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RE/MAX IS THERE: Buying and Selling a Home during Unusual Times

With the initial uncertainty of COVID-19 now passed, we are moving into a new phase wherein people are adjusting to and embracing a new sense of normalcy. Having been deemed an essential service from the onset of COVID-19 government-mandated restrictions, RE/MAX continues to be there for people who need to buy or sell a home. As RE/MAX Agents…
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Local Home Prices Holding Steady During Pandemic

Curious how the Niagara Real Estate Market is being impacted by the pandemic? Here's a 1st look at APRIL 2020 Niagara Market Statistics. Total residential sales of 216 units is DOWN 65% from 614 sales recorded in April 2019. New Listings for the month DROPPED 52% from 1013 in April 2019 to 486 in April…
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Not Business As Usual

Dear friends of Team Berkhout Bosse – please be advised that during the Province’s COVID-19 State of Emergency our business is operating in full compliance with the Advisory Notice published March 24th, 2020 by the Ontario Real Estate Association. (as posted below) While real estate agents are included on the essential service list this pertains…
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The New Virtual Reality of Real Estate

Social distancing has us all pressing pause, letting go of priorities in favour of time spent indoors, connected only though our screens. Alas, in the real estate market, even amid a global pandemic, there are still sellers who need to sell, and buyers who need to buy. Lucky for us, in this age of technology,…
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Canadian Real Estate Association COVID-19 Update: Collaboration with the Government

Information related to the efforts to mitigate the outbreak of COVID-19 is constantly evolving. First and foremost, we recommend REALTOR®members follow the guidelines and precautions set by Canada’s public health authorities. See Health Canada’s website for comprehensive coverage. In ongoing discussions with government officials from various departments and agencies, we continue to emphasize the unique…
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SOLD! 87 Abbott Place, Fonthill $589,900

Unique & Chic! Bungaloft end unit freehold townhome with double wide private driveway and double car garage. Nearly NEW (Built in 2015) featuring an open floor plan with two master bedroom suite options - one on the main level and one in the loft; Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, Kitchen has large centre island with…
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Niagara Real Estate Market 2019: The Year in Review

Niagara home sales continued to rise in 2019 despite declining supply. 2020 is predicted to be another challenging market for buyers with multiple offers and another year of increasing prices on the horizon. The annual residential home sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for the Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) totalled 6,002 units in…
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What does home mean to you?

National Writing Contest For Grades 4, 5 And 6 January 6 to February 21, 2020 Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth…
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SOLD! 28 Fern Gate, Fonthill – Unique Design Appeal!

You will love the vaulted Living Room ceiling and modern style open hardwood staircase in this 3 Bedroom Multi-level Come add your decorating touch and transform this gem of a home. Master Bedroom has walk in closet and ensuite privilege to 4 pce bathroom with soaker tub and separate shower, Main floor laundry and 2…
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Five Ways to Feel at Home Fast

The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home. Here are five tips to get you through the labour-intensive process a little easier: Divide the work You have friends and family who are…
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Demystifying the First Time Home Buyer Incentive

As Canadians continue to struggle with high housing prices, the federal government has stepped in to help carry the weight of those hefty mortgage payments with the First Time Home Buyer Incentive. Trudeau has earmarked $1.25 billion in funding to the program over the next three years. The First Time Home Buyer Incentive took effect…
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What You Should Know about the Fall Real Estate Market

The decision on whether to buy or sell a home this Fall has become mired by more than the typical uncertainties that come with a transaction of this magnitude. Housing affordability, interest rates and the mortgage stress test were big newsmakers in 2018 and 2019, and are continuing to make headlines during this Fall's federal…
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Team BB Trusted Partner – these architects Inc.

these architects Inc is an architecture office with studios in Fonthill, and Toronto.  They specialize in renovations and new builds of residential custom homes, working closely with the home owner to guide them through the process from pre-design through to construction. They also specialize in commercial projects ranging from interior design to new builds, in…
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SOLD! Retire in Style

Luxury END UNIT Townhome with DOUBLE GARAGE-  loaded with extras! 22 Andrew Lane, Thorold (Off Merritt Rd., Welland) $559,900 Nearly new in Merritt Meadows - Rinaldi built and 'Holmes Approved' Open concept 2 bedroom, 2 Bathroom plan centred around the designer inspired Kitchen with massive island and distinctive Feature Wall and upgraded hardwood floors in…
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Niagara Realtors Launch Niagara Open House Portal

Check it out! niagaraopenhouses.ca This newly launched site created by the Niagara Association of Realtors provides an interactive map and a simple search bar that allows users to search for upcoming Open Houses by city, price range, home features and/or MLS® number. Selecting a property opens a new window and contains full details about the…
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Home sales have continued to be strong throughout July

Residential home sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) totalled 715 units in July 2019. This was an increase of 21.6 per cent from July 2018 and an increase of 1.9 per cent from June 2019. The dollar value of all home sales in July 2019 was $320.4…
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Just Minutes from the City but a World Apart!

700 Riverside Dr., Welland $639,900 Incredible riverside property offering you views of spectacular sunsets and extraordinary bird watching opportunities. This two Bedroom, two bathroom Bungalow has recently been extensively renovated and transformed with chic design appeal. Custom white kitchen with quartz counters and huge island open to the living room with fireplace and big windows…
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Welcome to Pelham Elite Auto Spa!

Last week I noticed the sign for a new local business – ELITE AUTO SPA, located at 151 Highway 20 East in Fonthill. (in the garage behind BB Pelham Petroleum Gas Station at the front.) Owner, Claudio Frasca opened officially on July 2nd and provides complete auto detailing, hand polishing, engine cleaning along with an…
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Niagara June Market Report

Residential home sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) totaled 702 units in June 2019. This was an increase of 4.8 per cent from June 2018 and a decrease of 5.3 per cent from May 2019. On a year-to-date basis, a total of 3,673 homes have sold over…
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Factors Sellers Overlook When Preparing for A Move

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, the process can be time consuming and stressful – especially if you have overlooked factors involved in preparing for a move. If it’s been a while since you have last experienced a move, here are a few reminders to help prepare yourself for what…
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Niagara region home sales hit record numbers in May

Residential home sales activity recorded through the MLS® system for The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) totaled 724 units in May 2019. This was an increase of 2.12% from May 2018. On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 2,834 units over the first four months of the year, up 8.3% from the same period in…
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SOLD! 42 Colbeck Dr., Welland

Architecturally designed this raised bungalow with FULL WALK OUT offers 2400 sq. ft of finished living area backing onto a picturesque ravine setting -  in the heart of the City! Custom crafted, the unique wood grooved walls and ceiling in the foyer welcome you into the sleek, mid-century Modern style of this home, Spacious and…
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Niagara Economic Development Releases Economic Update

Niagara Economic Development has released its annual report that provides an overview of the overall performance of Niagara’s economy. The details of this report are presented strictly at a macroeconomic scale. A few key points of the report include: From 2015 to 2018, nominal GDP in Niagara increased by $1.5 billion or 9.4%. Ontario’s GDP grew by…
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Hallex Environmental – Local Experts in Environmental Site Assessments

Hallex is a full service engineering and environmental firm based in the Niagara region providing a complete range of services that includes engineering, environmental science, cost consulting, commissioning and project management. Hallex Environmental provides a complete range of services to the residential, industrial, commercial and institutional marketplace for both small and large projects. WHAT IS…
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