Canadian Home Buyers Investing in U.S. Real Estate in Alexandria

According to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS®, a considerable rise in sales dollar volume from Canadian home buyers caused foreign investment in U.S. real estate to increase in 2016. Even though China was in the top spot for sales volumes for the fourth year in a row, Canada saw the largest increase from $11.2 billion in 2015 to $19 billion in 2016 – an all-time high for the country. This rise is attributed to U.S. property prices; while still expensive, it is more affordable than Canadian real estate.

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Selling a Home in Alexandria? Consider Staging!

Most home sellers know the importance of keeping their house clean and clutter free while it is on the market, but sometimes, taking a few extra steps can make all the difference. That is where staging comes in. According to a report from the National Association of REALTORS®, 62 percent of seller’s agents say that staging a home will decrease the amount of time it spends on the market. Buyers also need to be able to picture themselves living in a house, and 77 percent of buyer’s agents say that staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a house as their future home.

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Making the Most of a Small Home’s Storage in Alexandria

When it comes to small houses in Alexandria, every square inch of space is valuable and there are plenty of underused nooks and crannies that, with a little creativity, can be transformed into useful storage spaces. For example, installing pullout drawers under stairs can add about two square feet of storage per drawer and is the perfect way to store towels, linens and seasonal items. Utilizing ceiling space in closets can also add up to 12 square feet of extra storage: suspend two pieces of wire across a closet ceiling and use it to cradle wrapping paper, which will be out of sight but easy to reach.

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Three Steps to be Market Ready

Andrew Patton
Andrew Patton

Making your home appealing to potential renters can be a challenge. Here are a few easy steps that you can take to give your home the best chance to be rented.

  • Clean- Before putting your property on the market make sure that the property is clean. This is a task that you can do yourself for the cost of materials and can make all the difference when potential tenants are forming this first opinions of your property.
  • Freshen Up- Put an air freshener by the front door and one on every level of the property. While a property is on the market it is not only important for the property to look clean but to also smell clean.
  • Remove Personalized Items- Helping potential tenants envision themselves in your property is important. By removing these items from the home it may help potential tenants picture the property as their own.

By following these simple steps your home will be more marketable and can reduce the amount of time a property could remain vacant.

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Remodeling Benefits Owners Who Sell or Stay

WASHINGTON (December 9, 2015) — Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers. According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, remodeling projects can also bring major benefits to homeowners who choose to remain in their homes.

“Realtors® know that certain home upgrades and remodels can be beneficial to get more buyer eyes on a property, potentially bring in more offers or gain more equity from a home,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “But remodeling projects are just as valuable to homeowners who simply want to get more joy out of their dwellings. Regardless of the situation, Realtors® know what remodeling projects bring the biggest bang for the buck and what projects are most likely to improve a homeowner’s impression of their current place.”

According to NAR’s 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, which uncovers the reasons homeowners choose a remodel and the increased happiness certain projects bring once completed, 64 percent have experienced increased enjoyment in their home after completing a remodeling project. Additionally, 75 percent of respondents said they felt a major sense of accomplishment when thinking of their completed project. Fifty-four percent of respondents felt happy about the changes to their home, and 40 percent felt satisfied. As for their reasons to complete a remodeling project, 38 percent of homeowners said they wanted to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials; 17 percent wanted to add features and improve livability; and 13 percent believed it was time for a change.

Realtors® named kitchen upgrades, complete kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations and new wood flooring as the interior projects that most appeal to potential buyers. Similarly, Realtors® also ranked projects based on expected value at resale (without accounting for project price); the projects that ranked the highest in this category were complete kitchen renovations, kitchen upgrades, bathroom renovations and the addition of a bathroom.

When looking at the interior projects that yield the biggest financial results upon resale, Realtors® ranked hardwood flooring refinishes (100 percent of project cost recovered upon resale), insulation upgrades (95 percent recovered), new wood flooring (91 percent recovered), and converting a basement to a living area (69 percent recovered) as projects to consider.

Exterior projects are also important for both sellers and homeowners looking to increase satisfaction with their current home. Realtors® said new roofing, new vinyl windows, new garage doors and new vinyl siding are most appealing to potential buyers and are highly valued upon resale (both considering project price and disregarding project price). Upon resale, Realtors® said new roofing would recover 105 percent of its project cost, a new garage door would recover 87 percent, new vinyl siding would recover 83 percent, and new vinyl windows would bring back 80 percent of their cost. As for exterior projects that bring the most happiness for those not necessarily intending to sell, homeowners said new fiber-cement siding, new fiberglass or steel front doors, new roofing, and new garage doors brought the most satisfaction.

The 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, the first of its kind from NAR that examines personal satisfaction from remodeling projects, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have completed their own remodeling projects, and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

“Remodeling projects can greatly improve both the value of and satisfaction with one’s home, which are great things no matter the reason for a project,” said Judy Mozen, president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “This report highlights the best projects to consider in either situation and showcases just how much of a difference a good and professional remodel can make in real numbers.”

Salomone said the report not only assists homeowners who are preparing to sell in choosing the best projects to attract buyers, but it also helps those looking to get more personal satisfaction out of their homes. “Realtors® know that remodeling projects aren’t just done to get more money for a home once it’s time to sell – a home is your sanctuary, the place you raise your family and where you make lifelong memories, which is why the report can also help consumers decide which projects could enhance their current quality of life and happiness,” he said.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI connects homeowners with its professional members and provides tips and tricks so that the consumer has a positive remodeling experience.

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1939 Photo of Intersection at 14th and New York, Washington DC

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