Just Listed: 267 Ottawa Street South

Looking for a great place you can call your own? You won’t want to miss this solid brick, centrally-located single-detached home! This is a perfect starter or investment!

MLS 30576634
267 Ottawa Street South, ON N2G 3T7

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Close to the ION/LRT stops, tech hubs, the Kitchener Market, trails, shopping and the expressway, you’ll be close to everything you need. Fully-fenced yard with mature trees, attached garage with inside entry to the basement, and triple driveway. This could be your home sweet home as well as a great investment!

For full details visit 267ottawa.ca

 

What to do before a showing

Your home is staged, listed and live! Now what? The next step is to make sure your home looks as good as it did the day the photos were done. Here are 10 great tips to keep it that way:

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  1. Wipe down cupboards and counters in kitchen and bathroom with vinegar to help deodorize, clean and disinfect.
  2. Sweep, vacuum and mop up spills and crumbs regularly.
  3. Make sure all trash bins are emptied. No one wants to smell yesterday’s dinner.
  4. Keep toilet lids closed at all times.
  5. Make sure the temperature is comfortable. Not too cold, not to hot.
  6. Turn on all the lights.
  7. Open all the blinds and curtains to allow natural light in.
  8. Put away stray toys, clothing, and shoes.
  9. Keep the front foyer clear.
  10. Clean up any pet waste in your yard.

The most important tip? Make sure you’re gone before the potential Buyers arrive!

These guidelines will help you get the most money for your home, and keep things on the up and up!

Stage it, sell it, profit!

Turn on any popular home network on cable TV and you’ll find a program on home decorating.  That’s great for when you’re living in the home, but what about when you sell? That’s where staging comes in.

Rearrange your furniture, pick a soothing colour palette, clear out the family photos, and your home will sell faster, and for more money. Sound too frou-frou to be true?

It’s not! The soft and decorative side of staging is backed by hard facts. An attractive listing will be shown more often, meaning more market exposure—critical for a quick and profitable house sale. In Waterloo Region, Sellers and their REALTORS® are the most invested in the sale of the home, so  why not maximize our strong market and be open to staging?

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Afterall, an Agent’s job is to please their Buyers, and they will direct their clients to the homes they think the clients will buy. Along with tying up loose ends like loose floor trim, or a leaky faucet, staging can make a notable difference you can count on.

Bottom line: staging is more than an exercise in tasteful interior design. It is a business decision that can have a huge impact on your financial return and timeline.

Ion -The Kitchener Market Stop

New signs are beginning to pop up around the Region, letting everyone know that the Ion LRT is on its way! Rail lines and wires criss-cross the city and there’s lots of activity, especially in areas surrounding the LRT Ion Corridor. At Charles and Cedar Street, the Farmer’s Market stop is highly convenient for all the Market shoppers stopping in on busy Saturday mornings, and will be a welcome addition for those toting heavy grocery bags full of produce.

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With the Ion on the horizon, there have been lots of new developments, including a new building at King+Cedar. Kitty-corner from the Kitchener Farmer’s market, home to St. Clair Appliance for 61 years, and steps away from the new ION stop, this busy location is about to get some new life! You can see a short video below of the building progress.

If you’re thinking about investing in this highly viable area, you might want to consider a great development opportunity at 21 Cedar Street South. With excellent visibility and convenience, this property is zoned for many uses, including retail and residential. Interested? You can visit lrtland.com

Planning for green fingers and thumbs?

If you’re new to gardening, or have moved to a new home with many unknown plants, you’ll be pleased to know that Waterloo Region has a fantastic Facebook group “Gardeners of KW“, that can serve as a handy resource whether you’re a seasoned or new gardener.

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For those who join, there are some basic rules:

This is essential behaviour for the gardeners in this group: lettuce be thankful to each other for sharing by voicing our gratitude, squash selfishness by offering and accepting advice and goods happily, turnip to help thy neighbor freely, and always make thyme for fellow garden-lovers. Acting this way will create peas of mind for all group members.

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Whether you’re growing food, landscaping or trying to identify the plant in your new backyard, this is the place to be!

Peas out!

April showers brought sold signs

In April 2017, 766 residential transactions were recorded through the Multiple Listing System (MLS® System) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR), an increase of 14.3 percent  compared to April 2016.

Waterloo Region is still seeing lots of buying and selling activity, and fortunately there have been more homes coming to market, meaning that there are more homes for buyers to choose from. At the same time, the demand for homes continues to grow.

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In April, REALTORS® listed 985 residential properties in the K-W area, a 17.8 percent increase compared to April of 2016, and the first time the number of new listings put on the market in a single month has come so close to the 1,000 unit mark in two years.

Despite greater numbers of homes available for purchase in April, vigorous demand for homes in Waterloo region meant homes were snapped up quickly.  The average days on market in April were 10, compared to 33 days a year ago. On a month-to-month basis, it took four fewer days from list to sale date in April compared to March.

In fact, The average sales price of all residential sales increased nearly 40%to $512,656 compared to April 2016.

If you’re considering selling your home or investment property, 2017 is shaping out to be a good year to do so.

For more details on April’s K-W Market Update including statistics from Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich Townships, click here.