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Home'Ward Bound November 2018

Thursday, November 01, 2018   /   by Alayne Keates Administration To Geoff Appleton & Associates

Home'Ward Bound November 2018

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November:  Time to Remember, Lest We Forget!

 
 
November may be a dreary month, but we Durham Region residents more than make up for that by cramming the 11th month of the year full of amazing community festivities! We’ve included a huge array of family friendly local events that you can take part in this month to get you in that holiday spirit! From Uxbridge to Newtonville, our municipalities, business associations and community service groups work together to put on wonderful celebrations, occasions and events, making our region a popular destination for tourists, as well as a fabulous place to live, work and play. It’s just one of the many reasons why we are so proud to call the Durham Region our home and our place of business, and why we endorse our community event calendar so heartily.

In economic news, the story is a cautiously optimistic one. A recent study by the Conference Board of Canada compared 16 Canadian municipalities, one of which was the Oshawa Municipality (which included Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington as a whole). Oshawa Municipality showed a decreased unemployment rate, an increased average household income, and a predicted growth in gross domestic product (GDP) that outperformed the 16 other municipalities in the study. Retail trade topped the list for the highest percentage of jobs here, followed by construction, public schools, and food and beverage services. It is forecasted that 12,000 new jobs will be created through to the end of 2019, many of which are being sourced from non-residential projects like the GO expansion, Darlington Nuclear’s multi-billion dollar refurbishment and Bell Canada’s $100 million fibre optic investment into the area. Housing starts should be in the area of 2,400 units for 2019 -- up a bit from the 2,339 of this year but still a modest number in contrast to the 2,835 housing starts of 2017, indicative of the slower housing market. The only real negative in the report was the sobering reality that our manufacturing segment had declined 3.4%, the deepest dip since the recession of 2008-2009, resulting in a manufacturing 
employment decline of 8.3% or 1540 job losses in 2017. Manufacturing was the only industry to show regression in 2018. (Source: Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express)

It is a privilege to guide clients through the largest investment they will ever make and to inform and educate them on that investment’s performance for life. It is our hope that this monthly newsletter meets that goal and exceeds your expectations. For any questions you have regarding the state of our local marketplace and its impact on your value, never hesitate to call. And THANK YOU for sending business our way. 
 
 

In Flanders Fields
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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row.
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
 
Composed by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium, after losing his close friend and former student Alexis Helmer, who had been killed by a German shell the day before. 
 
 

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 about the upcoming holidays season parties or shopping, 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, neighbours, 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.  
 
 

October Dates to Remember

November 4: 
Daylight Saving Time
November 11:
Remembrance Day
November 13:
World Kindness Day
November 14:
World Diabetes Day
November 15:
National Philanthropy Day
November 26:
Cyber Monday
November 27:
Giving Tuesday
 
 

The Highs, Lows and Oohhs of the Market

In September, the Durham Region Association of REALTORS reported 773 residential sales in the Durham Region, representing a decrease of 70 units from the 843 sold in August, and down 62 units from September 2017 when the volume of reported sales was 835 units. 

The amount of new listing inventory between August 2018 and September 2018 jumped by 357 units in the Durham Region, finishing at 1,823 new listings compared to1,466 the previous month.

The average selling price in Durham for the month of September was $587,009, a drop of $3,697 from August, when the average was $590,706, but an increase of 1.5% over September 2017 when the average price in 
Durham Region was $578,666.   Homes continue to sell well in an average of 27 days.
Year-To-Date (as of the September stats) the average price for 2018 is $595,270, with 6,980 reported residential sales thus far in the Durham Region. 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 12,654 set in 2016. (Source: DRAR)

As always, I 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 me. I am always available to update you personally on current statistics and inventory, and how they are affecting YOUR home.

Here’s how that average price breaks down for last month:
  • The average detached dwelling sold for $647,933 and sold for 98% of list price in 29 days.  494 units were sold.
  • The average semi-detached dwelling sold for $470,615 and sold for 100% of list price in 16 days. 53 units were sold.
  • The average link dwelling sold for $535,398 and sold for 98% of list price in 22 days. 42 units were sold.
  • The average freehold townhouse sold for $521,270 and sold for 99% of list price in 21 days. 94 units were sold.
  • The average condominium apartment sold for $400,042 and sold for 98% of list price in 31 days.  38 units were sold.
  • The average condominium townhouse sold for $424,013 and sold for 98% of list price in 27 days.  52 units were sold. 
Source: www.DRAR.ca
 
 
INDUSTRY STATS
Average Selling Prices 
for September 2018:
 
Durham Region: $587,009
Oshawa: $491,290
Clarington: $576,286
Whitby: $615,949
Scugog: $644,029
Ajax: $638,387
Pickering: $694,685
Uxbridge: $667,985
Source: DRAR 
 

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES

OSHAWA PARADE & CEREMONY 
November 11, 10:25am-12pm, Memorial Park

BOWMANVILLE CEREMONY 
November 11, 10:25am-11:30am, Bowmanville Cenotaph

NEWCASTLE  CEREMONY 
November 11, 10:30am, Newcastle Cenotaph

PORT PERRY SERVICE 
November 11, 11am, Municipal Building

WHITBY SERVICE 
November 11, 11am, Whitby Cenotaph
 


CHRISTMAS BAZAARS AROUND IN DURHAM

ST. MATTHEW’S POINSETTIA BAZAAR 
November 3, 10am-2pm, 135 Wilson Rd. N., Oshawa
 
ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH BAZAAR 
November 3, 10am-2pm, 3800 Courtice Rd. N., Courtice
 
SNOWFLAKE CHRISTMAS MARKET 
Pickering Village United Church, November 3, 10am-3pm, 300 Church St. N., Ajax
 
ANNUAL FALL BAZAAR 
Durham Christian Homes, November 3, 9am-1pm, 200 Glen Hill Dr. S., Whitby
 
ST. MARY’S 3RD ANNUAL CRAFT AND CHRISTMAS FAIR 
November 3, 10am-3pm, 1918 Whites Rd., Pickering
 
SOUTH PICKERING SENIORS CLUB ANNUAL BAZAAR  
November 3, 9am-1pm, East Shore Community Centre, 910 Liverpool Rd., Pickering
 
REACHVIEW VILLAGE CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 
November 3, 9am-4pm, 130 Reach St., Uxbridge
 
HOLY FAMILY CWL  CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 
November 10, 9am-6pm & November 11, 9am-1pm, 91 Ribblesdale Dr., Whitby
 
8TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE
November 18, 10am-3pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 117 Byron St., S, Whitby
 
2ND ANNUAL YULETIDE BAZAAR 
November 25, 11am-4pm, Lake Vista Community Centre, 450 Emerald Ave., Oshawa
 
HEYDENSHORE CHRISTMAS MARKET 
November 25, 10am-4pm, 589 Water St., Whitby
 

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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Autumn Art Festival: 
November 10-11, 10am-4pm, Scout Hall Port Perry
The annual show and sale with 20 local artists. Demos and refreshments.
 
Oshawa’s Bright and Merry Market: 
November 16-17, 5pm-9pm, City Hall & Memorial Park area
Holiday music, entertainment, refreshments, crafts, vendors, annual tree lighting and a huge line up of activities!
 
Brooklin’s Christmas in the Village: 
November 23, 6pm-8pm, Grass Park
The weekend that celebrates Olde Time Christmas!
 
Whitby’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: 
November 30, 6pm-8pm, Celebration Square
Hot cocoa, cookies, local entertainment and of course, a visit from Santa!
 
Clarington Community Christmas Party: 
November 25, 1pm-3pm, Clarington Beech Centre, 26 Beech Ave, Bowmanville
Caroling, crafts, festive activities, and a visit from Santa!
 
Sunday Funday Letters to Santa: 
November 4, 12pm-4pm, Oshawa Museum, Lakeview Park
Creative writing and a nostalgic trip to the Victorian era for children of all ages.
 
 
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BOWMANVILLE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 
November 17, 10:30am

UXBRIDGE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 
November 17, 11am

SANTA’S PARADE OF LIGHTS OSHAWA 
November 17, 6pm

NEWCASTLE SANTA PARADE 
November 18, 5:30pm

PICKERING’S SANTA CLAUS PARADE 
November 24, 10am

SANTA’S MAGICAL PARADE OF LIGHTS AJAX 
November 24, 6pm

WHITBY SANTA CLAUS PARADE 
December 1, 10am

SCUGOG SANTA CLAUS PARADE 
December 1, 5pm
 
 

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Alexis Meets Taylor Swift

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The Story:

At a very young age, frequent visits to the hospital and the doctor’s was the norm for Alexis. Her illness even got in the way of school because she was either too tired or too sick to keep up. If anything kept her spirits up, it was the music of her favourite singer, Taylor Swift. And what was once a dream of Alexis’ to meet the famed star, eventually turned to a reality. 

Wish Granted:

On the day of her wish, Alexis was driven to the concert stadium in a stretch limo with her parents. Alexis was overjoyed watching her idol in concert, playing and singing the songs she only heard at home. But the highlight of the concert was the surreal moment when Taylor came down the aisle and gave Alexis a big hug.

Wish Impact:

Shortly after Alexis was granted her wish, she went into surgery. But it was the power and magic of that special wish that helped Alexis fight through the difficult times and her recovery.


“When we had tough days in the hospital and during recovery we were able to tell Alexis to think about her wish.”

~Alexis’ Mom