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Mortgage Renewal Intel

Mortgage Renewal Intel

renew?   I've coordinated renewal of several mortgages over the past few months (you may recall we sometimes try to time renewals for US election years because of typically coinciding rate dips), and here's what I've learned: Existing variable rates are crazy-low (as...

Exit Alberta Real Estate?

Exit Alberta Real Estate?

exit?   2006 and 2007 were frothy years in Alberta real estate, followed by a not-unexpected collapse in 2008. We waited for things to settle down before beginning to acquire property at significant discounts to those earlier insane prices.   When I first spoke with...

The Coming Canadian Crash

The Coming Canadian Crash

  I used to have a rule of thumb: I’d buy any single-family home at 20% below current market value. Now, I’m not so sure.   On May 27, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) released a special edition of their Housing Market Outlook. In it there’s...

Safe Viewing Instructions

Safe Viewing Instructions

  This is a sample of how I have addressed Safe Viewing during COVID-19:   SPECIAL VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS This home has been sanitized and prepared for viewing with your safety in mind Please respect the instructions below in order to reduce risk to yourself...

A Fresh Set of Keys

A Fresh Set of Keys

Locksmiths have great stories, and my first locksmith, Paul, was no exception!A teenager was travelling in Europe for nearly a year. His return trip took him through Edmonton where his grandmother owned a home. Always welcome at Grandma’s house, he decided to pay a surprise visit and stay with her for a few days. Grandma…

Re-Launching a Popular Website

Re-Launching a Popular Website

An interactive website is a vital tool for any successful business. After weeks of work and tons of help, we’re thrilled to finally re-launch a new and improved version of SecretHomes.ca! Aside from being an easy-to-remember URL, SecretHomes.ca is inspired by an...