real estate NEWS: Archive


Latest articles by Marty Douglas

Surviving in a slower market
Here's all you need to know to survive the slower market - "List! List! List! Or you'll be missed! Missed! Missed!"
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The downside of teams
The real estate business isn't a team game - I wish it were.
Saturday, October 02, 2010

Thank you, FINTRAC
What should we, as Realtors, be thankful for? Me first while you think about your answer.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Snapshot of Alberta
Nuclear power, high speed trains, new highways: it's not hard to see why Alberta is driving the economic engine of Canada.
Thursday, January 03, 2008

No song and dance for weighty housing issues
Months ago, Tim Pringle, the executive director of the B.C. Real Estate Foundation, suggested I write a play about the many different ways we perceive our property and the variety of values we place on that property.
Monday, October 29, 2007

Advice for a Real Estate Consumer
When a house doesn't sell, there is usually a variety of reasons – location, motivation – but the predominant reason is that it was overpriced.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Stop whining!
We can learn a lot from our competitors but if all they have to offer is to do something cheaper, then they're on a fast track to nowhere.
Friday, March 16, 2007

Dealing with FINTRAC
Recently two compliance officers from FINTRAC audited our office. They’re coming for you next - are you up for it?
Monday, October 30, 2006

Summer Musings at Sea
Marty's adventures on a packet freighter on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Thursday, August 17, 2006

What we learned in Whistler
Marty reports on a recent BC real estate conference.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Cancelling listing contracts
There is a growing incidence of brokerages that will only allow a consumer to cancel their listing contract for the payment of a fee.
Friday, May 19, 2006

The greying Realtor population
There is a labour crisis in the real estate industry we are just beginning to acknowledge.
Thursday, April 20, 2006

Marty's Vancouver vacation
... there's nothing fun about three hours in the B.C. Ferry parking lot...
Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Buyers are entitled to know what we're paid
There are no exceptions. If they ask, we must tell.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Ever Heard of Agency Disclosure?
No? Hmmmm. Suspicions confirmed.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The adventures of Marty at 60
Recharging the batteries with a whirlwind tour south of the equator.
Thursday, August 18, 2005

Chasing dogs and ladies in pj's
Pop Quiz: In what profession can you have a cat scratch you, a dog pee on your leather car seats and then bite you, the pet owner harangue you - and through gritted teeth, you have to keep smiling?
Friday, May 06, 2005

A Simple Plan
The real estate market in Canada is absolutely poised for continued increases in price for the next decade.
Thursday, April 21, 2005

Here's what you missed at Banff
Highlights from the Banff Western Connection, January 2005.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Facing Down Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
Is it because of the relatively high turnover in real estate that we so readily forget the boogiemen of the past?
Friday, August 27, 2004

Realtors Taking a Risk
All Realtors should ask the question of their affiliates, "Am I covered under your liability insurance?" and should get the answer in writing.
Friday, July 30, 2004

Old Internet Listings and VOWs
Ozzie Jurock has the best real estate information website, and I don’t say that because I am one of his regular contributors.
Tuesday, June 22, 2004

On dress codes and privacy policies
Those of us living on the Wet Coast of Canada believe very little to be admired emanates from Toronto.
Monday, December 02, 2002

No RealtorLink access for the brains of the operation
The receptionist/secretary/administrative assistant sit the least appreciated person in the real estate industry.
Saturday, November 02, 2002

Men of Girth
When we first met our merry band of adventurers, they were eight in number.
Thursday, October 03, 2002

Buying cars and welcoming new salespeople
Now I don't want to sound too smug but our real estate market for the past year has been pretty active.
Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Advertising other brokers' listings
Reader's comments on a recent column - advertising other brokers' listings.
Thursday, August 01, 2002

A great American icon
The great thing about a successful career in real estate is the freedom to take the holidays you chose.
Wednesday, July 31, 2002

It’s time for decisions, not recommendations
In five years many of today's Realtors will be gone if CREA’s predictions of declining membership are correct.
Monday, June 03, 2002

The poor public image of Realtors
Do we have a poor image? Of course we do but for gosh sakes, let's stop the wailing and have a look at the opinions a little closer
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

The Comox Valley, thanks to the City of Courtenay, is open for business! The City of Courtenay approved the development of a 22 acre commercial site, the first tenant of which will be a 100,000 plus square foot Wal-Mart.
Monday, July 31, 2000

For the fifth year, I’m sending you a note along with our family remittance for the ruining – sorry, that should be running – of the country.
Friday, October 01, 1999


Tuesday, June 01, 1999

It was Friday. The name's Dick. I'm a Realtor. It all started as a routine 10-20. At about 2:14. The hunk of electronics on my belt said to call Kathleen. Great name. I just hoped she had a good story to match.
Monday, May 17, 1999

Unlike Bill Clinton, I intend to gloat. For sometime I have been preaching the "half-life of Realtors" theory, that despite markets, the number of people getting into our business will continue to decline for the foreseeable future.
Thursday, April 15, 1999

Interesting point of view in the January issue of REM by guest columnist Aaron Klassen in an article titled "Is it Agency or Brokerage?".
Tuesday, March 16, 1999

When in doubt for a column topic, to follow the David Letterman success formula, reach into the mailbag or do a top ten list.
Monday, February 15, 1999

"Where have all the flowers gone?" Who sang that song? Best guess around the office - Peter, Paul and Mary. Perhaps Robert Fawcett is singing it today in his corner office as the Secretary of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia.
Thursday, January 14, 1999

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