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Call me old fashioned, but I think we don’t do enough face to face conversation And it’s making us into a weird generation that huddles in corners and hunched over screens and feels instant anxiety when our phone rings or someone wants to talk in …

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When a vacant Winnipeg home became part of an estate sale, I was the real estate agent the lawyer recommended to list it with. “Bring a flashlight,” the banker said, “not all levels of the house have power, and it’s been boarded up to prevent vand…

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Category: Buying a Home

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When buying a house in Winnipeg, Manitoba (or Canada for that matter), if your down payment funds are coming from an external source, meaning your RRSP or a gift from Grandma instead of from your own pocket, CMHC requires that money be in your accoun…

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If you’ve bought or sold a house in Manitoba you will have likely come across a document called the Property Disclosure Statement, essentially a required confession by the home seller about all they know regarding their lroperty. The form covers the …

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As of January 1st, the Government of Canada imposed new banking rules that will impact homeowners’ ability to sell their homes. The major change comes as an attempt to cool the overly hot housing markets of places like Toronto and Vancouver, whe…

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You might not guess it to look at me, I’m kind of a hippie at heart. I love cats, avoid eating meat, zealously advocate for higher industry standards, and I also love love. (But who doesn’t?) I also care about the environment – and I don’t me…

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As a real estate agent here in middle-of-nowhere Winnipeg, a guy sees some crazy stuff. Scary stuff you’d only expect to see in movies. I’ve walked through homes with plastic baggies on my feet to avoid all the feces. I was on a walk-through to…

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Category: Professionalism

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I was in my mid-twenties, and eager begin my own personal financial planning. Luckily, a close friend of the family also had a close friend of the family who was a life insurance agent and was willing to take me on in this capacity. I took my…

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Category: Philanthropy

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We knocked on the front door and the director happily waved us all in. Our group of younger and middle-aged men and women had arrived on behalf of the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) Shelter Foundation to deliver a grant check. (Yes, my yo…

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Category: Philanthropy

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This week I got a serious wake-up call.... As I was out delivering Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation grant checks to a few local recipients (I love that job!), and one of the places we toured might just haunt my memory forever. …

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