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Home'Ward Bound January 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019   /   by Alayne Keates Administration To Geoff Appleton & Associates

Home'Ward Bound January 2019

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Welcome to the 2019 New Year edition of Home’Ward Bound, our exclusive monthly real estate blog!

Every year we look forward to setting our business and personal goals right out of the gate on January 1st, and this year makes no difference in that time honoured tradition. With all of our available tools and resources, the co-operation of our colleagues, the endorsement of our clients, and the support of our family and friends, 2019 is sure to be another successful year in real estate, perhaps even our best yet in serving homebuyers and sellers in Durham  Region. We can say that because we know how much our business is growing year over year, due to our amazing relationships with people like you. We are so proud to offer an exemplary and comprehensive service platform to the wonderful families that we have the privilege of helping, and equally proud of the business that we receive as a result of doing the very best job we can do. And we thank you for all of it. 

We believe that a large portion of our value stems from our community engagement, knowledge and insight, and so it is on that note that we begin the 2019 Home’Ward Bound instalment with market intelligence about Oshawa and the Durham Region so that you stay informed and educated about our marvellous community.    

We sincerely look forward to another year serving you and your family in real estate. Thank you in advance for recommending us to your family, friends and neighbours in 2019!
Did You Know?
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Rarely are snowflakes ever alike due to their molecular composition. Snow begins as a tiny ice crystal or even just a speck of dust. The moisture brings condensation and these drops or particles begin to stick together, forming hexagonal crystals, sometimes in clumps, as they descend through warmer air. One single snow crystal consists of something like one quintillion molecules of water. The number of ways that many molecules can be arranged into six-sided crystals is astronomical. So… the odds are huge that no two snowflakes have ever been exactly alike! 


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.  These families aren’t concerned with new years resolutions, 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. 

We are on a mission to raise $25,000 for Make A Wish Canada.work in helping kids fight thru and survive nasty debilitating diseases like cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia is second to none! Make A Wish Canada isfor profit and survives onand donations.are committed to donating a portion of our income from home sales to this very worthy cause.

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.  
January Dates to Remember
January 1
New Years Day
January 7
Orthodox Christmas

January 11
Sir John A. MacDonald Day
January 21
National Hug Day
January 25 
Robbie Burns Night
January 27 
Family Literacy Day
The Highs, Lows and Oohhs of the Market

In November, the Durham Region Association of REALTORS reported 730 residential sales in the Durham Region, an 8.5% decrease over October 2018, and a 16.9% drop from November of 2017.

The average selling price in Durham for the month of November was $590,403, up by $1,435 over the month before, which saw an average reported price of $588,968. November’s average also beat out that of November 2017 by 2.7%, when the average selling price in Durham was $574,901. All of 2018 saw monthly averages higher than that of November 2017 which is really good news.
The amount of new listing inventory between October 2018 and November 2018 fell by 465 units, finishing at 1,179 new listings in Durham Region for the month of November, representing a 28% drop. In November 2017, the new listing inventory was 1632 units, also a 28% drop. 

Year-To-Date (as of the November stats) the average price for 2018 is $594,247, down 6% from the previous year to date number of $630,622. With 8,500 reported residential sales thus far in the Durham Region, 2018 is set to finish somewhere around 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. The average days on market for November 2018 were 27; in November 2017 they were 23. 

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.
  • The average detached dwelling sold for $653,060 and sold for 98% of list price in 28 days. 492 units were sold.
  • The average semi-detached dwelling sold for $479,725 and sold for 99% of list price in 21 days. 51 units were sold.
  • The average link dwelling sold for $499,752 and sold for 98% of list price in 29 days. 25 units were sold.
  • The average freehold townhouse sold for $514,522 and sold for 99% of list price in 22 days. 77 units were sold.
  • The average condominium apartment sold for $381,760 and sold for 97% of list price in 25 days. 47 units were sold.
  • The average condominium townhouse sold for $403,678 and sold for 98% of list price in 27 days. 37 units were sold. 
INDUSTRY 
STATS
Average Selling Prices 
for November 2018:
Durham Region: $590,403
Oshawa: $501,840
Clarington: $545,147
Whitby: $638,388
Scugog: $594,093
Ajax: $637,483
Pickering: $707,325
Uxbridge: $742,043
Stay Warm This Winter!

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  1. Dress in layers: There is so much to be said for opting in favour of base layers and long underwear.
  2. Wear a hat: Experts say we lose 7-10% of our body heat through our head.
  3. Keep your feet warm: Slippers in the house, wool socks and foam inserts in your boots really do help.
  4. Heat up your bed: Don’t turn up the heat for the entire house. Use an electric blanket, heating pad or hot water bottle to warm up your bed before retiring.
  5. Harness the sun: During the day, open your window blinds and drapes on the 
  6. south-facing windows – and let the sun warm you. At night, close all window coverings to better insulate the home.
  7. Keep the kitchen cozy: Using the oven to bake something heats the room up and there’s nothing like hot cocoa, coffee or tea to warm you. Crockpot cooking for soups and stews is an ideal winter warmer too.
  8. Block drafts: Replace old weather stripping and 
  9. block cold air from seeping in by putting something at the bottom of exterior doors – even a rolled up towel will do.
  10. Stay active: Get your body moving. Being sedentary increases your chances of feeling chilled.
  11. Humidify your home: A humidifier will actually keep your home warmer while eliminating dry indoor air.   
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
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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!




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By 2041, it is projected that 1.2 Million people will call Durham Region home.

Durham Region is home to 95 foreign owned businesses, with a diverse business community composed of 12,220 
enterprises in total.

Durham Region businesses boast 125,621 full-time, 55,862 part-time and 12,147 seasonal employees.

10 schools across Durham Region are ranked in the top 200 schools in Ontario by the Fraser Institute. 

Durham Region has transitioned to become an advanced knowledge economy.

High impact infrastructure projects have ensured connectivity across the GTA, Ontario and the globe.

Our world-class post–secondary institutions are aligned with the business community and economic development 
specialists across the Region.

Durham Region’s perfect geographical and logistical location – just outside the 4th largest city in North America and on the shores of Lake Ontario with a rare deep water port -- translate to economic prosperity for the long term.
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Oshawa is home to some 166,000 residents, and is expected to grow by 20% over the next 10 years. 

New downtown developments alone will add 5,000 new residents to the city’s core. 

A total of 42,000 new residents are expected in approximately 16,000 new residential units planned for across the greater Oshawa area.

The past 5 years have seen significant investment activity here, with over 60 development projects either proposed or underway, boasting a total value of over $5 Billion. These projects represent over 43,000 associated jobs. 

Currently there are 20,000 students who call Oshawa home.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced in 2018 $10 Million in funding for UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), creating new research and development jobs as a result.

The City of Oshawa is host to the fastest growing tech talent market in Canada, adding 3,000 jobs over the past 5 years, equaling a 71.4% growth rate.


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Kate's wish helps her chase her goals

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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