Real estate is changing fast. In some ways, it’s getting more exciting. We hope you’re still excited about finding your dream home or closing the perfect sale. More than ever, we’re here to help.
This month, we begin a series of articles about staging your home. Staging often leads to faster sales at higher prices. Does it still make sense to stage your property right now, with fewer showings? Absolutely.
And that brings us to the next article for the month: Live Virtual Open Houses. These are scheduled online events with real estate agents presenting properties for sale via live, streaming video on platforms like ZOOM. They’re doing guided walk-throughs for potential buyers, online, in real time. Stage your home for optimal online appeal!
Finally, this month, we get you thinking about those hot summer days when you hit the beach… and do absolutely nothing. You can have a lot more of those days if you buy a property in a lake community. Check out our Neighbourhood Profile below!
As always, we look forward to talking to you about buying, staging, listing, selling, live virtual open houses, hot weather… or anything you’d like to chat about!
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Good staging can help sell your home faster for a higher price! Check out these eight tips we researched on how to stage your backyard for the best return when selling.
1. Stage it so they linger
3. Zone it
4. Grow something
5. Cover the patio
6. De-clutter the balcony
7. Install new lighting
8. Stage for active lifestyles
It’s a fun new way to tour multiple properties or your entire city in one afternoon!
If you’ve continued to look for a property in recent weeks, you’ve probably self-toured some homes in 360 degrees and watched some agent-guided video walk-throughs. Neither of these qualifies as a Live Virtual Open House. Both, however, can be included as part of the event (which is the operative word).
Live Virtual Open Houses are scheduled events. They start at specific times. They can be added to -- and launched from – your online calendar. They get streamed via ZOOM (or another platform) and feature a host who is live on location. The host presents the property to multiple remote viewers whose cameras are usually off and mics muted. This is so everyone sees only the host and the home. Viewers ask questions via Chat. The host walks through the home, answers questions and can cut to slideshows and video segments.
Live Virtual Open Houses are brand new to most of us, although they’ve been used to sell luxury properties across oceans and continents for a few years. Who knows what they’ll look like in the months to come!
Paddle boarding and kayaking are popular summer sports. You’ll see people enjoying both if you visit Summerside, an active, lakeside community located east of Highway 2 in Southeast Edmonton.
Residents here live in a resort-style environment right inside the city. They can rent boats or play tennis and volleyball at the private Summerside Beach Club. Or they can simply lounge on the beach. Those lucky enough to have landed waterfront properties can sit on their docks with their feet in the water.
This idyllic setting also features good access to the South Edmonton Common, with big box retail and movie theatres. Highway 2 is less than a minute away, taking you quickly to the Edmonton International Airport, then south to Red Deer and Calgary.
There are also great amenities and businesses very close to the community. Adjacent, you’ll find a supermarket, brew pubs, many small businesses, car and motorcycle dealerships. Most properties in Summerside are detached single family homes. There are also nice apartment- and townhome-style condos.