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What fun would the last week before school starts be, without a little contest?  None!  Okay, maybe that is a little strong, but we wanted to help you in prepping those kiddos by offering back-to-school prizes!  All your little ones (with your assistance) have to do is:


  1. Click on the colouring contest page below and print it out (we will have copies at our office if you do not have access to a printer)
  2. Colour using your preferred medium, whether it be crayons, markers, or pencil crayons, etc.
  3. Drop off your finished picture at The Jennifer Queen Team's office at 1601 Buffalo Place, Winnipeg MB no later than 11 a.m. on Friday, August 31st, 2018. Can’t make it here in person? You can email us a picture of your work to Jennifer@JenniferQueen.com














One winner will be selected from three different age groups:

Group 1: 3-6 year olds

Group 2: 7-9 year olds

Group 3: 10-12 year olds


The winner from each age group will receive a backpack loaded with the goodies seen above.  Just in time to head back to school!  Happy Colouring!


WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE BY NOON ON FRIDAY AUGUST 31st, 2018.

Click the image below to print!

Colouring Contest in Winnipeg

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June marks my seventh year in real estate!  This is hard to believe, as it feels like just yesterday when I received my letter from the Manitoba Securities Commission!  Although in this time I have had two babies, received my MBA in Marketing from the University of Manitoba, bought and sold my own home, become an aunt two times over, and got my broker’s license.  So I guess more time has passed than I realize!  Anyways, to commemorate this anniversary, I thought I would put together a list of the seven things I have learned in my seven years in real estate:

 

1. Real estate is a relational business, not a transactional business

People truly don’t care what you know, until they know that you care. For the first few years of my career, I was so focused on being professional.  Rigid would be a good way to define my personality in the early days. Sorry to these clients, it must have been very boring to work with me! Realizing that you can be professional while also being personable was a game changer.  Now, sharing my life with my clients, as they share their lives with me has made my job much more enjoyable, and resulted in many long-lasting relationships!

 

2. There are two ways to build the tallest building in town

I know, this sounds weird, but there are two ways to look at business: 1. You can tear down all of the businesses around you to become the tallest building, or; 2: You can just build the tallest building.  This can be a tough industry as my colleagues or friends within the business are often my competition, and an industry set up such as this can lead to dissension amongst peers and sometimes downright dirty tactics to obtain clients.  But karma exists. Always choose to build the taller building.

 

3. Build a solid team around you

Amy started with me after my first year in the business.  It helped that she had some knowledge and experience already in real estate.  However, had she not, recruiting her still would have been an easy decision.  You see, I truly believe that anything can be taught.  However, character cannot be learned. So build your team with quality people that want to see you succeed, and the rest can be figured out as you go! As we have continued to grow the team, and form partnerships with others, this strategy has remained at the forefront and it has not steered us wrong yet!

 

4. Communication is Key!

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.  A lot of the time silence is mistaken for inactivity.  Whether it be good news, bad news, or even no news, keep in touch with your clients! Sometimes it may be uncomfortable, but people will appreciate you for making the call.

 

5. Honesty is the best policy

For most people, a home will be the largest asset they ever own.  So be honest in your dealings with the public.  Throughout the buy and sell process there are a lot of questions and decisions that will come up, so delivering truthful information is key so that buyers and sellers can make informed decisions.  Sometimes the truth isn’t what people want to hear, and delivering it can be painful.  But your clients and fellow Realtors will thank you for it in the end.

 

6. Education is paramount

Goodness, the things that I didn’t know when I started are scary to me.  But the only way to learn is to latch onto every education opportunity you can find.  Whether it be following a home inspector around, to tricking other Realtors to go for lunch with me so that I could pick their brain, to enlisting in webinars from other Realtors, to reading a new book, to enrolling in courses (online and offline), or to deciding to take up an MBA in marketing mid-career, there is an abundance of things that we can all learn.  Always be willing to share your knowledge and education with others as well. 

 

7. Trust that life usually works intelligently

Over prepare then go with the flow. If things don’t seem to work out at first, there is usually a good reason for it. Things will inevitably go sideways.  Buyers will get declined for financing, home inspections will fail, you will have clients get outbid on a property.  But after doing this for several years, I have learned that if it is meant to be, it will be.

 

 

Looking back, it all seems like it went by so fast!  It has been quite a ride, many happy and hilarious memories have been made, and many life milestones achieved. I wouldn’t have it any other way and can’t wait to see what the next seven years will bring!

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WhatsUpInMarchWHAT’S UP IN WINNIPEG: OUR COMMUNITY EVENTS GUIDE FOR MARCH 2018

YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL EVENTS HAPPENING RIGHT IN OUR AREA!

Congratulations – you’ve almost made it to the end. We’re in the final stretch of winter and before you know it, the grass will be green and the flowers will be blooming! We’ve compiled a list of activities to do in March to help pass the time!

 

March 1-3, 2018 | Ice Castles Winnipeg. You likely have seen posts on social media from others of the expansive acre-sized Winter Wonderland, but you will only have until the end of February to view it.  All crafted by hand! Ticket prices range from $9.95-$20 depending on the day of week you go, if you are purchasing at the door, and your age.  Children under 4 are free. Location: Parks Canada Place at the Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg

 

March 1 & 31, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.| Alive Adventure: Full Moon Backwoods Snowshoe & Bonfire. The return of Alive Adventure! Strap on the snowshoes for this hike-by-headlamp and the light of the moon as we search for animal tracks and owls. We'll end the night with a bonfire and hot chocolate in the north forest. All experience levels welcome. Snowshoes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Location: Fort Whyte Admission: $17, $14 for Fort Whyte Alive Members. Please note that experiences at FortWhyte Alive are non-refundable. Register online by visiting store.fortwhyte.orgor by phone at (204) 989-8355 x 311

 

March 1-4, 2018 |Mid-Canada Boat Show a.k.a. Winnipeg Boat Show. With over 135,000 sqft at the RBC Convention centre, you can find everything need for summer fun – the newest boats and motors, from the top manufacturers and suppliers in the industry. If you are a hunter or fisher you will want to check this out. Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at midcanadaboatshow.com for $15. Children under 13 are free.

 

March 3, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. Registration, 10:30 a.m. Derby Start| Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby. Over $45,000 in Cash & Prizes to be won! The 12th Annual Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby states that size doesn’t matter! With their hidden length and time derby, all you have to do is catch a fish for your chance to walk away with $10,000 cash. In fact, you don’t even have to catch a fish at all to be able to win one of the amazing randomly drawn prizes. Location: Park Avenue, Lac du Bonnet Town Dock. For more information visit: ldbice.ca

 

March 3, 2018 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Amazing Race Winnipeg. Get ready, set, GOOOO! It's the event you've been training all year for, Amazing Race Winnipeg! Assemble your teams of four to battle it out for the prestigious First place title. You will compete in numerous mental and physical challenges to test your wits and your teamwork around the Exchange District and Downtown area. These challenges will highlight Winnipeg's history and culture. It all begins at the Cube in the Exchange at 1pm on March 3rd. Each team will need one car to get to each place (although some will be within walking distance). All admission expenses, etc will be covered. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams, with 1st place winning Jets tickets!! Don't miss out on the best event of the year and sign your team up today!  Price is $15 per ticket. To register or for more information visit: eventbrite.ca/e/amazing-race-winnipeg-tickets-43118575821.  Starting location: The Cube Stage, 124 King Street.

 

March 3, 2018 | The 5th Annual Beer, Wine and Food Event. #LoveLocalMB showcases an amazing dinner event featuring food and drinks from Manitoba's best local producers. General admission: $30 VIP: $50. Location: Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue.

 

March 3, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.| Dashboard Confessional with The Elwins and Gabrielle Shonk. Presented by Winnipeg Folk Festival, this Emo/Alternative band has been known for its hits on the top 40 charts.  Tickets are priced between $35-$40 and can be purchased at TicketMaster.ca. Location: Burton Cummings Theatre, 364 Smith Street

 

March 4, 2018 | Winnipeg Circus Club - 6th Annual Showcase Spectacular! Here is an opportunity to see amateur to award-winning professional circus performers put on a show. This will be two hours jam-packed with Winnipeg's best circus artists including clowns, jugglers, hula hoopers, unicyclists, street performers, contortionists, and MORE! Over 400 attendees took in last year's show.  General admission: $10.  For tickets: www.eventbrite.ca/e/winnipeg-circus-club-6th-annual-showcase-spectacular-tickets-41180748728?aff=es2. Location: Jubilee Place, 173 Talbot Avenue

 

March 4, 2018 | Polar Bear Run. The Assiniboine Park Conservancy will host the third annual Polar Bear Run. This family-friendly event is perfect for all ages and includes a 10 km run, 5 km run and 3 km walk through a portion of the Park and Zoo. Proceeds support the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Polar Bear Rescue Team. Thanks to the participation and generous support of our community, sponsors, and donors, over $35,000 has been raised to support our ongoing polar bear rescue and conservation efforts and the continued care of these incredible animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Registration includes: post-race pancake breakfast, Polar Bear Run neck warmer, coupon for 25% off admission to Assiniboine Park Zoo.  Register at: assiniboineparkzoo.ca/zoo/home/support/polar-bear-run Location: Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Conservatory Drive

 

March 4-11, 2018 | Freeze Frame Festival. The 22nd edition of Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages offers films in English and French from Burkina Faso, France, the Netherlands, Colombia, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Croatia and Belgium, etc. Tickets range from $6-10 per person, or family packs can be purchased at larger discounts. For more information: freezeframeonline.org. Location: 340 Provencher Boulevard


March 8-24, 2018 | Di and Viv and Rose. Witty, humorous and filled with sentiment, the feel-good story of Di and Viv and Rose explores the evolution of friendship. When three very different women meet in university, little do they know they’ll form a lifelong bond. Delve into this heartwarming comedy that celebrates life, love and everything in between accompanied with lots of laughs. Location: Tom Hendry Warehouse: 140 Rupert Ave. Tickets can be purchased at royalmtc.ca.

March 9-10, 2018 | Brucker 9. Majestic Bruckner, woefully unsure of himself, worried that his music was insufficient in the eyes of God. He needn’t have worried for his towering symphonies envelop the soul in tapestries of sound. The colour, harmony, and rhythm stretch the limits of Romanticism. The epic majesty of Bruckner is set against the detail and precision of a Bach concerto featuring the WSO’s own Gwen Hoebig and Karl Stobbe – a perfect setting to hear two of our city’s most talented musicians. Location: Centennial Concert Hall: 555 Main Street. Tickets can be purchased at wso.ca.

 

March 10, 2018 | I am Unstoppable – International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues. Sarasvàti Productions will again be producing and taking to the community a cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women's Week. This years’ theme is I Am Unstoppable, and aims to tackle obstacles, conquering challenges and living life to the fullest. ASL Interpretation will be available for the evening performance. Note: Adult Language and Content. There will also be additional community performances available from March 4th to 11th. 4 pm & 8 pm. Location: Asper Centre for Theatre & Film: 400 Colony Street. Tickets are $15. They can be purchased online or cash at the door.

 

March 15-28, 2018 | Princess Auto Elite 10. The fifth event of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series.
This unique event features the top 10 men’s teams in the world, playing a match play format. Location: St James Civic Centre: 2055 Ness Ave. Admission is required. Please visit thegrandslamofcurling.com for more information

 

March 16-18, 2018 | World of Wheels. A three day event that showcases products like Spare Parts, Automobile, Automotive, Automotive Care and Maintenance Equipment, Alternative Fuel and Fuel Systems Garage etc. in the Auto industry. Location: RBC Convention Centre: 375 York Avenue. General admission is $16.75 at the door or $15 at Piston Ring. 

 

March 16-18, 2018 | A Chorus Line.  The WSO and the stars of Rainbow Stage team up again to bring you the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning A Chorus Line. The story is a roller-coaster of emotions as contenders audition for an unnamed musical with a series of vigorous dance numbers while sharing their personal stories. Location: Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street. Tickets can be purchased at wso.ca

 

 

March 17, 2018 | For the Love of Our Grandparents. This program, put on by the National Film Board of Canada is for the whole family and offers four shorts that explore the touching and unique bond between children and their grandparents.  Two Winnipeg library locations.  For more information or to register, visit: winnipeg.ca/library

 

March 17-31, 2018 |Cannes Lions. The WAG is proud to present Cannes Lions Encore, a special screening of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Couldn’t get enough of Cannes the first time around, or missed the Winnipeg premiere? Now’s your chance to watch the 2017 award-winning commercials selected out of 35,000 entries from around the globe. Location: Winnipeg Art Gallery: 300 Memorial Blvd. General admission: $15.

 

March 21, 2018 | Jeff Dunham Passively Aggressive Tour. Record-breaking global Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters on the road, as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour through spring 2018. Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. Location: Bell MTS Place: 300 Portage Ave. Tickets range in price from $65-$81 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca

 

March 22-31, 2018 |The Humans. Mom and Dad have ventured from the suburbs to Brigid’s New York duplex for Thanksgiving. Grandma’s barely coherent. Mom’s insecure and overweight. Dad has something to hide. But if the family has cracks in it, the foundation is solid. As the booze flows, nothing is off limits. And when secrets gradually come to light, this wonderfully messed-up family is heartbreakingly relatable as they mirror us all in our imperfect – but perfectly human – glory. Locations: John Hirsch Mainstage: 174 Market Avenue. Tickets can be purchased at royalmtc.ca

 

March 23-31, 2018 | Tetris. Inspired by the game Tetris, this extremely physical dance quartet explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to communicate where the audience is invited to play along. For kids who can't sit still and who like to climb walls. Ages 5-12 Location: Manitoba Theatre for Young People: 2 Forks Market Road.

 

March 24, 26, 27, 29 | Reading with Raptors. Owls and falcons will be swooping in to the library with staff from the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Staff will bring an owl or falcon and together we will read stories and learn interesting facts about these wondrous birds. For children ages 6 years and older. Younger siblings may attend if accompanied by an adult. Free. Registration required. Various Winnipeg Library locations.  For more information or to register, visit: winnipeg.ca/library


March 25-31, 2018 |Festival of Fools. A free family event held at The Forks during the school spring break. The Festival of Fools is closed linked with the WICF’s Circus Arts (C.A.M.P.) programs. While the C.A.M.P. social circus program was winning headlines and awards, WICF organizers realized that they were also bringing a huge troupe of talented and dynamic performers to the city and no one (outside of the opening day C.A.M.P. performances) was getting to see their amazing shows! Thus, with support from The Forks and the Winnipeg Arts Council – the Festival of Fools was born! This 7 day free family festival features jugglers, clowns, acrobats, swinging trapeze and circus workshops and tons of hilarious shows! In addition to funding support from The Forks and the Winnipeg Arts Council, the WICF solicits donations at the event to both present the best in family entertainment and to keep the festival affordable for everyone! Location: The Forks.


March 26, 27, 31 | Mad about Blue. Come discover the difference between a magician and a scientist at our Mad About Blue party! From electricity to diffraction glasses that help you see all the colours of the rainbow and indoor fireworks, you will have a blast! As a grand finale, kids make their very own cup of slime to take home! Ages 6-12. Free. Registration required. Various Winnipeg Library locations.  For more information or to register, visit: winnipeg.ca/library

 

March 26, 28, 31 | The Snail and the Whale. Families are invited to join Castlemoon Theatre in a puppetry performance of Julia Donaldson’s The Snail and the Whale, a delightful tale of adventure and friendship. Children will make a puppet during the show. Best enjoyed by children ages 3-8. Free. Registration required. Various Winnipeg Library locations.  For more information or to register, visit: winnipeg.ca/library

 

March 31, 2018 | Vinyl Vault. Do some create digging at Vinyl Vault on March 31 and every last Friday of the month, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra puts on Vinyl Vault where you can grab some records for only $3!

 

Feel that we have missed something?  Please email Jennifer@JenniferQueen.com so that we can have your event added!

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A survey of Canadian real estate agents in 2013 indicated that smoking can reduce a home's resale value by nearly 30%.  But this does not have to be the case!

About 88% of real estate agents surveyed said it is more difficult to sell a home previously occupied by smokers. Those same agents said about 27% of their clients will not even consider buying a home in which a smoker has lived. So what do you do if your house smells like smoke and you want to sell it? How are you going to attract a buyer for your property?

 

Have you seen Febreze’s new commercial, about people that have gone “nose blind”?  I have sold my fair share of homes that have been smoked in, where the owners stopped smoking months prior to the sale and believe that in doing so, they have eliminated the smell.  Unfortunately, this has rarely been the case.  The feedback that we receive from subsequent showings is often that “the smoke smell turned off the buyers”. The smell of smoke lingers, and depending on how heavily smoked in the home was, it may need more remedial action.  Third hand smoke is also a term growing in popularity, and as a result, society’s further aversion to the smell of smoke. Here are my top tips to eliminate the smell:

 

Stop smoking in the homeGetting smoke out of your home

I know, it sounds obvious.  Yet so many people think that just one cigarette here and there won’t have an impact – but they do.  There is a compounding effect with each additional cigarette.  And you can’t eliminate something you keep bringing into the home.  Take it outside for now.  Hopefully your home sale isn’t in the middle of winter!  If it is, I promise this step will be worth it!

 

Air it out

Open windows, get fresh air coming through the property if this is in the spring, summer or fall.  If the weather is too cold outside, then you may have to resort to other tactics. Put a couple of drops of vanilla extract on a new furnace filter, and remove the old one.  Have your ducts cleaned.  Then switch your furnace fan setting to “on” instead of “auto”.  This constant movement of air throughout the house goes a long way. The same goes for bathroom fans, kitchen exhaust fans, etc.  Bring that fresh air in and force that stale air out!


Clean it all! 

Cleaning Smoke HomesAny soft surface in your home is likely holding a ton of the smell.  Get your carpets steam cleaned by a professional. Let them know in advance that you are trying to eliminate a smoke smell, as they often have special mixes for circumstances such as these.  Pull down those drapes, wash them if you can.  If you can’t, air them outside for a few days. Hard surfaces still need to be washed too – wood banisters, metal décor or light fixtures, etc. can all be wiped down with a mixture of vinegar and water.  

 

From the Windows… to the Wall!

Wash those walls.  Tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) and water are a powerful combination and will remove a lot of odour, but not all. But at least it is a start! TSP is also good for breaking up the nicotine molecules so that yellow grime will wipe away.  You will also want to wash the windows as the nicotine residue can make them look foggy or stained.  Not something you want to draw attention to when selling!

 

Baking SodaCleaning with Baking Soda

Don’t forget the power of one of the most common odour neutralizers – baking soda!  Just a regular dusting of this on soft surfaces can make all of the difference.  Baking soda naturally neutralizes odors and does so by bringing acidic and basic odor molecules into a more neutral pH or state.  Just sprinkle, and then wipe or vacuum it up, depending on the surface.

 

Spray or Plug-In Air Neutralizers

Please, don’t do it!  There is nothing worse than walking into a home and smelling the fresh chemical scent of Febreze or a similar product.  While these products do advertise that they eliminate odours, I have yet to find a buyer who is not offended by the strong smells that come with these products.  If you want to use these products to eliminate odours, do it when you do not have showings scheduled.  Spray the surfaces and let them air out before any traffic comes through.  Doing it immediately prior to a showing however, will leave buyers questioning what exactly it is that you are trying to cover up.

 

Baking Scents

Baking Scented CanclesYou don’t have to be a great baker, to get some amazing scents.  While buyers seem to find chemical or odour-covering sprays offensive, they do tend to respond positively to baking-scented candles (vanilla scents are usually very safe).  Alternatively, a little bit of vanilla extract put in an oven-safe dish with a bit of water, and then baked for just half an hour will create some delicious (and believable) scents!  Better yet, buy a roll of Pillsbury cookie dough and bake half a dozen cookies before each showing. Bonus points if you leave them on the table for your favourite agent!

 

 

Go Bowling

While I have not tested the legitimacy of this claim, I have had some clients swear by leaving activated bowls of charcoal around the house, to absorb smells.  Alternatively, bowls of vinegar throughout the house can supposedly do the same thing.  With a step as easy as this one, what’s the harm in trying, right?

 

Paint

I know, up until now my suggestions were more on the mild side.  But let’s be honest, even following all of the steps above will likely only make a dent in the smell.  Purchase a high-quality primer such as Bullseye or Killz, they are both known to eliminate/lock-in odours, to prevent anything from seeping through.  If you’ve followed the previous wall-washing step with TSP, then the adhesion of these primers to the wall is even better.  Most experts recommend at least two coats of these primers, as nicotine has a nasty ability to seep through with time.  I realize, it sounds like a lot of work but there is an upside to this recommendation. Interior paint increases your resale value and has an approximate return on investment of approximately 40%, according to a recent study by HGTV.  But please go with neutrals – greys and beiges, or get wild and go greige!

 

Bringing out the Big Guns

There are other products designed to eliminate smoke and other odors (usually pet) from a home, but these are slightly more intense.  I will note some of the ones that my clients have had success with below:

Odoban

Odoban for Cigarette SmellsThis product can be purchased at Home Hardware and Giant Tiger in Canada.  It can also be purchased online through Amazon.  It is often used for fire restoration procedures, and works.  It is sprinkled on to surfaces (soft and hard). Always do a test spot before putting it on any fabrics though!

 

Air purifiers

I have had some success with these machines in the past.  However, there does seem to be a direct correlation with the cost of the machine and the quality of air it produces.

 

Biocide systems room shocker

Biocide Room ShockerI have had clients that had success with this product in the past, however be forewarned.  You set off the fogger, and need to leave the house for a period of time.  I believe in their case it was 2 days, which was fine as they were moving into the home from an apartment.  When you return home, the smells are supposed to be gone.  They said they could smell chlorine, but that was about it. For a 1700 square foot home, they set off six and had great success. They did think it was slight overkill and think they could have gotten away with setting only four off. Be careful not to leave them directly on carpet.  In my clients’ case, there was a nasty bleach-looking stain left behind where they left one of the boxes directly on the carpet.  Their advice was to place a plate under them.  They can be purchased online.  Biocide’s online description: Room Shocker exclusively uses the revolutionary ClO2-DMG Technology that delivers the super odor eliminating power of chlorine dioxide, also known as ClO2. ClO2 is a gas that can penetrate deeper and more effectively than non-gas products. The ClO2 molecules are attracted to the negatively charged odor molecules like a magnet is to iron. It seeks them out and destroys them like a smart bomb. Whether you are dealing with the foul odor of cigarettes, skunks, pets, paint, vomit, urine, rotten food, fish, mildew, mold or even chemicals, Room Shocker will eliminate it permanently.

 

Big D 341 Odor Control Fogger

Another strong chemical product.  Similar in theory to the Biocide systems room shocker – but I have not had clients with experience in using these.  However, their online reviews are quite positive.  You have to buy these online as well.

 

Ozone machines

Ozone Machine for Smoke RemovalThese can be controversial as they are removing the smoke from the air, but leaving their own carcinogens behind.  If all your hard labor didn’t remove the smoke odor as much as you would like, it’s time to bust out the big guns and follow the lead of restoration companies. You can call restoration companies and ask to rent one directly from them.  You will usually need to rent it for a couple of days.  Alternatively, you can purchase one – but they aren’t cheap! These machines emit ozone molecules that attach themselves to the surfaces in the room.  These machines should only be run in empty rooms, away from humans and pets, and be sure to air your house out after running them.

 

Hiring the Pros

There are business that specialize in removing odours from your homes.  But they come at quite a cost, and will use many of the tactics mentioned above.  I have heard quotes anywhere from $2000 - $15,000 depending on the remediation package chosen.  I would say this option is more for the most serious of cases.  I can only think of one house in my career that I would have recommended this as the proper solution.

 

 

Following these steps will hopefully remove the bulk of the smoke smell.  Although, I have had some clients so sensitive to smoke, whether it be because of an extra-powerful sniffer, or serious allergies, that just will never consider a smoked-in home.  However, taking these measures will hopefully reduce the smoke smell enough that the average buyer will not turn their nose up (sorry, couldn’t help but use a pun) at putting an offer in!

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WHAT’S UP IN WINNIPEG: OUR COMMUNITY EVENTS GUIDE FOR FEBRUARY 2018

YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL EVENTS HAPPENING RIGHT IN OUR AREA!

 

Don’t let the cold trap you inside.  There is plenty to do in February in Winnipeg.  With that in mind, we have created the following list.  The only criteria: the event had to sound interesting, and cost less than $20 per person.  Many of these options are even FREE!!

 

 

February 2, 2018 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Mardi Gras Dance and Costume Party. For all ages.  Dress up and partake in the festivities.  Offering plenty of prizes and games for children, teens, and adults.  There will be dancing, pizza, and pop. Co-hosted by knights of Columbus and St. Ignatius Youth Ministry. Location: St. Ignatius Church, 255 Stafford Street, Winnipeg.

 

 

February 2, 2018| 6:00 p.m. | Camerata Nova at Guy Maddin's Temple of Lost Things. Wander down the Red River Mutual Trail to Warming Huts v.2018 Invited Artist Guy Maddin's Temple of Lost Things constructed from Red River ice + driftwood to experience a choral performance like no other. Choral ensemble Camerata Nova will perform inside the Hut, below Queen Elizabeth Way Bridge, providing exceptionally unique acoustics. Location: Red River Mutual Trail

 

 

February 1-4, 2018 | Greendell Winter Carnival.  Offering plenty of activities for all ages including pizza nights, magic shows, socials, pancake breakfasts, bouncers, and more.  Visit greendell.ca for the itinerary.  Location: Greendell Community Centre, 75 Woodlawn Avenue, Winnipeg

 

 

February 1-7, 2018 | La Poutine Week. A weeklong food festival celebrating the great French-Canadian classic – poutine! From the same geniuses behind Le Burger Week!  This year, there are 80 restaurants in Winnipeg participating.  For a list of participants, visit: lapoutineweek.com.

 

 

February 2-4, 2018 | Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel. this is Canada’s largest outdoor curling bonspiel - 88 teams field & 10 sheets of ice. The Bonspiel (est. 2001) is a fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. All ages, skill levels and genders are welcome. Location: Beachcombers

 

 

February 3, 2018 | Robert Steen Community Centre Winter Carnival.  Offering activities for all ages, some of which include a family dance, pancake breakfast, interactive learning sessions, bingo, hay rides, and more.  Tickets are $10 (or $12 at the door) per adult, $5.00 per child 10-17, kids 9 & under are FREE. Visit robertasteencc.ca for more information.  Location: Robert Steen Community Centre, 980 Palmerston Avenue



February 3, 2018 | St Norbert Heritage Day. A day full of free family activities celebrating the culture and heritage of our community. Visit stnorbertcc.ca for more information.  Location: St Norbert Community Centre, 3450 Pembina Highway



February 3, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. | Just for Kids Marble Run Mania. Design and build your own marble run using cardboard recyclables, then watch those marbles fly! Experiment with speed, gravity, angles and your imagination. Free. Register online at Winnipeg.ca/library. Location: Louis Riel Library, 1168 Dakota Street



February 4, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. | The Great Skate.  A free 6km race on the Red River Mutual Trail, organized by November Project Winnipeg. Open to all abilities! Location: South Atrium in The Forks Market



February 1-28, 2018 | Ice Castles Winnipeg. You likely have seen posts on social media from others of the expansive acre-sized Winter Wonderland, but you will only have until the end of February to view it.  All crafted by hand! Ticket prices range from $9.95-$20 depending on the day of week you go, if you are purchasing at the door, and your age.  Children under 4 are free. Location: Parks Canada Place at the Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg



February 7, 14, 21 & 28 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | The Forks Learn to Skate. Forks Market Atrium Learn how to: Fit, tie and wear skates so they don't hurt your feet,  Balance and stride with confidence on your skates, Stop, turn, cross cut and skate backwards, New skaters, haven't skated in 20 years skaters, and people wanting to improve current skate skills are welcome!  Skate rentals available at Iceland Skate Rentals. Location: The Forks Market Atrium



February 9-11 | The First Annual International Crokicurl Tournaspiel.  Includes tournaments, awards, and free family fun day.  You do need to register your team.  Location: The Forks Market Atrium.



February 10, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. | Folk for Families Free Concert.  Join Sonja Rasmussen as she puts on a free family concert.  For more information visit: WinnipegFolkFestival.ca. Location: Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street.



February 10, 2018 | It’s Not a Pirate Ship! Stories of Modern Day Rigging. A family-friendly event that explores what it is like to be a modern-day rigger!  The Nonsuch Gallery is now temporarily closed for a major gallery renewal – come hear about what’s happening behind the scenes before the Nonsuch re-opens in summer 2018! Your ticket includes all-day admission to the Museum Galleries (before or after the event). Admission $14 General, $9 Child/Student (3-17, or with valid student ID), Kids under 3 get in free. Location: Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue



February 10-11, 2018 | Central Canada Horror and Sci-Fi Expo. Formerly known as St Valentines Horror Con, Central Canada Comic Con Presents The Horror and Sci-fi Expo! Manitoba's premier Convention for all of your Horror and Sci-fi needs! Come by and see some amazing attractions, fantastic guest lineups, and ghoulish costumes. With plenty of photo opportunities around the hall, you will be bound to come away with some amazing memories! Weekend pass: $20, day pass: $10. Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue



February 11, 2018 | Half Moon Market.  The Half Moon Market is a craft show with heart, in the heart of the Winnipeg's downtown. Think outside the craft box with 20+ local artisans, free admission, and a comfortable setting. Location: Inn at the Forks



February 11, 2018| 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.| Valentine Pop-Up Farmer’s Market.  A pop-up farmers' market! Local Manitoba food, crafts, clothing vendors, and artists will be there. Find the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your loved one. Location: Union Station – Via Rail

 

 

February 14, 2018| 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 7:00 p.m. Start | Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition. Winnipeg Jets players compete head-to-head in five events. The first 5,000 fans to arrive will receive a Winnipeg Jets Collectors Cup.  There will be exciting prize giveaways throughout the night for all fans in attendance.  Proceeds benefit the True North Youth Foundation and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund.  Cost: $20, $15, $10 depending on the ticket. Tickets can be purchased at: nhl.com/jets/fans/skills. Location:  Bell MTS Place - 300 Portage Ave. 



February 15, 2018 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.| National Film Board of Canada Film Club For Kids. Especially selected for young audiences, five animated shorts will move and entertain the whole family: Janice Nadeau’s Mamie, Janet Perlman’s Bully Dance, Pierre Sylvestre’s Cot Cot, Bertrand Langlois’ Demon and Marvels and Judith Klein’s Catuor. Register online at Winnipeg.ca/library. Location: Westwood Library, 66 Allard Avenue, Winnipeg



February 16-18, 2018 | Winnipeg Wellness Expo. Learn about many of the new and some ancient products and services available to you to help enhance or improve your quality of life. The Wellness Expo now consumes the entire first floor of the RBC Convention Centre to bring you the ultimate Body, Mind Soul Experience. General Admission: $10.00 per day, Seniors / Students: $8.00 per day, under 14 years old free. Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue



February 16-25, 2018 | Festival du Voyageur.  Could we call this a guide if we forgot Festival?  Heck no!  Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg’s French quarter, is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Park and at the festival’s various official sites. Music of old, traditional cuisine, sensational snow sculptures and captivating shows are but a few examples of the entertainment you can expect to witness during this convivial gathering. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages! For more information, visit: festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.  Location: Voyageur Park, St. Boniface



February 17, 2018 | 2:00-4:00 p.m.| Just for Kids Lego Block Party. Test your LEGO® logic by answering skill testing trivia questions, read some amazing LEGO® stories, make your own bookmark to take home...and more! Free. Registration required. Register at winnipeg.ca/library to register. Location: Sir William Stephenson Library, 765 Keewatin Street, Winnipeg



February 19, 2018 | Wild Winter Canoe Race.  Yes, it's a canoe race – in the winter – on the ice. Have a blast and help Inclusion Winnipeg raise money to support the Emergency Card Project for the design of a communication tool to be used by people with communication challenges in situations of distress or emergency.  You do need to register in advance.  For more information or to register, please visit: wildwintercanoerace.com.  Location: Red River Mutual Trail.



February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 8:30 p.m.| Wee Johnny’s Comedy Night.  The first Friday of every month is Women’s Open Mic Comedy hosted by Dana Smith.  The other Friday’s alternate between Stand-up comedy, Sketch Comedy, and Alternative Comedy shows. Price: $5.  Location: Wee Johnny’s, 177 McDermot Avenue



February 23, 2018 | 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Blood Donor Clinic. We thought it would be nice to finish off the month with some charitable giving. It’s in you to give! To book an appointment please call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283). Location: CanadInn Transcona attached to Nashville’s.

 

 

Feel that we have missed something?  Please email Jennifer@JenniferQueen.com so that we can have your event added!

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OUR YEAR IN REVIEW – 2017

By Real Estate Sales Representative Jen Queen

Here we are again! A new year, a new momentum, and so much to be thankful for. I still can’t believe another year has gone by. And it feels like it did so in the blink of an eye. 2017 was a monumental year for The Jennifer Queen Team. It stood out for so many reasons, let’s review!

 

Amy McDermid  - Real Estate Sales Representative

#AgentAmy, what can I say about this phenomenal human being. She started with me when I was only a year into the business, and is truly my best-kept secret. When people asked “what do you do differently,” I would always reply, “I have an Amy. You should get one too.” I knew the day would come where she would follow her dreams to be a licensed REALTOR and I am so incredibly proud of the growth I’ve seen thus far.  Just look at her! She is a full time licensed realtor that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients and I know that this year will bring great joys and successes for her, both personally and professionally. Her dedication and commitment as a person shines through in all that she does. She’s more than just a colleague and work wife, she’s become a great friend.

 

 

Logan Queen – Real Estate Sales Representative

Logan initially got into the business to help me find a bit more balance between work and home life.  With his help, I’ve been able to spend much more time at home with our daughter, Everly.  #AgentLogan has shown tremendous growth as both a person and a Realtor throughout his career, and I often find myself commenting that I truly think he has found his calling. His clients love him, and I certainly can’t blame them.  He takes a sincere interest in each and every one of their lives and has built some long-lasting relationships in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Milestones for the Jennifer Queen Team in 2017

This year was time for a brand refresh.  As our team continues to grow, it was important to come up with a logo that would help ensure our marketing was all cohesive.  After much debate early on in the year, we settled on a logo that we are all quite happy with.  This logo is now used in much of our marketing and is the basis for the entries and exits of our listing videos.  For these amazing videos and pictures, I must thank the amazing Jim Todd, who always manages to fit me in – even for a last minute shoot, and is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure our videos properly represent our listings. Outside of being incredibly brilliant in his trade, he is an incredible person both inside and out – even if his Instagram feed seems to contradict that. We are excited to continue this relationship and can’t thank you enough for your hard work and commitment.

 


 

 

 

I was truly humbled and honoured to be asked to sit on a Realtor expert panel for the Realtor Reset hosted here in Winnipeg.  For those of you who know me, you will know that I love to speak to others one-on-one, but speaking in front of a crowd is a huge challenge for me.  Not to mention, the peers that I sat alongside were seriously titans of industry – honestly, agents I never ever thought I would share a stage with when I first entered the business and am still a bit shocked that I was able to do so.  I hope I was able to give valuable answers to my fellow peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was also a year of awards for our team. We did win our team board award again this year, meaning we have placed in the top 3% of Realtors in Winnipeg based on sales volume, but more importantly, we won two important awards based on votes from our peers and fellow colleagues.  The first award was our Metro Community Choice Award for Favourite Real Estate Award.  I was also awarded by my office with another honour this year, The Carol Parent award.  This award is in honour of a former receptionist at our office that passed all too suddenly, but had a huge impact within our office. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting this fine woman, but I am told the award is given to an agent who exhibits her qualities: “Happy, always smiling, makes time for you and goes beyond their daily tasks”.   I could not think of a bigger honour than to have been nominated by our amazing staff, who do so much for us agents, without ever asking for any recognition.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

This was our highest sales year yet, in terms of closed transactions as well as sales volume.  I remember hearing a quote from a professional athlete as he was reflecting upon his rigorous training that went something like “If you aren’t getting better, you are getting worse”.  So far, every year just gets better.  This is not an easy feat, especially when things get so busy in the spring market, and we feel spread thin, but it is always important to get back to the basics. We stayed true to ourselves, always looking forward to how we could improve, and only looking back to self-reflect on what was working for our team and what was not. We put our clients first every step of the way, and know they appreciated our honest and strategic approach through testimonials and a constant flow of referrals. We never forgot about our community, and volunteered, donated and sponsored local organizations, youth activities and not-for-profit organizations any chance we could. We launched our Holiday Hampers this holiday season to help give back to those people in need within our community. We hope we made their holiday season a little brighter.

 

 

On a personal note, Logan and I discovered that we are expecting our second child in March 2018. Everly will now have a baby brother that we know she will love to pieces.  It is at times like these, that I am ever so grateful for the team I have built.  Because of Amy and Logan, I will be able to have a few months off with our new addition, and know that my clients will be well taken care of in my absence. 

 

For 2018, we dare to do what no one else has done. We will dream big and aim for the stars. There is no goal we can’t attain and no task we can’t complete. The Jennifer Queen Team has some exciting new things to come, new members joining and, just like always, creative and innovative marketing strategies to WOW our clients. 2018 - Look out!

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I cannot tell you how often we are asked by a client whether or not we think they should paint.  The short answer: YES!  

 

The next question we get asked: but what colour?  Stick to neutrals! That appeals to the widest group of buyers.  Yes, we acknowledge that this is boring and cookie-cutter, but there is a reason that so many people do it – it works!  The neutral palettes are less distracting and it makes it easier for buyers to imagine moving their belongings into the space.  If you are dying to sneak some colour into the home, do so with your décor (accent pillows, statement pieces, etc.).

 

Even if your house is already a neutral palette, you may still want to think about painting.  With time walls can get damaged and scuffed-up, which gives the impression to buyers that the home is dirty or unkempt.  Nothing that a fresh coat of paint can't help!

 

You do not have to paint the whole house either.  A quick cheat is to paint the living space and kitchen for the most dramatic effect. If the kids’ rooms are neon green and fuchsia, don’t worry too much about it — they are secondary rooms and do not affect the sale as much as the primary rooms would. I would only recommend making a change in those rooms if the colours are making the room feel smaller or if the walls are particularly banged up.  Of course if you have a lot of time on your hands (yeah right) you could paint these secondary rooms, but the return on dollars and effort spent will be negligible.

 

As a bonus to our loyal following, we are going to offer you three of the paint colours we most frequently recommend!

 

Greys are really in right now.  For a nice light and neutral grey, we recommend: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC23 because it is as neutral as it gets with its slightly greige (beige) undertone.  This means that depending on the room and exposure it will flex from the gray end of things to the beige end without committing 100% to either.  Also, for those of you that have painted a room in a neutral tone only to have it look purple or pink in the daylight, rest assured.  This paint does not have any purple undertones in it!

 

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC 23Benjamin Moore Classic Grey OC 23 on wall

 

 

For those that want to go the more traditional route with neutral tans/beiges, we recommend: Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan SW7531.  This colour works well in all rooms (including smaller ones) and looks gorgeous with almost all wood colors and white trim.  It is a nice warm and inviting colour too!  Just beware that this color looks horrible with pink hues. 

 

 Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan SW 7531 Swatch

 

 

Another trend we have seen is one toward slightly off-white colours.  For this, we recommend: Sherwin Williams Creamy SW7012.  It is hard to believe, but white can be one of the most difficult colours to paint your home.  The wrong shade of white can make your home look sterile or dirty.  This colour however is the perfect off-white with warm undertones.  It also has a neutral base to calm it down so that it isn’t overly yellow or orange looking – it’s more like a very light ‘cream’.

 

 

There, now you know all of our secrets!  Does anyone have any paint suggestions they would like to add to this list?  We are always open to new suggestions!

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Let’s be honest – we clearly have a bias towards one side of this equation.  However, let us do our best to give you the lowdown for both options.  Buying your first home is a major step.  There is a lot you need to know to make the right decisions – and also to avoid making the wrong ones.  The goal of our blog for this month is to make sure that we provide quality content to help you make an informed buying decision (or non-buying decision).  At the end of the day, we all want to feel good about the transaction with the knowledge that you have made a sound decision for yourself!

 

 

Owning Versus Renting

Without question, owning a home comes with responsibilities and risks that you do not have to worry about when you rent, such as a mortgage, taxes, homeowner’s insurance, maintenance and repairs, etc.  However, financial advisors – not to mention homeowners themselves say there are far more advantages to owning:

 

  • The equity argument:  why pay of someone else’s mortgage when you could pay of your own
  • The historical argument:  there are peaks and valleys in any market, but over time home values always increase (while your mortgage decreases).
  • Tax advantage argument:  this will depend on your circumstance, but there are often tax advantages to owning a home.
  • Quality of life argument:  investment in your family’s future.
  • Pride of ownership argument:  you get to make a house a home.  Freedom to renovate or decorate how you like, and personalize it. It really is a great feeling!

 Affordability

Do you have enough to buy a home now?  At a minimum, you should have your 5% down payment PLUS enough set aside to cover closing costs (which are usually somewhere between 1.5-2.5% of the total purchase price).  We have worksheets available – just shoot us an email and we can send you one to work through to figure out realistic costs for your home purchase.

 

Your expenses along with your mortgage payments should not exceed what you are able to afford with your income.  Furthermore, financial institutions will usually suggest that your total housing costs should not exceed 32% of your monthly income.  Once you have accounted for the possible expenses and incidental costs, you can determine what a realistic monthly mortgage payment would be for you.  Can you make these numbers work?  If so, then purchasing may be a realistic decision for you. 

 

At the end of the day, you are paying a mortgage.  Will it be yours, or someone else’s?

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November marked a busy month again in our office. Amy and her husband, Chris, bought what will be a beautiful house in St. Vital. If anyone has any renovation tips, feel free to send them her way! Logan and I had the pleasure of going to Toronto for a quick 10 day visit for his brother’s wedding. The wedding was beautiful, as was the weather. People were still eating on patios! It was awesome getting to see the family and experiencing what big city living is all about (condos, condos, and more condos). Let me tell you, the real estate market is VERY different there! We did arrive back in Canada just in time to experience some of the mild temperatures before old man winter came. What a beautiful November! I hope you are all keeping nice and warm as we head more into the thick of winter!

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There are many exciting things going on this year around our office. In late August, Amy married her long-time boyfriend, Chris. It was a beautiful wedding held on Lake of the Woods in Kenora, Ontario. Now she is back and busier than ever – breaking her all time sales record in September of 2015. You go girl!


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Much change is coming for the Queen Team – in fact, we are growing!  Logan and I are expecting a little girl January 2, 2016. 

Now rest assured, Amy and I will still have all of your real estate needs covered during this period.  I plan on working straight up until the little ones’ arrival.  Amy will be handling my maternity leave for the months of January to April of 2016, upon which time I plan to return full force.

Thanks again for all of your support.  We are overjoyed, excited, and terrified all at once!

 

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It is still not too late to registry for Family Photo Portraits to be taken on June 27 at St. Vital Park.

 

If you haven't used our services yet, no worries. This is for past, current, and future clients. Just RSVP to Jenniferqueen@remax.net on or before June 15, 2015 to secure your spot.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Spring marks the award season in real estate.  This year I was graced with a Silver Medallion Award by Winnipeg Realtors, which means Amy and I were within the top 3% of Realtors in terms of sold dollar volume in Winnipeg for 2014.  I was also lucky enough to receive a Platinum Club award from RE/MAX International.  I find awards such as these reminders of how truly lucky I am.  I get to do what I love on a daily basis, while meeting some of the most amazing people.  It never feels like work for me! 

 

Thank you to all of my amazing clients for making successes like this a possibility!

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In the days of the do-it-yourself mentality, many home owners are making the decision to try and sell their homes themselves.  At the end of the day, it really comes down to the question, "What's the best way to sell my home in order to put the most money in my pocket?".  The following questions may help you decide if selling FSBO (For Sale by Owner) is right for you:

  1. Do I know how to price my home so that it is competitive in today's market?
  2. Can I be unbiased about my property's value?
  3. Do I have time in my schedule to market and show my home (This includes weekdays, weekends, and evenings)?
  4. Can I show my home during the day if a buyer wants to see it the same day?
  5. How much money am I willing to spend in marketing and advertising costs up front before I switch to a REALTOR?
  6. Do I know how to effectively market a property?
  7. Do I know the profile of buyer that my property's floor plan, neighborhood and style will attract and how to market to that demographic?
  8. Do I know what wording to use to attract my target market to my property?
  9. Do I have experience and skill in selling a home?
  10. Have I sold before?
  11. Do I know how to pre-screen prospective buyers so that they won't waste my time?
  12. Can I be impartial when showing my home if someone does not like the floor plan, decor, street, price, or they have an abrupt personality?
  13. Do I know what to say and more importantly what not to say to a prospective buyer?
  14. Do I know how to protect myself from liability or misrepresentation when talking directly with a buyer?
  15. Do I know how to protect myself and my home against theft or crime?
  16. Am I current on the latest trends and lender programs when buyers ask?
  17. Do I know what to say to a REALTOR who has legitimate buyer inquiries?
  18. Do I know how to negotiate my property's value in today's market?
  19. Do I know how to write an offer and the wording to use for all the terms and conditions so that a savvy buyer cannot take advantage of me?
  20. Do I know how to handle multiple offers properly?
  21. Do I know what to do if anything goes sideways?
  22. Do I have an experienced person I can call for advice if an issue arises?
  23. Am I the best person to represent my home in today's competitive market?

 

By asking yourself these questions you will be better prepared to know whether or not you can handle the sale yourself.  The list sounds daunting, mainly because it is.  As a REALTOR, I have been trained to handle all situations that may arise during the sale of your home.  Feel free to ask me any question you may have about your home.  Remember, market evaluations are always FREE!

 

Jennifer Queen

RE/MAX Professionals 

(204) 797-7945

My Phone is ALWAYS on[:)]

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