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Is the Family Homestead a Thing of the Past?

    “When we moved here he said he could live here the rest of his life,” my aunt told me one day, speaking of my uncle, “and he did.” My aunt and uncle had found the perfect-for-them country homestead, and bought it with the intention of living out their entire married life there. Many decades later, after raising children, making changes to the house, spending countless hours in the shop, and making a…

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A Day in the Life of a Rural Steinbach Realtor: The Creepiest House Showing I Ever Did

    Being a rural real estate agent is a big, weird adventure. Icy country roads are a regular threat. Moccasins are part of my winter attire. And then there was the time I nearly got shot. My real estate agent career is riddled with stories. One in particular haunts me every now and then.  I’d been on the hunt for properties for my client when I came across one I thought she’d be…

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The Real Truth about Free Home Evaluations (And Why I Only Give them to Clients Now)

The banker adjusted his glasses as he looked over the couple’s finances. “You’ll need an appraisal,” he said, setting the papers down, “every mortgage requires an appraisal be done.” The woman asked, “Where do we get that done? And how much does that cost?” “Appraisal companies charge a few hundred dollars,” he said. Then he leaned forward and smiled. “But you don’t need to bother with that. Just call a real estate agent. They…

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