We have taken everything we have learned building hundreds of quality homes all over New Brunswick, and now Martell Home Builders have now levelled up to become Martell Custom Homes – the final word in luxury. We made our mark as the most reliable, trustworthy, and accountable home builders in New Brunswick for semidetached and mid-sized homes, and are now focusing our talent on large-scale, luxury, custom builds.
What makes Martell Custom Homes different? We combine Atlantic Canadian honesty, customer service, and dependability with urban-level business savvy. We know what it takes to build your home to the highest standards, and we have the experience, drive, and desire to exceed your expectations. Your home is your statement to the world, and we create your sanctuary, your venue for entertaining, your niche for creating and storing memories that will last a lifetime.
As a testament to this experience, drive, and desire, Martell Custom Homes offers the GLASS PROMISE. We know that a promise made is as delicate and fragile as glass, and we strive to be transparent, crystal clear. Those in glass houses are on display, and we welcome the scrutiny. We do not cut corners, we do not break our word, and we are transparent about every aspect of your build.
Located on the north side of Fredericton off Brookside Drive is Brookside West, a beautiful, fast growing, family neighborhood. This prime development is within close proximity to all local amenities (Two Nations Crossing, Brookside Mall, Willie O’Ree Arena, West Hills Golf), schools and minutes from downtown Fredericton.
• Wooded lots available
• Quiet Atmosphere
• Restrictive covenants to protect your investment
• Court lots available
• Near the new West Hills Golf Course
• Kindergarten to Grade 5: Nashwaaksis Memorial School
• Grade 6 to 8: Nashwaaksis Middle School
• Grade 9 to 12: Leo Hayes High School
Single Family Lots start at $67,000.00
To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in Brookside West, call Jason today at 506-292-2169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nestled in the heart of the city of Dieppe, you’ll find Notre-Dame Estates. This prestigious development is in a prime location with close proximity to local amenities, schools, Rotary St-Anselme Park, Arthur J. LeBlanc Centre (Arena) and the Dieppe Aquatic and Sports Centre. Notre-Dame Estates is an outstanding family community to call home.
• Wooded lots available
• Restrictive covenants to protect your investment
• Prime court lots available
• Fox Creek Golf Course nearby
• 3 acres of natural park
Kindergarten to Grade 5: Lou MacNarin
Grades 6 to Grade 8: Lewisville Middle School
Grades 8 through 12: Moncton High School
M – 5e année : École Anna-Malenfant
6e – 8e année : École Carrefour de l’Acadie
9e – 12e année : École Mathieu Martin
Single Family Lots ranging between $59,900 and $84,900
To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in Notre-Dame Estates, call Pierre today at (506) 871-5237 or email at email@example.com.
Located on Elmwood Drive in Moncton, NB
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Nestled amongst a magnificent golf course, Royal Oaks is a wonderful place to call home. It carries many hallmark attributes, such as superb water features, walking trails and striking lots. This development is situated just minutes away from école l’Odyssée, the new Moncton High School and many Elmwood Drive amenities.
Kindergarten to Grade 4: Forest Glen Elementary
Grades 5 to 8: Sunday Brae Middle School
Grades 9 to 12: Moncton High School
Primaire – École le Sommet OU École Champlain
Secondaire – École l’Odyssée
Semi-Detached Lots Ranging between $56 900 and $85 900
Single Family Lots Range between $48 900 and $94 900
If interested, please contact Pierre at (506) 871-5237 or firstname.lastname@example.org to start your own Discovery Session today!
Looking for that perfect lot in the highly sought after village of New Maryland can be difficult…
Welcome to Phase 1 of Centennial Gardens – These fully serviced large lots are in the heart of the village adjacent to New Maryland Elementary School, Athletic Park which includes: a new soccer field, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and playground. In addition, there is a direct walkway from this development to the School and Athletic Park.
This is the perfect place for those looking to be in a family neighbourhood but close to all the major city services of Fredericton. These amazing lots are within ten minute drive to: Regent Mall, Hospital, University, Costco, Knowledge Park, and the Grant-Harvey Centre.
Lot Prices starting at: $65,000.00
To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in Centennial Gardens, call Jason today at
506-292-2169 or by email email@example.com.
Location: Just Off King George Highway, Miramichi, NB
Welcome to Gretna Green Subdivision. This executive neighbourhood boasts underground power, fully serviced lots, curbs, and excellent location.
Elementary: Gretna Green Elementary
Middle: Harkins Middle School
High School: Miramichi Valley High School
Amenities: shopping, schools, banking, medical centres
Lot Prices: starting at only $33,500.00
To book a Discovery Session and start planning your new home in Gretna Green, call Andrew today at 506-251-1681or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two weeks ago we shared our thoughts on why your home isn’t selling (read more here). At the end of that post, I promised to follow up with some actionable steps that you can take to create more value and get your home sold. While my original focus was on general steps to increase value, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the 5+ feet of snow staring at me through my front window (and my Facebook feed). So, if you’re home is currently for sale, here is what you need to know….
1. SHOW ME A SIGN
I’m willing to bet that your lawn sign is currently buried… First thing being first, get outside and see whether the sign can be dug out and made visible from the street. If so, great! Whether you dig it out or your Realtor does, well that’s up to you BUT at the very least make sure your Realtor knows that the sign is buried and whether it can be dug out. If your sign has no chance of being dug out because of where the snow is being thrown, then you need to contact your Realtor right away and get a new sign. I don’t generally recommend jamming a new sign into the top of a snowbank for safety reasons but, find a high visibility location to place it like ON the house/porch, etc.
2. SALT & SHOVEL
Before you call me captain obvious, hear me out. I don’t mean basic snow removal. If your home is for sale, you have to take your snow removal to the next level. If potential buyers have to walk sideways between their car and the banks to get up your driveway, they are automatically feeling discomfort and are associating that feeling with your home. It is essential that you take the time to widen paths and walkways and, if possible, salt them down until they’re bare. If buyers can plant their feet firmly on the ground, they will automatically feel more confident with the property. If buyers are waddling, arms outstretched, on ice… well, they’re not looking at your house. They’re actually just trying not to fall.
3. FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT!
The temperature inside the home is such an important component of presenting the highest value for the property. If buyers are cold inside your home, they are uncomfortable and, again, they associate that feeling with the home. Further, consciously or subconsciously, they’re likely running through a list of all of the reasons that the home could be cold: Poor insulation? Defective/old heat system? Bad windows? And the list goes on… don’t put your home (or yourself) through the added scrutiny and turn the heat up a few hours prior to showing. Remember, you may choose to wear slippers and sweaters inside a la Fred Rogers, but your buyers may not.
4. WINDOWS (and everything) CLEANER THAN CLEAN
Have you ever noticed just how bright the world is when it’s covered it snow? The extra brightness reflected in the snow makes every spec of dust, dirt and grime show much more obviously that normal. As such, Winter is the perfect time to get the cleaners in or throw in extra elbow grease and get your windows, floors and flat surfaces absolutely spotless.
5. CLEAR DECKS, PATIOS AND PORCHES COMPLETELY
This one isn’t so obvious. A huge part of the living space that your home offers is the outdoor living space. But if buyers can see it, you can’t sell it! So, get out on your porch, deck and/or patio and shovel it completely so that potential buyers can visualize what the home will be like beyond winter. And let’s face it, just about every New Brunswicker is currently longing for summer. Show them that your home is going to give them the summer living spaces that they’re currently dreaming about!
6. SPEAKING OF SUMMER… UPDATE YOUR PHOTOS!
If the online leading photo of your home shows a lush green lawn, replace it with a photo that shows the home in the snow. WHY? Because a photo of your home with a green lawn will stand out like a sore thumb and buyers will assume that the home has been sitting on the market forever… then they will ask why and likely assume the worst! Don’t risk it… the photo that you’re using to market your home should be a reflection of how it looks today… not 6 months ago.
What other winter selling challenges can you add to this list?
Ahh, the beautiful, snowy East Coast. Personally, I LOVE snow but I know that it’s got many other New Brunswickers feeling down. With so much snow on the ground (and more on the way tonight), it’s not surprise that we’ve gotten a few calls from past clients whose heat pumps are not operating. A very common problem with an abundance of snow (and nowhere to put it) is snow in your heat pump condenser.
We spoke to our buddies at ConAir Ventilation here in Greater Moncton are here are the steps that they advise you to take prior to making a service call:
I’ve been toying with writing this post since 2012… that was the year that it became much more challenging to sell your home in Greater Moncton. And, if your house isn’t selling, this post is directed at you. So before you read on, I want you think about how badly you want to sell your house. Also, please remind yourself that my only intention in writing this post is to help you sell your house. Period. I’m sure you have great taste & style!
I’m no stranger to what it takes to sell a home. I’ve been marketing and selling homes for 11 years (as a former Realtor and now a builder). I even completed a home staging designation and have overseen complete transformations of my client’s homes to ensure that they get the most money when they sell. So here’s the kicker… I’m not a Realtor any longer but I still hear my clients’ disappointment when they can’t start their new home project because they can’t sell their current home!
Why Isn’t Your House Selling? It’s simple really…. you haven’t created enough VALUE for the buyers. Period.
Marketing 101: Value = Benefits/Cost
How do you create value? Follow the simple equation above and you will see that once benefits outweigh cost, in the mind of buyers, you’ve achieved value and your home will sell. The problem that you’re having is that the benefits to the potential buyer of your home have not yet outweighed the cost. To sell your home, you need to start thinking like a marketer and of your home as a PRODUCT! Buyers don’t have the sentimental attachment that you do, so it’s best to save the nostalgia for the photo albums and take it out of the home.
To shift the value equation and sell your home, you have two options:
In this post, I will to consider each way that you may not be maximizing your home’s value.
Increase Your Home’s Benefits
You really need to be in tune with what buyers are looking for on the market to understand what your home may be lacking. Particularly in a buyer’s market, there is so much choice out there that you cannot afford to have a home that is just average. In our market, your home will often be competing with brand new construction homes so you need to recognize your best assets and let them shine.
1. What is special about your home already? Scream it from the rooftops.
Does your neighbourhood have mature trees? Do you have an oversized lot? Are you close to an amazing school? Can you walk downtown? What does your home have that it’s competitors lack? Buyers need to be told what makes it special. (Remember, the home is a product).
2. What is not so special about your home? Fix it.
Remember, this post is for people who REALLY want to sell their homes. This is the single hardest hurdle to overcome with home sellers. I’ve had to convince clients to stain their floors, paint their wood cabinets, change their siding… you name it, my clients have done it. And their houses sold.
There are a few reasons that I see people list homes that are not “market-ready”.
1. Many sellers will not change things about the home because they personally like the house as it is. This is a dangerous way to approach your home sale in a buyers market. Have a look at the homes that are actually selling in your price point. If those homes all have dark modern hardwood and your home boasts a golden oak, it’s time to consider the idea that your flooring is not appealing to buyers and needs to be changed if you want to sell (see image above).
2. Another argument against doing the work up-front: “Why would I change the house? I don’t know what the buyers will want.” The reality is that the majority of buyers have already looked at photos of your home. If you haven’t given them a reason to come see it in person, they simply won’t. You can’t afford to look dated/average in a buyers market.
Decrease Your Home’s Cost
Market value does not lie. Buyers are only willing to pay the price that they are willing to pay and overpricing your home can be dangerous to the selling process. Frankly, it’s great if you think that your home is worth $500,000.00 but that doesn’t change anything if buyers value your home at $350,000.00. Overpricing a listing simply means that the buyers who would have considered the home are not even visiting because they perceive the home price out of their budget.
The price of your home should only be set using a Comparative Market Analysis- a set of stats showing what other comparable homes are selling for. If you’ve done a CMA and your home still isn’t selling, you may be experiencing a market shift and should consult your Realtor regarding whether a reduction in price would be helpful.
Over the next while, I’ll follow up with some specific actionable steps you can take to work on increasing the benefits of your home. Have you had success updating your home to sell it? What worked for you? I’d love to hear.
There is something whimsical about strapping on a pair of skates and taking it outside, isn’t there? One of my absolute favourite discoveries about Moncton has been the abundance of outdoor skating rinks! In fact, there’s one just two blocks from my home, in gorgeous Victoria Park.
While weather outside can have so many of us wanting to pull up the covers and zone out to Netflix, outdoor skating has some amazing benefits! In addition to the calories burned and the balance control, getting outside in the winter also helps with depression. Seriously, how many people have you ever seen on skates with a frown? (The NHL aside).
Take a drive around the city after school or on the weekend and you’ll see kids & adults alike, gathering to share some winter fun!
So, where are Moncton’s rinks? According to the City of Moncton, they are in almost every neighborhood:
Mapleton Place (90 Candlewood Drive)
Prince Edward Park (25 Burlington Avenue)
Sunny Brae Park (45 Centre Street)
Hamilton Heights Playground (120 Evergreen Dr)
Roxborough Park (140 Barrington Crescent)
Centennial Park Pond
Centennial Park Kaboom Rink
Victoria Park (Weldon at John Street)
Have you been using any of our city’s outdoor rinks? Which is your favourite and why?