Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team go for the Gold

Skiers from the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team go for the Gold as the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games open in North Bay on January 29th.

Skiers from the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team travel with their coaches to North Bay, Ontario to compete in the 2015 Provincial Winter Games.

The following 8 racers qualified at the Conference One Alpine meet at Blue Mountain resort last winter to represent the Blue Mountains/Collingwood area at the games.

Matthew Fields, Kristin Draper, Sebi Gaussen, Andrew Richards, Jeffrey Plouffe, Sebastian Guinyou-Savage, Matthew Poste and Robin Shuter

These games offer athletes the opportunity to compete on a provincial stage, and winners may represent Ontario at the 2016 Special Olympics National Winter Games next season in Corner Brook Newfoundland.

‘The athletes, coaches and volunteers have been working and training hard for this event and look forward to representing our team, the region and Blue Mountain’ says Terry Sears, Head Coach.

Currently the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Team is the largest program in Canada. Since 1997 when the World Games were held in Collingwood, Blue Mountain Resorts has sponsored this team of more than 30 athletes, with the help of over 40 volunteers.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Technology in Real Estate Virtual Tours

Royal LePage Locations North, Brokerage is proud to be the first licensee of iGuide, a Canadian-based 3D Technology that offers buyers an immersive home viewing experience without ever setting foot in the home.

Developed by Kitchener, Ontario based Planitar Property Technologies, iGuide weaves together floor plans and 360° virtual views of a property through data captured on-site using a camera equipped with a special lens and laser scanner unit, along with software on a portable tablet. The end result is an easy-to-share link with floor plans, measurements, photo and video tours.

“Our brokerage is always looking for ways to improve the home buying (and selling) experience for our clients,” says Desmond Von Teichman, Owner and Broker of Record for Royal LePage Locations North. “The area we service is a largely discretionary marketplace and some buyers simply can’t make it here to see the property firsthand. This technology allows us to take the virtual tour one step further with a truly interactive experience that is utterly convenient for client’s busy lifestyles.”

Founded in 2013 by Kevin Klages and Alex Likholyot, Planitar has until now managed all projects end-to-end in-house in order to learn how to effectively service their marketplace. Royal LePage Locations North, with offices in Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, Creemore & Meaford, is the first licensee of the iGuide, and is proud to be at the forefront of this technology, offering its clients leading-edge solutions to market and ultimately sell their properties for top dollar.

The iGuide has a great many applications for homebuyers, including renovating, decorating and even simple furniture placement. Royal LePage Locations North has already started to put the iGuide to use. Click here to view one of the brokerage’s iGuide listings.

About Planitar Property Technologies
Planitar is an exciting new digital media company creating innovative technologies such as the iGuide to immerse home shoppers in online visual property content. In 16 months, iGuide has been used by hundreds of agents to showcase over 1,600 homes across Ontario. iGuide elegantly weaves together floor plans & 360 virtual views to provide users with an incredible understanding of a built space. iGuide offers property professionals and users significant new value for the planning, marketing and management of properties.

About Royal LePage Locations North, Brokerage
Royal LePage Locations North offers Personal, Professional and Progressive Real Estate Services through offices in Collingwood, Thornbury, Meaford & Creemore. The established team of over 50 dedicated real estate professionals serves Ontario’s premier all-seasons sports and recreation playground and is Georgian Triangle’s biggest and fastest growing Brokerage. Royal LePage Locations North is also the area’s most technologically progressive brokerage, with the most tech-savvy REALTORS®, and has a substantial online presence and network. Whatever a client’s interest – home, condominium, country estate or investment property – Locations North’s specialists have the expert knowledge to provide the service and support they need.

For more information:

Desmond Von Teichman
Owner, Broker of Record, Royal LePage Locations North, Brokerage
877/705-445-5520 / teichman@royallepage.ca

Kevin Klages
Co-Founder and CEO, Planitar Property Technologies

844-568-1723 / kevin@planitar.com