Dreams are Goals without Plans. Stop Dreaming.
Apply now to find out if I can help you save on what you already own to put towards those goals, to pull equity to fund those goals, or to find out what you need to do to acheive the goal of home ownership.
Any goals I can't help plan for, I'm more than happy to refer to someone who can. And if I can't help directly with your goals, ask about my referral program so that in your referring me to someone I'm more immediately able to help, I'm able to do more to help you.
Thanks for your time. I hope you read on and don't leave before filling out an application. Will only take a few minutes and could save up to and more than $50/month depending on your current rate and what is currently on market.
My Marketing... It's You.
Marketing is one of the biggest questions in commission referral businesses. What do you do? Advertise on the radio? TV? Mailers? Magazines?Maybe you do sponsored content on facebook or are real cutting edge and have an advertisement running on YouTube.
Ive considered the radio but Im the only person I know who listens to it and it is a bit out of my early career price range. TV has similar problems only I dont even watch that.
Ive done a few mailers. Theyre comparably affordable and great for getting to a lot of houses but I expect all those houses are like myself, and any non mail goes straight to the recycling. I dont want to contribute to that much garbage.
Ive done some facebook because of affordability and immediacy as I can track whos actually clicked, and I know people are on facebook.
What inspired this post though, was hearing about magazine adverts. To be in a certain real estate magazine, a realtor I know spends $15,000 for a one page advertisement once a year.... $15k... For paper...
As a realtor, he only needs a referral or two from the advertisement to have it pay for itself, and he believes it has been worthwhile. As a broker my numbers arent quite that good, and even if I had it $15k seems absurd to me to spend on a single local advertisement. I can think of WAY better ways of spending $15k.
So I did.
Summer 2018 will have the first annual Carson Park Football Scholarship. Depending on how business goes this, my 2nd year in the industry, will dictate how much Im able to give to how many graduates looking to play university level football.
So knowthat your referrals to me not only result in a kick back to your pocket, but directly provide an opportunity to someone who otherwise may not have had it.
I thank you for your referrals, and so do future recipients.
Apply Nowand let me see how I can help you either plan for your first home, or save money on what you currently own.
Easy ways to keep more money in your pocket
It goes without saying that most of us would appreciate a little more money in our pockets. Believe it or not, its actually an achievable goal. In fact, a few simple tips can help you uncover meaningful savings each and every month. Need some ideas? Heres a little inspiration to get you started:
1. Pack food from home for lunches and snacks. Skip sandwich bags and opt for reusable containers, cutlery and drink bottle.
2. Switch light bulbs to CFLs. On average, it costs $250 a year in energy costs to light your home with incandescents. Save $150 by going with CFLs. Theyre more expensive initially, but will last 10 times longer.
3. Review and negotiate your service plansphone, internet, cable and television content.
4. Invest in topping up your insulation. Attic insulation can settle and compact over time, diminishing its original R-value and increasing heating/cooling costs. Topping it up with a quality batt insulation, like Roxul Comfortbatt, will immediately help improve the comfort of your home and reduce your monthly energy bills.
5. Pay off credit card debt and swap cards for lower interest rate options.
6. Install low-flow water fixtures to cut down on excess water consumption.
7. Lower your thermostat by two degrees in cold weather and increase it by two degrees in warmer weather.
8. Launder your clothes in cold water and at off-peak times.
9. Avoid impulse shopping. Stick to your list and avoid window shopping, which tends to draw buyers in.
10. Save money on entertainment by looking for free activities. For options in your area, try a simple internet search. You might be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of activities and entertainment available for no or low cost.
Collectively employing the tips above could potentially add up to thousands in annual savings, proving that sometimes change can be a good thing.
Bank of Canada increases overnight rate target to 1 per cent
The Bank of Canada is raising its target for the overnight rate to 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent.
Recent economic data have been stronger than expected, supporting the Banks view that growth in Canada is becoming more broadly-based and self-sustaining. Consumer spending remains robust, underpinned by continued solid employment and income growth. There has also been more widespread strength in business investment and in exports. Meanwhile, the housing sector appears to be cooling in some markets in response to recent changes in tax and housing finance policies. The Bank continues to expect a moderation in the pace of economic growth in the second half of 2017, for the reasons described in the July Monetary Policy Report (MPR), but the level of GDP is now higher than the Bank had expected.
The global economic expansion is becoming more synchronous, as anticipated in July, with stronger-than-expected indicators of growth, including higher industrial commodity prices. However, significant geopolitical risks and uncertainties around international trade and fiscal policies remain, leading to a weaker US dollar against many major currencies. In this context, the Canadian dollar has appreciated, also reflecting the relative strength of Canadas economy.
While inflation remains below the 2 per cent target, it has evolved largely as expected in July. There has been a slight increase in both total CPI and the Banks core measures of inflation, consistent with the dissipating negative impact of temporary price shocks and the absorption of economic slack. Nonetheless, there remains some excess capacity in Canadas labour market, and wage and price pressures are still more subdued than historical relationships would suggest, as observed in some other advanced economies.