How to turn your property into a vacation rental

April 13, 2019

Want to make a few extra bucks renting out your home when you’re out of town? Or maybe you have a cottage you’d like to rent out when you’re not using it. Here’s what you need to know to turn your property into a money-making vacation destination. Dropping off the keys All property owners have their own rules about handing over the keys, ...

10 simples things to make you happier at home

April 12, 2019

Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives — we are, in fact, in control ...

Build a Profitable Business with a Solid Growth Strategy

April 10, 2019

Identifying, creating, developing, and following through on a solid growth strategy is like writing a book report. Getting started is always the hardest part. Building your business by design requires a developed plan. That plan serves as the compass to guide your course of action. If the plan is effective, it leads to the kind of ...

Scotiabank CEO sees Canadian housing slowdown, not crash

April 7, 2019

Bank of Nova Scotia Chief Executive Rick Waugh said on Tuesday that mortgage delinquencies have risen at Canada's third-biggest bank, but that he does not foresee a U.S.-style housing crash. "We still anticipate what I would call in terms of housing, a soft landing, and all the metrics which we watch daily confirm that," Waugh told the bank's ...

Canadian house prices edge higher in April

April 6, 2019

Canadian home prices rose in April from March as three strong cities in Western Canada more than offset weak showings elsewhere, while the annual gain in prices slowed, the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index showed on Tuesday. The index, which measures price changes for repeat sales of single-family homes, showed overall prices ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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