How Will Your Property For Sale in Vancouver  Stand Out?

When you’re about to sell your home, it may be disheartening to see so many other properties for sale in your neighbourhood. You may be thinking, “That’s a lot of competition! Will our property get noticed?”


Fortunately, there are many proven strategies for standing out in a sea of For Sale signs.



First of all, keep in mind that many home purchasers come from the REALTOR’S personal network of buyers who want to move into your area. So, choosing the right REALTOR® is crucial.


Curb Appeal is Key to Selling Your Home

Second, remember that when there are other properties for sale on your street, curb appeal becomes even more important. There are many simple things you can do to make your property look great to those driving around looking at homes. Make sure your property looks as picture perfect as possible.


In a competitive market, it’s also more important than ever to highlight features of your home that are unique and enticing. If, for example, you have a large backyard deck and brand new hardwood flooring, make sure these are mentioned prominently on the feature sheet.


Show Your Home as Often as Possible

Finally, be as flexible as you can be when scheduling viewings and open houses. Don’t forget that other listed properties in your neighbourhood draw in buyers, who may notice your home. It’s not uncommon for a buyer to view a property and then scout the neighbourhood. So, you want buyers to be able to see your home on short notice and at a convenient time for them. If there are several other nearby properties for sale, it means things are hot from a real estate point of view. You want to roll out the red carpet to buyers.


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How Long Does It Take to Find the Perfect Home?

Figuring out how much time you should spend viewing properties for sale is a little like asking, “How long should I spend trying on shoes?”


The answer seems obvious: As long as it takes to make a decision!



Buying a home is significantly more complex than purchasing shoes – and the stakes are higher, too! You need to make sure you have all the information necessary to confidently make the best decision.


There are basically three stages to viewing a property:

  1. Macro
  2. Micro
  3. Professional

The Macro Stage of Viewing a Property

When you view a home on a macro basis, you’re looking at it from an overall perspective. For example, you may do a general walk-through to get a first impression and determine if the property has the basic features you need, such as the number of bedrooms and the size of the backyard.


Macro viewing is often the fastest stage in the viewing process and can sometimes take just a few minutes.

If you like what you see, then it’s onto the micro stage.


The Micro Stage of Viewing a Property

At this stage, you take a closer look at the details of the property. You might, for example, spend extra time in the master bedroom imagining how your furniture would look and fit. The micro stage takes longer simply because the home is now on your shortlist. You’re interested and are considering making an offer.


The Professional Stage of Viewing a Property

Finally, the professional stage involves getting a qualified home inspector to go over the property with a fine-tooth comb. That typically occurs after you’ve made an offer.


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If you are like the majority, chances are that you will try to do two things simultaneously when it comes to your property. This means that you will try to sell your current home and buy a new one at the same time. While this may work for some people, it certainly does not apply to everyone. Consider the following advantages to see if selling your home before buying a new one is the best option for you.

Advantage 1: Stronger position to buy

If you have the money in the bank and/or a pre-approved mortgage, this would place you as a stronger buyer. Moreover, it provides a stronger motivation to buy. The seller from whom you want to buy would prefer stronger buyers like you as well. If you are trying to sell before you buy, you would make yourself less attractive your seller, who is likely to find undesirable the fact that their sale is dependent upon yours.

Advantage 2: Remain in control of your own sale

Without the pressure of the needing to make a quick sale, you will be unlikely to sell cheaply your old home. Furthermore, you can survey the market and set the best (highest) price for your property, as well as showcase the home in its best condition.

Advantage 3: Time on your side

Many people feel rushed when trying to purchase new properties when their old homes are on the sale line. With no pressure to sell, you can take the time to browse the listings and tour houses at your leisure. Moreover, you can take the time to reorganize your priorities and set out of a list of criteria your new buy should fulfill before venturing out to tackle the listings.

Advantage 4: Showcase the home better to potential buyers

While working in Kitsilano real estate, I've learned that people like to envision their new home with their own things. Without your own furniture and belongings cluttering the space, it makes it easier for potential buyers to envision their happy lives with their own things.

Advantage 5: Stronger negotiation position

If you are not in a rush to buy, you allow yourself a peace of mind which places you in a better position to contemplate all of the pros and cons of a potential buy. This will also strengthen your negotiation with the seller. As well, they will be more convinced to sell if they know they will not have to enter a property chain with you.

We all have specific needs we wish to meet when purchasing or selling Kitsilano real estate. Here’s to hoping you will find the estate of your dreams right here in beautiful Kitsilano. For help on finding the perfect home for you and your family, please refer to our listings

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