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The Doughnut Effect

Wednesday Sep 23rd, 2020

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Caution: This blog contains boring real estate-related stuff. There are no dogs (probably) and I won't be talking about my favourite local restaurants. It's about my observations over the last few months when it comes to peoples' buying habits. We're still very much in a pandemic. Make no mistake - things are not back to normal. Back in April, people seemed to be in 'survival mode' and planning for the next month or so rather than planning for the next few years.... [read more]

Mortgage Qualification Criteria Changing Soon

Friday Jun 26th, 2020

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I was lucky enough to patricipate in a virtual meeting with our in-house mortgage advisors yesterday. Steve and Rob discussed the changes coming to CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) insured mortgages and how they may differ from conventional mortgages. We also discussed a few points of interest that we, as agents, should be discussing with our buyer clients when looking to buy a property, refinance their current property or shop for mortgages during the current COVID-19... [read more]

Adapting to this New Virtual Environment

Monday May 4th, 2020

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It's been a stange few months (to say the least). Most businesses have adapted to this new 'normal' and for some, the new digital, or virtual, world can be a very daunting and intimidating place. My brokerage, Sutton Group - Heritage Realty, is one of the best places I've ever worked. We have loads of tools available to us that help us be 'virtual agents' in 2020. As a matter of fact, Sutton Group Realty (at the corporate level) is incredible as well. They have been... [read more]

Zoom Tips and Tricks

Sunday Mar 29th, 2020

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I just wanted to share a few tips and tricks for using Zoom. I didn't come up with these, I only came across them and credit is given for each individual tip. Enjoy!   1. Keep meetings to 35 minutes or less “One thing I do, since we are a small startup and don’t pay for Zoom, is I started scheduling all my meetings to be 35 minutes long (there’s a 40-minute cap on meetings with the free version). It’s actually been quite productive, because it forces... [read more]

What's In Your Trunk?

Friday Mar 13th, 2020

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I was recently asked to do a presentation to our brokerage on a topic I love talking about.  As REALTORS®, we often consider our knowledge, our education and our experience to be our “tools of the trade” and while that’s absolutely true, there are some physical tangible tools that often help us do the physical aspect of our jobs. We also wear many hats as agents. We take on the roles of CEO, Marketing Director, Financial Analyst, Sales Manager, Maintenance and... [read more]

Happy Holidays!

Monday Dec 16th, 2019

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Happy Holidays! I would like to take a moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! I hope it's spent with family and friends, and filled with laughter and cheer. I would also like to thank all of you for your business, your referrals and your support over the last year and I can't wait to see what 2020 has in store for all of you! Instead of sending out traditional holiday greetings in the mail, I've chosen to make a donation to an... [read more]

Dog Blog

Tuesday Nov 26th, 2019

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Have a quick look at my logo. No, not the text - the image on the right. See the dogs in the middle? That's Nick and Norman - our retired racing greyhounds. In real life, they're not exactly the same size. Nick weighs about 25lbs more than Norman does; 85 compared to 60. Nick is the gentle giant and Norman is the little Energizer bunny. They're the best dogs in the world - don't even try to change my mind. I wanted to make sure they were incorporated into my... [read more]

Goodbye Childhood

Wednesday Oct 16th, 2019

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I had an appointment today i Scarborough and I found myself in the general vicinity of the Dad's Cookies factory on Progress. I knew I was close when I opened my car door and the smell of fresh cookies hit my like an oatmeal-chocolate-chip covered brick wall. I knew I had to make a stop on my way home so I drove a few minutes out of my way. We used to go there when I was a kid - mostly because my dad always had an issue paying full price for anything and there were often big bags of... [read more]

Keeping Your Home Secure

Thursday Sep 19th, 2019

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Last night, my wife's friend's car got stolen right out of his driveway. His neighbour's car got stolen at the same time. His house has security cameras so let's hope they captured an image of the thief. That event prompted me to write this blog. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook (@fieldingrealestate) you might have noticed that I just bought a Ring Doorbell Camera. I bought it for a few reasons, not the least of which is an extra layer of security for my family and... [read more]

"The 'Shwa:" It Ain't So Dirty

Friday Aug 23rd, 2019

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We've all heard people say it: "The Dirty 'Shwaaaaaaaa." Oshawa, Ontario - often referred to as a 'bedroom' community as many residents commute into Toronto on a daily basis. It does however have its own ecosystem, or at least it did for nearly 100 years. Oshawa is an old city with many historic buildings, including many beautiful century homes. It also has many newer homes at a variety of price points. When new houses are built, amenities for the residents... [read more]

Hashtags and Hamburgers

Thursday Jul 18th, 2019

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A few years ago, while working for the City of Toronto, I was asked to write a short presentation about social media for people who were new to using social media. The vast majority of the people for whom I was preparing this had never used social media to advertise their businesses. Some had used various platforms to keep in touch with family while others had used them to follow celebrities. Some questions I had to answer were: “How does Facebook work?” “How do you... [read more]

Paycheques and Poutine

Wednesday Jun 5th, 2019

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A few weeks ago I was sitting on a VIA train, somewhere between Belleville and Cobourg, heading back to Durham Region from Montreal. My wife and I spent a few days there touring the sights, eating, drinking (more me than here) and trying to fit in as best we could as obvious anglophones. “Je m’excuse – je parle un p’tit peu de francais, mais je n’edute pas, uh, since, uh, l’ecole secondaire.” “That’s OK bro, you’re in... [read more]

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