Answer these 5 Questions Before Making an Offer

By 179479 on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Searching for the right home can bring out stress and indecision in all of us. You found the home you love, but it’s a little more than you were hoping to spend. The location is perfect, but you’re not sure about the pink and green bedrooms. So how do you know if you’re ready to make an offer? Answer the following questions to give you more certainty.

 

Does it fit my budget?

With the increased cost of housing over the past decade, it doesn’t take much for one to become “house poor”. If you haven’t heard of the term before, it’s when people spend a large portion of their income on their home, and have only a small portion left to live on.  Sure, they may be able to budget their bills and groceries, but if major expenses haven’t been accounted for, credit becomes the most viable resource.

 

So how do you know if it’s a manageable payment for you? Early in your research, determine what price point you’d like to spend. Visit a mortgage specialists’ or lender’s website to work out your average monthly payment based on the posted 5 year rates. Then, practice your new payments. Whatever is in excess to what you’re currently paying simply set that amount into a separate account. You’ll likely find these savings to be extra helpful to cover the cost of a property inspection and/or legal fees later.  If the additional expense is easily manageable, then you’re probably ready to write an offer within that price range.

 

Is the property listed for more than it’s worth?

We’ve seen many people over the years owe more on their home than it’s currently worth. This is quite devastating as it leaves a homeowner without options if they want to move. Hire a professional realtor whom you can trust, and who will show you comparable properties to ensure the property is listed for market value. If it’s a fair asking price and you feel it’s the right home, then it makes sense to make an offer.

 

How is the location?

We’ve said it before that the one thing you cannot change about a property is the location. Ask yourself the following questions: How is our commute to work, school, shopping etc? Is the neighborhood safe and a good fit for my family? How are the neighbors? If you feel good about these answers then it’ll likely a good location for you to consider.

 

How much work is needed?

Before starting your property search it’s a good idea to determine how much time and money you’re willing to put into a property. Many couples admit that major renovation projects nearly ruined their marriage. It’s inconvenient and often difficult to live through home improvements. Before making an offer, carefully assess the property’s condition, and estimate how much time and money you’re willing to invest. Give yourself at least an extra 15% margin for unexpected costs to show up.

 

What’s your gut telling you?

Can you envision yourself in the home? Are you excited about the possibility ahead? Does it feel right? Trust these instincts. If it feels like it’s the right home, then it likely is. If you’re going back and forth, feeling uncertain, then you may want to take a little more time to think it through before making an offer.

 

 

Jason Rustand with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time. For more info on this topic or others related to real estate, LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call us direct at 780-980-2828, email jrteam@shaw.ca or visit WeSellLeduc.com

 


E4081133 : Just Sold

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Ready to downsize? This eye catching 949 sq ft, 2 bedroom/2 bath home with BRAND NEW LAMINATE FLOORING AND PAINT, might be exactly what you have been looking for! This building is clean and classy and within walking distance to many great amenities! There is a welcoming entry area and an elevator to this well taken care of unit on the 3rd floor. The open concept kitchen/dining/living room area is bright and cozy with a gas fireplace and sliding glass doors out to the beautiful SOUTH FACING BALCONY. The master bedroom has a roomy walk through closet to a 3 piece en-suite bathroom. There is a second bedroom and a main 4 piece bathroom. An added bonus is that this unit comes with it’s own laundry space and all the appliances are included! You will also have a titled parking stall in the underground and heated lower level, no more scraping windows or climbing into a cold car in the morning! View Listing Details …


E4081133 : Just Listed

By on Friday, September 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Ready to downsize? This eye catching 949 sq ft, 2 bedroom/2 bath home with BRAND NEW LAMINATE FLOORING AND PAINT, might be exactly what you have been looking for! This building is clean and classy and within walking distance to many great amenities! There is a welcoming entry area and an elevator to this well taken care of unit on the 3rd floor. The open concept kitchen/dining/living room area is bright and cozy with a gas fireplace and sliding glass doors out to the beautiful SOUTH FACING BALCONY. The master bedroom has a roomy walk through closet to a 3 piece en-suite bathroom. There is a second bedroom and a main 4 piece bathroom. An added bonus is that this unit comes with it’s own laundry space and all the appliances are included! You will also have a titled parking stall in the underground and heated lower level, no more scraping windows or climbing into a cold car in the morning! View Listing Details …


E4081150 : Just Listed

By on Friday, September 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Fantastic opportunity for the first time home owner or investor! This 979 sq foot home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath is ready to move into! The lovely kitchen has a plethora of maple cabinets, gorgeous tile back splash, and stainless steel appliances. Newer windows, paint, siding and soffits. The basement is fully finished with a family room. This home is in a mature neighborhood with lovely large trees lining the street! The yard is completely landscaped with a small back deck and fenced yard. There is a new charming front step increasing the curb appeal! With access to the back paved alley, the double detached garage has 220 wiring and is insulated. Perfect to park in during the cold winter months. Only a few short blocks away to main street shopping, the Alex Pool, Leduc Theater, or elementary school, this location is perfect! View Listing Details …


E4081096 : Just Listed

By on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Enjoy country living with 4.6 private acres on a hill with panoramic views of fields, trees and wide open Alberta skies! The well cared for, 1200sq ft mobile home on the property is lovely, with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, laundry room, vaulted ceilings, wide open concept main living area and large windows for tons of natural light! The master is spacious with a walk in closet and 4 pc ensuite. Outside you will be delighted with the huge garden space, raised flower beds, fruit trees, and green house. The detached 28×40 sea can shop/garage has plenty of space for your toys and hobbies not to mention you have room to build another shop or garage! Only 25 minutes from Leduc or Camrose, the location is amazing! View Listing Details …


Will you BUY or BUILD a home?

By 179479 on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

As you start to plan your upcoming purchase, you dream about the freedom to come like having a spare bedroom for guests and an extra bathroom so you don’t have to share. You see the beautiful deck with an outdoor fireplace, along with a chef’s kitchen with counter space to spare. The more you look, the bigger you dream, slowly adding another feature one by one.

 

Envisioning the future is a part of the incredible buying process. As we share today, our hope is that your future space is filled joy and laughter and leaves room to enjoy time together with those you love.  At times, we can get so caught up in the appeal of more space and added features that homeownership becomes a source of stress rather than joy. We can buy a beautiful house, but not feel ‘at home’.

 

To have a house where we can feel at home, we want to cover a few basic, yet very important necessities:

 

Budget. Establish a budget that allows space for emergencies to come up while still being able to enjoy the lifestyle you want to have. Mortgage brokers share the maximum you can afford; however, you may not want to spend that much. Determine how much you’re comfortable paying each month and ‘how much house’ that can buy you. A comfort range leaves room to ‘live’, and setbacks to occur without ‘breaking the bank’.

For an easy to use budget tool, go to www.DaveRamsey.com. Dave Ramsey is the founder of Financial Peace University and has helped thousands take control of their money and live happier. Even if you don’t plan to move, his free online resources can be the support you need to help clear some unwanted debt.

 

Lifestyle. What simple things do you enjoy doing? Do you like barbequing? Maybe a covered deck with the option to do it year round is important to you. If you have the gift of hospitality and enjoy entertaining, maybe the size of your kitchen is a key factor in your purchase. If you like to unwind by going for walks or bike rides, looking for an area with lots of paths is valuable. Thankfully, our community has grown our pathway system where they’re now in almost all newer neighborhoods.

Do you want easy access to parks for your kids? If you work in the city, is having easy access to the highway worth considering? Maybe you enjoy gardening and want to ensure your future yard has space to build one.

Maybe you’re one who doesn’t like kids that much. If so, moving to a young, family oriented neighborhood may not be the right decision for you. You may prefer an age restricted gated community.

These are all lifestyle factors that play a pivotal role when buying a home. The right property in the right neighborhood can give you the experiences you most desire.

 

Giving careful attention to your budget and lifestyle gives you room to feel at home while building your family’s future. If you’ve enjoyed our articles, check out our blog at www.WeSellLeduc.com/blog. If you or anyone you know has considered buying or selling a home, give us a call. It’d be our highest honour to serve you!

 

Jason Rustand with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time.  For more info on this topic or others related to real estate contact LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call Jason direct at 780.919.0004, email jrteam@shaw.ca or visit WeSellLeduc.com

 

 

 

 

 


E4080746 : Just Listed

By on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Warm and inviting, this 1294 sq ft bi-level with 2 beds/2baths in popular Windrose is move in ready! The open floor plan has some beautiful features, including a ceramic tile, 3 sided fireplace, newer laminate, dark toffee wood cabinets with upgraded pot drawers, SS appliances, & built-in desk. The dining area is generous & bright with a built out window to the side yard. In the spacious front living room there is a ton of natural light from the green space facing bay window (with built in blinds!). The sizable master suite has a walk in closet & 3pc ensuite. Two more bedrooms & a 4 pc bath give oodles of space for everyone! Finishing the main floor is a bonus room perfect for a den or tv area! The basement is full & open with 9ft ceilings, ready for your unique touch! Over-sized double attached garage is insulated and drywalled making it a delight to park in or work on projects during the colder seasons. This huge corner landscaped lot-completely fenced, is perfect for your kids and/or fur-babies. View Listing Details …


E4080200 : Just Listed

By on Friday, September 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Beautiful 2277 sq ft 2 storey, Bedrock Homes, with 4 bdrms & 3.5 baths in the newer neighborhood of Robinson will knock your socks off! Bright & modern are just a few ways to describe the appeal of this home. You will be greeted with lovely landscaping & gorgeous vinyl/stone exterior. Step inside to find that home sweet home feeling. Open concept main floor with hardwood, granite counters, warm wood cabinets, large island, ss appliances & three way gas fireplace! Not to mention a front den with french doors & central A/C! The gorgeous staircase beckons you upstairs where you will enjoy a spacious bonus room perfect for family hang out time! The master suite has everything you will need with two large closets & a huge 5 pc ensuite with corner soaker tub. 2 more spacious bedrooms on the upper floor & a laundry room! The finished basement has a 4th bedroom, 4 pc bath, a large recreation space as well as a dry bar perfect for entertaining! The back yard boasts a 2-tier deck and fenced yard. View Listing Details …


Buying a Smelly Home

By 179479 on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

When buying a property that carries excess odours due to pets, cooking, and/or smoking, you will likely need to invest time and money into extra cleaning, and perhaps renovating. With added effort, any property can be as fresh and clean as new again. Here are a few things you can do.

 

Deep clean. Cooking and smoke can leave a yellow, greasy film on ceilings and walls. Use a grease remover to clean walls, baseboards and trim. If needed, consider hiring a local cleaning specialist like Carla Johanson at 780-221- 3053 or Linda Glaicar at 780-265-0903. These ladies would also be open to biweekly or monthly cleans if you’re thinking of hiring someone on an ongoing basis.

 

Remove upholstered items. Most likely the seller has removed all furnishings, unless specific items were agreed to be left behind. Any curtains will need to be removed. You could attempt to wash or dry clean them depending on the severity of the odour. If that isn’t sufficient they will need to be replaced.

 

Clean ducts. In time, dust settles in ducts and can absorb odours. Having your furnace and ducts cleaned along with replacing your furnace filter will help remove added odours. For a local, reputable professional, contact Fresh Air at 780-986-3001.

 

Hire Ozone-Pros. The unique treatment by the Ozone-Pros removes odours in a safe and efficient way that sanitizes, deodorizes and disinfects the indoor air in your home. They guarantee their services whether working with cigarette smoke, mold/mildew, pets or ethnic food.  See more at ozone-pros.com
Repaint. This is where the work starts to become a little more in depth. Walls also absorb odours. If a deep clean hasn’t quite done the job, your next option will be to paint. Chances are you’ll want to consider doing your trim and baseboards too.

 

Remove carpets. If you’re willing to do the work, carpets can be easily removed without the support of a professional. This provides a great opportunity to modernize your home with a trendy laminate, vinyl or hardwood floor. If the odours are a result of pet urine, you may discover the underlay and subfloor to be quite saturated. Worst case scenario, these too may need replacement.

 

Purchase price. Considering the cleaning and replacement costs that are to come, ensure the asking price is the right value compared to recent sales. This can be tough to know as photos do not determine smells. For this reason, it’s beneficial to have an experienced local Realtor who’s personally seen the properties, or has direct access to get more information about comparable sales if they didn’t see it themselves.

 

If you’ve enjoyed our articles, check out our blog at www.WeSellLeduc.com/blog. If you or anyone you know has considered buying or selling a home, give us a call. It’d be our highest honour to serve you!

 

Jason Rustand with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time.  For more info on this topic or others related to real estate contact LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call Jason direct at 780.919.0004, email jrteam@shaw.ca or visit WeSellLeduc.com

 


E4078463 : Just Sold

By on Friday, August 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized. No Comments

You’ll love every square inch of this stunning 1419 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath half home. Every detail, the care & cleanliness stands out above the crowd! Upon entering, you’re greeted with large tiled entry. Gorgeous maple hardwood flows from living room to dining area & kitchen. Upgraded kitchen offers convenient soft close maple cabinets, pot drawers, huge island with eating bar and walk thru pantry. Open concept with good sized living room allows for easy entertaining. Upstairs offers a spacious master suite, walk in closet and & full ensuite. 2 more bedrooms & full bath also on upstairs. Baths offer added vanity to keep toiletries organized. Basement is open with laundry & waiting for your design. Sleep easy with central air, enjoy clean floors with your $1700 vacflo central vac system. All appliance & garden shed incl. 2nd fridge & deep freeze stay. Enjoy coffee on builder deck overlooking green space & walking paths. 16X20 garage & large driveway for added parking. Mint condition! View Listing Details …