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Did You Know…Bend, The Pt2

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Only 20 minutes from Southwest Edmonton, Riverbend community, is the Family orientated ski hill, Rabbit Hill Snow Resort.

My boys and I have enjoyed many afternoons of riding there.  Rabbit Hill’s 2nd Annual Family Winter Festival is on February 16th.  With every lift ticket purchased $1 including all proceeds from the BBQ and bake sale will benefit the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

 http://www.rabbithill.com/w/pages.php?pid=27&sid=1

 

Get out and enjoy your family within your community!

Talk with you soon!

Carrie Wood
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Development & REALTOR®
780-932-5589
Edmonton’s Buyer Agent 

KENNEDY Real Estate
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Mini Market Forecast for 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

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Monday, November 12th, 2012

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10 Commandments for How Realtors Should Treat One Another

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

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10 Commandments for how REALTORS® should treat one another:

1. Thou shalt always identify yourself on the phone when answering your phone or for making calls.
2. Thou shalt only email and not call for feedback.
3. Thou shalt not leave voice mail requesting a call back for showing feedback.
4. Thou shalt not assume the other REALTOR® knows why your commission cheque is late. He or she is not hiding it. You are just not that special that he or she would take the time to try and hide it from you. Patience my friend.
5. Thou shalt notify the listing agent when you cannot make a showing.
6. Thou shall NOT make the seller the showing coordinator. Please note they never notify of pendings or callbacks to confirm. Can you say frustrating?
7. Thou shalt always have your cell number on your feature sheet for showing confirmation. Do you enjoy calling trunk numbers, leaving a message, waiting for a callback only to have shown 10 properties by the time you get a confirmation back? Too late buddy. Too bad for your seller too.
8. Thou shalt clearly convey the location of the lockbox.
9. Thou shalt never go back on your word.
10. Thou shalt never sell yourself short. If you do the above you’ll be worth every penny.

 

Respectively Yours,

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Jennifer Kennedy

Broker/Owner

KENNEDY Real Estate

 

 

 

Edmonton Real Estate: Title Insurance vs Real Property Report

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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Brought to you by  KENNEDY Real Estate 

This is a great article for Realtors/Lawyers/Mortgage Brokers and of course Edmonton BUYERS and SELLERS. There is much confusion about this topic. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have Bhavna Chavda from FCT (First Canadian Title) come to our office for one of our team meetings and give us the skinny on Title Insurance. This is what we learned…

 

Title Insurance: what does it mean to you? If you haven’t purchased a  home before, chances are it doesn’t mean much. If you have, Title Insurance may set off some alarms in your head. You’ve probably become convinced that a Real Property Report is the only way to go. But does Title Insurance deserve this bad rep?

Let’s start by defining these two terms.

Real Property Report: A Real Property Report (RPR) provides information such as the location of utility right-of-ways and easements.  It also shows boundary fences, the overhangs of eaves and additional improvements such as swimming pools and hot tubs.  As a seller, you need to make sure that your RPR is up to date and has municipal compliance before selling your property.  Not having this can delay the sale and cause a lot of delay when it comes to transferring title from seller to buyer. Lenders will also need to know about issues with the RPR and make sure they are resolved before lending money on the property.

Title Insurance: Title insurance is an insurance policy that protects you, the home owner, against challenges to the ownership of your home or from problems related to the title to your home. The policy provides coverage against losses due to title defects, even if the defects existed before you purchased your home. A title defect is a problem with the title which prevents free and clear ownership. There are many types of defects such as rights of way, encroachments (from neighbouring properties), unpaid liens, etc.

Are you in the process of trying to sell a home, and is the Real Property Report causing you closing delays? Here’s how a title insurance policy may help you.

Did you know that a title insurance policy:

• is accepted by most lenders in lieu of an up‐to‐date Real Property Report (RPR);
• can provide coverage over known RPR problems and offers protection from loss if the land is unmarketable as a result of defects that would have been revealed by an up‐to‐date RPR;
• provides protection against real estate title fraud and issues such as unpaid liens, title defects, encroachment issues, construction liens, and costs arising from building code violations.

It also provides coverage for purchasers:

• Unmarketablility of the title or land
• Liens, including tax liens; Builder’s liens
• Easements; Work orders; Lack of building permits
• Someone else owning or claiming to own an interest in the property
• Documents not properly signed, sealed or delivered
• Fraud, forgery or incapacity (including post‐policy coverage)
• Defective registration of documents
• Registration gap coverage
• Lack of access; Restrictive covenants
• Encroachments; Neighbour’s encroachments built after purchase
• Adverse matters that would have been disclosed by a local authority search or an up‐to‐date survey

So, if you ever find yourself in a situation where an RPR is too costly or time-consuming to obtain, you can always consider Title Insurance as a viable option.

source: www.firstcanadiantitle.com

This informative article was brought to you today by:

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Women Realtors: Stay Safe in the Field

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

In the Real Estate Industry, you meet a lot of people – people who you know nothing about.  It is important that we refresh our memories of how to stay safe while we are working out in the field, especially all of us Women Realtors® out there…

Here is a few things to keep in mind:

Know who you are dealing with:
Meet your potential clients at your brokerage or coffee shop, somewhere public.  If the situation permits, fill out the Fintrac form when you first meet.  When you’re meeting a potential client in order to list their property, typically, you are meeting them in their home.  If this is the case, make sure you tell someone (your significant other or a friend) who you are with, where you are going and when you will be back.

Keep a cell phone by your side:
Not in your purse or briefcase, but in your hand or next to you on the table.  Keep your cell phone fully charged.

Personal marketing:
Your marketing materials should be polished and professional.  Limit the amount of personal information that you share. Always use your office contact information and not your home information.

Trust your instincts:
When you feel apprehensive about a situation, or have a gut feeling that something isn’t right – trust your instincts.  Remember these signals you are feeling are alerting you for a reason.

Let them lead the way:
During the showing walk behind your clients.  Leave doors open after entering the house and any room.  Do not go with the unknown potential client into the basement, suggest that they go down and have a quick look while you wait on the main floor.  If they insist you come with them, then that should alert you that something isn’t right.

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Carrie Wood
Business 
Development & REALTOR®
Edmonton’s Buyer Agent 

KENNEDY Real Estate
Your Edmonton Realtor® | Edmonton Home Stager

Call us today…780-485-3010 and GET SOLD!
Area Specialists | Lifestyle Marketing

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Why use an Edmonton REALTOR ?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

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There are a gazillion reasons and articles written on this topic of which I am sure you have read a few…

HOWEVER – this article is written from a REALTOR® perspective.  After ten years of real estate buying and selling here are a few things I appreciate about having a REALTOR® involved in the process:

1. Market and Demographic Knowledge: “is this a good deal?” or “what’s the demographic like in this neighborhood/condo complex?” If you are new to either the market or the city having a REALTOR® at your disposal to navigate the unknown waters of value and demographics is a HUGE benefit and saves time to – as they are able to direct you in the right direction. Demographic knowledge plays a big role when advising on an area/community/condo for downsizers – or for those looking to buy their first condo/home and want to make sure they are buying into the ‘right’ neighborhood/complex.

2. Representation: when the deal is signed that’s when a REALTOR®’s work begins. If they want to get paid, they better make sure that they not only get any conditions/subject to’s satisfied, but  also ensure that the buyer closes on possession day. When you sell on your own – who ‘takes care’ of your buyer to ensure that they close and on time or at all?? I would gladly pay a REALTOR® to ensure my investment gets sold and closes on possession day.

3. Qualifying Buyers: if I were selling my house – I would only want qualified buyers to walk through the door – otherwise it’s a waste of my time and prep time for the showing. REALTOR®s qualify their buyers ahead of time. SO the folks coming through your door are the ones that can actually AFFORD your property. REALTOR®s also have access to awesome Mortgage Brokers that aid in the process of qualifying clients. When you sell on your own – how do you know if your buyer can qualify or afford your home when signing up the papers…oooh this is a recipe for despair…see the tidbit below 🙁

4. As a BUYER’S agent they are free to use! So why wouldn’t you use a REALTOR® when buying a home – in addition to the above – its FREE…and I’ll take anything that’s FREE 🙂

5. Assurance that the deal will get done. REALTOR®s have the knowledge and tools to get the job done. They are also only paid for results. So I know they are motivated to get the job done. They are the ones getting their clients into the homes/condos and making that happen. When you sell on your own – who is working on your behalf to get the buyers in the door? We have 3000 REALTOR®s in town that are all hungry for a pay cheque. They all have access to sell your property. Wow – do I need to go on? That one is a biggie – for sellers anyway. When you FISBO it (for sale by owner) you loose the ability to access a 3000 REALTOR network. Now why would you want to do that?

One other tidbit …

Did you know that if your buyer removes conditions and gives you an additional deposit cheque that does not clear (NSF) – and subsequently leaves for Timbuktu – YOU are hooped! You will be unable to sell it until after said possession day. Yeesh…another GOOD reason to have a REALTOR® on your side AND the buyers side too!

Did you learn something new in this post? Insightful from a REALTOR®  perspective? I hope so 🙂

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Broker | Owner

KENNEDY Real Estate
Your Edmonton REALTOR® Edmonton Home Stager

Call us today…780-485-3010 and GET SOLD!
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Getting the Word Out!

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

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At KENNEDY Real Estate we understand the importance of having an online presence – to direct traffic and leads to our site. To that end we have over 30 domain names that all lead to various spots on our main website www.kennedyrealestate.ca

This drives both buyer and seller leads to our site – great for our REALTORS® and Sellers alike.

In addition to our single website addresses for all of our listings we have multiple domain names working on your behalf 24/7.

These are a few of our domain names:

www.EdmontonWestendRealestate.ca

www.EdmontonSouthsideRealestate.ca

www.EdmontonNorthsideRealestate.ca

www.SherwoodPark-Homes.ca

www.StAlbert-Homes.ca

as well as:

www.EdmontonBungalows.ca

www.EdmontonWalkouts.ca

www.EdmontonLuxuryEstates.ca

www.EdmontonNewListings.ca

and Our NEW one – soon to be a blog of its own:

www.EdmontonHomestager.ca

www.DesignerRealEstate.ca

as well as these fine options to locate a FAB agent:

www.TopEdmontonRealtor.com

www.YourAreaSpecialists.ca

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Jennifer Kennedy
Broker | Owner

KENNEDY Real Estate
Your Edmonton REALTOR® Edmonton Home Stager

Call us today…780-485-3010 and GET SOLD!
Area Specialists | Lifestyle Marketing


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The Kennedy Real Estate Advantage

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
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The KENNEDY Real Estate Advantage

The RIGHT Professional

When the right professional is advising you – you get the BEST possible advice when it comes to buying or selling. And at KENNEDY Real Estate – that is exactly what we do – first and foremost. Giving YOU the information YOU need to make the best decisions possible whether you are buying or selling.

There is nothing that can replace experience and the human touch. Though there are a plethora of websites that can offer information that  you can use to ‘price your property’, the software programs utilized do not and cannot take into account the following:

account for supply and demand

account for location and comparable neighborhoods

account for differences in condition of properties (like the purple shag on Main St vs. the neutral cut pile on Side St)

market trends

cannot assess, analyze or adjust for raw numbers: interpretation takes skill and human experience – something the computer knows nothing of 🙁

If you get only PART of the information needed – you miss the boat completely – you are sailing into the winds of adversity and toward the land of the Expireds.

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The Price MUST be Right

It all starts and stops with Pricing Right…

proper pricing creates interest

interest that gets funneled into our marketing plan

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REALTORS® are made aware of the NEW LISTING (s) to the system and their BUYER clients are updated accordingly

the exposure from the above generates showings

if your property is not priced properly – there is NO amount of marketing that can be done to generate showings/interest

 

The properties with the RIGHT price always generates interest and a SOLD sticker on the sign!

Our TEAM members at KENNEDY Real Estate are all trained to give you the information you need to sell in this market,

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Our Seller Counseling Sessions include:

• Home Staging Options: decluttering, home staging with home owners furnishings, accessories option, virtual staging, staging for vacant properties etc. , exclusive ‘style designer’ ‘space designer’ options – great for vacant properties or brand new builds

** For any home staging options we will analyze your property WITH you to best determine the properties best feature(s) and make any adjustments to neutralize any factor(s) that might prevent you from selling.

• Marketing Objectives based on the subject property: 24hr/7 marketing plan that does not stop until you are SOLD•SELL and BUY options: if you are selling then buying – we discuss with you the options involved to make it a risk free endeavor – so you can sleep at night 🙂

• Time lines for which you can expect a sale and the details involved from the For Sale to Sold sticker

Contact us for a professional assessment that will ensure your ‘boat’ will sail off into the RIGHT direction – to the land of the “ahhhh we did it = SOLD success – no more showings!!” Set sail today and call  780-485-3010

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Jennifer Kennedy
Broker | Owner

KENNEDY Real Estate
Your Edmonton REALTOR® Edmonton Home Stager

Call us today…780-485-3010 and GET SOLD!
Area Specialists | Lifestyle Marketing

REALTORS®
 : Looking for a great Team environment to grow your business…see our Brokerage Model for info on how to make that happen!

 

 

Edmonton Home Stager | Staged to Sell: Our NEW Ad Campaign 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

At Kennedy Real Estate we spend more time producing your home for sale. Staging with  props and accessories combined with professional stylized photos creates a winning SOLD combination. Helping YOUR home to stay ahead of the pack and on track to a SOLD success.

Give Us a call today and get your home into production for a SOLD!

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Jennifer Kennedy
Broker | Owner

KENNEDY Real Estate
Your Edmonton REALTOR® Edmonton Home Stager

Call us today…780-485-3010 and GET SOLD!
Area Specialists | Lifestyle Marketing

REALTORS®
 : Looking for a great Team environment to grow your business…see our Brokerage Model for info on how to make that happen!

 

 

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