It doesn’t matter what the housing market is like or what time of year it is. At the end of the day, anyone expecting to sell their homes, need to know a few tricks of the trade. This becomes especially important if you don’t intend on hiring a real estate agent that will do all of the heavy lifting for you.
If you really want to set your home apart from the others that are on sale, it isn’t that difficult to do. You will simply have to keep the following points in mind:
The Importance of Accurate Valuing
When you see your house, you may see something priceless. Well, potential home buyers aren’t going to see it that way, however. This is why it is important for you to know just what your house is worth. One way to do this, of course, is to have an expert do the valuation for you.
It can also help to know how much other homes in the neighbourhood are selling for. This is particularly useful if the house is of a similar design and size as your own. You can then get a better idea of what people are willing to pay for your house.
Know What Changes to Make
Your home does degrade in value each year that you own it. Therefore, you may need to make some changes, if you hope to sell it for a reasonable price. Now, you shouldn’t waste your money on unnecessary remodels. Instead, you should focus on what potential homebuyers are actually looking for. To start with, you should consider replacing your current frames and glass panes with windows in Toronto.
Although you may not realise it, the windows can really age your house. This is particularly true if they are discoloured or damaged in any way. So, to put things right call up a windows contractor and setup a replacement. You will certainly be able to make this investment back when you sell the house.
Create More Space in Your Home
It is natural to accumulate things in your home, especially if you have been living there a while. However, all of this accumulated clutter will make the house seem a lot smaller than it actually is. As you can imagine, few people want to own a smaller house.
This is why you should try to get rid of as many belongings and furniture as you possibly can. This way, when you do show people around, you will be able to point out all of the dimensions, storage options, and more.
Hire a Professional Photographer
These days, most people do their house hunting online. Thus, the first impression of your home that they will get is from the pictures that they see. To ensure that you make your home look as lovely as possible, make sure to hire a professional photographer to take the pictures. Sure, this may seem like you are spending money now but it will definitely pay off later.
These are the top tips that each and every homeowner should know. With these, your home will definitely not be on the market for very long.
Toronto-area commercial real estate deals total $7B in Q2, up 43% from year ago – Alberta Prime Times
TORONTO — A new report says the total value of commercial real estate sales in the Greater Toronto Area in the second quarter rose 43 per cent compared with a year ago.
The report by Avison Young says sales of office, industrial, retail, multi-residential and industrial, commercial and investment (ICI) land across the region totalled $7 billion for the three-month period, up from $4.9 billion a year earlier.
The result brought total investment to $14 billion for the first half of 2022.
The report says the industrial sector saw the highest investment dollar volume during the quarter with $2.6 billion compared with $1.4 billion in the same quarter last year.
The ICI land category garnered $1.7 billion, up from $1.6 billion a year ago, while office properties saw $1.1 billion in deals, up from $349 million in the second quarter of 2021.
Multi-residential deals totalled $1 billion, up from $815 million in the same quarter last year and retail property deals amounted to $696 million, down from $725 million a year ago.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2022.
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From Homebuyers To Real Estate Investors – AccessWire
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / August 18, 2022 / To say that a mortgage is just a loan is far from the truth. It is much more than that. A mortgage is your key to home/property ownership, and if you land the right one, it will become a crucial financial tool for building a strong financial future through real estate.
How would you be able to land the right mortgage and make millions yourself? You’re in luck because you don’t have to do it alone. We know a mortgage agency that can hook you up with a certified mortgage professional to speed up the process, ensure you get the best deal, and teach you how to earn your fortune in real estate.
Mortgage Alliance is one of Canada’s most established mortgage companies, with years at the industry’s top. The Canadian mortgage agency enjoys a reputation as a prime source of mortgage solutions for homebuyers, homeowners, and investors alike. They cater to clients all around Canada, providing professional mortgage services and financial guidance to “help people improve their financial health in the short, medium, and long term through real estate,” according to Mortgage Alliance agent Lesley Hepditch.
To that end, the agency takes a comprehensive approach to helping its clients achieve their goals. Their agents don’t use any cookie-cutter solutions. Instead, they work closely with clients to understand their financial situation or needs and provide personalized strategies to secure the best results for their mortgage and their financial future. “We also act as financial coaches, so while I myself am chiefly a mortgage professional, I am also licensed to handle investments and insurance. This allows Mortgage Alliance agents like me to help clients in ways not many other companies can. In short, we look at their overall financial health, then help them craft ways to achieve their goals.” Lesley said.
Mortgage Alliance covers all the usual mortgage services, including new home purchases, refinancing, and renewals. It promises clients unbiased advice and expert education on what they need to know to make the best decisions. Lesley explained that the end goal is simple: “We want to help people earn more income and become properly protected, debt-free, and financially independent by helping them build their four pillars of investing: investments, income protection, debt elimination, and real estate. For us, client education is just as important as results because we want to help them achieve lasting wealth.”
With their agents’ mortgage expertise and deep financial acumen, landing the right mortgage will be the least of your worries, or rather successes, with Mortgage Alliance. If you’re ready to take the first step toward securing a thriving financial future, don’t hesitate to contact the mortgage and financial experts at Mortgage Alliance using the details listed below.
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Mortgage Alliance is one of Canada’s most trusted mortgage companies. They offer the full selection of mortgage services, with a focus on providing custom solutions for any of their clients’ financing needs.
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Real estate at critical juncture to embrace dynamic workplaces – PR Newswire
JLL’s Future of Work Survey shows that while hybrid work is here to stay, the office remains critical to business operations
CHICAGO, Aug. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As businesses continue to evolve their workplaces to best meet the needs of their employees, JLL’s (NYSE: JLL) global Future of Work Survey finds that 72% of decision makers believe the office is critical to doing business. The research shows that over the next several years companies anticipate hybrid work to become the dominant model and will be looking across their real estate portfolios to re-think their office spaces, invest in new technology and prioritize sustainability.
“The next three years will prove to be an inflection point for real estate as businesses plot their future path and rethink the purpose of their portfolio,” said Dr. Marie Puybaraud, Global Head of Research, JLL Work Dynamics. “The changes accelerated by the pandemic represent an opportunity to pause, think about a long-term real estate strategy and how it aligns with future business priorities.”
Rethinking the office layout to accommodate hybrid working in the long-term
The mass adoption of hybrid work will have a lasting impact, with 77% of CRE leaders agreeing that offering remote or hybrid working will be critical to attracting and retaining talent in the future. As the trend toward dynamic working will continue, successfully operationalizing hybrid working will be the most important strategic priority for commercial real estate (CRE) executives over the next three years. This includes exploring flexible space options, with 43% of companies planning to accelerate investment in flexible space between now and 2025, and 51% saying they will lease flexible space through a third-party provider.
“As the office finds a new purpose post-pandemic as a destination for collaboration in employees’ hybrid workstyles, occupiers will need to continue increasing their investments in creative spaces,” said Cynthia Kantor, Chief Client Value & Growth Officer, JLL Work Dynamics. “Enhancing socialization, especially among a large, often geographically dispersed, workforce will be critical to future talent strategies, as the office accelerates its role as the innovation hub of the work ecosystem.”
Forty-five percent of organizations consider collaboration to be one of the primary purposes of office space and 73% have planned or are planning to make all office spaces open and collaborative, with no dedicated desk spaces. Many companies are also investing in spaces that support new workforce priorities around health and wellbeing.
Environmental and social aspirations will shape future portfolio transformation
As organizations face ever increasing pressure to deliver clear outcomes in the race to net zero and create social value through real estate, 77% say investing in quality space is a priority. With green strategies having a direct impact on real estate decisions, 74% say they are likely to pay a premium for green credentials; further, more than half of occupiers (56%) plan to do so by 2025.
However, stakeholder aspirations are not solely environmental, with nearly 8 out of 10 companies saying their employees expect their workplaces to have a positive impact on society. This means increasing investment in social considerations will be equally as important as funding environmental objectives. With diversity, inclusion and wellbeing now falling high on the corporate agenda, companies are underpinning these objectives with further investment and resources. Seventy-nine percent of respondents agree that their organizations are acting today to make the workplace more inclusive and diverse for all employees.
Investing in technology investments to boost workplace performance and productivity
Technology and data will be critical foundations in the future of successful real estate operations, but the gap that needs to be filled is immense. Only 13% of CRE executives say they are collecting data on an ongoing or real-time basis using advanced analytics. With the transformative power of technology to shape the dynamic workplace, companies are focused on ramping up investments in intelligent solutions to unlock new opportunities for boosting workforce performance and productivity.
The research finds a clear roadmap for CRE technology shaped around 15 anchor technologies, including workplace apps, remote working technology and virtual reality.1 As organizations plan future investments, CRE leaders are focused on key strategic areas like sustainability and employee wellbeing. By 2025, most companies (78%) plan to have incorporated over ten of the anchor technologies in their operations, and 40% plan to incorporate all 15.
Real estate needs are becoming more sophisticated and complex
To respond to the complex range of future of work challenges, CRE leaders will focus more on harnessing specialist skills to achieve their strategic objectives. Seventy-five percent of leading CRE functions anticipate greater reliance on external partners, with the two top areas for outsourcing growth expected to be health and wellbeing services (44%) and sustainability strategy (44%). Further, as technology becomes a crucial platform to boost performance levels on all fronts, 43% say they will need more outsourcing support for CRE technology solutions over the next three years.
1 For a list of the 15 anchor technologies, refer to p. 30 in JLL Future of Work Survey (August 2022)
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $19.4 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 102,000 as of June 30, 2022. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit jll.com.
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