Giving Back to Our Community

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Yesterday our company joined together at our annual Christmas luncheon. Each year this function doubles as our start to the holiday season, and the wind up of our annual fund raising for our Christmas to Remember program.

This program started about 8 years ago when a group of our realtors decided to sponsor a family at the holidays, hoping to help some children who might not otherwise have had a visit from Santa or a Christmas dinner. Since then, our fundraising efforts have increased each year, through garage sales, bake sales, raffles, draws, cooking contests, and especially our annual fundraising lunch.  Since our decision to help at the holidays,  we have helped 48 families, which included 157 children, 8 special needs children and stocked a walking closet at a local school.

This year, in addition to enjoying the company of our co-workers, we engaged in draws, raffles, a silent auctions, a live auction, and more. At the end of the day, our group had raised $7000 to add to the funds we had raised throughout the year, making our hope of helping 10 families this year have a Christmas to Remember a rIMG_1245eality.

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I am proud to be part of such a wonderful group of people, who work so hard at their profession, but take time to give back to the community in which we all live.

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Time to Renovate? or Time to Sell?

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Did you know that in our community, renovating is becoming one of the largest sectors of discretionary spending?

The discussion around renovating your home, often becomes a discussion of whether you should renovate and sell, or maybe renovate and stay. Often when families start to discuss moving, it is to correct problems they see in their current home. Sometimes these issues can be fixed by a simple renovation, such as a bathroom that needs a facelift, or refinishing a floor. Other problems such as not enough room, or needing one floor living when you own a two storey home can be more complex. When you begin to consider building additions, or repurposing main floor living spaces, it pays to fully consider your options. The cost of renovation may well out pace the value of the renovated home.

Another time families discuss renovating is when they have decided to move. Many times families downsize, or decide they want to enjoy condo living instead of maintaining a property, or perhaps just a change of area. In these cases, much thought should be given to renovating to place your home on the market. Studies show that some renovations will result in you increasing the value of your property by the amount you invested. Two examples of this are kitchens and bathrooms. You should always keep in mind that this is not always the case.

You should always consult with a professional when you are considering spending money on your home before selling.  Often buyers have entirely a different idea on how they would renovate your home if they were to buy it.  A larger percentage of home renovations are completed by people after they buy a home – ususally within the first 12 month of living there….

If you have questions, or are considering a move, call one of our real estate professionals.  They know their community and can help guide you in the right direction.

Should you wait until after the Holidays to list your home?

christmas-christmas-decoration-christmas-tree-cute-house-lights-Favim.com-83660At this time of year, many homeowners think they should wait until after the holidays to put their home on the market. Also, some homeowners who have had their home on the market decide to take it off the market until after the holidays.

If you are in this dilemma, here are six things to consider:

  1.  Buyers who are looking during the holidays for a home are serious buyers, and are ready to buy.
  2. You are in control of the showings on your home.  You can decide when your home can be shown or not.
  3. Homes often show better when decorated for the holidays.
  4. There is less competition from other sellers at this time of year, as many do decide to hold off selling until after the holidays.
  5. Buyers who are being relocated by their employer are always out there.  They will be looking to get into a home quickly to get their families settled.
  6. The supply of listings generally increases after the holidays.

These six items all suggest that there is a benefit to the seller who decides to move forward with selling their home during the holidays.

As always, you need to consider your particular circumstances and needs. One of our professionals at Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate will be happy to help you determine what course of action would be best for you.  Why not call one today?