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Art and Science One of the most intriguing aspects of being a Realtor is observing the twist and turn that goes with determining current market values through the dynamics of negotiating.  One thing I learned early on in my career is that establishing a price for a property truly comes down to an...
06/21/2011
How to Measure if Your Community is Growing or Shrinking  Our family was in northeastern Alberta this past weekend to take in the Lea Park Rodeo; one of the truly authentic outdoor events in the Canadian Professional circuit.  The performances actually takes place in a natural amphitheater of the...
06/13/2011
There is a New Marshall in Town Last week I proposed that twenty to forty year olds hold the key to this region's future.  Their use of home ownership as a fundamental strategy to building personal wealth ignites our market.  Whether first, second or third time home owners, this group is the engi...
06/09/2011
Three Key Buyer Groups   As we go into the second decade of this century, there are three distinct demographic groups that figure prominently in our work; each seemingly with their own value systems and patterns of decision making.  As a professional Realtor in his mid 50's, I sometimes need to r...
05/30/2011
Reasons a Seller Should Reduce Their Asking Price Everyone wants to get the best price that they can achieve, but there are always several indicators that interest is waning in a property and it is time to act.  If your Realtor has done all the marketing activities that were agreed to at the time...
05/24/2011
Invest Now or Later? You know optimism is returning to the region when every third or fourth phone call we receive is a question about investing in real estate.  So is it a good time to invest or make a trade?  Let's examine some of the indicators and you can decide for yourself. In April, 129 pr...
05/17/2011
The Game is Changing   It took a financial crisis, labor disruption, and some significant rule changes to make professional hockey the game it is today - faster, fan friendly, and with most teams, more lucrative.  One of the results of the more "open ice" was the showcasing the talent of skilled ...
05/10/2011
Smart Steps to Home Buying Well, spring seems to be finally here, as evidenced by increased listings and home buyers out in full force.  The influx of activity doesn't seem to be focussed only in the city, but rather all over the region.  This is definitely a good sign the market is returning, as...
05/03/2011
The New Normal:  Multi-generational Housing  We are seeing an increasing number of homes with three generations living in them - children, parents, and grandparents - all under one roof. There are several reasons for this trend, the most common being the cost of third party child care.  Grandmoth...
04/27/2011
I Want It Now  They were rather a demanding pair of clients who talked to me every day about the house I was building for their loved ones.  It was a rather simple structure with two bedrooms up, main floor living and dining space with access to a recreation room in the basement.  The temporary h...
04/19/2011
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