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Niagara Market on the Rise

Niagara Market on the Rise


It has been an active summer for real estate sales across the Niagara Region with 702 unit sales reported during the month of July in the communities serviced by the Niagara Association of REALTORS®. This figure represents an impressive gain of 23% over last July’s total of 570 transactions.

In Pelham, local home sales jumped off the charts in July. The Niagara Association of REALTORS® reported…

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MOKUS Restaurant of Fonthill - My Dinner in Pictures!
There’s a new menu in Town and the taste du jour is Hawaiian.   It is so much fun to discover a new cuisine that I created some photo cards to commemorate my first meal at MOKUS Restaurant of Fonthill.   The cuisine of Hawaii is a fusion of many foods brought by immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, particularly American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Mexican, Korean, Polynesian and Portuguese…

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GUEST POST via ‘The Mortgage Guy Niagara’: Not all Lenders are Created Equal: Understanding Penalty Payments

GUEST POST via ‘The Mortgage Guy Niagara’: Not all Lenders are Created Equal: Understanding Penalty Payments


RealEstateTipsandAdviceremaxMany borrowers choose a five year term for their mortgage product as it suits their home-ownership plans as well as locks in a consistent payment which makes monthly budgeting easier.

Did you know that statistically, the average borrower will refinance, move, renew, pay-down or pay-off their mortgage in 3.5 years?

This means, the average borrower will be in a situation to deal with paying a…

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It’s a Hot Summer Market!

It’s a Hot Summer Market!


LocalMarketUPDATElogoLocal home sales continued at a steady pace in June. The Niagara Association of REALTORS® reported 32 residential transactions in Pelham during the past month– up 28% from the total of 25 sales recorded in June 2013. At the halfway point of the year total sales have reached 126 units representing a 2.4% increase over last year’s January to June tally of 123 transactions.

Across the Niagara…

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Summer Heat Spurs on Home Sales!

Summer Heat Spurs on Home Sales!


The booming housing market was a topic of conversation all across Niagara during the month of May. The total number of residential transactions reported for the region as whole (excepting Grimsby*) was up 6.9% with 681 residential unit sales reported compared to last year’s figure of 637 transactions.

On a year-to-date basis, sales in Niagara are outpacing 2013 results by 1.9% with 2465 sales…

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Pelham Farmers’ Market: Vendor Profile - Kukoly Farms

Pelham Farmers’ Market: Vendor Profile – Kukoly Farms


What a wonder it was to behold my very FIRST Spring of 2014 sighting of locally grown asparagus on Thursday May 29th at the Pelham Farmers’ Market!

Alas I had arived a bit late (6:15PM) but thankfully just in time to purchase the last two bunches that farmer John Kukoly had at his table. They did look rather lonely all by themselves on that big table and I was very happy to give them a home.


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Say NO to Another Home Owner TAX!

Say NO to Another Home Owner TAX!


Preventing the spread of municipal land transfer taxes (MLTT) is the focus of a new advocacy campaign at the Ontario Real Estate Association.

The association launched the issue-based campaign in April to demonstrate the negative economic impact of the MLTT, based on the findings of new research studies. Currently allowed only in Toronto, this tax may spread to other regions of Ontario. As…

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First Quarter Home Sales Edge Down in Pelham

First Quarter Home Sales Edge Down in Pelham


Unit sales of residential properties in Pelham dropped 14% during the First Quarter of this year compared to the same time frame last year. According to MLS® system reports of the Niagara Association of REALTORS® there were 43 sales in Pelham so far this year down from the total of 50 sales reported during January-March 2013.

The slow down corresponds directly with the prolonged winter season…

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March Home Sales Down in Niagara

March Home Sales Down in Niagara


The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 486 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in March. This represents a 7.60 per cent decrease in sales over March of last year.

The residential average sale price of $245,413 was 8.37 per cent higher than last March. The average days on market decreased from 69 to 59 in the residential freehold market…

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The Story of Welland’s Somerville House - 217 Merritt St., Welland

The Story of Welland’s Somerville House – 217 Merritt St., Welland


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The following are excerpts from the “Proposal of Designation of Somerville House between Merritt Street and Fitch’ prepared by Simon Bentall BSc. Notice to Reader: While this home now listed for sale has many historical elements it has not been officially designated as a Heritage Property by any governing statute.

Description of the Property:

The Property stands on a…

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