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Diane Olson, a noted expert on how Canadians can purchase U.S. property, will appear as a guest speaker at the RBC event in Red Deer June 6
RED DEER, AB, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadians anxious to purchase vacation or investment properties in the Sunbelt state of Arizona had better act promptly if they want the biggest savings, according to cross border real estate expert, Diane Olson of the Diane Olson Team.
"The most significant change in the Arizona marketplace," Olson said, "is that the inventory of homes listed on the MLS has dropped from a market high of 50,000 to fewer than 13,000 today. Shrinking inventories usually mean only one thing - bidding wars are becoming much more commonplace."
Though prices are no longer at rock-bottom, Olson said there are still opportunities for savings in Arizona. "Prices are still off market highs, the dollar is strong and interest rates are low. This combination continues to make Arizona an attractive opportunity for Canadian investors."
However, many purchasers only have a vague idea of the potential pitfalls and some of the procedures that they need to be aware of before arranging financing on that dream vacation or retirement house. Navigating the American real estate market can be tricky from a financing standpoint and there are very different tax regulations in the U.S. that could significantly affect you on your purchase decision.
Before purchasing, Olson said it is crucial to get expert advice in many areas before making any decisions. "For instance, many of my clients arrange financing in Canada to avoid fluctuations in the dollar," she said, "and because it's a marketplace they're most familiar with."
Director of Sales and Business Development for RBC Bank, Alain Forget emphasized, "If you are thinking of purchasing any property south of the border doing your homework and getting good advice is critical. Talk to your banker before you go south to confidently know your financing options."
In response to the rising demand for clear information on U.S. property purchases and financing advice, a number of noted experts will be in Red Deer June 6 at an RBC-sponsored event to offer a free learning session to help people be better prepared and more informed on American property purchasing opportunities. The experts presenting at the session include Steve Levy, an attorney who specializes in cross-border tax, estate-planning and real estate, and Canada's go-to realtor for Arizona property, Diane Olson, as well as Michele Birch of RBC Bank. RBC invites all interested people to the complimentary learning session being offered.
Red Deer - Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Westerner Park Harvest Centre, Heartland Room
4847 19 St
Red Deer, AB T4R 2N7
5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception with refreshments and light dinner items
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Presentation
Online registration at http://reddeeradviceevent-eorg.eventbrite.com/
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For further information:
To book an interview with Diane Olson or Steve Levy on June immediately following the presentation please contact:
Jo-Ann Fraser - 403.860.0380 or [email protected]