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A word from Melissa Cescon:

Signs, signs....everywhere a sign.  Or not! In my time as a Real Estate Broker, I have come across sellers who are hesitant to display a “For Sale” sign on their lawn.  The fact is – signs are one of the most effective ways to market your house, and in order to maximize exposure to generate the highest price possible, a sign is a good thing.  Not taking advantage of it could actually delay a sale and I have seen that happen. 

Signs promote your home 24/7.  We don’t have a crystal ball and can’t predict when a potential buyer will be scouting your neighbourhood, or when a passer-by who might not be considering a home purchase, is suddenly smitten with your home, its location, its style.

Sometimes, there is concern that “For Sale” signs are an open invitation for passers-by to knock on your door at any time, wanting a quick tour.  But that never has to happen. Leave that to me. That’s my job! Thanking them for their interest and handing them your real estate agent’s business card ensures that if and when they do tour your home with your agent, they will be qualified and well-screened, resulting in a greater chance of selling.

Many agents hear their sellers say, “I don’t want my neighbors to know that I’m selling.”  I say.....neighbours are an excellent source of advertising because they tell friends, family and coworkers that your house is on the market.  I can’t tell you how many neighbours have convinced their friends or family to buy in their same neighbourhood! And otherwise, that buyer might have never considered the home or area.

Here’s a final tidbit that will impress you about sign advertising....According to the 2012 National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, information sources used in home search was 53% from Yard Signs and 87% from a real estate agent.  That’s telling me that you want to work with an excellent agent who is responsive and knows her market, but you also want to do your own scouting around before buying.

As always, my door is open to talk about real estate.  So, with Spring in the air and warmer weather to scope out neighbourhoods, give me a call and I can update you on what’s available in your preferred neighbourhood.

 

As we approach “Back To School”, we often take time to reflect on our summer
 
and how well the weather co-operated for us.  Although the weather was at times 
 
unpredictable, for the most part Mother Nature was good to us with our fair share of 
 
sunshine.  This is an appropriately synergistic analogy to the Real Estate market at the 
 
present time.  In fact, I want to share some encouraging data with you as you go into 
 
the Fall Season.  
 
According to CMHC’s latest publication of its Third Quarter Housing Outlook in late 
 
August, we have much to smile about. Despite a slowdown in housing starts over the 
 
first part of 2013, CMHC forecasts that starts will be stable for the rest of the year 
 
and will start to grow again in 2014. The forecast is similar for re-sales, with average 
 
housing prices expecting to keep pace with the rate of inflation. 
 
In July – the peak of our summer, the Teranet House Price Index hit an impressive alltime high, growing by 1.9% in the past year. Hamilton, Ontario and Calgary showed 
 
off the strongest price growth among the markets covered by the index. That was not 
 
surprising to me at all, since I have seen first-hand the popularity that Hamilton is 
 
gaining for many of my Buyers due to affordable house prices and its proximity to the 
 
GTA, while Calgary is becoming a “hip hub” for new university graduates and singles 
 
who are ready to commit to an out-of-province experience and ready to buy.
 
Here’s the best news of all.....just when we are questioning how stable our market is 
 
and how much it can sustain, The Canadian Real Estate Association published its July 
 
sales stats ......on a national scale, housing sales overall are up more than 9% from 
 
twelve months ago, while average prices are up more than 8%.  
 
No one can make a decision for you on when the time is right to buy or sell, but 
 
there is plenty to be hopeful for when you are considering your options during a 
 
relatively positive Real Estate market.  And, here in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and 
 
Mississauga, our real estate market is enjoying the best of it.  If you want to talk 
 
about the possibilities, as always, my door is open to intelligent discussion and I invite 
 
you to call me at any time.

Yours in Real Estate,


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