How could the Niagara real estate market be better off today than it was a year ago? It’s just one more thing to add to the growing list of unprecedented phenomena dotting the 2020 timeline. The Canadian economy may be feeling the sting of pandemic-related business closures and job loses, but the housing sector is…Read More
REALTORS Care® Week 2020 Virtual Conference on Homelessness
REALTORS Care® Week: November 23-27, 2020 is an annual national week of volunteer service for REALTORS® and a time for the REALTOR® community to raise awareness about important housing and shelter-related issues. The inaugural REALTORS Care® Week took place in November 2019 and saw REALTORS® come together to share the comfort of home in communities from coast to coast. The COVID-19 pandemic…Read More
Not Business As Usual
Dear friends of Team Berkhout Bosse – please be advised that during the Province’s COVID-19 State of Emergency our business is operating in full compliance with the Advisory Notice published March 24th, 2020 by the Ontario Real Estate Association. (as posted below) While real estate agents are included on the essential service list this pertains…Read More
The New Virtual Reality of Real Estate
Social distancing has us all pressing pause, letting go of priorities in favour of time spent indoors, connected only though our screens. Alas, in the real estate market, even amid a global pandemic, there are still sellers who need to sell, and buyers who need to buy. Lucky for us, in this age of technology,…Read More
Canadian Real Estate Association COVID-19 Update: Collaboration with the Government
Information related to the efforts to mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19 is constantly evolving. First and foremost, we recommend REALTOR®members follow the guidelines and precautions set by Canada’s public health authorities. See Health Canada’s website for comprehensive coverage. In ongoing discussions with government officials from various departments and agencies, we continue to emphasize the unique…Read More
Niagara Realtors Launch Niagara Open House Portal
Check it out! niagaraopenhouses.ca This newly launched site created by the Niagara Association of Realtors provides an interactive map and a simple search bar that allows users to search for upcoming Open Houses by city, price range, home features and/or MLS® number. Selecting a property opens a new window and contains full details about the…Read More
Vacant Unit and Vacant/Excess Land Subclasses Public Engagement Forum
Niagara Region is holding a public engagement forum on May 15th, 2018 at 5:30pm to discuss and recieve feedback on changes being made to the Vacant Unit and Vacant/Excess Land Subclasses Rebate. Since 1998, the Vacant Unit Rebate and Vacant/Excess Land Subclasses have provided tax rebates/reductions to property owners who have vacancies in commercial and industrial buildings or land.…Read More
How Much Do You Need to Earn to Buy a Home in Our Local Area?
We just read an interesting article just published on Workopolis: How much you need to earn to buy a house in every major Canadian city? Click here to read full article Using the same criteria outlined in the Workopolis analysis the figures for our local market are as follows: (The Welland and Pelham 12-Month Average…Read More
Niagara Association of REALTORS® November Market Report
December 9, 2014, Niagara - The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 527 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in November. This represents an increase of 24% in sales over November of last year. The residential average sale price of $256,267 was 9.3% higher than last November. The average days…Read More
Say NO to Another Home Owner TAX!
Preventing the spread of municipal land transfer taxes (MLTT) is the focus of a new advocacy campaign at the Ontario Real Estate Association. The association launched the issue-based campaign in April to demonstrate the negative economic impact of the MLTT, based on the findings of new research studies. Currently allowed only in Toronto, this tax…Read More
New Year Begins with Balanced Conditions
The Pelham real estate market finished the year off with a bang! With 18 single family unit sales in December compared to 10 in December 2009, sales for the month jumped 80%. This surge was enough to offset the 4 per cent year to date dip reflected in our November results. Total sales in Pelham…Read More
Downsizing in Niagara
Aging boomers are a primary real estate demographic throughout North America. This important market segment has an even greater impact in Niagara because our Niagara census metropolitan area currently has the fourth largest percentage of seniors in all of Canada.
How “Saleable” is Pelham?
Curb appeal is one of the most important aspects of real estate marketing and the initial consideration when planning to make a house more saleable. Imagine that you have arrived in Pelham for the first time – what do you see? How pedestrian friendly does it appear. Would you feel inspired to stop for the…Read More
Pelham Real Estate 2009-the Year that Was
As we enter the starting days of the 2010 decade I once again find myself contemplating the incredible difference a year can make. Last year’s trepidation and lack of consumer confidence have been replaced by a resounding spirit of resiliency. During the opening months of 2009 a deep freeze descended upon Pelham and extended into…Read More
Local REALTORS® work to improve Quality of Life in Niagara
As local REALTORS® our work contributes dramatically to the quality of life in our local communities and the Niagara Region as a whole. We sell much more than homes. We sell the livability of our communities and as local citizens we actively participate in a wide variety of initiatives that support economic growth and sustainability.…Read More
Real Estate Taxation is a Shell Game
The real estate market, whether it is through development charges, market value assessment rates, land transfer taxes, capital gains taxation or broader application of provincial sales tax rates, has become an easy target for ever increasing varieties of tax applications. It is important to recognize that, whatever the source, all tax revenue ultimately combines into…Read More