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Staging Like a Pro: How to get your home photo ready. By Kelsey McPherson

mcpherson1, February 25th, 2017 at 8:30 pm

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First impressions are everything, and the same goes in the world of real estate. For a long time, the old standard for ensuring your home made a good first impression was by maximizing curb appeal. Nowadays, with the majority of today’s buyers using the internet to search for homes, having great pictures of your space can make all the difference. Photos are one of the most effective marketing tools to make a lasting first impression and incite buyers to come check it out in person. Our team at McPherson Group takes great pride in our high-end marketing materials, and our marketing specialists are experts at making your home look its best. However, taking a great photo isn’t just about a simple ‘point and shoot’. In fact, there are a number of other different staging techniques to consider that can help get your home ready for its closeup. While deep cleaning the whole house from top-to-bottom is a given, you’ll also want your space to appear tidy, bright and welcoming – both inside and out. Here are some more staging tips to prepare your home for photo day. Inside: Open all blinds and other window treatments Make the beds Remove personal […]

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Understanding Asbestos by Chris Barron

mcpherson1, January 18th, 2017 at 3:39 am

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Asbestos has been an ongoing concern in the residential housing market for a long while. We see this all the time as clients are looking at the possibility of buying a home they can fix up to save a little on the overall mortgage cost. When listing a property, a REALTOR will ask the seller to complete a Property Disclosure Statement (PDS). A potential buyer will use this statement to glean some information about the property that might not be obvious during a walk through. This includes whether or not the property ever contained any asbestos products. The seller completes this form to the best of their knowledge and is legally responsible for the answers. That being said, how does one really know if a property has ever contained any asbestos products? I asked this same question to Dave Lantaigne of JMX Environmental Inc. whose company just finished an asbestos remediation at Ballenas Secondary in Parksville. The real answer; its hard to know. However, there are products that are known to have contained asbestos prior to 1990 and Dave sent along a list. The products that I noticed that would be of the biggest concern to home owners are: Floor […]

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BC Government offers down payment loans to first-time home buyers by Kelsey McPherson

mcpherson1, December 16th, 2016 at 11:30 pm

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Exciting news rocked BC’s real estate industry with the announcement the BC Government’s plan to help home buyers get their foot in the door to their first home. Called the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program, this new action plan offers qualified buyers with a government-backed loan of up to $37,500, or 5 per cent of the purchase price, with a 25-year loan. No payments are required to be made and interest will not accrue for the first 5 years. After the first 5 years, home buyers will be able to pay off the loan at any time or make extra payments with no penalty, allowing for lots of time to save up. Applicants must be pre-approved for a first mortgage, plus there are a number of other requirements for the program, including limits on income, home purchase price and residential obligations. The goal is to match part of a buyer’s down payment to help people who can afford mortgage payments, but who are having trouble saving up for a down payment.  This program comes as part of the government’s housing strategy to make home ownership more attainable and affordable for the middle-class anywhere within the province. While […]

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