Thursday Thoughts - February 22, 2024
For many of us, we have that number that we may consider “lucky” or “ours”. It may have started in sports or it may be just a number that we think looks cool. For a long time, I never really had THE number for me, but over the past while, it has become more and more clear.
For those that know me, yes, that’s my birthdate. Makes sense, right? But there’s a few things over the past couple of years that have affirmed that it just fits.
First and foremost, I got married in ‘21. Secondly, I became a real estate agent in ‘21, taking a huge step in making a career change after twenty years in financial services. In fact, when I started at Coldwell Banker Preferred Real Estate, I was the 21st agent to join the office.
A coincidence, I think not. The fun part - it doesn’t end there.
But before I get to that, I’m thankful. Thankful for the belief in me from my wife, Emma. From my family and friends. From my colleagues at the office who encouraged me this past year to continue to push through some bumps in the road, and have faith that the hard work will pay off.
I am especially thankful for all the friends and clients that have trusted me to guide their real estate decisions, I am truly grateful.
As a result of that belief & trust, I am humbled and excited to announce that this past year, in my 2nd full year as a Realtor, I ranked #21 out of the over 100 agents within our brokerage! In addition, I received the International Sterling Society Award which places me in the Top 11% of Coldwell Banker agents Worldwide! WOW!
Once again, thank you! Here’s to you having your “lucky” number, and being as fortunate with it as I have been.

Sunshine! Finally!
I’m pretty sure I’m somewhat solar powered. I think many of us are. The past couple of weeks of cloud & fog has been tiring, dull, and finding the extra oomph to keep things going has been tricky.
I’ll take a colder -15°, if it means sunshine.
Weall have that thing that energizes us. Maybe we don’t really notice it when it’s happening, but when it’s gone for a while is when it really hits us. What’s that thing for you?
Sun? Family? Music? Family? Sports? Dancing?
Whatever your thing is, go find it. Recognize it and energize yourself and those around you. Because after the past couple of weeks of dull, I think we could all use that extra bit of zing.
For those of us with kids in sports & activities or you’re simply just a fan of your local team, the playoff push is around the corner. I’ve got a few things on my hockey playoff schedule -- last night was the High School Mavs, tonight it’s the Senior Wild, and we’re only days away from U13 Girls Selects & U11 Girls Wild!
It’s gonna be busy and I need all the energy I can get to cheer them all on.
See you at the rink, hopefully with shades on

A picture is a worth a thousand words.
For the past 10 or so years, we’ve all had a camera in our pocket. Some of us don’t use it very much to capture all of life’s moments, and others, well… we might as well call them the paparazzi.
Regardless, when we decide to post those photos out there for the world to see, we can be quite selective as to what hits that social media page. We all want to look our best – a good angle helping us to look slim, pushing our jaw up to avoid thedreaded double chin, sometimes even using a filter to make our complexion look like we’re on the cover of a magazine.
We all just wanna look good and have those thousand words be an amazing story.
You know what? When your house is ready to find a new owner, you want it to look its best too! Time and time again, I look through listings where the photos have been taken with an iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, the camera on that thing is great, but in my humble opinion, it’s just not good enough to show off your most valuable asset.
That’s the reason why I use a professional photographer for all of my house listings! She does an amazing job, makes homes look bright and fresh, and I do believe it brings a better return for my clients, as sellers.
When it comes time to sell your home, you can be confident that the thousand word picture story we tell is going to be great. If that’s as important to you as it is to me, call me when the time is right for you to market your home in the most professional way possible.

Three degrees. In February.

Seems like some pretty awesome weather when moving to a new home in the winter! Some of you might be saying – who the heck moves in winter?!? Well, five of my clients are doing just that over the next 10 days – so apparently quite a few!

Sure, dealing with colder temps, snow and occasionally icy roads may not be the perfect situation (I may or may not have slipped a U-Haul cube van into the ditch during a February move of my own..), but regardless, there are people moving at all times of the year.

Simply put, that means there are buyers… at all times of the year!

Currently, there are VERY few houses for sale, especially in the Red River Valley corridor, and believe me, there are buyers looking every single day, hoping to see that right home come on the market so they can jump at the opportunity.

If you’ve been considering selling your home sometime in the next year, RIGHT NOW may be one of the best times to put the For Sale sign in your front yard. Spring-like weather, low inventory and interest rates being down all make for a great situation to bring it all together.

Enjoy Spring #1 of 2024, and while you’re out for a walk in the slush, picture my sign in your front yard – and then give me a call, I’ll take you through the process step by step.

Friday thoughts??
From what I understand, many blogs out there are written days & weeks in advance of when they are actually put out into the interwebs. For myself, I have chosen to give you my actual Thursday thoughts each week, and write them that day.
Clearly, today is not Thursday.
Yesterday was a busy day at the office, and last evening was spent celebrating my wife’s birthday and we had an evening relaxing, enjoying family and… ok, let’s be honest - having a piece of cake, maybe two. Shhh.
This blog, I admit, got put on the backburner. But Adam, what are you getting at?
Simply put – better late to get this done than never. Sometimes we have things on our list, and we just don’t get to them when we intended to. That’s ok.
The same can be true with our homes – we all have a bunch of things we want to tackle, and our dream timeline of when that gets done. You might not always hit that timeline, but keep at that list, and get ‘er done - even if it's later than you originally wanted.
Because when it comes time to sell, you’ll be happy you did.
See you next Thursday

Fail to plan, plan to fail.

I remember the first time I heard this saying – over 20 years ago when I was acquiring my mutual funds sales licence when I worked for a chartered bank.  As much as I appreciate cheesy sayings, I admit, I rolled my eyes at this one.

However, as I have reflected on it over the years, it’s hit me a different way. The reason is pretty simple – it’s true.

It’s the time of year where many of us spend some time reviewing last year, and setting our goals for the new year.  Personal, fitness, business – it doesn’t really matter – it applies to them all.  I’m refining my 2024 goals and where I’d like to end up twelve months from now. 

In short – Personal: read more & get smarter, Fitness: make better choices and trim down a little (yes, this has been on every year’s list since 2005!), Business: double last year’s volume.

And let’s be honest – it applies to where we live too.  All of our homes require maintenance, updating, TLC, and we can be sure there’s an unexpected surprise or two in there somewhere.  I challenge you to make a plan on how to tackle projects to improve your home a little bit each year so that when it’s time to make a change – you’ll be ready. 

Not sure what your plan should look like?

Let’s sit down together and hammer one out together. 


Family Time.

A couple weeks back, my contribution to Thursday Thoughts was quite short. Holidays were on, and I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with my family.

As life would have it, the kids are getting older and it seems like it will be harder and harder to spend that time with them, and enjoy all the fun that comes along with it. So this Christmas season, Emma and I made sure to carve out some time for just that.

It was great to do some new things, ski the slopes in the mountains, cheers on the Jets at the barn, take in some city amenities, and take a little break from the BUSY-NESS of life.

But here we are, nearly the middle of January, and the BUSINESS of real estate is back in full swing. New listings on the market, interest rates coming down, showings and offers being made on properties, inquiries coming in on my commercial listings which have been quiet for a while.

If you’re thinking of making a move, now is a great time to start exploring what that looks like for you – the opportunities are out there.

Family time was fun. Jets are flying high.
I truly hope your holiday season was as great as mine.

Happy New Year!

Forty Six.

The birthdays seem to come quicker and quicker as that number ticks up. The days fly by fast, and the years even faster.  

Life is busy – family, commitments, work – it’s tough to fit it all in sometimes.   

It is important to take some time to slow down and celebrate – I was spoiled with ribs for dinner – my go-to fave!  There may have been cake as well – with a few more candles than I may really want to see!

Yes, I had the cake - the new year’s resolutions aren’t coming around for another 10 days! 

We are coming up on the season of celebrations – enjoying Christmas and the holiday season with family and friends.  I hope each of you take that important time to enjoy the blessings in your life, and spend time with those that are impactful to you. 

As life’s odometer continues to move, who we spend that time with becomes more and more important, and the circle seems to get smaller and smaller. 

I’d say I’m pretty lucky.



Every team is made up of a variety of individuals that bring different skills and strengths together in order to be successful.  The offensive star that puts points on the board, the measured defensive minded player that holds things together, and yes, at times there’s some that muck it up in the corner and end up in the box from time to time.

The ones that can pull that all together the best, are the ones that persevere and succeed.

Our Coldwell Banker Steinbach team is really one of the good ones.  Maybe even great.  And our group is similar to most teams – agents that are consistent sales leaders, others that are steady and measured in their approach.  We’re fortunate though, we don’t get tangled up in the corners very often.

This week, I’ve been blessed to work together with a few of my Coldwell Banker teammates to get properties bought and sold for our clients.  While we all approach our situations a little bit differently, we focus on the common goal of doing the best for our clients, in a positive and professional way.  

Next time you’re considering a real estate move, consider not only the agent you’re looking to work with, but also the team they bring with them.  It will truly make a difference.

After all, there is no I in Team.


10 degrees in December!

Another gorgeous day today with the sun shining bright, and warmth in the air.  It’s an extra bit of time for all of us to get those outdoor things taken care of, or for the farmers to get that final bit of fall work done in the fields.

As for myself, I took some time to address a couple of maintenance items at home.  Checking on insulation and venting - crawling in the attic is always better in this weather!  And it’s a good idea to take a few minutes and make sure you’re truly ready for winter – it will be here one day soon!

But hey, let’s enjoy this while it lasts, right? 

The other effect of good weather?  The real estate market continues to be strong!  At recent open houses in southeast Manitoba, we are seeing very good attendance, and we still have many buyers looking for a new place to call home.  If you’re thinking of buying or selling, give me a call, shoot me a message – let’s plan for the right time to market your home.

The past little while has been awesome weather but let’s be clear…

I’m always rooting for a white Christmas!



This week, my son turned 18.  He’s grown into a smart, handsome, talented and determined man – he started university this fall, and is killing it.  It’s awesome to see him go out on his own and figure life out.

But it sure was a reminder of how quick life goes and all the changes that come along with it!  It seems it wasn’t that long ago that I became a father, and already he’s an adult and has moved out on his own! 

In the words of Kenny Chesney - Don’t Blink.

And then, as I was backing out of the driveway today, I realized how much life had changed at home too.  His sister already claimed his room, there’s that much more space in the house and there’s a lot more food in the fridge!

The needs we have for our homes change all the time – size, location, features – and as a real estate agent, I take great pride in working with my clients to help them buy the right home for their family, not just sell them a house.  Believe me, there’s a difference.

If the changes in your life have you considering a different place to call home, let’s chat – I know how it feels when life changes, and understand how making a move can be a great thing for everyone.

Dix-huit ans!  Bonne fête bud!

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