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Booming Airdrie sets resale housing record

October 06, 2014

CALGARY - Calgary’s residential real estate market has been described as hot this year. Don Campbell, senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network, said four years ago research by the organization discovered that the economic fundamentals were shifting to green-light positives for Airdrie.

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Calgary resale housing market poised for record September

October 01, 2014

CALGARY - Calgary’s resale housing market is on pace to break the record for MLS sales during the month of September - a peak that has been in place since 2005. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, month-to-date from September 1-21, there have been 1,500 sales in the city, which is up 11.61 per cent from the same period a year ago.

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Luxury residential development launches more sales phases

September 17, 2014

CALGARY - A luxury residential development just outside Calgary’s city limits has launched new sales phases for the project to take advantage of the growing appetite by homebuyers for high-end property. Don Campbell, senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network, said that with average prices growing a rapid pace across the board, the number of houses being sold in the luxury price range is increasing as the benchmark number where luxury has been defined has not moved to keep up with the pace.

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The top 4 things people pay more to live near

September 16, 2014

Every homebuyer knows the mantra “location, location, location”. But location, of course, is a relative word. Being located next to a prison or a land fill won’t do much for your home’s resale value. But there are a select few things that people will always pay more to live by. Mountains and oceans are two of them, but since those aren’t exactly nearby for most in the country, here are four things that everyone should look out for...

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Buying a house? Take these fall home buying tips

September 11, 2014

Make sure you can complete a full and detailed inspection of the property and its surroundings, stresses Campbell, a real estate educator, investor and researcher at donrcampbell.com.Check drainage, roof condition, exterior condition as well as potential for leaky basements. In cold weather, many of these issues are hidden from view. "Water is your enemy when it comes to buying homes. Every house you buy, you must have a professional inspection completed -don't skip this step especially in the fall and winter."

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You need time, money or expertise to own rental property

September 09, 2014

For those who are considering investing in a rental property, there are a few basic rules to keep in mind in order to mitigate the risk of the deal turning sour, says Melanie Reuter, director of research for the Canadian branch of the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), an investor advisory organization based in British Columbia.

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Real-estate analyst says Lower Mainland elections could influence housing prices

August 20, 2014

DON CAMPBELL LIKES to say that he doesn’t sell real estate. “I’m just a researcher,” insists the author of several books on property investing. Campbell also likes to say that because he’s not selling property, he can be counted on to offer an unbiased perspective. He’s the founding partner of the Real Estate Investment Network, a Langley-based company that provides market analysis to clients.

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Calgary resale housing market experiences highest annual price growth

August 19, 2014

The MLS Home Price Index, released Friday by the Canadian Real Estate Association, said prices in the Calgary area in July were up by a whopping 10.48 per cent compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, the national aggregate, comprising 11 centres, saw a year-over-year hike of 5.33 per cent as sales rose to their highest level since March 2010. The closest centre to Calgary’s annual spike was Toronto which recorded a jump of 7.88 per cent.

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Calgary resale home prices up twice national rate

August 16, 2014

Annual resale home prices in Calgary continued to soar in July, growing at twice the national rate, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. Its MLS Home Price index, which measures benchmark or typical home sales, said July prices were 10.5 per cent higher than a year earlier. The national aggregate of 11 major centres produced a 5.3 per cent yearover-year gain as overall sales rose to their highest level since March 2010. The closest city to Calgary's annual increase was Toronto, where prices rose 7.9 per cent.

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Five signs you are ready to take the home-buying plunge

August 12, 2014

It may seem obvious, with today’s low interest rates, high rents and a strong housing market: If you’ve got the money, buy now. But how to know when you are truly ready to make the leap?

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Calgary resale housing market shows no signs of slowing down

June 27, 2014

CALGARY - As Calgary’s resale housing market nears the mid-point of the year, it is showing no signs of slowing down with June sales up more than 15 per cent from a year ago. Don Campbell, senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network, said that in 2011 the housing bears were aggressively attacking anyone who believed the Calgary market was poised for a long run-up.

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Development plans for Calgary North Hill Sears location

June 16, 2014

CALGARY - Sears Canada Inc. announced Monday it has entered into a binding agreement with Concord Pacific Group of Companies to pursue the development of the 12-acre Sears site at the North Hill Shopping Centre in Calgary. Closing under the agreement is conditional upon satisfaction of conditions such as site investigations and obtaining the approval from the City of Calgary for the project, which are expected to take some time, said Sears in a news release.

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Toronto's building on up

June 15, 2014

TORONTO - Toronto looks like a city of cranes from 42 storeys above on University Ave. The south-facing view from the penthouse condo at University and Dundas St. W. shows panoramic vistas of the skyline stretching to the lake.

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Area real estate sales broke records in May

June 06, 2014

A real estate think-tank says Hamilton is the second-best place to invest in the province. Real estate sales in of Hamilton and Burlington broke records in May, the local realtors association announced Thursday.

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Orillia is ‘the next wave’

June 06, 2014

rillia has slipped from first to 11th place in the province for development interest, but will rebound in the coming years, said the author of the Top Ontario Investment Towns report. Don Campbell, senior analyst of the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), which studies 118 towns in Ontario, said the slip is not bad news; it’s just Orillia has lagged behind Barrie, a development hotspot ,the past few years.

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Hamilton among top real estate investment markets, study says

June 05, 2014

Hamilton has been named one of the top investment markets in Ontario in an annual report released by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). The industry think-tank's 140 page report analyzed current and future prospects for real estate investment and Hamilton ranked second, topped only by Kitchener/Cambridge.

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Barrie great place to invest, ranks 3rd: study

June 05, 2014

Released Tuesday, the network’s Too Ontario Towns list ranks Kitchener/Cambridge as tops, followed by Hamilton, then by Barrie. Orillia makes the list at number 11, thanks, in part, to its proximity to Barrie, but also its investment in post-secondary education and downtown revitalization.

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Vaughan's billions in construction activity helps it land top investment city in new report

June 05, 2014

Vaughan ranks among the top cities and towns in the province for real estate investment, according to a report released Tuesday. The Real Estate Investment Network ranked the city seventh out of 11 communities, putting it ahead of Durham Region (Whitby, Pickering, and Ajax), Toronto, Milton and Orillia in its Top Ontario Investment Towns 2014 report.

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Cambridge tops list of real estate investment opportunities

June 04, 2014

CAMBRIDGE – Our city and Kitchener constitute the cream of the crop when it comes to real estate investment opportunities in Ontario, a national research organization has found. The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) released its Top Ontario Investment Towns report earlier this week and Cambridge is tied with Kitchener for first place in community rankings for 2014.

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Vaughan rises 3 spots as a top city in Ontario for real estate development

June 04, 2014

Vaughan ranks among the top cities and towns in the province for real estate investment, according to a report released Tuesday. The Real Estate Investment Network ranked the city seventh out of 11 communities, putting it ahead of Durham Region (Whitby, Pickering, and Ajax), Toronto, Milton and Orillia in its Top Ontario Investment Towns 2014 report.

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Milton among top investment communities in Ontario: Real Estate Investment Network

June 03, 2014

Milton has been named one of the top investment communities in Ontario in an annual report released by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). The 140-page report analyzes current and future prospects for real estate investments and places the town in 10th spot, just behind the city of Toronto.

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As mortgage rates fall, Calgary realtors anticipate boost to an already strong market

May 29, 2014

Calgary’s hot housing market has received another incentive that could boost sales activity even more in the coming days. “Will this (lower mortgage rates) affect the market in Alberta? Absolutely not. The market already is strong, the sales moving well, supply is an issue and Calgary is poised to be the hottest market in the country again this year,” said Don Campbell, senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network. “These lower rates will have a lot of people talking, but little or no measurable effect in this part of the world. Out East, it will as that market needs stimulus.”

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Wealth transfer to Generation Y key to understanding future real estate trends

May 16, 2014

Real estate demand from Generation Y, or those aged between 14 and 34 years old, is fueled primarily by loans from parents and grandparents and will combine with other societal changes to alter what real estate is in demand, say real estate analysts. Some key trends to watch include increased demand for larger units in the future because of a need for home-offices and demand for higher-end small units in the short term, Real Estate Investment Network president Don Campbell told Business in Vancouver.

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Prince George Ranked 9th For Best Places to Invest in Real Estate in BC (Video)

May 14, 2014

Whether it be the stock market or a mutual fund, any kind of investment means balancing risk and reward; however, it seems there may be more rewards than risk when buying property in Prince George. The Real Estate Investment Network has ranked the city the ninth best place to invest in BC. High rents and low housing prices have taken the balancing act out of investing.

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B.C. Real Estate: Best Cities To Invest In

May 05, 2014

Surrey tops a list of B.C.'s best cities for real estate investment for the fourth year in a row, but two new cities cracked the top 10 because of better commutes.

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Condo hell

April 22, 2014

Thanks to neighbour disputes, crazy restrictions and incompetent boards, condo dwellers are increasingly finding themselves boxed in.

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Buying or selling a home? Why a good real estate lawyer is crucial

March 31, 2014

While the team at PropertyGuys.com had long recommended that their clients across Canada hire lawyers toward the end of their home-selling deals, they decided a year ago to offer a package that included experienced counsel throughout the process. Because their service forgoes real estate agents, the Moncton-based company wanted to provide access to lawyers who would be ready to help clients anytime. So the company has built a network of specialists across the country – lawyers they could trust and who would be willing to travel to clients and answer any question they might have.

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Here’s why paying off your mortgage isn’t always the best idea

March 25, 2014


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Three affordable places to retire in British Columbia. (Yes, they exist)

February 10, 2014

While British Columbia boasts some of the most temperate climates in the country, its real estate can also be some of the priciest. For those thinking of retiring or buying a second home in the province, it makes the choice of locale somewhat complex, says Don Campbell, a senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN).

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Millennials to drive new homes market

January 24, 2014

The Millennials are coming! The Millennials are coming! Actually, they’re already here and they’re flexing their muscles, says Don Campbell, founding partner, senior analyst, the Real Estate Investment Network

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Calgary real estate: What's behind the post-flood financing drought

January 20, 2014

Seven months after Alberta's devastating floods, home buyers and sellers are finding themselves flailing in uncharted waters as financing dries up. Increasingly banks and insurance companies — which are conservative by nature — are clamping down on financing in Calgary and other residential markets where properties were affected by the June flood by making blanket decisions.

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Calgary housing prices forecast to grow in 2014

December 09, 2013

CALGARY - The Calgary Real Estate Board is forecasting house prices and sales to continue to climb in the resale market in 2014. Don Campbell, senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network, said it looks like another year of strength in 2014 for the city’s real estate market.

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Commercial real estate report: Langley's highway access and large catchment area are key attractions for major retail chains

November 18, 2013

The recent opening of Qualico's Willoughby Town Centre would be big news in any city, but for the Township of Langley it's yet another signal that the fast-growing suburb is maturing into a major retail destination for the entire Lower Mainland. Others may see the township, named one of the top western Canadian cities for real estate investors by both Western Investor and the Real Estate Investment Network, as a regional shopping centre.

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Buy a perfect Calgary Condo for Long Term Investment Benefits

November 18, 2013

Calgary is one of the most visited places in Canada by tourists. The city is known for its beauty and is considered as the largest city of the country. As per the real estate forecasting news, Calgary is considered as the economic boon to the nation within next five to ten years. In fact, the city was rated as the number one city in the Real Estate Investment Network’s Top Ten Alberta Towns to invest.

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Calgary's Real Estate Market Keeps Humming Along

November 14, 2013

The latest figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association, show house sales and prices in Calgary keep on rising. Don Campbell, Senior Analyst with the Canadian Real Estate Investment Network tells 660News, he’s not surprised by the figures.

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Edmonton housing market overtakes Calgary in investment ranking

October 17, 2013

CALGARY — Edmonton has overtaken Calgary as the top community in Alberta to invest in residential real estate. The ranking was done by the Real Estate Invesment Network and released Saturday. Edmonton was second behind Calgary on last year’s list.

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Delta's real-estate market could be set to boom

October 01, 2013

With a new bridge, Delta could be the next prime real-estate location, says an industry analyst. Don Campbell sees demand for property rising south of the Fraser River following Premier Christy Clark's September 20 announcement of a span replacing the George Massey Tunnel.

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Why a small-town couple can’t even give away their home

October 01, 2013

The real estate market in small-town Canada is changing. Younger Canadians are moving into cities for work and baby boomers — a generation mired in unprecedented personal debt levels and approaching retirement age — want cheaper housing while maintaining the same level of amenities they’ve grown used to. That’s not all, though. With few immigrants heading to small-town Canada and economists believing that a Canadian housing market ‘correction‘ is inevitable, home buyers may be gearing up for a rush of sweetheart deals in small towns.

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Calgary real estate expected to remain a hot commodity moving forward

September 15, 2013

The senior analyst with the Canadian Real Estate Investment Network predicts robust home sales and price gains for Calgary for the next 18 months Don Campbell tells 660News, recent gains are more than just pent up demand following the flood. Campbell says city realtors are benefiting from F.O.M.O, which is an acronym for Fear of Missing Out. -

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Calgary MLS sales in August on pace for 2nd highest ever

August 22, 2013

CALGARY — Calgary home sales are on pace for the highest August total since 2005 and the second highest on record for the month, says a Calgary realtor. Mike Fotiou, associate broker of First Place Realty, said month-to-date between August 1-21 there have been 1,462 MLS sales in the city, up 32.4 per cent from last year

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The role of real estate in a balanced portfolio

August 14, 2013

So just how much real estate should average investors have if they hope to achieve financial independence? This is a question I hope will be tackled at the North American Real Estate Summit, which is happening in Edmonton on Saturday, Aug. 24.

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Surrey rated B.C.'s best city for prospective investors

August 12, 2013

Surrey is starting to pull away from Vancouver as the better city for real-estate investors, according to the Real Estate Investment Network's (REIN) 2013 report on B.C.'s best 10 investment towns. Surrey topped the list for the fourth year in a row while Vancouver fell off the list for the first time in five years.

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June’s flood impacts Calgary’s real estate market

August 06, 2013

A senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network says it will be a few more months before we get a clear picture of how the flood affected homes sales in the city. Don Campbell tells 660News right now insurance companies and banks are calling the shots, as they process claims following the flood and review mortgage applications.

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Maple Ridge is Once Again Named No.2 in List of Top BC Investment Towns

July 30, 2013

On July 25, the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) released the 2013 edition of its Top British Columbia Investment Towns report. REIN's 110-page report analyzes the current and future prospects for real estate investment opportunities in the province over the next decade and has ranked Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows as top investment communities in BC. This marks the third consecutive year that Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have ranked second on the list of top investment communities in the province by REIN.

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REIN Rankings: Abbotsford Sinks While Surrey, Langley, Chilliwack Rise

July 29, 2013

The annual Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) Top Investment Towns rankings are out and while Langley, Chilliwack and Surrey scored well, Abbotsford has slipped from 4th place to 6th. The influential real estate industry publication ranks cities on everything from real estate prices and sales to investment opportunities, employment and infrastructure.

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Maple Ridge still second best place to invest

July 29, 2013

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows landed in second place for the third time on the Real Estate Investment Network's (REIN) top British Columbia investment towns list. It's an exciting announcement, said Sandy Blue, the manager of Strategic Economic Initatives at the District of Maple Ridge.

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Chilliwack named one of B.C.'s top towns for investment

July 28, 2013

It’s not just the economy, affordable real estate and skills-focused education that put Chilliwack on the Top 10 list of B.C. towns for investment in 2013 by the Real Estate Investment Network. It’s also the lowest taxes, a downtown plan with incentives, and impressive GDP gains. Chilliwack made it onto REIN’s ‘must watch’ list, but this is the first time Chilliwack has ever been singled out for its investment potential.

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Surrey Shines Again After Being Named Best City To Invest In BC For Fourth Straight Year

July 26, 2013

SURREY – The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) released its 2013 report of the ‘Top British Columbia Investment Towns’ Thursday, naming Surrey in the number one spot for the fourth consecutive year. - See more at: http://www.reincanada.com/RealEstateNewsView/tabid/72/Default.aspx#sthash.GXePuaKw.dpuf

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P.G. a top market for real estate: think tank

July 25, 2013

A national investment think-tank puts Prince George among the Top 10 communities in B.C.to put your real estate money. The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) is a research and analysis agency that does not buy, sell or market real estate. According to its examination of the B.C. real estate sector, Prince George is now the ninth best market in the province, moving up one place from its ranking in 2012.

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PG Jumps A Spot In Standings As 'Investment Town'

July 25, 2013

Prince George, BC - Initiatives Prince George is hopeful the city's climb in the most recent rankings of 'Top British Columbia Investment Towns' will generate additional investor interest... After just making it onto the bottom of the Real Estate Investment Network's Top 10 biennial list in 2011, Prince George has moved up one spot to 9th in BC in terms of current and future prospects for real estate investment opportunities. Surrey has clinched the number one spot, with two other northern cities - Fort St John and Dawson Creek - ranking 3rd and 4th

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Chilliwack among top 10 B.C. towns for investors

July 24, 2013

The City of Chilliwack is among the top investment communities in the province, according to a new report. The Real Estate Investment Network's (REIN) Top British Columbia Investment Towns report issued Thursday puts Chilliwack eighth in the province.

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Dawson Creek is a good investment: REIN

July 02, 2013

Dawson Creek and Fort St. John are cities on the rise. The Energetic City shot up to number three, while Dawson Creek moved up to number four on the Real Estate Investment Network’s (REIN) 2013 list of top investment towns in British Columbia. Dawson Creek councillor Terry McFadyen said that he has seen the Peace Region’s rise in real estate prices.

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Calgary a bright light among Canadian housing markets

May 15, 2013

CALGARY — Calgary’s resale housing market continued to shine in April compared with the rest of the country as the city recorded the best year-over-year price growth and the biggest annual sales increase among major markets. Melanie Reuter, director of research for the Real Estate Investment Network, said Calgary’s real estate market is following the employment in the city.

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Research, negotiation are powerful tools when shopping for a first mortgage

April 18, 2013

TORONTO, Cananda - First-time homebuyers shopping for a mortgage have all the technology at their fingertips to make informed decisions, and financial experts say those resources should arm them with enough knowledge to prepare themselves and even negotiate a better rate. Don Campbell, who has written seven books on investing in real estate, said preparation should include gathering enough information to give lenders confidence that you'll make your payments on time.

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What happened to the expected Alberta real estate boom?

April 11, 2013

CALGARY — Several ‘market influencers’ have kept the reins on the expected Alberta real estate boom, says a new report on the housing market. The report, by Don Campbell, senior analyst and founding partner of the Real Estate Investment Network, said debate is raging about why the market isn’t booming like it did in 2006 and 2007 when the job market and population in the province were growing at the same rates as they are today.

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Despite tepid housing market, Alberta still the place to be, says real estate expert -

April 02, 2013

EDMONTON - Real estate guru Don Campbell has a simple message for homeowners: chill out. Ignore all those gloomy headlines in the Toronto press about a looming Canadian housing bust, he advises.

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Walkability and Economic Value

March 19, 2013

The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) has just published an article on the impact of walkability on real estate prices, using walkscore.com walkability scores as a proxy. If you haven't heard of it, walkscore.com is a Google map mashup that computes a location's walkability (on a scale from 0 to 100) based on the number and variety of destinations within 1.6 kilometres (1 mile). - See more at: http://www.reincanada.com/RealEstateNewsView/tabid/72/Default.aspx#sthash.ZLAq79lv.dpuf

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Inner-city real estate prices 'skyrocketing' thanks to walkability

March 19, 2013

CALGARY — Proximity to amenities – an area’s accessibility – has become one of the key determinants of a residential property’s value, according to the Real Estate Investment Network. And a neighbourhood’s ‘walkability’ to those amenities is becoming increasingly more important to potential homebuyers. -

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Saskatchewan Real Estate a Good Investment

March 11, 2013

Saskatchewan has transformed from one of the most undervalued places in the country to a real estate hot spot. "Right now it's cheaper to buy a condominium or a standard two-storey house in Edmonton or Calgary than it is in Saskatchewan as a whole," said Don Campbell with Real Estate Investment Network.

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Calgary listed as an “out-performer” in Canadian real estate market

March 11, 2013

CALGARY — Canada is expected to embark on a gradual, modest, downward housing market adjustment over the next three years with a “measly” two per cent annual price gain over the next decade, says a study released Monday by TD Economics. But the bank has also listed Calgary as an “out-performer” in Canada for the long-run rate of return on Canadian real estate. Compared with the national picture, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto were also listed as out-performers for the future.

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Canadian luxury real estate set for a boost from the newly rich

March 07, 2013

Dramatically growing numbers of mobile, wealthy individuals around the world promise to push up demand for luxury real estate, making high-end properties in Canada’s biggest cities increasingly valuable. Don Campbell, a senior analyst at Real Estate Investment Network in Vancouver, noted that the pattern of home price growth in Vancouver closely tracks the movements of Chinese GDP – an indication that Chinese investors have a considerable influence on the Vancouver market .

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Stigmatized real estate listings: Are disclosure rules fair on homes that were grow-ops?

March 02, 2013

“Our stand has always been to avoid buying grow-ops because of the hidden dangers,” said Don Campbell, president of the B.C.-based Real Estate Investment Network. “If the choice is between an ex-grow-op and a property that hasn’t been one, the investor should avoid the risk of buying the ex- and even remediated grow-op.”

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Calgary home sets MLS record sale at $10.35 million

February 28, 2013

CALGARY — An opulent home described as a ‘French castle’ has set a record for the highest ever MLS sale price in Calgary as the property in Aspen Woods sold for $10.35 million on Wednesday. The continued strength of the luxury market is an indicator of business confidence growing in the city, said Don Campbell, senior analyst and founding partner of the Real Estate Investment Network.

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Barrie a Top Investment Town

February 24, 2013

Barrie rates fourth among Ontario's top investment cities. In its latest rankings, the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) ranks Barrie behind only Waterloo, Kitchener/Cambridge and first-place Hamilton as an area poised to outperform other provincial regions during the next three to five years.

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Orillia a top-10 investment city

February 22, 2013

The City of Orillia can hold its own. For the first time, the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) — a Western Canada- based research organization — has given Orillia a standalone score in its rankings of top investment cities in Ontario.

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Calgary housing market sales growth best in Canada

February 16, 2013

CALGARY — While Canadian home sales dipped in January, particularly in major centres like Toronto and Vancouver, Calgary’s housing market remained strong and posted the best year-over-year growth in the country for MLS transactions. The Canadian Real Estate Association reported Friday that Calgary MLS sales during the month were 1,572, up 20.2 per cent from January 2012 while sales across the nation dropped by 5.2 per cent to 23,579 transactions.

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Real Estate Investment Network says Calgary market remains hot -

February 12, 2013

The senior analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network says Calgary remains among the hottest real estate markets in North America. Don Campbell tells 660News, thanks to strong migration and job creation numbers, people continue to look to buy property here.

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Edmonton’s housing market ready to “push up,” says analyst

February 12, 2013

EDMONTON - Edmonton is the second-best market in the country to invest in housing, says real estate analyst Don Campbell. “Population growth is strong, job growth is strong and things are supporting this market quite nicely, said Campbell, founding partner of the Real Estate Investment Network, a business that provides resources and information on real estate to members.

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Momentum continues in Calgary luxury home market

February 05, 2013

CALGARY — Calgary’s housing market experienced a record year for luxury home sales in 2012 and the pace of transactions in January 2013 suggests the market is not slowing down. Don Campbell, senior analyst and founding partner of the Real Estate Investment Network, said that during market corrections luxury homes are the first to drop off, after recreational properties, and the first to come back unlike recreational which is always last to recover.

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Calgary best performing real estate market in Canada

January 15, 2013

CALGARY — Calgary was the only major Canadian market to see a year-over-year rise in MLS residential sales in December as the national market plunged and the city finished 2012 with the best annual sales growth in the country, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. In releasing a report Tuesday, the association’s data indicated Calgary MLS sales in December of 1,343 were up 7.2 per cent from December 2011 while Canada saw a decline of 17.4 per cent to 20,538 sales. -

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Average Calgary house price of $428,655 in 2012 a new record

January 07, 2013

CALGARY — Average house prices in Calgary reached a record level in 2012, outpacing the housing boom peak of 2007. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, there were 21,207 MLS sales in Calgary in 2012 at an average sale price of $428,655, eclipsing the previous record of $423,770 in 2007 when there were 26,611 transactions.

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Light at End of Tunnel

December 29, 2012

Throughout the world, 2011 was marked by the continued global economic crisis, which began in September 2008. But it's not all doom and gloom. Vancouver analyst, Don Campbell, of Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), Canada's leading real estate education, research and education organization, said Central Alberta is a great spot to be when the global economic downturn ends.

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Okotoks among best investment opportunities in Alberta

December 19, 2012

Okotoks council’s decision to eliminate the population cap is being applauded by a B.C. real estate think tank saying it opens the door to more investment in the local economy. The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) has given Okotoks solid marks as one of the top 10 communities in Alberta to invest in over the next six years. The Town ranked ninth on the list among the largest cities in the province. The top three communities on the list were Calgary, Edmonton and Airdrie.

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Top Real Estate Investment Market In Canada Revealed

December 17, 2012

A recent report ranked Calgary as the top real estate investment market in Canada, followed by Edmonton. The Real Estate Investment Network Ltd. released a report, Top Alberta Investment Towns, identifying the towns and regions that will outperform over areas in province over the course of the next three to five years.

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Alberta resale housing market tops Canada in annual sales growth

December 17, 2012

Nationally, sales are forecast to decline by 0.5 per cent this year to 456,300 and fall by another 2.0 per cent in 2013 to 447,400 transactions. The Real Estate Investment Network in Canada is “hot” on Calgary’s potential and has ranked it the top investment city in Canada for 2013 to 2016, said Melanie Reuter, director of research for the organization.

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Slower pace of growth in 2013 forecast for Calgary resale housing market -

December 11, 2012

Single-family home sales in Calgary of 14,367 are up 15.83 per cent from a year ago while the average sale price has increased by 2.84 per cent to $480,421. The condo apartment sector has seen sales jump by 11.06 per cent to 3,283 transactions with an average sale price of $283,400, up 4.33 per cent from last year. And the condo townhouse category has experienced a sales hike of 17.33 per cent to 2,478 with prices up 2.31 per cent to $317,335. Don Campbell, president of the Real Estate Investment Network in Canada, said Calgary bucked the national trend in 2012 due to the economic fundamentals underpinning the market.

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Under-insured House can spell Ruin

December 07, 2012

Don Campbell, president of the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), usually gets asked to forecast housing markets. However, that shouldn’t be a homeowner’s most pressing worry, he says. “Due to the large number of people who are buying investment properties, or renting out their basement suites, a lot of untrained landlords are hitting the market and the biggest risk they are putting themselves in has nothing to do with which direction the average selling price is going. It is having the completely wrong property insurance,” says Mr. Campbell.

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St. Albert, Alberta among Top places to Invest

December 06, 2012

St. Albert is one of the best places in Alberta to invest, according to a national real estate think tank. The Canadian Real Estate Investment Network recently released a new report entitled Top Alberta Investment Towns-Based on Key Economic Fundamentals, which found that St. Albert is poised to outperform other municipalities in the province over the next three to five years.

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Boom in resale housing market just outside Calgary

December 06, 2012

Don Campbell, president of the Real Estate Investment Network in Canada, said places like Airdrie and Okotoks experience what’s called the Doppler effect in the real estate industry. “It’s where a centre booms and then the smaller centres around it follow either a year or a year and a half later,” said Campbell.

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REIN Report Reveals Hot Market for Property Investors

November 21, 2012

Calgary is the top real estate investment market in Canada but that could mean it starts to get even harder to find affordable rental units in the city. The market for Calgary apartments is about to get tougher. A recent report ranked Calgary as the top real estate investment market in Canada, followed by Edmonton. The Real Estate Investment Network Ltd. released a report, Top Alberta Investment Towns, identifying the towns and regions that will outperform over areas in province over the course of the next three to five years.

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Surrey and Maple Ridge make the list of top places to invest in Canada

June 10, 2010

Surrey and Maple Ridge make the list of top places to invest in Canada City of Maple Ridge June 10, 2010 National Independent Real Estate Research Company Releases for the First Time the Best Canadian Cities f...

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Hot Markets

May 20, 2009

Hot Markets By: Wayne Karl When host George Stroumboulopoulos and producers of the CBC TV show The Hour needed an expert to put today’s real estate market in perspective, they called on a guy named Don Campbell.

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Are Condos A Good Investment

August 06, 2006

Are condos a wise investment? MONEY 401 | They can be, but you must know the lay of the land ELLEN ROSEMAN Aug. 6, 2006. 08:43 AM Is it a good time to invest in a condo apartment in Toronto? And if so, what are...

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Alternative Investing in Real Estate

February 26, 2006

REPORT ON ALTERNATIVE INVESTING: REAL ESTATE Forget everything you knew about mortgages If you approach the financing of rental property as if you were buying your own home you could make costly mistakes THERE...

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Financing Rental Property

February 12, 2006

Financing a Rental Property Feb. 12, 2006. 09:02 AM ELLEN ROSEMAN A popular rallying cry for real estate investors is, "No money down." When you buy property in a hot market without risking any of your o...

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Digging for Condo Gold

January 29, 2006

Digging for condo gold The future looks good, but do the math before investing By LINDA LEATHERDALE, BUSINESS EDITOR, TORONTO SUN January 29, 2006 The view took my breath away. Toronto's skyscape reflecting o...

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REIN Members in Toronto Star

January 26, 2006

Cashing in on the real estate boom By: ELLEN ROSEMAN Jan. 22, 2006. 01:00 AM Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Raymond and Angelina Wu live in Toronto. He works in pharmaceutical sales and she's a regional sales man...

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Beware of Bankers Bearing Gifts

April 17, 2004

Beware of bankers bearing gifts April 17, 2004 Sandra E. Martin National Post These days, shopping for a mortgage is a lot like shopping for cosmetics. Financial institutions are all offering some kind of dep...

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Markham Makes List

April 17, 2004

Markham makes list of real estate hot spots Homeowners should 'have big, goofy smiles' April 17, 2004 Jeff Mitchell Staff Writer Markham Economist & Sun So, you own a home in York Region. You genius. ...

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Edmonton's Strong Economy to Continue

April 17, 2004

Edmonton Economy Will Enjoy Strong Growth Through 2005, says EDE President Edmonton, Alberta - April 17, 2004 - Massive resource developments in Northern Alberta and Greater Edmonton, high disposable incomes ...

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Stouffville Makes List

April 17, 2004

Stouffville makes list of real estate hot spots Homeowners should 'have big, goofy smiles' April 17, 2004 Jeff Mitchell Staff Writer Stouffville Sun-Tribune So, you own a home in York Region. You genius...

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Barrie, Orillia Ranked Best

April 16, 2004

Barrie, Orillia ranked best places to invest April 16, 2004 Toronto Metro Barrie and Orillia are the best Ontario communities to invest in, a report has found. The Real Estate Investment Network, an organizatio...

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Report Gives Orillia Top Spot

April 16, 2004

Report gives Orillia top spot for Ontario real estate April 16, 2004 Toby Gorman Orillia Packet and Times An organization formed to help average Canadians learn to successfully invest in residential real estat...

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City homes valuable investments

April 15, 2004

City homes valuable investments April 15, 2004 Mark McNeil Hamilton Spectator Hamilton is one of the best places in Ontario to invest in real estate. A new study by the Calgary-based Real Estate Investment N...

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Report cites Windsor

April 15, 2004

Report cites Windsor for real estate potential April 15, 2004 Bob Meyer Business Reporter Windsor Star Windsor did not make a list of the 10 best communities in Ontario to invest in residential real estate, bu...

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Ottawa 9th in Growth Forecast

April 15, 2004

Ottawa 9th in growth forecast Outlook is hurt by slowdowns in construction, PS hiring April 15, 2004 Kristin Goff The Ottawa Citizen A slowdown in construction and the more cautious spending approach of the...

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London makes ‘farm team’

April 15, 2004

London makes ‘farm team’ in home investment area April 15, 2004 Hank Daniszewski Business Reporter London Free Press London has been consigned to the ‘farm team’ in a survey of the best Ontario cities for res...

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Real Estate Figures Nothing to Flip

April 07, 2004

Real estate figures nothing to flip over April 15, 2004 By Derek Abma Ottawa Sun Despite a rapid run-up in house prices in the past three years, Ottawa is ranked only the ninth-best place in Ontario to invest...

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Cost Effective Ways to Ensure the Sale

March 14, 2004

Cost Effective Ways to Ensure the Sale March 14, 2004 Edmonton Sun Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Whether you’re sprucing up your own home for resale, or upgrading a rental property, there are tr...

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