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Have you ever thought of reaching an exclusive audience of high-net-worth Chinese buyers? Then you certainly need to hear more about Juwai.com. It means “home overseas” in Chinese and it is the largest source for global properties in China, with over 1.6 million property listings spanning 54 countries, with over 3,000 current news stories, country buying guides, education and emigration articles, and an active and fast growing Chinese social media community. Real Estate Channel is offering a syndication service to Juwai.com as a part of our subscription service and we reach Chinese buyers both within China and living abroad.

According to Simon Henry, co-chief executive officer at Juwai.com, Canada ranks fifth in destinations searched by their users, behind the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom and Singapore and there are a couple of good reasons behind it.

First of all, the desire for offshore property is driven by investment opportunities. With few investment options in their own country, due to some restrictions on property purchases, wealthy Chinese have been forced to look abroad.

Secondly, they are often purchasing a place for their children who are starting to attend schools abroad. Good quality education is always in demand, with North America often being their first choice.

Tailing those reasons for purchase are emigration and lifestyle, according to Juwai.com.

Now, a lot of realtors want to advertise in China but do not necessarily have the funds or time to develop their own social media channels for that. Real Estate Channel with a syndication to Juwai.com is a perfect solution. Being responsible for millions of dollars worth of property purchases here in North America, Juwai.com is an excellent tool designed to help realtors to increase their exposure in the market.

Real Estate Channel is offering access to all that as a part of the subscription package for only $49.95 per month. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at 1 877 843 3218 ext. 1.

Don’t forget to let us know in the comment section what tools you are using to market your property.

 

 

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Planning on selling this holiday season? Keep these quick tips in mind to help attract more potential buyers:

1. First of all, price it to sell. Shaving 15 to 20 percent off the price will make buyers feel like Christmas came early. Competition may not be that fierce but it still can be critical to price it right when buyers are looking for the bargains during this time of the year.

2. Take photos to sell. Pictures do speak a thousand words and if you want to make an impression in order to sell quickly, consider hiring a professional photographer. They use up-to-date professional equipment and utilize a tonne of tricks and post production techniques enhancing the property’s assets. It definitely helps to keep one step ahead of the competition.

3. Create a 3D video tour. With a 3D tour you have an advantage of putting a potential buyer behind the camera which gives them the power of observing the area without anything being hidden. It will surely put you ahead of the competition because viewers can get as close to the property as possible without actually having to go out in this cold winter season.

4. Reach out to your international buyers. We all know that the number of home buyers from foreign nations has increased dramatically. It is important to remember that those buyers don’t observe the same calendar of events as most of us here in North America. However, they are highly attracted to the real estate market this time of the year: for example, China’s largest international property website for Chinese buyers, Juwai.com, has a monthly reach of over 2.9 million people who search and browse listings, read up on news and learn about investing overseas.

Do you have any tips in mind? Let us know in the comment section below. As well, try our tips and let us know which ones you found to be most helpful. We look forward to hearing from you!

The gap between the median price of a house in Canada and the United States has always been big enough since the U.S. housing bubble burst. Even Jim Flaherty’s tightening Canada’s mortgage insurance guidelines last year haven’t slowed down the country’s home prices rising and now we have the average price of an existing home being pushed past $400,000 which doubles the U.S. national average. That being said, comparing these two country’s average home prices is tough, mainly because of many different factors like the exchange rate, inflation, seasonal fluctuation, etc. that can influence the price greatly.
However, this infographic, courtesy of Roxana Baiceanu from Point2 Homes, gives us pretty much an apples-to-apples comparison. What can better illustrate the significance of home price gap than such a home price difference in neighbouring cities sitting next to each other along the border?

From this chart we can clearly see how impressive the price difference is: purchasing a house in Niagara Falls, U.S. ($67,045) will cost four times less than buying a home in its border neighbour, Niagara Falls, CA ($236,950). Do you think that such an unbelievable gap has already reached its peak and the period of growth has ended? Let us know your thoughts on that in the comment section below.

What’s In A Picture?

September 9th, 2014

Remember the days when ‘curb appeal’ mattered most in real estate? It mattered because the ‘drive-by viewing’ was how buyers would determine if they want to put their time and effort into calling an agent, getting the details and then allotting time in their schedule to attend an open house. It didn’t really matter what the inside looked like, if the outside was a field of yellowed grass, weeds and old lawn chairs – it doesn’t exactly scream ‘well maintained’. Now, with technology ‘on our side’ we have to work a little harder than maintaining the lawn’s pristine appearance, as agents, we have to give potential buyers and prospectors a complete view, sight unseen through the magic of photography.

That same technology that is making our lives easier is simultaneously making life a tad more difficult. Phone companies have sneakily put high definition cameras in our hands, making us believe that we can point and shoot our handheld devices and get the same results as a professional.

Ah the paradox of technology right? The truth of the matter is, pictures do speak a thousand words, and blurry or pixelated pictures mean that visitors on your site who are judging a property (and you) within about 10 seconds will ‘walk away’ so to speak if they’re unimpressed with the crispness of the photos.

Technology has given us short attention spans, and with real estate photography you want to ‘dress to impress’. Professional photographers know how to capture light off corners, they calculate the time of day they’ll be shooting and account for it all with the proper lenses and attention to detail that you may not have. Forbes magazine once reported “that Properly lit, high-resolution photos are the only type of pictures that should be used in a home marketing campaign. Like any other sales effort, it’s important to put your best foot forward. If an agent takes property photos with a smartphone, it’s often a red flag to buyers. Smartphone pictures are fine for informally sending photos quickly back and forth between agent and buyer, but they can’t measure up to the quality of pictures taken by an experienced photographer with a good camera.”

If cost is what’s holding you back, imagine that you can now get professional, spectacular photography such as below for as little as $150! Excel in your field and always impress by going with a professional for your photography needs! It’ll pay off…without doubt.

For more information on professional photography through the Real Estate Channel, click here.

While real estate related discussions in Vancouver have centred around the condo market and its soaring prices, yesterday we learned that “the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said 2,771 homes sold through Multiple Listing Service in August, a 10.2% increase from a year ago but a 9.5% decline from July. August sales were 4.3% above the 10-year average for the month.”

Prices also continue to rise with the board’s Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties $631,600, a 5% increase from a year ago. The benchmark price for a single family detached home in greater Vancouver was $984,300, up 6.6% from a year ago.

“Broadly speaking, home prices in the region are continuing to experience modest, incremental gains,” Mr. Harris said.

Vancouver results follow some strong numbers in Calgary’s housing market in August which showed homes under $400,000 are becoming increasingly hard to find.

The average single-family home in the city of Calgary sold for $542,238 in August, a 5.4% increase from a year ago. Condo prices are up 11.5% during the period.

Toronto results for August are also due out this week.

Original Source Article: Vancover home sales pick up in August but still lag previous record-setting levels