Rena Prefontaine

1046 St. Mary's Road
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2014 - A year in review!

The Winnipeg market in 2014 saw a shift to a much more balanced market if not edging into a buyers’ market at times given the significant increase in active listings for sale every month. The residential-detached property type dominated overall MLS® market share representing 73% of total sales. Condominiums finished 2014 with a 14% market share. The most active residential-detached price range in ...

Is the housing market in Winnipeg changing?

For years we talked about homes in Winnipeg being under valued compared to other markets across the country.  Most homes in Winnipeg have seen multiple offers over the past years, however it seems something has changed this year. Some will tell you that because we didn't really have a nice Spring, we didn't have a Spring Market. Conversations between Realtors around town sound very familiar...there ...

Seniors Housing & Lifestyles Expo is Today!!

Every transition is an opportunity, regardless of your stage in life. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I have both the education and the real estate experience to serve as your trusted adviser through the unique financial and lifestyle transition involved in relocating or selling your family home. Age & Opportunity is hosting their annual Seniors Housing & Lifestyles Expo on Tuesday at the ...

CMHC changes effective May 1, 2014

On February 28th, CMHC announced they will increasing the loan premiums for homeowners and 1-4 unit rental properties. Here is a chart indicating the loan to value ratio (current and effective May 1, 2014): Loan-to-Value Ratio   Standard Premium (Current)   Standard Premium (Effective May 1st, 2014)   Up to and including 65%   0.50% ...

Powerful real estate investing tips!

Use these 3 tips to make strong property investments without being overwhelmed: 1) Learn Selectively Learning how to buy that first investment house or property can be overwhelming. If you search Google for “real estate investing” you are given 217,000,000 results! Pick one niche and one strategy, and learn a little about those. That’s it. For example, you might be interested ...

Complaining about it won't change it!

Let's face it, Winnipeger's have had to deal with some wicked cold temperatures over the past few weeks, although at times it has felt like months! It seems to be a daily occurrence to see people complaining about the weather on Facebook, in the grocery store line or even at the office. Complaining about it doesn't change it. We may just need to change our attitudes about it. I thought I'd share ...

Operation Christmas Child

I take time daily to be thankful for the things I have and the opportunities I have been given. This year I have the honor of helping bring joy to a child in need. Through Operation Christmas Child, I will be filling a shoe box full of presents for an underprivileged child. How does it work? It is so simple! Determine which gender and age group you would like your gift to go to and simply fill a ...


Sometimes it is important to walk a mile in the shoes of someone else before you can truly appreciate who they are and what they do. When a client hires me as their REALTOR® I feel tremendously honored. As their agent, I am responsible for finding them, not just a house but, a home. For some it will be a place where they will start their family. It will be the place where they watch their children ...

What is an SRES?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have additional education on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. They also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, ...

Are you a member of the "Sandwich Generation"?

If you are asking yourself what is the sandwich generation, count your blessings. Surveys show that many middle aged people are finding themselves in this new generation. What is it you ask? Members of this generation are finding that both their children and aging parents are relying on their support, which creates a sense of being financially squeezed from both sides. In a 2012 Pew Research report, ...