14 Restaurants to take your Valentine to in Halifax

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If you live in Halifax you know that there is no shortage of places to eat. You can’t turn the corner without running into a restaurant. On Valentine’s day you really want to impress that special person in your life and here a few restaurants that will help you do the trick.

The Harbour Stone

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A very casual yet contemporary style, this elegant establishment leaves nothing to be desired. Located in the Halifax Marriott this affordable restaurant would make a ideal spot to bring your special someone!

The Five Fisherman

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“The Restaurant at Five Fishermen is known for its Nova Scotian Seafood, Alberta Angus beef and an array of Chef-inspired menu items, prepared with uncompromising quality. Recognized annually as one of the best dining experiences in Halifax, it is located in one of downtown’s most historical buildings with connections to the Titanic and Halifax Explosion.”

http://www.fivefisherman.com

The Henry House

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A history filled pub located on Barrington Street. With great selections of craft beer, ales and traditional pub food. This is a great spot for those of you that want to keep it low key on V-Day.

The Auction House

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“The Auction House (built in 1765) is located directly across from St. Paul’s Anglican Church (built in 1750), which is the oldest building in Halifax. Over the past 249 years,the house has changed ownership several times. Many of the owners were from the Uniacke Family, including James Boyle Uniacke, who was the first Premier of Nova Scotia. James had two brothers who held various offices in the city, including Speaker of the House of Assembly,
Attorney General and also President of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

In the year 1840, Robert D. Clarke founded the original Auction House on the premises. In 1898, Robert’s grandson Melvin S. Clarke, operated a thoroughly functioning Auction House which was considered to be the largest of its kind in the Maritime Provinces.”

http://www.auctionhousehalifax.com

The Press Gang

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“Located in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, we are one of the city’s oldest historic stone structures dating back to 1759. Historically a press gang was a group employed by a commanding officer to impress, or coerce, other men into service for the navy or army. Our walls, food and philosophy are influenced by the history of seafaring in our city. We offer a unique formal dining experience with a menu of exquisite seafood, meat, game, and poultry dishes to satisfy every palate. Our oyster bar is one of the best stocked in the city, with no less than three different farms featured daily. And we have a vast selection of fine wines, single malt whiskies, and classic and signature cocktails, to be paired or enjoyed on their own.”

http://www.thepressgang.ca

The Bicycle Thief

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“The Bicycle Thief exudes a relaxed, come-as-you-are feel, in an atmosphere that blends Old School style with New School attitude. Drop by for lunch or supper, or pull up a chair to our wicked wine bar for a fantastic glass from our titanic selection. The Bicycle Thief offers North American food with an Italian soul – Maurizio’s Italian soul! Let his legendary cooking steal your heart…”

http://www.bicyclethief.ca

The Gahan House

“In September, 2014 the well established pub decided to make its way across the Northumberland Strait and open up a sister location on the historic Halifax Waterfront and in turn creating Gahan House Harbourfront for even more Maritimes to visit and enjoy their award winning ales.”

http://www.halifax.gahan.ca

The Fireside

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“This is a place to relax and enjoy the company of friends. Fireplaces surrounded by comfy eating warm the two rooms, one of which features an attractive bar with inviting stools. Come by and watch the game or have a chat with friends in the lounge.”

http://www.thefireside.ca

Chives

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“Chives Canadian Bistro is conveniently located in beautiful historic downtown Halifax at 1537 Barrington Street. The restaurant boasts a warm and unpretentious décor where you will enjoy extraordinary casual dining in a chic interior that captures key elements of the Canadian landscape; water, wood, rock, and sand. Join us for dinner and you will discover how our urban café décor introduces elements of traditional French urban bistros with long banquet seating, richly painted walls, and chalkboard menus.

Another key feature of our restaurant is The Vault, a leftover from the 1950’s when our space was occupied by The Bank of Nova Scotia. The actual money vault now stores our wine as well as a unique and intimate dining space.”

http://www.chives.ca

A Mano

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“Ristorante a Mano brings the feel and warmth of a truly authentic  Italian trattoria to Halifax’s dynamic waterfront. Relax, feel at home, whether for a casual dinner, a romantic evening, a family-style Italian Feast, or a phenomenal scoop of our renowned Gelato a Mano. 

Rustic decor, soft lighting, Italian music and old Italian films – together with the incredible aromas of our handmade Italian food wafting from our brick oven…all combine to capture the charm and taste of Italia”

http://www.ristoranteamano.ca

2 Doors Down

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“We cook the food we as chefs love to eat: Fun, rewarding, delicious, unpretentious recipes made from scratch with great attention to detail.

The food at 2 Doors Down follows the same culinary DNA as our sister restaurant Chives Canadian Bistro. Chef and owner Craig Flinn and our chef de cuisine Andrew Farrell collaborate to bring a fresh, modern style of casual dishes using a local and seasonal ingredient base. Working closely with Nova Scotia and some Maritime farmers and artisan food producers, our menus change with the seasons and always attempt to showcase the best of what our great region has to offer.”

http://www.go2doorsdown.com

Lot Six

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“Our cocktails, food, wine and beer will leave a lasting impression, because we’re sourcing the best ingredients, searching for the most quality products and keeping up with techniques behind the bar, and in the kitchen. The ingredients we use, whether home staples or exotic imports, are showcased in a new light, made to satisfy and surprise. Having tasted the world we’re inspired by those flavours, yet even prouder of our own backyard and terroir. Our abundant local pantry, along with the influence of foreign cultures, are the backbone of what we offer our friends and guests.”

http://www.lotsix.ca

Salty’s

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“Salty’s Bar & Grill  & Patio are about as close to the Halifax Harbour as it gets. Our casual atmosphere and waterfront location make Salty’s a natural for gatherings during the day and well into the evening.”

http://www.saltys.ca

Tempo

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“Tempo Food + Drink is a contemporary, urban open kitchen eatery situated street side on the busiest corner in Halifax.  Tempo offers fresh regional cuisine with a twist morning, noon, and night.  The convenient Grab + Go section takes the guess work out of your brown bag lunch decisions and fills the morning emptiness with its made from scratch all natural products!  Something fun, funky and fresh for everyone.  Great wines by the glass and inspired cocktails are dished up by our creative mixologists in a hip and trendy lounge, making it a great place to end your day or start your night.”

http://www.tempofooddrink.com

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14 Restaurants to take your Valentine to in Halifax

6 Mistakes Home Owners Make when Trying to Sell Their Home Privately

Price

The first step when you decide to sell your home is to determine what your home could sell for. Most homeowners confuse what your home is worth with what your home could sell for. Although these two meanings could be similar, in some markets they could be very different. In a buyers market with lots of inventory and low sales, it is extremely difficult to make your property stand out over the 100’s of others that could be listed in your neighbourhood. One way to make your property “POP” is to price is better then your competition. By pricing yourself more competitively then your neighbours you may not get the full amount that your home is worth, however you will be more likely to ensure a sale. It is extremely important to know which houses are for sale in your neighbourhood and how they compare to your home. Pricing your home is not as simple as using the amount you paid for it 4-5 years ago and tacking a extra 30-50 grand on to the price. It requires a lot of thought and is one of the most important decisions you will make when selling your home.

Pictures

Pictures are everything! The days of buyers going out with their Realtor and viewing 20-25 properties is long gone. Over 90% of home buyers are searching from properties online. Most of which are using mobile phones or tablets to do their searches. Your pictures are what is going to make buyers stop scrolling and take the time to read the information about your property. If you are just going to walk through and snap a couple photo’s with your iPhone that’s probably not going to turn too many heads. Lets put this in perspective. You are attempting to sell a property that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, spend $100 to have some quality, professional photographs taken by a professional photographer.

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Marketing

There are a millions different avenues you can go down to market your property to potential buyers. It is important to determine what demographic is most commonly buying in your neighbourhood.

  • Young Couples
  • Families
  • Retirees
  • Young Professional
  • Seniors

Each one of these groups of people are going to respond to marketing in a different way. For example; a young couple may find out about a property for sale from scrolling through their Facebook news feed however retirees and seniors may be finding out about properties through the local paper/ classifieds. If you are advertising a property that is most likely going to be purchased by a young couple or professional, advertising in the local paper may be a waste of time and resources. Obviously the more avenues you can pursue the better chance you have a reaching all of the potential buyers out there.

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Some of the most common avenues people use to find buyers are as follows:

  • Kijiji/Craig’s List
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Local Paper
  • Online Advertising Agency (Property Guys)

Consistency

One of the biggest reasons why most people struggle to sell their home is because they are very inconsistent with their marketing techniques. If you post ONE Kijiji ad and it does not generate any potential buyers for you that does not mean you should stop running Kijiji ad’s entirely. It is important to stick with your marketing plan. Set a schedule of when you are going to run certain ads and post certain links. Follow that schedule and you WILL get results. Same goes for all forms of advertising and marketing. If you are paying for news paper ads. You need to run those ads consistently if you want to make them work. In todays world there is so much information being shared everywhere it takes people seeing something more then one time for them to remember it.

Showing Your Home

Congratulations! All your marketing and advertising has payed off. You have a interested buyer that wants to come take a look at your house. This is wear almost all home owners go wrong during the sale process. Do NOT show your home to just anybody with out pre-qualifying them. The last thing you want to do is let a complete stranger into your home without finding out if they are serious about buying it or not. Some questions you should ask before showing your home are:

  • Have you been Pre-Approved for a Mortgage?
  • Do you have a house you would need to sell first in order to purchase this one?
  • If so is it currently on the market?
  • How many houses have you looked at so far?

Typically when home owners are getting their homes ready to show there are a couple things they do not keep in mind. First thing is cleanliness. The last thing someone wants to walk into is a dirty house. Second is clutter. A kitchen with a lot of appliances (coffee makers, toasters, blenders etc). Having a lot of appliances in a kitchen can make it appear like their is very little countertop space and ultimately make it look smaller. A living room with a lot of furniture in it. This can make the room look smaller and less open. Little things like this can go a long way. One last issue that some owners have is having a lot of personal, family related pictures and memorabilia around the house. Potential buyers hate to feel like they are intruding when viewing a house. They also want to be able to picture how their own possession would look in the house. You don’t want the house to be bare, but you also do not want to have a ton of personal items everywhere. It’s important to find that happy medium.

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People tend to want to give potential buyers “The Tour”. Although this can be beneficial since you know the home the best, however people want to be able to go through at their own pace. It is important to give people their space and let them browse at their own pace.

Follow Up

Two things people tend to do after a buyer shows interest in their property.

  1. Wait for them to call them and place a offer
  2. Bombard them with phone call and emails trying to force a offer

You absolutely need to follow up with the potential buyers that are looking at your property. However if you harass them they definitely will not want to do business with you. Make sure when you call someone to see if they are still interested you have some information to give them. Information on price, utilities, or other interest from other buyers. Do not lie about have other interest, people will be able to tell when you are serious or not.

Price your home properly right out of the gate, take great quality pictures, market your property consistently and effectively. Show your home strategically and follow up with your potential buyers!

CLICK HERE or scan the QR code to get help selling your home from a professional.

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6 Mistakes Home Owners Make when Trying to Sell Their Home Privately