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Negotiating – Why a Realtor is the Best Person for the Job

Negotiating – Why a Realtor is the Best Person for the Job

Buying or selling a home is a complex process that involves different issues, multiple parties, conflicting interests, and emotions. So having a real estate agent on your side to do your negotiating is your best bet!

Negotiations begin with a written offer, and the agents for the buyers and sellers go back and forth. It’s not just the price – everything is negotiable, including closing date, repairs, appliances, and inspection.

When choosing to work with a real estate agent, their negotiating skills are an important factor. They can help persuade and influence the other party to accept your terms and handle any conflicts that come up through the negotiation process.

Agents are trained and can use their skills to negotiate well because they can remove themselves from the emotional side of things. They bring a more professional approach to the negotiations and in the end they achieve better results with faster sales and a higher net profit.

Agents have confidence in their skills and have the experience behind them. They come to the negotiations prepared for whatever objections may come up through the process and they know how to handle them to get you the very best result. This is their expertise and they know the market well and all of the ins and outs.

So remember, when heading into this process, negotiation skills are fundamental to success. Choose a real estate agent to help you get the best results possible in the sale or purchase of your property.

Celebrate Winter in Haldimand County

Celebrate Winter in Haldimand County

All along the shores of the Grand River, great community programs are scheduled weekly for residents of Haldimand County. Nordic sports, clubs and a historic museum keep locals well entertained throughout the coldest seasons!

For those who love to play hockey in Haldimand County, there are scheduled Adult and Women’s Shinny programs happening across the area. You can lace up in Hagersville, Dunnville and Caledonia on a convenient date for you, without having to commit to a whole season. Haldimand County offers free public and open figure skating, and is a great place to learn how to skate this February. For more information on arena programs visit: www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/residents.aspx?id=18339

Book a community hall this winter for your next special event. Haldimand County supports 27 different community halls. Visit: www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/residents.aspx?id=46 for more information on how to rent, and for guidelines about your next company bash.

Snow day? Visit Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, built in 1857. The former Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up was designed by noted architect John Turner. Don’t miss your opportunity to tour this historic building and its current exhibit – A Soldier’s Christmas At the Front. Located at 80 Caithness St. in Caledonia.

You can knit, build LEGO buildings with your children and throw down your best words at the Scrabble Club all February in Haldimand. Expand your horizons in the Selkirk or Grace Book Club on the last Monday of the month. There’s nothing like a great read to get you through the month of February! Discuss plots, get out of the house, and have a ton of recreational fun!

Visit: www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/calendar.aspx for the county calendar and make the most of winter in Haldimand!

Resolutions for your home

Resolutions for your home

As we begin a new year and make our lists of resolutions, you may want to include some for your home as well! There are several easy ways to improve your home to make it more beautiful, organized and clean this coming year:

Declutter your space

Add cleaning out the clutter to the list! This is an important step in improving your entire living space. Clutter makes a house look and feel dirty and busy. It is so easy to acquire too much stuff. Start purging room by room. Go through all closets, drawers and shelves. If you don’t wear it or use it anymore, donate the item or throw it out. As you are organizing, make note of the storage needs you have in each room to ensure everything has a proper home moving forward. Pick up some plastic bins and shelves to expand your storage. Remember, decluttering your home takes time, so be patient as you work away at it.

Deep clean the whole house

Next give the whole house a good cleaning from top to bottom. The goal is to keep it clean! A messy house can lead to other more serious issues like mould and having a clean house makes everyone feel happier and more at peace. Make a weekly plan and set realistic goals to help achieve a clean home. Work on one type of cleaning at a time. This is a faster way of doing things and it will feel good as you cross each thing off the list.

Complete simple fix-ups

Another good thing to do is to go through your home and do any simple fix-ups the house may need to keep it in good shape. Improvements such as paint touch-ups or caulking windows and doors are easy ways to fix up your home.

Join in on the winter activities in Haldimand County

Join in on the winter activities in Haldimand County

Join a club or lace up your skates for some stimulating winter fun in Haldimand County!

Get your brain working with Lego Fridays and Saturdays. Dunneville Lego Club runs Fridays 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. through January. The Cayuga Lego Club drop-in takes place on Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through the month. 

Test your wordsmith skills by joining the Scrabble Club 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. This informal and entertaining afternoon is a great way to combat your winter blues! This drop-in program takes place at Caledonia Public Library located at 100 Haddington St., Fridays throughout January in Haldimand County.

Join some pleasant company while working on your knitting and/or crochet projects. All experience levels are invited to Dunnville Library (please bring your own supplies). Contact 289-674-0400 for more details about this Feb. 8 group date.

Visit Haldimand County website at: http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/calendar.aspx?eventid=43546 for the full schedule and details on public skates, adult, woman and youth shinny hockey and open figure skates happening around Haldimand.  Also, if you love to skate don’t miss the Tim Horton Public Skates happening in Hagersville, Cayuga, Dunnville and Caledonia on multiple occasions throughout January in the region!

Should you buy a fixer-upper?

Should you buy a fixer-upper?

After dedicating months to searching for the perfect house that checks off every box on your want and need list, it might be time to pursue another avenue. We’ve all seen the reality shows where homeowners purchase an old, run down house and then at the end of the hour you see it transition into a spectacular, dream home. If they can do it, why can’t you?

It is important to remember that you don’t always see the good, the bad and the ugly while watching a TV show, so be prepared for some hard work and possibly unexpected situations. Here are just a few things to consider before signing on that dotted line:

You don’t have to out source everything – One of the best and easiest ways to save some money when working through an expensive renovation project is to get your own hands dirty and take on some of the work. Whether you are taking on a larger demolition, refinishing hardwood floors, painting or assembling cabinetry, any task you take on yourself saves you money on labour costs.

Living in chaos – If you are forced to live in your house while renovating, be prepared to live in chaos, especially if you have children. Dust, microwavable meals, take out and living out of boxes are just some of the crossroads you may cross. But if you can fight through the undesirable for a short time, you will have memories to last you a lifetime in a new space you will love!

Budget and then budget some more – If you are a fan of HGTV you know that something unexpected almost always happens, which results in unforeseen expenses. Any number of issues can come up whether it be plumbing, electrical or foundation, so be sure to set aside some money in a reserve fund should something come up.

Sometimes the only way that you can find the house of your dreams is to put in some old fashioned hard work, but be sure you understand everything you could be getting yourself into before finalizing the deal.

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