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    New Feature – Custom Neighbourhood Data Map

    We have another addition to our ever-growing library of features in our EstateVue Wordpress plugin, our Custom Neighbourhood Data Map. This map can be custom made to show neighbourhoods and their listings in any city, with real time data taken directly from the CREA DDF (Unified Data Feed), on any Wordpress website. If you’re looking to...

    Uploading Floor plans to your listing

    Many people like to see floor plans of a house when searching online, and many of our clients would like to feature them on their website with their listings, so we knew it had to be a feature we offered in our software. One of the many features we offer at EstateVue is the ability...

    Grant less secure apps access to your Gmail

    All real estate website designer Canada will tell you that these days having the best email hosting provider is essential for your business, and there is no better email host than Google and Gmail. But given that you're reading this article, you likely already know that, and have setup your Gmail hosting. Once of the many...

    How to Add/Edit/Remove an Agent Profile

    Here is a quick How-To Guide on how you can Add, Edit, and Remove an agent in your EstateVue broker instance.
    1. The first step is to login to your EstateVue Admin Panel. ev-login
    2. Then in the menu on the left hand side click on "Agents" and you will be...

    How to clear your browser cache

    We have many clients that are unsure what browser cache is and how to clear it, so to make things easier for everyone, we thought we'd put together a quick guide on how to clear your browser cache, in all browsers! But first let's do a quick run down on what caching is.

    What is Caching?

    The browser...

    A notable online presence is so important

    At EstateVue we have been working with the real estate industry and real estate web design Canada since 2001. We have worked with hundreds, if not thousands of realtors and brokerages over this 20 year period. During this time, we have created simple and complex websites, beautiful logos and full branding packages designed to last...

    New Feature – Polygon Search Tool

    We have a new feature integrated into our software that allows us to show properties in a specific area on a map. This is great for agents looking to target specific neighbourhoods, or even developments in your city. For example, if you specialize in listings for a golf course development, you can draw the polygon...

    Social Media Management for Real Estate Listings

    A real estate website platform for agents in Canada that Syndicates listings to social media platforms. Did you know that EstateVue’s real estate website solution has the ability to share listings to over a hundred different social media and sharing sites? Our website technology designed specifically for real estate and listing sharing uses the Add This...

    Tips for the best Real Estate Agent Website

    As a real estate agent website company in Canada we have to ask, are you finding that your website is not generating enough leads? Is the home page of your website too plain and bare? There are many things you can do to spruce up the look and functionality of your

    4 hot new real estate website trends

    Just like any form of art, real estate agent website designs are always changing and evolving. Some trends may have disappeared over time, but there are some designs and trends that have become staples in website design. Here is a list of some of the best real estate website trends from this year, and...

    Why your real estate agent website needs an SSL

    Are your real estate agent websites safe and secure? This is a question that not all realtors seem to ask themselves. Some people think that they don’t need an SSL on their website as they are not selling any products. That is actually further from the truth, and this article is going to tell you...

    Why all agents should be using of social media

    With the immense power of social media these days, it is a crucial for a real estate agent to take advantage of social media for realtors Canada. Social media is a great marketing tool for agents to expand their business, share their listings, and connect with potential clients and other agents. Here are a few ways...

    3 Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent Website

    3 Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent Website

    These days everyone is using the internet when looking for real estate on real estate templates. Using their laptops, tablets, or phones, virtually everyone is online looking for their next home, which is why as a real estate agent, the best form of marketing and a...

    Build a property website without lifting a finger!

    How to build a single page property website design for real estate listings, why they’re critical to your real estate marketing plan and often overlooked as a viable property lead generation technique.

    If there is one form of real estate marketing that is underestimated, it is none other than the single page property listing website. To better...

    Updating Your Broker and Agent Images

    Here is a quick How-To Guide on setting your Broker and Agent images that show up in your listings details as well as your PDF Brochure.
    1. The first step is to login to your EstateVue Admin Panel. ev-login
    2. Then in the menu on the left hand side click on...

    SYNDICATE your LISTINGS to Social Media easily!

    Have you ever struggled to get your real estate listings published on as many websites as you can at the same time; only to realize that you don’t have enough time, accounts or online know how to syndicate your real estate listing content efficiently? facebooks syndication for real estate agents

    Real Estate Marketing and Search Engine Optimization

    Have you ever wondered how or why certain websites come up higher in the search engines under SEO for real estate?   In the past SEO was something that even a lucky web designer could attain with a website build.   The fact is that the number of websites and competition for specific keywords was really quite...

    New REALTOR® needing a website

    Are you a new real estate agent looking for the best real estate platform to get you started?  EstateVue offers heavy discounts to new agents looking for a new real estate website.   In some cases we completely waive the setup fees to our real estate marketing platform.  To learn more, please contact us via...

    Social Media Management by EstateVue

    Are you spending hours upon hours updating all of your social media profiles and are searching for real estate social media management?  Maybe you want to get into social media marketing, but don’t have the time, or don’t know where to start?  EstateVue is now offering unique content generation specific to your website and goals.  ...

    Real Estate Marketing by EstateVue

    In an effort to stay ahead of the curve, EstateVue will be announcing  various new levels of real estate marketing (SEO, SEM, SMO, and reputation management services).   Search engine optimization (SEO) is getting to be a very large space, and while social media management, content management, and your overall reputation affect SEO, the landscape of this...

    Generating a PDF Brochure

    If you're looking for a real estate listing brochure generator, we have the tool for you. Here is a quick How-To Guide on setting up customized PDF Brochure's of your listing.

    Choosing a Default Brochure Theme

    The first thing you'll want to do is set a Default Theme that will be applied to all of your listings.
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    EstateVue Plugin Caching

    Have you noticed that a new listing or listing changes have not been updated on your real estate site? Here is why! In some cases when a new listing is published or changes to a listing have been made, they do not update on your website right away. This is due to caching in the EstateVue...

    EstateVue House Tracker Guide

    This article will give you all of the information you need to understand how the EstateVue House Tracker works, and how you can use this information to gain leads.

    What the Tool Does for Your Users

    1. When a user comes to your site and visits your Listing Search Tool, they have the option to click on...

    How to Add a Virtual Tour to your Listing

    Here are step by step instructions on how to add a video to your real estate listing.
    1. Login to your EstateVue Admin Panel. ev-login
    2. Then in the menu on the left hand side click on "Listings" and then "Manage Featured Listings." listings
    3. You will...

    How to Add a Video to Your Listing

    Here are step by step instructions on how to add a video to your listing.
    1. Login to your EstateVue Admin Panel. ev-login
    2. Then in the menu on the left hand side click on "Listings" and then "Manage Featured Listings." listings
    3. You will be taken...

    6 steps to add a direct listing link to your Facebook page

    Adding a link from EstateVue Real Estate Listings to your Facebook page is easily completed in a few simple steps. Step 1a: Copy the direct URL link from the website or listing you wish to share with your audience Adding a Listing in Facebook Step 1b: Paste it into your...

    New Anti-Spam Laws in Canada (CASL)

    Do you use email to contact a list of clients or sent out newsletters?  Starting July 1, 2014, Canada's new Anti-Spam legislation takes affect and could impact how you are allowed to get in touch with your contact lists via mass email and other electronic communications. According to this great post from Mailchimp.com (our preferred...

    Kelowna Office: Power Outage

    Fortis has scheduled a planned power outage that will be affecting our telephone support connectivity during the hours of 9am-2pm PST on Tuesday, June 17th. We will be doing our best to field email inquiries during this time, but we are cautioning clients that there could be delays in our response time. We do not...

    Why Is Responsive Web Design Important?

    Why Is Responsive Web Design Important For Your Website? Smartphones and tablets have changed the approach towards design and user experience. Before the coming of age with mobile devices with advanced web-browsing capability, web designers are now presented with a challenge, and that is - keeping the same look and flow of their websites on various...

    Canada’s Hot Luxury Neighbourhoods

    Are you in the market for a $13 million home? Well, probably not. But if you were, there are some neighbourhoods in Canada where you would find just that. And they're very competitive! For the wealthiest home owners, communities like Bridle Path, Toronto and Westmount, Montreal are where the most sought-after luxury properties are found. They...

    What Should I Look For In A Website?

    We just came across this great video about how to deal with expectations when looking into getting a new website. Take a look and let us know what you think! Get at us on Twitter @estatevue.
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    Renovate and Celebrate

    Why renovating could be the answer to your property's problems - increase the value of your dissipated market.Canadian real estate (duh, real estate in general) has been a rocky road for quite some time now. Sure, 2013 home sales are apparently off to a better start than last year with a possibility of 2014 being one...

    Affordability is Key

    Despite how many reports are claiming that new construction is the key to developing a healthy recovery method for the real estate market, it would appear these reports aren't looking in all directions very effectively. If they were, there would probably be a leniency towards re-visiting that mentality and developing a more comprehensive approach, rather...

    Bells and Whistles

    The airwaves of the internet have graced us with yet another inspiring concept that has compelled us to write this little piece for you.It seems as though the theme for any/every real estate-centric blog, newsfeed, twitter account, and beyond, are hell-bent on pushing apps on agents as though they're the next 'make or break' factor...

    Kelowna Luxury Market Best In Canada

    Original Article via CastanetKelowna found itself in elite company Tuesday, when in the space of one hour, top realtors from nine of the world’s most luxurious neighbourhoods gathered to share their market insights.The top-grossing realtors from Coldwell Banker offices in Paris, Miami Beach, Beverly Hills, Aspen and others connected via teleconference for...

    Personalized Professionalism

    During our recent sessions of crawling the internet, we seem to encounter more and more ‘lifechanging’ pieces of advice being thrown around to try and help agents and real estate stay on top of their game and innovate the industry…but what happened to just keeping it simple?It seems that anybody spending too much time in...

    Important Features of Commercial Real Estate Website Design

    Currently witnessing a boom, real estate business, real estate web design and the property market have stretched virtually, where thousands and millions of transactions are taking place every day. As a result, making websites for real estate companies, firms or agencies has turned out to be a factual necessity.Despite the fact that commercial real estate...

    Will Housing Become A Luxury?

    Everybody right now is complaining that there’s too many houses on the market; which is true. There is certainly a bit of a general market flood occurring in most areas of the country. However we might be too quick to complain because the future or real estate might take a different turn than expected once...

    We’re Experiencing Some Turbulence

    Though the United States are reporting their Q4 as having the strongest quarterly growth in over seven years, it seems that we aren’t so lucky.Canadian home sales are in fact taking a slight dive, as we predicted in our blog post, Here We Go Again.Despite our neighbours to the south prospering, our real estate market...

    Improved Facebook Integration

    Our WeBuild product now has improved Facebook integration!  WeBuild sites now support Facebook Page integration (so you can attach your Facebook business page without displaying your personal profile information).  Here's how:
    1. Log into your EstateVue WeBuild admin, and click "Preview Site" to get to the homepage
    2. Click the "Add a Site" button from the footer.
    3. Choose "Facebook Page"
    4. Copy...

    RE/MAX Western Canada Was A Blast!

    We'd love to extend a 'Thank you' to all those who came and paid us a visit at the RE/MAX Western Canada conference this past weekend in Calgary, Alberta. We can't wait for the next one, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Blog.Talk soon, and thanks again everybody!

    Sizzling Marketing

    An article released by the National Post is bringing a particular amount of attention to the world of real estate marketing.A Calgary, AB, based real estate agent recently released a billboard advertisement that’s been drawing a lot of attention; whether that attention’s a good or bad thing we’re still unsure. The billboard...

    Stop Forcing It!

    One of the main issues with the market right now (besides it’s obviously ‘flattened’ state) is that people can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that their property isn’t worth as much as they think it should be. Startling, but true. This mentality unfortunately appears to be budding because, for some reason or...

    Real Property Website Style and Growth Services

    Actual Property Web page Style serves you with the promotion tools you need for performing both your real estate web page content and the results of real-estate property. Every portion of websites are enhanced for Google and considered to help you in business. Web design services and solutions are the edge of technology. As there...

    Hosting Package Updates For 2013

    You may or may not have heard, but we’re making some adjustments to our hosting packages this year and wanted to let you know first-hand how this could affect you and your website.One of the main changes has to do with WordPress, which you could say is the ‘skeleton’ of your website.  WordPress is the framework...

    Agents Need To Step It Up

    Technology has revolutionized many industries throughout the course of time. It’s permitted for the development of new realms of employment and opportunity, while simultaneously doing the exact opposite. We’ve replaced bank tellers with ATM’s, cashiers with automatic registers, industrial workers with computerized assembly lines and manufacturing technologies, accountants with accounting software, and now potentially real estate agents...

    Starting 2013 The Right Way

    The end of the world never came, so here we are back to the grind at the start of what we’d like to hope will be another great year.One of the biggest issues with the new year is getting back into work mode. Everybody suffers from this (you’re lying if you deny it) including ourselves,...

    Why Do I Need Video?

    The answer is simple: people can't view your listing in any other interactive way without physically going to the property. Sure, you can print out flyers and cutesy crap like that, but nothing speaks true to a property than a visually aesthetic and fully interactive video tour. Nothing.So, what do we have to say to...

    Collaborative Recovery

    A short while ago we talked about how the real estate’s market recovery will more likely than not depend on full societal collaboration and participation within the market, in a post called ‘To Stabilize We Must Equalize’. If only those who are in good shape participate, then top-end properties circulate freely while...

    Throwback Thursday: NAR 2011

    NAR Annual is always a great time. Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it this year to see you all for a second dose of real estate extravaganza, but never fear, we haven't lost out entirely.

    (Our booth at NAR 2011)

    For those of you...

    To Stabilize We Must Equalize

    Speculations around market recovery are many. The desolate state in which the property market resides is remaining stagnant, with fragments of measurable recovery being made. Therein lies the question of how to inject some life into the current market; enough to drive a full recovery.A recent Vancouver Sun article highlighted a very...

    Social Marketing by EstateVue

       We have a new product that we have developed that organizes and streamlines many different social marketing methods into one powerful managed solution (meaning you don’t have to lift a finger).  The package costs $500/mo. and the deliverables are outlined as follows. Social Butterfly Package:Get out and get more social without the feeling that you’re always...

    Adaptive and Responsive Web Design

    Original article @ DigitalFamily.comResponsive Design ExampleResponsive web designs, respond to the change in a screen size by adjusting the layout of the page.In the world of web design, the only thing harder than keeping up with the ever-evolving standards in HTML, CSS, and...

    The Power of Customer Service

    Lately I've had a bout of bad experiences with horrible customer service, so here I am addressing the issue. When it comes to people doing the absolute bare bones minimum required of their job description as opposed to taking an extra 30 seconds to go the extra mile - hell, not even the extra mile, we're...

    Social Share Tool

    Social media is the primal force behind modern marketing strategies, and now with EstateVue’s new Social Share Tool, using it to promote your listings has never been easier. The Social Share Tool is a fully integrated component added to your listings allowing the freedom to instantly connect and share your listing(s) through the most popular...

    EstateVue Presents: The Dashboard

    In any business communication is key. Balls getting dropped and memo’s getting missed just won’t cut it when you’re running a well-oiled machine, but never fear – we have the perfect solution. The Dashboard by EstateVue is the ultimate engine to run your business and to keep everyone on point. The Dashboard is an internal...

    Agent Tips: Where Are Your Social Icons?

    One of the primary difficulties to creating website difficulties are the lack of content distribution involved. The best proven method to achieve optimum web traffic is to have regularly created content and, most importantly, to distribute this content by various means. For instance, sharing an article on your website, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn provides four...

    Are We There Yet? The Long Road To Recovery

    Unfortunately, no, we aren’t even close.BC, and quite possibly the rest of Canada, are presumably about to experience what economists are calling a double-dip recession, meaning that housing prices are going to drop once again, and this time in a very aggressive way. Despite being thought to have stabilized, the Canadian housing market is in...

    Single Page Property Website

    This exciting new listing tool allows us to develop a customized website specific to the house that is being sold.  To learn more about this exciting marketing tool please click here....

    Calgary Regional Search Tool

    This exclusive EstateVue search tool allows clients searching for property in Calgary to break down the city into its respective quadrants and neighbourhoods.   By leveraging this exclusive tool, people will flock back to your website to search for properties.  Increase your leads and your exposure by using the exclusive Calgary Regional Search Tool.Search by QuadrantPick...

    Social Media with True Site Integration

    When people are visiting your site, how would you like to keep them there rather than having them re-direct off to Facebook or Twitter?  Now you have full control through our innovative Social Media Portal.  With our Social Media Portal we keep every visitor right where you want them – in your site!Social Media Portal

    Real Estate House Tracker

    EstateVue House TrackerBeing able to track new real estate listings and price changes to properties that come on the market has never been easier.  Simply sign up and you will be able to manage your profile to ensure you receive the latest updates.  The EstateVue House Tracker has shown to improve reach by up to...

    Instant Chat Tool For Your Website

    The coming of the digital age has given us the power to instantly connect with those important to us, and now we’re taking that one step further with the new Instant Chat Tool. This interactive real estate messenger feature is designed to keep you in touch with your clients and for them to keep in...

    We’re Going To RLPNSC!

    And what a mouthful of an acronym that is. The Royal LePage National Sales Conference (RLPNSC) is taking place in Vancouver, BC in just under a month and we can't wait to see you there. We'll be accompanied by our associates Enviromint to bring you a fully-rounded and detailed real estate...

    Boomerang Benefits

    The boomerang generation – a title freely used to describe most people who were born in the late 80′s and early 90′s, who are now in their 20′s, have gone to college or university, then moved straight back home. One of the main causes of this ‘boomerang generation’ phenomenon are the lack of available jobs...

    SEO Listing Tools For websites

    Our search engine optimized listing tools are designed with Google and the other major search engines in mind.    We have carefully programmed our toolset to work in conjunction with Google’s white papers and SEO strategies.  For example, every listing that you see in our tool is completely “indexible” and can be viewed as a standalone...

    Home Improvement Breakdown

    Every once in a while we run into some houses that have been personalized, adjusted, tailored, or whatever else you'd like to call it, just a little bit too much to the owner's liking. In fact, most of these "little changes" become a pretty "big deal" when you're trying to sell your property. This is...

    Here We Go Again

    As it turns out, the housing market is reportedly stabilizing as we, among many others, have been talking about for the past couple months. The interesting portion about this is where the stability is being derived from. From what we can see, there's a large number of investors putting their money into luxury real estate...but...

    Infinite Widget Styling on Search and custom websites

    EstateVue’s commitment to versatile technology is unparalleled, which is why we’ve taken our listing widgets to the next level. No matter what branding scheme you or your brokerage may have, our fully custom listings widget allows for specific colour schemes and sizes to be applied in an unlimited number of combinations. This infinite styling ability...

    Mobile Friendly Real Estate Websites

    Mobile friendly browsing is one of the most important features required of a modern website. Not only are EstateVue sites mobile friendly, they’re seamlessly tailored to provide the same unique desktop viewing experience and features to your clients with the convenience of viewing on their mobile devices. Our mobile friendly EstateVue sites are also designed...

    Agent Tips: Web Traffic Vs. Cold Hard Leads

    We've got to clear the air about something that's been frustrating us for quite some time now. As of late, it's come to our attention that some agent website and marketing providers have been passing along pretty hokey information to their clients, which we think is pretty un-fair.What we're referring to is the passing-along of website traffic...

    EnviroMint Partnership Announcement

    The Ultimate Real Estate Marketing and Back Office Solution

    EstateVue is pleased to announce our new partnership with EnviroMint, a paperless office solution for real estate document, transaction, and account management services. They offer a reliable back-end system that centralizes each brokerage’s information, thus improving efficiency and drastically cutting down on paper waste....

    New Design Commitment (0 Day Shelfware)

    EstateVue is all about providing the best we’ve got the second we get it, and that’s exactly what we do with our new site designs. We provide our clients with beautiful real estate websites and are never short on regularly updated designs. We release new and dynamic templates every chance we get, so checking our...

    Agent Tips: Footers. Yes, You Need Them!

    The world of real estate is riddled with interesting websites, to say the least. We're not going to dive into everything that an agent website needs to have, because we'd be here forever, but we will however point out an obvious part that we find missing A LOT: footers! As an agent or broker, your...

    Real Estate Agents Bails on the Market

    Just when you’ve seen everything in real estate, an agent steps in and gives you something to think about. Ken Roy, a Vancouver real estate agent is encouraging others to get out of the Vancouver market before the slow sales period starts to snowball. Not only is that unusual for someone in his position who...

    Vacation Homes: The Resurgence

    It's no mystery by now that the property market has been...questionable...since the middle of the past decade, and is only just starting to finally sort itself out. By no means has the market recovered, however it seems apparently stable, and is starting to show slight improvements over the past few months. We may not be...

    Celebrity house flipper settles down

    Diane Keaton, actress and house flipper extraordinaire, has finally chosen a home to settle down in. Breaking her normal habit of buying homes that need major rejuvenation and adding her own flavour of decor and and renovation, she has bought a home that’s all ready to move into. Although this...

    EstateVue Mobile Version

    Your EstateVue website already loads fine on Mobile browsers, but sometimes it can be a lot of information on such a small screen.  That's why we've created EstateVue Mobile Version and made it available to you at no cost.If you have a WeBuild or YouBuild website, you can enable EstateVue Mobile Version for free.  When...

    All the Single Ladies

    Some strong numbers are showing for unwed females in the North American real estate market. In fact, the stats say about 20 percent of homebuyers are single women, breaking down the old-fashioned way of committing to a husband before committing to a home (as reported by the National Association of...

    NAR Owns the Block

    NAR now officially owns every building on the block on which they operate off Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, after purchasing the last remaining non-NAR building - a two-story building previously occupied by the Wrigley Company. Though, we're not sure which is more surprising: their ownership of an entire commercial block,...

    QR Codes

    You may want to use a QR code in your promotional materials to direct people to your website, or to a particular listing.  Here's how: (more…)...

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      Wages Are Up, Prices Are Down

      The National Association of Realtors have released results of a survey revealing interesting details. The survey’s results concluded that in 2011 there was a 2.3% increase in average salary amongst Realtors; the first increase seen in nine years. Yes, that’s right. 9 years. Now, this seems rather strange since real estate...

      Protect Your Listing… Against Squatters

      Real estate agents have a list of things to worry about: legal issues, neighbours, indecisive buyers, overzealous sellers... squatters? Stories have come up more than once where unauthorized individuals have taken up residence in homes on the market. Cases like these have popped up in Texas where a Manitoban couple’s...

      Rough Seas Ahead?

      There has been speculation, talks, meetings, discussions (whatever they may call them) about changes occurring in Canadian real estate as of late. Notably, two major blips on the radar have revealed themselves as being potently newsworthy; the first being numerous changes that the CREA have given a "thumbs up" to, and the second, a the...

      Cut Down on Paper

      Many wonder how we can start to cut down on paper with all the faxes, manuals, receipts, invoices, memos, and post-its floating around our offices and homes. Granted, it’s incredibly difficult to remove every speck of paper, but there is a way to reduce your usage enough that the...

      Live in a Shipping Container

      A new type of home is making its way into society’s awareness which, although a regular polygon, is quite irregular. Shipping containers, once only used for transporting goods overseas, are now being repurposed for living. Many of these containers measure between 20 and 40 feet in length, the latter offering inhabitants...

      Vancouver’s New Direction

      Earlier this year, the coastal city of Vancouver, BC, was donned the title of the 2nd most expensive city in the world, just under Hong Kong. Presumably, in light of this event, Vancouver has taken measures to address the population of their city classified within the low to medium income range...

      Can You Identify These Men?

      This picture was taken at the RE/MAX No Limits Convention in Victoria in February. Pretty awesome, right? We’re launching a nationwide search for the names of these gentlemen (we assure you, they will not be harmed). We are offering a FREE You-Build website for anyone who can correctly identify their names....

      Facebook Timelines: A Real Estate Blessing

      Alright Agents, listen up! Facebook will be updating their "Pages' soon, to the new Timeline that has been in a testing mode for approximately a month now. Changes to the "Pages" layouts will be permanently changed within the next month, and here's why you shouldn't waste any time jumping on board with this great new...

      Vancouver Hotels Get a Social Reno

      Thirteen hotels in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are getting renovated to transform the buildings into social housing, costing the federal and provincial governments a total of $116 million. The new single-room units will provide housing for 900 of Vancouver’s homeless or soon-to-be homeless.This project also offers an added benefit of...

      Housing Tax Breaks in B.C.

      In British Columbia, we have a harmonized provincial and federal taxation system also known as the HST. However, this taxation system, after being implemented without public consultation or vote, was put to a vote last year, which has overruled the current system, forcing the government to return to a taxation system of separate GST and...

      Winner Winner, Chicken ______

      EstateVue is all about connecting with people (or pretending to like the for PR’s sake). So when connecting with our clients (and potential clients) we really prefer the face-to-face interaction. We of course have mastered the art of anonymous digital communication, free of awkward pauses and ...

      You Are Now a Master of Real Estate!

      Calling all aspiring/current real estate professionals! As of today, there is officially an education center offering a Master of Real Estate Degree Program!Yes, you heard that right. This morning the National Association of Realtors announced that they were granted approval to offer a Master of Real Estate Degree program at the REALTOR® University in Illinois....

      Real Estate at the Superbowl

      After 21 years of waiting for this industry to make its splash on the coveted Super Bowl adspace, our prayers have been answered (okay, might be a slight exaggeration). Celebrating its 40 year anniversary, Century 21 Real Estate will be running a spot during the much anticipated...

      Blog Series, Part 7: Wanna Give It All You’ve Got?

      If you’ve gone through the list up until now and established that you’ve mastered every tip and trick… first of all, congratulations. Secondly, if you’re interested in ramping it up to ‘real estate agent of the future,’ think about some of these options which are far from essential, but pretty darn cool:Video blogs: If you...

      2011 Brought Some BIG Change

      Yesterday the Council on Tall Buildings and urban Habitat released A Year in Review: Trends of 2011, a report that shows skyscraper completion has increased for the fifth year in a row. What does this mean? 2011 is the year of tall buildings it looks like, with the most skyscrapers reaching completion last...

      Blog Series, Part 6: So What About Social Media?

      So by now you’ve hopefully ticked off some essentials and added extras: great website, fabulous pictures, maybe even a blog. If you’re interested in going that extra mile, make sure you’re securely fastened on the social media train. Now we say ‘ extra mile’ a little tentatively because we are deeply rooted in a society...

      Agent Tips

      Over the past little while it seems as though we keep throwing pieces of advice or insight into posts without really allowing these posts to be themed. So, now that we're into a new year, let's make that change happen. We now present you with our first official edition of Agent Tips; a segment focused...

      Blog Series, Part 5: Get Blogging!

      What will make you stand out and distinguish yourself as an active player in the online world of real estate? The website is nice yes, but enriching it with more content that is interesting and relevant to your clients will set yourself apart. Consider starting a blog on your website which...

      Happy New Year!

      We hope that everyone's holiday vacations (or not) were enjoyable and that you are attacking 2012 with some rested spirits and fresh ideas! It's amazing how this time of year works, because it is a time of reflection while also being a time of refreshment. We are all focusing on the best part or highlights...

      Blog Series, Part 4: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

      It doesn’t take an expert to distinguish a good website from a bad one. In fact, those who are the least technology-capable will be the best indicators of that. If your website is not easy to navigate and find essential information, it isn’t a good website. Conversely, if all of your information is crowded on...

      Hot and Cold

      In Canada and the United States, we are seeing a very negative trend in the market, and this is not set to improve until well into 2012. The reason these two countries must separately be addressed is due to a difference in declination rate. In fact, most people have been under the assumption as of...

      Blog Series, Part 3: Streamline Your Website

      Assuming you have a website, and you get a top-quality firm to host it, your only job is maintaining it and making sure the content is bang-on. Your marketing firm can only hold your hand so much, and the more hand-holding you get the more it will cost you. So firstly, you have to lay...

      A”Homey”Present

      Christmas is only 10 days away, which means that it's about due for a post related to everyone's (well, almost everyone) favourite holiday. Have you been having a hard time to think of a gift for your loved one? Possibly one of your kids/young adults? We have a couple of ideas for you, that may...

      Blog Series, Part 2: Those Precious Photos

      Think of it as the gateway to your listing. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good photograph. If a homebuyer is entrusting you with the proper marketing of their home, it deserves to be displayed with maximum quality and clarity. They didn’t hire a professional to have snapshots taken with a camera phone...

      Blog Series, Part 1: Got A Niche?

      Real estate is your business, so let’s not detract from your ability to buy and sell any kind of home. However, if you have found a certain specialty, use it to your advantage in your marketing. Finding a focus will help prospective clients find more confidence in your ability. The obvious choice would be to...

      New Blog Series Coming Up

      For the following weeks we will be (on top of our other postings) releasing a series of blog posts on how to create an effective realtor image with proper marketing. Why are we doing this?! Because there are people out there who need this information to help drive their business, therefore it may seem that...

      #Winning @NARAnnual

      What a Blast! We would like to start off thanking all of you for your support and participation up to and including the great weekend we had at NAR this year. We had high expectations, but we definitely exceeded these and can't wait to come back for seconds next year. We met...

      Home Wrecker

      In the realm of real-estate, there are always going to be properties that will be difficult to sell. This being said, amazing homes are also at potential risk to be a failed sale depending on various elements. Obviously the one of the most important details is to have a real-estate agent who can draw clientele,...

      Getting Digital

      Yesterday we did a posting about the importance of being savvy in the way of social media, digital marketing, and all around being "with it". Today, we're going to follow that up with some more information to get you on the digital freeway to excellence. What do we mean by this? Well, let's delve right...

      A Piece of Advice

      Some days we come at you with news, others we have some gossip, maybe some cool architecture, but today we have some advice for you cyberspace roamers. Ironically enough, this advice is about cyberspace, the internet, mobile apps, social media, the whole 9 yards.In our searches, there seems to be more and more information in...

      Everything But The Kitchen Sink

      This post honestly is a big jumble of everything we found interesting going on in the real-estate world as of late. A theme or general premise just seemed to hard to stamp on all these great findings, so why not just get them all in one spot: right here!Technology is a continuous advancement which expands...

      Bargain Shopping

      Over time, people run into great deals in every industry. For those of you who specialize in real-estate, there are a few pretty crazy deals out there right now, waiting for you to sink your teeth into them. The state of the US real-estate market is not improving, and is not showing any signs that...

      Optimization

      The question people ask themselves time and time again is how they can gain more distance with their website or other digital marketing. Take it from us, it isn't something that everybody is good at, which is why we've decided to share some words of wisdom with you on how to effectively use social media...

      Tasting Success

      Our searches came back with a relatively unexpected theme this week. Whether they were stories of personal achievements or ways to develop your own means, success would appear to be the underlying theme of this week's post.We all know that the fall is a slow-period in the market. That's why we're excited to share this...

      Making The Best Of It

      We realize that the fall can be a slow time as a realtor. The weather turns colder, people aren't as open to cruising around looking at or attending open houses all day, and with Thanksgiving and Halloween thrown into the mix, people are just straight up busy. How can you capitalize on this slower time...

      The Ten Most Empty Cities in America

      It's Friday, so what a better way to end the week than another Top 3 post right?! Here are the top three stories we found to share with you. We can't really ask you whether you'd prefer good or bad news first...so let's start with the bad and work into the good!The Bad...

      Spooky Houses

      Halloween, probably the strangest celebrated day of the year, is just around the corner. To get everyone into a spooky mood, we've decided to go along with a post based pretty much strictly around the  Halloween theme.This house was unveiled a few months ago, but considering the occasion, we think that it's definitely still worth...

      The Top 3 with a Halloween Flare

      Today we're trying to pick up the slack on an attempt at a Friday blog tradition: Top 3's. Being relatively self explanatory, let's get right into it. Here are the the top three stories we found in our searches today.

      With Halloween just around the corner, everybody's getting into pumpkin carving/costume making/candy buying mode....

      We’re Back!

      Apologies for having not been posting for the past little while, but we are back and ready to roll! We'll try and stack this post a little bit to make up for the previous lack of material.This recent article has been released by the Orlando Sentinel about the foreclosure on Chris Tucker's (Rush Hour, Rush...

      For Your Reading Pleasure

      Today we collected some articles that have weird concepts, but actually dole out some useful or interesting advice:Are you living in a grow op? Sound like the rare person might find this useful, but it goes over in detail the essential procedures from removing mould to house inspection. And if you’re looking at an older...

      Housing Price Breakdown by City

      With CREA’s revised prediction that home prices will be in for an upturn in Canada (read up on it) we found the average home price in each major city as of July 2011:Vancouver, BC                 $761,673Toronto, Ont                      $459,122Calgary, Alb                        $397,613Ottawa, Ont                       $342,925Montreal, Que                 $317,519Regina, Sask                       $272,548Halifax,...

      The Next World’s Tallest Building

       The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, will be getting a new big brother in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 568 feet bigger in fact. The future skyscraper will reach 3,280 feet and take over the status as the world’s tallest building. Until then, here's a top 5 list of the current tallest buildings in...

      Save Money This Summer, Part III: Do it for Free

      We scoured the internet for some more money and energy savers. This time, we kept to very small changes that are easily doable and cost you nothing to do.
      1. Tweak your water heater: TheDailyGreen advises adjusting your water heater to a lower temperature (140° to 120°), which can yield a cost savings of about 6...

      Vintage Article: Mortgage Relief

      Below is an article from The Pittsburgh Press, printed on April 5th, 1933.
      The Roosevelt administration has gone to the root of the problem in recommending debt relief for distressed farmers overburdened with high-interest mortgages on land bearing inflated values.The new bill might well be added as an amendment to the farm price relief measure and...

      Is Real Estate Changing?

      In the daily browse for updates in the real estate biz, we came upon an article in the Toronto Star about new real estate companies. These start-ups are not just new brokerages, but they introduce a new type of real estate option to the public that may change the face of the industry. We...

      An Upside Down Skyscraper?

      We came across this post about an architecture graduate Stephen Sobl who designed a skyscraper to hang upside down from a concrete cantilever over the Colorado river. With a space-age Jetsons feel, this building  would change the meaning of the word skyscraper since it really goes in the opposite direction... groundscraper? (We'll work on...

      Save Money This Summer, Part II: Eco-Renovate Your Home

      Eco renovations are a useful consideration for realtors and could be a good selling point for a home that may have these extra features. The savings in utilities will appeal to potential owners and make it that much more sellable. The main objective is to save money, so maybe invest a little bit into the...

      We Moved!

      Just letting all our EstateVue clients know that we have officially moved our office to a new location. Because of the move, it may be difficult to reach us by phone but if you email us at support@estatevue.com we will quickly follow up with a phone call. This is only temporary and we...

      Vintage Article: Convention Time Near for the NAREB

      With the NAR Convention coming up in a few short months, we thought this publication from 1955 would be of interest to all the realtors who are eagerly making preparations for their trip to Anaheim this November.
      Convention Time Near for the NAREB. The Milwaukee Sentinel. November 5, 1955By Art Goeldner, Real Estate...

      Calling All Clients! Update Your Website

      EstateVue has received some questions regarding the new mortgage rule changes that have occurred in the past few months. This is a reminder and tutorial on how to make these changes in your EV website.In case you require a refresher, we have listed the recent changes to mortgage rules below:
      1. The maximum amortization period for insured...

      Save Money this Summer, Part I: Give Your Home Some Life

      Now that the summer months are hitting us full force, it’s important to consider this season’s effect on your utility costs. With the air con cranked to full blast and the fans buffeting a fierce windstorm in your office, the effect is usually quite noticeable on your summer energy bill.  Luckily, there are easy ways...

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