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:: Learn to love your problems in Real Estate :: - 02/28/07 10:32 AM
I was looking back through my past client data base, specifically the people whom I have done repeat business with over the years, trying to find a single common thread between them.I was baffled at first. There was no common demographic. They were of all ages, buyers, sellers, investors. Some were first time buyers, some were down-sizers nothing seemed to suggest that there was any similarity between them. These repeat clients didn't all stem from first deals that went over without a hitch either, in fact in many instances there were complications with the transactions I had done with this group (2 comments)
:: Younger Canadian Mortgage holders sited as most fiscally aware :: - 02/28/07 08:22 AM
Results from a survey conducted by CMHC in the latter part of 06 revealed that 75% of Canadian home owners put paying off the mortgage as soon as possible to the head of the to do list. At least half of those surveyed said the cash surplus when available was put toward paying down the mortgage. Younger home owners were sited as being the most fiscally aware when it came to the mortgage.Also revealed was that 86% of Canadians prefer their lender to be a Canadian Institution and that 84% were satisfied with the mortgage product they had chosen. This is (0 comments)
:: Barrie Ontario man's crusade to find fairness in the Oil Industry :: - 02/23/07 09:30 AM
The big oil companies once again have us by the, well they have us where they like to have us. Between a Rail Strike by CN and a refinery fire in Ontario, we in Ontario and parts elsewhere are finding pump prices precariously close to the buck a liter mark despite drops in international oil prices. Imperial oil has closed its stations. Other stations dependent on Imperial for supply have closed up this week as well. The remaining companies have pushed up their prices at the pump as a result. One spokesperson for the major oil retailers in Ontario stated yesterday. "By (0 comments)
:: Capital Gains Tax deferrals, and Capital Cost Allowance Recapture rollovers :: - 02/22/07 02:39 PM
From: Brennan, James [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ] Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2007 10:21 AM Ladies and Gentlemen, As you know, the Department of Finance is now in the process of finalizing the content for the 2007 Federal Budget. We now know that it will be presented in the House of Commons by Minister Jim Flaherty on Monday March 19th, 2007 - one week before PAC Days. On February 15th, CREA's CEO Pierre Beauchamp participated in a small face-to-face roundtable meeting with Minister Flaherty and Parliamentary Secretary Diane Ablonczy at the Minister's office in Ottawa . At this meeting he outlined and (4 comments)
:: How many Real Estate websites does it take to fill an Internet? :: - 02/20/07 12:30 PM
It was a tight squeeze but I have managed to find room for two more Real Estate related websites within the Internet. The hardest part was finding two domain names that have not been grabbed up already. Most of the obvious ones were scooped up long ago so anyone entering into the arena today has to be more creative and far reaching in finding an available internet domain name. Click to continue (2 comments)
:: On the whole, things look pretty good :: - 02/17/07 09:42 PM
Next time you think your world is falling apart because you have not closed a deal in over a month, have a look at this. You might feel better. If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following: There would be: 57 Asians 21 Europeans 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south 8 Africans 52 would be female 48 would be male 70 would be non-white 30 would be white 70 would be non-Christian 30 would be Christian 89 would be heterosexual 11 (0 comments)
:: Barrie Home owners say "Enough with the snow already" :: - 02/12/07 09:33 PM
About this time each year the winter weather has lost its novelty and I find myself looking out the window trying to mentally recall what the yard looked like before the snow started. In the last couple weeks we have gone from a nice thin powdery cover on the ground, which was enough for me, to head high snowbanks that make backing out of the driveway or turning some corners a game of blind mans bluff.
Barrie is an hour north of Toronto and about 30 miles south east of Georgian Bay which delivers its moisture in the form of snow squalls (4 comments)
:: Barrie Real Estate Market off to a good start for 2007 :: - 02/09/07 11:43 AM
Barrie and District Real Estate Board January Statistics: MLS® sales start strong in January MLS® sales in the region served by the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS® increased this January compared to both the previous month and the same month last year. A total of 277 property transactions were recorded through the Association's MLS® system in January. This represents an increase of 15 per cent compared to the 240 sales reported in December and is up six per cent compared to the 262 sales reported in January 2006. The total value of all properties sold through the Association's MLS® system in (0 comments)
:: Important things to consider when selling privately (part one of two) :: - 02/09/07 11:17 AM
If you have decided that now is the time to sell your home, you might be thinking should I hire a realtor® or do it alone. Have you ever considered repairing your own car? Anyone can buy the tools and parts. However, most of us just do not have the knowledge, training, experience or the expertise and commitment of time to do the job properly. Besides, there are plenty of experienced professionals to do the work for us. If you are tempted to do it yourself and "save" the real estate commissions this article will be of great help to you (2 comments)
:: Flipper Nation: Episode III :: - 02/09/07 08:15 AM
Wow! Judging from the page visits to the first two episodes; people are really enjoying this. I can't promise when the next episode of "Flipper Nation" is going to be available as it is still in the creation stages. Ill keep everyone posted. Click on the link to view the most recent episode in the Flipper Nation series. Enjoy. Click to View Episode III (1 comments)
:: How are things shaping up in your area? :: - 02/08/07 03:56 PM
Amongst the personal postings I post industry related news stories on my blogs from time to time. Some died-in-the-wool bloggers discourage this as there is no real creative process involved. I like to look on it as being a news hound and sharing what I find. What I would really like to see is some opinion generated from these posts. Lets start with my previous post. How does this story on the 2007 market forecast stand up in your area? If you are in Alberta no doubt even with a slight cooling of the market it will still be a good year. (0 comments)
This picture was taken as the ice was going out of the bay last April. The ice came in late this year (end of January) but winter is making up for it. We have received about two feet of snow in the past 48 hours. Barrie is central to Ontario's best skiing and snowmobile trails. (0 comments)
I saw this picture this morning reading the paper and caught it again jumping around the internet tonight. A 5000 year old couple discovered locked eternally in an embrace near Mantova, Italy. The picture is one of those that begs for a clever and or funny caption underneath Does anyone have any suggestions? (0 comments)
Housing Starts in 2006 Reach Their Second Highest Level in Nearly Two Decades Despite Cooling in December OTTAWA — New home starts are estimated at 227,400 in 2006, surpassing the level in 2005, reaching their second highest level in nearly two decades. However, the seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts decreased to 211,500 units in December from November's 229,300 units, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). “Growth in 2006 housing starts was driven by low mortgage rates, solid employment and income growth, and a high level of consumer confidence. Even with the slowing trend in residential construction (0 comments)
:: Is Housvalues.com legit? :: - 02/01/07 12:34 PM
I have been having warm n' fuzzy dialogues for the past couple days with a sales agent at housevalues.com I was convinced after yesterdays conversation that I would be an idiot for not signing up for the "going - going - gone" last territory in my area that is guaranteed to bring me a minimum of 10 leads per month. The quick math in my head worked (about $40 per lead or $4800 a year for the service.) One deal could pay for it, the rest is gravy This morning I did my due diligence on the net and opened a Pandora's box (1 comments)
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