Why a REALTOR?

Whether buying or selling, it’s an intricate process. A REALTOR can help make this process as easy as possible for you. Here’s how:

MAXIMIZED EXPOSURE

The key to selling quickly and getting top dollar is exposure. The more people who see your home, the sooner you will find a willing buyer. How do you get the most exposure? If you sell the home yourself, you will get some exposure by putting up a sign, running some ads, and telling your friends. On the other hand, if you work with a REALTOR you will get instant and mass exposure to a large number of prospective home buyers.

MLS®

A REALTOR has access to the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®). This service, a computerized system operated by the local real estate board, compiles information about listed properties in the area and makes it accessible to member companies. As a result, when a REALTOR lists your home, REALTORS from other companies learn about your home and try to match it with buyers with whom they are working. These buyers may include people from out-of-town who are trying to relocate to your area.

A REALTOR can speed the selling process in other ways:

  • By specializing in real estate, a REALTOR knows market values and can therefore
    help you set a competitive price for your home.
  • A REALTOR can free you from the hassles associated with showing your home
    and screen out people who are merely curious.
  • A REALTOR is objective when negotiating with buyers and experienced in reading
    the fine print of contracts.
  • By staying on top of the mortgage market, a REALTOR may know how to wade
    through financing tangles and clinch a sale.
  • Selling a home is not something that anyone can do in their off-hours. It’s a
    specialized service best handled by a professional. Best handled by a REALTOR.

Whether buying or selling your home Bill Brandsma will guide you smoothly through any and all real estate processes with honesty, efficiency, knowledge and genuine care.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area. To get in touch, call 403-932-4433.

Thinking of selling this spring?

Start with a FREE home evaluation. Contact Bill Brandsma for yours!

Bill is proud to offer prospective customers in Calgary and the surrounding area, a free market evaluation of their home and property. Property evaluations enable you to get the most money for your asking price of your home or property when you decide to sell it. Bill offers this service at absolutely no cost to you.

Get an accurate idea of current market value for your home before you sell.
Call 403-932-4433 or e-mail at bill@billbrandsma.com to find out further details and set up an appointment for your evaluation.

Beautifying your exterior

lushlawnSpring’s arrived and it’s time to start thinking about the exterior of your home again!

For a beautiful lush lawn this season, check with your local garden store and mark the calendar for the best times to weed and feed your yard.

For more tips, contact Bill!

Bill Brandsma Real Estate, specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area. Call 403-932-4433 today.

Here are three home maintenance tips to think about addressing now that the gorgeous spring, actually almost summer, weather has arrived!

Wash Your Windows

The one thing that it is easy to neglect (or purposely avoid!) is cleaning your windows. After all the recent rainy weather they really are going to need it. If ladders are not your thing spend the extra few dollars to call in a professional window washing company to do those tricky second story windows. There’s nothing like the sun shining through sparkling windows to lift your spirits!

Power Wash the Exterior

Power washing is one of most efficient and cost-effective ways to clean off the dirt that’s built up on your home’s exterior after being exposed to the elements over the messy winter and spring months. Most surfaces from stucco, vinyl siding, wood and brick, to patios, porches and walkways can benefit from a good power washing and overall, give your home a quick facelift!

Check the Roof, Gutters & Downspouts

Checking the roof, gutters and downspouts is an easy job to put off. Kind of ‘out of sight, out of mind’! It’s important to repair any loose or missing shingles to avoid leakage and damage to the interior ceiling of your home, and critical to clean leaves and debris from your gutters and downspouts as build up and cause damage and prevent the water from draining properly.

– See more at: http://blog.kenrichter.com/category/monthly-household-tip/#sthash.ICMM33ob.dpuf

Home & Shop for Sale Near Sundre

Beautiful 4-acre parcel

Located just minutes from Sundre and just over 1 hour from Calgary, this acreage offers a little something for everyone. The fully developed bungalow has a large living room with wood burning stove, kitchen and eating area with stainless appliances, dining room with gas fireplace and sliding doors to private deck, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms AND a second cute heritage home for your guests.

For all your toys or a business there is a 60 x 40 ft. insulated inslab heated shop with a mezzanine and power lift. The property is surrounded by  large mature trees and is definitely a must-see!

Discover more about this listing at http://billbrandsma.com/listings-2/105-home-and-shop-on-4-acres-near-/

If you’re looking to take possession of your new home quickly, contact us at 403-932-4433 today!

Bill Brandsma Real Estate  – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Have you made the decision to sell this spring?

Smart sellers will always find a way to get top dollar for their home. Here are a few expert insights about how to get your home into selling shape on a limited budget before the for sale sign goes up!

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For more information or ideas about enhancing your property pre-sale to maximize its value, get in touch with Bill Brandsma at 403-932-4433. He’d be happy to walk through your home with you and answer any questions you have.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

February sales point to stabilizing market

February’s overall figures represent a shift in the market, says Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB’s chief economist.

“…all indicators continue to point toward a slow transition from a contracting market toward one that is stabilizing at lower levels.”

Read full article:

http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/03/04/february-sales-point-to-stabilizing-market

For Creb’s 2017 Market Forecast Summary view:

http://www.creb.com/-/media/Public/Forecast2017/2017ForecastReport.pdf?la=en

You have to see140 Maple Ridge Cr. SE!

Situated on one of the desired lots in Maple Ridge

This home has been remodeled from top to bottom. A few of the many highlights include a stunning kitchen with granite counters, a large bright eating area, an open concept living room, 3 bedrooms and 3 new bathrooms. Downstairs offers large family room with cozy wood burning fireplace, a den and fully finished laundry room.

Some of the many features include hardwood, upgraded carpets, new windows and doors, stamped pattern concrete, 4 patio areas and a heated garage. The yard is fully landscaped and has a new fence. This home is definitely not a handyman’s delight. In fact, there’s nothing left to do but unpack and enjoy life in this this spectacular home!

For more details view http://billbrandsma.com/listings-2/101-140-maple-ridge-cr-se/ or contact Bill Brandsma at 403-932-4433.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate  – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Mark your calendars!

Calgary Home & Garden Show MARCH 2 – 5, 2017

Spring is just around the corner! It’s time to get ready for this year’s Calgary Home & Garden Show. Hundreds of exhibitors, retailers and industry experts, will showcase products and tips for anything and everything pertaining to home improvement, organization and renovation.

Celebrity guest speakers Kortney and Dave Wilson from the hit television series, Masters of Flip, and Carson Arthur, Landscape Designer, co-host of HGTV’s Critical Listing and star of HGTV Canada’s new series, Home to Win, will be featured and are ready to share a wealth of knowledge, experience and inspirational ideas.

Don’t miss out! The Calgary Home & Garden Show is your most trusted resource for every home enhancement project, inside & out. Hope to see you at the BMO Centre & Corral, Stampede Park Calgary, AB.

For more information or to buy tickets visit http://bit.ly/2m9dLN6

 

Is a pre-inspection still a good idea?

Before a serious buyer makes an offer on your home, he may want to have a professional home inspector check your house from top to bottom. The option of hiring a professional home inspector is open to you, the seller, as well.

An inspection in advance of putting your home on the market is a good idea. It will allow you ample time to fix the things that you may not have known about, ultimately allowing you to ask for and receive a better price for your home.

Providing a pre-inspection may also reassure prospective buyers that no major surprises are in store. Better you find them and take care of them before an inspector hired by a potential buyer discovers them!

If you need a referral to a quality inspector, contact Bill Brandsma Real Estate, specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area. Call 403-932-4433.

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