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Commercial Bakery On MLS June 15th

Thursday Jun 14th, 2018

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Courtland Bakery

I am a realtor with Royal Lepage Credit Valley. I have had some awesome clients who taught me alot from their life experience. The main thing was to see possibilities. To look at something and see more than what it actually is.  This is why I am so excited about this opportunity to sell a commercial property in Courtland Ontario.  The name of the bakery is Courtland Bakery. Owned by John and Mary for over 44 years. The reason for selling is that after all these years they want to play... [read more]

How a dowser can help in sick homes

Monday Jun 11th, 2018

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I belong to the Canadian Society of Dowsers.  Basically a bunch of great people who understand how to use pendulums divining rods for the purpose of finding water, lost objects and noxious energies amongst other things.  What does this mean to home buyers and sellers?  First for the home seller, if the energy of a home is not good, it can be cleared. Energy can be measured using the dowsing tools and after a good clearing the space will feel better and lighter.  Just imagine... [read more]

Our taxes are not much different down under. We all love paying them

Friday Jun 08th, 2018

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I read an article by Emma Koehn written on June 4th of 2018. I found it interesting to compare how the Australian taxation system is very similar and yet different from that here in Canada. We at Royal Lepage try very hard to be knowledgeable about everything. It is quite an impossible endevour but it often surprises me as to what extent my knowledge base has grown since starting in Real Estate. I have a strong background in sales, economics and finances. I am also involved in real estate of... [read more]

Did the DEA Just Quietly Approve CBD?

Wednesday Jun 06th, 2018

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I just read this note from a CTFO email.  Knowing the interest in my entourage about getting healthy I wanted to just pass on the information. Did the DEA Just Quietly Approve CBD? The industrial-hemp industry may have gotten a nod of approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration in late May, when the agency clarified that not all compounds of cannabis fall under the Controlled Substances Act. Referencing a 2004 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that... [read more]

Do realtors really work 24 hours per day, every day? Sorry, I am human

Thursday May 31st, 2018

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On a day like today when the weather is hot and humid and just moving slightly causes you to break out into a profuse sweat. What do I do? I am a realtor. I need to be outside as much as possible. If I do not connect with my clients or with new people I get no business. No business means no money in my pocket.   Most people believe that real estate the job of real estate is about selling the house. Having been in this business for many years now I know that the selling of a house is... [read more]

Cannabis Legalization May Be A Problem For Pot Growing Home Owners

Friday May 11th, 2018

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I just read an article about how some realtors are concerned about turning a little Cannabis plant in your home into a full blown grow op.  The number one concern is comparing the homeowner to an illegal grower who would often use identity theft to purchase a house, then steal hydro from neighbors by building tunnels under the foundation and then using all kinds of hydration systems to water their crop. The end result is a house that is literally destroyed with mold growing all over the... [read more]

Realtor.ca is the only place I send my clients.

Saturday May 05th, 2018

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I once had a client that found the perfect home at the perfect price. Unfortunately even though it was on MLS and she gave me the MLS number the listing was from 10 years ago. Realtor.ca is in my opinion the only trusted source for information. To see the entire article click here Why Consumers Trust REALTOR.ca REALTOR.ca is the primary resource for anyone looking to buy or sell residential and commercial real estate. According to a survey of REALTOR.ca... [read more]

Real Estate Investing South Of The Border For Canadians

Thursday May 03rd, 2018

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Often I have friends who ask me about investing in the United States. Truth be told I can not advise them whether it is a good or bad decision. Investing in a foreign country has rules and regulations which may or may not be good. There is risk as in what happened here in Toronto lately where the government decided that foreign investors should be penalized.  It may have been good for Canadians but if you were a foreign investor you had to bite the bullet.  Another thing that I... [read more]

Healthy Realtor

Thursday Apr 26th, 2018

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I know that some of my colleages talk about working 24/7.  Realistically this is impossible. Even as part of a team, we are human. The truth is that we work hard but not continuous hours.  I generally plan my work around what is important to me. A mentor, Brian Buffini, once showed us while on stage, how he takes a yearly planner and put all the important things that he wanted to do in the following 12 months. He added birtdays and holidays and personal days etc.. He then would... [read more]

Why is hemp becoming so popular

Monday Apr 23rd, 2018

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My wife Donna once told me that we should buy a hemp farm. This sounded pretty crazy back then. It is not that I did not want to purchase a farm but I am not farmer. I chose to live in Orangeville because it was a good place to live. There were horse farms all over, ski hills for skiing in winter, hiking trails and also known as head waters county it features lakes and 5 rivers.  Nothing felt better than living in this part of the world but growing hemp part was not something that inspired... [read more]

Painting is the quickest remedy to getting top value for your home

Tuesday Apr 17th, 2018

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As many of you know I am part of the Brampton Networking Group (www.bramptonbusinesses.ca). Every week as I attend a meeting I have the opportunity to listen to our speaker of the week. This time around is was Allen Wilder, a proffessional painter and owner of Deluxe Painting.  Allen is a very special person. He has painted for over 15 years experience in painting both residential properties and commercial properties as well. He lives in Brampton and easily accesses my client base that... [read more]

The value of Networking

Monday Apr 16th, 2018

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In 2015 I was introduced to a BNI goup. It was a great concept. The people there were fun and brought much to the table. I immediately saw value and decided I would join. My category was real estate which was one of the hardest categories to get into so making a fast decision was crucial. Unfortunately as hard as we tried this new group just could not get off the ground. We would get 3 new people and lose 3 just as fast.  As a result I tried to get into existing groups and again being... [read more]

Condo fees by any other name are only expenses you pay anyways

Monday Mar 26th, 2018

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Who pays? Do condos cost so much more then freehold homes   Condo owners pay fees. Very often they are equal to or less than the amount the owner of a freehold home pays. Here are some examples of who pays. Taxes may be included in the fees depending on the type of dwelling. This is typical in a high-rise. In condo town-homes and detached dwellings the owner pays taxes directly. Utilities such as heating, hydro and internet may or may not be included in the fees. Newer... [read more]

Brampton Networking Group

Wednesday Nov 15th, 2017

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With over 40 regular members who meet every Tuesday morning, we provide a wealth of cumulative experience. I ma in real estate but who I know is priceless. When a client is looking to buy or sell a home what they usually ask me is who do you know who can "x"? It may be flooring, tiling kitchens and bathrooms. the list is endless. This is when I go to my core group and always have within a few hours the right resources for my clients. Working with me is like working with the entire... [read more]

How many acres do I need for a horse farm?

Thursday Sep 14th, 2017

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Many things will affect how much property you should purchase for a horse farm.  To start with, what kind of horse operation do you want?  My wife an I own a horse.  One day my wife said to me she wanted a farm.  I looked at her and said Noooooo! I do not have a regular job where I can be home to feed them every night. The ideal farm for us is situated 20 minutes away from Orangeville. For a small fee, they bring him in at night and feed him.    We know lots... [read more]

Should I sell?

Sunday Oct 09th, 2016

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If you sell this is good for me.  However the right answer is tell me why you want to sell? Do you have a choice at this time? If you have a job transfer do you wish to rent the property for now? Given how crazy the market is, we look at the spread between what you want and what you have. Sell high, buy high or sell low and buy low. For investors the strategy is always to look for ROI. There is good opportunity in every market. For avg Joe another strategy may be apporopriate. Call... [read more]

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