September 25 2017 Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News Update

September 25

September 25 2017

Kitchener Waterloo Real Estate News Update


September 25 2017. In today’s news: liveable cities, real-estate slow down, Sortable, a brutal commute, dog-friendly beaches, dishwashers, Reddit, Kitchener’s historic buildings


These are the world’s most liveable cities In 2017

Canadians have a lot to be proud about. Melbourne is #1 and then Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto followed by Calgary and Adelaide, which share the fifth spot.

Why does this real estate agent welcome the slowdown?

Now, there’s a level of comfort in the resale market. You can actually take the time to ‘sleep on it’ and I can give my clients a five-star experience in what is no doubt, one of the most stressful transactions of their lives.

Sortable launches analytics platform for content, revenue, and marketing teams

Waterloo-based Sortable, an ad optimization platform that analyzes publishers’ sites and pairs them with the most suitable partners, has launched Sortable Analytics leveraging machine learning to help companies’ content, marketing, and revenue teams measure the effectiveness and impact of campaigns, layouts, and content through a unified dashboard

A 2:15 alarm, 2 trains and a bus get her to work by 7 A.M.

Like many in the housing-starved San Francisco region, Sheila James has moved far inland, gaining affordable space at the price of a brutal commute.

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3 of Ontario’s best dog-friendly beaches!

I’m sorry I didn’t see this excellent blog post earlier. But, if you’re a dog, it is still a great time for a swim. 

Wash and wax, a jar of pickles and a pack of bacon

The Canadian market is about three years behind Europe when it comes to smart tech but soon, buildings could help arrange maintenance and cleaning services for your car while it’s parked, or even arrange your groceries to be delivered while you’re at work.

Best dishwashers for $1,000 or more

You don’t have to spend $1,000 to get a good dishwasher. But if you want one that’s whisper-quiet and blends seamlessly into your customized kitchen, the models you’re looking at go for $1,000 and up.

Realtors according to Reddit

Just like internet famous is the best kind of famous, unsolicited referrals are the best kind of referrals

Kitchener redevelopment brings rare opportunity

Restored landmark to add 46,000 square feet of prime office space in downtown. Once home to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50 and known as the birthplace of Kitchener blues because it hosted several greats from Buddy Guy to Koko Taylor, 48 Ontario Street North was left vacant for some time until the city bought it in 2001

Historic picture of King Street, Kitchener

It’s funny how history repeats itself

Apartments, townhouses dominate latest Kitchener growth numbers

Housing is booming in Kitchener, and much of that housing is not detached homes, but apartments and multiple housing.

What I am thinking about

Back in the springtime, the real estate market was hotter than a fresh muffin. We, as realtors, had figured out now how to win bids (by looking ahead) and how to list homes (by looking back).

Then everything changed. Overnight it seemed, but it wasn’t. It didn’t. Part of the market hit the breaks, hit the wall, hit the bricks. Part of the market continued as it was, business as usual. It was like waking up and adjusting in your cramped seat on a long airplane ride when the lights are off and everyone else is asleep, slumbering over the Pacific.

And Realtors changed too. Some of us stuck our heads in the sand believing that it was just a momentary blip (wishful thinking)- things would return to the new normal. Some of us hobbled along the hillside like wounded goats, in the light rain and damp fog (life is tough. Get a dog).

And the rest of us adjusted. It is what we do.

Real estate is one of the last bastions of entrepreneurial free enterprise. We are on the front lines of the battle. We are like small town independent retailers. We are operating without a net but we are not working on mysteries without any clues. The clues are right in front of us.


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