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Happy New Year! - 12/31/10 03:44 PM
I hope everyone had a great holiday season. We spent Christmas with our family in Vancouver. And you know what... Vancouver is not colder than Edmonton!!!I always hear "Oh it's a damp cold it feels colder." I can say for a fact that a damp 8C is still much, much warmer than a dry -20C!We're off again for a few days to relax in the Rockies. Everyone have a very prosperous and healthy 2011. It's going to be a great turnaround year!HAPPY NEW YEAR!Todd and Danielle Millar (2 comments)
Save the date - Alberta REIN All Day Workshop - 12/22/10 05:49 PM
Attend REIN Private 2011 Kick-Off Workshop as a Guest... Get a Rare "Inside Look" on How REIN Members Will Make 2011 Their Best Year Ever, Dramatically Increasing Their Record $3,225,580,000 in Positive Cash Flow Real Estate When you attend the January 15th Alberta REIN™ "closed-door" All-Day Implementation Workshop as a VIP Guest, you'll discover all you need to invest in the right area! Click HERE to get to the REIN site.
CBC Turkey Drive Results - 12/21/10 02:32 PM
A big Congrats to CBC Radio 1 raised over $80,000 for the Edmonton Food Bank. What a great way to give this year! Visit the Turkey Drive site here. (1 comments)
When Is The Alberta Economy Going To Kick It Into Gear Anyways? - 12/18/10 06:21 PM
Pretty darn soon, judging by the Suncor, Total $1.8 Billion Oil Sands deal....What was originally thought to be a cyclical downturn, turned into a much deeper and widespread recession. However, the turning point falls in step with the cyclical upswing that was earlier projected. From the Billions of dollars that has been sat on in Alberta, we can start to see signs of life. 2012-2016 will be another growth period, although more tempered than the boom and 'bust' you've seen before. I suppose you can't accurately call it a 'bust' if it does, in-fact, keep going. The meat of this article (0 comments)
Giving the Gift of Shut Up - 12/18/10 09:38 AM
Dear Friends and Partners, Get ready for an awesome New Year 2011 as we move forward with an investing period akin to the early 2000's. You'll see; steady economic growth, modest property prices, low mortgage rates, ample supply of residential buildings, positive in-migration and increasing rents.These key indicators among other factors, put you in the right position to be for the next 5-7 year cycle, which will start showing momentum from 2012. If you feel the fear, challenge and uncertainty of the times, take a big chunk of Steve Chandler's advice along with you into the New Year.This will be the (0 comments)
5 Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season - EPL - 12/18/10 09:20 AM
5 Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season - EPL I've always been a huge fan of the library and now I'm a huge fan of their newsletter. It's got so much great information, recommended book and interviews with your local librarian. Great job Edmonton Public library!
This month they've given 5 ways you can cut your holiday spending:1. Make your own egg nog at home. And cookies. And gingerbread houses. Pick up the how-to guides free at your local library.2. Make your own decorations and Christmas cards at home instead of buying them at the store.3. Give loved ones (0 comments)
This and That - 12/17/10 12:26 PM
Home sales rise for fourth month - "In particular, Great Vancouver posted gains of 11.3%, while Montreal was up 8.2%, Edmonton rose 6.9% and Toronto increased 6%. Ottawa saw gains of 4.2% and Calgary advanced by 2.6%."Edmonton market is currently a strong buyer's market. The prices are soft due to the amount of product on the market and seasonal effects. Even if it wasn't a buyer's market December and January are great times to buy.Industry touts benefits of Canadian oil sands - "Canadian oil sands development is some of the best energy and economic news America has heard in years," Cindy (0 comments)
Listen in to CBC real estate interview - 12/17/10 09:49 AM
Click here to hear Realtor Rod Thompson give an update on Edmonton's real estate market.He confirms it's a buyer's market but points out that selling and getting your price takes a lot more skill in these times. Buyer's take your pick because it's a great time for you. I'm buying now too!He also touches on the importance of staging, the new mls.ca listing rules and 2011 market forecast. (0 comments)
Alberta Best to Invest in Canada - 12/12/10 08:04 AM
You know I feel like I've written this blog before like here and here and here.There are so many similarities between now and when we started investing in 2002. The soft real estate market prices, the low interest rates, the Alberta economy being praised as a star and the in-migration of workers to jobs in Alberta."With Canada's lowest corporate and personal income taxes, most flexible labour market, smallest government and relatively low level of red tape, Alberta continues to offer an investment climate that is the most attractive nationwide," Charles Lammam, senior policy analyst with the Fraser Institute. Read moreI've noticed (0 comments)
R.S.P and Second Mortgage Financing - 12/09/10 05:57 PM
You may hear about this investment strategy this is what it means: Hold A Mortgage – YOU are the Bank You Have Control On Investment Selection, Direction and Return On Investment (ROI) Truly A “Self Directed” Sophisticated Investment You Can Physically SEE Your Investment Invest in REAL Property ..not Ideas! Why would you hold a mortgage? “Solid Secure Superior Investment Return” Gets You Into The Real Estate “Investment”Game Easily & Safely Guaranteed Returns Not Available From Mutual Funds & Stocks with Less RISK! Cash In On Alberta's Real Estate and World Leading Economy What are your options? “2nd Mortgage” Investing Cash (0 comments)
Boxing Day comes early to real estate investors! - 12/09/10 12:57 PM
Take advantage of the REIN "Blowout Sale“ all the programs, books, kits and other resources produced by Canada's #1 real estate investment education company are on sale at 20 -50% off regular prices.For example, you can get $200 off the regularly-priced $587 A.C.R.E. Homestudy kit, the incredibly effective introduction to real estate investing in Canada.Whether you're interested in getting started, or adding a more sophisticated strategy to your bag of investing tricks, or perhaps looking for that perfect Christmas gift for a family member or friend,Click Here to see the list of discounted products. Increase your savings with free shipping on (0 comments)
7 Factors That Affect Your Home's Value - Canada Realty News - 12/08/10 02:13 PM
I've been going over old newsletters that I get from a score of industry leaders. The Bett's article outlines that the price of your home is determined by more factors that you might think. They list:1. Location2. Features3. Condition4. Home Improvements5. Market Conditions6. Seller Motivation7. MarketingIn a buyer's market, in the middle of winter, you need to look at all the aspects and excel at them all. Trying to sell now is what we call motivated - that means you'll need to allow you MAY get less than you expect.You can't change the location but you can make a lot of (2 comments)
Financially Frostbitten - Warm up Today. - 12/02/10 05:45 PM
If you're like me, over the next few weeks you won't just be checking your Christmas list - but your goal list for '10 and '11. What works best for me is to track and measure my progress in a 90 day format, breaking goals down to weekly and daily targets. At the end of the year Danielle and I sit down and plan the New Year goals we have, both business and pleasure. I read an interesting interview about a South African band that I like. Upon finally getting their 'big break' in the U.S., the interviewer asked the band (2 comments)
We have a new family member! - 12/02/10 05:02 PM
Yesterday was Edmonton Humane Society's famous Wish Upon a Whiskers Wednesday . In the spirit of Christmas/ the holidays all cats with white markings were up for fee free adoption. We went but fell in love with a beautiful black cat so we paid but it's for a great cause!I looked at their site today and they've hit an all time adoption record of 124 animals! What a huge success. We barely made it out of there with only one new friend (some chinchillas were beckoning). "124 animals were adopted out of the Edmonton Humane Society on Wednesday, December 1 setting (7 comments)
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