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July Newsletter

Julie Jamieson
Your Choice Realty Corp. Brokerage

Hi Sarah & Michel,They say that true friends are those you can count on when you need them. If a friend asks you about real estate, I hope you know you can count on me to help in any way I can. After all, I will treat your friends or referrals the same way I treat you.Of course, it also goes without saying that if you ever need help, advice, or professional assistance in real estate matters, I sincerely hope you will not hesitate to call me. Simply put, I’d like to be included among those people you know you can count on when you need them.

Here are a few articles that I thought I would pass on.



P.S. A referral to your friends, family or colleagues looking to buy or sell a home or investment property is always appreciated. Just ask their permission, and send me via email their contact info, and let me do the rest.
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Julie Jamieson
Lead Salesperson, Team Jamieson Real Estate
Your Choice Realty Corp. Brokerage




Staging the Outside of Your Home

You’re probably familiar with the term “home staging”. It involves cleaning, de-cluttering, reorganizing, and decorating specifically in order to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Furniture stores do something similar when they “stage” a bedroom suite in a showroom.

Most sellers focus their staging efforts on the inside of their homes. But the outside is important too. After all, a property’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers see. So you want to make sure that the first impression is a good one.

Here are some ideas on how to make sure that happens.

When preparing your home for sale, imagine you’re a potential buyer and take a walk around the outside of your property. Do you like what you see? Are there issues that concern you? Try to be as objective as possible.

You may notice, for example, that the deck is faded and worn, some of the border stones around the flower bed are chipped or missing, or the fence gate squeaks. If you notice these things, so will potential buyers. So consider getting these minor problems repaired.

As you inspect your yard, pay particular attention to sheds and other areas around your property where rakes, shovels, garbage bins, bikes, toys and other items tend to accumulate. Just as you would unclutter the inside of your home before a showing, you should also make sure the exterior areas of your property are as uncluttered as possible.

Then explore simple ways you can make the exterior of your property look even more attractive. For example, giving your hedges, shrubs and other evergreen plants a trimming, can dramatically improve the look of your yard. Planting flowers or placing flowerpots at key locations, such as near the front entrance can also have a big impact.

Need more tips on preparing your home for sale? Call today.


To Paint or Not to Paint

Painting the outside of your home traditionally takes more time and expense than a comparable area on the inside. You have to deal with ladders, more paint and, of course, the weather. So when preparing your house for sale, you don’t want to do any exterior painting unless it is really necessary.

How can you tell? Walk across the street and cast a critical eye on your house. Can you notice areas where the paint is chipped or faded? If so, then so will potential buyers. It’s worth your while to invest in getting a fresh coat of paint on these areas. The good news is that painting, whether on the exterior or interior, is the least expensive way to make your home look more attractive — and therefore more desirable to buyers.


Getting your Professional Team Together

When preparing to sell your home, you may need to hire several professionals in addition to your REALTOR®. You may consider a plumber to fix a dripping bathroom shower, a home inspector to make sure there are no “issues”, and an attorney to handle all the legal matters.

By hiring the right professionals, you will improve your chances of having everything go smoothly. You’re more likely to have your home sell quickly, and at the best possible price. Hiring the wrong professionals will have, well, the opposite effect!

How do you hire the right professionals?

Qualifications.. Ask what specific degree, certification or training they’ve received. Many professionals in the home industry are licensed or certified by their respective professional or trade associations.

Experience. Since you’ll be relying on the skills, advice and insights of each professional you hire, you should make sure they have experience in the fields you need.

Reputation. Ask for client testimonials or references.

Need help putting your professional team together? Call today.


notable, quotable… quotes!


“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”Carl Jung


“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

George S. Patton


“Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.”

Dr. Richard Carlson


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