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b-LOG: The 4 Sides to a Pool

b-LOG: The 4 Sides to a Pool

Purchasing a home with a pool can be challenging at the best of times, let alone when the pool is under 8 inches of snow. Buying a home with a pool can be broken down into 4 different scenarios which depend on when the purchase agreement goes firm and when the deal closes (keys exchanged). […]

b-LOG: Getting Into New

b-LOG: Getting Into New

I have been looking around at a lot of friends, family and colleagues recently and noticed a theme. A lot of them are getting into new. By that I mean new _____. New careers New relationships New homes, New cities New ______ It’s funny how in life you don’t see something until you are looking […]

b-LOG: The Big “Y”

b-LOG: The Big “Y”

Recently, I was watching my son’s hockey practice.  After approximately 40 minutes of him lollygagging through different drills and warm-ups, he plonked himself down on the ice saying he needed a break. Now if he’d been busting his butt and giving it his all for those 40 minutes, I would have been ok with the […]

b-LOG: If You Don’t Like It Pitch Better!!

b-LOG: If You Don’t Like It Pitch Better!!

Sport imitates life. Want to get to know someone better? Play a game of golf with them. You’ll get a much quick look at the ‘real them’. Watch as that calm, articulate executive becomes a belligerent, impatient gongshow after chunking his 4th attempt out of the bunker. If you follow sports or even have a […]

b-LOG: The Power of Team

b-LOG: The Power of Team

What difference can a team make in real estate? Well, it really depends on the team just like it really depends on the individual REALTOR®. This blog really looks at the power of a team whether real estate, football or parcheesi. Much has been written, spoken, documented, dramatized and fantasized about the 1972 Miami Dolphins. […]

b-LOG: The 100 Concept

b-LOG: The 100 Concept

We’re big fans of general concepts and noticeable consistencies in this business of real estate sales. After having sold many hundreds of homes over the years we have been able to witness trends and almost predictable reactions both from sellers and buyers alike. Our experience has allowed us to grow a pretty reliable gut instinct […]

b-LOG: Not for the Love of Money

b-LOG: Not for the Love of Money

I am pretty sure that everyone has had to take guidance in high school. Remember the counsellor telling you to pursue a career in a particular field that you are interested in, or one that suits your interests? If you were like me – or every other 17-year-old – you told the counsellor that you […]

b-LOG: The Magic of the Beard

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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b-LOG: Always be Connecting

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 […]

b-LOG: 2014 Market Summary

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 […]

b-LOG: Negotiations Simplified. Sort Of.

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. […]

b-LOG: 3rd Annual Tulips for Food Foodraiser

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

b-LOG: The Autumn Wedding

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 […]

b-LOG: The 3 Types of Buyers

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 […]

b-LOG: The Showbusiness of Selling Your Home

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

b-LOG: The Jamaican Caddy to the British Butcher

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 […]

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, […]

b-LOG: The Your-House Hotel

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 […]

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

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 […]

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

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 […]

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

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 […]