May 2010

1986 Called: They Want Their Shoulder Pads Back

Posted on May 25, 2010 in Real Estate

There’s a home in my Montreal West Island neighbourhood that’s been for sale for a long time, and I think I know why. It’s the same problem that kept another home in the area from selling for more than a year. And the problem relates to the unfortunate decision that some homeowners make to not update their home as time goes by.

Or maybe it’s not ev...

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Wordless Wednesday: I Miss You, Dad.

Posted on May 12, 2010 in Musings

John C. Nouwens

May 20, 1939 – May 12, 1999

We sure do miss you, Dad.

But after 11 years, we finally figured out how to make your BBQ pork chops!

Love, love and more love,


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Location is No Place to Compromise.

Posted on May 11, 2010 in Buying

I used to live on the water. It was a beautiful property in Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot, Quebec, with a deck on the edge of Lac St. Louis. The house was gorgeous too – hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, multi-level deck, fireplace in the master bedroom. It was my dream home…or so I thought.

But within a year of buying the place, I couldn’t wa...

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You Didn’t Tell Me, Mom.

Posted on May 09, 2010 in Musings

When my first child was born, I got angry with my mother. I called her and lamented, “You didn’t tell me.”

“I didn’t tell you what, sweetheart.”

“You didn’t tell me that as soon as he was born, it would be like my heart would get transplanted from the safety of my chest, to the outside of my body, lying there, vulnerable, open to be hurt and stepped...

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Early Bird Gets the Worm, but Night Hawks Play with Vampires

Posted on May 08, 2010 in Musings

I used to be a night hawk, but now I’m an early bird…though not happily so. And I’ve changed since I made this switch too. I think there’s a difference between early birds and night hawks.

In my previous life, I worked in the research division of the Correctional Service of Canada which runs all federal penitientiaries and parole offices across the...

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Quick Fix for a Stuffed Dining Room

Posted on May 06, 2010 in Home Staging

We run into a lot of properties in Montreal’s West Island real estate market that have more furniture than they can handle. This was one of them. Among other rooms we tackled in our Montreal home staging of this property, the dining room was over-stuffed and didn’t show off all of the available space.

Here’s a home staging tip: Remove the top half o...

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