The Redwood/Raven Reporter
I hope this message finds you well, and 2017 has you off to a good start.
Redwood has been in the business for 28 fun years. This year will be a year of exciting change. The Leafs in the playoffs, the boat in the water, a new corporatedirection, summer weather, the knowledge that my transmission is good for another 200,000K KMs (as the last one exploded in rush hour traffic on the 401), and my daughter getting married.
I would like to announce that Redwood Mortgage will become a licensee of Verico, Canadas largest mortgage network. The lending landscape is changing rapidly, and now is the time to align ourselves with Canadas largest network of mortgage professionals. The Your brand, Your way network system will allow Redwood Mortgage to have access to innovative tools, support devices, industry leading technology and lender accessibility. Some of the large advantages are electronic document storage and an increase in the number of lenders, which leads to moreproducts for you.
Raven Financial Services (Redwoods sister company), will remain totally independent, as previously mentioned Raven specializes in the management of private mortgage portfolios. Raven has doubled in size in the first quarter of 2017. Fly Raven fly!
I would also like to take the opportunity to announce our Marketing Manager and Executive Assistant Natalia Chavez as part of our team. Natalia will be responsible for managing and executing all Marketing projects for Redwood Mortgage and Raven Financial Services. She will also be announcing new exciting news and updates on both Redwood Mortgage Corporation and Raven Financial Services. Natalia will bring a very new approach to our brand with her outstanding skills and extensive knowledge on Digital Marketing.
Lastly, if you want to talk about a mortgage, or refer a friend/family member, or talk about anything really please do not hesitate to call, and I mean this sincerely. Pick up the phone, drop in or send me and e-mail. It is perfectly okay. You know I am a person who loves to get letters in the mail, meet people and talk on the phone.
Robert A. (Bob) Gascon
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Employment continues to rebound in July
From February to April, 5.5 million Canadian workers were affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown. This included a drop in employment of 3.0 million and a COVID-related increase in absences from work of 2.5 million.
Employment rose by 419,000 (+2.4%) in July, compared with 953,000 (+5.8%) in June. Combined with gains of 290,000 in May, this brought employment to within 1.3 million (-7.0%) of its pre-COVID February level.
The number of Canadians who were employed but worked less than half their usual hours for reasons likely related to COVID-19 dropped by 412,000 (-18.8%) in July. Combined with declines recorded in May and June, this left COVID-related absences from work at just under 1 million (+972,000; +120.3%) above February levels.
By the week of July 12 to July 18, the total number of affected workers stood at 2.3 million, a reduction since April of 58.0%.
Canadian home sales and new listings up again in June
Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS Systems in June 2020 rebounded by a further 63%, returning them to normal levels for the month some 150% above where they were in April.
Transactions were once again up on a m-o-m basis across the country. Among Canadas largest markets, sales rose 83.8% in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), 75.1% in Montreal, 60.3% in Greater Vancouver, 99.7% in the Fraser Valley, 54.9% in Calgary, 59% in Edmonton, 22.5% in Winnipeg, 34.8% in Hamilton-Burlington, 67.9% in London and St. Thomas, 55.6% in Ottawa and 43.6% in Quebec City.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity posted a 15.2% y-o-y gain in June.
REALTORS across Canada are increasingly seeing business pick back up, stated Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of CREA. With sellers and buyers returning to the market, we continue to make sure clients stay safe by complying with government and health officials directives and advice, increasingly using technology to list and show properties virtually while providing secure methods to complete required forms and contracts. As always, but maybe now more than ever, REALTORS remain the best source for information and guidance when negotiating the sale or purchase of a home, continued Poulopoulos.