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  QUOTE this MONTH

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize 

how close they were to success when they gave up."

Thomas A. Edison

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ASSOCIATION OF REGINA REALTORS® 

"November" MLS®  Stats


In November 2017, there were 239 sales  reported in all geographic areas durin g the month, up 1%  from 2016 when 236 sales were recorded.  

There have been 3,114 sales in all areas this year which is a decrease of 4% from 3,252 sales in 2016.

The average residential sale price in November in the city was $309,558, up 4% from $297,773 in 2016.

Houses have sold in an average of 61 days in the city compared to 41 days in 2016.


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For more Regina real estate stats go to

www.reginarealtors.com

Source of information from the Regina MLS® System


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What your REALTOR®  would like you to know


Yes, there are some dishonest real estate salespeople out there, 

just as there are terrible people in every profession.


Yes, there are some dishonest real estate salespeople out there, just as there are terrible people in every profession. These sales reps have hurt the public financially and broken the public’s trust. They should be fined heavily and banned from real estate.

But there are also many real estate salespeople who are trustworthy and work hard every day. They demonstrate their integrity even when it costs them a paycheque. They will tell you the truth even when it’s something you don’t want to hear. That’s how important it is to them to be upfront and honest.



To every one of you who have been hurt by a dishonest sales rep, we grieve with you and offer our humblest apologies that you’ve been through that. It makes us sick too and angry that our reputations are lumped in with the bad guys.

We work hard to make ourselves available to you…evenings, weekends, holidays and late at night. That means we give up family time to make sure you are getting what you need as our valued buyers/sellers. But there are times we need time away with our families, so we pay another trusted salesperson to look after you while we are unavailable. Then we stay in close touch with them to make sure everything goes well.

Clients who worry about wasting our time are never the ones who do. Please don’t call the listing agent to see their listing because you don’t want to bother us. It puts the listing agent in a conflict of interest working for their seller, but not knowing they are being expected to look after our buyer. Call us and we will make sure you can see the listing as soon as possible.

And the reverse is true. If we are the listing agent, please be honest when we ask if you are working with a REALTOR® . We don’t want to interfere with an existing relationship…and we don’t want to waste our time when you are working with someone else.

We value our relationship with you and your family. Buying/selling a home is often a strangely emotional and intimate experience…we spend a lot of time with you and usually get to know you well. We grow to love your kids because we see them so often (and face it, they are great kids, right?). That’s why we treasure your referrals to family, friends and coworkers…it means you treasure our relationship too.

We are only human, and there are times when we fail, but we do our best to do our best for you and your family. If there is a problem, please talk to us first and give us a chance to solve the problem. Expectations are a funny thing…it’s impossible to meet them if we don’t know what they are. And remember, we have expectations of you too, so let’s be upfront about how to work best together.

Although we can pick out problems with a property just because of our experience, we aren’t roofers, plumbers, electricians or foundation experts. That’s why we ask you to get a home inspection done. Home inspectors don’t pay us to refer you to them…we just think it’s wise to have an independent set of eyes looking at this huge purchase you are making. And yes, home inspectors miss stuff all the time, but they do their best too.

Being a REALTOR® is an expensive business to be in. Unless you are self-employed, it’s often hard to understand the risks we face financially every day and the expenses we cover just to be in business. Sometimes we go months between pay cheques, then get several in one month…so we must manage our money well to make sure we can be responsible financially. We pay for everything ourselves, from our liability insurance to advertising, car expenses to staffing, professional dues and fees to continuing education (which are required to keep our licensing). We must work for a brokerage, and they get a substantial portion of every dollar we make. So that great big pay cheque you think we get is a whole lot smaller than you imagine. Most of us do this job because we love it, and the people we get to meet and work with.

We do a lot of work we don’t get paid for behind the scenes…from advice given to research done, then miss the paycheque because the seller sells their home privately using the information we gave them. Or the buyer we showed a gazillion homes to goes and buys privately. And yes, we can go after them for commission, but that doesn’t build good customer relationships in the end. We usually just sigh and move onto the next client.

We value you. You’re important to us and we respect how difficult buying or selling a home can be. Please be patient with us as we work hard on your behalf!


Laurel Price is broker of record at Price and Associates Realty in Sarnia, Ont. “We believe in a non-traditional approach to our business of supporting buyers and sellers through the exciting and stressful process of buying or selling a home…it takes more time, but we want our clients to understand and enjoy the process,” she says. “Referrals are always welcome, but we would also be happy to share our experience in a non-traditional real estate practice. Call 519-383-5050.

With author's permission, this article was copied from the REM Magazine.


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The REALTOR® Code

CREA’s REALTOR® Code has been the measure of professionalism in organized real estate for over 40 years. The first code was approved in 1913; members approved the first code of ethics specific to CREA members in 1959. The Code has since been amended many times to reflect changes in the real estate marketplace, the needs of property owners and the perceptions and values of society.


A REALTOR’s® ethical obligations are based on moral integrity, competent service to clients and customers, and dedication to the interest and welfare of the public. The REALTOR® Code, by setting high standards of professional conduct for REALTORS®, helps to protect Canadians’ rights and interests. It also creates a level of trust between REALTORS® and their clients.


 Download the REALTOR® Code (PDF).


A STRICT STANDARD OF CONDUCT


The REALTOR® Code establishes a standard of conduct, which in many respects exceeds basic legal requirements. This standard ensures the protection of the rights and interests of consumers of real estate services. As a condition of membership, all REALTORS® agree to abide by the Code.


Key items of the Code include:


  1. REALTORS® must disclose in writing whom they are representing as an agent in the transaction, and explain to parties in a transaction the details of the agency relationship; and
  2. REALTORS® can’t acquire an interest in property (either directly or indirectly) without disclosing the fact that they’re real estate professionals.


THE CODE AND THE LAW


The REALTOR® Code establishes obligations that may be higher than those mandated by law. However, in any instance where the code and the law conflict, the obligations of the law must take precedence.

Courtesy of: Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) CREA.CA


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Green Housing
 > Moisture and Air: Problems and Remedies > Checklist: Moisture Problems in the Basement 

Checklist: Moisture Problems in the Basement

A damp or wet basement, especially if heated, may generate much more moisture than all other sources combined.

Wall with water damage

Typical Signs

  • Wet or damp floors or walls.
  • White powdery stains on exposed concrete walls or floor.
  • Stains on carpet.
  • Condensation on windows.
  • Rotting windowsills.
  • A stuffy, damp smell.
  • Mould on overhead joists behind insulation.
  • Mould on stored items (that is, cardboard, clothing, etc.).
  • Mould in cold cellar.
  • Mould in corners of outside walls or ceiling.
  • Condensation dripping from cold water pipes.
Leaky faucet

Possible Causes

  • Earth floor in crawl space or basement.
  • Water leaks through cracks in walls or floors.
  • Leaky appliance or plumbing.
  • High RH during the summer.
  • Uninsulated walls.
  • Flooding.
  • High water table.
  • Exterior grading of grass, walks, paved surfaces, gardens near basement walls slopes toward house.
  • Sump pump not operating properly.
  • Open, water-filled sump pump pit.
  • Uncontrolled or improperly set humidifier.
  • Carpet on concrete floor.
  • Hot tub or pool inside home.
  • Firewood stored in basement.
  • Unvented dryer (or dryer duct leaky or disconnected).
  • Wet clothes hung inside.
  • No exhaust fan in bathroom.
  • Items stored against wall or on floor reducing air circulation over cold surfaces.
  • Unheated basement or crawl space.
  • Blocked footing drains.
  • Flue gas condensation leaking from chimney.
  • Spillage of combustion gases from furnace or water heater.
Clothes hanging outside on a line

Practical Solutions

  • Cover earth floor in crawl space or basement with polyethylene with sealed joints or install a concrete floor with polyethylene sheet underneath.
  • Fix cracks and leaks in basement.
  • Excavate and repair/replace exterior moisture barrier system.
  • Fix leaky plumbing and appliances.
  • If the water and/or mould damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
  • Fix landscape grading around the house — ensure all surfaces slope away from the building.
  • Repair sump pump.
  • Install a tight-fitting cover on the sump pump.
  • Do not humidify the home unless absolutely necessary. Ensure controls are operating and properly set if humidifier used.
  • Remove carpets.
  • Cover or empty hot tub when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Store firewood outside the house.
  • Vent clothes dryer to outside — ensure joints are sealed with foil tape.
  • Do not hang clothes to dry in the basement.
  • Install bathroom fan ducted to the outside.
  • Minimize stored materials in the basement.
  • Provide sufficient heat to the basement.
  • Have footing drains inspected and improved, if necessary.
  • Dehumidify basement during the warm months (with windows closed).
  • Remove ceiling tiles if they have mould.
  • Insulate cold water pipes with closed-cell foam pipe insulator.
  • Insulate walls (but only if moisture problem solved).
 





Shirley MacFarlane
Shirley MacFarlane
Salesperson