6 Tips On Why Sell Your Home in Winter

When we think of selling and buying homes, we often believe that only the warm months of the year are the ideal time to do so.

Our Kelowna Life experts will tell you that any season is the right season to sell your home, you just have to know how to prepare and take advantage of it.

Warmer weather drives more potential buyers and your home might sell faster. It’s also more convenient to move in and out without wearing layers of warm clothes and worrying about shoveling. But Kelowna is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and even in the colder months real estate remains a hot commodity.

With our real estate experts by your side, we can help you sell your property for top dollar even when it’s gloomy and cold outside.

Here are 6 reasons why you might want to consider selling in the winter and how to prepare for that.

1. More Urgency for Buyers to Find a Home

Buyers in the winter are most likely looking for a home because they have to, so they’re more motivated to buy, rather than shop around. For the seller, this means that there will most likely be fewer showings, but more serious buyers.

For families with young children, usually spring and summer are ideal months to buy a house and move because their kids are out of school. Selling in the winter will attract buyers who are not restricted by the school schedule.

Another interesting fact: most companies relocate their employees during winter, usually at the beginning of the year. The employees and their families are, therefore, more motivated and more serious about finding a new home.

The trick to convince the buyers that your listing is the one, is to make your home feel warm, cozy and welcoming.

Tip: Urgency still means a potential buyer will want to get value for their money. Because you’re selling in the colder season, questions and issues related to heat costs and maintenance might come up.

Prepare your home by getting your heating system, roof, and windows inspected. If necessary, have repairs done, weather-strip your windows or install energy-efficient windows, and insulate your attic.  If your house is energy efficient, this might play to your advantage.

A buyer looking for a home in winter pays more attention to upgrades that don’t require much maintenance in the winter. If you highlight these upgrades, you might even sell above asking price.

Tip: Winter comes with grey skies and gloomy weather. It also affects the first impression of your home. Counteract the season’s dark colours by brightening your home. Paint the walls a lighter colour and check if you need to caulk your windows. Open all curtains and blinds, turn on all lights in the home, and clean all windows and surfaces to make your home sparkle.

Tip: De-clutter and de-personalize, and stage your house with throws, pillows and other neutral seasonal touches. Don’t forget about other senses when creating the right mood. Avoid strong scents, like candles or air fresheners. To add to the welcoming feeling, bake some cookies and put the on a plate for buyers to enjoy. Turn on some soft music in the background; jazz and classical music usually work the best. And don’t forget to turn the heat up.

2. Less Competition on the Market

There is less inventory in the winter, but there are still people looking to buy. Depending on your asking price, neighbourhood and other aspects of your home, you might even receive multiple offers.

For some sellers, it might even benefit to sell when there’s less inventory. The key is to work with an expert realtor who knows the market, understands the advantages and disadvantages of your home, and then lists it based on this information.

3. Less Bidding Wars, More Likely to Get the Asking Price

It’s true that you’re more likely to make more money off your property in the spring and summer months.

But it’s also important to understand that in the spring the competition is more fierce and not all homes sell.

On some occasions a home has to be relisted at a lower asking price than what it’s worth before an offer is made, and then it might be bid up.

An added benefit: because winter is slower, your real estate agent will have more time to negotiate on your part.

Tip: Because in winter you’re less likely to have as many potential buyers as during warmer months, don’t test the market and list a higher price. Play safe and price your listing at market value. This way you won’t have drop below market value if your house doesn’t sell.

4. Less Landscaping, More Focus on Inside

With your property covered in snow, it might be hard or impossible to do any landscaping. This makes it easier to focus on the inside of the house and make it as welcoming as possible.

This, however, doesn’t mean that landscaping should be completely ignored. Curb appeal is crucial even in the winter months and makes a good and lasting first impression.

Tip: Do some basic landscaping and add some cool-weather plants to invite buyers to step inside. If it’s snowing, make sure you clear a path from the side of the road to your front door.

Tip: As you’re de-personalizing your house, make sure to display photos of what the outside looks like in the summer. A garden in full bloom, sun reflecting in the pool, and any other photos that would showcase the full beauty of the home.

5. New Year, New Me

A new year often comes with resolutions and the desire for new beginnings. This includes buyers looking for a new home.

Stage your home to reflect this mindset with seasonal decorations, soft music, and other tips shared in this blog.

6. Internet Never Sleeps

Serious buyers always keep their eyes open for the right property, regardless the season. With technology at our fingertips, buyers can search listings at anytime and in any season.

With colder weather, we tend to spend more time indoors. Whether we’re on the couch or watching our kids hockey practice, our phones and tablets are most likely by our sides.

We also tend to cheer ourselves up by finding stuff online, including homes.

Note, if a buyer is on the lookout for a home in winter, their eye will most likely be caught on a bright photo of your cozy home.

Tip: If there ever is a perfect time to invest in the services of a real estate photographer, it’s in the winter. A professional photographer will bring out the beauty of your home and increase the chances of your listing catching a buyer’s eye.

Are you looking to buy or sell your home in Kelowna this winter? Our Kelowna Life experts are ready to help you.

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Feature Kelowna Real Estate Professional: Rob Nelson

Rob Nelson founded Kelowna Life Real Estate Group in 2015 after deciding to move and enter the real estate market in Kelowna. His passion for Kelowna, and the Okanagan lifestyle has been a substantial part of Kelowna Life’s success.

Rob and his team of expert real estate professionals not only specialize in real estate, but truly believe in the City of Kelowna and love promoting the Okanagan.

Life Before Kelowna Life

Prior to founding Kelowna Life in 2015, Rob was an owner operator in the competitive nightclub industry in Alberta for over 20 years.

The decision to change career paths, and move to beautiful Kelowna happened while vacationing with his spouse, Andrea, in the summer prior to founding Kelowna Life. Rob and Andrea instantly fell in love with Kelowna’s gorgeous natural beauty, active lifestyle, and incredible community feel. It was during a dinner that summer on the stunning waterfront boardwalk at the Eldorado Hotel in the Lower Mission that they looked at each other and at the same time said, “we should live here.’

48 hours later, Rob and Andrea had purchased a brand new home in the Upper Mission, were on a flight home to Alberta to put an exit strategy into motion, and began building Kelowna Life.

In Rob’s first full year he finished in the Top 1% of all Century 21 Real Estate Agents in Canada in 2016, and as a group they won a CENTURION® Team Producer award in 2017.

The Okanagan Lifestyle

Rob attributes his success and unique approach to real estate from his previous experience and dedication to promoting the Okanagan.

The climate is incredible with four distinct seasons, and it strikes the perfect balance between a small town feel and big city amenities, including a world class hospital, and an international airport. Because of this, Kelowna and the Okanagan area are rare gems. It’s no longer just a place you go to vacation or retire. We have many young people moving here to raise their families or to succeed professionally.

Rob has a young family, so he knows first hand how great the Okanagan and Kelowna are for raising a family. There are so many outdoor activities to keep them busy and healthy including beaches, skiing, hiking, as well as extracurriculars for the kids, from dance to hockey. It also offers great education, including several college options and the University of British Columbia.

The thriving downtown core offers tons of local restaurants and shops, festivals, a great art district, as well as local wineries throughout the Okanagan Valley.

Economically, there is a growing business sector with a huge entrepreneurial community.

With so many great options, there is always something to do.

It’s clear that Rob and the team at Kelowna Life Real Estate Group truly believe in the City of Kelowna and love promoting the Okanagan. The growing team reflects these values and continues to strive for the best.

Cultivating Expertise in the Real Estate Profession

Rob’s background and personal interest in Kelowna has given him the tools to approach real estate from a customer service and business background as opposed to a more traditional sales relationship with his clients.

He has learned from the positive and negative personal experiences of purchasing and selling properties and businesses. These experiences allowed him to understand the ups and downs of buying and selling, and how to apply these experiences.

His previous industry is highly competitive and has a high failure rate. After a successful 20+ years in the hospitality industry, and work with agents in British Columbia and Alberta, Rob was confident that he could also excel and stand out in the real estate industry by applying the business principles he’d learned and his excellent work ethic.

These experiences, combined with his educational background has resulted in an ambitious work ethic and a team of focused experts who work diligently for their clients and constantly strive to exceed expectations.

Rob successfully understands how hard you have to work to maintain the right to continue to work with your clients and how you have to deliver on what you have promised.

Rob and the rest of the agents at Kelowna Life will continue to grow their incredible team of like-minded, service oriented, business minded individuals to maintain the high level of service their clients have become accustomed to.

They strive to continue to earn the privilege of representing their clients with their real estate needs while earning their referrals which have become the bloodline of their success.

Rob is truly thankful for all of their amazing clients and proud of Kelowna Life’s accomplishments in such a short time.

In the meantime, view Kelowna Life’s incredible property listings and learn more about the communities from Kettle Valley, to Wilden to the Upper Mission.

Feature House Listing in Kettle Valley, Kelowna

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This incredible new house listing at 5338 Upper Mission Drive, Kelowna BC | $879,000 won’t be on the market for long. Take advantage of the the opportunity to live in stunning Kettle Valley in the Upper Mission area in this updated 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2600 square foot home with walkout basement.

The property includes a beautiful high end kitchen, vaulted ceilings, spiral staircase, and separate living area downstairs which could easily be a rental suite property.

This great family home is walking distance to Chute Lake Elementary School. There is endless space in this well maintained 0.99 acre lot for the kids to play, bike, hike or dirt bike all available to you right out your front door. Plus, endless storage opportunities for your toys, boats, or motorhomes.

This must see private oasis will not last long!

If you’re planning to move to Kelowna or the beautiful Okanagan area and looking for reputable real estate professionals, contact Rob Nelson from Kelowna Life today. 

Feature Kelowna Life Real Estate Professional: Jason Abougoush

Kelowna Life has developed lasting relationships within Kelowna’s community, and there are a few Real Estate Agents that we feel stand out due to their exceptional client service. In honour of the hard work and commitment that our Real Estate Agents demonstrate, we’re featuring Jason Abougoush to get into the holiday spirit!

Jason Abougoush is a Real Estate Professional with a background in business, and he is about to celebrate a successful first year at Kelowna Life Real Estate Group! We are honoured to have him on our team.

Jason is a Real Estate Professional, who not only sells real estate but also invests in revenue properties as well as development opportunities. Jason views real estate trading from a business mindset rather than a sales mindset. He says his experience in watching his family business grow taught him how to do business the right way, and that giving back to the community will always be reciprocated through business.

Jason also attributes some of his unique characteristics to his educational experience, where he studied finance for four years before obtaining his masters degree from the university of Calgary specializing in real estate development. He feels that this, combined with his experience in development, gives him unique insights that can provide clients a more clear understanding on what the construction or renovation process is like.

It’s clear that Jason stands out and excels as a real estate professional due to his unique experiences, his strong knowledge base, and ability to view real estate from a business mindset opposed to the typical sales mindset.

Jason has been living and doing business in the Okanagan his whole life, and his family has been living here and doing business for over 50 years! He believes Kelowna is an incredible place to live and do business; it’s a place that everyone works their whole lives to get to, and he’s honoured to have had the opportunity to have grown up here.

With Christmas right around the corner, the thing Jason is looking most forward to is catching up with and visiting his family. Jason has 10 Aunts and Uncles on the Abougoush side of his family alone, and Christmas dinner is usually at least 50 people. He says given that most of his relatives are also entrepreneurs, Christmas is one of the only times that he is able to catch up and enjoy time with those closest to him.

Christmas is a great reminder that there really is no better place to call home than Kelowna! Kelowna is an incredible place to live because of both the entrepreneurial opportunities and the natural beauty. Jason believes it’s the perfect demographic because it offers most of everything you get in a city with small town companionship and history. Kelowna truly is a thriving community with endless opportunities and options to get involved with sports, activities, and the community.

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Many people are aware that Kelowna is a cornerstone of entrepreneurial opportunity, but Kelowna is beginning to tip towards a strong, sustainable business economy. He believes in Kelowna and is confident that the economics of the city are starting to develop, partially due to thriving: tech, health, and educational sectors. The increase in sectors make Kelowna more than just a vacation hotspot.

If you’re looking for an honest, professional and caring real estate professional in Kelowna, contact Jason Abougoush from Kelowna Life today or take a look at some of the property listings on Kelowna Life.

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2269 Bridgeview is one of Kelowna Life’s many outstanding homes to choose from. This fabulous home has been completely renovated top to bottom. It features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a main floor master with a beautiful ensuite featuring corner tub and 2 person shower, a theatre room, enormous recreation/family room with wet bar, a huge loft area with balcony, high end appliances, complete with incredible lake and city views from this amazing 6000+ square foot family home, and it’s only 5 minutes to downtown Kelowna!

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Relocating to Kelowna?

Partner with an Agent that Comes Recommended

Deciding to move to a new city, province or country can leave you feeling unsettled. What are the people like there? What neighbourhood would suit my family? Is it safe?

As the hundreds of unknowns fill your mind, stress and anxiety can take hold leaving you with more questions than answers. Without a local contact that you trust, you are left in the dark, scouring the internet for information that doesn’t quite answer the questions you and your family may have.

 

Paul and Andrea’s Story

The Kelowna Life Real Estate Team prides itself on being a reliable and trusted source for our clients here in Kelowna. The greatest feeling a real estate team can experience is receiving a referral from a satisfied client which is what happened in April of 2017. Paul and Andrea decided to relocate to Kelowna from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a new job opportunity and you can be sure that they were a little nervous and unsure. Luckily they had friends that had dealt with Rob at Kelowna Life previously and connected us with Paul and Andrea. This is the story about their relocation to Kelowna and their new Kelowna life:

 

My husband, Paul, received a job offer based out of Kelowna and we decided that he should take it. We had been living overseas for 13 years in the UAE and had never been to Kelowna before. British Columbia is vastly different than the UAE but we were committed to the move.

Our first visit was in April 2017 where we wanted to get a feel for the city and started to look for a house. Our friends highly recommended Rob at Kelowna Life. Rob showed us numerous neighborhoods and gave us insight to the different areas of Kelowna but ultimately, Upper Mission caught our eye. Our friends already lived in this area and it felt like a great fit overall. Before we knew it, Rob had found our Kelowna dream home in Upper Mission- we were very pleased with his service overall.

Moving to Kelowna has been a very positive change for us. It has a great vibe with so much to offer. People told us to expect company and it’s true. Our first visitors arrived 3 days after moving into the house and everyone has loved it! Our son came for a weekend visit and has decided to stay and get a job here he likes it so much.

We are very active people and have already enjoyed the hiking and biking and are very much looking forward to the ski season! Oh, and we love wine, so being in wine country is just an added bonus!

 

Paul & Andrea

Kelowna Lifestyle

We could not be happier for Paul and Andrea. They not only found a home in Kelowna, they discovered a new life based out of the Upper Mission. Kelowna has it own unique lifestyle derived from the mountains and pristine freshwater lakes that surround it. Regardless of the season, there is always a way to pass the time in Kelowna.

 

The Best Warm Weather Activities In Kelowna:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Boating
  • Golfing
  • Fishing
  • Wine Tasting
  • Beach Days with Swimming & Paddle Boarding

 

The Best Cold Weather Activities In Kelowna:

  • Snowboarding and Downhill Skiing
  • Snowshoeing and Crosscountry Skiing
  • Ice Wine Tasting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Skating
  • Ice Fishing

 

Are you thinking of moving to Kelowna but are not sure where to start? We know the relocation process can be confusing and hectic and we are here to help. Just like Paul and Andrea, one of the Kelowna Life Team Members can give you all the information you require on Kelowna and show you the neighbourhoods that it has to offer.

Partner with a real estate team that you can trust. Your new Kelowna life awaits…

 

To get in touch with Rob or another member of Kelowna Life Real Estate, click HERE.