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I have listed a new property at 5672 MARSHALL CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
This private log cabin overlooks spectacular Quesnel Lake and across from the famous Elysia resort. Make this your ideal weekend getaway spot both in summer and in winter as the road is cleared year round and it is only 1.75 hours from Williams Lake. Great place to go fishing and boating and a private buoy to tie up your boat. Short walking trail just feet away through crown land down to shore of Quesnel Lake. Love the outdoors? Numerous trails in area for quading or snowmobiling. Relax on the large outdoor decks on both floors or inside by the warm wood stove. Underground hydro line is in place but not hooked up and a shallow well is in with abundant water. Ready to use and just needs finishing touches. At this price, wow!
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I have listed a new property at 3462 DUNSMUIR RD in Lac La Hache.
Gorgeous year round waterfront home and large 0.44 acre lot at the north end of Lac La Hache. Just 30 minutes to Williams Lake or 100 Mile House. Nice open concept kitchen and dining room lead to a large living room with patio doors to a covered 250 ft wrap around deck overlooking the lake. Huge master bedroom with walk-in and ensuite. There is a walk-out lower level with patio & private hottub leading to landscaped grounds and established gardens with trees & shrubs and amazing tiered stonework all leading to water's edge. There is the 32 ft dock and swimming platform for the boat and summer fun. Attached carports and asphalt driveway with RV parking & a separate large man size workshop/garage. Time to kick back & enjoy life!
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I have listed a new property at 111 375 MANDARINO PL in Williams Lake.
Beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bath home in quiet community at the end of Westridge. Open concept bright and spacious kitchen with entertaining counter bar and walk-in pantry. Dining room opens out to backyard patio for outdoor relaxing. Open living room with a natural gas fireplace for comfort and warmth. Large master bedroom for a king size bed with a full ensuite and walk-in closet. Oversized 2 car garage with storage room. Looking to downsize or time to retire and travel? This level entry with no stairs and easy maintenance is a perfect home for you and easy to getaway in the winter. You'll love the freedom this home gives you.
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Words can be powerful if used correctly and in the real estate industry, they can bring homebuyers to a property. 

 

Last week we looked at the big picture of how pictures play a crucial role with your listing so this week we'll address how words play an important part in selling your home. After a photo or two catches your attention, usually your eyes will be drawn to the description of the property. Although Realtors are limited by the MLS with how many characters they can use in this area, it can make a huge impact in selling a home. This is the opportunity to grab a buyer's attention and give them a taste of what owning this property could be like. It is noted that 80% of homebuyers DO read the remarks regarding the property so it is very important that you capture what the property has to offer in 740 characters or less.  It is disappointing when you see 2 sentences describing a property when there is so much more to the property that could be addressed. So what do you want to see when describing your home? Here are a few items to watch for:

 

1) Highlight Features

If your home has features that many buyers are looking for, let them know. For example, many homebuyers love a large open kitchen. If you have it, flaunt it! You want to make sure your assets are exposed for all the buyers to see.


2) Errors

"Words have power and, although sticks and stones may break your bones, words can sell a home" an associate professor of real estate in Ontario once told the Wall Street Journal. But incorrect spelling or sentences that are difficult to follow can lead a home to sit on the market a little longer. 


3) "Must Move Quickly"

There are words that you should just stay clear of and those 3 scream "fire sale". Even the word "motivated" is one that should be saved when showing a home not during its initial launch into the market. You want the remarks about a home to be positive and inviting.



4) Be Specific

Buyers are interested in facts not opinions. If you have a gourmet kitchen, say it like it is. A "great kitchen" doesn't have the same appeal as a "gourmet kitchen". A marble countertop? I'm sure homebuyers will love to know that fact.


I hope that gives you a little insight to how listing remarks can impact the sale of your home. If you would like me to get working on selling your property, just give me a call and we can find the right words to get you moving in the best direction. 


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I have listed a new property at 6891 Tatlayoko RD in Tatlayoko Lake.
158 acres and over 2700 ft of riverfront on the famous Homathko River. Fish from your front porch or try out one of many hidden mountain lakes out your back door. The original rancher log home with pioneer charm has been completely renovated inside and there are 3 private cozy one room log cabins overlooking the river for your visiting family and friends. Well treed property has 20 acres fenced and cross fenced, barn and ready for your horses. Property borders Crown land on 2 sides that leads up the Coast Mountain ranges. Deer, bear, moose and numerous wildlife call this home. This property at Tatlayoko Lake is just 20 minutes to stores, restaurants, community centre & nursing station w/doctor at Tatla Lake. Rare Opportunity!
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I have listed a new property at 89 3001 MACKENZIE AVE N in Williams Lake.
Check out this updated and well maintained 3 bedroom home at the end of a quiet street in this nice mobile park of Green Acres. Open concept kitchen, dining, & living room leads to a large addition for office space or workout room and complete with wood stove in enclosed front porch. Custom window air conditioner in living room. Kitchen has newer appliances, plenty of counter space, and 2 pantries for storage. You'll enjoy the beautifully treed backyard with large entertaining and barbecuing gazebos. Green space at the back for privacy and a huge 12 x 16 storage shed for the toys and wood shed & small shed for the gardening stuff. Excellent opportunity to own your own home at a great price and "no more rent". Time to move!
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I have sold a property at 2119 Aqua View PL in Williams Lake.
Clean, contemporary elegance with rare architectural interest & unique floor plan! This is a hard working family home with spacious oversized bedrooms & heaps of closet space. With three bedrooms on the upper balcony it offers a private main floor master bedroom with ensuite & walk-in closet. You'll enjoy the fresh white kitchen with loads of windows & sunshine, complete with updated appliances, eating bar & quaint family room! The fully finished basement is ideal for movie room, wine cellar & loads of storage. Outside is a dream with paved parking, room for the RV, double car garage & a fenced yard - ideal for garden, pets & kids! Come check it out!
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I know you've all seen it...unfortunately, it happens too often...unflattering selling photos! It is unfortunate that in this day & age of technology that bad real estate photos still exist. A picture is usually the first thing that will attract a buyer to your property so important is an understatement when it comes to having the best photos for your property. An "ugly" first impression from a photo can have a buyer turning and running in the other direction before they even look over the details of the property. If you catch their attention, this is what leads to a showing and then an offer. 


So what do you do when it comes to photos and having the best chances of selling your home? Here are a few tips that will hopefully get your house noticed for the right reasons:


1. Do Your Homework

Before you choose a Licensed Realtor to work with, take a look at their website to see what they have done for their other clients in regards to their listings. (If they don't have a website, that might already be a red flag as the Internet is a huge outlet for advertising your property.) 


2. Photos Catch Your Attention

Take a look at the different photos taken in a variety of listings. If you are drawn into reading more about the properties, then that is a great sign. If you skim through the pics within a minute, something there is not catching your attention (which also won't catch potential buyers' attention either.) 


3. It's All In The Details

What is the first thing you noticed when you look through the pictures? Dirty laundry in the background, messy counter tops, toys everywhere? This is where you can take the initiative. It can be as simple as hiding the toys under the bed when your Real Estate agent comes to take the pics. You don't have to overhaul your entire house but you want to make it inviting in the photos and clean and organized goes a long way. The buyer needs to be able to envision themselves in the home which is tough to do if it has personal items distracting them from the big picture.


4. Content or Just Fluff

"A picture is worth a thousand words" can be so true and you want those words that it speaks to be flattering and positive. There is nothing worse than a picture of a broken fence or of a rusty looking bathtub. It gives the impression that the homeowner hasn't taken care of the property and that there may be other issues to be wary about. You also want the photos to be creative and unique so that your property distinquishes itself from the crowd of listings online. For example, the photo below is for a property that is ideal for haying and horses so this image helps you imagine having your own horses there one day. You want the photos to give you a feeling for the property and the more positive the feeling the more interested the buyer will be. 


 

5. You're Online

I understand that not everyone has access to the Internet but it is very important once your property comes online, that you take a look at what your Realtor has advertised for your property. Not only to make sure of the accuracy of the property (I've seen listings where it was noted that there were 2 bathrooms when there was only 1 or 3 bedrooms when there was actually 4) but to see how well the pictures reflect your home. It is also key that the photos come online as soon as the listing is active as many buyers will forget about the property after a few days if there are no pictures to remind them and often won't go back to look at it again. Realtors are obligated to post the pictures within a certain time frame of the listings becoming active. If you are not Internet swavy, ask a family member or friend to look up the information for you. With our advertising, we forward the links directly to you so that you can easily access the variety of websites where your property is being advertised. Knowledge is power and it is important that you are a part of the process of selling your home.



I hope this helps give you a little perspective on the importance of photos in your listing. Feel free to browse my website and look at how we try to capture the essence and character of each home in order to catch the buyers' attention to each property. This type of advertising is what can get your home sold. 


Next week we'll touch on the importance of the description of your property and how words can sell your home. If you'd like me to take your home to market and capture what it has to offer, just give me a call and I'd be happy to meet with you and discuss how we can sell your property. 



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I have sold a property at 23 302 Broadway AVE n in Williams Lake.
Mahem MHP 1979 14x66 3-bedroom unit with updated roof, bathroom and most windows; plus large, covered deck; air conditioner and storage shed. Located on upper, quiet section of the park, close to transit and downtown. Quick possessionpossible. Parking for 2 and access to Fox Mtn Trails close by. All appliances included.
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I have listed a new property at LOT 2 CHIMNEY LAKE RD in Williams Lake.
Beautiful 10 acres overlooking Felker Lake and just 20 minutes from Williams Lake. The property fronts Chimney Lake Road and a driveway is already in. Great building sites that give you privacy while you get gorgeous views of FelkerLake. Across the road from access to the lake itself. Power and telephone at the road. Rare find and a place to build that dream home.
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It is great to finally open up windows & let in the fresh air. After a long winter, a home can feel stuffy & it is refreshing to bring in the natural aroma of the outdoors. Another way to freshen your home is a deep spring cleaning. Sometimes we miss the big items in our weekly routines and spring is an excellent time to tackle some of these areas. It is also ideal if you are looking to sell your home. Once you do a big clean, it is much easier to maintain that level for the showings you will have.


I found this article on the 20 different areas that are sometimes forgotten. Happy cleaning & if you are preparing your home for the market, give me a call so we can go over the details and get it ready for showing.  

 

 

Deep Spring Cleaning:

 

20 Little & Big Things You Might Be Forgetting




 

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I have sold a property at 69 770 11TH AVE N in Williams Lake.
Beautiful mobile home tucked away on private setting in desirable Fran Lee Mobile Home Park. Located at the end of the park in cul-de-sac, this home has an awesome backyard surrounded by large trees with privacy and wildlife. Large 8x16 covered deck for lounging and barbecuing and step into the large open front living room with cathedral ceiling. Enjoy the bright natural sunlight from skylights throughout the large eat-in kitchen. Check out the 5 piece bathroom with twin sinks, soaker tub plus separate shower and cheater door to large master bedroom with large wall to wall closet. You don't want to miss this opportunity and it's ready to move in.
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I have listed a new property at 6554 CARIBOO 97 HWY N in McLeese Lake.
Enjoy this almost 1 acre property with a wonderful view of McLeese Lake in this well maintained 3 bedroom & 2 bath mobile home. Perfect home for a mine worker as you're just 12 minutes from Gibraltar Mine and it is cheaper than paying rentand NO pad fees. Only a 1 minute walk to the local grocery store or the Pub & kitchen. Lots of room to park the toys and a pad is ready for a garage or shop. A small seasonal spring on property adds that rural flavor. Quick possession so come and see how easily you can settle in and make it your own.
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It is here! April has arrived & with that comes the joys of spring! And what better way to tackle the sunshine than to pull out your checklist & see what you can do to prepare for those warm summer months. 

 

Here is the lastest checklist for your reading enjoyment:


 

To Dos: Your April Home Checklist


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I have listed a new property at 2828 PIONEER CREST in Williams Lake.
Country lot home! Check out this very private home on just over 5 treed and partially fenced acres with park like yard. Just 22 minutes from WL. Large country kitchen with island & dining room for entertaining. Open massive living room with vaulted ceiling & gorgeous pellet stove to keep it all cozy warm. All rooms are oversized with an extremely large master bedroom with dbl sink 5pc ensuite. Large 2nd guest bedroom and the 3rd could be used as an office/den if desired. The loft has a bedroom w/3 pc ensuite and large family/games room that could be a teenager's private retreat. Oversized dbl garage w/workshop is wood stove heated, insulation & 220 wiring. Greenhouse for those fresh veggies. Ready for country living? This is it!
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Please visit our Open House at 151 COUNTRY CLUB BLVD in Williams Lake.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, April 4 from 1 - 2 PM
Location, location, location. This private large landscaped 0.58 acre lot located just minutes from Williams Lake and across from the Golf Course. The patio opens to a huge backyard and backs onto Crown Land which has walking trails throughout. The main floor hosts 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a large kitchen and eating area. New floors and washrooms as the main floor has been almost completely rebuilt with some minor finishing and trim still required. The large full basement has been framed, studded and insulated with partitions ready for 2 large bedrooms and plumbed for bathroom. Beautiful front views of the lake and city. Garage & large carport for toys or travel trailer. You'll love the circle driveway. Welcome to Country Club.
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Please visit our Open House at 1713 BELLE VISTA PL in Williams Lake.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, April 4 from 2 - 3 PM
Wow! Talk about nice...This gorgeous 3 bedroom & 2 bath home is only 3 years old. The extra large master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in closet. The bright open concept kitchen, dining and living room lead out to patio doors onto a large deck for entertaining and barbequing with family and friends. You'll enjoy lots of outdoor space with the large yard. The excellent producing well and engineered septic are less than 3 years old. This end property on a short street is very private, partially fenced and move in ready. Be the lucky one!
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