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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 15 SECRETS OF HOME STAGING by Leah Hennen

Highlight your home's strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers with these home-staging tips: 1. Bye, Bye ClutterThe most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:53:35 +0000

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - Softening housing market a positive sign, economists say

The slowdown is good because it should avoid a more severe correction By James Langton | January 16, 2012 17:10 The latest data on Canada's housing market shows that conditions are clearly softening, and that's a good thing economists say. "There are clear signs that the Canadian housing market is softening," says CIBC World Markets in a new report. It notes that while sales activity rose by 1.8% in December 2011, the number of new listed homes roses by 3%, leading to a decline in the national ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:07:32 +0000

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Albertans Driving Vehicles Sales in Canada

Car lot owners have been amongst the biggest beneficiaries of the rebounding Albertan economy. The most recent data on new vehicle sales in Alberta might show a slight monthly dip, but the trend over the past year puts sales near pre-recession levels. Statistics Canada estimated that slightly below 20,000 new vehicles (cars and light trucks) were sold in Alberta in November, a dip of 3.6% over October, but 12.9% higher than November 2010. For some perspective, when the recession hit seasonally ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:10:13 +0000

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - More Of The Same From The Bank of Canada

Consumers and businesses in Canada have benefitted greatly from very low interest rates since the economy took a tumble in late 2008. And according to the Bank of Canada?s (BoC) first rate announcement of 2012, rates are remaining near rock-bottom lows. The BoC surprised no one this morning and left the overnight interest rate unchanged at 1.0%. The overnight rate is the rate that banks in Canada lend money to each other for one day or ?overnight,? and is used to determine many consumer ...

posted in General at Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:04:03 +0000

Friday, January 13, 2012 - Canadian mortgage rates at record low

Mortgage rates for a five-year term have dipped below 3% for the first time in Canadian history at a major bank. Bank of Montreal has lowered the rate on a five-year-fixed rate mortgage by 50 basis points to 2.99%. ?That?s the lowest anybody has ever seen from one of the major lenders ever,? said Rob McLister, editor of Canadian Mortgage Trends. He said the BMO product called the ?low rate mortgage? comes with some reduced flexibility. Instead of being able to pay 20% of the mortgage down in ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:37:17 +0000

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - Western cities to top Canadian growth in 2012: report

Cities in Western Canada will lead the country in growth and prosperity over the next couple of years, according to an outlook released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada.Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Regina are at the top of the Ottawa-based economic forecaster's new metropolitan outlook.Next year, Vancouver joins the leaders and Toronto ties Regina for fifth place in the outlook. The Conference Board says western cities are benefitting from resource riches and attracting migrants, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:05:41 +0000

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - Housing Starts Go For A Strong Finish

Almost all the Alberta economic indicators were on the uptrend in 2011 with one of the few exceptions being housing starts. But while the number of homes being built remained subdued, it was at least moving in the right direction towards year end. Contractors and developers started construction on 26,300 homes in December, down slightly from 27,500 in November and 30,400 in October. While starts in December slipped from the previous two months, Q4 as a whole was by far the strongest of the year ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 11 Jan 2012 03:35:56 +0000

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