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

We Got a Guy

Whether you are moving or not, it always helps to know people! Part of our day to day existence as REALTORS brings us into contact with great help. We frequently deal with professionals in flooring installation, appliance sales and repair, furnace, central air, insulation, electrical, landscaping, even carpet stretching! As mentioned, we got a guy! […]

Is Now a Good Time

This business of real estate can be greatly affected by our weather. Spring 2011 was a bit funky to navigate thanks to the constant diet of cold and rainy weather. Not the most inspiring time to get out house hunting. Fast forward to present day and so far we have a completely different year weather-wise. […]

$7 Milk

It is true. When selling a single, solitary thing, there can only ultimately be one, single, solitary buyer (ie: individual or couple). How you find him or her and how long you are willing to wait for him or her is another story. A corner store could ask $7 for a bag of milk, with […]

Questions…and More Questions

The most important questions we can sometimes ask are the questions that we may not even be aware of. When at the doctors, we often leave the questions and the answers to our doctors since most of us don’t know what questions to even ask. Same applies for our auto mechanics. Kid’s piano teacher. The […]

Get on the Other Side of the Table

All too often we get stuck on our side of the table. Discussions with spouses, co-workers, friends can easily end poorly because one person was unable to mentally sit on the other side of the table. When you are buying or selling a home, it is truly helpful to psychologically switch chairs when in negotiations, […]

Top 10 Tips for Selling in the Winter

10. Light up your life. Since the sun seems to set not long after it rises this time of year, make sure your home has adequate lighting. If light switches are not easy to find, consider leaving little notes out to make finding them easier. If you are not typically home until 6 or later […]

Moving: A Realtor’s Perspective – Part Two

—-See Part One—- Quick summary of the journey so far :: Packed. Cleaned. Prepared. Included kids. Arranged babysitters. Unloaded kids. Colour coded labels. Took deep breathes. Waited. Drank water. Ate lunch. Got keys. Muddy foot movers muddied my new clean home. Missing television. Heavy rain. Water in garage. So, carrying on… I am still rolling […]

Moving: A Realtor’s Perspective – Part One

By Jim Broderick, Sales Representative The following is the real life, full colour account of my move. First, let me start by saying that moving is not fun! We can get that out of the way immediately. The furniture, the boxes, the kids toys, the garage, the stuff, stuff, stuff. Recently (actually, last week) my […]

Perspective of the Outsider

We residents of any city can have a tendency of getting complacent or “used to” our surroundings to the point that we grow indifferent to them. In our day-to-day real estate lives, we get what may be a surprising number of ‘outsiders’ looking for a home in the Niagara region. They are drawn here for […]

The Power of Influence

The action of an individual is largely affected by outside influence. Whether it is the individual’s personal moral code or the pressure from family and friends, our actions are usually based on a combination of us and how we see ourselves fitting into the outside world. The same applies virtually across the board. The actions […]

Offer Options

When selling anything, there are 2 types of products. Products that can be changed in order to facilite a sale and those that are fixed products which have the option to change the ‘bells and whistles’ in order to sweeten the deal. Milk used to be a fixed product. Then came chocolate milk. Then strawberry, […]

The “Right” One

Is the correct course of action to hope ‘the right one’ comes along or is it to improve what you’re offering in order to attract the right one. ~ Hope for the best vs. Attract the best ~ At the risk of comparing the process of selling a home to the ‘singles scene’, the concept […]

Prepare Your Home ::: Prepare Your Mind

All too often the client that we meet in the beginning of the process is quite a bit different than the client we meet at offer time. As a buyer or seller, we usually plan and prepare prior to selling or buying. We clean. Paint. Go to the bank. Make needs and wants list. Drive […]

Get Help and Ask Questions

It is rare to go through any major life event without help or asking questions. Imagine if we went through our lives without asking friends and family for help. Imagine if we all blindly went through our lives just walking into a store or doctor’s office or school and simply took what was offered as […]

Consider the Source

Question: “The local real estate market is due for a _______” (a) nosedive (b) steady year (c) increase. Answer: It depends who you ask! On any given day, I might hear any one of those 3 answers from people on the street. And for us Realtors, we hear it everywhere. Not complaining…it comes with the […]

Condos, Condos, Condos

Are condos for everyone? Well, not exactly. But, condos are often the victim of misunderstandings leading to an undeserved bad reputation. Friends tell friends, uncles tell their niece, facebook ‘friends’ tell facebook ‘friends’….and more often than not, the meaning of ‘condo’ gets lost in the message. The word ‘condo’ simply defines the type of ownership. […]

The Clean Sweep

We have seen several examples in recent weeks of the importance of getting a home cleaned and properly prepared for sale. It is an interesting situation really…we humans will go to work for many hours per week to earn an income. When it comes time to move, a lot of people have a tough time […]

The January Numbers

The numbers for January came in and in general, they were generally average. New listings for the region were down 26%. A slower market also saw total sales down 16% for the month however that could be expected with the sleepy January we had. Interesting to note that total closings for the month were off […]

The Listing Period

Priced correctly and well presented, any home will have a great chance of selling. What we find consistently happens though is the home owner that puts more work into getting their home ready for market ends up selling in a shorter period of time and for more money. Consider the listing period to apply to […]

2010 Market Summary

Well, another year comes to a close in our local Real Estate community. Since September 2008, we have definitely had an interesting ride! The quick and unexpected dive that we saw in the months following Sept 2008 caught everyone off guard. Over the course of the next year, we saw those losses recovered with a […]

Make Your Home Different

Have you ever wondered why you decided to pick one product versus another? What was the difference between the two? Essentially, the competition may have been similar, but there was that one factor that pushed you to choose one amongst the rest. Perhaps it was price or a particular ingredient. With a house, perhaps it […]

October Market Information

Well, another interesting month passes by in the local (and national) real estate market. Total listings (in Niagara) for the month were almost identical to 2009 (1153 in 2010 vs. 1142 in 2009) however the total for the year is up 8% thanks to the front loaded nature of 2010. Total sales for the year […]

Should I Sell My House Myself?

Thinking about a move? When considering how to sell your home, there are going to be many influences and considerations that will determine which route you take. You’re likely to hear anything from “you should sell private! My cousin did and it was a piece of cake!” to “Realtors don’t do anything…they just plunk a […]

New bungalow townhome development listed!

Check out The Townes at Mount Carmel. This enclave of bungalow townhomes offers a different take on what has become such a traditional layout. With 7 different plans, each with their own variation, there are plenty of options to configure a townhome just the way you like. Follow this link to the virtual tour: http://homesite.obeo.com/viewer/default.aspx?tourid=632445&refURL=&locale=en-US […]

September Market Info

Well, the numbers are in…here are some of the results for September:1. St.Catharines sales for the month were down 16% versus Sept 2009 as were listings which were down 14%. This is largely reflected to the mishandled GST to HST fiasco. Average price for the city was up 6.9% however, sitting at $219,800 for the […]

Decor Trends – What to Do?

Décor. A word that means many different things to many different people. The dictionary describes it as “a decorative style or scheme, as of a room.” While we live in our homes, we all choose different décor ideas and techniques that we like at the time. Whether it is painting a dining room dark burgundy, […]

Landscaping – Money Well Spent

With possibly the best return on your investment, fresh and clean landscaping is time and money well spent. Countless studies and reports have been released detailing the return that a well landscaped property can provide. Curb appeal! We have all heard that expression countless times, and for good reason. When the FOR SALE sign first […]

To Sell or Buy First

Similar to a game of chess, the first steps taken when buying or selling real estate can ultimately determine how successful you are in accomplishing your goals. When we meet with clients who are about to buy or sell a home, the stress and apprehension is often obvious. This is why you should be sure […]