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Home'Ward Bound October 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   /   by Alayne Keates Administration To Geoff Appleton & Associates

Home'Ward Bound October 2018

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Fall is for Family 

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Autumn is arguably filled with some of the most spectacular natural phenomenon that Mother Nature ever created, and in our area, we are fortunate to experience the full spectrum of the season, with colours, temperatures and even aromas that beckon you outside to embrace all of fall’s splendor. 
October is the very heart of the fall season, with fairs, festivals and tours to enjoy, two fabulous holidays to celebrate and enough sporting events to satisfy even the most die-hard enthusiast. Fun Fact: October is also home to two meteor showers: the Draconid October 9 and the Orionid October 21-22. The Canadian fruit and vegetable picks of the month are beets, Brussels sprouts, leeks, potato, spinach, turnip, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, squash and of course, pumpkin! Yes, it is harvest time in Canada!
And speaking of harvest, the local Durham Region real estate market is showing its own version of what we consider to be harvest timing. Consumer confidence is definitely on the rise, with more buyers entering the marketplace than originally  anticipated, translating to an uptick in activity across the board, resulting in more sales. We are predicting a stronger fall than what we experienced in 2017, which means that if you know of someone thinking of selling their property, now would be an optimal time to do so, before the winter weather and holiday season are upon us. For an in depth report on the market and how it affects you or your loved one directly, just give us a call and let’s schedule a meeting. Our passion is serving your real estate needs and keeping you not just informed, but engaged in your equity’s growth.
We consider our business to be a lifelong partnership with our clients, where we work together to accomplish your real estate dreams and thereby, your long term wealth building goals. It is our pleasure to look after you and your family!

A Peak at Kitchen Trends  . . .

 At this time of year, our family seems to congregate in the kitchen more than any other season. We tend to use our crock pot more, there’s always the smell of apple crisp baking in the oven, and we linger longer over our coffee and tea. Because the kitchen is so integral to the family unit, I wanted to update you on some design styles and news that are impacting the functionality of this most used room, expanding it from a simple food preparation space to a place inspired by creativity, infused with deliberate personality and embracing of casual entertaining and family interaction.

Colour! Neutral kitchens are being transformed by punches of bold hues on everything from cabinetry to appliances, tiles, sinks and faucets! The classic white kitchen will always be timeless, but don’t be afraid to amp up the wow factor by incorporating some funky tones. 

Texture and natural elements like stone, concrete and wood are appearing more in juxtaposing surfaces, such as concrete countertops and wood grained tiles, live edges and polished surfaces.

 The modern vintage movement in décor style is reinventing farmhouse chic.  Look for light fixtures, hardware, faucets and sinks to carry the effect. Warm, aged brass and gold toned metals are having a moment again after years of nickel, chrome, stainless steel and pewter dominating the design world.

Black is back, and its best done in a matte finish. Look for it in  faucets, lighting, hardware, appliances and accessories and use it in a balanced fashion throughout the kitchen. Daring in cabinetry, it adds a sophisticated feel when used sparingly on a centre island or a pantry wall.


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 prepping their Thanksgiving dinner guest lists, 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.  


The Highs, Lows and Oohhs of the Market

In July, the Durham Region Association of Realtors reported 794 residential sales in the Durham Region, a 6% increase over the previous July but  a 13.5% decrease from June 2018.

The amount of new listing inventory between June 2018 and July 2018 dropped by 220 units in the Durham Region, finishing at 1,675 new listings compared to 1,895 the previous month. In July 2017, the new listing inventory was 1906 units. The average selling price in Durham for the month of July was $584,131 representing a drop of 4.35% from June. However, it still represented a 2.52% increase over July 2017, when the average selling price in Durham Region was $569,748. Homes continue to sell well, with an average market time of 24 days in July. Year-to-date, the Durham Region has seen 5,379 sales reported on the MLS system with an average sale price of $597,121 thus far. 

Here’s how that average price breaks down for last month:

The average detached dwelling sold for $647,014 and sold for 98% of list price in 25 days. 504 units were sold.

The average semi-detached dwelling sold for $471,884 and sold for 99% of list price in 20 days. 57 units were sold.

The average link dwelling sold for $533,649 and sold for 99% of list price in 19 days. 41 units were sold.

The average freehold townhouse sold for $522,054 and sold for 99% of list price in 21 days. 93 units were sold.

The average condominium apartment sold for $406,141 and sold for 98% of list price in 27 days. 43 units were sold.

The average condominium townhouse sold for $409,164 and sold for 98% of list price in 25 days. 56 units were sold.



Say It Isn’t Snow !

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is North America’s most popular and longest continuously-running almanac. Now in its 227th edition, it has been the trusted source for weather, astronomy, folklore and more since 1792, when George Washington was the president of the United States! The 2018-2019 winter weather forecast according to the almanac is predicted to be colder than normal winter temperatures for most of Canada, except where we are, in southern Ontario, where temperatures are predicted to be within the normal range. However, above average snowfall levels are forecasted for all of Canada this winter, so prepare your snow blowers and plows soon and get that snowmobile ready for some winter fun! 

 

October Dates to Remember

October 1: World Vegetarian Day

October 5: World Teacher Day

October 8: Thanksgiving

October 16: World Food Day

October 22: National Nut Day

October 24: United Nations Day

October 31: Halloween



INDUSTRY STATS

Average Selling Prices for August 2018:

 

Durham Region: $590,706

Oshawa: $406,361

Clarington: $569,505

Whitby: $632,395

Scugog: $728,247

Ajax: $627,374

Pickering: $653,505

Uxbridge: $829,660

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 towards a very worthy cause. 

 


Because it’s that time of the year…a little about a Turkey Trot:

A turkey trot is a free run or footrace--usually of the long distance variety--that is held on or around Thanksgiving Day, or just before Christmas Day in the United Kingdom. Popular in the U.S., traditional turkey trots are held in order to burn off calories before the big meal, as we North Americans tend to anticipate indulgent Thanksgiving feasts. Turkey trots can range in size from just a few dozen runners to tens of thousands of them! Most benefit local charity, with first prize often being an actual frozen turkey. A local tradition here in our area is the Northumberland Forest Turkey Trot, held Thanksgiving Monday every year and benefiting the YMCA Strong Communities Campaign. Visit: northumberlandforestturkeytrot.org for more information and get your gobble on!


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


Great Family Outing Idea!

Why not take the family to watch the salmon run this October? From early September to the end of November, when temperatures hover between 3c and 10c, Pacific salmon (Coho and Chinook) migrate upstream from Ontario’s great lakes to lay their eggs in the shallows before winter sets in. Two fantastic places to watch them are Duffins Creek at Whitevale Park in Pickering and the Bowmanville Creek Fish Ladder at the Goodyear Dam on Roenigk Dr.


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
family fun.jpgYork-Durham Heritage Railway Fall Colours Tour: October 6, 7, 13 & 14, 10am-5pm  Take the train along the Oak Ridges Moraine through woods and pastures! Visit ydhr.ca for tickets and schedules.

Whitevale Artisan Show and Sale: October 6, 10am-3pm, Whitevale Golf Club
20+ unique vendors selling handcrafted artisanal items.

Newcastle Harvest Festival: October 6, 9am-2pm, Downtown Newcastle
Children’s activities, live entertainment, vendors, bake sale, car, truck and tractor show, food trucks, bbq and more!

Bowmanville Apple Festival & Craft Sale: October 13, 9am-5pm, Downtown Bowmanville
An annual event that sees the streets of historic Bowmanville celebrate all things apple! Alive with entertainment, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family.

Fall Art Festival: October 12, 13 & 14, Camp Samac, Oshawa
Over 70 artists in all mediums. Show and sale. An annual event that attracts thousands of visitors!

Ajax Pumpkinville: October 13, 11am-5pm Greenwood Conservation Area
Horse drawn wagon rides, haunted house, pumpkin patch, children’s activities, live entertainment, food vendors and more!

York-Durham Heritage Railway Halloween Trains: October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 10am-5pm
Children 12 and under in costume receive a treat bag and ride for only $2! Visit ydhr.ca for tickets and schedules.

Durham Regional Police Children’s Games: October 27, 8:30am-3pm, Pickering Rec Centre
A free event offering sporting opportunities for kids of all abilities from the ages of 5-18. Visit drpchildrensgames.com for more information. 
 



Weather Lore for October!
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For centuries, farmers, sailors and anyone whose livelihood depended on the weather relied on lore to forecast the weather. Our ancestors quickly connected changes in nature with the rhythms and patterns of weather. Here’s some longstanding proverbs for October:

    Much rain in October, much wind in December.

    For every fog in October, a snow in the winter.

    A full moon in October without frost, no frost until the full  moon in November.

This year, the full moon for October falls on the 24th, so let’s hope for no frost!


  


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Atticus’s Wildhood Wish Comes True

Six-year-old Atticus has a serious neurological condition and requires constant care and attention. He began having seizures at just four-and-a-half months old and continues to have several seizures a day.

I don’t know how we do it sometimes, but we do. We put one foot in front of the other and we live one day at a time,” says Atticus’s mom, Melissa. “He isn’t his illness, he is so much more. He is happy, he’s sweet, he’s loving, he’s funny.”

Atticus’s mobility is limited, and he can’t communicate verbally, but he is a happy kid who smiles the most when he is outside enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Melissa remembers when he saw fireworks for the first time on a camping trip – he was completely awestruck. Atticus’s love for the outdoors is truly second to none. It was no surprise to his wish granters that he wanted an RV, so he could go camping more often with his family.

“We’re going to get him out in the fresh air, we’re going to just enjoy camping,” said Atticus’s dad, Terence.

For the past four years, Go RVing Canada has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Canada during Canadian RVing and Camping Week in May to fundraise in support of wishes and help grant a camping themed wish for a child battling a critical illness. This year, Go RVing was thrilled to help make Atticus’s dream a reality. Campsites, campers and RV dealers across Canada raised funds with support from Go RVing.

On May 26, Atticus’s family and friends gathered together at Goreski’s Landing RV Resort on Scugog Lake in Kawarthas, Ontario to grant his incredible wish. With help from his brother Tobias, Atticus found the clues in a scavenger hunt that led him to his RV. An enthusiastic crowd was waiting to welcome him to his new home away from home.

Atticus was clearly excited by the big surprise and all of the special attention he was receiving. “I have not seen him that excited in six years, so that in itself is a huge gift,” said Melissa.

Staff and volunteers from Make-A-Wish®, Go RVing and Canadian Camping and RV Council made Atticus wish experience even more special by hosting a celebratory barbeque and marshmallow roast at the campsite. Atticus and his family enjoyed their first night camping in the RV and had many visitors who wanted to meet Atticus and congratulate him on his wish day.

Melissa and Terence grew up camping and exploring nature and they simply wanted their children to enjoy the same experiences they did. Atticus’s wish has given him the opportunity to have the childhood he deserves: playing outside with his siblings, exploring new places and believing that the possibilities are limitless.


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Geoff Appleton Sales Representative
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Oshawa, ON L1H 8B7
905-576-4111
905-925-8494

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