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Millennials: The Next Generation of Home Buyers

The largest percentage of home buyers these days are Millennials.  This is a new generation of couples and families who are looking for features and qualities in homes that are quite different than your traditional home buyer.  To make your home more appealing to this large audience, Bosley Real Estate would like to offer the following guidelines to show you what Millennials are looking for in a home.

It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts

The traditional home buyer loved to think of all the possibilities in a potential home.  A new coat of paint, a quick interior redecoration, or perhaps even a renovation, were all part of the home buying process.

Well, with Millennials all of that is out the window.  Millennials are looking for a move-in ready home.  They have no interest in renovating or changing the colours on the wall.  To make your home more appealing to the Millennial set, I highly recommend that you show your home with a fresh coat of paint and a move-in ready look.

In addition to a move-in ready home, Millennials are looking for a modern feel to their home.  This means an open concept floor plan.  Believe it or not the two most important rooms to Millennials are the bathroom and the kitchen.

Besides an open-concept layout in the kitchen, other modern features that appeal to the Millennial set include:

  • Granite counter tops.
  • Stainless steel appliances and fixtures.
  • A kitchen island.
  • Sleek looking cabinetry.

Here’s the deal:

If you have been thinking about a renovation in your home, I suggest that you spend your money in either the kitchen or the bathroom.  Not only will these changes attract a new set of clients to your next open house, they may also increase the final sale price of your home.

Go Online

A strong online profile is another key to attracting Millennial buyers.  More than 90% of home buyers start their home search online.  This means that without a strong online home profile, you will be missing out on a huge percentage of possible buyers.

Make sure that your online portfolio includes bright, clear photos of your home as well as a brief video of your home that showcases each room in your house.  The entire rationale behind a strong online profile is to bring people to the next open house or to arrange private showings.

Location, Location, Location

The location of a home can be more important than either the modernity, square footage or even the home’s layout.  Many Millennials are looking for homes with access to green spaces, parks and high walkability scores.  Make sure to feature your home’s proximity to major landmarks such as community centres, downtown and trails to peak interest in your home.

Luckily, Niagara on the Lake is one of the most spectacular places in the province and its location is a huge selling feature.  If you would like more information about any of the listings in this special part of Ontario, please contact me today.  I look forward to working with you soon.

Heritage Awards

Niagara Residents Receive Heritage Award for Preserving History

Niagara-on-the-Lake real estate sits on land that has been settled for over 200 years. Everywhere you look, you see sites steeped in history. Our community is fortunate to have people passionate about this history. From ages seven to 77 and beyond, our local residents care enough to fight to preserve this history rather than see it fade away forever.

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Tips for Staging Your Niagara on the Lake Property

Late summer is the perfect time to think about putting your Niagara on the Lake property on the market. The overall Ontario real estate market is hot right now and even more so in the coveted Niagara region. The perfect weather and great lifestyle opportunities of the Niagara region will bring a host of potential buyers to any open house. However, to realize your home’s full market value and to get a quick sale, you will need to properly stage your home. Here are some great tips on how to properly stage your home for a quick sale.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Niagara Home

With a red hot real estate market in the province, now may be the perfect time to realize the full value of your home.  This holds especially true in coveted areas such as Niagara on the Lake. The Niagara on the Lake real estate market is once again heating up just in time for summer and is as competitive as ever.  Here are five reasons why you need a Niagara on the Lake real estate agent to help you sell your Niagara home.
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Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s time to open up the windows and let in some of that sweet spring air.  Not only are the days longer and the temperatures warmer in the spring, but it’s also a great time to get all of those spring cleaning chores out of the way. Don’t worry though; you don’t have to necessarily figure out how to do it all on your own! Niagara Homes real estate agency would like to offer you the following spring cleaning tips to help you get your home into tiptop shape.

Clean Those Carpets!

Spring cleaning is more than just a tidy onceover; it should be treated as the opportunity to really get your home as clean as possible, and a great place to start is with your carpets.  Give them more than just a quick vacuuming (remember: no simple onceovers for spring cleaning)!  Instead, open up those windows and take full advantage of the warm spring air.

Hire a company or rent a steam cleaner, and really give your carpets a deep clean.  You really should try to steam clean your carpets twice a year, perhaps in the spring and late fall to keep them looking like new.  If you have rented your steam cleaner, take full advantage of it and clean your upholstery as well.

Mop Those Floors!

Once you have cleaned your carpets, take the spring cleaning into your kitchen and anywhere else where you may have linoleum or hardwood.  A proper mopping will not only prevent dirt from being tracked onto your newly cleaned carpets, but it will also provide a nice base to guard against all of the summer traffic.  Make sure to use some type of a scuff guard or buffing agent when you mop your floors to provide that extra layer of protection!

Scrub Those Windows!

How often do you clean your windows?  If you cannot answer that question, then now is definitely as good a time as any to clean them.  Take full advantage of the warm weather, and give your windows a good cleaning both inside and out.  They’ll be their cleanest when you use a non-streaking agent to make sure they are as spotless as possible.

Take Your Cleaning Outside!

Once you are satisfied with how the inside of your home looks, take your spring cleaning outside.  You’ll want to get your doormat as clean as possible, and remember, this mat is the first line of defense against the outdoors, so the cleaner it is means the less that dirt and other debris will be tracked into your home.

This is by no means an exhaustive spring cleaning list, but it does highlight some of the important areas that may have been neglected over the winter months.  Use these tips as a guideline to help get your home spic-and-span for summer.  Happy cleaning!

Sell Your House Like a Pro

When the time comes to move, your feelings may vary. Of course, house hunting is an exciting endeavor, but leaving your old home behind can be emotional. Not to mention, you have got to actually get it sold first. That can be very stressful, especially if this is your first time. Selling is very different than buying. When you buy a home, it seems as if you have the ball in your court. The decisions are yours to make, and in the end you walk away victorious with a property purchase. Selling Niagara homes might feel like you are the underdog, at the mercy of the market and shoppers who want a lot more than they are willing to give—but you are in much better shape that you might realize.

You can sell your house like a pro and be successful on the market by following a few simple steps. If you are getting ready to move in the near future, these tips will make that transition much easier.

  1. Follow the Trends

If you are able, spend some time keeping up with the local real estate trends so that you can place your home on the market during a spike. The spring months, March and April specifically, are widely considered the best time to place a home up for sale. This is the time when eager buyers are taking advantage of competitive prices and mild temperatures to get out there and find their perfect home. Of course, there is no wrong time to put a home on the market and other seasons also offer benefits to homeowners.

  1. Get a Local Agent

A local real estate agent can be your biggest asset. They will be able to assess the value of your home and help you to price it accordingly. Your agent will also have knowledge of the local market that you do not have, which will give you realistic expectations. Placing a home as “for sale by owner” can come with certain risks, such as financial or legal problems. During negotiations, your agent will be able to communicate your terms with potential buyers so that you sell your home for a fair price.

  1. Make Time for Staging

A well-staged home will sell quickly. Do your own research for tips that will help you to properly stage your house. This often includes removing your personal items from the site of potential buyers. decluttering spaces, repairing any damage or painting the walls a neutral color. If you do not have a new home, it might be a good idea to consider renting a storage unit so that you can remove items that damage the selling potential of the home.

Sell Your Home Successfully

Having a successful home selling experience will be much easier to achieve if you follow these simple steps. If you would like more information on the Niagara homes real estate market and how you can place your own property, visit our seller’s resources page and contact Kevin Stokes, a sales representative, today.