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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!

The Best Weekend Activities in the Niagara on the Lake Area

Niagara on the Lake is a great place to spend some of your holiday time.  With so many different activities and its proximity to the Greater Toronto region, it can serve as a lovely weekend getaway from all of the hustle and bustle of city life.  With summer fast approaching, activities abound in and around the area.  Here is a quick look at some of the best weekend activities this region has to offer, courtesy of Niagara on the Lake real estate.

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Springtime in Niagara

There may be no better time to visit the Niagara region than in the springtime. The trees are in full bloom and the temperatures are very mild, but do you really need any more reasons to spend time in the area?  There are plenty of things to see and do in the Niagara region, so make sure to come on out and enjoy spring here!

The Home and Garden Show

This home and garden show is unique to the region as it showcases what are sure to be the must-haves for this summer’s balconies and outdoor living.  This is your chance to get some great ideas about how to finally landscape your backyard or how to properly install your own water features, as well as to talk directly to the experts who can answer your questions about any and all of your landscape concerns.

In addition to landscaping, there will be seminars on proper growing techniques for a variety of garden plants and flowers as well as a plant sale, which should allow you to get a head start on your garden this spring.

There will be activities for the whole family as well as a kid’s zone.  Be sure to check out all of the fun at the Niagara Home and Garden Show. For more information, please visit www.niagarahomeandgardenshow.ca.

After you have seen some of the unique ideas for both the inside and outside of your home, be sure to also look at some of the Niagara Homes real estate that boasts some of these great garden and home ideas, and see how these ideas have been applied to real-life settings.

Wineries

A visit to the Niagara region, home to some of the finest wines in Canada and perhaps even the world, would not be complete without visiting some of the wineries that surround the town. You will not want to miss your opportunity to see where these wines come from and how they are prepared.

Even though the physical distance from New Orleans is quite large, the spirit of Mardi Gras is alive and well in Niagara: come out for a Cajun-style celebration to help beat the winter blues at Reif Estate Winery.  For more information, contact the Niagara tourism branch or visit www.niagaraonthelake.com.

This winery is also hosting various wine tastings throughout the month which feature some of their rare and award winning wines.  Be sure to be part of this unique opportunity.

Once you have enjoyed some of the region’s finest wines, make sure to stroll through the picturesque town, view the spectacular Niagara homes, and perhaps enjoy some of the finest local culinary restaurants in all of Ontario.  Regardless of how you choose to spend your time in here, you cannot go wrong.  So come on out and enjoy spring Niagara-style!  We hope to see you soon!

Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s time to open up the windows and let in some of that sweet spring air.  Not only are the days longer and the temperatures warmer in the spring, but it’s also a great time to get all of those spring cleaning chores out of the way. Don’t worry though; you don’t have to necessarily figure out how to do it all on your own! Niagara Homes real estate agency would like to offer you the following spring cleaning tips to help you get your home into tiptop shape.

Clean Those Carpets!

Spring cleaning is more than just a tidy onceover; it should be treated as the opportunity to really get your home as clean as possible, and a great place to start is with your carpets.  Give them more than just a quick vacuuming (remember: no simple onceovers for spring cleaning)!  Instead, open up those windows and take full advantage of the warm spring air.

Hire a company or rent a steam cleaner, and really give your carpets a deep clean.  You really should try to steam clean your carpets twice a year, perhaps in the spring and late fall to keep them looking like new.  If you have rented your steam cleaner, take full advantage of it and clean your upholstery as well.

Mop Those Floors!

Once you have cleaned your carpets, take the spring cleaning into your kitchen and anywhere else where you may have linoleum or hardwood.  A proper mopping will not only prevent dirt from being tracked onto your newly cleaned carpets, but it will also provide a nice base to guard against all of the summer traffic.  Make sure to use some type of a scuff guard or buffing agent when you mop your floors to provide that extra layer of protection!

Scrub Those Windows!

How often do you clean your windows?  If you cannot answer that question, then now is definitely as good a time as any to clean them.  Take full advantage of the warm weather, and give your windows a good cleaning both inside and out.  They’ll be their cleanest when you use a non-streaking agent to make sure they are as spotless as possible.

Take Your Cleaning Outside!

Once you are satisfied with how the inside of your home looks, take your spring cleaning outside.  You’ll want to get your doormat as clean as possible, and remember, this mat is the first line of defense against the outdoors, so the cleaner it is means the less that dirt and other debris will be tracked into your home.

This is by no means an exhaustive spring cleaning list, but it does highlight some of the important areas that may have been neglected over the winter months.  Use these tips as a guideline to help get your home spic-and-span for summer.  Happy cleaning!