Becoming a Real Estate agent offers many benefits to those of us who want to be self-employed. We can set our own hours and manage all areas of our business from marketing to accounting. Really, we don’t answer to anybody. Yes, many benefits... maternity leave is not one of them.

When Andrea Y. found out she was expecting she was ecstatic. The one thing that did bother her was the cost of her Real Estate fees during her maternity leave.


A few years back, I made an appointment to show a property.


In the listing, the property obviously required work, and it was mentioned in the Realtor Remarks that it was a “handy-man fixer-upper”. The listing had not prepared me, even slightly, for what I was in for.


"Within an hour, darkness closed over the city as if someone had slammed shut the door of an icehouse,

and powerful winds began to move through the park like big trains long overdue from Canada." Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale

Northern winters can be a beautiful thing. It can also be frigid, icy and seemingly unrelenting. Regardless of the weather, the Real Estate market moves on. There are always Buyers and Sellers regardless of the time of year. There are steps you can take to make your home more appealing. Hopefully, some of these tips may warm up your market when the weather's frightful.

Cara mujer - wikimedia copyright Cesar Tort

Stigmatized properties are a big thing in the news right now. After the Calgary-based home where a 22 year old stabbed and killed five students came on the market, Buyers started to realize how little they are told about properties they are considering buying. It is a fine line to cross, and making rules about what must be disclosed is a big discussion to have.