Wednesday February 5, 2020 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News

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Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News

Wednesday February 5, 2020

Wednesday February 5, 2020. In this week’s Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate News: good house, happy winter, landmark building, online reviews, real estate books, before you sell, DTK tech, coronavirus…

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Why you need a good house

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Waterloo ponders new landmark 

Redesigned 11-storey building at Princess Street under review

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You can’t believe online reviews 

Purplebricks Canada has apologized after an internal company memo was publicized offering its employees paid days off in return for fake but glowing online reviews of the firm. PurpleBricks instructed employees to ask their family and friends to leave positive reviews of the company on Facebook or five-star ratings on Google Reviews, regardless of whether the reviewers were Purplebricks Canada clients. 

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The best real estate books for first-time home buyers

They’ll arm you with the knowledge you need for every step of the process.

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When is the best time to sell?

I’m fond of saying that in this market even a monkey could sell a house. And I know monkeys, they are straight forward negotiators. Here are a few things to consider before listing your home for sale. 

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How tech transformed Downtown Kitchener

Exploring two-case studies in Dublin, Ireland and Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo in Canada, this essay explores how urban space and public policy is transformed by digital corporations.

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Canada’s most dangerous cities

Transient populations, inconsistent funding, addictions and homelessness, plus the deep legacy of colonization.

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There is a website that tracks and displays the spread of the coronavirus in real time

The website reports the total number of confirmed outbreaks, number of confirmed outbreaks in each country as well as the confirmed death toll.

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Online reviews 🙁

There are a lot of websites and a lot of places for people to leave their online reviews. And we tend to read and trust online reviews. But as an airbnb host, and an Amazon consumer, I know how reviews can be changed. I have been asked (bribed) to change a negative online review after receiving the wrong book from Amazon. And I have asked successfully to have an unfair online review of our Airbnb removed. It just took a phone call.

I have a contractor friend whose business took off after enticing his clients to leave positive reviews and I’m certain that I have colleagues that have done the same thing. 

For me, when reading online reviews I look for the details. Most fake reviews don’t take the time to tell a good story. I also take steps to ensure that the reviewer isn’t anonymous and I suppose in the future I should see if the reviewers are real, where they work!

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Further Reading:

Good Smells Sell

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News: reversing roles, Electrohome, cancelling Hamilton’s LRT, interest rates, micro-units, best 2019 business stories, 50 years of Canadian housing, Maeklong Railway Market, working hard or hardly working… 

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