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Congratulations to my newest VIP Nikesh on your 1st home purchase!!! 


When your family member brought to my attention that you were having a hard time maneuvering within the fast paced, ever changing world of real estate… always finding out you were too late for every property you had interest in, no matter how fast you acted.  It was clear to me immediately that (a) you definitely needed my #ABR®  help and (b) I knew exactly what to do ….aaaand since this Blog is all about your successful 1st home purchase - my help was spot on!  Buuutttt, you and I both know that it wasn’t that simple and that this home purchase was an almost WASN’T from day one being it was out of your purchase price range.  BUT, you did hire ME to help, soooo after convincing you of why you should definitely see this property, knowing it was absolutely TOTALLY PEFECT for you, , you fell in love and wrote your best offer ….which was totally refused by the seller. Disappointed, but accepting, you had to walk away feeling like a property like this within the much desirable Holliston sub-area would never be a reality for you…..but my never give up #RENE skills kicked in and I continued to fight for your price outside of the timed negotiation window….which a few days later, much to your complete shock  and utmost happiness, I was FINALLY successful..upon which then saying to you, “QUICK, sign here ✍️ …before the Seller changes their mind!!!!”  


Thanks so much for choosing me to be your #ABR® #RENE #Realtor® and trusting me to be your real estate guide on your first home purchasing experience. This house was meant to be yours and I wish you nothing but the utmost enjoyment as you embark on your new home ownership experience.  Always here to help you and anyone you know who needs real estate help. Cheers!


Shout out to the one & only Sam Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP for helping another of my clients by providing his exceptional legal expertise.  

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I have listed a new property at 55 Government RD in Prud'homme.
Classic, Perfect & Adorable Country Town Home; complete with white picket fenced veranda. This cozy character 1½ storey with eye catching curb appeal features extensive recent & ongoing upgrades. A naturally bright main floor has upgraded textured hardwood throughout the spacious living room & formal dining area with stylish accent lighting & floating shelves. Newly refinished white country style kitchen with laminate flooring, dual sink, stainless steel appliances & accent move-able island is an ideal cooking space. Pamper yourself in the luxurious bathroom with timeless lighting, a Carrara marble island, tile shower/bath with built in shelf & tile ‘ in floor’ electric heat that's conveniently located across from the large master bedroom with built in desk & shelving. The 2nd level has been structurally re-enforced & reconfigured from original build for more spacious & functional living includes 2 additional bedrooms with 12mm vinyl plank flooring & bathroom with tile shower, marble vanity & industrial tile flooring. There’s a convenient foyer off kitchen with outside access and a laundry/mudroom with direct entry to the attached garage with access to a back yard area ideal for a future deck/patio. Sitting on a 6500sqft private landscaped lot with oversized garden, mature trees including cherry, plum & newly planted cedars, multiple bushes including raspberry, blueberry, purple lilac & yellow rose also juniper plants, a strawberry patch & lily of the valley perennials. For storage needs; a functional dry crawl style basement and attached & detached sheds. Additional upgrades; Suspended HI furnace(reducing insurance costs) & water heater, upgraded sewer & plumbing that included plex water lines, electrical update including plugs & switches, tin roof sections, side siding, windows & doors (interior/exterior with front keyless entry). Direct Bus service to Vonda École Providence (10min) & Aberdeen Composite School (20min). 35 minutes NE of Saskatoon & NW of Humboldt.
$99,900MLS. Prud'homme
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When you’re selling your home, you want it to look its best. You want buyers who view it to say, “Wow, I love this place!” However, what if you have a stubborn stain in the carpet, or a cracked floor tile? An unsightly issue like that can be distracting in your otherwise beautiful property.


You have a few options.


First, try to get the issue fixed. There are specialty cleaners on the market designed to lift even the most stubborn carpet stains.


The same goes for hardwood and tile. A flooring contractor might be able to find a matching piece and then replace the damaged section. Contractors also know other tricks-of-the-trade to repair damaged flooring or, at least, minimize the damage. For example, there are fillers and stains available that can make a crack or chip in a hardwood plank look almost invisible.


Home staging can also make damaged flooring less of a focal point in the room. An effective arrangement of furniture, area rugs, and other items puts more of the focus on the overall decor and less on that carpet stain.


In addition, making other more affordable improvements, such as painting, can have a compensatory effect. A buyer may notice the chipped hardwood, but will also notice the walls, which look like new.

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Congratulations to my newest VIPs’ Tyler and Vance on purchasing your 1st home!!! 


It was a bit of a slower beginning, your decision to enter the world of home ownership, but once made you guys took no time at all in finding the ideal starter and future investment home that fit your individual needs perfectly!     The stage was set for the perfect deal to unfold….but as soon as we started tough choices had to be made and made very quickly, of which continued all throughout the deal with the final and toughest choice having to be made, with time against you and the clock ticking down before this property would have been lost to another buyer. ⏲    I knew this house was meant to be yours and I just happen to have a never give up fighting attitude so despite the odds and the hour when all was lost the needed miracle was found!!!  With a mere 24 minutes to spare until midnight, your contract expiration deadline, I was un-breakably able to ABR® SOLD secure this property into your hands.    


Thanks so much for trusting me to guide you through this.  It was great working with you both and my pleasure to represent you as your #ABR® #RENE #Realtor® on your very first home purchasing experience.  Super glad it all worked out and beyond excited for you to begin your home ownership experience!!!  Always know I’m here to help you, your friends and family whenever you need for years to come.


LOUD Shout out to the BOMB Chelsey Limay, Pro-Link Mortgages who ROCKED IT! ; Working late & Fighting hard, along side, for this result - who without, this would not have been possible and BIG THANKS to my VIP Joey for boasting my services and referring me….as promised so delivered. and additional Thanks to the awesome Samuel Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP for making it legal!  ✋  

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Although the August real estate market appears to be slowing down compared with June and July, we still see signs of strength. Across the province, year-over-year sales were up over 46% from August of last year (and up over 14% year-to-date), new listings were up nearly 5% year-over-year (but down just over 9% year-to-date), and the median sale price was up over 7% (up 0.2% year-to-date). Inventories were also down in 18 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks. This suggests that people are still quite eager to buy and are continuing to find value in real estate.


“While there have been some COVID outbreaks across the province, the number of cases has been pretty small” said SRA CEO Jason Yochim, “and this doesn’t seem to have turned people off from buying and selling real estate.” The fact that we had two months of slow activity and that “we’ve almost made up all of that lost ground is simply amazing,” said Yochim.


Median sales prices were up in 14 of the 19 markets that the SRA tracks (with Yorkton and the broader region seeing the strongest declines), while the number of sales in all markets jumped anywhere from just under 4% to close to 226% (except for in Melfort, which saw sales fall 10%). Again, this strong performance suggests that the sector has recovered from the devastation of the pandemic and that real estate is quite resilient.


June’s and July’s strong performance suggested that August would also be a strong month. As children start returning to school in September and the weather starts to get colder, however, we expect activity to slow down and fall off into Q4.


“August tends to be when things start to slow down a little,” said Yochim, “but we’re still hearing reports of multiple offers and of houses being sold almost as soon as they’re listed.”

Although things are starting to “slow down” compared with earlier in the year, the market is in line with historical trends—and we still see generally strong performance.

 

Sales in Saskatoon were up 41.8%, going from 325 in August 2019 to 461 in August 2020, and up 47.7% in the overall region, going from 449 to 663. In Saskatoon, sales were 26.8% above the 5-year average (and 25.1% above the 10-year average), while in the larger region, sales were 29.8% above the 5-year average (and 27.3% above the 10-year average). Year-to-Date (YTD) sales in Saskatoon rose 8.9% over last year, increasing from 2,557 to 2,785, while YTD sales in the larger region rose 13.4%, going from 3,424 to 3,882.


Sales volume was up 55.5% in the city, going from $105.0M to $163.3M in 2020 (31.4% above the 5-year average, and 28.3% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume in the city was $957.2M, an increase of 13.3% from last year. In the region, sales volume was up 18.0%, going from $1,076.9M to $1,271.2M (35.9% above the 5-year average and 35.5% above the 10-year average). YTD sales volume increased 18.0% in the region, rising from $1,076.9M in 2019 to $1,271.2M in 2020.


In Saskatoon, the number of new listings in August 2020 rose 7.7%, going from 724 to 780 (0.3% above the 5-year average and 4.0% above the 10-year average), while in the region, new listings rose 6.9% from 1,029 last year to 1,100 this year (2.6% below the 5-year average and 0.5% above the 10-year average). YTD new listings in the city fell 6.4%, going from 5,676 to 5,310, while in the larger region, the number of new listings to date fell 8.1%, going from 8,388 to 7,709. Active listings fell 19.5% in Saskatoon (down from 1,911 to 1,538) and fell 20.3% in the region (down from 3,473 to 2,768).


Inventory in Saskatoon stood at 3.3 months (which is 43.3% below the level last year and 39.9% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 59.1%, suggesting balanced market conditions. Inventory in the larger region stood at 4.2 months (which is 46.0% below the level last year and 40.5% below the 5-year average), while the sales to listing ratio was 60.3%, suggesting that market conditions favour sellers.


Homes in Saskatoon stayed on the market an average of 42 days in August—down 25.0% from 56 days last year (but below the 5-year average of 51 days and below the 10-year average of 46 days). Homes in the region stayed on the market longer than homes in the city at 50 days on average in 2020, but also down from an average of 68 days last year (and 16.1% below the 5-year average).


Median home prices in Saskatoon went from $309,000 to $336,000 (an increase of 8.7%) and were approximately 3.3% above the 5-year and 2.7% above the 10-year average median price. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI)—a more accurate measure of house price trends—is up 1.4% from $314,900 to $319,400. Year-to-date, the median home price in Saskatoon was $329,456 which is 2.9% above the $320,075 price from the same time last year.


Median home prices in the region went from $293,000 to $327,900 (an increase of 11.9%) and were approximately 5.7% above the 5-year and 6.3% above the 10-year average median price. Year-to-date, the median home price in the region was $311,803 which is 3.8% above the $300,450 price from the same time last year.


~September 2020 SRA 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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I have just sold a property at 142 Parkview COVE in Osler.
Quality 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1587sqft 2-storey family home built by reputable Ehrenburg homes. This is the dream home you've been waiting for; attractively priced, in a prime family friendly neighborhood cul-du-sac location at the southernmost edge of Osler, facing Parkview Park, backing green space with no neighbors and easy access to Highway 11. This beautiful home is sure to impress once you enter the grand foyer. Featuring a bright, naturally lightened desirable open floor plan. The spacious living room & dining room with patio door overlooks the fully fenced, landscaped back yard. For the cuisine enthusiast, a sparkling white modern kitchen with corner pantry, 4 Whirlpool stainless steel appliances and a peninsula bar seating style counter. Additional value on this floor is found with a quaint 2 piece bathroom & coat closet conveniently located adjacent to the double attached garage access door to enhance cleanliness. A widened staircase with decorative banister leads to the 2nd floor showcasing a rare, sought after build feature that's among one of the best aspects of the home; a vaulted ceiling bonus room! Ideal as a family room or playroom, it overlooks the convenient child friendly park & playground. Additionally there are 2 ample sized bedrooms, one with a raised reading or entertainment nook, the other a walk-in closet. The large Master bedroom overlooking the backyard boasts a 4 piece en-suite and walk-in closet. A central 4 piece bathroom & conveniently placed enclosed laundry room completes this floor. The full sized basement is ready for personal development of choice with the perimeter walls framed, insulated & polyed. This fantastic home was built to last with many upgraded items such as keyless entry, triple glaze windows, fiberglass shingles, vinyl siding & stone accent exterior, Lennox high efficiency heating, VanEE, Weiser & Kohler products. Being this home is only 5 years old there is still remaining Sask New Home Warranty included.
$309,900. Osler
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Congratulations to my repeat VIP’s Ben & Ashley on your #SRSSOLD!!!!


When first contacting me, you were unsure and needing advisement on when and whether to list your property with currently renting tenants or wait until vacancy. With insight into the market, I strongly suggested to put your home up on the market as soon as possible, in which you took my advice and within 2 weeks on the market you had a pending offer.


HOWEVER….this seemingly slam dunk, smooth sailing, quick transfer deal turned into a closing delay nightmare with extension after extension after extension…….….AFTER EXTENSION . While working hard on the last chance & hope to make this sale happen, everyone involved held their breath and hung in there and despite the uphill battle a SOLD was reached….with new owner title transfer possession to occur only a few weeks after you were even planning on listing. I can honestly say this is the longest taking closing of a pending sale I have been involved in...in all my 18+ years as a Realtor. Thanks for trusting me & hanging in there that all would work out.


Thank you for choosing me again to assist you in your real estate needs. It was a pleasure helping you purchase this home years ago and it was incredibly satisfying selling it for you! I truly appreciate your continual trust, support and friendship. Now you can fully move forward in your life plans and officially say farewell to your Saskatchewan ties!!! ✌️


Shout out to...Samuel Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP who once again is helping these clients with his legal expertise! AND as well to the Superstar Realtor & coolest Australian in Victoria, BC, my friend, Kieren Rasura, EXP Realty, . Thanks for taking a referral chance on me years ago and choosing me to help Ben & Ashley purchase this property. It was a total pleasure to help them again and continue being a trusted source of real estate insight for your referrals. ✌️

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How do you find the home of your dreams within a price range you can afford?


Most buyers start by making a “wish list”. But, it’s easy to get frustrated when you have a long wish list and expect you’ll be able to find a home with every one of those features. You might, for example, have “mature backyard tree” as number 23 on your list, and become disappointed when an otherwise ideal property doesn’t have one.


But when you really think about it, your ideal home probably comes down to just three or four core characteristics. For example:


1. Nice, safe, family-oriented neighbourhood.  


2. Good-sized backyard.


3. Four bedrooms and two baths.


Sure, there might be other features you were hoping for, such as “move in ready”, or that big tree, but your “big three” are the ones you really can’t do without.


So, when you’re shopping for a new home, yes, definitely make a long list of features and characteristics you desire. After all, there might be properties available on the market that check off most, if not all, of those boxes.


But also circle those three or four characteristics that are at the core of what you want. That will help make your property search much more focused and you’ll be more likely to find your next dream home.


Another advantage of coming up with your big three (or four) is that you’ll be able to quickly discover how much homes with those characteristics are selling for on today’s market. Once you know that price range, you’ll be able to talk with a mortgage advisor to pre-arrange financing. That will make your offer on that dream home even stronger.


Whatever you choose for your “big three”, I can help you find and buy that home. Call me.

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I have just sold a property at 21 St Clara AVE in Prud'homme.
WOW! Prime location for this ideal 3+1 bedroom, 3 bathroom 1650 sqft luxury built family home on two separate titles lots. Privacy is abundant being tucked away in the farthest Northeast corner cul–du-sac of family/community oriented Prud’homme that’s surrounded by greenery & farmland fields with no neighbors. One of the best locations in town not to mention eye catching curb appeal. As soon as you enter the expansive foyer you’ll feel the grandness this home exudes. Featuring an over-sized family room with five span bay window, formal dining room with included china cabinet. Decorative tiled kitchen with an abundance of solid oak cabinetry, in kitchen & side pantry locations & quaint eating breakfast nook. Step down to the sunken family room with built in entertainment wall & gas fireplace and garden doors for easy access to the 23’2 x 21’1 wood deck. Enjoy the expansive master bedroom overlooking the backyard with private 3 piece en-suite and the large size of the 2 other bedrooms and 4 piece upgraded main bathroom with tile counter and basin sink. The almost fully completed basement with only minor finishing’s left to complete offers more living space with a games area and family room, additional bedroom, separate 2 piece bathroom, laundry room and 3 private storage & cold storage area’s. A great feature of this home is the insulated, dry walled & heated 19’2 x 28’3 double attached garage that lends direct access both from the main floor & basement for ability to be suited if desired. Spread out and enjoy the expansiveness of the 2 lots and make full use of the 3 sheds already built; a workshop shed with b/i cabinetry is 20’2x20’2 & additional storage sheds 12x2x10’2 & 16’2x12’1. With so much space you can easy live on one lot, then build or expand on the other. Includes Central air, ride on lawn mower, rototiller & 6 appliances. You’ll have total ownership pride owing the best real estate in town with this home. An absolute must see/must buy.
$199,900. Prud'homme
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Congratulations to my repeat VIPs Rita & Quentin on your SRS® SOLD!!!!


Based on a multi decade long stemming friendship that began well before I even became a Realtor, you called me up years ago and said “Come sell my house in Prud’homme!’  My response, ”Prud’homme WHERE!!!????  And that was how it all started --- Because of you, I have had the pleasure of helping many of clients purchase & sell homes within the family friendly community of Prud’homme for well over a decade.  Not only am I directly responsible for implementing an overall increase in property value in Prud’homme but I managed to become a leading expert in the Prud’homme real estate offering assistance to other Realtors when trading within the town…all while keeping intact my 100% list to sell personal record!


So when you needed my help again, I was there for you even though I was heavily pregnant and actually gave birth the day after listing your house! It was my pleasure to help you again and provide a quick SRSSOLD in less than 3 weeks; which is exactly what you wanted so that you could begin your NEW LIFE chapter!


Thank you so very much for your life-long friendship and for choosing me once again to assist you in your real estate needs.  Your continual trust, support and on-going referrals have made a huge impact on my career and I am eternally grateful. 


I wish you all the best moving forward and may life provide all the joy, benefits & happiness you so deserve.

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