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,

 

My Life as a Realtor PT. 1


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

 

I often get asked questions about my job as a REALTOR, including how and why I decided to become a real estate agent, tips for people thinking about becoming an agent, and what life might be like on an everyday basis.

Today I’m going to talk about my reasons for becoming a Realtor and give you a few tips!

Kindly,

 

Life in Waterloo Region: Citizenship Ceremony


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

Waterloo Region is an amazing place to WORK. PLAY. and LIVE NOW.

That’s why I love to help families from all over Ontario relocate to our wonderful neck of the woods to share in all we have to offer. Sometimes, I even have the opportunity to meet people who have done plenty of travelling to share their stories with me while on their journey to buy a home.

For my clients Gita and Rizal Dharmawan who are originally from Indonesia travel has played an important role in their lives. They found love in the Netherlands while employed there in the tech sector, shortly after which they married and started their family. After a number of years there, Gita and Rizal decided to make a big move to Canada, and after living in London, and Mississauga,  Rizal decided to add to his knowledge and experience and recently completed his education in mechanical engineering in Waterloo Region.

It never occurred to me that Citizenship Ceremonies happened right here in Downtown Kitchener and it was an honour to be invited to their special day.

Here are some facts about immigration in Waterloo Region from CBC:

“The majority of immigrants living in and around Waterloo region were born in the United Kingdom, followed by India and Portugal.

In recent years, since 2011 as noted in the Kitchener CMA, newcomers have mainly come from:

  • India: 1,835 (13.1 per cent) .
  • China: 1,395 (10.0 per cent).
  • Syria: 1,055 (7.5 per cent).
  • Iraq: 850 (6.1 per cent).
  • Pakistan: 625 (4.5 per cent).

According to 2016 census figures, 21.9 per cent of Canadians report being or having been an immigrant or permanent resident, nearly matching the high of 22.3 per cent in 1921 and up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. The number was slightly higher than 21.9 per cent in 1931 too”.

Congratulations to Gita, Rizal and their children but also to the other 40 or so new Canadians that made it official on Tuesday, September 18, 2018!

 

Kindly,

 

Buyers- How to get Value from your Agent


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

Once you choose the REALTOR® you’re going to work with and have signed your Buyer Representation Agreement, they’re now representing you as your Agent in your buying transaction and are ready to protect your interests.

But there’s many things that lead up to the actual purchase and plenty of things after the closing that your Realtor can do to help you have a smoother, more successful buying experience.

If you follow these tips in the following situations, you can feel confident that you’re not bothering your Agent and are in fact showing your Agent that you want their help and guidance, and that you value their time so they can continue to do an even better job for you.

1. New Build Developments: Let the representative know if you call or drop in the Showroom that you have your own Agent and that they will be assisting you in the purchase. You can pass on your agent’s name or give the representative your card. You should also let your agent know that you’re interested in new build opportunities so they can give you a helping hand in finding some that might suit your interests as well as follow up with the Representative if you do indeed find a particular development worth looking into further.

2. Open houses: When you visit open houses, let the Agent hosting the open house know that you have your ow Agent representing you, and feel free to pass on your agent’s card.

In both an Open House situation and a New Build situation, there are 3 main reasons you should do these things.

a). It’s courteous to the Representative assisting you so that they can focus on their own clients and developing their business. Realtors are not permitted to solicit business with clients of other Agents so this helps them avoid this faux pas if they forget to ask and saves everyone time.

b) It’s helpful to tell your Agent so that they can understand what kind of homes you’re interested in and help you identify viable opportunities.

c) Your agent works on a commission basis, so it’s good if you help your agent get paid so they can make a living on the time they spend assisting you 🙂

3. Ask your Realtor questions. This is how you and your agent can continue to narrow down what could be a great match for you. This helps you be a more confident buyer, and helps you more purposeful in your home hunt by being prepared with the info you need.

4.  Look at homes within your budget and also consider the other expenses including utilities or property taxes.  It avoids having you feel disappointed or frustrated because your goal is to buy a home that you are financially comfortable with that suits your needs.

5. Be prudent about viewing homes. You should be using the Portal and attending open houses to help familiarize yourself with the current market and what it has to offer. You should also be requesting viewings for homes that you see at viable options. When you do so, think about how the home made you feel regarding location, condition, etc. This will help you narrow down what you do and do not want to see moving forward so you avoid Buyer fatigue and can stay focused on the goal.

Watch the video for additional info not covered here!

Kindly,

 

5 Tips for Staging your Home


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

When people think about staging their home for sale, they often think of rented furniture and fake fruit. But staging begins with some pretty important foundations. In addition to the obvious repairs, and all the glitz, there are some basic points you’ll want to start with:

  1. Cat litter: Purchase the best cat litter you can afford to keep the smell managed to the highest degree and put the litter in an area that has low traffic.
  2. Odours: If you have a dog that loves to hang out on your sofa, rugs and carpets, have a professional come in to clean them or rent a rug and upholstery cleaner from your local hardware store. It makes a big difference both in the smell of your home, but also in the appearance to display the carpets be in better condition. This is equally if not more true if you’re a smoker. Smoking indoors can reduce the sale price of your house by up to 20%!
  3. Declutter: Get rid of anything that you can store away for the next 3-4 months. Donate, throw it out, and prepack
  4. Musty basements: Humidity is here to stay in Southern Ontario so make sure you manage any moisture in your basement at all times. If you haven’t, it’s never to late to start–especially if you’re thinking about selling.
  5. Clean, clean, clean: Even if you think it’s pretty clean it can always be cleaner. A clean home simply sells more quickly and allows potential buyers to focus on your home.

Watch the video for additional info not covered here!

Kindly,

 

5 Tips for Bickering Couples


By Cindy-lou Schmidt

 

Moving in together? Even if you’ve been living together for a while you’re likely arguing some of these top five 💩💩💩💩💩 things! .

Whether it’s hogging the blanket or dealing with that pesky alarm clock, I’ve got you covered! 😇

Watch for my simple solutions so you can live happily ever after!

 

Here are the products I suggested in my video if you’d like to check them out:

Multi Hook Shelf

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Choose Love shelf

https://etsy.me/2ML8740

 

Blanket Clamp

https://bit.ly/2dXlUU6

 

PHILIPS Sunrise Simulation Bedside Light

https://amzn.to/2HM2hKB

 

More Fancy version of the alarm:

https://bit.ly/2waBumD

 

Kindly,

 

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?

conept-interiors-home

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.

Prepping for spring market

Spring market is the busiest selling season when it comes to real estate! With all the buzz about the market favouring sellers, does that mean that you should just sit back and wait for your home to sell?

You can. But we suggest continuing to put your best foot forward. When selling your home, it really does make a difference if you commit to refreshing, cleaning and staging your home.

kitchen stage

Top 5 classic quick tips:

  1. Get your home spotless – this includes inside closets, baseboards, cupboards, around the stove, under the sofa, and definitely every inch of your bathrooms. People love a clean home when they see one!
  2. Stow away your valuables– That antique jewelry your Aunt Edith gave you when you turned 16 can find a new temporary home. Better to keep it out of sight for security and peace of mind.
  3. Clear up clutter – Extra furniture, old clothes and toys, fridge magnets and an abundance of decor can be packed up to make way for more space on tables, floors and counter tops, allowing buyers to focus on your home. Bonus points if you donate your extra stuff to a local charity.
  4. Depersonalize – Family photos should be packed up carefully and removed from walls, and tables. For example, a family photo gallery in the foyer brings the buyers attention to the pictures and the sellers, and not to the house. If your goal is to sell the house, best to remove all distractions from the eyes and minds of the buyers.
  5. Call in a professional – Sometimes, it best to call in a professional stager. In some cases, staging can increase the selling price of your home by up to 17%. Looking for a referral? Ask you Real Estate Agent who will gladly assist!