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Valko Financial Ltd. Goes National with Heart-Centred Leadership

We are incredibly honoured by all the love and support we’ve been receiving from our amazing industry (and beyond!).  See the latest issue of Mortgage Broker News for a taste of what we’ve got cooking! *special thanks to Rachel Major for the artwork – we love it!   Original Source:  Mortgage Broker News After more than a decade of accomplishments and growth as a top-producing mortgage broker in Kitchener (Ontario), Tracy Valko founded Valko Financial Ltd. in 2018 to share her passion and principles for excellence in service with a team of like-minded, community focused professionals. Valko Financial Ltd. started small, but always had mighty potential and results because of the individuals who believed in serving the clients and community with honesty, integrity, commitment, and professionalism. Great minds think alike, and heart-centred people gravitate to each other, so it’s no big surprise that even with three provinces between them (about …
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Support Local This Easter Weekend

While people may be celebrating Easter a bit differently this year, there are still ways that you can support local businesses in a safe manner. Here are some great local bakeries in Kitchener-Waterloo to order some Easter-themed treats! Winnie’s Gluten-Free (519) 590-2769 winniesglutenfree.com Located in Belmont village, Winnie’s GLuten-Free is the perfect choice for delicious, gluten-free desserts. Head over to their website or give them a call to place your order! Debrodniks Donuts debrodniks.ca This local favourite is offering a special Easter menu until April 4th. Check it out on their website while supplies last! Norris Bakery (519) 742-0564 norrisbakery.com Norris Bakery was established in 1943 by Albert Norris.  The Bakery was owned and operated by the Norris family till 2000 at which time the Bakery was sold to the lead baker who has operated the Bakery since 2000. Norris Bakery strives to provide our customers with homemade quality baked goods, made …
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Tracy Valko Nominated as RBC Woman of Influence

We are thrilled to announce Tracy Valko has been nominated as an RBC Canadian Woman of Influence! RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is the premier national awards program for celebrating the acheivements of the most successful in this inspiring group.  For 29 years, the awards have shone a spotlight on Canada’s most accomplished and impactful women who have demonstrated excellence – from economic growth to social change, from global reach, across multiple sectors. For more information about the awards or to nominate someone please visit RBC Women of Influence. Learn More    

Support Local on St Patrick’s Day

While people may be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a bit differently this year, there are still ways that you can support local businesses in a safe manner. Here are some great local restaurants to order from for today’s festivities! McCabe’s Irish Pub and Grill Kitchener (519) 743-3400 mccabeskitchener.com Waterloo (226) 647-5321 mccabeswaterloo.com “Irish pubs in downtown Kitchener and Uptown Waterloo where you can enjoy some traditional Irish grub and yummy pub fair. McCabe’s is the perfect mix between Irish tradition and local flair with a friendly atmosphere and always a warm bar stool. During the day it’s more laid-back, ideal for grabbing lunch and caffeine fixes.” Malt and Barley Public House (519) 745-6460 maltandbarley.ca “There’s no better way to celebrate Paddy’s Day than with a 3-course meal from your local pub! Order a 3-course Irish feature that includes mulligatawny soup, lamb stew, Irish car bomb puddin’ & more! Plus, there …
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Kitchener is The 8th Most Expensive City for Rent in Canada

Image via Padmapper According to a recent study by Padmapper, Kitchener is one of the most expensive cities to rent in Canada. The report shows that the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Kitchener is $1,390, positioning them at 8th place in the nation. For a two-bedroom apartment, the average rate of rent is $1,670. This is up two positions from a previous report which shows that rent is increasing at a rate of 5.3% every year. Kitchener comes in just ahead of Hamilton and Montreal on the list. Rounding out the top three is Burnaby, Toronto, and Vancouver. For the full report from Padmapper, click here.

Tracy Valko Blue Monday

On this #bluemonday, I know that more people than ever before are feeling the need to connect

On this #bluemonday, I know that more people than ever before are feeling the need to connect. Reach out today, and then reach out again tomorrow. When we #connect and #share, we make change and #growth possible.   It’s not just today that that we should talk about #mentalwellness as part of the #entirepicture. Being human is hard, and we could all try a little harder …. #surrenderyoursilence #howcanihelp #valkoculture #valkofinancial #teamblue #dlc #mortgagebroker #thevalkoteam #hereforyou #elitelevelsupport

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Canadian Real Estate Association December 2020 National Statistics

National Statistics Record December caps record year for Canadian home sales Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2021 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales set another all-time record in December 2020. SUMMARY: National home sales rose 7.2% on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in December. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 47.2% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed properties climbed 3.4% from November to December. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) rose 1.5% m-o-m and was up 13% y-o-y. The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average sale price posted a 17.1% y-o-y gain in December. Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems jumped by 7.2% between November and December to set another new all-time record. (Chart A) Seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 714,516 units in December 2020 – the first time on record that monthly sales at seasonally …
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Population of Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo increased by 50,000 over past 5 years: StatCan (Global News)

Original Source:  GLOBAL NEWS The combined population of Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo is estimated to have grown by 50,000 people over the past five years, according to a report released by Statistics Canada on Thursday. It estimated the population of the tri-cities to be at 593,882 last July, more than 50,000 above the total of 542,034 it estimated for 2016. READ MORE: What Canada’s population will look like in 2036 The three cities grew at a rate of two per cent over that period, which tied them with Halifax for second-fastest in Canada. Oshawa was atop that list and like Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, the CMA figures some of that growth has come from Toronto, where 50,000 people left between July 2019 and July 2020. “The desire to live outside the largest urban centres was also reflected in the rapidly increasing housing costs in neighbouring real estate markets, a trend that has continued in spite of the pandemic,” the report read. …
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Canadian economy lost 63,000 jobs in December

It’s going to be another interesting year to say the least, but with all this change comes the opportunity to try something new or different. Valko Financial Ltd. offers elite-level support to all of our agents and with our heart-centred, community-minded values we are in a position of growth and looking for amazing and ambitious agents across Canada. Visit www.TracyValko.ca for more information. Original Source:  KitchenerToday.com Statistics Canada says the economy lost 63,000 jobs in December in the first monthly decline since April amid tightened public health restrictions to slow a resurgence in the pandemic. The unemployment rate edged up to 8.6 per cent compared with 8.5 per cent in November. The result ended a streak of monthly job gains that began in May as restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the pandemic began to ease. Full-time employment in December rose by 36,500, but there was a …
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Waterloo launches The Community Happiness Project

The City of Waterloo is launching the Community Happiness Project. Residents of the region can submit positive images and audio messages on the City’s website which will be assembled into a sign and posted throughout the city. The finished product can then be accessed by QR codes. Submissions for the project will be accepted no later than February 12th. “Being isolated from one another does not diminish the strength of our community. Now more than ever we need safe ways to connect,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “Throughout the pandemic, the community has shown tremendous support for one another. The Community Happiness Project allows residents to both give and receive messages of hope and positivity. It helps us remember we are all in this together.”  This is an amazing initiative to spread happiness during these difficult times. As a strong advocate for the community, the team at Valko Financial is …
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