PRESS RELEASE FROM REMAX.COM 

After 44 Years, RE/MAX Reveals Refreshed Brand Identity 

 
August 21, 2017
 
DENVER – The world’s most productive real estate network* is getting even stronger. RE/MAX Co-CEOs, Dave Liniger and Adam Contos, revealed today a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark, to hundreds of franchise owners at the annual RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference in San Francisco.
 
“Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network,” said Contos. “Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing.”
 
RE/MAX Balloon Still Flying High
The iconic red, white and blue hot air balloon has been updated to be brighter, more modern and more appealing to the home buyers and sellers of today – while being instantly recognizable as RE/MAX.
 
According to Pete Crowe, RE/MAX Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, the responses of more than 20,000 consumers factored into the decision to embark on a brand refresh which is the first in the 44 year history of the real estate franchisor. 
 
“It’s a brand evolution, not a brand revolution,” said Crowe. “The subtle adjustments to the most powerful image in real estate was a natural next step across our residential, luxury and commercial brands.”
 
That’s the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent
Building on the 2016 launch of the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent campaign, the brand refresh continues to grow alongside current real estate trends. For the fourth straight year, the largest group of homebuyers are millennials, who compose 34 percent of buyers.

“Buyers who are 36 years old and younger continue to purchase homes at a higher rate than other age groups,” said Crowe. “At the same time, real estate tools and technologies have drastically changed the way we help people buy and sell houses. The refreshed brand is a proactive move to continue to position RE/MAX agents as industry leaders for the home buyers and sellers of today and tomorrow.”
 
Looking Beyond the Horizon
In the coming months, consumers will begin to see the new logo on yard signs, office fronts and advertising. In addition, the network of 115,000 agents in more than 100 countries and territories will celebrate the refreshed look with local events on a global day of celebration on September 20, including at RE/MAX headquarters in Denver. The crisp, contemporary twist on the iconic brand will also be seen on remax.comand in RE/MAX television ads starting this fall.
 
 *As measured by residential transaction sides
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You’re at work when the thought hits you, “Did I lock the door when I left this morning?” You check your smartphone, see that you didn’t, and click the “LOCK” button. Now your house is secure. That’s home automation for you!

 

But, is home automation a good idea? That depends on a number of

factors.

 

On the pro side, home automation can improve your quality of life. There are automation products that will adjust heating/cooling depending on whether or not you’re home, make your morning coffee when you get out of bed, and the list goes on and on. These conveniences save you time. Home automation can also give you peace-of-mind. It’s comforting to be able to remotely see the inside of your home and check that everything’s okay.

 

Home automation can also make your property more appealing to buyers. Traditionally, buyers like homes with security systems, and will appreciate other automation gizmos, too.

 

The only downside is the cost. Like most new technology, home automation products can be pricey and may become out-of-date within just a few years.

 

Thinking about it? Experts advise you to do your research first. Check out product reviews online. Then, if you determine that a particular product is going to benefit you, go for it!

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We are excited to announce that Bruce Fournier is now a SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist! 

SRES designation signifies that I have received specialized education to help people aged 50 plus through lifestyle transitions, refinancing or selling the family home. It is an official training and designation offered through the National Association of Realtors. 

 

With the active senior's population in Chilliwack, Bruce felt it was an important skillset to add to his services. Many of his clients have been with Bruce for years so helping them and their family through these transitions is important to him. 

Be confident that Bruce and his hardworking team have your best interest in mind and the right tools for the job. Call him today. 

 

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Article shared from The Province. 


The B.C. Real Estate Association has a released a report that questions widespread concerns about foreign buyers in the Metro Vancouver real estate market, vacant units and even the high cost of housing in the region. 

 

In the report titled Market Implications of Foreigh Buyers, the BCREA says that data and analysis from a number of sources suggests that foreign investment is insufficient to impact a region as large as Metro Vancouver, except for a small segment of luxury homes. 

 

The report, released Wednesday [June 10, 2015] says foreign ownership accounts for considerably less than five per cent of the Metro market. The report also states that proportion of vacant homes in the region does not vary significantly from that in other large urban centres, as measured by 2011 federal cenuss data. 

 

BCREA also questions the use of average home prices as accurate yardstick for the market, nothing 70 per cent of homes sold in Metro in 2014 went for below the average of $738,000. 

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Our market is steaming along continuing to outpace residential sales from last year. Sales were up 39% for March over the same month in 2014 and listings are still down with 2.5% fewer than a year ago. The balance of sales to listings continues to edge more to a Seller’s Market. My observations show significant variation by neighbourhood, property type and price range with some neighbourhoods flying fast and furious while others seem to be a little overlooked. Whether buying or selling, for listing and sales information in addition to market interpretation specific to your area, please call me at 604-819-0120.

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I recently reconnected with a client that I had dealt with in the past,  I helped with buying and selling their homes. We first met several years ago, they had a for sale by owner sign on their lawn. I thought the sign to mean that they were inviting me in, so I knocked on the door to say hello. We got to know each other, they liked me and I liked them.

 

They agreed I was trustworthy, hardworking and a nice guy and so agreed that I  look after the sale of their home and to help find them a new home.

 

We signed an agreement to list their home for sale .I started my marketing plan immediately to find a buyer and get the property sold.

 

It didn’t take long…there was a sold sticker on my sign on their front lawn, they were very happy. I looked after all the details and paperwork and the sellers were happily packing and moving off  to the new home I had found for them. We became good friends.

 

A number of years later, sadly, one of my friends passed away. The house was sold. BUT the Realtor that listed the home was not me. The trusted friend! I was upset and disappointed. I thought I had done something wrong! But there was nothing that could have been done to reverse the awful mistake. I moved on.

 

A number of years later I received a call. It was that same trusted friend. I was so happy to hear from my friend, how are you my dear?

 

She volunteered…” I have to apologize” she said.

 

“Why”, I asked

 

“I was led astray when I sold the house you worked so hard to find for us. My niece had just obtained her Real Estate licence, I felt obligated to hire her to sell the home for me. But it was all a mistake. I should have called you! It was such a long time selling the house, in the end I don’t think I got a fair price. Then,she talked me into buying this home I am in and I don’t like it. Please get me out of here, I trust you. I know you can help.”

 

I said ”Thank you for your trust in me, lets get to work.”

 

Bruce & The Hardworking Nice Team is Never Too Busy for You. I hope you enjoyed my story. I will be featuring more in the upcoming months so check back often! 

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Before you commit your hard earned dollars to monthly mortgage payments, consider these 6 issues. Effective consideration of these important areas can make your payments work much harder for you. 

 

  1. You can, and should, get preapproved for a mortgage before you go looking for a home.
    Preapproval is easy, and can give you complete peace-of-mind when shopping for your home. Your local lending institution can provide you with written preapproval for you at no cost and no obligation, and it can all be done quite easily over-the-phone, or even on the internet.
  2. Know what monthly dollar amount you feel comfortable committing to.
    When you discuss mortgage preapproval with your lending institution, find out what level you qualify for, but also pre-assess for yourself what monthly dollar amount you feel comfortable committing to. Your situation may give you a preapproval amount that is higher (or lower) than the amount of money you would want to pay out each month. By working back and forth with your lending institution to determine what this monthly amount is, and what value of home this translates into at today’s rates, you won’t waste time looking at homes that are not in your price range. 
  3. You should be thinking about your long term goals, and expected situation, to determine the type of mortgage that will best suit your needs.
    There are a number of questions you should be asking yourself before you commit to a certain type of mortgage. How long do you think you will own this home? What direction are interest rates going in and how quickly? Is your income expected to change (up or down) in the near term, impacting how much money you can afford to pay into your mortgage? The answers to these and other questions will help you determine the most appropriate mortgage you should be seeking. 
  4. Make sure you understand what prepayment privileges and payment frequency options are available to you.
    More frequent payments (for example weekly or biweekly) can literally shave years off your mortgage. Simply by structuring your payments so they come out more frequently, will significantly lessen the amount of interest that you will be charged over the term.
    For the same reason, authorized prepayment of a certain percentage of your mortgage, or an increase in the amount you pay monthly, will have a major impact on the number of years you will have to pay and could shorten your payment term considerably.
    These two payment options can cut years off your mortgage, and save you thousands of dollars in interest. However, not every mortgage has these prepayment privileges built in, so make sure you as the proper questions. 
  5. Ask if your mortgage is both portable or/and assumable.
    A portable mortgage, where available, is one that you can carry with you when you buy your next home and avoid paying any discharge penalties. This means you will not have to go through the entire mortgage process again unless you are making a move up to a much more expensive home.
    An assumable mortgage is one that the buyer for your home can take over when you move to your next home. This can be a very powerful tool at the negotiating table making it much easier and more desirable for a buyer to buy your home, and again saves you any discharge penalties. 
  6. You should seriously consider dealing with a Mortgage Expert.
    Consider dealing with only a professional who specializes in mortgages. Enlisting their services can make a significant difference in the cost and effectiveness of the mortgage you obtain. For example they can make the process faster thereby avoiding costly delays. Typically there is no cost or obligation to enquire. Bruce Fournier and Associates can even recommend a good mortgage expert for you!
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Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, or trading up to a larger one, there are many costs - on top of the purchase price - that you must figure into your calculation of affordability. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you’re not informed and prepared.

 

Some of these costs are one-time fixed payments, while others represent an ongoing monthly or yearly commitment. Not all of these costs will apply in every situation, however it’s better to know about them ahead of time so you can budget properly. 

 

Remember, buying a home is a major milestone. Whether it’s your first, second or tenth home, there are many important details to address, during the process. The last thing you need are unbudgeted financial obligations cropping up hours before you take possession of your new home. Read through the following check-list to make sure you’re budgeting properly for your next move. 

 

  1. Appraisal Fee
    Your lending institution may request an appraisal of the properly which would be your responsibility to pay for. Appraisals can vary in price from approximately $175-300.
  2. Property Taxes
    Depending on your down payment, your lending institution may decide to include your property taxes in your monthly mortgage payments.
    If your property taxes are not added to your monthly payments, your lending institution may require annual proof that your taxes have been paid. 
  3. Survey Fee
    When the home you purchase is resale (vs a new home), your lending institution may ask for an updated property survey. The cost for this survey can vary between $700-$1,000. 
  4. Property Insurance
    Home insurance covers the replacement value of your home (structure and contents). Your lending institution will request proof that you are insured as it protects their investment on the loan. 
  5. Service Charges
    Any new utility that services your hook up, such as telephone or cable, may require an installation fee. 
  6. Legal Fees
    Even the simplest of home purchases should have a lawyer involved to review all paperwork. Shop around, as rates vary greatly depending on the complexity of the issues and the experience of the lawyer. 
  7. Mortgage Loan Insurance Fee
    Depending upon the equity in your home, some mortgages require mortgage loan insurance. This type of insurance will cost you between 0.5% - 3.5% of the total amount of the mortgage. Usually payments are made monthly in addition to your mortgage and tax payment. 
  8. Mortgage Brokers Fee
    A mortgage broker is entitled to charge you a fee in order to source a lender and organize the financing. However, it pays to shop around because many mortgage brokers will provide their services free to you by having the lending institution absorb the cost. 
  9. Moving Costs
    The cost for a professional mover can cost you in the range of $50-100/hour for a van and 3 movers and 10-20% higher during peak demand seasons. 
  10. Maintenance Fees
    Condos charge monthly fees for common area maintenance such as groundskeeping and carpet cleaning in hallways. Costs will vary depending on the building. 
  11. Water Quality and Quality Certification
    If the home you purchased is serviced by a well, you should consider having your water checked by your local experts. Depending upon where you live, determines whether or not a fee is charged, to certify the quantity and quality of the water. 
  12. Local Improvements
    If the town you live in has made local improvements (such as the addition of sewers or sidewalks), this could impact a property’s taxes by thousands of dollars. 
  13. Land Transfer Tax
    This tax is applied whenever property changes hands and the amount that is applied can vary. 
Get in touch with Bruce Fournier and Associates to discuss these costs in detail. 
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1. Leftover home owners

By far, one of the top offenses cited by buyer’s REALTOR was home owners still lingering around when REALTORS arrived with clients to preview the home. Awkward encounters ranged from buyers finding SELLERS taking a shower, asleep in the bed and SELLERS who liked to follow BUYERS and the REALTOR all over the home to see what they thought.


2. Pets and their messes

REALTORS also cited the not-so-friendly dog and kitty encounters as a top offense. Even pets left in a crate can pose a distraction since they might make noise the entire time BUYERS are in the house. Plus, if they seem mean, the buyer might not even step in the room. Bruce Fournier of Remax Chilliwack says he recently was given showing instructions from a listing REALTOR who told him the family’s “friendly dog” would be at home. But when Fournier unlocked the front door with his client for the showing, a pit bull was staring down at them from the top of the staircase, growling. “We closed the door and left!”


3. Bad smells

A displeasing smell can really turn buyers off. Common offenses include cooking smells lingering around the home, such as garlic, fried bacon, or fish. Also, watch for cigarette smoke and animal smells, Fournier says.
“SELLERS get immune to the smell that their pets have embedded on their property says Louise Henry of Pair Home Design “Anyone opening the door will smell it immediately -- even if there are air fresheners trying to cover up the smell. If you have a pet, there will be an odor. Don’t scare your buyers away: Paint, clean the carpeting and furniture. Take the odor seriously and do what is needed, even if it means replacing the carpet.”


4. Critters running wild

Wild animals and pests roaming around is a surefire way to send buyers running. REALTORS described worms crawling on the basement floor and raccoons and squirrels lounging in the attic. “I showed a house in Sardis once with a baby alligator in a cage in the dining room,” said Bruce Fournier of Remax Realty in Chilliwack. It also smelled bad.


5. Unusual home makeovers

Do-it-yourself disasters were also prevalent, like doors opening the wrong way or unprofessional paint jobs, sloppy moldings, poor finishing, incorrect wiring. Also, rooms not being used for their intended purposes can confuse buyers, such as an office or den being used as a bedroom even though it has no closet, says Fournier.


6. Dirt and clutter

There were a number of offenses cited when it came to cleanliness: Dirty laundry piles, dishes on the counter or in the sink, unmade beds, clothes scattered about, soiled carpets, dirty air conditioner filters, and overflowing trash cans.
“One of the worst things I have seen is piles and piles of clothes in every room, “It was like an obstacle for the buyer trying to walk around the mess.”


7. Personal information left in plain sight

SELLERS should be careful not to leave in plain sight important documents that may be easily read. REALTORS say they’ve seen personal information like bank and credit card statements—even mortgage payoff notices—left on the kitchen counter.
“Buyers look at everything,” Says Fournier, among other things, I’ve even seen the contract for the sellers’ next purchase sitting on the kitchen countertop.


8. Too dark

Dark or dimly lit houses aren’t showing the home in the best light. “Particularly homes lit with CFL bulbs , Says Louise Henry, a staging professional “By the time the bulbs light up, the buyer has left the room.” Energy efficient bulbs need time to warm up before they are at their brightest, so staging professionals usually recommend turning on any light fixtures with or without CFL bulbs prior to the showing.


9. Incorrect and missing keys from lockboxes

All too often, REALTORS arrive at a listing appointment with their client only to find there’s no key to get in. “I actually had a SELLERS REALTOR who wanted me to open the door for my clients by going through the dog run as a large dog barked like crazy,” says Fournier.


10. Distracting photos

Be aware of the photos displayed on the walls too. Fournier recalls showing a family a home that had life-sized, inappropriate photos hanging, which left his clients heading for the door covering their eyes. As well, family photos can be very distracting.

If you are considering a move call me for a free copy of our helpful DVD "FIT TO SELL"

Bruce Fournier
HardworkingNiceGuy
Remax Nyda Realty



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Bruce Fournier & Associates are RE/MAX realtors located in beautiful Chilliwack, BC. We serve all parts of Chilliwack and the surrounding areas including Agassiz, Promontory, Sardis, Greendale, Cultus Lake, Harrison Hot Springs, Rosedale, Yarrow and Ryder Lake.