Wednesday, June 28, 2017 / by Geoff Appleton
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.
July’s birthstone is the Ruby, symbolizing contentment, love, passion and integrity, and its flower is the Larkspur or the Water Lily. The long hot days of July are often referred to as the “dog days of summer”. You’ll see an article in this month’s newsletter about how to keep Fido safe during the heat.
In the real estate arena, we’re seeing a shift of seismic proportions; inventory has increased dramatically since March 27, when the Ontario Minister of Finance announced that the new budget would include measures to cool the red hot housing market. By the time the budget was released
on April 20, the trend was already established, and it has not let up since. It’s great news for buyers, who now have a selection of homes to choose from, and we hope that translates to a further influx in migration from Toronto to our area. For sellers, it means strategy and negotiation have never been more essential, and analyzing the competitive micro market is of paramount importance. Overall, we are slowly moving into a stable, mature market where gains are more realistic and the marketplace inventory is balanced. One thing is evident: it is essential to have strong, reliable and wise representation in this market; don’t let your family, friends and neighbours navigate these conditions without us! We promise you, their best interests will be our chief priority.
Thank you, as always, for recommending us!
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Celebrate Your Independence Too!
July 1, 1987 is a momentous day in history for all of Canada , frequently referred to as “ Canada’s Birthday”. On this day Canada became a kingdom in its own right when we earned some independence—AND so is the day we buy our own home!!! In today’s market many home owners really want to make a move, but are finding themselves in a catch 22—whether to sell first or buy first. They don’t want to end up getting stuck owning two homes or none at all. I am sure you will join me in saying we can’t blame them. I also believe that you agree with me on this; home ownership is good for ALL. The more who can buy a home, the more who can sell a home, the more our economy benefits. And as John F. Kennedy said, “a rising tide lifts all boats”.
Fortunately, I have a special program for Home owners wanting to move and buyers wanting to buy in today's market that turns tables on this catch 22.
Over the years of selling real estate, I have been able to develop and successfully implement a program that allows me to guarantee the sale of a property. Yep, you read that right. Actually guarantee in writing the sale of a home. Obviously a program like this gives sellers GREAT PEACE OF MIND (a true celebration of independence from fear). I guarantee, up front and in writing, that if their home does not sell at their price and within their time frame—I will step in and buy it myself. The conditions are simple: the seller and I must agree on price and possession date.
Buyers benefit too, because we are able to ensure they get the home they want and back up their purchase with a satisfaction guarantee: if they are not happy with the home, we will buy it back. This obviously is a win–win for all involved.
To All the Families out there…
Right now, there are kids who are trying to beat the Cancer Monster and other debilitating diseases. The Parents with kids fighting for their life are most likely NOT thinking about their Canada Day plans. They are simply just being there, doing what a real loving families do.
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 sponsorships 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:
Life moves fast for some and we are eager to make the Home Selling and Buying experience a smooth rewarding one. Over the last two decades 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.
The Highs and Lows and Oohhs of the Market
In May, the Durham Region Association of REALTORS reported 1,309 sales in the Durham Region, a 10% drop from May 2016.
The amount of new listing inventory between April 2017 and May 2017 rose by 838 units in the Durham Region, finishing at 3,271 new listings
compared to 2,433 the previous month. In May 2016, the new listing inventory was only 1790 units.
The average selling price in Durham for the month of May dropped 7% from its record-breaking perch of $702,768 in April, to $652,963. However,
it still represented a 23% increase over May 2016, when the average selling price in Durham Region was $531,051. And here’s how that average
price breaks down:
The average detached dwelling sold for $718,780 in May and sold for 105% of list price! -The average semi-detached dwelling sold for $507,991
and sold for 108% of list price! -The average link dwelling sold for $546,040 and sold for 107% of list price! -The average freehold townhouse sold
for $551,356 and sold for 109% of list price! -The average condominium apartment sold for $399,764 and sold for 106% of list price! -The average
condominium townhouse sold for $410,302 and sold for 110% of list price! -Homes continue to sell quickly, with an average market time of 10
days. Just a short 10 years ago in 2007, the average selling price in Durham Region was $257,850! Source: DRAR
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 toward a very worthy cause.
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SPOTLIGHT ON DURHAM
FLASHFIBR LAUNCHES IN DURHAM REGION WITH $400 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT
Flashfibr is keen to grow Durham’s knowledge-based economy, attracting investment, jobs and families to become one of Canada’s first smart regions. Flashfibr will launch affordable, lightspeed fibre optic internet, TV, phone and IT products and services starting with the City of Oshawa in summer of 2017. Enhancing fibre optic infrastructure is part of Durham Region’s strategic vision to fuel economic growth and attract business, using lightspeed digital infrastructure to connect Durham’s thriving sectors including education, advanced manufacturing and state-of-the-art healthcare facilities to the world. With information and big data being the currency of the new digital economy, this $400 million dollar investment puts Durham Region at the forefront of the innovation revolution. Flashfibr will provide up to 60x faster and more secure internet for residents and businesses while attracting data and information—intensive employers, research and innovation companies and allowing existing companies to expand and create more jobs. Yet another reason why Durham Region is the place to work, live and play! Source: www.newswire.ca
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 pass along our business card to them.
2. 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.
3. Of course you can always call me direct as well at 905-728-1600.
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.
Why I Support, Make A Wish ®
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.
Like many young boys, Jaylen has always dreamed about becoming a pro football player. But his medical condition makes him very vulnerable to any contact sport. Even a simple hug could cause him major bruising. But that didn’t stop him from wishing to become the newest member on the Edmonton Eskimo’s roster.
Jaylen’s wish was nothing short of the full VIP treatment. His day began by attending an Eskimos practice where he met the players and the head coach. He was even called in to huddle with the team and make a play – he also scored a touchdown! But what sealed the deal was when Jaylen finally went pro by signing a one-day contract and being presented with his own jersey.
Although he spent one day with the CFL and his team, Jaylen will be an Eskimo for life. His wish was more than just a day of living his dream – it was a gift that reminded him about the beautiful and happy moments he could have and the hope for a brighter future.
– Tiffany, Jaylen’s Mom