How to Sell your Haunted House – Trick or Treat


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

 

This weekend is filled with lots of fun activities to do to enjoy autumn and the last spooky days of Halloween!

If you’re a skeleton trying to sell your spooky haunted house, what better way than to highlight all the best features!

To make your home as gross and appealing to the ghosts and goblins and be as unmaintained and spooky as possible, do the following:

1) Don’t trim your tree branches; allow them to over hand your roof and tug at your roof shingles causing damage, and even being a hazard during high winds. Bonus if it’s help moss and lichen grow up there because of the moisture being trapped!

2. Keep your trash out in the open so that rats, and other animals can get into it and it can smell terrible!

3. Leave your rat, roach and mouse traps out so that your spooky buyers can see that your home is full of pests!

4. Don’t rake or maintain the lawns or walkways. Let it pile up and stain the paths as well as cause bald spots on the lawn!

5. Price your home really high above market value so that it takes a really long time to sell and the spooky goblins and ghosts can enjoy going through your haunted house for longer, and you can eventually sell for less because that’s what happen in a topsy turvy spoooky world!

P.S. If you’re a regular human reading this…you’ll want to do the opposite for a successful sale! You’ll also want to check out the remaining Halloween festivities available here in Waterloo Region. Find out more here!

Happy Halloween!

Kindly,

 

Life in the City – Red Circle Coffee


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

 

As is customary in a Realtor’s life, Friday is the beginning of the week! And what better way than to start (or end) the week with a nice treat!

One of my favourite places to stop in at is Red Circle Coffee located in a massive building that houses Catalyst 137, a space in Waterloo Region that brings together everything an Internet of Things (IoT), food, ice cream and more.

I was never a big coffee fan until Red Circle Coffee. And I think the secret lies in three main factors:

1) The coffee is part of a “full circle” cycle, roasted and sourced by their parent company Monigram Coffee Roasters, and it’s exceptionally done to connect the source and people through relationships.

2) I’ve heard great things about Monica and Graham who established Monigram Coffee in Cambridge and now Red Circle Coffee here in Kitchener. So it doesn’t surprise me in the least that their customer service is something to remark about. Professional baristas who smile, remember you and of course show great pride in their work and their craft. Top down influence is clear here.

3. Gluten free and Vegan options. The responsiveness to my Instagram request and in-house baking make put the icing on the cake for me. I come for the coffee but I’ll stay for the treats!

 

If you ever want to stop in for a chat with a friend or a quiet moment in your day, do not hesitate to stop in here. It’s definitely a cafe destination worth it’s cup in beans!

Check out one of my most recent visits!

To learn more about Red Circle Coffee visit their website!

Kindly,

 

Simplified Market Update – October 2018 – Sales Numbers Down, Prices Up


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

September saw the continuing impact of mortgage rules and housing regulation affect the market as affordability for first-time home buyers continues to be a challenge. Meanwhile, average home prices continue to rise and certain home styles are seeing big changes. Thinking that rising prices means it’s not a good time to invest? Think again!

The average sale price of all residential properties sold increased 10% to $492,398 compared to the same month a year ago, with condominiums and making a huge price gain of 24.1% ($325,378), followed by detached homes increasing by 11.4%, townhomes up 4.7% ($377,442), and semis up 4.1% ($386,670)

There is the continuing trend of fewer homes being sold, but prices continuing to climb reflect the decreased affordability but continuing interest in living in Waterloo Region.

Residential sales in September included 270 detached (down 6.3 per cent compared to September 2017), and 110 condominium units (up 7.8 per cent) which includes any property regardless of style (i.e. semis, townhomes, apartment, detached etc.). Sales also included 30 semi-detached homes (down 18.9 per cent) and 30 freehold townhouses (down
18.9 per cent).

Great investment opportunities and selling opportunities are arising for those who own condominiums and for those looking to benefit from the trend in rising residential lease rates.

Cindy-lou’s Simplified Market  Update

 


Official Full KWAR Media Release here

 


Thinking about selling?

Book a personal evaluation of your home so you can make an informed decision to net the most money when you list one of your biggest assets for sale. Contact me . The condition of your home, location, and other key factors matter.

Kindly,

My Life as a Realtor Part 2


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

This week I’m covering the rest of the questions about what life is like as a Real Estate Agent.

I’m going to talk about:

1.  The best part of my job

2. The worst part of my job

3. The best thing that I’ve encountered

4. The weirdest things I’ve encountered

5. A meaningful lesson that I’ve learned

https://youtu.be/ZyT4Z07oPEA

Watch for the full details! And in case you’re thinking about getting into real estate yourself, be sure to message me and ask me about our Career in Real Estate Seminar! It’s a great place to connect and learn more about the process and if it’s right for you.

Kindly,