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People Under Pressure Produce…

Each of us ultimately is just a pile of carbon. In grade 8 science class Mr. Lenton taught us that all living things are carbon based. He did so with a very memorable (albeit disturbing) story involving his neighbour’s annoying cat and a ‘stakeout’ with his pellet gun, ending with disposal of the remains at […]

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Chapter 99: Appraisals — Know When to Hold ‘Em

An excerpt from the book Be The Better Broker’ Volume 3 Appraisals: Know When to Hold ’Em “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em.” –Kenny Rogers What happens when your client asks for a copy of the appraisal? Short Version Do not release an appraisal report to a client — ever. Long Version Think twice about […]

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The Four Ingredients

BELIEF DETERMINATION ACTION DISCIPLINE – A.K.A. Constant Spaced Repetition Step One: Belief Belief boils down to three little words: clarity of purpose. Clarity of purpose is crucial. Do you know why you are doing what you are doing? Do you believe wholeheartedly in the why? Do you feel an unshakable sense of purpose around the path […]

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What If Interest Rates Quintuple?

We shall go no further than this final post on this theme. The point is made. Over the past three posts we’ve looked at (increasingly) extreme rising interest rate scenarios through the lens of household mortgage payment. Specifically, what happens to the average homeowner’s mortgage payment as rates double, tripe, quadruple… and today you guessed […]

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What If Interest Rates Quadruple?

Welcome to part 3 in an escalating series of ‘what if’s’. Please Note; I’m personally skeptical we will see any significant interest rate hikes over the next five years. (significant being more than 1% – 2%). And given that borrowers were/are qualified at a stress test rate of 5.25% (currently) the system is built to […]

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What If Interest Rates Triple?

What If Interest Rates Triple? Rather than make noise about how ‘rates can only go up’ – which is a ridiculous statement. Rates can go any one of 3 ways at any time; up, down, or flat. And when they do move, it is typically in small increments. Although I guarantee you, some media outlet […]

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What If Interest Rates Double?

Every year, since always it seems, there are headlines warning us about interest rates.  Interest rates about to rise.  ‘Prepare For Interest Rate Shock’, being one of my local favourites, as the Bank Of Canada proceed to cut rates 0.25% the very next day. The main problem with (all?) the headlines and the stories is […]

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September 30! Are You Ready?

If you’re a Realtor, Broker, property buyer or seller this matters. There’s a lot happening these days, good things, bad things, and things that fall under ‘other’. This bit of news falls under the good heading, in that we’re recognizing a tragic piece of our past as a nation. But there may be a problem […]

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A Short Mortgage Story

A short mortgage story. Maybe a lesson or two gleaned, possibly even a useful strategy in dealing with challenging clients. The set up… Working with the clients for 2 yrs.  500+ emails. Countless texts. Dozens and dozens of calls… mostly in the evenings and on weekends OK, Can you guess how the story ends yet? […]

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Learning The Lenders

An excerpt from Chapter 77 of Be the Better Broker, Volume 3. Lenders vary. You don’t need to know every single lender’s products and guidelines to be successful. You need somewhere between three and seven lenders or lender connections. Ninety percent of your business will likely be placed with three or four lenders consistently. Although […]

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