Royal LePage Review Summer Newsletter

The Royal LePage Review is a quarterly publication by Royal LePage Niagara featuring real estate market updates and statistics for regional areas, as well as helpful tips for your home.
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Spring Market Still Booming In Niagara!

The Spring Market is Still Alive and Well in Niagara! The real estate market for the month of June was steady with sales exceeding last June by more than 9%. Year to date the market is up 2% overall with Port Colborne showing a 33% increase.  The year to date average of a single family home in the region now stands at $250,217 up 5.5% over last year.  Inventory levels in St. Catharines are less than 3 months which is low for this time of year. Grimsby & Stoney Creek inventory levels are less than 2 months. Based on a
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Price Surges in Canada’s Biggest Cities Mask an Otherwise Temperate National Market

Royal LePage forecasts steady price gains for the full year, inventory shortages in large cities continue TORONTO, July 9, 2014 – With the harsh winter now a fading memory, the average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.9 and 5.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2014. Prices are expected to increase steadily for the balance of the year, according to the Royal LePage House Price SurveY and Market Survey Forecast released today. According to the survey, price increases were posted across housing types, with detached bungalows seeing the highest year-over-year gains, rising 5.2 per cent to an
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Big Savings for First-Time Home Buyers!

Cost Savings Programs for First-Time Home Buyers The real estate market is at its prime across the country, and there has never been a better time to be a first-time home buyer in Canada. With both federal and provincial governments offering a number of resources, grants, and rebates to the first-time home buyer, now may be the time to purchase your dream home. Here are five programs that can help you afford to purchase your own home without breaking the bank: Home Buyer’s Plan GST/HST New Housing Rebate First-Time Home buyer’s Tax Credit Energy Efficient Housing Home Buyer Privileges
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Meet the Team from Royal LePage

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is thrilled to announce the team from Royal LePage offices across Canada who will be trekking to Machu Picchu in 2015 to raise funds and awareness for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. For eight days, this group of enthusiastic supporters will be trekking at high altitude, camping in tents, and forgoing running water, electricity and cell service to help restore hope for women and children escaping violence. Four representatives from Royal LePage Niagara will be part of this group. We’re thrilled that Henny Didreksen-Cowherd and Mia Kennedy from the Maywood Office in St. Catharines, Emma Csak from
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Team Royal LePage Niagara at the Dragon Boat Festival 2014

Royal LePage Niagara participated in the Dragon Boat Festival 2014 in aid of the Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation on Saturday June 14th at the Royal Henley in Port Dalhousie. Our paddlers raised money to donate to the Foundation, and raced well placing third in their first race and second in their following two races. Thank you to all our donors and participants. Way to go Team Royal LePage!
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Royal LePage Niagara Reports the Highest Sales in May since 2007!

Royal LePage Niagara Reports the Highest Sales in May since 2007!  The spring market has finally arrived and Royal LePage Niagara had a great month of May.  The Niagara Real Estate Board showed a 1% rise in sales activity year over year and a 10% increase in May 2014 over May of 2013. The year to date average of a single family home in the region now stands at $247,979.  That”s up 6.1% over last year.  Prices are expected to remain at current levels with some areas seeing small percentage increases.  Based on a sales-to-new listings ratio of between 40 and
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Warmer Weather Spurs Rise in Recreational Property Sales Across Canada

2014 Recreational Property Report from Royal LePage confirms pent-up demand following harsh winter and delayed spring.     Toronto, ON, June 5, 2014 – After a slow start to the year, sales activity in Canada’s recreational property market is beginning to pick up, according to the 2014 Royal LePage Recreational Report released today. A long and severe winter delayed the traditional spring buying season, but the arrival of waterfront-friendly weather has increased interest, is generating higher inventory levels and is driving sales activity. The Royal LePage Recreational Property Report compiles information from a cross-Canada survey of brokers and agents who specialize in the recreational real
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Niagara Home Prices on the Rise

The Niagara Region reported a 6.9% increase in the average sale price of  a single family residential home for the period ending April 30th. Home sales in the region continue to lag the 2013 market but we are anticipating a robust late spring market. The drop in sales has not affected house prices as the average selling price for the Niagara Region is $246,068 compared to last year when the average price was $230,153.  Niagara Falls, St.Catharines & Fort Erie are reporting a rise in average sale prices of more than 10%.   Homes sales in the $200,000 to $300,000
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Fill a Hamper, Fill a Heart!

The staff and agents at Royal LePage Niagara have been busy filling hampers with household supplies to be donated to mothers and children escaping abuse. There are TWO ways YOU can get involved: RLP baskets of hope 1. Pick up a hamper from one of our 14 Royal LePage Niagara offices, fill it with household goods, and bring it back to one of our offices; or drop it off at the Royal LePage Niagara Maywood office on or before Thursday, May 22nd, and join us on the afternoon of the 22nd at 3pm for a BBQ and drinks ($10 admission).
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Top Five Home Renovations That Increase Property Value

Looking to increase your home’s property value? Here are five of the best renovations you can do to your home to increase property value. These five renovations can sometimes have a return on investment 5-6x what they cost.   Click Here to read more  
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Results of the Royal LePage Niagara Food Drive

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Happy Easter!  The agents at Royal LePage Niagara held food drives in five different locations over two weekends  in April, and brought in a total of 8232 lbs of food and and additional $1337.87 which will provide many Easter dinners to needy families in Niagara Region. Thank you, to all our volunteers who gave their time and made it happen … you guys are The Best!       [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_table vc_table_theme=”default”][border_left;border_right;border_top;border_bottom;border_left;border_right;border_top;border_bottom;c#000000;bg#eded89]Location,[border_right;border_top;border_bottom;c#000000;bg#eded89]Pounds%20of%20Food,[border_right;border_top;border_bottom;c#000000;bg#eded89]Monetary%20Donations|[border_left;border_right;border_bottom]St.%20Catharines%20(Maywood),[border_right;border_bottom]2132%20lbs,[border_right;border_bottom]%24209.05|[border_left;border_right;border_bottom]St.%20Catharines%20(Lakeport),[border_right;border_bottom]2348%20lbs,[border_right;border_bottom]%24298.05|[border_left;border_right;border_bottom]Fort%20Erie,[border_right;border_bottom]1200%20lbs,[border_right;border_bottom]%24225.00|[border_left;border_right;border_bottom]Welland,[border_right;border_bottom]1250%20lbs,[border_right;border_bottom]%24270.00|[border_left;border_right;border_bottom]Niagara%20Falls,[border_right;border_bottom]1302%20lbs,[border_right;border_bottom]%24335.77|[border_left;border_right;border_bottom]Total,[border_right;border_bottom]8232%20lbs,[border_right;border_bottom]%241337.87[/vc_table][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” interval=”3″ images=”1548,1549,1550,1551,1552,1553,1554,1555″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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RECONNECT Spring Edition 2014

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] RECONNECT – SPRING 2014 RECO publishes a twice-yearly consumer newsletter  that offers advice and tips to Ontario’s home buyers and sellers. Check it out!   Top 10 Home Buying and Selling Mistakes All too often, RECO sees home buyers and sellers making the same set of mistakes. So, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 home buying and selling pitfalls and how they can be avoided.  Keep Your Home Dry this Spring With milder temperatures and April showers comes the increased risk of flooding in the home.  These tips will help keep your  home dry and safe this
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Single Family Residential MLS Market Statistics Year to Date as of March 2014 – Niagara & Hamilton Boards

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]   1st Quarter Residential Sales off to a Slow Start   The Niagara Region reported a drop of 4% in residential sales unit activity for the first 3 months of this year compared to the first quarter of 2013.  The Good news is the average sale prices have increased 6.8% overall.   The drop in sales has not affected house prices as the average selling price for the Niagara Region is $241,912 compared to the first quarter of last year when the average price was $226,577.     Home sales in the region have been soft due to the hard winter.
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Royal LePage Niagara Regional Food Drive

Helping Families in Niagara We invite you to participate in the Royal LePage Niagara Regional Food Drive taking place at four locations across the Niagara Region.  Join us in stocking the shelves of our local Community Care Centres and providing assistance to families in need.  Agents from our Royal LePage Niagara offices will at the following locations this Saturday, April 5th between 9am-3pm: St. Catharines: Sobeys, 400 Scott St, Metro, 101 Lakeshore Rd. Welland: Sobeys, 609 South Pelham Rd. Fort Erie: Sobeys, 450 Garrison Rd. Niagara Falls: Foodland, 6777 Morrison St., **Saturday, April 12th 10am-4pm**     
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RECO’s Home Smart Video Series: How Real Estate Professionals Can Get Involved

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] RECO has launched an exciting new campaign including several short videos which feature tips and advice on topics such as buying a home and closing costs. Each video points to the knowledge, value, and skills a registered Real Estate Professional brings to the equation. [/vc_column_text][vc_video title=”RECO’s Home Smart Video Series” link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agvtpkazG_U&list=UUZC5mERZOINfWYdqCepFIug”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Single Family Residential MLS Market Statistics Year to Date as of February 2014 – Niagara & Hamilton Boards

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Introducing the NEW Royal Lepage iPhone App

Royal LePage’s New Mobile App Breaks Industry Barriers With Draw-and-Search Feature The new app is the latest in Royal LePage’s suite of digital real estate solutions for Canadians.  Last year, Royal LePage launched a new mobile website featuring Google’s renowned map-based technologies as well as its new and innovative cloud-based services, which allowed users to search for homes, using not only standard criteria, but also local landmarks.  Click here for read the full press release from Royal Lepage Canada.
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Royal LePage Niagara Residential Housing Report

Niagara Region Residential Sales Market 2013            Average Sale  Price # of Homes Sold Days on Market    *Sales to New  List Ratio           NOTL   $469,031 300 108 47% N.F. $227,072 1191 65 59% Fort Erie $204,968 549 98 52% St. Catharines $225,844 1865 46 64% Thorold $223,175 258 52 57% Pelham $348,509 214 83 51% Welland $185,872 675 66 63% Port Colborne $203,395 310 83 52% Lincoln $316,716 306 50 66%            Total Region $240,273 5668 64 59% *Definition: Sales to new listings ratio is a simple
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The Royal Lepage Niagara 2014 Kickoff

The Royal Lepage Niagara 2014 Kickoff The Royal Lepage Niagara management team is doing their happy dance!  That’s because Royal Lepage Niagara has achieved the #1 market share in the Niagara Region for  yet another year, 2013, and that is definitely something to jump up and down about! Even so, we’re not content to just rest on our laurels. We’re kicking off 2014 with exciting new goals, challenges, and ideas. Royal Lepage Niagara agents are leading the way with their focus squarely on the core of the real estate business, which is their commitment to building lasting relationships with their
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The Top 10 Mistakes New Home Buyers Make

Why you should be wary of show homes, what to do if yours isn’t ready on time and much more. When Karen Somerville and her husband Alan Greenberg showed up for the pre-delivery inspection of their brand new luxury home in Ottawa they were horrified. Electricians, dry wallers, plumbers and a variety of other tradespeople were still busy constructing their home and, despite assurances from the builder, the couple seriously doubted their $443,000 new build would be ready for possession in 14 days. Electrical wires hung from ceilings and stuck out from unfinished walls, appliances and cabinets were stacked in the
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Royal LePage Celebrates 100 Years!

Royal Lepage Celebrates 100 Years! 2013 marked an important and exciting milestone as Royal LePage celebrated its 100th Birthday! 100 Years of Helping You Home. These six simple words convey much about us and about our great company: enduring success; a client-centric culture that puts the needs of those we serve ahead of our own; and the importance of family and community. A.E. LePage established his real estate company, ‘A.E. LePage – The Bungalow Specialist’ on July 2, 1913. He was a pioneer in the business of real estate, whose innovation and belief in customer service helped set the standard
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