Good News

Recently, Royal LePage Supreme Realty has been the recipient of great economic news. Royal LePage head office called us to share that our brokerage was again top in our local market in volume and biggest marketshare. Our RLPS March sales figures outperformed our previous best ever, and the overall Toronto Real Estate Board sales figures and the Royal LePage first quarter market report each demonstrate confidence in the GTA housing market. Great!

In the past three weeks, I have also been the fortunate recipient of even better news. Two weeks ago, one of our realtors was meeting with a client in our office and the client approached me expressly to compliment his sales representative and emphasized how happy he was with the high level of service and competence demonstrated during the buying process.

This past Wednesday, a 70 year old client called me directly to express his satisfaction and gratitude for the high level of service that his sales representative demonstrated, as he and his wife downsized. I couldn’t keep up with the words of praise and I was moved by them. The following morning, another of our registrants showed me an email from a seller whom had just sold their home sharing how grateful they were for the professional service and overall satisfaction with the marketing and negotiations.

While these calls are not unique or isolated, they are both timely and certainly understated.

Record sales are great, but as a broker of record, hearing from satisfied client after satisfied client, is my why.

We are grateful for the trust and confidence.

Way to go guys…Much respect and gratitude.

Tale From The Tee

My recent golf trip to Myrtle Beach prompted a question from a non-golfer on how weekend hackers prepare for the upcoming golf season. Made me wonder. I guess most of us venture out to our local golf shops, wandering up and down the stocked isles looking for that little bit of magic that will improve our game. Maybe, it’s a new and improved driver with a larger club face that will drive the ball deeper into the woods and out of bounds. Maybe it’s a new longer and softer golf ball, which will make less ripples as it enters the water hazard. Or it could be the latest apparel which will make us look great and feel great as we approach the first tee.

Judging by my test results from the 9 rounds of golf in 6 days, my score actually increased the more I played. The first day I scored 89 with 3 birdies and one attempt at an eagle. My preparation was a mere handful of mighty practice swings just before I hit the first tee at Heathland golf course. Par 5, on in two shots, putting for eagle, made my bird. By the last round, I was switching golf balls, talking to my clubs, changing grips, etc etc. Then, my friend Joe reminded me of something someone once told him…Manny, the minute you realize you’re not that good at golf, is when you will actually start having fun at it.

Free Apps to Download Before You Buy Your Next Home

When I started my real estate career way way back in 1987, we carried around with us a mortgage factor handbook, similar in size to a small handheld personal telephone book, which helped us quickly calculate monthly mortgage payments for our clients. We opened the book to the corresponding interest rate and quickly multiplied the factor by the loan amount. Quick and easy. Right?
Today, we have apps.  ‎Millennials thrive on apps. Apps are truly the quick and easy way to get what you want, when you want it. So here are some quick and easy apps for your smartphone.

The Financial Post’s Josh McConnell rounds up the best apps for home buyers:

Whether you are buying your first home, moving, or simply want to renegotiate, these apps can help make the process a little easier. Now that warmer weather is in the forecast and home-buying season is getting into full swing, here are a few free mobile apps that can help you make sense of the mortgage process in order to get on with the fun part of buying a home.

The Canadian Mortgage App: 

Platforms iOS, Android, BlackBerry

This is the app most people love to refer to when talking about mortgages. When asked, both homebuyers and mortgage specialists alike recommend it. The app has been used more than 2.1 million times with more than 3,000 five-star reviews.

Ready Set Home: 

Platforms iOS, Android, BlackBerry

A helpful mobile app offered by the CMHC, which provides mortgage loan insurance, to help ensure you make informed choices when buying a home. This app helps you by not only figuring out what you are able to afford, but it also explains some of the confusing terminology(great for first-time home buyers).

Home Decorating

Platforms Varies

So if you’re done with mortgage talk, here are some apps to look at after you lock into your new home. Some companies offer unique apps that let you virtually shop furniture and décor. Ikea offers a Living Room 3D app (as well as apps for other rooms such as the bedroom or bathroom) that lets you create your own room using their products, it also allows you to share your ideas with the community to compare and share thoughts. There is also Houzz Interior Design Ideas, which lets you take photos of your own home and insert items from a catalogue.