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Grow Your Business with Google

  Google is an intrinsic part of our daily online lives. It is the world’s largest and busiest search engine and widely used for online email storage, as a map and navigation tool, is a rapidly growing social networking site and is the number one choice of the masses when searching for images and video content. There is no doubt that Google has transformed our online world, so ...

Canadian housing market to slow moderately this year: CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is forecasting a moderate slowdown in new-home construction starts as well as sales of existing housing. The Ottawa-based federal agency isn't calling for a major decline, but its latest forecast suggests next year will be somewhat softer than estimates CMHC issued in June while 2012 may be somewhat stronger than previously expected. CMHC has been saying ...

Canadian buyers face more competition as U.S. housing recovers

House prices in the U.S. are showing fresh signs of improvement, and market-watchers say the window of opportunity could be closing for bargain-hunting Canadians eyeing potential investment or getaway properties. Workers frame the first home in a new Trend Homes community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Real estate experts say the metro Phoenix metro housing market is recovering faster than ...

7 Questions to Answer Before You Start Blogging

I get questions from agents every week asking for advice on starting a blog. While it is fairly easy to start, commitment and perseverance is the key to success. So before you do anything else, take a few minutes to examine the reasons why you want to start a blog. 1. What is the purpose for the blog? Promote new listings? Share your industry and/or neighbourhood knowledge? Answer commonly ...
Tags: Social Media

Real Estate Videos – 4 Easy Ideas to Try Today!

The internet is increasingly becoming something we watch versus read; that’s why adding video content to your real estate website, blog or social media sites is an important tool to increase your value proposition to current clients and help win new ones! So what are you waiting for? Inspiration… Here’s 4 super easy ways to start using video in your real estate ...
Tags: Technology

Greater Toronto Housing Report Infographic – July 2012

Total sales and average selling price in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were up compared to the same period last year. “The GTA housing market became better-supplied in recent months.  Buyers benefitted from more choice in the market place, resulting in less upward pressure on the average home price in July,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. ...

Why It’s Still a Good Time to Buy Canadian Real Estate

For every economist who tells you Canadian real estate prices are headed for a crash, there is another who says prices will remain stable — with both sides using a lot of “averages” to justify their points. Who is right? When it comes to Toronto real estate, one argument goes like this: The average home price is $500,000. The average income for a family is less ...
Tags: Home Buyers

7 Reasons to Start a Real Estate Blog Today!

I often get asked by real estate agents whether or not they should start a blog. The answer is always YES! A real estate blog is a MUST for building online credibility, here’s why … 1. A blog is much more than just an online dairy, it’s a great way to position yourself as a local expert by consistently publishing articles that share your knowledge of real estate ...
Tags: Social Media

Why Use Video to Sell Real Estate?

    Home sellers love it and so do buyers, but agents haven’t been so quick to jump on the video bandwagon. Here are five reasons why every agent should consider video to sell their listings and professional brand.     1. Saves Time Video tours save buyers and sellers countless hours in preview appointments and open houses. True video tours ...
Tags: Technology

Toronto Condo Boom Not a Bubble: RBC report

According to a new report from the Royal Bank of Canada, prices will cool in Toronto's booming condominium market in the year ahead, but concern about a bubble is overblown as demographics and strong investor demand will insulate the market from a crash, economists at Canada's largest bank said on Tuesday. Read the entire report, click here: RBC Toronto Condo Report.   The research department ...