Friday, March 14, 2014

What Kind of Story Does Your Home Convey?

  I was cleaning up some things around my house the other day, and is usually the case with most of us you come across all manner of things.  Old photos, clothes, miscellaneous things picked up on trips, things that belonged to my kids, my ex-wife, my parents and so on.  Essentially, I came to the conclusion that our homes, the places we live, really tell a story about our lives.

 Whether you are thinking about selling your present home or buying a new one, there is one important question to be asked in either scenario.  What story does your home or the property you are considering buying convey?  Is it a happy story?  Is it a story that reflects pride of ownership, care and fond memories or is it a story about neglect, despair or other less apparent negative connotations?  I am by no means a suspicious person but I’ve had occasions over the years when I walk into a house and it just gives off a bad vibe.  There were holes in the doors or drywall perhaps suggesting some family violence, a bad smell permeated the place or it was just in otherwise poor condition.  Different stories can have a significant impact on the sale of a property including the price, how long it takes to sell and perhaps even if it sells at all.

  Being the author of a positive story about your home is especially important for sellers.  If you indeed really do want to move and sell, success in attracting a buyer and maximizing your investment with depend on you being the author of a compelling story about your home that conveys a positive message to buyers.  That message will reassure them that the home has been well cared for, that it will continue to serve as a place where enjoyable living and fond memories will be ensured for you and your family.

  There are many things you can do to create a positive story about your home but let's just start with the basics.  Read my 10 things to do before you list your home for sale or Contact Me and  I would be happy to visit your property without obligation to give you some pointers on what you might need to do in terms of creating a great story about your home.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.