18 Mar

b-LOG: The Magic of the Beard

Good day y’all. Jim Broderick here. In general, I am not a creative person so let’s get that out of the way right from the start. I am the textbook example of a left-brain thinker (practical side). I eat basically the same thing every day at roughly the same time every day. I wear similar

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04 Mar

b-LOG: What If We Told You…

… that less houses sell in February and March when compared to April and May but the houses that sell in February and March, on average, sold for a higher price? Exhibit A: for example, we recently completed a market report for a home in the Grapeview area of St.Catharines. Would you believe that for

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27 Feb

b-LOG: Always be Connecting

“Always be Closing” – A quote made famous by Alec Baldwin’s greatest sales manager EVER character in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross. To a lesser, more light hearted extent, was the mantra of Robin Williams’ car salesman character in Cadillac Man. Always be closing, always be closing, always be closing, a.k.a. ABC. This direct, hard

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24 Feb

b-LOG: MARKET SUMMARY – Year-to-Date to February 24, 2015

So far, 2015 is off to a running start with both volume and average sale prices trending upwards when compared to the same time period in 2014. Below you will find a quick peek at various parts of the St.Catharines market. A few important things to consider: We capped the sales prices at 1 million

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03 Feb

b-LOG: 2014 Market Summary

In large part, 2014 was another year of relative predictability in St.Catharines. In general, we saw modest gains in nearly all areas of the city with only a few spots showing negative growth. Statistics being statistics though should always be taken with a grain of salt. A bit example of that is Port Dalhousie west

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09 Jan

b-LOG: Negotiations Simplified. Sort Of.

Think of it this way. Everyone involved in a negotiation of any sort, has their own concept of what the next steps should be. If I offer “x” then the other party should be expected to respond somewhere in the vicinity of “y”. Take it down to the most simple level…the Saturday Afternoon Garage Sale.

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02 Dec

b-LOG: 3rd Annual Tulips for Food Foodraiser

It’s that time again! Time for our 3rd Annual TULIPS for FOOD Foodraiser! So, what is that exactly? The idea came to us in 2012. Every December, we had been bringing a food bin into our office with the idea of filling it with donations from our brokerage. While people are well-intentioned, we often heard

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29 Nov

b-LOG: S.L.I.M.S. – Our First Offical Acronym

Today we’re here to talk about something serious. Well, serious enough for us to make an acronym, so that must count for something. It is this… Spousal Lag In Moving Syndrome We see it quite often, particularly in the more ‘mature’ mover. This couple is in their mid 50s to mid 70s. Usually they start

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24 Nov

b-LOG: The Condo (…um, what is it exactly?)

We deal a lot with condominiums, both apartment and townhome style. As a result, we hear a lot of interpretations of what exactly a condo is. For example, if both a condo apartment and condo townhome are called condos, how do we know the difference? Or what about a freehold townhome? Or vacant land condo

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13 Nov

b-LOG: The Autumn Wedding

In various ways, autumn kind of resembles a wedding. It starts out lovely. Everyone looks beautiful & fresh. Smiles abound. Handshakes and hugs for everyone. The leaves start to turn various combinations of reds & yellows. There is a nice breeze that isn’t cold yet isn’t warm. People are chatting, long lost friends and relatives

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04 Nov

b-LOG: The 3 Types of Buyers

1. The Browser 2. The If It Happens It Happens 3. The Hunter THE BROWSER: As a home seller, it is important to know which buyer(s) your home is reaching. For example, if open houses mixed with a dash of hope & optimism is your approach, you are most likely to see The Browser come

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24 Sep

b-LOG: The Showbusiness of Selling Your Home

Quick bio: Aside from running around the region working with our fantastic clients, I am also a musician (piano) with many decades of experience of performing in many (many) styles of music and venues. Previous to real estate, I spent the better part of 5 years working for a major cruise ship line as both

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15 Sep

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

Having watched and observed my kids since the day they were born, I’ve noticed a few things. Well, a million or 2 more than a few things. But one of the big, over-arching attributes is their ability to imagine, create and throw out ideas when they’re knee deep in one of their games. These games

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28 Aug

b-LOG: THEbTEAM Officially Official Market Summary

2014…the first 237 days So, here we are approaching the summertime-wetblanket of a long weekend known as Labour Day. A time to reflect as we look back on a summer that kind of wasn’t but still sort of is. You need only to look around at the green grass in late August or swim in

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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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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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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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