Thoughts & Happenings

Posted 2.26.14 @ 8:34 by: Staff

The highest bid doesn’t always win the house, but why?

We used a pool of 10,000 competitive offers to see what strategies are most successful. What topped the list? Find out now!

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Posted 2.20.14 @ 11:55 by: Staff

From ill-gotten Nazi treasures to a massive trove of Picasso paintings up on the block, Sotheby’s massive February 4th $270m auction went beyond previous estimates of a worth of $150m - but when a piece of history is finally up for grabs, emotions run high.

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Posted 2.18.14 @ 7:50 by: Staff

The highest bid doesn’t always win the house, but why?

Sellers aren’t just trying to get the most money. Redfin, a real estate analytics company, recently released a comprehensive study of successful real estate strategies. They used a pool of 10,000 competitive offers to see who wins the most:

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Posted 2.14.14 @ 15:45 by: Staff

Would you be willing to pay $640 for the pricey yet ultra-lux Sferra Milos Egyptian Cotton Sateen sheets, or would you splurge $2500 for a set of sheets made with gold and silk jacquard? Is it even worth it?

Thread counts are measured per square inch both horizontally and vertically; if a manufacturer packs in a higher amount of thinner threads into that square inch, they can get away with giving you the same amount of fabric with a higher thread count and for more money.

But value, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder!

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Posted 2.14.14 @ 11:30 by: Staff

Last year sales of luxury homes soared in a record 3/4 of the country - but why? Could it be the stock market hitting new highs (even though the Loonie has dropped in value), the fact that consumer confidence has resurged and that new construction is finally catching up with demand?

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Posted 2.10.14 @ 7:50 by: Staff

If you’re thinking about taking a trip down south, you’ll need to know about the “currency surcharge” tax that many tour and trip operators are changing Canadian travellers. An additional $35 fee on travel trips (sometimes more, depending on how much you spend) to make up for the difference between the Loonie and the Dollar might not seem like a lot, but if you’re travelling to multiple destinations those dollar signs begin to add up.

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Posted 2.10.14 @ 7:45 by: Staff

Each year brings its own challenges, trends and expectations; just two years ago everyone was working hard to get stainless steel appliances (still somewhat desirable) and granite countertops (frowned upon) to meet demand, but what was popular then isn’t so popular now. While everyone loves the shine of stainless steel, they don’t like keeping it clean. Granite has become pedestrian and more homebuyers are flocking to the exclusivity of marble instead.

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Posted 2.7.14 @ 6:49 by: Staff

Survey of 1,000 Real Estate Agents Reveals the Top Six Ways to Sabotage the Sale of Your Home

The most common reasons that a house will not sell in a good market are often well within the control of the home seller according to a recent survey by the ActiveRain online real estate community.

In a poll of over 1,000 real estate agents, it was revealed that the top six ways home sellers turn potential home buyers away are:

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Posted 2.6.14 @ 7:35 by: Staff

It’s that time of year again.

There are two kinds of people in life: people that love cruises and people that hate cruises. Many experts (mainly those that love to cruise!) think it all starts with having a great first cruise experience. We’re not talking about avoiding getting stranded in the Gulf of Mexico on the Lido Deck, scrambling for Special K Bars and fighting for batteries for your flashlight (though obviously this will affect your view of cruising!), but about doing your research and knowing what you’re in for.

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