January 2014 - When is it time to talk to a REALTOR®?
by Billy Peshke
on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 8:56am.
Many people only see a doctor when they're sick or have some other health concern. On the other hand, some people visit a doctor regularly for check- ups, to ask questions and get advice, and to maintain good health. Which do you think is the better approach? Obviously, the second one! The same thing is true when it comes to real estate. Even if you have no current plans to buy or sell a home, there are many reasons to talk to a REALTOR® regularly in order to maintain your good "real estate" health. For example, you can:
• Get an assessment of the current market value of your home, so you can make an informed decision about whether to stay or move.
• Ask about the state of the local real estate market (which may be vastly different than what you hear on the national news.)
• Find out what homes are currently selling for in the area.
• Learn what's currently available on the market, especially in neighbourhoods you would like to live in and that are within your budget.
• Ask for a contractor recommendation.
In fact, it's a good idea to have a chat with your REALTOR® once or twice a year, even if it's just to say hello! You want to build a relationship with a good REALTOR® who understands (and cares about) you and your needs. That way, when it does come time for you to make a move, you're dealing with a REALTOR® you already know and trust. Don't have a good REALTOR®? Call the Peshke Real Estate Team Today!
A quick lesson in wood floors
Thinking about installing wood floors? The first decision you need to make involves the type. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, there are four types:
• Unfinished. This type requires you or your installer to sand and apply a finish. If you want a specific colour or style, or you're trying to match existing flooring, this might be the best option for you.
• Factory finished. As the name suggests, this is flooring that has its finish applied in the factory. Although it is more expensive, factory finished flooring can be installed faster and can be walked upon immediately.
• Solid. This is flooring that is made from a solid piece of wood, top to bottom. The advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many times over the years, or even decades.
• Engineered. This is flooring that is made of thin layers of wood pressed together. It can be engineered to be very durable and expand and contract less than solid flooring.
The type you choose depends on your needs. Talk to your dealer or contractor about your specific application.