How To Buy A Home Yourself

I'm certain about the value I bring to the table.  Because of that confidence I'll lay out exactly how to buy a house, with or without my help!

Cash Flow Is King

Budget. Budget. Budget. That evil “B” word. Most people dread it. Many don’t understand it. So, I decided to not use the word in our practice. It is not entirely representational any way. There is much more to the concept of cash then just budgeting. We prefer to use the term “cash flow.” It’s about our business cash inflows and outflows.

Real estate sales are cratering around the GTA?

Real estate sales are cratering around the GTA. Is this a crash in the making?

Prices in Richmond Hill…..have dropped a whopping 43 per cent from the peak

The experience of York is a microcosm of what a wider housing crash in Canada might look like

If I wasn’t a Realtor with access to the statistics I’d be quaking in my boots!

This kind of writing is pure unadulterated hyperbole. Journalists and publishers desperate for website traffic will write anything it seems.

Andrew Shackleton Bio

A quick bio: I'm Andrew Shackleton, a Realtor with Royal LePage. Helping people make massive changes in their lives is the best part of my job. I'm fastidious about doing a great job, especially when dealing with the legal aspects of a deal.

Drew is a nickname I occasionally go by. Thus Drew At Home became my brand and it's on all my social media platforms including my website

Soft Skills In Small Business

I recently had a very inspiring conversation with a seasoned small business owner who relies on some business skills that are not as well employed in the business world as they should be. We spoke about the value of having a good conversation with clients. We both reflected on the apparent diminishing art of conversation these days; almost a lost art.

Everything You Need To Know About Sump Pumps

When my house was built there was little in the way of modern conveniences. While my 1889 farm house did have three fire places it didn't have plumbing or electricity. At some point these features were added along with a sump pump and weeping tile system These are installed in new homes as a preventative against water penetration and as remediation in old homes such as mine. The system consists of perforated piping (weeping tile) on the outside of the foundation that directs ground water to a sump, which is a shallow pit in the basement that collects the water.

Business Cards Are Like Dinosaurs

Business Cards

Business cards are going the same was as the dinosaurs!

Building strong foundations for our business can include business cards, but be careful how many business cards you hand out. The information on your business card can mean the difference between someone contacting you or throwing your card in the garbage. Be consistent, and know who you are sharing your business card with, why and know how to follow up afterwards.

Some Promises are Made to be Broken

We’ve all been there.  You make a promise you think you can keep, then life happens and you break that promise.  If the promise wasn’t a major one, the fallout will likely be minimal…but if you had to break a big promise, well, that could have disastrous consequences.  This is true in our personal lives, but this is also true in business.

Whenever I see a business “guaranteeing” something, I am initially inclined to get excited and buy into whatever it is they’re guaranteeing…but then my critical thinking kicks in and I look at just what exactly it is they’re promising…