Professional photos will not make your listings sell.

You're probably thinking, did I read that right? Why would a business whose main service is professional real estate photography state that great photos don't sell property listings? Well, at the end of the day, you could pay for all of our services to market your listing, but if the property isn't priced right or ready for the market, the property will not sell. 

Today, the majority of buyers shopping for a new home start their search online before they contact a REALTOR®. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2017 & 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 44% of all home buyers looked online for properties for sale first.

Here in Canada, the most recent report for shows that buyers want more information when they are looking at property listings

When a property is priced right and ready for market, professional photos and other marketing tools will enhance the property's online presence. Here is where hiring MindSet Virtual Tours adds value. By having great photos and multimedia, e.g. property website, video, and interactive virtual tour with floor plans; listings will get more exposure online. When it comes time to sit down for a listing presentation, REALTORS® can show prospective clients how their property will be presented online to potential buyers. MindSet Virtual Tours is here to assist REALTORS® secure more listings, and in turn, market their listings. MindSet Virtual Tours is more than professional photography; we have all the tools you need to market your real estate listings.

iGuide® +

MindSet Virtual Tours is Manitoba's only provider of the iGuide® 3D Tour Technology. iGuide® 3D immersive tours can now be prominently embedded into listings on iGuide.JPG

Buyers searching will now instantly know that they can explore 360 degree views of the property. They can also take measurements on the integrated floor plan to see how their life will fit into the space.

MindSet Virtual Tours offers the iGuide® 3D Tour in the Ruby Virtual Tour Package and Ruby Virtual Tour Premium. Find out more on our Services page or call 204-771-5403.

Fall Home Maintenance


The leaves have started to turn and fall so now is a good time to start thinking about home maintenance before winter. We found a pretty thorough checklist on Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist. Below are the highlights of the checklist:

  1. Keep an eye on the overnight low temperatures and plan to shut off exterior faucets and drain and store hoses.
  2. Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety. Fix any problem areas now to make for easier shoveling once the snow is here.
  3. Vacuum radiators, baseboard heaters and grates. Vacuum beneath the cover of your radiator if it's removable before replacing.
  4. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.
  5. Remove window A/C units or cover with an insulating wrap.
  6. Rake leaves in the yard and clean gutters and downspouts.
  7. Mice and other small animals will soon be looking for a place to stay for winter. Make sure there are no holes or gaps in your home's exterior where they may enter.
  8. If you notice any dead or sick trees, call and professional to inspect them and see if they need trimming or removal.
  9. Replace or add weatherstripping to doors and windows.
  10. Schedule furnace maintenance and chimney cleaning if applicable.


    Top 5 Home Renovations

    Home renovations go hand-in-hand with home maintenance to ensure your property maintains its value. Before you consider any home renovations, know your budget and why you are renovating. Are you getting the property ready to sell? Do you plan to stay in your current home? Regardless of your plans, here are some top 5 lists for home renovations from the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

    Renovations with the highest return of investment:

    1. Kitchen
    2. Bathroom
    3. Repainting interior and exterior
    4. Updating Décor - lighting and plumbing fixtures, counter tops, replacing worn flooring (vinyl or carpets) or refinishing hardwood floors
    5. Declutter

    Renovations with the highest enjoyment value:

    1. Basement finishing
    2. Garage
    3. Sun rooms/additions
    4. Decks/Fences
    5. Landscaping

    Renovations to maintain the worth of your property

    1. Roof replacement
    2. Heating/cooling system update
    3. Replace windows and doors
    4. Update electrical ((panel, wiring, sockets, fixtures)
    5. Repair any structural defects

    Summer Home Maintenance


    With the first day of summer, June 20, just around the corner, it's a good time to start planning your summer home maintenance. This is the best time to make sure your home's exterior is in good shape. 

    1. Siding needs to be cleaned yearly. A power washer will work for most types, but thinner vinyl will require a garden hose with an attachment and cleaning solution. Wood siding may need to be re-stained or painted. Check for any damaged siding and replace where needed. 
    2. Stucco should be checked for any cracks or exposed areas where moisture can get inside. These can be sealed with stucco patches. 
    3. Check your roof for any damage and check the warranty to see when you will need to replace the shingles or tiles. Also get your insulation checked.
    4. Schedule to have your air conditioner inspected and replace filters.
    5. Check for cracks in the foundation on the exterior and interior.
    6. Fix cracks in the driveway or consider re-surfacing it.
    7. Check outdoor spigots for leaks.
    8. Inspect your garage's exterior and interior for any damage.

    Curb Appeal

    First impressions are lasting impressions, so make sure your home has great curb appeal.

    Whether you have invested in interior renovations or not, don’t forget your home’s exterior when preparing to sell. Take the time to clean the exterior and repair or replace window pains, screens, fence boards, etc. as needed. Add a fresh coat of paint to any trim and pick an inviting colour for the front door. For the back yard, remove clutter, spruce up any gardens, and mow the grass. 

    HGTV offers 10 tips to improve your home’s curb appeal to potential buyers

    1. Make sure the exterior photos of your home are good.
    2. Take a look at your home as a buyer.
    3. Look for any noticeable roof damage.
    4. Install new house numbers.
    5. Ask a friend, family member, or co-worker to give their opinion of the exterior.
    6. Pressure wash dirty siding and decks.
    7. Plant some colourful flowers.
    8.  Clean windows and open curtains. Open curtains look better from the outside.
    9. Place some solar light fixtures along pathways.
    10. Paint the front door and make sure porch light is working.

    Warmer weather means ticks are out

    Now that the snow has melted, everything is starting to wake up, and it's not just the plants. Blacklegged ticks are out in record numbers in Manitoba. These ticks can carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

    The Province of Manitoba website has information about blacklegged ticks including a map of the known tick population areas:

    Blacklegged ticks are found in wooded, forested areas where they live in low-lying vegetation. 

    Here are to protect your family and pets this tick season:

    Educate yourself and others, then get outside and enjoy our beautiful province!


    The City of Winnipeg Impact Fee

    In October 2016, the Winnipeg City Council passed the Impact Fee By-Law. Based on the 2016 Growth Study for Winnipeg, the City Council passed the by-law so that individuals and businesses benefiting from new infrastructure and services would help pay for the city's growth and development. 

    City of Winnipeg Impact Fee

    The impact fee will gradually take effect over a three year period with the first phase applying only to new residential developments in new and emerging communities. See the map for the areas impacted by the initial phase. 

    It's too early to say what the impact fee will mean to the local real estate market. There were 7 sales in February 2017 over $1 million dollars which indicate that buyers intending to build new luxury homes may look to resale properties to avoid the fee. We will just have to see as the impact fee comes into effect on May 1, 2017.

    WinnipegREALTORS® March MLS® Sales Up 5%

    The March 2017 Press Release for WinnipegREALTORS® is now available: WinnipegREALTORS® March 2017 Press Release

    “Overall we are quite pleased with the MLS® first quarter sales results since they are only a few sales shy of last year’s same period total and we ended up recording our best year ever in 2016,” said Blair Sonnichsen, president of WinnipegREALTORS®. “The second quarter by far is our busiest and one we count on to put us in a good position to deliver solid year end numbers. The consistency and steadiness of our MLS® market over the past few years bodes well for strong sales numbers to continue.”

    All markets are local and vary within a specific market region. To understand what is happening with your property type, price range and area of city or outside Winnipeg, call a REALTOR® to provide you with their expert advice and knowledge.

    8 Steps to Clean Up Your Yard for Spring

    1. Trees and Shrubs - Prune away dead and damaged branches from trees and shrubs. For anything larger than 1/2 diameter, use a handsaw. Use hand pruners to shapes hedges. For summer flowering shrubs, prune before before buds appear. For spring bloomers, wait to prune until after they stop flowering.
    2. Perennials and Grasses - To allow for new growth, trim flowering perennials to a 4-5 inch height and ornamental grasses to 2-3 inch height. Once the soil has thawed, dig up perennials such as hostas and daylilies. Divide them to thin crowded beds, leaving three stems per clump. Transplant or give away the rest. For winter-damaged roses, cut to one inch below the blackened area. For climbing plants, remove any woody canes.
    3. Plant Beds - Rake out dead foliage and leaves and add a wheelbarrow of organic yard waste. Add a 5-10-10 fertilizer around bulbs when they flower.
    4. Compost - If you don't compost already, now is a good time to start. There are many options for compost containers, including DIY projects. Compost should be kept as moist as a wrung out sponge and use a pitchfork to aerate every 2 weeks. Try not to add any early spring weeds as they could sprout.
    5. Lawn Care - Remove any turf that was damaged by plows, salt, or disease with a square metal rake. Plan to seed once forsythia start blooming.
    6. Paths and Patios - Refill joints between flagstones and fix any pavers that have heaved out of place. Use a low pressure tip on a pressure washer to to clean walkways and patios.
    7. Fences and Trellises - Remove badly rotted or damaged wood. Scrub wood clean with a mix of 2 gallons water, 2 quarts bleach, and 1 cup liquid soap. Wait to repaint until overnight temperature stays over 10 degrees C.
    8. Enjoy! Make time to be outside with friends and family. Plan a BBQ, practice your golf short game, or just relax with a good book.