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Manitoba is one of the few places left in Canada where real estate documents cannot be signed digitally. While BC, ON, and SK have gone digital with their real estate contracts, good old Manitoba is so far behind it feels caveman-ish, like we’re…

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After two consecutive years of the Federal government clamping down on lending rules, Winnipeg homeowners have been nervous about what it could mean for selling their homes. If it’s tough to borrow, it’s tough for first-time buyers to buy. Tough…

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They say there’s no such thing as a dumb question. Most of the time, I agree. (Except, perhaps, when one is in a moving vehicle and asks the driver, “Are we there yet?”) As real estate agents, we get a lot of questions about things. Some of the…

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The last thing I remember before the blast was thinking, this is a dumb idea. It had begun innocently enough; I’d been helping set up the barbecue at Mom and Step-Dad’s. I opened the cover, wheeled it out from under the overhang where it was stor…

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I recently received a message from an agent who was faced with a tricky situation. Tell me how you would handle this situation if you were in her shoes. She’d received a call on a property. “I'd like to see the house you have listed” she said. …

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Category: Buying a Home

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Most people, when shopping for a house, don’t know that everything they say can and will be used against them to give them the disadvantage in their purchase. At least when they’re speaking directly to the listing agent (the real estate agent whos…

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Category: Real Estate Issues

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Look out - real estate brokerages that aspire towards becoming the Walmart-style one-stop-shop of real estate services, and it just might be bad news for you. What Your All Inclusive Real Estate Brokerage Bundle Might Look Like There is a w…

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Another real estate agent has died, thanks to the vulnerability of working alone in an empty house. The 33 year old Annapolis agent was alone in an empty model home, when he met a violent end. Someone came in, murdered him right there in his workp…

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She first got my attention with her Dodge Hemi high performance purr. My wife Cheryl and I were at Craig Street Cats, serving as volunteers, as usual. Cheryl was down the hall in one room, and I was just walking into one of the rooms to give some …

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Category: Customer Service

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I’ve spotted a ‘hole in the market’ – something every business used to offer, but that has virtually disappeared from the customer service landscape. The thing is, consumers want it, but no one is offering it as part of their service. It sounds li…

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