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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: June Market Summary

The first half of 2013 comes to a close and the market has been behaving itself somewhat along the lines of what we expected. Overall sales volume is levelling out when compared with last year in spite of the slow, weather-dampened beginning we had in 2013. You will see in this first graph that the […]

b-LOG: May Market Summary

Interesting to write our monthly market blog for St.Catharines at the same time as numerous reports are released from major media citing reports of trouble brewing. Seems like we have been reading that for 4 or 5 years now but that’s another story. A friend of mine in Toronto listed his semi-detached 2 bedroom home […]

b-LOG: Home Buying Stage Fright

Quite often when we do something for the first time, there is anxiety, nerves, stress, call it what you’d like. Think about standing for the first time at the edge of a diving board 20’ above the water. Or you are in the wings about to go on stage for your (imaginary) Broadway debut! I […]

b-LOG: The Real Estate Dictionary

Sprawling, gleaming, soaring, spacious, cozy, welcoming, grand, etcetera etc. We all do it. We (REALTOR Writers) overuse and misuse words all the time when trying to create interest and provide background on a home. Gleaming hardwood leading to an open family room with soaring ceilings. You’ve likely heard and probably read it all before. At […]

Pinemark Townes, Thorold – Starting at $232,900

Imagine a home where everything you need is just minutes away. Prices Starting from $232,900 Pinemark Townes offers you the space you need in the location you want. Located in the established community of Thorold, this premier collection of two-bedroom bungaloft townes (with 3 bedroom option) is situated within easy walking and driving distance to […]

b-LOG: April Market Summary

April 2013 Market Summary for St. Catharines Another month passes and another group of statistics arrive that more or less supports basic economics and all of those supply and demand discussions. If you recall spring 2012, we had a much warmer, much earlier spring than the anti-spring that we have experienced this year. It is […]

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: Mind the Gap – The Perils of Expectation and Reality

If you have ever travelled the subway (tube) in London, England, you have heard that well-known announcement, “mind the gap”. This gap minding is really an analogy for many parts of life, including home selling. In some ways, the concept of ‘being sold something’ applies in many parts of our lives. We are always being […]

b-LOG: Sure (and not so sure) Signs of Spring

In the past few weeks, we have seen and heard of some interesting things happening in our local market. Some were indicators of an impending spring market and others were reminders that spring may not actually be here yet. Sign of spring: Multiple (many) offers on a 1970’s townhome which sold nearly instantly for 104% […]

b-LOG: We’re Interviewing Three

Listing appointment calls. The call that REALTOR’s always love to receive. The process often goes something like this. We get a phone call from a seller who is looking to get an idea of the market value of their home. REALTORs typically see the house and provide a price or report or some type of […]

b-LOG: The Recipe for Kids and Home Viewing

When you are out viewing homes, sometimes the kids are part of the deal. Babies and the 10 or 11 plus age brackets are usually reasonably controllable as they are either asleep (i.e.: baby) or tagging along checking their iPhone (the older kids). It’s those in-between ages that can prove difficult. From our many years […]

b-LOG: Big Announcement!

THEbTEAM is pleased to announce our new affiliation with The Real Estate Book. In an effort to improve the market exposure for our clients’ listings, we have with little hesitation, signed on with this exciting and multi-dimensional publication. The Real Estate Book is an interactive digest sized magazine that launched over 25 years ago and […]

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: The Language of Real Estate

Sprawling. Beautiful. Soaring. Gleaming. Open. Cozy. Warm. Blah. These, along with many more, are some of the usual suspects in the language of real estate. The language that is mostly employed by us Real Estate Agents. When doing anything repetitive, the risk is always to fall into ruts or patterns and ruts or patterns are […]

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 […]

17 Cherry St., St. Catharines – Leased

[nggallery id=4] Click image above to scroll Situated in the vibrant neighbourhood of the Yates Heritage District, 17 Cherry Street offers the rare opportunity to live in a character home neighbourhood at an affordable price. Offered for rent, this detached bungalow home is a great alternative to the typical rental. Renovated and showing well, this […]

b-LOG: Knowing When the Timing is Right

A quick unscientific poll recently taken by yours truly revealed some intriguing results. There are a lot of Realtors working with a lot of qualified and motivated buyers who are unable to find a home on the market that suits them. Speaking from our perspective, we have numerous buyers, more than normal, that are waiting […]

b-LOG: The FEAR FACTOR of Competing Offers

We have had a few situations recently where a buyer (not our buyer) has backed off of a property because they “don’t want to compete” in a multiple offer situation. The fear and reluctance with competing is understandable. Submitting an offer with no other buyer’s on the horizon is stressful for the average person. Throw […]

15 Neptune Dr., St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 15 Neptune Drive. Situated in the north end of the city, this all brick late 1906’s bungalow offers a great opportunity. In need of renovation and updating, this 1,275 sq.ft. bungalow is priced reflective of the work required. Families will love the large 78′ x 121′ property with plenty of space for the […]

b-LOG: Tulips for Food – A Foodraiser Success!

We wanted to offer our sincere appreciation for the generous outpouring of food we received from so many clients and friends over the last week. In all, we handed out 65 bunches of tulips in exchange for a huge amount of food donations. A specific weight we do not have but I can tell you […]

35 Willver Drive, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 35 Willver Drive Located near the Lake, Willver Drive is a small cul-de-sac with homes built in the mid 1990’s. This home offers a versatile layout, great for families, those looking for a main floor master bedroom (bunga-loft layout) or even empty nesters. There are 3 fully finished levels with total square footage […]

22 Parkhill Road, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 22 Parkhill Road. Located at the end of Parkhill Road, this split level home is situated only steps from bus route 4 with constant and easy access to Brock University. Most major mechanical upgrades completed including roof, furnace (’03), c/a (’03), most windows, 100 amp breaker panel. 3 bedrooms up share a 4 […]

242 Lakeport Road, #41, St. Catharines – SOLD

[nggallery id=6] Located in a popular north-end locale, this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom townhome offers a great opportunity to join this well established neighbourhood at an affordable price. The main floor features quality laminate floors and updated trim and doors which along with the colour choices help create a comfortable living space. The kitchen was […]

81 Scott Street, Unit 105, St. Catharines – SOLD

81 Scott Street, Unit 105, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to Meadowvale Green Very rare find and seldom offered for sale, this 1 bedroom suite is on the ground floor with a garden door out to a private patio. Situated in the north end of the city with convenient access to all major amenities, this condominium residence offers a very well kept, well maintained […]

b-LOG: Real Life Staging Benefits

Well, if you have ever been on the fence as to the benefits of staging, we respectfully submit exhibits A and B. Property A is a townhouse that was on the market for several months with another brokerage. During that time, it was vacant. This particular type of townhome can show very narrow when there […]

85 Martindale Road, St. Catharines – SOLD

[nggallery id=7] Welcome to 85 Martindale Road This cozy bungalow offers a convenient layout with both levels finished. Very decent sized rear yard with a storage shed, and partially covered rear deck with sliding door access to the dining room. The inside has been recently “spruced up” with “renewed” hardwood flooring, soft neutral paint, and […]

14 Biagi Court, St. Catharines – SOLD

Looking to downsize and stay in the north-end? With panoramic views of the Welland Canal, this bungaloft townhome is well worth a look. If you are not familiar with the bungaloft concept, the layout lives like a bungalow townhome with main floor master suite as well as main floor laundry however there is also a […]

2 Viking Drive, St. Catharines – SOLD

Welcome to 2 Viking Drive! Rarely offered and difficult to find, this 4 level side split home is situated on a premium location at the point of a cul-de-sac in a quiet north end neighbourhood. Summertime fun! The backyard will be the ‘place to be’ in the warmer months thanks to the large in-ground pool. […]

b-LOG: The $5,000 Difference

Another example of the difference 5 or 6 years makes. Back in the booming 2005 or 2006 real estate market, the buyer was somewhat at the mercy of the seller. The dining room negotiating table was definitely tilted in the favour of the seller. A sample conversation went something like this: REALTOR: “The market value […]

12 Grove Avenue, St. Catharines – SOLD

All cleaned up and ready to go. Conveniently located close to schools and shopping in Secord Woods this 3 bedroom 1.5 storey can be occupied on very short notice. Updated shingles, furnace, vinyl windows, some flooring, with new paint and a finished rec room this property has plenty to offer for the money. Thank-you for […]

90 Rykert Street, St. Catharines – SOLD

Loads of renovations and improvements just completed! Clean and fresh, ready for immediate occupancy, this 3 bedroom home offers an affordable option to get into home ownership. With new flooring, paint and windows throughout, you will be find this home to be comfortable and move-in ready. An enclosed front sun porch brings plenty of natural […]