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Stanford publishes review, 'How Important Is Culture?: An Inside Look at Keller Williams Realty'

February 12, 2016

Company culture creates results: the Keller Williams formula

A new Stanford School of Business analysis of Keller Williams Realty concludes that the Austin, Texas-based company takes a blended approach to corporate management and leadership, with a top-down business model but a bottoms-up approach to decision-making.

“While its franchising process is centrally controlled, the company willingly cedes significant decision-making authority to its associates [agents] and relies on culture to ...
 

Good news for investors

February 4, 2016

A recently released study points to an increased need for rental properties for Canadians, as home prices continue their upward trajectory. According to a Manulife Bank of Canada’s Debt Survey, published Thursday, 38% of Canadian homeowners feel that housing in their area is unaffordable. And two thirds of those expect housing prices to ...

7 Ways to Make Your Home Move-In Ready

April 13, 2014

Ever heard the phrase, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” When it comes to selling your home and boosting curb appeal to the widest range of buyers, the distance you need to think about is far less than a mile: it simply runs from your front curb to your back fence. The moment you even begin to think of putting your home up for sale is the ...

What bubble? Canadians have their mortgage covered, study shows

March 25, 2014

A new Conference Board of Canada study says there’s no housing bubble about to burst and maintains Canadian are having no trouble handling their debt even as it sits close to record levels. The Ottawa-based group points out that mortgage arrears are actually going down in just about every market across the country — making a U.S.-style meltdown ...

Why the Luxury Housing Market Is Hot, Hot, Hot

March 1, 2014

The real estate market feels like it’s bouncing back. But the luxury housing market is downright hot in several markets. Barring a stock market correction — unlikely given how investors reacted positively to the Federal Reserve reduction in bond purchases in December — the trend means the spring homebuying season could be a good one, especially ...

Demise of the detached house? No end in sight for rising cost of single family homes

January 22, 2014

If it seems like high-rise condominium units are keep getting smaller and affordable single family homes are getting harder to find, it’s true. Data from RealNet Canada Inc. for Toronto, to be released Wednesday, paints a grim picture for buyers hoping to avoid condominium living in favour of a low-rise home. It’s a trend that the chief ...

Five Canadian mortgage market predictions for 2014

December 31, 2013

1. New mortgage rules Expect more rule tightening in 2014 designed to reduce mortgage risk for lenders, mortgage default insurers and the government. By definition, those rules will make it slightly harder to get approved for some mortgages and further slow the housing market. 2. Credit unions will steal market share Since they’re ...

Canadian Real Estate Association predicts a strong year in 2014

December 29, 2013

OTTAWA—Sales of previously owned Canadian homes are turning out slightly than expected overall, and 2014 will be even stronger, according to a new projection from the country’s largest real estate association. The Canadian Real Estate Association’s 2013 sales projections have been increased slightly upward in Ontario and the four western ...

4 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

December 28, 2013

There are tons of different approaches to setting resolutions. A resolution can be a goal - an action or accomplishment you propose to achieve in the year to come. Or a resolution can be a declaration – a commitment you make, a stance you take. If you’re hoping or planning to buy a home in 2014, there are some action-type resolutions you’ll ...

Condo market aok: CMHC

December 19, 2013

The only thing sky high about Canada’s condominium market are the condos themselves. Canadian condominium construction has surged but population growth has kept oversupply in check, the federal housing agency said in a report on Wednesday that also showed declining mortgage arrears and high home-equity levels. In its annual report on the housing ...
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