http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca Larry Weltman Consulting Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:02:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How Amazon HQ2 Could Impact Toronto Real Estate — If It Wins The Bid http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/amazon-hq2-impact-toronto-real-estate-wins-bid/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/amazon-hq2-impact-toronto-real-estate-wins-bid/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:06:07 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5793

Toronto is my nearest big city. As a result, the city, and its real estate market, has a heavy influence in my business and, speaking more broadly, the city’s real estate market in many ways has an influence on the national real estate market.

One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of Toronto was the announcement that it was on Amazon’s “short list” to become the new location of one of the company’s headquarters. The search for the second Amazon headquarters, also known as Amazon HQ2, narrowed down

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How To Enter the Real Estate Market as a Realtor During a Downturn http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/enter-real-estate-market-realtor-downturn/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/enter-real-estate-market-realtor-downturn/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:22:20 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5787 Launching a real estate career is an exciting proposition. There’s a lot of opportunity out there for people who are self-starters and who enjoy helping others find the right property at the right time. But, what happens when you decide to break into real estate only for the market to settle into a mixed period? The good news is that there are ways to be successful, even in a mixed real estate market, if you’re willing to stretch yourself a little.

Developing good habits in a mixed or down market can

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What Snowbirds Need To Know About Risks of Florida Home Ownership http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/snowbirds-need-know-risks-florida-home-ownership/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/snowbirds-need-know-risks-florida-home-ownership/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:51:34 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5753 If you’re among the half-million or so Canadian snowbirds who own property in Florida that may have been flooded or been otherwise damaged thanks to the recent rains and winds brought down by Tropical Storm Irma, call your insurer now (if you haven’t already).

But, don’t expect to get any help in recouping the damages from any U.S. government agencies. The U.S. government’s relief programs, typically from the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA), are only provided to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees and asylum seekers.

When you get your insurer on the

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How Real Estate Commission Advances Can Help Advance Your Business http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-real-estate-commission-advances-can-help-advance-business/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-real-estate-commission-advances-can-help-advance-business/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:47:31 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5745 Finances can be tight when you’re starting out as an independent realtor. You may have dreams of being able to move on quickly from deal to deal, closing on one property and being able to swiftly and easily move on to another.

But the reality is, it can take several months to complete a sale. And real estate agents don’t get their commissions until after the deal is closed and the Brokerage has collected on commissions. That can make things even more difficult for an independent realtor who doesn’t have a

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How to build a Green Real Estate Business http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-build-green-real-estate-business/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-build-green-real-estate-business/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:58:34 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5737

As we become a more environmentally conscious society, conservation, preservation and stewardship are proving to be increasingly important issues. From coffee beans to the material used to build our homes, more of us are demanding that the companies, businesses and people we do business with are as green-focused as we are.

This is also true for the real estate sector, where homebuyers are now looking for green, energy efficient homes with reduced carbon footprints. In order to understand and facilitate the new green needs of homebuyers, realtors are also having to

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Creating an Impactful Realtor Website http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-creating-impactful-realtor-website/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-creating-impactful-realtor-website/#respond Sun, 30 Oct 2016 04:55:04 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5730

For independent realtors there is no better resource than the internet. The immediacy, the reach and its low cost make it the ideal tool to reach new clients and sell homes. In fact, as much as 92 percent of homebuyers start their home buying search using the internet.

Whether homebuyers are searching neighbourhoods, real estate starts, actual homes or even agents, the internet is the first stop on their way to home ownership. Knowing that the internet plays a key role in helping people choose a home to purchase, it is

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3 Social media tools (that aren’t Facebook) realtors should be leveraging http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-3-social-media-tools-arent-facebook-realtors-leveraging/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-3-social-media-tools-arent-facebook-realtors-leveraging/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:45:01 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5722 Let’s face it, when most of us think of social media, we automatically think of Facebook. The digital platform has taken on a life of its own since it was first launched to the general public in 2006.

In the decade since then, a plethora of other social networks have sprouted up in the digital space, each designed to offer its own unique experience and level of interaction.

In addition to being a digital way to connect and communicate with people all over the world, social networks have proven to be an

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How enhancing client experience can lead to new business http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-enhancing-client-experience-can-lead-new-business/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-enhancing-client-experience-can-lead-new-business/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:37:28 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5719 Whenever a realtor asks me, “Larry Weltman, how can I get more business?” the first question I reply with is, “Are you maximizing word-of- mouth promotion?”

In today’s content saturated digital world, word-of- mouth referrals and recommendations reign supreme. More than ever, people value the opinions of friends and family members to guide them in the right direction.

According to a Nielsen Global Trust in Advertising Survey, 92 percent of people trust recommendations from friends and family, while 70 percent reported trusted opinions found online. An additional 58 percent trust the information

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Why Curb Appeal Still Reigns Supreme http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-curb-appeal-still-reigns-supreme/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-curb-appeal-still-reigns-supreme/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:02:48 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5713 Despite a growing number of home buyers using the internet to power their home buying search, curb appeal and exterior attractiveness are still among the top selling factors when it comes to showcasing a home for sale.

It’s no secret we live in a highly visual society. Today, the average home buyer will sift through dozens of homes online before ever setting foot in one. In order to compete in the digital market, a home needs to be inviting and appealing both inside and out.

While a potential buyer may be enticed

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Convincing your client to stage their home http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-convincing-client-stage-home/ http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/larry-weltman-convincing-client-stage-home/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:11:20 +0000 http://larryweltmanconsulting.ca/?p=5707

It is common knowledge that staging a home before listing it on the market helps the property sell faster and oftentimes for more money. However, convincing some clients of the value in staging can be difficult.

Some view the added expense solely as a burden. While others who have already spent money repairing and getting a home up to par may feel that investing in staging is an expense they can forgo. Convincing a client that staging is in their best interest may be one of the toughest jobs a relator

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