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As an ABR® Realtor, I work smarter not just harder!

Congratulations to my newest VIP Alicia on your ABR® new townhouse purchase!!!

It was a wonderful surprise when you reached out for my help, after your friend/co-worker and my long time friend/family/VIP Natalie highly referred my services.  Hoping to make a change, our initial consultation established your property options range was plentiful, so deciding what you wanted was the main focus as you quickly glided through the pre-preparation stage.  After selecting property options, you experienced road blocks & bumps as the market showed its difficult colors; Despite opportunity, timing was just not right for you to purchase ---> Fast Forward 5 months with the market in full explosion difficulty chaos, you were ready to take it on again and effortlessly picked up where you left off.   I quickly realized that in order for you to be successful in this challenging market, working smarter was key and manage to recognize a value property you would love among the crazy bidding inflated priced chaos; with perfect timing I was able to secure this townhouse for you mere days after you re-entered the market. In and out fast - TAKE THAT YOU BUYER BRUTAL MARKET!  #victorious #ABR® #RENE

Thank you so much for choosing me as your ABR® Realtor®.  Taking my advice and trusting my guidance throughout this process to ensure your success.  Now as summer approaches so does your 2-storey townhome life adventure as you transform this condo into your personal sanctuary; May it bring you an abundance of awaited well-deserved joy and provide the platform for many memories.  As your personal Realtor®, and now friend, know I will always be here to help you, your friends and family whenever needed for years to come.❤️✌️ 

BIG Thanks to my friend and VIP Natalie, for your referring kind words of recommendation of my service and continual support, it mean so much.  Thanks for liking how I sell real estate.❤️

Shared Shout out thanks to Chelsey Limay, Prolink Mortgages for ensuring on point pre-financing with a help plan for future action in round 1 - I wish you the best of success in your new position; To Lindsay Vickers, Mint Mortages for taking over and providing speedy quality work to secure final financing – I look forward to working with you again to provide quality client service; And to Samual Bergerman, Bergerman Smith LLP for providing top notch speedy legal service. 

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 How to Quickly Improve Indoor Air Quality

Unfortunately, air quality alerts are becoming a more common occurrence these days. Aside from that, there are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. Maybe it’s a faulty furnace or an aged carpet to blame. Until you get those issues addressed, how can you make your indoor air healthier – today?

Here are some ideas: 

  • Use an air purifier – Choose a device that uses a HEPA filter, the gold standard for indoor air purifiers. Also, look for one that has a CADR rating equal to at least two-thirds of the room’s area. You may also want to consider if the purifier’s energy costs and ongoing maintenance costs are within your budget. 
  • Check the furnace filter - This is one of the most overlooked maintenance items in the home. Any furnace repair person can tell you stories about filters they’ve seen caked in dust. Make sure those aren’t yours. Air passes through those filters before circulating throughout your home. Replacing a filter takes less than five minutes. 
  • Clean the drains - Drains are a surprisingly common source of odour in the home. Most people only clean them when they’re clogged, but they should be flushed thoroughly with a good-quality cleaner at least once a season. 
  • Turn on the bathroom fan - Not only do bathroom fans remove odour, but they also reduce moisture build-up. About 50% of air pollutants originate from some type of moisture; mould is the worst of these pollutants. Professionals recommend you keep your bathroom fan on for at least 30 minutes after a shower. 
  • Clean your doormat - Even if your doormat doesn’t smell, it can be a source of air pollutants. When people wipe their shoes, they transfer outside pollutants from their shoes to your mat. 

Hope these tips have you breathing a little bit easier.

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Decades of Top Notch Service – No matter what!

Congratulations to my repeat VIP Dustin & Holly on your #SRSSOLD!!!!

When you have been a Realtor® for as long as I have, you get the honor and privilege of becoming a generational Family Realtor.  I’ve had the pleasure of representing your parents with all their real estate needs; first meeting you when you were just a child; to then helping you as a first-time buyer to purchase this condo and now the pleasure of representing you being a first-time seller, now that the time was right for you to make a change.  I’ve always promised and delivered top notch service & representation  to you and your family and once again, this was no exception, providing an SRS Conditional sale on your condo at full market price, mere days after listing it…..and then just hours before the sold closing deadline…buyer backs out…un-saveable….RESTART & IMMEDIATE damage control marketing….3 days later….FULL PRICE SRS SOLD pt2  #SRS® #RENE

Thank you for trusting in my selling strategy designed specifically for your condo and implementing what was asked of you. Change can be tough and real estate can be confusing, scary & challenging, so I appreciate very much your trust in me as your guide and voice of strength throughout this roller coaster process.  Anything worth having in life, often takes risks.

I’m honored that you once again chose me to be your Realtor®, your Seller Representative Specialist, and grateful for your decade+ of being a loyal VIP client and supporter of how I sell Real Estate.  I will always be happy to help should you or anyone you know need any assistance in the future.  Wishing you the all the best life has to offer. ✌️

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How To Make Your Home Sale “Smooth Sailing”

If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, you know that rough waters can result in a miserable experience. Even on modern ships equipped with stabilizers, choppy seas and bad weather can leave you stuck below deck – and possibly seasick.

In fact, the expression “smooth sailing” comes from a desire for calm waters.

When you sell your property, you’ll want smooth sailing too. You’ll want the experience to be as nondisruptive as possible, while also having plenty of qualified buyers interested in your listing. In the end, you’ll want the transaction to be completed without a hitch.

So how do you ensure that happens? Here are some things you can do to help:

  • Think of your home as a product - Potential buyers are more likely to become interested in a product that looks clean, uncluttered, and well-maintained. Make sure the front entrance is inviting and keep closets half-empty and organized. If you are in a house, make sure the exterior is appealing (shrubs and flowers go a long way with this).
  • Price it right - If it’s listed too high, potential buyers won’t come. If it’s listed too low, you may leave money on the table (potentially thousands). Setting the price will be one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make when selling your home.
  • Don’t be there during showings - As your real estate agent, I will take buyers through your property and show them all the great features. If you’re there, some buyers may not feel comfortable and may leave before they have had a chance to become interested.
  • Be flexible- This is especially important when it comes to showing appointments, negotiations, home inspections, closing dates, etc. It’s okay to be firm on some things, just not everything.

With these tips in mind, you can better tame choppy waters that may arise and hopefully smoothly sail into a sale.

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STRONG SALES CONTINUE AS INVENTORY LEVELS REMAIN AT LOWEST LEVELS SEEN SINCE 2008

Saskatchewan reported 1,841 sales in May, up six percent year-over-year and 24 per cent above long-term, 10-year averages. Sales levels remain strong across many regions of the province, with the largest year-over-year gains occurring in the Swift Current-Moose Jaw and Northern regions.

In line with seasonal expectations, the province reported a month-over-month gain in new listings. However, strong sales continue to prevent significant inventory relief, with inventory levels remaining at their lowest point since 2008. The sharpest decline in inventory continues to be experienced in homes priced below $300,000, as the more affordable segment of the market remains extremely competitive.

“Our housing market continues to report strong monthly sales figures despite persistent inventory challenges,” said Association CEO Chris Guérette. “An eleventh consecutive month of above-average sales is quite impressive when you consider how challenging it can be for prospective buyers in some markets in our province right now.”

Saskatchewan reported a residential benchmark price of $340,400 in May, up from $339,800 in April and over four per cent higher than May 2023. Prices rose across all property types in May, with the most significant gains occurring in apartment and row/townhouse-style properties.

“While the provincial months of supply fell below three months in May, conditions remain much tighter in our two largest centres – as Regina and Saskatoon are again reporting less than two months of supply,” said Guérette. “With further rate cuts on the horizon likely to spur additional demand – and no immediate inventory relief in sight – we expect tight conditions to continue to place upward pressure on prices across the province.”

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Regional Highlights
Year-to-date sales levels improved across all regions of the province in May, with significant gains being reported in the Regina-Moose Mountain, Saskatoon-Bigger, and Swift Current-Moose Jaw regions.

The province’s two largest regions saw further inventory declines due to strong monthly sales in May. As a result, the Regina-Moose Mountain (2.59 months of supply) and Saskatoon-Bigger (2.04) regions continue to report the tightest market conditions in the province.

Price Trends
Home prices trended up across many regions of the province in May, with the largest monthly gains occurring in the Saskatoon-Biggar and Swift Current-Moose Jaw regions.

With prices over 13 percent higher than last year, the City of Melfort reported the highest year-over-year price gain in May. Meanwhile, Saskatoon, Regina, Estevan, Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Humboldt, and Prince Albert reported year-over-year price gains in May.

City of Regina
The City of Regina reported 440 sales in May, a five per cent year-over-year gain and 32 per cent above long-term trends.

A slight uptick in new listings was met with another month of strong sales, resulting in inventory levels remaining nearly 50 per cent below long-term trends, and 1.69 months of supply in the Queen City.

The City of Regina reported a benchmark price of $320,000 in May, up from 319,800 in April and two per cent higher than May 2023.

City of Saskatoon
The City of Saskatoon reported 573 sales in May, up seven per cent year-over-year and 28 per cent above long-term, 10-year averages.

Inventory levels decreased by 21 per cent year-over-year and continue to sit nearly 50 per cent below long-term, 10-year trends.  Market conditions remain extremely tight, as the Bridge City is again reporting the lowest inventory levels in the province.

The City of Saskatoon reported a benchmark price of $397,200 in May, down slightly from 398,600 in April and nearly six per cent higher than May 2023.

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