Stephanie Winger

REALTOR®

Have you been feeling pressure to buy or sell? 

It happens at all stages of life, from newly married couples to retirees. 

You’ve heard stories of others like you that bought (or sold) a home. 

Sometimes these stories come with little regretful comments like “we probably should have waited”and “I’m not sure why we moved, we were happy there.” 

So when family and friends ask when you’ll upgrade or downsize your home, you feel pressured even if you’re not ready.

Your gut tells you it’s not the right time, but it’s what you’re ‘supposed to’ do at this stage of your life. 

So, you start looking at homes available in your area. 

You start noticing all the stuff you’ll have to box up.

You’re exhausted just thinking about all the work involved when it’s not even what you want right now. 

 This isn’t your fault!

Society puts a lot of pressure on us to do life a certain way. 

You might be surprised to hear this from a realtor, but…

>>> Don’t move until you feel ready.

Here are some common scenarios where people feel like they SHOULD move:

Are you expecting a child? You might feel pressured to upgrade your home. Adding a new baby is already stressful enough. Give yourself some grace. Pause and think about whether or not you WANT to move or feel like you should because of outside pressure. 

Newlyweds? You might feel like you should buy a home together as your first big decision as a married couple. Society has conditioned us to think buying a home is part of the ‘normal’ life path. You may want to rent in different neighbourhoods before you settle on where you want to live. It’s much easier to move when you’re renting. Buying a home before you’re ready can cause costly surprises later. 

‍♂️ Recently retired? It’s a cultural stigma to think you need to downsize when you retire. If you can still climb up and down your stairs with ease (and don’t see that changing any time soon), you may want to stay put, especially if you love where you live.

Whatever your situation, it’s best to take a breath and ask yourself, ‘Do I WANT to move... OR am I feeling pressure (from family or society)?’

This unnecessary pressure is one of the reasons you won’t see me brag about my sales numbers. 

My clients are not a dollar figure on my income reports. 

They are real people with real feelings. They deserve the space to make the best decision for their families. 

Are you feeling the pressure to move? 

Reply and let me know why. There might be a solution you haven’t even considered yet. 

To supporting your decisions,

-Steph

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I don’t remember what the groundhog predicted in February because the warmer temperatures, budding trees, and chirping birds confirm that spring is here. Our local real estate market has been buzzing non stop with no signs of slowing. Low inventory, low interest rates and high buyer demand continue to raise competition and house prices. We will likely see more homes coming on the market as new home construction catches up, however they will be scooped up as quickly as the for sale sign goes on the lawn.  


Whether you’re considering a move or not, here are some great staging tips to refresh your home this month. Buyers will appreciate the extra effort and if you’re not moving you will enjoy the fresh updates.

  • Do some spring cleaning. We naturally feel the need to scrub and declutter in the spring. A sparkling home will impress buyers and make it seem more appealing.
  • Shape up the yard. First impressions matter. Clear yard debris, pack away the last of the Christmas decor, and dust off the patio furniture.
  • Show off the entryway. Pick up a new welcome mat and freshen up the front door. 
  • Box up the winter wardrobe. Bulky clothes take up a lot of space, de-clutter your closets to showcase all that space and rediscover your spring styles. 
  • Let the scents in. Scents have a huge impact on our moods and can change the feeling of a space. Infuse your home with flowers, diffusers, or candles and open the windows to bring the outdoors in. 
  • Bring out the colours. After a long winter it is time to pack away the flannel and fleece - pull out the crisp linens and accent pillows in fun colours and designs. 


If you need a referral or connection to help with any of your spring preparations or renovations, please give me a call. As always I want you, my neighbours, to know that I am committed to help you make a memorable move.

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I love fresh starts.  Whether it is a new day, a new month, or the New Year.  It is not that the world has changed overnight, but the reset signals that something new has begun - an opportunity to put the past in the past and look forward to what lies ahead.  Our lives won’t change on January 1st just because we opened a new page in the calendar, but we can decide to discard what we need to of 2020 and carry forward the lessons and strengths we gained.  


Looking back…

2020 began with a strong real estate market in WindsorEssex and closed even stronger.  We saw record low inventory, irresistible mortgage rates, and climbing sale prices.  The pandemic caused a brief pause as we all tried to adjust.  Many homeowners changed housing plans as we all started working and schooling from home.  Our spring market got pushed to the summer months and didn’t quiet until the end of the year.  Our average sales price topped over $400,000.  


Looking ahead…

I am confident the WindsorEssex will continue to grow as homeowners will be looking to “right size” or move closer to family.  Working remotely has given a whole new meaning to “location, location, location.” If you’re thinking of upgrading your home - start planning now.  Contractors and supplies are in high demand.  If you’re considering a move - start planning now.  Many first time buyers are looking for upscale homes which will make the move up market even tougher.  Interest rates and inventory will remain low. 


As we start this new year together I want you, my neighbours, to know that I am committed to help you make a memorable move.

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