There's a chance you may have noticed already, but let me make it official: I've made the move to Royal LePage Atlantic! Being part of the premiere brokerage in the HRM, with nearly 30% current market share, and part of a nation-wide network that is 100% CANADIAN OWNED, will allow me to better serve YOU, my amazing clients! My journey through Real Estate has been a long and winding one, but I'm finally here, and I couldn't be more thankful.


Oh, and stay tuned - more amazing news to come!


#royallepagecanada #royallepageatlantic #Sold #JustSold #HalifaxRealEstate #HalifaxRealtor #HomesInHalifax #HomesInHalifax #HouseAndHome #ExploreNovaScotia #halifaxnoisehomes
#hrmrealestate #halifaxnoiseathome #novascotiarealestate #eastcoastliving #halifaxhomes #halifaxrealestate #halifaxrealtor #halifaxnoise #haligonia #myhalifax
☎️(902) 452-9675
sandra@sellingmetro.com
or PM me.

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I'll just come out and say it: The home inspection should be a total non-negotiable for buyers!
Why?  Because buyers need to know what they are buying. They need to know if any repairs are needed and roughly the costs of those repairs.

As the market tilts ever-so-slightly away from sellers this fall, I’ve got my fingers crossed that all this contingency waiving is largely a thing of the past.

Keep in mind that an inspection contingency comes with a deadline, so you need to be ready to make some quick decisions once you receive the inspection report.

When it comes to a less-than-stellar inspection, you have to weigh how much risk, investment, and seller negotiation you’re comfortable with for a house you love.

Have other questions about buying? Drop them in the comments below, and I’ll reply ASAP. I look forward to connecting!

#firsttimebuyeradvice #halifaxrealtor #halifaxrealestate #novascotiarealtor #buyertips #realestateadvice #Halihomes #homesinhalifax #halifaxrealestateagent #movetonovascotia #hrmrealestate #yournexthouseisforsale


☎️(902) 452-9675
sandra@sellingmetro.com
or PM me.

Read full post

So..this is your friendly reminder that staging doesn’t have to break the bank. 

6 tips for a DIY staging that will have buyers falling in love with your home:

1. Get rid of furniture, accessories, and knick-knacks that crowd floors and tabletops. Go for the vacation rental feel. Enough, but not too much. 
2. Clean, clean, clean. While not staging per se, you can’t get away from how critical cleaning is.
3. Replace family photos with neutral artwork to help buyers picture themselves in your home.
4. Swap everyday bath towels with crisp white ones to make your bathrooms brighter, cleaner, and spa-like. 
5. Organize closets. Sellers always open closets. Surprise them with neatly arranged storage that says, “there’s space for everything!”
6. Don’t overlook curb appeal. Spruce up the front door with a season wreath, lay fresh mulch, and add planters with potted seasonal flowers to the front step.

If you’re planning on selling and are in the market for a top agent to make it happen, I would love to help!

Chat Soon,

Sandra 

#halifaxrealtor #halifaxrealestate #novascotiarealtor #buyertips #sellertips #realestateadvice #Halihomes#domusrealty #homesinhalifax #halifaxrealestateagent #movetonovascotia #hrmrealestate #halifaxnoiseathome #Realestateadvice

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Are you getting ready to buy your first home? Congrats! What a crazy and exciting time!

But here's the thing. Just like most things in life, if you’ve never done it before, it can be pretty overwhelming. The good news is I've guided countless homeowners through the process, and I'm convinced the key to kicking overwhelm to the curb is preparation, preparation, preparation!

In fact, time and time again, I've seen that the more prepared my clients are, the less stressful the process turns out to be. Want a home-buying journey like that? DM me - I'd love to talk!

In the meantime, here's a kickstart guide that will give you a few steps to think through as you move towards your very first home sweet home:

- Get your credit score ready. The higher your score, the better loan terms you’ll get.
- Estimate your price range by playing around with one of the zillion home affordability calculators online. 
- Narrow down your ideal location, but stay flexible and have several locations in mind.
- Save for your down payment. If you haven’t started, do it now!
- Get a mortgage pre-approval. This will give you hard numbers and help you stay ahead of the competition.
- Find the right agent. Ask around if you need to; it’s important to work with an experienced professional who you know has your best interest in mind.

Read full post

Can I be real for a second? I’ve shown A LOT of homes, and can I just say that one of the BEST, BEST, BEST things you can do as a seller is oh-so-simply but incredibly underrated. It's this:

Clean. Yep. Clean. You'd be shocked at the number of homes I show that simply aren’t clean. So, if you’re getting your home ready for the market and stressing about showings, my biggest piece of advice is this: Do a top-to-bottom deep clean of your house before it hits the market. Even if you have to hire it out, do it. It's worth every penny!

After cleaning, here are a few other things to keep in mind as you prepare for a showing... 

# 1 Hide everyday clutter like laundry, towels, dish rags, small appliances, toys, dishes, and pet "stuff."

# 2 Replace bath towels with crisp white "show" towels.

# 3 Take out the trash and put the toilet seats down.

# 4 Clean and wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters.

# 5 Make the beds.

# 6 Vacuum and sweep all floors. Start with the living areas.

# 7 Put valuables away or take them with you.

# 8 Open the interior doors, turn on the lights, and open all blinds and curtains.

Showings can be stressful (especially on short notice!), but when your house is clean, it's not nearly as hard to get it looking its best! If you'd like more tips on how to get your home ready to sell, I'm here! Shoot me a DM, and let’s talk.

Chat Soon,

Sandra




Read full post

The #1 way to learn about something you've never done before? Ask others who’ve gone before!
 
I’m not just an agent you know - I’m a proud homeowner, too! So here’s me, taking off my agent hat, putting on my homeowner hat, and sharing with you what I wish I would have known BEFORE buying my first house.
 
#1 Always buy the neighborhood not the house – you can always fix the house.
#2 Make sure you have an emergency fund for unplanned maintenance.
#3 Always remember you are going to want to sell – when buying always think “resale”.
#4 Unique homes are harder to sell.
#5 Plug your nose for this one… know where your poop is going! Septic fields and sewer laterals are expensive to fix.
#6 Don’t be turned off by the current décor when shopping for a house “paint is cheap” and it can fix a lot of bad décor.
 
Where are my fellow homeowners? Let’s help a buyer out: what do you wish you would have known before buying - the good, the bad, and the ugly? Share in the comments!
Read full post

It’s become quite the trend to transform a dull and drab piece of property you own into a luxurious, aesthetically pleasing home you can rent out for cash each month.

But the truth is, I've seen flips go amazingly well, AND I've seen them crash and burn. Bad. So, before you jump on the bandwagon, here are a few things to know about home flipping. You should know:

- Have a seriously healthy stash of cash solely earmarked for flipping the property. A good place to start is the 70% rule. (Google it, just do it).
- Have margin in your calendar each week to work on your flip. Seriously, it's not gonna flip itself.
- Ask family, friends, and coworkers for references to help build a list of skilled and reputable contractors. Then, call them early and pay them well.
- Be patient. Flipping houses ain't a walk in the park. You'll need lots of patience when things don't go as planned.
- Talk with a realtor who knows your neighborhood. Ask his or her advice on the projects with the highest ROI and the demands of today's buyer or renter.

Wanna talk about flipping properties or anything else real estate related? Reach out anytime!

#newhome #HalifaxRealEstate #Halihomes #FirstTimeBuyers #flippinghouses #flips #halifaxrealtor #halifaxrealestate #novascotiarealtor #realestateinvesting #realestateagent #buyertips #sellertips #MLS #halihomes #movetoHalifax
☎️(902) 452-9675

sandra@sellingmetro.com

or PM me.

Read full post

Homes available for sale are likely to grow. BUYERS: You’ll have more options, but still be prepared to act fast and put in your best offer upfront. SELLERS: You may soon face more competition as other sellers list their homes. But, if you’re also in the market to buy, you’ll benefit from the boost in inventory. As of July 27, 2022, we have 807 active listings which is moving the market towards a balanced market. It is still a great market for sellers but the "party" is over and we are unlikely to see the overinflated prices that we saw in spring 2022.

Mortgage rates will continue to respond to inflation. BUYERS: Find a trusted agent and reputable lender, so you’ll know exactly how rising rates will impact your purchasing power. SELLERS: Selling and then buying? Work with an agent to time your move so you, too, can take advantage of rates before they tick higher. Currently, rates for a 5-year fixed are between 4.79 to 6% shop around for the best rate.

Home prices will continue to climb and stabilize in some markets. BUYERS: Good news! In some markets, home prices are beginning to stabilize or moderately grow compared to earlier this year. SELLERS: Current home prices are still great news for the value of your home & bottom line. Work with an agent who knows how to get you top dollar while staying on top of market trends.

If you have questions about the market feel free to contact me. I would love to take to you about real estate.

Read full post

Not every day is picture perfect. Despite my rose-colored feed, some days are hectic, some are stressful, and some? They’re just downright hard. No matter your profession or how you spend your days, I know you know what I mean. ⁣

BUT despite the hard days, I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. I see my job as a privilege—a "get-to." Why? Because I get to be a small part of guiding people HOME – the place they will celebrate holidays, birthdays, and school’s-out-for-summer days; the place they will share laughter, tears, disagreements, and follow-up hugs. ⁣

I mean, when you think about it, HOME is so much more than a pile of wood thrown together with some nails and screws. It’s the place that centers us AND sends us out. I truly feel so lucky that I get to be a part of this point in my clients’ lives. ⁣

I love what I do and my clients are my "Why? Fellow agents, what do you adore about your job? Share below...⁣

Read full post

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and really, I get the sentiment and all. But I’m guessing whoever said that wasn’t in the market for a new home. The truth is listing photos can only take you so far. Sooner or later, buyers wanna get off their smartphones and get inside some homes. ⁣
Enter showings—one of the most thrilling parts of the entire home buying journey! If you’ve never experienced a home showing, here’s what you can expect. First, though, YOU have a little work to do. ⁣
Before touring a home, make your list of non-negotiables. Take the list with you and refer back to it as you walk around. Fight the urge to get carried away by a home that has lots of bells and whistles but doesn’t meet your punch list.⁣
Next, you schedule a time to meet your agent at the home. Take your time and ask your agent any and all questions that come to your mind. ⁣
Take special note of:⁣
Curb appeal and lawn condition: The property's exterior can easily be overlooked. Pay attention to your first impression of the home. Do you love it, or are you less-than-enthused?⁣
Cleanliness and odor. Use all your senses as you enter the home. Do you smell mold or mildew? Cigarette smoke? Does the air feel damp?⁣
Wall and floor condition: Pay attention to warped floors, watermarks, and cracks in the walls which often point to more significant problems with the house.⁣
Integrated systems and fixtures: Don’t neglect checking out the HVAC, electrical wiring, hot water heater, and other pipes and faucets. ⁣
A showing can last from 15 minutes (if the house is a total dud) to an hour or more (Could it be the one??). Just like most things in life, the more showings you attend, the quicker you’ll be able to determine if a home is right for you. ⁣
Are you ready to get inside some homes you’re scrolling through online? Reach out and let’s set up a time to meet up!⁣
Read full post

There's a chance you may have noticed already, but let me make it official: I've made the move to Royal LePage Atlantic! Being part of the premiere brokerage in the HRM, with nearly 30% current market share, and part of a nation-wide network that is 100% CANADIAN OWNED, will allow me to better serve YOU, my amazing clients! My journey through Real Estate has been a long and winding one, but I'm finally here, and I couldn't be more thankful.


Oh, and stay tuned - more amazing news to come!


#royallepagecanada #royallepageatlantic #Sold #JustSold #HalifaxRealEstate #HalifaxRealtor #HomesInHalifax #HomesInHalifax #HouseAndHome #ExploreNovaScotia #halifaxnoisehomes
#hrmrealestate #halifaxnoiseathome #novascotiarealestate #eastcoastliving #halifaxhomes #halifaxrealestate #halifaxrealtor #halifaxnoise #haligonia #myhalifax
☎️(902) 452-9675
sandra@sellingmetro.com
or PM me.

Read full post

I'll just come out and say it: The home inspection should be a total non-negotiable for buyers!
Why?  Because buyers need to know what they are buying. They need to know if any repairs are needed and roughly the costs of those repairs.

As the market tilts ever-so-slightly away from sellers this fall, I’ve got my fingers crossed that all this contingency waiving is largely a thing of the past.

Keep in mind that an inspection contingency comes with a deadline, so you need to be ready to make some quick decisions once you receive the inspection report.

When it comes to a less-than-stellar inspection, you have to weigh how much risk, investment, and seller negotiation you’re comfortable with for a house you love.

Have other questions about buying? Drop them in the comments below, and I’ll reply ASAP. I look forward to connecting!

#firsttimebuyeradvice #halifaxrealtor #halifaxrealestate #novascotiarealtor #buyertips #realestateadvice #Halihomes #homesinhalifax #halifaxrealestateagent #movetonovascotia #hrmrealestate #yournexthouseisforsale


☎️(902) 452-9675
sandra@sellingmetro.com
or PM me.

Read full post

So..this is your friendly reminder that staging doesn’t have to break the bank. 

6 tips for a DIY staging that will have buyers falling in love with your home:

1. Get rid of furniture, accessories, and knick-knacks that crowd floors and tabletops. Go for the vacation rental feel. Enough, but not too much. 
2. Clean, clean, clean. While not staging per se, you can’t get away from how critical cleaning is.
3. Replace family photos with neutral artwork to help buyers picture themselves in your home.
4. Swap everyday bath towels with crisp white ones to make your bathrooms brighter, cleaner, and spa-like. 
5. Organize closets. Sellers always open closets. Surprise them with neatly arranged storage that says, “there’s space for everything!”
6. Don’t overlook curb appeal. Spruce up the front door with a season wreath, lay fresh mulch, and add planters with potted seasonal flowers to the front step.

If you’re planning on selling and are in the market for a top agent to make it happen, I would love to help!

Chat Soon,

Sandra 

#halifaxrealtor #halifaxrealestate #novascotiarealtor #buyertips #sellertips #realestateadvice #Halihomes#domusrealty #homesinhalifax #halifaxrealestateagent #movetonovascotia #hrmrealestate #halifaxnoiseathome #Realestateadvice

Read full post

Are you getting ready to buy your first home? Congrats! What a crazy and exciting time!

But here's the thing. Just like most things in life, if you’ve never done it before, it can be pretty overwhelming. The good news is I've guided countless homeowners through the process, and I'm convinced the key to kicking overwhelm to the curb is preparation, preparation, preparation!

In fact, time and time again, I've seen that the more prepared my clients are, the less stressful the process turns out to be. Want a home-buying journey like that? DM me - I'd love to talk!

In the meantime, here's a kickstart guide that will give you a few steps to think through as you move towards your very first home sweet home:

- Get your credit score ready. The higher your score, the better loan terms you’ll get.
- Estimate your price range by playing around with one of the zillion home affordability calculators online. 
- Narrow down your ideal location, but stay flexible and have several locations in mind.
- Save for your down payment. If you haven’t started, do it now!
- Get a mortgage pre-approval. This will give you hard numbers and help you stay ahead of the competition.
- Find the right agent. Ask around if you need to; it’s important to work with an experienced professional who you know has your best interest in mind.

Read full post

Can I be real for a second? I’ve shown A LOT of homes, and can I just say that one of the BEST, BEST, BEST things you can do as a seller is oh-so-simply but incredibly underrated. It's this:

Clean. Yep. Clean. You'd be shocked at the number of homes I show that simply aren’t clean. So, if you’re getting your home ready for the market and stressing about showings, my biggest piece of advice is this: Do a top-to-bottom deep clean of your house before it hits the market. Even if you have to hire it out, do it. It's worth every penny!

After cleaning, here are a few other things to keep in mind as you prepare for a showing... 

# 1 Hide everyday clutter like laundry, towels, dish rags, small appliances, toys, dishes, and pet "stuff."

# 2 Replace bath towels with crisp white "show" towels.

# 3 Take out the trash and put the toilet seats down.

# 4 Clean and wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters.

# 5 Make the beds.

# 6 Vacuum and sweep all floors. Start with the living areas.

# 7 Put valuables away or take them with you.

# 8 Open the interior doors, turn on the lights, and open all blinds and curtains.

Showings can be stressful (especially on short notice!), but when your house is clean, it's not nearly as hard to get it looking its best! If you'd like more tips on how to get your home ready to sell, I'm here! Shoot me a DM, and let’s talk.

Chat Soon,

Sandra




Read full post

The #1 way to learn about something you've never done before? Ask others who’ve gone before!
 
I’m not just an agent you know - I’m a proud homeowner, too! So here’s me, taking off my agent hat, putting on my homeowner hat, and sharing with you what I wish I would have known BEFORE buying my first house.
 
#1 Always buy the neighborhood not the house – you can always fix the house.
#2 Make sure you have an emergency fund for unplanned maintenance.
#3 Always remember you are going to want to sell – when buying always think “resale”.
#4 Unique homes are harder to sell.
#5 Plug your nose for this one… know where your poop is going! Septic fields and sewer laterals are expensive to fix.
#6 Don’t be turned off by the current décor when shopping for a house “paint is cheap” and it can fix a lot of bad décor.
 
Where are my fellow homeowners? Let’s help a buyer out: what do you wish you would have known before buying - the good, the bad, and the ugly? Share in the comments!
Read full post

It’s become quite the trend to transform a dull and drab piece of property you own into a luxurious, aesthetically pleasing home you can rent out for cash each month.

But the truth is, I've seen flips go amazingly well, AND I've seen them crash and burn. Bad. So, before you jump on the bandwagon, here are a few things to know about home flipping. You should know:

- Have a seriously healthy stash of cash solely earmarked for flipping the property. A good place to start is the 70% rule. (Google it, just do it).
- Have margin in your calendar each week to work on your flip. Seriously, it's not gonna flip itself.
- Ask family, friends, and coworkers for references to help build a list of skilled and reputable contractors. Then, call them early and pay them well.
- Be patient. Flipping houses ain't a walk in the park. You'll need lots of patience when things don't go as planned.
- Talk with a realtor who knows your neighborhood. Ask his or her advice on the projects with the highest ROI and the demands of today's buyer or renter.

Wanna talk about flipping properties or anything else real estate related? Reach out anytime!

#newhome #HalifaxRealEstate #Halihomes #FirstTimeBuyers #flippinghouses #flips #halifaxrealtor #halifaxrealestate #novascotiarealtor #realestateinvesting #realestateagent #buyertips #sellertips #MLS #halihomes #movetoHalifax
☎️(902) 452-9675

sandra@sellingmetro.com

or PM me.

Read full post

Homes available for sale are likely to grow. BUYERS: You’ll have more options, but still be prepared to act fast and put in your best offer upfront. SELLERS: You may soon face more competition as other sellers list their homes. But, if you’re also in the market to buy, you’ll benefit from the boost in inventory. As of July 27, 2022, we have 807 active listings which is moving the market towards a balanced market. It is still a great market for sellers but the "party" is over and we are unlikely to see the overinflated prices that we saw in spring 2022.

Mortgage rates will continue to respond to inflation. BUYERS: Find a trusted agent and reputable lender, so you’ll know exactly how rising rates will impact your purchasing power. SELLERS: Selling and then buying? Work with an agent to time your move so you, too, can take advantage of rates before they tick higher. Currently, rates for a 5-year fixed are between 4.79 to 6% shop around for the best rate.

Home prices will continue to climb and stabilize in some markets. BUYERS: Good news! In some markets, home prices are beginning to stabilize or moderately grow compared to earlier this year. SELLERS: Current home prices are still great news for the value of your home & bottom line. Work with an agent who knows how to get you top dollar while staying on top of market trends.

If you have questions about the market feel free to contact me. I would love to take to you about real estate.

Read full post

Not every day is picture perfect. Despite my rose-colored feed, some days are hectic, some are stressful, and some? They’re just downright hard. No matter your profession or how you spend your days, I know you know what I mean. ⁣

BUT despite the hard days, I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. I see my job as a privilege—a "get-to." Why? Because I get to be a small part of guiding people HOME – the place they will celebrate holidays, birthdays, and school’s-out-for-summer days; the place they will share laughter, tears, disagreements, and follow-up hugs. ⁣

I mean, when you think about it, HOME is so much more than a pile of wood thrown together with some nails and screws. It’s the place that centers us AND sends us out. I truly feel so lucky that I get to be a part of this point in my clients’ lives. ⁣

I love what I do and my clients are my "Why? Fellow agents, what do you adore about your job? Share below...⁣

Read full post

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and really, I get the sentiment and all. But I’m guessing whoever said that wasn’t in the market for a new home. The truth is listing photos can only take you so far. Sooner or later, buyers wanna get off their smartphones and get inside some homes. ⁣
Enter showings—one of the most thrilling parts of the entire home buying journey! If you’ve never experienced a home showing, here’s what you can expect. First, though, YOU have a little work to do. ⁣
Before touring a home, make your list of non-negotiables. Take the list with you and refer back to it as you walk around. Fight the urge to get carried away by a home that has lots of bells and whistles but doesn’t meet your punch list.⁣
Next, you schedule a time to meet your agent at the home. Take your time and ask your agent any and all questions that come to your mind. ⁣
Take special note of:⁣
Curb appeal and lawn condition: The property's exterior can easily be overlooked. Pay attention to your first impression of the home. Do you love it, or are you less-than-enthused?⁣
Cleanliness and odor. Use all your senses as you enter the home. Do you smell mold or mildew? Cigarette smoke? Does the air feel damp?⁣
Wall and floor condition: Pay attention to warped floors, watermarks, and cracks in the walls which often point to more significant problems with the house.⁣
Integrated systems and fixtures: Don’t neglect checking out the HVAC, electrical wiring, hot water heater, and other pipes and faucets. ⁣
A showing can last from 15 minutes (if the house is a total dud) to an hour or more (Could it be the one??). Just like most things in life, the more showings you attend, the quicker you’ll be able to determine if a home is right for you. ⁣
Are you ready to get inside some homes you’re scrolling through online? Reach out and let’s set up a time to meet up!⁣
Read full post