Category Archives: Buying a house

What First Time Condo Buyers want to know ….

I had a chat with my daughter, Jade, today about the kinds of things a first-time buyer wants to know about condos. And all of her questions, not surprisingly, related to costs. What are condo fees exactly? she asked. Why … Continue reading

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Housewarming gifts, and realtors

When I first got started in real estate, I met a realtor in a different brokerage and asked him what he usually got as gifts for his clients. “Why should I get them anything?” he said. “I got them a … Continue reading

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Hydro power lines and their effect on prices

I live in Westboro, which is a very popular area in Ottawa. There is a corridor of hydro lines that runs not far from my home, but thankfully, it’s a good few blocks away. Why thankfully? Because hydro transmission lines … Continue reading

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More happy clients!

In this business, we want happy clients because we rely on referrals for a big chunk of our business. I’m thrilled to say that so far, every single client I have worked with since I started in real estate has provided … Continue reading

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When viewing homes is like speed-dating …

One of the things that realtors are sometimes asked to do is to arrange a whole day of showings for out-of-town clients. It can easily turn into a marathon, and involves almost as much preparation and planning. I am booked … Continue reading

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Hot water heaters and the headaches they cause realtors

I would never have thought that a  hot water heater could turn out to be such a problem in  real estate transactions but I’ve had three different colleagues recently tell me about the headaches they’ve caused in their deals. And they all … Continue reading

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Open Houses – are they worth it?

One of the realtor’s tools is the Open House. These are most often held on Sunday afternoons, although sometimes you’ll see them on Saturdays or an evening. There are two different kinds of Open Houses. The first is for realtors. (In Quebec, … Continue reading

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Why Badmouthing a Property Rarely Works

I had a showing this week of a listing of mine where the prospective buyers were so negative about the property,  I wanted to tell them to get out and stop wasting my time. It’s not uncommon for realtors to … Continue reading

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What’s involved in making an offer.

I had clients contact me on Tuesday night to say they had found their dream condo and wanted to make an offer.  The property wasn’t yet on the market, but they had found out it was  about to be listed, so … Continue reading

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Another happy client!

It’s wonderful as a realtor to get client testimonials, even more so when you don’t ask for them. Not only is it nice to have that kind of positive feedback but a realtor relies so much on word-of-mouth to build … Continue reading

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