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Hot off the press, Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) just released figures for mid-December 08. Note that these stats include all homes listed on TREB, both in 416 and 905 areas. 1) Number of Sales on TREB down by half over last yearGreater Toronto Area reported 1,487 resale transactions during t...
This CNN video was sent to me last night by a friend, and I had to share it.  It is about a 12 year old girl named Akiane.  Akiane is a self-taught artist who expresses deep emotion and spirituality through her paintings.  She began painting spontaneously rom the age of four.  Although her mother...
ReMax recently published a 26 page review of the last decade in Canadian real estate.If you are interested in specific Canadian cities and regions and what's been going on, this report provides a good synopsis, shows the statistics and the factors that have been influencing change in local areas....
 We can all do with a bit of a chuckle.  Hope you like this procrastination cartoon.
Last night I kept flipping back and forth between the Oscar Extravaganza, in its 80th year, and the Democratic debate between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. It occurred to me that as real estate professionals we are running for election every day.  The forces of competition result in ...
Respecting the Past, Celebrating the Present , Embracing the Future is the Town of Oakville's motto.My husband Wayne (history major) is currently reading a book entitled John A., the Man who Made Us.  It is a new book about Canada's first prime minister, by Richard Gwyn, author of The Northern Ma...
 Ever wonder how the confluence of random threads of thought entering our brain can lead to ACTION?  Well especially for YOURS TRULY, who whether I like it or not is (or is it "am"?) a lateral thinker, not a linear thinker (like my husband Wayne).Random Thread of Thought Number 1:  A few days ago...
My husband and I both are fortunate to live and work in Oakville.  Oakville  provides the opportunity for many residents to live, work and play in the community.Did you know that more than 400 companies have located either their national or international headquarters here in Oakville?Why are empl...
Exceptional Restored Georgian.  Asking Price $2,695,000.  . Like Being in a Trisha Romance Painting This home has a wonderful sense of time and place.  "I feel like I just stepped into a Trisha Romance painting" I tell Francine as she pours me a cup of tea in her sunny kitchen.  The house reflect...
Research confirms what I'd suspected:  Buyers are highly irrational beings.   An economist might assume buyers make logical decisions about features, benefits and reasons to buy.   As an observer of home buyers' reactions first-hand (as well as my own) I say  "Not so!"This was confirmed lately wh...

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