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25 Jul

b-LOG: When Do The Little Things Matter?

We check into a hotel and just before heading away to our room we’re given a warm chocolate chip cookie. Why? Just because. We walk into the room to find it at a comfortable temperature with a few mint chocolates waiting for us on the pillow. But why? Just because. We forget our toothpaste so

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07 Jul

b-LOG: The Jamaican Caddy to the British Butcher

Sometimes we have to travel in order to learn about home. While in our normal, day-to-day existence, even the best intentioned of us can lose track of what really matters. We get frustrated at catching a red light or stress at waiting 10 minutes for an appointment. For some of us, the thought of having

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03 Jul

b-LOG: Perspective From Over the Pond

During a recent trip to England, I had the pleasure of chatting with numerous locals about how homes are bought and sold in that lovely country. The big city (a.k.a. London) is vicisiously short on supply which is resulting in stories full of puzzling decision making, angst ridden buyers and eye-popping purchase prices. For example,

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18 Jun

b-LOG: The Your-House Hotel

Think of your house as a hotel. Overall, it’s quite the nice place. A lovely entrance and charming lobby with friendly front desk staff. The carpets are fresh, the pool is clean and set at the perfect temperature. The rooms have been mostly renovated with flat screen TVs, spa-like bathrooms and 800 thread count sheets

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12 Jun

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

First, let’s get this out of the way. Homeowners are owners of their homes. When you own something, the choice with regards to how you sell it is entirely (usually) up to you. There has, and always will be, a segment of the real estate market where people will sell on their own without the

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dinner
07 Jun

b-LOG: Do You Want A Chef or a Cook?

We often hear from the general public that they want to deal with the listing agent because they will get ‘both ends of the transaction’ or be paid commission on both ends so (a) they will reduce commission and save the buyers money through flexibility in the purchase price and (b) they will work harder

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04 Jun

b-LOG: The “How’s the Market These Days” Market Blog

In the latest edition of our b-LOG, we take a quick look at the numbers in an attempt to offer some clarity. First, it is important to realize that the ‘spring’ market has been moveable the last several years due to unpredictable weather (in more recent years) and economic uncertainty (back 6 years ago). So,

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green thumb
29 May

b-LOG: Get Those Thumbs Green!

Being in the business of constantly looking at homes, we’re seeing a lot of gardens in the beginning stages of beautification. While that is fine for us common homeowners, you sellers need to have those gardens looking sharp! When you have prospective buyers coming by for a look, your gardens can not be showing any

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07 May

b-LOG: Reduce the Big Negotiables

In a real estate negotiation, having 4 or 5 (or 6) big negotiables will only complicate the process. What is a negotiable? A negotiable is an item that needs to be agreed upon in order to move forward in the transaction. The biggest negotiable of them all is (99% of the time) the price. Money

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17 Apr

b-LOG: BUYER POINTS: How Many is Your Home Worth?

Look at it this way. When a buyer comes to your home, your home is worth 100 points in their scoring system. 100 points that will slowly be deducted, recovered or maintained based on the type of reaction they have when visiting. So, they pull up to the front curb and the gardens are a

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31 Mar

b-LOG: What Would You Rather See?

We have employed the services of photography-guru Doug Thomson with OBEO for many years now. If memory serves correct, back to 2006 or so. What he brings to the table is consistent, crisp hi-res photography that really allows a home to show its absolute best online. Considering the vast (ie: 90% +/-) majority of people

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28 Mar

b-LOG: Your Spring To-Do List!

If you are selling or getting ready to sell, spring brings with it a to-do list. As the temperatures warm up and the greys are replaced by leaves and flowers, a strange thing happens. People start to smile to total strangers. They are more likely to hold the door for a stranger or wave someone

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25 Mar

b-LOG: Timing Real Estate: The Most Difficult Watch to Read!

When is the right time and how to time it right the first time is the million dollar question in real estate. This timing uncertainty creates fear but fear not! There is always a degree of fear and trepidation when moving. It is a purely natural emotion, no different than joy, excitement or anger. How

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14 Mar

b-LOG: Pier 61: A New Dining Gem!

If you have ever met us, you know that aside from helping people buy and sell homes, we are also great fans of eating. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, we are big believers in taking time out to chow down. So, here we are writing the first ever food-related blog! Any restaurant needs a perfect recipe

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20 Feb

b-LOG: The Downsizer: Timing the Right Time

Quite often, the easy-out, go-to approach for marketers is fear of loss. If you don’t buy this widget by that date you’re going to miss out, be doomed, lose the game. It’s kind of similar to being in the front of a long line at Booster Juice for the first time. Your heart rate kicks

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29 Jan

b-LOG: We Don’t Want to Be Bombarded!

We hear this quite often. Little old us, trying to offer our help and the response we often get is “…well, we don’t want to be bombarded”. We get it. You go into a clothing store to simply find a pair of jeans and you get that feeling. The walls start to close in as

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17 Jan

b-LOG: Things to Consider for the Seller in 2014

Looking back over the last several years, we seemed to have been in this perpetual cycle of ‘the economy is improving’…no wait… ‘things are bad’ …wait… ‘they’re going to improve’ …but… ‘prices are going to come down by x%’ …and then… ‘the market out-performed expectations for that quarter’. And around and around we went and

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09 Jan

b-LOG: What if Open Houses Didn’t Exist

What purpose do open houses hold? Some will tell you that less than 5% of homes sell through open houses. Some Realtors will tell you they sell 25% of their listings through open houses. For some sellers, having open houses as often as possible is a huge request. For others, they have no interest in

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04 Jan

b-LOG: Freeze, Thaw, Repeat

What makes our selling seasons so distinct in these parts of the world? In more temperate climates, do they experience the busy/quiet/busy cycles that we do? It would be interesting to see how our local real estate market would behave without the influence of our hot summers and cold winters. The question there I suppose

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02 Jan

b-LOG: Looking Forward to 2014

Another year draws to a close and as we launch into 2014, we would first like to send out our thanks and appreciation to all you people who have helped us grow, learn and succeed not just as REALTORS but as colleagues, citizens and friends. Every year comes with its own set of challenges and

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19 Nov

b-LOG: “But What About…”

When you’re buying virtually anything, questions should be asked. Clarify. Enquire. Verify. Plan. Question. Pause. Proceed. Etcetera. There are 3 types of questions and comments that we routinely hear. 1. “Looking for more general info” questions. 2. “Getting the final info before proceeding” questions. 3. “Fear” questions. In this article we’ll discuss the 3rd category.

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12 Nov

b-LOG: October Market Summary (St. Catharines)

As we approach the end of 2013, our local real estate market continues to behave largely as expected. In this first graph, you will see the data for the number of new listings as well as the average asking price. The number of new of listings is off by a whopping 1 listing while the

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08 Nov

b-LOG: Tulips for Food: Our Foodraiser Explained

“What is this tulips for food thing you’re talking about”? That is a question we have heard several times recently. Well, here is the scoop! In early December this year, we (THEbTEAM) will be holding our 2nd annual Tulips for Food Foodraiser in support of Community Care. The idea came to us in the fall

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31 Oct

b-LOG: Your Seller To-Do List for October

If you are selling your home in those transition months between fall and winter, there are some tasks you should look at doing as we move from warmer to cooler weather. Here is a sampling of them. And don’t panic…nothing too strenuous! First, it is a good time to sort out the closet situation. It

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08 Oct

b-LOG: Top Ten Tales of Caution – A bTEAM Top Ten

We humans are known to make mistakes (some innocent, some not), when working through something that we don’t always do. Examples include golfing, cooking, navigating an airport check-in, changing an electrical outlet, dating, eating a shawarma…the list goes on. This particularly applies with buying or selling a home. There are ideas and concepts to be

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