Home Buying and Selling Tips from RE/MAX Agent’s Andrea and Chris Seventikidis

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Andrea and Chris Seventikidis

In this article we will be touching on a few key components you’ll need to know when purchasing a home in Milton. Some of the more commonly asked questions are: How do I find the right agent? Should I be staging my home? How do I gain the maximum exposure needed to sell my home?

I have had the pleasure of working with Andrea and Chris multiple times over the past 10 years: Milton Blinds installed their bedroom blackout blinds in their home, roller shades in their rental property and installed shutters and blinds for their clients.

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Andrea, a 3rd generation realtor, is a self-proclaimed small-town girl who grew up in a small village outside of Kitchener-Waterloo. She had a wealth of experience in the customer service industry prior to entering her profession of Real Estate back in 2003.  She has a creative flare when it comes to marketing, social media and advanced concepts to gain exposure for your home. In 2017, she earned her Staging Certification and Colour Consultation Designation to bring even more value to their clients; and was voted “Top 10 Rising Star Home Stagers” through RESA in 2018.

Chris, born and raised in the Toronto area – had 15 years experience in Business Management (having owned/operated a sandwich franchise) prior to getting into the Real Estate business in 2005. The skills he has acquired over the years has enable him to manage and coordinate all the different aspects of your home purchase or sale experience. With his in-depth current sales knowledge, determination and strong negotiating skills; Chris thrives on ensuring the best possible outcome for their clients at the offer table.

There can be many questions when purchasing a new home or property: how you know when to buy, how to calculate the best return on investment, how to pick the right real estate agent for you. Working with someone who knows the town and logistics is so important as Milton is a fast-growing community with lots of changes ahead.

Milton Blinds recently spoke with Andrea and Chris to give us some guidance on the subject.

Q: Do people still do open houses?

A: Yes. We always encourage our seller clients to allow us to host public open houses the first two weeks they are on the professional market; as that is when the marketing momentum is building, and we want to attract as much exposure for them as possible. We also host realtor open houses, where we provide a lunch, to local realtors as we realize the importance of networking with our colleagues to widen our potential buyer audience. 

Q:  How do you know when you are ready to buy a home?

A: You will know you are ready to buy a home when you are ready to invest in your future by purchasing your largest asset that will in turn make money for you. For 1st time home buyers that means you will be at a stage in your life that you have a couple years history in your full-time employment, money saved up for a down payment & your mortgage broker/bank has given you an approval. For investors, you will know when you have additional funds that you are looking to invest into something where you will see the highest ROI (return on investment).

Q: How does staging a home increase your selling price?

A: Staging will show each room to its greatest advantage and give buyers the vision they may not otherwise have; while enabling them to fall in love with the home. It will draw attention to all the features & neutralize the space to appeal to more potential buyers, which means more money in your pocket.

Q: What is a miracle agent?

A: We are considered “Miracle Agents” because with each & every home we sell, we make a contribution to The Children’s Miracle Network- a foundation that is home to specialized pediatric care for children & youth in south-central Ontario; where patient visits are provided for 10 millions kids every year.

Q: What are your criteria for an investment property?

A: When we assist our investment clients, we consider the following criteria to make sure they are making a sound investment; Is the property sustainable? (will the rent cover the carrying costs, insurance, property taxes etc.?), Are you purchasing in an area that has a strong rental market and the perceived appreciation value is significant? Do you have excess equity in your home that you can leverage into purchasing an asset that will make you money for your future?

Q: What are the advantages of working with Chris & Andrea Seventikidis?

A: We pride ourselves on being honest, hard working & determined. We truly put our client’s best interests first and walk them through every step of their home purchase/sale. We bring a wealth of knowledge & value to each client; with in-depth market knowledge, creative marketing concepts, a complete home staging package, expert negotiating and a solid reputation in the business. Our goal is for our client family to be so happy with our service that they want to recommend us to their loved ones.

Chris and Andrea together have a proven track record and solid reputation in real estate since 2003 having successfully achieved numerous sales awards and recognition in their field.

For more details on their services visit http://www.miltonareahomes.com/

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