Technology and Real Estate

My new tablet arrived!  A Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 …. it is pretty darn sweet if I say so myself (that is not me in the picture by the way – lol)



There is always talk about what technology REALTORS® need to do the best job for their clients.  I am a firm believer that every client is different therefore you must have access to what they need at your finger tips.  Whether that is MLS for comparables and recent sales, the ability to sign a purchase contract on the fly or even just the “Google Machine” to look up the price to replace the old counter tops with granite.

All that being said I am super excited to see the neat new features this tablet can offer me and you!

Tell me…. what apps are a must have for android….

Oh, by the way®… I’m never too busy for your referrals.

Happy Holidays!

At the holiday season, our thoughts turn to those who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit that I want to say… THANK YOU for all your support and best wishes for the holidays and Happy New Year!



Writing Memorable Christmas Cards


Do you get writer’s block when you sit down to write holiday cards?

Try to write something personal in each card to make every recipient feel special.

If you’re like many people, writing holiday cards can be a nerve wracking experience. You want your message to be memorable but you may become hung up on finding the perfect thing to say. Instead of focusing on perfection, remember the spirit of the season and channel generosity with these five tips.

  1. Start on a positive note. Beginning your note with “Happy Holidays,” “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” etc. will set a bright, positive tone for the rest of the card.
    Example: Happy Holidays from the Jones family! Our year has been full of many blessings.
  2. Remember, it’s a note not a novel. Although it’s tempting to recount everything that happened during the year, try to stick to the highlights. Focus on one or two memorable things such as a job promotion, a fun family vacation or your son getting into his dream college.
    Example: We had a great time hiking through Banff this summer with the kids before Tommy headed off to the University of Toronto in the fall.
  3. Reflect on a happy holiday memory. Take family and close friends on a stroll down memory lane with a funny or sentimental holiday memory that will make them feel good.
    Example: I had to laugh the other day when Mary and her friends were building a snowman. Remember when we built that huge snowman and dressed it in Dad’s clothes? Even Nana and Pop-pop got a good chuckle out of that.
  4. Don’t make it all about you. While you should tell the recipient what’s going on in your life, remember to ask about them and their families. Congratulate them on something good that happened this year, or say that you look forward to meeting up with them soon.
    Example: Linda, congratulations on your new job! Your company is very lucky to have you! Hard work pays off. How are Mikey and Hannah doing? Is Hannah still planning to play softball in the spring?
  5. Bring your message home with a great sign off. End your sentiment on a positive note.
    Example: We wish you and your family all the best in the coming year.

Oh, by the way®… I’m never too busy for your referrals.

Grow Your Relationships with Your Neighbours This Holiday Season



Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood or you’ve lived there for years, the holidays provide a great opportunity to meet your neighbours. What better way to get to know the people on your block or in your building than to bring them a small, thoughtful gift to break the ice? The size of the gift doesn’t matter; what matters is building relationships with your neighbours.

Here are some gift ideas for the holidays:

  • Hot cocoa or apple cider mix in mugs will keep your neighbours toasty on a cold winter’s day. Pick up a few sets at discount and department stores around the holidays.
  • Cookie mixes in mason jars are sure to express the holiday spirit. Fill the jar with mixes for holiday favourites like gingerbread or sugar cookies.
  • Baked goods are a timeless gift. While you’re baking cookies for the holidays, bake a few dozen extra to give to your neighbours. Other yummy options include popcorn balls, bread or pies.
  • Poinsettias are a symbol of the holiday season. Give one to your neighbour, or choose another winter flowering plant such as kalanchoe, amaryllis or paperwhite narcissus.
  • A bottle of wine or another favourite beverage is a nice surprise your neighbours are sure to appreciate.

3 Benefits of Knowing Your Neighbours

  • Safety. Neighbourhoods where people know one another tend to be safer than those where people are strangers. Friendly neighbours might feel more comfortable notifying authorities if they see suspicious activity

–  Starting a neighbourhood watch program.
–  Keeping an eye on your neighbour’s house while they’re out of town.

  • Sharing. Tight-knit neighbours are more likely to share resources, whether it’s a hammer or extra goodies from the garden.

–  Helping your elderly neighbours with yard work like shovelling snow.
–  Taking dinner to a neighbour who is under the weather.

  • Social support. People with strong social ties are not only happier, but they also tend to live longer

–  Organizing a block party or potluck dinner to get to know them.
– Smiling and waving at your neighbors when they pass by your house

3 Ways to Be a Better Neighbour

  1. Be friendly. A little small talk goes a long way. Say “hello” to your neighbours, and try to get to know them.
  2. Be considerate. If you share walls with your neighbours, be aware of the noise that your appliances, gadgets and animals make, especially if your neighbour has a different work schedule from you. And, be sure to keep it down after 9 or 10 pm.
  3. Keep your place tidy. Whether you live in an apartment, a subdivision or in a rural area, it’s important to keep your property in good shape. Sweep your doorway, pick up litter and mow your lawn.

Oh, by the way®… I’m never too busy for your referral

Why I Work By Referral

WOW – my first blog post. This is all new to me but being a realtor isn’t!  My first year was enlightening and I now understand that the type of people I want to work with in the future are people just like you – my friends.

I have come to enjoy my work more and more as I have had the opportunity to work with people who have been referred to me by other clients that are looking for the highest level of service possible and are appreciative of my service.

In 2015, I want my primary source of new business to be from referrals from people who know and trust me. That way  I don’t have to spend time prospecting and promoting myself. I can dedicate myself fully to the activities that benefit you most and always deliver truly exceptional service.

Let’s face it, when we’re seeking a service, we look for someone we can trust – someone proven, who comes highly recommended and is already on our side. Working by referral is all about trust and I know that I must earn your future referrals, so I aim to exceed your expectations.

Relationships are more important than transactions and I look forward to our continued relationship. Please don’t hesitate to call.

– Monique