Why Has My House Not Sold?

“WHY HAS MY HOUSE NOT SOLD”?  In all honesty, this is a question that a Realtor never wants to hear. It is, quite possibly, the first sign that things are not going as smoothly as you would have hoped for. I can tell you, from personal experience, when I list a home for sale I do so with a clear marketing strategy in place. I know where and when I’m going to advertise, hold open houses and I know at what stage we may have to adjust things. Invariable things may not always go to plan, but by discussing and agreeing your entire strategy at the beginning of the process you are establishing an understanding with your clients. Any home may take longer than “average” to sell or in many instances; any given home owner may change the entire plan with a moments notice. You have to be willing to adapt your strategy or expectations. Here is my list of what I consider, to be the six most common (in no particular order, yet all equally important) reasons that your home won’t sell. Price: Pricing a home can be tricky but it is one of the most common reasons that a home […]

Surviving A Lower Income On Maternity Leave In Canada

  Most parents-to-be struggle with the thought of living on a lowered income or some put off having a baby altogether for fear they can’t afford a child. I survived two pregnancies and two maternity leaves and made it through the after baby financial changes to our net income. I also have to mention that my marriage survived as well. You are laughing?? Just imagine, in a matter of seconds, you have more expenses and a lower-income. I am not going to lie, this is probably going to be the hardest thing you have done in your life. Lack of sleep, no time to eat or take a shower, not to mention the financial worries but I am proud to add, an enormous sense of accomplishment. I like to think that the worst is now behind me. There are so many things I wish I knew before I had kids but here I am now and I will share with you some of my precious findings. Here are some tips on how to enjoy parenthood instead of worrying about your finances and your sanity. What are EI parental benefits? EI parental benefits are offered to parents who are caring for […]