Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Freddie Mac: Better Days Ahead in Housing in the US.

Freddie Mac’s chief economist is optimistic that the housing market and economy in the States will improve in the second half of 2011, reports NAR's Realtor Magazine. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank Nothaft said mortgage rates will likely remain historical lows of between 4.5 percent and 5 percent for the remainder of the year. Also, he expects more buyers to stop waiting on the sidelines as recent price drops in home prices have improved affordability. Nothaft said consumers’ uncertainty about the economy has caused them to delay home purchases and other “big-ticket items.” "Some potential buyers who have the means to buy are awaiting clearer signs that home values have firmed," Nothaft says. But Nothaft says they should be getting their signs in the second half of the year, with projected job gains, and a growing, improved economy. "Even though near-term concerns over income and sales growth are restraining consumer spending, business hiring, and new building, a number of positive signs in the economy indicate that growth will continue and is likely to accelerate in the second half of this year," Nothaft said. "Look for a gradual improvement in housing activity in the coming year.”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tom Ferry sales power training today

Getting more training on social websites here in Mississauga. Great info and looking forward to keeping in touch.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

REMAX Recreational Report 2011

Mississauga, ON (June 13, 2011) - Canada's recreational property market is gaining serious traction as savvy purchasers take advantage of ideal conditions, setting the stage for what is expected to be the best market in recent years, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.
The 2011 RE/MAX Recreational Property Report , examining sales and trends in 46 markets across the country, found that substantial equity gains and recovering stock portfolios in major centres have contributed to an upswing in demand from coast to coast. Demand rose in 78 per cent of markets, while sales were up or on par in 41 per cent of recreational centres. Inclement weather, including a late thaw and an abundance of precipitation, resulted in a slow start in many areas, but should be offset by stronger peak season activity. While starting prices have remained relatively stable across the board, there are deals to be had in virtually every region - especially at the top end. Luxury sales, as a result, have climbed in at least half the markets examined. Inventory levels are healthy throughout the country, although there has been some tightening reported at entry-level price points in about one-third of markets. Some of the best selection of product in recent years is now available.