This Should Not Happen…

Thu, 17 Mar by Ken MacAulay

Do you think it is about time that someone stood up and takes some accountability for the quality control in the buildings that are constructed in this province?
The people of Ft Mc are not allowed to buildrefineries without Quality Control,why should the Builders who construct their homes not have to beat to the same drum?I will tell you why , the folks from the governing authority (Alberta Pressure Vessels and Boilers Branch) would shut them down in a heart beat.
Then why can’t the 300 hard working people of Ft Mc who were evacuated from their homes lately have the same quality assurance in the place where after a long 12-16 hr day at the plant can come home to?
I know how hard these folks work and the dangers they face on a daily bases , come on MLa’s stop knuckling under to the speacial interest ,Lobby Groups & Home Builder Association and update the Alberta Building Code ( which hasn’t been updated since the Peter Lougheed years .
As well as the Condominium Property Act that is due to be updated in 2012 , hopefully it will have some teeth and put and end to situations like this.

How Important is “Wood & Nails” Your House.

Mon, 14 Mar by Ken MacAulay

This is a question you may want to ask the thousands of people in Japan today.After the worst disaster that hit that country since WW-2.
I am always very carefull when as a Realtor and asking Sellers “Why are you moving”? To get their reply and the motivation behind their decesion to take the plunge and call me for a Market Evaluation .
The people who lost their home this week in Japan do not have that luxury .Their house was moved for them,as reported a 35 Ft wave came rushing toward them, at that point in time, they were in fear of their lives and their home was not a concern.
Now, that some of them miraculosly survived they are looking for the home that they lived in just a few short days ago and it is no longer there.
The one thing you learned really quickly in the Real Estate Business is how emotionally attached we get to wood and nails ,”the things we can replace”. What about the things we can’t?

How Good Is Your ” Newly Built Home”

Wed, 09 Mar by Ken MacAulay

I would like to touch base on a situation we as Realtors find ourselves getting more involved in each time we do a “pre-possession walkthough”with our Buyers of newly built homes .
I was involved with one last week with a great client of mine on a home he purchased awhile back and waited for it to be built.
Not only was the property poorly constructed i.e. finishes , fitures etc it was really overpriced for that market and even more so today.
Due to the fact the “builders contract ” he signed was so one-sided in favor of the builder he does not have much choice but to close on a property that was worth upto 40% less then he originally purchased it for a while back and forefite his sizeable deposit.
Yes ,I know we had a meltdown in the world over that period of time but the RE market in this area was one of the least that should have been affected .
When we get enough politicians to agree with the public who elect them and not the lobby groups who fund their campaigns will we see much change in legislation that is long over-due to be change , such documents as the Alberta Building Code and the Condominium Property Act .
The world is changing by the mille second why can’t the legislation that is suppose to protect the public become non-existant when we need it most.
So e-mail your MLA and tell them that you would like to see changes really soon . As we are getting closer to an election “MAYBE” a canditate will stand up for you and not turtle to his lobbyists so we can try to get some quality in “New Builds” rather than quantity.

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