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b-LOG: Game of Homes

b-LOG: Game of Homes

An 18 Month Journey From House Renter to Home Owner This is a story about a couple named James & Nicole. They are the quintessential couple, renting while they save up and look for their first home. They’ve done everything right. They went to their bank to get pre-approved. Proof of income, paperwork signed and […]

b-LOG: Taking the Market for Granted

b-LOG: Taking the Market for Granted

A funny thing happens when a market swings in the favour of one party over the other. In this bLOG, we’re talking specifically about a seller’s market. In particular, the seller’s market that Niagara has been experiencing for about 16 to 18 months straight. “What is a seller’s market?” It is when there is high […]

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: Doing the Work

b-LOG: Doing the Work

We get up and go to work. While at work, we lift, we think, we hustle and we go home. Whether we work up a sweat, run our mind ragged, inspire ourselves and others or sleep walk through the day, there is one commonality across the board. TIME When we are at work, we are […]

b-LOG: Calm

b-LOG: Calm

As the much welcomed Family Day holiday approaches, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the manic nature of the world we live in. 24/7 new headlines that are overloaded on the negative. Uncertainty with a general rumbling of stress. Phones buzzing and pinging, kids lunches to make and pouring rain in February […]

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). […]

b-LOG: Getting Into New

b-LOG: Getting Into New

I have been looking around at a lot of friends, family and colleagues recently and noticed a theme. A lot of them are getting into new. By that I mean new _____. New careers New relationships New homes, New cities New ______ It’s funny how in life you don’t see something until you are looking […]

b-LOG: The Big “Y”

b-LOG: The Big “Y”

Recently, I was watching my son’s hockey practice.  After approximately 40 minutes of him lollygagging through different drills and warm-ups, he plonked himself down on the ice saying he needed a break. Now if he’d been busting his butt and giving it his all for those 40 minutes, I would have been ok with the […]

b-LOG: If You Don’t Like It Pitch Better!!

b-LOG: If You Don’t Like It Pitch Better!!

Sport imitates life. Want to get to know someone better? Play a game of golf with them. You’ll get a much quick look at the ‘real them’. Watch as that calm, articulate executive becomes a belligerent, impatient gongshow after chunking his 4th attempt out of the bunker. If you follow sports or even have a […]

b-LOG: The Power of Team

b-LOG: The Power of Team

What difference can a team make in real estate? Well, it really depends on the team just like it really depends on the individual REALTOR®. This blog really looks at the power of a team whether real estate, football or parcheesi. Much has been written, spoken, documented, dramatized and fantasized about the 1972 Miami Dolphins. […]

b-LOG: The 100 Concept

b-LOG: The 100 Concept

We’re big fans of general concepts and noticeable consistencies in this business of real estate sales. After having sold many hundreds of homes over the years we have been able to witness trends and almost predictable reactions both from sellers and buyers alike. Our experience has allowed us to grow a pretty reliable gut instinct […]

b-LOG: Not for the Love of Money

b-LOG: Not for the Love of Money

I am pretty sure that everyone has had to take guidance in high school. Remember the counsellor telling you to pursue a career in a particular field that you are interested in, or one that suits your interests? If you were like me – or every other 17-year-old – you told the counsellor that you […]

b-LOG: The Magic of the Beard

b-LOG: The Magic of the Beard

Good day y’all. Jim Broderick here. In general, I am not a creative person so let’s get that out of the way right from the start. I am the textbook example of a left-brain thinker (practical side). I eat basically the same thing every day at roughly the same time every day. I wear similar […]

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b-LOG: Always be Connecting

b-LOG: Always be Connecting

“Always be Closing” – A quote made famous by Alec Baldwin’s greatest sales manager EVER character in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross. To a lesser, more light hearted extent, was the mantra of Robin Williams’ car salesman character in Cadillac Man. Always be closing, always be closing, always be closing, a.k.a. ABC. This direct, hard […]

b-LOG: 2014 Market Summary

b-LOG: 2014 Market Summary

In large part, 2014 was another year of relative predictability in St.Catharines. In general, we saw modest gains in nearly all areas of the city with only a few spots showing negative growth. Statistics being statistics though should always be taken with a grain of salt. A bit example of that is Port Dalhousie west […]

b-LOG: Negotiations Simplified. Sort Of.

b-LOG: Negotiations Simplified. Sort Of.

Think of it this way. Everyone involved in a negotiation of any sort, has their own concept of what the next steps should be. If I offer “x” then the other party should be expected to respond somewhere in the vicinity of “y”. Take it down to the most simple level…the Saturday Afternoon Garage Sale. […]