How to pick a builder

Are you ready to build your dream home?  Found the perfect lot but don’t know where to go from there? Start by talking to your agent.  She will have a grasp on the best reputed builders in town!  First of all, you want to avoid builders who have poor reputations for after-build service or poor-quality [ … ]

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Lake Property/Recreational Property

If anything pandemic and closed borders have taught us, it’s we can look to our own backyard for our physical and emotional rejuvenation. Saskatchewan has over 1000 lakes and many make great vacation destinations. Sometimes buying an existing property isn’t in the cards: we can’t find what we want. What we do find hasn’t been [ … ]

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Preparing Your Mind to Sell Your House

One of the first things I say to sellers is don’t get insulted by any offer. It is not the buyer’s intent to ridicule you. I’ve actually told people, “Look, the offer is $50,000 less than your asking price. Fine. We can counter. Now if they told you your child is ugly, then you can be insulted!”  Remember you’re [ … ]

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Small Repairs

Ideally, we all keep our homes well maintained and do our touchups and small repairs as we live our lives. Right. Let’s face it, sometimes that doesn’t happen. You want to get the best price for your home, so it pays off big time to take a hard look around. Get at those little jobs and fix [ … ]

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A Christmas Story

I’ve always had a big thing for Christmas. I think it’s because no matter how much money or how little money my parents had, somehow they always made Christmas seem so freaking magical! I met my husband one March and by November that year, he had a pretty good idea of how important Christmas was [ … ]

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A Tale of Two Houses… A.K.A. Back Pocket

When the real estate market is hot, meaning that houses are selling quickly, you want an agent who has information about back pocket houses, as well as, someone who knows what’s going on on the MLS.  What does “back pocket” mean?  This is when agents have information about properties for sale that have not hit the MLS [ … ]

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Paint colours: Lord love a duck

Who hasn’t just shut their eyes and let their kids paint their own bedrooms? Megadeth Black? Barney Purple? My Little Pony Pink? We lived in Ontario before we moved to Saskatoon, and like all good parents, we let our kids choose the colours for their bedrooms. Grayson picked a beautiful ballerina pink. Sam was three [ … ]

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Prequalifying For Your Mortgage

You might think this topic is kind of boring, but its super important. You’ve got to eat your supper before you get dessert.  Here’s the thing. I want to sell you a house.  I want to find you your new home.  And I’m speaking as a big, huge fan of dessert.  Knowledge Is Power  Prequalifying is a [ … ]

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How to Be A Good Buyer

When an agent books a showing to see a house, it’s a good rule of thumb to give a little thought to the seller’s perspective. The seller-buyer relationship should boil down to ‘do unto others,’ and other good stuff you (should have) learned in kindergarten. Put yourself in the seller’s shoes. We have no idea [ … ]

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The Day I Sat On A Cactus

People are always shocked to find out that I used to be a smoker.  But it’s actually the story about the day I quit smoking that is the most shocking!  Or most embarrassing!  Or most hilarious… I guess it’s the way you look at it.   My boyfriend of four months, now my husband of 21 [ … ]

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