The region of Aurora, Newmarket, and East Gwillimbury are highly desirable locations for families looking for great lifestyles close to urban amenities and rural freedom.
Newmarket in particular has been the site of city transit improvements and there’s much work on the roadways and new housing developments. The beautiful parks, bike paths, upgraded hospital, great schools, and access to the 404 makes it very popular for buyers looking to escape the GTA.
The city that produced Jim Carrey, John Candy, and Connor McDavid, offers clean, fresh air, safe streets, plenty of nearby recreational centres for tennis and hockey along with modern shopping centres just a short drive away.
Despite constraints on development, Newmarket is a fast growing city and as expected, is feeling its growing pains. It will soon provide the best York Region has to offer. The Go Train Service to Toronto is opening up this region for those who must work in downtown Toronto.
For nature and recreation/relaxation lovers, a beautiful park system makes weekends a very special time. And the new lake to lake bicycle route is currently being built from Toronto up through Newmarket to Keswick is quite an exciting development for the thousands of cyclists in Ontario’s cycling capital. Mountain bikers don’t have far to go for a thrilling ride either, including the Durham Forest just southeast of Newmarket/Aurora.
Sundial Homes latest development is right next to Upper Canada Mall on Davis Drive in Newmarket. Below is the site plan. Given how fast homes and townhomes are sold in York Region, this development should be sold out quickly. Definitely visit their website for more details and to see some spectacular interior designs and amenities on these townhomes for sale.
Lakeview Homes and Andrin Homes are combining to build hundreds of new houses and townhomes on the west side of Newmarket. The location is on the former site of the Glenway Golf Course. Andrin has announcing construction of a collection of Detached Homes and Bungalows on 50′ Lots, as well as 2-Storey Townhomes and 3-Storey Urban Townhomes.
The location is excellent, adjacent from Bathurst St and Highway 9 (Davis Drive) which means it’s a few minutes from Upper Canada Mall. On the eastside, the Copper Hills development is nearing completion. There are lots and homes being constructed as you’ll see in the picture gallery below.
The area to west on the other side of Bathurst is green space with excellent hiking trails. And you’re just a minute from the Holland Marsh, Ontario’s vegetable garden. The Holland Marsh Winery is close by so ensure you take an evening out for a wine tour.
Copper Hills from Preston homes in Newmarket is a massive luxury home development located just south of Mulock in between Leslie St and highway 404. It’s a few years old yet the homes are still like new and many are on the resale market. It is laid out in a series of swepping, rolling streetscapes on 135-acre parcel of land. The site plan is composed of 5 concentric circles which lends a sense of harmony to the neighbourhoods. The final phase 4 is almost complete. You can see the home details at the prestongroup.ca website.
In the mood to see a gallery of beautiful homes in Aurora? Aurora is the upscale section of the region and although it lacks the convenience location of the new homes being built, the mature and quieter neighbourhoods make it more attractive to some buyers.
Aurora is a beautiful town set on a small parcel of land in between Bathurst St to the west and Highway 404 to the east. With not much land to develop for new construction projects, the prices of new homes for sale in Aurora and Newmarket are set to rise.
As you’ll see in these photos below, there beautiful new homes for sale, either through builders such as Mattamy Homes, Lindvest Developments, Opus Homes, or Brookfield Properties. And please do visit their presentation centres in town in Aurora and then check out new homes for sale in Newmarket too.
Yet another development in Aurora is on the site of the former Timberlane Athletic Club on Van Dorf Sideroad (Near Yonge St). This new development by Brookfield Homes will be a gated community offering 56 detached bungalows and 2 storey residences on 50′ properties. These Aurora luxury homes start at $1.3 million.
Glen Ridge Estates in Aurora South
Fairgate Homes and Opus Homes are in the process of construction of Glen Ridge Estates, an opulent lush neighbourhoodin the south end of Aurora. These upscale luxury homes will be modelled after French Chateaus, with each estate is available on a 50’ or 60’ lot, as either a bungalow or a two-storey home, ranging to more than 5,000 sq ft.
This is what the land looks like right now. How’s this for a place to call home?
Just down Yonge St a few hundred yards is another gated community of mega sized homes is being completed.
Highland Gate in Aurora
Clublink Corporation and Geranium Corporation are redeveloping the former Highland golf course lands with 184 single detached bungalow and 2 storey homes on 50’ and 60’ lots. Local residents have taken the developer to court and are causing a delay in construction.
This neighbourhood is mature and beautiful and the about 19.5 of the 41 hectares is proposed to be parks, open space or otherwise won’t be developed.
Mattamy Homes is just finishing its phase II development on St John’s sideroad in North Aurora called St John’s Forest. You’ll find quite an array of luxury homes and townhomes here with more coming. Prices vary, but expect to be in the upper 800,000’s to 2 million dollar+ range for most. Mattamy as well as Lindvest Properties in a neighbouring development south of here, are showcasing the latest in modern styling (reminiscent of new homes in Calgary area) with beautiful stone facades and roomy layouts. Yes, there are plenty of monster homes in Aurora, Ontario.
Mattamy phase 2 is sold out.
Beautiful Interior on home in St John’s Forest
Opus Homes subdivision is off of St John’s sideroad close to Leslie St. You can view their full selection of monster luxury homes on their website. Unfortunately, the Aurora Trails development is officially sold out.
Beautiful interiors really set them apart
And the spacious, elegant interiors of custom built homes are hard to match
Lindvest Developments is building a new house and townhouse development off of Leslie St, just south of St John’s sideroad. Their upcoming Aurora Glen Estates phase 3 will offer a collection of contemporary townhouse designs.
Not to be outdone, are the new townhouse developments by Brookfield Properties. You’ll find them just off of Leslie, and south of St John’s Sideroad. This region is massive with a lot of homes and townhouses. Unfortunately, there are no condos being built.
If townhouses are what you’re looking for, the upcoming Time Village development off of Wellington St on Yonge St may be worth a look.
Take a drive up to Aurora and check out the variety of beautiful homes and neighbourhoods yourself. Whether it’s new construction homes and townhomes on the east side, or resale properties on the west side, you’ll be delighted at the thought of living in Aurora. The homes, such as the ones for sale above are beautiful. The builders are definitely getting it right with their new construction offerings.
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New Contruction Homes in Bradford West Gwillimbury
No town or neighbourhood in the GTA has gone through the level of dramatic changes that the Bradford Ontario area has in the last 6 years. Growth in population, commercial enterprise, and neighbourhoods on the west side along highway 89 has been astonishing and it’s earmarked for more.
Bradford West Gwillimbury is a exciting new place to live offering all the modern amenities and the quiet and clean air of the rural Simcoe County countryside. If houses for sale in Newmarket or luxury homes in Aurora and Vaughan are too expensive, Bradford Ontario might be the affordable, clean oasis you might enjoy.
Its laid back farming spirit remains despite the all the development in the town nearby. The town’s proximity to Highway 400 and Lake Simcoe make it a very desirable and convenient location for those who want the best living possible north of Vaughan and York Region.
Both Bradford West Gwillimbury and East Gwillimbury are undergoing tremendous growth and its brought profound changes in the town’s atmosphere, livability, and opportunities. East Gwillimbury will see more than 7,000 homes constructed over the next 9 years with 800 being delivered in 2016. BWG encompasses a large area that includes the villages of Bond Head and Tecumseh.
Bradford is located on the north shore of Holland Marsh which has been Toronto’s vegetable garden for more than a hundred years. It’s culture has been much that of a quiet dutch farming settlement where time passed very slowly.
The Holland Marsh itself is a former lake bed which dried up and left incredibly fertile soil where everything from carrots to grapes are grown. Every year, thousands of Mexican farm labourers migrate here for the growing season. As food prices have risen, so has the prosperity of this small, unpretentious town.
It is a rural region and yet professional management of the watershed and natural environment by the town and the home developers has made it much better.
The Bradford Recreation Centre is an amazing sports facility. I’ve been a member there twice and enjoyed working out and using the indoor trick and basketball courts. There’s a huge swimming pool and 2 hockey ice rinks.
The Bradford / West Gwillinbury and East Gwillimbry region is much in demand for residential property. It’s a beautiful natural area, especially along the Holland rivers.
Admittedly, this demand for houses is creating urband sprawl urban sprawl from York Region, Vaughan and Toronto. Bradford is north of the politically sensitive Oakridges Moraine designated green belt region, and there is plenty of scrubland here for development. That freedom has spawned huge new housing developments south and north of Holland Street.
If you’re wondering whether Bradford WG is the right place for you and your family, you’ll be delighted with you’ll see. Along with the new homes being built is a commercial retail corridor that offers every type of product and service you could want from dining to medical services and auto repair. If fashion is what you thirst for, you won’t be far from the largest fashion mall in Northern York Region, the Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket and a short driver away from Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre.
How about Home Prices in Bradford West Gwillimbury?
Most homes sold here are detached houses with a median price of $615,000 which is considerably less than the $1.2 million average of nearby Aurora. Although homes take much longer to sell, they almost certainly will be sold.
New Home Builders in Bradford West Gwillimbury
There are a number of builders active in the greater Bradford West Gwillumbury area with several new developments proposed.
Sunrise Homes and Fortress Real Developments are joining up to build a 119 unit single-detached housing development in the Bond Head which is within the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
National Homes has its Phase 2 development called the Forest.
Homes in Construction or Newly Completed
Regal Crest is continuing its development called Dream Fields, of which I have photos of below.
National Homes has its Phase 1 development called The Forest
Lormel Homes has a current development called Horizon
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Well, if you’re reading this blog, then you may be considering selling your home, and the market appraisal is one of the first tasks to get done. You’re wondering “what will we get for our old place anyway?” And then that will beg your next question: how do we increase the selling price of the home?
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The essence of real estate is feeling good and finding the very best lifestyle for you. Having a home appraised well is key to establishing the right selling price. And it’s the funds you’ll be starting with on this next exciting phase of your life.
Were you aware that you can actually get a free home market evaluation online? See the one below from Zillow. Or, you can do a Google search for [Realtor + market evaluation] and find a realtor who is interested in providing that service for you.
What’s so nice about about using Google to explore real estate topics, such as finding reputable realtors who are motivated and fun to work with, is that this is part of your journey. Google is making it easier, giving you endless education and insight into the real estate world.
If a Realtor ranks at the top of the results, it’s a good sign they want to work with you. It’s not easy to appear at the top of Google search results so you know they’re confident, put the hard work into it, and want to be successful. That desire for success is a good sign, not a sign of greed.
I Want to Get the Best Price Possible for my Home
And you should get the best price. That home and property represent a lot of daily toil on your part for year on end. Never forget that. Don’t give away value you created. You worked hard for years to make your mortgage payments and it is your investment. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you want to sell it for maximum price, you’ll want to use a realtor who has a habit of selling homes for over asking price. In today’s market, you’ll probably get it.
You’ll need a realtor and perhaps a renovation/designer to determine what could be fixed up to create an even better price and be sure to get it sold fast. The speed of the sale might save you some misery.
Once you get a ball park figure or Zestimate®, you’ve got a good number to work with. Realtors criticize Zillow mostly because they’re such an aggressive competitor online. Their Zestimate® tool is a little off the mark, sometimes low by $20,000 or more. Yet as Zillow collects more information on homes across the US and Canada, they’ll become more accurate. But this number is just a number to rally on. You can raise the value of your home with your realtor’s advice and help. Appraisals are often based on comparables which could be the wrong comps, so you may want to go out and carefully find your own comparables to show the buyers the real value.
How do I Raise the Value of my Property?
Now you’ve got your base price often based on comparables in your neighborhood. What can you upgrade that’s worth doing? Homeowners tend to be way too passive about fixing the place up, as doing so could raise the selling price considerably, especially if your realtor manages to bring in a boatload of buyers who might compete for it. It’s the simple pleasure/pain response. It may be very effective to get rid of everything that could offend or turn off the buyer, such as dirty toilets, broken light switches, dirty stained carpet, or some of your old nostalgic art items.
A Los Angeles Real Estate agent gives some insight into appraisers and how appraisals will affect what buyers might be willing or able to offer for your home.
Here’s 10 of the Best Ways to Raise and Get your Asking Price
Fix/Renovate the Bathroom – Home buyers want all memories and evidence that you lived there gone. The bathroom is a sensitive topic and they likely want the fixtures like the toilet, basin, shower replaced. Freshening it up with new fixtures tells them it is clean and ready to be used.
Fix the Roof – If there’s any signs the roof has had it, they will not even give you a bid. Here’s an opportunity to get rid of the old shingles and put in new solar shingles to create added value for them. Free hydro could be very excited for them.
Open Concept Kitchen – Just knocking down the walls could open up the buyer’s mind to the warmth of your kitchen. Most buyers insist on a kitchen/living room connection so try to make that happen. Don’t buy new appliances, just look for some cheap used ones that still look good. Replace the obvious stuff that hints of poor hygiene such as grimy looking countertops, worn kitchen sinks and faucets.
Get Rid of the Old and Broken – Old just means old style, and items that have no relevance to the life they’re going to live. Although you love your statue, antique furniture, or old small deck, they might really turn your buyer off. Broken things could get your appraisal reduced by $500. Just one broken faucet or wall socket that doesn’t work could cost you $5k in appraised price because appraisers work in $500 increments.
Improve Exterior Features – Put in some exterior lighting, LED, for security reasons and for aesthetics. The lights warm things up and create an evening presence that would otherwise be cloaked in dreary, scary blackness.
Try some New Window Shades – These are an inexpensive upgrade that can pick the windows up and help block bright sunlight and give privacy. These buyers don’t know the neighbors yet.
Remove Dirty Carpets – replace them with the new cheap linoleum based engineered flooring. It looks like wood, feels like wood and it’s easy to keep clean. Make cleanliness a theme if it suits your ideal selling strategy.
Improve whatever the Realtor tells is wrong with most of the houses in your Neighborhood – If your house is the only one that doesn’t have the common problem, it will give them an emotional lift.
Make sure your top home Feature really Stands Out – there’s no point in going half way with the best thing about your home. If it’s got a rooftop deck for instance, make sure it looks like something they will be compelled to use. A rooftop deck or pool or large ensuite bathroom that they won’t use much is actually a waste. Everything being sold has a top benefit, so ensure this is 100% fantastic.
Have the Home Staged – having the right style, furnishings, and dressings for the intended buyer is important. Sorry, your style of furnishings only reduces the value. Appearance is so important, from the condition of the lawn to the art on the walls. Let the realtor’s home stager make the place look immaculate.
Then comes the issue of how to choose the right realtor. There are almost 2 million real estate sales people to select from.
Choosing the best realtor is important. Some are motivated and some are not. Some are optimistic, some are not. You need to take some time doing a search of the best on Google. Take the top ten you find in the search results and assess their skills, strengths and weaknesses
A good realtor will be very optimistic, encouraging, and imaginative about how to help you get the best home selling price. That’s perhaps the most important criteria you should consider. Please don’t treat this like it’s just another transaction, and that you’ll take whatever you can. Your realtor will be making a good commission on the sale. You can expect them to come up with a brilliant online marketing strategy to capture more and better prospective buyers for your home sale.
How does their online marketing presence look to you? Would you buy from them if you were about to buy? What about their website and the image they project? Does it seem to speak to you and put them in an exclusive class of quality realtors? Do they really look like they care? Is there much content on their website? Can you see anything about their character or personality? Of course, you can call a brokerage and take whoever is next on call, or you could interview whoever is willing to come to your home to be interviewed. Save some time and do a pre-screening of their website. Their website is a tell tale representation of their professionalism, skills, and commitment.
If you get a Good Real Estate Agent – Stay with Them
It’s an interesting statistic that most sellers don’t use the same realtor to help them buy the next property, even though they’re buying in the same city. Your selling realtor will be helping other buyers on other deals so why not you? Either you believe in your realtor or you don’t. Choose a great realtor and use them for everything.
Are Solar Roofing Installations a Powerful Selling Feature?
We know how expensive hydro is becoming for the average homeowner. Power generating companies are in big debt and will have to keep raising prices to their diminishing user base chasing more homeowners offgrid.
And power companies are highly polluting which does not jive well with the mandates of the carbon credit regulators. It looks like solar will be prominent.
Yet we wonder if buying a $7000 to $30000 solar power generating system for a home is really worth it. Apparently, the savings range from $400 to $700 a month, or around $6k a year. Right away you’d say no, however the prices of solar systems are falling and there might be other benefits to consider including higher selling prices.
I was speaking with Seattle entrepreneur Andrew Schumake who installs these solar systems. He comments that the incentives created by the Obama administration in the US were very generous and how manufacturers and installation providers are clamoring to supply this burgeoning market in the US, and also in Canada.
It makes you wonder what the actual impact of all these new products is on the US housing market? Andrew warns though that some companies make shoddy products so homeowners should be careful and wise.
If you’re a builder or commercial real estate developer, you may want to check out the incentives offered by the Madison Energy Group of Phoenix, who Andrew works with.
As a realtor or property investor, or a homeowner with a big mortgage loan to pay, you may be wondering how much these systems raise the value of a property if at all. The issue isn’t just a matter of electrical power savings, it’s also a matter of aesthetics and whether solar is a feature sought in particular neighborhoods.
Solar Shingles in Hot Demand
And new systems that use solar shingles are in hot demand. Most systems that we see on homes are solar panels which are mounted on top of the the roof. That can complicate roofing issues and fixes if a problem in the roof occurs. With solar shingles, you have a solution that is part of the roof so the old ceramic or tar paper asphalt shingles aren’t needed. And as you can see in this video below, the new solar shingles actually look pretty good.
The systems produced today are cheaper, better designed and should last longer. So the results from this Berkeley study from 2013 should be more positive today in 2016 and into 2017.
This woman in Florida is ecstatic about her new solar power installation.
Dow is a big maker of the new solar power shingles for residential roofs. If your prospects are going to reroof their house, should they go with solar shingles and save on the costs of the conventional roofing? There are a government incentives could make this a sensible purchase. Here’s a video that discusses that issue:
But could a new solar shingle roof help to get a home sold faster at a higher price? Studies seem to show that this is so. You might be familiar with Certainteed, the roofing products manufacturer. They provide a solar product brochure that might give more insight into the advisability of recommending a solar roof as a home value raising strategy.
“The number of homeowners “going solar” has increased by an average of every year for the last 10 years. About half a million homeowners in the U.S. have determined that solar makes sense.” from the brochure.
What is your experience with solar energy installations in the homes you’ve been buying and selling? Are buyers enamored with the systems or are they mentioning wishes and disappointments? I’d like to know. Please leave your comments below.
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Maximize your Impact to Hungry Buyers and Investors
The housing market is so hot, we might think we could put a home up for sale in any condition, site unseen and get tons of offers. Yet if getting a property sold is a no brainer in 2017, then maybe you should be doing more to get a higher price for your client. Here’s one special new technology to show your prospective client you’re doing all you can to represent them.
The money you pay to have the home cleaned and staged, and the commission the homeowner pays can all be erased. And by further promoting it vigorously online to get the maximum number of buyers you’re adding further fuel to the price fire. That’s a lot of value added for you, so why not do this?
Buyers Want to Get Up Close and Personal
The reality is that buyers like to see a home up close and personal. Foreign buyers and investors, or out of city buyers too, would like a good look at your listed properties. If only there was some way they could experience a home tour online.
To resolve the buyer’s quest for information and them that amazing home tour experience, a great software product called Matterport 3D is making it possible. Video tours of properties aren’t new. What makes Matterport 3D unique and so in demand with realtors from Boca Raton to Los Angeles to Toronto, is the quality of their interactive home tour.
3D Tours Make an Impact Online
Who needs 3D when you could use a drone video? The Matterport tours allow the homebuyer to view the home as they wish. I’ve blogged about making an impact and establishing a powerful unique value proposition. 3D video tours are engaging and they have marketing value. They make it easy for the homebuyer to look at or obsess about the features that are most important to them. And it’s full ceiling to floor coverage. For real estate investors, this format offers more confidence that the home and property is worthwhile.
Way too Cool Add On Features
Use a Mattertag™ Post — This software feature lets you tag certain items in the home and add comments.
Fly Through Videos — You can also create your own fly through videos just like a drone would create!
Guided Tours — create your special presentation of key features to ensure they don’t miss the good stuff.
Matterport Spaces™ — a cool service that will provide blueprint schematics of your home for only $15 per floor, and delivered to within 2 days, by Drone! (Noooooo, I’m just kidding about the drone delivery, however my client Mike also does the drone video thing! :))
360 Degree Streetview— let your visitors get a good view of the street from the sidewalk.
3D Floorplan Blueprints — The Matterport Pro 3D Camera collects accurate visual and spatial data to map entire areas in minutes.
MLS Friendly Videos — for play right in your listing page and with your contact details. Get the lead while it’s hot!
What do you need? You must buy the Matterport Pro 3D Camera at a cost of $4500. It’s no ordinary camera though.
Matterport 3D Tour Brings out the Beauty of this Wellington FL 4 Bedroom House
Take a visit to this home in Wellington, in Palm Beach County in South Florida courtesy of Boca Raton Realtor, Mike Goldberg of United Realty. This house has so much character and beauty, typical of most modern houses for sale in South Florida. The customer can explore all the nooks and crannys at their leisure. Try it out below and you’ll see how interesting it is to explore with.
Mike’s a good photographer and that makes a big difference. You could always hire a real estate photographer to create the right light, floor locations, and angles. If you’re a homeowner in the Palm Beach County area of Florida, contact Mike about photographing your home with the Matterport Camera. This gives you a significant advantage online, and you’ll beenjoying online marketing with me!
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The Pulse of a Professional Group – Your Chance to Know
Wouldn’t it be nice to take part in a quick survey that could help you understand where you’re missing the mark with your career? It’s a fast, convenient source of specific information about being a great Real Estate Professional in 2017.
Because of politics, you’ll never get an honest overview of what Realtors® know, are currently doing, or care about from NAR, CAR, CREA, SDAR, PAR, NYSAR, GBAR, or SFAR. Your real thoughts and insight are filtered. This national realtor survey however, won’t be filtered. We want to know what you think and feel about opportunity, challenges, do you want Trump or Clinton, golden future opportunities, and what you intend to do about improving your realtor career.
If you participate honestly without restraint, I’ll give you the unfiltered results about what all of your professional Realtors® feel, think, and what they perceive is coming. When you think about the fact that there are upwards of 2 million professionals working in the real estate industry and that you transact hundreds of billions of dollars in housing transactions every year, it does make Realtors® a compelling group to listen to. This bit of research could be valuable to your career.
Your experience, knowledge, everyday business dealings, challenges, opinions and plans are some of the most important to be aware of. Housing and construction drive economies and yet those drivers are so diverse and numerous, it’s difficult for any expert to forecast the market in 2017, let alone the years ahead. Yet we can find out what’s happening right now.
The National Realtors Insight Survey 2016
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Gord Collins — Real Estate SEO Consultant — I generate leads for realtors in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, St Louis, Minneapolis, Green Bay, Charlotte, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Oshawa, Hamilton, York Region, Oakville, Calgary, Kelowna, Mississauga, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Malibu, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Mountainview, Palo Alto, Portland, Washington, Atlanta, Irvine, Nashville, Sunnyvale, Salt Lake City, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Costa Mesa, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Raleigh, Albuquerque, Glendale, Oceanside, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Carlsbad, Santa Clarita, Henderson, Mesa, Temecula, Kirkland, Redmond, Kansas City, St Louis, Stockton, Scottsdale, Palm Springs, Indianapolis, Columbus, Colorado Springs, Fort Worth, Chula Vista, Escondido, Santa Monica, Miami Beach, and Honolulu. Find a Real Estate Agent you can trust.
Realtors Biggest Pain: A Website that Creates no Leads
From Dallas to New York and San Francisco CA, Big Picture realtors hate technical details. You want easy to understand, tangible, measurable deliverables such as guaranteed leads yet the legit real estate marketing world has little to offer.
Success is complicated and not everything comes in neat packages. SEO and social media and websites are 3 key pillars of lead generation yet guarantees cant happen. You can guarantee results through smart strategic integration and not have pay $5 to $30 per click. Let go of your security blanket, cause I want to help you discover a key asset your many competitors arent aware of — a great real estate Website.
it tries to force visitors to register when you’ve done nothing to earn that trust and privilege
you have no house or condo listings
your site is not Google friendly
your site has no ranking power
your site’s content creates no fans
your site’s content is boring and uncompelling and hard to read
it isn’t social media friendly and no one shares your stuff
your brand isn’t meaningful or desirable
Okay, so your site’s awful. That shouldn’t stop you, because you know that with a plan and persistence, success will happen. A fully loaded, IDX MLS functional, Google friendly website for realtors, with plenty of interesting, exciting and sharable content is one that will generate traffic, leads and sales and commissions.
the content is laid out in a way that insipires curiosity and hope
searchers feel they will successfully find what they’re looking for – confidence
its content is expertly optimized by a real SEO expert
its content scrolls, uses big text, is easy to navigate on a smartphone, may use video background with hi res photos
Here’s an expensive but very nicely custom-designed modern website that raises the bar in real estate web design. It’s for a new construction development that has great photography, layout, and the homepage functionality that reduces clicking for a simple scrolling experience. There’s no idx mls listings of course but the homepage experience is worth noting because the goal of every visitor is to feel good. If you were buying a new condo in an urban area, you might like these condos in Brooklyn, New York.
A great website like this is a sales weapon. It converts traffic because it adds value and makes the customer journey a great experience.
If your website is sad and lame looking and offers a bad visitor experience, you should take if offline. Realtors with awful websites do extensive brand image and reputation damage with a lame website. They associate you with what happens on their website. If you have no unique, compelling content, or content that’s copied from some source, they will never see you as a leading agent, but rather someone who might be desperate for a sale.
“It’s better not to be online than let your clients and prospects experience a crappy website”
The Fully Loaded, Hosted, MLS IDX Website that Google Loves
Why do I offer the websites I do? Because they’re powerful. They make searching a breeze and Google loves these sites. Getting thousands and thousands of pages indexed in Google and interlinked with new, original and engaging content that makes visitors feel great. They can feel they’re on the right path to find what they’re looking for. There’s lots of value for Facebook users, and exciting news for Twitter people.
Since visitors enjoy their great search experience, they will gladly submit their contact info and return later to search further.
An IDX website for realtors built in WordPress makes it easy for you to manage. You won’t need an expense web designer to update and edit. Many of you already blog with WordPress and you’re getting the same nice interface to work with.
What Does IDX Mean?
IDX for real estate agents is the Internet data exchange system where REALTORS® allow each other to show MLS property listings on their websites. It’s a system of sharing, via a datafeed from our MLS association or others, so that all the listings on your MLS (e.g., Toronto MLS Listings) can be displayed on your website.
It is a powerful advantage that most realtors know about but yet still don’t leverage very well. This is where expertise in SEO and content optimization comes in very handy. Some IDX systems don’t work well, yet the realtors who use them are fooled into believing it is working. If you’re not getting leads, it is likely not working. However, you do need an expert SEO real estate consultant to optimize it.
WordPress sites and all their components update easily so you don’t have be concerned about all this new disruptive technology that’s racing in. You’ll be current with the new features and capabilities. And you could also have $600+ of premium plugins and other valuable bonuses.
When we do a search for Los Angeles homes for sale, one of the top ranking sites is theagencyre.com. They have almost 9,000 pages indexed in Google. Not great, but not bad either. Theagencyre.com website is easy to understand and doesn’t oppress you with their “stuff” upon entry to their Los Angeles home listings page. You can get right to your search here and if you like what you see, then you’re ready to hear theagencyre’s sales pitch and enjoy all their stuff. This is just one reason why they’re the top Realtors in Los Angeles
If you’re a Toronto broker or Los Angeles broker or Vancouver broker, get prepared to hand over web marketing to me. Using the best mls ids website for real estate agents possible, combined with expert SEO, and compelling, sharable content for social media, we’re going to make you into a millionaire. If Merrily Hackett and Santiago Arana can start from scratch and do it, why not you?
Gord Collins — Real Estate SEO Consultant for realtors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento, San Jose, Long Beach, Anaheim, Fresno, Oakland, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Chula Vista, Irvine, and many more cities in California. Call now and let’s get started!
Aurora Ontario Canada is one of those special small cities or towns that’s blessed with a great location, warm community, and a special character. It’s more than a place of expensive homes and luxury cars however. If you’ve never heard about Aurora ON, you’ll discover here and in the Aurora Newmarket Real Estate Outlook page that it’s a wonderful place to live whether in one of the gated communities or open neighbourhoods. There are townhomes, houses and mega-sized million dollar estate homes being built.
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Although Vaughan and central Toronto have higher average prices, it’s the scarcity of stock in this community that will drive prices much higher. The influx of new residents and residential services and improvements to highway 404 and local roads is drawing more attention to the area, making the Aurora and Newmarket housing forecast very bright for buyers and sellers.
Although the Ontario government is attempting to suppress growth, this train is in motion. Local schools such as St Andrews Academy and Pickering College are drawing foreign buyers who are hoping to have their kids educated here and where they can live themselves. There’s probably no where in Southern Ontario that offers the amenities and lifestyle you’ll find here.
Realtors! Share this informative post on Aurora with your prospects on Facebook – and let current Aurora homeowners know more about the demand for their homes. [bctt tweet=”Aurora ON is an amazing place to live – modern, clean, good neighbourhoods and schools and access to jobs and recreation. #homesforsale” username=”@gord_collins”]
Great Location and Fresh Air
The town of Aurora (population 60,000) is fortunate to be close enough to Toronto, Markham and Richmond Hill to allow residents to work in the city, while being far enough to enjoy the wonderful small town life close to rural recreation areas. It’s the character of the community and people that make it even more special. It’s one of the most affluent communities in the North Toronto region with an Average household income of $146,160 and more than 1/4 of households in Aurora have income above $150,000.
It’s about the lifestyle: The Aurora Library and the neighbouring Aurora Arts and Culture Centre are a great way to view the works of talented Aurora area artists. Eva Folks has a very unique style and subject for her artwork as seen below. And there’s more in the arts to celebrate here in Aurora.
It’s the convenience and character of Aurora has made it very attractive to residents of Toronto who are eager to sell their home for premium prices and move north to one of Ontario’s finest communities. Available land in Aurora is at a premium which is why the average price of a home sold here is above $1,200,000. Regardless of the fast rising prices, wealthy home buyers and their families want to live in Aurora and there are still plenty of older properties which can be developed. Some of the luxury homes and mansions being built are spectacular as you’ll see in the Gallery of Aurora Homes below.
In September 2016, the average selling price of a detached home reached $1,270,582. Currently, there are 64 active listings but with average DOM at 10 days, they won’t last long. Homes sell themselves here. Only the city of Oshawa has a comparable low DOM.
Why Buy a Luxury Home in Aurora?
Why Aurora? It’s simple, the lifestyle is great. There are plenty of places to shop and eat, lots of convenient grocery stores, plenty of parkland and trails, and there is access to best features of York Region, Durham Region, and south Simcoe County. The area just east of Aurora is the trail and bicycle riding capital of Canada. Only half an hour to the east is prime mountain biking terrain in the Durham Forest (Olympic training park) and Lake Simcoe and Cooks Bay are 20 minutes north with plenty of boating, fishing, and beaches.
And 5 minutes south, residents can be at Lake Wilcox with its leisure and boating opportunities. It’s the home of the Richmond Hill Rowing Club and has recently been the site of a complete waterfront development upgrade.
Aurora offers plenty of sports and recreation facilities with 3 major complexes housing hockey arenas, bmx biking park, baseball fields, indoor soccer and tennis domes, and miles of amazing hiking and biking trails. If you’re active person, you’ll love the opportunity of a fitness lifestyle with or without fitness centres. You’ll be surrounded with optimistic, highly educated people amidst a town with endless activities. Your kids will love it here.
Those of you who love to play golf will be overjoyed with the number of high quality Aurora Golf courses nearby including the St Andrews Valley course. The Aurora Highlands and the Glenway Golf Clubs have recently been converted to luxury home developments and has contributed to availability and the fast rising rate of average selling prices here.
Doing Business in Aurora
Aurora and the nearby cities of Newmarket and Bradford are accelerating new business opportunities for newcomers and entrepreneurs. Since more business is done online, new companies are seriously considering setting up businesses in the Aurora area, which is already home to the billion dollar Magna auto parts manufacturing company (Magna’s move to King is postponed to 2020). The region is young and vibrant and nearby city of Newmarket is drawing new tech companies to the area. It’s still a bedroom community of North Toronto, however with the huge housing developments in the area, the potential for new business basing itself here is strong.
Huge detached housing developments being constructed on the west side of Newmarket and Bradford along with the east side of Aurora and Newmarket are drawing in hundreds of new families, many of whom are reasonably wealthy. Typical starting prices are in the $700,000 range. The growing number of Asian newcomers shows the area is gaining considerable visibility to Toronto Asian buyers as well as foreign Chinese buyers who may be avoiding the Vancouver region and its 15% foreign buyers tax.
Here’s some eye opening stats on how single detached home prices and listings have changed in the last 12 months in the Aurora/Newmarket/Markham/Richmond Hill area.
York Region Detached Home Sales Comparison September 2015 to 2016
Average Selling Price September 2015
Avg Selling Price September 2016
YOY Price Growth
Avg DOM 09/2015
Avg DOM 09/2016
Avg Selling Price / Listing Price
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Aurora has some of the most prestigious homes in the North Toronto area and the region just East of Aurora is home to mega million dollar type homes and beautiful landscapes and scenery. Have a good look at some of Aurora’s finest custom luxury homes to date. These homes are within the town boundaries. Most are located on or near Kennedy St, Treegrove Circle, and Woodland Hills Blvd, and the south end on Van Dorf Sideroad. This $10 million dollar home was sold recently. It was the subject of a Vancouver Sun article.
I walked and jogged by this home daily on Treegrove Circle and this was a major renovation. The results as you will see were spectacular. Quite a contrast in styles and colour and it’s nestled in Aurora’s finest neighbourhood.
A Gallery of Beautiful Luxury Homes in Aurora, ON Canada
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Finding the right real estate marketing professional isn’t easy. Given the need for expertise in web design, content strategy, content design, SEO, conversion optimization and social media engagement, how can an marketing agency or freelance consultant possibly deliver on all fronts?