Home Staging…. Does it really work?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you are well aware that Home Staging has become one of the most important activities forming part of a listing action plan. However, from time to time, I still get the questions … Does it really work? What are the most important things to do?

What’s imperative to understand when selling your home, is that Home Buyers start house hunting with a logical list of criteria, but the home they actually buy, is chosen largely on Emotion. Once a buyer “falls in love”, forget logic! And while people say they can see ‘potential’ in a home, the reality is, more than 85% can’t see the forest through the trees. That’s why so many buyers today are simply willing to pay more for a home that is move-in ready. Continue reading

Niagara Living – It’s All About Lifestyle

I won’t lie. At first, I was apprehensive about moving to St. Catharines from Oakville. I knew it was the right decision for us, but it was a difficult transition for me. Actually, some of my first thoughts included “WHAT were we thinking!?!” However, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the Niagara Region, and I can honestly say that I am now a very proud St. Catharines resident.

One of the many things I’ve come to love and appreciate about Niagara is the overwhelming sense of community here. Sometimes it seems I can’t go anywhere without stopping to talk to at least three people. And if I didn’t know them well before, I know I’ll leave feeling like I’ve just made a new friend. That’s just the way it is here… friendly folks! Continue reading

The Value of Service Clubs in Our Community

What is a service club, you say? … Wikipedia defines a service club or service organization as a voluntary, non-profit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organizations. A service club is defined firstly by its service mission and secondly, by its membership benefits, such as social occasions, networking, and personal growth opportunities that encourage involvement. Continue reading