teamW Real Estate Word -- Summer is Here! July 2010   

Hi Paul,

Happy belated Canada Day - Proud to be Canadian!

It appears summer is finally here, hooray!  We do hope that you enjoy the fine weather and company.

Deciding whether or not to sell your current home before buying a new one can be tough.  Our first article explores the pros and cons of each option.

Backyard BBQs are a great way to unite friends and family!  Our second article shares some BBQ safety tips to help ensure everyone has a great time.

Many of you take vacations this time of year so our third article offers some tips on how to "Go Green" while on holiday.

Currently the market appears soft and there is no consistency in the activity, however there is still business to be had.  Should you, or your visitors, have any real estate needs or questions during the summer do not hesitate to contact us - we are around - why go anywhere else?

Thanks for checking out our newsletter.  We'd love to hear from you and we are please remember we are never too busy for your referrals - our business depends on it!

Rudi & Trish

In this issue...
Buying First vs. Selling First - What's Your Best Option? 
Buying a home can be an emotional roller coaster but when you buy your second home, there’s twice as much to consider!  You now have to decide whether to sell your existing home first or risk carrying two homes at once.

Selling first means you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be able to put towards your next home.  It also allows you to present a much stronger offer as it won't be conditional on the sale of your current home.  Finally, selling first helps eliminate the perception of desperation that both buyers and agents can sometimes feel.

Once your home sells, the clock starts ticking.  You'll have a limited amount of time to find the right home.  You don't want to overpay or settle for anything less than what you want & need so you may have to be somewhat flexible when it comes to dates.  Remember that location can't be changed , however most other things can!

If you’re looking for something very specific that only comes up once in a while, you may have to buy first and then arrange a longer closing to allow time for your home to sell.  To avoid carrying both homes at once, make sure your current home is priced competitively from the very start in order to generate maximum interest.

Local market conditions can determine the best option.  We currently have more of a buyer’s market where there’s selection.  Generally we suggest clients sell first so you have a bit of breathing room.  In a seller’s market where good homes are hard to find and sell quickly, it’s preferable to buy first in order to lock down your dream home!

There’s no right answer when it comes to buying or selling first as it depends on your personal circumstances.  Regardless of your situation though, it's important to seek professional advice from a knowledgeable, local real estate agent, as well as your lender, as market conditions & interest rates can change & you need to be able to make informed decisions.

Leave Your Footprints on the Beach, Not the Planet 
If you’re vacationing this summer, you'll find it's easy to be environmentally friendly even while you’re away.  Here are some simple ideas to consider:

  1. Picture This - Take digital pictures and write a journal or scrap book to remember your trip.

  2. Fill Up - Use refillable water bottles instead of buying plastic bottles that end up in landfills.

  3. Buy Local - Purchase souvenirs from local artisans instead of mass produced, throwaway stuff.

  4. Eat Local - To fully appreciate the area you’re visiting, take in the local fare -- it usually tastes much better anyway!

  5. Conserve Energy - Avoid having your towels and linens replaced each day and turn off lights, the A/C and TV when you're not around.

  6. Trains, Planes & Automobiles - Trains are a great way to enjoy local scenery plus they're environmentally friendly.  If you rent a car, consider a hybrid.

Tourists often leave huge carbon footprints behind but there are ways to minimize the environmental impact.  Now you can enjoy your vacation knowing that you've done your part for the planet!

Fire Up the 'Cue, Not the Yard! 
There’s nothing quite like the mouth-watering aroma of a backyard BBQ!  Here are a few BBQ safety tips so that your food sizzles -- not your yard!

  1. Light Up - Always light a gas BBQ with the lid open.  If it doesn't ignite right away, turn the valves off and wait a minute before retrying.

  2. Pests' Nests - Insect nests are the number one cause of BBQ fires so make sure you regularly clean out the tubes to prevent blockages.

  3. Keep Back - Position the grill at least ten feet from the house, garage, trees or other combustible materials.  Keep kids and pets well away at all times.

  4. Roll Up Your Sleeves - Make sure apron strings, scarves and other clothes don’t dangle over the grill and always use long handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.

  5. Turn It Off - Always remember to turn the gas off at both the grill and tank as soon as you’ve finished cooking.  (Don't leave it overnight as RRW has in the past!)

  6. Rising Heat & Raw Meat - Use separate utensils for raw & cooked meat & always use a fresh plate for cooked food.

Now that the safety stuff’s done, it’s time to think food!  Why not tantalize your taste buds this year by creating some new BBQ recipes.  Grilled fruit with a side of ice cream is an excellent way to top off a backyard feast!

PS Are you tired of scouring the paper & MLS sites looking for homes or keeping in touch with market conditions?  Sit back, relax and let me do the work for you!  Just visit my website ( and check off the features you're looking for.  Whenever a home matching your criteria, it'll be automatically flagged and emailed to you so you'll never have to worry about missing your dream home (the system will also record price changes and sales).  This service is free and there's no obligation!  Click here (visit and click on the Automatic Home Search tab) to get started.

Not meant to solicit clients already under contract.