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A New Chapter: Downsizing and Moving Tips for Seniors

  For an older adult who’s looking forward to retirement, downsizing should be a positive, empowering experience that heralds the beginning of an exciting new chapter in life. However, getting rid of old belongings that have been with you for decades is a key part of the downsizing process, and that can be an emotional […]

To Stage or Not to Stage? 5 Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Stager

As a Realtor (R), I often get asked about professional staging services, particularly when a home is vacant. I get asked questions such as “How much does it cost? How much faster will my house sell? Can I get more money for my house if I stage it?” Below are some tips and things to […]

The Importance of Curb Appeal

The old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” does NOT ring true in Real Estate! I have had, on occasion, pulled up to a property to show to prospective Buyer clients only to hear, “Sorry, let’s skip this one – I don’t like how it looks on the outside”. While this happens […]

Lessons I Learned by Selling my House This Spring

This year, my husband and I decided to put our Sherwood Park house on the market. Now, you would think this would be a piece of cake for me, After all, I have been trading in Real Estate as a Realtor (R) for almost 10 years now, so you would think I would have this […]

Tips for the Festive Season

Sellers consider Christmas to be the LEAST desirable time to list and sell a property. There is so much going on, from holiday preparations, special engagements and cold weather, that it is easy to dismiss that time of year to sell. However, the season DOES have some advantages: fewer sellers to compete with, and a […]

FIVE Tips for Prepping Your House for Sale!

1.) Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Paint Job. Did you know that fresh paint can bring the highest Return on Investment (ROI) provided the colors are neutral? Neutral tones appeal to the largest number of buyers. The opposite is true of strong colors, which can polarize buyers – they either love, or hate […]