TEAM WEIR NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2019

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I am excited to announce that, this year, Team Weir has partnered with MoveSnap, an online concierge service that helps you save time and stress when it comes to your move. MoveSnap provides a knowledgeable representative who is readily available to assist you with a multitude of tasks from the time your house is sold to the date you move out. And, best of all, the service is compliments of Team Weir and is totally free to our clients.

As you may know, I build my business on repeat business and referrals. So, I focus a lot of my attention on providing the best client service I can. That service doesn’t end when the transaction is complete. It continues throughout the months and years in between your moves.

In fact, that’s one of the main reasons I keep in touch with you with these informative updates. I also like to take advantage of these opportunities to remind you that we are, once again, giving away a $500 gift card of your choice. Simply like or share our Facebook page! 

Is there anything more I can be doing to be helpful? If so, please let me know. I welcome your call or email anytime.

If you – or a friend, colleague, family member or neighbour – ever need to talk to a real estate sales associate with the kind of commitment to client service that I strive to provide, I hope you’ll think of myself and Team Weir.

Weir sold on you! 

The number of homes sold in January 2019 vs January 2018 is up about 20%.

While the average sales prices have slipped in some Canadian markets, the average residential sales price in Quinte is up about 8% over last year. Our average home price in this area is now approximately $330,000.

The local Real Estate Board sold 146 homes in January of this year. I would suggest that this is likely more than all the local ‘For Sale By Owner’ companies combined sell all year.

2019 2018 %Change
Total # of Residential Listings in January 357 276 29.3%
Total # of Residential Listings YTD 357 276 29.3%
Total # of Residential Sales in January 146 119 22.7%
Total # of Residential Sales YTD 146 119 22.7%
Total Residential Sales Dollar Volume January $48,425,533 $36,316,450 33.3%
Total Residential Sales Dollar Volume YTD $48,425,533 $36,316,450 33.3%

Benefits Of A Smart Thermostat

As published by Reliance Home Comfort, below are a few of the benefits of a upgrading to a  Smart Thermostat:

“First, these thermostats are incredibly easy to use. They are programmed through an app and can be controlled remotely with your smartphone or tablet. You can turn the temperature up or down, from anywhere, anytime.

Next, these thermostats can automatically program themselves. It can learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that can adjust to the most efficient, energy-saving settings based on your usage patterns and lifestyle. Features such as “geo-fencing”, allows the thermostat to automatically turn down the temperature when you leave your home for the day, and turn it up as you are on your way back to help ensure you arrive to a comfortable temperature.

Smart Thermostats also help keep your energy costs in check. Through the app, you can review your energy usage and get personalized recommendations on how to help save on energy costs.

Finally, these thermostats can be integrated into other smart home products. Adding a Smart Thermostat to your connect home can help you to improve your overall home comfort experience.”

To learn more about making the switch to a smart thermostat please visit Benefits Of A Smart Thermostat.


Should You Move Or Renovate?

Determining whether you should buy a new home or fix up your current one isn’t easy. In fact, the decision can be steeped in so much drama, they make reality TV shows about it!

So, if you’re wondering whether to move or improve, here are three things to consider:

1. Will a renovation truly fix what you don’t like about your property?

If you’re tired of a small kitchen, for example, given the layout of your house, it might not be possible to make it any bigger. On the other hand, if you’re craving a spacious rec room with a cozy fireplace, then a renovation could make that happen.

Of course, there are some things you may want that aren’t specific to your house, such as an easier commute or nearby park. Those are features you may only be able to get by moving.

2. How much will a renovation cost? How does that compare to the cost of moving to a new home?

It’s important to get accurate estimates of both the cost to renovate, and the cost of a new home, so you can make an informed decision.

Renovations often have a habit of costing more than you originally anticipate. Remember, the final result should be a home you want to stay in for quite some time.

3. Beware of compromising versus settling.

Whichever decision you make – to renovate or to sell – you can expect to have to make at least some compromises. That’s normal.

For example, consider the impact of adding an extension to your house. It would be a major renovation. Is it the ideal way to get the extra room you want? Do the benefits of renovating outweigh the benefits of finding a new larger home that already includes the space you need?

It can be a tough decision. If you’re in the midst of making it, call Team Weir today to get the facts you need to make the best choice.


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Selecting The Right Movers

Team Weir knows that the last think you want on moving day is a problem with the moving company you have hired. Ideally, you want them to show up on time, handle your possessions with care, and act professionally. Here are some tips that will help you choose the best mover for your needs.

  • Get a recommendation from someone you trust. That could be a friend, family member or colleague. As your real estate agent, I can also recommend some reputable movers.
  • Get everything in writing. Make sure you understand exactly what you’ll be paying. Ask about circumstances where extra charges may be applied.
  • Ask if the moving company is certified.
  • Reputable moving companies are fully insured. Ask to see the company’s certificate of insurance or some other proof of coverage.
  • Avoid part-time movers who work weekends. Usually, they’re not professionals. You may save some money, but you’ll be taking a risk.

Have questions about making your moving day go smoothly? Call Team Weir today!

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston in 1737.
  • The original colour of St. Patrick’s Day was blue.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck.
  • Your odds of finding a four leaf clover are about 1 in 10,000.
  • To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago dyes the river green for a few hours.

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