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Passion Art in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Show & Sale August 22, 2009   For details visit www.niagarapassion.com  or email arts@niagarapassion.com An upscale wine, food, music & art event organized by the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake to attract discriminating patrons. In partnership with the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Being Average? Not for you.

By Don Lawby President, CENTURY 21 Canada Let's face it, nobody wants to be average. It's the terrain of the unremarkable-the realm of the safe middle ground. But while "average" is by its very definition nothing to brag about, it does have its place in our world. It shows us the big picture. It reminds us where we stand, right? Well, to a point. In real estate, average prices in the ...

McGuinty Using Homeowners as His own ATM

To quote the President of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Pauline Aunger. Toronto, May 14, 2009 - The McGuinty government today gave third and final reading to Bill 150, the Green Energy Act, which,  when implemented, will impose significant new costs on home sellers in Ontario. The new tax comes in the form of an energy audit fee that must be paid by home sellers prior to a single family ...

Province Amends Green Energy Act

It has been brought to my attention that changes have been made with respect to Energy Audits on the sale on homes in Ontario.   These audits will not be mandatory. Buyers shall have the right to have one completed or waive that request.   Here is the proposed new wording.... It is nice to see Govt listen.   Clean Version: Part 1: Section 2 of the Green Energy Act Mandatory ...

Local market effected- 2009 1st Quarter for NOTL

Resale housing activity in Canada in February 2009 was up from seasonally adjusted levels the previous month, according to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). www.crea.ca A total of 28,669 homes traded hands via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) nationally in February 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is 8.6 per cent above seasonally adjusted levels ...

Red Roof Retreat - Annual Pasta Dinner

Sunday, April 26th 5pm. At John Michael's Banquet Hall in Thorold. Tickets go fast and are available. Adults $20 Under 12 $10 Under 5 FREE.  Call 905 684 0235 This is a great event benefiting Red Roof Retreat. A respite care facility for Niagara residents. Located on a wonderful rural property in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The organization provides repsite services to families on a country property. ...

Consider an upgrade- in your NOTL Home

As interest rates are lowered again, the local Real Estate market in NOTL continues to perform better then most other markets in Canada. "These low interest rates provide the perfect opportunity for home owners to consider a move up or a chance for first time buyers to get into the market away from renting" says REALTOR Gary Zalepa Jr. Broker. He explains that with interest rates trending downwards ...

Federal Budget Promoting Residential Investment

Budget 2009 introduces a series of innovative measures timed to provide some much-needed uplift to residential renovation and resale activity, which has been hard hit in many regions across Canada. In times of financial uncertainty, investments in residential housing remain relatively "safe" portfolio assets, given their intrinsic value. Furthermore, in the broader economy, stronger residential investment ...

Ontario REALTORS message to Queens Park and Budget Committee

REALTOR Gary Zalepa Jr. Broker at CENTURY 21 City Realty Inc. in Niagara-on-the-Lake, serves as Chairman of the Government Relations Committee for the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). On behalf of Ontario's REALTORS and consumers the following was released as part of OREA's pre-budget submission. OREA Recommends First Time Home Buying Initiatives for 2009 Provincial Budget   OREA ...

Ice Wine Festival - Jan 24, 25 NOTL

"Warm up your Winter" according to Ice Wine Festival organizers. The main street in the Old Town will be transformed into a Jazz, Ice wine lounge, Jan 24-25 from noon-6pm. With ice furniture, sculptures and ice bar. Featuring the music of Juliette Dunn.  www.niagaraicewinefestival.ca  More than twenty of Niagara's wineries will be featured in the lounge pouring tastings of Icewine ...