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Brett Murrell, Realtor Real Estate Agent serving Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane & areas


The costs associated with selling a home

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision, so it’s always good to remind yourself of what that decision entails, including the associated costs you might incur. Many real estate industry groups have resources available to the public on the home-selling process, such as the Real Estate Council of Alberta’s Home Seller’s Guide. However, most resources don’t specify selling costs, in part because they can vary greatly depending on the individual property and circumstances of the sale. To provide a frame of reference, here is a summary of costs associated with selling a typical $500,000 home in Calgary:

 

Commissions – $19,950
Using a professional REALTOR® to sell your home provides many benefits, and that expertise is repaid in the form of commissions, which are split between your Realtor and the buyer’s Realtor. The industry standard in Alberta is typically seven per cent on the first $100,000 of the selling price, then three per cent on the balance, plus GST.

 

Legal Fees – $1,000
The cost of legal services can vary, but Calgary real estate lawyer Jeffrey Kahane says typical legal fees usually run about $1,000, which includes all necessary disbursements. Kahane adds that if your property is a condominium, there is an additional cost for an estoppel certificate/certificate of insurance, which, depending on the management company, might cost $200 to $350.

 

Real Property Report – $800
The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association does not set a standard cost for preparing a real property report, as the work required can vary greatly depending on the property and what has been done to it since the original boundaries were placed. Expect to pay an average of about $600 for a new report and $500 to update an existing one, plus about $200 for a Certificate of Compliance from the City of Calgary.

 

Mortgage pre-payment penalty (if applicable) – cost varies
If you sell your home before the maturity date of a closed mortgage there might be penalties for pre-payment. Typically, that will be three months of interest on a closed, variable-rate mortgage, but can be much more if you have a closed, fixed-rate mortgage with an interest rate higher than current rates. In that scenario, you might be charged for interest on the remainder of the term, based on the interest rate differential. Check with your mortgage provider to be certain of the terms of your mortgage and pre-payment penalties.

 

Home staging/renovations – cost varies
Selling a home has sometimes been compared to speed dating, as buyers viewing several homes have only a short period to decide whether your home might be a potential candidate for purchase. So, to boost the chances of selling a home, many people make renovations or minor modifications to freshen things up, such as a new coat of paint. Others hire a home staging professional to make their home stand out from the crowd.

 

Moving expenses – $1,500
Lance Laliberte with Premiere Van Lines says professional moving is billed at an hourly rate, based on the number of movers and trucks needed, so they always recommend an in-home survey to provide the most accurate quote possible. However, he says the average cost for a local move within Calgary for a standard three-bedroom home with between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds of household goods is $1,500 to $2,000 during peak season in spring and summer months and $1,000 to $1,500 during fall and winter months, not including packing or unpacking services.

 

FYI: Bridge financing
If the closing dates for the home you are selling and one that you’ve already purchased don’t coincide, then the solution is bridge financing to cover the gap between your current mortgage and the one on the new property.

Nicole Wells, vice-president of home equity financing products and segments with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), says a bridge loan is a temporary financing option that enables homeowners to use equity in their existing home to pay the down payment on their next home, while they wait for their property to sell or as they complete renovations on a new home.

 

“It allows you to own both homes at the same time and, for some, can help you buy first and sell later,” said Wells. “It can reduce stress of moving, strengthen your purchase offer and mitigate the need for temporary storage.”

She says a bridge loan is a short-term solution defined by the number of days between your purchase close date and subsequent sale date, which can be as short as one day or run as long as six months.
Wells adds that interest rates for bridge loans can be more expensive than conventional financing, but the shorter loan term can offset the cost.

 

Currently, the cost of bridge financing at RBC is set at RBC prime plus 4.5 per cent.

She suggests anyone considering the use of bridge financing should speak to their mortgage specialist to find out if it’s right for them.

 

Source: CREB NOW

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Brett Murrell, Realtor Real Estate Agent serving Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane & areas


Do your research before selling a second home


Owning an investment property can provide useful income, while having a recreational property can provide a great place to spend time with family and friends.

 

But if you are thinking it’s time to sell, some careful research is in order.

 

“There’s a lot to consider when selling your investment property or a vacation home,” said Laura Parsons, the Calgary-area manager for mortgage specialists with BMO Financial Group. “Do your homework.”

A major factor when selling a property that is not your principal residence is the potential for capital gains.
Generally, if you sell the property for more than your original purchase price, half of the capital gain is taxable at your marginal tax rate.

 

However, the Canada Revenue Agency has strict rules on calculating capital gains, and changes do occur, so Parsons recommends talking to your accountant and making sure they are knowledgeable about investment real estate.

 

“The impact of when you sell may have a bearing on how much tax you pay,” she said. “So, it’s really important that you speak to your accountant and make sure that this is a good time for you to sell.”

 

Your accountant can determine if there are ways to reduce your capital gains for tax purposes – any renovations you’ve made to the property of a capital nature, for example.

 

On the flip side, an accountant might caution you against a sale if you are expecting increased income that would bump you into a higher tax bracket.

 

“If you’re in a high-income-earning year, you may not want to have some capital gains on top of that,” said Parsons.

She says if you’re paying a mortgage on an investment property or vacation home, you should also consider the effects on financing if you sell.

“THE IMPACT OF WHEN YOU SELL MAY HAVE A BEARING ON HOW MUCH TAX YOU PAY. SO, IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SPEAK TO YOUR ACCOUNTANT AND MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS A GOOD TIME FOR YOU TO SELL.” – LAURA PARSONS, BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

“Are you going to have penalties? Are you losing a great [interest] rate? Because sometimes you can port your mortgage if you plan on buying another investment property,” she said.

 

There are also ways to try and maximize the selling price for your property and determine when to sell.

Parsons recommends talking to your REALTOR® to see what the local market is like for the type of property you own, and to get an idea of vacancy rates if it’s a rental property.

 

Find out what’s going on in the neighbourhood, such as plans for improved transit or construction of a leisure facility that might appeal to buyers.

 

“Any time you go to sell, make sure you’re sharing a lot of the knowledge, because it will be more desirable from a buyer’s point of view,” said Parsons.

 

If the property needs fixing up, Parsons recommends highlighting the availability of the Purchase Plus Improvements program that allows a buyer to finance some renovations into a mortgage.

 

“Position it with your Realtor and your banker to do what’s called mortgage staging, where we actually show people coming in to buy the house that they can build the renovations right into the purchase,” she said.

 

Parsons’ final piece of advice is to talk to the experts – your financial adviser, accountant, lawyer and Realtor – before any sale.

 

“Everything matters, especially with investment properties,” she said. “You really want to make a great decision.”

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Brett Murrell, Realtor Real Estate Agent serving Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane & areas

Are you thinking about selling your house or another parcel of real estate that you own? If so it is important to follow some of these guidelines to help you get the most out of your real estate and that can possibly save you thousands of dollars in the future. Although this is not a comprehensive list of everything that needs to be followed when deciding to sale your real estate it is list of important items that we have noticed at CIR REALTY which can play a big role for most sellers. 
Make sure you list your property with a REALTOR®.
As members of the National Association of REALTORS® each member adheres to a strict code of ethics that provide a wide variety of benefits for buyers and sellers. Not all real estate agents are members of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Have your real estate agent perform a competitive market analysis.
Often times homeowners will not have the information or expertise and a know how for what other properties have sold for or what your current competition is. A real estate agent working for you will prepare a competitive CMA so that you can look at what other properties have sold for and what other properties similar to yours are listed for. 

Price your property competitively and correctly from the beginning!
Although many sellers want to try and get the most out of their property and take the philosophy that they can always adjust the price at a later date. In reality the best and most qualified prospects will come early in the game when the for sale sign first goes up and your property first hits the local multiple listing service hot sheet. Often times sellers who price their property higher in the beginning and then begin to lower their property over time get less for their property than they would have if it had been priced correctly from the beginning. 

Get a home inspection in advance.
Normally a home inspection will not cost you a lot of money and can be a good marketing tool for your agent when selling your property. It is also good because any major issues or problems that might arise can be fixed in advance. Smaller items that can sometimes give the buyer bargaining room to reduce your cost can also be prepared or fixed in advance of your marketing efforts and can generally save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars by preparing in advance. 

Reduce clutter.
It is important to remember that reducing clutter and as much furniture and other items in advance can help in the sale of your property. If you need to store things in boxes or pack things up and move to another location or to another family member or friend’s property the extra room can normally be a benefit. 

Give yourhome a fresh coat of paint.
Generally a fresh coat of paint and cleaning the carpets are all very important in helping you sell your property. Normally painting your home will not cost much money and can add a good fresh up look to your residence. 

Open drapes and turn on lights
It is always a good idea to allow as much light to infiltrate your property as possible. Turning on lights, adding new stronger light bulbs and opening blinds and drapes is a big plus for marketing your property. 

Avoid music and avoid being home when your property is shown.
Although many sellers like to be present during the showing of their property for a real estate agent being gone can help immensely in the marketing of your property. Buyers normally feel free to open closets and look at the property without sellers following them around or talking too much about the property. You might also say the wrong information or come off as desperate to sell by being present during the showing. 

Provide copies of receipts on items you have purchases for your agent or repairs you have made over the last couple of years.
If you have installed a new roof and you have a copy of how much you spent for the roof that information can be helpful to put into a folder or book along with any other major expenses or expenditures you have spent. It is also a good idea to have copies of your taxes, the insurance premiums, utility cost per month and any other important information such as surveys or plans that maybe available to help your real estate agent during the marketing process. 

Clean the front porch and front lawn of any debris or items that might be a turn off when people are driving by to look at your property.
Making sure your grass is mowed and well manicured along with a clean swept front porch without a lot of debris is very important in the marketing efforts of your property. 

Make your home look like a magazine.
Having your beds made, clothes picked up off the floor, tables straightened and rooms fit for a picture in a magazine are important and can be a big hit when buyers tour your property for a possible home purchase. 

Be open to listen to suggestions from your agent.
It is always important to remember that your real estate agent is the professional and has the expertise or know how in selling your property. Many agents will report back to your listing agent as to what buyers or other agents think about you property or what needs to be fixed or changed. If this is the case be sure to have an open mind and listen to any suggestions that your agent may have to improve the marketability of your property. 

Again this is not a comprehensive list of what you need to do to sell your property but by incorporating these few suggestions it will help immensely in the marketing of your property and to get you the most out of your real estate and for a happy and successful real estate closing.



Source: John D. Mayfield ABR, ABRM, GRI, e-PRO, CRB

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Brett Murrell, Realtor Real Estate Agent serving Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane & areas

11 Ways To Get Your House in Tip Top Shape Prior to Selling It!
And Maximize the Most Income!
 

Many people want to know what the secret is to getting the most out of their real estate and to appeal to most consumers looking for real estate today. This report will guide you through doing many of those things to help get the most dollars when selling your property. 

1. Paint the interior!
Most buyers appreciate a good fresh coat of paint and this will help enhance your properties value. It will also help brighten your rooms by giving them a new clean appearance. Stay away from bold and bright colors and focus more on lighter and softer earth tone shades. This will also help make the rooms feel larger and appeal to a bigger group of potential buyers. 

2. Paint the exterior!
Curb appeal is important and there is nothing worse for a Real Estate professional to try and market a home that has peeling paint or is in desperate need of painting. Of course depending on the time of year and the weather conditions you might not be able to paint the exterior but if at all possible paint the exterior. As noted with the interior suggestion of using soft lighter neutral colors do the same for painting the outside of your home. Stay away from bright colors that others may not like. 

3. Pick Up Any Outside Debris, Trash or Clutter!
First impressions make a huge impact on potential buyers. Should your property have unwanted clutter at the initial greeting to consumers when your property is shown it will not help in the marketing and selling of your home. A few hard hours of raking cleaning and picking up odds and ends could add “thousands” to the sales price of your home. 

4. Reduce Extras and Odds and Ends From Your Home!
Rooms with too much furniture or decorations can often detract from the showing of your home. Usually too much décor can make the rooms look smaller and hurt your chances of selling your home. Store unneeded furniture or items that you can do without during the marketing stage of your property listing. Your goal is to make your property look spacious and comfortable. Buyers also want to see rooms that appear and look spacious to them. 

5. Be sure and Open Blinds and Draperies!
This is a great idea to help aid the salesperson sell your home. When your property is in tip top share and ready to show having as much light as possible helps brighten your home and give it a good feel. 

6. Avoid Playing Music!
Although you may like the music playing in the background it can be a deterrent to the agent and buyers while looking at your home. Keep music off while your home is being shown. 

7. Price Your Property Right From The Beginning!
Many buyers take the approach and attitude that they can always come down on price. This can be a bad thing to do. Many buyers feel if a home has been listed for a long time that there is something wrong with it. Most agents will tell you that the best activity occurs during the first two to three weeks of the listing begin date. After a few weeks the activity will begin to taper off and showings will cease. If your home is priced incorrectly from the beginning it will not get a lot of showings and the longer your home is on the market the more buyers will feel that it’s tainted or something’s wrong with the price. 

8. Have Your Carpets Cleaned!
It’s a good idea to have your carpets cleaned or your hardwood floors polished or waxed. This is normally not too expensive and can usually add a lot of appeal to potential buyers. 

9. Hire a Home Stager
If possible hire a staging company to help show you ways to maximize room appeal and value to your residence. Many real estate firms have a staging company or people on staff who can aid in this service. Feel free to ask me about how I can help with staging too 

10. Look Outside
The exterior of your home is the first impression buyers will have, make sure you clean up debris and keep the sidewalks and entry clear of clutter. Consider your curb appeal. 
 
 
 

Edited with Source from John D. Mayfield ABR, ABRM, GRI, e-PRO, CRB

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Condominium ownership is a very new alternative to traditional property ownership. The ability for a group of people to each own their own units, but share common expenses, and still live in harmony has created some huge benefits for buyers. However, if you didn’t know at least some of the benefits, then you likely wouldn’t be considering purchasing a condo in the first place. We will leave the benefits aside for now… 

The items that most of our clients want to know about are the red flags. What items should I look a little more into before I purchase a condo in a particular building, complex or development? What things may be the signs of existing, past or future problems? 

PLEASE NOTE: These items are only red flags. They are not necessarily problems in themselves, but should trigger a little more research. 

Low Condo Fees
The fees may not include very many of the items they normally would. You may be expected to pay an assessment fee more often. 

High Condo Fees
A problem may exist that the condo board is trying to pay for. 

Low Reserve Fund
There may not be enough money to cover necessary repairs. 

Special Assessments
This is a lump sum of money required to either top up the low reserve fund or to fix an issue the condo has. 

Unresolved Issues in the Meeting Minutes
If the most recent meeting minutes say they are waiting for a quote on something, then that something is still broken. 

Registered Does Not Match the Listed Size
You may not be getting all the square footage you thought you paid for. 

Not All Documents Are Available
This could be a result of poor management, or non-compliance with the Condo Act. 

Post Tension Cables
If not cared for under the lawful requirements, this style of construction can cost a fortune to repair (typically causes higher fees). 

Age Restricted Buildings
This limits who you can re-sell your unit to (or rent). Plus, some lenders will not provide certain mortgages for these buildings. 

Any Stains or Signs of Water
This one is pretty obvious. 

Lots of Units for Sale
Why does everyone want to sell? 

Operating Deficit
If there is more money going out than is coming in, eventually you will run out of money. 

Low Owner Occupancy
Lots of units are likely rented, and tenants don’t take care of their property as well as owners (and sometimes don’t follow the by-laws). 

Monopolized Ownership
The one person who owns most of the units has most of the voting power. 

Unresponsive Board
If they neglect to return calls, what else do they neglect? 

Do your homework and get all the information available on a complex. This is always your best security when buying a condo. 

Source: Lindsey Smith of the Entyro Service Group in Calgary AB

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