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Elon Musk Unveils Tesla’s New ‘Solar Roof’

It's worth listening to the whole keynote from Elon Musk, but feel free to skip to 7:20 where Elon shows off some "before and after" photos. The solar roof looks amazing!

Making an unsolicited offer on an unlisted home

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Instead of waiting for a job opening to be posted, savvy job seekers might apply directly to a company they’d like to work at. That way, they get an edge on the competition and will be first in line when a position opens. With the right application, some businesses might even consider creating a job for a well-qualified candidate.

A similar practice happens in the real estate market. With housing supplies in record shortages, more and more agents are making unsolicited offers on unlisted properties on behalf of their clients. Unlisted property owners are more difficult to persuade so you may have to sweeten the deal. Here are a few tips and tactics to try.

Why direct mail still matters to millennials

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Despite being hooked on smartphones, tablets and social media, an online survey conducted by the United States Postal Service shows that the millennial generation is still influenced by direct mail. While the white paper, released in April 2016, focused on the relationship between millennials and political mail, we can draw plenty of inferences about how direct mail still matters to younger consumers -- especially since millennial homeowners are a growing demographic. 

Chinese Housing Market Frenzy

The Toronto and Vancouver markets don't seem so crazy anymore...

From the YouTube description: Surveillance camera caught the shocking moment a new real estate in east China's Hangzhou city open for sale on Sept 24. The rush to buy was prompted by the introduction of restrictions on Monday which prevent people born outside Hangzhou from buying more than one property. All properties at this place were sold in just couple of hours, according to local media's report.
Hangzhou is the latest in a series of Chinese cities to introduce property curbs in a bid to deter speculators and cool the market, which has reported rapid price increases in recent months.

Tips for attracting international clients

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Overseas clients are entering the Canadian real estate market in droves. If you haven't worked with an international client already, this demographic presents incredible potential for the growth and expansion of your business. And as more foreigners are settling in Canada or investing in the country’s real estate, there are plenty of ways that you can make these interactions more successful.

When’s the best day of the week to list a home?

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Seasoned real estate agents know there are several factors that can impact the success of a listing, whether it’s the decor, staging or photography. But there’s one small element that the agent easily has control over, which is the day of the week they list the home.

How professional photography can make or break your next listing

0252A93B4BNearly all of today’s prospective homebuyers are doing their research online, inspecting photos of properties for sale before booking a viewing with their agent. This makes having excellent photography all the more important. While it can be tempting to take a few quick snaps on your smartphone, obtaining professional photography increases the chances of a quick sale and a better outcome. Here are a few reasons why you should hire a professional photographer for your listings.

Is VR the future of real estate?

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Quality photography and video tours can be powerful elements of a great listing. But realtors and tech analysts believe that the next major advancement in the way we shop for homes is the incorporation of Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

Essential handouts for your next open house

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aplusagentWhen potential buyers are looking at several open houses in one day or weekend, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. One of the ways to accomplish this is through offering valuable handouts to visitors that not only help to sell your listing but also establish your reputation as a real estate expert. Aside from essential information about the property you’re selling, here are a few informative handouts you can make available to guests at your next open house.

Canadians’ confidence in housing market reaches two-year high

Poll results from the Bloomberg Nanos Consumer Confidence Index released on May 24th show that Canadians are increasingly optimistic about the real estate market. 44.6 percent of Canadians expected the price of homes in their neighbourhoods to increase over the next six months, which is up from just 30.6 percent at the start of 2016.