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To Sell or to Buy Homes in Sherwood Park First?

Should I buy a new home before I sell my current one in Sherwood Park? Or vice versa? This is a question that runs through the heads of most homeowners at some point in their lives. And, the question is certainly an important one. Choosing whether you are going to buy or sell first can be stressful. Furthermore, no matter which option you choose, there will always be pros and cons. However, it is important to be able to recognize when to buy first and when to sell first. This often is determined by the current market conditions, your risk tolerance, and other factors personal to you. In this article, we will be answering this question and giving you a general overview of how to go about buying and selling in the same timeframe. Follow along below to learn more!

Pros and Cons of Buying First, and Selling First

  • Pros and Cons of Buying First

When you decide to buy first, you get the peace and comfort of knowing that you have a place to live when your home sells. This can make it much less stressful for you if your home sells quickly. However, if you buy first and you aren’t getting much traction on your listing, you run the risk of owning two homes at once. For some, this isn’t a problem. But, for others, owning two homes at a time is not financially feasible. Moreover, buying first often results in sellers being overly eager to get rid of their old homes. This means that you might be more willing to take a lowball offer, just to get the property off of your hands.  

  • Pros and Cons of Selling First

On the other hand, when you sell first you don’t have to worry about your home going stale on the market. This means that when you buy your home you won’t need to stress about selling your old one. Or, owning two homes at the same time. However, this also means that if your home sells quickly, you have a limited period of time to find a new home. This can be equally as stressful as owning two homes at once. Especially, if the market has little inventory. 

Why are you Moving?

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Taking a step back to reflect on the reasons why you are moving is a great way to narrow in on whether you should buy or sell first. This is because knowing the reasons why you are moving can help you establish a better timeline. 

  • Are you building a home?

Building a home is an exciting endeavour. However, building a home often takes at least a year. And, the market can change a lot in that amount of time. This is why keeping your current home while you build can be risky. After all, if the market drops, you may be left in a lurch. Contrastively, if the market improves you could walk away with a substantial profit. 

  • Do you want to find your dream home?

Clients who are in search of their dream homes are usually advised to buy first. Although, in most scenarios, buying first is not recommended. The reason that buying first is often prescribed in this situation, is because of the time it takes to find the “perfect” property. If you know that you want a very specific home style, it’s unlikely that you will find what you are looking for overnight.

Like with most things, it is hard to give a general answer that applies to every person’s situation. In fact, it’s nearly impossible! Because of this, we prefer to set up consultations with our clients.  This ensures that we can provide the best possible answer given each individual’s situation. By chatting with a registered REALTOR®, you will be able to get all of the answers you need to make a sound decision about whether you should buy or sell first. 

Contact Us About Homes in Sherwood Park!

For more information about buying or selling a home in Edmonton, contact us today! We’d be happy to help you determine whether or not you should buy or sell first. Set up a meeting with one of our awesome REALTORS® today! We hope this article was helpful and clarified some of your questions. Be sure to contact us with any questions about homes in Sherwood Park and stay tuned to our blog for more real estate-related content.  You can find us on Facebook for more updates! We look forward to working with you!

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Stigmatized Property in Edmonton

What is a Stigmatized Property in Edmonton?

In lieu of Halloween, this month’s blog article is going to be about selling a stigmatized property in Edmonton. When you decide to list your home for sale it is important to consider what has happened at your home in the past. While the events that have occurred at your home do not affect the assessed value of your property, it is important to understand how they can impact the market value of your home. In this article, we will be going over information about all things related to selling or buying a stigmatized property. Follow along below to learn more.

What Makes a Property in Edmonton Stigmatized?

Stigmas attached to real estate have nothing to do with the home’s location, appearance, or function. However, stigmas are related to the events that have happened within or near the home. Generally, a stigmatized property is one that has a negative psychological effect on potential buyers. Some examples of this include, a murder/suicide in the home, proximity to a cemetery, or a famous film/TV location. Any of these scenarios can cause your property to become stigmatized.

Common Stigmas Associated With Properties.

When it comes to selling real estate, location is an essential part of the transaction. Many buyers will avoid putting in an offer on a property that has a stigma. It is important that you consider these stigmas when buying or selling a home. Below we have listed a few of the most common stigmas associated with buying residential real estate.

Crime Sites

If your home has been the site of a crime, there is a high chance that you are in possession of the stigmatized property. Events like murders, break-ins, gambling, gang activity, and criminal owners can cause buyers to steer clear of your listing. There are several reasons why people may find buying a home that had criminal activity unattractive. For example, physical damage like bullet holes, structural breakage, or contamination. Other reasons can include fear of bad karma, superstitions, or related beliefs. New buyers may also want to avoid being associated with the criminal activities that have occurred at the residence.

Famous Locations

Another reason for stigma is if your home is a famous location. Movies and TV shows often film on location at real-life homes. Like all real estate, these homes eventually go up for sale. Some individuals may find living in a famous home/location cool. However, there are some significant drawbacks to owning a recognizable property. For example, if your home was part of a blockbuster movie, it may attract superfans or tourists looking to visit the site. Because of this, you can encounter unwanted interactions with people who are interested in viewing your home. Although, if you are willing to sacrifice a bit of privacy, owning a home that is part of popular culture can be totally worth it.

Common Stigmas of a Property in Edmonton Continued.

Neighbourhood Problems

Another reason why buyers may be reluctant to purchase your home has to do with the neighbourhood you are located in. Even if your home doesn’t have any stigmas, a home in close proximity to one of these stigmas can cause just as many problems. Moreover, if there are known criminals within the area, buyers may also be deterred from purchasing your home. So, be sure to do your due diligence prior to buying or listing your property.

Paranormal Activity

Lastly, homes with a reputation for paranormal activity can make selling a difficult task. There are very few buyers who find it attractive to live in a haunted house. Paranormal sightings, moving objects and strange sounds can make it very difficult to live in a home. Haunted houses can affect an individual’s mental health or put them in danger. Many houses like this often have a traumatic past.

Although, paranormal experiences are completely subjective. In most cases, there is a reasonable answer to unexplained sounds, movements, and feelings. For instance, poor insulation, structural issues, and pest problems. It is important that you investigate these possibilities before drawing any conclusions.

Contact Us Today!

Stigmatized homes can be incredibly difficult to sell. However, with the right strategy, it is entirely possible. For more information about buying or selling a stigmatized property in Edmonton, contact us today. We’d be happy to help you find a home that suits your needs. Be sure to check out our blog again next month for more real estate articles. You can also visit our social media page for the latest updates and more. Feel free to reach out with any further questions. We look forward to working with you in the near future!