May 2018

Found 5 blog entries for May 2018.

Source: Vanessa Milne, Readers Digest Canada

When the kids have moved on, and you’re left with a big house it’s easy to see the appeal of moving from a big space to something more compact that requires less maintenance. But the whole process requires a lot of careful planning to not overwhelm yourself when it’s time to actually make the move. Here are seven tips to make sure you find the right fit.

Be realistic about your budget.

Many people associate downsizing with being less expensive. But that’s often not the case. Many bungalows and condominiums are becoming quite pricy. If you’re relying on the sale of your existing home to be your nest egg, perhaps consider a less expensive location.

Don’t get caught by unexpected costs. 

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Whether it be a seasonal cottage, a year-round cottage, or your full-time home - a waterfront property is often a dream for many! If you’re lucky enough to make this a reality there are some questions you should consider prior to signing on the dotted line.

Avoid pesky unwanted surprises after closing by ensuring you know what you’re getting into with a waterfront property. Being local realtors and residents in a waterfront community, we have the knowledge and expertise you can count on to help you navigate purchasing your waterfront property.

Here, we break down the main questions you should ask about the waterfront property you’re considering purchasing:

  1. What is the shoreline like? – Is it sandy, rocky, rabbles, weedy, mucky? What are you
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The "unofficial" start of summer is here! The Victoria Day long weekend (May 2-4) is widely known to be the weekend that kicks off summer. The weather is (usually) great, spring cleaning is done, the winter jackets are away, and the patios are set... So what are some ideas for this weekend you ask? We're going to cover a little of everything - we're sure you will find something to do depending on the location you're looking! 

So, why not celebrate the Victoria Day Long Weekend the way it was meant to be.... Outdoors, at the lake, on the dock, by the fire, in the boat, under the stars, with great music, in an amazing environment, on a patio sipping drinks, and surrounded by amazing friends and family. Whether you're planning a day trip or a weekend

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Who doesn't love a little Trivia? Try your hand at these Real Estate Trivia game and see how many you know! 

1. Which Restaurant could actually be considered one of the best Real Estate Portfolios in the world? 

2. Which Canadian Company owns the most Real Estate across our great country? 

3. In Scotland, homeowners paint their door this colour to signify when they've paid off their mortgage

4. Think your home is small? The average home in most developing countries is ___ Square Feet

5. Which season is the busiest time for home sellers and buyers? 

6. Which famous home is worth more? - The Home Alone House? or The Friends Apartment? 

7. Listings with these two 'descriptive words' have been found to sell 15% faster, and for 5% more

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There are Two Ways Realtors Work: 

1. Transactional

To many Realtors it's purely business, and purely transactional. The realtors that work purely on numbers, identifying clients, closing the deal and then moving on to the next one. 

2. Referral 

Taking time to nurture your relationship with your clients, get to know them, really care for them and have their best interests at heart. Maintain a relationship with them after the deal has closed. And because they took the time to care and make their clients a priority, those clients are happy to refer them to their friends and family because of the outstanding service and care. 

Why We Choose to Work by Referrals: 

Since our primary source of new business is referrals from people who know

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