THUNDER BAY – Editorial – I have often thought that the if City of Thunder Bay seeking companies to move to our city were to put up billboards on the Highway 400 north of Toronto headed to Barrie and then onto Orillia, sharing simple messages like, “If you were in Thunder Bay, you could be on the water already”, or “Why spend your life in traffic?” The message could be to encourage business owners in Toronto to come north, examine our community and discover the bounty that would await them.
Some in our city get it, and realize that we are only a short flight from anything you might want… But also that everything you really need is right here.
If a company were to relocate to Thunder Bay, selling the property it owns in Toronto for example, the financial windfall for the owner would be a major bonus. However it would be similar for employees too. Selling a home in Toronto and replacing it here in Thunder Bay would be a way for that employee to likely have a house, and a camp in our city.
Thunder Bay housing is affordable, and so too is land in our region. RE/MAX Realty is getting this, the company is realizing that the global world of real estate is not rare, but rather is common.
RE/MAX has launched what the company states is “The first truly global online real estate resource, with hundreds of thousands of home listings in more than 70 countries and territories”.
The company says the new site has seen unprecedented success and growth since the website’s launch. global.remax.com has drawn in nearly 750,000 unique visitors, who have generated more than 18 million page views. The majority of visitors are from China, the most searched city is London and the most searched country, the United States.
“Consumers have an appetite for a website that gives them not only the home listings from around the world, but in their own language and in their own currency,” said William E. Soteroff, RE/MAX Executive Vice President, U.S. and International Regional Development. “The real estate market is truly global and buyers are no longer just looking in their own cities, they’re looking for homes half a world away and global.remax.com is delivering.”
Since its launch, the site has steadily grown and now has listings in more than 70 countries and territories in 32 languages. Visitors can also check prices in 31 currencies and get the latest world real estate news and events through an in-depth and detailed news feed. The closest competing website offers properties in only 18 countries, 11 languages and 20 currencies.
“You can see the strength of the RE/MAX network behind the success of the site,” said Soteroff. “All our offices know how important the global buyer is to the real estate market today.”