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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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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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