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You've probably noticed tons of garage sales over the last few weeks as people get ready to send the kids back to school or they're getting ready to put their home up for sale.
 
Instead of having a traditional garage sale, perhaps you should consider putting your garage sale online. Free online classified ads like CraigsList, Kijiji or fee-based auction sites like eBay make it easy to do.
 
Here’s how:
  • Take your time: The beauty of an online garage sale is that you don’t need to sell all your unwanted belongings at once. Instead you can post them online as soon as you decide to get rid of them.
  • Price it right: Search online to learn prices of comparable items and price yours to sell if you don’t want to be stuck with them later on.
  • Use great pictures: Use a digital camera to take shots of your items. One picture is worth hundreds of words of description. Provide written descriptions, including dimensions and be sure to indicate any defect or areas of wear or...
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What are your views on real estate agents being required to have a university-level education?

As many of you that have already read my bio page know, I am an advocate of requiring all real estate agents to have a university education. In fact, I think the real estate agent training program should be a two year university certificate program within Alberta.
 
Why?
  1. To raise the stature of the existing and future real estate agents and bring back a sense of "professionalism" into the industry.
  2. To weed out the agents that view this as a quick-buck, sales career (it's not - it's a service industry). And
  3. To increase the level of confidence by the general public in the necessity of have real estate agents/brokers involved in the buying, selling or leasing of homes, properties and businesses.
Maybe if we could accomplish these things it would eventually raise the "industry" to a "profession." This would be similar to engineers, accountants, dental hygienists and nurses instead of being lumped...
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