New York Here I Come!

I’m off to New York this evening for the Real Estate Connect Inman Conference. I am really excited to go & learn about the newest & hottest trends in technology!

Realtors Care

As published in the Brampton Board of Trade – Trade Talks Magazine.

Looking forward to the Year ahead, I can’t help but be optimistic.  For many people, the New Year is welcomed with a fresh start, not necessarily with outlandish New Year’s Resolutions but with good intentions based on a solid plan.

As incoming President of the Brampton Real Estate Board (BREB) we have set our strategic plan, our goals and embarked on adopting Quality of Life as a goal. 

Quality of Life is an approach that BREB and other local real estate boards and associations as well as individual REALTORS® have adopted to demonstrate the commitment of the real estate profession to improve Quality of Life throughout the province of Ontario.  The approach is summarized in five principles:

  1. Protecting economic vitality
  2. Providing housing opportunities
  3. Preserving our environment
  4. Protecting property owners.
  5. Building better communities

A year ago, the reason behind adopting the quality of life strategy was not really clear to me.  It sounded good but I had no idea what it meant or how we could use it at BREB to determine what our priorities would be. Over the course of the year I have seen how the quality of life principles fit with our Board strategy and with many of the things we do. 

Earlier in the year REALTORS® from across the country converged on Parliament Hill to demonstrate proposals that would help do three things at once.  Our proposals were to help revitalize our communities, accelerate our economy and help our environment.  

We lobbied our MP’s in Ottawa recommending that the government permanently index the Home Buyers Plan withdrawal limit to inflation to ensure it never loses its buying power.  We recommended the plan be extended to all homebuyers for two years, similar to the temporary stimulus measure applied to help alleviate the 1990’s recession. 

We also lobbied in support of deferral of the capital gains tax and the recaptured capital cost allowance when a rental property is sold and the proceeds are reinvested in another rental property within one year. 

In April, a delegation from the Ontario Real Estate Association appeared before the Standing Committee on General Government to present REALTOR® concerns related to the Mandatory Home Energy Audits.  This appearance resulted in the addition of a provision that allows a purchaser to “Opt Out” of the mandatory audit.

These are just a few of the ways that REALTORS® helped in 2009.  Again this year, we will lobby our provincial and federal governments semi-annually.  We are also striving to forge a stronger bond with our Municipal Government so that we can build a better community right here in Brampton. 

Ruth Ballantyne is President of the Brampton Real Estate Board and can be reached at Ruth@RuthBallantyne.com

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and all the Best for 2010.  We are all back to work and ready to help you in the coming year.  
 
Just a note to let you know that for the month of January we are offering a free report with the sales on your street for 2010.  It was a crazy year for Real Estate in 2009.  It started off so slowly and many areas were down nearly 20% in the GTA.  Early in the year I did a market evaluation for a client and I estimated the value of there house at about $450,000, but we came back with a vengeance and they were glad to know that it is now worth about $535,000.  Your house is likely to have come back up significantly too.  Find out what the sales on your street were last year by visiting www.SalesOnStreet.com .
 
Perhaps you just want to learn exactly how the process of buying a home in the GTA works in todays active market. We can help with that.  We offer a free one on one seminar that will help you negotiate the Buying Process.   We have some great deals available and many homes that are Power of Sale/Foreclosure or PrePower of Sales/Foreclosure.  Sometimes the ones who have not yet come to the brink of no return are even better deals.  We have helped quite a few people get out of sticky situations this year and have also helped buyers get great deals.  Just reply to this email  for the one on one or go to www.JustListed.to to let us know what you are looking for.  
 
Maybe this is the year you are thinking of moving up.  We can help you with our report Saving Big When moving up.  Just go to www.SaveBigWhenBuying.com . There maybe some big changes coming to financing.  The amortization allowed may decrease from 35 years and the down payment may increase.  Last year you could buy with no money down and amortize over 40 years.  Mid year the Minister of Finance may change this so if you are thinking of buying your first home or moving up, you will want to get a preapproved mortgage and purchase in the first half of the year to avoid these charges.  We will be having a seminar on these issues at the end of the month so reply to this email if you want to be included.  If you have a friend considering buying or moving up pass this along to them too.  You’ll be a hero helping your friend make an informed decision.
 
Again, All the Best For 2010.  We hope it is your best year ever!
 
Ruth
 
  

Come and Join Us for Family Photo Day!!! TOMORROW!!!

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Have a Family Photo or a Picture Taken with Santa This Saturday!

Please join us for FAMILY Photos or Photo’s with Santa.

When: Saturday December 19, 2009

10am – 3 pm

Where: Brampton Real Estate Board

10-35 Van Kirk Drive Brampton,

ON L7A 1A5

Please join Santa and me for a fun and festive day! Complimentary snacks & hot cocoa will be served while you wait. Santa’s little helpers will send all photos to you before Christmas

To book your photo appointment, please call my office at 905-456-1000 ext 3524 or reply to this email.

Looking forward to seeing you and catching up for a few minutes.

Just Listed in Central Brampton

Just Listed! 11 Wilson Ave, Brampton

 

$259,800

 

OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2-4pm

 

 

Fabulous Family Home Located On A Secluded Corner Of A Mature Street In Central Brampton. Features A Bright Living Room With Gleaming Hardwood & A Huge Picture Window, Separate Dining Room, Kitchen With Laminate Flooring & Built-In Pantry. Bedroom On Main Floor Is Currently Being Used As An Office. 2 Other Spacious Bedrooms On The 2nd Level, Both With Hardwood, Closets & Windows. Finished Basement Boasts A Huge Rec Room, Bedroom & Lots Of Extra Storage Space. Include: Appliances, Window Coverings, Light Fixtures, Wood French Doors & Yard Equipment. Newer Furnace, Roof Done Approx. 5 Yrs Ago, Electrical & Plumbing Have Been Updated. 1 Car Garage.

Call me at 905-456-1000 or email me at ruth@ruthballantyne.com for your personal tour!