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Doing our Part for the Community

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Remax and the Stollery Childrens Hospital

Remax and the Stollery Childrens Hospital

The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is a proud member of Children’s Miracle Network. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children in local communities. It raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada.
The Foundation’s relationship with Children’s Miracle Network brings with it many special partnerships with national corporate partners, who make a big difference in the lives of children each year through their fundraising efforts.
When you see the Children’s Miracle Network balloon symbol in Edmonton and northern Alberta, that event or activity is raising funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.  We hope you’ll support these programs and help us to send more children home each year.

How Does a REALTOR® know it is Spring?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
How does a REALTOR® know it's Spring?

How does a REALTOR® know it’s Spring?

Her last three deals were all #multipleoffers … lol #yegre #remaxhustle #realtorlife

Remax #YEG Market Share – 2017 Year Totals

Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Remax #YEG Market Share - 2017 Year Totals

Remax #YEG Market Share – 2017 Year Totals

Wondering who you should list or buy your home with?  I hope this chart helps you to make an informed decision.  Do the numbers show a good return on your investment as the Seller or Buyer?  Will you have an experienced Agent?

RE/MAX – 975 Members – 43.75% Total Market Share

Royal Lepage – 346 Members – 10.71% Market Share

Realty Executives – 111 Members – 9.22% Market Share

Century 21 – 317 Members – 7.65% Market Share

Maxwell Realty – 496 Members – 5.54% Market Share

Homes & Garden – 224 Members – 1.98% Market Share

Comfree – 14 Members – 1.97% Market Share

Now Real Estate – 106 Members – 1.72% Market Share

2% Realty – 23 Members – 1.35% Market Share

Coldwell Banker – 40 Members 1.29% Market Share

 

Whether buying or selling your home, you have several decisions to make.

Should you work with a REALTOR®? Which real estate company will provide the best value? Which REALTOR® within that company will be best suited to help you through the process?

We reached out to the RE/MAX Influencers: A panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada. We asked them: Why should a consumer work with RE/MAX when he/she has so many options out there?

The Brand

Chances are, you would have a hard time finding someone who has never heard of “RE/MAX.” With 100,000 Sales Associates in nearly 100 countries worldwide, the RE/MAX name—along with the iconic balloon—represents a professional organization that has become an industry leader.

RE/MAX also advertises through many mediums, including: Television, print, online and physical signs such as NHL rink boards. This high level of exposure will go to work for you when listing your property. Many RE/MAX Sales Associates are also affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network; therefore, the sale of a RE/MAX Miracle Home will help support your local children’s hospital. According to ComScore, RE/MAX Canada also leads other real estate brands with its significant traffic to remax.ca.

“In an uncertain market, consumers become less speculative. Instead, they rely on proven brands to reinforce their efforts to manage one of their most important investments. They rely on the experience and expertise that has made RE/MAX one of the most recognizable brands in the real estate world.”

Sales Associates

RE/MAX Sales Associates have the experience to get the job done in today’s market.

The vast majority of our membership are full-time agents who are experts in their local communities. They work hard and are committed to help their clients through the home buying or selling process. *RE/MAX agents sell more real estate than any other Canadian brand.

“RE/MAX is often a collection of the top REALTORS® in any given marketplace. RE/MAX also has an international network: This type of network could be where the buyer of my client’s home comes from.”

Training and Support

RE/MAX supports all of its Sales Associates with comprehensive training and ongoing support.

Our affiliates are highly skilled and educated, and they have the latest tools and technology at their fingertips. They are motivated to put this knowledge and experience to work for you!

*Source: MMR Strategy Group study to RE Buyers & Sellers

Caution: Selling in Winter can be tricky, YEG!

Friday, December 29th, 2017
YEG-Real Estate Market Reports-December 2017

YEG-Real Estate Market Reports-December 2017

Hi Folks,

The holiday season is upon us with lots of cheer and time with loved ones to brighten up the winter time. December always seems to be such a busy time for having guests over and sometimes those visits can lead to a lot of stress. We are pleased to keep you updated on the latest real estate trends and market reports as well as activities for your visiting guests. From entertaining your guests to finding your dream home, it’s my pleasure to help you. Please keep in touch.

With the onset of the winter season, we start to see the seasonal drop off of listings and sales…

Inventory: November finished with another full inventory month here in Edmonton with 6.02 months of inventory for active buyers to choose from.

Total number of homes available to buy in the Greater Edmonton area: 7,030.

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2018 RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook for Canada

Thursday, December 28th, 2017


Summary:
*48% of potential homebuyers plan to purchase in the next 5 years
*Condo demand and prices spikes in Greater Toronto and Vancouver in 2017 while single family home sales and prices dropped in both of these markets
*More lateral move buyers left large urban centers in favour of lower prices and more amenities resulting in substantial price growth particularly outside of Toronto and Vancouver
*Edmonton and Calgary saw stabilizing oil prices boost housing demand and prices

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Is this another Ugly and Costly condo trend?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Reprinted From the Alberta Condo Network Newsletter

Alberta Condo Network - Redacted Condo Documents and the Costly Trend

Alberta Condo Network – Redacted Condo Documents and the Costly Trend

Here’s ANOTHER UGLY and POTENTIALLY COSTLY condo trend?
We’re hearing of condo boards, managers, lawyers, and other condo industry insiders, arbitrarily, at will, with no permission from condo owners, or approval from anyone to do so, selectively and subjectively “REDACTING” (fancy word for removing, eliminating, doctoring, sanitizing, not disclosing) information related to: events, issues, actions, and decisions made by condo boards as they represent our condo corporations which are our homes.

This redacting often takes place on condo board meeting minutes or AGM minutes although it is not limited to those documents. The rationale used for “doctoring” or sanitizing documents is that disclosing certain information might violate the Privacy Act or information that is “legal”. That rationale, on something this serious for condo owners, is nonsense because there is a way to describe sensitive issues if the political and industry will was there to do it!

This redacting trend could be particularly damaging to both NEW and EXISTING condo owners because it could cause significant legal and financial grief. Here’s what could happen…
Consider that the purpose of recording minutes, of any kind, for any entity, is to capture a TRUTHFUL and COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE ENTITY: in our case, A TRUTHFUL AND COMPLETE recording of events, issues, actions and decisions made by our condo boards on behalf of our condo corporation/our homes.
Wouldn’t you want to know if your condo board (among MANY other things):

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Edmonton Real Estate Market Reports for November 2017

Friday, November 24th, 2017
YEG Edmonton Real Estate Market Reports for November 2017

YEG Edmonton Real Estate Market Reports for November 2017

Hi Folks,

Welcome Back. I know I have a little bit of catching up to do with regards to my blog and website, so here are those market stats you were looking for. The next reports soon to be released.

Inventory: October finished with another full inventory month here in Edmonton with 5.74 months of inventory for active buyers to choose from.

Total number of homes available to buy in Edmonton: 7,691.

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What Would You Do to Own a Cabin by the Lake?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Posted by Jeanine B. Osborne on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 4:32pm.

AS REAL ESTATE PRICES REMAIN HIGH IN CANADA’S URBAN CENTRES, YOUNG FAMILIES ARE LOOKING FOR UNIQUE WAYS TO FINANCE THEIR DREAMS OF RECREATIONAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP.

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REMAX 2017 Spring Market Trends Report

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Toronto buyers, are looking for greater affordability in markets across southern Ontario. In turn, they are driving price appreciation in Mississauga, Brampton, Durham, Barrie, Hamilton-Burlington, Windsor, and as far away as Kingston. The GTA saw the average residential sale price rise by 29 per cent, up from $675,492 in the first quarter of 2016 to $873,631 during the same period in 2017.

At the same time, housing demand has slowed in Greater Vancouver compared to Q1 of 2016, and the average residential sale price decreased 11 per cent year-over-year, from $1,094,936 in the first quarter of 2016 to $969,900 in 2017. The decline in average sale price is in part due to the introduction of the foreign buyer tax last August, a relatively severe winter and the natural stabilization of prices after the market reached a high point in May 2016. Move-over buyers from Vancouver and buyers migrating from other provinces continue to fuel activity in Fraser Valley, Kelowna, and in Victoria, particularly in the upper-end of the market due to relative affordability in these regions.

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Will the Foreign Investor Tax Help You Buy Property?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

If you’ve been watching the headlines, you’ll know that there is a lot of frustration with regards to two large Real Estate Markets in Canada.  One is Vancouver and the other is Toronto.  Recently the BC Government introduced a 15% Foreign Investor tax on property purchasers in B.C.  Christy Clark can be heard saying ‘that is the impact we wanted to have.’  To cool their Red Hot real estate market and that’s just what they did. According to data released by the B.C. government, billions of dollars in Metro Vancouver real estate deals dried up and almost overnight.

In fact, on the last day before the changes came into effect, 55% of all purchases were done so by foreign investors.  Probably some good, but most likely moreso just more buyers to add frustration into an already highly overinflated market area, where the regular Canadian cannot afford to buy a home. Instead, these homes sit vacant and derelict, causing rental and property prices to rise. It’s great what B.C. did, but did you know that China took action against B.C. and their politics first?  That’s right, China said they were going to come to Canada and sue to get their money back.  It is unprecedented and has been put forth to show an example to their own citizens.

The Chinese plaintiffs are asking B.C. judges to enforce monetary judgments awarded in Chinese courts. These Chinese rulings typically involve people found in China to have defrauded Chinese banks or business partners and then fled to Canada with the money and invested in real estate here. Billions of dollars of bank faud proceeds are alleged to be invested in BC, while Lawyers in Vancouver say they are seeing a substantial increase in B.C. court cases filed by Chinese companies seeking to seize real estate assets from Chinese immigrants in B.C.

Perhaps B.C. didn’t want all the attention they were getting, as they decided to help China and Canadians out by adding another tax to your total when buying in B.C.  The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board revealed the number of homes being sold had dropped significantly and prices had stalled since it came into effect.  See below:

In the end, China coming in to sue for recovery of money will show some foreign investors that if they would like to own property in Canada, they should do it with their own money.  A wee ocean isn’t that much to cross to get back a few million.  The changes to mortgage loan values, as well as the vacancy tax starting in January for Vancouver, all help Canadians such as you and I buy and keep our properties.  Canadians who had to work for their millions and mansions. Right on China, Right on B.C.

Now that’s the Cats’ Meow in Real Estate.