Sep 8 News
Voters say the poor quality of candidates and lack of candidate inforamtion are the primary reasons why they do not vote. And we can all recall others indicating their vote does not count, so why bother! Only 37.25 of Hamilton city voters cast ballots in 2006 and the interesting fact is had a mere 14% more shown up and voted for the third candidate (by vote count in 2006), that person would have been the mayor these past four years. Your vote does count - make it really count by getting to the polls this October 25th.
Aug 27 News
Had lunch today with a few commercial real estate professionals. Seems they agree the commercial real estate market is better in the leasing area than in land or building sales. Not surprising, after a tougher economic year. Leasing helps to let the business owner have more available capital for the business too. And commercial investment remains challenging given the regulatory framework and limited available financing. What is your experience?
Aug 19 News
Everyone has an opinion of whether staging works or not. Staging being the way a home is displayed, usually the interior. Day to day living brings with it a measure of untidiness, imperfectly made beds, toothpaste on the counter, etc. Staging is the art of having everything in its place and a place for everything!! It can be done professionally - and in my view a professional stager is going to ensure that when a prospective buyer is in your home, they look at features which tug at their hearstrings - and encourage them to make your home, their home. Selling a home is an art form, and the art of staging the home is one of the key ingredients to a stress free period for marketing your property.
Aug 19 Re/Max in the news
There is an overall slowing pace to real estate sales in Canada. Country wide results are useful at guiding an overall economic outlook, however, it does not adequately capture the details of what is happening in your market. Hamilton, Burlington, Dundas, Ancaster, and other areas continue do do well. Properties are selling faster (average of 47 days down from 58 days last year) and for more money (9.6% overall average price increase). So be sure to call on us to help guide your real estate decisions in your specific market area.
Jul 8 News
Many colleage REALTORS® are expressing disappoointment about the market; it seems slow, they say. Buyers are not moving quickly, Sellers are holding fast to unrealistic prices and it is harder to obtain confirmation of financing. So the professionals feel the market is slowing. The statistics tell a different picture. According to data avaiallbe from the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington, the average price in the greater Hamilton area has increased 10% year over year using 12 month running totals. The number of units sold is up about 20%. Perhaps the most interesting change is the decrease in average days on market - an overall reduction of 10 days which reflects more urgency by buyers than experienced in recent years.
Recent media reports about consumer attitude indicate the second half of 2010 will experience a general reducion in pricing and activity, yet still we are expecting an overal year over year average price increase of about 6.8% and overall sales will be up year over year, so all cannot be lost.
It might be that some pent up demand, supported by uirgency to buy before the HST and mortgage rates were to rise is the cause of such a busy first half of 2010. Yet, when looking at the sales in April, May and June 2010 compared with sales in the same months of 2009, the total # of sales are only about 10% higher whereas overall year over year the result is 20%. We mght conclude that HST and interest rates have not had more impact than other undetermined factors.
So is the market hot, well yes it is, even if it feels a litle cool. It might just be that the activity is outdoors and those in the profession are working in doors this month. Whatever the reason, a look at the statistics can help. And the best help is to be realistic with your pricing!