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This is not the place to find a Realtor!

This is not the place to find a Realtor!

We always encourage Sellers to do their homework when hiring an agent and many do but there are those who just can’t seem to grasp the idea that the agent’s fiduciary duty is to represent the Seller and not himself. With increasing home prices in the KW region some have used  “Pocket Listing” as a mean to sell homes. This is an american term which Wikipedia explains as a property where a broker holds a signed listing agreement (or contract) with the seller, whether that be an “Exclusive Right to Sell” or “Exclusive Agency” agreement or contract, but where it is never advertised nor entered into a multiple listing system (MLS), or where advertising is limited for an agreed-upon period of time.

A ‘pocket listing’ gives that agent exclusive rights to sell the home and does not expose it to multiple buyers other than his own. This really raises questions about the value and role of the Realtor who cuts off the exposure to the MLS system. The promises by an agent that the sellers home will be sold right away is misleading and unscrupulous in the sense that the home might sell right away but will the sellers interest be looked after.

Even though a seller might be getting full asking price as established by the listing agreement he might not be given fair exposure to other buyers who would be willing to pay more. So on one hand the seller might look at that agent and think that he did well because he listed and sold his property and didn’t have to split the commission with another broker, and he got full price for it. But did he give himself the best exposure to get the best price?

The best way to get the highest price and best value for a property is with market exposure.

In the state it has been proven that pocket listed homes sold for less than those which had MLS exposure – in some cases significantly less.

The pocket listings are introduced to a small group – like members of a team – and kept hush, hush until a buyer is found. This could be a limited time agreement (2 weeks) where the agent has to find a buyer from his list of contacts. The marketing restrictions to such a small group poses the questions of discrimination and anti-trust that can emerge. This could become a price fixing arrangement which is violation of antitrust laws, subjecting all participants to potential liability.

Pocket listings can have undeniable attractions but sellers should beware of agents who offer them for their own gain and not for the sellers best interests.

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Doesn’t it seem that when you just dust off the furniture a couple of  hours later it looks like you haven’t dusted at all? If you have dark furniture you will notice it even more. How can you get rid of this bothersome pest called ‘dust’? With great difficulties because dust particles are everywhere in our atmosphere. But for some folks it is more than a pest it is a cause of suffering with asthma, allergies and other breathing problems which can compromise their lifestyle and quality of life. You can however minimize the amount of dust in your home by making some small changes which will make a world of difference in the air quality of your home.

It’s all about the Carpet

If you are able to forgo the carpet you will notice a great difference right there. Dust just love the fibers of carpeting and every time you step on it the dust releases into the air. Products such as hardwood, stone or tile are good choices but don’t forgo a quality laminate or linoleum if price is an issue. There are so many new kinds on the market you should be able to find something to fit your decor and your budget. These are much easier to maintain and keep clean.

Wet Dust Can’t Fly

There is something to be said for the power of water especially when dusting or mopping. A simple damp cloth can pick up an enormous amount of dust from furniture. The same goes for a wet mop for the flooring. Wet dust can’t fly therefore reducing the amount of dust that gets pushed around and lands on the coffee table within the hour. Make sure to use fiber type cloth and not paper towels. For fine wood furniture use a well wrung damp cloth followed by a dry cloth to wipe off any moisture that could damage or mark the wood.

Zap the Static

The static electricity in your home can actually attract more dust. When your home is very dry like in the winter months you should look at using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and minimize dust. Remember wet dust can’t fly so if you add moisture to the air the dust will fall to the ground where it can be easily be damp mopped. Air purifiers can also help to reduce the dust.

 The Power of the Vacuum

Vacuuming your home every other day will make a major difference in the battle against dust. While you’re at it why not vacuum the upholstery from the furniture once a week to maximize the elimination of dust. A vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap small particles of dirt will go a long way and help freshen the air. Even though the bagless style vacuum cleaners are quite popular I prefer the bag vacuum as they capture more dust and you don’t have to handle any containers full of dust with your bare hands. Make sure you change the bag every couple of months.

Minimize the Strays

A lot of dust comes from the fibers of cotton and polyester found in our clothing. A simple solution is to store clothes in garment bags or even in space-saving, vacuum seal bags. Both will help in reducing the dust that flies around your house.

Keep the Pooch

Pets can be a major cause in the dust warfare as dead skin and hair find their way unto them! Make sure to groom them regularly to keep dead skin and hair from accumulating. Your cat or dog will also love you for it. Use a covered litter box to help lower the dust flying around.

Windows to fresh air

Some experts recommend keeping the windows close to avoid increasing the amount of dust in your  home but others suggest that the residues of flame-retardant chemicals in essentials like mattresses and TVs were showing up in household dust and with these particles being linked to cancer causing agent it was highly recommended to air out the home on a regular basis. Some fresh air might not eliminate dust but will give you a sense of well-being.

Change the Furnace Filters

Furnace filters are an inexpensive means of cleaning the air and preventing dust from blowing back throughout the house. Change them often especially in the winter months.

Get Rid of Dust Collectors

You know the nick-knacks that sit on the shelves that you barely look at or never use are major dust collectors. They need your attention too and must be washed and dusted regularly. Keep them to a minimum and it will make your cleaning job easier.  Less is always best when fighting the dust.

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Have you ever wondered where the folks who promoted the “best customer service” have gone. Now a day it doesn’t matter where you call you will get an answering machine or some kind of recording. Just try calling a government office for fun. You can travel in the menu by pushing 1, 2, 3 and # key for hours on end. Cheap way to travel I guess. But seriously where has the personal customer service gone?

I’ve read many articles lately but what really captures my attention are the comments at the bottom of the articles. I like to read and see what people think. It amazes me when I read something about real estate how many folks have such misunderstanding of what Realtor really do. All they see is the “big money” we make (chuckle! choke! cough!). I’d like to discuss some of these for you.

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First, I’d like to ask you a question. Who would you say gives the biggest tip at a bar?

 If you ask the bartender he’ll most likely say other bartenders. And the same could probably be said of waiters and waitresses at any restaurants. They know what it is like to deal with the public. Not always rosy. With all the technology it’s easy to get lost in the websites and the .com arenas. In some industry technology has erased the human element. Ticket agents are replaced by kiosks, cashiers by self-check out, switchboard operators by recorded messages. Most of us appreciate technology and what it has accomplished but on the other hand it will never replace the people who have put the “real” in Real Estate.

Real Estate Professionals know that Buying or Selling a home is not only an enormous financial decision, but it is one peppered with emotions, good or bad. On any given day a Real Estate agent becomes a consultant, a confidant and a therapist.

As Realtor we have the fiduciary duty to represent the Buyers or Sellers to their best interests.  Notice I said “their” best interest and not our best interest. Contracts are signed to represent the public and to protect them from shyster that unfortunately infiltrate many industries. Whether you sell bicycles, candies, newspapers or homes doesn’t matter. If your goal is to trick others in purchasing you have broken the rules and should be removed from practicing. Realtors uphold strict standards that are monitored by regulatory bodies and if you don’t follow the codes you are subject to losing your license the same way a lawyer or doctor would for malpractice. That’s a heavy load and it carries a lot of weight for agents to do what is right. Unfortunately some still choose not to.

Now about the money part. Do you know that the average yearly gross income of a real estate agent in Ontario is $39,915. However, there are some very successful agents earning much more than the average; naturally, many therefore earn much less.

Realtor also have to upgrade their skills and must be enrolled in continuing education as long as they are licensed. How would you like to be in school for the rest of your working life?

So, I say to those who will still comment about us that if you want to make the big bucks to get your Real Estate license and try it out for a while and see how much you’ll make. Bet after that you’ll become the biggest tipper ever.

As Paul Harvey used to say: “And now you know the rest of the story!”

If you are looking to sell your home, now is a good time to get started for Spring. Find out what your home is worth with Dale Dyer’s easy Property Value request. www.CambridgePropertyValues.com  or www.KWPropertyValues.com

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Whether you are looking for a quiet area or closer to the action I can help you find the right pad for you.

Here’s a couple of properties that are available to rent:

978 Winterhalt Cambridge On

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The main floor of this bungalow is available for rent for $1425/mth inclusive of utilities which makes it easy to budget. Newly renovated it has three bedrooms and one bath. The owners live in the basement unit and are looking for mature and quiet tenants. This is a non-smoking and pet-free home. It is close to amenities and easy access to 401. You can view a visual tour open house 24/7 at www.DaleDyer.com.

1715 Cedar Creek, Cambridge ON

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This property is for the country lover. Just steps from the city it is part of Barrie Manor and the owners live next door. Perfect for the small family or couples. Renting for $1500/mth plus utilities (propane & hydro). Featuring 1730 sq.ft. 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bath. Lots of hardwood, laundry on second floor, lots of character. The owners of this pet free non smoking home would also be interested in having a good quality handyman take residence and help out around the farm, for a price. See visual tour open house 24/7 at www.DaleDyer.com

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Whether you are looking to rent or buy give me a call or get a list of Best Home Buys by clicking on the link below.

www.BestBuyHomeFinder.com

If Hespeler Real Estate in Cambridge or  KW Real Estate is what you are interested in then finding the right neighbourhood can be quite a chore.

I love making lists so this is where I would begin with a list of the must have. Are you dependent on public transportations to get to work? Being on the bus route or near it would then be a great asset. I invite you to think outside the box though. You might not need public transportation now but how about your kids? Even if they are small now ask yourself if they might need buses to get to school or work as they enter into teen years. The important part here is not only to think in terms of immediate needs but to try to forcast to some extent 5, 10 even 15 years down the road. Look at the family as a whole and consider where each one might be in that period of time. Your six year old might not be in your mind when you are thinking transportation right now but give him 10 years and at 16 he’ll be wanting the car to get to work.

What about amenities like grocery stores, drugstores for all your medical needs, gym that is within the route of work and home? All of these can play a role in deciding where you would want to settle.

Hespeler Real EstateWhether you are looking to move to Cambridge and are considering Hespeler Real Estate or Chicopee Real Estate in KW you can be assure that I can help you find just the right location to grow your roots and offsprings. Give me a call now or better yet fill in the information by clicking on the link below and get the ball rolling right now towards your dream home.

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www.BestBuyHomeFinder.com

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To find out the value of your home in the Cambridge or KW area  click on one of the link below

     www.CambridgePropertyValues.com      ***     www.KitchenerPropertyValues.com