All posts by Amie Ferris

What if you don’t agree with your Property Assessment Report?

Property owners in Ontario have started to receive their “Property Assessment Notice” from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

MPAC is responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act and regulations set by the Government of Ontario.

In 2016, MPAC updated the assessed values of every property in Ontario to determine a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016.  This date’s assessed value and classification of your property will be used as the basis for calculating your 2019 to 2020 property taxes.

What if you think your assessment is wrong?  Specifically, simply ask yourself if you could have sold your property for its assessed value on January 1, 2016. If the answer is no, you can request that MPAC review your assessment free of charge. The review process is referred to as a “Request for Reconsideration” or “RfR”.

Your deadline to file an RfR with MPAC for the valuation year is April 1, 2019.

You can visit www.aboutmyproperty.ca for more info about your assessment of the RfR process.  Of course, we’re always here to answer any of your real estate related questions at Erie’s Edge by clicking here.

New HQ for Erie’s Edge Real Estate

1021 Bay Street, Port Rowan is the new home of the headquarters for Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd.

In June, Amie & Ray Ferris purchased the property and have since been busy renovating the building and have added a bright and welcoming reception area, private offices, closing room and boardroom. 

For the past 20 years, this building has been owned by Sandy Hennesey and her mother Alice Cole.  Most locals will remember the space best as the Sunrise Cafe!

The Sunrise Cafe was a charming local gathering spot offering home cooked style breakfasts and a small town atmosphere. It changed hands a few times from Peter & Millie Cockram, to Adrienne Lounsbury to Alice & Sandy.  The building even hosted an insurance office and a bakery before it transitioned in to the popular cafe.

If you had the opportunity to visit the Sunrise in its prime, then you’re probably familiar with the customer table that was well known as the ‘community table’. Many locals would sit here to enjoy a coffee, visit with friends, share stories and create wonderful memories. This very table is still in the building today and will actually be returned to the Lounsbury family, the original owners. This ‘community table’ will be remembered as a small piece of Port Rowan history.

Reminiscing of the good old days, Sandy Hennessey told a story of when a few locals used to carry their own keys to the cafe.

In true small town fashion, they would let them selves in to the cafe to brew a hot coffee in the early hours of the morning before the cook would even have the grills fired up for breakfast.

She also remembers the great times that she had at the cafe and all of the amazing customers that she served. From insurance office & bakery, to the Sunrise Cafe, to clothing store and now to Erie’s Edge Real Estate office, the building has seen many face lifts over the years and it certainly carries many cherished memories.

Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd. also operates offices in Tillsonburg at 13 Ridout Street and Long Point at 39 Roger’s Avenue.

The Frenzy Continues

During the course of marketing this cottage for sale the seller received multiple offers to choose from. Bidding wars are the new normal in today’s ultra competitive real estate market. 

In a seller’s market, the way to achieve the best price is to have the most exposure in the shortest amount of time. Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd. has the local knowledge and experience to position properties that will create a favourable response from today’s buyers.

The result is often competing offers also known as “bidding wars.”  Generating and presenting multiple offers is a complex process. A seller in receipt of competing offers has several possible options to consider. They are:

• Accept one and reject the others;

• Sign one back and reject the others;

• Reject all offers, sending them back to the buyers for improvement;

• Sign one back and hold on the other offer(s) pending a response from the buyer getting the sign back;

• Hold on to one or more offers while sending the other offer(s) back to the buyers for improvement: or

• Hold on to a couple copies of each offer, and send the other copies back to the buyers for improvement if they so desire.

Each of the above options has positive and negative consequences for the seller. If you’re thinking of selling and want our assistance in obtaining the most amount of money and navigating the complexities of the current real estate market we can be contacted at 519.586.7922 or www.LongPointBeach.com

This Weekend’s Open Houses!

Your Local Real Estate Team will be busy tomorrow hosting 5 open houses at 5 beautiful properties. Get the details below:

 

This bright brick bungalow will take your breath away!  Check it out on Saturday April 28th, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at 48 McGuire Crescent in Tillsonburg.

 

 

View the immaculate living space filled with natural light and stunning hardwood floors at 36 Fernwood Drive in Tillsonburg on Saturday April 28th, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

 

Take a look at the investment potential on Saturday April 28th, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. The large lot dressed with cedar trees at 76 Vienna Road in Tillsonburg offers quick high way access and plenty of privacy.

 

View this bright and beautiful open concept home in the quaint village of Norwich at 99 Lossing Drive on Saturday April 28th, 2018 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

 

 

Get one of the first looks this brand new listing on Saturday April 28th, 2018 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. 147 Concession Street West in Tillsonburg offers approximately 4656 square feet of finished living space on a mature treed lot!

 


Contact Your Local Real Estate Team for more details at 519-409-7653!

 

 

Shop the Shore with the Harbour View in Port Rowan

In true small town fashion, local shop and business owners in the charming town of Port Rowan and surrounding area have come together again to host a unique 3-day shopping event. Whether you’re on the hunt for a good deal, browsing for antiques or treasures or scoping out some new home decor, Shop the Shore is where you’ll want to be on May 4-6. Hop from shop to shop throughout the village as shop owners feature some amazing deals, prizes and giveaways!

For the bargain hunter, you’ll find some local stores offering 10-30% off! Start by checking out the spring fashions at local clothing stores Cashmere & Cobwebs, Cheshires On Bay and Shear Creation Gift Shoppe. The discounts continue at C & C Home, home of Pickers Antiques Warehouse. You’ll find rustic accents, antiques and items for your home and cottage.  Then pop in to Lakeside Decor to take advantage of the incredible deals on stunning interior and exterior decor. Get a peek at the store’s whole new look and new products including Krahn Furniture and Ashley Furniture. And of course do some taste testing while you’re there and sample the Wicked Gourmet & Gourmet Village products.

If you’re anything like me, you plan your shopping trips around the food! Olde Time Deli & Eatery will be serving homemade lunches and soups and baking up some delicious treats. And you might as well enter the free draw and check out their selection of vintage and industrial giftware while you’re inside this authentic eatery. The Country Fork is offering a sweet lunch special on their home cooked meals.  Speaking of sweet, you might eye up their delectable dessert cabinet or let your eyes wander to the selection of unique and locally made giftware items featured in this charming restaurant. If you’re looking to enjoy a little something extra with your lunch, head out to Burning Kiln Winery for a free sample flight of their locally famous wine!

The lunch options continue along with a collection of vendor booths showcased at the Community Church and the Port Rowan Community Centre. Find some variety as the vendors display handmade products, cooking items, accessories, fashion, gifts and more. For more variety head over to Dizzy Lizzy’s to browse their gifts, games, toys and sweet treats. Then drop in to Star Gate General and Deer Creek Antiques & Creations to view their amazing rustic and antique selections.

You’ll find a serious selection of antiques at Franni’s Attic.  Browse through the collectibles while munching on some freshly popped pop corn and drop you name in the draw for a chance to claim a prize.  The exciting draws carry on for some great prizes at Doersken Country Store, Cattail Cove Interiors, and The Rustic Retreat. Enter for yet another prize as you pick out the perfect items for your garden this spring from The Rusty Pail’s selection of iron works and garden, cottage and beach decor!

You’ll even get to leave with a gift or a treat from a handful of businesses like Port Rowan Pharmasave and Port Rowan Thrift Shoppe during the 3 day shopping event. Receive a surprise gift as you sooth your senses with essential oils, salt blocks and other healing essentials at Embracing Wholeness. Pick up a few items from the beautiful collection of local photography, books and home and cottage decor at The Lighthouse On Bay before leaving with your gift. But be sure not to leave before digging in to their featured homemade fudge and old fashioned candy bar!

Ensuring a great time, Johnny Scatt will be back at Lakeside Decor on Bay Street with live entertainment. With eateries, clothing, furniture, gifts and antiques all available “you don’t have to go to the big city.  You can get just about everything you’d want in down town Port Rowan” says local shop owner Denise Kirby from Lakeside Decor.

3 days of deals, charming local shops, and stunning views of the Long Point Bay, what better place to shop this spring?

Buyers Should Brace for an Unprecedented Real Estate Frenzy in Long Point

Buyers can expect mad competition for cottages to continue.During the course of marketing this cottage for sale the seller received multiple offers to choose from. Bidding wars are the new normal in today’s ultra competitive real estate market.

LONG POINT –  Buyers can expect the mad competition for cottages to continue with many selling for over-asking prices amid multiple offers.

In a seller’s market, the way to achieve the best price is to have the most exposure in the shortest amount of time. Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd. has the local knowledge and experience to position properties that will create a favourable response from today’s buyers. The result is often competing offers also known as “bidding wars.”

With the average price of a detached house hitting $1.3 million last month in Toronto, a significant uptick in buyers from the GTA looking to invest in property elsewhere are driving prices way up.

Additionally, millennials priced out of urban areas are opting for the cottage as recently featured in The Globe and Mail.    

Generating and presenting multiple offers is a complex process. A seller in receipt of competing offers has several possible options to consider. They are:

• Accept one and reject the others;

• Sign one back and reject the others;

• Reject all offers, sending them back to the buyers for improvement;

• Sign one back and hold on the other offer(s) pending a response from the buyer getting the sign back;

• Hold on to one or more offers while sending the other offer(s) back to the buyers for improvement: or

• Hold on to a couple copies of each offer, and send the other copies back to the buyers for improvement if they so desire.

Each of the above options has positive and negative consequences for the seller. If you’re thinking of selling and want our assistance in obtaining the most amount of money and navigating the complexities of the current real estate market we can be contacted at 519.586.7922 or www.LongPointBeach.com.

 

Taste, Tour, Explore! – Ride the Bine

From two local ladies with a true love for Norfolk came one incredible idea! Last year Amanda & Susan broke the mold in Norfolk launching a unique tour featuring local beer, wine, cider, agriculture and Norfolk County charm.

For tourists and locals alike this new tour was a opportunity to immerse into Norfolk County’s culture.  A true experience of the County’s emerging beer, wine & cider industry along with it’s deep agriculture roots.  And of course the breathtaking views and beautiful landscape that our country side has to offer.

Ride the Bine offers tours curated by local guides to provide an extraordinary experience sipping and tasting your way across Ontario’s South Coast.  Visits to Norfolk’s inspiring wineries and authentic breweries enjoying the flavourful wines, ciders and craft beers were amongst the original tour options. The new season’s tour line up will include some local food, sightseeing, awesome full beer tours and stops at brand new facilities offered on seven new tours! And those just are a few of the new and shiny items for 2018.

Soaring through their first season with incredible success, Susan & Amanda are proud to be part of a supportive local force. “Such a huge group of people in the community put supporting local first and has allowed for a very successful first season”  said co-owner, Susan Judd. Pushing through obstacles and finding their footing as a new business in a fast paced industry doesn’t come without challenges.  But the entrepreneurial duo surpassed all expectations with their work ethic and infectious passion earning the the title of Norfolk County Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year at Norfolk’s Economic Development Symposium.

“Their passion, knowledge and spirit for Norfolk is inspiring! We love that we have an opportunity to work so closely with them, the team is truly amazing.” – Shantel Bosgoed, Inasphere Wines.

The love goes both ways between Ride the Bine and the vendors “Working with these businesses is what makes our job even more special!” – Susan Judd

With incredible success comes exciting growth for the Ride the Bine team entering in to their second season. Along with the seven new tours they’ll be introducing a new Mercedes Sprinter to the fleet.  They’ll also be including some neighbouring county’s with stops in Haldimand, London & St. Thomas area’s and coordinating custom pick ups for a door-to-door experience.

Ride the Bine is also excited to introduce their From the Field experience! Let’s face it, a visit through Norfolk isn’t complete until your hands are a little dirty and you’re enjoying some fresh local product. With the From the Field tour experience you’ll be sipping your delicious drinks and heading out to pick your own bounty from Norfolk County’s sprawling fields. I cannot wait to sign up for this adventure! And if you like new adventures, keep you eyes peeled on Social Media throughout the year. Ride the Bine will be announcing one-off speciality tours that you are not going to want to miss!

As an emerging wine region, a craft beer and cider hot spot, a farm to table producer and a “place where almost anything grows” Norfolk County is evolving in to a completely unique experience. The spirited team at Ride the Bine is providing the perfect opportunity for you to relax and explore the coast with them.

Your Easiest Move Ever

Moving is a BIG chore and it can become overwhelming!  To help our clients stay organized we’ve invested in a technology to provide you with your own online and personal moving concierge to handle all of the stressful and time consuming details of moving.

Welcome to your moving conciergeWhat is an online personal moving concierge? It is the easiest way to complete all of your move related tasks. It brings together everything that you need for your move in one simple dashboard so that you can stay organized and save time. We were so impressed with everything that it can do and how simple it is to use, we know you are going to love it!

Through your personal dashboard, you will be able to completely manage your move. Let’s assume you need to transfer your electricity provider before your move date.smart phone - moving made simple  In your dashboard, you’ll simply click “Move Your Utilities,” and select “Electricity.” Two clicks are all it takes, and your transaction will be completed securely and directly with your provider, so you never have to worry about sharing private information. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

How about notifying businesses of your new address? The average household has to notify 15 to 20 different businesses of their move. That’s painful. Through your dashboard you can change your addresses with hundreds of business and even order your new government I.D. cards.

From finding local moving companies, or finding local charities to pick up unwanted stuff, to taking steps to prepare your new home for your arrival your online personal moving concierge with Erie’s Edge Real Estate will make moving simple.

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We’re Moving!

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If you haven’t heard the exciting news yet… we’re moving!  Thanks to our wonderful clients, our growing business has found that it needs a bigger home. We love Port Rowan and we didn’t want to go far so, we’re moving in to an awesome space just next door! Our office’s new location will be at 1021 Bay Street, Port Rowan.

For the past 20 years, this building has been owned by Sandy Hennesey and her mother Alice Cole. Most recently the space occupied a men’s clothing store.  However, most locals will remember the space best as the Sunrise Cafe!

The Sunrise Cafe was a charming local gathering spot offering home cooked style breakfasts and a small town atmosphere. It changed hands a few times from Peter & Millie Cockram, to Adrienne Lounsbury to Alice & Sandy.  The building even hosted an insurance office and a bakery before it transitioned in to the popular cafe.

Untitled design (26)If you had the opportunity to visit the Sunrise in its prime, then you’re probably familiar with the customer table that was well known as the ‘community table’. Many locals would sit here to enjoy a coffee, visit with friends, share stories and create wonderful memories. This very table is still in the building today and will actually be returned to the Lounsbury family, the original owners. This ‘community table’ will be remembered as a small piece of Port Rowan history.

Reminiscing of the good old days, Sandy Hennessey told a story of when a few locals used to carry their own keys to the cafe. 

In true small town fashion, they would let them selves in to the cafe to brew a hot coffee in the early hours of the morning before the cook would even have the grills fired up for breakfast.

She also remembers the great times that she had at the cafe and all of the amazing customers that she served. From insurance office & bakery, to the Sunrise Cafe, to clothing store and now to Erie’s Edge Real Estate office, the building has seen many face lifts over the years and it certainly carries many cherished memories.

We’re very proud to be the new owners of this Port Rowan building. Our Broker of Record, Ray Ferris, has some exciting renovation plans in store.  He intends to create a warm reception area, an official boardroom and closing room and some comfortable private offices throughout the space.

We are truly looking forward to continuing to serve this wonderful community and all of Norfolk County from our new space!

Maple Syrup Season in Norfolk

Sugaring season is in full swing in Norfolk County which means delicious, local maple syrup is filling the shelves! Sugar shacks across the county, and the country, are working to hard to produce the sweet syrup that we love so much in the few weeks when that magical sap is flowing from the wondrous Sugar Maple Trees.

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At one well known local maple sugar shack, Chambers Pure Maple Products, they are busy tapping trees, boiling sap and turning their tasty syrup in to a variety of maple products, including their famous maple syrup! You can purchase any of these sweet products at their eclectic gift shop, ‘The Maple Shop’, in Villa Nova. And chances are you’ll also be able to find their syrup at quite a few local stores, shops and restaurants.

For a taste test of their smooth golden brown syrup, you once could to stop in at The Pancake House. For 20 years the Chamber’s would spend the busy sugaring season creating their tasty syrup while serving piping hot pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup to awaiting customers. Serving a seasonally fresh and delicious breakfast, of course The Pancake House was a popular place for those eight busy weeks of the season. Two years ago the Pancake House was converted in to The Maple Shop bringing a change of pace to the sugar season for the Chamber’s family.

Don’t worry you can still sample their fresh syrup at a few local restaurants. Kerrys St James Street Eatery in Waterford is loading their flapjack and sausage breakfast with Chamber’s Maple Syrup. Or, visit the Crepe House in Port Dover to try it layered over a sweet or savoury crepe.

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If you’re really looking to immerse yourself in the marvellous maple syrup tradition, then you must pay a visit to Richardson’s Farm & Market just west of Dunnville. Take a breathtaking tour through the sugar bush and experience the sap collection using both traditional and modern systems. Get a peak at the sap boiling and the syrup creation process.  And of course, enjoy some hot pancakes and sausage with some seriously fresh syrup.

Growing up, I remember tapping the maple trees around town and boiling the sap to make our very own maple syrup to load on our pancakes.  I’m no longer tapping trees, but I absolutely love a little local syrup as a tasty natural sweetener in my morning coffee.

So, my fellow Norfolk syrup lovers, what’s your favourite maple treat?

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