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Studying Real Estate at University

With thousands of students across the country enrolled in business school it’s odd to hear facts that the real estate business is perhaps the biggest thing never learnt through schooling. Research from a dozen real estate agents across the country have suggested that many of their clients (including themselves) lament the fact that they never learnt the dynamics of the market when they went to business school and because of it are faced with the dangers or learning about real estate through trial and error.
Good news, that all is about to change.

Over the course of the past 3 to 4 years Universities across Canada are stepping up their game to provide more real estate schooling and better training to its students.

“Every year we see more and more students telling us that they want to learn more about the real estate business,” said Indira Hamdon, who is the president of the University of Alberta. “In the past four years we’ve been designing programs and getting the proper teachers to meet these demands in hopes that when our students leave they will have a fluid understanding of the real estate business.”

25% of students consider studying realestate

This past semester nearly 25% of students studying their first year MBA have identified that studying real estate is an essential part to business. In the past the training just wasn’t there and forced a lot of students to take a separate course outside of University to learn enough about the business and write the real estate exam.

“Alum are giving us a lot of important background and research,” says Hamdon. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have some former students working with big Realty agencies and coming back to us wondering why we didn’t have a similar program to the one offered outside of our University.”

Global Realestate Trends Encourage Formal Training

One such alum is Doug Morton who since graduating back in 2004 has found his way to Grande Prairie. Doug noticed a problem though the moment he arrived, fresh with a MBA, back into his hometown. “The booming economy in our city and a hot real estate market led me to joining a local agency here in town, unfortunately I didn’t have any formal training and was told essentially to go back to school.”Since graduating in 2004 and then passing his real estate exam in 2005 Doug has went on to found his own business in the local real estate market. The recent launch of his website has helped countless newcomers and individuals find, sell and buy Grande Prairie, Alberta Real Estate the last two years. As well he has given back, helping the University sort out and add to its real estate training and courses.
“Having to go back to school after graduating really opened my eyes,” added Morton. “Ever since I’ve been helping the UofA with ideas and guidance on some of the things I wish I would have had when studying for my MBA.”

UofA is a leader in realestate Training

“The real estate business is a big part of everyone’s life, not just my own. Knowing the finer details can be the difference between saving or losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Since changing their stance on real estate programs the University of Alberta has created programs better aimed for those individuals looking to get a jump start on the industry. Different fields of study are all available, from learning about property management, home insurance, mortgages, even portfolio investment strategies are all areas that are meeting demand.
It’s not just Alberta who has started this trend. Other schools across the country have worked with the UofA to find common ground and studies for the thousands of students interested.
“There’s an enormous need and an even bigger demand for this kind of education, no doubt about it,” Said Morton.
Alberta will be working in collaboration with other schools across the country gathering information to determine who to build, adjust and perfect its real estate program in the coming year. In the meantime people like Doug Morton will continue to provide invaluable insight to the school and help teachers develop courses around the subject.

Moving into University Housing

For a recent high school graduate the prospect being accepted into UBC  is both exciting and frightening. Exciting because this is your opportunity to venture out into early adulthood – spread you wings so to speak. But it is frightening to leave behind your home, your family and  your childhood. This is a a step towards you future and as they say “growing up is hard to to”

Living on university campus will be a major change for those of you used to living in your parents home. You may be inclined to take all your belongings with you move to university- however, this is impossible. When packing for university use the “less is more”mentality. Vancouver has lots of shopping and whatever you can find in Vancouver’s shopping district – you can buy online. In fact, it is much easier and cheaper to buy certain items when you are there and really need them. In addition, you should also keep in mind that you will probably be moving into a student hall room that is smaller than your own bedroom. Below you will find a checklist we have put together for students moving on campus.

A checklist of items to bring with you when you move on campus.

Electrical essentials and school items

  • -Computer, laptop, printer, binders and headphones
  • -Lined paper, pens, pencils and highlighter
  • -Ethernet cable, extension cords and electrical power bar
  • -Backpack and alarm clock

Bedroom:

  • -Mattress pad, pillows and Lines (comforter, sheets, beddings)
  • -Iron and iron board
  • -Clothing (ensure that you include warm clothes for the winter months and light ones for the summer)
  • -Coffee maker and Kettle
  • -Mugs and glasses
  • -Posters and other items that will personalize your new room.

What you should not bring to university housing

  • -Extra furniture
  • -Subwoofers or large speakers
  • -Any kind of weaponry
  • -Candles or incense
  • -Clothes you don’t wear

A handy suggestion before you move in is to get in touch with  your future roommate. Discuss what each of you is planning to bring so that you don’t end up missing essential items. You can also go through UBC’s website to read about their dorms. For instance, if yours’ has air conditioning, you won’t have to bring a fan. The main point is to learn as much as you can about the facilities offered.

A little knowledge about your new university goes a long way. One blanket rule is that you shouldn’t bring any valuables that may promote theft and cannot be replaced. If you do, make sure you put identification labels in each of your duffle bags and not just on the outside. It is also recommended that you leave copies of important documents at home in case the original ones get lost.

The following are some of the basic guidelines when moving into university housing:

  • -Do not carry huge sums of cash
  • -If you can, store your valuables in small cashboxes and safes
  • -Always lock your room when you leave
  • -Don’t allow people you don’t know into your room

Moving can be a very tiring task. It usually takes a lot of planning and effort. If you want to avoid any mishaps during your move, the best thing is to hire professional movers in vancouver. One of the top rated moving companies offers discounted rates to university students moving to UBC. Whether you require long distance moving or local moving – give them a call or visit their website for more information. While moving, most people tend to lose their things due to exhaustion. They lack the necessary experience and expertise to effectively move their stuff. This is one of the main reasons why you should hire a professional moving company. With the right staff, the entire process can be over in a short period. There is no need of burdening yourself with unnecessary moving tasks when a professional team can do it for you.

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Study Abroad and moving to Canada

Canada is a North American country consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories and has among the lowest population density in the world. It is a bilingual country with both English and French as official languages and Hockey and Lacrosse as their official sports. Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest nations whose economy relies heavily upon its natural resources and upon trade, primarily with the US.Canada is the home of some of the world’s top research facilities and academic institutions. Imagine learning in supportive academic environments where professors are approachable and classrooms reflect the cultural diversity of our land. Imagine entering the workforce with qualifications that are recognized and respected the world over.

“Good day, eh?” This is a typical greeting in this beautiful land, and what a good day it will be if you choose to study abroad in Canada! From the gorgeous forests, rivers, and Canadian Rockies to the warm and friendly people, there isn’t much about Canada that one wouldn’t like. Since 1994, Canada has been listed among the top five countries to live in. Whether its because of the longer life expectancies, the safety and low crime rates, or the amount of leisure activities, Canadians are happy. But what’s even better is the fact that Canada was ranked third in the world for their educational systems, which means that students who wish to study abroad there are not only getting the cultural experience of a lifetime, but are also getting a world-class education.

If you are considering studying abroad and moving to Canada.  you won’t be disappointed. Canada has a long and proud tradition of excellence in education. Recognized as Canada’s Education Destination, British Columbia has more academic institutions per capita than anywhere else in Canada. British Columbia has been a learning destination for over two hundred years. Canada’s first English-speaking schools and universities were founded here. Today, faculty and students move residences across Canada Some long distance moves as much as 10,000 KMs! to work and study, in both English and French. If you study abroad in Canada you are guaranteed an internationally recognized education that is also affordable.

 Canada plays host to more than 180,000 International students in any given year. Increasingly, Canada is becoming the country of choice for students from all parts of the world. Canada offers quality education spending more per capita on its education system than any other country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A Degree/Diploma from a Canadian Institute is recognized world wide. International students who graduate from Canadian Institutions enjoy successful and prosperous careers. Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements. Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive. Over the last three years, Canada’s inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world. International students can apply for their Permanent Residency which takes up to 15 to 18 months from within Canada. However they need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria of 67 Points.For the past 9 consecutive years, a United Nations survey has found Canada to be the best place in the world to live. The survey conducted every year, evaluates quality of life in 174 countries, using over 200 performance indicators. Canada earns particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy and low crime rates.