Interview with Marketing guru, Darren Cabral

What a great opportunity to tell my story. The fact that people can benefit from my experiences is very positive. I’m excited to tell my story in this manner and hope others get something out of it that will help them in their careers.

Here’s the link to the Apple podcast:


Major lenders hike rates following Bank of Canada decision

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Canada’s major banks have been quick to react to the Bank of Canada’s decision to raise interest rates to 1.25%.

CIBC, RBC, Scotiabank and TD were among the first lenders to increase their prime lending rates by 25 basis points to 3.45%; the new rates take effect from today (Jan 18) more

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Housing issues won’t involve reducing the Greenbelt

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says that as the province looks to tackle housing supply issues, it won’t reduce the Greenbelt lands.

She says the government is actually committed to expanding the Greenbelt, which is about 800,000 hectares of protected land that borders the Greater Golden Horseshoe area surrounding Lake Ontario.

Wynne says the Greenbelt is “like the lungs of this highly populated part of the province.”



Ontario hints at cooling hot real estate market

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the upcoming spring budget will include a package of measures dealing with housing affordability.

The Liberal government has promised measures to help curb rising home prices in some markets, particularly in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.


Cities densifying rather than sprawling


Information from the latest Canada Census report are slowly trickling out and here’s an interesting development: urban density is more important than urban sprawl.

“What we’re trying to do, as many communities are, is really trying to stop or limit sprawl and densify the areas that we already have because we know infrastructure is expensive,” says Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna, BC.

We’re experiencing it here in Hamilton also. The City is being very cooperative in allowing investors to create basement apartments in bungalows–especially on the mountain–as this caters to densifying. Sure, Hamilton can grow outward, toward Brantford in one direction, Stoney Creek in another, and Flamborough in yet another. But sprawl demands new infrastructure whereas densifying requires, at worst, upgrading and expansion of existing infrastructure.

The census shows that 82 per cent of the Canadian population live in large and medium-sized cities across the country, one of the highest concentrations among G7 nations.

With Canada also projecting that the economy will require more immigrants in order to counteract the declining working-age population, many of these abodes will house people from other countries and cultures. Amalgamating them into an existing infrastructure is much easier than creating new communities that would, in all likelihood, become isolated versions of their homeland. And that is something Canada does not want.

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Sold Strategies (US & Canada Edition) : The Cheapest, Safest & Smartest ways to SELL YOUR HOME!

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The Canadian book was so successful that it was edited and expanded to work in the United States also. This edition was published two years after the first one and includes US MLS information.

There are only two ways to sell your home: with an agent, or privately. The method you choose depends upon whether you want to be cheap, safe, or smart. This book discusses every aspect of the selling process, including the loopholes in the system that allow you to save thousands of dollars in commissions!

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