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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: 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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]