Sell Your Home Before the Holidays


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

Wanting to sell your home before the holidays? Sometimes you can get excited to sell your home but there are definitely some things that you can do that really make a difference to the success of your sale.

Particularly when you’re on planned schedule, and if you’d like to do your best to get your home sold before 2019, you can take advantage of these tips.

  1. Curb appeal
  2. Keep your house welcoming
  3. Don’t over-decorate
  4. Price is right
  5. Use a dedicated full-time REALTOR®

 

Kindly,

 

Movember at RBC Bank


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

Movember is a great foundation to celebrate to help support the fathers, husbands, brothers and sons in your life.

This week, I visited RBC Bank at 235 Ira Needles Blvd in Kitchener, where I connected with my favourite Mobile Mortgage Specialist, George Vasileas to discuss Movember.

George is a high-performing broker who has created dependable and responsive mortgage opportunities for my clients to up-size, down-size and most importantly —right-size their real estate purchase or investment.

So when it comes to helping to support this cause with George, I wanted to shed some light on the important topic of men’s health.

With all the mustache merchandise we’ve seen on the market in the last 5 years in particular, sometimes people can forget how and why Movember started in the first place.

Movember began in 2003 with 3 guys in Australia. That first year, they were able to get 30 men in total to sport mustaches in support of men’s health. Most recently they have raised over 5.5 million and are ranked 43 out of the 500 world-wise non-governmental foundations.

It’s important for men to be comfortable and more vocal about their health.

Did you know?

70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our friends, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.

5 Things Men can do to take care of their health include:

1 . Spend time with people who make you feel good. Stay connected and stay in touch regularly.

2. Talk and listen more. Sharing and listening with your friends can be life-saving.

3. Know the numbers. Prostate cancer is a concern that you need to be screen for at 50 years old, and if you have other risk factors, you should screen at 45. Talk to you doctor.

4. “Know thy nuts”. Get to know what’s normal for you and get checked regularly at your doctor.

5. Be more active. It doesn’t have to be official sweat sessions at the gym. Just parking further from the grocery store can work. Every little bit helps.

Let’s help support the wonderful mean in our life and communities but helping to increase awareness so they can feel empowered to reach out and take care of their health.

Looking for mortgage options? You can reach out to George : Phone: (519) 897-8880 or by Email: george.vasileas@rbc.com

Sources:

https://ca.movember.com/mens-health/general

Kindly,

 

Trends: Kitchener Loves Pets and Dog-driven Home Sales


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

Do you love dogs? I do too!  In fact, I have two! Still, it was a surprise to me that Kitchener ranked 4th on the list for Amazon Canada’s top pet-purchasing cities for the period between August 2017-August 2018.

Another trend has been reported in Realtor.com is that a great majority of Millennials are putting their pets front and centre when making decisions in their real estate purchases.

Further, in Canada, the Canadian Animal Health Institute reports:

From 2014 to 2016, cat and dog populations in Canada have risen. Cats continued to outnumber dogs with
8.8 million cats considered household pets in 2016, up from an estimated 7.0 million in 2014. Dog
population figures for 2016 also increased to 7.6 million in 2016, up from 6.4 million in 2014

 

“It is encouraging to see the number of pet cats and dogs increasing in Canada over time and I think that reflects the special relationship we have with them. Over the last ten years cat and dog has increased by
about 10%. Overall approximately 41% of Canadian households include at least one dog, and similarly around 37% include at least one cat.” indicated Colleen McElwain, CAHI Programs Director.

See how other cities ranked on Amazon Canada’s list!

1.    London, ON
2.    Calgary, AB
3.    Vancouver, BC
4.    Kitchener, ON
5.    Saskatoon, SK
6.    Mississauga, ON
7.    Gatineau, QC
8.    Burnaby, BC
9.    Windsor, ON
10.    Regina, SK
11.    Richmond, BC
12.    Winnipeg, MB
13.    Edmonton, AB
14.    Markham, ON
15.    Ottawa, ON
16.    Brampton, ON
17.    Surrey, BC
18.    Hamilton, ON
19.    Toronto, ON
20.    Laval, QC   

 

Sources:

https://cnb.cx/2RWuy4Z

https://bit.ly/2E3e5tV

https://bit.ly/2lnJVEL

Kindly,

 

Simplified Market Update – November 2018 – Higher than normal sales activity


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

October saw higher than normal sales activity and buyers and sellers alike were enjoying the boom.

Rising interest rates lead to buyers getting off the sidelines, ready to buy and sellers wanting to sell before the end of 2018 were ready to list. In fact, 760 homes were listed last month in the Kitchener Waterloo Association of Realtors Board. This was 14% higher than October 2017, and 12.7 higher than the 10 year average for homes listed during October.  Buyers rejoice!

Cindy-lou’s Simplified Market  Update

While Year-to-Date sales for 2018 are 12.9% lower than 2017 at this time, we are still enjoying a very strong market here in Kitchener Waterloo.

The average sale price of all residential properties sold increased 7.7% to $489,725 compared to the same month a year ago, with apartment style condominiums continuing to make a huge price gain trend of 24.1% ($310,215), followed by semi-detached homes up 13.8%, ($403,750) then townhomes up 10.9%, and finally detached homes up 6.2% ($576,731).

As for the styles of homes that are trending in sales, we saw 47 freehold townhomes fly off the shelves with an 23.4% increase compared to the number of townhomes sold last October. This was closely fllowed by  128 condominiums of any style up 19.6%, chased by 47 freehold townhomes, up 18.2%, and finally 297 detached homes were sold up 4.6% as compared to last October.

So, let’s cut to the chase. What does this mean?

It means that Buyers are seeing an influx of homes coming to market this October,  and the rising interest rates are getting buyers off the sidelines to act and take advantage of locked in interest rates.  They are also enjoying more choice!

For Sellers, seasonal temperatures remain amiable which always helps home buyers get out for open houses and private showings. Families are also motivated to get in homes before the end of the year and sellers, you too are anticipating a purchase so you’d like to sell and buy sooner rather than later with the interest rate hikes.

All in all, another healthy market here in Kitchener Waterloo. If you’d like more details on this, check out the full 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,

Drive in My City: Region of Waterloo International Airport to Fairview Park Mall


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

For individuals and families relocating to Waterloo Region, sometimes we wonder what traffic is like in certain areas, or what it might be like to live there. I know when I’ve checked on investments in other cities or even provinces, I do a little Google Street View. But it’s not the easiest to maneuver.

So this is my first entry of my Drive in My City Series. We’ll be travelling from the Region of Waterloo Aiport to Fairview Park Mall following this route:

Check out my video below from a relaxing drive through the City!

 

 

About the Region of Waterloo Airport: 

Airports create jobs and support economic growth

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full service, customer friendly facility. Located in southern Ontario, Canada the airport supports commercial, corporate and general aviation.

Fly from home! When you support local air service you help create jobs and boost the local economy.

Did you know?

  • The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre is one of the largest professional flight training schools in Canada
  • One, of only two Avro Lancaster aircraft still in operation in the world, was equipped with avionics by Mid-Canada Mod Center (formerly Kitchener Aero)
  • NAV Canada’s air traffic control tower at YKF is one of the newest in the country

Source: https://www.waterlooairport.ca/en/about-ykf/airport-information.aspx

 

About Fairview Park Mall:

Electric car charging station, phone charging stations, and home to a wide array of shops, this mall is a great place to getting your shopping and snacking in. It’s also home to the future major redevelopment of office, residential and shopping. Click here to read more!