While Viewing a Property

Please review as much information about the property online in advance of the showing.  In person viewings should be completed as quickly as possible to minimize the amount of time inside the home.  Conversations should take place after the showing outside of the home.

Please wash your hands with warm water & soap and/or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer before and after entering a home.

Please limit showings to only the buyers and exclude additional family members, friends or children unless there are exceptional circumstances and prior arrangements have been made.

  • Please don’t touch anything inside the home.
  • Please don’t turn any lights on or off.
  • Please don’t sit on the furniture.
  • Please don’t use the washroom.
  • Please don’t open or close any interior doors.
  • Please practice physical distancing of at least two metres at all times.

Our number one priority is the health of safety of our clients, our REALTORS and our communities.  If you have any questions, please contact our Broker of Record Ray Ferris.

Not Enough New Listings to Keep Up with Buyer Demand

Local real estate sales are starting to climb following a free fall after Ontario declared a state of emergency in the face of COVID-19.

Leading up to the province’s state of emergency announcement,  Norfolk County sales were outnumbering the previous year by 12%.

The number of new sales hit a low of only 3 sales during the week of March 30 to April 5 which was a 667% drop in comparison to the year prior.

Since hitting rock bottom in late April and early May sales have slowly improved with the most significant gains made over the course of the last two weeks. 

“Buyers, sellers and REALTORS® alike have learned to accept and adapt to these challenging circumstances which has given way to modest signs of stabilization,” noted Ray Ferris, Broker of Record at Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd.

There are further signs of optimism in the local real estate market.

“There aren’t enough new listings coming on the market to keep up with current demand.  As the number of sales are increasing, not enough properties are being offered for sale to replenish inventory,” observed Ferris.  “Over the last two weeks, new listings are down 55% compared to last year.  As a result, we’re experiencing bidding wars more often than not.”

Signs of Optimism in Local Real Estate Market

Following Ontario’s declaration of a state of emergency on March 17,  Norfolk County real estate sales entered a free fall just as the spring market was revving up. 

Leading up to this point,  Norfolk County sales were outnumbering the previous year by 12%.

During the first week of April, Norfolk’s real estate sales hit bottom and have since started to rebound. Buyers, sellers and REALTORS® alike have learned to accept and adapt to these challenging circumstances which has given way to modest signs of stabilization” notes Ray Ferris, Broker of Record at Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd.

The small decrease observed in the number of sales during the last two weeks is a direct result of fewer listings entering the marketplace at the beginning of the state of emergency.

In mid April, the number of new listings entering the marketplace started to increase and continues to climb.

As a result of the number of new listings increasing it is likely that so will the number of sales.

“We are committed to continuing our services through this crisis for those who have to move,  said Ferris.  “We respect and adhere to orders from the provincial government and local public health authorities as we adjust to serve real estate consumers who rely on us.”

“We realize that it is unreasonable to except a family to make the biggest purchase in their lifetime without physically viewing the home they want to buy” noted Ferris.  “However, we can limit physical interaction by focusing home search efforts on more video conference calls,  greater emphasis on high resolution photos, virtual tours, and colour floor plans.”

Statistics as reported on the Ontario Regional Technology Information System for Norfolk County as of April 20, 2020 for both listing and sold data of single family residential homes within the time frames indicated on the charts provided.

The Most Important Person in a Real Estate Office Isn’t Who You Think

No, it’s not the Broker of Record or sales representatives. It’s the administrators. These unsung heroes are the ones who really run the show.

Administrators spend endless hours catering to and anticipating the needs of the company. A great administrator keeps the management team on time and in the know – in other words, it’s an administrator’s job to make the bosses look good and keep them organized.

Administrators are “the most powerful person in the office.” They are the backbone of the brokerage. They know everything about the brokerage’s people. It’s not just administrative work. They know what others need, how they think, and they know without having to ask them what they need to do in order to make their people better. When they get into the office, they drop all of their own self needs and dedicate everything to the company and its people. Everything they do is to make the brokerage successful.

They say the best part of a company is its people. That’s certainly the case when it comes our administrator.

Thank you Patti for all that you do!

What’s Happening in the Real Estate Market?

Real estate sales are on a downward spiral just as the spring market was revving up.

There were 13 firm sales reported on the local MLS® for all of Norfolk County for the week of March 23 to March 29.  The following week, March 30 to April 5, only reported three sales.  That’s a decrease of 77%.

During the week of March 30 to April 5 one year ago, there were 23 sales reported on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS®).  This year’s numbers for the very same week illustrate at 154% plunge.

Real estate showings are down 75.8% from same time last year.

A side effect of the global pandemic is that the local real estate market went from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market overnight.

Buyers, sellers and REALTORS® alike are coming to terms with these challenging times.  Everyone is learning how to adapt. 

The question on everyone’s mind is “what’s next?”  April is going to be a telling month in terms of what we see in the short term. 

It’s a wait-and-see approach to see the impact on a more stabilized basis.

“While it’s impossible to determine how long sales could be affected, and there isn’t exactly a precedent for how this health crisis may play out, there is one economic event that could be comparable in how the housing market was affected – the 2008-2009 global recession.

According to analysis by Zoocasa, benchmark real estate prices dipped across the nation during this time period by eight per cent from $370,900 to $341,700. The drop was most pronounced in the Greater Vancouver area, which experienced a 14-per-cent decline, from $575,400 to $497,000. Losses were smallest in the Greater Toronto Area, down six per cent from $367,100 to $344,900. 

However, these price declines didn’t become the norm – as any market watcher will tell you, the decade between the end of the aughts and the start of 2020 ushered in a period of astronomical price growth.”1

1-https://www.remonline.com/whats-next-for-home-prices-amid-covid-19/?utm_source=REM+Inbox+Update&utm_campaign=8a79cadae9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_07_02_44&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3f4c7c7b65-8a79cadae9-61116225

Norfolk Restaurants Offering Pick Up or Delivery Services

Many local restaurants are offering pick up and/or delivery service.

We’ve put together this summary of Norfolk County area restaurants for your easy reference.  We are still working to add to this list and provide more information like websites, facebook pages, menus and phone numbers.

If we’ve missed anybody please let us know in the comments section and we will update the list.

Port Rowan

Godfather’s Pizza
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-586-8000

Uncles Country Coffee
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-586-8537

Country Fork
Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-534-1616

The Boathouse Restaurant
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-586-9316

Pizza Buoys
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-398-3211

Langton
Andy’s Drive In
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-875-2631

Port Dover
The Erie Beach Hotel
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-2161

Willies
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-3687

The Family Shed
Website   |  Menu  |  519-583-1881

211 Main
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-3251

Lago
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-3337

Trish’s Bakery
Facebook  |  519-583-2800

Urban Parisian
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-206-0066

M’s Good Food
Facebook  |    519-583-0108

Tim Horton’s Drive Thru
Website  |  Facebook   |  519-583-1929

Ivory Fern Foods
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-288-2897

Southside Louie’s
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-0920

Hank Dekoning Ltd.
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-0115

Yins
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-1810

Knechtel’s on the Beach
Website  |  Facebook  |  226-290-2872

Schofields Bistro
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-3400

The Crepe House
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-583-9018

Delhi
Mike’s Subs
Website  |   Menu  |  519-582-3449

Styles Cafe
Facebook  |  519-582-3170

Subway
519-582-3277

Godfather’s Pizza
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-582-1112

Mr. Sub
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-582-8881

Pizza Pizza
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-582-8881

Mai & Pia’s
Facebook  |  519-582-2530

The Bunk House
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-582-8449

Waterford
Swazees
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-443-4004

Yins
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-443-8678

Gino’s Pizza
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  1-866-310-4466

Giorgio’s
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-443-6140

Tim Hortons Drive Thru
519-443-8877

Ritzy Cakes & Eatery
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-443-0964

Kerries Eatery
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-443-4000

Gibbled Goose
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-443-4442

Turkey Point
Sandbar on the Beach
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-4009

The Jetty
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-428-2121

Simcoe
Ferrera
Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-440-3111

The Combine
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-440-3369

Kaley’s Restaurant
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-440-3444

The Barrel Restaurant
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-0068

McDonalds
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-8085

New Orleans Pizza
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-4011

Tim Horton’s Drive Thrus
519-426-8291  |  519-428-0101

Garden Restaurant
Facebook  |  519-426-4365

KFC
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-401-3825

Jo-Jo’s
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-5335

Harmony Pastry Shop & Cafe
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-6760

Gator BBQ
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  226-401-2612

J.C. Sushi
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-6888

Swiss Chalet
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-428-2878

Harveys
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-428-2878

Vittoria
The Catherwood and the Kiln
Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-2220

Long Point
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-586-3302

Local Wineries/Breweries
Burning Kiln Winery
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-586-9858

Blueberry Hill Estates
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-586-2256

Hometown Brew Co
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-410-7676

Charlotteville Brewing Company
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-550-2433

New Limburg
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-426-2323

Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-582-1444

Frisky Beaver – Smoke & Gamble
Website  |  Facebook  |  Menu  |  519-900-3034

How’s the Norfolk Real Estate Market Performing During a Province Wide State of Emergency

Leading up to Premier Doug Ford’s declaration of a state of emergency in Ontario on Tuesday, March 17, the spring housing market looked like it was positioned towards a peak.

Residential sales reported on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) were headed way up in March of this year compared to the same time a year ago. 

A sharp decline in sales, however, was noticed starting the week of the announcement of a provincial state of emergency.

The same is true for the number of residential listings on the local real estate market.

During this period of uncertainty, these numbers illustrate that a call for physical distancing means far fewer people will be opening up their homes to potential buyers.

We appreciate that there will be circumstances where there is an urgent need to buy or sell like the family who recently got a job transfer, already purchased another home in their new community, but now must sell their local house. 

There are some who find themselves in urgent need of housing, or who must find a way to sell their property.

We are committed to continuing our services throughout this crisis; however, we understand the importance of the government’s declaration of a state of emergency.  We will operate with the same public health agency protocols that other essential services are being asked to comply with.

During this time of uncertainty we will make use of technology like video conference calls, high resolution photos, virtual tours, colour floor plans,  and the use of electronic signatures to complete those transactions remotely to support social distancing.

We want to assure you that we will keep the dialogue open to answer all questions, now and always.

It’s Not Business as Usual at Erie’s Edge

The Provincial Government has deemed “real estate agent services” as essential in order that buyers and sellers can still successfully enter into and complete their pending real estate agreements.

We are in a state of Emergency in Ontario.  It is our social and professional responsibility to ensure safety and wellbeing are our first priority during this unprecedented time.  

We appreciate that there will be circumstances where there is an urgent need to buy or sell.  I think of the family who recently got a job transfer, already purchased another home in their new community, but now must sell their local house.

During this time of uncertainty we will make use of technology like video conference calls, virtual tours, floor plans, “sight unseen” conditions in offers and the use of electronic signatures to complete those transactions remotely to support social distancing.

We want to assure you that we will keep the dialogue open to answer all questions, now and always.

Open Houses Cancelled

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to our protecting the health and safety of our clients, REALTORS®, staff and neighbourhoods.

We will be respecting the government’s recommendations in terms of social distancing and will not be hosting any open houses until further notice.


We understand that there are circumstances in which some buyers and sellers need to move.  For these situations, we
have implemented strict practices for showings by appointment only.

We recognize that these are unsettling times. We want you to know that your safety and wellbeing are our first priority.

We are here to answer any of your questions, now and always.

Together, we will #FlattenTheCurve.

Our Commitment To Protect the Health and Safety of our Clients, REALTORS®, Staff and Neighbourhoods

We are committed to our obligation to protect the health and safety of our clients, REALTORS®, staff and neighbourhoods.

To serve our clients, we will operate our real estate services remotely.  Our main office at 1021 Bay Street, Port Rowan is closed to the public until further notice. Today’s technology allows us to do just that without any interruption of service.  All of our contact information is available at www.EriesEdge.com.

If your home or cottage is currently on the market for sale, we have implemented strict practices for showings by appointment. 

In advance of arranging an appointment to show your property, we will ask prospective purchasers if they are showing signs of illness or have travelled internationally.  If so, they will be asked to arrange an appointment to view the property following a 14-day quarantine period.

As well, we have developed a list of instructions we will provide to buyers when viewing your home. 

We have also created a checklist for sellers to assist us in presenting your home or cottage for showings.  For example, please turn all lights on and make sure that all interior doors are open so that REALTORS® and buyers don’t have to touch anything inside.

We will be acting on the advice of the local Medical Officer Of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai.  The doctor is asking everyone to stay at home unless there is a compelling reason to leave the house.  Therefore, until further notice Erie’s Edge will not be hosting open houses.

If you would like to receive a list of the questions and instructions provided to buyers in advance of arranging a showing, please email our Broker of Record, Ray Ferris at Ray@EriesEdge.com.

Online marketing exposure is more important than ever as buyers increasingly seek out information online.  We strongly encourage prospective purchasers to view properties online before making an appointment to view them.  Today’s real estate marketing includes high resolution photos, virtual tours and floor plans which serves as the next best thing to actually being there in person.

We recognize that these are unsettling times. We want you to know that your safety and wellbeing are our first priority.

We are here to answer any of your questions, now and always.