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New property listed in Greystone Heights, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 1 Weir CRES in Saskatoon.
Stunning, mid-century modern bungalow in sought after Greystone Heights. Only a short walk to the field house and the U of S. This home sits on a 7500+ sq ft lot giving you plenty of room. The bright, open concept main floor features an updated kitchen, tall vaulted ceilings, and large triple pane windows making it the perfect space for entertaining! The master bedroom features a walk in closet, and a luxurious 5 pc bathroom with a soaker tub and a spacious steam shower. The modern finished basement provides you with plenty of additional living space including a family room, office area, 2 additional bedrooms and a 4pc bath. Book your showing today!
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New property listed in Evergreen, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 117 225 Maningas BEND in Saskatoon.
Welcome to #117 at 225 Maningas Bend. This spacious 2 bedrooms 2 bath condo has a west-facing outdoor space which brings in lots of natural light. the kitchen has stainless steel appliances and the master bedroom features a large closet with a great 4-pc ensuite with double sinks. this property also includes 2 parking stalls. 1 underground and the other on the surface.
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New property listed in Rosewood, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 2026 Stilling LANE in Saskatoon.
This beautiful 2 storey, 2025 sq. ft. home comes complete with a Smart Home Package. This package includes solar-ready features, Nest Learning Thermostat and the Amazon Echo. On the main floor of this home, you can enjoy friends and family in the open concept living area, which boasts a beautiful chef-style kitchen, complete with a large corner pantry and a half bath. On the second floor this home is complete with a beautiful owner’s suite, with a 5 piece ensuite bathroom, not 1 but 2 walk-in closets! 2 additional spacious bedrooms are located on the second floor, with an additional upper floor bathroom, upper floor laundry and a bonus room which is perfect for movie nights or just relaxing. Pictures are from the recent show home of this model and do not reflect the same finishes
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New property listed in Brighton, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 663 Secord BEND in Saskatoon.
Welcome to 663 Secord Bend. This bright and open home has over 1400+ sq ft of living space with 3 bedroom and 3 bathrooms. The main floor features a great open concept layout and a modern kitchen with an oversized island, quartz counter tops and durable luxury vinyl plank flooring. The second floor features a spacious master bedroom with an ensuite bathrom, a walk in closet and second floor laundry. This home is located on a quiet Brighton street across from a park and walking distance to many local amenites.
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New property listed in Rosewood, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 538 Stilling WAY in Saskatoon.
The Century model is a 2 storey, 1460 sq. ft. home complete with 3 beds, 2.5 baths. The oversized master bedroom is complete with plenty of natural light, huge walk in closet and en suite bathroom. The Century offers an optional basement development of 529 Sq. Ft with two bedrooms, 1 bath and an open concept living room area. All North Prairie homes are covered under the Saskatchewan New Home Warranty program. PST & GST included with rebate to builder. Pictures may not be exact representations of the unit, used for reference purposes only. Errors and omissions excluded. Prices, plans, promotions and specifications subject to change without notice.
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New property listed in Greystone Heights, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 1 Weir CRES in Saskatoon.
Stunning, mid-century modern bungalow in sought after Greystone Heights. Only a short walk to the field house and the U of S. This home sits on a 7500+ sq ft lot giving you plenty of room. The bright, open concept main floor features an updated kitchen, tall vaulted ceilings, and large triple pane windows making it the perfect space for entertaining! The master bedroom features a walk in closet, and a luxurious 5 pc bathroom with a soaker tub and a spacious steam shower. The modern finished basement provides you with plenty of additional living space including a family room, office area, 2 additional bedrooms and a 4pc bath. Book your showing today!
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In this weekly episode of Thirsty Thursday, Ross and Jamie from Tait Real Estate - Realty Executives Saskatoon are making the Lemon Basil Martini Cocktail. This is a very simple cocktail recipe, with a fun and unique rimmer that will impress your friends and family. This might be a perfect cocktail to try out this Thanksgiving weekend!


THE RECIPE: The Lemon Basil Martini

- 4 oz Fresh Lemonade
- 4 oz Vodka
- Garnish with basil rimmer (recipe below) and a slice of lemon.
(makes 2 drinks)


In a cocktail shaker, add the lemonade and vodka over ice. Shake well. Use a slice of lemon to moisten the rim of your Martini. Dip the rim in the Basil Rimmer (Recipe below). Pour the contents of the shaker into the Martini Glass. Enjoy!


BASIL RIMMER RECIPE
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 7-10 basil leaves


Place sugar and basil in a food processor and pulse until blended into a fine paste.


Thirsty Thursday is a weekly show hosted by Ross Tait and Jamie Tait from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. They get together every Thursday to try out a new Cocktail recipe together. Sometimes the cocktails are good and sometimes not so much.


Ross and Jamie are also top real estate agents in Saskatoon. They run Tait Real Estate - a family-run real estate team based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. They both have extensive construction and renovation knowledge which allows them to guide their clients through the most important purchase of their life with confidence.


www.taitrealestate.ca


Contact Tait Real Estate if you are looking to buy or sell your home in Saskatoon and surrounding area:


Jamie Tait
306-203-0004
jtait@realtyexecutives.com


Ross Tait
306-230-2336
rtait@realtyexecutives.com

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Autumn is here! How will the change in season affect sellers over the coming months?



It’s officially Autumn and the leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping. You’re probably wondering what this change in season means for the Real Estate Market in Saskatoon? Is it still a good time to buy or sell your home?


We’re going to share what we think you need to know about the market going into the fall and winter season of 2020.


First, we will quickly review the stats that just came out for the month of September. As we predicted, they continue to trend upwards.


Strong Fall Market


There were 430 sales last month, which is a high number for this time of year. That’s actually 40.7% more sales compared to September of 2019, and 12.2% more sales for the year compared to this time last year. Although you should note, that it’s still less sales than August, where we saw 461 sales. This shows that even though we are seeing a slight decrease in sales due to the fall season, which is typical, we are seeing a much stronger fall market than we did in 2019.


This is also evident when you look at new listings from September. There were 12.8% more new listings this September compared to September of 2019. This indicates to buyers that due to the strong market there are still new listings being posted and there will likely be more in the coming months.


Active Listings in September 2020


There were 1483 total active listings as of the end of September. This is a much lower inventory than we would typically see in September, where we are normally closer to 2000 or so active listings. This low inventory indicates that we are still generally in a sellers market, especially in the 300K - 550K price range.


So after looking at all of these stats, you’re probably wondering if you should be considering selling your home in the fall or winter market. We want to share a couple reasons why we think selling in the fall and winter can be a great idea.


Should I sell my home in fall or winter


1) In fall and winter, the buyers that exist in the market tend to be more motivated than they might be in the spring and summer. The colder weather weeds out any maybe-buyers and instead brings in super serious clients who want to close on a property before spring.


We also think that this year will be a bit different than normal as people are unable to travel due to the pandemic. People might get a bit stir crazy, and start looking for a change of scenery in their home.


2) As the weather gets colder the inventory in the market continues to decrease.


Lower inventory = less competition for your listing


Those super serious buyers in the market will have fewer homes to compare against yours making your property more attractive.


Right Price equals more offers


In general, we believe that regardless of the season, if your home is priced appropriately and in good condition, interested buyers and potential offers can be expected.


If you’re interested in getting more information, or would like us to provide you with a free evaluation of your home, please contact us and we would be happy to help.


Contact us for a free market evaluation


We wanted to share one more piece of good news!


In September, 23% of all real estate transactions in Saskatoon were done by Realty Executives agents. This makes Realty Executives Saskatoon the #1 brokerage in the city! 


We are so proud to be a part of this amazing team, and we want to give a big shout out to Wayne Zuk, our broker/owner who is always there for advice and encouragement and who is one of the main reasons our team is so successful!


We hope you all enjoy your long weekend and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Stay safe and see you soon!


Happy Thanksgiving

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Why it is important to get preapproved? Is preapproval the same as a ratehold?

Why it is important to get preapproved? Is preapproval the same as a ratehold?


Preapproval and ratehold are used interchangeably quite often but they can mean two very different things. It is dependent on how your mortgage broker manages them.
A true preapproval is complete when your income and down payment documents have been reviewed and your credit reviewed.


A ratehold is completed when the application is submitted to the lender. Sometimes, with rateholds, the income and down payment documents have not been reviewed.


Preapprovals with income and down payment documentation, have a much better chance of turning into an approval with the lender. It takes out the majority of the surprises in the deal. Part of our responsibilities as mortgage brokers is to review documents and look for any issues that might arise and to give advice on what is required in the documentation. There are even a few lenders that will actually underwrite the preapprovals which means they will review income and down payment docs upfront.


Being preapproved (correctly) will give you and your realtor the confidence to be looking in the correct range of purchase prices. It will alleviate wasting time looking at price ranges that are too high and reduce the stress at the time the offer has been submitted. Your documents for income and down payment will already have been collected and reviewed by the broker (and even perhaps the lender).


If you have been told that you have been preapproved but you have not provided any documents (income or down payment), then you need to ask what you need to provide in order to be confident that your income and down payment will be accepted.


If you need additional information on this topic, please feel free to reach out to me at 306.222.7900 or debm@mortgagegroup.com

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The Tait Real Estate 10-step Marketing Plan - What's Included?

Thinking of selling? In today’s complex market, selling your home requires knowledge of the local market, experience to know what works, and lots of creativity and enthusiasm. Here’s a look at what you can expect from Tait Real Estate when you list with us.


At Tait Real Estate, we have a 10-step real estate listing marketing plan.


  1. Professional Photography
  2. MLS Listing & Realty Executives Exposure
  3. Open Houses
  4. Social Media Paid ads
  5. Website Featured Listing
  6. Blog
  7. Video Marketing
  8. Email Marketing
  9. Professional print materials
  10. Kijiji Ads and point2 syndication

Photography

1) Professional Photography


If we know one thing, it's that professional photography is incredibly important! That's why we always include listing photography by a professional real estate photographer to highlight all of the wonderful features of your home. Professional photos will get your home sold faster and for a better price, every time.


2) MLS Listing & Realty Executives International


The MLS is the most comprehensive source for up-to-date local real estate information. Once your home is listed on the MLS, its details, specs, and photos are disseminated nationally, even worldwide. Only a licensed REALTOR can add your listing to the MLS.


Realty Executives is a name that is trusted worldwide. With thousands of agents world wide, you’ll be plugged in to our exclusive network of professionals, properties and potential home buyers. By reaching more people, more often we’ll bring more buyers to your door to improve your chances of not only selling your home quickly, but for the best possible price.



Open Houses

3) Open Houses


We believe open houses are an important part of an overall marketing campaign to attract buyers. As a result of our online marketing, buyers flock to our open houses. We will hold an open house at your property when it is possible and convenient for you.



4) Social Media 


Social media sites get millions of visits per day which is why they are such a powerful real estate tool. We've worked hard to build an active, engaged audience on Facebook, Instagram, Google and LinkedIn. Included in our service is the creation of effective and engaging paid ads for each of our listings.


Instagram: @taitrealestate
Facebook: @taitrealestate.ca
Linkedin: Tait Real Estate - Realty Executives Saskatoon


Social Media



5) Website Featured Listing


Our extensive marketing sends hundreds of visitors to our custom designed website, www.taitrealestate.ca every day. It is the perfect place for us to professionally market your property. Your listing will be included in our featured listings section on the homepage of the website.


Click HERE to check out our current featured listings.


Website Featured Listings



6) Blog


The popular Tait Real Estate Blog helps draw people to our website. Potential buyers follow our blog to learn about Saskatoon and area real estate news and to get inside information on the newest properties on the market. We will post a blog about your home to help make sure it gets noticed.


7) Video Marketing 


Video can help buyers visualize themselves in your home. Tait Real Estate has a popular YouTube channel with various types of video content including, home tips, new listings and their weekly Thirsty Thursday episodes. Arranging and creating custom video content is just another service that sets Tait Real Estate apart from the competition.



Click HERE to check out our YouTube Channel.


Email Marketing


8) Email Marketing


Each month, Tait Real Estate sends out a market update newsletter to hundreds of email contacts. Your listing will be included prominently in our featured listings section of the newsletter.


Click HERE to view the most recent newsletter.



9) Professional Print Materials


Most people are visual in nature. Having an attractive, photo-heavy brochure or flyer they can hold in their hands after they tour your property, may just remind them what they loved about your house. The Tait Real Estate team has a professional marketer and graphic designer on their team who will create professional print materials to market your home.



10) Kijiji Ads and Point2 Syndication


Some buyers are looking for homes on various online websites like Point2 Homes and Kijiji. We post your listing on Kijiji and the Point2 Syndication to make sure your home gets the most exposure possible.


Kijiji & Point2


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Do you want your hot water heater to live a long and well functioning life? If so, you need to know how to maintain it on a regular basis.


Check out the video ⬆️ where Ross Tait, from Tait Real Estate in Saskatoon, SK explains why it’s so important to regularly maintain your hot water heater.


Tait Real Estate is a family-run real estate team based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. They are top real estate agents in Saskatoon. They both have extensive construction and renovation knowledge which allows them to guide their clients through the most important purchase of their life with confidence.


Contact Tait Real Estate if you are looking to buy or sell in Saskatoon.


Jamie Tait
306-203-0004
jtait@realtyexecutives.com


Ross Tait
306-230-2336
rtait@realtyexecutives.com

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New property listed in Stonebridge, Saskatoon
I have listed a new property at 346 Lynd LANE in Saskatoon.
Welcome to 346 Lynd Lane. This charming 4 Bed + 4 Bath family home has been meticulously kept with new paint throughout and fully developed with over 2300sq' of living space. The main floor has a great open floor plan with lots of natural light, tasteful decorating, and new vinyl plank flooring and carpeting. There is a spacious living room and plenty of cabinet space in the kitchen. Off of the kitchen is a garden door leads to a two tiered deck and nicely landscaped, fenced backyard with underground sprinklers front and back. On the second floor there are three ample sized bedrooms with a 4 piece bath. The master bedroom hosts a walk-in closet and a 4pc ensuite bathroom. The basement has been fully developed with a large bedroom, family room, laundry and a 4pc bathroom. Also included in the home is central air-conditioning, ample storage and closet space throughout and a 20' x 20' insulated garage. Excellent Stonebridge location close to schools, shopping and amenities with easy access to Circle Drive.
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