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b-LOG: The Big Reset

b-LOG: The Big Reset

When we’re “in the middle of it”, it’s hard to remember the state we were in previously. As the roller coaster crests the top of the first big incline, how we felt while we were in line is now a vague and distant memory.  Have you ever left the Skydome (aka Rogers Centre) after a […]

b-LOG: Covid Perspective

b-LOG: Covid Perspective

A by-product of any major life event is typically perspective.  Even a minor life event can provide a complimentary dose. Think of the flight you were on when there was heavy turbulence. Remember how you felt when the plane safely returned to the gate? Grateful? Relieved? All of a sudden, if only for a few […]

b-LOG: Darryl the Sherpa Guide

b-LOG: Darryl the Sherpa Guide

If you’re looking to trek up Mount Everest, you’re probably well advised to get yourself a Sherpa guide rather than a guy named Darryl who has a friend who once climbed a pretty big mountain so you know, should be good to show you up Everest.  Your Sherpa guide knows the terrain. They will work […]

b-LOG: Those Toronto Buyers

b-LOG: Those Toronto Buyers

We’re hearing that a lot. In fact, daily. Possibly hourly.  The “locals” are mad that “those Toronto buyers” are driving prices up. They’re coming into our turf and causing everything to go up. They’re ruining it for everyone else. They’re the reason prices are up x%.  Is that true?  No.  …and partly yes.  Let’s clarify. […]

b-LOG: The Belief Tank

b-LOG: The Belief Tank

Everyone has one. Whether large, medium or painfully small, we all have a reserve tank which holds our belief or trust in our self and what we’re doing. It’s the amount of emotion (or trust) held in reserve to help counter the moments that test us. Call them life challenges or events that don’t go […]

b-LOG: The Mythical “Before it hits MLS” Listing

b-LOG: The Mythical “Before it hits MLS” Listing

* Spoiler Alert * Let’s cut to the end of the movie. There is no way for any Realtor to get you access to allll the listings before they get to Realtor.ca (aka MLS® which is a trademark, not a place, but that’s another story 😊).  The evolution of how listings arrived on Realtor.ca is […]

b-LOG: The Uncle™

b-LOG: The Uncle™

Many of us have them. Or an Aunt. Or a cousin, neighbour’s friend, co-worker. Someone.  This is the person who wants to help. They want to be your advocate or advisor. They’ll provide you free advice, some of it unsolicited, some asked for.  His name is Roy. Roy truly wants to help. Whether it’s the […]

b-LOG: 10 Truths About Real Estate (in no particular order)

b-LOG: 10 Truths About Real Estate (in no particular order)

10. Everyone has a different approach to negotiating. Just because an offer or counter-offer doesn’t match with your expectations, doesn’t mean an agreement isn’t possible. Patience is the key. 9. Staging and Pre-Listing Preparation (note capitalized first letters to add importance) is hugely important in today’s visual world. A properly prepared and beautifully marketed home […]

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: REAL ESTATE STATS: WHY YOU SHOULD(n’t) BELIEVE THEM

b-LOG: REAL ESTATE STATS: WHY YOU SHOULD(n’t) BELIEVE THEM

Another month and another bucket of stats gets thrown around for our local real estate market. If there is one thing we’re learning on a monthly basis is there were things happening in 2017 that make year over year comparisons a dangerous prospect. Exhibit A: For the city of Thorold, the average sale price for […]

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: 1st Quarter Real Estate Market Report

b-LOG: 1st Quarter Real Estate Market Report

Finally, spring is here, well…according to the calendar anyways. With spring, comes the anticipation of another spring market for us Realtors and you sellers and buyers. This spring comes at the tail end of an unprecedented and very active 24 months in the Niagara real estate market. While still active and strong, it is clear […]

b-LOG: Property Taxes Explained

b-LOG: Property Taxes Explained

Former American Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. is quoted as saying “Taxes are the price we pay for civilized society.” And he couldn’t have been more concise. Regardless of your opinion on the subject, it is important to understand that paying taxes is our way of contributing to the greater of good of […]

b-LOG: Breaking the Ice with the New Neighbours

b-LOG: Breaking the Ice with the New Neighbours

You prepare for it weeks or even months in advance. You build up your defences for the emotional roller coaster that would leave even the most fleet-footed tired and drained. But once you cross the finishline and the last box is unpacked, you can then begin to focus on the new beginnings that a move […]

b-LOG: Mortgages 101. A Pocket Guide to the Types of Mortgages in Canada

b-LOG: Mortgages 101. A Pocket Guide to the Types of Mortgages in Canada

Mortgages. There likely exists no other subject that causes more angst among those looking to purchase real estate. And it is for this reason we nominate mortgages for top honours in our home buying heebie-jeebies awards. Unless you are fortunate enough to be financially privileged, getting a mortgage is a must in order to purchase […]

b-LOG: Perspective

b-LOG: Perspective

In the speed of today’s world, it appears that when things go wrong, there seems to be one common factor. Or rather, one missing ingredient. Perspective. Without consulting google for the official definition, it seems that perspective (or the lack of) is the contributing factor to so many situations gone wrong. 

Think about the scene […]

b-LOG: Gary’s Variety Store

b-LOG: Gary’s Variety Store

The date is March 22nd, 2017 and you own Gary’s Variety Store on Main Street, Anytown, Ontario. Things are going great. Customers file in non-stop. Milk, newspapers and coffee crisp bars are flying off the shelves. Scratch lotto? Don’t even get me started. Everyone’s scratchin! Business is what you’d call brisk. After all, the closest […]

b-LOG: Niagara Real Estate Market Update August 1 – October 31. Looking Back to 2015

b-LOG: Niagara Real Estate Market Update August 1 – October 31. Looking Back to 2015

In a market that is changing like ours, we are trying to look back in 90 day or year-to-date segments. Looking at 30 day time periods is too small a sample size, at least in our un-official opinion! For the last 90 days (Aug 1 – Oct 31) we looked at year over year for […]

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 […]