The Scoop on Home Inspections

Mon, 13 Nov by edmontonhomepros

A home inspection, while not required in all areas, should be an indispensable part of your home buying or selling process. It is worth the cost up front to save you money and headaches down the road.

What a Home Inspection Entails

A home inspector will provide a thorough inspection of the home’s interior and exterior to alert you to any damage that may cause potential problems in the future. He or she will look at the house as a whole and evaluate how the different components work together and affect each other. The inspector will identify any areas that need repairs or are unsafe and advise you on what your next steps should be.

Benefits for a Home Buyer

When you are purchasing a home, you want to know that it is going to be safe for you and your family for many years to come. Obviously, you don’t want to buy a home that is rotting from the inside out. A home inspector can alert you to issues that are minor right now but could potentially become much more serious in the future. Purchasing a home is a major decision. The results of the inspection may lead you to reconsider buying a particular house if it is likely to have a lot of problems in the future. It can protect you from huge unexpected expenses.

Benefits for a Home Seller

If you are the one selling the home, it is a good idea to request a home inspection prior to listing your home on the market. Potential buyers of your home are likely to have an inspection done, and you don’t want there to be any surprises. If there are issues with the house, buyers may rescind their offers or make offers only on the condition that you repair the problems before they finalize the purchase. It is better if you know about any problems in advance. An inspection gives you the opportunity to make sure the house is in its best possible condition when buyers start coming to look at it. This will streamline the purchasing process and make potential buyers feel much more confident that your home is the right choice for them.

When you are ready to buy or sell a home, or have any questions regarding home inspections, get in touch!

Why Use a REALTOR®?

Mon, 06 Nov by edmontonhomepros

Why a Realtor Streamlines the Process of Selling Your Home

So, it is time to move onwards and upwards in life and move house! Moving is a dynamic process that involves much more than a simple transaction. From marketing to proper evaluations and inspections, it is advisable to use the services of an experienced professional realtor to make sure everything goes smoothly.

The following challenges are what a professional can help you avoid when selling your home:

Time Spent on Potential Buyers

Selling a home by yourself will be a significant time commitment that should not be underestimated. Perhaps the greatest commitment to your time will be in scheduling and hosting viewings of your property. Are you ready and able to pick up the phone every time you have an inquiry? Are you able to sift out the simply curious from real potential buyers to avoid unnecessary viewings? Realtors are experienced in asking the kind of qualifying questions that sort out the wheat from the chaff. And how many evenings, weekends, and weekday hours are you able to give up to show interested parties your home? You’ll then have to pro-actively follow up on interest after viewings.

Marketing and Valuation

As well as the time involved in doing your own marketing, there are also practical considerations around how successfully you will get the information out there. Yes, you can list your property on various websites and specialist portals that realtors use. However, realtors also have extended networks of active potential buyers that they will reach out to with information on your property, a channel you will almost certainly not have access to.

You would have to be confident that you could realistically value your property correctly if you chose to put your home on the market yourself. Things you may be oblivious to can be widely considered as flaws by potential buyers. A professional realtor has the experience to point those out and suggest small changes which will make your property more attractive.

Negotiating

Realtors are both objective and experienced, having negotiated hundreds or thousands of real estate transactions. They know how to spot the signs a potential buyer has formed an emotional attachment towards your property and how to leverage that to your benefit. They also know how to spot signs of nervousness that might pose a threat to the eventual sale and how best to allay such fears. They won’t make compromises because they have been charmed by a prospective buyer, or behave irrationally because they don’t like them on a personal level.

Avoiding Getting Sued

This is a genuine concern that owners operating without a realtor must be acutely aware of. There is a lot of paperwork involved in the sale of a property. Getting it wrong can at best delay the sale and at worst lead to putting yourself in danger of legal proceedings. Seller’s disclosure is a particular concern. What can be considered a defect, hazard, or nuisance varies depending on where you live. Realtors know exactly what is required of the seller. If a mistake is made, then they have insurance, ensuring that a seller does not personally suffer.

Merry Christmas from Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros!

Fri, 19 Dec by edmontonhomepros

2014 is coming to a close, but it’s been a great year for the Edmonton Home Pros Real Estate Group and we hope it’s been a fantastic year for you, too! As we head into the holiday season, we hope you’ll have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, spent surrounded by friends and family. Our homes are a central part of the festivities of this season, and now is the time when some of our most treasured memories will be made within our walls. This time of year, we all understand what makes a “house” a “home”.

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We’d like to thank all our new and returning clients who worked with us this year, and we look forward to working with you again on your next Edmonton real estate transaction, whether it be in 2015 or years in the future. If you are considering buying or selling and Edmonton home in 2015, you can access all the information on our website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Check out current Edmonton homes for sale, find out more about our buyer and seller services, or book an Edmonton home evaluation and consult for the new year.

Happy Canada Day!

Wed, 25 Jun by edmontonhomepros

Canada Day 2014

Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros wish you a safe and pleasant Canada Day. If you would like assistance buying or selling your Edmonton property, Sherwood Park real estate home, Leduc real estate house, or your St. Albert house, look no further than the Edmonton Home Pros. Contact Stephen Lau and his team today. 

Easter Greetings

Wed, 16 Apr by edmontonhomepros

Wishing You The Best This Easter

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Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros wish you and your family a joyful Easter weekend.

Now that Spring has arrived in the City of Edmonton and surrounding areas, keep these Realty Executives in mind for all your home buying or home selling needs. They are a professional, knowledgeable, and bilingual real estate team who have helped hundreds of families search for St. Albert real estate homes, move to Edmonton, buy Sherwood Park properties and find Leduc real estate homes. Best of all, they also work in other surrounding areas such as Spruce Grove and Stony Plain!

Start your Spring with a phone call to the Edmonton Home Pros. Depending on your needs, they will provide you with either a free home buyers consultation or a free home evaluation! 

We look forward to becoming your real estate ambassadors.

New Opportunities For You In The Horizon

Thu, 02 Jan by edmontonhomepros

Calgary Commercial Real Estate & New Horizon Mall

There are new opportunities available for you on the horizon! Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros Team bring you an exclusive opportunity in Canada’s leading Urban city when it comes to overall retail growth— The City of Calgary. Whether you’re a commercial investor, or an entrepreneur seeking your next business venture, this is an excellent investment opportunity for you in the Calgary commercial real estate market.

New Horizons Mall Calgary Commercial Real Estate
The New Horizon Mall is a revolutionary shopping centre catered to Calgary’s multicultural population. This centre will seamlessly blend Asian retail, businesses, and food with a contemporary Western design. Over 500 upscale Asian retail businesses and oriental-themed entertainment venues shall be found here— making New Horizon the first mall of its kind in Alberta! The mall is situated North of Calgary across from CrossIron Mills and is a mere 20 minutes from Downtown Calgary. Opening day is scheduled in late 2016 with groundbreaking commencing in 2014.

Unlike other commercial spaces in Calgary, New Horizon contains a unique financial structure. All of the commercial real estate spaces inside the mall operate as individual commercial condo units. Which means you can buy a commercial condo inside New Horizon and open your own boutique store, or you can lease the unit to a Calgary retailer— making this the best mutually beneficial investment opportunity for you!

If you would like more information on this exclusive Calgary Commercial real estate opportunity, contact Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros. Alternatively, you can soon learn more about New Horizon Mall and the commercial real estate opportunities on our website. Real estate investment is extremely rewarding and one of the best financial decisions you can make. So take the plunge into Calgary’s commercial real estate market.

Seasons Greetings!

Wed, 18 Dec by edmontonhomepros

Happy Holidays & All The Best In 2014

The Edmonton Home Pros Team would like to wish you a festive Holiday Season filled with joy and among great company. We also wish you the very best this New Year. May 2014 be your best year yet! Set high goals for yourself this year and you will be amazed with what you can accomplish.

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If one of your goals is to buy an Edmonton real estate home, contact Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros Team. We will listen to your needs, wants, and budget then work with you to find the perfect Edmonton property to call home. This Homebuyers Consultation is available to you at no cost!

If you’re interested in placing your Edmonton home on the market, feel free to contact us! Allow us to assess what your home is worth and advise you on selling your Edmonton property. Then, through our extensive Edmonton network, we will maximize your home’s exposure and find you the right buyer!

Why Choose Edmonton Home Pros

Fri, 20 Sep by edmontonhomepros

Edmonton Home Pros

With all of the options in brokers and real estate agents to choose from, it can be hard to separate an average REALTOR® from the excellent ones.

Before you choose a real estate agent to help you buy or sell your Edmonton Home, be sure to do your homework. Checking the pros and cons of each REALTOR ® or Broker will help you make an informed decision and find the agent best suited to your needs. Edmonton Home Pros are powered by a strong group of agents who can solve all of your real estate needs. Here’s why:

  • Great Team of Professionals: Whether you are buying, selling, or investing in Edmonton real estate, our diverse team provide clients with superior services. We are knowledgeable, flexible, and results-oriented individuals. Visit our Meet The Team page for more info!
  • Buying or Selling Luxury Properties? No problem! We can help you find the Luxury Edmonton Property of your dreams. Whether it is Edmonton Luxury Homes or Edmonton Luxury Condos!
  • Multilingual Service: Our agents speak more than one language, so it’s easier to communicate with them. Some of the spoken languages include: English, Cantonese, Tagalog, Korean, Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu and Punjab.
  • Multiple Resources: We have several resources available for our clients, from online tips and advice, to connecting you with our business affiliates.

We encourage you to take the first step and contact Stephen Lau for more information. You will not be disappointed!

Embracing New Technology

Fri, 26 Jul by edmontonhomepros

We live in an digitally-powered world. Through a small device such as a smartphone, we can surf the internet, text, email, and call someone! As such, technology continues to revolutionize the real estate industry.

In 2012, the National Association of REALTORS® profiled homebuyers and sellers. They revealed that 90% of all buyers use the internet as their top information source, when searching for a home! An astounding fact when you consider that in Canada the internet truly took off by the late 1990’s. In today’s internet-driven world, the Edmonton Home Pros team embraces new technology and makes it easier for buyers or sellers to communicate with their current and future agents:

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Bringing the Home Buying and Selling process to the palm of your hands. Photo by: thinkpanama

Comprehensive Website: Our multilingual real estate website is compatible with all internet browsers. Edmonton Home Pros provides as much information to you as possible including community information, team information, tips on buying or selling your home, and more! This information is presented in an clear, and visually appealing manner.

Mobile Website: Blackberry or iPhone? Tablet or iPad? When it comes to the Edmonton Home Pros Team website it doesn’t matter! They have a mobile version of their website which makes it easier to view MLS® Listings and find information on homes for sale.

Online Listings: Before online listings came along, homeowners had to head to their nearest REALTOR’S® Office to search through a massive book of property listings. When they found a home that they wanted to see, they would write down a number, then cross their fingers and phone the agent. Thanks to new technological advances, you are just a click away from Edmonton Home Pro’s Hot Listings and can instantly contact an agent.

One of the best things about the internet is the “freedom to learn” that it provides. While word-of-mouth remains the most powerful marketing tool, homeowners have the ability to research and explore other options. Edmonton Home Pros is powered by a solid team of professionals, which offer some of the best multilingual real estate services in Edmonton. But don’t just let us tell you about it- see for yourself. Take a look at their website and see what makes them unique. When you are ready to make your best choice in real estate, contact Stephen Lau and the Edmonton Home Pros Team.

Happy Canada Day!

Fri, 28 Jun by edmontonhomepros

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