Considering Breaking Up With Your Favourite Home? 5 Helpful Tips from James Wruth

Owning a house is like ‘being in a long-term relationship’, so it can be hard to break up! 

I believe that relationships are more important than transactions. I started a career in real estate in 2006 with REMAX Crown Real Estate In Regina, and since that time, I have built a Regina real estate business around that philosophy. My goal is a personalized one-on-one service to fully understand you and your real estate goals and to be 100% accountable to you. In my latest blog post, I acknowledge that selling a home you love is NOT easy. 

Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do! 

So goes the famous Neil Sedaka song... and sometimes that is the truth!  

You grew up in that home, or you raised your own family inside those four walls, so when it’s time to move on, downsize or sell for a multitude of reasons, it can very hard emotionally to let go! 

Another reason why a breakup with your home is hard to go through can be explained by the Endowment Effect. This economic theory finds that people overvalue what they already own. They are comfortable with the status quo and feel threatened by change and the unfamiliar, which makes losing or parting from what they have particularly difficult. Now, they believe that their loss is more than it actually is.

Sure, this house was perfect, but the home selling and buying process isn’t finding “the one” that sticks around forever. It’s more about finding the home that fits your needs best based on your current situation. That gets easier if you can feel good about your next decision and give yourself closure over the past—so let’s dive into 5 tips to help you work through it.

Tip #1: Make sure you’re ready to ' FOLD It' from a financial perspective

When you mix money and love, things get complicated. Just ask the 1 in 5 partners who choose to keep their finances separate. Applying this division of church and state to selling the house can suck some of the emotion out of the process.

Above how you feel about the selling situation, you need to figure out the hard financials and timing of this sale. Can you afford to sell this home and buy another, and is now the time to do it?

You can start by getting a ballpark figure for what your home would go for in the current market. Then, factor in your expenses like home prep, repairs, and agent commissions. Make sure that after you sell the house, you’ll have enough money to pay off the mortgage and then some, ideally enough for a sizable down payment on the next house.

Then, find out if it’s the best time to sell your home in your market. Depending on where you live, seasonality makes a big impact—in fact, data shows that selling at an opportune moment can help you increase your profits significantly.

Take away?
Similar to a relationship break-up, selling a home shouldn’t be a rash, spur of the moment decision. 

Tip#2: Reframe your mindset to focus on your ‘Why’

The first question I ask my seller clients is, “Why Are you Selling?”

Maybe you crave the carefree lifestyle that apartment/ condo living can provide, perhaps you want to move to be closer to the grandkids, or maybe you have to buy somewhere bigger to give your family more breathing room.

Take Away?

Focusing on the logic of your reason and your why, makes it easier to harness your attention to the future. Reframe your home sale as change (good change!) rather than loss. Then, selling your house becomes an opportunity for you to move on to a different chapter of your life.

Tip #3: Keep living your best life BUT keep on keeping up with the Jones's 

The last thing you want to do after you decide to sell your house is to wallow in regrets and neglect home selling responsibilities.

Oftentimes, home sellers are also buyers, so their home purchase is contingent on their home sale. You must make sure that your home looks it's best. Then, take steps to detach from what you used to call your home. Trust your real estate agent and start the staging process. See how furniture works in different arrangements, change up the decor, and paint the walls neutral colors to begin depersonalizing the house without giving yourself whiplash. - you can find some helpful tips on curating curb appeal in the Regina real estate article I wrote about Selling A Home in A Slow Market 

Once you have put effort into making the property look it's very best,  you can channel your emotions and efforts toward figuring out what your future will look like, in terms of the house and your new neighborhood. That way, your next home becomes a productive distraction that will help you get over the initial home sale.

Take Away?
Be sure to keep up with maintenance and to work with your realtor to get the best price for both your existing property AND the new one!  


Tip #4: Do the Emotional work

So, when you sell your house, don’t be afraid to:

  • Walk-through your home and revisit old memories.

  • Reflect on how the house has served its purpose for however long you lived there.

  • Talk about how you loved living here with your spouse, children, and family members.

This type of processing helps you to accept your emotions throughout the home sale. If you want to keep a snapshot of the home, take photos and use those as emotional anchors for you to look back on in the future.

Take Away?

It is healthy to mourn a loss!   

Tip #5: Get proper closure

When selling a house, you don’t want to walk away with unfinished business or bitterness. You might not be emotionally prepared for the change, but don’t demand buyers to overpay for your home or leave the home in a sloppy state. Be respectful to the next set of homeowners, and take the time to get everything in shipshape for the final walkthrough.

A proper goodbye can also include a “house-cooling party” that lets you invite friends and family to your home for one last time before handing over the keys. Those who are important to you also have a chance to say goodbye to you and the home. Just don't go crazy, as the last thing you want is wine stains on those newly cleaned carpets! 

Take Away?

Ready to sell the house you love? Partner up with me, I’m a top Regina RE/MAX Agent, and as an experienced Regina REALTOR® I can support you by inserting a degree of professional separation.

If you are looking for a Regina Realtor who works tirelessly on your behalf and always offers honest and candid advice, I will be an expert at your side. I am a Trusted Regina Realtor and a REMAX Crown Real Estate Agent


James Wruth Regina Real Estate Trends October 2022

Greetings Friends,

I am pleased to be able to share my 2022 October Regina Real Estate Market Report! 

OCTOBER 2022 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report

How Does This Compare to National Data? 



New property listed in Lakewood, Regina

I have listed a new property at 6230 Ehrle CRES in Regina. See details here

Welcome to 6230 Ehrle Cr located in the desirable and family friendly neighborhood of Lakewood. Visiting this home, it is immediately apparent that this home has been cared for and upgraded for nearly 3 decades from its previous owner. If you're looking for a large family home in a mature desirable neighborhood with all the right professionally completed upgrades, this is the one! Recent improvements include an updated high efficient furnace, newer stainless steel fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Newer Kenmore elite washer and dryer; all newer updated triple pane windows on main and second floor (master ensuite with pvc double pane), updated lighting including pot-lights on dimmers through kitchen and nook, all new designer kitchen featuring modern oak cabinets, soft close drawers and doors, pull out spice racks, extra deep pot drawers, under cabinet lighting, quartz countertop, newer undermount sink and faucets, subway tiled backsplash and eat up breakfast bar. Outside you can see that the shingles have been recently updated and the garage has a newer garage door and motor in addition to the concrete driveway and walkway which now features a rubberized surface to prolong its life and minimize slips! This home has a great layout and plenty of natural light throughout. The 2nd floor offers 3 full bedrooms including a master with 3 pc ensuite and main hallway 4 pc bath. Other features include a fully finished basement, double attached garage in great shape, newer deck off the kitchen nook. Looking for a private mature yard that feels like your own private oasis, this one has it. The backyard faces West and is perfect for enjoying the evenings with family and friends offering a large deck and patio area. This home is ready for you to move in, un-pack and start making memories. Call the listing agent today to book your own private viewing.


New property listed in Parkridge RG, Regina

I have listed a new property at 819 Bluebird CRES in Regina. See details here

Welcome to 819 Bluebird Crescent. This 1,560 Sq ft home is located in the quiet neighborhood of Parkridge, and is close to parks, schools bus routes, and all East end amenities. This 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home is move-in ready, and perfect for a growing family! Upon entering you will be greeted into the open concept floor plan, that features a spacious living room, with an abundance of natural light, hardwood floors and gas fireplace. The kitchen offers plenty of cupboard and counter space, corner pantry along with an eat-up island. The dining room flows directly off the kitchen, with patio access to the large fenced backyard. The main floor is completed with a convenient 2-piece bathroom. Heading up to the 2nd floor, you will find 3 spacious bedrooms with the primary bedroom offering a walk-in closet, and 3-piece ensuite. There is also an additional 4-piece bathroom down the hallway. The finished basement offers a ton of extra space, with a large family room , dedicated laundry room, 3 pc bathroom, den currently used as a bedroom and large utlity room. Outside you will find a large insulated double attached garage. This house would be a perfect fit for anyone looking to live in a mature & quiet neighborhood. Contact the listing agent for more information today!


September 2022 Regina Real Estate Market Trends Report

Greetings Friends,

I am pleased to be able to share my 2022 September Regina Real Estate Market Report! 

SEPTEMBER 2022 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report

How Does This Compare to National Data? 

Canada's housing market experienced a minor bump in prices for August 2022, the first monthly increase in Canada’s average home price since February. For August 2022, the average home price in Canada was $637,673, up 1% from last month after decreasing on a monthly basis for five months in a row. Nationally, sales during the month of August 2022 are down 24.7% year-over-year to roughly 38,310 transactions.

Whether Canada’s housing market is seeing prices stabilize after hitting an all-time price record in February 2022 remains to be seen, as Canada’s average home price remains 4% lower year-over-year. Among factors that have spooked Canadian home buyers have been rapidly rising Canadian mortgage rates, brought about by Bank of Canada rate hikes. While Canada’s inflation rate has cooled off in recent months, current elevated levels of inflation in Canada continue to put pressure on policymakers to increase interest rates.

Compared to February 2022's peak of $816,720, the average sold price in Canada is now 22% off from that record-breaking month. This means that the average home price in Canada has now fallen by 22%, or close to $179,000, in the span of six months. Meanwhile, the MLS Benchmark Price continued to see positive annual price growth. Canada’s benchmark home price increased 7% year-over-year to $760,400 for August 2022, yet is down by 3% month-over-month. If the benchmark home price continues this trend, it will dip into negative annual change territory in the coming months.

While the average Canadian home price is down 4% year-over-year, the performance of housing markets across the country has been mixed. Some areas continued to see declines in home prices and sales, while others experienced increases on a monthly basis.


August 2022 Regina Monthly Housing Market Trends Report

Greetings Friends,

I am pleased to be able to share my 2022 August Regina Real Estate Market Report! 

August 2022 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report

How Does This Compare to National Data? 

As a consequence of the Bank of Canada’s rate hikes, the Canadian housing market is on the verge of a cliff, as rapidly rising mortgage rates threaten the stability of Canadian home values. The average home price in Canada was $629,971 in July 2022, a decrease of 5% from the previous year and 5% from the previous month. This is a stunning turnaround from the extraordinary price rises seen earlier in the year when a new record was reached in February of 2022. Canada’s average home price has decreased for the sixth consecutive month. Compared to the peak of $816,720 in February 2022, the average sales price in Canada has decreased by 23%. In the previous five months, the average Canadian home price has plummeted by 23%, or around $190,000. However, the MLS Benchmark Price continues to increase annually. In July 2022, the national average home price in Canada increased by 7% year-over-year to $782,300 but fell by 3% month-over-month.


How To Sell Your Home In A Slow Market

I believe that relationships are more important than transactions I started a career in real estate in 2006 with REMAX Crown Real Estate In Regina, and since that time I have built a Regina real estate business around that philosophy. My goal is a personalized one-on-one service to fully understand you, and your real estate goals and to be 100% accountable to you. In my latest blog post, I share Your home is one of the biggest investments of your life. When you’re ready to buy or sell, choose wisely—choose me, James Wruth REMAX Crown Regina Real Estate Agent. In my latest Regina real estate tip I share 7 tips on how to sell your home in a slower market. 

7 Helpful Tips To Help Sell Your Home in a Slow Market

TD’s latest Provincial Housing Market Outlook, released at the end of June 2022 , projected that home prices in Canada are set for a further fall in the current rising-rates environment, with a 19% peak-to-trough decline anticipated between the first quarter of this year and Q1 2023. That report indicated little prospect of an overall housing market meltdown, a pointed to more of a slowing down.  Since as a seller, you can’t wave a magic wand to change the state of the economy or suddenly increase the pace of home sales, you’ll need to channel your competitive side and think of this as your next challenge. Even in sluggish markets, houses still sell. Make yours one that does with the right game plan that swerves to avoid these common mistakes.

Mistake #1: Minimal Property Preparation

You need to clean, declutter and stage your home or your dooming your sale from the start. No matter which type of market you’re facing, you’ll need to deep clean and declutter to meet the bare minimum buyer expectations. However, In a buyer’s market, don’t be surprised if you have to go beyond that to tackle a handful of repairs and upgrades to make your home’s desirability rise above the competition. As far as the final presentation goes, top agents will share that a staged home sells faster than an unstaged home, and good staging can increase your sales price.

Mistake #2: Maintenance neglect

You don’t need to break the bank on improvements that’ll cost more than they add in value, like a full kitchen or bathroom renovation. But in a slow market, you should deal with any deferred maintenance you’ve put off over the course of ownership, whether it be leaky plumbing, a wobbly ceiling fan, or mold issue in the basement. Look over your home very objectively. In a slow market, you’ll reduce hassles and increase your chances of securing an offer if you take care of outstanding maintenance yourself. But if you don’t have the upfront funds to take care of necessary repairs, you’ll have to disclose any known material defects and then compensate for the issue with an appropriate pricing strategy. 

Mistake #3: Amateur photography

In this digital age where 93% of buyers use online websites to house hunt, it’s critical that your online listing photos be on point. Make sure that the pictures taken reflect your home in the BEST light! 

Mistake #4: The Price Must Be Right

Overpricing can hamper your sale in any market condition, but when you’re selling in a buyer’s market it can completely kill your chances of selling at all.

So don’t make the mistake of simply listing at the same price (or higher) than recent comparative properties have sold for. Listen to your Regina real estate agent and TRUST the data to find the right list price to help your home sell fast even in a competitive market.

Mistake #5: Mediocre marketing

Great photos and the right price can only go so far to get your house sold—if no one knows about your listing.

Selling in a slow market isn’t easy, so putting your property in front of as many buyers as possible is key, The responsibility of selling your home does not come lightly to me. I understand the effort and challenges that surround the decision to sell your current property, and I will provide the real estate expertise, resources and strategies to guide you through it seamlessly. I have a broad marketing mix and I work hard to get the property in front of as many of the RIGHT prospects as possible!  

Mistake #6: Restricting buyers’ access to your home

No one likes to be told to get out of their own home, but that’s what you’ll need to put up with while your home is on the market.

Develop a showings strategy that includes quick and easy cleaning wipes, portable bathroom caddies, and lidded storage bins, so that you can quickly clean and hide away your toiletries and personal items on just an hour’s notice. Don’t refuse to have a lock box on your house, or demand outlandish access restrictions, like requiring half a day’s notice before showings. The more foot traffic, the better.

Mistake #7: Stubborn negotiations

Even once you’ve received and accepted a decent offer in a competitive buyer’s market, you’ll need to get through the buyer’s home inspection and the back-and-forth on repair requests. In a slow market, buyers are picky, and finicky, and not as committed to the home sale as the seller. They’ll walk away over the smallest things because they know there are plenty of other properties out there. 

Selling in a slow market: Have an expert at your side

If life were a fairytale, you sell your house whenever you want and at the price you want. In real life, sellers are at the mercy of the market.

Plus, every house is different. What it takes to sell your house in a slow market could be different than your neighbour’s situation. When in doubt, work with a top Regina real estate agent with experience in your area and property type to navigate tough decisions. 

Contact me today, I am here to help!  


If you are looking for a Regina Realtor who works tirelessly on your behalf and always offers honest and candid advice, I will be an expert at your side. I am a Trusted Regina Realtor and a REMAX Crown Real Estate Agent

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