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2019 Federal Election: HOUSING

Thursday Oct 17th, 2019

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Election Day is MONDAY, OCTOBER 21st We are in the last week of the 2019 Federal Election and I want to encourage everybody to get out and vote!   This election will help shape the future of our country, your business and the real estate industry. Housing has been a big issue in this campaign with each party making commitments to make homes more affordable.    Many of the commitments are REALTOR® recommendations which could have a significant impact on the... [read more]

THE HEAT IS ON: FURNACE EFFICIENCY AND MAINTENANCE

Thursday Oct 03rd, 2019

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  You can almost hear the hum of furnaces in homes throughout North America cranking up for the colder months ahead. It is especially important to have furnaces inspected and properly maintained to ensure that they run efficiently and safely. Here are some pointers to get the most out of a furnace: SIMPLE WAYS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY Home heating, especially with a gas furnace and your location, can represent half or more of a typical home’s winter utility bill.... [read more]

Feds unveil first-time home buyers program in Pickering

Wednesday Jul 10th, 2019

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Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos was in Pickering Tuesday to unveil a new program to help first-time home buyers save on mortgage payments. Through the ‘First-Time Homebuyer Incentive,’ the federal government will finance a portion of the cost of a home through a shared equity mortgage. Ottawa will help cover five per cent of the price of an existing home, and up to ten per cent of a newly built home. The program will be... [read more]

Local Durham Conservation area has much to offer

Friday May 11th, 2018

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A treasure hunt, a nature immersion course, an enlightening walk in the woods. The big bioblitz and nature festival happening in Heber Down Conservation Area this weekend is open to everyone. And guaranteed to expand your horizons, no matter how much or how little you already know about the birds, plants, reptiles, fungi, mammals, insects and amphibians you come across. That’s the goal — to discover biodiversity, by identifying as many species as possible in this interesting... [read more]

UPDATE! Walk to Fight Against Arthritis

Saturday Apr 22nd, 2017

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UPDATE! I wanted to share an exciting discovery I have just made; apparently I am the TOP FUNDRAISER for the Walk against Arthritis that I'm participating in on June 4th! If you have already made a donation, I thank-you! For those who have not yet dontated, I would like to share my own experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis. As I mentioned, I received this diagnosis when I was an adolescent. At that time the treatment was invaribly a barrage of NSAID's (Non-Steroidal... [read more]

Ten things to do in Durham on October 8 and 9

Friday Oct 07th, 2016

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Ten things to do in Durham on October 8 and 9 Oshawa This Week DURHAM -- It’s kind of quiet for the Thanksgiving long weekend, but we have murder, sports and spirits on the list. Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre stages ‘Murder At Sea! (A Cruise Of TITANIC Proportions!)’ on Oct. 8 starting at 6 p.m. at Ajax’s St. Francis Centre, 78 Church St. S. The funny whodunit features characters including Hercule Perrier. A cash bar is available. Tickets are $70 per... [read more]

Inside the mind of a REALTOR®

Wednesday Oct 05th, 2016

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I have to admit, my cheeky inner monologue thought; "He's overthinking it... in this market someone will be interested in your home!" Are you curious about what your home may be worth? Contact me today! [read more]

Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke 2016

Wednesday Jun 22nd, 2016

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It was a great day for the Big Bike Ride and despite a slightly smaller team this year, we raised in excess of $2,700 for this worthy cause. I'd like to thank all of my personal supporters once again for their contributions!  Of course the generous luncheon provided by Sutton Heritage at Riley's Pub was a great motivator!   [read more]

Only 8 Days until Big Bike Ride!

Tuesday Jun 14th, 2016

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With only 8 days left to fundraise, I am so close to meeting my goal for this year's Big Bike Rally for Heart & Stroke Foundation. For the past 4 years our team has raised enough funds to provide a new defibrillator for a LOCAL School or Recreation Centre. I am 83% of the way to MY goal this year, and I hope we will make it 5 years in a row reaching our team goal.  Please give generously, and THANK-YOU! [read more]

Fort McMurray Special Fundraiser!

Thursday Jun 02nd, 2016

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Sutton REALTORS® across Canada came together to show our commitment to community and donated a total of $52,428 for the #SuttonWildfireRelief and the Canadian Red Cross. We personally want to thank all the Sutton REALTORS® who joined in on the #SuttonWildfireRelief campaign in support of our Fort McMurray colleagues and neighbours. Fort McMurray residents are now gearing up for phase 1 of the re-entry plan, scheduled to start on June 1st. Your donations have helped provide... [read more]

So you were wondering....

Thursday May 19th, 2016

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As a REALTOR® people often ask me about the local real estate market, and I love it when they do! I've been saying for a while how hot things are, but don't take my word for it... here are the stats! There's never been a better time to sell! [read more]

a SMALL donation makes a BIG difference

Wednesday May 18th, 2016

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RIDE BIG. LIVE BIG. Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Canadian men and women. I want to help change this. That’s why I’m riding the Heart&Stroke Big Bike to create more survivors. Once again this year, my team is riding with the goal of raising enough money to cover the cost of a defibrilator for a LOCAL school. Your contribution dollars will make a difference in YOUR community! Please CLICK HERE to visit my Donation... [read more]

Summer fun starts in Whitby!

Wednesday May 11th, 2016

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WHITBY -- Residents of and visitors to Whitby are invited to have fun in the sun at several summer events. There’s lots going on, including food and music festivals and culture and heritage events (see list below). Visit www.whitby.ca/events for more information about all Town events. • Farmers’ market takes place every Wednesday from May to October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the former downtown fire hall site, 201 Brock St. S. • Rotary of... [read more]

Fort McMurray Needs Our Support

Friday May 06th, 2016

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Due to a devastating wildfire, a state of emergency has been declared in Fort McMurray, Alberta. All 80,000 inhabitants have been evacuated from their homes and some neighbourhoods have been completely destroyed. The Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation is now accepting donations to the Canadian Red Cross’ Alberta Fires Appeal. Donations will provide relief for those affected in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services and other necessities to... [read more]

May 3rd Tops This Year's Real Estate Calendar as the Most Profitable Day to List Your Home in the GTA

Friday Apr 29th, 2016

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In a seller's market, the first Tuesday in May is a better bet than any other date in 2016TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 25, 2016) - According to data analysis homeowners selling their homes can expect to net an average of $17,000 more if they play their cards right and list on Tuesday, May 3 this year. Sellers can also expect to sell 18 per cent faster if they list anytime during the month of May. The second best month to list is October, when homes sell for an average of $10,000... [read more]

Free compost giveaway event in Whitby May 7

Thursday Apr 28th, 2016

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WHITBY -- The Region of Durham is inviting residents to pick up free compost in appreciation of a continued community-wide commitment to the regional organics collection program.Residents should take a shovel and containers to carry compost, which has been made from organics collected in the Region’s curbside green bin and leaf and yard waste programs. Compost is available on a first-come, first served basis and is limited to four blue boxes of compost per vehicle.Green bins, blue boxes and... [read more]

Common Costs of Home Repairs

Saturday Apr 23rd, 2016

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It's that time of year where we dig ourselves out of hibernation, do some spring cleaning, and undertake some home renovation projects. Of course, most people do so with the value of their home in mind. For both Buyers and Sellers, these costs play into their mental calculations; "How much to repair the home inspector pointed out?" or "I wonder if it's worth it to fix that squeaky stair"This infographic is a great estimate of the cost of common projects. Now... where'd I put my... [read more]

Welcome & Hello!

Friday Apr 22nd, 2016

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Hi! Thank-you for visiting my Website! This is my first blog post! I plan to update this blog with current trends in the real estate market and insustry. Of course, first I need to update my website! So please, stay tuned. Bookmark this page and I'll have some fresh content. Use the links on my site to contact me and ask me any questions. I'll be happy to get back to you quickly. Until next time, happy house hunting!-Phil Small, Sales Representative [read more]

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