Archive for October, 2008

Are We Close to the Bottom of This Real Estate Market Cycle?

Part 4 of a 5 post series Someone said to me recently that they thought we were nearing the bottom of the market.  I couldn’t disagree more and I think there is more bad news ahead and we still have a way to go before balance returns to the market.  There is an overbuild of […]

The Things Buyers Need To Consider Right Now

Part 3 of a 5 post series Surprisingly, I think I have shown more property in the last month during this “slow-down” than I have in any other month of this year.  People WANT to buy but they are afraid so many are taking a wait and see approach which is in turn creating a […]

The Things Sellers Need To Consider Right Now

Part 2 of a 5 post series Close to 70% of Canadians own their own homes and we know that real estate has always proven to be a solid, long term investment.  Unlike a mutual fund or gold bar, you can live in the investment.  The dream of home ownership is very much alive.  Because […]

So, How’s The Real Estate Market You Ask?

Part 1 of a 5 post series Let’s talk about that.  All of us read and hear about the global financial crisis and every day, the media is filled with what amounts to horror stories about the economy.  Conventional wisdom says REALTORS®, Financial Planners and other advisors with a self-interest only preach the positive as […]

Breaking News… Is Fortress (Intrawest) In Trouble?

I was having an email chat today with Vancouver real estate Broker, Maggie Chandler.  In one of her emails back to me, she included a clip from a newsletter written by Vancouver Real Estate Guru, Ozzie Jurock that happened to have a little line in it that said, “We also hear of Intrawest being in […]

Canada Ranks #1. Whew.

Did you know that Canada ranks #1 in the Global Competitiveness Report of having the lowest incidence of malaria?  Not a surprise. Moncton REALTOR®, Larry Estabrooks,  recently drew my attention to this report put out by the World Economic Forum.  In it, Canada ranked 10th overall in terms of Global Competitiveness which is no small […]

House Prices Are Not The Only Thing To Watch

While everyone is busy keeping an eye on real estate prices, I would like to suggest that keeping an eye on INTEREST RATES is equally important.  I know this first hand since once upon a time in 1981, my husband and I had a mortgage with an interest rate of 21.5%!  Our little $40,000 mortgage […]

Collingwood Boom Continues

There were a few interesting tidbits in today’s local newspaper that seem worth sharing: Collingwood issued over $3 million worth of new building permits in September bringing the year-to-date total to a rather stunning $81.18 million for the first nine months of the year compared to $35 million for the same period last year.  Seems […]

Keeping the Friendship Ball In Play

Sometimes life throws you little curves and yesterday, it was a curve BALL for me. I’ve always been intrigued by a few of the regular Canadian bloggers on a real estate site I frequent (ActiveRain) and in particular, Sylvie Conde in Toronto has always caught my attention.  Just read her blog to see how unfailingly kind […]

Condo Before and After Pictures. WOW!

I have a very talented and smart client.  She recently made a significant life change upon her retirement by leaving the city to move to Collingwood to live a quality lifestyle. This gal purchased a run-down condo that had the right bones, a fabulous location and a good price.  Then she set her mind to making it hers […]

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