I would like to announce that Ron Gauvreau has accepted the position of Branch Manager for our Edmonton office. Ron has been with York West Asset Management Group Inc. for 10 year and is well respected by his clients and his colleagues.
Previously to working with York West, Ron worked at Telus in Engineering and Management for 27 years.
Ron started the role on August 12, 2013.
As of August 1, 2013, I am pleased to announce that Magnum and Peter Best has acquired the operation of York West Asset Management Group Inc.. This amalgamation of our two companies will bring added depth and additional services to the company which will translate to greater benefits to our clients.
The new entity will be named “Magnum York Property Management Ltd”. Peter Best, Magnum’s current President and Broker will continue his role.
As we merge our operations over the next 9 to 12 months, we plan to incorporate the best practices of each company including the computer reporting methods, back end systems and move online to provide to the clients with more flexible choices.
If you are a client of either company, there will be no change in the people you interact with on a regular basis. I am excited that we have been able to retain the major of the existing staff.
York West is a full service company specializing in single family, rental pool, commercial and condominium management that have been serving clients in Calgary and Edmonton markets for over 28 years.
Magnum is a full service company specializing in single family, rental pool and condominium management that have been serving clients in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Fort McMurray.
Should you wish to discuss the change please feel free to contact your property manager or either of us directly with your concerns.
York West Asset Management Group Inc.
Magnum Property Management Ltd.
Keeping your insurance up to date and making sure you have the correct coverage can sometimes seem like an endless task. It is one of those things you might keep thinking about and pushing it off until the next day, but that needs to stop. Alberta summers bring all sorts of crazy weather, from Flash Floods to Tornados and everything in between... Now is the time to check your coverage, make sure you are completely covered and your premiums are paid. In the event of a disaster you don't want to be scrambling when it might already be too late.
Be aware of your deductible, how much is it? Do you know what it would cost you out of your own pocket should your home or rental property be affected? Being fully informed is the best way to protect yourself. If you look after your insurance yourself then call your agent, or check your policy. If you are covered on a group policy then check with the coordinator just to be sure you were renewed.
The article that got me thinking about this topic was mainly about Hurricanes and keeping yourself covered from the wind damage that can go along with them. There were many valid points that relate to us here in Alberta though, if you want to read the full article you can check it out at http://www.buildium.com/windstorm-mitigation-inspections-can-help-you-save-big/
Lately there has been a lot of talk about rental discrimination from Landlords. I thought this might be an interesting subject to touch on seeing as we have hundreds of applications come through our office every year. We can take pride in being able to say we do not discriminate when choosing a tenant. Some of you may be wondering what exactly is discrimination...? Simply put, discrimination is treating people differently for one reason or another, usually based on a pre conceived idea of what they may be like due to race, gender ect.
When an application comes into our office we follow a strict procedure that is the same for each and every tenant. We review their employment history, check their landlord references and perform a credit check. We make our decisions based only on the information we receive from these checks.
If you would like to read more on this issue please follow the link http://www.buildium.com/how-to-avoid-rental-property-discrimination/
I usually only blog about real estate or business related topics but I have to tell everyone the amazing experience we have with this site, 99Designs.ca. We are in the process of refreshing some of our branding. The site enables people who need one off design work done and completed quickly and cheap. It is very simple to use. You start a new contest, you fill in one page of information and enter your credit card. Within hours designs start flowing in from people around the world. We had 50 different designs within 24 hours, within 4 days we had over 300. As the designs come in your rate them and provide feedback on what you liked or didn’t. The designers respond to the feedback with changes. You keep doing this for 4 days.
After 4 days you select up to 6 designers you want to work with. Then the same process starts again for three days with the 6 designers, you rate and give feedback. After the 3 days you select a winner. The electrical files and the rights are sent to you and the winning designer gets their money.
For a new logo and business card, it is going to cost $649.
What they are not is great for setting a company brand or building a whole web site, especially if you not very technical. They are great for one off items.
The next time I have marketing piece or need new website landing page, I will definitely be using them.