Real Estate Word -- Setting the Stage for a Perfect Sale December 2017   

 
Staging is all about highlighting a home’s best features in order to ensure it appeals to as wide of an audience as possible. This month's article shows why a properly staged home will sell faster and for a higher price.

Our local market update is included.  If you have any comments, or questions, we'd love to hear from you!

There’s also some great advice on how to enjoy a better night's sleep as well as a unique gift idea that helps people in need from all around the world build successful businesses.

We've included one of our families favorite recipies.  We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

As the holiday season gets into full swing, we wish for you a safe and happy holiday, safe travels, and hope you get to spend time with loved ones.  

Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general -- it'd be great to hear from you!

Best Regards,
Henry

In this issue...
November Home Sales Increase 
Home sales in Saskatoon for the month of November were up 7% compared to November of 2016 with a total of 257 residential sales. This increase could be attributed to ideal conditions for home buyers combined with impending mortgage rule changes slated for January that will affect conventional borrowers. The year to date sales however, reflected a 6% decrease with 3,287 transactions. Homes that sold between $300-500,000, made up 1,606 of the year to date sales, or roughly half of the residential sales. Although homes in this price range are the most active segment of the market place, activity in this range has declined by nearly 12% compared to the first eleven months of 2016. Sales activity for homes that sold between $750-1,000,000 remained unchanged compared to last year with a total of 45 units. Homes that sold in excess of $1,000,000 was slightly down year over year with 14 sales compared to 16 in 2016.

Home sales in the market surrounding Saskatoon showed a significant bump in activity in November with 71 transactions, or a 22% increase from November 2016. Of these sales, 34 occurred in the cities of Martensville and Warman in November, compared to 26 last November. Inventory levels also continue to be elevated in the areas and cities in the Saskatoon region where there was 926 available properties for sale at the end of November.

The number of active residential listings that were on the market at the end of November was 1,826, 8% higher than last year. The number of new listings added to the market in November was 583 compared to 652 in the same month last year. The sales to listing ratio compares the number of sales for the month, relative to the number of new listings. The sales to listing ratio for Saskatoon in November was 44.4%. In November it took an average number of 58 days for a home to sell in Saskatoon. If you are looking for a home, this is an ideal time with plenty of selection in most price ranges and areas as well as low interest rates.  As for sellers who need to sell, they need to have a true sense of the market and price accordingly to sell within the average number of days.

The average price continued to decline.  The MLS® Composite Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price continued its steady decline for several months, down by 4.05% from a year ago. The Composite HPI measures the rate of change in a benchmark price for a typical home and is the most accurate indicator of pricing direction in a market..

* Statistics received from 
Jason Yochim CAE, CRAE
Chief Executive Officer – Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS® j

A Home worth Seeing! 
This immaculately maintained & upgraded:

  • 3 bedroom (could easily be 5 bedrooms) + den,
  • 4 bathroom
  • very spacious 5 level split, 
  • over 3,000 sq.ft. of very open & bright living space 

This home is worth seeing!    Call if you need more information.   You can check out the listing here:

http://saskatoonrealestate.com/mylistings.html/details-71572753

Setting the Stage for a Perfect Sale 
You only get one chance to make a great first impression!

When you put your home on the market, your goal is to sell it quickly and for top dollar. Properly staging your home from day one will create an amazing impression that will generate a huge buzz!

Staging isn't so much an expense as it is an investment. Not only is your home likely to sell for a higher price but it will probably sell much faster which is important because homes that sit on the market can quickly lose their value.

Staging starts with an ultra clean, de-cluttered and de-personalized home. Buying a home is an emotional decision so buyers must be able to envision themselves living there which is why photographs, trophies and kids' artwork have to go.

A stager also ensures your home is inviting to buyers by enhancing the functionality and flow of each room. They can remove and store furniture so the house looks as spacious as possible and use lighting and other tricks to warm up the feel of your home. A properly staged home will also look much more appealing to those browsing online which will generate more showings.

If you want to stage your home yourself, you'll have to go beyond the basics. Start cleaning up the front yard, the porch, the garage and don’t forget the back garden. Buyers have a tough time visualizing themselves in unfurnished rooms so turn your craft room back into a bedroom or transform an awkward nook into a reading spot by setting out a comfy chair and lamp.

Great lighting will create a warm and welcoming ambience so make sure you update your light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs. Buyers will also be snooping through your cupboards and closets as storage space is often an important factor so don’t forget to stage those areas as well.

A well staged home is much more likely to make a great first impression and capture the hearts of homebuyers. Whether you pay a professional to stage your home or do the work yourself, staging is a worthwhile investment that will massively increase the odds of your home selling quickly and for top dollar.

Tired of Tossing and Turning? 
Healthy sleep habits can greatly improve our quality of life.

If all you’re dreaming of is a good night’s sleep, you’re not alone. Lack of sleep can take a massive toll on our mental and physical health. The following tips will help you get the sleep you need:

  1. It's a No-Glo - Hide all light no matter how faint and turn off your smartphone at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

  2. Chill Out & Warm Up - Keep the bedroom temperature cool and wear socks to bed to help your body evenly transfer heat to the extremities.

  3. Light Bright - Take in all the daylight you can as it changes the melatonin levels in your body which causes you to sleep better when darkness falls.

  4. Keep it Regular - Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. If you get poor sleep one night, don’t have a nap as it will affect your internal clock.

  5. Stay Fit - Exercising early in the day can help you sleep better but avoid it at night. Instead, ease muscle tension with some light, relaxing stretches before hitting the sack.

  6. No Worries - Write a to-do list before going to bed in order to flush out your thoughts and worries. Keep a journal beside your bed just in case your mind starts racing.

Lack of sleep can contribute to major physical and emotional health problems so it's important to consistently practice positive sleep habits. The above suggestions will help you peacefully drift off to sleep each night so you'll be much more energetic and productive throughout the day. Sweet dreams!

Kiva Loans: the gift that changes lives! 
This year, give a gift that keeps on giving, over and over again!
 
If you’re having trouble coming up with a unique gift for that special someone this Holiday Season, why not consider a Kiva gift card!
 
Kiva is a non-profit organization that makes it easy to lend money to low-income entrepreneurs in over 80 countries. Loans start at just $25 which goes directly towards starting a business.

The recipient goes online and chooses someone to loan the money to and once the loan has been repaid, it can be re-lent to someone else or it can simply be withdrawn. It’s a win-win scenario as not only does it help out the borrower but the lender walks away with a great feeling!

 

CHEWY GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

These chewy ginger molasses cookies are soft, sweet, and unbelievably good.

  • ½ cups butter, softened to room temperature (not melted!*)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl if need be.  Mix in the eggs (one at a time) and molasses, and beat on medium-low speed until each is combined. Gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture and beat until combined.
Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the dough (so that it’s touching the entire surface and preventing air from getting in) to completely cover it.  Then refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes, until it is completely chilled.**
Roll the dough into small balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Fill a small bowl with sugar, and roll each ball in the sugar until it is completely coated. Place on cookie sheet at least 1 inch apart, then bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the cookies begin to slightly crack on top.  (They will probably crack more while cooling.)  Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute or two. Then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.
*In order for the butter to cream well with the sugar, it truly needs to be softened to room temperature for this recipe.  If it is too hard, or too melty, the creaming process won’t work its magic and you may have flatter cookies as a result.  (Still tasty, but flatter!)
**It is essential that the dough be thoroughly chilled with this recipe before baking.  Otherwise, the dough will be soft and difficult to form into balls, and the cookies will flatten out significantly while baking.
* We use this recipie to make ice cream sandwiches with these cookies at the holiday season.  Yum!!




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