Jennifer Fuessel

Cell 306-529-8158 | jenniferfuessel@sasktel.net

One of the toughest parts of my job is getting to the part of the listing presentation where I present the market data on home pricing. These are concrete figures and yet, when it comes to pricing your home, there are emotional factors that come in to play that can cloud rationale and good judgement. Perhaps a neighbour offered an anecdote on what they heard someone down the street sold for. Perhaps you feel you've done an amazing job of decorating and staging. Perhaps you feel you want to go in high to set yourself up for negotiation. The fact is, over-pricing leads to your home being unable to compete, lengthy days on market, frustration from negative feedback, and worst of all, buyers asking "what's wrong with it?". This article adds some great perspective on how to, with the help of your Realtor®, strategically place yourself in the market and avoid a frustrating home selling experience.


https://www.realestateonthebruce.com/why-overpricing-your-home-is-a-bad-idea/

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Personal Post: My husband and I are very proud to announce that we are expecting a baby this summer. To some of you this may come as a bit of a surprise as we really haven't announced our news up until now. Those of you that have seen me have asked if I am continuing to work and the answer is emphatically, enthusiastically 100% "YES". 

When I chose to pursue my dream of becoming a REALTOR®, being self-employed was one of the most important factors in my decision. With this, like many business owners and entrepreneurs, comes tremendous joy, satisfaction, flexibility and also sacrifice - maternity leave is one of the "perks"of more traditional employment that I happily traded. Any self-employed person will also tell you that there is no way they could do what they love without the overwhelming backing and support of their families and friends. I have an amazing support system of helping hands willing and ready to support me as both a new mom and as a professional. I couldn't ask for a better team!

So, with that, I'm here, I'm reachable, I'm working, I'm accepting both referral business and new clients and I'm excited to continue to provide the same exceptional client care you've come to expect! 

xo, 
Jen

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This month, I'm loving Sherwin William's Sea Salt (SW 6204). This subtle blue-green with grey undertones is so elegant paired with crisp white trim or wainscoting. It makes for such a beautiful and peaceful oasis. If you're thinking about a new look, or prepping for a sale, I'm loving this for bedrooms or bathrooms.

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As the old saying goes, you can't truly appreciate someone's journey, until you have walked a mile in their shoes. Well, my dear Sellers (and those considering selling in the near future), I can tell you that I now have a new appreciation for you and the seller's experience.  

It all began one night after a harmless "Honey, we should go look at this house I saw today." The days that followed were a blur of activity, which I am sure I have mentally blocked for the sake of self-preservation.  There were bank appointments, frantic cleaning, sleepless nights and staging rooms rendering them virtually unlivable. Thoughts like "What if our house doesn't sell?? YIKES!! What if it DOES?".  

Day One on the market: NOT. ONE. SHOWING. Devastation ensues.
Day Two: 4 showings!!! WOW!  We're amazing. Bring on the offers.
Day Three: Nothing. Total Silence. "Our house is the worst. It's never going to sell. Do we smell?"
Day Four: More showings...cautious optimism.
Day Five: Random, out-of-the-blue offer that we accepted on the spot. 

PHEW!!!!!!!!!!

I am sure many of you can relate to the roller-coaster that is home selling. And, I am so glad that I can now bring this new perspective to the seller experience. 


So, now we pack! So many more emotions in the days ahead.  Complete "kid-on-Christmas-morning" excitement about our new home (I seriously do daily, Stage-5 stalker drive-bys...sorry). Totally over-whelmed by the tasks ahead: mortgage appointments, lawyers, insurance, packing, etc. A little bit of sadness – this was our first home together...so many "firsts" here, it's going to be a little bit sad to leave it behind.

So, if you need me, you might find me under a pile of boxes, with my phone on...of course ;)

Until next time, 

Jen


P.S. Moving or not, I'm never too busy for your referrals!
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Fall is such a beautiful time in Saskatchewan – I love the days when the sun is warm, but the air is crisp.  Families busy themselves with school and activities and it's easy to miss the few necessary steps required for a successful Fall/Winter sale.  Here are a few items you may want to take care of now if you're planning to list in the colder months.

1) Have a great yard you want to showcase? An amazing pool? Elaborate outdoor living space? Have photos taken now, so even when it's covered in snow and your beautiful flowers are gone, buyers can still appreciate your outdoor oasis.


2) Take care of outdoor maintenance now.  Clean your gutters and make sure your shingles, eaves and chimneys are in good shape and that outdoor water lines are properly cleaned and shut off.

3) Touch up exterior paint around windows and doors and repair siding or loose brick.

4) Avoid "over-decorating" for one particular season, as it will date your listing photos if your home sits for extended days on the market

5) Price your home properly. I will will work with you to set the right price that takes into account not only the season you are selling in but also the current market trends. Some people assume that a house must be priced lower to sell in the Fall/Winter, but this is not necessarily true. I can provide you with comparable properties that have recently sold to help keep your home competitive, while making sure you have the most profitable sale possible. Save yourself valuable “days-on-market” and price right the first time.

And, of course, I am available any time to give you advice as you prep for the sale of your home.

For all your home buying and selling needs any time of the year, call me, I’d LOVE to help!

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1. Host a football party
2. Decorate your porch for Fall
3. Volunteer 
4. Make a Fall wreath
5. Catch up with an old friend over lunch
6. Write a thank-you/gratitude note to someone 
7. Buy a warm beverage for a stranger
8. Host a dinner party
9. Clean out your closets
10. Prep and freeze meals for busy days

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If you need to know one thing about me, it's that I LOVE Christmas! Not the presents, definitely not the Christmas shopping and waiting in line for hours on end and DEFINITELY not the blustery roads. For me, it's the anticipation of family and friends arriving after spending all day preparing a meal. It's watching the snow lightly fall by the glow of Christmas tree lights. Preparing an old family recipe passed down from my Grandma. Attending a Christmas Eve church service. Or, cuddling up to watch Love Actually, my favourite Christmas movie.  These are the things that I LOVE about Christmas.

This year, many of you have shared your homes with me.  As we've listed them for sale, I've heard you share memories of babies' first Christmases, the time the cat knocked the tree down or fondly reminisce about loved ones who've shared your home who are no longer with us.  Or, as we've looked for new houses, often one of the first comments I hear is, "I'd set up our tree right here" or "this dining room will be just perfect for Christmas dinner". These are the things that make Christmas special, sharing our homes and making memories to last a lifetime.

Christmas is also a time to reflect on the past year.  Each of you, in some way, has played a part of my journey as a Realtor®.  I am so thankful for the privilege or working with you and for your referrals.  I look forward with great anticipation to working with you in the new year.  

From our home to yours, wishing you a beautiful holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Jen
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love hosting Christmas celebrations for family and friends! I always keep these ingredients on hand in case of an unexpected visit.  This is easy to make, super festive and goes really well with some warm baked cranberry or pear brie. It's quick, easy and an impressive display of holiday cheer and hospitality, even with no notice!

Christmas Sangria

  • 2 bottles Pinot Grigio
  • 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cranberries, halved
  • 3/4 cup cranberries, whole
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve. Serve chilled or over ice.
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If there's one question I've been asked most this month, it has definitely been "should we decorate for Christmas while our house is on the market?"  My answer is a resounding, "Yes, but..."

Add a Few Holiday Touches
The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a pinecone centerpiece, an evergreen wreath or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.

Complement Your Palette
Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room has a clean, all-white color scheme, skip the clashing red garland and opt for a white tree, white candles and silver glass ornaments. If you've got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.

Accentuate Positive Features
Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home's best features. Try hanging a few tasteful ornaments from your mantel to highlight an elegant fireplace, or dangling mistletoe in an arched doorway.

Go Light on Lights
Leave the giant inflatable snowman in storage this year. One man's "merry" is another man's "tacky," so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn't pay me to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home's architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.

"The Weather Outside is Frightful, But the Fire is so Delightful"
Chilly weather presents the perfect opportunity to create an inviting environment for potential homebuyers. Buyers will be grateful for a place to escape from the cold, so before showings, turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees to make it extra toasty, or light a fire in the fireplace for an extra homey touch. Just remember, when you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.

Share Some Christmas Cheer
Finally, serving food and drinks is another great way to get buyers to stick around and check out your home. Leave out a plate of Christmas baking and some hot chocolate.

And, of course, an experienced Realtor® will help give you advice as you prep for the sale of your home.

For help selling your home any time of the year, call me, I’d LOVE to help!

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For those of you thinking, "Jen, this is just white paint", you are now on the NAUGHTY LIST. This is not JUST and white paint.  In fact, white is not white at all - it's not that simple. There are yellow whites, pink whites, green whites, black (yes, black) whites, etc. Choosing the wrong white to complement your wall colour can be disastrous for your look. If you're thinking about freshening up your trim or accents, you cannot go wrong with choosing Benjamin Moore's Cloud White. It's the perfect white - warm, yet crisp and is versatile enough to be paired with most palettes.

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1. Go for a toboggan ride

2. Donate old coats, gloves, toques and scarves
3. Build a snowman
4. Take a picture with Santa
5. Make a handmade ornament or gift
6. Visit a senior's home
7. Go carolling
8. Drink apple cider
9. Watch a Christmas movie
10. Prepare small gifts for your mail carrier, hair stylist, dental hygenist, local barista, etc.
11. Start a new holiday tradition
12. Go for a walk in the snow
13. Attend a Christmas Eve church service
14. Send Christmas cards
15. Read the Christmas story

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This month, I'm pretty much in LOVE with Sherwin William's Alpaca (SW 7022). This warm greige is so elegant paired with crisp white trim or wainscoting.  If you're thinking about a new look, or prepping for a sale, this is my current go-to colour.

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1. Start a CFL play-off pool
2. Host a Grey Cup party
3. Choose the holiday charities you will support
4. Hang your Christmas lights & outdoor winter decor
5. Watch the snow fall
6. Thank a veteran &/or military family for their service
7. Buy a warm beverage for a stranger
8. Make a winter survival kit for your vehicle
9.Donate old winter clothing to homeless shelters
10. Prep and freeze appetizers for last-minute guests
11. Order your Christmas cards
12. Catch up with an old friend over lunch
13. Write a Thank-You card to someone who's made your day
14. Sort through old photos
15. Crochet an afghan

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Anyone that knows me, knows I am pretty much obsessed with Mexican food. Nachos, fajitas, pico de gallo, guacamole, you name it, I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD! So, with the recent blast of cold weather, I thought it was the perfect time to share one of my go-to winter warm-ups, my "Muy Bueno" Mexican Corn Soup. I cannot over-state how simple and how yummy this is.  

-1 can refried beans
-1 can beef broth
-1 can kernel corn, undrained
-1 can kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained
-1 cup salsa (choose mild-hot based on how spicy you want the soup)
-simmer all the ingredients for 10 minutes
-top with corn chips, sour cream and tex mex cheese before serving.

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We were so spoiled for so long!  But, just when we began to think we may have dodged the icy grips of winter, it showed up with a vengeance. We've all hunkered down, carb'd up and settled in to watch the CFL play-offs unfold (sadly, sans Riders).  

Sometimes,  the arrival of winter also comes with the perception that home sales come to a screeching halt until the new year.  I can assure you that the market is alive and well and houses continue to fly off the market with families eagerly hoping to host holiday celebrations in their new digs. 


If you're thinking about listing your home in the new year, now just might be the time to get out ahead of that new year rush.  And, if you're thinking about buying, well, it's still a great time to get into something new at some really great prices. 
So, slip on your favourite comfy sweater, some boots and a toasty jacket and let's go house shopping!

Until next time, 

Jen

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