Affordable Home in Massey Place

Wonderfully renovated home in Massey Place. See pics here. Beautiful laminate flooring throughout main level, recent countertops and all appliances included. Located adjacent to Bishop Klein School and within 2 blocks of 2 different parks. Great location with easy access … Continue reading

Prescription Drug Addicts Target Open Houses

Prescription Drug Addicts Target Open Houses | Realtor Magazine.

After reading this article I feel the need to talk about seller’s security and open houses. My goal here is not to frighten sellers away from having open houses but to make you aware of potential threats. It is not just prescription drugs that could be taken during an open house, many different valuables could be targeted as well.

Open houses are different than a regular showing at a home. When an agent shows a home during a regularly scheduled showing they are present with the buyers as they tour your home, or at least they should be. They are presenting the tour of the home and discussing details with the prospective buyers and are physically with them as they tour the home. At an open house there is generally only one REALTOR present and for safety and security they will usually stay within sight of the door to welcome new comers and to keep track of how many people are in the home. This leaves the rest of the home vulnerable to those walking around unattended. There could easily be up to 20 people in your home at any given time, your REALTOR can limit the number of people at the same time but most will be unattended as they walk through your home.

Now thefts from open houses are not all that common in Saskatoon, they can still happen. Prior to your agent arriving to host your open house you should of course clean the home and have it in a presentable state but this also means protecting your belongings. As you are preparing your home make sure that ornaments are positioned so they are less likely to be knocked over and broken, remember in winter those people walking ar0und will likely be in their outside winter clothing. Take steps to ensure that anything small that could be hidden in clothing be hidden from sight and easy exploration. Find a drawer or cabinet that can be locked and place your prescriptions, jewelry and other small items of value inside and lock it. Also in this day and age identity theft is a possible concern so when de-cluttering do not leave any important papers in sight, utility bills, bank statements, tax papers, pay stubs, etc.

Your agent does have insurance in case something is broken or stolen but a few minutes and a walkthrough before an open house can save you a lot of headache and loss. The goal of an open house is to present your home for sale not present your belongings to thieves.

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

Shelter Foundation

Today I’d like to talk a little about our Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. I‘m very proud of my companies creation and involvement of this charity. Established in 1998 Royal LePage REALTORS® have raised over $16 million for local women’s shelters. Women of all walks of life are susceptible to abuse even in Canada in this day and age and we are trying to change this. 100% of the funds raised through our events go directly to the shelters. We have several events throughout the year as well as auctions at our conferences. Each Royal LePage office is linked directly to a shelter in their city and any fundraising done by agents stays dollar for dollar in their city. For example our office, Royal LePage Varsity in Saskatoon is linked to Interval House. We have many agents across Canada that are Shelter Donors, this means a portion of all commissions made goes directly to the Shelter Foundation and is presented to the attached women’s shelter. I am proud to say that I am a Shelter donor myself. Our next local/national event to raise funds for the Shelter Foundation is our national garage sale on May 10th. Many Royal LePage offices from coast to coast will be holding a garage sale on the same day, but I will write more about that next week. There is also a great story about a faux fur coat that I will tell at a later date as well so keep checking in. Feel free to check out the links below for more information or if you have any questions contact me directly.

Shelter Foundation | Royal LePage.

Interval House Saskatoon

National Garage Sale

“We’ll be There” is a song written by Royal LePage agent, David Roney, inspired by the story of a woman who needed to turn to a shelter.


MLS Stats for Mar. 2-8, 2014

This week we saw 187 new listings with an average list price of $389,463.

119 houses listed with an average list price of $441,167 and 68 of which were condos with an average list price of $198,981.

73 homes sold with an average sale price of $358,546.

49 houses sold for an average of $404,759 and 24 condos sold with an average sale price of $264,195.

Active listings as of today Mar. 10, 2014 are 1228 with an average list price of $412,548.