Surprising Ways Buyers Find Homes

 

Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy? You might imagine them driving by a  “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for sale in the newspaper and then calling to enquire. Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way.

 

But according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are many surprising ways buyers find their home:


  • 88% of buyers use a real estate agent to find their home.

  • 90% of buyers use online resources at some part of their home buying process. In particular, viewing the MLS listing on their agent's website.

  • 69% of buyers use specific search terms in a search engines, such as Google or Bing. An example search term in the Greater Vancouver real estate market would be “West Vancouver homes for sale”.

  • Surprisingly, only 29-46% of buyers will attend an Open House as part of their home buying activities.

 

Overall, the research proves that buyers utilize a multitude of ways — combining online and offline methods — to find their home. 

What tips does this research provide to Home Sellers?

It means that if you’re preparing your home for sale, you need to ensure your agent's marketing plan takes into account all the ways buyers are finding properties — so you can be sure that they will find yours.

 

Looking for a REALTOR® who knows how to market your home for maximum exposure? Call today. 

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Moving to a new home may be very exciting, but the first couple of weeks will be a little weird and uncomfortable for sure. It will take some time for you to start feel at home in the new place, that is inevitable. Still, you can do some things to speed up the process. Here are a few tips for you on how to get settled and feel more at ease despite the plenty of removal boxes you will have to deal with.


1. First thing’s first - kids' rooms

If your kids have a collection of items that they love very much, make sure that they will be moved into your new home safe and sound. To prevent your children from focusing on the discomforting and unknown atmosphere, let them arrange their rooms by themselves. A whole day of unpacking and putting their favourite collections in order will give them a sense of comfort and make them forget that they’ve just moved into a new place. Everyone feels at home when surrounded by their beloved items and souvenirs.


2. Get snug

The comfort of your bedroom is what can really help you feel settled. One of the first things to do after the removal is to take out your clean and cosy bedding. Nothing can be more comforting and relaxing than your old and familiar sheets, pillows and duvets. Getting a long and nice sleep in your precious bed will surely ease the stress of the relocation. Maybe just a night will not be enough for you and your entire family to “switch” between houses, but things will get better with every day that passes.


3. Keep your normal routine

If you or some of your family members is used to drop their personal possessions in the same space, you can easily transfer this space into the house you just moved into. In case you have used a box or some bins for your wallets and keys, get them with you and use them in the new place. Use the same hooks to hang bags, scarves, coats, etc. They will work very well for you to quickly get homey and will not change your routine.


4. Ensure there are well-known sounds and views

That aged cuckoo clock that has been singing every half an hour for years in your previous home may do a great job in creating a more domestic ambience. Тhe familiar sound of a clock or the view of a piece of art with high sentimental value will truly make you feel at home. Bring your memories through the front door of your new place by installing your well known valuable works of art.


5. Cook something aromatic

Yes, the moving day was probably long and exhausting, but a tasty dinner and a bottle of your favourite wine may be just what you and your family need to get comfortable on your new address. A heated kitchen filled with nice smells will surely summon your most beloved people and help them forget about the physical and emotional luggage they will have to handle in the next several weeks.

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Are condominiums the right homes for seniors? The answer is predictably ‘sometimes." As a long time expert in Kitslano real estate, I have helped many seniors relocate into a home that meets their needs in form and function. The key to doing so successfully is being aware that seniors are as diverse a group as they come, and what works for one may not be the perfect fit for another. Luckily, condominiums can be diverse too, especially in sparkling Vancouver! With a wide variation in amenities, services, and communities, the right condo can be a great option. If you or a senior you care about is pondering a move to a condominium, take a look at these tips designed to help with the decision.

 

First, what is a condominium? Well, a condo is a property that exists in a larger complex of properties, but each property is owned individually. This means that you can have the convenience of an apartment without having the hassle of renting, a lease and a landlord. Having control over one’s property can be a comfort, not to mention the financial asset of owning a home. Condo owners are usually responsible for the maintenance of their own properties as a result of their ownership, so keep maintenance needs in mind when shopping. While residents are largely free to do what they wish with their property, there are often administrative bodies within condo complexes that establish some rules in an effort to maintain the overall property values, and keep everyone living in harmony.

 

Something else to consider is whether or not you desire a yard or garden. While some side by side properties could be considered condominiums, a majority of condos are apartment block style and will at most have a balcony or deck for private outdoor space. Of course, no yard means no yard work, which is very handy for seniors who are tired of time consuming and sweaty outdoor maintenance. If you aren’t sure you’re ready to give up a pleasant outdoor space, try looking for a condo that has a communal lawn, garden or courtyard that is maintained for the residents. This will present the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without all of the work.

 

Speaking on communal spaces, there are lots of social advantages to moving into a condo. A fall or sudden illness when isolated can be terrifying, so from a safety standpoint having neighbours very nearby can save a small accident from becoming a real ordeal. Many condo complexes even limit their residents to people who are over fifty years old, helping to build a greater sense of community amongst neighbours who are likely to have things in common. A fifty plus condo complex with plenty of amenities and communal spaces could be a great way to make friends and socialize.

 

Complexes that cater to seniors have other advantages as well. Many complexes offer shuttle service, housekeeping, and/or organized activities for their residents. This not only helps build on the community aspect of condo living, but ensures that their residents can remain in their homes independently for as long as possible. They also have a high level of accessibility, meaning that seniors won’t lose access to their homes if their health suffers.

 

I hope this advice on condominiums helps you to make the right decision and get the property that fits just right.

 

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