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Local Real Estate Market Update – Sell or Buy?

Tue, 05 May by Kevin Grenier

The lower oil prices have started a lot of conversation on how this will impact the local real estate market.

I get asked everyday “how is the real estate market?”

 

 

 

The Get Your Real Estate Questions Answered Hereanswer to that question as is often the case is “it depends on the circumstances of the person that is asking the question”.

 

Let’s face it what most people really want to know is “how will this impact me and my family if at all?”

 

Although there is no crystal ball that will foretell the future there are always indicators that can be used as a guide.

 

The Edmonton Real Estate Board does a good job of giving the statistics that reflect the current resale market with their monthly news release which you can find here.

 

CMHC has made a housing market information portal available here, which covers both local and national housing markets including new home building activity.

 

CREA also puts out housing stats that can be found here.

 

Then of course there is your REALTOR® who will provide yocalm characteru with what you might expect to either pay for a home or sell your current home for based on a more focused assessment which takes into account not only the macro & micro markets but also your needs and wants.

 

There are more resources available and if you’d like more, please let me know.

 

These are interesting times we live in there is no doubt of that, surrounding yourself with a good team who can help you attain your goals is more crucial than ever.

 

Kevin

 

 

Improving the buying and selling process

Sat, 16 Nov by Kevin Grenier

The technology for real estate professionals is constantly improving and as a result improving the overall experience from a client’s perspective.

With everything from paperless transactions allowing out of town clients to sign online changes to a contract without first having to print off and later scan in the document to be emailed back to improved communication avenues the buying and selling process just keeps improving to the benefit of not only the client but the industry professional as well.

When it comes to phones there are a number of platforms available and until now Blackberry wasn’t really an option for a lot of industry professionals. Even though many of us have fond memories of our legacy Blackberry devices with their rock solid contact management and security layers.

With a Blackberry 10 device either the Z10 with its  intuitive touch keyboard, the Q10 with the beloved physical keyboard or the Z30 with a 5″ touch display, and the latest operating system 10.2.1055 or higher installed (available in a leaked version from Crackberry.com) you can now do pretty much anything you need or want a “smart” phone to do.

Want to access lock boxes without having to carry another keyfob, dangle or anything but your phone? No problem install the eKEY software from Supra directly on your device.

How about the mortgage calculator from Calculated Industries which now even has a Canadian Qualifier Plus 4x app for $9.87. This you’ll need to purchase using the BlueStacks software which will download the APK file to your Windows computer.

Logmein Ignition is another great app which allows you to access your Windows or Mac computers at home or your office. This is not a free app however and includes the ability transfer files between your device and the remote computer and listen to videos you are playing on the remote computer. Get it here.

Fusion Experience allows industry professionals to access the MLS to get further information such as history, lot dimensions and more. REALTOR®s can get it here.  This one you can install on your device right out of the box. Note, in some cases you’ll need to turn off your wifi in order for the app to work.

There are a great many more apps for real estate professionals all available either through the official Blackberry World app store and with the new OS release directly from the Android markets.

The perceived “App Gap” is gone now and you should be able to move forward with that upgrade to Blackberry 10 and experience the many benefits of the new platform.

As an early adopter of technology I’ve seen the different operating systems improve with time but nothing compares to the improvements made by the Blackberry team in the last few months.

I hope this helps you bring a better experience to your clients with their selling or purchasing needs and keep in mind I’m still accepting referrals and would be happy to help with any transactions in the greater Edmonton area.

 

Kevin Grenier

Realty Executives Polaris

www.KevinGrenier.com www.RealHousesforSale.com

780-893-0269

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