March 30, 2020

Not Business-As-Usual: Winnipeg Real Estate Market Update, Wendy-style

Winnipeg’s real estate market kicked into high gear a couple-few weeks ago as it seemed increasingly inevitable that the CO-VID 19 virus was on its way. Every seller who was even close to being ready to bring their home to market, did, and many buyers who felt they had the financial strength to make a large purchase amid the economic uncertainty doubled down on their search so that they could take advantage of falling interest ra...

January 13, 2020

Short version:

I had an experience with a car salesman in the summer that strongly reminded me that the bottom line of sales is measured in units sold, not the good of the customer and it brought into sharp focus some things that have been bothering me about the way real estate is practiced in our culture.

I have come to believe that the first set of hands that a house passes through on its way to market should not be those of a salesman and have begun to entertain a radical proposition – removing...

April 23, 2019

Everyone stared at me blankly. “What slope?” my colleague asked. “The slope that begins at top of the foyer stairs and runs all the way through the kitchen to the back of the house,” I replied.

February 15, 2019

The invisible social contract embedded in organized real estate transactions creates confusion. misunderstandings and sometimes even resentment.

February 15, 2019

There's no downside to hiring your own Realtor - it's free and it ensures that you make informed choices that protect you and save you time, energy and money.

January 22, 2019

Market value is not what you might think it is. It's not assessment value, appraisal or replacement value. It's not what you have put into your home or what you need to get out. So what is it then?

December 21, 2018

Knowledge is power and there's a very real cost both financially and emotionally to not knowing what market value is and isn't. Here's one homeowner's story.

December 3, 2018

When Buying clients of mine were able to qualify for a mortgage but not for mortgage insurance, I was really taken aback and at a loss to make sense of how that could be.

I don’t likenot understanding how things work because I don’t like being blindsided, so I asked a colleague of mine, mortgage broker Laurie Kotak, to help me. Specifically, I asked if she would be willing to “run my credit” and then use my report to teach me to see myself as a lender would see me.

I felt vaguely uneasy going into the...

November 12, 2018

I have a real distaste for being represented by a number.

And I have that Robin Hood streak that I mentioned in last month’s Scott McGillivray piece.

Grading, for example, is a practice that is almost singlehandedly responsible for the absence of risk-taking in our institutions of learning, and yet risk-taking is a  crucial pre-requisite to learning. Argh! This makes me crazy.

Step on the scale? Never.

Let my age dictate my capabilities? Not going to happen. Keep that propaganda away from me....

October 14, 2018

It's Sunday morning - traditionally the territory of church services and Sunday school- and I have just returned from listening to Scott McGillivray give a 2-hour "sermon" at the Hotel Fort Garry.

I almost didn’t go.

When I had to start working a little too hard to find a parking spot, I felt a weakening of my resolve and allowed myself to consider having gotten this far but no farther.

I stumbled upon Scott and his HGTV show, Income Property, a few years ago and was hooked instantly.  My general in...

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