Author Archives: Kevin Stokes

Niagara on the Lake Realty

The Benefits of Having a Buyer’s Agent

In the United States, the concept of a “buyer’s agent” is commonplace when it comes to purchasing real estate. However, here in Canada, the idea is relatively new. A buyer’s agent can be beneficial to house seekers, as a realtor becomes a personal shopper to a buyer. They can negotiate a house in order to get the best possible pricing and terms.

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Heritage Awards

Niagara Residents Receive Heritage Award for Preserving History

Niagara-on-the-Lake real estate sits on land that has been settled for over 200 years. Everywhere you look, you see sites steeped in history. Our community is fortunate to have people passionate about this history. From ages seven to 77 and beyond, our local residents care enough to fight to preserve this history rather than see it fade away forever.

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a young, attractive, happy family of three; mother, father, and baby, sit with their dog outside a large cabin in the woods

Choosing the Right Size Home for Your Needs

During my career as a Niagara on the Lake realtor, I’ve found that the most important thing in shopping for a new home is size. If your new home is too large or too small, it can seriously decrease your enjoyment and make you wish you’d taken a little more time during the home shopping process. Fortunately, with the right tips and advice from an expert realtor such as myself, you can easily pick a home that fits you like a glove, in size and in budget.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the right size home for your needs and hints for finding exciting Niagara on the Lake real estate.

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Tips for Staging Your Niagara on the Lake Property

Late summer is the perfect time to think about putting your Niagara on the Lake property on the market. The overall Ontario real estate market is hot right now and even more so in the coveted Niagara region. The perfect weather and great lifestyle opportunities of the Niagara region will bring a host of potential buyers to any open house. However, to realize your home’s full market value and to get a quick sale, you will need to properly stage your home. Here are some great tips on how to properly stage your home for a quick sale.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Niagara Home

With a red hot real estate market in the province, now may be the perfect time to realize the full value of your home.  This holds especially true in coveted areas such as Niagara on the Lake. The Niagara on the Lake real estate market is once again heating up just in time for summer and is as competitive as ever.  Here are five reasons why you need a Niagara on the Lake real estate agent to help you sell your Niagara home.
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Great Summer Activities on Niagara on the Lake

There is no doubt about it that Niagara on the Lake shines in the summer.  The sunshine and warm weather are great catalysts for many of the activities that make this area one of the most visited spots in all of Canada.  One visit to the region during the summer, and you will fall in love with not only the many different activities but the region itself—as well as the friendly and welcoming people that call Niagara on the Lake home.  Here is a brief list of many great summer activities that abound in the region, including how to get in touch about Niagara on the Lake real estate.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Retire in Niagara on the Lake

The day has finally come—the day where you can safely say that you can retire.  Now that you have reached this milestone, a whole new set of questions will arise, such as, “What can I do with all of your free time?” and “Where do I want to spend my golden years?”  There are many great retirement communities, but here are five reasons as to why you should retire with Niagara on the Lake real estate.

A Unique Climate Unlike Other Canadian Regions

Niagara on the Lake offers a warmer than average climate year round.  This is great news for anyone who is tired of long and cold snowy winters in the northern part of Canada or Ontario.  Niagara on the Lake gets more sunshine than many parts of Ontario.  A great added bonus is, due to its mild and warm temperatures, it is home to some of the finest wineries in all of Canada.

Golf, Theatre, Festivals and More!

There are plenty of activities year round in the Niagara region.  Niagara boasts some of the best golf courses in all of Ontario, and with the milder climates, you can perfect your golf game long into the fall season.  Niagara on the Lake is also home to the Shaw Festival Theatre that offers a wide variety of arts and entertainment.  The region also hosts many different festivals year round.  Most of these festivals are centered around wine – Niagara’s most famous export.

There are many great outdoor activities as well such as the Bruce trail and the Short Hills. There is always something to see and do in the picturesque community of Niagara on the Lake.

A Slower Pace for a Restful Mind

Anyone coming from the Greater Toronto Area will quickly appreciate the slower pace of Niagara on the Lake.  There are no traffic jams and no rush hour.  Niagara on the Lake offers a great quality of life while still offering amenities such as great shopping, great cuisine and easy access to the US border and airports.  Remember, you are only an hour from all of the culture and hustle bustle of Toronto and all that a big city offers.

Health Services

The Niagara on the Lake region also boasts great services that are important when choosing a retirement community.  The first and foremost being access to healthcare.  A new hospital has opened in St. Catharine’s, and there are many great health care practitioners and dentists in the Niagara region.  Besides great and accessible health care, Niagara on the Lake offers any other service that you would expect or need for your retired lifestyle.  This includes a great and modern community center and many different assisted living choices.

Affordability with Niagara on the Lake Real Estate

Even though the Niagara region is constantly recognized as one of the best spots in all of Canada to retire, the Niagara on the Lake real estate market is still surprisingly affordable.  Stop by our office today or contact us, and see for yourself some of the great options that may be right for you and your retirement goals.  We look forward to seeing you soon!