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Another 5 Star Review for this REALTOR

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Another 5 Star Review for this Edmonton Realtor

Another 5 Star Review for this Edmonton Realtor

Jeanine recently helped us buy our first home in Edmonton and we could not have been more pleased with the process! My partner and I contacted Jeanine initially based on the positive experience I had when I accompanied a friend to look at homes (for her) in Edmonton earlier in 2017. Jeanine came to our first meeting enthusiastic and well prepared, and every interaction we had with her after that was the same. She’s the perfect balance between professionalism and complete honesty which was a real asset given we were first time home buyers.

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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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Why should You do business with a Remax® REALTOR®?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

RE/MAX® versus the Edmonton Real Estate Industry

RE/MAX® holds the number one position in Edmonton with 41.72% of all sales in Edmonton involving a REMAX® REALTOR®.

Simply the Best! These aren’t catty remarks for this Edmonton REALTOR®

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Tears of joy for our family today. Thanking the Lord for his many blessings. Cheers! House warming shindig coming soon! And a huge thank you to our amazing REALTOR Jeanine B. Osborne for all the hard work and dedication. Simply the best!

-Anita Stewart, Edmonton-

Thanks Anita, Now that’s the Cats’ Meow!

What is Up with the Edmonton Housing Market?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Don’t Get Too Caught Up in the National Storylines.

Spring Mewsletter 2015 by the Cats Meow at Remax Real Estate

Edmonton Housing Market 2015

Spring 2015 Edmonton Housing Market

I have been wondering how to tell you folks where we’re at for this year; following the news, the stats and all the talk  has led me to do a lot of research into what is really going on in Edmonton and with  specific regards to housing.

‘They’ talk about consumer confusion about our market and I can see why.  Even inside the industry, not very much makes sense to me, everyone has a different statistic and  everyone claims to be right. However, repeatedly I find myself disproving more of what our industry experts ‘quote.’

The fact is, Edmonton saw another year of growth, higher than the average of Canada, and we have higher wages, as well as lower unemployment rates. The condo market saw more than 8% increases than the average for the rest of our country.  We are still poised for growth.  Maybe not leaps and bounds growth as we are used to, but positive growth must not be confused with the word ‘recession.’

As I write this, I have two articles in front of me in opposition of the other, both by headline newspapers, one calling for an excellent spring market and the other calling for a recession. It’s ridiculous what they get away with reporting, all for the sake of content and increased frequency publications.

The Yukon saw a 22% drop in home prices year over year and the local news is reporting a ‘softening’ of the market, due to the fact that the market was inflated over what was stable.  Yet, no one there is running for the hills and home owners are still selling and buying and owners are still making profits.

According to CREA, The Canadian Real Estate Association, of which I am a member; the average home price in Edmonton is still well within the  means of the average family income and average family debt.  Home owners are still listing their homes at higher rates than what they think they can sell for, because that is just how real estate is played.

Real Estate has always been a long term investment that can set you up when you invest your money wisely.  I’m glad to be a part of your past and I look forward to helping you in the future. Now that’s the Cats’ Meow.

Registration Costs for Real Estate in Edmonton, Alberta

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
How much more money will Home Buyers need in Edmonton, Alberta?

How much more money will Home Buyers need in Edmonton, Alberta?

Within the past week there has been a bunch of buzzing news in my industry.  The budget has been a hot topic here in Alberta and mostly it is due to the lack of taxes coming from Oil and Gas.  While I would love to get into a conversation about politics, and have a blame session, and though it is Wine Wednesday (shout out to all the Berries out there) that topic would be better left to my core group of friends, family and those that truly know how I like to joke.  I’ll keep politics out of the Meow Blog.  So back to the budget.

The Alberta 2015 Budget comes with added costs to Albertans and Edmontonians in many ways.  I have heard of many of them through the news, but it was shocking to me when I got an Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) Advisory this week that spoke about the changes for consumers of Real Estate.

As of July 1st, 2015 there will be a 400% increase in the cost of purchasing a home here in Edmonton, or anywhere in Alberta for that matter.

What really tweets me off was the fact that Service Alberta went on record to say that they identified real estate associations among the stakeholders who were consulted on increases to fees related to the transfer of real estate.  The AREA went on record to say:

‘the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA), the provincial, professional association for Albertas’ 10,000 REALTORS, was not one of the stakeholders consulted on these increases.’  #thingsthatmakeyougohmmm

Here’s a breakdown based on a $500,000 home with a $400,000 mortgage:

Land Title Registration $150 $675
Mortgage Registration $130 $555
TOTAL $280 $1,230

So there you have it, Real Estate fees are on the rise.  The government needs more money from the corporate sector so they are taxing the middle class.  This years budget is all about ‘Sin taxes’.  So buying real estate is now a sin… I bet Moses never saw that one coming.

I have said, and I will continue to say that Edmonton is a great place to live, work and grown equity in your home.  That way, when you retire, you can move to the coast, buy a sailboat and live like a queen.  Now that’s the Cats’ Meow.

Not Some Catty Remarks – Review for Jeanine Boutet Osborne

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Jeanine is a fantastic, professional and knowledgeable Realtor. She made the process of purchasing my first home so incredibly easy. She consistently went above and beyond to ensure I was purchasing a home that was right for me. She was always prompt and courteous in answering my many questions and gave good honest advice. I never felt like she was pressuring me to make a quick sale and when I did find the right place she fought to make it happen. For anyone looking to buy or sell a home I would wholeheartedly recommend Jeanine. She is definitely someone you want on your team.

-Mat Fasullo-

A Canadian First – Hawk the Trauma Dog

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Calgary Police Trauma Dog

Hawk the Trauma Dog – Calgary Police

Here’s something I can sink my teeth into. A large step in the understanding of the abilities of our creatures on this great big planet of ours. As an advocate of animals, I am happy to showcase another example of the greater good animals provide. Which brings me to Hawk.

My head wants to call him the ‘Wonder dog’ though you can refer to him as a Calgary Police dog and even better than that his title is a ‘Trauma Dog.’ Hawk started his career in October of 2013, and just over a year later he is helping a very little girl with one of the toughest moments in her life.

She had some play dates with Hawk, the Labrador Retreiver and his ‘animal spirit’ of ‘unconditional acceptance’ rose right to the top. He walks past others and goes straight to her in the court room. He just knows where he is needed.

“When you’re dealing with young kids who have been victimized by adults it’s hard for them to connect to another adult, but suddenly something magical happens when a dog like Hawk makes his appearance. I mean it’s just immediate trust. There’s things that can be done through animals, through dogs, that just can’t be done no matter how hard we try as people,” said Chief Rick Hanson of the Calgary Police Force.

It’s a Canadian first, and Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, the founder of Courthouse Dogs came up with the idea of pairing victims of crimes and dogs about a decade ago. It is already popular in the US and I am hoping it will become more prominent in the world. This REALTOR hopes that alongside the greater service needs from Earths friendly creatures will come greater rights. Right as this is going on; there is a Canadian movement to change the laws for animals, because without the law behind the issue there is little to no recourse for how abusers and oppressors are dealt with.

The Animal Charter is premised on the recognition that animals experience suffering and pleasure in a way that is not biologically distinguishable from that of humans; that discrimination on the basis of arbitrary characteristics—like species—is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law; and that our legal system must not exclude the most vulnerable members of society.

It is a telling comment on the western world that legislation for the prevention of cruelty to animals (started with horses) predated protection of children in most areas. A century ago in England, eight- and nine-year-old children were forced to work longer hours in the coal mines than the pit mules, which were protected by law. In 1884, John Colam, Secretary of the RSPCA, helped to form the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

I wish that neither the Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the Society for the prevention of cruelty to children had to exist in this world. Perhaps this type of pairing is exactly what the world needs to witness, to learn how to speak up and prevent cruelty to both.

Is it Time to Retire to the Island? What’s going on there anyways?

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Vancouver Island Real Estate Market 2014

Vancouver Island Real Estate Market 2014

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Market

I used to live on the Island, Campbell River to be exact. When I had left, it was just at the start of the recession and everywhere I looked you saw ‘For Sale’ signs; be it for boats, cars and houses, even estates. It was so sad to see stability move out, people go back to where they lived before the downturn and it was impossible to look anywhere for economic confidence and financial security. Housing and Yacht prices tanked. Fast forward a few years and we are starting to see some good news.

The Island is built on a small number of industries and one of those industries is Tourism. Before, when you would travel down the road, you couldn’t get a half kilometer without seeing some US Citizens huge RV and ‘SUV’ in tow. It’s just not like that anymore, though it is a bit better.

Tourism is up, single family home sales are up, condo sales are up, rental rates are up and rental vacancy is down. That all points to a rebounding market and increased consumer confidence in the area. It’s no wonder Chinese developers are looking to build a 270 room in Nanaimo where the average single family home sells for $361,0964 and condos sell for $252,273. This is the most active region on the Island for real estate.

Across the Island, the average selling price of single family dwellings has reached $337,664 – up 2% in comparison to the annual 4-6% we see here in Edmonton, as well as being up 11% in total volume. Average condo prices fetch $240,101 on the Island.

The summer of 2014 saw the highest occupancy numbers Nanaimo has experienced in years with rates up 9.2% from last ago. The increase in tourism is attributed to special events and the strengthening US dollar.

Check out Tourism Nanaimo’s award winning campaign “You Won’t be Sorry” to see what is causing all the stir.

With the increase in rental rates, the decrease in vacancy rates, improved employment rates, immigration and rising rental demands – The Island is uniquely positioned to offer cash-flow investment opportunities based on the combination of high rental rates and affordable purchase prices.

Perhaps it’s time for you to get in and get building equity.

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.