June 2010

Happy Canada Day Everyone – And Thanks, Mom and Dad

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 in Musings

When my dad was 12, he and his family came across the ocean from Holland to make a new life in Canada. My grandfather had arranged for his family (wife and 5 children) to help work a farm. They would live on the farm and make their living there.

When they arrived at the port in Montreal, there was a telegram waiting for them. It was from the farmer...

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I Got a Promotion…and Other Changes to Real Estate Law in Quebec

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 in Real Estate

I got a promotion but I swear I’m not bragging because it has everything to do with changes to real estate law in Quebec and nothing to do with anything I did to deserve the promotion. But I got it just the same, as did all real estate agents in Quebec. If you ever run into any legal issues regarding any of your real estate, then consider getting h...

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Only in Quebec

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 in Living In Montreal

Every summer when I was a kid, my parents would pack all 4 of us kids into the car and make the sweaty, stifling 18-hour trip from the east coast where we lived to London, Ontario, where we were born and our extended family lived.

My parents somehow handled the sweating, and complaining, and boredom and unending roads extremely well. (Except for the...

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I sure love this guy.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 in Musings

When I was pregnant with our first child, I told my husband that I hoped the baby was a girl. Not because I had always hoped to have a girl. Quite the contrary. As a child, I was always more comfortable building with Lego than having a tea party. I was climbing trees while other girls were playing with Barbies. I could relate more to boys than to g...

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Adding Some Life to a Home: Montreal Home Staging Before and After Pictures

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 in Home Staging

I’ve got some Montreal home staging before and after pictures for you here. These come from a Montreal West Island home staging project we recently did. The home sold after 6 weeks on the market, which was great considering it was in the $500,000+ range where homes generally take longer to sell.

It was another real estate agent’s listing, but I was...

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I’m Listening…

Posted on Jun 08, 2010 in Real Estate

I love it when I hear a non-salesy, common-sensical approach to gaining business. ‘Cause I’m not salesy at all. Never have been, never will be. I tried to be salesy once, working in a clothing store to help put myself through university. I ended up stalking the client who said she didn’t want my help throughout the store, pretending to be fixing th...

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