The Deutschmann Team
RE/MAX TWIN CITY REALTY INC.
Phone: (519) 841-6511
Email: info@elitere.ca
Website: www.elitere.ca
 

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I know we’ve been talking about the spring real estate market heating up but, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably been shaking your head this past week and wondering if we had our seasons mixed up!

Home sales in Waterloo Region last month mirrored the greater activity across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Numbers are down year-over-year, but the market is showing signs of warming up as there is strong demand throughout our region and realtors are still receiving multiple offers on many homes.

The average sale price of all residential properties sold in March decreased 0.7 per cent to $490,010 compared to March 2017.  The flatter price acceleration that we’re seeing is most likely due to softer demand for higher-priced properties. The new mortgage stress test may be having the impact of slowing down aspiring move-up buyers, as well as making it more difficult for entry-level purchasers. And, while 2018 won’t be quite as hectic as 2017, we do believe the market will be demanding.

If you’d like to talk about our crazy weather or our crazy real estate market, please give me a call. I’d love to hear from you!

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Market Report:

It's officially spring and the market is starting to warm up again. Read Drew's report to see how our local market performed last month: http://elitere.ca/blog/kitchener-waterloo-real-estate-market-blog-2/

Featured Listings:

Final Phase in Carriage Crossing - Starting at $1,381,667

Only a few lots left for the final phase in Carriage Crossing! We are now closing homes in 2019. Make sure you reserve your lot today! Custom build your dream home with Deutschmann Homes in Waterloo's prestigious Carriage Crossing! Premium upgrades included! For more information and pricing: http://elitere.ca/team-listings/.  Want to see pictures of finished homes and previous model homes?  Check out our gallery: http://deutschmannhomes.ca/gallery.php

204 Evens Pond Crescent, Kitchener - $879,900

This stunning model home built by Finoro Homes has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a walk-out basement. Featuring: a designer kitchen, finished basement, luxurious finishes, tons of upgrades, and a fantastic location. This home offers it all! https://youriguide.com/204_evens_pond_cres_kitchener_on

84 Elmbank Trail, Kitchener - $858,750

This gorgeous, open concept 3 bedroom/2 bath bungalow by Finoro Homes can still be customized with your personal touch!  This 1,850 sq. ft. home is currently under construction in Kitchener's beautiful Doon Creek neighbourhood, just minutes from Highway 401.  Choose from a wide selection of luxury finishes offered by this high quality home builder. The neighbourhood is conveniently located close to nature trails, parks, schools, shopping and restaurants.

151 Oak Park Drive, Waterloo - $659,900

Prestigious Carriage Crossing! This executive freehold townhome backing onto green space offers luxurious finishes and upgrades throughout including hardwood, quartz counters, master with coffered ceilings and a 2-sided fireplace. Located in a prestigious neighbourhood – these homes rarely come available for sale http://www.myvisuallistings.com/pfsnb/257318

708-223 Erb Street, Waterloo - $538,800

Enjoy living in the Westmount Grand!  This luxurious 2 bedroom corner unit condo features 1,361 sq ft, a balcony and boasts high end finishes throughout.  http://www.myvisuallistings.com/vt/254916

95 Glenvista Drive, Kitchener - $425,000

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom freehold townhome with garage. Built in 2016. Spacious, open concept 3-storey design with 1,438 sq ft. All appliances included. Central location close to shopping, restaurants, schools and Highways 8 and 401. Full listing details: http://elitere.ca/team-listings/

709-1 Victoria St. S, Kitchener - $354,900

This is your chance to own a spectacular one bedroom + den in the trendy 1 Victoria building known for its exception location and state of the art amenities!  Situated right in the heart of the "Innovation District" this stunning condo features a gorgeous modern kitchen, bright and spacious layout, wide-plank laminate flooring and over-sized, almost floor to ceiling windows which offer spectacular views of the city! http://elitere.ca/team-listings/

COMING SOON:

127 West Point Road, Cambridge

3+1 bedroom, 2 bathroom raised bungalow with finished basement situated on a beautiful, mature treed lot with an in-ground pool. Contact us for more details on this upcoming listing.

What's Happening in Our Region:

Have you checked out Canstruction yet? This is such a neat event where teams create incredible structures out of cans and non-perishable food items.  Once the competition is over, all of the food is donated to the Waterloo Food Bank. The displays are situated throughout Conestoga Mall from April 15th-22nd and again May 6th-13th.  This is a great experience for the entire family! https://www.thefoodbank.ca/event/canstruction/

5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly
 
There are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or you may have purchased another property and don’t want to be stuck too long with two mortgages.

Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn sooner:

  • Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the current market value of your home, then you’re not going to get many, if any, viewers. You want the list price to be attractive, which means listing at the current market value.
  • Get things fixed. You probably don’t have time for a major renovation. So just make sure everything in your home is in good working order. Deal with any obvious maintenance issues, such as a leaking faucet or a gate hanging precariously on one hinge.
  • Ensure your home shows well, inside and outside. Eliminate clutter. Trim hedges. Make sure every room has adequate lighting. Imagine that a special guest is visiting your home, and clean up and prepare accordingly.
  • Be flexible with viewing times. You want as many potential buyers as possible to see your home. So, don’t restrict viewing times to just Saturdays. Make sure your home is as “available” as possible for showings. This may cause you and your family some inconvenience, but the reward will be selling your property sooner.
  • Work with a real estate agent like me who understands the area and the local market well. I will be able to recommend a variety of strategies that will help sell your home faster, and for a good price.

Of course, there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll sell your home within the time frame you want. But these tips will certainly increase the chances that you will.

How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer
 
If you’re planning on finding your next dream home, then you’re probably going to view several homes on the market that meet your criteria. 

You will want to make the right purchasing decision for you and your family. So, it’s wise to be savvy when viewing properties for sale. Here are some ideas on how to do that:

  • Bring a notepad. Take notes, not only of the home’s characteristics, but also of how you feel. For example, can you imagine yourself happily cooking up a storm in the kitchen? Do you see yourself entertaining family on the back deck?
  • Bring a measuring tape. Will the furniture you plan to bring fit? Your dining room suite? Your home fitness equipment?
  • Ask about maintenance. Is the property in a good state of repair? Will anything need to be replaced soon, such as the windows?
  • Check out the area. Do other homeowners take good care of their properties? This shows pride of ownership. How is the noise level? Is there a playground, or another area feature nearby?
  • Make a list of compromises. For example, are there only two bathrooms instead of three and, if so, can you live with that?
  • Make a list of bonuses. What features does the home have that are not a necessity, but would be nice to have? For example, an entertainment bar in the recreation room.
  • Remember your budget. Is the price within your range? Can you afford to buy this home? 

The savvier you are when viewing properties on the market, the more likely you will be to find your next dream home.

5 Unexpected Things Home Buyers Want to See
 
If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you probably know the basics of what buyers want to see. Clean and uncluttered rooms. Comfortable living room. Functional and spacious kitchen. Bright, modern bathrooms. However, there are some things that today’s buyers are looking for that you might not have considered.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Smart storage space. Today’s buyers love to see organized closets, attractive shelving, storage nooks, built-in bookshelves, linen closets, and other storage options that are as functional as they are attractive.
  • Energy-efficient fixtures. Buyers are impressed by lighting that is good-looking but is also the latest in energy-efficiency. At the very least, energy-efficient bulbs and table lamps are a good idea. Solar-powered soft lighting in the garden, or on the deck or patio, will impress many.
  • Modern appliances. Buyers will notice kitchen and laundry room appliances that are modern and energy-efficient. In fact, according to a survey, 36% of buyers consider Energy Star rated appliances to be “essential”.
  • Work spaces. Home offices are in demand. Buyers will notice if there is a work area that is functional and attractive, even in the corner of the living room.
  • Outdoor living space. If you have a deck or patio, buyers love to see it well furnished and inviting – even if the outdoor furnishings don’t come with the home! Buyers will at least see the potential.

Of course, your home doesn’t need to have all these features. Having some will help your home sell faster and for a better price. Want more tips? Call today.

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Woodrow Wilson

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