Buying a Home
If you’re wondering what the house down the street sold for, just reach out with the address and I’ll send you off all the details!
The demand for food donations in the Grey Bruce area will be greater than ever this year.
During the holidays, most people are in a very giving mood, but when the celebrations are over and the new year rolls around, donations usually slow to a crawl.
Local charities, such as food banks, have struggled to keep up with a strong demand that has continued to increase over the last few years as food prices continue to rise.
There are so many people in our area who struggle to afford nutritious meals, which is why our local food banks are in desperate need of non-perishable food donations.
There’s also a huge demand for other essential household items such as diapers, pet food, school supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies and reusable bags.
In addition to food and other household items, financial donations are especially important as they offer the flexibility for volunteers to buy fresh food or to load up on items that are in short supply.
Financial donations also give food banks the purchasing power to buy items in bulk at much cheaper prices which means more bang for your buck, pardon the pun 🙂
Thanks so much to the amazing people who volunteer their time at our local food banks – the work you do is truly an inspiration to us all!
Think outside the box this year by setting resolutions to get your house in order!
January is the perfect time to set resolutions to improve our health and well-being, but have you ever thought about making resolutions for your home? Here are a few ideas to consider:
Cut the Clutter
Go through your home, one room at a time, and clear out any items you no longer have any interest in and donate them to charity.
Split the Bill
Reduce your monthly bills by turning down the thermostat while you’re away and switching off lights when you leave a room.
Commit to a thorough deep cleaning of your home. This includes windows, carpets, baseboards and other areas that usually get missed.
Get the entire family to take a few minutes at the end of each day to walk through each room and put everything back in its place.
Use wicker baskets to organize everyday items such as controllers and remotes so they don’t get swallowed up by the couch.
There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality but start by adding a few plants to naturally purify the air you breathe.
Just Do It!
Tackle a major item that’s been sitting on your to-do list such as cleaning up the basement or painting the bathroom.
Make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in good working order and that you have a family fire escape plan in place.
Make a resolution to spend more quality time with family at home. This could involve family game nights, shared meals or simply dedicating time to connect with each other.
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to always be personal. At the end of the day, home is where the heart is, and a well-balanced and harmonious living space naturally contributes to a happier overall family life that brings everyone together.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out for detailed stats that are specific to your neighbourhood, or even if you’re just curious about what the house down the street sold for – it’d be great to hear from you!
Bank of Canada holds policy rate at 5% in its final decision of the year.
In a scheduled announcement on December 6, 2023, the Bank of Canada decided to maintain its target for the overnight lending rate at 5%. This was its third consecutive hold after two interest rate hikes over the summer.
The Bank cited growing evidence that higher interest rates are restraining spending, slowing economic growth, and helping to ease labour markets, suggesting that the economy may no longer be in excess demand.
The slowdown in economic activity is also helping to relieve inflationary pressures in a broad range of goods and services, with the Bank’s preferred measure of core inflation coming in around 3.5-4% in recent months.
Despite this, the Bank noted that housing price inflation continues to grow, reflecting more rapid growth in rent and other housing-related costs along with the continued contribution from higher mortgage interest costs.
With further signs that monetary policy is moderating spending and relieving price pressures, the Bank is still concerned about risks to the outlook for inflation and remains prepared to hike rates further if necessary.
The Bank of Canada’s next scheduled interest rate announcement will be on January 24, 2024, at which time it will also publish its full outlook for the economy and inflation in its Monetary Policy Report.
There really is no place like home, especially this time of year, but if you’re looking for a new place to hang your stockings, please don’t hesitate to give me a jingle!
‘Tis the season to stage your home with a subtle festive flare!
Decorating your home for the holidays is a fun, festive tradition but if your home’s on the market, it’s important that buyers are still able to imagine themselves living there.
Here are a few staging tips to help make sure your home doesn’t appear too cramped or cluttered during this festive time of year:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Leave the huge inflatable Santa in the garage this year. A simple strand of lights and a tasteful wreath on the front door is all you need to enhance your curb appeal.
Entranceways are usually quite cramped and dark, especially in the winter, so remove any unnecessary items and ensure you have adequate lighting.
Dim Down the Decor
Keep decorations to a minimum as they’ll make your home appear cluttered and don’t ever place decorations over any unique, architectural features.
Trim the Tree
A huge tree full of ornaments can make a room feel cramped so consider something smaller with soft white lights and a few tasteful decorations.
Pillows are an easy way to set the tone so add some holiday cheer by strategically placing a few Christmas-themed pillows to evoke a warm and inviting theme.
Warm & Cozy
If the weather outside is frightful, turn your thermostat up so that buyers will be warm and cozy. If you have a fireplace, make sure to light it up for the ultimate effect!
Wrap It Up
Put away the wrapping paper, tape and ribbons before showings. Don’t just stuff them in your closet though as buyers usually peek in cupboards to see how spacious they are.
Seasonal treats such as hot apple cider and holiday cookies will delight the senses and give your home a welcoming feel. It may also encourage buyers to stick around a little longer!
Sound of Music
Put on some soft, seasonal music in the background to help set a relaxing tone that will make buyers want to linger so they can imagine having their next Christmas in your home!
Although there are fewer buyers during this busy time of year, they’re usually much more serious and very motivated. There also aren’t as many listings to compete with, which gives you an edge!
Your home will show beautifully during the holiday season if you use a few tasteful decorations to help highlight its best features. Just be sure to not go overboard so that buyers aren’t overwhelmed or distracted.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out for detailed stats that are specific to your neighbourhood, or even if you’re just curious about what the place down the road sold for – it’d be great to hear from you!
#GivingTuesday is the perfect time to give back with small acts of kindness.
#GivingTuesday is a global social movement that takes place each year on the Tuesday that follows the frenzied shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, November 28th.
This worldwide event was created in 2012 in partnership with the United Nations Foundation to encourage people to give back to their community through charitable donations and volunteer activities.
It’s been such a huge success that last year in Canada, a record-breaking 50 million dollars was raised in the 24 hours that GivingTuesday took place!
Our local charities need our support more than ever, so consider making a donation to your favourite local charity or perhaps volunteering your time at the local food bank.
Even the smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference! If you know someone who’s struggling, consider reaching out and brightening up their day by running a few errands or dropping off some nice food for them to enjoy.