Real Estate

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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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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10 Ways to Know if a Real Estate Career is (Not) Right for You

Posted on May 05, 2010 in Real Estate

Based on my experience as a Montreal real estate agent, a Montreal home stager, and a Montreal homebuyer and seller, I humbly offer you this quick and dirty take on 10 ways to know if a real estate career is (not) right for you.

Rules: If any of the following statements apply to you, score yourself a point.

1. You’re usually the one who does all of t...

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Go On, Take the Risk

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 in Real Estate

New Year’s Eve 1990. I’m newly single. My best friend and I plan to travel from Ottawa (where we live) to Montreal for some guy’s annual New Year’s Eve bash. But there’s a snowstorm outside. And she has a terrible cold. But we go anyway. And I meet my future husband there — he’s the “some guy” having the party.

December 2007.Out of the blue, I call...

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I love my clients. I really do.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 in Real Estate

Gratitude, appreciation, being in the moment, finding balance — all things I strive for in my life. And so I need to get this off my chest: I can’t believe how lucky I am to have the Montreal real estate clients I do!

They’re funny, and bright, and stressed sometimes.

They’re trying to do the right thing.

They appreciate my time, as I appreciate thei...

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When and How Did It Become All About the Glamour Shot in Real Estate?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 in Real Estate

When and how did it become all about the glamour shot in real estate? I don’t think it was always like this. But now, everywhere you look, you’ve got real estate agents’ faces plastered on For Sale signs, in newspaper ads for open houses, on business cards, on billboard signs for lots and developments. What gives?

Are we selling houses, property and...

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