CENTURY 21 Masters opens new office in St. Albert

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Published on: October 20, 2017

 

Edmonton, Alberta (October 17, 2017) – CENTURY 21 Masters is now open in St. Albert, Alberta. Broker and co-owner James Mabey, who is also the Chair of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton, had joined Realty Executives five years ago with partner Dave Malko who had been with the brand for 15 years. When the franchise agreement was up for renewal this year, they decided to go with Century 21.

 

“We knew that a change was coming,” Mabey says. “So, we gathered all 46 of our agents and asked them what they wanted. We heard loud and clear that they wanted a name with international reach and iconic roots in Canada. As I explored my options, it became clear that the value proposition from Century 21 is unmatched.”

 

Mabey and Malko say they were drawn to Century 21 because of the tools and training offered. They add that they variety of marketing tools on the Century 21 platform will ultimately save agents money as they no longer have to outsource separate providers and improve the look of listings for buyers and sellers. The team was also drawn to the fact that there’s a great team of other brokers who they can work with in the city to share ideas and increase everyone’s business.

 

Executive Vice Present of CENTURY 21 Canada Brian Rushton agrees. “We now have two well-established offices in the St. Albert market. We look forward to helping both franchises grow and become the number one name in the area. This opening also enhances our presence in the overall Edmonton market.”

 

CENTURY 21 Masters will hold a grand opening on October 21 in conjunction with their annual fall event where they collect toys and food for the St. Albert Kinette’s Christmas Hamper program.

 

“We are excited about the momentum we’re already seeing from our agents,” says Mabey. Some stayed up until midnight on September 30 so they could be the first to announce to their customers that we were moving to CENTURY 21. We plan to take advantage of the training opportunities that are now available to us right away to keep the enthusiasm moving.”

 

Drop by the new CENTURY 21 Masters at 110-5 Giroux Rd. in St. Albert or visit their website to discover the CENTURY 21 difference. 

 

 

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Leigh Kjekstad

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CENTURY 21 Canada

Leigh.kjekstad@century21.ca 

604-606-2139

 

About CENTURY 21 Canada™

Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership (century21.ca) is a real estate master franchisor with complete rights to the CENTURY 21® brand in Canada.

 

The CENTURY 21 System is one of the world’s largest and most recognized residential real estate sales organizations with approximately 7,450 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices worldwide and over 115,000 sales professionals. CENTURY 21 provides comprehensive technology, marketing, training, management, and administrative support for its members in 79 countries and territories worldwide.

 

Independently Owned and Operated. ®/™ trademarks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC used under license or authorized sub-license. ©2017 Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership.

 

The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

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CENTURY 21 Dreams Inc. opens new office in Burlington

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Published on: October 20, 2017

Burlington, ON (October 18, 2017) – CENTURY 21 Dreams Inc. is now open in Burlington, Ontario. This marks the second location for owner Shireen Preksta. She’s owned and run a franchise in Oakville for the past 10 years. The new office is in North Burlington, where there is considerable development and growth.

 

“We had been thinking about the expansion for a couple of years,” Preksta says. “Many of our agents do business in Burlington as it’s only 15 minutes away and a similar clientele. This office will allow some of our agents to straddle both offices and some will transfer altogether.”

 

Preksta has always prided herself on continuing her own education and providing learning opportunities for agents. “Right now we do training on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays. With another office, I plan to continue that tradition so that agents in both offices have the tools and training they need to succeed.”

 

“Shireen has been a longstanding and respected member of the Oakville/Burlington real estate community,” says Brian Rushton, Executive Vice-President of Century 21 Canada. “On top of that she’s been a consistent award winner with CENTURY 21 and we’re pleased to assist her to take this next step in her ownership journey.”

 

Part of the new office includes a fireplace and four televisions, along with 18 computers and state-of-the-art office equipment. Preksta believes that it’s the little touches that differentiate the office and make coming to work feel like a second home for employees. She notes many evenings agents sit waiting for an offer, and she wants her agents’ surroundings to be comfortable and a place they want to spend time.

 

Preksta says her goal is to have 100 agents in the new office in the next three years. Drop by the new CENTURY 21 Dreams at 100-4125 Uppermiddle Road in Burlington, or visit their website to discover the CENTURY 21 difference. 

 

 

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Leigh Kjekstad

PR Communications Specialist

CENTURY 21 Canada

Leigh.kjekstad@century21.ca 

604-606-2139

 

 

 

About CENTURY 21 Canada™

Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership (century21.ca) is a real estate master franchisor with complete rights to the CENTURY 21® brand in Canada.

 

The CENTURY 21 System is one of the world’s largest and most recognized residential real estate sales organizations with approximately 7,450 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices worldwide and over 115,000 sales professionals. CENTURY 21 provides comprehensive technology, marketing, training, management, and administrative support for its members in 79 countries and territories worldwide. Visit century21.ca to discover the C21® difference.

 

Independently Owned and Operated. ®/™ trademarks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC used under license or authorized sub-license. ©2017 Century 21 Canada Limited Partnership.

 

The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

 

About CENTURY 21 Dreams Inc.

 

CENTURY 21 Dreams Inc. has served the local market for 10 years, providing home buyers and sellers with industry leading insights, marketing, and exposure for their properties. The company is also an active member of the community, contributing to local charities such as Easter Seals. 

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National Home Buyers Trends

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Published on: October 17, 2017

There’s an entire home improvement industry that can help you figure out how to spruce up your house and how to prevent potential homeowner disasters. But we wanted to know which of those investments are worth the time an energy. That’s why, in the summer of 2017, CENTURY 21 Canada® surveyed more than 1000 agents for our Home Buying Trends Survey. The top national results are clear– and offer advice for sellers to stay on trend with buyers.

Home buyers are looking for a newly renovated kitchen. If a seller is looking to update one room in the house they should focus on the kitchen. Updating the kitchen will attract more buyers and provide the most return on investment, around 70%. Rooms such as living rooms and bedrooms can be updated with a splash of paint while the kitchen may require new flooring, cabinets, and countertops. A general rule of thumb is to spend 6-10% of your home’s value on renovations to get fair returns.

Before you get started on your kitchen renovations, you may want to get some advice about what ‘must-haves’ are popular in your neighborhood or price point. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a trendy colour to your backsplash. When outfitting your kitchen avoid going for the highest-end products such as exotic wood cabinets. For the most part, you’ll also want to keep your colour scheme neutral to appeal to most and avoid overly personal touches.  

 

Canadian home buyers find updated finishings the most appealing feature in a home. The home buyers trend survey found that 67% of buyers are looking for updated finishings. Updating a few finishings in each room has the potential to take your home from ‘asking price’ to ‘bidding war’.

Many of these finishings may be included in your kitchen renovation, but also consider refinishing hardwood floors and updating light fixtures. When updating the inside of your home, base it off the architectural style of the outside. Potential buyers fall in love with the exterior of your home first. If you have a country style outside, with a hyper modern inside you will be appealing to very small niche.

 

Water damage is the biggest turn off for potential buyers. Having to fix water damage on a home that you are selling is an unfortunate situation. It makes you feel as though you are investing in an improvement that buyers won’t ever notice. But remember, fixing the water damage will retain potential buyers which will ultimately improve your chances of getting your asking price, or more!

Before your home goes up for sale do a full inspection to detect any damage. You don’t want potential buyers to find the damage before you do. You’ll want to check under sinks, the attic, near windows, fans, chimneys, and in the basement. The amount of repair depends on the damage and can range from sealing windows to a full bathroom renovation caused by mold.

 

Potential buyers consider layout the most important factor. Buyers are looking for homes with open and functional layouts. While the layout of your home may seem like a permanent feature, there are some small renovation and decoration projects that can improve it. Firstly, remove any excess, personal items from your home to declutter rooms.

If you’re going to knock down walls, consider the structural implications and what buyers are looking for in open concepts. A lot of older homes have separated kitchens while most buyers are looking for kitchens that are included in the living area. If you aren’t interested in knocking down walls or hefty remodeling it may be wise to hire a professional stager. A stager can decorate your home to appear brighter, more open, and create flow from room to room. Staging your home can drastically speed of the selling process and see a price increase of over 15% compared to unstaged homes.

Preparing your home to sell doesn’t have to be a stressful or lengthy process so long as you know what buyers are looking for in a home. According to the Century 21 Home Buyers Survey, buyers are looking for a home with an appealing layout and updated finishings. Buyers appreciate a renovated kitchen, and do not appreciate water damage. If you ask the right experts the right questions you’ll be able to do most improvements yourself. The biggest thing to remember is that investing a little time and money into preparing your home will attract more buyers and higher bids. 

 

 

 

 

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CENTURY 21 Canada survey finds Hong Kong to be the world’s most expensive city to buy property

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Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal most comparable to San Francisco, Tokyo and New York City

 

Vancouver (September 27th, 2017) — Headlines around the world indicate that housing prices are climbing rapidly. When cities are stacked up against each other, Hong Kong ranks as the most expensive city to purchase property with the average single-family home in the Kowloon area priced at CAD$3,570.23 per-square-foot (APPSF). This is 3.5 times more expensive than Beijing, the second most expensive city at $1,005.31 APPF for a single-family home.

 

These numbers are the result of a recent CENTURY 21 Canada survey of 75 cities in 27 countries detailing the average-price-per-square-foot (APPSF) for a home and found that generally, the PPSF is higher for a condo than for a single-family home.

 

The data has also revealed that a single-family home in Canada’s West Vancouver, is closely equated to San Francisco, averaging $824.47 APPSF and $934.96 APPSF respectively, while a condo is downtown Vancouver comes in at $1,172.80 APPSF compared to $1,454.57 APPSF in San Francisco. Meanwhile the downtown Toronto condo market is most closely comparable to Tokyo ($833.20 APPSF and $775.72 APPSF respectively). While the price-per-square-foot for a single-family home in Montreal ($519.51 APPSF) is most closely comparable to New York City ($508.62 APPSF).  

 

CENTURY 21 Canada conducted a similar survey in 2007. At that time, Singapore ranked as one of the least-expensive places in which to purchase a typical executive home, with a price tag of $373,857.95. Ten years later, in 2017, that average price came in at more than six times this value, at $2,261,436.47.

 

Hong Kong also ranks at the most expensive city to purchase a condo with the average price in the downtown area at $2330.81 APPSF, this is 1.6 times more expensive than Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia), the second most expensive at $1,479.92 APPSF.

 

Shanghai came in as the third most expensive for a single-family house at $955.39 APPSF and San Francisco came in as the third most expensive for a condo at $1,454.57 APPSF.

                                                                                                                                          

“Canada’s housing market has attracted much attention over the past few years. These numbers show just how we rank on a global scale,” says CENTURY 21 Canada Executive Vice-President Brian Rushton. “While prices are no doubt expensive, we really rank in the middle of the pack when compared to other global cities.”

 

On the other end of the spectrum, Maricaibo-Zuila in Venezuela is the least expensive city to buy property, with a single-family home priced at $10.17 APPSF.

 

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For more information please contact:

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About CENTURY 21 Canada

CENTURY 21 Canada Limited Partnership (century21.ca) is a real estate master franchisor with complete rights to the CENTURY 21® brand in Canada.

 

The CENTURY 21 System is one of the world’s largest and most recognized residential real estate franchise sales organization with approximately 7,450 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices worldwide and over 115,000 sales professionals. CENTURY 21 provides comprehensive technology, marketing, training, management, and administrative support for its members in 79 countries and territories worldwide.

 

How the information was gathered by CENTURY 21 Canada

CENTURY 21 Canada asked its brokers in countries around the globe to provide the price-per-square-meter for a typical home in the downtown area for three cities in each nation. The date gathered in this study included; Average sales price, Average size – square meter and Average size – square feet. From this data CENTURY 21 Canada calculated the price-per-square-foot for each of these cities. The value was then translated from US dollars to Canadian dollars at a rate of $1.23 USD to $1.00 CAD, the live exchange rate on September 18, 2017.

 

*Condo – An apartment unit that is individually owned, but part of a larger complex.

*Single family home – A typical domestic unit that is large enough to be inhabited by a family with a child 

*Typical executive home – The buyer is an executive working downtown. The home is typical for an executive in a city or metropolitan region. For the purpose of the survey, the term ‘typical’ is defined as the type of home that is purchased most frequently by an executive buyer.

 

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