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b-LOG: The Language of Real Estate

Sprawling. Beautiful. Soaring. Gleaming. Open. Cozy. Warm. Blah. These, along with many more, are some of the usual suspects in the language of real estate. The language that is mostly employed by us Real Estate Agents. When doing anything repetitive, the risk is always to fall into ruts or patterns and ruts or patterns are […]

b-LOG: Putting a Value on Perceived Value

In most of our homes, we as the homeowner often see a value that not all buyers will see. We feel or perceive a value in that tropical basement hot tub room or imported mosaic tile that others may feel is ‘not so pretty’. In general, we can all agree that there is a range […]

17 Cherry St., St. Catharines – Leased

[nggallery id=4] Click image above to scroll Situated in the vibrant neighbourhood of the Yates Heritage District, 17 Cherry Street offers the rare opportunity to live in a character home neighbourhood at an affordable price. Offered for rent, this detached bungalow home is a great alternative to the typical rental. Renovated and showing well, this […]

b-LOG: Knowing When the Timing is Right

A quick unscientific poll recently taken by yours truly revealed some intriguing results. There are a lot of Realtors working with a lot of qualified and motivated buyers who are unable to find a home on the market that suits them. Speaking from our perspective, we have numerous buyers, more than normal, that are waiting […]

b-LOG: The FEAR FACTOR of Competing Offers

We have had a few situations recently where a buyer (not our buyer) has backed off of a property because they “don’t want to compete” in a multiple offer situation. The fear and reluctance with competing is understandable. Submitting an offer with no other buyer’s on the horizon is stressful for the average person. Throw […]

15 Neptune Dr., St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 15 Neptune Drive. Situated in the north end of the city, this all brick late 1906’s bungalow offers a great opportunity. In need of renovation and updating, this 1,275 sq.ft. bungalow is priced reflective of the work required. Families will love the large 78′ x 121′ property with plenty of space for the […]

b-LOG: Tulips for Food – A Foodraiser Success!

We wanted to offer our sincere appreciation for the generous outpouring of food we received from so many clients and friends over the last week. In all, we handed out 65 bunches of tulips in exchange for a huge amount of food donations. A specific weight we do not have but I can tell you […]

35 Willver Drive, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 35 Willver Drive Located near the Lake, Willver Drive is a small cul-de-sac with homes built in the mid 1990’s. This home offers a versatile layout, great for families, those looking for a main floor master bedroom (bunga-loft layout) or even empty nesters. There are 3 fully finished levels with total square footage […]

22 Parkhill Road, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 22 Parkhill Road. Located at the end of Parkhill Road, this split level home is situated only steps from bus route 4 with constant and easy access to Brock University. Most major mechanical upgrades completed including roof, furnace (’03), c/a (’03), most windows, 100 amp breaker panel. 3 bedrooms up share a 4 […]

242 Lakeport Road, #41, St. Catharines – SOLD

[nggallery id=6] Located in a popular north-end locale, this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom townhome offers a great opportunity to join this well established neighbourhood at an affordable price. The main floor features quality laminate floors and updated trim and doors which along with the colour choices help create a comfortable living space. The kitchen was […]

81 Scott Street, Unit 105, St. Catharines – SOLD

81 Scott Street, Unit 105, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to Meadowvale Green Very rare find and seldom offered for sale, this 1 bedroom suite is on the ground floor with a garden door out to a private patio. Situated in the north end of the city with convenient access to all major amenities, this condominium residence offers a very well kept, well maintained […]

b-LOG: Real Life Staging Benefits

Well, if you have ever been on the fence as to the benefits of staging, we respectfully submit exhibits A and B. Property A is a townhouse that was on the market for several months with another brokerage. During that time, it was vacant. This particular type of townhome can show very narrow when there […]

b-LOG: National Real Estate Market Info is Helpful but lets talk LOCAL as well!

We have been reading several articles posted discussing the real estate market and how sales have ‘plunged’. Check today’s Globe and Mail (Oct 16, 2012) for example. These articles are great for some but the challenge with this type of information, particularly when they are citing monthly sales year over year, is that they are […]

85 Martindale Road, St. Catharines – SOLD

[nggallery id=7] Welcome to 85 Martindale Road This cozy bungalow offers a convenient layout with both levels finished. Very decent sized rear yard with a storage shed, and partially covered rear deck with sliding door access to the dining room. The inside has been recently “spruced up” with “renewed” hardwood flooring, soft neutral paint, and […]

14 Biagi Court, St. Catharines – SOLD

Looking to downsize and stay in the north-end? With panoramic views of the Welland Canal, this bungaloft townhome is well worth a look. If you are not familiar with the bungaloft concept, the layout lives like a bungalow townhome with main floor master suite as well as main floor laundry however there is also a […]

2 Viking Drive, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 2 Viking Drive! Rarely offered and difficult to find, this 4 level side split home is situated on a premium location at the point of a cul-de-sac in a quiet north end neighbourhood. Summertime fun! The backyard will be the ‘place to be’ in the warmer months thanks to the large in-ground pool. […]

b-LOG: The $5,000 Difference

Another example of the difference 5 or 6 years makes. Back in the booming 2005 or 2006 real estate market, the buyer was somewhat at the mercy of the seller. The dining room negotiating table was definitely tilted in the favour of the seller. A sample conversation went something like this: REALTOR: “The market value […]

12 Grove Avenue, St. Catharines – SOLD

All cleaned up and ready to go. Conveniently located close to schools and shopping in Secord Woods this 3 bedroom 1.5 storey can be occupied on very short notice. Updated shingles, furnace, vinyl windows, some flooring, with new paint and a finished rec room this property has plenty to offer for the money. Thank-you for […]

90 Rykert Street, St. Catharines – SOLD

Loads of renovations and improvements just completed! Clean and fresh, ready for immediate occupancy, this 3 bedroom home offers an affordable option to get into home ownership. With new flooring, paint and windows throughout, you will be find this home to be comfortable and move-in ready. An enclosed front sun porch brings plenty of natural […]

b-LOG: The Buyer Must Become the Owner

When selling a home, the prospective buyer must become the owner before the seller has sold. As a seller this can sound and feel strange but it is true. I read an article the other day that said ‘there can not be 2 different owners of a home’. In other words, the buyer can’t imagine […]

b-LOG: The Real Estate (non)Salesperson

When you go shopping for a car, are you really, genuinely sold on a car by the salesperson or are you shown around, educated and guided through the possibilities. When you make your ultimate buying decision, was it based on being sold on something by the salesperson or based on you taking into account all […]

b-LOG: Weather Related Real Estate

I read an article the other day and someone made a comment at the bottom of the story that sort of stuck with me. It was related to farming and the comment was that they were largely the only industry or job that is dependent on the co-operation of the weather. A few comments popped […]

b-LOG: Timing the Real Estate Seasons

Every year, the same general trends seem to happen. Not exactly the same, but pretty close. There is of course the “spring market” when a lot of people get into the market either as buyers or sellers or both. Then there is just after labour day weekend when a lot of people push to move […]

701 Geneva Street, Unit 1305, St. Catharines – SOLD

[doptg id=19] Welcome to Beachview Place Thinking about downsizing but not quite ready? This gorgeous suite is currently leased until the end of 2013. This offers you the rare opportunity to purchase the suite with the tenant in place which allows you plenty of time to prepare and plan your big move. The only lakefront […]

b-LOG: Don’t Sell Your Home – Sell Your Property

When you are selling the family homestead, particularly if it has been the homestead for many years, the emotional strain can weigh heavy. There were often new babies born, 1st birthdays, parties, special occasions, reunions, 1st steps, retirement parties, graduations and everything in between. The challenge with a lot of home sellers is those memories […]

For All You Numbers People

Interested in some local real estate market info? Take a look at some of these recent MLS facts & figures: • In the last 7 days, there have been 316 new residential listings posted for the Niagara region. In the same time period, there were 194 solds. A listing to sold ratio of 61%. A […]

When New Isn’t New Anymore

In the business of selling used goods, often, a part or parts of the product have been improved or updated over the years. Think of a used car with brand new tires, a BBQ with new burners or even a house with new furnace and central air. The common (and dangerous) denominator in all of […]

Supply vs. Perceived Value

We have noticed several examples of this principle recently. In general it is this: When buying something in short supply, the consumer may pay more than they feel it is worth (or possibly may pay more than it is actually worth). Establishing value on something that is in short supply isn’t always easy so there […]

The Baseball Real Estate Connection

Baseball is in serious preparation mode. Much work is being done. Meetings held. Tryouts successful and tryouts failed. Players sent down. Players called up. Injuries. Victories. More work and more prep. All working towards when the real action starts. For us Blue Jays fans, that day was April 5th. We watch all this work that […]

Clear the Road Obstacles

Obstacles cause pause in a buyer. They can be small, almost irrelevant issues and they can be large, leaking-roof issues. Either way, they are obstacles to the finish line of selling your home. The clearer the road, the better chance for success. In your buyer shoes, how much would you be willing to overlook or […]

Now More Than Ever, Be Different

As spring slowly eases its way in, more homes are arriving on the market. If you have been pondering a move this spring and are not yet on the market, you may well be experiencing a moderate sense of panic. A month or 6 weeks ago, there were less options available for buyers which as […]

The 2.99% Mortgage Concept

Sami El-Farram, Mortgage Broker/Owner with Total Mortgage Source 360 (@TMS360) shares his thoughts on the 2.99% mortgage. Sami writes… So I jumped into my car last night after the Sabres 3-2 overtime victory over Montreal (2 points out of the playoffs!!!) to hear one of the big five banks is up to their old tricks […]

THEbTEAM Unofficial Top 10 Things to do in Niagara

We have been working with some out of province and out of country buyers recently. Aside from the usual real estate questions, there is another big question that often comes up. “What is there to do here?” The answer is there is plenty but like any other town, you have to get out and active […]

Welcome to the Sprinter Market

As the weather forecast shows sunny with temperatures between 0 and 10 over the next week, the strange false-winter trend looks like it is going to continue. Knock on wood, we may already be easing into spring. Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to take this opportunity to coin a new phrase. Sprin-ter [noun] The […]

What Does THEbTEAM Do Differently?

At the end of the day, residential resale real estate is an emotional process. You have a buyer who is anxious, excited and quite possibly stressed into oblivion at the prospect of buying a home. On the other side of the table you have a seller that is likely anxious, excited and quite possibly stressed […]

Progress

Growth in any form requires an adjustment. An internal audit of sorts of how we do what we do. More importantly, why we aren’t doing what we should be doing. What are we doing well? Why aren’t we doing the things that we know we should be doing? And the foundation of it all, our […]