As I write this, Engel and Völkers has just announced that Permira, a global private equity firm, has just purchased a major stake in Engel & Völkers International. We are pretty excited about this as it is "a move that would position Engel & Völkers for future strategic innovation, expansion into new markets and increased digitalization
within the company.”
We are striving to get better at what we do… advising and helping our clients get more out of life. Helping them in two ways, where they want to live and how they want to live.
More on this in the coming weeks and months.
Closer to home we have made major changes as well. We have merged our brokerage which encompasses Muskoka Collingwood and the Grey Bruce with Toronto Central which encompasses North Downtown and Yorkville areas. Under the leadership of Anita Springate-Renaud as Broker of Record I am able to step into a primary Sales & Advisory position. Having said that, I have formed a Group or Team, if you will, with James McGregor out of the Owen Sound Grey Bruce mapping. Say hello to the McGregor Hahne Group.
The market is changing; our lives and lifestyles are changing as we have witnessed in the last 18 months. We have to constantly reposition and retool to help our clients and customers “get more out of life.” It takes more and more strategy, and resources to keep with the pace of a fast moving Real Estate market and our clients are on the move like never before. We want to be your trusted advisors and be there for you when you need us.
So let me introduce you to the team.
James began his career in the real estate business after holding leadership positions with the NHL and OHL for several years. The time he spent in this highly competitive industry enabled him to strongly develop his work ethic, perseverance, integrity, team spirit and competitive drive.
"For me personally, the real estate experience should be exciting! It’s an adventure and an opportunity to grow and make changes. I am eager to meet new people, build great relationships and play a key role in a very big part of helping clients get more out of life.”
James is still a passionate hockey leader as a head coach within minor hockey system and part of their Minor Hockey Executive. James is an active member within the community, sitting on the Economic and Tourism Committee. His passions outside of work are his children Keagan and Isla and his wife Jen.
Letitia joined Engel & Völkers after a decade in international business development, co-founding and managing a telemedicine start-up in Europe.
Having moved her family internationally for education and business more than once, Letitia truly understands how the right home enhances our lives. What Letitia loves about real estate is, in fact, the human element — "how our homes provide a canvas for us to live, thrive, dream and connect." Her philosophy that the business of real estate should not be complex, but honest and transparent, is what drives her to serve.
After living in world class locations such as Miami, Monaco, Vienna and Salzburg, Letitia, along with her husband and three children, returned to the Toronto area. She is privileged to call Mono and surrounding Hills of Headwaters her home.
Letitia holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Guelph, a Master of Business Administration in Luxury Brand Management from the University of Monaco and a Master of Business Law from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Letitia’s goal as an Engel & Völkers Advisor is to engage her rare mix of experience and education, together with authenticity and high level of focus and organization, to craft extraordinary experiences for each of her clients.
Ashley has just purchased a home in Collingwood after living and working internationally for several years.
Her experience in Real Estate comes from working with some of the worlds largest and most prestigious brands including Lennar Corporation, North Americas largest homebuilder and an International powerhouse when it comes to Lifestyle Communities. Ashley was the Marketing Director for International Markets.
Ashley was also the Marketing Manager in charge of Global Residential Projects for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Other companies Ashley has worked with include The Walt Disney Company and Rogers.
Her expertise is Marketing Management As Competitive Intelligence, Digital Marketing and Brand Marketing, Content Marketing and Content Strategy.
My wife is my rock. Working together day in and day out is hard. The only time we are not talking about Real Estate and our clients is when we are fast asleep and even then sometimes sleep is broken by a thought of something we have to do without fail the next day. A pad of paper and a pen sit at each night table. Tam looks after marketing, social, listing management on the various boards and websites and scheduling. She matches our client lists to various properties and generally keeps the wheels on the wagon. Our clients love her and so do I. She is my big why.
Max purchased the Engel & Völkers franchise territory in 2015 with 35 years of experience in the business. I could see it was an up and coming Luxury Brand that was making it’s mark with the world’s finest properties and services. I wanted to be a part of it not only for myself and my wife Tammy, but for my customers and clients.
It’s been a great run. We’ve learned a lot and upped our services and offerings. Now was the time for us to make a quantum leap and the only way to do it was to pass the reins of the Brokerage administration to Anita from Toronto Central and form a group of the best Advisors in the business. We are building a group of talented individuals that together will be able to offer the best service for our clients in our primary market territory of Port Severn to Tobermory.
Our advisory role to our Buyer and Seller clients includes, luxury marketing and positioning, Real Estate acquisition as an investment, second and third home acquisition and management, international property, development, commercial, and renovation.
We really want to help you get more out of life and we believe Real Estate is the path to that goal. It really is about where you want to live and how you want to live. The ultimate choices are yours and your family’s…but we want to help you get there.
A REAL ESTATE COMPANY THAT GIVES BACK.
Our success is wonderful. Sharing it is even better!
The purpose of business is to create socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities. Being in the business of real estate allows us the privilege of daily interaction with our local communities and we recognize our moral duty to lend support where we can.
Engel & Völkers is globally recognized for its commitment to philanthropy. We as a group are proud to support the causes close to our hearts to help others live strong, happy and healthy lives. A portion of our income from all real estate sales goes directly to these wonderful organizations.
Special Olympics - a renown international organization providing training and support for children and adult athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Living Wish Foundation - an organization devoted to making the world a better place; helping terminally ill patients re-frame hope and realize their dreams.
Residential Hospice Grey Bruce - providing compassionate, patient-centred care to individuals with a life-limiting illness, empowering them to live well while dying.
Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation - raises funds for medical and diagnostic equipment and renovations; supports education and training for staff directly involved in patient care. James is proud to serve as a member of the Board.
Georgian Triangle Humane Society - a non-profit charity providing shelter for homeless animal friends and connecting them with caring families.
YOU CAN HELP US HELP OTHERS.
James and his helpers making the final contribution of 2020 to the Residential Hospice of Grey/Bruce
For 2021 I am on a mission to help 40 families realize their real estate goals and dreams so that I can give back a portion of my income to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation and the Residential Hospice of Grey/Bruce.
In 2020 I was very happy to be able to provide the Residential Hospice of Grey/Bruce with $3,600 in donations and I hope to exceed that number this year.
This will come from referrals, clients and new clients.
So this is where you come in… If you or anyone you know is considering making a move, I would like to offer a FREE No Obligation to Sell Consultation.
Simply call me direct at 226-974-2144 or forward my number on.
LOCAL MARKET DATA.
Residential sales recorded through the MLS® System for the Southern Georgian Bay Western District region totalled 220 units in July 2021. This was a decrease of 46.5% from July 2020.
The average price of homes sold in July 2021 was $839,862, an advance of 22.9% from July 2020. The number of new listings saw a large reduction of 27.6% from July 2020. There were 299 new residential listings in July 2021. Active residential listings numbered 378 units on the market at the end of July, a substantial decline of 37.5% from the end of July 2020.
Months of inventory numbered 1.7 at the end of July 2021, up from the 1.5 months recorded at the end of July 2020 and below the long-run average of 4.9 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.
For the region of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, home sales for the region totalled 327, down 27.7% compared to July 2020. This is 5.2% below the five-year average and 1.6% above the 10-year average for the month of July.
The average price of homes sold in July 2021 was $628,341, an advance of 30.5% from July 2020. The number of new listings saw a big reduction of 10.4% from July 2020. There were 397 new residential listings in July 2021.
Active residential listings numbered 584 units on the market at the end of July, a substantial decline of 21.3% from the end of July 2020. Active listings haven’t been this low in the month of July in more than three decades.
Months of inventory numbered 1.8 at the end of July 2021, up from the 1.6 months recorded at the end of July 2020 and below the long-run average of 5.8 months for this time of year.
Would you like to know what is happening in your local market? We pride ourselves on our competence and market expertise. If you are interested in selling or buying a home and would like more insight on your market, it would be our pleasure to discuss how we can help you achieve your real estate goals.
This beautiful country property features a custom-built brick home and large workshop. The winding tree-lined drive lends charm to this expansive 20 acre estate, while the private deck offers clear views of breathtaking nature and trails.
This modern beauty has everything you could want, from a chef's kitchen to a wet bar to a floor to ceiling fireplace in the great room. Views of Thornbury, Georgian Bay and the Escarpment can be enjoyed from anywhere in this stunning home. A spacious lot with lots of entertainment opportunities.
View the evening lights of Barrie, Angus, Snow Valley and Maple Valley. 10 minutes to skiing and golf. Floor to ceiling windows allows a breathtaking view of the countryside toward Creemore. Adjacent 1.5 acre lot also available.
This iconic downtown property is available to add to your real estate portfolio. Built in the Beaux-Arts style as a Post Office in 1910 and now contains commercial uses and apartments. A solar panel system on the roof which generates income. The building is in excellent condition and has great potential.
Congratulations to my sellers on the sale of this beautiful waterfront property in Eagle Ridge. It was a pleasure working with you on this sale! We had multiple offers and were able to achieve full asking price!
Georgian Bluffs, ON
Congratulations to my clients on the sale of your beautiful Balmy Beach Waterfront Home! We had a few things to stickhandle 🏒 over the course of the listing to get to this point but we made it! Thank you Dan & Daphne for trusting me.
Not every transaction is smooth and easy. It pays to have a local expert on your side who will also provide you with a personalized approach.
For us, real estate is all about the journey we take with our clients. That’s what excites us about what we do.
If you are thinking about listing your property for sale, there are different strategies to utilize and they are changing weekly in our area. Please call us to discuss how We & EV can help you get your property SOLD!
Old House Cay was built in 2010 and made available for rent by its previous owners in 2017. During its tenure as a vacation rental property, the private island was featured in season one, episode five of Netflix’s World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals. In the episode, a trio of travellers visit the estate and take in its charm. Additionally, Travel & Leisure recognized the property as one of the top five private islands to visit in the world.
In May, Ottawa announced the Canada Greener Homes Grant, a $2.6-billion program that doles out up to $5,000 to homeowners seeking energy-efficient retrofits for such things as solar panels and new windows. The program is part of the federal government's larger climate-action plan, and a tacit suggestion that regular citizens can and should help the country reach its ambitious net-zero goals.
“I don't see myself as an architect, but rather as a doctor for cities – and water is my medicine.”
Koen Olthuis, Waterstudio.
Two-thirds of our planet is covered by water. The growing challenges of limited land and an ever-growing population are inspiring these forward-thinking architects to think about life on the water and develop floating hotels, golf courses, theaters, student accommodation and even entire cities.
The challenges our planet is currently facing have inspired leading architects to look into new possibilities for how to turn bodies of water into fascinating new development sites.
Summer is here and the real estate market is as hot as the rising temperatures across the Americas, which means it’s time for Engel & Völkers’ newest edition of Private Residences. Our network has gathered a diverse collection of exquisite properties that are sure to impress.
Five Tips for Using Statement Pieces to Elevate a Space.
The striking popularity of minimalist home decor has overshadowed maximalism throughout the past decade. Now, however, maximalism’s appeal is growing as consumers’ mindsets shift from “less is more” to “more is more.” This flamboyant aesthetic mixes different shapes and patterns, complex furnishings, dynamic wallpapers, and ornate objects.
Access to farm fresh products is one of the privileges of living in Southern Ontario. August is a wonderful time to discover farmer’s markets and local offerings. What better way to get out in nature, meet your local farmers and nourish yourself with seasonal delights. Be inspired by fresh, healthy food which helps support a vibrant, sustainable community.
30 under 30: Gabe Rossitter raises mental health awareness with Belong Apparel. Having just finished grade 11 from OSDSS in Owen Sound, he’s already started his own apparel business that is making a significant impact in the area of mental health. He’s one of the coolest kids I’ve spoken to in a long time, one who’s got his head on straight setting out to make positive changes.
We are so grateful for having the opportunity to help our clients sell or buy the place they call home and in the process, we have met some of the most wonderful, loving, caring people sharing the same values we do!
Luxury has no price point, it is simply the enjoyment of the best in life - it's personally yours. Please reach out to me to discuss how We + E&V can help you get more out of life!
Luxury is the fullness of life that begins and ends each day in the most important space we know -- home. It’s the simple enjoyment of the best in life. Engel & Völkers helps you make luxury personally yours by discovering what it truly means to you.
REAL ESTATE BOOKS.
Max has also been busy using his 35+ years of real estate experience to write a few books that you may enjoy. Click on the images below to get your FREE copy.
A New Life Awaits: A Boomer's Guide to Finding Your Next Home.
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