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Canada Real Estate Referrals | Cross Canada Referrals – CCR

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Referrals | Posted on 25-11-2015

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Canada Real Estate Referrals - http://www.CrossCanadaReferrals.com - Cross Canada Referrals or the CCR Group is a membership of about 80 RE/MAX real estate agents that have joined together from different cities across Canada. They share ideas, brainstorm, network and refer real estate buyers and sellers to each other... and of course have a little fun while they are at it.

These RE/MAX real estate agents are energetic, hardworking, caring and dedicated, ensuring a smooth transition for your buyers and sellers relocating from your real estate market to their real estate market.

If you would like to become a member of Cross Canada Referrals and qualify meeting the standards of being an outstanding real estate agent in your respective market, or if you have a client moving into one of the Cross Canada Referral markets, reach out and connect either by phone or email with confidence that your clients will be looked well after!

RE/MAX Upper End Market Trends Report 2010

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Random, Real Estate Articles | Posted on 26-04-2010

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Luxury home sales soared in the first quarter of 2010 as affluent purchasers moved to take advantage of favourable market conditions across the country, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.

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I quit selling real estate… A personal letter.

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 15-06-2009

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Hi,

This is not a sales letter, as a matter of fact I have a great e-book that I want to give to you for your library.

My name is James Osmar, let me introduce myself on a personal level.  20 years ago I had a University degree,
a real estate license and and a burning desire to make a lot of money... I was planning to have a family.

During the first several weeks that I was in the business I took a few of the top agents out for lunch, asked them a gazillion questions and started to implement every idea that made sense to me.

Paul Mithchel told me to buy the book and tapes Jerry Bresser List More Sell More. It was a for sale by owner system, I wore the tapes out twice and had to buy a third copy.

I will say this if you want to learn how to sell real fast, chase private sellers for a while.

I went on to purchase about 50 sets of tapes. Call my old broker owner Carl Vandergoot if you want to
listen to any of them, I gave them to his office.

I had what Napoleon Hill says is the most essential trait of all successful people... A burning desire.

I wanted to be successful... If only for the sake of success.

This burning desire is what enabled me to be arguably the top agent in London for several years. As well, I showed up regularly on the RE/MAX Top 100 list for all of Canada. Somehow it's nice to see your name on lists like that.

Shortly before Napoleon Hill died, he said that if he had to start all over and was to pick two of the top 16 traits that all successful people have. He would want to have a burning desire and his master mind group.

By the way you are not born with these traits that all successful people have, they are acquired.

Fast forward 20 years and now what would I do? Well lets just say that there are some of the old things that are still worth doing. And a whole lot of new stuff!

If you do not keep up with continuing changes and you think that you are a dinosaur now, you will be a fossil in a few
years.

The good thing is that it is really not that hard to keep up.

Last week I decided to pull my license after 20 years of selling Real Estate. I had a lot of fun selling , I learned a lot about myself and others. Today, many of my best friends are Realtor's.... Thanks for that.

Realtor's are an interesting lot, diverse in personality, driven by nature. When I look back it was the Realtor's that kept me in the business that long...

The average Realtor was more consistent and trustworthy then we were given credit for by the general public. We
had to be, our peers would have tossed us out on ear if we were not.

One of my longest lasting memories came from my first sale. I never realized that some buyers and sellers would
be so emotional.

In the middle of negotiating my very first deal, I was in my good friend Stan Franjkovic's kitchen. Stan was not
in the business then, so he referred this married couple to me.

As a grand stand, the male slammed his fist on Stan's kitchen table swore at me and swore he would not pay any higher then he is offering. He stomped out of the house, slamming the door behind him. Uttering every profanity known to man in all languages.

Two minutes later he was back... he signed the offer...

My on the job training had begun!

That client and I laughed about it 2000 sales and many years later. He claimed he was responsible for making me
such a successful Realtor.

This eagerness to learn is one of the traits that all successful agents have. It is what Napoleon Hill calls specialized knowledge. It is a must and it should never stop. Because when it does, so will your career.

When Napoleon Hill wrote the book Think and Grow Rich, he was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to interview the
richest men of his day.(unfortunately there were few business woman back then). Today there is not one successful
business "person" that has not read this book.

The following are 5 of the most important 16 traits that all successful people have.

1. To have burning desire

2. To attain specialized knowledge

3. To have an entrepreneurial spirit

4. To be part of a mastermind group

5. To be decisive in nature

Last week I was in Las Vegas... it's not what you think. I was learning, I was taking a course that cost $30,000. Yes
you read it right $30,000. It was a course on public speaking, taught by a man that is credited to be the most expensive and most effective public speaker trainer in the world.

You see when I was 3 or 4 years old, I was so shy I would sit in my parents car and cry for hours when we went
to visit their friends, it was very phobic time. However, that is another story.

Today this is my new Burning Desire.... I am no longer that shy little boy... However, I do need a massive challenge
to motivate me and public speaking is that challenge.

That irrational childhood fear was a good thing... No it was a great thing. It taught me that when you break through barriers there often is no reason to fear. What a great lesson to be able
to reflect on!

As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, the only thing to fear is fear itself!

I have spoken publicly in the past, on one occasion I was invited to do the annual kick off for an insurance company.
It was a 45 minute presentation to 90 sales people on... You guessed it... Sales. A few years before that I also jumped
out of an airplane, the gut wrenching fear was very similar.

The applause for speaking was also very similar to the gratitude I felt for being alive.

What I did discover about myself was that with the proper learned skills and burning desire, you can do anything. In
very large part, it is who you decide to learn from that is important.

I do wish for you a very successful future in what ever path you choose... Because you too can do anything.

To the next 20 years and to your profound success.

James Osmar
Real Estate Websites
1241 Beaverbrook Ave.
London, CA

P.S. you can go to SellingToolz.com, click on Free Stuff and you can download the book for free.

My gift to you.

Are you Fit to Sell?

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 19-02-2009

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New RE/MAX program helps Canadian homeowners secure the value of their biggest investment.
Mississauga, Ontario (February 19, 2009) – As home sellers across the country adjust to new market
realities, RE/MAX is set to launch Fit to Sell, an innovative new program designed to secure home
equity in uncertain times.

“The stark reality is that more than 2,000 properties are listed for sale every day in Canada,”
explains Michael Polzler, Executive Vice President, Regional Director, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic
Canada, “yet only a quarter of them will be sold. With the creation of Fit to Sell, RE/MAX is
intent on helping Canadians get the most out of their biggest investment – their home.”
RE/MAX has enlisted the help of popular staging expert Carla Woolnough, host of the DVD series
‘How to Stage your own Home’ and owner of Nex-Step Design, to develop Fit to Sell. The program
encourages existing homeowners to increase their stake in the home-selling process by working with
their real estate professional to bring their home to the market. Fit to Sell ultimately rewards their
participation by maximizing sale price and minimizing on-market time.

“Sellers are no longer in the driver’s seat but there’s also no reason for them to take a back seat,”
explains Polzler. “We know that location, price, and condition are the three major factors that come
into play when selling a home – and while location and price are clearly choices made by the buyer at
the onset, condition is the one factor that a seller can influence. Sellers who make the right moves in
preparing their home for sale can maximize their housing potential and ultimately improve their bottom
line. After all, there are still buyers in the market and they are looking for quality product.”

RE/MAX and Carla Woolnough, the national spokesperson for RE/MAX Fit to Sell, have created a
checklist of the top 10 priorities for preparing a property for sale, ranging from air quality to furniture
placement and lighting. The checklist and tips can also be found on www.fittosell.ca

“By following these simple and inexpensive tips, homeowners across the country can secure top dollar
for their properties,’ says Carla. “All it takes is a little upfront planning and some advice from your
RE/MAX sales professional.”

The official launch of RE/MAX Fit to Sell will co-incide with the opening of the National Home Show,
presented by RE/MAX, at the Direct Energy Centre on February 20 through to March 1. RE/MAX will
be presenting tips for consumers, with four scheduled appearances by Carla during the 10-day event.
RE/MAX is Canada’s leading real estate organization with over 18,000 sales associates situated
throughout its more than 670 independently-owned and operated offices across the country. The
RE/MAX franchise network, now in its 36th year, is a global real estate system operating in more than
70 countries. Over 7,000 independently-owned offices engage more than 100,000 member sales
associates who lead the industry in professional designations, experience and production while
providing real estate services in resident, commercial, referral, and asset management. For more
information, visit: www.remax.ca

For more information, please contact:
Christine Martysiewicz, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada, 905.542.2400
Eva Blay, Point Blank Communications, 416.781.3911

Home renovations can influence the resale value of your home
As the residential housing market becomes increasingly competitive, more and more homeowners
are investing in renovation before listing their home for sale.

The recent introduction of the Federal Government’s new $2.5 billion Home Renovation Tax
Credit (HRTC) program will now provide Canadians with added incentive. The program allows
for a 15 per cent tax credit on eligible renovation expenditures such as work performed or goods
purchased between January 27, 2009 and February 1, 2010. A credit of up to $1,350 per
household can be claimed for the 2009 tax year on renovations including upgrades to bathrooms
and kitchens, the installation of new flooring or carpeting, and replacing a furnace.

By utilizing the new program to make necessary upgrades, homeowners can maximize the value
of their properties. A recent RE/MAX survey found that the most value-added upgrades for
today’s purchasers include:

The Headlines Screamed

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 19-12-2008

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If the cup of coffee you were drinking on Tuesday morning didn't wake you up, the headline on the front page of the Globe and Mail most surely did.

The headlines screamed "Housing sales hit 20-year low as real estate slump widens" followed by huge sub-head noting an 11 per cent decline in prices and a 44 per cent drop in Ontario housing sales in large RED print, based on the December 15th press release issued by the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The only problem with the article is that it is incorrect. In the third paragraph, the author writes "Between May and November, the average price of an existing home in Canada fell by 11 per cent, matching the drop in 1990 that coincided with the onset of a painful recession. Housing prices would go on to fall about 20 per cent and it would be another decade before they managed to make new highs."

Unfortunately for the Globe, there was no 20 per cent drop. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the Canadian average price actually rose approximately 15 per cent from 1990 to 2000. There were three moderate dips in housing values in the decade – 1990 (3.4 per cent), 1995 (4.6 per cent), and 1998 (1.5 per cent). Average price in Canada has climbed consistently since 1998. It's also important to note that the decline in national housing values have typically been modest and have bounced back almost immediately. Finally there are no two consecutive years of falling prices.

While the national housing picture has been a picture of stability, average housing values in Ontario have seen slightly more volatility over the past 27 years. There have been six decreases in average price noted – with five of the six occurring between 1990 and 1996. Prices fell 17 per cent during that time frame, after climbing a phenomenal 70 per cent between 1986 to 1989 ($107,158 to $182,186). Residential average price has been on an upward trajectory since 1996 – the longest uninterrupted period of growth since 1980.

Based on our comments, the Globe and Mail has printed a correction in this morning‘s newspaper, page A2

So now that the folks at the Globe have been straightened out, we shift our focus to the challenges today’s economic realities are bringing to the housing market. Truth be told, there is not a sector - not even gold - that has not been hard hit by economic turmoil in recent months. Real estate has held up remarkably well, in light of current market realities. We need to see some economic stability - and a recovery in consumer confidence levels - before we can expect housing markets to rebound. Job security will be key.

Inventory will also play an important role. If inventory levels subside, we could see stability return to housing values. To illustrate, new listings fell seven per cent in the Greater Toronto Area in November. If this trend continues, and existing inventory is absorbed, housing values may remain relatively stable in the year ahead.

I'd like to conclude today's communication with the story of a hot dog vendor in Chicago who sold the very best hot dogs by the side of the road. His business was booming, people loved his hot dogs, and his business steadily increases month after month. The man loved his business and believed in the need to provide great food at a great price.

This man was so busy advertising and selling his hot dogs and making lots of money, that he didn't even have time to read the newspaper or listen to the radio. Consequently, he never heard a word about a predicted recession or the need to cut back to save for the potential economic slowdown. As long as he continued to offer his delicious hot dogs, his customers bought them. He kept selling, and they kept buying.

Then one day his college educated son told him that an economic recession was surely coming. His son told him that people wouldn't have enough money to buy his hot dogs. The successful hot dog vendor believed this, so on his son’s advice, he cut back on his advertising. Additionally, he started ordering less supplies and product, because after all, people would be cutting back soon.

He even went so far as to take down many of the billboards that lead to his roadside stand. And sure enough, people stopped coming to him. People stopped buying his hot dogs, and he eventually went broke.

Then he thought to himself. "How smart my son is in predicting this."

Don't be influenced by what you read in the newspapers or hear on your television. It's true that market conditions have changed, but human nature has not. Real estate is one of the largest investments people will make in their lifetime. It's also one of the safest. Get out and spread the word. If you bought a home in 1980 worth $67,000, that property is valued at over $300,000 today – an increase of 350 per cent and the profit is capital gains exempt. It's no wonder that Canada has one of the highest home ownership rates in the world, at close to 70 per cent.

No matter what the investment community will tell you, you can't live in your mutual fund.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season and I look forward to seeing you at the RE/MAX Kick-Start Rally January 19-20th, 2009. This year's event is one that you won't want to miss!

Sincerely,

Michael Polzler
Executive Vice President and Regional Director
RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc.

London Ontario Real Estate

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate for Sale | Posted on 11-11-2008

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Hi my name is James Osmar and today I would like to show you through this London Ontario real estate, Old South condo with attached garage. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Only blocks away from Wortley Village and a short walk to downtown. Voted one of the top five neighborhoods in Canada. To view more of this property go click here

James Osmar

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Social Traffic | Posted on 07-10-2008

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James Osmar is a London Ontario real estate agent, as a Realtor he and his team apply his London Ontario Home Selling System in the London Ontario real estate market. Relocation services and an information referral service for relocation, are a value added for the buyer and seller on the move.

For more information VIEW THIS VIDEO ... London Ontario Real Estate

Selling – Using Toll Free Numbers

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Social Traffic | Posted on 06-10-2008

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One of the best tools that I have used is a toll free phone number capturing system that enables people to request information 24/7, and today you are able to get them at fire sale prices.

When this system is used, not only do you increase the number of calls that are generated from your listings and reports, you are providing a valuable service to your customer.

It only stands to reason, that the person that is accessing information in our world of convenience will want immediate gratification. If you are not offering this quick and easy access you are missing the mother load of potential leads.

An additional advantage to this technique is that you can dramatically cut down on your work load. Your clients qualify themselves, you do not have to spend additional time on the phone trying to get a name and a number and you get to call back better prepared for the call. However, I can not stress this enough, you will most certainly increase the number of calls you will get and therefore the number of sales you can make.

I have used these systems for over 15 years and what I have discovered to be the most important aspect to increasing the number of quality buyers and sellers, is to return the calls ASAP. If you can return a call in a matter of minutes to an hour, I have found that you will increase the likelihood of developing a client relationship dramatically. At one time my team returned the calls over the course of days and even weeks, the conversion rate was dismal in comparison to returning calls in minutes to an hour…. Literally the results blew me away.

Just think about it for a minute, if you can return a call ASAP where the prospect has the information fresh on their mind they will be much more willing to talk about their interests. In a nut shell this makes your job a whole lot easier and much more satisfying.

With telephone rates dropping to such low rates over the recent past, there is no excuse for you not to have this tool in your business.

For more information go to http://www.SellingToolz.com

James Osmar has worked as a RE/MAX Realtor for almost two decades. On several occasions James has been listed in the Top 100 list of Canadian RE/MAX Realtors. He has gone on to build a very successful real estate agent referral service or what some would call a relocation service. Canada Referral and United States Referral are attracting a lot of attention in the Real Estate industry.

London, Ontario Real Estate

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate for Sale | Posted on 17-09-2008

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This four level backsplit has three bedrooms on the upper level and three bathrooms throughout. You will be sure to enjoy the new flooring and fresh paint making this a no fuss move. With the additional bedrooms on the lower level this home is great for the investor or a family home. ..Enjoy the video. James Osmar, Broker.  RE/MAX Centre City Realty Inc.,Brokerage 519-697-1450