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How to Host a Successful Open House

If you have been thinking about listing your home or already have it on the real estate market, then you know the importance of an open house.  A successful open house will not only generate interest in your home, it should attract a wide range of buyers and sell your home faster and at market value.  As the premier agent for all your Vernon real estate needs, I would like to share the following ways to make your next open house a successful one.

Spread the Word

A successful open house starts with an advertising campaign that gets the word out to as many people as possible. The key to reaching a large audience is using a wide range of advertising techniques.  These mediums should include:

  • Word of mouth – spread the word to all your social circles and colleagues. Let them know the date, time and location.
  • Post signs – post flyers around your neighbourhood and on busy intersections near your home to attract passersby.
  • Social media and internet – use your Twitter and Facebook account to stir up interest. Advertise your open house on your online listing portfolio as well as other real estate pages.

Give your Home that Extra Touch

Well-staged and clean home is a must if you want to generate interest and attract potential buyers.  However, beyond this there are some extra touches that you can provide that will only add to the success and the ambiance of your next open house.  These include:

  • Add a centerpiece to your dining room table and fill some vases with flowers and put them in your kitchen and bathroom. This will add colour as well as class to your display.
  • Move the vehicles out of your driveway and if possible, keep the street parking in front of your home open as well. This will provide plenty of close parking for visitors and add another layer of convenience to your open house.
  • Turn on all the lights in your home and open curtains and blinds. The better lit your home is, the larger it will appear.

Provide Added Details

A great way to keep your property fresh in the minds of a potential buyer and differentiate your open house from others is to provide a full colour brochure that highlights your home’s key selling features as well as some important information about your home.  This information should include:

  • The year your home was built and the contractor or builder responsible.
  • The total square footage as well as square footage for each room.
  • Any major renovations that you or a contractor have done to your home.

These helpful tips will help you draw a wide range of buyers and stir up awareness in your home. If you are interested in other ways to create a successful open house or are looking at listing your home on the Vernon real estate market, please contact me today.  I would love to be a part of your sales team and look forward to working with you soon.

 

Home Design Trends for 2019

There is something about storing away the Christmas decorations and returning my home to a state of minimalism post-the holidays that always triggers an urge to update a room or two (okay, or the whole house!). Along with the New Year come new home design trends, and I’ve compiled a few of my favorite cosmetic style changes that you can seamlessly bring into your space without full renovation.

1. Out with the new, bring in the “Vintage”
This particular trend is nothing new, as Turkish and oriental rugs have been in decorative use for ages. However, while the classic geometrics we are used to seeing won’t be going anywhere, more simple woven textiles are becoming increasingly popular. Look for the minimal weave and design of flatweave Kilim rugs to add style without overwhelming a neutral space, as well as the clean stripes and lines on hmong fabrics for beautiful throws and pillow covers.

2. The Future of White
There is something to be said for the lovely simplicity of white walls. While providing a shade for everyone’s tastes, the white palate is simultaneously bright, clean, and easy to blend with most home styles. I don’t believe this trend is going anywhere soon, however what 2019 will bring is more experimenting with darker tones, particularly in kitchens and accent walls. Deep, earthy tones look beautiful on cabinetry and behind open shelving, particularly when combined with natural wood tones.

3. It’s only Natural
Though it seems like only yesterday that we saw the near disappearance of chrome and silver and the arrival of brass, I am told that this year will bring with it the arrival of more natural materials for fixtures within the home. The organic texture of concrete and other stone lend themselves beautifully to light fixtures and storage containers, and the warm tones in copper offer timeless elegance when used for knobs and pulls.

I hope something on this list sparks your interest, or at least spurs some online shopping! Check back next month for a list of my favorite trends in home design, the renovation version.

For a full analysis of the best items to focus on for resale for your home in the coming year to increase the value upon sale by up to 5%, give your local real estate professional a call or give us a shout. Salt Fowler Team at 250-549-7258 or webinfo@saltfowler.com

Just Released!!  Our North Okanagan Lakefront Properties Update! 

Just Released!!  Our North Okanagan Lakefront Properties Update! Here is a preview of our Lakefront Properties folder featuring homes and lots for sale and sold on Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan Lakes.  This folder will be mailed out to all lakefront owners in the next 10 days!  If you are interested in selling your home and having it advertised in this popular marketing piece, please let us know!  We would be happy to feature your Lakefront home/strata/lot here.  Contact the Salt Fowler Team at 250-549-SALT (7258) or visit our website for more options for North Okanagan Lakefront for sale at www.OkanaganWaterfront.com.

For those living in the Bella Vista Homes watch your mailboxes!

For those living in the Bella Vista Homes watch your mailboxes! This is going to be delivered via Canada Post direct to your home very soon. If you find your contact info is incorrect please do let us know and we are happy to update this for you.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Salt Fowler Team at RE/MAX Vernon at 250-549-SALT (7258) or webinfo@saltfowler.com, your Bella Vista homes specialists! We offer FREE Market Evaluations on all Vernon Real Estate!

Monthly Market Update for January 2019

This North Okanagan Real Estate Update covers the areas of:  Vernon, Coldstream, Falkland, Armstrong, Enderby and Lumby.

Updated Stats for Residential Homes in the North Okanagan:

Sell/Inventory Ratio:   

18.31%  (this is how much of what is currently on the market sold last month)

Days to Sell:  

101 (how many days on average it is taking to sell a home)

Avg. Sale Price:  

$483,059 (averages can be skewed by a few really high, or really low $$ sales)

Median Sale Price:  

$462,000 (the exact middle sale price of every residential property sold last month)

Waterfront Home Sales: 

2 waterfront homes sold year to date (equal to last year, same time period)

North Okanagan overall statistics:

Total Units that were newly LISTED (and active on the market) during each of the past 3 months:

Nov:   218

Dec:   121

Jan:    245

Total Units SOLD (all property types including raw land and commercial) during each of the past 3 months:

Nov:    147

Dec:    111

Jan:     105

Wrap Up:

Sellers:  January often brings a small wave of new listings, as sellers decide to put their homes on the market in anticipation of a move in the New Year. This month was no different, as we saw nearly double the amount of new listings this month than in December of 2018. More homes means more competition for you as sellers, so this is a great time to sit down with your agent to determine if your home is priced to sell in this climate.  This more balanced market can create challenges for selling in your desired time frame.

Buyers: A large amount of new listings have hit the market in the New Year, which is good news for you as buyers. The increased inventory alongside decreased sales puts you in a unique position to make competitive offers. However, buyers and sales will increase as spring draws near, so waiting too long for a reduction in price on your dream home could mean losing it to a quicker offer. Further – with interest rates continuing to rise in the New Year, now may be the best time to lock in a lower payment.  Make sure to enlist the help of a mortgage professional in order to secure the best rate.

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Please feel free to Contact Us Anytime:  Lisa, Gord, Glenn, Alex, Joanne, Greg, Avrill, Christie and Bryan of the Salt Fowler Team, RE/MAX Vernon – specializing in North Okanagan and Vernon BC Real Estate.

Just Released!!  Our Kalview Area Market Update for February! 

Just Released!!  Our Kalview Area Market Update for February!  Here is a preview of our folder featuring homes and lots for sale and sold in the popular Kalview area of Coldstream BC.  This folder will be mailed out in the next 10 days!  If you are interested in selling your home and having it advertised in this popular marketing piece, please let us know!  We would be happy to feature your Kalview, Coldstream Real Estate here!  Contact the Salt Fowler Team at 250-549-SALT (7258) or visit our website to view thousands of Vernon homes for sale online all in one place at www.KalviewHomes.com.

For those living in the Middleton Mountain, watch your mailboxes!

For those living in the Middleton Mountain, watch your mailboxes! This is going to be delivered via Canada Post direct to your home very soon. If you find your contact info is incorrect please do let us know and we are happy to update this for you.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Salt Fowler Team at RE/MAX Vernon at 250-549-SALT (7258) or webinfo@saltfowler.com, your Kalview homes specialists! We offer FREE Market Evaluations on all Vernon Real Estate!

Enjoy this sneak preview of our Predator Ridge folder

Enjoy this sneak preview of our Predator Ridge folder featuring Resale Homes in the beautiful and serene Predator Ridge community that will be sent out in the next 10 days!  If you are interested in selling your home and having it advertised in this popular marketing piece, please let us know!  We would be happy to feature your Predator Ridge home here!  Contact the Salt Fowler Team at 250-549-SALT (7258) or visit our website for more info on Predator Ridge as well as thousands of other Vernon BC homes for sale at www.PredatorHomes.com.

Just Released!!  Our Foothills Area Market Update for February! 

Just Released!!  Our Foothills Area Market Update for February!  Here is a preview of our Foothills folder featuring homes and lots for sale and sold in the fabulous Foothills area in Vernon BC.  This folder will be mailed out in the next 10 days!  If you are interested in selling your home and having it advertised in this popular marketing piece, please let us know!  We would be happy to feature your Foothills, Vernon Real Estate here!  Contact the Salt Fowler Team at 250-549-SALT (7258) or visit our website to view thousands of homes for sale online all in one place at www.Foothills.info.

Tips for Taking the Perfect Home Listing Photos

A successful listing that generates a wide range of interested buyers and gets full market value is more than just open houses and private showings.  A strong online portfolio, complete with photographs that capture your home’s selling features is a necessity.  As the premier agent for all your Vernon real estate needs, I would like to share the following tips on how to take perfect pictures of your home that will attract buyers and make it stand out in any online listings site.

Let There Be Light

If you do not have additional light sources such as strobes or flashes, you are going to need to take full advantage of the available natural light sources.  Some tips on shooting with natural light include:

  • Never shoot into the light as it will blur or make the room look dark because of how bright it is outside.
  • Try to photograph rooms using early morning or late afternoon light as it is a little softer.
  • Stand by the window and shoot into the room. If you want to showcase both the room and your window, it is better to split them into two separate photos to avoid shadows, or washed out images.
  • Find the perfect light/colour balance by turning off all the lights in your home and just use the natural window light. Natural light will give your photos the cool, crisp blue hue, while the lamp light will give your photos more of an orange colour.

The Right Tool

If you are thinking that you can capture all the selling features in your home with your phone, you may want to rethink that strategy.  Effective listing photos make each room or area appear bigger which will catch any prospective buyer’s eyes.  To properly do this, you need a wide angle lens and unfortunately phones do not have this option.  You can, however, purchase attachable lenses that will give your phone the same capabilities of a wide-angle lens.

Enlist your Agent

Finding the right real estate agent may be the most important decision that you make when it comes to selling your home and getting full market value.  The right agent can also help you with your home listing photos.  They know what homebuyers are looking for and how to capture the images that are guaranteed to catch the eye of any interested customer.

Using visuals as well as strategic social media listings will draw a wide range of interest to your home.  Well shot listing photos will not only inspire and motivate, they will also sell your home faster.  If you are interested in other photography tips or would like to see some of the new and exciting listings available in Vernon’s real estate market, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.