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Marinate a cubed large boneless skinless chicken breast in Mazola Corn Oil for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with crushed dry fresh thyme leaves. Do not salt, but add lots of fresh ground pepper.

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The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) sent a controversial newsletter about the use of escalation clauses to agents across the province. Discussions on the Internet lit up with criticisms of the RECO position. 

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I think it is pretty obvious for those of us in the real estate industry in the Greater Toronto Area that the game has changed here. Since April, the market has shifted. Here are 12 tips for how to cope and adapt.

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If you have concerns about your first hire, or next hire or adding staff, read on! Done right, you will enjoy the freedom of letting go of painful paperwork. Done wrong, you will feel the consequences of a bad hire.

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To maintain industry viability, we may need a complete overhaul from the top down. All sorts of options may be available to handle this scenario in a mutually satisfactory manner. Here are a few to consider.

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The renewal of the Ontario’s new home warranty program will take some time to implement, so in the interim, your clients who bought newly built homes should continue to submit warranty claims.

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In spring along with spring showers comes a new crop of real estate listing bloopers! Perhaps my favourite one this month was: “INDROUND POOL.” I hope it’s not a Freudian slip.

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We have talented, self-directed, motivated, top people, but how do we make sure we aren’t training the competition? How do we help them to stay? How do we compensate for the roles on our team?

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Some interesting new options appearing across the country for struggling homeowners are the quaint, adaptable “tiny houses”. You can tow them, park them or play a game of catch with some.

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Home Trust stood with me and they stood with a lot of other folks who didn’t have great credit. The bottom line was that if wasn’t for Home Capital, we would not have been able to buy houses for our families.