The Reality Behind the Proposed Provincial Harmonized GST and PST Tax

A REALTOR friend of mine, Trish Santos, a Sales Representative with Realty Executives Plus Ltd., has done some serious due diligence on the proposed harmonization of the GST and PST. One of my concerns is that the Provincial Government has slipped this in under the new Budget without proper input from the Public. Here is some of …

Twitter Tweets from Interview with Jean Chretien at the CREA Leadership Conference 2009

This past Sunday at the Canadian Real Estate Association Leadership Conference in Gatineau, Quebec we were all charmed by by an interview with Right Honourable Jean Chretien. It was interesting to hear this past Prime Minister of Canada, relaxed and being interviewed in front of us by a CREA Staff Member about his life in Politics and Leadership. I …

My Real Estate Update: The Team Approach Works…

My day usually begins before 5 AM (seriously…look at the time stamp on emails you get from me). It is my time to return overnight emails, keep up-to-date through RSS feeds with emerging Technology and the real estate market, write blogs, input listings, feature sheets, read the Globe and Mail, update Virtual Tours, draft Agreements of …

The Canadian Economy: An Outsider's Viewpoint

Fareed Zacharia of CNN has written an article for February’s Newsweek that is a must read for all Canadians, especially our “naysayers”. It is in the US Edition and is called a Worthwhile Canadian Initiative. It is an outsider’s view of the Canadian Banking system and the Canadian Economy in general.  I suggest you have a read and …

Mayor Miller's Recession Budget? What About Cuts First?

Allison Hanes of Posted Toronto (the National Post Web Site) has an article about the City of Toronto’s Recession Budget…I thought in a recession we were supposed to curtail our spending? Everyone I know has, except Toronto City Hall… Check out the list of the interesting numbers at the bottom of her post. It is time …

REALTORS And FINTRAC: Love It Or…

Over the past months Realtors have been learning to deal with a Government Program called: FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada). There is a stringent list of requirements that Realtors must follow. The most common requirement that Buyers and Sellers must be prepared

Where Should The Real Estate Marketing Dollar Go When You Sell Your Home?

I received an interesting email this weekend that I thought I would share with you. A couple was referred to me and are looking for a REALTOR to work with. They wanted to know if I was the type of REALTOR who would just put their house on REALTOR.ca and forget about it. They were convinced …