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July 05, 2011

Remember when your Dad said "Always buy Real Estate! It never goes down"
Well, This is the second generation in North American that is observing the endless slide of their equity from their homes and potentially retirement funds. I know that in Canada, from the statistics that I have read, most people of retirement age have no addition income nest eggs other than their primary residence.
So what changed? What changed the dynamic about buying a house and living debt free in North America? Have our houses become chequing accounts for revolving Home Equity Lines of Credit [HELOC]?
This post from Seth Godin set me to thinking about how our economies are intertwined and how we have moved from a manufacturing to information technology business models. [Seth calls them Attention Business]

Paying attention to the attention economy

Most of us are happily obsessed with the economy of money. We earn it and we spend it and we generally pay attention to what things cost.

Certainly, salespeople and marketers are truly focused on the price of things, on commissions and shelving allowances and net margin and the cost of goods sold.

With all of these easily measured activity, it's easy to overlook the fast-growing and ever more important economy based around attention.

"If I alert my entire customer base, how much will this cost me in permission?"

"How much time do we save our customers with a better written manual?"

"When we fail to ask for (and reward) the privilege of following up, are we wasting permission?"

"Does launching this product to an audience of stangers waste the attention we're going to have to buy?"

Attention is a bit like real estate, in that they're not making any more of it. Unlike real estate, though, it keeps going up in value.

 

What did [Seth] say at the end? Unlike real estate, attention keeps going up in value.
This is a dynamic shift in economic thinking. I was always taught; own real estate and you will gain equity. Now we have a model [albeit currently in the United States ] where values have been sliding for the last 5 years.
Economists and Statisticians are on both sides of the real estate bubble and housing crisis. Some say the bubble does not exist. Others are screaming about the cliff we are running towards. Yet Toronto has not had the same double digit annual growth in prices seen in many North American cities; we continue as a [Toronto GTA] destination for immigration, education and employment. We are a safe haven from politics and debt mismanagement compared to other world governments.
But can we be truly immune?
Add your thoughts, Make a comment...

Keywords: Accredited Senior Agent, Canada, Confidence, David Pylyp, Home Ownership, Housing Crisis, Nest egg, Ontario, Pensions, Price Bubble, Seniors, Toronto, Toronto Realtor, Vancouver

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July 12, 2010

If you could have sold it alone....
You would have sold it already
If you haven't been able to attract buyers to see your home and are finding that you are dealing with unqualified people, looky lous that want decorating ideas, couples who are out for a Saturday or Sunday drive just looking at homes incase they decide to buy...
Yes, you know your home the best...
But the buyers interests and focus are not necessarily the same as yours. You are holding your own open houses but, people are reluctant to give you their name and phone number. They don't know who will be calling them back!
You want to save the commissions and expenses...
But you are realizing the weekend print ads are easily $500 - $600; There is no guarantee that the phone will ring and may not really drive any traffic. Gambling on weekend open house traffic is fickle and the market has softened.
The contract bundle at Chapters doesn't contain the clauses you need. It is just blank forms. The package of forms clearly states on the cover VOID if used improperly. The forms online from OREA and TREB are to educate you, permit you to read the content in the comfort and privacy of your own home, they have plain english explanations to interpret and explain, not to copy and use as a template.
The Lawyer charges $450 per hour to prepare contracts based on what has already been agreed upon. A lawyer will not enter into a negotiation unless he is being paid.
The Buyer wants to save the same money you do and is asking a lot of questions that make you a bit uncomfortable answering. How motivated are you? Whats your BEST price? Have you bought already? Have you been transferred? OR the big D questions; Death, Divorce, Disaster and Debt. A skilled Buyer has asked all the questions necessary to find your lowest bargaining position without putting up any money to negotiate an offer.
Has the buyer, who is in your house, been qualified or pre approved for a mortgage. Are they capable and interested in concluding a transaction or just testing the waters for a deal?
Have you confirmed the Buyers details with the mortgage broker?
You don't pay anyone until you have commited to a sale that has terms and conditions acceptable to you. At this point you know exactly how much you have sold your home for and what portion will be in your pocket. We have dealt with home inspections and what you will need to give up or gained to walk away, We will have inquired with your mortgage lender about their prepayment penalties or will you port and increase to blend the new mortgage. Land Transfer Taxes apply to your purchase, not your sale.
When you are buying .... will you be using an agent? Why is that?
Because the agents help you sift through all the extraneous details to finds the salient points that concern you as a buyer... Helping you to make a sound financial decision.
If this is not the type of real estate advice you are receiving; you need to ask why not.

Keywords: best agent, david Pylyp, flat fee commissions, homes west toronto, investments, real estate

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2010 116% ahead of 2009 in monthly new home sales
Toronto GTA is the largest highrise market in North America
High Rise pricing has remained strong through economic downturn
Canada has Top 7/25 Markets in North America
So where would you like to live?
 
 
 
 
 
The Toronto Waterfront? Humber Bay Shore; maybe something along the Bloor Danforth Subway line possible overlooking the Old Mill?
I attended this new conference in Toronto; Informed and confidant business people are making their moves in Toronto. The real estate market has outperformed the TSX.
Comparing Toronto condo prices to other world markets like Hong Kong, New York City, London England, make Toronto seem very affordable. So... Give me a call at 905 361 3387 or email me at david@davidpylyp.com to get started.
There is no HST payable on a resale purchase. The summer time is a sleepier time to save a few thousand dollars? Interest rates have dipped slightly; Are you ready?

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April 10, 2010

Opinion of Value - Drive By Appraisals  Toronto west Mississauga

Online Evaluations - Market Analysis is available

But If you need a Drive by; Opinion of Value, Teranet Property History and Legal Confirmation, a last

sold on the street and available for sale summary, with an OPINION OF VALUE sent by pdf to your office, This will include digital pictures from the exterior of the property.


This is possible within 24 hours. 

If you would like a Market Evaluation and Marketing Analysis for your home and are considering selling,
I would like to hear from you.

http://www.eleganthomesinwesttoronto.com/agentprofile/homeevaluation.cfm

There is a difference in who you call. Try someone with 22 years of experience.


David Pylyp
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
905 361 3387   direct 647 218 2414

 

 

Keywords: CMA, David Pylyp, Etobicoke, House Comparative Evaluation, Market Evaluation, Mississauga, Oakville, Online Evaluations, Opinion of Value, Property Analysis, RE/MAX, remax, Toronto

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Did you Hit a credit bump in the Road?

Troubled Getting a Mortgage Toronto Real Estate

Has the Bank turned you down but your wife wants that pretty house?

Are there a few things on your credit report that you do not understand or need to have FIXED. These things can be taken care of for you in a personal one on one consultation.

Veronica is a Mortgage Broker with the http://DavidPylyp.com Home Selling Team and can help you with obtaining the best possible mortgage for you.

Veronica offers one on one personal consultation at your residence or office to examine your credit bureau report, see and explain why you have been declined for financing, and start you on the repair process.

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WITH the services of a credit repair consultant that is also a mortgage broker, it may just be the "HOW TO PRESENT" your mortgage application or going further to restructure high interest rate credit card debt, maybe you Co-signed for someone, Maybe there is an old collection on file that has been retired, let her have a look and work it out for you. You could be working two jobs for someone's college or university education and there is friction about everyone's participation.

Lets have a look.

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Keywords: Buy a house, consolidation, Credit Repair, David Pylyp, fix my credit, Get a Mortgage, Missed a few payments, Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto

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February 28, 2010

Are you trying new technologies?
Are you willing to risk humility and laugh at yourself?
I am.

 

I will do everthing in my power to promote your home for sale. Video and humor together are powerful allies. 

Call me David Pylyp 647 218 2414

Intended to solicit those Sellers and Buyers that are tired of the Average.

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February 25, 2010

The Lack of inventory will be the greatest challenge facing housing markets across the country this Spring, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.
The RE/MAX Market Trends Report 2010, which examined real estate trends and developments in 16 markets across the country, found that unusually strong activity during one of the traditionally quietest months of the year has led to a sharp decline in active listings in 81 per cent of markets surveyed.
“There have never been so many motivating factors in play at once,” says Michael Polzler, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “We’re in for a heated Spring market that will, in all probability, spill over into the summer months, as the window of opportunity draws to a close. The supply of homes listed for sale has been drastically reduced, housing values are once again on the upswing, and banks and governments are moving in unison toward stricter lending policies.”
Read the entire press release here. REMAX Market Trends 2010 REL
What is motivating you to hold on to your property? Will the new HST expenses cause you to rethink the benefits of condo ownership? Add your comments and observations.
If you are considering selling, and possibly downsizing this is a market where you will be buying first and then placing your home on the market. Let's get together and discuss your choices.

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February 24, 2010

Yes the MEGA city, Toronto the good! We voted them in; we are responsible. Proposed Tax increases absolutely! David Miller is proposing a modest tax increase of 4% PLUS new user fees and services cut backs.

So what will they cut back? Yup! essential services Library Hours; Court offices will close a half hour earlier, More user fees at $50 per family at Parks and Recreation. Lets look at a few of these issues a little closer.
Call in a False Alarm? It could cost you $350. Dad! Dad! Are those really severe chest pains?
Libraries will be closed on weekends, Kids are not in school on weekends. Need that homework  finished for Monday? Sorry, We are Closed Sundays. Court Services? Had your licence suspended recently? I know someone who forget to pay a ticket and had her licence suspended by the MOT. The waiting times in many of the overcrowded court systems are 2 - 3 hours to deal with setting a trial date or a walk in guilty. Maybe a re-instatement? The solution from the City of Toronto is to close earlier. Waiting times and Tickets issued have no relationship with the hours of service for the court houses. Parking on the street permit still doesn't guarantee you a space. OK. Get your parking pad! OOPS! Application fees for those are going up too! Don't forget that home heating and fuel prices will go up 8% also July 1st. That's HST.
These solutions do not reduce salaries or employees. This does not save on building management or premises operational costs. These are public relations strategy or activity to show that someone is doing something. Increased waiting times for the general public to line up for any City provided service at a kiosk or 311 is not increasing CUSTOMER service.
Remember they can just as easily slip over to the 905. John Tory very eloquently pointed out that the east end of the city is rather undervalued compared to the west and equally close to the downtown core.
Yes I have an opinion. You cannot buy or rent a house when your credit stinks. You cannot keep spending when your wallet is empty and your credit cards are maxxed out. We need strong City Management with a vision to future planning. Please participate and vote.
The alternative is unimaginable for me. The downtown core turned into a ghost town after 6 PM in the evening. No Business, no cafe, no restaurants, no nightlife; just empty. Will the last person leaving please turn off the lights?
How would you handle these issues?

Keywords: Amalgamation, Doug, Future planning, Holyday, Home Owners, Megacity, Miller, Property, Real Estate, Tax Revenue, Toronto, Tory

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February 23, 2010

One of my favorite people and I shared lunch today and the topic came around to procrastination. Stan told me about a presentation that he had done recently in the condo building where he resides. A few of the local residents had asked him to prepare a few words about wills, estates, probate and Power of Attorney.
Our conversation focused on the fact that so many people put these issues off until it is left in someone else's bailiwick to deal with.
One should have Powers of Attorney and a Will so that you can have your assets and health care looked after as you wish while you are alive and furthermore how your assets will be distributed after you pass away.

Wills, Power of Attorney, Estate PlanningIt may not be the greatest dinner table topic; but so many people I meet are dealing with the unexpected loss due to accident or illness. Please prepare. Stan Gelman is available at 905 270 5110 for consultations.

Keywords: Divorce, Family Law, Lawyer, Mississauga, MLS, Porbate, Power of Attorney, real estate, Realtor, Stan Gelman, wills

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February 07, 2010

So many of the houses I visit have the new Yellow Pages wrapped in plastic, sitting on the front porch. What will you do? Will you bring them inside?
Advertising rates and new media for distribution ie Google has everyone quaking in their boots. Should you spend thousand's of dollars per month to advertise, but, It was SO effective before; Yes, 20 or 30 years ago.
YellowPages was the Big Dog.
Now, when I am in a condominium lobby, I see two skids of yellow pages waiting patiently by the mail room. In one corner the shrink wrap has been peeled away and someone has taken two or three books. The other skid stands untouched. At another front porch, four copies are stacked atop of each other in their plastic wrapper. No One uses the front door since they enter and exit via the garage.
What should one do?
Can we OPT out? Emilee from Dire Mirth would like to create an OPT out Page for the Green Pages. Comanche Marketing would have you negotiate a tougher position with the yellow pages since there are more players in the market place, competition for your attention. Let's tell those Yellow Page people that you want to Make a Deal! Make a Deal?
No matter your inclination, I have always found the yellow pages a thought provoking, cutting edge, marketing, advertising, idea seeking, source of information, But like the best buggy whip made by the last buggy whip company, It may indeed be on its final run. Huge profits have spawned competition. Technology has heralded change.
Even the Yellow Pages has their own website to advertise their print content.
Has the choice to OPT OUT become the ECO friendly final straw for these publications? Why do we keep advertising in magazines and newspapers when half the advertising promotes the "why you should advertise with us?" Maybe its time to rethink the whole model.
Internet advertising has presented some interesting observations on my part. The audience for my video's on youtube [I expected to be the 30 somethings] is surprisingly the 45 to 64 year old age group garnering in excess fo 50% of the viewership.
What are your thoughts? Your comments are always appreciated.

Keywords: Agent, ECO friendly, effective advertising, Etobicoke, market evaluation, MLS, Oakville Mississauga, property analysis, Realtor, Saves Money, Shoptoism, Toronto, video marketing, Yellow Pages

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