An Agent’s Guide to Choosing a Brokerage

It’s astounding how many different business models exist in our highly regulated industry. As a real estate agent, how do you determine which is the best model and brokerage for you? There are two main business models for brokerages: desk fees and commission split. From there, you can find combination models, employee (salaried) models, multi-level […]

Real Estate Careers: Selecting a Brokerage (Your First, or Fifth!)

Whether you’re working in the industry already, or considering getting your real estate license, you’ve probably noticed that real estate agents tend to switch brokerages, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. For an industry that is heavily regulated, and has fixed requirements on the basic services offered to consumers, there are actually tons of different business models […]

Love reading our blog? How would you like to work with us?

What’s the difference between collecting a paycheck each week, and waking up each morning happy, going to work excited, and coming home at night completely satisfied? The Difference is Liv Real Estate. Admin Assistant Needed Our fabulous administrative assistant’s husband has been transferred out of Alberta, and we sadly have to replace her. So if […]

Liv Real Estate Hands Out Service Awards, Not Sales Awards

We’re taking a new spin on performance measurements. Unlike any other brokerage we’re aware of, we give out awards for service, not sales. Last week we gave out awards to Liv Real Estate Associates who demonstrate exceptional customer service, leadership and community involvement.  “Our awards program sets us apart from others in the industry,” said Sheldon […]

Single Family Home Prices up 7.2% Over Last January in Edmonton

Sales of single family homes were slightly lower in January than a year previous. There were 441 sales in January in Edmonton compared to 470 last January. This is the first time single family home sales were lower than the previous year in 6 months.  The inventory of single family homes on the market is […]

You Are What You Measure

Sheldon and I have been looking for a solution for managing client reviews for years. We both use online reviews extensively when looks for any number of products or services, and we know our clients do as well. We tried Yelp, but for whatever reason our experience was that it attracted more trolls than real […]

CMHC Tries to Cool Hot Canadian Housing Market

CMHC made an announcement this week, restricting the amount of guarantees they will give each month. Essentially, this means the number of mortgages that will be approved with less than 20% down will be capped on a monthly basis – a move that could take some wind out of the Canadian real estate market.  At […]

Edmonton Real Estate Market Weekly Update, Mar. 1/13

Edmonton Real Estate Market Update Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s number are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 373 (394, 396, 404) # Sales: 228 (205, 204, 179) Ratio: 61% (52%, 52%, 44%) # Price Changes: 146 (137, 123, 104) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 191 […]

Show Home Host Needed

Have you ever thought about a career in real estate? We are just about to start marketing a new condo project in Sherwood Park, and need an energetic, friendly, “people-person” to work in our sales centre. No sales experience required. If you’re interested send your resume to Hourly wage +bonuses. 

Real Estate, The Great Leveler

Back when I started in real estate in 1988 my father ran an independant (non franchised) real estate company and had been successfully doing so since 1977. In fact throughout that period K.W. Johnston real estate and its gold diamond was one of the most successful and largest independant real estate companies in Edmonton. You […]

Canadian Housing Bubble Does Not Include Edmonton

As fears of a housing bubble rise again in Canada The Edmonton Journal set us straight the other day in an article commented about by "RoadRager" on this blog. The author, Gary Lampier took stats from a number of different reports and concluded that there is no bubble in Edmonton, although there very well may […]

Edmonton Career Advice Part 3 – Be Prepared

This is the third article in our series on career advice for those considering starting a career in real estate in Edmonton. We originally outlined the top 5 reasons that most new agents are out of the business within two years as: 1. Lack of planning, 2. Lack of commitment, 3. Lack of resources, 4. […]

Reminder – Online Real Estate Career Seminar Tonight

There is still space available for our online real estate career seminar tonight. Don't miss out! This online seminar is geared towards those considering a career in real estate, as well as anyone currently enrolled in the licensing course. We will discuss: Why most agents fail and how you can succeed Commissions, splits and desk […]

So You Think You Can Sell – Edmonton Real Estate Career Advice Part 2

Last week we started a series of articles about real estate careers, answering some of the most common questions people have about becoming a REALTOR®. Next week we are hosting an online career seminar where we will discuss getting started in a real estate career including topics such as: skills, training, costs, selecting a brokerage, […]

Edmonton Real Estate Career Advice – Part 1

Most of our readers are very interested in the real estate market in Edmonton, and some are so interested they even consider a career in real estate. What many people don't realize is that we are always looking for good people to work with us. A lot of people contact us about joining our little company […]