According to this recent press release from the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS (KWAR), the number of homes sold on the MLS system in Kitchener-Waterloo was down in February and the average house price was up.
Home Sales Steady in February
Residential sales through the Multiple Listing System (MLS®) of the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) were down 4.0 percent in February compared to the same month last year and up 34 percent compared to January's results which were hampered by extreme cold and snow.
Spring is on its way! But before we can enjoy the warmer weather, there's the Spring thaw to deal with. Homeowners need to make sure their home is protected when the snow melts.
Before the weather gets warmer, pick up your shovel one last time. Move deep snow away from your foundation (especially the basement windows). Find a spot where it will melt and drain away from the home.
Check that all of your downspouts are diverting water well away from the foundation walls, some may have been damaged or moved during the winter months. Add an extension if it is needed.
Snow and ice can remain longer on flat or gently sloping roofs. Use a long-handled metal rake to remove the snow from your roof. Avoid climbing on the roof of your home!
University of Waterloo Weather Station Release, February 2014 ~ It was a very cold month, more than 5 degrees below average making it the coldest February since 1979. There was only a brief few days above 0 and the rest of the time it was not just a little cold but very cold. Overall it was the most below average of any month in the 16 year history of the UW weather station.
The low of -31.2 on February 12th was the coldest temperature since January 27th, 2005 when it was -32.2 and the second lowest February temperature I was able to find in the region (the coldest being all the way back in 1934).
The month started off a bit wet, but then it was pretty dry for the rest of the month putting the total of 30.6 mm below average overall. The 44.0 cm of snow in February was more than the 30.5 cm average. It may be surprising to know that the 147.5 cm of total snowfall really isn't that much more than the average for this point in the season of 141.5 cm.
Every seller wants her home to sell quickly and bring top dollar. While there are some factors you can't control, like neighbourhood popularity and market fluctuations, you can help your house put on its best face for showings and open houses. If you want to sell your home, here are some tips to prepare your house and turn it into an irresistible home.
Before any physical preparations, you first need to prepare yourself emotionally. Begin to dissociate yourself, and decide to let go of your attachments to the home. From now on, this is a house you really want to sell, not your own beloved home.
It's important that potential buyers can imagine calling your house "home," too. Make it easier for them by de-personalizing the space. Remove personal photos and family heirlooms. Buyers should be allowed to connect with the space, and to imagine displaying their own photos and artifacts. You want buyers to think, "I could see myself living here."
Most of us have heard the advice that we should change the battery in our smoke detectors each time we change our clocks for Daylight Saving Time...
But have you ever thought about how long the lifetime of a smoke alarm should be?
I had a home inspector tell me that "if the alarm is no longer white it is probably time to throw it out." What colour are your smoke alarms?
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