Recently, I sat in a Lunch and Learn with Chris Magwood through Sustainable Building Manitoba. The topic was “Whole Life Carbon Footprint & True Zero Carbon Buildings.” The topic was learning about carbon accounting and how to get a building to zero carbon or better! The speaker is interested in helping with climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are healthy, beautiful, efficient, and inspiring. Sustainable Building Manitoba has many “Lunch and Learns” if you’re ever interested in taking in some information from exciting speakers.
It’s been a challenging year for many families, but 2020’s not over yet. Let’s end the year on a high note by making the holidays special. Whether you’re looking for ways to get your yard ready for holiday decorations or planning to sell your home this winter, find some tips to help below! Contact me if you’re interested in selling your home over the holidays. There are plenty of buyers looking for homes, so if you’ve been thinking about selling call me today. Clara Mitchell Enns at 204-999-2692.
Curb Appeal Projects to Get Ready for the Holidays
Yard decorations are a great tradition, but before you start pulling boxes out of the attic and untangling lights, make sure your home’s exterior looks great to host your holiday vision. Here are some curb appeal projects to consider.
Paint your front door.
Giving your door a fresh coat of paint or switching to a new color entirely is a quick, easy way to boost your curb appeal and add a splash of color to your home’s exterior.
Add some colorful flowers.
Most people associate flowers with spring, but there are plenty of beautiful fall and winter flowers that can brighten your front yard.
Maintain your yard
Make sure your grass is short, leaves are raked, and any paths are edged with a nice, crisp border.
Place some extra lights.
Some decorative lights will add a touch of beauty and enhance the safety of your yard as you and your guests are able to navigate more easily! Consider lining the walkway with solar lights or installing some extra lighting on the outside of your home.
3 Tips to Sell Your Home During the Holidays
Many buyers want to celebrate the holidays in their new home. Make sure yours makes their must-see list with these 3 tips!
Use minimal holiday decorations.
Your holiday decorations are likely completely different from your potential buyer’s decorations, and since you want them to picture themselves in your home, it pays to keep your holiday decorations to a minimum. A wreath on the door and a few seasonal garlands can give your home a festive feel without overwhelming buyers.
Find the right price.
Buyers looking for homes during the holidays don’t have a lot of spare time to haggle over home prices. They’re often going to look for homes that already fit their needs and reflect the current condition of the home. The right price will be low enough to attract buyers and high enough to show that you know what your home is worth.
Get fresh listing photos.
Make sure your listing photos reflect the season. If your home is up for the holidays, consider including some special photos highlighting the fireplace, reading nook, or other cozy features.
Increase productivity while your kids navigate remote learning.
With schools closed for the time being, parents are swiftly searching for a way to mimic a classroom setting in the comfort of their own home. Here are a few suggestions for putting together an A+ study space.
1. Brighter room, brighter mind
Lighting is one of the most critical features of a productive study space. Add a desk or ﬂoor lamp if the room’s main light source isn’t bright enough.
2. A door that closes
Shut out loud noises – such as the sound of dinner being made or younger siblings watching TV – with a solid door that minimizes outside sound. If a closed oﬀ room is not possible, then foam earplugs, a white noise machine or soft background music can help ﬁght encroaching buzz.
3. Banish distractions
Make the room a phone-free zone so games and social media aren’t within reach. If there’s a TV, take the remote during study time to reduce temptation.
4. Consider color
The color of the room can aﬀect kids’ ability to concentrate. Elementary school age kids do best when surrounded by warmer colors, like yellow and peach, while older students focus best with cooler hues, like blues and greens, according to psychological color studies. If you’re looking to redecorate a space just for kids, consider these pallets before painting.
5. Clear clutter
Piles of toys, clothes or paper can distract kids from homework. Help them focus by keeping the space, especially the desk surface, clutter-free.
6. Talk to an expert – your kid
Perhaps the most important factor in creating a great study space is ﬁnding out your child’s unique preferences. You might love the expensive ergonomically correct chair, but your kid might ﬁnd it easier to read for long periods of time from a beanbag chair on the ﬂoor.
WINNIPEG – September sales of 1,046 were disappointing as they fell 12% in comparison to September 2017 and were off 9% from September’s 5-year average of 1,156 sales. On the other hand, new listings were up 6% and inventory of 5,134 listings grew by 11% over the same time last year.
Year-to-date sales activity shows sales of 10,264 are down 7% over the same period in 2017 while dollar volume has decreased 5% to $3.0 billion. Listings entered on the MLS® at the end of September are 19,771, up less than 2% from 2017.
If you look back before 2016 and 2017, the best years ever on record where sales after nine months were right around 11,000, year-to-date sales are very much in line with 2015 and 2014 and much closer to 2013 in total sales.
“Winnipeg’s resilient market is being tested this year in light of newly tightened federal mortgage regulations and it is preventing a number of prospective buyers from entering our market,” said Chris Dudeck, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. He added, “ The lack of new entrants to a housing market compounds matters further as the cascade effect of more sales occurring further up the real estate ladder is muted due to sellers unable to move on with their plans to buy a home if theirs does not sell.”
We also need to keep things in perspective how Winnipeg and the outlying metropolitan region housing market is performing relative to many other housing markets across the country. At a Canadian Real Estate Association national conference held this month, delegates were told 50 local markets are down more than 10% and 75 out of 101 markets are experiencing declining sales activity in comparison to year-to-date sales in 2017.
“As always, both buyers and sellers need to consult with their REALTOR to develop a strategy to navigate our current market conditions,” said Dudeck.
In September there were 5 million dollar plus single family home sales with one selling for $2 million. The lowest sales price was $44,500. For condominiums, one unit sold for close to $1 million at $964, 950 while the lowest one went for $66,500.
The average days to sell a residential-detached or single family home was 32 days while for condominiums it was a week longer at 39 days.
A real positive for the Manitoba economy going into the last three months of the year is the recently signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It should bring more certainty and economic stability to what was concerning for many Manitoba businesses which rely on exporting their goods and products south of the border.
One of the most important components you need to take into account when selling a home is strategy”, said Marina R. James, CEO of WinnipegREALTORS®. “Your REALTOR® knows strategy and will help you navigate through complex issues from start to finish.”