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The HST is Coming

The following is a combination of the perspectives of a CENTURY 21 realtor in Ontario, and one in British Columbia, about the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) coming to both their provinces in 2010. Last month, the Government of Ontario formally launched its latest assault on homeowners, purchasers and sellers with the introduction of legislation to harmonize the provincial sales tax and goods and services ...

CENTURY 21 Brand #1 With a Bullet

A whopping 99% brand awareness! That's impressive in any industry, and it's the level of brand awareness that CENTURY 21 can claim in the US real estate industry - as revealed by venerable newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, and LORE (Lives of Real Estate) Magazine in their 2009 Residential Real Estate Study: CENTURY 21 ranks 1st in the industry in Brand Awareness, with 99% brand awareness among ...
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Visions of Sustainable Housing

Anyone who knows me knows that I've been dreaming of building my own "earthship" on a large acreage (enough for a woodlot, orchard and gardens)  for many years now. I think about this all the time and someday in the not-so-distant future it will become a reality. I love growing vegetables/gardening, and definitely love the idea of living in a home that can provide me with self-sustaining renewable ...

The Olympic Torch Blazes Across the Maritimes

It was a suitable party this morning when more than 12,000 people gathered at the new track and field stadium at Universite de Moncton to welcome the Olympic flame to our area.  It had made its way over from PEI earlier in the day and went through Moncton last night. The Olympic torch wound its way through Riverview and headed towards Fundy Park, Sussex, and on to Saint John. My wife and I watched ...

Flipping Houses for Profit

A colleague of mine just discovered homes in her city being auctioned by the municipality after repossession for large amounts of back taxes owed. She checked it out, and got excited when she saw a downtown single-family dwelling assessed at $170,000 that only requires a minimum bid of $27,000 (!) in the auction. Never mind that the auction is blind - truly blind, not just in terms of bids made by ...

No Intention to Replace MLS

On Friday November 13th, Garry Marr of The Financial Post wrote the article, "Realtors Edge Towards MLS Alternative" and, unfortunately may have given the impression that I am exploring, or in favour of, replacing the MLS system as it exists in Canada. Let me be clear: There was never any intention on my part to indicate that what CENTURY 21 has discussed in the past with the other real estate brands ...
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A More Accessible Home

It's good to see the federal government providing financial relief to Canadians living with disabilities when it comes to buying a more accessible home. If you need a dwelling better suited to your personal needs and care - and can indicate that this is why you're moving - you're entitled to the same help granted to first time home buyers by the Canadian government with the Home Buyers Tax Credit ...

BMO 'Ask an Expert': 5 Tips for First-time Homebuyers

I recently appeared as the first guest in the Bank of Montreal's Ask An Expert" video podcast series, hosted by John Turner, BMO's Director of Mortgages. The subject of my interview was "5 Great Tips for First-Time Homebuyers." The following is an edited summary of my comments; the entire video interview can be seen on YouTube. Tip #1: Practice Makes Perfect How can first-time home buyers practice ...

Remembrance Day - A Video To Remember

Today is Remembrance Day: Please take 3 minutes to watch this video about our brave Canadian men and women serving in the military. For all who have, and those who still do, put their lives on the line to protect us and keep us free from oppression... thank you. Sheena Curran is the managing broker at Century 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd. in Oakville, ON.

Realtor Helps Bring Clean Water to Africa

Recently our very own realtor Glenn Moore and his wife Wendy took part in a trip to Uganda and Kenya in support of The Water School, a Canadian non-profit organization founded in 2007 to provide simple, safe, sustainable clean water solutions to the developing world. The group implements solar disinfection through its integrated teaching program of health and hygiene, called Ray of Hope. Families ...
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