Thursday, November 23, 2017

What Are We Doing Next? – Making Your Home Stand Out

Look at what we are doing now! Our amazing team of specialized agents prides ourselves in giving all of our clients service that will far exceed their expectations. And we have a proven track record of constantly raising industry standards in Fort McMurray.

How do we do this? Or you may be thinking: “What does The A-Team do that other REALTORS® do not?” Well, here is a prime example.

The A-Team has added something new to our full-service package for selling people’s homes: twilight photos! I know it is incredible, which is why I want to tell you what it is exactly. It is another piece of marketing which is standard for all of our listings that will make your home stand out amongst its competitors when you are selling!

What do you get? In conjunction with all the other amazing features we offer, you will now also get a twilight front photo of your home! This will be the first photo on the MLS and will also be featured on our social media marketing, which has over 10,000 followers (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter & LinkedIn). The front photo of your home will be edited to look as though it is at the forefront of an absolutely beautiful sunset. We think it is the perfect way to show off the beautifully coloured skies we have here in Fort McMurray!

We are featuring these twilight photos on all of our listings, for any property type. This means that whether you have an empty lot or a million-dollar home, it will stand apart from the other homes on the MLS now even more than before.

Why, you ask? We are always looking for new, fun and creative ways to offer our clients more value when they decide to sell their home with us. It is also a great memento for you to take with you when you move on to the next chapter in your life. Wouldn’t you want your home to stand out?

Here are a few examples of what The A-Team now offers to you, your friends and your family. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

How Much is Your House Worth? – Determining Listing Price

The matter of sale price is the first thing potential home sellers consider. No one wants to lose money on the sale, but overpricing leads nowhere. If you're unsure of what your listing price should be, or haven't yet figured out the worth of your house then you've come to the right place. Here are few ways to get an idea of what your house can sell for, before listing.

The foremost way to gauge the current value of your house is to look at recent sale prices of the homes in your neighbourhood. In real estate, these are called comparables, and they help you identify your home's potential selling price. However, this method is only valid for a certain period of time, as markets change rapidly:

Comps can help determine how much your house is worth

By identifying the sale prices of similar properties in your area, known as "comparables" (or comps), you can come up with a realistic asking price. When using comps, you'll want to compare apples to apples—that is, homes that have a similar square footage and amenities as yours. You also want to look at homes that were sold within the same six-month period and that are similar in style.

In general, the real estate market changes rapidly, and timing is a large factor in a sale price. Many of the factors of the larger market are out of your hands: Mortgage rates, the local economy, the national economy, consumer confidence, and the availability of homes for sale all influence a final price. Via

By looking at recent sale prices of other homes, you'll be able to come up with a realistic asking price (i.e. this will give you an idea of how much you can realistically ask). However, comparables are not a guarantee of a sale. It's advisable to make small changes to your sale price if necessary.

The next thing you can do to help you determine your ideal home price is to conduct a home appraisal. A home appraisal is an unbiased estimate of the true value of the worth of your home. Appraisals give you the opportunity to find areas needing improvement:

Conduct a Home Appraisal

A home appraisal is valuable because it allows you to receive a property valuation from a home expert. When the appraisal is complete, you may be able to prioritize various home improvement projects as well.

During a home appraisal, a property expert will examine your home's interior and exterior. This property expert also will assess the prices of recently sold and available homes in your area, including the prices of residences in your neighborhood. Following the appraisal, you'll receive a property valuation.

If a property valuation falls below your initial expectations, there is no need to worry. Remember, you can always perform assorted home maintenance and upgrades to boost your house's value. h/t

If you're seriously considering selling, then conducting a home appraisal can be a good idea, especially in the case of unusual homes or homes with a rare set of features. The appraiser might be another expense, but the information provided could go long way in improving the sale.

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Lastly, you can take a look at market trends in the area. This will provide you information on the market activity in your place. Seeing as the real estate market is so important, it's not too hard to find info on what's going on in your neck of the woods:

How to Check Market Trends

Read the newspapers and watch the news. Most papers have a home/real estate section that details current trends, issues and successes. A majority of news programs also cover real estate topics and developments.

Ask your Realtor®

Your agent works for you, ask them for advice and what they think the current trends are and ask them to do a market analysis on your neighbourhood which will include a list of comparables in the area (either for sale or sold). read more at

In Fort McMurray, we're currently in a buyer's market, with prices dropping, and conditions favouring buyers. This is important to keep in mind when preparing to sell. Market trends can be overcome, however, with the right guidance.

As the excerpt says, REALTORS® have a comprehensive view of the local market. The best ones have the capacity to sell a home in any market. If you're looking to sell your home Fort McMurray, give The A-Team a call today. You are not alone! :)

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Home Cleanliness on Possession Day

How clean should a home be on possession day? Who should clean it? Can the homeowner do it themselves?

To clear up the matter, we got Aleaha to explain what both buyers and sellers should expect on the big day.

If you'd like to learn more, check out our recent in-depth article on what to expect for possession day, which also includes a checklist of items that should be cleaned or replaced come possession day.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Around Town: Fort McMurray News (Week of November 17)

It’s time for another edition of our weekly column from the A-Team. Here is some important news for this week.

Recognition for volunteers of the wildfire recovery efforts continued this week when Marty Giles, owner of Northstar Ford, was presented with a Senate 150 medal for his work in helping the community from the wildfire. The medal is awarded to citizens whose volunteerism make their town a better place, according to Jaryn Vecchio of Mix News:

Fort McMurray Resident Receives National Recognition For Volunteer Work

Giles was one of seven residents who sat on the now dissolved Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee, he also used his business to help raise funds for the Canadian Red Cross and send supplies to evacuation centres.

He tells Mix News he felt like he owed it to the community to help in any way he could.

“Wood Buffalo as a region has given me and my family every great experience I’ve had almost as an adult. There’s no way we’ll ever give back to the community as much as it’s given to us.”

Giles adds the work he’s done to help will still mean more than the actual award. Via

Like many others, Marty Giles' dedication to the community after the crisis deserves recognition.

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In rebuild news, a wildfire recovery update was given at the council meeting this week on the construction of destroyed homes. As of November 3, 2017, more than 33 percent are nearly done, while 10 percent are completely rebuilt. In addition, almost half of all homes destroyed have poured foundations. From Melanie Walsh of My McMurray:

10% of Destroyed Homes Rebuilt: Wildfire Recovery Update

In terms of development, as of Nov. 3, 2017, almost 50 per cent of the 2589 dwelling units destroyed by the 2016 wildfire have poured or are preparing to pour foundations. More than 33 per cent are nearly rebuilt and almost 10 per cent are completely rebuilt and more than 70 per cent of the primary structures destroyed have received their building permits.

“The rebuild continues and many residents will be able to move into their new homes faster because of the incredible work being done in the region,” said Mayor Don Scott. “We are grateful for the hard work of everyone helping to rebuild the region in a safe, efficient and compliant manner, and remain committed to addressing KPMG’s 14 recommendations.”

Butz reviewed the lessons learned from the wildlife outlined in the KPMG report on the wildfire. Regional Emergency Services identified 67 action items to address KPMG’s recommendations and prioritized disaster risk management, operationalizing the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (REOC) and completing the Community Resiliency Strategy as primary action areas to be addressed. h/t

As the number of completed homes rises, this could very well put even more pressure on prices due to increased supply.

Lastly, representatives from Wood Buffalo's Metis community raised the national flag of the Metis people over the provincial courthouse this week. It was the first time the flag had been raised alongside the municipal, federal, and provincial flags, according to Olivia Condon from Fort McMurray Today:

Métis history recognized at ceremony

This is the first time the Métis flag has been raised alongside provincial, federal and municipal flags in Fort McMurray and was done on November 16 to commemorate the 132nd anniversary of Louis Riel's death by execution.

The flag raising was followed by an event at the Nistawoyou Friendship Centre. More than 30 Grade 10 Father Mercredi students were in attendance to put a piece of their social studies curriculum into practice during an “escape room” activity arranged by the centre.

Members of the Métis community as well as local leaders spoke to the significance of the flag raising and of the anniversary of Riel's death. A moment of silence was observed at 11 a.m. and a hot lunch of bannock and stew was served. Read more at

The flag-raising ceremony was well appreciated by the members of the Metis community and shows how far the region has come in reconciliation.

That’s all for this weeks’ roundup. Check back on The A-Team blog for more news and updates on Fort McMurray.

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