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Home'Ward Bound June 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018   /   by Alayne Keates Administration To Geoff Appleton & Associates

Home'Ward Bound June 2018

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Joyful June

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Welcome summer, we’re so glad you are here! Here’s some fun facts about June: June birthstones are the Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone; its flowers are the Rose and Honeysuckle, and in Canada, our fruit and vegetable picks of the month are Arugula, Radish and Lettuce!

With the end of school fast approaching and summer vacation plans looming on the horizon, our local housing market will subtly change as a result. After all, the real estate market is only ever a reflection of the timing of priorities for Canadian families. We follow your lifestyle lead more than anything else, which is why the school year calendar plays so heavily into the decision making process of buying and selling homes. After years spent analyzing this industry, we know that not only the pace and volume, but also the way that property is transacted in the summer is distinctly different than the rest of the year. Invariably the hot summer months signal a change in the strategy, promotion and market saturation of listings coming to market and timing becomes more critical than ever for sellers with deadlines to keep. It takes a skilled negotiator and savvy marketer to wring the very best out of the summer market for their clients, and it is in those arenas that we excel. It is also the absolute best time to buy property, as the great weather conditions and longer daylight hours allow for a more revealing look at the shape a property is truly in. While less activity may happen on weekends through the summer, a lot more gets crammed into the work week. Our clients can count on us to apply 100% of our resources, time and energy into ensuring they get top dollar for the homes they sell and outstanding service and representation on the homes they purchase. 

In this month’s newsletter we are focusing on what is up and coming in Durham, as there is so much to talk about. Development and expansion, as well as massive infrastructure investment, are booming across the Region and we want you to know about it. Our goal is to be your trusted source of information about our fabulous community, and Home'Ward Bound is just one of the vehicles we use to educate, advise and alert our clients about changes that affect them. If we can be of service to you or someone you know, please don’t hesitate to call us. 

For all the business you continually send our way…thanks a million!


 

Fibre-Optic Companies Target Oshawa!

Canada’s largest telecommunications company -- Bell -- plans to invest more than $100 million to bring its preeminent technology to Oshawa, equipping approximately 60,000 homes and business with its all-fibre optic network, giving Oshawa residents truly world class internet connectivity. The Oshawa expansion is part of the company’s plan to bring the all-fibre network to more than 1.3 million homes in the GTA and 905 regions, and is already underway, with access expected by fall 2018. This marks the 2nd large-scale announcement of fibre network investment in Oshawa over the past year. Last year, FlashFibr announced it was investing $400 million over the next four years for the construction of a new fibre optic network in the city. Yet another company – telMAX – also has plans of expanding access to fibre-optic networks in Oshawa. Currently they are nearing the completion of their 
headquarters on Elderberry Drive, which will serve as a data centre for their services. While they plan on offering services in other Durham communities, Oshawa remains their “prime focus” as well. 
Source: Oshawaexpress.ca
 


JUNE DATES TO REMEMBER

June 1: National Donut Day

June 5: World Environment Day

June 6: Global Running Day

June 8: World Oceans Day

June 17: Father’s Day

June 18: International Picnic Day

June 21: First Day of Summer
 
 


To All the Families out there…

Right now, there are moms and dads out there struggling for their kids, wondering how to bring joy back into their lives as they fight debilitating illnesses.  The Dad’s with kids fighting for their life are most likely NOT thinking about their special day this month Fathers Day.  They are simply just being “Dad” doing what a real loving Dad does.  

This is where you can help… 

As you probably know Make A Wish Canada does great work in helping Kids fight through and survive nasty diseases and cancers.  And as you know Make A Wish®  depends on sponsorship's and donations to provide top care while keeping family costs to a minimum.

So, YOUR REFERRALS REALLY DO HELP THE KIDS…

Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to my real estate sales team?
 Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, you can rest assured a very worthy cause benefits as well! 
I want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move, so here are your options:
1. You can go to www.ReferAFriend.info and enter their contact info on line or forward the link to who you know considering a move. 
2. Of course you can always call me direct as well at 905-728-1600.


Remember our promises to buyers and sellers! 

Home Sellers Receive this guarantee: Your Home Sold at Your Price or We’ll Buy It!*

Home Buyers Receive this guarantee: Guaranteed 100% Satisfaction With Your Home Purchase or We’ll Buy It Back!*

Life moves fast for some and we are eager to make the Home Selling and Buying experience a smooth rewarding one.  Over the years of helping families sell their home and/or buy another, we have met some wonderful, loving, caring people.  People like you!  So your referrals, those you know considering a move, that we help – you can rest assured that not only will they get the award winning service we are known for, but that a portion of the income we receive will go toward a very worthy cause.  
 
 

WOW FACTOR!

 
 
Durham College just announced this week that its impact on the local economy equals $913.3 million, according to a recent study. 
This substantial contribution accounts for approximately 4.9% of the area’s total gross regional product and supports some 9,558 jobs, meaning that 1 out of every 24 jobs in the Durham Region is supported by activities of Durham College and its students.
Source: DC Highlights
 
 

The Highs, Lows and Oohhs of the Market
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In April, the Durham Region Association of REALTORS reported 930 residential sales in the Durham Region, a 10% increase from the reported 846 in March 2018. On a year-over year basis, sales were down by 32%.
 
The average selling price in Durham for the month of April was $609,813, increasing by almost 2% ($11,401 to be exact) over March 2018. This represents a dramatic fall from April 2017 when the average sale price for Durham Region reached its highest recorded average ever at $702,768 – a pinnacle that may not be achieved again for quite some time by the looks of things. However, it represents a 6 month pattern of increasing average sale prices in the Durham Region, and while they have been only slight each month, they cumulatively add up to a 6% gain, which is good news for home sellers!
 
The amount of new listing inventory coming onto the market in April 2018 was 1908 units in Durham Region – another very significant month in terms of inventory. This represents an almost 9% increase over March 2018 but a decrease of 525 units, or 27%, compared to April 2017.
 
The average days on market for April 2018 have been stretched to 20 days, up 2 days from March, and increasing significantly over that of April 2017, when houses were selling in an average time of 7 days. 

Here’s the average price breakdowns for April:
 
The average detached dwelling sold for $669,644 and sold for 98% of list price in 21 days. A total of 620 units were sold.
 
The average semi-detached dwelling sold for $500,157 and sold for 100% of list price in 13 days. A total of 57 units were sold.
 
The average link dwelling sold for $531,079 and sold for 100% of list price in 12 days. A total of 37units were sold.
 
The average freehold townhouse sold for $538,778 and sold for 99% of list price in 16 days. A total of 113 units were sold.
 
The average condominium apartment sold for $393,485 and sold for 100% of list price in 23 days. A total of  44 units were sold.
 
The average condominium townhouse sold for $432,494 and sold for 99% of list price in 18 days. A total of  56 units were sold. 
Source: www.DRAR.ca

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Spotlight on 

Economic Development Oshawa!

100 Bond St E, Phase 1, is a $50 million dollar luxury rental development that was completed in 2017 and offers affordable modern living for 200 residents and ground floor retail space. Phase 2 at 80 Bond St E, breaks ground this summer with 375 proposed units: a 21 storey residential condo tower offering 224 condominium units and 151 rental units. Almost 7,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space completes the site. 
 
Just around the corner at 157-163 Athol St E, a 185 unit student housing project of 9 storeys is proposed adjacent to several UOIT campus buildings and the Tribute Communities Centre.

At 135 Bruce St, the Medallion Development is projected to begin this year, redeveloping a former industrial site into a 2,241 unit mixed-use neighbourhood with 2,145 apartments in buildings ranging from 3 to 18 stories high, 96 townhouses, and office and retail ground floor space. 

In June 2016, the province approved the Lakeshore East GO Train Extension, which includes new GO Train stations in Oshawa, Courtice, and Bowmanville. This extension will connect East Durham by rail to Toronto and the rest of the GTA. As part of the extension, a GO Station and Multi-modal Hub has been proposed by Metrolinx for the former Knob Hill Farms site. The development will integrate bus, rail and vehicle travel, and spur redevelopment of the surrounding Central Oshawa neighbourhood, and is the catalyst for projects like the Medallion Group investment, as well as another site of 84 stacked townhouses at 13 Dean Ave and a 65 unit apartment building adjacent to the Central Oshawa GO Station site at 63 Albany St.

The Five Points Mall redevelopment is underway! The creation of several new commercial spaces, including 3 standalone buildings and the addition of a massive self-storage facility that repurposes the former Target retail unit, will completely change the look and use of the former enclosed mall. 
The RioCan Windfields Retail Hub is a 160 acre site which will include almost 850,000 square feet of commercial space plus 343 townhouses and 352 apartment units and is set to break ground this year.

The former site of Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate Institute at 250 Harmony Rd S is well under way to being home to 67 street townhouses and a 167 mixed-block townhouse complex. 
Source: Oshawa.ca
 
 
 

Remember Our Promises to Buyers and Sellers! 

Home Sellers Receive this Guarantee:  Your Home Sold at Your Price or We’ll Buy It!*
 
Home Buyers Receive this Guarantee:  Guaranteed 100% Satisfaction With Your Home Purchase or We’ll Buy It Back!*
 
Life moves fast for some and we are eager to make the Home Selling and Buying experience a smooth and rewarding one.  Over the years of helping families to sell their homes and/or buy another, we have met some wonderful, loving, caring people.  People like you! 
 
So your referrals, those you know considering a move, that we help – you can rest assured that not only will they get the award winning service we are known for, but that a portion of the income we receive will go towards a very worthy cause.  
 
 

Why I Support, Make A Wish ® 
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I grew up right here in Oshawa.  Born in Oshawa General Hospital.  I remember when I first heard about a young person close to our family suffering from a nasty disease that was granted A Wish from Children's Wish Foundation .  This was the turning point in this persons recovery. It was then that I   began to pay closer attention to the work they do.  Since then, I have learned that it is a collection of hard working professionals all coming together for a common cause.  That cause is to help young people over come unfortunate health issues that life sometimes throws our way.  I take pride in supporting in a way that I can, the good work these people do at Make A Wish .  My team rally’s around our annual goal of raising money and donating portions of our income to help Make A Wish in their quest to heal young people when they need healing.  My team and I are committed to providing outstanding results for buyers and sellers referred to us by our past clients.   I have discovered that Make A Wish shares similar commitments to their patients.  And since their services survive on sponsorships and donations we are happy to contribute and proud to support them.
 
Sincerely,
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Geoff Appleton
 

Your Referrals Help the Kids

Over the years of helping families sell their home and/or buy another, we have met some wonderful, loving, caring people.  People like you!  So your referrals, those you know considering a move, that we help  -  you can rest assured that not only will they get the award winning service we are known for and the guarantee to back it up, but that a solid portion of the income we receive from the transaction will go toward a very worthy cause. 
 
Not only will they benefit from our award winning service, you can rest assured we are also donating to a very  worthy cause.   
 
Again, it’s easy to refer your friends, neighbours, associates or family members considering making a move:
 
1. You can go to www.ReferAFriend.info and enter their contact info on line or forward the link to who you know considering a move. 
2. Of course you can always call me direct as well at 905-728-1600.  
 
With all my appreciation.
 
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Geoff Appleton sales representative Remax Jazz Inc Brokerage
 
P.S. The story of this young person enclosed may cause you to look at your loved ones differently.  It did me. Check it out.
 
 

FAMILY FUN AROUND DURHAM
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Feathered Friends Festival: June 2, 10am-3pm GM Headquarters @1908 Colonel Sam Drive 
A free family event, this festival celebrates the return of migrating birds to the area. Bees and bats are included too!

50th Mackenzie Park Opening: June 2, 10am-3pm, Mackenzie Park, Oshawa
Community yard sale, BBQ, games, raffles, prizes, jumping castles, plus all the hockey, soccer and softball teams will be there!

Pickering Dragon Boat Festival: June 3, 8:30am-4:30pm, Brian Hanscome Park, Pickering 
22nd Annual Dragon Boat Challenge! A race day with vendors and entertainment for the whole family.

Show and Shine: Every Wednesday, June 6 through September, 6pm-8:30pm, City Hall staff parking lot, Oshawa 
Downtown Oshawa’s weekly classic car gathering!

Swing into Summer: June 6, 10:30am-2:30pm, Memorial Park Oshawa
A giant kick off to Senior’s Month! Live entertainment, demos, exhibitors, and more!

Port Perry Artists Association Spring Festival: June 8, 9 & 10, Scout Hall Port Perry
Annual art show and sale!

Oshawa’s 14th Annual Peony Festival: June 9 & 10, 10am-4pm, Children’s Arena, Oshawa 
Over 400 types of peonies on display both in the garden and inside the arena. Artisans, live music, food and gardening seminars!

Free Public Swim: June 9, 2pm-4pm, Donevan Recreation Complex, Oshawa
Healthy Kids Community Challenge — Oshawa’s “Power off and Play” event! 

Oshawa Fire Safety Day 2018: June 9, 11am-3pm, Fire Hall #5, 1550 Harmony Rd. N, Oshawa

Summerfest: June 14, 15 & 16, Historic Downtown Bowmanville
A 3-day annual sidewalk sale extravaganza!

Food Truck Friday: June 15, Historic Downtown Bowmanville
Food trucks from across Ontario will roll in during the annual sidewalk sale, but for one day only! 

Canine Carnival 2018: June 23, 10am-4pm,Lakeview Park 
An amazing day full of events for the whole family including demonstrations, dog trials, exhibits, and even a doggy fashion show! 
 
 
 
 

Kate’s Wish Helps Her Chase Her Goals
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Kate is an athletic teen who loves to get her endorphins from biking and running. She has enjoyed competing in biathlons and her latest goal is to one day participate in a triathlon for the first time.
 
Kate struggles with her critical illness, cystic fibrosis, which requires daily physiotherapy to clear her lungs, close to 50 pills and a special diet to help her digest food properly. This is a lot for anyone to handle, but Kate hasn’t let these extreme obstacles stop her from living an active lifestyle and continuing to challenge herself to accomplish more. Her drive to excel is truly remarkable and shows that kids with cystic fibrosis can follow their dreams.
 
When Kate learned that she was eligible for a wish, she only had one wish in mind - to have her very own competitive road bike. Kate was ecstatic the day her wish was granted and she immediately started planning her training schedule. We learned from Kate that it's common practice to give your bike a name and she chose Klaus. The name means "the people's victory" and implies someone who serves their community and devotes themselves to the greater good. It sounds like Kate has big goals for her future and we’re thrilled to see her going after them!
 
Kate was incredibly grateful to Make-A-Wish and her volunteer wish granters, “Thank you for this incredible experience. I’m so excited to go for a ride soon.”


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