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The Best Smell to Sell!

First thing in the morning, when I park my vehicle and walk across the parking lot to my office I often catch a hint of the smell of baking coming from the local ‘Rustic Sourdough Bakery’ at the end of the block. As soon as the warm smell hits my senses I am almost compelled to go buy a cinnamon bun or fresh loaf of bread!

There is something irresistible about smelling delicious baking.

It makes us happy, nostalgic and in some cases, it can create a desire to buy your home!

Now, there are lots of foods we love, and for the most part love to smell, like coffee, bacon, garlic, sautéed onions, turkey….. but just because we love to eat them doesn’t mean smelling them in your home will help.

Our noses are highly judgemental! An article on www.everydayhealth.com tells us that “the sense of smell is the oldest, most ancient sense, and also, women have a better sense of smell than men.”

Keeping that in mind, try these smells to encourage a faster sale!

The top three smells to sell your house, in my opinion are these:

3. Apple Pie

Starting at number three, the smell of apples in pastry symbolize everything good! An apple a day, Johnny Appleseed, an apple for a school teacher, a homemade treat for a happy home; it’s just perfect!

2. Cinnamon Buns

A luscious reward for when we need a treat. A pat on the back, a shout out, a quiet nod of a job well-done, yes! Who can resist the smell of cinnamon, brown sugar and warm dough, lol!

1. Fresh Bread

Winner by a nose, and I am sure you can imagine why! The feel-good memories that come from the scent of bread in a hot oven! We imagine our grandparents kneading the dough, the apron tied just right, happy conversation and a world where everything is just right. Yes, fresh bread smells like it can make our dreams come true – and “maybe this house is just right to make our dreams come true”…. You can’t deny the connotations of fresh bread.

Excuse me now, I can’t resist running over to the bakery and satisfying a craving

Paint Colours with Pizzazz – Sell Your Home for More Money!

As I did some research last week I came across a recent CBS News ‘Moneywatch’ report which may have some information that is relevant for you if you are thinking of selling your home. The report claimed that certain colors in rooms resulted in higher sale prices on average.

Want to know what those colors are?

#1 Living Rooms of soft beige cashmere are most attractive, and who can argue with that!? The news report said that for the most money in 2017, freshen up your walls with a taupe or oatmeal, ie: something in a warm and squishy color, LOL!

#2 Kitchens featuring a light blue or soft grey gave buyers an appetite for a higher price. For that matter, blue in the bedroom also yielded similar increased values.

#3 Master Ensuites that wrap you in soft robin’s egg blue or periwinkle came out ahead! Of course, I do love a tastefully done spa-like retreat – and you know that my favorite color is purple!

When it comes to one of the easiest and least expensive improvements you can do to your home, consider updating the colors on your interior walls to help you get the most money for the least cost. If you don’t like the news recommendations, reach out and connect with me anytime for personal advice for your own home 🙂

Top 5 Things to Look for in a Rental Investment Property

Many of my clients wonder about owning revenue property. If you have equity built up in your home, this may be something you are considering too! Real estate is one of the few investments where you can borrow based on VALUE rather than physical cash!

If this is something that has crossed your mind let me go over a few checkpoints that I discuss routinely with my clients before we go on a search for the perfect income generating property.

  1. If this is your first revenue property you might find it advantageous to buy near your own home. The convenience of being able to drive by and check on your property can help with your peace of mind, and should you get that call from your tenant saying the toilet has stopped working, it’s a quick pop over to assess the damage. To ensure that you are prepared for ongoing repairs it is very important to work out the ‘cap rate’ on your house to determine what price you can pay to buy the home versus how much you can ask for rent. I have a formula for this, so just ask if you would like to know!

  2. Each dwelling is commonly referred to as a “Door”. So, if you purchase a unit in a condominium building then that’s one ‘door’. If you buy a duplex that is an up/down or side by side that can house two families then that is 2 ‘doors’. Depending on your budget you may want to consider purchasing as many doors as possible in one dwelling unit. Many investors start with a condo unit, but then may branch off into a duplex, 4-plex or six-plex. The more doors you own, the more income you can look forward to.

  3. Know WHO is going to purchase and own your investments! It is VERY important it to speak to an accountant to understand whether a revenue property should go in your personal name or corporate name and any tax implications that can affect your investment.

  4. Becoming a Landlord can be a big road block to potential owners. I get it! The horror stories around bad tenants, vacant properties, tax implications etc. Whenever we try something for the first time it can shake our nerves. But, just like starting any kind of business, investing in your own revenue properties is something to be researched, learned about, and it is of utmost importance to get professional help. An ideal resource is the Alberta Landlord’s Association ( http://albertalandlords.ca/) and whenever my clients think about moving on to this next step of property ownership, I consider it my responsibility to guide them with my own years of experience and expertise.

  5. If you think you might have enough equity in your primary residence, the first step would be to call your mortgage broker and have them go over the numbers you would need to invest. There are different benchmarks for revenue properties so find out the details before you start looking for new homes. If you need any recommendations, I am here to help!

I have owned several rental properties over the last seventeen years and if you are wondering what becoming an investor might look like for you, let’s sit down and chat over coffee.

Connect with me today, about your real estate needs for tomorrow ~

tanya@tanyaeklundgroup.ca

6 Tips to Help You Prepare for Moving Day!

Yes, it’s so much fun moving in to your dream home – but it’s also so much work! I share these tips with my clients all the time and thought you might like to get the inside scoop for your next move.

  1. Call Utilities Ahead of Time – confirm and re-confirm so that everything is ready for the transfer of accounts on your big day. In fact, consider any subscriptions you have as well such as lawn care or snow removal.
  2. Packing – Label all boxes with the ROOM they go in to. This way it won’t matter who is helping you move, all the items will be in the right place. Also, pack a big cooler with bottles of water and snacks for moving day, that way they are all in one obvious place.
  3. Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse – I know you are anxious to get in to your new property and make it your home. However, unforeseen challenges can hinder your best laid plans and possession time – so, as a rule, I always caution my Buyers about trying to move in too fast. If you have your home contents in a moving van, do not schedule it to meet you at your new home at noon on possession day! I advise to wait until you have confirmed that possession is verified, the cash for closing has arrived at the lawyers and keys have been released to you.
  4. Organize Help! If you do not hire a moving company to do the heavy listing, organize moving day help well in advance. Make sure you have a dolly, lay down cardboard over your flooring to avoid dirt and stains and definitely order in dinner!
  5. First Things First – After the house contents are all unloaded into your home, the best thing to set up first is your master bedroom bed! I highly encourage you to get your bed set up and made as soon as possible (while you have the energy) and if there are children’s beds then do those too. Believe me, you will thank me for it as you lay your head on your own pillow, tucked in to your soft cozy bed to get re-energized for the work that lies ahead tomorrow!
  6. Bonus! Who can survive a day without WIFI? Lol, DO go ahead and schedule your internet provider as soon as possible, Lord knows we can’t survive without being connected!

Fredrik Eklund and me

“TODAY IS THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE, SO LET’S GRAB THE SUCCESS. DON’T WAIT FOR IT, LIFE IS TOO SHORT.” Fredrik Eklund

My brother from another mother!

I was watching re-runs of the Bravo TV hit show, Million Dollar Listing New York, and reached out to see if Mr.Eklund would have a conversation with me since we obviously have the same name.

I thought that if we shared the same last name, there might be other similarities too! As I did some research I found a few points of interest:
How Fredrik Eklund and Tanya Eklund are similar:

I see that Fredrik studied at post-secondary but never graduated with his Economics degree. Isn’t that interesting? I also went to the University of Calgary and had intended to go into law, but as chance would have it, I found real estate and didn’t finish my degree either!

Fredrik has the largest real estate brokerage on the East Coast and also started the top-selling team at Elliman.

I have been fortunate to belong to the #1 Re/max office (Re/max Real Estate Central) in the whole world for the past eighteen years AND in 2016 I had the #1 Team – fingers crossed for this year as well!

The Tanya Eklund Group is the #2 Re/max team in all of Calgary and #9 in Western Canada.

In real estate, Fredrik has worked with Cameron Diaz, John Legend and Daniel Craig. He is definitely an agent to the celebrities!
Now, Calgary doesn’t come close to New York, but if you are looking for an amazing celebrity owned home, right now I can offer you golf-pro, Stephen Ames’ home – For Sale at $5,999,900.00!  Once I also showed homes to actor John Heard who played the father in Home Alone.

I noticed that Fredrik has his own song, the Single is called “It Gets Better,” which isn’t too bad! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/it-gets-better-single/id1246710242

I don’t have my own song, but an all-time favorite is Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison. If you drop in to my office you may be surprised to hear my signature orangutan impression or a short Disney rendition of the The Little Mermaid, which I love to sing to my two sweet daughters.

I am still waiting to see if Mr. Eklund will respond to my request for a phone call, if I break through I will let you know!

5 Tips for a Stylish Backyard Soirée

Create a ‘fun in the sun’ atmosphere in your own backyard with these five tips, just what you need for summer entertainment!

1 – Guest List – Don’t be afraid to shake up your usual guest list with a few new friends or clients, often the happy casual atmosphere is just the place to get to know others better. Sprinkle in a few extroverts who love to be the life of the party and make sure to set up food and beverage stations that keep the guests mingling from one end of the yard to the other. You don’t want the shy lawyer getting comfortable in one corner of the yard with no chance of bumping into the single ladies!

2- Hire Help – You don’t have to spend the evening running around like a chicken with your head cut off! Hire a couple servers (they can be nieces or nephews who would like to earn a few extra dollars) to stay on top of food trays, gathering bottles/cans and taking out garbage. This leaves you free to mingle, relax and get the most out of visiting at your event!

3- Signature Summer Cocktail – Most of my friends know that I don’t drink, so I like to provide a non-alcoholic version of a special beverage. A beautiful option that tastes delish is a punch bowl filled with ginger ale and your favorite flavour of sherbert – lime, strawberry, orange – it creates a bubbly, frothy display and tastes amazing!
For the palette that desires an adult cocktail, offer a summer Pimm’s Cup with fresh strawberries and cucumber. It is simple too, made with ginger ale, Pimm’s No.1 and fruit!

4- Use Nature to Decorate – Just the reason you needed to spoil yourself with fresh florals! I love any excuse for fresh flowers and natural accents. Last year for my birthday, my husband, Chad, bought me a subscription to a bouquet of flowers every month – now that’s true love!
If the weather is hot and sunny consider putting up a fabric gazebo to provide some shade when needed. If you expect your quests to stay into the evening put out a basket of cozy blankets to keep the chill off.

5 – Party favours – Any good party host will want their guests to take away a goody bag of memories, but what to give that won’t break the bank? Last year, after throwing a stampede event I opted for colorful potted flowers with a mini ‘For-Sale’ sign that said thank you!

 

BONUS TIP! Music sets the mood!
I have always been a fan of supporting local talent and for the past two years I have hired country music artist, Lindsey Ell, to perform at my backyard parties. It gives me a chance to share this Alberta born talent with my friends and clients, and it gives my guests quality entertainment and a bit of celebrity! It’s a win/win!

CTV News Interview

When our local news station wants to talk about getting your home sold, I am happy to share my thoughts on staging to get the results you want. On this day, we discussed the importance of staging and the key factor it plays in giving potential purchasers that ‘feeling’ they are looking for when deciding to make an offer.

From elementary options like cleaning, de-cluttering and artwork, to full -service staging, you will love these examples. Notice the difference in the before/after pictures! Click on the image below to see the clip!

 

 

How to Choose Your Perfect Retirement Home!

Finally, all those years of hard work have paid off and you are at the point of choosing where you want to live for your retirement! Just like making choices around work and family, now is the time for your choices around comfort and convenience.

I am not one of those who believe that being over 55 years means a sedentary existence. Some of our greatest business leaders and inventors have found their entrepreneurial riches after leaving their long-time career!

I think of Colonel Saunders whose restaurant chains took off in his later years; the famous Zagat restaurant reviews were founded by a husband and wife who had retired together and loved to go out to dine, and there are so many more examples – maybe you are one yourself!

Here are my top three questions for making your retirement choices when you are ready:

  • Could condo ownership afford you a carefree lifestyle?
  • How many family members are coming for holidays?
  • What would you like to live close to that would enhance your lifestyle?

When you are looking forward to making these lifestyle choices, reach out to me so I can search out the perfect retirement home for you!

Connect with me today, about your real estate needs for tomorrow ~