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Buyer's remorse, Sellers' regret

  "I've heard of buyer's remorse, but sellers' regret, what is that?"   Most of us have heard of it, many have experienced it, and some have gotten over it. What is "it"? Buyer's remorse. That natural and perfectly normal emotion of concern when we purchase something large and wonder...   "Did I make the right decision?” “Should I have done more ...

Statistics Are Dangerous: Real Estate & Fantasy Basketball

I have a love/hate relationship with statistics. I’ve always believed that statistics provide necessary insight, but they never uncover the entire picture. Making a choice based purely on statistics is a never a good idea. If you don't care much about basketball, you'll probably want to skip to the end. If you love basketball as much as I do, feel free to comment.  This year, for the ...

First-Time Home Buyers Guide

Hello first time home buyers! I thought it would be fitting for my first blog post to be the area of my industry I do most of my work. I am a certified buyer specialist working with first time home buyers every week. Being a young buyer myself I know first-hand the doubts and fears that go through our minds during this process. That being said I also know the excitement and reward that comes with it ...

Getting Ready To Move? NO NEED TO SPEND $$$$... TIDY UP!!!

Are you thinking of moving this spring?  "Spring" seems to be the most popular time of year for people to put their homes on the market. Everyone always seems to be "waiting for spring"! Whatever the time of year, the most important thing any home seller can ever do is TIDY UP.  In most cases, significant, or even insignificant, renovations aren't really necessary. And by "not necessary", ...

A Genius Idea: Buy Low, Sell High

During the infamous 'boom' years of 2006-2007 I discovered that, instead of putting my newly acquired kinesiology degree to use, I could make twice as much money doing easy temp work for oil companies.  The first company that hired me was a small office, only about 15 employees; all them dynamic and knowledgable, all of them raking in big time money. The Vice President, Dean, took ...

Apparently -20 Degree Temperatures and Feet of Snow Means We're In Calgary's Spring Real Estate Market

Hello to all, and welcome to the spring market, which, as most of you know, is the most active time of the year for real estate!     With +3 degrees today, and -20 degrees last week, some may debate that spring has actually arrived, but from the perspective of the real estate market, spring has been here since early January!   The Calgary market is active to say the least. ...

CMHC - The Nice Gangsters

Let's use a Boardwalk Empire analogy:   You come to Nucky Thompson and say, 'There's a truckload of Canadian Club coming from the border but I need to give them the cash up front. A truckload of whiskey costs $1000. I can sell it over a period of time for a huge profit. I only have $100. Can you spot me $900 if I pay you $1500 in installments.'   Nucky says 'Sounds ...

** Now is the Time **

"The correction is coming!"   "The bubble is bursting!"   "Better to rent than to own!" These are some of the headlines in the media over the last few months. This, combined with "housing up 8% over 2012", and people start to wonder whether or not real estate is a good investment.  In light of many articles that tell people it is better to rent than have the headache of home ownership ...

Why Should I Sign a Buyer Brokerage Agreement ?

  Doesn’t that mean I can’t work with any other REALTORS®? When you sign a Buyer Brokerage Agreement (BBA), yes you are committing to work with the REALTOR® you signed it with.   Why would I do that? Isn’t it better to have more REALTORS® looking for what I want? You may be thinking to yourself, “If one is good, then surely 5 looking would be ...

The Fatal realtor.ca Lag

realtor.ca is fat and slow. I know it sounds mean but it's true. I not saying you guys shouldn't hang out, you just need to know the truth before you two get close.  I got a call from a friend at noon on Tuesday. He was just browsing on realtor.ca; a newly renovated condo in a perfect location had just popped up. It had been on the market for two days - two fatally long days. I booked ...
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