Frank Martire
Sales Representative

Royal Lepage Action Realty
Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

766 Colborne St. E
Brantford, Ontario N3S 3S1


519 771 4133
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Most Baby Boomers Have No Intention of Downsizing, According to Royal LePage National Survey (February 26, 2013)
Single-family homes remain the most popular property type among both Baby Boomers and Generation Y, according to Royal LePage survey...



Brief, Mild Correction Forecast for Canadas Housing Market in First Half of 2013, According to Royal LePage (January 8, 2013)
The Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased year-over-year between...



Royal LePage Commercial Continues Impressive Growth (December 20, 2012)
Royal LePage Commercial, launched in April 2012, continues to expand as more brokers and agents look for support and commercial opportunities to meet the demand generated by the commercial mid-market...



Royal LePage Shelter Foundation Wins Prestigious Community Service Award (December 5, 2012)
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has won the Communitas Award for its signature event, the National Garage Sale for Shelter....



Royal LePage Commercial Grows 50% in Six Months (October 24, 2012)
Since its launch in April 2012, Royal LePage Commercial has grown by an impressive 50 per cent and continues to provide commercial practitioners with the tools and resources necessary to address the real estate needs of business and investment clients...



Canadian House Prices Edge Up in Third Quarter While the Number of Home Sales Fall (October 3, 2012)
First-time buyer activity drops as market adjusts to new mortgage regulations. The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased year-over-year between...



Royal LePage Continues a Longstanding Tradition of Helping Abused Women and Children at National Conference (September 23, 2012)
To kick off the bi-annual Royal LePage National Sales Conference which took place in Vancouver from September 20-22, a group of sixty Royal LePage agents and brokers from across Canada tested their physical fitness all for a good cause.



Canada's Housing Market at a Tipping Point (July 10, 2012)
The Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased year-over-year between 3.3 and 5.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2012. By the end of 2012, Royal LePage expects...



Royal LePage Launches New Partnership Connecting Canadian Buyers to Real Estate Opportunities in India (June 21, 2012)
Royal LePage is proud to announce its partnership with Godrej Properties to help Canadians and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) invest in India’s growing real estate market. “Godrej Properties is a subsidiary of Godrej Group, a well known and trusted organization...



National Garage Sale for Shelter raises more than $400,000 in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation (May 30, 2012)
While searching for bargains on Mother’s Day weekend, thousands of delighted shoppers across the country not only found great deals, they helped save the lives of women and children seeking an escape from family violence...



Canadian Recreational Property Buyers Looking To Renters To Make Dream Of Ownership A Reality (May 16, 2012)
A survey commissioned by Royal LePage Real Estate Services showed that intended recreational property buyers have different ideas on generating income from their properties compared to the actual decisions of those who are already in the market. Often, potential buyers will consider renting as a means to finance their purchase. The survey, which was conducted by Leger Marketing, polled...



Royal LePage's Mobile Website Earns Prestigious Interactive Media Award (May 10, 2012)
The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, announced the 2011 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production. Royal LePage was recognized for its excellence with a silver award in the Mobile Website category for ...



Royal LePage Signature Realty Grows Following Launch of Commercial Real Estate Program (April 11, 2012)
Royal LePage Signature Realty is proud to announce the rebirth of Royal LePage’s storied Commercial brand, which will support the office’s growing team of commercial practitioners and their clients. This new commercial real estate offering provides...



Unprecedented ‘Mortgage Sale’ and Consumer Confidence Fuel Real Estate Prices in First Quarter 2012 (April 5, 2012)
The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased between 2.2 and 5.0 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the previous year. Market activity in the first quarter of 2012 was unusually high resulting in tight inventories and strong price appreciation in most major cities. Buyers were attracted into the market by historically low mortgage rates...



Royal LePage Shelter Foundation Sets New Fundraising Records In Support Of Women’s Shelters Across Canada (April 5, 2012)
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is thrilled to announce its fundraising results for 2011: a record-setting $2 million was raised to support women’s shelters and to help stop family violence in Canada. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charity, empowering sales representatives to make a tangible difference in their local community and across the country...



Royal LePage Launches New Commercial Real Estate Program (April 3, 2012)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services is proud to announce the rebirth of its storied Commercial brand to support the company’s nationwide network of commercial real estate practitioners and their clients. Royal LePage’s new commercial real estate offering provides a complete set of tools and resources for...



Royal LePage Predicts Further Home Price Appreciation Contrary to Recent Talk of Decline (January 12, 2012)
The Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.6 and 6.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the previous year. Royal LePage expects average price growth to continue...



Heat Waves And Snow Storms Both Have Cooling Effect On Home Sales, According To Royal LePage Survey (August 22, 2011)
An unusually snowy winter, a prolonged rainy spring, or a blistering hot summer – such as the recent heat wave in central Canada – can have a significant near-term impact on home sales, according to a national survey of real estate agents conducted by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Royal LePage Launches My Great Neighbourhood Contest (August 8, 2011)
What makes your neighbourhood great? Is it the big trees? The friendly people down the street? Kids playing outside? Or the great coffee shop only a block away? Now in its second year, Royal LePage is pleased to announce its My Great Neighbourhood contest. Canadians are asked to submit an entry online explaining why they love where they live. Winners are selected based on how creative, original, informative, and compelling their entry is. The number of Facebook votes the entry receives is also considered. ...



High Second Quarter House Prices Conceal Early Signs of A Moderating Market (July 7, 2011)
Canada’s residential real estate market saw sizable year-over-year price increases in the second quarter of 2011, but high house prices are concealing early signs of a moderating market, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today. The market has seen its near-term peak in house price appreciation, and a slower second half of the year is expected. Still, by the end of 2011, the national average house price is expected to be 7.7 per cent higher than it was at the end of 2010. ...



National Garage Sale for Shelter Raises More than $400,000 in Support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation (May 26, 2011)
Who could have imagined that selling old dishes, unwanted furniture and outgrown toys could save a woman’s life and give a young person the chance for a brighter future?Yet on May 14, 2011, Royal LePage offices across the country hosted the 3rd Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter and did just that. Thanks to their dedication, creativity and hard work, and the support of local community members, the event set a new record by raising more than $400,000 in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. ...



Canadians Confident in the Investment Potential of Recreational Properties: Survey (May 20, 2011)
An overwhelming majority of Canadians who have either purchased or who intend to buy recreational property in the next 24 months believe that buying a vacation home is a good long-term investment, according to a nationwide survey of Canadian attitudes towards recreational property ownership commissioned by Royal LePage Real Estate Services and run on the Angus Reid Forum. Overall, the survey found that 89 per cent of current owners and prospective buyers agree that recreational properties are a good long-term investment. Broken down by region, this included 92 per cent of respondents from Alberta, 91 per cent of Ontarians, 87 per cent of BC residents and 81 per cent of people surveyed in Quebec. ...



Royal LePage: Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring (May 11, 2011)
Spring is upon us and the housing market is set to enter its busiest time of the year. With winter a mere memory and lots of sunshine on the way, many potential homebuyers will be out and about looking for the perfect home to suit their needs and budget. If you’re preparing to put your home on the market this spring, there are a number of things you can do to erase signs of winter wear and improve your home’s appeal.“Whether you’re in a buyer’s market or seller’s market, simple, cost-effective improvements like applying a fresh coat of paint to your home’s interior or exterior can transform your home and help attract greater interest from potential buyers,” said, Dianne Usher, Vice President and Division Manager, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Johnston & Daniel Division. “Larger-scale improvements like renovations can also enhance a home’s appeal while some houses might require repairs after a long and harsh Canadian winter.” ...



De-Clutter For a Cause: Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter to Take Place May 14, 2011 (May 4, 2011)
On Saturday, May 14, more than 115 Royal LePage offices across Canada will host the National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation – an organization committed to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children.Now in its third year, the event brings local residents together with Royal LePage REALTORS® to raise much-needed funds and awareness to help break the cycle of family violence. Since 2009, the National Garage Sale for Shelter has raised more than $435,000 to support women’s shelters across the country and help fund long-term solutions to end violence in Canada’s homes. ...



Royal LePage Meadowtowne Launches Mobile App for iPhone and iPad (May 4, 2011)
Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty launched a mobile application today that enables consumers to conveniently search real estate listings on their iPhone or iPad devices. The app can be downloaded for free from iTunes and allows users to view all of Royal LePage Meadowtowne’s listings anytime and from anywhere.The Meadowtowne app offers benefits to both sellers listed with Royal LePage Meadowtowne as well as potential homebuyers looking for homes in Mississauga, Milton or Georgetown. Sellers benefit from having their homes featured on one of the largest and most popular mobile platforms in the world while homebuyers with iPhones or iPads benefit from the convenience of having mobile access to all of Meadowtowne’s current listings, including interior photos, Walkscores and GPS mapping. ...



Annual Public Relations Award Gala Celebrates Best PR Campaigns (April 28, 2011)
Last night the Canadian Public Relations Society Toronto (CPRS Toronto) honoured the best and brightest of Toronto's public relations community at the annual Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) Awards gala. For the winners, the benefits of winning an ACE Award go well beyond the trophies and a short appearance on stage."The value of these awards comes from the nature of the judging process," said Martin Waxman, President, CPRS Toronto. "The ACE Awards are judged by experienced professional communicators. Being scored by industry peers adds a level of credibility and validation to the ACE Award brand that the winners can benefit from, especially in today's competitive market." ...



Rate of Home Price Appreciation Stabilizes after Post-Recession Recovery (April 12, 2011)
The Royal LePage House Price Survey released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.5 and 4.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, compared to the previous year, as markets continued their post-recession recovery. While the rate of year-over-year price appreciation slowed slightly in the first quarter, home values continued the upward climb, which first began late in the second quarter of 2009.Low interest rates and a recovering economy continued to fuel activity in Canada’s housing markets over the past year, which has led to country-wide increases in average home prices. In the first quarter of 2011, the national average price of a detached bungalow rose 4.3 per cent year-over-year to $341,355, while standard two-storey homes rose 3.5 per cent to $379,388 and standard condominiums rose 4 per cent to $237,919. ...



Royal LePage Shelter Foundation: $1.8 Million Raised in 2010 to Stop the Cycle of Family Violence (March 22, 2011)
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is thrilled to announce its fundraising total for 2010 - a record-breaking $1.8 million to support abused women and their children across Canada. Now in its 13th year, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation supports close to 200 shelters across the country, helping more than 30,000 women and children every year. It's also committed to funding violence prevention and education programs. Since its inception, the Shelter Foundation has raised $12 million with the help and support of generous Royal LePage agents, brokers, managers and administrative staff, along with members of the communities in which they live and work. ...



Shanan Spencer-Brown Named New Executive Director of Royal LePage Shelter Foundation (January 24, 2011)
Royal LePage is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Shanan Spencer-Brown to the position of executive director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, effective January 24, 2011. As executive director, Ms. Spencer-Brown will lead Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children. ...



Strengthening Economic Recovery and Low Interest Rates Point to a Stronger Than Anticipated 2011 for Housing Market (January 6, 2011)
The average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.9 and 4.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to the previous year, as markets shrugged off a lackluster third quarter and returned to a post-recession growth profile. Home values are forecast to continue a moderate and steady climb in many of the country’s key housing markets through 2011 with sales activity skewed to the first half of the year, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today. ...



Top 10 Things to Avoid when Selling Your Home over the Holidays, According to Royal LePage (December 16, 2010)
Vacation time and slower work schedules create an ideal time for open houses. However, as homes fill up with presents, decorations and visitors, sellers are often faced with the challenge of striking the right balance between cozy and crammed. Keeping your home tidy and sparingly decorated doesn't mean sellers can't celebrate the season in style, but remember that buyers are looking for just the right amount of sparkle. ...



Technological Innovation at Royal LePage – Longpré Lamirande Network Implements QR Codes (November 16, 2010)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services are proud to announce that the properties for sale on the Réseau Longpré Lamirande will now have a QR code. Smartphone users of the Magog and Memphrémagog regions will be able to instantly access fact sheets of properties for sale by holding their device in front of the code appearing on the sign. The Longpré Lamirande Network is one of the first brokerage houses in Canada to implement this technology which will greatly simplify the viewing of property fact sheets. ...



Royal LePage Earns Platinum MarCom Award for 2009 National Garage Sale for Shelter (November 3, 2010)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services has been awarded a 2010 Platinum MarCom Award by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for its work on the 2009 National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale that raised $120,000 in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. ...



Quebecers Think Long-Term when Purchasing Homes according to Royal LePage Quebec Survey (November 2, 2010)
Nearly half of all Quebecers have only owned one home throughout their lives and most of them will keep this home for over fifteen years, according to the Royal LePage Quebec Survey commissioned by Royal LePage Real Estate Services and conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion. The main reasons that motivate Quebecers to purchase a property is the desire to stop renting as well as to make a profitable long term investment. ...



Canadian House Prices Record ‘Normal’ Year-Over-Year Growth According to Royal LePage House Price Survey (October 19, 2010)
Canada’s residential real estate market saw year-over-year growth in the third quarter as fears of a double dip recession or a housing bubble faded. According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey released today, house price appreciation slowed to a more modest five per cent in the quarter, which is historically typical of balanced real estate markets. ...



Survey Shows HST Misconceptions Remain among Ontarians and British Columbians Regarding Real Estate Transactions (August 5, 2010)
A survey conducted by Royal LePage Real Estate Services revealed that Ontarians and British Columbians have misconceptions about how the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) affects real estate transactions. When respondents were asked to provide examples of comments heard from buyers and sellers regarding the HST and its effect on the housing market, almost half of the comments (46.7 per cent) indicated that confusion about HST remains more than one month after its introduction. Among the most common responses to the survey’s open-ended questions were that many home buyers incorrectly believe HST applies to the sale price of resale properties. ...



Canada’s Real Estate Market to Cool Slightly after Strong First Half (July 7, 2010)
Canada’s residential real estate market will start to slow in the second half of 2010 after two quarters of strong price appreciation and sales activity, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today. While market fundamentals remain strong across most major centres in Canada, sales activity was overly ‘front-loaded’ in the first half of the year and is expected to cool off for the third and fourth quarters. Prices are also expected to steady in the second half of the year. ...



Canadians Pursuing Recreational Property for Lifestyle, despite Tax Concerns and Stricter Mortgage Rules (May 31, 2010)
Almost half of Canadians considering buying a recreational property will do so to improve their lifestyle, despite concerns about increasing taxes, rising interest rates and new regulations that require higher down payments on second homes, according to a nationwide survey of Canadian attitudes towards recreational property ownership conducted by Angus Reid and commissioned by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Royal LePage: Breaking Records to Break the Cycle of Violence (May 19, 2010)
On Saturday, May 15th, over 120 Royal LePage offices hosted record breaking garage sales in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, raising more than $300,000 to end violence against women and children in communities across Canada. In 2009, the National Garage Sale for Shelter raised $120,000.The 2nd annual National Garage Sale for Shelter is a community event which brings local residents together with Royal LePage REALTORS® to collect gently used household items for sale, with all proceeds generated supporting local Canadian communities. ...



Canada’s real estate market both competitive and secure, national survey of REALTORS® finds (May 11, 2010)
REALTORS® polled in a recent cross-Canada survey indicated that the country’s real estate market is both highly competitive and provides the necessary safeguards to protect consumers. Eighty-six per cent of real estate professionals said they worry that severe deregulation in the real estate industry would erode standards of customer service for Canadians who are buying or selling a home.According to the online poll of 1,726 REALTORS® by Royal LePage Real Estate Services, the proposed changes to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) will do little to improve an already competitive industry. ...



De-Clutter for a Cause in Support of the Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter (April 29, 2010)
On Saturday, May 15th, more than 120 Royal LePage offices across Canada will be transformed into bargain hunter heaven as they host the 2nd annual National Garage Sale for Shelter, a one-day charitable garage sale in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.Last year, the Garage Sale raised more than $120,000 to help abused women and children across Canada. This year, with the generous support of our local communities, TD Canada Trust (National Presenting sponsor), Atlas Van Lines Canada (In-kind Moving and Transportation sponsor) and Advance Commission Company of Canada (Major Event sponsor), we’re poised to raise more money and awareness than ever! ...



Consumer Confidence Bolsters Housing Market but Recovery Uneven Across Canada (April 8, 2010)
After a buoyant, if geographically uneven start to the year, Canada’s housing market is poised to moderate as 2010 unfolds, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey. The post-recession real estate recovery, which began in earnest in the third quarter of 2009, continued unabated in the first quarter of the year. While year-over-year unit sales volumes increased and prices appreciated across the country, a look back at the two year period that spanned the recession’s beginning and end shows that some cities have experienced a rollercoaster effect of declining and rising prices, while at the other extreme, home prices in some regions never stopped appreciating. ...



GO LYNDON GO! ROYAL LEPAGE AGENT LYNDON RUSH TO COMPETE AT OLYMPIC GAMES IN WHISTLER (February 17, 2010)
Royal LePage is proud to support Lyndon Rush's Olympic medal aspirations. Lyndon, along with his father Jerry Rush, are Royal LePage real estate agents based in Red Deer, Alberta. Lyndon Rush has had a winning streak over the past weeks, which earned him a highly coveted spot on the four-man and two-man Canadian Olympic 2010 bobsleigh teams competing at the Whistler Sliding Center. Rush, along with Lascelles Brown, will compete in the two-man bobsleigh and will be joined by Chris LeBihan and David Bissett to compete in the four-man bobsleigh. ...



Canada’s Real Estate Market Expected to Continue Strong Gains into the First Half of 2010 (January 7, 2010)
Canada’s residential real estate market is forecast to remain unusually strong through the first half of 2010 as economic conditions across the country improve and the stimulus impact of low interest rates continues to stoke demand, according to today’s Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast. As confidence in the recovery builds in early 2010, increases in average house price levels and overall market activity are expected to continue. The gradual erosion of affordability driven by higher house prices and the expected late-year modest upward movement of interest rates, together with an improvement in listings supply as confidence improves, are expected to bring the market back into balance in the second half of the year, when home price increases are expected to moderate. ...



Economic Instability Number One Fear for Canadian Home Buyers: Royal LePage (December 15, 2009)
As the Canadian real estate market continues to rebound from a steep decline a year ago brought on by the recession, home buyers remain nervous about the stability of the economy, according to a survey of 1,225 Royal LePage agents and brokers across Canada. However, few buyers think home prices will decline again. When asked to comment on the most common fears they are hearing from home buyers over the past three months, 38 percent of Royal LePage agents and brokers cited economic stability and related factors such as job security. 23 percent said home buyers fear they may not be able to sell their existing homes at the price they are hoping for, while 12 percent said buyers are hesitant because they believe prices have not yet hit the bottom of the cycle. Twenty percent of agents and brokers said they are not hearing any concerns from buyers. ...



Passion for the Cause Supersedes Demanding REALTOR® Schedule (October 21, 2009)
Royal LePage real estate agents and brokers across Canada are so dedicated to their charity, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, that despite their busy schedules, they’re taking the time to give back. The 2009 Royal LePage Headstart Conference in Penticton, British Columbia and the 3rd Annual Shelter Gala in Toronto, Ontario raised over $130,000 for women’s shelters and violence prevention and education programs. ...



'Delayed Start' in Canadian Real Estate Market and Undersupply Lead to Perceived Housing Boom (October 8, 2009)
Canada’s housing market is on the road to recovery but is experiencing a pronounced undersupply of homes for sale in southern Ontario and other regions of the country, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey. With the recession retreating, the report found that home prices are stabilizing and unit sales are increasingly driven by improved affordability. The market’s strong showing in the third quarter has led some commentators to refer to the current conditions as the beginning of a real estate boom. Royal LePage cautions that the increase in sales activity and firming of house prices are the product of a normal market correction and not the beginning of another aggressive expansionary cycle. ...



Royal LePage Real Estate Advisor Survey Indicates Industry is Confident Current Market Strength is Sustainable (September 10, 2009)
The Royal LePage Real Estate Advisor Survey of more than 1,100 Royal LePage agents and brokers across Canada shows that 61 per cent believe the housing market’s current strength is sustainable. Canada’s resale housing market witnessed record-setting resale volumes in July prompting the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) to revise its housing forecast for the rest of 2009. Affordable mortgage financing stood out as a factor driving the market as more than 64 per cent cited the low interest rate environment as the most important single factor attracting home buyers. For the Royal LePage brokers and agents who do not believe the current strength of the market is sustainable, an expectation that interest rates will rise was cited as their number one reason (36 per cent). ...



Stable National Real Estate Market Forecast to Endure (July 7, 2009)
Canada’s resale housing market recovered lost ground in the second quarter and is poised to stabilize for the remainder of 2009, after a very slow start to the year, according to the Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast and House Price Survey released today. As the economy begins to stabilize and consumer confidence improves, house prices are expected to appreciate slightly in much of eastern and central Canada. Greater than national average price declines are predicted for the western cities that saw the greatest price inflation earlier in the decade, including Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. ...



Canadians Still Aspire to Own Recreational Property: Dream Alive as Summer Arrives (June 18, 2009)
Despite the economic downturn, many Canadians are still dreaming of owning a recreational property, both as a long-term investment and to enjoy with family and friends. Canadians are willing to make sacrifices to own a cottage, and more want to use their cottage, cabin or chalet year-round as a recreational property and, for some, as their primary residence, according to the 2009 Royal LePage Recreational Property Report released today. ...



Affordability and Job Security Most Important Factors for First-Time Homebuyers (May 26, 2009)
Canadians who are considering purchasing their first home are primarily motivated by lower home prices and very low interest rates, but some require confidence in the economy and their employment prospects before they will enter the market, according to a report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. Eighty-six per cent of potential first-time buyers say low interest rates make them more likely to purchase a home; 81 per cent cite lower housing prices as a motivating factor; while 76 per cent cite job security and 64 per cent say a stable economy is an important factor in their decision to buy. ...



Canadian Real Estate Market Relatively Resilient during First Quarter (April 8, 2009)
Consistent with current economic trends, Canadian residential real estate prices declined during the first quarter, according to a quarterly House Price Survey released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. As the market correction unfolds, year-over-year home prices were lower, as was expected. Increased buyer activity at the end of March suggests that spring will bring its typical increase in unit sales activity as buyers target summer moves. ...



Economic Downturn and Dampened Consumer Confidence Caused House Prices to Dip during Fourth Quarter (January 26, 2009)
During the fourth quarter of 2008, Canada's real estate market posted a decline in both unit sales and house prices, according to a House Price Survey released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. The combination of a global economy in recession and shrinking employment figures did much to dampen consumer confidence, diminish home sales and cause house prices to drop. ...



Correction, not Crash for Canadian Real Estate Market in 2009; Average House Prices Forecast to Fall 3.0 per cent (January 6, 2009)
After experiencing a significant reset in 2008 – a reaction to continuous dire news surrounding the health of the global economy combined with a cooling from the previous years’ fervid activity levels – Canada’s resale real estate market should see only modest price and unit sales corrections take place across the country during 2009. Both national average house prices and the number of homes sold is expected to decline this year, according to the Royal LePage 2009 Market Survey Forecast released today. ...



Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly? Or Forgo All Decorations when Selling Your Home over the Holidays (December 10, 2008)
‘Tis the season to hang stockings by the chimney and stuff oversized trees into family rooms. However, December is also a season when interested buyers take advantage of vacation time and slower work schedules to attend showings and open houses to gauge the resale real estate market before the year’s end. As houses tend to be crammed with decorations, baking and parcels, and family and friends drop in without notice this time of year, the holiday season can present challenging times for sellers who know the importance of keeping their listed-lodgings minimally adorned and tidy. ...



Canadian Average House Prices Inch Up in Q3; Regional Variances More Pronounced Than Ever (October 6, 2008)
Home prices in Canada’s resale real estate market continued to grow modestly through the third quarter in most major cities, according to a House Price Survey report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. This dissimilar Canadian trend is in stark contrast to the housing market woes that continue to plague the U.S. Boasting still-affordable homes, resource-rich Regina and St. John’s posted significant double-digit gains, while home prices in Alberta corrected downwards slightly after experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. ...



House Price Increases Forecast to Continue Through to Year’s End for Most Canadian Cities (July 17, 2008)
Canada’s real estate market is poised to maintain the momentum gained from a solid second quarter through to the end of 2008, with Regina set to experience the greatest rise in house prices. While home prices are expected to appreciate in all but two major markets during the year, activity levels across the country are expected to decline from 2007’s record-setting pace, as pent-up demand is satisfied and some buyers retreat to the sidelines in the face of increasing economic uncertainty, according to a House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Young Professionals Likely to Take Advantage of Stabilizing Cottage Market (June 26, 2008)
Echoing the trend observed in Canadian cities this year, the country's recreational property market is returning to a more normal state, with price increases moderating when compared to the frenetic pace experienced in 2007. In almost all of the nation's summer hotspots, prices have continued to rise in 2008, but at a considerably slower rate than in the previous year. This moderating trend bodes well for cottage seekers - particularly the young professionals who make up the single largest group of those planning or considering a cottage purchase (19%), according to the 2008 Royal LePage Recreational Property Report released today. ...



Canada's Urban Enclaves Appreciate More Than Suburban Surroundings Over 10-Year Period; However, Prices In Both Areas Double (June 3, 2008)
When it comes to laying down roots, the proverbial debate of 'the city versus the suburbs' is likely to get a little more heated, as the majority of house prices in both Canada's major urban and suburban neighbourhoods were found to have nearly doubled over the past 10 years, with urban dwellings appreciating slightly more than their suburban counterparts, according to the Urban vs. Suburban Survey released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. The country's most impressive gains were seen in Edmonton where condominiums in both urban and suburban areas more than tripled and quadrupled in price,respectively. ...



Canada's Housing Market Remains Stable; Moderate Price Increases in First Quarter (April 3, 2008)
Canada's real estate market stands on stable footing. On average, healthy year-over-year house price gains were recorded during the first three months of 2008. While more modest price increases were observed when compared to previous quarters, the solid appreciations noted in the first quarter are largely due to the shared effects of resilient local economies, high immigration levels, and relatively low interest rates – all leading to enduring buyer demand, according to a House Price Survey report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Reach for a Roller and Add Flair to All Fixtures: Royal LePage Identifies Top Renovations with Best ROI (March 19, 2008)
If you've spent years waking up to wood-panelled walls and soft shag rugs, some home renovations, especially if you're thinking of selling your home, may be in order. Before picking up a sledgehammer, however, it's worthwhile to know the cost of updating your decades-old décor, and the degree to which those costs will be recouped when it comes time to sell. While some renovations such as updating a kitchen or bathroom may require a trained professional, there are a number of do-it-yourself projects that are sure to increase a home's resale value, according to the Royal LePage Renovations and Returns Survey released today. ...



Royal LePage Announces Number One REALTOR® in Canada (March 3, 2008)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services is pleased to announce that Dan Cooper, a Broker with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., has earned the coveted title of number one REALTOR® in Canada for Royal LePage in 2007. ...



Winter Recreational Property Prices Remain Red Hot During Canada's Coldest Months (January 31, 2008)
While sunshine states such as Florida and Arizona have long enticed Canadians to purchase their winter retreats in warmer-weathered American cities, the uncertainty clouding the U.S. housing market has many Canadians favouring properties north of the border. In fact, 36 per cent of Canadians who own a winter recreational property or who are considering purchasing one cite they are more inclined to buy a property in Canada than in the U.S. because of the economic uncertainty plaguing our southern neighbours, according to the 2008 Royal LePage Winter Recreational Property Report released today. ...



Unseasonably High Price Appreciation and Record-Breaking Activity Cap Canada's Real Estate Market in 2007 (January 8, 2008)
Canada's real estate market posted significant gains in the fourth quarter of 2007 and showed little sign of the traditional seasonal slowdown. Average house prices continued to increase in the fourth quarter with many markets experiencing double-digit gains, according to a House Price Survey report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Canada's House Prices Forecast To Rise By 3.5 Per Cent In 2008; Activity To Moderate - Solid economic fundamentals should allow Canada's residential real estate market to chart its own course and maintain its buoyancy throughout 2008 (December 17, 2007)
After experiencing an exceptional year characterized by strong average house price appreciation and record breaking unit sales, the momentum from 2007 is anticipated to carry over and position Canada's real estate market for steady, yet moderate growth in 2008, according to the Royal LePage 2008 Market Survey Forecast released today. ...



What's on Your Wish List? Top 10 Must Haves for Today's Multi-Million Dollar Homes - Royal LePage reports on the most unique and sought-after accessories of luxury homes (December 4, 2007)
Come holiday season, children and adults alike begin creating wish lists - detailed accounts of everything their hearts' desire. This season luxury homeowners' wish lists are likely to spare no expense, as the bar just keeps getting higher when it comes to outfitting one's multi-million dollar pad. ...



Ecologically Friendly, Economically Smart - Green is the New Gold Standard for Outfitting a Home - Royal LePage Eco Home Survey finds 88 per cent of Canadians want green qualities in their home (October 30, 2007)
Green friendly home improvements will likely yield a solid return on investment come selling time as almost three quarters of Canadians (72%) say they will look for a green-improved property in their next home purchase, and 63 per cent will be willing to pay more for an environmentally friendly home, according to the Royal LePage Eco Home Survey released today. ...



Royal LePage Joins TV Fall Line-Up - Royal LePage TV makes its debut with 10 online educational episodes (October 9, 2007)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services joins the hype of a new fall season with the launch of Royal LePage TV. Look no further than Royal LePage TV to provide valuable real estate information to your clients. Critics are calling this series of 10 educational videos on home buying and selling in Canada, "the best new program of the 2008 season." ...



Unwavering Demand Supports Rising Canadian House Prices in Third Quarter - Saskatoon, St. John's and Saint John report extremely strong activity (September 27, 2007)
Canada's resale housing market remained on solid ground during the third quarter as high consumer confidence, strong employment rates and stable interest rates led to robust buyer demand prompting average house prices to rise in all major markets, year-over-year, according to a House Price Survey report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Royal LePage Launches Helping You in Real Estate Podcasts - Series features Linda Leatherdale and industry experts (September 12, 2007)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services is pleased to announce the launch of the Helping You in Real Estate Podcasts. Featuring Linda Leatherdale, The Toronto Sun's money editor, and a series of industry experts, the podcasts explore a bevy of real estate topics. ...



Canada's Housing Market Forecast to Perform Strong and Steady Through 2007, with Astounding Momentum from Solid Second Quarter - Average house prices set to rise by 9.5 per cent nationally (July 6, 2007)
Canada's resale housing market finished the second quarter on strong and steady footing; surprising many by its astounding momentum. Healthy and robust conditions are expected to prevail through to year's end as all regions are poised to experience a rise in average house prices, with double-digit gains forecast for Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Regina, according to a report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Will Rising Gas Prices Drive a Wedge in Canadians' Cottage Plans this Summer? - Royal LePage survey finds recreational property prices continue to rise (June 5, 2007)
Despite rising cottage and gas prices, the number of Canadians committed to owning their own getaway retreat has increased since last summer, with 12 per cent of Canadians planning to or considering buying a recreational property in the next three years, according to the 2007 Royal LePage Recreational Property Report released today. ...



Rags to Riches to Real Estate - Nouveau riche, not old money driving high-end home sales, Royal LePage report (May 15, 2007)
Good old-fashioned hard work, not birthright, is the key to unlocking fortune and the front door of a new luxury home, according to the 2007 Carriage Trade Luxury Properties Report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. Given that the unit sales of high-end homes in almost all cities surveyed increased significantly year-over-year, Canadians appear to be working harder than ever. ...



Hidden Gems, Hot Spots, Top 10 Tips – Cottage Buyers Take Note - Royal LePage's Snapshot of Canada's Cottage Market (May 1, 2007)
Prospective cottage purchasers on a limited budget can still own a slice of Canadian paradise if they know where to look. Royal LePage's 2007 Cottage Country Snapshot highlights 10 hidden gem areas where properties can be found for $250,000 or less, 10 hot spots for those with pie in the sky budgets, and 10 tips every buyer needs to know before wading into the process. ...



Females Drive Housing Demand and Hammer Away at Renovations - Royal LePage survey finds 25% of women searching for a home are looking for a 'fixer-upper' and plan to do the work themselves (April 17, 2007)
With a chequebook firmly in one hand and a hammer confidently in the other single female homebuyers of all ages continue to knock down barriers by purchasing real estate and tackling home repairs. Currently, 30 per cent of single, never-before married women own their own home, while 45 per cent of divorced or separated women and 64 per cent of widowed women are homeowners, according to the Royal LePage Female Buyers Report released today. ...



Canadian Housing Market Exceeds Expectations in First Quarter - Strong consumer confidence and healthy provincial economies boost demand (March 29, 2007)
Canada's housing market got off to a surprisingly strong start in 2007 with average house prices rising in all major markets surveyed, according to a first quarter report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. The combination of resilient consumer confidence, moderately low interest rates and improved affordability across most of the country led to greater than expected activity during the typically slower first quarter. ...



Royal LePage Contest Offers Consumers a Chance to Win a Luxury Room Make-over (March 12, 2007)
Royal LePage Residential Real Estate Services has launched an online campaign to promote its 'Tell Us Your Story and WIN' contest. The contest is designed to increase awareness of the Royal LePage brand and to reinforce the message that Royal LePage agents are professionals that go above and beyond to help their clients and the communities they live in. ...



Canada's Housing Market Remains Strong as 2006 Closes, House Prices Forecast to Increase by 6.5% in 2007 - Commodity-rich Western provinces continue to report highest rise in average house prices (December 14, 2006)
Canada's resale housing market will finish the year on strong and stable footing as average house prices increased, year-over-year, in almost all markets examined. This healthy activity is expected to continue into 2007. Throughout 2006, regional variances were evident, with substantial double-digit gains reported in the West, while Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada reported more modest gains, according to a year-end report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Number of Canadians Embracing Life in the 'Lap of Luxury' rises - Carriage Trade Report finds sales of luxury homes far outpaced the general market across Canada (November 24, 2006)
Canadians are embracing luxury living more than ever before - and if they are not currently living in a luxury home, many aspire to someday live in the lap of luxury. As a result, the number of unit sales of luxury homes has skyrocketed in Canada's major markets, according to the Carriage Trade Luxury Properties Report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. The report found that there has been a surge of unit sales in all markets examined, with the greatest increases occurring in Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax, which all reported sales increases of more than 125 per cent, year-over-year, in the first three quarters of 2006. ...



Moving Up, Moving Down, Staying Put or Renovating, Today's 50-Plus Crowd Are Rocking Tradition Not Chairs - Royal LePage launches specialized REALTOR® designation program (November 2, 2006)
Retire those 'old age' stereotypes. Seventy is the new 60. Fine dining trumps early bird specials. Condo living challenges retirement home living. With more than 10-million Canadians now aged 50-plus, the shifting mindset of this demographic is resulting in significant changes within the country's housing market, and warrants special consideration, finds the Royal LePage 50-Plus Report released today. ...



Canada's Housing Market Both Vigorous and Stable - Country's market poised to show growth throughout 2006 (September 28, 2006)
For most of Canada, the housing market exhibited moderate price increases and stable unit sales during the third quarter. Wide regional variances continued to be the dominant characteristic in the market, exemplified by frenzied levels of activity and double digit price gains observed in the energy and commodity rich Western provinces, and more reasonable sales volumes and moderate price appreciation in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, according to a report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Canada's Housing Market Shows Strength and Momentum in the Second Quarter - Average house price expected to increase by 9.2 % this year (July 5, 2006)
Canada's housing market continued to make advances from coast to coast in the second quarter. The pace of growth varied greatly by region, with activity levels and price increases in the Western provinces far outpacing that in the rest of the country. Compared to the same period last year, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada maintained similar high sales volumes, with moderate price increases, while extraordinary demand and limited inventory drove double digit price increases in the west, according to a report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



Canadians Willing to Pay Soaring Prices for Recreational Properties - Some even more than their homes (May 31, 2006)
Canadian recreational property prices continue to increase in most markets across the country, as demand remains strong and inventory remains scarce. Tight market conditions are expected as current cottage owners plan to stay put and young professionals enter the market in droves, according to the 2006 Royal LePage Recreational Property Report released today. ...



Canada's Housing Market Off to a Solid Start in 2006 (April 5, 2006)
Canada's housing market started the year on a strong note as average house prices rose in all markets across the country, according to a first quarter report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. An unusually mild winter helped boost demand as unit sales rose to near record levels in the quarter. ...



Image is Everything: Creating a Positive First Impression is Key to Selling Your Home (February 16, 2006)
The old adage that you only get one chance to make a first impression rings true for sellers showing their homes in today's competitive market. With the spring market quickly approaching, many homeowners are wondering what they can do to help get their homes ready to sell. A poll of potential buyers released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services, found that sellers ought to do more than just look after required renovations before showing their home. In fact, décor improvements help make a strong impact on buyers and can ultimately affect a home's market value. ...



Royal LePage Announces Number One REALTOR® in Canada (February 9, 2006)
Royal LePage Real Estate Services is pleased to announce that Dan Cooper, an Associate Broker with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., has earned the coveted title of number one Realtor in Canada for Royal LePage in 2005. ...



Canada's Housing Market Remained Buoyant in Fourth Quarter (January 12, 2006)
The country's housing market showed remarkable strength in the traditionally slower fourth quarter as sales activity in most major markets stimulated robust year-over-year increases in average prices, according to a fourth quarter report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services. ...



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