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The majority of consumers start their house search online. But could the real estate agent's website’s functionality be turning off potential homebuyers?

 

A few common mistakes that real estate websites and apps are making, including:

  1. The website displays only minimal information.
  2. The website requires the consumer to "log in" prior to seeing the details or more than a single photo.
  3. The website is not mobile adaptive.
  4. The website does not have a consumer-friendly search capability.
  5. The real agent doesn't respond to inquiries through their website.

Let me know if there are other items that you hate about real estate websites.

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June spells a gradual recovery.

 

Stable prices in detached sector signal balanced conditions despite increased inventory.

 

Calgary’s housing market in June saw a modest improvement in sales along with an increase in new listings.

 

However, demand gains have not kept pace with the amount of new listings coming onto the market. This caused inventory levels to increase to 6,659 units, which is 11 percent higher than last year’s levels.

 

Despite the recent shift in inventory this month, second quarter activity continues to demonstrate improved supply-demand balance and price stability. City wide benchmark prices totaled $441,500 in June. This is a 0.5 percent gain over last month and nearly one percent higher than last year... - Source: CREB®

 

 

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Home prices remained stable in May.

 

Demand for detached housing continues to rise.

 

Fueled by the detached sector, Calgary home prices trended up for the fourth consecutive month, but remain below 2014 highs.

 

“The economic climate is supporting detached housing market recovery,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

 

“Improved demand and easing supply has created more balanced conditions and ultimately some modest price gains. While it will still take some time for prices to recover, the transition in the detached segment is an important first step to stabilization across all segments of the housing market.”... - Source: CREB®

 

 

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After a long period of disconnect between supply and demand, Calgary's detached housing sector is firmly in balanced territory. Sales were still 10 percent below long-term trends in March, but above levels seen in recent years, while average inventory declined compared to last year, supporting price stability in the detached market.

 

 

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Most people have heard the terms “Buyers' Market”, “Sellers' Market” and "Balanced Market", but do you know what they really mean and how they're determined?

 

There are many factors which affect the real estate market — interest rates, employment, investment growth, legislative changes and new construction, to name just a few. All of these factors influence the real estate market in some way.

 

In a Buyer’s Market, there are more homes for sale than there are buyers. This could be a result of high unemployment, fear of interest rate increases or other factors which make people think twice about purchasing a home for the first time or moving up into a larger home.

 

The advantage buyers have in a Buyers’ Market is that they can typically take a little more time and look at more options before buying. Buyers also have more options because sellers are more anxious to sell. Overall, home prices may remain somewhat stable or go down in...

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Calgary Real Estate Market Share - February 2015

(ALL brands - Franchised and Independents)

 

 

Data Source: Calgary Real Estate Board

© 2015 - Thomas Bushey

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Calgary Real Estate Market Share - February 2015

(ALL brands - Franchised and Independents)

 

 

Data Source: Calgary Real Estate Board

© 2015 - Thomas Bushey

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CREB®Now reporter Kelsey Hipkin got an exclusive chance to sit down with Kevin O’Leary at the 2015 CREB® Forecast Conference and Tradeshow.
 
 

 

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The keynote for the forecast was investor, authour and TV personality Kevin O’Leary. O’Leary took some time before he hit the stage to sit down for a one-on-one covering everything from success to customer service to who he thinks is the greatest guitarist in the world.

Let me know what you think!
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This blog post has been a few months in the making.

 

I was invited to a maketing seminar for a real estate coach this past spring and was wondering how he was going to attack this "hot" topic. I shouldn't have been too surprised that he stated that real estate agents should do the same things that he, and many trainers/coaches, have been espousing for the last decade: "Charge what we have always charged but add more fluff to your package to give the impression of more value. Use your clients' homes to post on social media (Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.) to create more business for yourself." They never really say to post it to actually try to sell the damn house, it is always just to "get your name out there." Okay, maybe I'm paraphrasing "just a bit" there. Consumers use social media to be entertained and distracted (especially Facebook), not to search for goods or services and especially not a home or the services of a REALTOR®.

 

It IS a new world of real estate...

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I came across this article referred to on Twitter and thought the research was AWESOME. Unfortunately, I find out that my house wastes more heat than 3% of the homes in Calgary. Based on what I see in the heat maps, that is probably pretty good.

 

Here's an intro to the article from the Calgary Herald:

 

"Calgarians may have barely stirred in their sleep one spring night in 2012 as a small-engine plane flew back and forth over the city’s neighbourhoods at low altitude."

 

"But the images collected by a sophisticated, thermal imaging camera on board the aircraft are now waking residents to the financial and environmental cost of the heat that’s silently seeping from their homes."

 

"A team of researchers at the University of Calgary used the images and city data to create a web-based map that shows potential greenhouse gas emissions for entire suburbs and pinpoints hot spots in each individual home where waste energy is escaping."

 

"The project is the...

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Today, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, (CMHC) released the Housing Market Outlook Report for the Calgary Metropolitan Area.

Here are a few of the highlights:

New Home Market: Total Housing Starts to Increase in 2014 [This is great news to ease the demand for resale homes that has been driving prices up and frustrating buyers who have to act extra-ordinarily quick in order to buy a home.]

 

New Home Market: The Average Sale Prices are expected to grow higher and faster in 2014 than they did in 2013. [Again, good news for the resale market as brand new homes were becoming serious contenders to the resale inventory of homes for many buyers.]

 

Sales in Calgary’s existing home market have trended up throughout 2013, supported by heightened net migration, job creation, and rising wages. Demand for resale homes will keep upward pressure on prices, especially with low vacancies in the rental market and elevated migration flows to Calgary. In 2014, new listings are forecast...

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RE/MAX has again won Gold in the Calgary Herald Reader's Choice awards for 2013-14!

This is the 20th consecutive year that Calgary Herald readers have chosen RE/MAX as their favourite real estate company in Calgary!

Why is RE/MAX the number one choice of Calgary real estate buyers and sellers?

  • Two J.D. Power & Associates Awards for highest level of home buyer & home seller satisfaction
  • RE/MAX has 10 brokerages and over 10,000 agents in the Calgary area
  • In 2012, a RE/MAX agent was involved in a successful transaction every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day for 365 days. RE/MAX agents in Calgary outperformed their closest competitor by a three-to-one margin
  • RE/MAX agents outperformed the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 real estate companies combined in 2012
  • RE/MAX's market share has continued to increase, now at 40 per cent in terms of total transactions in Calgary
  • In 2013, RE/MAX in Canada will invest more than $26 million in corporate advertising; not including the multiple millions that RE/MAX...
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As a real estate broker, I've seen all kinds of ways to price homes for sale. From experience, most sellers base their asking price on a few dollars more than the anticipated selling price. Then, there are others...

 

There are lots of things NOT to base your asking price on:

  • What you paid for the home
  • How much it cost to build home
  • How much is still owed on the mortgage
  • The cost of the improvements put into the home
  • What a past neighbour SAID they got for their home
  • What your current neighbours, or loved ones, suggest
  • What your individual tax assessment says it was worth
  • How much you need to net out of the sale for retirement
  • How much you paid for your next home
  • How much your dream home is going to cost
  • Whatever the "Magic 8-ball" indicates

 

What you should price your home is based upon specific market dynamics and what people can - and will - likely pay for your home. It really shouldn't be an exercise in wishful thinking.

 

What you probably shouldn't base your homes price...

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We’re very pleased to announce that once again, RE/MAX has won the Consumer Choice Award for real estate brokers in Calgary! RE/MAX has been a fixture in Calgary for decades and remains the undisputed market leader in real estate marketing.

 

RE/MAX 2013 Consumers Choice AwardThe research has been performed now trust the facts, the best Calgary real estate brokers are from RE/MAX. The real estate brokers at RE/MAX are invested in finding the right real estate solution for all clients. For everything real estate trust the Company voted great, RE/MAX winner of the Consumer Choice Award for the best real estate brokers in Calgary.

              - Consumer Choice Award website


What are the Consumer Choice Awards?

 

Consumer Choice Award is the only organization in Canada to determine the top-ranked service providers in various categories by conducting an independent market research survey that is statistically accurate.

Each year, consumers are surveyed all across Canada...

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Real estate forecasting is as much art as it is science. It involves so many facts and figures and it's dosed with a healthy bit of just good old prognosticating.
 
And those people who follow the housing market, like real estate brokers or investors, constantly want to know how it’s doing and where it’s going.
 
A TD Economics Provincial Outlook released this past Thursday provided some interesting data on Alberta’s very recently recovering housing market.
 
The forecast painted a pretty rosy picture for Alberta for 2012 stating, "... the vast majority of signals on the economic dashboard are sending the same message: things are good. Wages, already the highest in Canada, are rising, retail sales are growing fast thanks to an expanding population, and the housing market shows little sign of overvaluation relative to other large provinces in Canada." Sounds pretty good, right?
 
Then you get to the last page with the statistics on whole the housing market....
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An article in today's Calgary Herald, spoke of the increases in resale market activity and a price growth in the resale housing market for August 2012 over August 2011.
 
Many a REALTOR® are bound to sing the same old songs of, "Prices are on the rise, and houses are selling fast! Buyers should offer closer to asking price! Sellers should price above the last few houses to sell!" I know I got an email from a designated broker - an hour ago - claiming just that.
 
Of course now that the Calgary Real Estate Board has an economist on staff, we're seeing a few qualifications to these "news" articles. You'll actually read in the article that we are "it still has a way to go to catch up to the peak pricing of a few years ago," (2007) and "even though there’s growth, we’re not at typical levels of activity" for the Calgary area market. This translates into - we are still in a precarious position as far as the resale housing market. A small change in the economic climate...
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What are your views on real estate agents being required to have a university-level education?

As many of you that have already read my bio page know, I am an advocate of requiring all real estate agents to have a university education. In fact, I think the real estate agent training program should be a two year university certificate program within Alberta.
 
Why?
  1. To raise the stature of the existing and future real estate agents and bring back a sense of "professionalism" into the industry.
  2. To weed out the agents that view this as a quick-buck, sales career (it's not - it's a service industry). And
  3. To increase the level of confidence by the general public in the necessity of have real estate agents/brokers involved in the buying, selling or leasing of homes, properties and businesses.
Maybe if we could accomplish these things it would eventually raise the "industry" to a "profession." This would be similar to engineers, accountants, dental hygienists and nurses instead of being lumped...
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Calgary Real Estate Market Update
Wow, my blog and Twitter posts on the forecasted effects of the new mortgage rules created the highest amount of feedback yet - albeit quite negative from other agents who felt I was forecasting "doom and gloom" that would drastically reduce sales for the next several months. One stated, "How dare I cause fear?" I countered, that I did no such thing. I merely posted the fact-based research and forecast that the City of Calgary had completed in regards to the impact of the new mortgage rules on a LOCAL housing basis. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Read on...
 
On a national basis, almost every economist is forecasting a ten to 15 percent price correction (price drop) - on average - over the next two years. That isn't particularly rosy, but based on the over-inflated prices in Vancouver and the super-hot condo market in Toronto, this makes total sense. Those two cities, alone, make up a significant number of the total sales in the country.
 
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