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Wednesday, October 04, 2017   /   by Geoff Appleton

Home-Ward Bound October 2017

A Harvest of Happiness

October is so jammed packed with events and festivals and Fall family fun that it’s a good thing it has 31 days in it! October is the 10th month of the year, despite its origin from the word “octo” meaning 8. Its flower is the Calendula and its birthstones are the Opal and the Tourmaline, symbolizing faithfulness, purity, confidence and peace.  October is the only time of the year that sports fans can enjoy all 4 major North American professional sports leagues – the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB -- in action with scheduled games. It’s also home to 2 of our favorite holiday celebrations: Thanksgiving and Halloween.
In the real estate market, this October should see the continuation of the balanced market, where inventory is meeting or slightly exceeding the demands of the buyer population. With interest rates threatening to increase, buyers may choose to make a move before the Winter snows fly.  While market condition ...

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Monday, September 18, 2017   /   by Geoff Appleton

Home-Ward Bound September 2017


Welcome September, the 9th month of the year, boasting 30 days and the longest name of any month! Heralding many beginnings, including the Autumn season and the start of the academic year, September is also famous for kicking off the college and professional football season. The September birthstone is the Sapphire, known for representing trust and loyalty, and its flowers are the Forget-Me-Not, the Aster and the Morning Glory!
Once the kids are settled back into their regular school routine, we should see a slight uptick in the housing market locally. The massive gains of the first quarter are aging into a historic and brief anomaly in our marketplace, the likes of which we may not see again in such a robust fashion. The deluge of inventory that followed has somewhat subsided into a more reasonable pace and the listings-to-sales ratio is leveling to what we can predict to soon be “normal” or “balanced”, the kind of market co ...

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Thursday, August 03, 2017   /   by Geoff Appleton

Home-Ward Bound August 2017


The last full month of summer, August boasts 31 long, glorious days, with some of our warmest weather on record. Named to honour the Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, August also finds its roots in the word “auger”, a hole digging tool that farmers use annually at this time of the season to prepare for the next crop. August’s birthstone is the Peridot, symbolizing strength, and its flower is the Gladiolus or the Poppy. August is also known as the month with the highest birth rate in North America!
August is traditionally a slower month for sales, as it is sandwiched between summer holiday fun and preparation for the new school year. As we have said before, nothing impacts the real estate industry more than the cycle of society and rhythm of family life! So August is a great time to take stock of your family’s real estate goals, organize your home for an upcoming sale by getting it in a show ready state, or to take advantage of your purcha ...

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017   /   by Geoff Appleton

Home-ward Bound July 2017

Canada’s 150th birthday, a time to light up the summer skies with commemorative fireworks and celebrate all things Canadian. As Canadians, we are eternally grateful to our founding fathers who crafted our Confederation and birthed our separate, distinct and unique identity, one that is recognized worldwide as a culture of warmth, humility, politeness and equality. One of our greatest privileges here is the right to own property, the roof over our heads.  In so many other places in the world, that right does not exist, and if it does, it has been so corrupted and abused that it no longer bears any resemblance to what we enjoy.  No wonder the whole world is flocking to the True North, strong and free.
Named in 44 BC by the Roman Senate to honour the Roman General Julius Caesar, who was born on July 12, the month of July is typically the warmest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and one of seven months that boasts 31 days.
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Friday, June 16, 2017   /   by Geoff Appleton

Home-Ward Bound June 2017

June is such a highly anticipated time of year! Kids start to count down the days left at school, sunlight stretches out longer and brighter and the sounds of lawn sprinklers and skipping ropes fill the air. It is also the most popular month of the year for weddings, and for good reason. June is one of only four months with 30 days in it, and boasts the longest daylight hours of the year. The Summer Solstice—June 21—marks the first day of summer and the longest actual day of the year.
Named after the Roman Goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter, June’s birthstone is the pearl, symbolizing purity of heart and faith, and its flower is the rose.
June marks many important events in the world of sports: The Stanley Cup Playoffs, the US Open and the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans to name a few. No wonder they chose this month to honour Dad! It is also the official Recreation and Parks Month across Canada. For a list of free events and happenings around Durham&nb ...

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