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Premiere Makes Profit 500 List
Premiere named mortgage firm of year, makes Profit top 500 list
Don MacVicar, president of Premiere Mortgages. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Accolades just keep coming in forPremiere Mortgage Centre Inc.in Halifax.
The locally owned and managed mortgage brokerage firm was recently named Mortgage Brokerage of the Year by the national publication Canadian Mortgage Professional.
Just last week, Profit Magazine put Premiere Mortgage on its list of the top 500 fastest-growing companies in Canada at 69th place, with growth of 1,018 per cent over the past five years.
“It feels pretty good to get back-to-back recognition like this,” company president Don MacVicar said Monday.
“The competition is pretty aggressive in some of the other markets.”
MacVicar, a Halifax native, and some partners set up Premiere Mortgage about seven years ago after he returned to Nova Scotia with his family following a career in the banking business in Toronto.
Growth to date has far exceeded anything he had in mind, he said.
“I thought I was coming back to the Maritimes to get in a little of that more relaxed pace of life everybody was talking about.”
MacVicar said the brokerage firm plans to maintain an aggressive growth rate in Atlantic Canada and Ontario in coming years.
The company has 60 mortgage agents and originated $600 million in new mortgages in 2012, with a forecast of $700 million for 2013.
Canada’s big banks are expected to follow theRoyal Bank of Canadaand increase mortgage rates in the coming days. MacVicar said this may be good for the real estate industry.
RBC raised the rate on one-year mortgages 14 basis points to 3.14 per cent on Monday. A hundred basis points are equal to one per cent.
Two- and three-year mortgages went up 10 basis points to 3.14 and 3.65 per cent, respectively.
MacVicar said independent brokerages like Premiere can sometimes offer consumers a buffer from interest rate hikes, but he said some upward movement in rates is inevitable across the board.
“Even with these modest increases of 10 to 14 basis points, rates are at historic lows,” he said.
“The upward movement in rates might be good for the real estate industry as it may encourage consumers who’ve been sitting on the fence with rate guarantees to make a move.”
Other Nova Scotia companies on the Profit magazine list of fastest-growing companies includedMercer’s Best Built Structures Inc.of Dartmouth,Terra Beata Farms Ltd.of Heckmans Island, Lunenburg County, andJewelPop Inc.of Dartmouth.
Don MacVicar-President, Premiere Mortgage Centre
Don, President and founding member of Premiere Mortgage Centre brings over 20 years experience in the banking and mortgage industry. Don has returned to Atlantic Canada after spending six years in various management positions with a major financial institution in Toronto. Prior to becoming President, Don was Vice President of Sales for a major Canadian Bank. Don was responsible for building a mortgage sales force in Greater Toronto which succeeded in growing a portfolio of over $600 million in annual mortgage origination. His proudest achievement has been to see Premiere Mortgage Centre surpass that landmark after only 6 years in business.
Top five home renovations that increase property value
Looking to increase your homes property value? Here are five of the best renovations you can do to your home to increase property value. These five renovations can sometimes have a return on investment 5-6x what they cost.
Flooring is one of the most important aspects of your house. You will see an immediate rise in property valuation with the installation of hardwood floors. Existing hardwood floors that you can refinish are ideal as they are less costly to restore and in higher demand than new flooring materials. For the bathroom, tile will always be in demand and retain value exceptionally well.
Kitchens often look tired and dated, in large part due to old fixtures. Replacing or updating cabinet hardware, light fixtures, countertops and faucets will result in an immediate increase in your homes value. This small, but effective upgrade will also revitalize the entire home. Pot lights are in high demand in open concept style homes.
Thebathroomis the second most important room in the home in terms of valuation. If you can add a three-piece bathroom to a home with only one full bathroom, you will see a dramatic rise in the market value of your home. While you should never compromise bedroom space for a bathroom, try sneaking one in dead space in the home. Scott managed to fit in a 3-piece bathroom under a staircase the width of the room measured just 44 inches. As an added tip, use glass for the shower to make the bathroom feel more spacious.
Kitchens are the single most important room in the home relating to valuation. The kitchen can make a significant difference in the value of your home. As such, it is crucial that you invest in having a modern, fresh anddesirable kitchen. Modern cabinetry, under cabinet lighting and new appliances will all significantly increase the value of your home on the market. To save on cost without compromising construction and desirability, look at options like Ikea cabinets as opposed to custom cabinetry.
#1 An Income Suite
No surprise, but the single biggest way to increase the value of your home is to build an income suite within the property. Whether this is converting yourbasement into a rental, or another floor in the home, an income property will increase your homes worth. The main reason for this is that it covers a portion, or sometimes all of your mortgage payments, and results in your home being cash flow positive which creates real wealth that can supplement your income.