"Within an hour, darkness closed over the city as if someone had slammed shut the door of an icehouse,

and powerful winds began to move through the park like big trains long overdue from Canada." Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale

Northern winters can be a beautiful thing. It can also be frigid, icy and seemingly unrelenting. Regardless of the weather, the Real Estate market moves on. There are always Buyers and Sellers regardless of the time of year. There are steps you can take to make your home more appealing. Hopefully, some of these tips may warm up your market when the weather's frightful.


A few years back, I made an appointment to show a property.


In the listing, the property obviously required work, and it was mentioned in the Realtor Remarks that it was a “handy-man fixer-upper”. The listing had not prepared me, even slightly, for what I was in for.

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Through my career, I heard many speakers use this phrase, and I always got a chuckle out of it. It was funny because it was cute, and sadly, kind of true. Whenever presented on stage, a group laugh would move through the audience. The laughter seemed genuine at first, but as the realization of the truth behind the statement hit home, the laughter would trickle off, leaving behind a trace of embarrassment and unease.

Cara mujer - wikimedia copyright Cesar Tort

Stigmatized properties are a big thing in the news right now. After the Calgary-based home where a 22 year old stabbed and killed five students came on the market, Buyers started to realize how little they are told about properties they are considering buying. It is a fine line to cross, and making rules about what must be disclosed is a big discussion to have.

If you are a Real Estate Professional, you are advertising your business to the world. This means you WANT people to contact you. You publish your email address in the hopes that they will do just that.

You may think of yourself as an individual, but remember that business number you had to get when you got your license? Unless you are an employee of your Brokerage, being paid a salary, you are a commercial business. If you publish your email address on a website, advertisment or even your business card, you are implying consent for other RELATED commercial businesses to contact you.