• Jim Broderick, Sales Rep | Patrick Burke, Broker | Vicky Boucher, Sales Rep

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

b-LOG: Freeze, Thaw, Repeat

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

b-LOG: September Market Summary

One of the interesting aspects of residential real estate in St.Catharines is it generally behaves in a predictable, general positive and somewhat (in a good way) boring manner. No sudden swings in any direction. Modest increases somewhere in the vicinity of the rate of inflation are a common occurrence. While we read about double digit […]

b-LOG: Damp Log Syndrome

Going camping usually affords us the time to sit and ponder. The sounds of nature, the distant sound of someone chopping firewood and the mesmerizing effects of a bonfire. After dealing with some rain, I had the task of getting a fire going with a mix of dry wood and damp kindling. For someone who […]

b-LOG: Reduce Stress and Bridge It!

There is a reason bridges were invented. They allow safe and easy passage over a river or canal or hole in the ground. We could get from A to B without the bridge. We could swim, build rafts, go around the canyon but with the option of a good, solid, structurally sound bridge, why would […]

b-LOG: July Market Summary

We have officially moved through the most active months of the year and as we had suspected, sales volume has mostly caught up after a slow start to the year. As well, somewhat predictably for our area, price has edged up in typical fashion while days on the market (DOM) values have come down. Just […]

b-LOG: Find the Five

As we move through July and into August, some home sellers will see decreased activity and interest in their home. This is for several reasons including the fact that a portion of the market’s active buyers have already bought as well as many of us southern Ontarions head north. So, if demand lessens, what are […]

b-LOG: July – When Sellers Become Buyers

Quite often this time of year, a decent part of the market loosens up (or has loosened up already). As more homes sell, more offers are made and less “conditional on the buyer’s property” offers are made. The result is accelerated schedules, more competition, reduced days on market numbers and quite often, less stress. Of […]

b-LOG: June Market Summary

The first half of 2013 comes to a close and the market has been behaving itself somewhat along the lines of what we expected. Overall sales volume is levelling out when compared with last year in spite of the slow, weather-dampened beginning we had in 2013. You will see in this first graph that the […]

b-LOG: May Market Summary

Interesting to write our monthly market blog for St.Catharines at the same time as numerous reports are released from major media citing reports of trouble brewing. Seems like we have been reading that for 4 or 5 years now but that’s another story. A friend of mine in Toronto listed his semi-detached 2 bedroom home […]

b-LOG: Home Buying Stage Fright

Quite often when we do something for the first time, there is anxiety, nerves, stress, call it what you’d like. Think about standing for the first time at the edge of a diving board 20’ above the water. Or you are in the wings about to go on stage for your (imaginary) Broadway debut! I […]

b-LOG: The Real Estate Dictionary

Sprawling, gleaming, soaring, spacious, cozy, welcoming, grand, etcetera etc. We all do it. We (REALTOR Writers) overuse and misuse words all the time when trying to create interest and provide background on a home. Gleaming hardwood leading to an open family room with soaring ceilings. You’ve likely heard and probably read it all before. At […]

Pinemark Townes, Thorold – Starting at $232,900

Imagine a home where everything you need is just minutes away. Prices Starting from $232,900 Pinemark Townes offers you the space you need in the location you want. Located in the established community of Thorold, this premier collection of two-bedroom bungaloft townes (with 3 bedroom option) is situated within easy walking and driving distance to […]

b-LOG: April Market Summary

April 2013 Market Summary for St. Catharines Another month passes and another group of statistics arrive that more or less supports basic economics and all of those supply and demand discussions. If you recall spring 2012, we had a much warmer, much earlier spring than the anti-spring that we have experienced this year. It is […]

b-LOG: The Spring Tipping Point

Every spring we see that definite point in time when the influx of new listing activity is clearly upon us. Sellers typically delay until this time of year for two big reasons. 1. They want to get their home showing its best as the grey tones of winter are replaced with the greens and flowers […]

b-LOG: Mind the Gap – The Perils of Expectation and Reality

If you have ever travelled the subway (tube) in London, England, you have heard that well-known announcement, “mind the gap”. This gap minding is really an analogy for many parts of life, including home selling. In some ways, the concept of ‘being sold something’ applies in many parts of our lives. We are always being […]

b-LOG: Sure (and not so sure) Signs of Spring

In the past few weeks, we have seen and heard of some interesting things happening in our local market. Some were indicators of an impending spring market and others were reminders that spring may not actually be here yet. Sign of spring: Multiple (many) offers on a 1970’s townhome which sold nearly instantly for 104% […]

b-LOG: We’re Interviewing Three

Listing appointment calls. The call that REALTOR’s always love to receive. The process often goes something like this. We get a phone call from a seller who is looking to get an idea of the market value of their home. REALTORs typically see the house and provide a price or report or some type of […]

b-LOG: The Recipe for Kids and Home Viewing

When you are out viewing homes, sometimes the kids are part of the deal. Babies and the 10 or 11 plus age brackets are usually reasonably controllable as they are either asleep (i.e.: baby) or tagging along checking their iPhone (the older kids). It’s those in-between ages that can prove difficult. From our many years […]

b-LOG: Big Announcement!

THEbTEAM is pleased to announce our new affiliation with The Real Estate Book. In an effort to improve the market exposure for our clients’ listings, we have with little hesitation, signed on with this exciting and multi-dimensional publication. The Real Estate Book is an interactive digest sized magazine that launched over 25 years ago and […]