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Local Farm Land In Nova Scotia - 01/27/10 01:02 PM
Family farming has been made unprofitable by the provincial and national agricultural policies of the past decades. Increasingly farmers feel pressured to sell their farmland for development. That temporarily solves the farmer's financial problems, but the long term consequences for us all is devastating . . . We need solutions to help farmers and in my opinion we need to keep real estate development out of farm land. Below is a video I helped film and edit on a local food project in Nova Scotia; it just makes sense. From the opening line of the video, "Maybe you, maybe you (0 comments)
When I speak with people everyone is so happy that their Real Estate value is going up throughout Halifax and Nova Scotia at large. Because their homes are worth more, right? Real Estate prices in Nova Scotia were up an average of 4.2% in 2009. But the flip side of that is the property assessments are going up too. Assessments were up an average of 6% in 2009. So why 6% if prices were only up 4.2%? That's a good question! Click on the thumbnail above to read the very short article on assessments. Mike Smith is a Realtor in (0 comments)
Nova Scotia Real Estate Trends and Stats - 01/19/10 12:55 PM
You know it's interesting to read all the different articles that come from basically the same source. (New Real Estate Stats were released last week as I reported on and you can see in my previous posts). However, I think this is the best article. It was from Roger Taylor for the Chronicle Herald. "At one time, people may have looked at a 30-year-old single-family home requiring some renovations and they were willing to overlook some deficiencies if it meant a lower price. Today, Smardon said, many buyers seem willing to pay a little more if the home needs less renovation." (1 comments)
Real Estate Home Values for 2009 in Halifax Nova Scotia - 01/16/10 02:22 PM
A very common question I get asked as a Halifax Real Estate Agent is, "Mike, you're a Realtor, what is going on with the market. Is my house value going up or down?" Well here are the statistics so you can answer your own question from CREA. This is follow up from my post yesterday: Please click on the this thumbnail to go direct to CREA's PDF file for more stats than you can possibly handle. But back to the original question. Real Estate values went up 4.2% in 2009 in Nova Scotia. (0 comments)
Canadian Real Estate Stats for 2009 are out - 01/16/10 02:10 PM
These stats were just released, today, from CREA (the Canadian Real Estate Association). Residential sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) of Canadian real estate boards numbered 27,744 units in December 2009. This stands 72 per cent above activity in December 2008. Please click on the thumbnail to read the full story from CREA. -Mike Smith is a Real Estate Agent in Halifax, Nova Scotia (0 comments)
Let's exchange links - this will help you and me! - 01/12/10 08:51 AM
I'm looking for some people who will provide me a link to my website on their blog or site: iListinHD.com Please link my site with the text Halifax Realtor and/or Nova Scotia Real Estate Agent. (This could be two links).
In return I'll will write a blog post back to your blog or website.
WHY DO ALL THIS? It's helps your search engine results with Google, Bing, yahoo, etc... There is tons to read about SEO (search engine optimization), but they all agree that cross link from related industry sites help a lot.
Just email me at mike@iListinHD.com when (0 comments)
Interest Rates staying low in Halifax, Nova Scotia - 01/12/10 08:41 AM
Here is good news if you were thinking of buying a home in Nova Scotia. The Bank of Canada is not going to be raising interest in the near future. Although it is interesting to note that some "experts" are saying there is a housing "bubble" beginning to form. I say interesting because last year we had one of the biggest Real Estate scares in decades with transactions almost stopping in Jan - Feb. Click on the thumbnail image above to read the full article. -Mike Smith is a Realtor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (2 comments)
Interest Rates going up soon? - 01/07/10 09:12 AM
We all know the historically low interest rates will not last forever. This means it is still a very good time to buy a house. Or, for that matter, a great to sell also as there are more buyers. But how long will all this last? Above is a great article from the National Post that goes in depth as to what is going to happen with interest rates in the future... (Mike Smith is a Realtor in Halifax, Nova Scotia) (3 comments)
Real Estate Consumer Confidence for Atlantic Canada - 01/06/10 11:31 AM
As reported by CREA, the Canadian Real Estate Association, the consumer confidence rose in Atlantic Canada for 2009. This was not true for all the Provinces. Here is the part of the article that deals with Atlantic Canada: Atlantic region Consumer sentiment improved significantly in the fourth quarter of 2009, continuing its rise above pre-recession levels according to the Conference Board of Canada’s index of consumer confidence for the region. This marked the fourth consecutive increase in confidence. Sentiment about making major purchases, such as a home or a car, held steady. The balance of sentiment about big-ticket purchases remained positive (0 comments)
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