We Handle All Things Real Estate so You Don’t Have To

Buying,selling,renovating And Design

We could sit here all day and tell you how we know Niagara inside out … but let’s be honest, what realtor doesn’t know their market?! What sets us apart is how we apply that knowledge to tremendously help our clients through every step of the buying, selling, or renovating process.

You could hire just another listing agent who will put a ‘For Sale’ sign in your lawn, put it up on MLS and hope for the best. Or… You could hire a marketing agent.

And we don’t mean simply splattering it across our Facebook pages and calling that social media marketing. We study the demographics of who your home will most appeal to, and then we strategically target that audience through various marketing channels to make sure the right person clicks over to your property.

And when they do land on it? It will be a beautifully staged and well-showing home that practically sells itself. We know how to do staging and renovations that appeal to a wide audience.

Trust us, anything is possible…we’ve even helped renovate and sell a property in one week’s time!

With our partnerships, education, and experience, we make sure your house is not only exposed to thousands of people but to those with the highest likelihood of actually buying your home. 

We’ve fixed up a number of run-down homes and lived in and through it during the whole process, so we know what it’s like. We’ve personally been in your shoes, not once, not twice, but more than 6 times!

We don’t believe in sitting back and just “hoping for the best”. We go to bat for you, working tirelessly to sell your home as if it were our own. Want to learn more about our marketing strategies and overall process? Reach out or keep reading below!

How the A&R Method Will Benefit You

By leveraging the A&R method, you won’t ever have to worry if you sold your house for the max value possible. The best part is, you will go through this entire process with little stress and in credible rewards.

How we get it done

Our 5 Step Process

That will put more money in your wallet.

1

MEET AND GREET​

Before beginning the process of buying and selling, we’ll start off by scheduling a 15 minute strategy call with you. This is where we will begin to get to know each other, discuss your current situation and where you want to be. We’ll go through multiple questions together to get to know exactly what you’re looking for in a house and discuss the best possible steps to get you there.

We will then schedule an onsite visit where we will identify exactly what needs to occur in your house to get the most value out of it and will prepare a clearly laid out plan to turn your house into a beautiful showcase. Our action plan and detailed timeline will be emailed out to you shortly after this visit.

We’re dedicated to the entire process and the best possible end result for you. By getting to know your current situation an d your goals, we can better help you reach them faster.

2

Fixing Flaws

In this step, we will address any flaws that we feel will get in the way of a great offer. This is where we work closely with our industry partners to address any fixable flaws.

This could include minor house repairs (such as holes and scratches in the walls) , and painting (in the colours we know sell). The best part? We coordinate all of this for you and cover the cost!

If buyers identify a flaw in your house, this is where their attention will be diverted to, and they will try to use this to their advantage when it comes to negotiating a price.

We won’t let any fixable flaws get in the way of an offer.

3

Declutter And Clean

When a house is cluttered and rooms appear to have no purpose, buyers will disconnect with the space very quickly.

This can have detrimental effect and will make your house much harder to sell. Ensuring all rooms are clutter free, clean and have a clear purpose will drastically increase the likelihood of buyers falling in love with your home.

Our professional organizer and cleaning team will come in to help open up the space and prevent buyers from being distracted by clutter and storage. If necessary, we will also have a dump run scheduled to remove any unneeded items.

4

Stage

The details are taken care of, all the flaws are fixed and your house is sparkling clean. It’s time to make it look look like a showcase home that everyone will dream about.

The last step in achieving this, is staging. Once your home is cleaned and organized we will bring out an amazing home stager to accentuate the features of your house and furnish your space (if need be) with items that are on trend and incredibly appealing.

Home staging is a very important component of selling a house that many people overlook. It helps to emphasize your property’s strengths and allows it to be shown at its maximum potential.

5

Market

Now that your house is in the best shape possible, it’s time to bring in the buyers! We don’ t do this by simply putting a ‘For Sale’ sign on your lawn, listing it on MLS and hoping for the best . We effectively market your property.

And we don’ t mean simply splattering it a cross our Facebook and Instagram pages and calling that social media marketing. We study the demographics of who your home will most appeal to, and strategically target that audience through various marketing channels and ads to make sure the right person clicks over to your property.

And when they do land on it? It will be a beautifully staged and well-showing home that practically sells itself.

Read The FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How many homes should I look at before I buy?
  • What should I tell my agent about homes we look at?
  • What should I ask about each home that I tour?
  • How many bedrooms do I need?
  • When do I need to start packing?
  • When I start visiting homes, what should I look for?
  • How do I know for sure how much home I can afford?
  • What is my role in the selling process?
  • What are the dangers if I overprice?
  • What is the best approach to pricing my home?
  • How do I negotiate?
  • When do I need to start packing?
  • Do I have to disclose information about my house?
  • Where do buyers come from?

Answer:

There is no set number of homes you should look at before you decide to make an offer for one. That’s why providing your agent with as many details as possible up front is so helpful. The perfect home may be waiting for you on your first visit! Even if it isn’t, the house-hunting process will help you get a feeling for the homes in each community and narrow your choices to a few that are worth a second look. Sometimes seeing many houses can become confusing! An excellent way to differentiate each home is to name it! Call it the “cat house” if there were several cats, or the “deck house” if the main feature is the deck. This will make it easier to remember and to reach a decision.

Answer:

Open communication is critical. Tell your Realtor® everything you liked AND, more importantly, didn’t like about each home that you see. After all, YOU are their client and they are working for you. Don’t be shy about talking about a home’s shortcomings. Is the home too small for your needs? Let your agent know. Was the home perfect except for the carpeting? Let your agent know that, too. The more open and descriptive you are, the easier it is for your Realtor® to “zero in” and find a home you’ll love... To find a house that feels like home!

Answer:

As a rule of thumb, ask any questions you have about specific rooms, features, or functions. Pay particular attention to areas that you feel could become “problems,” such as additions, defects, or areas that have been repaired. Take note of the age of the heating system and roof; the type of windows; the state of the foundation; and the amperage of the electrical system, etc. And, above all, if you don’t feel your questions have been answered, ask until you do understand and are satisfied. In most cases, your real estate agent will be able to provide you with detailed information about each home you see. We will provide you with worksheets to note room sizes, features that need a second look and other comments.

Answer:

Whether you are married, or have kids, spare bedrooms come in handy when family and friends come to stay. When you’re not entertaining guests, extra bedrooms are useful as a library, den, or TV room. Another good reason to choose a home with extra bedrooms is the extra space will make your home more appealing to a larger number of interested buyers when it comes time to sell.

Answer:

MOVING DAY MINUS
SIX WEEKS

Get estimates from moving companies or truck rentals if you move yourself. Plan ahead if moving in peak season of June-September. 

MOVING DAY MINUS
FIVE WEEKS

Select moving company, confirm moving date and decide who will pack you, professionals or yourself. Paid packers typically come the day before moving day. 

Start do-it-yourself packing: seldom used dishes, glassware, books, off-season clothes, workshop, garage tools, hobby equipment, etc.

MOVING DAY MINUS
TWO WEEKS

Start packing often-used belongings.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE WEEK

Pack everything in kitchen you can do without until you unpack at new home.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE DAY

Finish packing kitchen things.

Pack suitcase with personal belongings to use until moving truck arrives at new home.

Mark boxes (coloured stickers are ideal) for room placement in the new house. Check inventory carefully. 

Pack “CARE” carton of essentials (toiletries, canned and dry food, can opener, light bulbs, trash bags, sauce pan, etc.) to be loaded last and unloaded first.

MOVING DAY!

Strip beds.

Load last minute items in car.

Be available to movers for questions/suggestions, but don’t try to supervise the van packing. Be sure movers know how to contact you en route. Give them a map to the new home.

Check rooms, cupboards,  closets, drawers, dishwasher, washer, dryer.

Answer:

The house or condo you ultimately choose to call home will play a major role in your family’s life. A home can be an excellent investment, of course,but more importantly, it should fit the way you really live, with space and features that appeal to everyone in the family. As you look at each home, pay close attention to these important considerations...

  • Is there enough room for you now and in thenear future?
  • Is the floor plan right for your family?
  • Is there enough storage space?
  • Will you have to replace the appliances?
  • Is the yard the size you want?
  • If it’s a condo, is there good security? Is the maintenance fund sound? What’s the view like?
  • Are there enough bathrooms?
  • How much renovating and/or decorating will you need to do right away... Or within the first 2-3 years?
  • In what condition are the “guts” of the house, such as the furnace, the wiring, the plumbing, the foundation, or the roof?

Answer:

Affordability is probably the single biggest concern of today’s first-time home buyers. Given the wide range of media coverage regularly devoted to the issue, it’s not surprising that many young people wonder how long it will take before they can afford their first homes. Don’t sell yourself short. Talk to your Realtor®. As real estate consultants, they are committed to honestly and responsibly working with you to determine your affordable price range. There are many financing options available today and some include low down payments. Find an option that fits your budget and you may be surprised at just how much home you can afford.

Answer:

You Are the Key Player on the Home selling Team. No one has a more important role in the home selling process than you.Here are some ways your participation can contribute to a successful sale.

  • Ensure that the house is
    easily accessible to real estate professionals.
  • Try to be flexible in the scheduling of showings.
  • When you are not at home, let us know how you can be reached in case an offer is received.
  • If approached directly by a buyer who is not represented by a real estate professional, please contact us. Do not allow them into the property unescorted.
  • Remove or lock up valuables, jewelry, cash and prescription medications.
  • If possible, do not be present when the property is being shown.
  • Securely pen up pets, or take them with you.
  • Be cautious about saying anything to buyers or their sales professionals that could weaken your negotiating position, especially regarding price or your urgency to sell.
  • Let us know of any change in the property’s condition that would need to be disclosed to potential buyers.
  • Be available to review with us the list price and condition of your property if it has not sold in a reasonable period of time.
  • Maintain the property in ready-to-show condition.

Answer:

1) You won’t attract offers without leaving room for negotiations. If a buyer views your property, they might not make an offer if negotiations won’t bring them within an acceptable price range. Also, reasonable offers will seem too “low ball” and the buyer might not insult you with one.

2) A long period on the market will leave buyers wary. As the home doesn’t sell due to its overpriced status, buyers will be convinced there are other defects or reasons the home hasn’t sold. Statistically, the longer a home is on the market, the greater the likelihood low ball offers will be received.

3) You will miss the burst of initial market activity. When a new home enters the market, a great number of buyers receive an immediate email. Homes priced beyond their range, or the expected range of the neighbourhood, will miss the initial flurry and those potential buyers.

Answer:

1) Thorough understanding of your neighbourhood, your location
in your community, and your community amenities.

2) Research recently sold homes and their final selling prices.

3) Research currently listed homes and their asking prices.

4) Analysis to differentiate these homes from yours and make relevant price adjustments.

Answer:

  • Explain the offer to you and answer your questions.
  • Help you determine the best course of action by pointing out potential advantages and disadvantages of the offer and clarifying the choices available to you.
    to you.
  • Prepare an Estimate of Net Proceeds based on the proposed price and terms.
  • Negotiate through the buyer’s agent and handle possible counter-offers to reach a final agreement.
  • Help you locate a new home
    if remaining in this area or refer you to a trusted agent if you are relocating.

Answer:

MOVING DAY MINUS
SIX WEEKS

Get estimates from moving companies or truck rentals if you move yourself. Plan ahead if moving in peak season of June-September. 

MOVING DAY MINUS
FIVE WEEKS

Select moving company, confirm moving date and decide who will pack you, professionals or yourself. Paid packers typically come the day before moving day. 

Start do-it-yourself packing: seldom used dishes, glassware, books, off-season clothes, workshop, garage tools, hobby equipment, etc.

MOVING DAY MINUS
TWO WEEKS

Start packing often-used belongings.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE WEEK

Pack everything in kitchen you can do without until you unpack at new home.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE DAY

Finish packing kitchen things.

Pack suitcase with personal belongings to use until moving truck arrives at new home.

Mark boxes (coloured stickers are ideal) for room placement in the new house. Check inventory carefully. 

Pack “CARE” carton of essentials (toiletries, canned and dry food, can opener, light bulbs, trash bags, sauce pan, etc.) to be loaded last and unloaded first.

MOVING DAY!

Strip beds.

Load last minute items in car.

Be available to movers for questions/suggestions, but don’t try to supervise the van packing. Be sure movers know how to contact you en route. Give them a map to the new home.

Check rooms, cupboards,  closets, drawers, dishwasher, washer, dryer.

Answer:

Let us know of any change in the property’s condition that would need to be disclosed to potential buyers.

Answer:

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