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b-LOG: 10 Truths About Real Estate (in no particular order)

b-LOG: 10 Truths About Real Estate (in no particular order)

10. Everyone has a different approach to negotiating. Just because an offer or counter-offer doesn’t match with your expectations, doesn’t mean an agreement isn’t possible. Patience is the key. 9. Staging and Pre-Listing Preparation (note capitalized first letters to add importance) is hugely important in today’s visual world. A properly prepared and beautifully marketed home […]

b-LOG: The $27,000 Ford Tempo

b-LOG: The $27,000 Ford Tempo

It’s a beautiful Saturday in April and you’ve finally made the decision to part with your beloved car. Pardon me. To call it simply a car is an affront to the relationship you’ve built while you and ‘her’ cruised around the last 35 years. After much thought, several family meetings and a few trips through […]

b-LOG: REAL ESTATE STATS: WHY YOU SHOULD(n’t) BELIEVE THEM

b-LOG: REAL ESTATE STATS: WHY YOU SHOULD(n’t) BELIEVE THEM

Another month and another bucket of stats gets thrown around for our local real estate market. If there is one thing we’re learning on a monthly basis is there were things happening in 2017 that make year over year comparisons a dangerous prospect. Exhibit A: For the city of Thorold, the average sale price for […]

b-LOG: The Evolution of the REALTOR®

b-LOG: The Evolution of the REALTOR®

It’s difficult to think of a profession that is not in the midst of change as technology, for better or worse, weaves its way through all aspects of life.  Whether you’re a teacher, financial planner, landscaper or restauranteur, you’ve likely felt it too. A changing marketplace requires a changing strategy in order to keep the […]

b-LOG: 1st Quarter Real Estate Market Report

b-LOG: 1st Quarter Real Estate Market Report

Finally, spring is here, well…according to the calendar anyways. With spring, comes the anticipation of another spring market for us Realtors and you sellers and buyers. This spring comes at the tail end of an unprecedented and very active 24 months in the Niagara real estate market. While still active and strong, it is clear […]

b-LOG: Mortgages 101. A Pocket Guide to the Types of Mortgages in Canada

b-LOG: Mortgages 101. A Pocket Guide to the Types of Mortgages in Canada

Mortgages. There likely exists no other subject that causes more angst among those looking to purchase real estate. And it is for this reason we nominate mortgages for top honours in our home buying heebie-jeebies awards. Unless you are fortunate enough to be financially privileged, getting a mortgage is a must in order to purchase […]

b-LOG: Gary’s Variety Store

b-LOG: Gary’s Variety Store

The date is March 22nd, 2017 and you own Gary’s Variety Store on Main Street, Anytown, Ontario. Things are going great. Customers file in non-stop. Milk, newspapers and coffee crisp bars are flying off the shelves. Scratch lotto? Don’t even get me started. Everyone’s scratchin! Business is what you’d call brisk. After all, the closest […]

b-LOG: Niagara Real Estate Market Update August 1 – October 31. Looking Back to 2015

b-LOG: Niagara Real Estate Market Update August 1 – October 31. Looking Back to 2015

In a market that is changing like ours, we are trying to look back in 90 day or year-to-date segments. Looking at 30 day time periods is too small a sample size, at least in our un-official opinion! For the last 90 days (Aug 1 – Oct 31) we looked at year over year for […]

b-LOG: When Sellers Stay Home

b-LOG: When Sellers Stay Home

We have all heard the expression ‘elephant in the room’. Meaning a subject that is reasonably obvious but people are reluctant to speak up about. Usually the elephant in the room creates an awkward and sweaty palmed hush that causes us polite Canadians to pull back a bit. If you have ever toured homes as […]

b-LOG: Winter Selling

b-LOG: Winter Selling

We live in Canada. We sell homes in Canada. And with Canada, we deal with 4 (sometimes very) distinct seasons. Many think that homes don’t sell in the winter or it’s not the best time to sell. It really comes down to simple high school economics (in which yours truly acquired a solid B- in […]

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). […]