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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]