Woof Woof & Meow means Thank You so much!

It’s that time of year again! We give generously to so many charities and foundations, we all love feeling the warmth of generosity this time of year. It’s easy to forget those who cannot speak for themselves – the animals! Dogs & cats need to feel the love too! Bring in a new or gently used toy or treats and food to our Royal LePage location at 324 Guelph St. and we will pass them on to be distributed to shelters and rescue centers. We are also accepting cash donations. See attached flyers for more.

Christmas is fast approaching!

I love to support as many charities and programs as I can this time of year. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping, cooking and parties. But let’s not forget those less fortunate than us or those who are alone at this time of year. Please open your hearts and be a Santa to a Senior this year, you know I am!

Proud moment for me! Go THUNDER!

community is more than just a group of people living in a particular area. A community is a group of people we lean on when times are tough; our friends, family, and neighbors who are there for us when we need love, support and encouragement. I am proud to be an active member of my community.

“Being a Real Estate Agent is not just about buying or selling your home. It’s about building relationships and helping you with one of the most important decisions in your life. It’s also about giving back!

On behalf of the Halton Hills Bantam A team, I would like to thank Elaine Jones for being our sponsor this year! Let’s hope some of your Magic is spread through our team. If you’re thinking of Buying or Selling or Investing in real estate in Georgetown or surrounding areas, The Elaine Jones Team should be your first choice!”

-Ness Gale

Interest rates going up got you down?

Recently interest rates have been going up. The housing market has seen the effects.

The average home in the Greater Toronto Area sold for $732,292 in August, a 20.5 % drop from the market’s peak in April, when prices for all types of homes averaged $920,791 according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.

The downturn began in May after the provincial government announced new measures in April to cool the overheated market in the region, including the introduction of a 15% foreign-buyers tax. But the impact has continued for months as buyers have moved to the sidelines to wait for signs that prices have bottomed in the region.

So far, they have not rushed back. The total number of homes sold fell 34.8 % to 6,357 in August compared with a year earlier.

But experts believe buyer interest should return this fall, which could help stabilize prices if new listings remain moderate.

Click on the link below to read an article with 3 tips to save thousands as interest rates rise, courtesy of  

3 tips on how to save thousands on your mortgage

Information gathered from:
Global News online
The Globe and Mail online

Happy 150 CANADA!!

STAND PROUD HALTON HILLS.
WE MADE HISTORY!

The response to the Most Patriotic Town Challenge has been truly OUTSTANDING!

Flags are flying on front porches, balconies, garages, fences, gardens, flower pots, driveways, parks, and businesses. Everywhere you look flags are flying in Halton Hills!

It is such an inspiring and patriotic sight!

When the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee set the goal of 15,000 flags we never dreamed that over 50,000 flags would be flown on Canada Day!

Halton Hills truly is small town living at its patriotic best!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The final flag count was:

57,073

Rhianna and myself are so pleased to be able to say that we contributed to 200 of those counted flags!

We held a contest for all our flag recipients, show your flag – win a basket full of all sorts of red and white goodies! Congratulations to our Winners the Lukacs Family!

 

Valentine’s Day…What’s the story?

Here is the story of St. Valentine:

My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law!

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favorite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.

One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!

A Christmas Greeting from us to you!

 

Be a Santa to a Senior!

Studies have shown that nearly 1.8 million Canadians aged 75 and over live alone? Year after year the cost of living rises but many older adults struggle to keep up. Many who live alone have no family nearby to help provide them with what they need. But it’s not just about gifts. It’s about bringing back the feeling of community and social interaction to deserving seniors and inspire human contact during the holidays to older adults who are unlikely to have guests’ visits during this festive time. So take a moment of your time and help spread cheer to those who need it most. Please contact me at 416-951-1633 if you would like to be involved. Our office is supporting this wonderful cause and I am overjoyed to be a part of it! If you can’t make it to our branch to pick a name I would be more than happy to pick for you.

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Happy Halloween!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Spring Has Finally Sprung!

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Whether you are planning on selling this spring or just want a great looking lawn here are some tips for making your lawn a show stopper!

Spring sure has taken it’s time this year. We are all eager to open our doors, rub our eyes and begin the outdoor activities! This includes our lawn maintenance. We all remember how we prepared our lawns and gardens for the brutal winter weather, all the while thinking it would lead us into an easy spring beginning. I must tell you fall is not the only time of year for yard maintenance. Alas, there is always maintenance and cleanup work to be done in the spring to give you a radiant lawn and gardens.

Tip #1: Doggy damage

If you own a dog walk round your lawn and survey the effects the “winter” has had on your property. Clean up their messes and check for any severe burnt grass spots. In most cases of doggy spots, the grass will recover. If the damage is bad, re seeding or sodding of the areas may be needed.

Tip #2: Wait to reveal your garden’s covered bushes.

Do not uncover your bushes until the danger of a heavy frost is over. When you do uncover them, clean away any soil or other organic material that was used to seal them in for the winter. This material can carry disease spores that can infect your plants. While the plants are still dormant, you can improve their health and vigor with these selective pruning steps:

  • Remove any blackened, dead or damaged wood.
  • Prune the cane down to healthy wood, just before a leaf bud.
  • Remove any branches that may be crossing, that are twiggy, or are growing out of the side of a cane.
  • Remove old canes at the bud union and leave 3 to 5 good ones that are evenly distributed.
  • Delay mulching around the plants as this will keep the soil cold and delay the growth of the bushes.

Tip #3: Lawn aeration while the ground is still moist from the snow is always recommended.

Do this late March and into April, depending on your winter it could be late April early May. When the plugs get removed from the lawn it allows air to enter the soil, therefore allowing air to reach the roots of the grass. When the core plugs break down and dissolve back into the soil, they infuse the soil with rich nutrients that your grass roots enjoy

Tip #4: A slow-release granular fertilizer is the best choice for spring.

The best time to apply it is when soil temperatures have reached the optimum temperature of 50 degrees or above consistently (for more than 7 days). Keep in mind soil temperatures tend to lag behind air temperatures in the spring. The air temperature could be 70 degrees but the soil temperature might be 40 degrees. You can check online with your local farm bureau or cooperative to find out when soil temperatures have reached ideal levels for fertilizing and reseeding.

Tip #5: Check the remaining aspects of your landscape for damage, growth progress, and needed improvements.

Check your woody landscape plants for injury — particularly the evergreens. Do not be too alarmed if you do not see new growth. Wait until the buds have opened before removing any dead branches, unless they are broken. Take the same “wait and see” approach with perennial plants. Remove any mulch that was placed there to protect them. Some plants take a longer time to come out of winter dormancy than others do. If scale insects or tent caterpillars bothered your landscape plants last year, then you should consider spraying with dormant oil before the buds open. This material will smother the egg cases or over-wintering adults.

Tip #6: Let your lawn wake up on its own.

Homeowners tend to apply “green up” type fertilizers to wake their grass up while still dormant. This is a mistake, your grass will use up all of its energy that it has and pull as much nutrients as it can find just to wake up. Your lawn will now need to consume that much energy and nutrients on a regular basis in order to maintain it. Give it a watering first, and then after about 2 weeks, apply fertilizers.

Spring is a time of regeneration and reawakening from a long winter’s sleep. It is a time to set up your yard for a splendid summer. The fresh air of spring can do much to revitalize you as well as your gardens. Spend some time investing in some proactive lawn care and you will be rewarded with a healthy and more vigorous landscape.