The Real Estate Council in Alberta, Canada, seems to have a real problem on its hands with real estate agent Derek Johnson, who doesn’t seem licensed to conduct business as an agent and broker. But that’s not stopping Johnson.
“This bigger picture hides a rapid rise in purchases by Chinese investors, who may overtake Canadians as the largest group of foreign buyers of US housing within the next five years,” Capital Economics Property Economist Paul Diggle said.
"We believe it is official that Canada’s housing market is frothy and in danger of a correction. Home prices when viewed as an index have soared, surpassing the height of the US housing bubble," said Chris Muoio, senior associate and economist with Auction.com Research.
Most people involved with any aspect of mortgage finance are probably pretty stressed out, as the market struggles to get on its feet with the threat of a double-dip recession looming.
But according to one job-listing website, real estate agents are feeling the most work-related stress.
The profession ranked as the 10th most stressful job of 2011, according to CareerCast, which maintains a database of job postings from across the U.S. and Canada.
One by one, they filed into the city council chambers. They took their seats and waited their turn, and once there weren’t any seats left, they moved to the seldom-used overflow seating. When the overflow seating filled, they moved to the civic center so they could watch the meeting on a closed-circuit feed..
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