People have been stopping me on the street, asking what "I Champion Your interests!" is all about. Hear it from a spot by radio 106.5 Mountain FM, our local Canmore Radio Station:

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Five things to watch after the Bank of Canada's latest rate cut


The decision that practically gripped the nation came down this morning, as Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz decided to cut interest rates once more. The first of his cuts came more abruptly when in January of this year, the BoC shaved 25 basis points off what was thought to be a stable 1 per cent; it was the first rate cut since April, 2009, and was a direct response to the steep drop in oil prices.


Wednesday's rate cut to 0.5 per cent was less of a surprise as the economy has not rebounded as the central bank expected. Now, not only did the BoC cut its rates, but it dramatically lowered its growth projections for the rest of the year.


Below are five things to watch out for after the interest rate cut.


How will the banks react?


The question now is whether the banks will follow suit and cut their own prime rates in response to the rate cut - and by how much. Toronto-Dominion Bank was the...

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Getting a dream house is often on everyone’s bucket list. Now that you have decided to buy a house, you need to be really careful so that you get what you really want. Many places may look totally attractive and you may think it’s the one, with a much deeper evaluation you may come to realize certain faults. Here are a few tips to prioritize in your property hunt:

Which part of your dream you can live without?

Nothing is really ever pure perfection, something’s we get others we don’t. The important thing is to prioritize what it is that you want and what is not so essential. Relax this does not mean you have to quit on that one thing; you could do some construction work and fix it into your dream house. A house like this means you go beyond imagination, way and way beyond what your current life can term as normal.

Things that you love

Some of us love water, they thus prefer waking up to the oceans morning breeze and taking walks on the beach at night, burying your...
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Every once in a while, maybe once in a year, we feel like running away to escape reality. Vacations mostly involve lying in hotels and skipping from place to place. This however comes with some disadvantages though we get to escape we do get to achieve full relaxation. Hotels involve large bills, from charges per night or just room service orders. Your vacation ends up harming you pockets.

This does not have to be the case you could easily buy a vacation house. If you do not consider buying as an option you could also rent out. Renting gives you the idea that you own a place for while that way you will get settled in quite easily. Buying however, is the best option, it seems as a waste of money, but you need to consider the fact that you could rent it out when you are not using. The house may even end up paying for itself.

Before you buy any real estate there are several factors to consider. If you are smart you get the best out of your money. Your vacation house becomes a home away from...
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This is one of the biggest steps we make in life. Renting out gets tiresome at a point and worrying about rent every month is not so great. So you decide to buy a house, you are ready but remember that being a home owner also comes with responsibilities so are you ready to take them up? The process is not only a physical aspect but also emotional. To ensure you do not make any reckless mistakes you will need a team of professionals to walk the path with you. Several things to do before signing that check are:

Come up with a workable budget

Review your finances and come up with the amount of money to spend in the whole process. When buying a house you not only need money for the purchase, hiring realtors and visiting the houses also costs you money. So establish the approximate cost and all will be okay.

Get a realtor

You cannot always be aware of all the houses on offer and what they cost. Hiring a realtor provides you with a person to do research for you. You need a professional to take...
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The fact is that real agents generally tend to get a bad reputation for a number of different reasons, the most common being that they are considered self-serving and unprofessional. However if you think about it for a moment it is not difficult to find unprofessional staff in practically every business sector. If you talk to people who have a bad opinion of certain real estate agents, they will also go on to tell you about top notch real estate agents who are real professionals and should be examples to those who they consider slackers.

What are the key benefits the real professionals bring to the table? This is simply that they help the sellers earn more money from the sale of the property, and then on the other hand they help buyers get the best return on their investment.

So your key challenge, if you live in Canmore, is to find these top quality Canmore real estate agents when it is time to sell or buy a home. Would you like some useful tips? If any of the following gimmicks are ever...
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Canmore Real Estate Market, June 1st 2015


Canmore had 145 closed deals from January to May 2015 as compared to 207 in the same period in 2014. That is a 30% reduction in closed deals compared to last year.

The number of listings on the other hand increased from around 200 in January to 264 in June which is more than we saw during the year 2014.

While the average sales price of apartments was $399,000 in 2014, the average sales price from Jan-May 2015 was $369,000. Remarkable however, that the average price in 2015 increased constantly from 315,000 in January to 433,000 in May. Days on market reduced from 76 in 2014 to 56 in 2015. There is obviously a strong demand with very little supply for lower priced apartments and this drives prices for this kind of product.

While the average sales price of vacation properties was $214,000 in 2014, the average sales price from Jan-May 2015 was $218,000. Remarkable here that the average sales price decreased from March 2015 to May 2015. Days on...

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As the peak selling season is in full swing, you need to make sure that you don’t miss the bus when the slow summer days come, the heat rises and you are left with your property firmly stuck in your hands. As you consider your disappointment, you need to accept that you cannot realistically sell your house in Canmore until the autumn.

Any plans you may have had to move permanently to your next destination will need to be put on hold. If you have had to move away for work, most likely, you will need to find temporary accommodation while you have to wait for your home to be bought.

While you want to sell your home quickly, there should be no reason to drop the price very much below your property’s achievable market value to get a fast sale. If you want to maximize your return play the smart game, follow these smart moves to ensure that you get the best deal and can make your sale as fast and as profitable as possible. Now even if you are not able to sell in the high season, even...
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So, the housing market has now recovered and it seems that this recovery will continue. Before you march out to find that great vacation property, take a moment to heed some good advice. Keep these wise tips in your mind to help you ensure that you can select from the best vacation homes for sale in Canmore.

It may seem a long time ago that many Canadians decided to abandon or shelve their plans to consider a vacation home when the housing market collapsed. Now, however, home prices have been enjoying a steady rise month after month at about 0.5% monthly. In Canada you can once again begin playing with the idea of getting back into the vacation property market or even entering it for the first time.
What will be the most appealing factors that you are looking for in a vacation home? If it is a tropical palm tree lined sandy beach then Canmore is not for you. But if you are looking for a location you can easily get to just by driving there that gives you access to snow covered mountains,...
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