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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: The Keys to a Successful Winter Move

b-LOG: The Keys to a Successful Winter Move

If you’re planning on a move in February or March, there are some things you should do right now. Ok, maybe not right now but we’ve broken down a month-by-month timeline to help. SEPTEMBER: PHOTOS. Sure, you’ll get frozen tundra photos taken in February but how is a buyer supposed to get excited about your […]

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: 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 3 Types of Buyers

b-LOG: The 3 Types of Buyers

1. The Browser 2. The If It Happens It Happens 3. The Hunter THE BROWSER: As a home seller, it is important to know which buyer(s) your home is reaching. For example, if open houses mixed with a dash of hope & optimism is your approach, you are most likely to see The Browser come […]

b-LOG: Perspective From Over the Pond

During a recent trip to England, I had the pleasure of chatting with numerous locals about how homes are bought and sold in that lovely country. The big city (a.k.a. London) is vicisiously short on supply which is resulting in stories full of puzzling decision making, angst ridden buyers and eye-popping purchase prices. For example, […]

b-LOG: The Your-House Hotel

b-LOG: The Your-House Hotel

Think of your house as a hotel. Overall, it’s quite the nice place. A lovely entrance and charming lobby with friendly front desk staff. The carpets are fresh, the pool is clean and set at the perfect temperature. The rooms have been mostly renovated with flat screen TVs, spa-like bathrooms and 800 thread count sheets […]

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

First, let’s get this out of the way. Homeowners are owners of their homes. When you own something, the choice with regards to how you sell it is entirely (usually) up to you. There has, and always will be, a segment of the real estate market where people will sell on their own without the […]

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

First, let’s get this out of the way. Homeowners are owners of their homes. When you own something, the choice with regards to how you sell it is entirely (usually) up to you. There has, and always will be, a segment of the real estate market where people will sell on their own without the […]

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

b-LOG: The Private Seller Plan!

First, let’s get this out of the way. Homeowners are owners of their homes. When you own something, the choice with regards to how you sell it is entirely (usually) up to you. There has, and always will be, a segment of the real estate market where people will sell on their own without the […]

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: 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: 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: 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: Which is Better…100 Pennies or 4 Quarters?

I saw a graphic on social media today comparing quantity versus quality, using the pennies versus quarters comparison. The question was, with all things being equal, would you rather have 100 pennies or 4 quarters. It got the (newly 40 year) old real estate brain thinking about how that concept relates to our business. In […]

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 […]