Things to Know When Buying a Condo

By Warren McNeil,

Here is a video I did about things you should know about when buying a condo or loft.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR0Sz6Wq72g


Thanks for reading!

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
RE/MAX Twin City Realty, Brokerage ( 519.579.4110 | 519-498-8118

[Video] Those Darn Frozen Lockboxes

lockboxBy Warren McNeil,

I did a video for my fellow realtors about how to deal with frozen lockboxes.

Here is a summary:

1. Always carry lock de-icer. Common sense but sometimes we forget.

2. Cover the lockbox. I use a zip-lock bag.

3. Use two lockboxes One on the inside with the unit key and one on the outside for the main entrance.

4. Pickup the keys at the office. My least favourite option.

Just some clarification. I like the button style lockbox but in the winter time they tend to freeze up more easily then the dial style or the GE Master lockboxes. The majority of the time we use the button style lockbox but in the winter,  I recommend the dial style for condos.

Here is the video

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1FzZTWSK84


Thanks for reading!

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
RE/MAX Twin City Realty, Brokerage ( 519.579.4110 | 519-498-8118
Filed under: Kitchener Waterloo Lofts and Condos,Realtor-to-Realtor tips,Video Blogs — Tags: , , , — wmcneil | Posted: December 18, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

[Video] Pet Number Limitations at Condominiums

By Warren McNeil,

I recently answered a question from our website about the total number of dogs you are allowed to have at aTotal Number of Pets Allowed at a Condo condominium or loft. It is important to review the rules and regulations of the condominium corporation and have your lawyer review the offer if you don’t understand something. It is also important to ask these questions when you first put in the offer.

The condominium rules must be followed and therefore, you will need to be aware of this if you are planning on buying a condominium and you want to have pets.

Being a pet lover myself, this is a very important thing to know. 

There are lots of condominiums in the Kitchener Waterloo area that will allow pets. If you would like more information, please let me know.

Here is the video.


Thanks for reading!

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
RE/MAX Twin City Realty, Brokerage ( 519.579.4110 | 519-498-8118

[Video] Five Possible Reasons Why Your House Hasn’t Sold Yet

By Warren McNeil,

Helpful video for people who are having difficulty selling their house. These are just a couple of reasons that might help.

Transcript of video:

Five Possible Reasons Why Your House Hasn’t Sold Yet 

Putting your house on the market can be a very stressful. There are many things you need to do to prep the house in order for it to get it ready to go on the market. Now that the house has been on the market for a week or two  you are starting to get concerned why it hasn’t sold yet. Well here are Five Possible Reasons Why Your House Hasn’t Sold Yet:

Number 5: Cleanliness. If the house is not clean and tidy  people might be getting turned off. This is one of the cheapest ways to get a higher return and quicker sale. If you smoke or have pets, you might want to consider smoking outside of the home and try to reduce the pet odours.  Use Fresh kitty litter and remove doggy blankets or pet beds during showings. 

Number 4:  Showing availability. It is really important to be flexible with showing times. All though it may feel like an inconvenience, the easier you make your house to show, the more likely you will get a potential buyer through. I have actually seen buyers move on to other houses and ignore a house that would have been perfect for them just because they couldn’t get through. Of course, There are exceptions to this rule if you are a shift worker or have small children. 

Number 3: Open Houses: If you are opposed to open houses, then you might want to reconsider. If you aren’t getting many showings, then an open house might be just what you need to get more traffic. Let your agent do an open house and they will listen to buyer feedback to see what all the buzz is about. Feedback is good because it will let you know where your house fits in eyes of potential buyers. 

Number 2: Location: Maybe the reason why your house hasn’t sold yet is because of the location. It is important to consider this when coming up with the list price. Location can play a big part as to why your house hasn’t sold yet. If you back onto an expressway, you will have a harder time then someone with a similar house on a quiet cul de sac. Just remember this  when you are setting the list price. 

And the number one reason why your house hasn’t sold yet is:  List price. You might be overly ambitious with your list price. Some tell tale signs that your list price is too high are,  lowball offers, lots of showings and no offers, no showings at all and market conditions. It is important to look at what the real estate market is doing. If you are trying to get top dollar for your house in a down market, then you might be unsuccessful in selling. The key is to price the house accordingly. 

 Well I hope you found the information here useful and if you would like to find out more  about me and our real estate team, please visit www.clickthathouse.com

Thanks for watching and see you next time!

Warren & Melanie McNeil | Sales Representatives, Team McNeil
Re/Max Twin City Realty, Brokerage o. 519.579.4110 c. 519-498-8118
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Filed under: Video Blogs — Tags: , — wmcneil | Posted: June 11, 2010 @ 2:15 am