RE/MAX the Legendary Brand

Dave Liniger's, the found of the RE/MAX brand had a bold vision for the real estate industry and it was nothing short of groundbreaking. He aimed to provide experienced agents with more control over their businesses, along with increased commission rates. And what started as an idea on paper quickly revolutionized the industry through maximum-commission models and powerful marketing tools. With this new approach, agents no longer had to settle for traditional commission splits and instead could pool resources to cover office expenses. Liniger's innovative plan ultimately changed the course of history, forever altering the landscape of the real estate world.

From its humble beginnings in 1973, the RE/MAX real estate network has seen consistently rising success. With each decade came new milestones: globalization with expansions into Canada and other markets; agent count growth that pushed it past 5,000 agents in 1984 and beyond 25,000 before 1990 was out; then finally to over 50k by 1998! This allowed them to reach their market peak of 1 million transaction sides sold annually- a first for any brand involved in global real estate - earning the mantra "Nobody can sell more!"

In the 1990s, RE/MAX experienced international expansion on a massive scale with franchises launching across Europe and South Africa. Additionally, they introduced groundbreaking initiatives such as their Satellite Network - enabling agents to access unparalleled industry training - and made charitable commitments through support of Children's Miracle Network charities. These milestones have since evolved into quintessential cornerstones that account for much of the brand's ongoing success today.

While RE/MAX experienced rapid international growth in the early 2000s, they were forced to respond quickly when a global financial meltdown struck years later. Dave Liniger and his team worked hard to address housing challenges by advocating for easier short-selling processes and providing education opportunities so agents could help families facing foreclosure. Thanks to these efforts, RE/MAX now boasts an extensive network of knowledgeable real estate professionals around the world prepared with the skills needed during difficult times.

RE/MAX is a trailblazing name in the global real estate landscape, boasting over 140,000 agents across 110 countries and territories. As part of its mission to lead cutting-edge innovation and technology solutions for buyers around the world, it launched allowing users to search listings through their own language or currency as well as introduce other platforms like MyRU eLearning and RE/MAX Commercial websites that are always ahead of industry trends. Having celebrated 40 years since inception back in 2013 - when REMAX Holdings Inc also became publicly traded on NYSE's RMAX stock exchange - this powerhouse network shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon!

It's no wonder RE/MAX is one of the most powerful brands in the real-estate market. Their commitment to customer satisfaction and their ever-growing global presence makes it a great choice for those looking to buy or sell their next Edmonton home. With valuable resources designed to provide both agents and sellers with knowledge on finding the right selection or listing process, RE/MAX is the trusted partner when it comes to house hunting. It gives agents access to powerful tools that will help them track a property’s progress and buyers easy access to detailed data about each property they’re interested in.

Whether you're thinking of buying or selling, Iconic YEG, powered by RE/MAX is your best option for an Edmonton Real Estate Partner. Due to their expertise and unsurpassed commitment, you can count on them to deliver great results for your home buying or selling journey.

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Canadian Real Estate Landscape in the Modern Day

In recent years, Canada's cities have undergone dramatic changes which are both visible and invisible. From sky-high condominiums to expansive apartments, modern housing trends demonstrate a stark departure from the single family dwellings of yesteryear. Behind this shift lies an intricate network of influences – affordability issues arising due to rising prices for homes and land shortages combined with demographic transformations reflecting increasing immigration rates, shifting household sizes, aging populations – all coming together in the form of multi-family living solutions so popular today.

The Canadian real estate market has been drastically altered by several factors, particularly the pandemic. Before COVID-19 impacted lives around the globe, major urban centers were seeing an increased demand for multi-unit family homes - a trend expected to continue in coming years. But as lockdowns became more severe and remote work took root, many started leaving cities to seek refuge elsewhere. Alongside this shift is technology’s evolving role in transactions that are becoming increasingly reliant on housing investment; all of which have greatly shaped Canada’s present real estate landscape with surprising impact from its past experiences still influencing it today.

From humble beginnings well over a century ago, the real estate market in Canada has undergone remarkable transformations--from single-family suburban homes dominating new construction during the 1950s to apartments and multi-families dwellings becoming popular with immigrants jumping on board in the 1960s. In subsequent decades changes kept coming - from shifting back towards singles by 70’s/80's when consumer affluence rose, right up until today where we see everything that comes with 21st Century technology revolutionizing how Canadians buy or sell their home. The ever changing tides of history truly have shaped what is now one of this country’s most important industries for its citizens' wellbeing!

Over the last decade, Canadian residential real estate has seen a remarkable surge in both value and investment since its market boom. In Q4 of 2020 alone, residential investments reached an unprecedented 9.27%, up from just 9.02% during the previous quarter - totalling to over $200 billion! The impact technology is having on this industry cannot be understated either; with more data now available than ever before at one's fingertips, buyers are able to make smarter decisions when putting in offers for properties due enhanced transparency into what constitutes as fair pricing and details about listings across Canada-wide markets that were previously unavailable or unknown aspects regarding buying/selling property altogether! As we look further ahead towards continued developments such as cloud infrastructure offering smart technologies via advanced property intelligence solutions centered around maximum security protocols become increasingly embedded within our real estate experiences nationwide too – no doubt pushing us forward into exciting new heights of opportunities heretofore unseen until now.

Where do you think we are headed as a country?


The Evolution of Real Estate

For millennia, humans lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers before gradually transitioning to an agrarian lifestyle. This shift occurred between 30,000 BC and 15,000 BC with some regions still retaining a hunter-gatherer society even today. With the new way of life came the concept of owning property.

As civilizations progressed, those who were able to defend the land claimed it and eventually a tribal system emerged. Great leaders rose up among their tribes - settling disputes, distributing lands and collecting taxes from all of its subjects. There was an increase in productivity with advancements like irrigation channels dug for crops, strongholds built for protection and temples erected as places of worship. In turn this caused fertility rates to skyrocket! Suddenly families that could only support one or two children now had enough food produced via farming practices to raise several kids - providing not just greater numbers but valuable labor power too.

With the advent of farming, humans moved away from a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Imbued with newfound abundance, these settlements could sustain more inhabitants than before and soon evolved into cities. To ensure their safety in growing numbers they paid homage to a sovereign lord or king—the first system of rent was born! But it didn't stop there; over time dynasties were established via lineage rights by those who had once claimed ownership through brute strength alone.

For centuries, the harsh system of labor-for-protection dominated many countries. Royal families held their power by demanding rent from peasants living upon lands that they had signed away to friends and allies. They also collected taxes in order for citizens to meet other demands such as military service or risk being overthrown with force. While this brought hardship on those lower down the social ladder, a newfound sense of wealth began circulating among kingdoms which allowed merchants and tradesmen skilled outside farming to become wealthier than ever before – leading them even further up society's ranks all while paying back landlords through rents just like everyone else would have been required too.

Over time, the privileged aristocracy was overthrown by systems that favored those with skill and talent. The result? Land which once belonged to aristocrats was divided up and sold on a free market— largely controlled by former nobles or wealthy merchants. Meanwhile, peasants were left behind in their state of poverty; it seemed little had changed for them since the days of primitive farming tribes thousands of years earlier.

The Industrial Revolution was a major turning point in history, liberating many people from the bonds of manual labor and allowing them to branch out into new professional opportunities. For some this opened up economic paths previously inaccessible, while for others skills which had kept their families afloat for generations now meant nothing more than poverty and dependence on hazardous jobs like coal mining. Nevertheless society advanced further as even those born at its bottom had access to goods they never imagined before - homes included! Through mortgage loans suddenly it became possible (though risky) to turn these dreams of tangible wealth into reality, offering hope that one's children would not need to suffer worse conditions than themselves; 30 millennia after the concept first arose we all reap the benefits today – though too much debt can still be our downfall.

Owning a house has been an integral part of the North American Dream since settlers first came to this land in search of opportunity. Agrarian societies viewed home ownership as advantageous, and policies enacted after times of conflict made it possible for people like veterans returning from war to settle into society with their own property. The real estate industry began taking shape at the start of the 20th century when organizations dedicated solely to matters regarding buying and selling homes were established; its evolution led investors towards increasingly profitable opportunities such as investment properties, flipping houses, and online sales. Land rights have always been held sacred by human civilizations across history - but once agrarianism became popular many ruling classes saw housing investments grow astronomically due not only economic benefits but also political power that could be gained through owning land or other forms thereof (e.g.: farms). By 1960 regulations had already begun developing around rental profits generated via real-estate trusts which spurred on more ambitious ventures over ensuing decades culminating in private citizens investing heavily into these types of financial products during one of America's most infamous recessions: namely the 1980s.

Property ownership has been fundamental to the progress of human civilization. Once only available through strength or royalty, it is now something that can be bought, sold and rented. As humans have gained more control over their homes and land they occupy, this has revolutionized our lives in unimaginable ways - from tribal chieftains demanding tributes for protection to landlords collecting rent payments for ongoing tenancy rights. Truly a monumental shift!


Preparation: The Art of Selling you Home

Selling your home can be both exciting and stressful. It is important to make sure that your home is in prime condition before you put it on the market. To make your home attractive to potential buyers, take some time to prepare it properly so that its value is maximized. Here are a few tips on how to get your house ready for sale:

  1. Make Necessary Repairs: Take care of any repairs or maintenance tasks that need to be done, such as fixing a broken window or patching up holes in the wall. This will help show buyers that they won’t have to do any major work when they move into the house.
  2. Clean and Declutter: A clean and clutter-free house will appear more inviting and spacious to potential buyers. Vacuum, mop floors, scrub bathrooms, dust surfaces, and organize closets so each room looks its best. Get rid of furniture and items you don't need anymore or consider renting a storage unit for those items until after your home is sold.
  3. Freshen Up Interiors: Give the walls a fresh coat of paint, replacing worn carpets with new ones if necessary and replacing outdated fixtures with modern ones--all of which can give the impression that everything in the home is still new and updated. When selecting colors for painting walls, choose neutral shades such as white or light gray so that buyers can better visualize themselves living in the space.
  4. Enhance Curb Appeal: The exterior of your home should look just as appealing as the inside if you want it to sell quickly! Paint railings and door frames if necessary; power wash siding; trim trees; edge lawns; and add colorful plants or flowers near entryways. Don’t forget about lighting either–make sure there are adequate lights around walkways, porches, garages, etc., so people feel safe coming at night to view your property.
  5. Consider Hiring a Professional Home Inspector: Before potential buyers come over, hire an experienced local inspector who can examine all aspects of the house from plumbing issues to heating systems ensuring there are no underlying issues with the property that could affect its value during negotiations later on down the line.

Last but not least, contact us at Iconic YEG - we can guide you through each step and what to do to prepare your home for sale and get the best returns. By taking these steps to prepare your home for sale ahead of time will save you time (and money!) throughout the process by maximizing how much interest buyers have in your property from start through close - resulting in potentially higher offers from more qualified buyers who are actually interested in moving forward with buying it!

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