Renovate before reselling? Some tips from RECO

So your retirement plan is in place, and the first step is to downsize your home. For many of us, preparing a home for sale can include spending some time and money on upgrades or repairs. Whether you’re interested in installing new kitchen cabinets or making necessary repairs to your roof, if you’re hiring a … Continued

Miss Real Estate Manners: Always be professional

This is the seventh and final installment in a series about courtesy in real estate. It is taken from guidelines produced in the Miss Real Estate Manners document created by the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). The following story in The REALTOR® EDGE newsletter is excerpted with permission from LSTAR.  Oral agreements … Continued

Slowing down: Surviving the lean season

Winter is often a slower period in real estate. The cyclical nature of real estate sales poses challenges for REALTORS®, who must manage the lean times in order to remain in business during the busy season. The Edge newsletter talked to three REALTORS® in different cities to learn how they adjust to the ups and … Continued

Miss Real Estate Manners: Protect your clients

These 10 tips about courtesy in real estate are taken from guidelines produced in the Miss Real Estate Manners document from the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). The following story in The REALTOR® EDGE newsletter is the sixth installment of tips, excerpted from the “Common sense” section of the guidelines, with permission … Continued

Miss Real Estate Manners: Know your limits

  These 10 tips about courtesy in real estate are taken from guidelines produced in the Miss Real Estate Manners document from the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). The following story inThe REALTOR® EDGE newsletter is the fifth installment of tips, excerpted with permission from the “Common Sense” section of the guidelines, … Continued

What kind of REALTOR® superhero are you?

What kind of REALTOR® superhero are you? A fun and interactive quiz developed by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) asks that question. This online personality quiz with lively, colourful illustrations takes a lighthearted approach to the business of real estate. It aims to engage OREA members in a playful way. It notes that “All … Continued

Condo challenges: The particulars of the condominium market

Condo challenges: The particulars of the condominium market Condominiums are a different beast from other types of real estate. Two seasoned Ontario REALTORS®, both with more than 25 years of experience in this unique market, discuss the specific challenges of working with condos. They share their insights and experiences to help you navigate a market … Continued

Miss Real Estate Manners – Part 4

This is the fourth installment of tips on courtesy in real estate, taken from guidelines produced by the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). The following article in the REALTOR® EDGE newsletter is excerpted from the “Common sense” section of the guidelines with permission from LSTAR. Real estate is a reputation business. What … Continued

Don’t fear the heritage property

    by Robert Hulley Why do some Realtors tend to avoid dealing with heritage properties? The short answer is that they simply want to stay within their own area of expertise and they are not familiar with the heritage market. This is quite understandable, since there are only 27,000 heritage properties in Ontario either … Continued

Child’s play: Working with young families

Showing homes is a crucial part of the marketing and sales process in real estate, but when young children are part of the mix, the potential for a meltdown is always there. The REALTOR® EDGE newsletter spoke with three seasoned real estate professionals about how they prevent problems from arising when kids are on the … Continued