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Christmas is Done, Spring Market Here I Come. January 8, 2010

Welcome 2010! It’s been a couple of months since my last post. I’ve been busy like the rest of the world getting things together for the holidays. We had a wonderful Christmas – my kids, once again, were absolutely spoiled by friends and family.

Jasper our now 5 month old American Cocker Spaniel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06wfk3XPhfE), (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq4XTfoelG0)  was also spoiled. Among toys and treats he also got a fabulous custom collar and 6′ leash from Approved By Houston (www.approvedbyhouston.com). I found the prices really quite reasonable and the quality is excellent. The best part was that I got to pick out the style and colours myself. I wanted blue and brown stripes and Kendra was great to work with me to find it. He looks so handsome in it!!

 

Now that Christmas is over, the real estate market will start to heat right back up again. Families who are looking to move before the start of the next school year often begin their house hunting in the spring. It has been my experience that the months of February through to the end of June are the busiest and March, April and May are the best months to hold an open house. The weather is starting to thaw and people who were cooped up for much of the winter are anxious to get out and start looking at what’s out there. It’s spring fever baby!

The Realtors at my office have collectively decided to have an open house blitz one weekend every month commencing in February. I’m really looking forward to it.  I have this gut feeling that this spring, the real estate market in this area will be booming.  At least I hope so – I’ve still got Christmas to pay for afterall…

‘Till next time,

Paula

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That New Puppy Smell October 30, 2009

Well, we did it. We got a new puppy. After a year of researching different breeds of dogs, attending dog shows, and interviewing different breeders we got a purebred American Cocker Spaniel puppy. We picked him up from the breeder on Saturday and named him “Jasper”. The green in his ear is from his tattoo.

Jasper

If it were just up to me, I probably would have been able to resist the urge of adding yet another animal to our family (we already have 2 cats) but my daughter simply wanted a dog sooooooooo badly. I warned her about all the work that a dog would be and what exactly would be expected of her but this didn’t phase her one bit. Truth is, I already knew that she was responsible enough to take care of a puppy – she’d proven this to us time and time again with how good she was with helping out with her own sibling.

Jasper Sleeping

So now we have this adorable 9 week old puppy in our mix. We are crate training him and so far that’s going pretty well. He’ll retire to his crate on his own now when he’s feeling sleepy. Unfortunately, he’s not entirely housebroken yet. That means that despite our best efforts and regular trips outside to “go potty”, our floors are taking a beating. BTW, thanks for returning my carpet cleaner Cindy!

Jasper outside

Jasper Rope

Jasper & Indiana

In the interest of making this post somewhat relevant to real estate, I thought I’d give some tips and suggestions to those of you who are also dog owners and are trying to sell your house.

1. Make the assumption that every prospective buyer that comes through your home is NOT a dog lover. This will help you to better scrutinize your own home when preparing it for sale. 

2. If at all possible, remove the dog(s) for any and all showings. Some prospective buyers may feel uncomfortable with a dog barking at them from the end of a chain or from within a crate or worry that they may not be as friendly as they would hope.

3. Remove all obvious evidence that you have a dog. Pick up dog toys, stow away the food and water dishes to an unobtrusive location in the house, pick up all the “landmines” in the yard. Vacuum everyday. Do a fresh coat of paint where Fido may have scratched or chipped it away.

4. Get a friend or neighbour to do a “smell test” for you. Dogs often leave a lingering odour that can be offensive to prospective buyers. Treat any pet related stains/odours with an enzyme formula which can be found at any pet supply store. We got a bottle Natural Chemistry’s Smells & Stains from Pet Valu for about $10.  

 

‘Till next time,

Paula