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Real Estate Agent - Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage
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When you are developing your web site in order to sell your services and listings, it's really important to always keep at the front of your mind that this marketing resource of yours isn't "local". By it's very nature, a web site is selling to the entire planet. Even if the vast majority of your...
08/13/2009
Representing best interests does not entail catering to a client's every whim, want and desire. And sometimes the conflict between those two competing interests means refusing to work with someone. It's curious that a system like that of Real Estate, where the service provider (Realtor) and the p...
08/06/2009
There's a lot of things in business, including real estate, people feel they have to take on faith. But time and again we're told to measure, measure, measure when choosing what, where and how to spend our marketing and capital investment money. Which is a truth not to be trifled with. But if you...
06/15/2009
Cobourg ON - former short-list candidate for national capital of Canada. Neighbour to Port Hope, original trading post in early settler days. Respectively called Hamilton and Toronto prior to the larger and more well know modern cities were named as such. Home to a great many well preserved and r...
06/07/2009
Interest rates centrally have been set to stay where they are for about another year... but that's not the rate we consumers pay. And the banks aren't beholden to the central rate either, which is why this week we see rates creeping back up again for mortgages. Anyone wh is thinking about buying ...
06/04/2009
The Victoria Park Garden Clock:     Factoid: Cobourg was once on the shortlist of Canada's national capital selections - along with Kingston and Ottawa!   Cobourg was founded in 1798 and known as Hamilton, after the township. The town was renamed in 1819 in honour of the marriage of the Princess ...
06/01/2009
By: Christine & Stephen Hodge While the market has warmed somewhat in recent months, let's face it, it's still a tough slog out there. But just because it's tough, doesn't mean one should give up - Realtor or Seller. Simply put, those who put forth the effort will be justly rewarded - and that's ...
05/28/2009
When listing a property, Realtors generally try to ring a representative sample of comparable homes to the table that have recently sold in order to accurately determine what an appropriate asking price is. And, for homes in areas of similar neighbouring homes, this is fairly easy to calculate......
06/19/2007
I am routinely surprised, when going on listing presentations just how few questions are asked beyond, what should I do to my house, how much do you think it should sell for and when do you think I should list it. It's an reminder for me that many of our clients aren't all that aware of the many ...
03/22/2007
If you are looking at moving to a new community fairly far from your present home, even if it's in the same large city, don't be afraid to ask your trusted real estate agent for a referral rather than working with them directly. If the area you are moving to is not one that your existing agent is...
01/26/2007
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