Be a commodity.
The StarPhoenix recently ran an article about the housing boom reaching outside of the city of Saskatoon.
Smaller centres such as Warman, Martensville, Osler, and Rosthern are growing faster than ever. The town of Borden with a population under 300 recently saw a string of new homes constructed.
Almost every analyst predicts another substantial gain in Saskatoon's home values this coming spring and possibly earlier. Now we are seeing the surrounding communities benefiting from this growth as well.
If you are planning a move in or close to the city, sooner may be better than later.
Statistics Canada's most recent quarterly population numbers show Saskatchewan's population was estimated to be 1,003,299 as of October 1, 2007. This is an increase of 6,430 people since July 1, 2007, and an increase of 15,263 people from October 1, 2006. Saskatchewan also had the highest net migration rate of all the provinces.
Other highlights of Statistics Canada report show:
What does this mean for the home buyer and seller? Simple economics. More demand, less inventory.
Canadian Real Estate Association recently searched Canada for the best buys in residential housing. The residential average price as of July 2007 for Saskatoon according to their research is $245,152.
The study also found the percentage increase since July 2006 to be just under 54%. Most of the Canadian cities on this list fell short of Saskatoon's incredible increase.
The first half of 2007 saw close to 3,000 residential sales. These all point to why Saskatoon is named one of Canada's hottest properties under $300,000.
Have you watched Larry King lately? I don't watch often, but did tune in last night for 10 minutes. I assume Larry was great back in the day, but was not on his top game last night. He would ask the same question several times and not in the good journalistic style either.
Did you remember seeing the clip of Jerry Seinfeld tearing into Larry? Larry asked Jerry if his show was canceled or if he decided to walk away from the show.
The point is Larry King is not the great interviewer anymore. The question is when will CNN replace or cancel him?
But Larry King has always been on CNN.
Since CNN is in the entertainment business instead of news, I predict he will be let go once he no longer makes money for the company.
It makes me reflect on what I am doing just because it has always been done that way.
The old way may be the best way. Or, maybe not.
What if you had to do your job for free?
What would happen if your service or product cost nothing? What would happen if your income relied solely on client's charity.
How much would your client pay you for your service or product?
If you treated your profession this way, I would assume you would work differently.
It seems like mailing pictures to my mom in Illinois should be an easy thing to do. Several weeks ago I visited Canada Post to accomplish this task. I gave them the envelope, paid my couple dollars, and expected the process to occur.
Unfortunately, I received my own envelope a few days ago due to insufficient posting.
What. The post office doesn't know how to assign sufficient postage?
So I return to the same postal outlet, to resend the envelope of photos. When I politely explained what had happened, I received "it wasn't sent from this office" and "we wouldn't do that" and "you just have to pay for the correct amount of postage".
So sad. It would have been so easy for them to say sorry and send the envelope express mail while they paid the difference in postage. I would have been pleased.
Instead, no one takes responsibility, while constantly trying to reassign blame. They do this because they bank on us just being too busy to care. They know we will won't change our ways. We will still go to the same postal outlet, because humans don't like to change.
I disagree. I want to reward the company that will take enough time to hear what I want. I want to frequent the establishment that is willing to take responsibility of their actions. Just because the city of Saskatoon is in the mist of a boom, we don't need to sacrifice quality and care.
Please give me your thoughts. Who do you use to mail your Christmas pictures?
What about your business? Are you still concerned about quality and care?
As we head into the holiday season, there is a definite slow down in the market. However, I am noticing the market taking the same path it took last year just before the spring explosion. Sales volumes remain strong, but the number of new listings hitting the market is dropping off. In my opinion we will start to see the lack of inventory cause upward pressure on prices by early spring.
As forecasted by all of the major financial institutions, Saskatchewan is setting itself up for another record year and we may experience another boom in prices of up to 28%.
If you are considering moving or picking up an investment property, I would strongly urge you to contact me to set your purchase in motion before the end of January. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
TD Canada predicts 2008 to be another big year for Saskatchewan home values. For the coming year, Saskatchewan will see a growth close to 28% and another 11% in 2009.
Of course, banks don't have crystal balls but their predictions are fairly accurate most of the time.
TD Canada also believes no other province will see double digit increases over the next two years.
What does this mean?
If you are thinking about moving or buying that new house, sooner is better than later.
Count how many times you will here the word busy today. I estimate you will hear the phrase " I am so busy" between 5 to 10 times today.
Busy doing what?
Have you taken a diary of how your day is spent. How much time gets spent on emergencies such as urgent request, filling out forms, or putting out fires?
How many meetings do you attend to hear what people are doing or what they will be doing?
Is this what you get paid for?
What percent of your day involves work that will actually grow your business? What are you doing today that will be part of the next big break through for your business?
Excuses are easy to find to keep busy, but what happens to all our emergencies when we are on vacation? The world keeps spinning.
What would happen if you traded one hour a week from your busy emergencies and devoted that time to work on a creative project? How would your business change?
There is one way to find out.