SELLERS November 26, 2023

HIRE A REALTOR®!

Oh hi! I’m Lisa, REALTOR® with the best brokerage in town Kootenay Homes !
Thanks for stopping by my site and here’s why you need a me by YOUR side:

1. Market Insight Masters: Realtors come armed with a treasure trove of market knowledge. With our market insights, we can strategically position your home to attract the right buyers at the right time, maximizing your chances of a successful sale.
2. Marketing Gurus: Selling a home isn’t just sticking a “For Sale” sign in the yard anymore. I have marketing strategies at my disposal and it’s not just listing on the MLS! I will present your home in the best light to grab attention and reel in potential buyers.
3. Negotiation Wizards: Negotiating is an art, and realtors are the Da Vincis of it! From navigating counteroffers, we are skilled in securing the best deal for you. With my expertise, I’ll ensure you don’t sell yourself short and walk away with the most value possible from the sale of your home.
If you’d like to chat about it, give me a text or call!
Lisa Nicole
Taking You From One Stage To The Next
📲 778-554-9289
📧 lisa.nicole@century21.ca
BUYERS November 10, 2023

4 Things To Know When Buying A Home


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The days on the market is a valuable indicator of whether or not you can offer lower, or not. If somethings been on the market for 40+ days, the Seller is most likely motivated and willing to take a lower offer.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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2. Don’t try to time the market. It’s wildly unpredictable. No one can absolutely say what is going to happen. Historical data indicates that while it fluctuates, it continues to go up.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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3. Don’t forget to have money set aside for closing costs: Your lawyer or notary, home inspection, septic inspection, moving costs and more!⁣⁣⁣⁣
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4. These are legal contracts! There are many legalities that you want to make sure you’re protected! Get yourself a REALTOR® to guide you 🙋🏼‍♀️⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Lisa Nicole⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Taking You From One Stage To The Next⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
778-554-9289⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
lisa.nicole@century21.ca⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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NEWS November 3, 2023

October Market Update

Hello!

Here’s a recap on the October market update!

Residential real estate market sales are below average for October in the Kootenay region as high interest rates continue to dampen market activity. At the same time, the average price in Trail has come up a tiny bit! Despite high demand we will see a seasonal slowdown is in the forecast. Although sales activity is trending below average within the Kootenay/Boundary region, it is still one of the more affordable markets in the province!

Lisa Nicole
Taking You From One Stage To The Next
📲 778-554-9289
📧 lisa.nicole@century21.ca

NEWS October 9, 2023

Experience Trail, BC

Trail, BC, nestled in the heart of the West Kootenay’s, is a remarkable place to call home. With its breathtaking natural beauty, strong sense of community, thriving job market, top-notch education and healthcare facilities, and an abundance of recreational opportunities, Trail, BC, truly has it all. Here are 5 key reasons why living in Trail is nothing short of amazing.

1. Embrace a Close-Knit Trail Community

Trail is renowned for its close-knit and welcoming community. Here, you’ll quickly find a sense of belonging as you become part of this warm-hearted city. Engage in diverse cultural events, festivals, and local gatherings that offer ample opportunities to connect with your neighbours. Whether you’re new to the area or a longtime resident, Trail’s community spirit will make you feel right at home. Make sure you catch a Trail Smoke Eaters game to see what I mean!

2. Prosperous Career Opportunities in Trail, BC

Trail enjoys a robust and diverse economy with industries spanning mining, forestry, healthcare, and education. Teck Trail Operations, a globally recognized company, offers numerous employment prospects. Additionally, the city actively promotes small businesses, fostering a dynamic job market. The stability and diversity of Trail’s economy make it an ideal place to build a rewarding career.

3. Top-Tier Education and Healthcare Facilities

For families, Trail offers exceptional education and healthcare facilities. School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia) has 11 schools enrolling approximately 4,000 students, serves several communities, including Castlegar, Fruitvale, Robson, Rossland, and Trail.  With its four-season recreational opportunities, safe communities, reasonable cost of living, friendly rural atmosphere and local post-secondary options (Selkirk College), the Kootenay-Columbia region of British Columbia is the perfect place to work and play.

The Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital ensures that residents have access to excellent healthcare services by providing core medical and surgical specialty services to patients throughout its service area.

Located in Trail, between Grand Forks and Nelson, KBRH offers services including core physician specialties, 24 hour emergency and trauma services, Level 2 laboratory, acute and obstetrical care, psychiatry, and chemotherapy.

4. Abundant Recreational Opportunities in Trail, BC

Trail is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. With easy access to hiking trails, golf courses, skiing resorts, and the Columbia River, the possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless. Some places to check out are:

Golfing: Redstone Golf Resort, Birchbank Golf, Champion Lakes Golf
Skiing: Red Mountain Resort, Salmo Ski Hill and White Water Ski Resort in Nelson.
Hiking: I’m a hiking enthusiast and I’ve created a list HERE on my Instagram account.
Snowshoeing: Same thing, click HERE for some of my faves.

In conclusion, Trail offers an exceptional quality of life. Its stunning natural surroundings, close-knit com

munity, thriving job market, outstanding education and healthcare options, and a wealth of recreational activities make it an ideal place to call home. If you’re thinking about a move to Trail,  you’ll find a welcoming and vibrant place to call home.

Lisa Nicole
Taking You From One Stage To The Next
📲 778-554-9289
📧 lisa.nicole@century21.ca

BUYERS August 30, 2023

Frequently Asked Buyer Questions!


Here are a few frequently asked buyer questions! Reach out to get more in depth with any of this!

 

Contact me 😁
C: 778-554-9289
E: lisa.nicole@century21.ca


LISTINGS May 10, 2023

My Million Dollar Listing 😍

Luxury living meets Kootenay lifestyle in this recently
renovated 5-bedroom 4-bathroom home, spanning 4600 square feet.

816 Columbia Road, Castlegar | $1,100,000 | MLS® 2470416

Each room has unique and trendy design features, including custom carpentry and new light fixtures. As you enter through thegrand entrance, the large, open and bright living space welcomes you. The kitchen is complete with quartz counters, ceramic tile, high-end appliances and open shelves. The generously sized island with four bar stools is perfect for entertaining guests. The dining nook, surrounded by windows features a custom built-in bench.


This level includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a laundry room and room for a secondary seating area or home office. The mudroom connects to the 24X22 garage and leads through the laundry and a half bath before entering the kitchen. The master bedroom is modern and chic with floral wallpaper, updated lighting, French doors, a walk-in closet and an ensuite waiting for your finishing touches. The main bathroom on this level has updated dual sinks, mirrors and lighting.Head downstairs to discover fully curated spaces, including a gym, charming sewing area, plenty of room
for entertaining and playing pool, and a full bathroom. The entire space has been completely painted, giving it a fresh and clean look.

Set back from the road with a long driveway that provides privacy and situated on a flat 1.3-acre lot surrounded by the forest and just five minutes from town.

This home truly has the wow factor. You’ve got to come see it for yourself! Give me a call today to schedule a viewing!

– Lisa Nicole – 778-554-9289 – lisa.nicole@century21.ca

CLICK HERE FOR FULL LISTING.

SELLERS March 16, 2023

2 Selling Secrets: 1 major, 1 minor.


Here are two selling secrets! One is major, and the other is minor, although I still think the “minor” is very important!

Major tip: PRICE IT RIGHT. Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

Minor tip: HALF-EMPTY CLOSETS! Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Not sure where to start? Reach out so I can help you!

Lisa Nicole
Taking You From One Stage To The Next
C: 778-554-9289
E:  lisa.nicole@c21.ca
W: lisanicolerealestate.com

NEWS March 9, 2023

DIY! Bifolding closet door turned modern barn door!


I turned this old by folding closet door into a more modern barn door style! I’m trying really hard to be one of those badass DIY gals. I tackled our laundry room makeover last year, hung a few floating shelves in the bathroom and now this! Baby steps!

I bought extra wood to add some length and height. First time using a skill saw.. pretty easy. Next I added some 2 1/2 by 1/2 inch framing, filled in the cracks with wood filler and onto paint!

The color I went with is called Buckland Blue from Home Hardware and it turned out beautiful!

I painted an extra piece to match the wall color to add some depth. The hardware I ordered on Wayfair for $94.

There were a couple challenges along the way but this was a learn as you go type of project!

I just love how it turned out! 

SELLERS February 24, 2023

The 3️⃣ P’s for maximizing the sale of your home!⁣⁣⁣


⁣𝟏) 𝐏𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐢𝐬 𝐤𝐞𝐲 🧹 If you want top dollar, you’ve got to put some sweat equity in to impress those buyers! Get those minor repairs done. Spend time decluttering and depersonalizing. Store those family photos and personal items. You want potential buyers to be able to envision their own items in your home. Fresh paint goes a long way, and make it neutral colors.⁣⁣⁣
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𝟐) 𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 💰 The market has been all over the place recently and we’ve seen a lot of overpriced listings from that pandemic peak. It’s critical to pull as much data as possible when settling on a price. Too high? Buyers won’t bite and you’ll lose the freshness of the property. The longer it sits, it starts to get the stigma “what’s wrong with it” – even if nothing is! Too low? You’ll get a quick sale, but you’re also leaving money on the table. I want you to feel good about your listing price, but it has to be backed by the data and make sense.⁣⁣⁣
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𝟑) 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐌𝐎𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 🎥 If you think about it, the first showing happens online. With the photos. Find a realtor that is going to make your home shine with professional photos. Better yet, make sure there’s a virtual tour AND a 3D tour to set your home apart from the rest. It’s an investment I make in all my listings. If your agent isn’t doing this at the bare minimum, you need to find a new one! Once your listing looks incredible online, it should be professionally promoted across the internet where everyone is looking for homes!⁣⁣⁣
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If you’d like to dive deeper into this topic, give me a call, text or email!⁣⁣⁣


𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐭⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
𝐂: 778-554-9289⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
𝐄: lisa.nicole@c21.ca⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
𝗪: lisanicolerealestate.com⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

BUYERSSELLERS December 30, 2022

What do home buyers want in 2023?


What do home buyers want in 2023? And what should we add to the list that YOU as a home buyer are looking for?⁣

I did some research on the good ole inter web and along with my own of showing buyers and these are a few hot items!⁣

❶ 𝐋𝐀𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐑𝐘 𝐑𝐎𝐎𝐌⁣
If your washer and dryer sit alone in the corner of your unfinished basement, it’s time for an upgrade–or at least a rearrangement.⁣

❷ 𝐆𝐀𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐄⁣
Especially here in the Kootenay’s with all the boats, quads, snowmobiles, and outdoor gear we collect… a garage can add huge value! And, if you’ve got some extra room in your garage, consider adding cabinets and shelving to transform your empty corner into a workman’s paradise. Buyers want reimagined spaces that serve more purpose than a conventional.⁣

❸ 𝐅𝐔𝐍𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 & 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍 𝐊𝐈𝐓𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐍⁣
The kitchen… the the most scrutinized place as potential buyers tour a home. They put a lot of focus on the kitchen and its features and functions. Not only do they want it to be updated, but 81% of buyers want a double sink and a walk-in pantry, while 77% want a central island. If walls separate your kitchen from your living space, get the sledgehammer out!⁣

❸ 𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐄⁣
Since the “you know what” hit us, more people are working from home — and loving it! If you don’t currently have a room that’s designated as the office, consider turning a spare bedroom into an office when you show your home. Or even a simple addition of a desk and office chair to an unused space could have potential buyers racing to sign on the dotted line.⁣

Lisa Nicole
Taking You From One Stage To The Next
C: 778-554-9289
E:  lisa.nicole@c21.ca