Your Real Estate Fix of the Week 09.21.17

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We know you had to wait an extra week, but your real estate fix is here! This week’s new listings are offering vacant land, investment property and uniquely designed spaces. You can view all of our listings on our website at Click on the images below to view the detailed listings.

We’ll be blunt about 112 Simcoe Street in Tillsonburg. This two-unit investment property with recent updates sits in a convenient location with a ton of space for parking. So bluntly put, investing in this property will be a great opportunity!

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We’re so smitten with this home at 47 Lisgar Ave in Tillsonburg.  Swooning over it’s unique design and features and completely falling for the spectacular stone fireplace. You have to see this one but please, try to control yourself!

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Large front window, country views, and an amazing shop.  This charming home at 45 Colonel Talbot Rd in Tillsonburg isn’t huge, but it sure has some features that make a huge impression!

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You can build your dream home in the quaint hamlet of Lynedoch. The vacant lot at 171 Lynedoch Rd is a rare find, backing onto big creek in a quiet community. It’s time to make dreams come true!

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If you’d like more information on these or any of our listings please leave a comment, or give us a call 519-586-7922.  Happy house hunting!

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5 Home Buyer Tips You Probably Don’t Know

eau de parfum (1)Our REALTORS® have seen it all. Well, they’ve seen a whole lot when it comes to buying and selling real estate. Here are a few insider tips they’ve picked up along the way that you’ve probably never heard before.

1. Always assume that you are being recorded when viewing houses.  While not legal without your knowledge and consent, we know of situations where sellers have used listening devices to try to get the inside scoop on a buyer’s negotiating strategy.

2. Leave your SmartPhones at the door!  Without the seller’s permission, you’re not allowed to take photos in the home owner’s house.  Don’t risk breaking privacy laws.

Once you’ve found your dream home, don’t ’show your hand' on Social Media.3. Once you’ve found your dream home, don’t ’show your hand on Social Media.  Sellers and their REALTORS® might see your post and you may end up paying more as a result of what you said on Facebook.

4. Google the address of any house you’re interested in.  The history of your future home and neighbourhood are a simple search function away.  Try this … google cigar smoking ghost in Richmond Hill!

5. Are you receiving Customer of Client Service from your REALTOR®?  There’s a big difference and if you don’t know the answer to this question your REALTOR® may be obligated to tell the seller how much you’re prepared to pay.

If you’re looking to buy in Norfolk or Oxford Counties, we’d love to be considered. Get in touch to see if one of us is the right REALTOR® for you.

Beer Cafe in Norfolk County | New Limburg Brewing Co.

It’s possible, I may become a regular at New Limburg Brewing Co. Tucked away in the village of Nixon right here in Norfolk County, New Limburg is brewing up some noble Belgian style beers.

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This summer we visited the microbrewery which is housed in a converted rural elementary school giving it the coolest nostalgic vibes.  The drinking fountains are in tact in the hallways and the class room chalk boards pose as the tasting room decor. Don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re back in school! The tap room is set up like a European beer cafe creating a totally amazing atmosphere for tasting a few cold Belgian style ales.

Through the entrance we navigated the hallway past the retail area to the busy tasting room where tables and chairs were occupied by customer’s enjoying beers, food, and card games as well as the company. At the bar, with many menu options to choose from, we made our ale selections then passed up a seat in the tap room to enjoy some sun on the spacious outdoor patio. We were already in love with the authentic atmosphere and the genuine service so it was no surprise that we absolutely loved the beer. 

To start, we sampled their flagship beer the Belgian Blonde. Refreshing citrus and spice with a smooth hop flavour, it is no wonder many local restaurants are serving this easy-drinking ale. Once we were out on the patio, we used the cleverly convenient bar service window to order our next rounds. We sipped on Petit Blonde and Wit. While we enjoyed them all, it was the light and fruity Wit that my taste buds fell in love with. I ordered a growler (a growler is typically a ceramic or glass jug which is used to fill and transport draught beer from local or microbreweries) of Wit to go!

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It is without a doubt that we will be retuning to the brewery, and not just for a growler fill up.  I am excited to try the Trappist beers as well as the limited editions. My fingers are crossed that the limited edition Hibiscus Wit will be available when I’m there.

Now, I have to take a moment and divert away form the ale talk because I just have to make mention of the phenomenal coffee that we sipped on! It is definitely a must try for an afternoon pick me up or, for a warm up if you plan to visit New Limburg this fall. We didn’t order any food on our visit however, a few other patrons were raving about their snacks.  In true Norfolk fashion, New Limburg’s menu showcases locally sourced items and we’ve heard the bread & homemade herb & spiced butter was mouth watering with every bite.

The authenticity of the family owned and operated Belgian style brewery is a true gift to Norfolk County.  The beers are rave worthy and the genuine atmosphere makes for unique rural experience. Hopefully we’ll see you there on our next visit, cheers!

Your Real Estate Fix of the Week 09.07.17

New From Erie's Edge (9)This week’s new listings are offering up a ton of space, both inside and out. You can view all of our listings on our website at Click on the images below to view the detailed listings.

Love the space you’re in, when you’re in 23 Centennial Ave in Tillsonburg anyways. Spacious finished lower level, mature yard, open concept main floor and 3 bedrooms. There is so much space here to love!

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Sitting on just over 20 acres of beautiful land with a stunning open concept kitchen and living area accompanied by an insulated workshop with wood stove. Feeling butterflies? It may be love at first site with 1065 Colonel Talbot Rd in Courtland.

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292325 Culloden Line in Brownsville has approximately 4 acres of property to play with. And if you need some where to add your personal touch head inside and make this brick ranch style home your kind of cozy.

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If you’d like more information on these or any of our listings please leave a comment, or give us a call 519-586-7922.  Happy house hunting!

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Simple Tips for Listing Your Home

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In most industries today, buyers are doing their research before they shop. Likewise in real estate, buyers typically have a very good idea of the market they are shopping in as well as the property values within. With such knowledgeable shoppers, it is increasingly important that you have the resources to price your property competitively.

In order to attract the right buyers for your property, here are some important listing tips to consider!

Factors in Determining Your Property’s Value

Before you compare your home to similar properties and establish a competitive list price, the following points should be considered.

  • Location! Location! Location!
  • Size of home and lot
  • Style of home (Bungalow or 2 storey, etc.)
  • Condition and finishes/upgrades
  • Buyer Demand

Get to Know Your Market

A comparative market analysis (CMA) is an indicator of what today’s buyers are willing to pay for a home.  It compares the market activity of homes similar to yours in your neighbourhood.

Those that have recently sold represent what buyers are willing to pay.  The properties currently listed for sale represent the price the seller is hoping to obtain and show you what your competition is.  The listings that have expired were generally over-priced or poorly marketed. 

Together, you and your REALTOR® will review the CMA and establish a competitive market position for your property.

The Importance of Early Activity

As soon as a property comes on the market, there is a flurry of activity surrounding it.  This is the crucial time when REALTORS® and potential buyers sit up and take notice.

If the property is over-priced, it doesn’t take long for interested parties to lose interest.  By the time the price drops, a majority of buyers are lost.

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The Results of Overpricing

Many sellers believe if they price their property high initially, they can lower it later.  Often, when a property is priced too high it experiences little activity.  Gradually, the price will come down to market value, but by that time it’s been for sale too long and some buyers will be wary and reject the property.

On occasion, the price is dropped below market value because the seller runs out of time.  The property sells for less than it’s worth.

Missing the Right Buyer…

You may think that an interested buyer “can always make an offer” but if the property is over-priced, potential buyers looking in a lower price range will never see it.  Those who can afford a property at your asking price will soon recognize they can get better value elsewhere. For more insight on how to make sure the right buyer sees your property check out our blog on positioning your price for optimal search results!

Understanding the Factors that Influence Overpricing

Be aware of the factors that may tempt you to list your property too high.

  • Extensive renovations/hidden costs
  • Desire to purchase in a higher-priced area
  • Original cost of the home was too high
  • Lack of real market information
  • Building in “bargaining room”
  • Perceived emotional value

The Benefits of Pricing Your Property Right


With market knowledge and accurate property valuation your property can be positioned at the right price point to generate early activity and attract the right buyers. The right price also means:

  • Your  property sells faster, because it is exposed to more qualified buyers.
  • Your property doesn’t lose it’s “marketability”
  • The closer you price your property to marker value, the higher the offers
  • A well-priced  property can generate competing offers
  • REALTORS® will be enthusiastic about presenting your property to buyers

Pricing your property right is important! With these helpful tips, you’ll be armed with valuable knowledge when it comes to selecting your list price.  However, listing a property is complex and there are still many other items to consider.  Reach out to us at or 519-586-7922 if you have any questions about listing your home.

Your Real Estate Fix of the Week 08.31.17

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This week’s new listings are all about front porches, beach vibes and back decks! You can check out all of our listings on our website at Click on the images below to view the detailed listings.

Nestled in a north-end Tillsonburg neighbourhood, 85 James is surrounded by nature. With mature trees and beautiful landscaping, the back deck could be your favourite spot to relax.  Although, the large open family room with vaulted ceilings and gas fireplace over-looking that beauty back yard… might take the cake.

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The cure for anything is a cottage at the beach! Lighten up in this naturally lit, open concept cottage with a wrap around porch in Turkey Point. Just a 2 minute walk from the beach, 25 Head street is a little piece of beach vacation heaven.

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Simply put, this home has character. This beautiful brick century house on a 1/2 acre property at 679 Concession 10 Townsend rd in Waterford evokes feelings of family, tradition and home. Period baseboards and trim, exposed brick and that beautiful country front porch create the perfect setting for your families story.

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If you’d like more information on these or any of our listings please leave a comment, or give us a call 519-586-7922.  Happy house hunting!

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Lunch Break in Port Rowan | Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery

Embracing the sweet smell of freshly made waffle cones from Twin’s Ice Cream Parlour when we’re arriving to work in the morning. Having five or six strangers greet us with a friendly “hello” on our daily walk to the post office. Visiting the Farmer’s Market by the lake on our Friday afternoon break. There are definitely a few perks to working out of an office in Port Rowan, Norfolk County.  Popping over to the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery on our lunch break is one of our favourite perks! 

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I typically order the Black Forest Ham & Swiss on freshly baked, thick cut bread.  Of course, it is topped with a crisp pickle and served with a side of my choosing. My favourite desert? The homemade maple walnut tarts are to die for! I mean if dying for a sweet, perfectly gooey and crumbling tart is your thing, because clearly it’s mine.  But I don’t speak for the masses. Sandy says the apple fritters and cinnamon buns dripping with fresh icing are her customer’s favourite desserts.

The menu features generous wraps and sandwiches made with fresh local ingredients and typically features a drool-worthy daily special. Supporting local suppliers is something Sandy is proud of. You can find goods at the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery from Jensen Cheese, Kernal Peanuts, Gunn’s Hill Cheese, Fiedler Meat Products and more.

Untitled design (59)Sandy has been serving great food to Port Rowan locals and visitors for 19+ years as the previous owner and cook at Sunrise Cafe and she has always had a desire for opening a local deli. The Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery offers a shabby-chic and small town vibe making it easy to get comfortable and enjoy your visit. More than just lunch items, you can purchase meat, cheese, fruit and veggies platters “made with love” and local goods. Aside from the fantastic eats and baked goods, the deli & eatery offers Dutch sauces, spices, mixes, preserves and goods for sales.

Two years ago this November, Sandy & George opened the doors to the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery in Port Rowan. Our advice to you, make the trip to Port Rowan to try out this local favourite.

Your Real Estate Fix of the Week 08.24.17

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From county living to town life to waterfront bliss. We’ve got a bunch of awesome new listings to show you this week! You can check out all of our listings on our website at Click on the images below to view the detailed listings.

Resting on the waterfront in Turkey Point this rare retreat at 10 Tyler Lane will put the whole family in a vacation state of mind. With 12 foot vaulted ceilings, a fantastic yard, an open back deck and epic sandy beach views, it’ll be easy to embrace the cottage life.

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Beach front paradise in Long Point, can you imagine? An open concept vacation home that sits right on the beach and is sweeping with lake air. Natural light beams through 3 set of large french doors.  Relax on the back patio, look out over the lake, dig your toes in to the sand, listen the waves gently crash…. No need to dream. You’ll find this paradise at 59 Woodstock Ave in Long Point.

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Surrounded by open fields on a .47 acre lot, live the country life at 793 Bell Mill Side road in Norfolk. The open concept layout and fully finished basement offers a ton of living space to get comfy with the family, to entertain, and to enjoy the freedom that comes with the country kind of life.

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Go where ever your boat takes you. As long as it takes to the amazing dock out front of this modern 2-bedroom trailer at MacDonald Marina in Turkey Point. 61 Clubhouse is lounging in waterfront views and sunlight. Tie up the boat, we think you’e going want to stay!

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Bold & Beautiful, this classic home has an epic open concept kitchen and living area basking in natural light. Bordered by nothing but nature and just a short drive from town, 144875 Potters Road in Tillsonburg is a traditional beauty.

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Town life is all about the conveniences.  9 Greeneagle Drive is conveniently close to all the great amenities Tillsonburg has to offer.  It also has an extremely convenient elevated walkout back deck surrounded by beautiful landscaping.  The underground lighting and underground sprinklers are also quite… convenient!

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10 Things To Do in Norfolk Before Summer is Over

Anyone who has visited Ontario’s Southwest Coast during the summer months would agree that they were lucky to enjoy the breeze from the lake, the locally sourced dining experiences, the sandy beaches, and the abundance of available outdoor activities. Summer is nearing an end and it’s time to squeeze in every last bit of fun that Norfolk County has to offer. This is our list of 10 things to do in Norfolk County before the summer is over!


Head out to Lakeside Vista to take in the epic views over-looking Lake Erie and join in the 3 day Music & Arts Festival. This years Saturday headliner? THE TREWS!  This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids and 18 awesome concerts. Camping, beer tent and food vendors are all available on site. Start packing up the truck, this event is taking place this weekend, August 25-27, 2017! As an added bonus, founders of the festival and Lakeside Vista owners Ryan and Lisa VandenBussche announced that all proceeds from the event will be donated to Six ’N’ Pix!

Wine Down Wednesday

blog5Through to the last Wednesday in August, you can enjoy a mid-week “wine down” at Burning Kiln Winery. Wind-down on the picturesque patio with a glass of your favourite wine, live music, bonfire, lawn games, and David’s On Tour food truck specials. Burning Kiln hosts a relaxing atmosphere perched above the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve escarpment with views of the flourishing vineyards and surrounding countryside.  The perfect setting to sip away the summer evenings.

Yoga in the…

Yoga in the serene lavender fields at Apple Hill Lavender Farm, Yoga (and berries and wine) in the blueberry patch at Blueberry Hill Estates, Yoga (and live music and beer) in the hops at Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm! Paige Logan, AKA the Yoga Paige, has been hosting a number of yoga inspired events around Norfolk County and offering amazing blog7opportunities to experience Norfolk in a more relaxing and mindful manner. If you’re ready to unwind outdoors and flow with Paige then follow her on Facebook to find her classes at The Yoga Paige.

Turkey Point Mountain Biking Trails

A casual roadside bike ride is nice, but it can’t quite compare to the excitement of mountain biking through the Turkey Point trails.  Thanks to the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club, Turkey Point boasts over 50km of well maintained and clearly mapped trails.  The trails can be tackled by riders of all skill levels. Take it from a beginner, the ride was exhilarating and a ton of fun. Of course, I mostly stuck to the beginner trails with the exception of bravely attempting two intermediate runs. For the experts riders, Turkey Point is known for offering some of the best trail riding in Ontario! If you’re just getting started, you can sign up for a guided tour with Long Point Eco-Tours. So, strap on your helmet and spin up some dirt this summer.

Normandale Century Inn

We recently discovered this hidden Norfolk Treasure while out for a Sunday drive. The live music on the packed patio undoubtedly caught our attention. We hadn’t visited the Normandale Century Inn before so naturally we were curious what was drawing the crowd.  To describe our visit, pleasantly surprised would be understatement. The menu was packed with items created with local ingredients and the drink selections showcased local wineries and breweries. It was a fantastic tribute to Norfolk County and surrounding area.  If you have yet to visit the serene hamlet of Normandale be sure to do so before September 3 on a Sunday afternoon when The Normandale Century Inn is featuring live music!

Long Point Country Bayfest

September long weekend is widely celebrated as the last long weekend of summer, before the leaves start to turn and the days get shorter. In Port Rowan, we celebrate Labour Day long weekend with an epic Annual Festival! Originally known as Tomato Fest, Bayfest takes place on the water front and in the streets of Port Rowan just a short drive North of Long Point Beach. There are many activities to take part in including the soap-box derby, casting competition, and midway rides. In true festival fashion you’ll find vendors, food, entertainment and of course a parade. The festival kicks off with Friday night’s Fire Up Festival and hosts a finale of fireworks on Sunday. Celebrate another summer in the books with the family at Long Point Country Bayfest September 1-3, 2017.


blog3At Waterford Ponds or in Lake Erie off the Port Dover beach, South Coast Watersports hosts a ton of awesome paddle board activities! Who knew you could do so much on a paddle board? Sure, you can rent a board and go for a paddle. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can paddle in to a game of SUP Polo, undergo some race training, or work on your balance with SUP yoga.  Check out their rentals and events calendar and get paddling.

Norfolk County Beerstock

Get hoppin’ on Sblog2eptember 30th in Powell Park with the Crepe House. Beerstock, sounds epic right? Sipping on samples of craft beer, and tasting wines and ciders from local wineries. All while listening to live music and joining in lawn games in the midst of the bustling tourist town of Port Dover. Of course, you’ll be able to try out some inspiring menu items from local food vendor as well.  It doesn’t get too much better than this, or does it? Actually, you can purchase the VIP package and also enjoy breakfast at the Crepe House followed by a trip to the ropes course at Radical Lines Aerial Adventure Park escorted by Ride the Bine.  Cheers!

Backus Woods’ Trails

blog4The enchanting trails that wind through the Carolinian Backus Woods’ forest located just North of Port Rowan offer breathtaking hiking trails. The trails are accessible year round but they are fantastic to experience at summers end and in to the fall. We typically depart from the trail head on the 3rd concession surrounding ourselves in Norfolk’s wildlife and work our way North on the trails sheltered by the canopy of towering trees. The trails are maintained by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and there are a number of access points and routes to explore. Pick up a trail map and lace up your hiking shoes.

Ride the Bine

If you haven’t already heard then I guess it’s time someone filled you in, Ontario’s ridetehbineSouthwest is becoming a sought after winery and craft brewery destination! Ride the Bine is in their first season and is providing guided tours to some of Norfolk’s wineries and breweries for both locals and tourists. They are inspired by their industry experience and passion for Norfolk County and that passion truly shows through their memorable tours. Gather a group and join the team at Ride the Bine for a cruise through Norfolk’s countryside.

With only a few weeks left and so much to do, how will you be spending the final weeks of summer in Norfolk County?

Your Real Estate Fix of the Week 08.17.17

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We know you’re getting anxious to see this weeks new listings. So, here they are! You can check out all of our listings on our website at Click on the images below to view the detailed listings.

We are swooning over this lakeside community listing at 24 Coastal Court in Port Dover. We think the open concept living area, large windows and fully finished basement is enough to catch your eye.  But, you’ll surely fall head over heels for the beautiful back deck nestled in the private backyard with the sheltering gazebo set just off the dining area.  This one might be true love.

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Live the country kind of life at 11971 Omemee in Springfield. Kick off your shoes on the back deck and take in the views of the open field and the mature trees. This charming ranch style home could be where your family’s story grows.

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You’ll be living in luxury at 55016 Jackson Line in Staffordville! A luxury draped in warm natural lighting that fills the rooms in this open concept home. It fills the gourmet kitchen, the sleek living room, the inviting dining room, the… you get the point. And if that’s not enough natural light, you can soak up plenty in the private 2.4 acre lot. Like we said, luxury.

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Enjoy more than just the beach at this vacation home. The modern kitchen and stylish finishes at 18 Head Street in Turkey Point will make you feel right at home. Well, if your home includes an awesome screened in sunroom and a short walk to the beach!

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145 Bidwell is dressed in beautiful recent updates, and is accessorized with it’s original charm. This cozy Tillsonburg home is in a fantastic central location close to parks, trails, dining & shopping.  Speaking of shopping this one is expected to be flying off the shelf!

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If you’d like more information on these or any of our listings please leave a comment, or give us a call 519-586-7922.  Happy house hunting!

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