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Ask the Real Estate Expert - Ron Lagemaat

Updated: Apr 13

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April 2021


Selling in the Spring Market

Statistically, more homes sell in the months of April, May, June, and July than in the other times of the year. And why not… this is the season we’re all just glad to be outside and finding our breathing spaces! Especially this year, new listing signs are popping up in higher quantity than the tulips. But we all know that doesn’t mean every home is going to sell. So how do you make sure yours is the one to sell amidst all of the competition?


Well, you have to wade through some key factors:

• Correct market placement with

competitive pricing

• Appropriate and timely exposure of

the property

• Ensuring agents and their qualified

buyers are attracted to your

property

• Reactivity to micro-trends in our

immediate market.


As an experienced and trustworthy REALTOR® and Broker, Ron will help you by providing honest and objective advice. This advice will be vital to the success of your sale of your particular property and will include

• Present date market evaluations

• Current sales and prices for your

neighbourhood

• MLS® participation

• Best possible showing experiences

• Attractive enticements towards

your property.


Putting this best foot forward in the right way is key to seeing your SOLD sign go up in front of your house for the best possible price, while the rest just remain on the other side of the statistics.


Call Ron at Right Choice Realty for Real Estate Done Right!


March 2021


Landscaping for You and for Your Sale Value


Our backyards are a haven from the bustle of modern life; they are wonderful spaces for cooking in the summer, entertaining when we like, a place for quiet meditation or simply a source of natural beauty. Within our current economy people are considering traveling less and spending more time at home whether for work or relaxation.


Landscaping to create an oasis of calm and beauty is a part of this trend and an important consideration for anyone planning to sell their home. Good landscaping can increase the resale value of a home.


Landscaping can be as simple as reseeding the lawn or as complicated as installing an elaborate waterfall. If you are not sure where to start with your landscaping project, consider the following factors:


1. The look of your outdoor space should complement the architecture of your home.


2. If the landscaping design appeals to the average person, it will be easier to sell your home; a radical design may hinder a sale.


3. Local weather and amount of direct sunlight your yard receives will influence the type of plants you can grow and the amount of time you will spend outdoors.


4. The size and slope of a yard will influence landscaping designs.


5. The design you choose should be one that you and your family can enjoy for as long as you plan to own your home.


Enjoy our springtime, or wintmer, or whatever this year might send us, but get the most out of your outdoor spaces as you can - its good for the health and the heart!



February 2021


Why Work with an SRS®?

Experience Counts . Credentials Matter


The SELLER REPRESENTATIVE SPECIALIST designation is a professional credential recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. An SRS has completed advanced specialized training in seller representation (www.rebinstitute.com).


What you can expect


An SRS:

• is a trained seller client advocate who knows the importance of your specific needs and will guide you through each step of the selling process.


• is uniquely qualified to exceed your expectations and build your trust.


• is extensively trained in a variety of marketing methods to uniquely promote your property to the widest range of prospective buyers.


• concentrates their efforts on your ultimate goals to ensure you are the centre of the transaction.


• knows the importance of staging your property for best results. Staging, along with accurate pricing, will attain your desired results in a timely manner.


• understands that negotiation skills are critical to a successful transaction and will ensure you receive the best possible outcome during negotiations of sale.


• adheres to the highest level of professional ethics and business practices in delivering ‘client level’ services with integrity.


You can feel confident working with an SRS®


Choose Right Choice Realty and talk with Ron today!



December 2020


It would seem we’ve heard less nice and a lot more naughty about 2020, and there’s reason for the pouty lips of course, but the current real estate market is not so lumpy. We can have some cheer in time for the Holidays!


Market stats for our area show an increase in number of sales for the season. The sales-to-listing ratio shows us continuing towards a Seller’s Market. Average prices for Residential property in Lethbridge are up by almost 2% year over year (Statistics calculated from most recent monthly MLS® data).


This trend is likely to encourage a higher number of homes on the market and being sold through this winter than usual. Prices are likely to remain strong and buying will continue actively.


Advice for our current market:

Seller’s - make your home appear better than the competition - “Out-standing!” Price competitively, but expectantly.

Buyer’s – You may need to be prepared to act on your decisions to buy, or you may miss out. Have your pre-approval for financing complete, along with your list of wants and needs to make your search as efficient as possible.



Is this the right time to market your home?


Do you have the right plan in place to purchase successfully within this market?


Talk to Ron Today!


November 2020


Why use Right Choice Realty? Buyers with us can ALWAYS expect our friendly, Expert® service to:


• Assist you in determining your price range based on your needs and wants;


• Help you compare homes and answer questions about the communities you’re interested in, we know Lethbridge and area inside and out;


• Offer feedback on the mortgage process, and how much you can afford;


• Provide you information about the property that we have available to that may not be to the general public;


• Work with you to research, and even preview homes for you if you wish, so no time is wasted on places that do not meet your criteria and budget;


• Make appointments and accompany you in viewing homes;


• Offer a list of contacts for related services you may need, ie: lawyer, mortgage broker, home inspector;


• Negotiate on your behalf during the buying process to ensure your interests are being served, using our understanding of the market to work out the best deal for you;


• Put together a legally binding contract that ensures you receive what you’ve agreed to.


Give Ron a call at Right Choice Realty today!




October 2020


Right Choice Realty open now for 3 years in Lethbridge! It’s still Exciting every day! This small brokerage is ready to help you with BIG service.


Ask the Experts® Ron Lagemaat opened his own Real Estate Brokerage at the beginning of October 2017. Ron has been a Realtor® for over 11 years, and holds designations as an Accredited Buyer Representative® as well as a Seller Representative Specialist®, so you can count on your real estate service being done right for you. Every time.


Your real property, whether it be your home, land, store, or revenue unit, is just about as unique as you are. So to market this property, you deserve personal service that will recognise the best value in the property and obtain the best price with you. Let’s be a team together and get it done!


Helping you purchase the right home for you to live in is about understanding you personally. You need your agent to care enough to be directly involved with you throughout your buying process, the whole way. Ron’s a local guy, who knows this market well!


Always involved in Economic Development for our region, Ron truly enjoys the investment side of Real Estate and really wants to work with you to build your personal wealth, whether that is through the home you live in or properties that you want to invest in for business or revenue. Everyone has different goals, but everyone wants to make good decisions. Choose Right Choice Realty.


Right Choice Realty helps investors with Property Management. Not all investors want to be Landlords, and we all know that not all investors should be. Right Choice Realty will partner with you to find the best solutions to your investment property options. Keep Life Simple.

Oh yes – REWARDS! Buyer and Seller Clients, there are rewards for working as a team with Right Choice Realty (4% Cash Back!!)

And rewards will certainly come to you for successful referrals. Talk to Ron!


Real Estate Done Right.



September 2020


Is an Investment Property Right for You?


It’s tricky to know right now when and where to invest your money. But, have you been thinking about investing in Real Estate – beyond the family home type investment?


To start, 20%-25% down payment isn’t easy. But when you have that, the question is: “Is Real Estate where you want to be?”


It looks like Southern Alberta is weathering the CoViD-19 economic storm fairly well in real estate - not to diminish the devastating effect many people have had to face. So Lethbridge and area is still a fairly solid and stable place to invest your money into Real Estate.


Dollars-wise: 20% down on a $250,000 up and down suited home gives an opportunity, theoretically, to have the tenants pay the expenses and mortgage on the property.


In 20 years, one could forecast that the property may double in value. Here’s where the risk perhaps is, as there’s never a complete guarantee on that, but again, advantage Lethbridge with a stable market. So, a $50,000 investment becomes $500,000 in 20 years, a ten-fold increase which is clearly better that most investments available.


There is another important consideration: Are you ready to be a Landlord? Ah, not so fast there. It can truly be a royal pain. So there are options to help you with this. More options mean less profit, but I believe the right fit can be found for most anyone.


I would love to talk with you about it – give me a call!

August 2020


Lifestyle and appearance sell. If you plan to put your home on the market this season, consider these tips to ensure that your home sells quickly and for the best possible price.


The first impression a buyer gets is typically the outside of the building (even on-line). Summer is a fantastic opportunity to make sure their first views on your house are positive and memorable. A lush, green lawn and groomed landscaping are very appealing. Add a fresh coat of paint or stain to the front door and place a pot full of colourful flowers beside the door. For a relatively small investment of time and money on plants, lawn fertilizer, and paint, homeowners can reap significant returns. Use Pinterest or Google to search out some new ideas to be sure your house stands out. If weeds are popping up through walkways and driveway cracks, pour boiling water over them to kill them without harsh chemicals.

The inside of your home must match the summery appeal of the exterior. If you have air conditioning – flaunt it, but don’t freeze it! An appropriately cool house during our hot southern Alberta summer days is very refreshing. To offset the perceived costs of a/c, be sure to let your REALTOR® know about all the green features your home may have such as drip irrigation, solar panels, insulating windows, and high efficiency appliances, so these benefits can be pointed out to the prospective buyer.


Make the inside smell summer fresh. Be careful, though, with overly flowery scents, some people have become very sensitive to certain air fresheners. Fruit smells (especially natural) are best. Speaking of fresh air, don’t forget about your pets. If you have a cat, be sure the litter box is cleaned often. Dog owners should give Fido a bath and, if at all possible, keep pets out of the home during showings.


Keep in mind that summer is almost everybody’s favourite season. Your home, inside and out should embrace the ‘fun’ of summer: Patio furniture should be in place, plants should be growing, the home should appear bright and light. And don’t forget – take advantage of those showing times outside of the house – go enjoy yourself!



June 2020


Summer Selling


Flowers in bloom, inviting green lawns, and interiors charmed by abundant natural light are all great reasons to sell during the summer months. If you plan to put your home on the market this season, consider these tips to ensure that your home sells quickly and for the best possible price.


Studies have shown that the majority of buyers begin their home search online and the first image they see is typically the outside of the building. For house owners this is a fantastic opportunity to create a positive first impression, especially in the summer. A lush, green lawn and groomed landscaping are very appealing. Add a fresh coat of paint or stain to the front door and place a pot full of colourful flowers beside the door. For a relatively small investment of time and money on plants, lawn fertilizer, and paint, homeowners can reap significant returns. If weeds are popping up through walkways and driveway cracks, pour boiling water over them to kill them without harsh chemicals. Be sure to let your REALTOR® know about all the green features of your home such as drip irrigation, solar panels, insulating windows, high efficiency appliances, etc.

The inside of your home must match the summery appeal of the exterior. If you have air conditioning – flaunt it, but don’t freeze it! An appropriately cool house during our hot southern Alberta summer days is very refreshing. Make the inside also smell summer fresh. Be careful, though, with overly flowery scents, some people have become very sensitive to certain air fresheners. Fruit smells (especially natural) are best. Speaking of fresh air, don’t forget about your pets. If you have a cat, be sure the litter box is cleaned often. Dog owners should give Fido a bath and, if at all possible, keep pets out of the home during showings.

Keep in mind that summer is almost everybody’s favourite season. Your home, inside and out should embrace the ‘fun’ of summer: Patio furniture should be in place, plants should be growing, the home should appear bright and light. And don’t forget – take advantage of those showing times outside of the house – go enjoy yourself!


Talk to Ron about the latest market conditions and procedures currently in place to work through any remaining COVID-19 concerns. It’s great to see some activity again!


May 2020

Real Estate and our Current Market Environment It’s a topic I think everyone is tired of hearing about and I wish I could address really anything other. However, the whole COVID-19 scenario has made most people uncertain about what they will be able to do, or should do, regarding their real estate transactions. The Real Estate Market does not like uncertainty and usually reacts by contracting. Number of sales goes down, as do prices generally. As of writing this article, Alberta is still under our “lock-down”. With that, not many people wish to have their houses toured through by buyers, and not many buyers are all that comfortable either. We do have good procedures in place for both buyers and sellers to be able to do this business safely, with wipe-downs, personal protective equipment, distancing and all the matters that we’ve become very accustomed to hearing. Technology has made our processes possible with much less face-to-face interaction. This is good when necessary, but I’m one who really misses the in-person interaction that our trade has really been built upon. (Maybe that makes me sound old now – bemoaning the “Good Ole Days” of, well, just a few months ago really!) The sooner we can get our economy rolling again, the better for all sectors of course. There will be a rush of listings on the market when things start up again, creating a Buyer’s market and competitive pricing. Those Buyers with steady work will be able to take advantage of low interest rates at this time as well. But for the Sellers who are taking on a strategy where they wait until prices rise again, they could indeed be waiting quite some time. Lethbridge will be more insulated against falling real estate prices, as it almost always is. However, our markets also take longer to get rolling. We have a generally cautious Buyer and that could keep prices somewhat low. Most forecasts I have seen, expect the Real Estate market to return to our “normal” in about 2 years time. I would invite you to give me a call. We can have a virtual coffee or green tea together anytime. I’d love to talk to you about your real estate needs and the right strategies for you to make the best of our real estate market environment. Call Ron at Right Choice Realty!

April 2020


5 Reasons to Hire an ABR® Buying a home is unlike any other purchase. Before attempting to do this on your own, consider why it’s smarter to work with an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®). 1. A skilled professional will be covering your back. In real estate transactions, having representation (either as a buyer or seller) means that an industry professional is obligated to protect and promote your interests, including keeping certain information confidential and sharing information with you that might benefit your position. Accredited Buyer’s Representatives stand out because they have gone a step further, completing specialized training in the best practices for buyer representation. 2. You’ll simplify many complex aspects of your transaction. If you aren’t already familiar with complex real estate contracts, disclosure forms and property documents, these documents can be confusing and daunting. Most buyers genuinely appreciate having a knowledgeable resource to answer their questions. 3. You’ll be working with an up-to-date Expert®. An ABR® designee has a keen understanding of buyers’ concerns. Further, they are committed to maintaining their professional edge by staying current on the latest issues and trends in buyer representation. 4. You can improve your negotiating results. Deciding on an offer price for a house is tricky business, requiring careful analysis of other comparable homes for sale, recently sold homes, and other market factors. Plus, your offer price is just one facet of your negotiating strategy. An ABR® designee can advise you on each negotiating detail. 5. You can get a higher level of service without paying more. In the vast majority of circumstances, listing agreements are structured so that a buyer’s agent’s commission is paid out of the seller’s proceeds. In the rare instance where this is not the case, you still have options. ABR® designees can explain those options before you begin your home search, helping you make informed decisions if you encounter such a scenario. Choose Right Choice Realty and talk with Ron today!



March 2020


Our Outside Spaces


Front landscaping can add significantly to the street appeal of your home, contributing directly to the critical first impression your property will set on people coming by. Our backyards are our haven from the bustle of modern life; they are wonderful spaces for cooking in the summer, entertaining when we like, a place for quiet meditation or simply a source of natural beauty. Within our current economy people are considering traveling less and spending more time at home whether for work or relaxation.


Landscaping to create a private oasis is a part of this trend and an important consideration for anyone planning to sell their home. Good landscaping can increase the resale value of a home.


Landscaping can be as simple as reseeding the lawn or as complicated as installing an elaborate waterfall. If you are not sure where to start with your landscaping project, consider the following factors:


The look of your outdoor space should complement the architecture of your home.


If the landscaping design appeals to the average person, it will be easier to sell your home; a radical design may hinder a sale.


Local weather and amount of direct sunlight your yard receives will influence the type of plants you can grow and the amount of time you will spend outdoors.


The size and slope of a yard will influence landscaping designs.

The design you choose should be one that you and your family can enjoy for as long as you plan to own your home.


Enjoy our springtime, or winter, or whatever we might get - but do get the most out of your outdoor spaces as you can. It’s good for the health and the heart!



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