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Death of a Cheesy Salesman

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

OK, I get it now. I was at a seminar yesterday and one of the topics was social media/marketing. I had not been able to get my head around Facebook and the use of for business. The example given yesterday was of the annoying uncle selling insurance at the family get together calling afterwards repeatedly to let you know that you can do better at tax time with this or that strategy. I was totally guilty of this. My blog posts were going to my Facebook personal page and letting everyone know I was the cheesy salesman trying to sell my latest listing or foist off some other “important” information on real estate. I just didn’t get it. So after the seminar I hurried home and made sure my real estate blogs were going to my Facebook fan page which was sitting there idle after I had set it up month’s earlier. The next thing I did was set up a personal blog that does go to my Facebook personal page. When I got into this business I wanted to make the business fit into my life not the other way around. So this has been very liberating because I want to keep in touch with my friends and family, I like hearing about who is getting married, what happened at the daughter’s soccer game and all else that goes with socializing with my peeps. I’m looking forward to sharing my life with those I know and love. As for the real estate, I will still share my thoughts on that but it goes in the appropriate spot, the fan page. So whether you like it or not, I’m here, I’m alive and I’m communicating because I have something to say. Maybe some will even like what I have to say. Either way, I’d love to hear your comments.

“The Informed Home Buyer/Seller” Cheap Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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Property Search Results Not Getting Through?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

This past week, I’ve had two clients mention they were no longer getting emails with the homes for sale from the searches either they or I had set up at www.kevingrenier.com

As this is a vital part of the buying process, “access to the available properties on the market” I was onto my tech support like a bear to honey.

Turns out one client was using hotmail and the other Shaw. Both services were treating the emails as possible spam, so the solution is for them to update their filtering service.

Being that most of us don’t have propellers on our heads and pocket protectors I thought it would be helpful to share the respective links that outline how to do this exactly.

 

For Hotmail accounts go to:

http://explore.live.com/windows-live-hotmail-junk-safe-using

For Shaw email accounts go to:

http://www.shaw.ca/en-ca/ProductsServices/Internet/No-Cost+Extras/SpamFilterF…

http://www.shaw.ca/en-ca/HelpSupport/InternetSupport/Residential/Email/SpamFilter.htm

I hope this helps you and if it doesn’t let me know and I’ll help you walk through it.

 

Best Regards,

 

Kevin

PS If you don’t have a search set up sending you properties that fit your needs and want to set one up go to www.kevingrenier.com or call me at 780-893-0269 to get help setting one up.

After 2 yrs of bad news in the Edmonton housing market….

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

At the 2011 Housing Forecast things look optimistic after 2 yrs of doom & gloom according to John Rose Chief Economist of the Strategic Management division City of Edmonton, however interest rates will likely rise in the 2nd half by 3/4 points and much more in 2012. I say buyers are urged to take advantage of lower rates while they can, get p re-approvals with rate guarantees. Call me if you need a good lender recommendation. 780-893-0269 John’s other projections include oil in the high 80-90 range, Cdn dollar to remain at around 1.05 for the rest of 2011 based more on a poor US fiscal situation than a strong Cdn dollar. Unemployment is at about 6% and should remain steady with little fear we will get into the extremely low numbers we saw during the last boom as net migration increases and more jobs open up. All jobs lost in Edmonton now recovered and some. Compare that to the US which lost 8 million jobs and has only recovered 1 million. John concluded his speech surmising we’ll see a return to boom conditions without the bubble with a more moderate stable recovery slowed only by the very slow US recovery. On a personal note I’m gearing up for a busy year and love your referrals. Pls take a moment and comment on this post. Here’s to a prosperous year! Kevin Grenier Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.

12 Real Estate Tips by Kevin Grenier Realty Executives Polaris on Shine FM

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Download your FREE real estate app at www.RealHousesforSale.com all you need is a smart phone.

Listen to more radio tips from Kevin Grenier of Realty Executives Polaris

Transcripts follow of the above radio ads:

Hi I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris. I’ve been giving you real estate tips on Shine FM and I’d like the chance to talk to you as you plan to buy or sell this Spring. Call me directly at 893-0269. We can meet and talk about your specific situation, and I can show yuo the options so you’ll get the house of your dreams, or sell for your asking price sooner. Meeting up is free so gime a call 893-0269 or visit Kevin Grenier dot com. That’s Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com. Let’s talk about Smart Real Estate.

Hi, I’m Kevin Grenier.  I want to start a conversation about real estate.  When buying a home, the process is never in black and white.  Professional realtors have done the research – sifting through to the crucial information, so you can make a smart decision.  Remember you’re always in the driver’s seat.  Your realtor is like your GPS.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris, Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi, I’m Kevin Grenier, let’s talk about real estate.  First time home buyers are often intimidated by the seemingly ‘thousands’ of steps they need to take before buying.  You don’t have to know everything about real estate, or the process.  Realtors have the education.  Working with a professional you trust, makes the process easier.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”. 

Hi, I’m Kevin Grenier.  Buying or selling property often happens during our major life transitions, good and bad.  An educated realtor helps you make smart decisions, so you come out on top.  Your realtor should go beyond the transaction, and show loyalty and care during these life transitions.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi, I’m Kevin Grenier. Loyalty is key to every one of your successful relationships in life. This holds true with your Realtor as well. Like a trusted friend a good realtor puts your needs above their own.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi I’m Kevin Grenier. I’m often asked, “is this a good time to sell my home?” The first thing I want to establish is why you want to sell and ensure it is in your best interests to do so. The second thing I want to do is ensure you are aware of all your options including, renovating, renting, re-financing, etc. One client was able to stay in her home longer just by hiring someone to do her lawn and snow removal at about the cost of cable TV every month. Another client had the bank increase his amortization on the mortgage which reduced his payments so the revenue property is not now costing him money every month. Did I make a sale? No, but I did make a friend and they’ll remember me when their friend or family needs someone they can trust to help them buy or sell their home.

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 I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi I’m Kevin Grenier. As a Realtor we are governed by a strict code of ethics. Years ago after committing to a full time career in Real Estate I realized that underlying all these rules was a simplicity, “make sure my clients are looked after”. I then began to ask myself “is this in the best interest of my client?” and began to focus on long term relationships beyond the immediate transaction. I’ve gained so much from that and want to thank you for your support.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi I’m Kevin Grenier. It isn’t what I say that is important it is what I hear you say. Being loyal to your best interests starts with listening to you. From there an effective action plan can be created customized to you and your family’s needs. Ensure your voice is heard.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi, I’m Kevin Grenier. I was asked what I thought of credit repair companies and the answer might be of interest to you. Here’s a quote from the Consumer’s Handbook issued by the Canadian Government, “You might see or hear advertisements from companies that promise to clean up or erase your bad credit report. They charge high fees, usually hundreds of dollars, but may not deliver on their promises. In fact, no credit repair company can do anything you can’t do yourself.”

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

 

Hi I’m Kevin Grenier. ICE, welcome to winter in Canada, but what does that have to do with Real Estate? When qualifying for a mortgage there are 3 aspects the lender will consider. Your income, your credit and your equity or your down payment. I.C.E. or ice. A problem with any one of these and you might not qualify for that home you want to buy.  Don’t slip on your ice.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

Hi I’m Kevin Grenier, thinking of selling on your own? The banks have made it harder for you to do so. Why? They know the increased risk involved when you don’t use a Realtor to sell your home. Find out what the risks are so you can make an informed decision that best suits your needs.

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I’m Kevin Grenier with Realty Executives Polaris.  Send your questions to Kevin grenier dot com, that’s (web quick)Kevin g-r-e-n-i-e-r dot com and I’ll answer them right here on “Smart Real Estate”.

Market Update from the Realtor’s Assocation of Edmonton – January 5th, 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

The following is the monthly press release from the Realtor’s Association of Edmonton in its entirety. If you have any questions on this or would like further detailed statistics, information or analysis, contact me at www.kevingrenier.com

 

Single Family and Condo Prices Slightly Lower in December

Edmonton, January 5, 2011: The average price for a single family detached home in December was $355,270, down about $10,000 as compared to the price in November. The average condo price dropped less than $6,000 to $223,454. The marginal price reduction (down 0.45%) continued a SFD slide that started in June when average prices were over $390,000. Condo prices peaked at $252,700 in April and have continued a relentless march downward since then.

The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton released month end and year end results for sales through the local Multiple Listing Service® and includes all residential sales for the City of Edmonton and surrounding communities and counties.

As compared to December 2009, single family prices were down 2.5% and condo prices were off by 7.2%. The average price of all residential property sales in December was down 2.0% as compared to a year ago.

“Homebuyers are watching housing prices slide and may attempt to catch the market at the bottom by delaying their purchase but the low point is only evident about three months after it is reached,” said Larry Westergard, President of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. “Home sales are still happening each day and by waiting, the wary buyer may miss the ideal home.”

He urged home sellers to also watch the pricing trends to ensure that their home was appropriately priced relative to the market. “Market activity will pick up again in the spring as usual according to trends,” said Westergard, “Keep your REALTOR® on speed-dial to ensure you have access to the latest market figures.”

Residential sales activity in December was off 34% (784 sales) as compared to November but fewer homes (1,110) were listed and that reduced the available inventory by 18% to 5,721 residential properties on the Edmonton MLS® System. The average days on market rose from 59 to 66 days.

Year-over-year, the all-residential price (includes all single family, condominiums, duplex/rowhouses and mobile homes sold through the year in the Edmonton area) rose 2.6% from 2009. The SFD price rose 3.52% and condos rose 1.89% for the year. REALTORS® sold a total of 18,293 properties of all types in 2010 which was down 14% from 2009. They listed 40,597 properties which is up 7.6% from the previous year. Total Edmonton MLS® System sales were valued at $6.12 billion: a 12% drop from 2009.

The 2011 president of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton, Chris Mooney, will release his forecast of housing sales and prices on Wednesday, January 12 at the 23rd Annual Housing Forecast Seminar for REALTORS® and their guests.

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Highlights of MLS® System activity

¹. Residential includes SFD, condos and duplex/row houses.
². Single Family Dwelling
³. The middle figure in a list of all sales prices

* Average prices indicate market trends only. They do not reflect actual changes for a particular property, which may vary from house to house and area to area. Prior period figures have been adjusted to include late reported sales and cancellations and therefore reflect a more accurate view of the period than previously reported at month end.

The data included on this website is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed to be accurate by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.