Steven B. Cheung has passion for the real estate market. Having been a real estate investor since 1985, he has been through all of its ups and downs, and has a thorough understanding of the trends, data and analyses – both locally and nationally – to help you make a smarter decision about buying or selling your home.
As an agent, Steven can truly say, “I’ve been in your shoes.”
He is a full-service realtor with plenty of ‘hands on’ experience in maximizing a home’s potential. Over the past 35 years, Steven has been personally involved in numerous renovations, and has built a trusted network of contractors who can handle anything needed to ready your home for sale or renovate after purchase.
This expertise has also allowed him to see more than the obvious. Steven looks at the “bones” of a structure, and can separate a sound purchase from one that, in the long run, could cost thousands of additional dollars.
A previous career in corporate IT earned him industry recognition for his abilities in sales and negotiation. Indeed, Steven is a negotiator, not an ‘order taker’ and his track record of success in the corporate world continues to pay off in better deals for his real estate clients – whether buying or selling.
Steven has earned a wide range of professional accreditations.
- Real Estate Broker: Brokers have continued their education past the real estate agent level and can handle some of the more technical aspects of a transaction.
- Fellow of the Real Estate Institute FRI(E): This acknowledges a practitioner’s advanced skills and knowledge of the industry.
- Seller Representative Specialist (SRS): This is earned through high-level training in the marketing techniques required to attract the ideal buyers to your listing.
- Master Certified Negotiations Expert MCNE(MCNE) is the mark of powerful negotiation skills, and the ability to create better outcomes for clients.
- Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR): This designation is for agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process.
- Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). Members have completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis, and have extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry.
- Luxury homes: With the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Steven has proven performance within the luxury residential market.
- Smart Home Certified. Steven is trained to educate home buyers and sellers about the benefits of a connected home.
Heather Sopovski is a sales representative with Steven B. Cheung Real Estate. In addition to looking after the many diverse needs of home buyers and sellers, she handles leases – as well as the website and social media. Digital marketing plays a key role in today’s fast-paced industry.
Heather has always had a keen interest in real estate, and brings to the table not only her experience in home purchases and sales, but an education that supports what can often be described as a highly emotional and personal transaction.
With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and accreditation as a Certified Negotiations Expert, Heather is well positioned to help secure your best deal. Although relatively new to the industry, she is proving
her worth on Steven’s team, providing her mix of care, compassion, and honesty while guiding clients through the many complexities of buying and selling a home.
“I really enjoy knowing what people like and dislike about the properties we view, and the look on their faces when we’ve found the right one,” she says. “Their joy is priceless. I love the feeling of having done my job well and making people happy.”
Heather is enthusiastic, dedicated, and determined to help families find their ideal next home.
Sellers and buyers: sell for more or be “move-in” ready
With 35 years of experience as a real estate investor, Steven B. Cheung is as much a project manager as he is a real estate broker. Managing projects ensures that the renovations are on time to ensure that the house is ready for sale.
Sometimes an investment is required for your home to compete in today’s real estate market. For sellers, Steven can take a practised eye to your home and help you decide which improvements – large or small, from painting to full renovations – will help it sell quickly and for top dollar.
For buyers, he can find you that great deal or “fixer-upper” and make it move-in ready. Or go a step further by transforming it into your dream home with renovations that are expertly done at a reasonable price and provide a good return on investment.
For Steven and his team, it’s about hiring the right contractors – skilled tradespeople who can work to a tight budget and who care about craftsmanship. Steven’s network includes carpenters, masons, plumbers, electricians, painters, drywallers, flooring installers, and many more. They are hand-picked from his decades of experience as a “hands-on” investor – one who isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves when needed.
So whether you’re planning to sell, or to purchase your next home, contact Steven and his team to find out more about their one-stop solution. Call today and make the informed choice for your most significant investment.
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Investing big bucks to fix everything in your home, isn’t always the smartest move when selling. Buyers typically look at kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and open concepts.
However, figuring out how much to spend on a home improvement project is tricky. Here are some general rules of thumb, spend about 5 to 15 percent of your home value on Kitchen Renovation and 3 to 7 percent on the Bathrooms. By looking at what can give you the highest Return On Investment (ROI) can save you money and help sell your home.
Are you interested or planning to remodel your kitchen? We all know kitchen projects are not a straightforward renovation project and the cost of remodelling varies. So I asked my kitchen manufacturer and good friend George, what most homeowners are looking for in their kitchen projects. Remodelling your kitchen is one of the wisest decisions to make since you spend a fair amount of time there. Here are some things that you need to consider: increasing vital space, functionality, style, and entertaining potential. According to the experts, the Return On Investment (ROI) for a kitchen renovation is about 65%. Kitchen and Bathroom help sell your home more quickly since most new home buyers prioritize the kitchen and bathroom when determining the quality and value of a house.
The open concept floor plan tends to quickly attract buyers’ interest and may even increase the house price as a result. The layout can create beauty, flexibility and the ability to bring everyone together. Hardwood flooring also appeals to buyers because it is easier to clean than laminate. Hardwood flooring can also be repeatedly sanded and refinished providing a longer lifespan, where scratches and damage to laminate flooring tend to be permanent. Never under-estimate paint, like hardwood flooring, paint can really add value to your home.
Besides the kitchen, bathrooms are the next most popular area home buyers tend to look at when choosing which house to buy. Again, on average we tend to spend quite a bit of time in the bathroom. Depending on your budget, remodelling or renovating a bathroom is something that you may want to look at before buying/selling your home. The return on investment (ROI) for a bathroom renovation is about 60%. Some things to consider are layout, functionality, style, type of finishes, bathtub or a standup shower, to help sell your house quickly and for more money. When a bathroom is complete it can feel like a sanctuary.