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b-LOG: The Autumn Wedding

b-LOG: The Autumn Wedding

In various ways, autumn kind of resembles a wedding. It starts out lovely. Everyone looks beautiful & fresh. Smiles abound. Handshakes and hugs for everyone. The leaves start to turn various combinations of reds & yellows. There is a nice breeze that isn’t cold yet isn’t warm. People are chatting, long lost friends and relatives […]

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: The Showbusiness of Selling Your Home

b-LOG: The Showbusiness of Selling Your Home

Quick bio: Aside from running around the region working with our fantastic clients, I am also a musician (piano) with many decades of experience of performing in many (many) styles of music and venues. Previous to real estate, I spent the better part of 5 years working for a major cruise ship line as both […]

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

Having watched and observed my kids since the day they were born, I’ve noticed a few things. Well, a million or 2 more than a few things. But one of the big, over-arching attributes is their ability to imagine, create and throw out ideas when they’re knee deep in one of their games. These games […]

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

Having watched and observed my kids since the day they were born, I’ve noticed a few things. Well, a million or 2 more than a few things. But one of the big, over-arching attributes is their ability to imagine, create and throw out ideas when they’re knee deep in one of their games. These games […]

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

b-LOG: KIDS: The World’s Greatest Brainstormers. Ever.

Having watched and observed my kids since the day they were born, I’ve noticed a few things. Well, a million or 2 more than a few things. But one of the big, over-arching attributes is their ability to imagine, create and throw out ideas when they’re knee deep in one of their games. These games […]

b-LOG: When Do The Little Things Matter?

We check into a hotel and just before heading away to our room we’re given a warm chocolate chip cookie. Why? Just because. We walk into the room to find it at a comfortable temperature with a few mint chocolates waiting for us on the pillow. But why? Just because. We forget our toothpaste so […]

b-LOG: The Jamaican Caddy to the British Butcher

b-LOG: The Jamaican Caddy to the British Butcher

Sometimes we have to travel in order to learn about home. While in our normal, day-to-day existence, even the best intentioned of us can lose track of what really matters. We get frustrated at catching a red light or stress at waiting 10 minutes for an appointment. For some of us, the thought of having […]

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: Do You Want A Chef or a Cook?

We often hear from the general public that they want to deal with the listing agent because they will get ‘both ends of the transaction’ or be paid commission on both ends so (a) they will reduce commission and save the buyers money through flexibility in the purchase price and (b) they will work harder […]

b-LOG: Get Those Thumbs Green!

Being in the business of constantly looking at homes, we’re seeing a lot of gardens in the beginning stages of beautification. While that is fine for us common homeowners, you sellers need to have those gardens looking sharp! When you have prospective buyers coming by for a look, your gardens can not be showing any […]

b-LOG: Get Those Thumbs Green!

Being in the business of constantly looking at homes, we’re seeing a lot of gardens in the beginning stages of beautification. While that is fine for us common homeowners, you sellers need to have those gardens looking sharp! When you have prospective buyers coming by for a look, your gardens can not be showing any […]

b-LOG: Get Those Thumbs Green!

Being in the business of constantly looking at homes, we’re seeing a lot of gardens in the beginning stages of beautification. While that is fine for us common homeowners, you sellers need to have those gardens looking sharp! When you have prospective buyers coming by for a look, your gardens can not be showing any […]

b-LOG: Reduce the Big Negotiables

In a real estate negotiation, having 4 or 5 (or 6) big negotiables will only complicate the process. What is a negotiable? A negotiable is an item that needs to be agreed upon in order to move forward in the transaction. The biggest negotiable of them all is (99% of the time) the price. Money […]

b-LOG: Pier 61: A New Dining Gem!

b-LOG: Pier 61: A New Dining Gem!

If you have ever met us, you know that aside from helping people buy and sell homes, we are also great fans of eating. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, we are big believers in taking time out to chow down. So, here we are writing the first ever food-related blog! Any restaurant needs a perfect recipe […]

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: Freeze, Thaw, Repeat

b-LOG: Freeze, Thaw, Repeat

What makes our selling seasons so distinct in these parts of the world? In more temperate climates, do they experience the busy/quiet/busy cycles that we do? It would be interesting to see how our local real estate market would behave without the influence of our hot summers and cold winters. The question there I suppose […]

b-LOG: Looking Forward to 2014

Another year draws to a close and as we launch into 2014, we would first like to send out our thanks and appreciation to all you people who have helped us grow, learn and succeed not just as REALTORS but as colleagues, citizens and friends. Every year comes with its own set of challenges and […]

b-LOG: “But What About…”

When you’re buying virtually anything, questions should be asked. Clarify. Enquire. Verify. Plan. Question. Pause. Proceed. Etcetera. There are 3 types of questions and comments that we routinely hear. 1. “Looking for more general info” questions. 2. “Getting the final info before proceeding” questions. 3. “Fear” questions. In this article we’ll discuss the 3rd category. […]

b-LOG: Tulips for Food: Our Foodraiser Explained

“What is this tulips for food thing you’re talking about”? That is a question we have heard several times recently. Well, here is the scoop! In early December this year, we (THEbTEAM) will be holding our 2nd annual Tulips for Food Foodraiser in support of Community Care. The idea came to us in the fall […]

b-LOG: Top Ten Tales of Caution – A bTEAM Top Ten

We humans are known to make mistakes (some innocent, some not), when working through something that we don’t always do. Examples include golfing, cooking, navigating an airport check-in, changing an electrical outlet, dating, eating a shawarma…the list goes on. This particularly applies with buying or selling a home. There are ideas and concepts to be […]

b-LOG: September Market Summary

One of the interesting aspects of residential real estate in St.Catharines is it generally behaves in a predictable, general positive and somewhat (in a good way) boring manner. No sudden swings in any direction. Modest increases somewhere in the vicinity of the rate of inflation are a common occurrence. While we read about double digit […]

b-LOG: Damp Log Syndrome

Going camping usually affords us the time to sit and ponder. The sounds of nature, the distant sound of someone chopping firewood and the mesmerizing effects of a bonfire. After dealing with some rain, I had the task of getting a fire going with a mix of dry wood and damp kindling. For someone who […]

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: July Market Summary

We have officially moved through the most active months of the year and as we had suspected, sales volume has mostly caught up after a slow start to the year. As well, somewhat predictably for our area, price has edged up in typical fashion while days on the market (DOM) values have come down. Just […]

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 […]