Today I am going to discuss the use of a home equity line of credit or a "HELOC" as a means of helping you buy a new home while having to sell your current home.


This is another option that allows buyers to utilize equity in their own home for the down payment on a new home. This is similar to a bridge loan in that you need to be able to qualify for the new mortgage without selling your existing home first, but this is an option that buyers will often use if they already have a HELOC in place. This is another option where some buyers will list their home while under contract and others will wait until they close on the new home. This is a matter of preference. Talking to your mortgage professional will help you decide if either of these is a viable option for you.

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Tip # 4 DIY DON'T

So some of us are handier than others. This brings me to our final DIY tip of the week.

Do not undertake a project that exceeds your capabilities, even with something as 'easy' as painting. It is not hard to spot when a project has not been done properly or is only partially completed.

A potential buyer may think there could be improperly done work throughout the whole home.

Sometimes you just need to hire a professional.

As your real estate professional, I would be happy to refer you to some fabulous fort st john contractors to get that job done right.

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DIY Don't tip #3 When you are preparing your home for sale.

If you are aware of any issues or deficiencies in your home, do not, I repeat do not try to conceal or hide these issues with a quick bandaid type fix.

A prospective home buyer is likely going to have the condition of a home inspection. A professional home inspector will locate these problems and potentially your deal could fall apart.

Either disclose the issue in your property disclosure statement and price accordingly or get it fixed properly.

That nosey neighbour down the street that you don't get along with...they will tell the truth to the new buyer after they move in and you could get sued.

Save yourself some heartache down the road by fixing it properly or being upfront!

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DIY Don't Tip #2

Today's DIY don't tip is to not spend money on really expensive high-end finishings if you are updating for the purpose of selling, without talking to your realtor first.

Your realtor should be knowledgeable and know the value of your home with or without spending the money.

You could spend $50,000 updating a kitchen and only have your home increase in value by half of that depending on the comparables, neighbourhood, current market conditions, etc.

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DIY Don't Tip #1

If you are getting ready to sell, you do not want to paint in bright colors or with trendy wallpaper or patterns. You may think the look is amazing, but perhaps not everyone would agree.

Keep it neutral so potential buyers will see a blank canvas that which they can add their own personal touch to.

You do not want them to think about how much work it would be to change it.

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Hey Fort St. John Homeowners! Here's what's happening in our real estate market now!

We continue to see a seller's market here in Fort St. John, in a couple of sub-sections of the market more than others.

Prices have been raising the fastest in the $500k-600k range because Inventory is very low there, so we are seeing lots of competition and in some cases multiple offers.

Another sub-section of the market seeing a lot of action is the $300k-400k range. Some buyers have been left a little frustrated in that range, as they are looking for something that was in this range a couple of years ago but is not there now.

I don't see prices going back down anytime soon for a couple of reasons: There are new people moving into town, and rising inflation rates continue to affect the cost of building materials. Additionally, rising Interest rates will also impact the cost of homeownership as we move into mid-2022.

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Your Fort St. John Market Update for February 2022

Here is a breakdown of the key market stats based on the type of dwelling:

➡️ All Property Types ⬅️

Average Price: $360,000
Days on market: 53
New listings: 72
Sold: 47

➡️ Detached ⬅️

Average Price: $417,000
Days on market:28
New listings:38
Sold:27

➡️ Attached ⬅️

Average Price: $256,000
Days on market: 69
New listings: 18
Sold: 7

➡️ House w/ Acreage ⬅️

Average Price: $861,000
Days on market: 104
New listings: 2
Sold: 6

➡️ Mobile Homes ⬅️

Average Price: $95,000
Days on market: 55
New listings: 14
Sold: 7

New Listings:
February 2021: 74
February 2022: 72

✅ Active Listings
February 2021: 322
February 2022: 227

Sales
February 2021: 51
February 2022: 47

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So you have decided you want to sell your home.

The first thing you need to know is your numbers, meaning the cost associated with selling your home. You need to ensure you can afford to sell.

The best first step is to contact your bank or mortgage provider to find out what your options are.

If you are mid-term on your mortgage there will likely be a penalty or you may want to see if you can transfer or "port" your mortgage to a new purchase.

This will help you determine what you would need to sell your house for in order to have enough for a down payment on the new home, or enough to payout the mortgage upon the closing of your sale.

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The cost of hiring a realtor will be a percentage of your home's final sale price and covers payment to the buyers' realtor, marketing costs, and other overhead costs associated with listing your home.

Your realtor only gets paid in the event your home sells.

This percentage will vary a little bit between realtors.

When interviewing realtors it is a great idea to ask what they will do to market your home. Like with anything... you get what you pay for.

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Today I will go over Lawyer fees and other miscellaneous costs.

When your home sells you will need a lawyer or notary to complete the transfer of ownership.

It is a good idea to budget for around $1500 for this.

You will also want to keep in mind that the home purchaser may ask for things in the contract of sale such as removing certain items, having the home professional cleaned, or potentially asking for a repair to be made before closing.

These little things can add up so it is good to be prepared when you are crunching the numbers. I hope you found this advice helpful!

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Nailed that hammer flip!

How to Hire the right contractor: My final tip

When looking for a contractor, it is important to set up interviews with three different contractors. This will give you a sense of what each contractor is like and what they can offer you. It is also important to ask the same questions to all three contractors in order to get a fair comparison.

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