Christine Lelond Your Home Expert

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Hopefully, this will never happen to you. But, there are circumstances – a fire, for example – when you and your family would need to exit through a window.

 

It pays to be prepared for that eventuality.

 

Your first step is to determine which windows are safe to use as an exit. There should be at least one on each level.

 

The windows you select will need to provide enough space for a person to climb through (at least a 20 inch opening). Make sure everyone knows which windows are “safe exit” windows, and how to open them. Keep in mind that windows may have screens, so ensure everyone knows how to remove those as well.  

 

For a second floor window, consider purchasing a portable escape ladder. These are compact and easily stowed in a closet or under a bed. When you need it, it hangs off the sill and expands into a ladder all the way to the ground. It’s not designed for everyday use, but it will get you and your family out!

 

Rehearsal is a good idea. You want everyone to know how to get to the nearest “safe exit” window – especially in the dark.

 

Finally, keep your windows in a good state of repair. According to the National Fire Safety Association, windows should open easily for everyone, and should not have anything in front of them that will prevent or delay a quick exit.

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Congratulations to my newest VIPs’ Sandi & Wayne on your first home! 

 

After many months of searching with no success, you reached out for my help hoping to find your perfect home before the year was up.  With time very short you trusted in my advice, overcoming many obstacles, such as having to offer compete multiple times for this home, but what’s worth having is always worth fighting for. So happy for you and super proud of you for remaining committed to your goal and realizing your dream of home ownership… and with a savings of over 5% on purchase price! 

 

Thank You for choosing me as your ABR® Realtor, for your trust, commitment, efforts & friendship.  You so deserve this life milestone. Enjoy your Forest Grove, Beautiful Original Custom Home Christmas Present!!!

 

Shout out thanks to Amber Rambally, TMG for the referral & mortgage expertise AND Samuel Bergerman, BergermanSmithLLP  for your legal expertise - I couldn’t have done this without you!

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Congratulations to my newest VIP Mitch!

 

Being already late in the year when you contacted me to sell your Lawson Heights condo, time was short and market averages were against you to be sold before the end of the year.  With understanding of this challenge, you trusted my advice and I’m beyond thrilled to have beat the statistics & competition to sway a buyer your way, and with time to spare!  Thank you for choosing me as your Seller Representative Specialist.  All the best moving forward! 

 

Shout out Thanks to Aly for reaching out and Roger & Karen for the referral! 

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I have just sold a property at 304 250 Pinehouse PL in Saskatoon.
LOWEST PRICED Top Floor condo in the North End and walking distance to South Saskatchewan River. Ideally located in Lawson Heights within “The Lexington” building, this upgraded South facing unit offers a spacious floor plan tastefully painted, accented by modern fixtures and a flooring blend of laminate, linoleum and carpet throughout. Showcasing a kitchen with full height maple cabinets & granite counter tops; Luxury sized bedroom; Four piece bathroom featuring a deep relaxing soaker tub with ceiling high ceramic tile surround and a maple & granite vanity; Bonus in-suite laundry/storage room and an oversized “natural light” living room with patio doors providing access to the large balcony with classic black iron rail and open storage area. Price includes; black flat top range, hood fan, fridge & built in dishwasher, blinds, combo washer/dryer, air conditioning and 1 exclusive parking stall (visible from unit). You’ll be impressed the moment you walk in - don’t miss out on this fantastic deal!
$124,900. Lawson Heights, Saskatoon
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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” comments Jason Yochim, CEO with the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®, “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.” He adds.

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.  
- Source: December 2017 SRAR News Release 
 
Looking for sound market advice?  As REALTOR® and Nationally Accredited Buyer Representative - ABR®, Seller Representative Specialist - SRS® and Real Estate Negotiation Expert - RENE, I can provide you with this advice. Call today.

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Imagine you were selling your car, and a prospective buyer was on the way over to see it. What would you do? You would probably make your vehicle look as clean and shiny as possible, inside and out.

 

The same holds true if you’re selling your home and there’s a potential buyer on the way. You want the buyer to be wow’d by your property. Here’s a handy checklist to follow:

 

• Clean every room. Make your entire house look as “guest ready” as possible.

• As much as is feasible given the time, reduce clutter. Consider packing some items into boxes and storing them in the basement or garage.

• Get pets out of the house. You can take them for a walk, have a neighbour watch them, or take them to a good kennel.

• Turn on the lights, even during the day. You want each room to look bright.

• If there are any maintenance issues, such as a dripping faucet, let your Realtor know. Often, it’s best for buyers to be told rather than discover such issues themselves.

• Open the curtains, except in those rooms where the sun will be uncomfortably strong during the viewing.

• Move your vehicles from the driveway so the buyer can park there. (That can help them imagine living there, which is what you want!)

• Make sure your foyer is especially clean and uncluttered. It’s the first “room” the buyer visits.

• Avoid cooking just before a viewing. Even if the meal is wonderful, the aroma may linger. (Some people don’t like the smell of certain dishes, such as fish.)

• Freshen up the outdoor space. Mow the lawn. Sweep the walkway.

 

This viewing checklist will help you prepare your home quickly, so when the buyer comes in your front door, there’s a much better chance he or she will be impressed.

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