Blog by Christine Pearson

Why is my home taking so long to sell?

January 23rd, 2012

HomeThis is a fabulous opportunity to sit down with your Realtor® & analyze why this may be. Have you had many prospective Buyers come to see your house? If not, find out why? Ask your Realtor® for some current market data to see where your property sits in the housing market at this time. Find out how many days on average a home is on the market before it sells. Is your home priced accurat ...

What can I do to create a great first impression of my home when it’s time to sell?

June 8th, 2011

CookiesOne of the first things people observe when walking into a home for the first time is how it smells. Of course cleaning is number one and getting rid of old pet odors and things that contribute to the bad smells is of utmost importance. But another great thing you can do that is relatively easy, is to bake something that smells incredibly delicious and makes your home feel inviting.

In ...

Why are Real Estate commissions so high?

May 16th, 2011

This is a very common question that comes my way. The plain and simple truth of it is this. Real estate commissions are confusing because it appears to be a large sum at first glance, however, once the full picture is revealed the take home pay is very different.

Often, the commission gets split in half between the “Sellers Realtor® and the “Buyers Realtor”®.  For instance; if the commissi ...

What should I consider before purchasing a home?

May 9th, 2011

Buying a homeThere are many factors to consider before taking on one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your life. One of the first things to do is to get pre-qualification for a mortgage. This will enable you to know what price range is available to you, and it offers a great starting point, when compiling your “wish list”; & differentiating between needs and wants.

 The second thing to cons ...

What factors contribute to Healthy Housing?

April 13th, 2011

Healthy HousingThe Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation have put out an outline of 5 essential factors to consider when defining their Healthy Housing tm mandate.

The first thing to consider is occupant health. Healthy Housing tm promotes high standards for indoor air quality, water & lighting.

The second component is Energy Efficiency. The goal is to reduce energy consumption and become more e ...

How does the Housing Market in B.C. relate to the Kootenays?

March 30th, 2011

Kaslo Jazz FestivalO.K.; so we’re not experiencing the housing bidding wars of Vancouver that we’ve been hearing so much about on the news lately… That is no reason to become discouraged. In fact, I think it may serve us well.

It makes our region appear much more desirable, when you look at the average home prices and quality of life. On Saturday, March 19th there was an article in the Travel Section (F ...

Why use a Realtor?

March 7th, 2011

I find that people ask me this question fairly often and there isn’t a “one liner” I can
give to answer it. Sold sign

The answer is multi faceted, and requires much consideration to cover all the bases.

Realtors® undergo continual professional training to keep abreast of shifting and changing Real Estate conditions. Realtors® have the tools at their disposal to market your property effectively & ...

What are the advantages of developing a rental suite?

February 28th, 2011

                                                       Well, the obvious one would be to increase the value of your home; however, the big picture doesn’t stop there.Rental suite The other benefits include having a mortgage helper. A rental suite could allow you to stay in your home once you’re on a fixed income. Secondary Suites also allow families to stay together; by providing a home for a family ...

Are you thinking of Renovating?

February 1st, 2011

RenovationsDetermine your motivation, is it for your
own enjoyment, or is the renovation for a
re- sale?

When it’s for your personal enjoyment the costs can go up quite quickly. If you spend an enormous amount, you may not be able to get that back when you want to re-sell. Pick and choose your undertakings wisely. Ask yourself whether or not you can get a good return on the investment? If you’re in ...