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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

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.

Canada Housing Market Confidence

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Canadian Housing Market Confidence

RBC recently finished their long running Annual Home Ownership Poll in Canada. Poll and year number 21, to be exact. The news and outlook of entry buyers is encouraging – especially after witnessing how recent financial legistlations have left buyers positioned in our fastest growing economy of Edmonton. Here are some of the interesting points to note:

Young Canadians, aged 25 – 34, feel that housing remains a very good investment. Nearly nine in ten (86 per cent) of them believe that owning a house or condo is a very good investment, up from less than eight in ten (78 per cent) in 2013.

This confidence in the housing market is reflected in Canadians’ buying intentions. Nearly every region in Canada has shown an increase in their likelihood to purchase over the last year. The top factors considered by those who intend to buy this year include the stability of their job situation and manageable debt levels. Confidence in these areas indicates that Canadians are more mindful of their finances than in 2013, which directly impacts the ability to afford home ownership.

In particular, interest in purchasing from the 25-34 age group has increased significantly from one in four (25 per cent) in 2013 to nearly half (41 per cent) of respondents in 2014.

Also notable in the same poll results, is Canadians’ willingness to go it alone when it comes to home buying. Granted, the majority of Canadians (62 per cent) still intend to buy a home with their spouse or partner, but now more than one in four (28 per cent) Canadians intend to buy a home by themselves.

Alberta Highlights: Alberta saw an increase in likelihood of purchasing this year, up from 22 per cent in 2013 to 28 per cent in 2014. Perceived home price increases may also be key for Albertans, as more than half (52 per cent) believe that home prices will continue to rise next year.

British Columbia Highlights – In B.C., the percentage of those who are likely to buy a home has increased slightly, from one-in-five (20 per cent) in 2013 to more than one-in-five (22 per cent) in 2014. With four-in-ten (41 per cent) believing that housing prices will continue to rise next year, it signals that British Columbians want to get in while they feel they can and reinforces the positive investment sentiment.

Where do you want to be in 10 Years?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

I don’t believe prices will be coming down in the next 10 years.  With the projected work the province has coming up in the next three years, steadier and rising prices in the states as well as the fact that Edmonton is third largest and fastest growing Economic center in Canada – it is very easy for me to say – No, prices won’t be coming down by next year or most likely for the next decade.

Quotes from the Housing Market outlook – Canadian Edition  – Third Quarter 2014

“Economic growth in Alberta is expected to lead all provinces in Canada over the next two years.”

‘Consumer spending is also projected to rise, supported by strong population growth and rising wages.”

“The average MLS sales price is projected to increase to $396,800 in 2014 and then to $407,000 in 2015.  A higher level or demand relative to supply will help to lift resale prices in 2014.  As 2014 progresses, new listings are expected to increase and continue rising into 2014.”

 

Edmonton Housing Outlook 2015

Edmonton housing prices going up again in 2015!

If you can get a home now – I encourage you to do so.  I often look at townhouses that were bought for $77,000 10 years ago and are selling now around $214,000.  The question is – where do you want to be in 10 years?

How much are Home Prices going up across Canada?

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The national average for residential property creeps up.

The number of houses sold in May increased 5.9 per cent over the previous month, according to Canadian Real Estate Association data. The national average price climbed to $401,887 an increase of 0.8 per cent from April.

The Canadian Dollar and You.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

With the Canadian dollar’s value trending lower, and industry analysts expecting it to continue to trend lower to approximately the .90$ level, you may wonder how this affects you. Depending on your field of employment you may be affected very differently. Since the main economic engine in Alberta and Edmonton in particular, is the the energy sector; Alberta is poised to profit from a lower loonie.

As the price of the canuck buck drops, the cost of our oil and gas is lower to our neighbours to the south, and as such most energy companies from the south have more capital to invest in projects. If the loonie does drop to the expected .90$ that would result in a 10% savings for US companies doing business in our country, versus doing business at par.

If you’re a small business owner you could find profit in the lower dollar as well, with a lower dollar our goods are more attractive to foreigners, so if your business does a lot of export a low loonie is great news for you. The main downfall to the lower loonie comes when you start looking at importing goods, for the business that imports goods you may have to take a closer look at your profit margins and decide on the best course of action.

One other positive spin off from a lower loonie, is in the tourism sector, with the lower dollar some Canadians may chose to keep their vacations confined to our beautiful country, as well as more of our souther neighbours. As a whole Alberta generally benefits from a lower loonie, as has been represented in the past fluctuation of the Canadian dollar. So lower loonie, good or bad? This Realtor sees it as a positive way to keep the Alberta economy moving forward.

And That’s The Cats’ Meow

The Canadian Real Estate Market Predicitions 2013 – Kitty Bits

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

So all the numbers are in and we have some excellent indications of what will be happening in the Real Estate Market across Canada. The picture below shows some of the more important numbers and as you will find out in later posts, the numbers in Alberta come in just the same as we are seeing across Canada.  I absolutley love that there is an almost neutral belief in rising housing values.  As you will find out in later posts, Alberta is leading the way with a higher percentage.

Kitty Bits and the Canadian Real Estate Market 2013

Predictions for the Real Estate Market in Canada 2013

So in our chart you saw:

  • the Predicted price increase in housing values,
  • Who are the most serious planners and buyers across canada, what is their demographic
  • What percentage of real estate buyers can afford a 20% down payment or more,
  • How much of Canada in percentage believes housing values are going to rise and
  • What is the intended spending average for real estate and Canadians this year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post of Kitty Bits and hope to see you back again real soon, now that would be the Cats Meow.