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DISCOVER Excellence ALL THE WAY HOME!

Welcome! I am dedicated to provide my clients with the finest customer service available and help you buy or sell real estate.

I pride myself on being an expert in bringing home buyers and home sellers together throughout the greater Edmonton area. With my experience and continual education in real estate, I can lead you through professionally!

I designed this site to provide you with information you need to make the right real estate decisions. Please check it out and then give me a call orKeys to your HOME LIFE? send me an email.  I am here FOR you!

To learn more about me and Discover Real Estate Ltd., please visit our website.  Also, if there is a property in 'My Listings' that you want to know more about or see a picture presentation, you will find it on the Discover Real Estate Ltd. site.

Anything that happens while you are with me, happens in your best interest. My promise is to effectively handle your real estate situations so your transition is as 'stress-free' as possible because of my performance.

I am a SPECIALIST (Sensitive, Planner, Ethical, Confident, Imaginative, Assertive, Loyal, Indomitable, Service-oriented and Tireless)!

Additional Information - perhaps OVERLOAD! - however, you may find the following interesting to read.

Best Service, Best Results

Choosing a real estate agent who has tools, skills and experience to make your dreams come true can be as challenging as the home buying process itself.  Consider me to make it simpler for you.

 

Always in Touch

 

Good communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship.  You can count on me to provide you with the information you need on a schedule and in a manner that suits you best, and you will always have 24x7 access to a wealth of online resources through your private Web page.

 

Customers for Life

 

Every one of my clients is unique, and that is exactly how I treat him or her. I'm proud to say that a high percentage of my business comes from past clients - from people who choose my services time and again. I don't measure my success by sales, but by the relationships I build along the way.

 

Consultation

 

If you are interested in buying or selling a condo, townhome, house, or acreage, I offer you the opportunity to meet with me to discuss your real estate needs. Call me today at 780-914-8804, 1-877-914-8804 or send me an e-mail.

 

Someone you can trust.

 

The most important thing when choosing a real estate professional is to find someone you can trust. I have a history of success and integrity in real estate that you can depend on. I am an experienced negotiator with expert knowledge of the local market. You can count on me to always work with your interests in mind, and to represent you and your wishes to the best of my ability.

 

Ask Questions!

 

There are no dumb questions.  NOT asking questions is dumb.

 

If buying, use a REALTOR.

 

As a buyer, it usually costs nothing to hire a real estate professional to help you find and purchase a home--your Realtor will likely get a portion of the commission the seller pays to his Realtor.  When choosing an agent, get referrals from friends, relatives, and co-workers, and then interview as many agents as possible.  Pick an agent that works in the neighbourhoods you're interested in.  Listen to your agent, but make your own decision.

 

Figure out your finances.

 

That means determining how much money you can raise for your down payment and how much you can afford to pay on a monthly basis.  Go to a lender to find out the size of mortgage you qualify for and get pre-approved.  Better yet, use a mortgage broker to find you the best mortgage rate possible.  When calculating the costs of home ownership, remember to plan for homeowner's insurance, property taxes, private mortgage insurance (if required), utilities, repairs, and maintenance.

 

Identify suitable neighbourhoods.

 

If it's not located in a neighbourhood you like, your new house will never feel like home no matter how nice it is.  There are several factors that go into making a "good" neighbourhood for most people.  It should be safe, close to things that are important to you, and should offer the services you depend on, such as healthcare and convenient shopping.  Ambiance and curb appeal may be particularly important to you.  Whatever your criteria, once you have a better idea of the areas you are interested in, find out as much as you can about each area's demographics, crime rate, schools, traffic, etc. 

 

Let your agent know what you expect.

 

It's up to you to tell your agent what you want and how you want to be involved in the home search process.  Some buyers prefer their agents to handpick properties for their consideration; others want to receive hot sheets on a daily basis so they can look through the new listings themselves.  You should listen to your Realtor's advice, but always remember that you're the boss.  And speaking of bosses, it's a good idea for ALL decision-makers to visit the properties your Realtor shows you.

 

Don't buy the first house you see.

 

If you like the first house you see, don't be tempted to make an offer right away.  You should look at least a few other houses first so you can get an idea of the homes that are available in your price range.

 

Don't buy a house that will be difficult to resell.

 

Normally, most of a property's value is not in the house, it's in the land.  You would do well to heed the old adage of buying the worst house on the best street, not the best house on the worst street.  If you buy a house that is overdeveloped compared to neighbouring houses, you may think you're getting a great deal when you buy it, but you will probably have a hard time getting back what you paid for it when it's time to sell.

 

Always get an inspection.

 

Any purchase offer you make should be contingent upon your approval of a qualified home inspector's report, even when buying a new or almost new home.  Friends, family, or your Realtor may be able to refer you to a good inspector, or you can contact the Better Business Bureau for a list.  Even if your lender does not require it, you may want to consider conducting a full land survey--property line disputes could potentially cost you thousands down the road, and are typically not covered by title insurance.

 

Get everything in writing.

 

This is especially important during any kind of contract negotiation.  Verbal commitments are hard to prove after the fact, so make sure that all the small details are added to the purchase contract.  If the seller says you can have the curtains, make sure the contract says so!

 

My Commitment to You

 

In the least amount of time possible, I will get you the best price on a home that is perfectly suited to your needs and lifestyle, not just today, but for years to come.

 

Someone with the tools you need.

 

All my clients are unique.  That's why I give every buyer their very own private Web page where they can track properties they're interested in, see scheduled showings and appointments, and view special materials I've prepared just for them.  And that's why all my clients have access to the most complete and up-to-date source of online property listings on the Internet.

 

Someone who wants the same thing you do.

 

I want you to be 100% satisfied, both with my service and with your new property.  I will involve myself in your home search as much or as little as you like, and will communicate information to you on a schedule and in a fashion that suits you best.  My goal is to make every customer a customer for life, so my job isn't done until you are completely happy in your new home.

 

If selling, use a REALTOR.

 

Some homeowners think that selling their own home will save money and give them an advantage over the Realtor-using majority. Before you start down this complicated path, here are a few reasons why using a real estate professional is important:

1)         You will be drastically limiting your exposure to potential buyers, which means it can take between 10 and 15 times longer to sell your home. Houses that take a long time to sell usually sell for less because buyers believe there must be something wrong with them.

2)         Most buyers find negotiating with sellers extremely awkward, and therefore avoid For Sale By Owner situations.

3)         Most buyers use a Realtor in their home search, and most buyers' agents will typically not work with FSBOs (for sale by owners) because they will not be paid. This means you will have to offer a selling commission to attract buyer's agents, which will cut into your expected "savings."

4)         Lack of negotiating experience can result in a lower selling price, or worse, a bungled contract and possible lawsuits. It is probably unwise to pit your negotiating skills against those of experienced professionals.

5)         If you plan to use a lawyer to help you negotiate, your lawyer's fees could be considerably higher than a Realtor's commission. Unlike Realtors, lawyers do not get paid for proactively representing your best interests or mediating delicate situations.

6)         You only pay a commission to your Realtor if they successfully sell your home at a price you are happy with.

 

Make high-return improvements to your home before you sell.

 

There are a number of improvements that you can make to your house that will provide a greater-than-100% return on your initial investment.  Chief among these is having your house painted, but you should also consider kitchen and bathroom renovations, adding fireplaces and skylights, and attic or basement conversions.  Contrary to popular belief, building a swimming pool is not a good capital investment, and will usually only add 33% of its cost to your home's final sale price.

 

Select your agent to maximize your exposure.

 

When selling your home, you should select a real estate agent who can expose your property to the biggest market to ensure the fastest sale at the best possible price.  Ask your prospective agents about the different ways they plan to advertise your home.  Good agents should use the MLS, national and local promotion on the Internet, yard and neighbourhood signs, as well as ads in various newspapers and real estate publications.

 

Don't buy your new home until you have sold your current home.

 

This is generally sound advice unless you live in an extremely hot market and your Realtor is sure you'll be able to sell your home quickly.  Timing is crucial, so start working with your agent to find a new home as soon as yours is listed. With a little bit of luck, the day you accept an offer on your home, you'll be able to make an offer on a new home and close both deals on the same day.  At worst, you may have to live in a rental for a couple of months, but most people agree that moving twice is preferable to being stuck with two mortgage payments!

 

Price your home realistically.

 

Sales statistics show that properties that are initially priced too high eventually sell for less than properties that were correctly priced in the first place.  Also, over-priced houses can take months or even years to sell, while properly priced houses usually sell in a matter of weeks or even days.  When selecting your agent, make sure that each Realtor you interview presents a CMA (or Comparative Market Analysis) that shows what he or she thinks your house is worth.  The average or median price will likely be very close to your home's true market value.

 

Show your home in the best light possible.

 

While you don't have to keep your house 100% clean all the time, you should make any necessary repairs and perform all major cleanup work BEFORE you start showing your home.  There are hundreds of small things you can do to make your house more attractive for a showing, ranging from drawing all the blinds and tightening loose doorknobs to displaying fresh-cut flowers and baking a loaf of bread.  Most importantly, you should not be present during showings so that prospective buyers can explore your home freely.  Ask your Realtor to provide a checklist of things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers.

 

Make sure to ask me about Accredited Home-Staging unique to Edmonton.  It is your option, however, I offer Home-Staging to every selling client.  I will transform your home using your furniture and items found in your home to highlight saleable features and make the buyer fall in love with your home at first glance.  See the home staging website (StagedHomes.com)  for more information about it!

 

Let's Work Together!

 

Whether you are a buyer, seller, investor, simply an interested person, or an interesting person, I would like to introduce myself and be available as your resource for real estate.  My commitment is dedicated soley to ensure top customer satisfaction through providing the BEST real estate sales and marketing practices.

 

Our Discover Real Estate Ltd. office is staffed by highly trained real estate specialists. We provide effective, efficient care and guidance through the process of transition.  Discover Real Estate Ltd. has an outstanding reputation as a most trusted and respected brokerage, has a team that is energetic, enthusiastic and successful, not to mention helpful to ALL of their clients.  With my background, training and the resources within the Discover Real Estate Ltd. office, I offer terrific professional and personal services in real estate transactions.

   Barbara Grodaes