You clean your living space all the time: fluff pillows, dust bookcases and wash those dishes that seem to multiply themselves if you leave them overnight. There’s a couple times a year, however, where those corners and cabinets and carpets you sometimes neglect could use a deep clean. Here are 4 spring cleaning tips for those forgotten spaces in your home.
A new year means a new set of predictions for the future of real estate. How will 2016 shake out? Here are some U.S. and Canadian prognoses:
U.S. housing is intimately tied with job outlook
With a strong 2015 behind us, growth in the housing market should continue in 2016 — as long as job opportunities continue to grow to allow both first-time homebuyers and existing homeowners to participate in the market. That’s even with possible economic changes like rising interest rates.
“As the economy gets better, job and wage growth should keep pace. So even though mortgage rates will rise, they will still be low by historical standards and very affordable,” says National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe in a news release. The organization’s Senior Economist Robert Denk noted that with the evolution past the immediate troubles of the bust, the nation will see “broad-based recovery.” Continue reading →
When Pantone released its 2016 home design trend book — all the way back in April of 2015 — it set in motion a host of thoughts about what’s coming back in style: maybe it’s metallics and the midcentury modern aesthetic or artisanal pieces with a complementary color palette.
Here are three ways to jump on the latest trends while not emptying out your wallet: Continue reading →
The holidays are over, there’s only a handful of leftovers in the fridge and all the family is finally out of the house. What might spring to mind to start off the new year is getting back in shape after all those big December meals. But another great area to look for resolutions in is your home.
Here are six ways to kick start the new year with a fresh perspective on your property.
Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.
REALTOR® Chris Proctor’s family has been in real estate since the early 1990s, spending more than 15 of those years at Realty Executives. So when it came time for him to join the family business, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty with Patti Proctor was a natural choice.
Areas served: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — all central Edmonton neighbourhoods
What are your specialties and designations? Listing agent, buyer’s agent, accredited buyer’s representative®, and infill specialist
How many years have you been in the real estate industry? How many years with Realty Executives? I’ve been in real estate for 6 years — all of them with Realty Executives.Continue reading →
“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.” – Arthur Koestler, novelist
Realty Executives honors top performers in attendance at annual event
Dale Rector started out with an innovative concept of 100% commission for agents. But little did he know that when he began a company, he’d really be revolutionizing the real estate industry.
More than 100 attendees from all four corners of the U.S., across Canada and even attendees from Mexico and Turkey came to Scottsdale to celebrate 50 years of innovation at the 2015 Realty Executives International Broker | Owner Conference.
The strides in technology, the Realty Executives brand as well as interactive networking and roundtable discussions were held, but the (surprise) highlight of the event were the Culture of Excellence awards. Realty Executives International started a new tradition at this year’s conference by celebrating top performers in attendance with a variety of awards recognizing growth, retention and excellence in real estate.
2015 Special Recognition: Awarded to Len Huck, the former president of Valley National Bank who gave Dale the first loan to start Realty Executives.
2015 Founder’s Award: Awarded to June Rector for her role in the creation and legacy of Realty Executives.
Agent’s Choice: Award winners represent stability, consistency and retention. Each company represented boasts more than 20 Executives that they have retained year-over-year.
Homes from the Heart Hero: Awarded to Steve and Nancy Summers of Realty Executives of Kansas City for their extended charitable support for Habitat for Humanity within the Kansas City area.
Fastest Growing: Award winners have 10 or more Executives in their brokerage and have grown by at least 15% or more during the last year.
Market Leader: Award winners hold major market share in their communities with more than 100 Executives in their brokerage.
Extraordinary Brokerage: Awarded to Jeff Murtaugh, Jeff Hawke and Joel Moyes of Realty Executives Phoenix for their leadership throughout the transition of Realty Executives Phoenix in the last year.