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What To Do When Your House Won’t Sell
May 31, 2010 at 11:54 am 0
This month we’re thrilled to have Julia Stepanova, a local real estate expert who has done some great investments herself, and is on board to help guide us in our wealth building activities. Here’s Julia! ---- A few months ago I had a 2 bedroom condo, in a brand new building in downtown Toronto, for sale. A very pretty unit in itself, but even after two price reductions and many showings it just WOULDN’T SELL. Whoever entered would say: “Wow nice view, big rooms, good floors, great bathroom and kitchen”. Yes I know, want it? … No. It was as if it was cursed. So, sitting at my usual spot, a large green tea in my hand, an idea occurred to me. I called my clients and suggested to stage the unit. In a matter of two days, with the help of professional stagers the unit was transformed, the new design complementing the units’ qualities. The next day I had multiple offers and it was sold for $12,000 over the asking price. Most surprising was the fact that the couple who had bought it had been there a while ago and at the time paid no special attention to the unit. Now, they couldn’t believe that they have already seen it before.
Before Staging

a nice condo, but just wouldn't sell

a nice condo, but just wouldn't sell




After Staging

bright, sunny and sold over asking after staging

bright, sunny and sold over asking after staging


Creating an unforgettable image of your unit is necessary thus, staging is very important (it changes the entire atmosphere of a place). Some companies allow you to pick and choose furniture to fit your budget without using a stager. There are also some great books; the recently published “Staging for Dummies” by Christine Rae and Jan Saunders Maresh has a whole chapter dedicated to colour choice and offers advice on combining colors effectively, explaining the rules of a 60/30/10 ratio: 60 for walls,“Wall color is the most dominant space in the room and claims 60 percent of the color in the room. Remember the ceiling and floors are walls, too! You use the secondary color on the larger pieces of furniture and window treatments[30%] . Use the color on throw pillows, florals, art, and accessories [10%]”. Now I must admit that the apartment wasn’t cursed, it just wasn’t memorable enough. But staging did the trick. And luckily I had my green tea, which always does the trick too. --- For more posts on women and real estate investing check out: Condo Sale Pays Big. Women and Real Estate Investing Julia is a real estate agent with Re/Max Condos Plus and you can find her here.</a
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Style
The Best Part of February – The Amazing Sales on Shoes!
February 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm 0
Here up North the winter is not fun. There's no point in saying it's lovely and fresh and blah, blah, blah - it just sucks. Plain and Simple. And by February most people are tired of the heavy jackets, winter boots, mittens and scarves. Even if you had nice things they've probably been ruined by the salty roads already. But, around this time of year something wonderful happens that offers a glimpse of hope for all the winter haters. All the shoe stores have amazing sales!

Shoes on sale at Aldo for $69 vs. the $125 original price

Shoes on sale at Aldo for $69 vs. the $125 original price

They have to clear out all the inventory from the previous year, so most stores have shoes on sale from 50-70% off! As long as choose a style that wasn't super trendy last year (and now outdated) you've scored yourself some great deals on beautiful shoes that are ready for spring wear, whenever the big thaw happens.
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Life, Style
How To Live Like A Diva On A Dime
February 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm 0


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For all the budget babes out there a few simple tricks to help you live like a diva on a dime. You don't have to become a shut-in, eat budget food only, or stop seeing your friends. You just have to make a few simple changes that let you keep more money in your pocket while also socializing, having fun and enjoying the good life. Here are a few simple things you can do to live like a queen when you have a tight budget: Go Out Later. If your friends are going out for a night on the town at 7 you can meet them at 9 instead. You'll have saved two hours of cocktails which could easily save you $50...plus you'll feel better the next day with a few fewer glasses of bubbly in your system. Meet Your Friends For Desert Instead of Dinner. When your friends are going to a fancy dinner at that super chic new restaurant and you really want to see it you don't have to miss out altogether. Tell your friends that you aren't able to meet them for dinner (you don't need to say you can't afford it if you don't want) but you'd love to meet them for desert. Cook Gifts For People. Is that $25 pricetag for thank you flowers to your friend that did you a favour a bit tough to swallow? Make them some super cute cupcakes or their favourite cookies! You will save a bundle, and you get to do some creative expression with your cupcake decorating. Double Check Your Receipts. This may sound a little stingy, but do you think the huge corporation that you buy your groceries at deserves the $5.00 they overcharged you more than you do? If you check your bills every time you'll be amazed how much extra you are paying - so get that money back and put it to better use! Do Your Research. Before you buy something that costs more than $100 check online to see if you can buy it at a factory outlet or a website for less. Why pay more when you get the same quality goods that you do in the store? Find The Best Time To Make A Purchase. Lots of companies have regular sales, or days of the week that things go on sale. If you are thinking of taking a trip you may be able to save money if you buy it online after midnight in the middle of the week. Lots of other industries have similar best times to buy, so ask when the lowest prices become available and save yourself a bundle! Photo Credit: Wisconsin Dells Attractions
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