impression by paying attention to what you can see in front of your home and improving their appearance and functionality.

- Use Seasonal Benefits to your Advantage

Selling a home in an area that experiences all four seasons means having potential homebuyers who are likely to consider the seasonal trends before buying. Since March in many regions of the country has pleasant weather, take advantage of this. You can also expect more active buyers are looking for homes for sale because they are more motivated to sell when the temperature begins warming up.

- Consider the Competition

As you do your research about property selling, you might have read or heard that May is the perfect time to sell your house. While it is an excellent time to put your home on the market, you will have many competitors pitting against the homebuyers’ attention. In other words, listing in May can help you sell faster, but competition is certainly higher. You definitely will have a hard time standing out in the market if your neighbourhood is saturated with properties for sale around the same time. Because of this, it’s best to list your house earlier than May to get a better price.

Conclusion

The month can affect the price and the amount of time it will take to sell your home. While navigating through the world of real estate can be tricky, you now have a better idea of how you can make sure potential buyers notice your house. All you have to do is follow the tips above. You can also partner with an experienced real estate agent like me for further assistance and support.


If you need the expertise of the best real estate agent, then you’ve come to the right place. I run Chris Low Realtor, and I can help you get the best deal for your property through my in-depth knowledge and years of experience. I also offer a home value estimator so you can find out the value of your house on the current real estate market. Contact me to learn more about how I can help you!

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Whether you are buying a house for the first time or you’re planning to put your current home on the market, you know that dealing with real estate is always complicated. Unless you are a highly-trained real estate agent, you could easily get confused with how things work and all the paperwork involved. For that reason alone, you can already tell that you will need a seasoned real estate agent on your side to help you navigate the entire process of buying or selling a home.


But in case you need more reasons on why you should work with a real estate agent, here are four of the best ones that we’ve rounded up for you: 

1) They Offer Convenience

Do you know how stressful it is to search for homes that meet your requirements if you’re doing it on your own without an agent’s help? Real estate agents have access to listings and all the information necessary to find the best properties within the area that suit your needs. If you’re buying without an expert by your side, you’ll be the one to make calls to other agents representing the sellers or the sellers themselves, set an appointment, meet with them and more.


The same goes if you’re the one selling. You’ll have to get the word out there that you’re selling your property, contact photographers, hold an open house, and other tasks needed to sell your home. You see, if you don’t fully know what needs to be done, you could end up skipping important steps or missing out on good opportunities for higher returns!

2) They Negotiate for a Living

One of the most challenging parts of buying or selling a home is negotiating with the other party. It’s not just the price that you’ll have to negotiate but also which appliances are included in the sale, certain fees, and closing dates, among others. Because you can bet the other party wants to get the most from the sale, you’ll find it hard to negotiate in your favour. Real estate agents, on the other hand, negotiate for a living. It’s one of the things they’re trained to do, so they can help you get to that sweet spot where both you and the other party will both be satisfied with the terms of the sale.

3) They Can Take Care of All the Paperwork

Contracts are complicated, but they are legal documents that protect you and the deal both parties have agreed to. A seasoned real estate agent can handle contracts easily because they are familiar with the terms used, what should be included and how to ensure that the contract protects your interest. This is something that you might not be able to do as you don’t know what you’re supposed to see on the contract in the first place.

4) They Can Help You Buy or Sell a Property Faster

Keep in mind that real estate agents are well connected in the community. They know people who are looking for homes and those selling their properties. Besides that, they also have contacts like lawyers, property inspectors, photographers, and other professionals who are involved in the process of a real estate sale. This means that they can tap on these pros to smoothen out the process. If you’re doing it on your own, you’ll have to look for such professionals by yourself, and you may not even be certain that you’re getting the right people!

Conclusion

Contrary to what some people believe, there are actually many advantages to getting a real estate agent to help you buy or sell a house. Just their expertise in the field alone should give you the assurance that you’re going to have a better experience with their assistance. Of course, it also depends on whether or not you get a reliable real estate agent!

 

If you want the best real estate agent who can help you buy or sell your property in Brandon or Virden, Manitoba, choose Chris Low. Chris will be with you every step of the way of your buying or selling journey and ensure that you get the best deal possible, so get in touch today!

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