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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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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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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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