Kindergarten & Real Estate

I bet you are thinking to yourself, "What does Kindergarten have to do with real estate?" Believe it or not a lesson I learned in Kindergarten was put to use in my real estate business.

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Transparency & Accountability (Part 2)

I was having a conversation with a colleague of mine just a few days ago regarding final signing of a contract and I was surprised in what she said to me. She implied that in her experience, 90% of agents representing sellers did not follow their legally binding fiduciary responsibilities when it came to final signing of a contract and the potential for multiple offers. Of course, the 90% is an over exaggeration but it got me thinking. This is not only a breach of an agent's fiduciary duties but could also be costing sellers thousands of dollars. Here's why:

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Transparency and Accountability in Real Estate (Part1)

Did you know in the MLS Rules & Regulations of the Central Alberta Real Estate Association, there is a rule that allows the buyer's agent to contact the seller directly if the seller's agent does not respond within a reasonable amount of time? The rule states:

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Punishing the Wrong Consumer

I read an article today titled "Is it Time to Pop the Hood on Real Estate" posted on www.propertywire.ca. It discussed the controversy over commission amounts and the public's perception with regards to those commissions. It asked the question of whether or not consumers would understand the business if they could have a look from the inside out.

I have so many thoughts on this topic, I hardly know where to begin. So, I am going to make my point now and then spend the rest of this blog, telling you why I feel this way.

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Is It Possible to “Recession Proof” Your Purchase?

With the change in today's economy and the "recession" that we may or may not have had or may or may not be in, housing can take the hardest hit. So whether you are purchasing a home in a sellers market or a buyers market, is there such a thing as purchasing a house that will take less of a hit in a recession? I believe the answer to this question is YES!

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