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10 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
(EP 174) Winnipeg Real Estate Market November 2022
November 2022 Market Update We’re into the last couple of months of 2022, so let’s see if the buyers market continues into the winter, shall we? Hello, I’m Bo Kauffmann a residential real estate agent with REMAX Performance realty, and your host of Winnipeg’s Real estate podcast. A few days ago, Winnipeg REALTORS reported that sales in October were off (down) by 30% compared to last year. This is certainly true. Whats different about their report and this one is that I focus on Winnipeg only….while Winnipeg REALTORS cover the entire south east quadrant of the province. It’s important to remember that when I say “the market”, it covers many different segments. Not all segments react or act the same way. For example, 400K condos are very different from 400k houses. Transcona’s housing market will be different than the River Heights market. A side by side in St James will enjoy a different response than a detached home in Garden City, and so on. My monthly market report attempts to separate some of these markets along different price points, 4 for houses and 2 for condos. But NO real estate market report would ever be able to replace individual analysis and advice a real estate agent can give you in a one-to-one setting. That’s why, if/when you’re ready to buy or sell, a house or a condo in Winnipeg, call me for a free consultation anytime. With the availability of zoom, we could even hold this consultation online, from the comfort of your own home. If there is one thing you should take away from this month’s report, its this: As you will see by the following numbers, availability of homes is UP, and sales are DOWN, making this a perfect time to buy. Don’t wait til spring when prices traditionally jump, as a result of increased competition among buyers. On Nov. 1st, there were 1228 houses of all types available in Winnipeg. Compare that to 1336 on Oct. 1st, and only 802 on November 1st , last year. As for sales, in October we sold 555 houses with another 22 ‘pending’, meaning that potentially a total of 575 house were sold. That’s nearly identical to the 577 sold the month before, but down significantly from the 756 last year same time period. In fact, that’s down 24% year over year. As I said earlier, we will find that available homes are UP, and sales are DOWN. Ok. Let’s take a look at the first segment of the housing market, which is entry level homes priced under 250,000. Houses under $250,000 Currently we have 335 houses available, which is nearly the same as 339 on Oct 1st. And on the other side of the equation, we sold 117 homes in October, with another 7 pending, for a potential total of 124. That’s about the same as the 121 sold during September, but down significantly from the 155 we sold during October of last year. I find that comparing year over year has more significance than going month to month. So a drop from 155 sales to 124 is noteworthy. Lets look at Winnipeg’s most active price range, homes between 250 and 500K Homes 250-500K On November 1st, we had 495 houses available in this price range, which is down from the 591 on October 1st. We see a similar, perhaps more drastic difference in the sales. During Oct., we sold 326 houses plus 12 pending, for a potential sale of 338 houses. In September, that was pretty much the same, 339, but a year ago in October we sold 445. So about a 25% reduction in sales, year of year, for the month of October. This makes for a great time to buy. Ok, next, we look at some of the higher end homes and how they are faring in this market Homes 500-1 Mill In homes priced between 500K and 1 million, we don’t find a huge change in availability month over month. The 344 homes available right now...
9 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
(EP: 173) Owning & Managing Rental Properties - Property Management Company Advice
[00:00:00] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Thinking of owning and managing rental properties. Today I'm gonna talk to a property management company and get some advice for you on this episode of Winnipeg's Real Estate Podcast. [00:00:13] You're listening to The Bo Knows Real Estate Podcast, Tips and Advice for home buyers, sellers, and owners with award-winning reax agent Bo Kauffmann. [00:00:27] Hello everybody. Bo Kaufman Remax Performance Realty, your residential real estate agent. Are you thinking of buying one or more homes or condos to rent out and make some money? Real estate has always been considered a very stable and safe investment. But before we call my friend Jackson Ham of Pillar Property Management, I do want you to be aware of a few things. [00:00:47] I get calls from buyers in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, thinking of buying homes to use as rental properties here in Winnipeg. They're always excited by the fact that you can still buy a house around the $250,000 mark, but when they learned that most of those homes would rent for only about 1600 a month, they're a lot less enthusiastic. [00:01:06] Buying and owning rental properties is not a get rich quick scheme. That's a tongue twister. You can't buy one or two homes and expect to make a grand per month profit each. That's just not how it works these days with five and 6% interest rates, you may be lucky to break even. So I'll give you an example. [00:01:23] There was a house in East Kildonan on the market for $260,000 and it advertised that it came with a tenant who would love to stay. That tenant was paying 1,450 a month. Now do the math, mortgage payments plus taxes, plus home insurance, that'll all add up to more than 1,450 a month. So how can an owner make money? [00:01:41] The answer is that the current owner bought that house for around $130,000, and at that price is now making a few hundred dollars a month in profit. So when considering buying a rental property, investors need to take the long view. It's not $500 cash flow, you don't see those kind of numbers, not these days in Winnipeg. [00:01:59] So let's call Jackson of Pillar Property Management and ask him a few question. All right. Hello Jackson. How are you doing today? [00:02:06] Jackson Hamm - Pillar Property Manager: I'm not doing too bad, Bo. How are you doing? [00:02:08] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Excellent. Excellent. So let's get right into it. Pillar Property Management. How long have you guys been around? [00:02:14] Jackson Hamm - Pillar Property Manager: Pillar Property Management. We were established in 2007 and we recently celebrated 15 years in the industry. [00:02:19] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Nice. Okay. And how many homes do you have under contract at the moment? [00:02:24] Jackson Hamm - Pillar Property Manager: We're managing between 400 to 450 doors. And. I'd say that's a mixed bag between single family, multi-family apartment buildings, and condominiums included. [00:02:34] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Okay. All right. So what's your average client look like? Do they have six or eight properties or are they mostly startups with one or two? [00:02:40] Jackson Hamm - Pillar Property Manager: On average we get a lot of startups people with about one or two homes who aren't really quite sure what to do with them and maybe have never done property management themselves. [00:02:47] They come to us to of help them out and we do get a few outliers here and there that have about six or seven units. But by and large, I'd say most of them are about one or two just starting off small. [00:02:55] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Right on. Do you guys offer different levels of service or is it just all inclusive. Like finding the tenant and then managing everything?...
11 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
(EP: 172) October 2022 Winnipeg Real Estate Market Report
Full report on housing and condo listings and sales stats for WInnipeg on October 1st 2022 Is it a good time to buy, or to sell a house or condo in Winnipeg? Listen to this podcast and find out.
15 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
(EP: 171) 3 Real Estate Questions & Answers - Real Estate Tips Sept 2022
Should Buyers get a home inspection? How do Sellers choose a real estate agent? What are 3 things to check at possession time? These and more tips , plus current mortgage rates, in this episode.
10 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
(EP: 170) Repairing Your Underground Sewer Line - New Cheaper Method
If you're a homeowner of an older home, you probably had to deal with plugged sewer lines already, At some point, simply cleaning the line out will no longer suffice, and home owners need to consider replacing the underground line from their home to the city sewers. Now there is a new, cheaper method instead of replacing the underground line. It's called 'relining' and Underground Expert Jake Silvestri of Mr Rooter explains how it works, why its better and how much you can save.
7 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
(EP: 169) September 2022 Winnipeg Real Estate Market Report
Winnipeg Real Estate Market Update for September 2022 Housing listing and sales stats. Houses, condos. MLS date Is now a good time to buy, or to sell?
11 minutes | Aug 22, 2022
3 Real Estate Facts You Need To Know - Mid-Aug 2022
3 Real Estate Fact #1 [00:00:00] Host Ryan Peterson: Get ready for three interesting real estate facts you should know coming up in this episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast. Cue the music [00:00:11] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: you're listening to the bone knows real estate podcast tips and advice for home buyers, sellers, and owners with award winning Remax agent Bo Kaufman. [00:00:26] Host Ryan Peterson: Hello, I'm your host, Ryan Peterson. Welcome to another episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast with my friend and real estate expert, Bo Kauffmann of Remax Performance Realty [00:00:35] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Hey Ryan thanks for the great intro and anybody who's listening to this will notice right away that there's a bit of a change in the format here. Ryan and I did a series of episodes a few years ago that were called a real estate round table. And what I always liked about him was the little back and forth and two different voices talking. So I wanna recreate that here and I thank you, Ryan, for agreeing to do this with me. [00:01:04] Host Ryan Peterson: My pleasure. It's great to be back Bo. All right. So let's get right into it with three different facts about real. Okay, You must hear this first question a lot from home buyers. When my possession data is coming up, how do I get the keys and get into my new home [00:01:09] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: All right. So it really depends on where you are. I hear that a lot of places in the states and different provinces and the real estate agent actually has the key and meets you at your door, but here in Manitoba, it's all done through the lawyers. So here's what happens is about a week before you possession date, you the. Meet with your lawyer, you sign a bunch of papers. You give him a suitcase full of money that he's gonna tell you, just how much to bring and you sign the papers and then you just sit back and wait. At the same time, the seller meets with their lawyer signs, papers, and gives him the keys. And then the day before possession. The lawyers talk to each other and exchange those two items. The buyer's lawyer sends the money. The seller's lawyer sends the key. You get another phone call and the day before possession, you show up at your lawyers and he'll give you the key and with strict instructions not to go into the house. Until right at the time that stated on the offer. I remember, [00:02:01] Host Ryan Peterson: Getting my first home in 2000 and yeah, it was a plain Manila envelope that I got the key in. And honestly I was expecting a little bit more fanfare, what are you gonna do? You're still excited about the new home now. Bo is the date usually hard and fast or is there some flexibility, say a buyer wants to swing by and get some measurements to make sure that the furniture is gonna fit certain way. [00:02:20] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Okay. That's a really good question. Answer that question. The date is hard and fast. Now, if it's important to you to take some measurements or to go in for one more, look, make sure that you're a real estate agent. That's the buyer's real estate agent writes that into the offer because the seller does not have to let you back in until let's say it's nine o'clock and not Tuesday morning when you're taking possession, you don't have the right to go back in there. If you, some people want to do not only measurements, but they also might wanna get a contractor to go through. They might wanna be ready to do a new kitchen, make sure you write that into the offer. And that way the seller when they agree to it, have to let you in. [00:02:55] Host Ryan Peterson: worst they can say is no. That's right. And it's not one of those things that's gonna
9 minutes | Aug 5, 2022
August 2022 Winnipeg Real Estate Market Report
Get the latest real estate market stats, sales and listings of houses and condos in Winnipeg in the beginning of August 2022. Is this a home buyers market, or a home sellers market? Listen and find out whether now is a great time to buy or sell your house or condo in Winnipeg. [00:00:00] Bo Kauffmann: Wait till you hear what's going on in the Winnipeg real estate market. That's coming up next on Winnipeg's real estate podcast. [00:00:09] You're listening to the Bo knows real estate podcast tips and advice for home buyers, sellers, and owners with award winning Remax agent Bo Kaufman. [00:00:25] Hello, this is Bo Kaufman Remax performance Realty in Winnipeg. And what a difference a couple of months makes we've gone from a super, super insanely strong seller's market, which was happening in April and may. June started to slow down and July saw further slow downs. And right now it's turned into an almost too strong a buyer's market. [00:00:44] It's completely swung the other way.. There are reports of listings going up and getting one showing in the first week on the market. I'm not talking about offers. I'm talking to just one showing. So why is this happening? I think rising interest rates have one or one reason. Second reason might be that buyers are just fatigued. [00:01:03] They've been getting beaten in April and may and parts of June. And they've just taken a break. And the third reason is that August traditionally is a slower time. People that want to get into a house before the school starts have already done their buying and August is actually a big moving month. [00:01:19] So August is super busy for lawyers and moving companies. So one of the most common questions I get is when it's a great time to buy a house while it's right now. So actually I've got buyers that I work with throughout April and may we kept. We kept getting hosed. We kept getting beaten by 10, 12, 15 offers going a hundred thousand over asking. [00:01:38] And they basically gave up around June. They had to renew their lease, which was up in July and they just emailed me and saying, Hey, we just, we had to renew our lease. We're gonna go one more year and we're gonna come back into it. Next spring. Guess what? So I told them exactly what I'm gonna tell you now, traditionally, and I'm going back over the last 17 years. [00:01:56] Cause that's all the history that I know. Cause I've been doing this for 17 years now. Spring is the singularly worst time to buy a house. That's because everybody else is doing it. There's a famous saying that says that if everybody else is buying, sell. Another way to look at it is if everybody else is buying, don't buy it that time. [00:02:14] There's super competition. It's just a natural thing in Winnipeg. We hibernate through December, January, February, and then spring comes out and all the buyers come out and that's when you start getting these crazy Bing worse, this year was absolutely insane. But even in past years, April and May have been really busy, very competitive. [00:02:34] So that's probably the worst time to buy. You should be looking at buying right now are a lot of listings on the market and some of them aren't getting any showings, let alone multiple offers. So let's look at some of the numbers of how many listings there are and compare that to spring. On August 1st, we actually had 1,263 houses for sale on the market. [00:02:57] 1263. Compare that to 426 in April and 568 in may. It's almost triple the amount of listings available. So breaking that down houses under a quarter million dollars, we have 288 in April. We had a hundred. So now we have nearly 300 throughout the month of July. We sold about 108 of these houses. [00:03:19] Compare that to last year, same time, 151. So that's like a 35% less than last year houses between two 50 and 500,000. We have 561 homes on the market. In...
11 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
EP: 166 July 2022 Winnipeg Real Estate Market Update
Real estate listings, stats and sales for Winnipeg on July 1st 2022.
11 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
(EP: 165) Proposed Federal Budget - Impact on Real Estate in Canada
Fed Budget Discussions [00:00:00] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Let's separate fact from fiction about the upcoming federal budget proposal. That's coming up next to Winnipeg's real estate podcast. [00:00:26] Hello, everybody I’m Bo Kauffmann Remax performance Realty with another episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast. You know, the real estate market is super hot, so naturally everybody thinks that that's a good thing for all real estate agents. And it's just a wonderful thing. Well, it's not a great thing because it's, so one-sided the only one who really benefits is anybody who wants to sell their house and not buy another one. [00:00:48] So if you're retiring and we're gonna move into an apartment, this is a great time for you. But for buyers and especially first time buyers, it's not a great time. Houses are selling for not only 60, 80, a hundred thousand dollars above asking, but they're selling for 80,000, a hundred thousand dollars over what they would have sold last year. [00:01:07] So if you're a first time buyer you're struggling, it's a, it's a tough time to get into the housing market. So naturally the federal government is going to step in and fix this issue for us with some of their proposals. So I had a friend call me last week and say, Hey, I heard that the blind bidding is coming to an end, the federal government's going to outlaw it. [00:01:25] And I had to kind of look it up and see what they were talking about. And it's part of their proposed budget is that they are looking for a way. To make this whole process of house purchasing more fair. So let's take a second here and talk to somebody who knows a lot more about this, somebody who is in the financial game, and that is Mike Schroeder of mortgage architects. [00:01:50] Let's give him a call. [00:01:55] Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: Good morning. Hey Mike, how are you doing it's Bo Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: Excellent. Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: I thought I thought today we'd talk about the proposed budget. Because about a week ago, a relative of mine called me and said, Hey, have you heard that blind bidding and sealed bids are a way of the past are going away? And I'm saying. No, actually, I haven't heard that's so I had to look into it and that's one of the proposals that the government, the federal government would like to do away with, uh, to put it in perspective and to put some history behind it is when you put your house up for sale right now in most provinces, you can put it up for sale and then buyers enter bids that are private and sealed and only the seller gets to open them. Well, what, what can happen is somebody, the winning bidder can overshoot all the other bids by quite a bit great for the seller. Um, but you know, the federal government says, Hey, we don't like this. So they, you know, Talked about maybe finding a way to put an end to it. [00:02:57] The problem is these real estate laws are set provincially in the federal government has very little authority. They can try and work with the provinces on this stuff. Uh, but so far from what I've heard, the provinces had told the federal government to go pound sand So, um, I know there's a lot of rumors out there. [00:03:15] There's a lot of, uh, things that we might be doing, but it's not even voted on yet. So, Mike, what have you heard and what do you take away from this proposed budget? Well, let's start [00:03:25] Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: with, what's actually been talked about details. So the first one is actually a proposal. I like it's called the tax-free first home savings account. [00:03:35] So most people are familiar with the fact that you put money into your RRSPs. You can take money out of your RRSP’s. For the first time home buyer, they catch of...
9 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
(EP: 164) Storage For Your Stuff - Winnipeg Storage Options
[00:00:00] Bo Kauffmann - Real Estate Agent: Do you have too much stuff in your house? What do you do with it? Today? Would talk temporary storage solutions. That's coming up next to Winnipeg's real estate podcast. [00:00:26] Bo Kauffmann: Hello, everybody Bo Kauffmann from here from Remax performance Realty with another great episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast. It's been said that the more room you have, the more stuff you accumulate, I can verify that, but there'll come a time when we all run out of room. My current hobby is scotch and cigars. and luckily that doesn't take a lot of room By the way, we have an upcoming fundraiser, a scotch and cigar sampling right here in Winnipeg on June 18th. That's the father's day weekend, but it's a Saturday. And it has a twist to it. I know there's lots of scotch and cigar events around, but this one has a bit of a bonus. You actually get to enjoy the cigar because we're holding it inside. Thomas Hinds new sampling lounge, and they're licensed to allow smoking. So tickets are very limited because there's only 46 seats. If you're looking for tickets, give me a shout. They're going fast. June 18. And there was a five o'clock sitting and an eight o'clock sitting. And the eight o'clock is just about sold out. Maybe you've got a hobby collecting sewing machines, or your collection of old pinball machines are starting to take up too much room. What do you do? Or perhaps you're going to sell your house and you need to just temporarily declutter a need some temporary storage. Whatever your reasons. There are storage solutions that have popped up all over town, ready to serve your storage needs. And today we're going to speak with Claire Coppens business manager of total storage right here in Winnipeg. I'm going to ask her a few questions. Hi, Claire. How are you today? Excellent. [00:01:52] Bo Kauffmann: Okay, let's get right into it. What kind of people are, are your customers who use a storage facility? [00:01:59] Clair Coppens I would say that the most popular reason people are coming to tool storage, like for a self storage unit are big milestones in their lives, like buying a new home or waiting for a new home to be built. Or oftentimes we have see like death of a loved one. And they're trying to find space to put those belongings for a shorter or long time. [00:02:17] Bo Kauffmann: Right. Okay. Yeah, certainly I can get behind the idea of using storage to put your extra stuff, especially if you're downsizing or even up-sizing like your, you want to store it until you find a new home and then decide what you want to do with about you've been around for 10 years, you're telling me, but what do people look for when they want to select a self storage facility? [00:02:36] Claire Coppens - Business Manager: So I would say that the first thing to look for, if you're going to see a unit is if the facility is clean, like, are the hallway swept, are the units dusted and, you know, Ask other tenants there too. Like if they find the facility clean, the second thing I would say is, do you feel safe there? You know, you're putting a lot of your, your special items there. Is there a gate? What's the security like, is there cameras, do you need a code? What kind of locks are they asking you to put on the unit? And then third, it's just, do you feel welcomed there? Right. Do you feel like the staff cares that you and your items are there and you're not just a customer of theirs, you know, are they going to go the extra mile to make sure that your belongings are safe and well taken care of while you can't take care of them? [00:03:16] Bo Kauffmann - Real Estate Agent: Okay. So a question came to mind is do people have access to their stuff 24 7? Or are you just open...
9 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
(EP: 163) Cashback Mortgages - Benefits and Drawbacks
What are Cash-Back Mortgages? Whats the catch, and how do they help? Interview with Mike Schroeder of Mortgage Architects
4 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
April 2022 Winnipeg Real Estate Market Update (EP: 162)
Market stats for house and condo listings in April 2022 for Winnipeg.
12 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
(EP: 161) Home Buyer Tips & Etiquette - How to make home showings more fun
Home Buyer Tips & Etiquette [00:00:00] BoKauffmann-REALTOR: Let's talk about tips and home buying etiquette. On this episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast, All right. Welcome to this episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast. Today, we're going to talk about some tips and etiquette for home buyers to follow. What do I mean by that? So you're looking at houses and likely on a Saturday afternoon, let's say you're going to go out and look at four or five houses back to back with your agent. We call that a home viewing tour. And today we're going to talk about tips to make that, that whole tour go a little smoother, a little less troublesome just make the whole experience a little bit better for you. But also some etiquette and some rules to follow. Because as a buyer in this hot sellers market, you want to stand out for the great offer you make, not for the rules. Your break sounds like a song in there. So let's we're going to break this episode down into three different sections. The first one is going to be what to bring and where during these home showings, second one is going to be what not to bring what not to do. And the third one is how to act in sponsor inside the house. So let's go. All right. So remember it says, like, let's say a Saturday afternoon, you gotta look at four or five houses in a row. And this first tip is really helpful in the winter wear comfortable shoes you can slip on and off. If you've got these big mukluks that tie up halfway to your knee, you'll spend a lot of time taking them off and putting them back on from going from one showing to the next. So we're comfortable. Slip-on shoes next, bring a pen and pad. Now each listing will probably have a listing sheet waiting for you so you can grab that, but there's always going to be questions or things that aren't on there that you might want to mark down for yourself. If you're looking at five houses in a row, it's easy to get them. You know, you end up forgetting which one needed the new bathroom upgrader, which one had the really ugly floor here or there. So it's good to mark that down. So bring your own pants. And last bring a mask and sanitizer. Yes. COVID is still a thing. I remember you going into other people's houses. So we are still expected to wear masks because people live there and there's showings after us. So once inside you're going to be touching the fridge. You're going to be touching doorknobs, closets, stuff like that. Plus there was people there before us, so you might want to sanitize going in and coming out up next. We're going to talk about what. We'll be right back after this short announcement. This episode of Winnipeg's real estate podcast is sponsored by urban top code, paint and design. Bring in quality fine finishes to your home. Whether you're planning to sell, have just settled in or looking for a robust color refresh urban top code, paint and design has your home covered. There's quality in their hands and they leave it in their work call. Rob white today at 2 0 4 7 9 1 8 0 2 4. All right. So let's start with some of the things that not to do. Leave the food and the and the drinks in the car. Let's say you picked up a cup of coffee on the way to your showings or a sandwich or a banner, a hoagie. Leave those in the car. Don't bring food into somebody else's house. As I can hear the eyeballs rolling. Oh my God. Bowl where you're telling us that it's because it's been done and then coffee gets spilled and it, it's not, it's not a good thing. Next is keep the the viewing group. Now if you're a young couple chances are you want your parents' approval, maybe they're even putting money in for the down payment. They're definitely want, want to have a look at the house. And I encourage that. In fact, if we're looking at 20 houses, I would encourage that you bring all decision-makers to as many of their...
11 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
(EP: 160) Documents Home Buyers Need For Pre-Approval
Documents needed for Home Buyer Pre-Approval [00:00:00] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: In any hot real estate market buyers know they need to get pre-approved before even looking at homes. So how do we streamline that process? That's coming up next on Winnipeg's real estate podcast. [00:00:13] Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: You're listening to the bone knows real estate podcast tips and advice for home buyers, sellers, and owners with award winning Remax agent Beau Kaufman. [00:00:28] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Hello, everybody bought Kaufman here, Remax performance Realty. And today we're talking about pre-approval. Now that's been around for awhile buyers. These days know that they need to get pre-approved by the way, pre-approval is different than pre-qualification. When a buyer goes up to a bank teller and says, Hey, I make 60 grand a year. How much of a mortgage can I afford? Can you plug those numbers in? And the teller gives them. That's pre qualification. That's not what we're looking for. We need something a lot deeper than that. We need something where they do a bit of a dive into your financial abilities to financial history, your credit rating. And that's called a pre-approval. Now, depending on who you're dealing with or pre-approval. Take just a few hours or it could take days. A lot of times it depends on the financial institution you're dealing with, but it can also be helped. Like the process can be sped up by you, the buyer being ready for the questions they're going to answer, because no matter where you go, they're going to need a number of documents from you. And today we're going to talk to my good buddy Mike Schroeder of mortgage architects. And he's going to give us a list of documents that you, the buyer have to have. So you, you may as well spend the time to dig them out, have them ready and really impressed the hell out of them when they ask for those documents and you say, Hey, I've got everything ready in a file here for you. I'll email it to you. A lot of times that pre-approval process can be cut down to a mere hours. So here we are, help me in welcoming Mike Schroeder to the show. All right, Mike, welcome back to the show. [00:01:53] Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: Good morning, Bob, how are you doing today? [00:01:55] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Excellent. Excellent. How are you? Are you [00:01:57] Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: busy? Oh man. This has been great. All everyone's buying and selling homes you say? So it's been [00:02:02] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: crazy. Okay. All right. So we're talking about what a buyer can do to kind of shorten that whole pre-approval process and they can, as quick as possible some of the documents that they need, that your you and other lenders are likely going to ask them for. So let's start with that. What, what do buyers need to provide to get pre. [00:02:21] Mike Schroeder - Mortgage Architects: Sure. So we can break the documents down to three different categories. We have to show how much money you make. So your income, we have to cover your down payment and we have to go over your credit. So let's start at the beginning of that first question of course would be, would be, are you employed or are you self employed? If you're employed at the company that really, we need the last pace. Have you received your last two years of G4S? If you've been the employer that long, that will give us a good establishment on Granger. Don't forget if you're receiving the Canadian child benefits that many lenders will also accept that as a valid thing. Now, if you're self-employed, we need to get your last two years and they've been tax returns. One of the easiest way of getting those tax returns is to contact your...
13 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
(EP: 159) Hiring a Mover in Winnipeg - Tips on finding a great, reputable moving company
Hiring a Mover in Winnipeg [00:00:00] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Spring market is here. And as with every spring home sales are increasing. So more people are buying and selling, which means more people are going to end up moving. Do you do it yourself or do you hire a mover? So coming up next is an interview with a friend of mine who runs total moving in Winnipeg. [00:00:16] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: And we're going to get some tips on how to find, hire, and select a great. [00:00:20] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: Uh, you're listening to the bone knows real estate podcast tips and advice for home buyers, sellers, and owners with award winning Remax agent Beau Kaufman. [00:00:41] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: All right today, we're going to be talking about moving, hiring a mover or doing it yourself. The moving industry I have found is one of those really unregulated industry, anybody with a pickup truck and call themselves a mover. It's like a home inspection, a service, anybody with a flashlight. Can call themselves a home inspector. [00:00:57] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: So how do you weed through that? I can tell you a quick little story. When I was a police officer, I was sitting in the station and somebody came in and report that they had a whole bunch of stuff go missing from their moving company. It is, it is kind of a wild west out there as far as moving goes. So if you are going to hire a mover, make sure your hire a good one. [00:01:18] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: And today we're going to be talking with a good friend of mine who runs total moving, which is fairly new here in Winnipeg. And we're going to talk to him next. His name is Colby kiss. All right. So I'm here with my friend Colby kiss from told will moving Winnipeg, uh, Colby. Let's get right into it and ask you if. [00:01:37] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: There's so many movers out there. I mean, anybody with a pickup truck and call themselves a mover, it seems to me it's like a somewhat loosely regulated industry. There really is, you know, it's a wild west show out there. How do people find a great mover? What sets a great mover apart from the. [00:01:53] Bo Kauffmann - REALTOR: You know, what's, um, bad. [00:01:55] Colby Kiss - Total Moving: You're absolutely correct. In that sense, you gotta be careful with who you're hiring. Um, some places you might want to look to first would be like BBB, better business bureau. Uh, they only bring credible businesses on with business, better business bureau. Sorry. Um, we're on there. We have a great, great review system through them. [00:02:11] Colby Kiss - Total Moving: The next would be check your Google reviews. That's probably your most important, um, important thing to look into, right? Like if you have a company has all five stars and they've got over. Say even 30 reviews, you're probably looking at a company that is somewhat credible and they can all be fake ones and companies are looking to do that. [00:02:27] Colby Kiss - Total Moving: Right. So it is something companies do, unfortunately. But, um, if they're getting over the 30, 40 mark, they're definitely, they're definitely having customers that are having good experiences with them. So that's massive. And then another one we're hopping into, as soon as we get into, um, two years in business, sorry, is cam the Canadian association of movers, our business mentor and Phillips is in there. [00:02:46] Colby Kiss - Total Moving: And. Set the steps up for us to get right in. We've already been deemed as, uh, as credible. And it's just about. Getting two years in the industry for us right now, so that we can hop into that one to further go into it. I guess like some things you'd want to look...
8 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
(EP: 158) Helpful Tips For Home Buyers - Spring 2022 - Winnipeg Real Estate Market
It’s springtime, and Winnipeg home buyers are facing a very tough sellers market. How can first time buyers get a leg up in this highly competitive environment? Lets talk with mortgage expert, my friend Mike Schroeder of Mortgage Architects…next. Home buyers in Winnipeg are in a very tuff spot. Our spring market is normally very competitive. This is when buyers come out in large numbers, and end up competing on homes and even condos. This year they are facing 2 additional obstacles,: Lack of listings and rising interest rates. Normally at this time , we have around 1200 houses on the market. This morning, we have just over 400. Whats worse, is that over half of them are new listings, and will likely be sold in the next couple of days. Also, the headlines are shouting “Bank of Canada DOUBLES its interest rates”… adding more stress to the daily routines of home buyers. So I thought it was high time that we speak with someone who knows mortgages, knows how to help home buyers and can add some perspective to these issues Let’s say hellow to Mike Schroeder of Mortgage Architects in Winnipeg.
3 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
(EP: 157) Winnipeg's Real Estate Market Update - March 2022
Welcome to Winnipeg’s Real Estate Market update for March 2022 Here we are at the beginning of March, and let’s take a look at the housing market first, then the condo market. On March 1st, we had a total of 366 houses available for sale. That’s up a little from the 306 we had a month ago, but well below 577 on March 1st last year. The main segment of activity continues to be in the 250k to 500k range where we sold 236 during Feb., and only have 157 available on March 1st. The next busiest price range is from 500 to 1 million, with 129 sales during Feb. A lot of listings start out in the 400 K range, but bidding drives their sold price up over 500K. I just worked with a couple who bought their first home. It took 7 attempts to finally have our offer accepted. The home they bought was listed at $320K and they had to bid 95K over that. It’s tough to be a buyer right now. Winnipeg’s condo market is not spared from this hectic activity. We currently have only 211 condos available, compared to 431 last year and 561 the year before. Sales of 146 units in Feb. is an increase from the previous month, and significantly higher than the 86 sold in Feb. last year. So in summary, Winnipeg continues to be a very strong seller’s market, so if you’re thinking of selling a house or condo, NOW is the time to call to get ready to sell. Call me anytime for a free market analysis.
2 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
(EP: 156) 1-Minute Real Estate Market Update - Winnipeg Feb 22nd 2022
Hello Winnipeg, welcome to my 60-second market update Weather is cold, but our real estate market is HOOOOT Check this out! End of Feb, we normally have around 1200 houses for sale. Today that number is 349 Same with condos….normally 5-600 available, but today just 207 If you’re thinking of selling your house or condo, take advantage of this market right now. Call me to discuss the best strategy to get the most for your home. If you’re a buyer, buckle up…. Multiple offers are pretty much the norm right now. Homes getting 10, 15 or more offers is fairly standard. So why not wait until the inventory scarcity ends? Here is why: Right now it’s -40 and most of the buyers are still dormant. Once nice weather arrives, they will wake up and join the hunt for a home…..creating even more demand. If you’re serious about buying or selling, a house or a condo in Winnipeg, call me right now Bo Kauffmann, REMAX performance at 204-333-2202
3 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Feb 2022 Winnipeg Real Estate Market Update Quickie
Welcome to the real estate quickie for Feb 2022 First, let's look at the HOUSING market. On Feb 1st we have 306 houses for sale in Winnipeg. Let’s put that into context. Last year, which as you may recall, was a super hot sellers market, but we actually had 481 Houses available, or about 60% MORE than today. And 2 years ago, that number was over 1100….nearly 4 times what it is right now. What are the real world effects of this type of market? House went up for sale in St James last week, at 370K, got 19 offers and sold for over 100K more…. Over the month of January, which is normally a pretty slow month, we sold 273 houses, with another 55 showing as pending, for a total potential sale of 328…. That means that, at this pace, if NO further listings came to market, everything would be sold in the next 29 days….. that is a super low inventory level. But how about condos. Traditionally, they have a history of being more affordable and available. Well, there are 227 Condos of all prices available in Winnipeg right now. One year ago that number was 402….. and 2 yrs ago it was 561 In January, we sold 69 condos, with another 40 showing as pending, for a total potential sale of 109 condos. This inventory level sits at 65 days…. While that’s double the level of houses, in the condo-market this is super fast. So even condos are now selling with multiple offers, there is simply no escaping it. If you’re a buyer, hold off if you can. And if you’re a seller, RIGHT NOW is a great time to list your home If you have to do both, there are strategies available to maximize your results….call me to discuss that may be best for your unique and distinct situation.
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