Monday, December 03, 2018 / by Alayne Keates Administration To Geoff Appleton & Associates
The Season of Magic
Thank you for the opportunity to serve. It is our life’s purpose and sole ambition.
Thank you for gifting us with your trust. It is the greatest endorsement we will ever receive.
Thank you for your loyalty. We hope to earn it fresh every day.
Most of all...
Thank you for allowing us to become part of your story.
Whatever you do, and wherever you go, we are sending you our heartfelt wish for the happiest and healthiest of holidays and a prosperous and wonderful 2019!
- Bake up a batch of gingerbread men cookies
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Volunteer at a local church or soup kitchen to serve the needy
- Do an Advent calendar
- Go tobogganing
- Plan an epic New Year’s Eve
- Make popcorn garlands
- Do an outdoor winter photo shoot
- See a Christmas play or musical
- Cut down a fresh Christmas tree
- Make a handmade gift
- Build a snowman
- Take a walk in a forest
- Do a bake swap
- Make snow angels
- Adopt a family for Christmas
- Go ice skating
- Take a day and go visiting friends and family
- Go through old family photo albums
- Host an ugly Christmas sweater party
- Gather the kids and have a classic Christmas movie marathon in your pjs
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. These families aren’t concerned with tree trimming and holiday parties, they are simply being there, doing what 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?
I want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move, so here are your options:
- 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.
- 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!*
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.
The Highs, Lows and Oohhs of the Market
The amount of new listing inventory between September 2018 and October 2018 fell by 9.8% in the Durham Region, finishing at 1,644 new listings compared to1,823 the previous month.
The average selling price in Durham for the month of October was $588,968., a nominal increase of $1,959. from September, when the average was $587,009, and an increase of 2.3% over October 2017 when the average price in Durham Region was $575,602. Homes continue to sell well in an average of 24 days.
Year-To-Date (as of the October stats) the average price for 2018 is $594,585, down 6% from the previous year to date number of $635,664. With 7,774 reported residential sales thus far in the Durham Region, 2018 is set to finish somewhere under 9,000 sales. In 2017, the year finished with 11,136 sales, the 3rd highest year in volume, following 11,848 in 2015 and the all time high of 12,654 set in 2016. (Source: DRAR)
As always, we have included below a snapshot of performance of the overall market in the Durham Region. For a more specific look at your community, your neighbourhood and your housing style, just call us. We are always available to update you personally on current statistics and inventory, and how they are affecting your home’s value.
Here’s how the average housing prices looked per style in October.
- The average detached dwelling sold for $644,947 and sold for 98% of list price in 25 days. 552 units were sold.
- The average semi-detached dwelling sold for $464,919 and sold for 100% of list price in 17 days. 53 units were sold.
- The average link dwelling sold for $504,658 and sold for 99% of list price in 22 days. 24 units were sold.
- The average freehold townhouse sold for $529,438 and sold for 99% of list price in 23 days. 80 units were sold.
- The average condominium apartment sold for $377,549 and sold for 99% of list price in 23 days. 43 units were sold.
- The average condominium townhouse sold for $405,304 and sold for 98% of list price in 26 days. 46 units were sold.
Descriptions of German Christmas trees date to 1531, where the firs were adorned with paper roses, apples, candy and pretzels. Gifts for children were placed among the branches. In the mid 1800’s the custom gained wide popularity in Britain after an illustration of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree was published in a newspaper. Over the next almost 200 years, the Christmas tree became a firmly established tradition worldwide.
In Canada, Christmas tree production is a profitable enterprise, estimated at $65 million annually in both domestic and foreign sales. About 1.8 million trees are exported every year, mostly to the United States.
Remember Our Promises to Buyers and Sellers!
Home Sellers Receive this Guarantee: Your Home Sold at Your Price or We’ll Buy It!*
New Year Traditions from Around the World !
Make Some Noise! Making a lot of noise -- from fireworks and gun shots to drums and church bells – is grounded in history. Today, North Americans are among the loudest to celebrate, using sirens and party horns to usher in the New Year.
Eat Lucky Food! Many New Year traditions surround food. Here’s just a sampling: In Spain, revelers stuff 12 grapes into their mouths just before the stroke of midnight, one for each chime of the clock while in the Southern U.S., eating black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune. The Irish eat pastries called bannocks on New Year’s and apples dipped in honey are a Jewish tradition. Eating any ring shaped treat – like a donut—symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune, so in Dutch homes fritters called olie bollen are served. In India and Pakistan, eating rice promises prosperity and in Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floor – and left there!
Have a Drink! While champagne is acknowledged as the beverage of celebration around the world, some cultures have other beverage-based traditions: Wassail is a punch-like drink named after the Gaelic term for “good health” and is served in some parts of England. Spiced “hot pint” is the Scottish version of Wassail, and is used to toast to each other’s prosperity.
Turn Over a New Leaf! The dawn of a new year has long been an opportune time to take stock of your life, and throughout the world, cultures have carried on these traditions of doing that. The practice of making New Year resolutions is widely held to have begun with the Babylonians early as 2600 B.C!
Brayden's Wish Inspires His Community
Brayden’s medical condition causes progressive muscle weakness. He is able to walk, but tires easily from the physical exertion. Despite this, Brayden is a very active child who loves the outdoors. He is fascinated by ATVs, ambulances, and like many kids his age, he loves firetrucks.
“YouTube videos of firefighters and firetrucks are his life,” say Brayden’s parents. Brayden’s family has close relationships with people who work in Fire and Rescue Services and he has always been fascinated by their work. It was no surprise that he wished to become a firefighter.
Make-A-Wish staff contacted the Grunthal Fire Department in Manitoba and enlisted the help of RM Hanover Fire and Rescue Services to plan Brayden’s big day.
On the day of his wish, Brayden and his family started his adventure by getting outfitted with their own personalized fire turnout gear and riding in a firetruck to the fire hall. Brayden spent his afternoon training with the Grunthal fire team.
His training came in handy, as he received a special call to help put out a training fire. His parents say, “Brayden’s favourite part of the day was putting out the fire.”
After completing his fire reports (with the help of his uncles), he was the guest of honour in his very own Fire Truck Parade down the main street of his home town.
The next stop was a community barbeque at the fire hall. The Grunthal community was thrilled to be involved in Brayden’s wish day.
Brayden’s wish day was ended with a very touching ceremony, where he was inducted into the fire hall as honourary firefighter for life.
After saying his farewells, Brayden arrived at home and discovered that his community had built him an accessible Fire Truck Play Structure, guaranteed to suit his changing physical needs.