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I would like to let everyone know about the “First Time Home Buyers” RRSP program. This is a successful and easy program that helps my clients get the best rates and their new home!
1. A first time home buyer is someone who has not owned a home in 4 years. You do not have to be a “true” First timer!
2. You do NOT need an RRSP to use this program, You basically borrow money for your down payment and closing cost, Then… in TWO years start paying it back into an RRSP, which is great because you will then have an RRSP!! Literally a win win!
The payments are very low, for example $20,000 RRSP loan payment is $150/month…and did I mention, it goes back into your own RRSP?
Exceptional, isn’t it?
Becoming a home owner is an exceptional means to build personal wealth and attain financial stability.
Contact me for further details, and let’s put you on a path to financial stability.
If you’re like most people, you go to see a doctor when you’re not feeling well or have a health concern. However, you may also visit your doctor for a check-up, or to ask questions about healthy living. In fact, consulting your doctor for anything health-related is a smart idea.
The same holds true when it comes to real estate. Many people only call a REALTOR® when they’re planning on selling their property or buying a new home, or both. While that’s an important reason to speak to a REALTOR®, it’s not the only reason.
Indeed, there are many good reasons for you to give a good REALTOR® a call.
• If you have a question about the state of the local real estate market. (Remember that it may be very different from what you hear on the news about the national market.)
• If you want to get a sense of what homes are currently selling for in the area.
• If you want to determine the current market value of your property.
• If you want to find out how much homes cost in neighbourhoods you’d like to consider.
• If you’re thinking about the possibility of making a move, but you’re not sure if it’s the right time.
In other words, don’t be afraid to contact a good REALTOR® when you have a question or need some advice about the real estate market.
First time home buyers seminar. If you’re spending $1000 a month in rent, you’re giving away $60,000 a year to someone else. Why rent when you can buy? Pre-Approvals on site if requested.
By Colleen Francis- Globe and Mail Feb 20 2014
My clients have been complaining about the health of the global economy. While the United States is booming, Europe is struggling. Canada is edging up slightly and Asia is in flux.
Like international markets, some companies are exceeding their goals while others are crying poor and blaming external factors for their failures.
I see it every day: Having missed their targets, companies look for advice on how to sell in a confusing market. My first comment is this: “If your market has changed and you haven’t changed with it, you will soon be out of business. So tell me: what have you done to change your activities this year?”
The question is usually met with silence. Most companies give up when the markets slow down. They resign themselves to the fact it’s going to be a bad year and they don’t even try. Simply put, they refuse to change.
Some, on the other hand, refuse to wave the white flag. These top performers attack their markets with vigour, and they approach their prospects with new and increased sales activities. They are the few representatives who manage to thrive in the face of an inhospitable economic climate.
I recently met with one of these survivor types. Mike owns a manufacturing company selling to home builders, renovators and consumers. His sales are up 200 per cent this year as a result of “embracing the changes in my market and out-hustling my competition.”
So before you complain about the economy hurting your business, are you taking any of the following actions?
You can change your results in any economy. Just look at Mike. Believe in yourself.
Sales expert Colleen Francis is founder and president of Engage Selling Solutions. Ms. Francis ensures clients realize immediate results, achieve lasting success and permanently raise their bottom line.
I don’t know about you but before I earned my real estate license January 2010 (happy 4th anniversary to me), I had no idea how the real estate industry worked here in Nova Scotia. I wasn’t aware there was a legitimate place to complain about a negative real estate experience other than the kitchen table of my friends’ home over a glass of wine. And just what was this REALTOR® logo all about?
So here it is in a nutshell:
The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission (NSREC) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for regulating the real estate industry in Nova Scotia. It was established to ensure consumer confidence in the real estate industry by supervising professional activities of all real estate brokers and salespeople practicing in Nova Scotia.
So, have a legitamate complaint about a salesperson or had a unreasonable experience in a real estate transaction? Contact the NSREC.
What’s the difference between a real estate salesperson and a REALTOR®?
⇒A real estate salesperson took a comprehensive 4 week course and passed a challenging exam created by the NSREC to ensure professional standards and can practice anywhere in Nova Scotia.
⇒Licensed salespeople have the option of joining an association called the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR). It strives to strengthen the image and professionalism of its members through continuing professional education and maintaining high professional standards. They own the right to use the brand logo, REALTOR® to indicate those in the industry that adhere to a higher standard. The Association’s mission is to enhance REALTORS®’ success by providing services and representation to enable them to best serve the public in real estate transactions. The Association also acts as the voice for real estate in Nova Scotia.
In other words, you’d go to a government agency (Access Nova Scotia) to write a test to obtain your driver’s license but you’d have the option of joining the Canadian Automobile Association for additional options and protection. Their brand logo is CAA.
So there you have it. Hope this helps.
Unless you’re a real estate expert, you probably look at the market and think things are pretty confusing. Even a bit crazy! You hear news about “bubbles bursting”, “higher or lower home sales in a particular month”, “new home starts” that are up or down, and on and on it goes.
It’s a lot of news and a lot of jargon. If you’re thinking of selling your home within the next year or two, you will want to understand what’s happening in the market so you can make the right decisions and get a clear sense of what to expect. So, how do you make sense of it all?
That’s where a good REALTOR® can help.
Even if you don’t have any definite plans to move in the near future, a REALTOR® who is an expert in the local marketplace can help you understand what homes in a particular neighbourhood are selling for, and what you can expect to get should you decide to list your property.
Getting to know a REALTOR® also means you’ll have a trusted expert to talk to from time to time, when you have real estate-related questions. You’ll have someone you can think of as “Your REALTOR®”.
Plus, when the time comes to sell your property, you won’t have to deal with a stranger. Instead, you’ll be able to work with a REALTOR® that you know well — and who knows YOU. Overall, that will make the buying and selling process go more smoothly and more successfully.
Looking for a good REALTOR® who wants to get to know you? Call today!
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A quick lesson in wood floors
Thinking about installing wood floors? The first decision you need to make
involves the type. According to the National Wood Flooring Association,
there are four types:
• Unfinished. This type requires you or your installer to sand and
apply a finish. If you want a specific colour or style, or you’re trying to
match existing flooring, this might be the best option for you.
• Factory finished. As the name suggests, this is flooring that has its
finish applied in the factory. Although it is more expensive, factory
finished flooring can be installed faster and can be walked upon
• Solid. This is flooring that is made from a solid piece of wood, top to
bottom. The advantage is that it can be sanded and refinished many
times over the years, or even decades.
• Engineered. This is flooring that is made of thin layers of wood
pressed together. It can be engineered to be very durable and
expand and contract less than solid flooring.
The type you choose depends on your needs. Talk to your dealer or
contractor about your specific application.