by Julie Broad
Happy November to you all!! Today we’re the proud hosts of the Third Edition of the Canadian Real Estate Blog Carnival.
We tried to come up with a clever theme or some exciting way to present this carnival but I have to confess that when we started to read all the submissions at 6:30am neither Dave nor I was feeling particularly creative. The monsoon-like weather and dead of night darkness didn’t help.
Lack of creativity noted, we decided to each pick a winner and select a few honourable mentions. We’re not mentioning every submission because this is not an 8 year old’s soccer game where we don’t keep score. Some posts appealed to us more than others. As my friend Leandra Wells used to say “Don’t be bitter – be better!“. Thanks Lea – still one of my all time favourites nearly a decade later.
Here’s the REALLY exciting news for the winners: the winners of the Carnival get a special badge they can post on their website so everyone knows they were the victorious ones for this week’s carnival. Special thanks to my super creative graphics designer Melissa Carron for her work on these badges.
So without further delay please allow me to present the two winners of this week’s carnival:
Dave’s Canadian Carnival of Real Estate Winner
In his post about How to Lose $50k, Wade Graham provides a ton of straight to the point advice for new and experienced investors to keep in mind. Covering everything from purchase price to what to do after you’ve purchased the property, it’s really a checklist of things you should do (or should not do) before you invest in any revenue generating property.
Julie’s Canadian Carnival of Real Estate Winner
My landlords always loved me and took pretty good care of me. That doesn’t mean every landlord I had was awesome, but I never dealt with cockroaches, broken appliances or heating that didn’t work. The places I rented were clean, relatively safe and fairly quiet. But I know that my 7 years of renting were pretty charmed compared to many people. And if I was to rent a place in a large building today I would want to know about this absolutely FANTASTIC list of 10 Resources to Check Before You Rent In an Apartment Building over at Mike’s Moneysmartsblog (but written by our Carnival creator Rachelle Berube of Landlordrescue.ca).
Honourable Carnival of Real Estate Mentions:
The one thing I know after reading through the dozen or so submissions is we need to get the word out to more Canadian bloggers about this carnival! Many of my favourite bloggers didn’t submit posts … so to alleviate that issue I took the liberty of adding a couple of my favourite posts from the last couple of weeks in an honorable mention category (along with a couple that did submit that we enjoyed reading)!! And hopefully these great bloggers will begin to submit posts for future carnivals. (HINT! HINT!!)
- 40 Blogs About Life in a Mobile Home: This post is from Sheryl Owen of SatelliteDish.org and it’s a pretty comprehensive list of bloggers writing about life in mobile home parks. We both just felt that this post should be recognized for it’s comprehensive selection of blogs in a rather original category.
- Achievement Success: Driving People Nuts: Success is messy. We meet too many people trying to make things perfect before they go forward. The reality is that things will never be perfect. When you take action some things work out, and some things don’t. It’s inevitable. This is a great post from our friends Nick and Tom Karadza on just this subject. And it’s one of their best posts in our opinion so check it out.
- Meet My Ugly Baby is blogging about the entire adventure from start to finish as they buy, fix up and sell a condo in Vancouver. It’s a delightful, helpful, thoughtful and very entertaining blog to read. This particular post gets two thumbs up for creativity as she recaps her 60 day progress in a rhyme.
- Take a Close Look at the Mortgage Broker Biz is a two part post from Melanie and Rob at Canadian Mortgage Trends. Their blog is always full of up to the minute news from the lending industry and this post is a great discussion piece on what’s going on in the mortgage broker industry right now.
- Self Worth = Net Worth is a video blog post from Philip McKernan that everybody should watch. If you’re frustrated with anything in your life, but especially your financial situation, then this post will give you some important brain food to digest. Just a little warning – Philip is always raw and to the point – and sometimes that means swear words so put the ear muffs on your young ones and have a listen.
All right … that’s it for this edition of the Canadian Real Estate Blog Carnival. Thank you to everyone for your submissions!! Remember to link back to this post (and any future hosts of the carnival) and get your submissions in for the next carnival by November 13th. Click here to submit to the next Canadian Real Estate Blog Carnival.