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Sixteen years ago, the couple was relocating to Winnipeg, MB from the U.S. We worked together to find the perfect-for-them home. They planned to stay no longer than 5-8 years before relocating. They’d sell and move. That was the plan. They ended up …

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When we talk about flipping houses, most of us think of being the one to flip the house. But what if we’re the ones buying the already-flipped house? It makes us wonder (or should, at least)… did they do a quality job, or will their quick ren…

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For the uninitiated, a buyer’s agent is the real estate professional hired by (though not necessarily paid by) the buyer. The agent is absolutely committed to look out for the best interests of the buyer. Why Buyer’s Agents are an Important Prot…

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I recently headed in for an MRI to check in on an old shoulder injury that was acting up. This is the same injury that left me drugged up in a sling all those years ago, standing in front of a saleswoman who handed me a measuring tape to size up the …

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That’s right. You’re not actually always free to choose whoever you want to represent you in real estate. Sometimes, our industry’s law chooses for you. (I know, we don’t like it either sometimes.) Unsuspecting buyers fall under this rule al…

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Most people don’t realize Manitoba’s real estate market has a secret advantage over the rest of Canada. Least of all Manitobans. We just don’t know how lucky we are. In Winnipeg, we have 1800 or so registered REALTORS®, NONE of whom are all…

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In Canada, despite the current process of legalizing marijuana well underway, Grow-ops remain a property no banks will finance – not even after they’ve been remediated and deemed safe and liveable. Once a property is flagged as a grow-op, or for h…

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Figuring out the value of your home isn’t as simple as it used to be. It’s more than buying a house for $X, investing $Y in improvements, thereby making the property worth $Z. Those days are gone the way of the Dodo bird. Pricing a property is …

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My car was in the shop for three days. I needed a replacement, so called a car rental place to arrange for one. I’m a tall guy with a mammoth torso. If I don’t get a spacious vehicle, my legs go comatose. I hit my head on stuff every stinking ti…

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Ghosts, murders, suicides … there are some things sellers would rather not admit about the house they’re trying to sell. When a buyer finds out after their purchase though, that a gang-member might have been murdered on their property, lawsuits ca…

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