Thursday, August 03, 2017 / by Geoff Appleton
AUGUST IS AWESOME!
The last full month of summer, August boasts 31 long, glorious days, with some of our warmest weather on record. Named to honour the Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, August also finds its roots in the word “auger”, a hole digging tool that farmers use annually at this time of the season to prepare for the next crop. August’s birthstone is the Peridot, symbolizing strength, and its flower is the Gladiolus or the Poppy. August is also known as the month with the highest birth rate in North America!
August is traditionally a slower month for sales, as it is sandwiched between summer holiday fun and preparation for the new school year. As we have said before, nothing impacts the real estate industry more than the cycle of society and rhythm of family life! So August is a great time to take stock of your family’s real estate goals, organize your home for an upcoming sale by getting it in a show ready state, or to take advantage of your purcha ...
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.
Friday, June 16, 2017 / by Geoff Appleton
June is such a highly anticipated time of year! Kids start to count down the days left at school, sunlight stretches out longer and brighter and the sounds of lawn sprinklers and skipping ropes fill the air. It is also the most popular month of the year for weddings, and for good reason. June is one of only four months with 30 days in it, and boasts the longest daylight hours of the year. The Summer Solstice—June 21—marks the first day of summer and the longest actual day of the year.
Named after the Roman Goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter, June’s birthstone is the pearl, symbolizing purity of heart and faith, and its flower is the rose.
June marks many important events in the world of sports: The Stanley Cup Playoffs, the US Open and the 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans to name a few. No wonder they chose this month to honour Dad! It is also the official Recreation and Parks Month across Canada. For a list of free events and happenings around Durham&nb ...
Sunday, May 07, 2017 / by Geoff Appleton
Mother Always Said You Should…
My Mom used to tell me repeatedly to do this and do that, not to do this and not to do that. ALL, I recall, very valuable advice. Looking back on it, I can say she was, and still is, a very wise woman.
Time reveals, in fact, just about every caring Mother is a Wise Woman. I can see why we carve out a special day each year to acknowledge Mothers. So here is a shout out to all Mom’s – Happy Mothers Day!!
And not to be outdone, my Mothers Birthday is May 27th which somehow seems to fall on or very close to Mothers Day each year. So, she gets double the hugs and appropriate accolades every May from my Brother and me.
Unfortunately, My Mom’s Mom is no longer here. I am sure that makes her very sad this time of year. I am sure some reading this can relate and have similar stories. For ALL those whose Mom is no longer with us, may you remember the best a ...
Saturday, December 03, 2016 / by Geoff Appleton
Ho! Ho! Ho!
December rings in one of the most joyful times of the year. The current year coming to a close, celebration of Christmas and other Holiday Celebrations, all mean different things to different people, but most always represent Joy. If you look around, you will notice a giving spirit exists unlike at other times of the year.
Unfortunately, many home owners wanting to really enjoy this Holiday season are less than enthusiastic because they feel trapped. They are desperate to exit their current home and give themselves a big Christmas Gift - a NEW place to call home.
Here’s where you and I can HELP! As a result of working with hundreds families over the years and through a documented recession, we have developed a special program to quickly get an acceptable "cash" offer on any home for market value. So, we are giving Home Owners wanting to make a move a very special gift this holiday season.
For the month of D ...